17 Top Tourist Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Don't Miss These Classic Rajasthan Destinations

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Rajasthan is one of the most visited states in India. It's not surprising because it shows India at its most colorful, iconic and exotic best. Most of the things that come to mind when you think of India can be found in Rajasthan—palaces, forts, desert, camels, and elephants. Don't miss visiting these top tourist places in Rajasthan.

The "Pink City" of Jaipur forms part of India's renowned Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit and was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not surprisingly, the city is one of Rajasthan's most popular tourist destinations. It has many famous forts and palaces, with most of them boasting evocative views and elaborate architecture. Staying in Jaipur is particularly enjoyable. Accommodations are reasonably priced and many have been converted from heritage properties, giving guests a very regal experience! Jaipur is an outstanding place to go shopping too.

Udaipur is often said to be the most romantic city in India, as it's filled with expansive lakes and palaces. The landmark City Palace Complex , which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, dominates the city and the royal family still lives in part of it. Many personal royal heirlooms, family photos, and other memorabilia are displayed in the City Palace Museum , giving Udaipur a very regal feel. You can even stay in the City Palace! Alternatively, for those on a budget there are heritage hotels by the lake with amazing views, such as the Jagat Niwas Palace hotel.

Explore the places to visit near Udaipur such as mighty Kumbhalgarh and Chittorgarh forts.

Affectionately called the "Blue City" because of its blue painted buildings, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The walled old part of the city is presided over by Mehrangarh Fort , which provides the best outlook across Jodhpur's blue buildings. It's one of the largest and best maintained forts in India. Inside are a number of ornate palaces, a museum, and restaurant. There many inexpensive yet characterful places to stay in Jodhpur with views of the fort. It's refreshing to do nothing but relax on their rooftops and soak up the atmosphere.

Bishnoi is a community of nature worshipers only 45 minutes or so from Jodhpur and can be covered in a day trip. Bishnoi Village Safari organizes excursions and accommodations.

A remarkable sandstone city that rises magically from the sand dunes of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer looks like it's straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. Its mesmerizing ancient fort, built in 1156, is perched high on a pedestal overlooking the city. Inside the fort is alive and spellbinding. It boasts palaces, several temples, and some elegant havelis (mansions), as well as shops and other residences. These top things to do in Jaisalmer cover the best of the city and its surroundings. Stay at a hotel with a fort view or a desert camp.

If you're keen for a desert camel safari experience but without the crowds and commercialization, Osian is an ideal alternative option. This small town is about an hour and a half north of Jodhpur, on the way to Bikaner, and is surrounded by several sand dunes. Intricately carved stone temples dating back to the 8th century are interesting too. Stay at Osian Sand Dunes Resort and Camp or Reggie's Camel Camp .

For most of the year, Pushkar is a sleepy little holy town that attracts a lot of backpackers and hippie types. However, it really comes alive for a couple of weeks in October or November, when the Pushkar Camel Fair hits town. Pushkar is worth visiting at any time of year if you want to chill out. Sadly, the town isn't like it used to be though. These days, Pushkar is much more westernized and tourist-focused. The priests by the bathing ghats (steps) are very forceful in demanding donations. Avoid that area, and head to the Pushkar market for some fun shopping instead!

The remote and quaint desert town of Bikaner receives less tourists than many other prominent destinations in Rajasthan because of its out-of-the-way location over five hours north of Jodhpur. The main attractions are the atmospheric walled Old City and fort. Bikaner is renowned for the rather startling Karni Mata rat temple nearby as well. The Karni Mata Festival, held to worship the rats there, is one of the quirkiest festivals in India. A Camel Fair also happens in Bikaner every January. Stay at the exceptional Narendra Bhawan heritage hotel for an unforgettable trip! It's one of India's most beautifully restored heritage hotels.

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Nagaur lies about half-way between Jodhpur and Bikaner, making the town a convenient destination to break your journey. Its massive 12th century fort, Ahhichatragarh, has been restored to its former glory by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation in 2002. The fort hosts the World Sacred Spirit Festival in February each year. The Nagaur Cattle Fair -- touted as the second largest in India -- is an added annual attraction in January or February.

Shekhawati Region

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If you're an art lover, or even someone who's into architecture and history, the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is well worth including on your itinerary. This unique region is often referred to as the world's largest open air art gallery, with old havelis (mansions) having walls adorned with intricate painted frescoes. Staying in one is a highlight! Shekhawati is located in the Delhi-Jaipur-Bikaner triangle, and is refreshingly free of tourists!

Pali Region

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Rural tourism is growing in Rajasthan and the Pali district, between Jodhpur and Udaipur, is perfect for visitors who want to explore Rajasthan beyond its cities. Bera is one of the top destinations there due to the prevalence of wild leopards, which roam the rugged terrain and can be spotted on safari. At Jojawar, the 300 year-old Rajput fort has been converted into a heritage hotel and draws visitors. Kesar Bagh is a luxury option there. Chanoud Garh is another 300 year-old fort-palace turned exquisite heritage hotel in the Pali district. However, it doesn't get anymore out-of-this-world than stunning Lakshman Sagar heritage hotel. Alternatively, Culture Aangan has homestays in Pali. You'll find village life to be fascinating. You can even attend a shepherds' morning opium meet!

Although increasingly popular with travelers, Bundi also often gets overlooked as a tourist destination in Rajasthan due to its off-the-beaten path location between Jaipur and Udaipur. It's a captivating place to visit, with its lakes, temples, markets, miniature paintings, and blue houses similar to Jodhpur. This relatively laid-back town is dominated by the extraordinary and imposing Bundi Palace, which protrudes out of the hillside. The ancient, winding lanes of the Old City are fascinating to wander through. Bundi also has around 50 step wells and a ramshackle fort above the palace.

Kota and Chambal

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Less than an hour southeast of Bundi, Rajasthan's third largest city -- Kota -- sits alongside the Chambal River. Once you've seen its palaces, temples and museums head out to explore the National Chambal Sanctuary and take a boat ride along the river. It's home to rare wildlife such as the gharial (a long-snouted, fish-eating crocodile) and Gangetic river dolphin. Bhainsrorgarh Fort boutique heritage hotel was once a royal abode and has an enviable position atop the cliff. The view is breathtaking! Plus, the 9th century Badoli Temples are nearby. Kota is famous for its Dussehra festival and fair in October.

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in India to spot a tiger in the wild. In contrast to many national parks in India, Ranthambore is also really accessible and easy to get to. This makes it very popular (and, unfortunately, it's been facing a lot of tourist pressure). As well as nature, the park is home to the formidable 10th century Ranthambore Fort. It's a huge structure that contains ruined pavilions, monuments, and three Hindu temples. The park is packed with history, having witnessed many battles played out on its land, and the rise and fall of many rulers.

If driving from Agra (or Bharatpur) to Ranthambore, consider stopping at Karauli and staying at isolated Ramathra Fort heritage hotel on the way.

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Birding enthusiasts will be delighted by Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, just over an hour east of Agra on the way to Jaipur. One of India's top bird sanctuaries for bird watching and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was formerly a duck hunting reserve of the maharajas. More than 370 species of birds can be found there, including a large congregation of non-migratory resident breeding birds.

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Also on the Agra-Jaipur Road, Abhaneri has the deepest and possibly the most photographed step well in India . Chand Baori was built between the 8th and 9th centuries by King Chanda of the Nikumbh dynasty of Rajputs. However, locals will tell you a more spookier story of it being constructed in one night by ghosts! The step well extends approximately 100 feet into the ground, down 3,500 steps and 13 levels. A two-day Abhaneri festival takes place every year in September against the evocative backdrop of Chand Baori to promote rural tourism.

Interested in more forts and palaces? Alwar can be done on a day trip from Delhi , as it's only three hours south of India's capital. Attractions include an 18th century City Palace complex and government museum (closed Mondays) inside it, which showcases the extravagant lifestyle of the kings. However, it's Lake Sagar and the many chhatris (dome-shaped pavilions) behind the City Palace that are most visually impressive monuments. Above the City Palace sits 16th century Bala Quila, notable for being one of a few forts in Rajasthan to be built before the rise of the Mughals.

Another popular sidetrip from Delhi, Neemrana was the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, king of the Rajput Chauhan dynasty. It's located in Rajasthan's Aravalli Hills, about two and a half hours southwest of Delhi on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. The main attractions there are rambling 15th century Neemrana Fort Palace hotel perched on the side of the hill overlooking town, and zip-lining .

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Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. It's situated 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) above sea level near the Gujarat border, about three hours (160km) from Udaipur. The British took a liking to Mount Abu because of its comfortable climate, and they relocated the headquarters of their political Rajputana Agency there from Ajmer in 1857. Mount Abu has a reputation as a honeymooner's haven but Indian families flock to the area as well. However, it remains an offbeat destination for foreigners. These top things to do in Mount Abu are centered around enjoying the great outdoors.

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Rajasthan Itinerary for 7 or 14 Days (+ Map)

Rajasthan itinerary

With its magnificent forts, beautiful palaces, vibrant culture and rich history, the state of Rajasthan is one of the top travel destinations in India. If you’re asking me, a trip to India isn’t complete without visiting this colourful state. Rajasthan is huge, however, and there is a lot to see here. Therefore, it can be a little overwhelming to start planning an itinerary. But that’s exactly where this guide comes in handy – this Rajasthan itinerary for 1 or 2 weeks covers the highlights and it’s perfect for first-timers .

Some of the places included in this itinerary are the holy city of Pushkar , the so-called blue city – Jodhpur and the city of lakes – Udaipur . It will bring you along architectural marvels like the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort and the Toorji Ka Jhalra stepwell.

If you’d like to see more of India, this itinerary can easily be combined with a visit to Delhi and the Taj Mahal .

But without further ado, let’s dive into this Rajasthan itinerary for 7 or 14 days!

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Rajasthan Itinerary for 1 or 2 Weeks

Udaipur City Palace in Rajasthan

In the first section of this post, you will find all the places included in these itineraries . I also added a note saying in which of the itineraries the place is included.

Next, you will find the 7 and 14-day Rajasthan itineraries and a map showing you where the places are located. Keep in mind that Rajasthan is huge and that it would take nearly 11 hours to get from Jaipur to Jaisalmer.

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Places to see in Rajasthan

So, let’s start with the best places to see in Rajasthan in 1 or 2 weeks! From the astonishing Hawa Mahal in Jaipur to the photogenic blue houses of Jodhpur, Rajasthan offers an abundance of beautiful sights!

*Included on 7 and 14-day itinerary

Hawa Mahal beautiful landmarks in India

Both of these itineraries start with two days in Jaipur , the capital of Rajasthan and India’s so-called Pink City . Jaipur is easily reachable from Delhi by train, the ride takes about 4 to 5 hours.

Here, you will find some spectacular sights like the marvellous Hawa Mahal , the enormous Amer Fort , the beautiful Monkey Temple and the colourful Patrika Gate .

Jaipur is also one of the stops on the popular Golden Triangle tourist route , which connects the Pink City to Delhi and Agra (where you will find the Taj Mahal).

With its beautiful palaces, forts and temples, this is a city that cannot be missed on any Rajasthan itinerary!

🛕 Highlights of Jaipur

  • Hawa Mahal: This stunning palace is famous for its 953 windows. These were used by the royal women, who could not appear in public. They used to peek out of the windows to catch a glimpse of everyday life.
  • Amer Fort: This is my favourite fort in Rajasthan! It was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century and you will find some pretty impressive architecture within its walls. One of its most famous sights is the Sheesh Mahal , which is often called the “Glass Palace”.
  • City Palace: Built in 1727, the City Palace is the place where the Maharaja reigned until 1949. You will find some beautiful courtyards, gates and rooms inside.
  • Jantar Mantar : Located right across the street from the City Palace, Jantar Mantar is an ancient astronomical observatory that’s worth visiting as well.
  • Patrika Gate: This colourful gate was built in 2016 and serves as an entrance to Jawahar Circle Garden. It’s one of the most photogenic places in Jaipur so don’t forget to bring your camera when you visit it!

The gats of Pushkar, India

The next stop for both of these itineraries will be Pushkar – one of my favourite places in India. This is one of Rajasthan’s oldest cities and also one of its holiest ones, making it one of India’s top cultural destinations .

Pushkar is located by the holy Pushkar Lake, which is surrounded by numerous ghats . Apart from the lake and ghats, some of Pushkar’s most famous sights are the Brahma Temple , the Pap Mochani Temple and the Savitri Temple . The last two are located on top of a hill and they offer a magnificent view over Pushkar.

It’s believed that Pushkar Lake was created when Lord Brahma vanquished the demon Vajranash using a lotus flower. When this flower fell to the ground, it created Pushkar Lake. Today, the city is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus.

🛕 Highlights of Pushkar

  • Ghats: Strolling along the ghats by the holy Pushkar lake is one of the best things to do in Pushkar. You will see that rituals and offerings happen here regularly.
  • Brahma Temple: Being a holy city, Pushkar is home to many temples, but the Brahma Temple is the most important one. It’s located close to the lake and it’s one of the few temples dedicated to Brahma.
  • Pap Mochani Temple: It’s a short hike up a hill to get to this temple, and you will be rewarded with a spectacular view over Pushkar once you reach the top!
  • Savitri Temple: To reach the top of this hill, you can either take the cable car or hike and once again, you will be rewarded with an amazing view over Pushkar.
  • Gurudwara Sahib : This famous Sikh temple was built in 1549 after Guru Nanak Dev visited Pushkar. It’s a stunning white temple that’s definitely worth seeing.

Blue house with green windows in Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan and another one of my favourite cities in India! It’s dubbed the Blue City because of its many blue houses that make the city incredibly photogenic.

But there is more to Jodhpur than the blue houses alone!

This city is also home to the enormous Mehrangarh Fort , which was built by the founder of Jodhpur in the 15th century and overlooks the blue city. Just a 15-minute walk from here, you will find Jaswant Thada – a beautiful memorial that was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singhjill and is made entirely out of white marble.

Other things you cannot miss on a visit to Jodhpur are the Toorji Ka Jhalra stepwell , Pachetia   Hill for sunset and the Clock Tower and Sardar Market – which are the heart of the city.

🛕 Highlights of Jodhpur

  • Blue Houses: One of the best things to do in Jodhpur is to stroll around the old town in search of the beautiful blue houses .
  • Mehrangarh Fort : Built by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, in 1459, this incredible fort is Jodhpur’s most famous landmark. It’s quite spectacular, to say the least, and it overlooks the blue city.
  • Jaswant Thada : Just a 15-minute walk from the fort, this beautiful memorial consists entirely of white marble. It was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singhjill.
  • Toorji Ka Jhalra Stepwell : Rajasthan is famous for its step wells and this one is very easy to reach, as it’s located in the middle of Jodhpur. The Toorji Ka Jhalra Stepwell used to be the main source of water for the city.
  • Pachetia   Hill : Pachetia Hill overlooks the blue city and it’s the best place to watch the sunset over the blue houses.
  • Clock Tower and Sardar Market : This is the heart of the old city. It’s a nice area to stroll around, shop at the market and drink a delicious lassi.

Lake Pichola in Udaipur

After visiting the blue city, it’s time to head to Udaipur – the City of Lakes or the Venice of the East . This city is often dubbed India’s most romantic city and it’s easy to understand why!

Udaipur is famous for its mesmerizing lakes, floating palaces, beautiful temples and stunning viewpoints. It’s also a great place to relax on one of the many rooftop terraces.

There are many great things to do in Udaipur, from soaking up the atmosphere at the ghats of Lake Pichola to visiting the City Palace and the beautiful Ahar Cenotaphs . If you’re a sucker for beautiful viewpoints, you will want to take the Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway too. This ropeway will bring you to the Sri Karni Mata Temple, which offers a spectacular view of the city.

Udaipur is also famous for hosting the Dharohar Dance Show  at Lok Dharohar Haveli . This is said to be the most spectacular traditional Rajasthani dance show in all of Rajasthan!

🛕 Highlights of Udaipur

  • Jagdish Temple: This Hindu Temple’s architecture is stunning! You will find numerous statues of elephants, horsemen, musicians and dancers on its beautiful facades.
  • Lake Pichola and Ghats: Strolling along Lake Pichola while enjoying the view is one of the best things to do in Udaipur. Make sure not to miss Gangaur Ghat and Ambrai Ghat while you’re there.
  • City Palace: Constructed in 1553, the City Palace of Udaipur is the largest royal complex in the state of Rajasthan. You will find stunning palaces and halls inside!
  • Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway : This cable car ride will take you to Machhala Hill, from where you will have a spectacular view over Udaipur.
  • Ahar Cenotaphs : These empty tombs are a unique place to visit in Udaipur. They’re a must-see for history buffs and lovers of architecture.
  • Dharohar Dance Show at Bagore Ki Haveli : A spectacular show with Rajasthani dance performances and a puppet show.

*Included on 14-day Rajasthan itinerary

Rajasthan itinerary Jaisalmer Fort

If you have two weeks in Rajasthan, then it’s time to head to Jaisalmer next. This small desert city is located northwest of Rajasthan, not so far from the border with Pakistan.

Jaisalmer is home to India’s only living fort , where you will find plenty of beautiful Havelis. You will also find the peaceful Gadisar Lake here, which used to be the city’s only water source.

What Jaisalmer is most famous for, however, is its desert safaris . Although I did enjoy the desert safari, it’s good to know that the Thar Desert only has small sets of dunes and most parts are scrubs.

This being said, I still think checking out the Thar Desert is worth it! Just don’t expect it to be all sand dunes as this is not the case.

If you’re looking for a good agency to book a desert safari (because believe me, there are many and they’re not all good), I can recommend Trotters Jaisalmer . I went on an overnight desert safari with them and it was amazing! We were a small group of three people and there was no one else in the set of dunes they brought us to.

🛕 Highlights of Jaisalmer

  • Jaisalmer Fort: This living fort is full of beautiful temples and golden Havelis . You will also find multiple viewpoints from where you can watch the sunset here.
  • Gadisar Lake: This lake was built around the 12th-13th by the first king of Jaisalmer. It’s a peaceful place that’s surrounded by ghats and shrines.
  • Bada Bagh: Here, you will find the funerary cenotaphs (empty tombs) that were built to commemorate the royalty of Jaisalmer. They’re beautiful pieces of architecture that are very common in the north of India.
  • Desert safari: Spending a night in the desert dunes is an amazing experience that you won’t forget! Don’t be afraid to ask around before booking a tour though, as there are plenty of operators and they all claim to be the best. I booked my tour with Trotters Jaisalmer and can recommend them.

*Included on 14-day itinerary

Rat Temple in Bikaner, Rajasthan

The last stop on the 14-day Rajasthan itinerary is Bikaner, a city that is most famous for its proximity to the unique Karni Mata Temple  or the Rat Temple . In order to reach this temple, you will have to take the local bus to Deshnok, which is 30 km (18.6 mi) from Bikaner.

As you might have guessed, what makes the Karni Mata Temple so special is that it’s full of rats. In fact, it’s the only temple in the world that worships rats! Over 25,000 black rats and a few white ones live within its doors. It’s considered good luck if you can spot one of the white ones, as these are considered the incarnations of the Hindu deity Karni Mata and her sons.

But why rats? I hear you ask.

Well, there are two legends associated with why rats are being worshipped at the Karni Mata Temple:

  • The rats are soldiers who deserted a nearby battle. Although this was punishable by death, Karni Mata decided to spare them and turned them into rats instead.
  • When one of the sons of Karni Mata’s sister drowned, Karni Mata begged Yama, the god of death, to bring him back. Yama told her this would interfere with the cycle of birth and death but told her he could reincarnate all the family’s sons as rats. Karni Mata then promised the rats would serve at her temple forever.

Although we can’t be certain which of these legends led to the creation of the Rat Temple, one thing is certain – bringing a visit to India’s Karni Mata Temple will be an unforgettable experience! This is one of the most unusual landmarks in Rajasthan .

