From the incandescent splendor of sun kissed deserts to yelp of color-charged cities, Rajasthan is the colorful state in the northwest of India, draped in gaudy imperial negligees. The state of Rajasthan was ruled by the formidable Rajput warrior clans with their gilt edged swords, blood-thick gallant codes and plundered wealth. The wonder-laced state of India with some treasures more inspirational compared to those of fable, Rajasthan the land of Rajput Kings really paints an intrepid and bold image. The awe-inspiring must-see list of the state may cripple the most demanding voyager. The pageantry and palaces of Udaipur, giant gold sandcastle at Jaisalmer, gleaming over bright blue Meherangarh in Jodhpur and whimsy of Bundi along with the centuries-old havelis dotted through Shekhawati are the primary attraction of the state.
Resembling a microcosm of India, Rajasthan boasts plentiful of warm people and wildlife, glittering saris, soulful music, camels and tottering turban and of course the mouthwatering rich cuisines. The state of Rajasthan is diagonally separated into the barren northwestern Great Thar Desert, which extends to the border of Pakistan, and the hilly southeastern region. The most popular hilly region for tourists in Rajasthan is Mount Abu.
- Jaipur, the state capital
- Ajmer, popular for the tomb of sufi saint Khawaja Mohiddin Chasti
How to Reach
By Plane: Rajasthan is one of the largest states of India and the distances are quite long enough, thereby making airplanes a good option for reaching the state. Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur are the three primary cities of Rajasthan that have their own airports that link the state with other major cities of India via direct flights.
By Train: Rajasthan state is well connected with other major cities of India through railway network and overnight trains are easily available from Mumbai and Delhi. Rajdhani and Shatabdi are the two most popular trains that have excellent services. Palace on Wheels is another option which is the week-long luxury train ride across the state.
By Road: Rajasthan is well linked with Mumbai and Delhi via National Highway-8. Though Mumbai may be too far from Rajhastan, but the city of Jaipur can easily be reached via buses and private cars from Delhi.
Forts of the Rajput Kings: The state of Rajasthan is globally popular for its centuries old Rajput King’s havilis and forts and it is the famous tourist destination where tourists can explore the Indian heritage and royalty closely. Tourists can enjoy the glimpse of the splendor of the state during their voyage. There are several man-made and natural tourist attractions across the state including, Amber Fort, The Desert Landscape, Bundi Fort, Junagarh Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Camel Fair, Pichola Lake, Umaid Bhawan, Jal Mahal, Khejarla Fort and much more.
Wildlife Sanctuary: Ranthambhore National Park is the main wildlife sanctuary of the state which was established in the year 1957. In the year 1974 this national park was added under the campaign of “Tiger Reserve”. There are many water bodies inside the park, which make this place an ultimate destination to relax and unwind during the summer for the wildlife. Another wildlife sanctuary is the Sariska which is declared as national park in the year 1979. This national park is popular for historical temples, monuments and wildlife.
Desert Safari: Tourists can easily explore the world famous Thar Desert with desert safari. With desert safari tourists can also experience the exceptional beauty of Rajasthan culture, villages, tradition and the colors.
Where to Stay in Rajasthan
The state of Rajasthan comprises a variety of hotels ranging from budget to midrange and splurge hotels. Considering your entire voyage you must select the safest place for accommodation. Some of the best places to stay in Rajasthan include, Hotel Laxmi Niwas Palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel, Taj Hotel Lake Palace, Hotel Jai Mahal Palace, Hotel Gajner Palace, Hotel Lallgarh Palace and many others.