When planning your Rajasthan travel itinerary, make sure to set a date with the popular tourist attractions of the state. Be it the mesmerizing forts and palaces, gorgeous temples or the vast expanse of desert, Rajasthan offers a lot to enthrall the tourist.
Rajasthan, the land of forts, palaces, temples and desert, reflects the Indian culture and heritage like no other state. Therefore, unless you set a date with the famous attractions belonging to these categories, your Rajasthan tour would remain incomplete. So, here’s a brief guide to get you started and ensure that you don’t miss out on the must-visit destinations:
- Thar Desert: Whether you are going to visit a desert for the first time, or have seen many before, the Thar Desert, a part of which you can see in Jaisalmer, never fails to amaze you. Every year, in the month of January/February, a three-day festival is held where you can get a glimpse of the local culture and heritage. Another major attraction of the festival is the camel ride.
- Dilwara Temples: Dilwara temples are a group of Jain temples, which are located around 2.5 km from Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan. Built during the 11th and 13th centuries AD, these temples showcase extraordinary architecture and stunning work of marble.
- Pushkar Lake: Located in the Ajmer district, Pushkar Lake is considered to be one of the most sacred lakes of the Hindus. According to the Hindu scriptures, the lake is related to Brahma, the creator God. During the months of October and November every year, Pushkar Fair is held. This fair is famous for its religious fervor, colorful festivities and the camel fair, which is a part of it.
- Hawa Mahal: Located in the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is a palace with countless windows. Initially it was a high screen wall, built in a way so that the women of royal families could witness the street festivities, without being observed from the outside. Now, this magnificent, five-storey honeycombed hive-like structure, delicately built with pink sandstone, stands tall to wow and attract tourists from far and wide.
- Jantar Mantar: Built by Sawai Jai Singh, a famous Rajput king, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory. Laghu Samrat Yantra, Nadivalya Yantra, Jai Prakash Yantra and the giant sundial are some of the instruments of Jantar Mantar that are worth a visit.
- Chittorgarh Fort: Chittorgarh fort, which is a World Heritage Site, is the largest fort in India. Popularly known as Chittor, it was the capital of Mewar in the ancient times. Vijay Stambha, Rana Kumbha Palace, Gaumukh Reservoir and Padmini’s Palace are some of the notable places to visit in the fort.
Set a date with these destinations during your Rajasthan tour and you will return with fond memories and stories of a lifetime for sure!