🛕 Highlights of Bikaner (besides the Rat Temple)

  • Junagarh Fort: This beautiful fort was constructed by Raja Rai Singh in the 16th century. You will find stunning palaces, courtyards, pavilions and balconies inside.
  • Rampuria Haveli: Rampuria Haveli was constructed in the 15th century for the wealthy merchant family with the same name. Although you cannot visit it on the inside, the outside alone is worth checking out and there are some other beautiful Havelis on the same street.

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Amer Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan

7 days in Rajasthan itinerary and map

You can find the itinerary and map for the 7-day Rajasthan itinerary below. Seven days is just enough time to see the state’s highlights.

Day 1-2: Jaipur Day 3: Travel from Jaipur to Pushkar (2,5 hours) and visit Pushkar Day 4: Travel from Pushkar to Jodhpur (5 hours) Day 5: Jodhpur Day 6: Travel from Jodhpur to Udaipur (5,5 hours) Day 7: Udaipur

14 days in Rajasthan itinerary and map

If you have more time to spare and are planning a 14-day long trip to Rajasthan, then Jaisalmer and Bikaner are two extra places that you can visit. You can find the map and Rajasthan itinerary for 2 weeks below.

Day 1-2: Jaipur Day 3-4 : Travel from Jaipur to Pushkar (2,5 hours) and visit Pushkar Day 5: Pushkar Day 6-7: Travel from Pushkar to Udaipur (6 hours) Day 8: Udaipur Day 9: Travel from Udaipur to Jodhpur (5,5 hours) Day 10: Jodhpur Day 11: Travel from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (5 hours) Day 12: Jaisalmer Day 13: Travel from Jaisalmer to Bikaner (5,5 hours) Day 14: Bikaner

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Musician in Rajasthan, India

Best time to visit Rajasthan

The best time to visit Rajasthan is during the winter months, from October to February . At this time of the year, the temperature won’t be too high.

It’s not recommended to visit Rajasthan during the summer months, which are from April to June. It will be scorching hot at this time of the year with temperatures rising up to 48°C.

Rajasthan can also be visited during the monsoon season, from July to September. This is the time of the year that I visited the state. There’s no denying that there is rain during the monsoon (and that it’s still quite hot) but it doesn’t rain every day. Overall, I think the monsoon season is a good time to visit Rajasthan if you want to travel outside of the peak season.

How to get around in Rajasthan

There are multiple ways to get around Rajasthan, depending on where you’re going. Trains and tourist buses are perfect for longer distances, while local buses and rickshaws are great for short distances.

  • Train : Rajasthan’s major cities are well connected by train. This is an easy and reliable way to get around the state. Note that there are many different types of trains in India , so make sure to do some research in advance.
  • Bus : Another easy way to get around Rajasthan is by taking the bus. There are plenty of local buses for short distances and tourist buses for longer distances.
  • Private driver : The most comfortable way to get around is by taxi or private transportation but this is also the most expensive one.
  • Rickshaw : You will find plenty of rickshaws in the cities. These are perfect for short distances but be prepared to haggle as rickshaw drivers tend to charge foreigners ten times the normal price. A great way to get a fair price is by downloading the Ola app , though. It works just like Uber but includes bikes and rickshaws.

Tip : When you’re travelling in Rajasthan, it’s better to book your bus and train tickets in advance. This way, you will know for sure that you have a seat. I used 12GoAsia to book my tickets, this is the only website I could find that accepts payments with non-Indian credit cards.

Rajasthan itinerary FAQs

How many days are enough for rajasthan.

1 to 2 weeks is perfect to cover most of Rajasthan’s tourist sites. Although you could go on a short 2 or 3-day trip to Jaipur, for example, there are many beautiful places to see in Rajasthan, so I would recommend staying in this state for at least 1 week.

Which is the best month to visit Rajasthan?

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Colourful clothes in Rajasthan, India

Tips for travelling in India

India can be a little overwhelming and confusing for first-time visitors. It may not be the easiest country to visit, but it sure is one of the most fascinating ones.

In order to get the most out of your trip to Rajasthan, there are some things you need to be aware of. So here are some useful tips to help you adjust to India easily.

  • Dress appropriately: India, and especially the state of Rajasthan, are conservative so be mindful of the culture and dress modestly. It’s okay for women to wear Western clothes but this is not the right place for hot pants and spaghetti tops. I’ve written a detailed post about the subject here: What to Wear in India: Tips + Outfit Ideas . Make sure to check it out to prepare for your trip.
  • Be wary of scams: Unfortunately, scams are common in India, so be wary of them. Research common scams of the place you’re heading to in advance. This way, you won’t be fooled by them.
  • Learn how to haggle: The price is always negotiable – in many shops, the vendor will quote a high price and expect you to offer a lower one. This will go back and forth until you find a price that works for both of you.
  • Buy a local sim: A local sim doesn’t cost much and this way, you will have access to the internet to look things up at any time.
  • Take off your shoes before entering temples: If you’re going to visit many temples, it’s a good idea to wear flip-flops, as these are easy to take off.
  • Know the Indian head bobble: While people in most countries nod by moving their heads up and down, Indians nod in a different way – they shake their heads from side to side. This can be a little confusing at first, so it’s good to be aware of it.
  • Avoid PDA: Avoid public displays of affection if you’re travelling in India with your partner as this is considered inappropriate in Indian culture.
  • Have an open mind: If this is your first visit to the country, you might experience some culture shock. Be prepared for this and accept the fact that things won’t be like they are at home.
  • Bring traveller’s diarrhoea medication: Even when they’re careful, many travellers experience the so-called Delhi Belly , so it’s good to be prepared.

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Rajasthan itinerary: Final thoughts

I hope you love the colourful state of Rajasthan as much as I do. India is one of my favourite places in the world and I truly loved exploring Rajasthan – it’s simply magical!

If you have more time in India after finishing your Rajasthan itinerary, you could head to the Taj Mahal next. You could also head back to Delhi or go to Mumbai for a day and visit Goa – the possibilities are endless.

Other itineraries for India: – 15 Days in South India: An Itinerary – Golden Triangle Itinerary in India: 4, 5 or 6 Days

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In North India is Rajasthan, an Indian state close to the border with Pakistan. This incredible state is a popular travel destination because of its landscape, which includes the immense Thar Desert and the magnificent Aravallis Mountains. As a center of Rajput culture, Rajasthan is also a wonderful place to explore palaces and temples created by Rajput kings of the past. As you criss cross the state, aim to add as many of these incredible places to visit in Rajasthan to your itinerary as possible.

10. Mount Abu [SEE MAP]

Mount Abu

Mount Abu is a hill station that offers exceptional views of the surrounding area. A rocky plateau of a summit means that there is a large space to explore, not to mention an abundance of attractions. Nakki Lake is a must-see spot near Mount Abu, and you can even rent an affordable paddle boat to get on the water and admire the hills surrounding the lake. Also of interest in Mount Abu will be the Dilwara Temples. These temples from the Jain religion date from about the 12th century and are carved from an exquisite white marble.

9. Bikaner [SEE MAP]

Bikaner

Although the city of Bikaner is home to a palace, a historic fort and even a camel research center, many Indians know it as a destination for foodies with a sweet tooth. One of the local specialties you’ll definitely want to try is Kesar Kulfi, a sweet and iced dessert that is delicious and refreshing on a hot afternoon. Desert safaris are also popular in Bikaner, and you can ride a camel into the desert to explore the local culture and landscape. It is impossible to miss Bikaner’s Junagarh Fort, built in the 16th century and now holding an extensive museum about the region.

8. Chittorgarh [SEE MAP]

Chittorgarh

The city of Chittorgrah, situated on the banks of the Berach River, is known for one particularly impressive attraction: The Chittorgarh Fort. Built in the seventh century, the fort is one of the largest in India and is guarded by seven gates. The fort is large, and seeing it all in a day can be challenging. Start with the Victory Tower, built in the 15th century and illuminated beautifully each night. Also make time for Rana Kumbha’s Palace, the oldest part of the fort, and the Meera Temple, which honors Vishnu and boasts a large collection of idols.

7. Ranthambhore National Park [SEE MAP]

Ranthambhore National Park

This national park is also a wildlife sanctuary, and it is known as one of the top spots in the entire world to see tigers in the wild. You can book a wildlife safari to explore the park and see the animals up close. A smaller, open-top vehicle called a gypsy is best for the braver visitors, and the larger open-top vehicles called canters offer a little more protection. In addition to the tigers, Ranthambhore National Park boasts wildlife that includes leopards, hyenas, sloth bears and so much more. On a safari, you will also have the chance to see Ranthambhore Fort, which dates back to the 10th century.

6. Bundi [SEE MAP]

Bundi

The city of Bundi is a unique destination, and it is a place that is widely known for its step wells. While this means of water collection is no longer used in the city, Bundi still has more than 50 step wells that you can see. The most famous is the Queen’s Step Well, which dates back to the 15th century and boasts more than 200 steps. Also of note in Bundi is the Taragarh Fort, constructed in the 16th century and now home to a staggering art collection. Escape the urban environment easily at one of the lakes surrounding Bundi, or set off on a wildlife safari at Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary.

5. Pushkar [SEE MAP]

Pushkar

Pushkar is a holy city, and it is known best for its Brahma temple and its annual camel fair. Brahma is one-third of the holy trinity in Hindu religion, and Pushkar is said to be the home of Brahma. The Brahma temple in Pushkar is impossible to miss, especially because of the frequent chanting ceremonies that take place several times a day. Pushkar is also home to several other temples devoted to Vishnu, Savitri and Shiva. Every November, Pushkar comes alive with a camel fair and Hindu pilgrimage.

4. Jodhpur [SEE MAP]

Jodhpur

Jodhpur, or the Blue City, is located on the edge of the Thar Desert. Its colorful nickname comes from the many blue homes in the city, which make it look blue when viewed from above. Filled with forts and temples, Jodhpur is a historic destination with plenty of appeal. No trip would be complete without a tour of the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort, the largest fort in all of Rajasthan. The fort complex is home to a stunning mirrored hall, intricate sandstone screens in the Zenana Deodi, the Chamunda Mataji Temple and even a number of costumed people who really bring the fort to life.

3. Jaipur [SEE MAP]

Jaipur

The capital of Rajasthan is Jaipur, a bustling city teeming with interesting attractions and things to do. Jaipur forms one corner of the Golden Triangle, and it makes a great gateway into the lesser-known destinations within Rajasthan. There are three major forts in Jaipur: Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Also worth exploring is the City Palace, a stunning blend of Mughal and Rajput design that is so big most travelers can’t see it all in a single day. Jaipur is also home to a number of temples as well as a major bazaar which comes alive each night as the sun sets.

2. Jaisalmer [SEE MAP]

Jaisalmer

Also known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is a remarkable city right on the fringes of the Thar Desert. The dominating features of Jaisalmer is the Jaisalmer Fort, or Sonar Qila, which is still an inhabited space. Unlike virtually every other fort in India, Jaisalmer is completely functioning, and within the fort you’ll find private residences, shops and even restaurants. Souvenir shopping within the fort is a fun experience, with common souvenirs including bronze statues and silver jewelry. Within the fort’s walls, there are also a handful of temples. These Jain temples date back to the 12th century, and most are open to the public in the morning.

1. Udaipur [SEE MAP]

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Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes, so it should not come as a surprise that the lakes are a main attraction. Two of the biggest lakes, Fateh Sagar and Pichola, are artificial, but that makes them no less beautiful. The main reason to visit Udaipur is for the chance to explore Udaipur City Palace, a collection of palaces, museums and gardens in a range of architectural styles. Shrines, temples, royal residences and art collections are also available to admire within the City Palace. Just north of the palace is Jagdish Temple, Udaipur’s most famous temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple boasts stunning carvings, and it is now an iconic landmark in the city.

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Rajasthan, in the north of India, is the largest state in the country, stretching for hundreds of thousands of square miles to the border with Pakistan, encompassing millions of people and thousands of villages, towns, and cities.

There are endless deserts, tall mountains, and even forests, giving Rajasthan a unique diversity matched by few other destinations in India.

The state’s name translates as ‘The Land of Kings’, because historically, Rajasthan was the domain of Princely States, and across the region, you can find the legacy of these wealthy kingdoms in the palaces, forts, and temples found in every great city.

There are a lot of places to visit in Rajasthan, from the Pink City of Jaipur to the jungles and tigers of Ranthambore National Park.

Don’t leave home without: Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Travel Guide)

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Rajasthan is a vast state, and there are endless opportunities to explore. There are sprawling cities, rural villages and beautiful national parks to visit.

It can be a challenge deciding just where exactly you might want to travel to if you are limited for time, so to help you out, here are our favorite places to visit in Rajasthan.

Delhi India at sunset

Chances are that if you are planning an itinerary in Rajasthan, you will be flying into and out of Delhi for your trip. The good news is that this city has some incredible things to do!

You could spend a week here and not see it all, but the good news is that you only need a day or two to hit the best sights before moving onto more famous places in Rajasthan like Jaipur and also Agra, where you’ll find the Taj Mahal. 

The key to having a good time in Delhi is to make sure you stay in a good part of the city and hire a local guide with transport to maximize your time in the city. 

Amer fort in Jaipur - Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, and with excellent transport connections to the rest of the state and to the rest of India, it’s a great location to begin any trip here.

Jaipur is also the largest city in Rajasthan, and while it can be slightly overwhelming at first, there are some excellent sights to see. The city is also part of the classic Golden Triangle , a tourist trail that takes in Delhi and Agra too. Jaipur is known as the Pink City for its colorful designs.

Visit the Amber Fort and Palace, marvel at the royal opulence that the city was built upon and gaze at stunning royal retreats built on islands on the lake.

Our top recommended tours of Jaipur:

  • Private Full-Day Tour of Jaipur
  • Full-Day Jaipur City Tour Including Amber Fort and City Palace
  • Night Tour of Jaipur City Monuments and Streets

3. Agra & Taj Mahal

While it is not technically located within Rajasthan, it is located on most routes that tour this popular state. The gem of any India itinerary is easily the city of Agra, simply because it features the world-famous Taj Mahal . Connected by a highway to the rest of the Golden Triangle, Agra is easily accessible and very popular among both tourists and travelers. 

Besides the Taj Mahal, though, there are several other sites to enjoy. This includes palaces, parks and cultural sites around the city.  To plan your trip, check out  9 Places to Visit in Agra Besides the Taj Mahal .

Lina Stock in Jodhpur, India

Jodhpur is Rajasthan’s second-largest city and is known colloquially as the Blue City for the brightly painted houses found here. Jodphur is home to one of the most impressive forts in the state, as well as an array of historic sites.

Mehrangarh Fort was built on a rocky outcrop high above the city to protect it from attack, and wherever you walk in the streets below, you’ll be in the imposing shadow of its walls and towers.

Close to the city, you can find an intriguing Desert Rock Park, where you can get a taste for the Rajasthani desert without having to travel too far.

In the city itself, you can admire the old clock tower and spend your day wandering through bustling local markets.

Our top recommended tours of Jodhpur:

  • Private Tour: Jodhpur City Sightseeing Tour With Optional Guide
  • Private Full-Day City Tour of Jodhpur
  • Camel Safari Day Tour in Jodhpur

River front in Udaipur, India

Udaipur is nicknamed the City of Lakes, and it’s one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. Found in the south of the state, Udaipur was the lavish capital of the Mewar Kingdom, whose rulers built stunning palaces and grand buildings.

The city is surrounded by an intricate lake system, providing water and also providing spectacular vistas. Cruise across the shimmering lakes, visiting floating palaces and lakeside temples.

It’s one of the most aesthetic cities to visit in India, and you’ll be mesmerized by both the architecture and by the natural beauty. Plan your stop with  10 Interesting Things to Do in Udaipur .

Our top recommended tours of Udaipur:

  • Experience Udaipur Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Guide & Transports
  • Full-Day City Sightseeing Tour with Tuk Tuk in Udaipur
  • Full-Day Private City Tour of Udaipur Including Boat Ride in Lake Pichola

Jaisalmer skyline in India

6. Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is found in the far west of the state but despite its isolated location, it’s still one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer is right in the middle of the vast Thal Desert which stretches towards the border with Pakistan, but the arid landscape and the dusty, dry climate are somehow enthralling to experience.

The town’s centerpiece is a 12th-century fort, known as the Golden Fortress, and this is the site of ancient royal palaces and historic temples. Being in the desert, Jaisalmer also makes a great jumping-off point to explore the endless scenery.

You can take safaris into the sand dunes and even camp out overnight in this great wilderness.

Our top recommended tours of Jaisalmer:

  • Jaisalmer Private Full-Day City Tour with Havelis and Camel Ride
  • Private Half-Day Tour of Golden Monuments in Jaisalmer
  • Private Full-Day City Tour of Jaisalmer

Camels in Pushkar, India

Pushkar is one of the most famous destinations in northern India and one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan, but for much of the year, it’s a surprisingly quiet destination.

All that changes, however, come November, when the annual Pushkar Camel Fair brings hundreds of thousands of visitors – and camels – to the small town in the desert.

Pushkar is incredibly sacred to Hindus and Sikhs, and an important pilgrimage site too. The lake is surrounded by temples and places of worship, as it’s believed that the Lord Brahma created the town, and you’ll always find interesting local ceremonies being performed here.

A visit to Pushkar any time of the year is a cultural feast! Plan your stop around the 9 Best Places to Visit in Pushkar .

Our top recommended tours of Pushkar:

  • Pushkar Day Trip From Jaipur
  • Golden Triangle with Pushkar Fair
  • Private Walking Tour In Pushkar Including Spiritual walk & Market Visits

Tiger in Ranthambore National Park Rajasthan India

8. Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan if you are looking for a change from the desert landscapes. Ranthambore is a protected area of forests and grasslands, and it’s home to some of the last remaining Bengal Tigers in India.

It’s a hugely important wildlife reserve, and you can take safaris through the wilderness in search of the elusive tigers, although given their low numbers, you have to be very lucky to spot one!

Even if you don’t spot a tiger though, you’ll see plenty of other local animals, including leopards, wild boars, hyenas, crocodiles and a huge array of bird species.

Our top recommended tours of Ranthambore National Park:

  • 2-Night Private Ranthambore National Park and Wildlife Tour from Delhi
  • Ranthambore Jungle Safari
  • Ranthambore Tiger Safari Day trip from Jaipur

Bundi, India

Bundi is a small town, but it’s one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. Located directly south of Jaipur, the capital of the state, Bundi is a great place to escape the crowds and the chaos of the bigger cities.

It’s quite literally an oasis in the desert, and the colorful, ramshackle streets are surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Life in Bundi is slow, and you can leisurely explore the ancient streets of the old town without too much hassle and with none of the usual Indian madness!

You can climb the tall hills for astounding views of Bundi, you can visit the fortress, the temples and much, much more.

Bundi is small, and you can easily see the sights in just a day, but like many travelers before you, you might just find yourself staying here much, much longer than you were anticipating.

Bikaner, India - Places to Visit in Rajasthan

10. Bikaner

Bikaner is found in the north-west of the state, and it’s one of the most historic cities in Rajasthan. The city is in the arid Thal Desert, but since the 15th century, it’s been an ever-growing oasis in the dusty wilderness.

Visit the Junagarh Fort, which has guarded Bikaner for centuries, before exploring the bustling confines of the old town.

There are temples and cultural centers, alongside camel fairs and much more in Bikaner, making this an intriguing and somewhat off the beaten track destination to visit in Rajasthan.

Our top recommended tours of Bikaner:

  • Guided Sightseeing In Bikaner
  • A Day in Bikaner
  • Private Custom Tour: Bikaner Sightseeing with Guide

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Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Best Time of Year to Travel to Rajasthan

Rajasthan has a wide range of landscapes, but for the most part, the state experiences an extremely arid climate, with dusty deserts and scorching weather, punctuated here and there by cooler highlands and the odd jungle-like region.

The weather in Rajasthan then can be harsh, with long, hot summers that bring high temperatures. Rainfall is limited through the year, but when it does rain, it rains hard, with seasonal monsoons sweeping across the state.

The best time of year to visit Rajasthan is the cool dry season, which falls through winter. From November through to March you have optimum temperatures averaging around 20 degrees Celsius (~68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Temperatures in summer, particularly between April and June, can frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit), while July through to October is when the worst of the monsoon rainfall occurs, and the weather can be both hot and humid.

The winter dry season, while having the best weather for traveling, is also the busiest time of year to be in Rajasthan, when attractions are packed out and transport and accommodation can be booked well in advance.

If you are looking for a quieter time of year, then consider traveling in the shoulder seasons, at the start of summer, or just after the rains.

cultural parade in Udaipur India

How to Travel Around Rajasthan

Rajasthan is an essential stop on the Indian tourist trail, and as such, the state is well set up for accommodating visitors, with a wide range of hotels and transport options across the region.

There are many ways to travel through Rajasthan, with options for every style and budget. Luxury travelers will be able to travel in comfort, with private drivers and guides, while staying at opulent hotels each night.

There are tour groups to join if it’s your first time traveling through India, and you’d like the comfort and security of a group, while seasoned travelers will be able to take public transport, using rickshaws, trains, and buses to visit the best places in Rajasthan.

While it’s set up for tourism, particularly touristy places, travelers will need to be aware of scams and high-pressure touts looking to make a quick buck from visitors. Just travel safely and sensibly though, and you shouldn’t encounter too many problems.

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Popularly called the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan in Northern India. It is one of the famous places to visit in India , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . It is situated about 268 km from Delhi. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism. Jaipur attracts numerous visitors from all over the world due to its rich heritage and culture. Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, etc. are the important places to visit in Jaipur as part of Jaipur holiday packages . Jaipur is also famous for its beautiful jewellery, fabrics, shoes, and spacious gardens. The city is also well known for its fairs and fests that are held on a grand scale. The major festivals include Kite Festival, Camel Festival, Teej, Gangaur, and Elephant Festival. The city witnesses a large number of tourists during these festivals.

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Udaipur is a historical city and also the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. About 399 km from Jaipur, & 656 km from Delhi, it is one of the top heritage sites near Delhi , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . The city has an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerizing temples, and breathtaking architecture which are the prime attractions of Udaipur packages . Udaipur is also referred to as the 'Venice of the East' and the 'City of Lakes'. The City Palace, Lake Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli, Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sajjan Garh, Saheliyon Ki Bari, and Eklingji Temple are some prominent Udaipur places to visit . Kumbhalgarh Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Nathdwara, Sas-Bahu Temple, Ahar, and Ranakpur are the nearest attractions. Mewar festival and Gangaur festival are the popular festivals celebrated in Udaipur and have a unique charm. The festival of Gangaur is very significant for the women of Rajasthan. This festival is a visual feast with Rajasthani songs, dances, processions, devotional music, and firework displays.

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Jodhpur is the second-largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. About 562 km from Delhi, it is one of the top tourist places in India , and among the must include places in Rajasthan packages . Jodhpur is featuring many palaces, forts, and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. The landscape is scenic and mesmerizing that one can experience as part of Jodhpur packages . Also known as the 'Sun City', Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, the Chief of Rathore Clan in 1459 CE. Jodhpur is divided into the old city and the new city. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. The new city is located outside the structure. It is also known as 'Blue City' because of the houses around Mehrangarh Fort that are painted in blue. Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mandore, Kaylana Lake and Garden, Balsamand Lake, Sardar Samand Lake and Palace, Siddhnath Shiva Temple, and Naini Bai ka Temple are some of the prominent places to visit in Jodhpur . The bazaars of Jodhpur are a treasure trove of tie-and-dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquer-ware, antiques, carpets, and puppets.

4. Jaisalmer

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Lies in the heart of Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is one of the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages , and among the prominent heritage sites in India . It is situated about 278 km from Jodhpur, and 762 km from Delhi. Jaisalmer is popularly called the 'Golden City of India' because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in the architecture of the city provide a golden glow to the city. Jaisalmer is also quite famous for royal forts, havelis, palaces, museums, and temples that can be visited as part of Jaisalmer packages . Jaisalmer Fort, Nathmalji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Manak Chowk, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, Tazia Tower, Gadisagar Lake, Bada Bagh, Khuri Sand Dunes, Sam Sand Dunes, and Kuldhara are some of the popular tourist places in Jaisalmer . Jaisalmer attracts a lot of tourists for its desert camel safari. A bumpy ride on a camel in the Thar Desert is one of the exciting things to do in Jaisalmer. Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri Sand Dunes are the popular dunes in Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Desert Festival, a music festival held in the 2nd week of February is also hosted near Sam Sand Dunes. Jaisalmer can be visited along with Jodhpur tour packages .

5. Mount Abu

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Mount Abu is a hill station in the Aravalli Range in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan near the border with Gujarat. About 166 km from Udaipur, and 753 km from Delhi, it is one of the popular hill stations near Delhi , and among the must include places in Rajasthan packages , especially during the summer season. Located at an altitude of 1220 m on the magnificent Aravalli Ranges, Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan state. Guru Shikhar is the highest peak of the range, at 1,722 m above sea level. This enchanting hill station is 22 km long and 9 km wide. It is referred to as an oasis in the desert due to several lakes and waterfalls situated in the hills. It can be visited along with Udaipur tour packages . It has been a popular retreat from the heat of Rajasthan and neighboring Gujarat for centuries. Mount Abu tour packages includes temples, lakes, and forts. Dilwara Jain Temples, Guru Shikhar Peak, Adhar Devi Temple, Sri Raghunathji Temple, Achalgarh Fort, Nakki Lake, Gaumukh Temple, and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary are the top places to visit in Mount Abu .

6. Chittorgarh

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Chittorgarh or Chittaurgarh is a historical city and municipality located on the banks of river Gambhiri and Berach in Rajasthan, India. About 117 km from Udaipur, and 620 km from Delhi, it is one of the top heritage places in Rajasthan , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . Chittorgarh is the former capital of the Sisodia dynasty of Mewar, and this fascinating destination can be visited along with Udaipur packages . Chittorgarh is mainly known for its beautiful forts and temples. The Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and among the prime places to visit as part of Chittorgarh packages . Kirti Stambh, Padmini's Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace, Vijaya Stambh, Gaumukh Reservoir, Kalika Mata Temple, Meera Temple, Shyam Temple are some of the prominent tourist places in Chittorgarh . Gangur and Jauhar are the popular festivals celebrated in Chittorgarh, followed by other festivals like Diwali and Holi.

7. Ranthambore National Park

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park is one of the national parks in Rajasthan , and among the popular national parks near Delhi . It is situated about 162 km from Jaipur, and 368 km from Delhi. Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1974. Ranthambore became a national park in 1981. It can be visited along with Jaipur tour packages . Spread over an area of 392 sq. km, the park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to watch the majestic predators in its natural habitat. Apart from tigers, visitors can also spot a large variety of animals including sloth bear, leopard, caracal, jackal, fox, hyena, mongoose, dainty chital, sambar deer, the blue bull antelope or nilgai, rhesus macaque, langur, and an incredible variety of birds as part of Ranthambore tour packages . Ranthambore Fort, Jogo Mahal, Trinetra Ganesh Temple, Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History, Kachida Valley, and Rajbagh are some of the best tourist places in Ranthambore .

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Bikaner is a vibrant desert town in the middle of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India. About 333 km from Jaipur, and 435 km from Delhi, it is one of the famous places of heritage in India , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . Formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner, the city was founded by Rao Bika in 1486 CE. The Junagarh Fort, built during the reign of Raja Rai Singh, is the most famous fort in Bikaner and is one of the must include places in Bikaner packages . The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace are some of the other palaces in Bikaner which add to the beauty of the town and gives it a feel of the Rajput heritage. Karni Mata Temple, Rampuria Haveli, National Research Centre on Camel, Shri Laxminath Temple, and Shiv Bari Temple are the other popular tourist places in Bikaner . Bikaner is one of the most frequented desert cities of the state of Rajasthan along with Jodhpur and Jaisalmer packages . Bikaner is famous for its savory Bikaneri Bhujia and Bikaner Camel Festival.

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Pushkar is a sacred town located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. About 15 km from Ajmer, 145 km from Jaipur, and 408 km from Delhi, it is one of the prominent pilgrimage sites near Delhi , and among the must-include places in Rajasthan tour packages . There are several temples in Pushkar and the most famous temple is the Brahma temple, which is one of the few temples dedicated to Brahma in the world, and among the must-visit places as part of Pushkar packages . Pushkar Lake, Varaha Temple, Merta, Aptaeshwar Temple, Pushkar Cattle Fair, Rangji Temple, and Savitri Temple are the popular tourist places in Pushkar . Pushkar is also called 'the rose garden of Rajasthan', because of the extensive flower farming in and around the city. Pushkar can be visited along with Jaipur tour packages . Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Camel Fair held in November on the day of holy Kartik Purnima. It is one of the largest camel fairs in the world, in which thousands of camel owners come to Pushkar city to take part in events, sell & purchase activities of their cattle.

10. Kumbhalgarh

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Kumbhalgarh, also known as Kumbhalmer, is a historical fortress located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan, and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . It s about 89 km from Udaipur, 347 km from Jaipur, and 605 km from Delhi. Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortress built by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th century AD. It is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh, and among the must include places in Kumbhalgarh packages . Encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort is constructed on the top most ridges around 3, 500 feet above sea level and is virtually inaccessible in earlier times. It is one of the most popular historical places to visit near Jaipur . The fort houses more than 360 temples, including 300 ancient Jain ones, and the remaining are Hindu temples. Amongst all of them, Shiva Temple is worth visiting that comprises a huge Shivlinga (Phallic form). Badal Mahal or the Palace of Cloud, Lakhola Tank, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mammadev Temple are the other tourist places in Kumbhalgarh .

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Alwar is a city and administrative headquarters of Alwar district in the state of Rajasthan. About 148 km from Jaipur, and 160 km from Delhi, it is one of the popular heritage sites near Delhi , and among the must include places in Rajasthan tour packages . Alwar is part of the National Capital Region (NCR) and also famous for its Olive plantation in Tinkirudi. Alwar is situated between small hills of the Aravali range and has great historical importance. It was founded in 1049 by Maharaja Alaghraj. Alwar is among the most famous historical places to visit near Jaipur . Alwar is famous for beautiful lakes, grand palaces, magnificent temples, and towering forts. Bala Quila or Alwar Fort, City Palace and Vijay Mandir Palace, Siliserh Lake and Palace, Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri, Tripolia, Moti Doongri, Bhangarh Fort, Company Bagh, Government Museum, Tomb of Fateh Jung, Kalakand Market, Neemrana Fort, and Naldeshwar are the important places to visit in Alwar . The Sariska National Sanctuary is located in the Aravalli hills only a few kilometers away from Alwar, and is one of the must include places in Alwar packages .

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Ajmer or Ajmere is one of the popular pilgrimage sites near Delhi , and among the most important religious places to visit in Rajasthan . It is situated about 132 km from Jaipur, and 390 km from Delhi. Ajmer is can be visited along with Jaipur tour packages . The city of Ajmer gets its name from 'Ajay Meru' which means invincible hills. Ajmer is home to the famous Dargah Sharif, which houses the Tomb of Garib Nawaz, also known as Moinuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti order of Sufism. Considered to be one of the holiest cities in India, it attracts hordes of Hindu and Muslim devotees every year as part of Ajmer packages . Anasagar, Taragarh Fort, Akbar Palace & Museum, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, the Nasiyan Temple, Nareli Jain temple, and Kishangarh are other popular tourist places in Ajmer . Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is the popular fair celebrated with great pomp and fervor in Ajmer. It is held every year in the month of May to mark the death anniversary of the Sufi saint.

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It usually takes minimum 5 days to visit top destinations in different circuits of Rajasthan. It is difficult to cover all top places in Rajasthan in a single trip, as the state is quote big. One can start from Delhi and visit Jaipur, Udaipur & Jodhpur. Starting from Jaipur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh & Ranthambore National Park can be visited. Another popular circuit includes Udaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Jaisalmer and near by places.

Winter from October to Martch is the best season to visit Rajasthan. It is also the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this season. Popular Places like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Mount Abu attract large crowds in winter season.

Budget of Rajasthan trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Rajasthan tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 16500 per person for a 5D/4N trip and from INR 23450 per person for 8D/7N vacation.

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The Best Rajasthan Itinerary for 5 Days or More

  • October 7, 2023

Rajasthan is one of our favourite states in India. So, if you’re here looking for the best Rajasthan itinerary, you’ll be pleased to know you’ve come to the right place. We recently spent close to 3 weeks in Rajasthan, which is why it’s easy for me to suggest itineraries for 5 days, 7 days, and even 2 weeks. In this Rajasthan Itinerary, I’ll be sharing all the best places to visit, how to get around, where to eat & sleep, along with all of our top tips for travelling this fast-paced state in India.

If you ask me, no trip to India is complete without visiting Rajasthan. It’s arguably the most exciting state in all of India and without doubt the epitome of Indian culture. It’s a land of grandeur architecture, enchanting cities, mystical deserts, and rich royal history. All of which decorated in a plethora of vivid colour. Rajasthan is big, it’s loud, it’s crazy, and it will att@ck your senses in the best possible way.

When planning a Rajasthan Itinerary, it’s easy to underestimate just how big the state is. If the state were a country, it would be around the 63rd largest country in the world, which is pretty staggering. It’s therefore not too surprising to find that each city in Rajasthan has an entirely different vibe. You’ll have the time of your life hopping from the golden city to the pink city, and if time permits, onto the blue and white cities too.  

Having said that, it can be a daunting prospect planning your route in this truly vast and profound state. Thankfully, we’ve done all the leg work, and we’re here to help. So let’s get to it, here’s the best Rajasthan Itinerary for 5 days or more. 

The Best Rajasthan Itinerary

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How Many Days to Spend in Rajasthan

As I’ve already mentioned, Rajasthan is an enormous state; so you could spend an entire month here and still barely scratch the surface. I’m sure some of you are backpacking India for an extended amount of time, in which case I recommend spending at least 10-14 days in Rajasthan. However, if you are visiting India for only 2-3 weeks , you’ll likely want to cut that time in half if you are to see other areas of India as well.  

Usually, when I put together itineraries, I focus on a specific length of time. However, it’s such a diverse group of travellers visiting Rajasthan, that I figured it isn’t a one size fits all on this occasion. So my conclusion was that I’d give a full low down on all of my favourite cities in Rajasthan, followed by suggested itineraries for 5 days, 7 days, and 14 days. Of course, you can follow my Rajasthan itinerary, or you can put together your own, using all the information in this blog post about the best cities in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Itinerary Highlights

I go into quite a lot of detail regarding the best places to see and things to do in this Rajasthan. So if you’re short for time, or want a taster of what to expect, here is a quick overview of our Rajasthan highlights.

  • Spend the night in the desert on an overnight camel safari in Jaisalmer
  • Dance like nobody’s watching at the evening aarti by Pushkar Lake
  • Enjoy authentic and delicious Rajasthani cuisine
  • Stay at one of the beautiful lakeside hotels in Udaipur
  • Marvel the ornate details of Jaipur’s City Palace
  • Attend festivals and fayres, such as the one of a kind Pushkar Camel Fayre
  • Watch the sunset from the ancient Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur
  • Experience jaw-dropping panoramic views from the Monsoon Palace in Udaipur
  • Hunt for Bengal Tigers at the Ranthambore National Park
  • Visit the extraordinary Galta Ji (Monkey) Temple in Jaipur
  • Hunt for wares in the colourful local bazaars

Jaipur's City Palace

The Best Places to Visit in Rajasthan

OK, now let’s start planning your Rajasthan itinerary, by taking a look at all the best places to visit. I’ll include a little overview of the area itself, as well as recommendations on what to do, where to sleep, where to eat etc.     

Jaipur is a magical city, exploding with history, culture, energy, and jaw-dropping architecture. Famed for being the ‘ Pink City’  thanks to its trademark terracotta architecture, it’s one of the most visited cities not only in Rajasthan but in the whole of India. It also forms a part of the ever-popular golden triangle route .

With a population of over 3 million, Jaipur is the epitome of organised chaos. Vehicles, people, and a variety of wildlife from cows to camels fight their way for a space in the bustling metropolis. Just walking the streets is a spectacle in itself. Yet despite the mayhem, Jaipur is a vibrant, atmospheric, and exciting place to be.  

At the same time, the Pink City is bursting with world heritage sights and landmarks that are unbelievably impressive. You can soak in incredible views of the city at one of the many forts. Marvel over the architecture of the grand royal palaces; And visit one of a kind temples such as the Galta Ji Monkey Temple.

In short, Jaipur is a vital addition to any Rajasthan Itinerary.

The Best Things to do in Jaipur

Here’s a handful of the best things to do in Jaipur, but for more, see our 2 Day Jaipur Itinerary .

Patrika Gate

Patrika Gate is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Jaipur. Not only that, but with its one of a kind decorative design, it is easily one of the most  instagrammable places in India . We were left mesmerised by the vibrant and intricate walkways, that serves as a true reflection of Rajasthani culture. A must see! 

* For more info, see our complete guide to   Patrika Gate here .

PATRIKA GATE IN JAIPUR

Amber Palace

The Amber Palace, constructed from red sandstone and marble, is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Jaipur. It was once residence to the Jaipur Royal Family before they relocated to the City Palace. However, in our opinion, Amber Palace is the most impressive out of the 2. Inside the palace grounds, you will find a series of pristine gardens, intricate courtyards, and photo opportunities, including a stunning mirrored room.  

While we suggest making Amber Palace a priority on your Jaipur Itinerary, we have to ask that you don’t participate in elephant rides. Many tourists opt for elephant rides up to the palace entrance, without knowing the horrors behind animal tourism . 

* For more info see our complete guide to Amer Fort & Amber Palace here.

amer fort jaipur

Galta Ji (Monkey) Temple

Galta Ji Temple is one of the most unusual temples we visited throughout our time in India. While the official name is Galta Ji, most refer to it as Monkey Temple, due to the thousands of monkeys that occupy the grounds. Built within a mountain pass in the Aravali hills, natural springs from the mountain replenish the temples 7 holy baths. Here you will find pilgrims bathing in the sacred water, believed to cleanse away sins and revitalise the body.

*For more info, see our complete guide to   Monkey Temple Jaipu r here.

MONKEY TEMPLE JAIPUR

Nahargarh Fort

Historically, along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort helped form a defensive wall around the old Royal City. Located high in the Aravali mountains, the breathtaking fortress provides an unrivalled view over the bustling city below. The fort is famed for being an architectural wonder, as well as being one of the best sunset spots in Jaipur.  

*For more info, see our complete guide to Nahargarh Fort here .

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Where to Eat in Jaipur

  • Lunching & Brunching:  Tapri the Teahouse $$
  • Sunset Drinks & Food:   Tattoo Cafe $
  • Best Local Food:   25 Degrees East $$
  • Street Food:   Masala Chowk $

Where to Sleep in Jaipur

  • Hostel:    Hostel Lumb’s Nest
  • Budget:   Blue King
  • Mid-Range:  Umaid Bhawan
  • Luxury:   Fairmont Jaipur

For more places to stay in Jaipur,  you can check the latest prices here.

Next up we head to the White City of Rajasthan, or as it’s more commonly known, Udaipur. In my opinion, Udaipur is another unmissable spot to include on your Rajasthan itinerary. However, you’re probably noticing a pattern whereby I say this about every damn city on this list. If you’re short for time, I’m aware I’m probably not making this too easy for you. But, it just means you’ll have to save what you miss for another trip.

Anyhow, I digress. Let’s get back to what makes Udaipur so awesome. When I think of Udaipur, I imagine opulence, romance, and tranquillity. This city is remarkably beautiful, and something about it made us want to stay a lot longer than our itinerary would allow.  

Udaipur’s history is rich and royal, evident by the sumptuous palaces which are abundant throughout the city. The Udaipur City Palace is one of our favourites in Rajasthan. And you can’t help but dream looking out at the old Lake Palace which is now a 5* hotel. 

What’s more, the serenity of the lakes and surrounding nature, had us forgetting we were even in a city at all. Commonly referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur offers a rare chance to relax on your trip through strenuous Rajasthan.  

Taj Lake Palace Udaipur

The Best Things to do in Udaipur

Here’s a handful of the best things to do in Udaipur, but for more, see our 2 Day Udaipur Itinerary .

Udaipur City Palace

It isn’t without reason that the city palace is one of the top things to do in Udaipur. The grandeur marble & granite structure stands proudly as the landmark of the city, and we, for one, were taken aback by its sheer magnificence .   If we were to recommend just one City Palace to visit in Rajasthan, it would have to be this one.

* For more info, see our complete guide to   Udaipur City Palace here .

UDAIPUR CITY PALACE

Monsoon Palace

When you arrive in Udaipur and spot the ethereal looking castle stood proudly in the hills; that my friends is the Monsoon Palace. The palace once served as a royal residence to the  Mewar Dynasty   and set 944m above sea level provides breathtaking panoramic views over the city. For the same reason, it is considered one of the  best spots to watch sunset in Udaipur .

*For more info, see our complete guide to   Monsoon Palace Udaipur here .

Monsoon Palace Udaipur

Dharohar Dance Show at Bagore Ki Haveli 

For a taste of authentic Rajasthani culture, the Dharohar Dance Show is an unmissable experience when visiting Udaipur. Set within the courtyard of Bagore Ki Haveli, you can expect a vibrant and entertaining performance that showcases the tradition and culture of Rajasthani folklore. The artistry of the performers is spectacular, and combined with the charming setting, makes for an unforgettable evening.  

Dharohar Dance Show at Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

Lake Pichola

Udaipur is also known as the ‘city of lakes, and Lake Pichola is the most famous with a lot of the action centred around it. Boasting a jaw-dropping backdrop of the Aravalli mountain range, I’d freely say it’s one of the most picturesque locations in all of India. A variety of hotels, ghats, restaurants, and rooftop bars surround the lake so that you can enjoy the view from several different vantage points. Relaxing around the lake with a beer in hand turned out to be one of our favourite things to do in the Udaipur.

SUNSET BOAT CRUISE

Where to Eat in Udaipur

  • Healthy Breakfast:   Grasswood Cafe
  • Local Food:   Namaste Cafe
  • Vegan Food:  Millets of Mewar
  • Western Food : Jheels Coffee Bar & Bakery
  • Sunset Drinks:  Sun & Moon

*Vegetarian? Check out our guide to the best vegetarian restaurants in Udaipur .

Where to Sleep in Udaipur

  • Hostel:  Gypsy Child Lake Hostel
  • Budget:  Jagat Villa Guesthouse
  • Mid-Range: Jagat Niwas Palace
  • Private:  Taj Lake Palace

For more places to stay in Udaipur, you can check the latest prices here . Or see our guide to the best lake facing hotels in Udaipur .

So we’ve covered the white, pink, and blue cities, now we have the ‘golden city’. Jaisalmer got its nickname as the golden city thanks to its abundant desert dunes, and medieval architecture clad in golden sandstone. A perfect amalgamation of culture, history, and adventure, Jaisalmer turned out to be one of our favourite destinations in all of India.

Upon arriving into Jaisalmer, we couldn’t help but feel like we’d step foot into a fairytale. The momentous Jaisalmer Fort stands as a citadel and centre point of the city, while ornate temples, luxurious Havelis, and serene lakes adorn the golden city. 

The highlight of Jaisalmer, however, has to be the desert safaris. Climb atop a camel and make your way deep into the Thar desert, where you can camp beneath the stars and sing traditional desert songs around a campfire. If riding camels isn’t up your street, you can take a jeep safari instead. But either way, an overnight desert safari is a must.

JAISALMER OVERNIGHT CAMEL SAFARI THAR DESERT

Best Things to do in Jaisalmer

Here’s a handful of the best things to do in Jaisalmer but for more, see our 2 Day Jaisalmer Itinerary .

Overnight Camel Safari

Jaisalmer borders the mysterious Thar desert, and one of the essential things to do when visiting the  ‘golden city’,  is a camel safari. From trotting through the golden dunes atop camels, followed by campfire nights under the milky way, it is no wonder that tourists travel from far and wide to take part in this magical experience. Even if you are planning a short Rajasthan trip itinerary, you should make this experience a priority. With tours ranging from 1/2 a day to 3 days+, there is something to suit everybody.

*For more info, check out our complete guide to an overnight camel safari in Jaisalmer .

JAISALMER OVERNIGHT CAMEL SAFARI THAR DESERT SUNSET

Jaisalmer Fort

Nestled alongside the golden Thar desert, Jaisalmer Fort is not your average fort. It is unique, as it’s one of the only residential fortifications in the world, with houses that date back generations, as well as temples, shops, and restaurants too. Exploring the fort is one of the most exciting things you can do in the golden city as you never know where the labyrinth of alleyways might lead you. Hunting for rooftop bars, epic viewpoints, talented artisans, and eerie fortune tellers, was one of our favourite ways to spend the day.

TOP THINGS TO DO JAISALMER SUNSET

Gadisar Lake

One of the more relaxing places to visit in Jaisalmer is Gadisar Lake. It’s a sacred lake to Hindus, and the religious temples ‘floating’ in the water add to the magic. It’s a peaceful spot to visit alone, and you’ll often find several locals and tourists meditating here during sunrise or sunset. But it’s also a fun place to visit with your family or travel buddy when you can go boating on the lake, or enjoy a walk around the embankment.

TOP THINGS TO DO JAISALMER GADISAR LAKE

Where to Eat in Jaisalmer

  • Cheap Eats : Free Tibet $
  • Dinner with a view : Lal Garh $$
  • Breakfast : Kuku Coffee Shop $

Where to Sleep in Jaisalmer

  • Hostel:  Swan Hostel 
  • Budget Private:  Bohemian Guesthouse
  • Mid-Range: Hotel Victoria
  • Luxury:   Suryagarh Jaisalmer  

Out of all the cities in Rajasthan, Pushkar is probably the most laidback. The town itself is small in comparison to other cities in the state. And you quickly feel like part of a community as you bump into the same familiar faces everywhere you go. It’s a place of creative expression, and one of the highlights is the evening aarti where you can dance around the lake and witness all kinds of talent.

Considered a holy city, you will often see religious ceremonies taking place around Pushkar lake. These can be fascinating to watch, but you should avoid the ‘priests ‘ like the plague. They will insist you have to wear a wristband to enter the lake area. And once they’ve put it on you, they’ll ask for an extortionate payment while guilt-tripping you about karma.  

An important event in the Pushkar calendar is the annual camel fair. If you are lucky enough to be in town for that, you’re in for a real treat. This event is weird but wonderful, and a perfect example of just how crazy things can get in India. We loved it!

evening aarti by Pushkar Lake

Best Things to do in Pushkar

Here’s a handful of the Pushkar highlights, but for more see this list of the  best things to do in Pushkar . 

Pushkar Lake

Pushkar Lake is the centre point of the town, and it’s the first place you should head to once you arrive. You’ll immediately understand what I mean by how laidback Pushkar feels relative to other cities in Rajasthan. You’ll also understand what I said about the relentless priests. Regardless of the scams, the lake is a holy place for Hindus, and you must take off your shoes before stepping foot onto its banks. This rule is for everybody, so be respectful and remove your shoes. I highly recommend visiting the lake at sunset for the daily evening aarti, which is always a magical way to end the day.   

Pushkar Lake

Savitri Temple

Savitri Temple is one of many interesting temples in Pushkar, but this one is especially impressive due to its hilltop location. To reach the temple, you can take a short hike from the lake, or there’s a cable car. It’s a 20-25 minute climb on foot, so if you’re fit and able, I recommend the scenic hike. The views over Pushkar intensify the higher you climb, and you’ll encounter several monkeys & other wildlife on the way. For the best experience, it’s best to visit for sunrise or sunset.  

Savitri Temple Pushkar

Pushkar Camel Fayre

If you’re fortunate enough to be in Pushkar for the camel fayre, you’re in for quite the experience. It’s the only time of year when the town is anything but peaceful; however, the wild festivities are one of a kind, and it’s one of our favourite memories of India. Historically, the event started as a camel trading market, and over the years it’s grown in both popularity and eccentricity. Now it’s a full-blown festival, with crazy competitions, live performances, market stalls, funfairs, and of course, lots and lots of camels.

Pushkar Camel Fayre

Where to eat in Pushkar

  • Pizza:  La Pizzeria
  • Falafel:  Ganga Laffa
  • Healthy : Cafe Nature’s Blessing
  • Breakfast:   Deja Brew
  • Local:   Street Food

Where to sleep in Pushkar

  • Hostel :  Backpackers Paradise  
  • Budget Private:  Mayur Guest House
  • Mid-Range:   Hotel Brahma Horizon  

For more places to stay in Pushkar, you can check the  latest prices here .

The next city worth considering for your Rajasthan trip itinerary is Jodhpur. Also known as the “The Blue City”, Jodhpur is famous for its colossal fort, blue houses, and impressive temples. Unfortunately, we didn’t get around to visiting Jodhpur due to contracting a nasty case of the ‘Delhi belly.’ But we know of many travellers who speak very highly of their time there.  

As I haven’t visited Jodhpur for myself, I wouldn’t like to make recommendations; therefore, I suggest you check out this awesome list of   things to do in the blue city .

Jodhpur rajasthan

If you’re keen to wander a little off the beaten track in Rajasthan, you should certainly consider visiting Bundi. Bundi is a peaceful historic town that allows you a taste of what it’s like in the ‘ real India ‘. A luxury, or should I see experience, that is often lost in more touristic destinations.

Again, our timeframe didn’t allow us to make it to Bundi on our last trip, but if I had my time in Rajasthan over, I’d make it a priority. The history of the city fascinates me, with legends of old tribes and heroic battles. Not to mention the plethora of nature which includes rivers, lakes, and waterfalls.

As I haven’t visited Bundi for myself, I wouldn’t like to make recommendations; therefore, I suggest you check out this  Bundi Travel Guide .

Bundi rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park

Another spot I wish I’d had the chance to visit is the   Ranthambore National Park . The park is a prime destination for spotting tigers in their natural habitat, and who doesn’t want to lay their eyes on the majestic Bengal tiger? It has to be one of the ultimate Indian experiences, up there with visiting the Taj Mahal, and it’s not an opportunity that arises so often.

So why didn’t we visit? Ultimately, it came down to timing. We only had a 2-month visa for India, so, unfortunately, we had to compromise some stuff. You’ll have to make tough choices all the time in India. There’s just so much to see, and even with all the time in the world, it would never be enough.

Anyhow, to spot the endangered Bengal tiger in the wild, you have an excellent chance at Ranthambore. Depending on your itinerary & budget, you might prefer to visit Sariska Tiger Reserve instead, which has a lower concentration of Bengal tigers and is the cheaper option. Either way, if you spot a tiger, I want to know about it, so please send us your pics!

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Suggested Rajasthan Itinerary for 5 Days

  • Jaisalmer – 2 Days
  • Jodhpur – 1 Day
  • Jaipur – 2 Days

Suggested Rajasthan Itinerary for 7 Days

  • Pushkar – 1 Day
  • Udaipur – 2 Days

Suggested Rajasthan Itinerary for 14 Days

  • Pushkar – 2 Days
  • Jodhpur – 2 Days
  • Jaipur – 3 Days
  • Ranthambore – 1 Day
  • Bundi – 2 Days

Tips & Advice for Travelling Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a vibrant, wild, and exciting place to travel. At the same time, it can be overwhelming, confusing, and even sometimes scary. So here are some travel tips and advice that we accumulated during our time in Rajasthan. Hopefully, it will help ensure a fun, safe, and stress-free trip of a lifetime.

Best Time to Visit Rajasthan

The best time to visit Rajasthan is during the Indian Winter, which runs from October to February. During this time you can expect perfect weather for sightseeing – Ie. The temperatures are cooler, and there is very little rain. It’s also the period where many festivals take place in Rajasthan, such as Diwali, Pushkar Camel Fayre, and Dev Deepawali. If you are sensitive to the heat, you may wish to keep mornings and late afternoons free outdoor activities, as the lunchtime hours get incredibly hot all year round. It’s advisable to avoid Rajasthan altogether during the months of Summer or Monsoon.  

Pushkar Camel Fayre

Getting Around in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a well-connected state, and you can generally travel from city to city with ease and at very little expense. Our favourite way to get around is by bus, as they are affordable, you can book very last minute, and you can travel through the night. I highly recommend travelling through the night as not only do you save a night on accommodation, but it means you avoid travel time eating into your valuable exploring time. We always booked our buses using  redbus.com   as they have an English speaking helpline should there ever be any issues with your booking.

Another option is to travel via train, which is slightly more expensive but arguably a tad more comfortable. The only issue with train travel is you need to book in advance, which means there isn’t much room for flexibility should you want to stay longer in one place, and cut short in another. You can book trains up to 6 months in advance using  12go Asia.

Most of the bigger cities in Rajasthan also have airports; however, I’d avoid this mode of transport when going from city to city. Often you have to change over in Delhi as there are no direct flights, and it works out far more expensive than travelling by train or bus.  

Safety in Rajasthan

The topic regarding safety in Rajasthan and India, in general, is as complex as the country itself. Every individual has a different experience, and while there are many horror stories, we can honestly say we encountered nothing overly negative ourselves. By that, I mean we were not the victims of crime, theft, physical/verbal abuse and the like.  

Having said that, there were times when we felt uncomfortable and scared. Sometimes it was warranted, other times, it was not. You see, the biggest issue for us travelling India as a lesbian couple wasn’t even our sexuality, it was our gender. Being a foreign woman in India arouses a lot of attention. And like I said earlier, what we recognise as socially acceptable behaviour is not necessarily the same in Indian culture. For example, staring, taking photos without asking, or invasion of personal space can come across as intimidating, even when it’s not. 

So girls, be prepared to carry yourself confidently and don’t be afraid to say something should anybody cross the line. Unfortunately, there are many reports of women being groped by local men. If you find yourself in this position, it’s best to call him out, as other locals will step in to help you and probably give him a slap while they’re at it.

Otherwise, the biggest threat to tourists is petty theft crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching. We suggest keeping your belongings close to you at all times and use a small padlock or compartmental bag to keep your valuables safe. When travelling at night, avoid being alone in parks or dark areas.

Finally, It pays to make yourself aware of the  common scams in India , so in turn, you can avoid them.

Travel Insurance

With that, don’t even think about going to Rajasthan without travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. If the unlikely event that something goes wrong, you’ll want the best cover money can buy.

For this reason, we always recommend World Nomads for travel insurance. They are affordable, offer a variety of packages and add ons, and allow you to make amendments to your policy while travelling. Say, for example, you go scuba diving or hiking a mountain, World Nomads will amend your plan accordingly. It’s a super handy feature that we’ve used numerous times including the time we  trekked to Annapurna Base Camp .

If you need further convincing, read our article on  why you need travel insurance . Or get an on-the-spot quote from World Nomads using the form below.

Alcohol, Drugs, & Parties in Rajasthan

If you’re looking to party, Rajasthan isn’t the place. You’ll want to get yourself to the likes of Goa , Manali, or Hampi . But if you enjoy a few drinks of an evening time, alcohol is easy to find at many bars and restaurants. Just check in advance so that you’re not disappointed when you go to order. 

The local drug of choice is, of course, Bhang. For those of you who don’t know what Bhang is, it is an edible form of cannabis. You’ll find Bhang shops all over Rajasthan, selling Bhang Lassis – a tasty beverage mixed with milk, sugar, and fruits. Or alternatively bhang cakes or cookies. Bhang forms a big part of ancient Hindu tradition, and they believe it cures many ailments. It produces a similar effect as smoking cannabis; however, it can last longer and also take a lot longer to kick in. If it is your  first time experimenting with Bhang , it is worth educating yourself on the effects before partaking.

Social Etiquette in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is one of the holiest and most socially conservative states in all of India. It’s important to keep in mind that what might be socially acceptable in your home country, is likely to be viewed entirely different here. Thankfully, most Indians are forgiving toward foreigners to a certain extent; however, to avoid unwanted attention and embarrassment, it’s good to know the dos and don’ts. In which case, I recommend this article regarding  social etiquette in India , which includes dress codes, table manners, temple etiquette etc.

At the same time, you’ll likely be surprised by some of the aspects of Indian culture. And in all honestly, you’ll probably be offended from time to time. But again, it’s important to remember that the culture is entirely different from the western world, and embracing the unique Indian culture is all part and parcel of the experience.

Stay Connected in Rajasthan

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Great informative articles, I am planning my next trip to Jaipur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Really useful resource.

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Namaste! Charlotte & Natalie, Thanks for writing interesting and informative travel article about my desert-land Rajasthan and its colourful cities Jaipur the pink, Pushkar a holly, Udaipur the lakes and Jodhpur the famed blue houses and Thar desert.

Your travel articles helps travelers and also people like me who is small local travel organiser from Rajasthan – Keep up the good work. thanks

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Rajasthan for First-timers

Rajasthan is one of the most visited states in India due to its incredible arid landscape, multitude of royal palaces and forts, and unique desert culture. Here you can explore forts that have been carved directly from stone or those that contain entire cities.

You can also dive deeper into the local culture by learning to cook their cuisine, spending time in street markets, or exploring the vastness of the Thar Desert.

In this article, we will explain the top 10 places to travel to in Rajasthan as well as the incredible things to experience and do while you are visiting it for the first time.

1. Jaipur—The Pink City

2. jodhpur—the blue city, 3. udaipur—city of palaces, 4. jaisalmer—gateway to the thar desert, 5. ranthambhore national park—search for wild tigers, 6. bikaner—ride a camel into the desert, 7. pushkar—celebrate the camel fair, 8. mount abu—a desert oasis, 9. ajmer—the holy city, 10. chittorgarh—rajasthan's ancient city.

Jaipur is probably the most visited city in Rajasthan as it is part of the Golden Triangle travel route that includes the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Jaipur is often called the "Pink City" because the majority of its buildings are painted light dusty pink.

If you can only see one city in Rajasthan, then Jaipur is your best bet. Jaipur is easy to reach and contains all the incredible culture and heritage that Rajasthan is famous for.

Top Things to Do in Jaipur

You could find lots of things to do no matter how many times you've been there.

For the first-time visit, you'll enjoy yourselves in exploring the decadent City Palace , walking through the Amber Fort , learning about ancient astronomy at Jantar Mantar , and spending time with elephants at the ethical Elephantasic Elephant Sanctuary .

For a return trip, you might be more interested in taking a cooking class . Rajasthani cuisine is unique in India as it was highly influenced by the surrounding desert and lack of fresh ingredients. Head to the home of a local chef to learn more about how to make these regional Indian dishes.

In Jaipur, you can also stay in a heritage hotel to get first-hand experience with what it was like to be a maharaja (local king). We love the Samode and Chomu Palaces for their comfort and luxurious style.

Jaipur is full of historic markets and if you want to learn more about the life of locals, then there is nothing better than exploring local bazaars in search of crafts, textiles, and jewelry. Johari Bazaar is the best jewelry market in the city and Bapu Bazaar is the best place to go to buy authentic camel-leather goods. Read more about How to Plan a Jaipur Itinerary 2024 >>> and the best time to travel to Jaipur >>>

Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan and is often called the "Blue City" because many of the houses in the old walled town are painted blue. The houses were originally painted to signify that the people who lived there were Brahmins and belonged to the highest section of the caste system.

Today, the blue houses are a symbol of Jodhpuri identity for all people regardless of historic caste.

Top Things to Do in Jodhpur

One of the top things to do in Jodhpur is to explore the Mehrangarh Fort . Here, you can explore the ancient walls and this large stone structure, check out one of the daily cultural performances, or get a bird"s eye view of the Blue City at sunset.

The fort also includes the Chokelao Mahal Terrace Restaurant where travelers can eat traditional Rajasthani cuisine with the entire city of Jodhpur as the backdrop.

Like many other cities in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is full of decadent and luxurious palaces. The most incredible palace in this city is the Umaid Bhawan Palace . The royal family who built the castle still lives there today in one section of it. The other two sections are a museum and a luxury heritage hotel.

If you want to explore the local street life of the city, there's no better way than to check out the famous Clock Tower and walk through the many bazaars and markets that surround it.

People who are interested in exploring the local arid terrain can head to Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park which is a wildlife preserve meant to protect the area's natural desert plants and critters.

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Udaipur is a beautiful oasis city in the middle of the desert state of Rajasthan.

While many of the other cities are located in or near desert and are dusty and dry, Udaipur is full of gorgeous lakes that are lined with opulent fairytale-like palaces.

Top Things to Do in Udaipur

Udaipur is the perfect place to go for people who want to relax with beautiful views. One of the top things to do in this city is to take a boat ride on Lake Pichola where you can see the City Palace complex from over the water or visit one of the floating temples at the lake"s center.

You can also explore the City Palace complex which is one of the top attractions in the city and contains many unique palaces, a museum, and a few luxury hotels.

If you are interested in photography, there is no spot more photogenic than the Ambrai Ghat at sunrise . The Ambrai Ghat is a set of stairs that lead down to Lake Pichola and offer some of the best views of the lake and surrounding palaces in the area.

For a panoramic view of the entire city, head to the Monsoon Palace which is located on a hilltop just outside the city. This palace got its name because the local Indian royals used to vacation there during the monsoons. This is a great place to visit at sunset.

The best way to explore the city and learn more about the local people is to take a heritage walking tour . The tour will lead you through streets where you will see goldsmiths, local temples, street food stalls, and people going about their day.

Jaisalmer is sometimes called the "Golden City" due to its location in the Thar Desert and the fact that many historic buildings in the city are made from yellow sandstone.

Jaisalmer is a smaller city in Rajasthan that is the perfect starting point to explore the rugged desert and learn more about ancient trade routes and the culture of desert tribes.

Top Things to Do in Jaisalmer

When visiting Jaisalmer, you have to check out the Jaisalmer Fort which is one of the largest forts in the world and used to contain the entire city until it grew beyond the ancient walls.

Today, many people and families still live in traditional mansions or Havelis inside the fort. You can walk through the ancient streets and explore the Havelis or Jain Temples inside.

Jaisalmer is the gateway to the Thar Desert and one of the best things to do here is to take a camel safari . Camel safaris start in the city and take guests out into the surrounding desert for a sunrise or sunset tour.

It is also possible to take a longer tour and spend a night in the desert under the stars.

Ranthambhore National Park is located in southwestern Rajasthan around 158 kilometers from Jaipur. The park is a wildlife preserve that contains around 60 Bengal tigers and many other unique Indian animals.

Ranthambhore is the biggest national park in northern India and is one of the best places in the world to go on a tiger safari .

Top Things to Do at Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore is an absolute treat for nature lovers and a great place to take a jeep safari through the jungle in search of wild tigers. The safari will be lead by one of the park"s naturalists who will explain the many unique animals and plants that you see along the way.

Besides tigers, the park also contains leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, jackals, striped hyenas, desert foxes, and even crocodiles.

On your jeep safari, you will most likely pass by Ranthambhore Fort which was built in the year 944 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical importance in the region.

Inside Ranthambhore Fort, you can explore the Jogi Mahal which was once where the royalty of Jaipur stayed when they took hunting excursions to the area. The banyan tree near the palace is the second-largest in the entire country.

While exploring the fort, also make sure to check out the Tinetra Ganesha Temple .

There are many options for interesting accommodation near Ranthambhore. One of our favorites is the Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort where guests can stay in luxury tents that were inspired by caravans of royal hunters who used to frequent the reserve.

Bikaner is a smaller city located in the middle of the Thar Desert. This is a great place to visit for people who love Indian sweets or those who are interested in the culture of the desert people and their camels.

The city is known as the "camel country" because it has historically bred some of the best riding camels in the world.

Top Things to Do in Bikaner

Bikaner is one of the most popular places in Rajasthan to take a camel safari out into the Thar Desert and explore the dunes. Before taking a desert safari, travelers can also head to the city"s Camel Research Center to learn more about these incredible animals and their impact on the region.

One of the reasons that Bikaner is world-famous among travelers is that every year it hosts the photogenic international Camel Festival with draws visitors from all over the world. The festival often takes place in January and includes local art, dance, camel races, and camel performances.

While in Bikaner, also make sure to check out the Junagarh Fort which is one of the oldest in India and one of the few that were never defeated in battle. This fort also contains a museum for those who want to learn more about the local history.

Pushkar is another desert city in Rajasthan that is famous for its Camel Festival.

This city is one of the oldest in India and is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus across the country who come to see the Brahma Temple.

Top Things to Do in Pushkar

Pushkar is a holy city in Hinduism and most of the worship centers around the sacred Pushkar Lake . Surrounding the lake there are more than 52 ghats and 400 temples to see and explore. Every year thousands of people come to the lake to bathe in the holy waters in order to purify their body and soul.

At the lake, you can also watch the evening aarti or Hindu ritual if you want to learn more about the region's religion and spirituality.

If you are in India from late October to early November then you can't miss the Pushkar Camel Fair . This fair is the most popular in the country and includes cultural performances and competitions, folk dances, camel and horse races, the most beautiful camel competition, and more.

If you want to escape the dry heat of the rest of Rajasthan, then Mount Abu is a great place to visit. Mount Abu is the only hill station in the state and is located in the Aravalli Range.

This mountain town sits at 1,220 meters (4000 feet) above sea level and was set up by the British who chose it for its cool and comfortable weather.

Top Things to Do at Mount Abu

One of the top attractions in Mount Abu is Nakki Lake . Visitors can take a tour of the lake by boat to view the surrounding green hills from over the water. It is also possible to go horseback riding around the lake.

If you love outdoor adventure, then Mount Abu is a great place to go hiking. You can hike around the local area or hike up Guru Sikhar , the highest peak in the Aravalli Range standing at 1,722 meters (around 5,600 feet).

Nature lovers can also check out the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary which is a great place to go birdwatching or even take a jungle trek in search of bear sloths, wolves, jackals, or the nearly extinct grey jungle fowl.

Ajmer is a unique city in Rajasthan because it is surrounded by mountains of the Aravalli and Naag Pathar ranges which protect it from the harshness of the Thar Desert.

Ajmer has a lot of significance in Islam and many people across the country make pilgrimages here to seek blessings.

Top Things to Do in Ajmer

Ajmer is a city that is full of beautiful lakes. Ana Sagar Lake is a man-made and very peaceful body of water that provides boaters with gorgeous views of the city. The lake was built by the Mughal rulers as a place to relax in peace after visiting the local mosques and shrines.

The most important religious site in Ajmer is without a doubt the Ajmer Dargah . This tomb contains the body of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti and was built by the first emperor of the Mughal empire. The Ajmer Dargah is sometimes called the Mecca of South Asia and is an architectural marvel made from white marble and silver.

Another great place to check out in this city is the Soniji Ki Nasiyan or Red Temple which is a beautiful Jain temple that is unlike any other in Rajasthan and is full of gold, silver, and precious stones.

Chittorgarh was founded in the year 734 and is full of ancient history, monuments, and legends. The city is the birthplace of multiple historical figures and was once the capital of the ancient Mewar Kingdom.

Top Things to Do in Chittorgarh

One of the top things to see in Chittorgarh is the Chittorgarh Fort . This fort is also called the Water Fort as it contains 22 bodies of water as well as many palaces, towers, and temples inside its 700 acres. This fort has been through many ancient battles and is one of the largest in India.

The fort also has a sound and light show that happens every night at 7 pm.

While at the fort, make sure to climb up to the top of Kirti Stambh memorial tower if you want to get panoramic views of the city below.

Other great things to do in Chittorgarh include visiting the Rana Kumbha Palace which is said to be haunted, birdwatching at Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary , and hanging out in local markets to listen to legends and fables from ancient times.

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Top 50 tourist places to visit in rajasthan.

Aerial view of Jaipur from the majestic Nahargarh Fort at sunset

From the vibrant Bandhani and Chanderi sarees to the mouth-watering ghewar and dal baati churma to the indigenous spices and the soulful folksongs, Rajasthan’s culture is not bound to its geographical space but is rather a feeling that flows through the veins of the entire nation. Even with more than sixty percent of its land covered with the Thar Desert, there is no dearth of life in the cultural heart of Incredible India. Rich with historical palaces, monuments, temples, mesmerizing lakes, picturesque destinations, wildlife, along with the magnificent deserts, Rajasthan is a celebration of life, colours, art, culture, history, nature, tradition, and royalty at its best.

This cultural epicentre of the nation has a long history of conquests, tragedies, wars, and love. Every brick of the age-old forts, every house, every nook and corner of local markets, every lake, every temple, as well as every dust particle of the desert land has stories to tell. The glimpses of such folk stories of a long tradition of survival, love, dignity, and royalty can be found in the long moustaches, green chunris, and the red turbans that the natives wear along with their pride and their heartiest smiles. ‘ Padharo Mhare Desh ’- Welcome to My Land, the famous old Marwari phrase, is not just the state’s tourism motto but also an affirmation of its rich hospitality and warmth. Heaven for history and culture enthusiasts as well as travellers from all over the world, Rajasthan awaits you with stories to share, with open arms and a heart wider than its area on the nation’s map.

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Best Places To Visit In Rajasthan

From a plethora of beautiful places, HikerWolf has handpicked and shortlisted the 50 best tourist places in Rajasthan for you. Here is your ultimate travel list when it comes to exploring the royal state of Rajasthan:

01. Jaipur – The Pink City

Founded in 1727 by Maharaj Jai Singh II, Jaipur’s present reeks of stories of the past. Famously known as the Pink City of the Rajasthan, it is not merely the largest and most prominent historical city of the state but also a city of love, covered with the aura of romantic hues and the warmth of pink skies. Home to a few UNESCO World Heritage sites, unparalleled natural and constructed beauty, regal architecture, royal cuisine, and always blooming with lively festivals and fairs, Jaipur, with its rich heritage, stands as the heart of the cultural epicentre of India. Thus, no trip to Rajasthan can ever be complete without exploring the hidden beauty of Jaipur. Pink City stands as one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

The beautiful Hawa Mahal built with pink sandstones, the picturesque Jal Mahal , the architectural marvel of the City Palace , the geometric wonder of the Jantar Mantar Observatory , “the heaven piercing minaret” of Ishwar Lat , and the nostalgic aura of the Albert Hall Museum , make the aforementioned places the central attractions for tourists worldwide. With a variety of festivals, delicious cuisine, as well as culturally rich shopping markets, the city is also connected to other major cities in the state.

  • Enjoy the view of the Pink City through the 953 jharokhas (windows) of the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds adorned with refined lattice-work. It is one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.
  • Savour the mouth-watering Pyaaz Kachori at Rawat Mishtan Bhandar.
  • Cherish the renowned Bandhej textile art.
  • Buy exotic jewellery at the Johari Bazaar.
  • Participate in the annual Jaipur Literature Festival beaming with intellectual fervour.

Best Time to Visit Jaipur: October to March

02. udaipur – the city of lakes.

Often attributed as the Venice of East and the Jewel of Mewar , the City of Lakes , Udaipur will leave you spellbound by its beauty and scenic wonders. From the architecture delights seen in forts, temples, as well as museums, to the serene watersides, Udaipur contains the soul of the state and is among the best tourist places in Rajasthan.

The profound City Palace , Lake Pichola , Ambrai Ghat , Sajjangarh Fort , King’s Vintage and Classic Car Museum , Shri Manshapurna Karni Mata temple, Gangaur Ghat, Bagore ki Haveli, and the trekking point at Badi Lake are some of the most visited places in Udaipur. It is also a storehouse of various lakeside cafes and restaurants that form a perfect romantic getaway or the ideal site to explore your solitude in the sublime bounty of nature.

  • You cannot miss out on the enthralling view of the City Palace from a boat ride on Lake Pichola .
  • Have the irresistible Dal Poodi and Dal Baati at Manoj Prakash Daal Poodi stall.
  • Buy the exquisite Pichwai and Phad paintings at Hathi Pol Bazaar.
  • Explore the famous Bandhni Craft of Udaipur.
  • Enjoy the dance procession in the Mewar Festival celebrated in April annually.

Best Time to Visit Udaipur: October to March

03. jaisalmer – the golden city.

Located in the north-western part of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, the Golden city, is in the proximate ear short of Pakistan’s border. Adorned with the golden sand dunes and castles, Jaisalmer is a paradise of history, culture, and nature and this is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

From enjoying the bird view of the city from the Jaisalmer Fort to the adventure of the thrilling desert safaris to the peace of Jain temples to the scenic marvel of the Desert National Park and the Gadisar Lake as well as to the strolls through the hustle-bustle of ancient markets, Jaisalmer will mark you with golden traces by exposing you to its hidden treasures.

  • Admire the golden view of the city from the Jaisalmer Fort , which is one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.
  • Explore the famous hand block printing art.
  • Treasure the exquisite paintings and regal carpets at Sadar Bazzar.
  • Enjoy the mouth-watering Jaisalmer Kala Chana Kadhi cuisine.
  • Be a part of the annual Jaisalmer Desert Festival in the month of February.

Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer: October

04. mount abu.

Have you ever imagined a hill station in the land of deserts in your wildest dreams? Mount Abu, situated in the Aravalli Range at a height of 1200 meters, is a fascinating wonder for tourists across the globe. Even in the scorching summer heat of Rajasthan, you can enjoy pleasant weather in Mount Abu. Rich in culture, history, religion, as well as nature, it brings forward the story of Rajasthan in its own unique way.

By dwelling in the silence of the beautifully sculpted Dilwara Jain Temple , or by cherishing the flora and fauna at Mount Abu’s Wildlife Sanctuary or the scenic views at Nakki Lake , Guru Shikhar , and Toad Rock , you can hear the distinct tale of the rich heritage and beauty of India. It is also home to various adventurous activities such as camping, caving, and trekking, and known for its mesmerizing sunset view, it is famous for being a honeymoon point.

  • Be captured by the spell-bounding beauty of the marble ceilings of the intricately built Dilwara Jain Temple .
  • Get lost in the treasure of Rajasthani handicrafts at Piccadilly Plaza.
  • Buy the rich Khadi fabric and Khadi Products at the Khadi Bazaar.
  • Devour the delicious Malpua at Abu Chaat Junction, Sabzi Mandi, Mount Abu.
  • Enjoy the Winter Festival at Mount Abu organized annually in December.

Best Time to Visit Mount Abu: October to March

05. jodhpur – the blue city.

Located on the edge of the great Thar Desert, Jodhpur is also famously known as the Sun City or the Blue City of Rajasthan. A hearth of sumptuous forts, palaces, lakes, as well as other beautiful retreats, it, however, has made an appearance in movies and magazine covers for its large number of blue-coloured houses that add just another shade to the diverse palette of Rajasthan. It is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

Some of the famous places to visit in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort , Khejarala Fort Umaid Bhawan Palace , Ghanta Ghar, Mangore Garden, Jaswant Thada, and Kalyana and Balsamand Lake . Jodhpur is also known for the Overlander desert safaris and Amal Sabha, a thousand-year-old traditional opium ceremony.

  • The ancient charm of the gigantic Mehrangarh Fort makes it one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.
  • The marvellous traditional textile printing at Jodhpur.
  • The hustle-bustle of the Clock Tower Market.
  • The tempting Lal Maas at Darikhana, Raas Haveli.
  • The vibrant Maand Festival held annually in October.

Best Time to Visit Jodhpur: November to February

06. ranthambore.

A visit to Ranthambore will give you a glimpse into the rich biodiversity that the magnificent state of Rajasthan has in its store. Most famous for its tiger reserve and jeep safaris, the Ranthambore National Reserve is a delight for patient animal lovers and bird watchers. It is one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.

The Ranthambore Fort , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated inside the trinetra Ganesh temple, is visited by history enthusiasts and religious devotees throughout the year. With various other picturesque sites such as Padam Lake , Jogi Mahal, and Kacheeda Valley , Ranthambore is a delight for nature and beauty lovers.

  • The enamouring sightseeing of the mighty Royal Tigers, Sloth Bears, Leopards, as well as crocodiles at the Ranthambore National Reserve.
  • The must-have churma ladoo among other sweet delicacies at the Oberoi Vanyavilas.
  • The rural handicrafts available at the Village Women Craft House.
  • The exuberant Ranthambore Music and Wildlife Festival held at Nahargarh Palace in the month of December every year.

Best Time to Visit Ranthambore: October to April

07. bikaner – the red city.

The Camel Country or the Red City, Bikaner, is the third most prominent desert terrain in Rajasthan. Known for the international camel festival, its camel farm, and the National Research Centre on Camel, along with places such as Junagarh Fort , Rampuria Haveli, Karni Mata temple (the temple of rats), Bhandasar Jain Temple, Devi Kund Sagar, Lalgarh, and Gajner Palace , and Shri Sadul Museum , it is one of the most eminent cities of Rajasthan. Its old town is adorned with red sandstone buildings and contributes to its making as the Red City of Rajasthan. Bikaner, with all its glory, stands as one of the most cherished tourist places in Rajasthan.

  • The sight of hundreds of deified rats wandering through the Karni Mata Temple makes it one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.
  • The rich collection of Kundan Jewellery at the Mahatma Gandhi Market.
  • The warm woollen dhurries made of camel hair.
  • The enticing Raj Kachori and Bikaneri Bhujia.
  • The zeal of Bikaner Camel Festival.

Best Time to Visit Bikaner: October to March

08. pushkar.

Located 15 km away from Ajmer, Pushkar, a seemingly small town, forms the epicentre of the spiritual life of the city. With 52 ghats around the Pushkar Lake and with a variety of temples such as the Brahma, Mahadeva, Savitri , and Varaha Temple , Pushkar is the residence of some of the holiest places in the world.

It is best known for the renowned evening aarti at the Brahama Ghat . While feeding your soul’s spirituality, it will also be a treat for your senses with its street food, local markets, and the ever famous annual Pushkar Mela. It is thus a paradise for gypsies and backpackers and one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

  • The captivating sight of over 500 temples around Pushkar Lake .
  • The delectable Kachori from Shri Pushkar Raj Shahi Kachori Samosa Bhandar.
  • The lively Sadar Bazaar situated on the northern side of Pushkar Lake .
  • The annual Pushkar Mela held in November known for livestock trade and recreational activities.

Best Time to Visit Pushkar: October to March

09. bharatpur.

Known as the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan, Bharatpur, in addition to being the adobe of temples and palaces, is most famous for its Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Previously a duck hunting site for the maharajas and members of royalty, the national park is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of the nation’s most prominent bird sanctuaries.

On a mission to protect the declining biodiversity of the nation, it safeguards more than 370 species of birds, including the endangered Siberian Crane. With places such as Bharatpur Palace and Museum, Banke Bihari Temple, and Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur’s exquisite heritage and culture make it a treasured tourist spot. Undeniably, it is among the most prominent tourist places in Rajasthan.

  • Spot magnificent wild animals such as chital, sambar, nilgai, fishing cat, Asiatic Jackal, hyena, and mongoose as well as birds such as Painted stork, Sarus crane, Dartes, and White-throated kingfisher at the Bharatpur National Park.
  • The grandeur of Lohagarh Fort – the Iron Fort of India is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.
  • Hunt Mathura Gate and Chaurburja Bazaar for traditional and rustic Rajasthani ethnic goods.
  • Savour Irresistible sweets at Bansal Mishthan Bhandar.

Best Time to Visit Bharatpur: November to February

From Alwar ka mawa to the mega Alwar trade fair to the glimpses of Alwar forts and palaces in Bollywood movies, Alwar- the tiger gate of Rajasthan has attracted the attention of many travellers owing to its depth in culture and history.

It is adorned with some of the most beautiful royal palaces of Rajasthan such as the Alwar Palace Lake , Bala Quila as well as the famously haunted Bhangarh Fort . With places such as Sariska National Park and Siliserh Lake , it is also a heaven for nature lovers. Located between Delhi and Jaipur, it is an ideal place for a weekend getaway road trip.

  • The spooky and haunted Bhangarh Fort is one of the most prominent tourist places in Rajasthan.
  • The famous Mirchi Vada, Gatte ki Sabzi, and other delicacies at Kashiram Circle.
  • The luxurious jewellery, exquisite handicrafts, and the Terracotta statues.
  • The famous shopping destinations such as Hope Circus and Bazaza Bazaar.
  • The Mega Trade Fair organized in Alwar every year in October.

Best Time to Visit Alwar: October to March

  The dwelling of the Dargah Sharif, Ajmer holds the most sacred Muslim shrine in India and is a pilgrimage that comes second only to Mecca in South Arabia. Located near the Aravalli hills, Ajmer, dating back to the 7 th century, is drenched in culture, religion, and history. A residence of both Islamic as well as Jain temples and shrines, it represents the hybridity and diversity that rules the state of Rajasthan.

It accommodates various Islamic shrines and Mughal forts such as Akbar Palace and Museum , Dargah Sharif , and  Taragarh Fort, as well as Jain temples namely Nareli Jain Temple, Soni Ji ki Nasiyan(Red temple), and Dhai Din ka Jhopda which was first constructed as a Jain temple in 660 AD. With the local market prospering with treasured jewels and handicrafts, and traditional food delicacies, Ajmer is always beaming with culture and is the spiritual and cultural refuge that will redeem your soul.

  • The unshaken religious faith reverberating through the Ajmer Sharif Dargah.
  • The delicious non-vegetarian cuisine at Dargah Bazaar.
  • The renowned shiny and coloured bangles at Chudi Bazaar.
  • The renowned metal embroidery or Gota work in Ajmer.
  • The annual Urs festival marking the demise of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti.

Best Time to Visit Ajmer: October to March

The narrow laneways of Bundi contain some of the grandest stories of Rajasthan. One of the most underrated places, Bundi is the hidden gem of Rajasthan that you will never regret visiting. It encloses various architectural marvels such as Moti Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Garh palace, Raniji ki Baori, Dabhai Kund, and the 84 pillared Cenotaph . A fascinating old town with untouched villages, busy local markets, and warm people, Bundi will leave a lasting cultural impression on your mind.

  • The majestic beauty of Taragarh Fort , which is among the best tourist places in Rajasthan.
  • The famous Bundi style of mural art and painting.
  • Authentic local Bundi cuisines at the Rainbow Cafe.
  • The main bazaar of Bundi for the intricate craft of carpets.
  • The cultural fervour at the Bundi Utsav organized every year in November-December.

Best Time to Visit Bundi: October to March

Famously known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan, Osian is the centre of attraction for devotees across the nation due to its rich collection of temples. With numerous majestic and splendorous temples such as the Surya, Kali, and the Mahavira temple, Osian is characterized by its religiosity as well as beauty and grandeur.

Also known as the Gateway to Thar, it is famous for its camel safaris over the golden sand dunes. Affluent in culture and craft, this ancient town is a little hamlet village that will give you a glimpse into the traditional and rural life of Rajasthan. The Marwar Festival held annually in October displays the folk dance and music over the Osian sand dunes and adds another reason to visit this secret treasure of Rajasthan.

  • The detailed engravings in the Surya Temple , popularly known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan.
  • The authentic Rajasthani feast at the Swad Restaurant in Osian.
  • The ethnic jewellery haul at the famous Roop Bazar
  • The exuberance of culture and tradition in the Marwar Festival in the month of October every year.

Best Time to Visit Osian: October to March

  Located in the north-eastern region of Rajasthan, Sikar is a city of heritage and history. Sikar is a host to majestic Havelis, temples, and scenic treats, and this is an exclusive cultural hotspot that must be included in your Rajasthan travel diaries. You can enjoy the grandeur of Devgarh , the bird’s view from Laxmangarh , as well as the holy serenity of Harshnath and Khatushyam Mandir on your next visit Sikar.

  • The sky view from the regal Laxmangarh Palace .
  • PaanchKuta, Papadum, Daal-Bati-Churma, and other traditional delicacies of Sikar.
  • The treasured handicrafts of Jatia and Fatehpuri Gate Bazar.
  • The renowned Shekhawati architecture.
  • Khatu Shyamji festival celebrated annually in Khatu Shyamji Temple in Sikar.

Best Time to Visit Sikar: October to March

Situated in the northern area of Rajasthan, Churu is another golden desert city in the state. Prominent for its intricately built architecture, it houses a 500-year-old fort located at its centre. It also accommodates eminent places such as Babosa Dham Churu, Lal Ghantaghar, Lal Ghantaghar Dharma Stupa, Kanhaiya Lal Bagla Haveli, Surana Haveli, Sethani ka Johara, and Tal Chappar Sanctuary . Churu Fort is a profound reminder of the war fought and won against the British in 1857 and thus holds immense patriotic value to the people of Churu.

  • The ancient grandeur of the 500-year-old Churu Fort .
  • Ker-sangri, an exquisite sweet dish, is the local speciality of Churu.
  • The world-renowned miniature wood carving art and craft.
  • The famous Madina Market bustling with life and culture.
  • The religious Gogaji’s Fair organized in Churu annually in the Bhadra month of the Hindu Calendar.

Best Time to Visit Churu: October to March

  Known as the Educational City of the nation, Kota’s beauty teaches stories of both past and present that cannot be encapsulated in a textbook. Much like the Grand Canyon of the USA, the Grand Canyon of India is located in Bhainsrorgarh, Kota district in Rajasthan. The sublime scenery of Bhainsrorgarh, the splendour of the Seven Wonders Park, the serenity of Khade Ganesh Ji temple as well as the Chambal gardens make Kota a must-visit destination in Rajasthan. With a booming textile industry, it is accounted to be the second most liveable city in Rajasthan after Jaipur.

  • The microcosmic vision and the replica of the Seven Wonders of the World in the Seven Wonders Park situated on the banks of Kishore Sagar.
  • The mouth-watering Kota ke Paani Patashe at Kota’s Chaupati.
  • The beautiful and exquisite Dora Sarees of Kota.
  • The main bazaar in Kota beaming with a variety of traditional and ethnic goods.
  • The famous Dusshera Mela, one of the most fascinating and lively festivals held in Kota, takes place in the month of October.

Best Time to Visit Kota: October to March

17. jhalawar.

Located in Rajasthan’s southeast, Jhalawar- the land of jhalas, a tribe renowned for Chauhan Rajput warriors, is reminiscent of the state’s royal past. The princely kingdom is known for its palaces, temples, and forts, which display unparalleled craftsmanship, affluent art, and regal culture.

The architecture delights of the Prithvi Palace , Garh Palace , Chandrabhaga Temple , Virendra Bhawan , Bhawani Natyashala , Government Museum , and the Gagron Fort as well as the lively streets and markets of Jhalawar will take you back to the glorious history of the Rajputs; a history of love, wars, and above all an unfailing sense of pride. It thus stands among the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

  • The splendorous architecture, history, and culture of the Gagron Fort .
  • The hot Makki ki Raab, Sev Tamatar, and other traditional delicacies of Jhalawar.
  • Jhalawar is famous for its rich and ethnic art as well as folk handicraft work.
  • The hustle-bustle of the main market located near the Surya Mandir.
  • The famous Chandrabhaga Fair held annually in close proximity to Jhalawar.

Best Time to Visit Jhalawar: October to March

18. bhangarh fort.

For Rajasthan, the past is not dead and gone but rather still breathes in the present everyday reality. One such place that is a reminder of the living past is Bhangarh Fort, renowned as the most haunted place in the nation. Located in the Aravalli hills, what was once a magnificent arena of beauty and grandeur, now is a site of ruins. The ruins however still speak stories of historic and architectural wonders and attract tourists from across the globe.

One of the most visited tourist places in Rajasthan, with its empty temples and architecture, and scenic view, it will have you hooked and under its spell. Famous for the ghost stories, entry into the fort is prohibited after the sunset. Bhangarh Fort should be on your travel list if you have a taste for mysteries and adventures, or simply are a lover of history.

  • The rich culture, history, as well as legends that define the fort as well as the beautiful scenic view of the Bhangarh Garden.
  • The famous Kagzi Pottery of the region.
  • The rich Alwar food at Surya Vilas.

Best Time to Visit Bhangarh Fort: October to March

Owing to its reputation as the most haunted place in India, you cannot enter the fort after sunset.

19. Om Banna Temple

  Rajasthan is a home to diverse religious believes with hundreds of magnificent temples and shrines. The famous Om Banna Temple, however, is one of its kind in the world and bears testimony to the intriguing customs and stories of the state. Located in the Pali District, 50 km away from Jodhpur, the temple has a motorcycle established as its deity to whom devotees offer liquor and pray for their safe journey.

The legend behind the bike is that it was evacuated and chained by the police after an accident in 1991 but driven by some divine power, it kept returning to the same accident spot by breaking all the chains. Since then numbered 7773, the motorcycle was established as a shrine and came to be known as the Bullet Baba . The temple is an intriguing addition to the diverse Rajasthani shrines that breed hybrid faiths and thus secures its spot on the list of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.

  • The religious legend, the unshaken belief of the devotees, and their offerings to the Royal Enfield Shrine.
  • Prahlad Chand Mangilal is one of the most prominent restaurants near Om Banna Temple.

Best Time to Visit Om Banna Temple: October to March

20. chittorgarh.

Famous for the story of Rani Padmini and her act of Jauhar, as well as the story of Rani Meerabai, Chittorgarh speaks of a history of unparalleled dignity, pride, and royalty. The Chittorgarh fort, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is most famous for its temples, Gaumukh Bawli , and Vijay Stambh . Reverberating with valour, sacrifices, and honour, Chittorgarh will remind you of the spirit of royalty that constitutes every fibre of the being of Rajasthan.

  • The grand Chittorgarh Fort and the tales of historical valour associated with it.
  • The traditional Rajasthani treasures at the Rana Sanga Market.
  • The tempting Badam Halwa of Chittorgarh.
  • The intricate metal craft and bronze icons are the specialities of the region.
  • The renowned Gangaur Festival celebrated by the womenfolk in Chittorgarh.

Best Time to Visit Chittorgarh: October to March

21. kumbhalgarh.

Standing tall with pride in the Aravalli range, Kumbhalgarh Fort , a UNESCO world heritage site, is known as the Great Wall of India and is the second-largest fortress in the world. The birthplace of Maharana Pratap Singh, Kumbhalgarh fort houses revered temples, luxurious gardens as well as royal palaces that speak the story of a glorious past. Other marvels of the place are the Badal Mahal and the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary which make it a visit that you cannot afford to miss in your trip to the princely state.

  • Situated at the highest point of the Kumbhalgarh Fort , the Badal Palace , with its mystic beauty among the clouds, is the treasured charm of Kumbhalgarh. It is thus one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.
  • The traditional Laal Maas at Maharani Bagh .
  • The traditional Bandhani fabric is the speciality of the region
  • Shopping at the famous ChetakCircle
  • The renowned Kumbhalgarh Festival held annually at the Kumbhalgarh Fort.

Best Time to Visit Kumbhalgarh: October to March

22. abhaneri (chand baori).

The deepest step well of the nation that is 100 feet deep into the ground with 3,500 steps and 13 levels, Abhaneri is a rural jewel of Rajasthan located on the Agra-Jaipur Road. Chand Baori, the stepwell famous for its mathematical excellence and beauty, was built between the 8th and 9 th centuries by King Chanda of the Nikumbh dynasty of the Rajputs. The annual Abhaneri festival held in September cherishes the thousand-year-old wonder of the place.

  • The beautiful architecture, the mathematical precision of ancient India, the rich history, as well as the picturesque site of Chand Baori make it one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.
  • Abhaneri region is known for famous Rajasthani folk dances such as Kalbelia, Bhawai, and Ghoomar.
  • The traditional Rajasthani food can be found in the Sikandra area of Abhaneri.
  • The lively Abhaneri festival celebrated every year around the months of September and October.

Best Time to Visit Abhaneri: October to March

A break from chaotic city life, Deeg is a little rural town located a stone’s throw away from Bharatpur. The Deeg Palace , built by Raja Surajmal, is known for its architectural marvel, pools, fountains, and gardens. The Mughal Havelis, Gopal and Roop Sagar , as well as the local market, will have you enamoured by the serenity and royalty of the rural lifestyle of Deeg. It thus stands as the perfect escape from the city life and is a mirror of the rural richness of Rajasthan.

  • Deeg is best known for its grand havelis such as the Deeg Palace .
  • The local Deeg cuisine at Gulmohar Restaurant.
  • The region is famous for its handicraft.
  • The crowded and lively Chaurburja Bazaar.
  • The famous Teej festival celebrated with exuberance and fervour in Deeg.

Best Time to Visit Deeg: Months from September to March

24. eklingi temple.

  • The exquisite architecture, historical and religious depth of the temple as well as the famous four-faced idol of Lord Shiva build with black marble.
  • The dried mango(ocrra), Sangri beans, as well as exquisite chillies are the renowned regional dishes.
  • The place is known for textiles as well as dyed garments.
  • The temple lies a stone’s throw away from the Hathi Pol Bazaar.

Best Time to Visit Eklingi Temple: October to March

A small district in Rajasthan, Pali stands as an affirmation of the ethnic depth of rural tourism of the state. Adorned with secret treasures such as the Jawai Dam, Ranakpur Temple, Chanoud Garh, and the Heritage Palace , Pali is a rural delight housing a decent population of wild leopards. In the close vicinity of Udaipur, it becomes an ideal stop to explore the vivacity of Rajasthan’s lesser-known rural life.

  • The beautifully carved Ranakpur Temple and its serene and auspicious aura.
  • The food in Pali is predominated by Rajasthani spices such as red chilli and yellow turmeric.
  • Pali is a hub of traditional handicrafts.
  • The busy and lively Jain and Vardhaman Markets.
  • The famous Godwar Festival of Pali puts the region’s art and culture to display.

Best Time to Visit Pali: October to March

26. nathdwara.

Embedded in the sublime beauty of the Aravalli hills and the banks of river Banas, Nathdwara is known as the Gateway to the Lord. A land red with a bloody history of violent wars, it now is a serene escapade adorned with magnificent temples.

Along with the 351 feet tall largest statue of Lord Shiva in the nation, it is also home to Shrinathji Temple , which is prominent for the settlement of Lord Krishna. The place is also famous for pichwai paintings, the traditional Rajasthani artwork, and thus holds cultural, historical, religious, as well as aesthetic significance for tourists throughout the year.

  • The unparalleled beauty of the pious Dwarkadheesh Temple .
  • The authentic Nathdwara Thandai is a renowned speciality of the place.
  • The place is known for the sublime Pichhavi paintings, terracotta handicrafts, as well as the famous Meena Work.
  • The temples of Nathdwara are surrounded by lively local street markets.
  • Nathdwara is also known for the annual festival of Annakutta celebrated in its arena.

Best Time to Visit Nathdwara: September to February

27. neemrana.

The mighty Aravalli range secures many jewels of Rajasthan, one of which is Neemrana. An ancient town with delightful palaces, it is now a modern retreat that celebrates the rich Rajput culture and heritage. The Neemrana Palace, which is now a heritage resort for tourists, is famous for activities such as zip-lining. A two and half hour drive from Delhi, Neemrana is a perfect getaway for the weekend.

  • Witness the exquisite royalty at Neemrana Fort Palace .
  • The local Rajasthani food at the Bridge Restaurant.
  • Neemrana is known for its detailed designs in Ghagra Choli, a traditional Rajasthani outfit.
  • The busy Malakhera Bazaar.
  • The festival of Diwali is celebrated in Neemrana with regal solemnity.

Best Time to Visit Neemrana: July to March

28. jawai leopard camp.

After Ranthambore and Sariska, a place that cherishes biodiversity and will bring you in close proximity with nature is Jawai Leopard Camp, located in the hills of Aravalli. An eight-tent luxurious camp, it allows you to explore the thrill of nature without hustling in the crowded wildlife reserves and jungles. From the adventure of safari rides to the magic of bird watching, it lets you enjoy nature without taxing regulations and restrictions of the wildlife reserves. For this reason, it grips animal lovers from across the globe.

  • Best camp in India for convenient Leopard spotting.
  • The luxurious Safari resort in close proximity to nature.
  • Delicious meals made from organic homegrown produce at the camp.

Best Time to Visit Jawai Leopard Camp: October to March

29. shekhawati.

A house to rich Marwari business families, Shekhawati hosts the largest open-air art gallery in the world. With a rich heritage, open-air galleries, havelis, and palaces, it accounts for a luxurious stay. It is also known for its culinary delights along with the grandeur of its havelis and due to its favourable location in the earshot of Nawalgarh, it becomes a convenient tourist stop.

  • The luxurious ancient grand havelis of Mahansar.
  • The beautiful fresco paintings adorn the architecture of the place.
  • Enjoy the experience of a breath-taking horseback riding activity through the town
  • The lip-smacking Rabdi at Mandawa Castle.
  • Shop in Ramgarh to get detailed wooden carvings and furnishings.
  • The annual Shekhawati Festival held every year in February.

Best Time to Visit Shekhawati : Months from November to March

30. ranakpur.

Ranakpur or the Spiritual Oasis of Aravalli attracts Jain devotees throughout the year. A dwelling of multiple Jain temples such as Sadri, Surya Narayan, Narlai, Mucchal Mahavir, and Ranakpur Jain Temple , its aura is reminiscent of spirituality, serenity, and cultural splendour. The desi Ranakpur bazaar is heaven for ethnic lovers. Half and an hour away from Udaipur, the Ranakpur Dam is a picturesque delight and adds another feather in the cap of the beauty of Rajasthan.

  • The holy grandeur of Ranakpur Jain Temple .
  • The bustling local market beaming with ethnicity.
  • The place is famous for its majestic silver jewellery, gems, and pottery.
  • The delectable Jain food at Maharani Bagh.
  • The authentic Ranakpur Mohatsav which is a celebration of the rich history, culture, and heritage of Rajasthan.

Best Time to Visit Ranakpur: October to March

31. sariska national park.

Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary located in Alwar is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan for nature and wildlife lovers. Renowned for the Royal Bengal Tigers, it is a protected area that stores exquisite flora and fauna of the nation. The first reserve to reallocate the tigers from Ranthambore, it was declared as a national park in 1982. Rich with copper reserves and natural resources, it will take you in the peaceful and enriching lap of nature.

  • Spot the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers at the wildlife sanctuary.
  • The ethereal experience at the Star Gate Observatory.
  • Bhuna Kukda is one of the most famous dishes to try in Sariska.
  • Buy ethnic souvenirs from Bazaza market.

Best Time to Visit Sariska National Park: October to March

Sharing borders with Pakistan in the west and Jaisalmer and Jalore in the north and south, Barmer is not only one of the most prominent desert lands of the state but also its largest district. Along with housing a major portion of the Thar Desert, it is also marked by the flow of River Luna.

Thus, a hub of natural and historical depth, it is also a magnificent center of culture and royal grandeur. Places such as Barmer Fort, Kiradu Temple, Shri Nakoda Jain Temple, Devka-Sun Temple, and Rani Bhatiyani Temple showcase intricate carving and craftsmanship making Barmer a microcosmic vision of Rajasthan’s unmatched glory and beauty. It thus stands as one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

  • The intricate architecture and grandeur of Devka-Sun Temple .
  • The tempting Lal Maas is a famous local cuisine.
  • Barmer is known for exclusive mirror work and vivid embroidery.
  • Shop from Veerchand Jangid Market.
  • The display of local culture in the Thar Desert.

Best Time to Visit Barmer: October to March

33. jhunjhunu.

From the mesmerising marble made Khetri Palace (Wind Palace) to the Hindu pilgrimage at the Shree Rani Sati Dadi Mandir , Bandhe ka Balaji , and the Hanuman Mandir to the extravagant Sone Chand ki Haveli, Jhunjhunu, the ancient city of Shekhawati region, is a storehouse of treasured jewels of Rajasthan. The Marwari and Shekhawati culture is embedded in the food, language as well as architecture of the place making this ancient town an essential visit in your trip to Rajasthan.

  • The regal Wind Palace built with marbles.
  • The prominence of sweet dishes in Jhunjhunu can be known by the fact that they are served before the meals.
  • The traditional Rajasthani Thali at Rani Sati Mandir .
  • Jhunjhunu is known worldwide for its frescos and murals.
  • Nehru Market is the most famous market in the region.

Best Time to Visit Jhunjhunu: October to March

  You must have heard of the famous BITS Pilani, a renowned educational institution in the Pilani district of Rajasthan. However, Pilani, a site of progress and prosperity, is primarily an ancient town in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan that encompasses vibrant and grand heritage.

It is home to architecture delights such as Surajgarh Fort, Sarogi Haveli, Khetri Fort Pahari, Shiv Ganga and Saraswati temple, Panchvati, Clock Tower, as well as the Birla Science Museum . Rich in rustic culture and in touch with modernity at the same time, it represents the lively state of Rajasthan.

  • The scenes of Ramayana replicated in the Panchvati Garden .
  • Pilani is known for its Brass handicraft.
  • The tempting stuffed kulcha and pineapple raita at Vijay.
  • The lively Chameli Market.
  • OASIS, the annual cultural festival of BITS Pilani, is ranked as the second-best student fest in India.

Best Time to Visit Pilani: October to March

35. kuldhara village.

After the haunted Bhangarh Fort, if there is a place in Rajasthan that attracts adventure and mystery lovers, it is the Kuldhara village (the abandoned village) which is famously known as the Ghost Town of Rajasthan. Once adorned with the settlement of Palwali Brahmins, a set of 83 villages vanished overnight giving rise to the ghost stories in Kuldhara.

Located in Jaisalmer, the rustic village is now a site of ruins and echoes with an eerie silence drenched in isolation. An intriguing mystery, it is an adventure to entail on your visit to the Sam desert and is among the prominent tourist places in Rajasthan.

  • Architectural ruins of over 410 buildings, temples as well as the history, legends, and the uncanny spookiness associated with the haunted village.
  • Eat irresistible local cuisines at Suryagarh Restaurant near the village.

Best Time to Visit Kuldhara Village: October to March.

As it is believed to be a haunted village, entry is prohibited after sunset.

36. Galtaji Temple

One of the most beautiful temple complexes in Rajasthan, the Galtaji Temple, located on the outskirts of Jaipur, is a paradise for believers and devotees from across the globe. Surrounded by the majesty of Aravalli ranges, lush greenery, and a house to natural springs such as Galta Kund and Gaumukh , it is a treasure of sublime beauty.

Built with pink sandstone, the intricately carved walls narrate stories of religion, culture, and unparalleled heritage. Reverberating with religious chants, a host to various tribes of monkeys, affluent vegetation, and scenic views of the Aravalli and Jaipur city, it stands as a grand temple complex more splendorous than traditional havelis and thus attracts tourists throughout the year who are left smitten by its grandeur. This makes it one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

Galwar Bagh Gate, Hanuman Temple, Galta Temple, and Galta Kund and Gaumukh natural water springs.

Best Time to Visit Galtaji Temple: October to March

37. sambhar lake.

Rajasthan treasures some of the nation’s most profound natural wonders and Sambhar Lake is one of them. Spread over a distance of 90 Km, it is India’s largest inland lake. With the exquisite white look, mixed with desert sand, it is a saline wetland. Producing 196000 tons of salt annually, it accounts for 9% of the total salt production in India. In the night, under the gaze of stars, walking on it feels like strolling through a piece of the silver moon.

Other attractions for tourism are the Circuit House at Sambhar, the Cenotaph near Shakambari Devi Temple, the Salt Processing Plant and Museum, Nalaisar, as well as the Salt Train . Rajasthan’s mini Rann of Kutch, Sambhar is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. It is an ecological site that provides a breeding area to thousands of migratory birds such as flamingos and Siberian birds and thus needs to be on your travel list of nature’s exquisite delights.

  • Site of thousands of flamingos from Siberia and Central Asia.
  • Shakambari Devi Temple , Salt Processing Plant and Museum as well as the goods train that passes through the salt lake make Sambhar Lake one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.
  • The quaint and busy Dhan Mandi market.

Best Time to Visit Sambhar Lake: October to March

38. khimsar.

A quaint hamlet in the mighty Rajasthan, the Khimsar village is yet another undiscovered treasure. With the rustic aura of the Khimsar Fort in the golden sand dunes of the Thar desert, the place is the adobe of ethnicity, grandeur, and heritage. The renowned Nagaur festival is held annually in this village. The festival witnesses recreational activities such as camel racing and tug of war, and trade in cattle and red chilli markets at the same time. Famous across Asia for its trade and festive fair, it attracts tourists in the pleasant time of winters and thus is one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan.

  • The regal and luxurious Khimsar Fort.
  • The delectable Murgh Khimsar is the renowned local cuisine.
  • The bustling Sardar Market.
  • The festive and cultural fervour of the Nagaur festival.

Best Time to Visit Khimsar: October to March

To enjoy the vivacity of the world’s 18 th largest desert, the great Indian Thar Desert, a stay at Dechu is your best bet. A small village in Jodhpur, Dechu houses tourist attractions such as the Salim Singh Haveli, Pokaran Fort, Baba Ramdev Temple, old wells, and sand dunes. Known for its deluxe tourist resorts, Dechu will provide you with the perfect serene aura needed to enjoy the golden desert on a starry winter night. You cannot help but count it among the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

  • The ancient aura of the regal Salim Singh Haveli.
  • Desert safaris in the vast expanse of the golden sand dunes.
  • The renowned Marwari cuisine.
  • The region is known for its intricate handloom.

Best Time to Visit Dechu: October to March

Located 40 km away from the city of Jaipur, this miniature village is perfect for a day trip from the pink city. The Samode Bagh, Samode Palace, as well as the Samode Haveli (popularly known as the Maha Sahib or Maha Rawal) are the centre heritage attractions of the hamlet.

You can hike back from the Samode Fort through a forest path that is known to be a leopard territory according to the locals. From the famous dal bhaati churma to the indigenous ethnic shops to the rustic coloured houses and warm and friendly locals, Samode is a rural treasure where you can get lost away from the mayhem of city life.

  • The rich heritage and lush greenery of the Samode Palace make it one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.
  • Savour the local chai and kachori in Samode.
  • The hustle-bustle of the main market.
  • Samode is known for fresco paintings in vibrant indigo colours.

Best Time to Visit Samode: October to March

41. sam sand dunes.

Located in Jaisalmer, the Sam Sand Dunes mark the point in the Thar Desert where you can lose yourself in the endless stretch of the desert, with no vegetation in sight. One of the most renowned tourist destinations, it hosts several camps that indulge in desert safaris.

Known for the Desert Festival, puppet shows, and folk dances and programs, it beams with culture, diversity, and life in the months of February and March. Winter thus is the best time to visit Rajasthan’s golden Sam Sand Dunes to enjoy the place at its peak of beauty. With its astounding charm, it is one landscape that you cannot afford to miss when it comes to exploring the mighty Thar Desert.

  • The picturesque beauty of golden sand dunes.
  • Camel Safaris, Cultural shows, as well as Rajasthani songs and dances in the sand dunes.
  • Enjoy a candlelight dinner in the desert.
  • Quad biking and parasailing in the desert.
  • The recreational and exuberant Desert Festival.

Best Time to Visit Sam Sand Dunes: October to March

42. salasar balaji.

From the Ajmer Sharif to the Dilwara Jain temple, Rajasthan encloses a plethora of diverse religious retreats in harmony. One such site of pilgrimage for devotees across the globe is the famous Salasar Balaji Temple situated in the town of Salasar. It is located in close proximity with two other magnificent temples namely the Khatu Shyamji temple and the Rani Sati Dadiji (Jhunjhunu) temple and together the three renowned temples make the grandeur of Salasar Dham.

Built-in 1794, it is now appraised as a Shakti Sthal (the place of power). Devotees come from across the nation, sometimes barefooted, and with extreme devotion and faith, they seek fulfilment for all their desires by praying to the merciful Lord Hanuman who is known for his miraculous powers in various legend tales. A site of serenity that is beaming with religious zeal throughout the year, it is one of the most visited temples of Rajasthan.

  • The religious fervour of the pious temple.
  • The authentic Rajasthani food at the traditional bhojnalyas near the temple.
  • Buy lockets with idols as religious souvenirs.
  • Near Salasar Balaji Temple, there are a plethora of local markets to explore such as Naya Bazaar, Gandhi, Harichand, Divan, Laxmi, and Govindam Market.

Best Time to Visit Salasar Balaji Temple: October to March

43. karauli.

Accommodating more than three hundred temples, Karauli is the pious and holy heart of Rajasthan. Situated on the Agra-Jaipur Highway or the Golden Quadrilateral of India, this small town is said to have been the home of Shri Madan Mohan Ji, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. In addition to its auspicious temples, it also encapsulates forts, monuments, and palaces in its arena, making it a renowned and must-visit cultural site in the princely state of Rajasthan.

  • The beautiful and majestic royal Karauli City Palace is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.
  • The irresistible street food of the region.
  • The lively Karauli Market.
  • The annual Karauli Cattle Fair as well as the religious Kailadevi Fair celebrated every year in Karauli.

Best Time to Visit Karauli: October to March

44. gagron fort.

If you need a break from the sandy desert, Gagron Fort is here for your rescue. Situated in Jhalawar, it is an exuberant rocky site surrounded by water and is the dwelling of affluent biodiversity. Decorated with vibrant red poppy fields and orange orchards, it is the perfect amalgamation of architecture and natural wonders.

With its enamouring beauty and heritage, it is among the six forts in Rajasthan that are recognized as the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Being a witness of over 14 wars and 2 Jauhars, the fort reeks of the royal legacy of the past. With its vibrancy and grandeur, it stands as the only hill and water fort of Rajasthan and thus deserves to be on your travel list.

Gagron Fort is known for its scenic beauty, regal architecture, and rich history and this is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Rajasthan.

Best Time to Visit Gagron Fort: October to March

45. kesroli.

Ageing back to the 14 th century, The Neemrana’s Hill Fort-Kesroli in Alwar is now a luxurious and royal heritage resort that grabs the attention of tourists from across the world. Adorned with a regal swimming pool, spa, as well as garden, and with its inviting food, it is an exclusive retreat into royalty. Decorated with the grand Rajasthani style and with rich historical fervour, a stay in Kesroli will make you feel like a part of the princely clan and will expose you to royal leisure, making it ideal for a relaxing weekend retreat.

  • Within the close proximity of the Kesroli Fort, there is a hub of mesmerizing places to explore such as N aldeshwar Shrine, Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, Bala Quila, Government Museum, and many more.
  • The regal ambience of the open-air restaurant at the fort.

Best Time to Visit Kesroli: October to March

46. fatehpur.

  • Explore the rich Rajasthani art at the Nadine Cultural Centre .
  • Admire the ancient havelis adorned with fresco paintings.
  • Have the delicious Rajasthani sweets at Ramras Mishthan Bhandar.
  • Hunt the main market of Fatehpur for exclusive fabrics.

Best Time to Visit Fatehpur: October to March

47. rajasmand.

The city of Dwarkadish, Rajasmand is located 67 Km north of Udaipur and is a hub of culture, heritage, faith, and the sublime beauty of nature. Deriving its name from the Rajasmand Lake , the second-largest man-made lake in the world, the city is a renowned tourist site.

Best known for Shrinathji and Dwarkadish Temple , Haldi Ghati, Kankroli, and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasmand is also the largest marble-producing district in the country. A gem of a place, it radiates pious faith, natural sublimity, and historical richness, making it a focal travel point in Rajasthan.

  • You cannot miss out on the sunset view from Rajasmand Lake .
  • The food in the region varies from hot and spicy Rajasthani dishes to International cuisines.
  • Buy exclusive Khadi products from Khadi Bhandar.
  • Experience the cultural delight of the Rana Raj Singh Festival.

Best Time to Visit Rajasmand: October to March

48. nawalgarh.

From the splendid Sheesh Mahal to the majestic Roop Niwas Palace to the Poddar, Aath, and Morarka Haveli, Nawalgarh, the land of havelis, is a humble site located 30kms away from the town of Jhunjhunu. Home to rich Marwari business families, the elite and posh havelis bear testimony to Nawalgarh’s architecture lavishness.

Such cultural grandeur has made it a favourite site for haveli enthusiasts. Exemplary of Rajasthan’s eminent kinship, Nawalgarh will leave you spellbound and awestruck by its beauty and thus will make exploring this splendorous place irresistible. It thus is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

  • The unparalleled splendour and beauty of the Sheesh Mahal.
  • The lip-smacking local Mawa Kachori is renowned in the region.
  • Buy the famous Shekhawati paintings from the Ganesh Market.
  • The cultural aura of Shekhawati Festival.

Best Time to Visit Nawalgarh: Months from November to March

In the lap of the Aravalli range, Narlai is a miniature village located 36 km away from Ranakpur. A den of religious places such as the Adinath Jain Temple, Ranakpur Temple, as well the Temple of Lord Shiva , it is also located in the periphery of the magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort. This hidden gem of Rajasthan will leave you enamoured by its beauty and rustic charm and is one of the most prominent villages that describes the inner life of Rajasthan.

  • The culture, history, architecture, and religiosity beaming at the Chaturmukha Jain Temple .
  • The delightful gatte ki sabzi is a treasured local dish of the village.
  • The place is known for its ethnic and colourful fabrics.
  • The renowned Johri Bazaar near Narlai.
  • The lively fervour of the Kite Festival.

Best Time to Visit Narlai: October to March

An abode of the earliest temple complexes in Rajasthan, Baroli, located in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan, beams with religious fervour and grandiosity. Situated near the banks of the pious Chambal River, the temple complex is a host to nine distinct temples that are the pride of Rajasthan since the 9 th century. Embellished with detailed carvings, the temples speak of majestic history and culture.

The 4 feet tall figure of the dancing avatar of Lord Shiva, famously known as  Lord Natraja, was stolen by a private collector from London in February 1998 but with the consistent efforts of the authorities, it is now going to be restored back home soon after 17 long years. Baroli is a celebration of Rajasthan’s faith and ingenuity and thus is a quintessential addition to your travel list. This temple complex is famous for being one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

  • The elaborate and majestic Baroli Temple Complex.
  • The natural picturesque view of Sorsan Grasslands .
  • Have local Rajasthani sweets renowned in Baroli.

Best Time to Visit Baroli: October to March

Rajasthan is not merely a montage of monuments, palaces, forts, temples, and scenic felicity but is also an array of feelings, emotions, and stories that speak the profound tale of the age-long heritage of our Incredible India; a heritage that demands to be heard, seen, valued and treasured. A trip to Rajasthan will give you the indispensable chance of being a part of this royal gala of cultural legacy.

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one of the best and informative article about Rajasthan, as a traveller i always cherish to read these types of articles ans plan my trip, i am from Coorg and its one of the best places in India.

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I’m dying to go, sadly I probably won’t be able to visit Rajasthan yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to visit all these places and get the most out of the experience. I really loved this blog and thank you for covering most of the information, this is incredibly helpful!

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Rajasthan

‘Abode of the Maharajas’, Rajasthan is a land of the Great Indian Desert, Rajput valour, magnificent architectural talent and hospitable locals. Men with colourful turbans and big moustaches greet you with ‘khamagadi’ and welcome you to the land of colourful bazaars and historic cities. The largest Indian state is always on the list of travellers as they wish to read the chapters of its great history. The forts and palaces make you wonder how the kings and queens might have lived in such large households. Turning to the alleys of the state, one can find great craftsmanship and artistic talent at every corner of the cities. Undoubtedly, Rajasthan ranks among the most-visited travel destinations of India.

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Rajasthan is just like that long chapter in history books that make you wonder about the lives our ancestors might have. The forts and palaces urge you to imagine the grandeur of the royalty in ancient times. The golden sands of the Thar Desert inspire you to reach the oasis battling strong sandy storms and the scorching heat of the sun. The old alleys of the state whisper legends of Rajput valour and sacrifice. The artistic hands of the rural communities build dreams for people who buy them. The beautiful blue pottery or the intricate wooden blocks of printing attracts you like a magnet towards the world of great art and skills.

The key highlight of the state of Rajasthan is the rich cultural heritage. Bestowed with monuments listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, every element of its being scream of the legacy of Rajputana. So much so that this state is one of the most desired travel destinations in the world. Not only by Indians Rajasthan is admired by international explorers and travellers for its great insight into the history and sacrifice of the glorious Indian era. The forts and palaces represent the different clans of Rajputs and their diverse cultural practices. Undoubtedly, Rajasthan is the best heritage travel destination in India.

When we talk about the religious importance of a state like Rajasthan, we picturise the serene town of Pushkar or the solace felt while visiting the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. The majestic Ranakpur Jain Temple is completely on another level in terms of architectural brilliance. The beautifully painted frescos and murals on the temples date back to centuries when men were greatly admired for their artistic abilities. Rajasthan houses the only Brahma Temple in the world which places it among the top religious destinations of India. Jagdish Temple, Karni Mata Temple, Dilwara Temple, Khwaja Garib Niwas Dargah and Galtaji Temple among many others showcase the religious diversity and harmony of the state.

While discussing the various elements which make Rajasthan the best travel destination, we cannot forget the rich wildlife diversity of the state. Ranthambore National Park has recorded a population of 72 tigers in its periphery, making it a major contributor to wildlife tourism of the state. From the arid vegetation of the desert to the lush green jungles amidst the Aravalli hills along with the marshlands of Bharatpur, Rajasthan is a rainbow of different species of flora and fauna. Some of the leading wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Rajasthan are Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo National Park and Desert National Park among many others.

While suggesting the perks of exploring a royal state like Rajasthan, we cannot ignore the fascinating local culture and traditions that make it much more appealing to travellers. The colourful fairs and festivals of the state enable tourists to enjoy the lively celebrations like a local. The celebration involves colourful traditional costumes, folk music and dance performance, puppet shows, camel races and turban tying competitions. Some of the major fairs and festivals of Rajasthan that attracts worldwide travellers are Pushkar Fair, Gangaur Festival, Nagaur Festival, Teej Festival, Guru Purnima, Camel Festival, Desert Festival and Marwar Festival among many others. In recent times, travellers are ditching cliche tourist attractions for heritage and cultural tours that take them to the local rural and tribal communities where they can experience the essence of life in one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.

Udaipur, Rajasthan

The City of Lakes, Udaipur is a beautiful city with magnificent lake palaces, ancient temples and rich cultural heritage. Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, this city showcases rich architectural talent in terms of manmade lakes, majestic palaces and temples.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a UNESCO World Heritage City known for its glazing amber-coloured buildings, colourful bazaars, magnificent Amer Fort and rich artistic talent.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, popularly known as the ‘Golden City’ is surrounded by the Great Indian Desert. The destination offers desert camping and camel safari to tourists for an amazing experience. It also houses the only living fort in India- Jaisalmer Fort.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Popularly known as the ‘Blue City’ because of the houses and lanes painted in blue colour, Jodhpur has a rustic charm attached to it. Mehrangarh Fort rising above the city is a great architectural marvel which represents the royal grandeur of the city.

Bikaner

Popularly known as the ‘Camel Country’, Bikaner is popular for one of the best breeds of riding camels in the world. It is home to one of the world’s best camel research and breeding farms. Well, the city is not all about camels! It also has sand dunes scattered all over the city

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Home to one of the world’s best bird-watching destinations, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur also find its traces in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The city was under the Matsya kingdom who were allies of the Pandavas. Dotting forts and palaces adorn the beauty of the city, making it a must-visit tourist destination.

ajmer

A perfect blend of culture, religion and harmony, Ajmer is a bustling city of Rajasthan. The city was a personal favourite of the Mughal Sultans because of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the resting place of a great Muslim saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti.

alwar

An ancient city that finds reference in the great Indian epic, Mahabharata, Ajmer is where the Pandavas spent their last years of exile. Gateway to the state of Rajasthan, Alwar is one of the oldest cities of the state.

bundi

The beauty of this city was best described by the great novelist, Rudyard Kipling who wrote his novel, Kim, in Bundi. Bundi Fort is where part of the movie was also shot. Nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills, the city has retained its rural charm untouched by modern times.

chittorgarh

  • Chittorgarh

Mauled by the Mughal rulers thrice, Chittorgarh is one of the finest examples of Rajput valour and sacrifice. The city is known for the magnificent Chittorgarh Fort, located atop a hill covering 700 acres of land. The fort is a witness of the historic event of Jauhar that took place during the time of Queen Padmini and Ala-ud-din Khilji.

dungarpur

The City of Hills, Dungarpur in Rajasthan is popular for the green marble found here which is exported globally. The tourist influx rose in this region because of the majestic forts, palaces and temples found in this city.

Jhalawar

Set aside from the desert landscape of Rajasthan, Jhalawar looks colourful laden with orchards of oranges and red poppy fields. The city offers a number of tourist attractions including Jhalawar Fort, Buddhist Caves and stupas, Gagron Fort and Sun Temple among others.

kota

Located on the banks of the Chambal River, Kota is famous for its gold, Doria sarees, Kota stone and silk sarees. The city is known for its distinct style of forts, palaces and temples.

Mount Abu

The only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu was the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Rajputana. Various colonial-style palaces and lodges add to the otherwise rustic charm of the hill town. Tourists can enjoy the lush green hills, glistening rivers and magnificent temples while vacationing in this city.

pushkar

Situated around Pushkar Lake, this city is a major religious centre for the Hindus as it houses the only Brahma Temple in the world. The city showcases the religious diversity of India at its best. An alley that houses a temple, gurudwara and mosque side-by-side is a major travel experience on a trip to Pushkar.

ranakpur

Known for the beautifully designed Ranakpur Jain Temples, Ranakpur is a city known for the solace offered in its intricately carved temples. The villages of Ranakpur have a rich cultural heritage that is worthy of village walks to enjoy an offbeat travel experience.

Shekhawati

Shekhawati compromises Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu to form a region lined up with beautiful havelis and grand mansions that turn out to be the best tourist attraction in Rajasthan. The key highlight of the region lies in the paintings and murals of the havelis that tell stories of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. what are the top most visited travel destinations in rajasthan.

Rajasthan is blessed with victory forts, magnificent palaces, sun-kissed deserts, looming towers, natural wildlife centuries, fabulous art, ancient mosaics, educational centres, ancient sites which will keep you hooked for hours. Some of the most visited destinations in Rajasthan are :

Q. What are the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is home to some of the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the heritage city of Jaipur, hill forts of Rajasthan, Jantar Mantar and Keoladeo National Park.

Q. What are the best National Parks for wildlife tourism in Rajasthan?

Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo National Park and Desert National Park are among the top National Parks of the state.

Q. What are the best couple-friendly destinations in Rajasthan?

The best couple-friendly destinations in Rajasthan include Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.

Q. What are the most-visited tourist attractions in Rajasthan?

The most-visited tourist attractions in Rajasthan are Amer Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Ranthambore National Park, City Palace of Jaipur and Udaipur, Mehrangarh Fort, Jagdish Temple, Galtaji Temple among many others.

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Rajasthan , the princely state of India is also known as the ‘Land of Kings’ or ‘Land of Kingdom’. Home of cultural diversity, art and amazing cusine- the state features ruins of Indus Valley Civilisation, Temples, Forts, colourful palaces National Reserves, Muslim and Jain Architecture.

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It is incredibly colourful, vibrant, romantic and full of essence. The folk dances, village safaris, camel safaris, desert and lush green forest will make you remember the Arabian Nights.

Let me list down the 30 most beautiful places in Rajasthan which should be on your travel list below:

The "Pink City of India", Jaipur is famous for it's architecture, mouth watering Rajasthani food, textiles and handicrafts. Rich in history it oozes royalty and heritage in every part of the town.

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5 Must Visit Places: Hawa mahal, Amer Fort, Bapu Bazaar, Nahargarh Fort and Jal Mahal.

Nearest Airport: Sanganer airport- 12 km

Nearest Railway Station: Jaipur Junction railway station- 5 km

Read about Jantar Mantar - The astronomical observatory at Jaipur with the largest sundial In The World here .

Read about Hawa Mahal Jaipur here .

Here is all you need to know about Amer Fort, Jaipur.

Dubbed as the most romantic spot in India, Udaipur is also called as the "Venice of East". The lake city is a royal tourist destination for travellers who love history, culture and architecture.

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5 Must Visit Places: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jagmandir and Saheliyon ki Bari.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur Airport- 20 km

Nearest Railway Station: Udaipur railway station- 4 km

Read about City Palace Udaipur: A complete guide here.

Read about exploring Fateh Prakash Palace Heritage Hotel, Udaipur here .

3. Jaisalmer

Known as the 'Golden City', you can star in your own Arabian Night Series while you are in Jaisalmer . Enjoy the epic sands, the sunrise and sunset with authentic Rajasthani dance and music in the desert safari and stays here.

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5 Must Visit Places: Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Thar Heritage Museum, Sam Sand Dunes and Bada Bagh.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Airport- 285 km

Nearest Railway Station: Jaisalmer railway station- 3 km

Read about 11 things to do in Jaisalmer here .

4. Mount Abu

Surrounded by lush green trees and lakes, Mount Abu - the only hill station in Rajasthan offers amazing scenic beauty and wildlife sightings. A place of sacred pilgrimage, the temples here are famous for their stunning use of marble.

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5 Must Visit Places: Achalgarh, Dilwara Jain temple, Toad Rock, Nakki Lake and Guru Shikar.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur airport- 176 km

Nearest Railway Station: Abu Road railway station- 27 km

Read all about Mount Abu here .

Also referred to as The "Blue City, Jodhpur is famous for the distinguishing blue colour of its buildings, making them look all blue from the bird's eye view. The old city can be accessed through eight magnificent gates and the place features many palaces, forts, and temples.

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5 Must Visit Places: Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Kailana Lake and Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Airport- 10 km

Nearest Railway Station: Jodhpur Junction- 9 km

Read about the 11 things to do and see in Jodhpur here .

Famous for the Dargah sharif- Ajmer it is home to mesmerising lakes, grand forts and gorgeous mosques. The city with a vigorous Mughal past and breathtaking beauty and historic relevance is also known for its golden Jain Temple.

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5 Must Visit Places: Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Abkari Fort and Museum, Taragarh Fort, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra and Anasagar Lake.

Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport- 140 km

Nearest Railway Station: Ajmer Junction- 1.6 km

Located in the Shekhawati area, Sikar holds a lot of historical importance with forts, Havelis, ancient temples, and gardens from the Mughal Era. The seven entry gates to the town are spectacular in themselves, humming the rich and glorious history of the state.

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5 Must Visit Places: Khatu Shyamji Temple, Devgarh, Danta Ramgarh, Rani Palace and Nehru Park.

Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport- 127 km

Nearest Railway Station: Sikar Junction railway station- 1.5 km

8. Neemrana

Neemrana is a historical town surrounded by hills, greenery and a royal vibe are famous for Neemrana Fort Palace, The Sariska National Park, Bala Quila Neemrana Fort, Ruins and remains of the Vrindavan Palace and historical steps well. Live like royalty while you are here.

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5 Must Visit Places: Neemrana Fort Palace, Baori, Sariska National Park, Ancient Vrindavan Palace and Flying fox Neemrana.

Nearest Airport: New Delhi Airport- 59 km

Nearest Railway Station: Majri Jn railway station: 17 km

Know all about the Neemrana Palace Hotel here .

Never-ending deserts, majestic forts, safaris, palaces, and savouries- this is what Bikaner is all about. Known for its complexly carved jharokhas, the city boasts stunning architecture, grand heritage and art.

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5 Must Visit Places: Junagarh Fort, Shri Laxminath Temple, National Research Centre on Camel, Ganga Singh Museum and Lalgarh Palace.

Nearest Airport: Bikaner Airport- 20 km

Nearest Railway Station: Bikaner Junction railway station- 1.4 km

Read all about exploring Bikaner here .

10. Pushkar

The town of fairs and festivities, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in the country surrounded by hillocks on three sides. Known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, it has an interesting mythological history and timeless architectural heritage. The city is home to the only Brahma temple in the world.

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5 Must Visit Places: Man Mahal, Pushkar Lake, Apteshwar Temple, Brahma Temple and Rangji temple.

Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport- 154.3 km

Nearest Railway Station: Ajmer junction- 14 km

Bundi is a quaint town in the Aravalli range offering panoramic views of the hills and is famous for its magnificent forts, orchards of trees and steep wells (baolis). Dotted with palaces and forts, the place is like a fairytale come true.

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5 Must Visit Places: Steep Well Resevoirs, Sukh Mahal, Nawal Sagar, Taragarh Fort and Bundi Palace.

Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport- 210.1 km

Nearest Railway Station: Bundi railway station-3.2 km

Read All about the hidden jewel of Rajasthan, Blue City Bundi here .

" The land of the glimmering sun" with beautiful stone architecture in several historical sites and forts, the ancient charming town of Barmer beautifully showcases the historical lineage of Rajasthan with its historic monuments and temples. It is known for its rich craft, culture, dance and music.

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5 Must Visit Places: Barmer Fort, Mahabar Sand Dunes, Nakoda Temple, Kiradu Temples and Chintamani Parasnath Jain Temple.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Airport- 176 km

Nearest Railway Station: Barmer railway station- 2 km

A desert city with ancient charm Nagaur has huge mineral resources. Famous for its historical architecture, the city is also known as "the epitome of wars". The grand fort and the annual cattle fair also contribute to tourism here.

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5 Must Visit Places: Jay Mahal, Nagaur Fort, Meera Bai Temple, Jain Glass Temple and Deepak Mahal.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Airport- 125 km

Nearest Railway Station: Nagaur railway station- 2 km

14. Savai Madhopar

Sawai madhopur.

The city of Savai Madhopore is surrounded by Vindhyas & Aravalis and is a treat for nature and adventure enthusiasts. The city is a getaway to the Ranthambore National park and has a rich, vibrant culture full of royal history.

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5 Must Visit Places: Trinetra Ganesh Temple, Kachida Valley, Surwal Dam, Shri Chamatkar Ji Ka Jain Mandir and Chauth Mata Temple.

Nearest Airport: Jaipur airport- 180 km

Nearest Railway Station: Sawai Madhopur Junction railway station- 1 km

Read all about Sawai Madhopur: The Gateway To Ranthambore here .

15. Ranthambore

Ranthambore national park.

One of the most popular national park Ranthambore National Park remains open between October and June. It also houses the Ranthambore Fort which was recently included in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. It is famous for the magnificent Bengal Tiger.

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5 Must Visit Places: Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort, Padam Talao, Padam Lake and Kachida Valley.

Read about the Festival In Ranthambore every January here .

Know all about camping in luxury in Ranthambore National Park here .

Once the capital of the Marwar kingdom, Osian is surrounded by golden sand dunes and hamlets. Also known as the "Khajuraho of Rajasthan", the city is famous for the cluster of ruined Hindu and Jain Temples dating from the 8th to 12th centuries.

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5 Must Visit Places: Sachiya Mata Temple, Desert Safari Osian, Harihara Temple, Sun Temple and Shri Mandore Bheruji.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur airport- 34 km

Nearest Railway Station: Osian railway station- 4 km

17. Dungarpur

Ever heard of green marbles? No, then you must head to Dungarpur lying in the foothills of the Aravalli range and by two rivers, Mahi And Som. The place is also famous for the unusual architecture of its palaces adorned with intricately carved 'jharokhas'.

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5 Must Visit Places: Badal Mahal, Juna Mahal, Udai Bilas Palace, Gaib Sagar Lake and Deo Somnath Temple.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur airport- 124 km

Nearest Railway Station: Dungarpur railway station- 3 km

18. Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh.

With the second-longest wall in the world and recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kumbhalgarh is home to Kumbhalgarh Fort. The town is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap and is famous for temples, splendid architecture, biodiversity, monuments and royal chhatris.

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5 Must Visit Places: Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Badal Mahal, Parshuram Temple and Mammadev Temple.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur airport- 97 km

Nearest Railway Station: Falna Railway Station - 66 km

Here is a complete guide to explore one of the largest Forts In India- Kumbhalgarh fort.

Narlai - a quaint little hamlet in the Aravalli Range is dotted with old temples, 1000-year-old historical step wells and marble archways. It gives you Greece-like vibes with its diverse countryside and is full of hidden gems: cave, lake and rock temples and a sizeable former hunting lodge now converted into a grand heritage hotel.

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5 Must Visit Places: Elephant hill, Nakoda Jain Temple, Adinath Jain Temple, Shantinath Temple and Suparshvanath Jain Temple.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur airport- 134 km

Nearest Railway Station: Falna Railway Station - 45 km

Read all about living like a royal at Rawla Narlai here .

20. Deogarh

Deogarh or Devgarh located on a hilltop is home to a Deogarh Mahal which is converted into a heritage hotel where you can experience authentic Rajasthani heritage. It is known for its classic architecture, the arts community and beautiful lake.

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5 Must Visit Places: Deogarh Mahal, The Matatila Dam, Tribal Museum, Kankali Devi Temple and Dashavatara Temple.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur airport- 138 km

Nearest Railway Station: Dolaji Ka Khera Railway Station - 2 km

21. Kuldhara

Kuldhara , the dark, mysterious, spooky town near Jaisalmer, is also known as the ghost town of India. The town which was earlier inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins is now completely desolated and vacant and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

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Must Visit Place: Kuldhara village.

Nearest Airport: Jaisalmer airport- 32 km

Nearest Railway Station: Jaisalmer Railway Station - 35 km

Find all you need to know about Kuldhara here .

22. Kuchaman

Kuchaman city.

Adorned by colourful Havelis built-in Shekhawati style, the city of Kuchaman on the foothills of a hill has a rich and interesting history. You will find marvellous and artistic murals, along with sacred temples here.

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5 Must Visit Places: Kuchaman Fort, Meera Bai Temple, Ganesh Dungri, Shakambhari Hills and Sambhar Salt Lake Kuchaman.

Nearest Airport: Jaipur airport- 63 km

Nearest Railway Station: Kuchaman Railway Station - 7 km

Jawai Bandh

An ideal place for nature enthusiasts, Jawai has a range of granite hills. You can visit many Hindu Temples carved out of granite here. It is also known for its sanctuaries for leopards, panthers, hyenas, chinkaras, nilgai, bears, wolves, birds, and crocodiles. The town is a winter paradise for migratory birds with more than 100 species frequenting every year.

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5 Must Visit Places: Jawai Hills, Jawai Bandh, Jawai Jungle Safari, Shri Mahasati Mata Mandir and Ras Fort.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur airport- 149 km

Nearest Railway Station: Jawai Bandh Railway Station - 1 km

Read all about the leopard safari in Jawai here with Tripoto Hindi.

24. Mandawa

Hosting the world's largest open-air art gallery, Mandawa is famous for its artistically designed Havelis depicting the Rajasthani art and culture from the 18th and 19th Centuries in the Shekhawati region. The town is a must-visit if you are an art, history or architecture lover.

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5 Must Visit Places: Murmuria Haveli, Harlalka Well, Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, Open Air Art Gallery and Saraf Haveli.

Nearest Airport: Jaipur airport- 182 km

Nearest Railway Station: Nua Railway Station - 9 km

Read all about stepping back in time at the Regal 18th Century Mandawa Haveli here .

25. Mahansar

Famous for its rich culture and history, the main attraction in Mahansar is the Haveli is known as Sone- Chandi ki Dukan. The Haveli has intricate paintings done with gold leafs depicting scenes of the life of Lord Krishna, the story of Ramayana and Lord Vishnu. It was once a historically powerful town and its heritage liquor dubbed 'Mahansar liquor' is world famous.

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5 Must Visit Places: Raghunath temple, Sone-Chandi ki Dukan haveli, Sahaj Ram Poddar Chhatri, Shri Rani Sati Mandir and Ramdevji Mandir.

Nearest Airport: Hissar airport- 108 km

Nearest Railway Station: Mahansar Railway Station - 1 km

Read all about the painted havelis of Shekhawati here .

26. Ranakpur

Widely known for it's spectacular marble Jain Temple which was constructed in the 15th century Ranakpur is a must visit. The place is also famous for its silver jewellery, stone carved products, colourful puppets and gem stones.

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5 Must Visit Places: Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur Dam, Surya Narayan Temple, Shri Falna Swarna Jain Tirth - Golden Jain Temple and Ranakpur Jungle Safari.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur airport- 73 km

Nearest Railway Station: Falna Railway Station - 18 km

27. Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh.

Once the capital of the Mewar and now one of the most important cities in Rajasthan Chittorgarh is home to Chittorgarh Fort which is one of the largest forts in Asia and India and a UNESCO world Heritage site given to its historical importance. The city is a remissance of ancient buildings, magnificent forts, rich heritage, temples, towers and palaces.

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5 Must Visit Places: Chittorgarh Fort, Padmini Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace, Gaumukh Reservoir and Vijay Stambha.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur airport- 70 km

Nearest Railway Station: Chittorgarh Railway Station - 2 km

Read everything you need to know about The Unbreakable Fort In India- Chittorgarh Fort here .

The "Granite city of India", Jalore - a historical town is located on the banks of the Sukri river and is popular for religious sites and historical monuments. The Jalore Fort here is one of the most famous and impressive forts in the state and has been known through history as the Svangiri or the "golden mount".

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5 Must Visit Places: Jalore Fort, Fort of Kot Kasta, Swarn Giri Fort, Surak Pol and Jahaj Mandir.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur airport- 96 km

Nearest Railway Station: Jalor Railway Station - 10 km

29. Rajsamand

With great historical significance, Rajsamand narrates the historic tales of kings, battles and courage. The city boasts of a marvellous legacy of royal traditions and has a rustic appeal. Embellished with elegant lakes, splendid palaces, and cloaked with natural beauty, the city is also rich in natural resources of marble and granite. The name Rajsamand is derived from a beautiful artificial lake located within the city.

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5 Must Visit Places: Rajasmand Lake, Haldi Ghati, Dayal Shah Fort, Ruthi Rani Mahal and Mahabali hill point.

Nearest Airport: Udaipur airport- 67 km

Nearest Railway Station: Kankroli Railway Station - 3 km

30. Dholpur

This princely state dating back to Buddha's time has witnessed the oldest civilisation. While being extremely rich in cultural heritage, Dholpur is famous for the red stones which have been used for the construction of the Red Fort in Delhi. An important place for history buffs, the town will take you back in time.

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5 Must Visit Places: Van Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary, Shergarh Fort, Machkund Temple, Chambal River Safari and Damoh Waterfall Sarmathura

Nearest Airport: Agra airport or Gwalior Airport- 60 km

Nearest Railway Station: Dholpur Junction Railway Station - 3 km

To conclude, Rajasthan is filled with history, royalty and wonder. As said it truly is "The Incredible State of India ".

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Perfect Rajasthan Itinerary for 7 Days (What I Did)

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India is blossoming into one of the most important countries in the world, and it is filled with incredible places to visit. While we enjoyed visiting the Taj Mahal and Delhi, Rajasthan was the true highlight of our trip. This post will lay out the perfect Rajasthan itinerary for 7 days of travel, created out of weeks of research out outreach before we visited.

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We captured part of our Rajasthani experience in this vlog. You can also find our Udaipur trip on Youtube!

Many visitors head to the capital of New Delhi or to southern hubs like Mumbai and Goa, but Rajasthan is a special place that you won’t want to miss. On our most recent trip to India, we spent a week in New Delhi and Agra and another week traveling through Rajasthan. Rajasthan travel can be either glamorous or stressful depending on how you plan your trip, and we hope these tips help you plan a great trip.

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Where Is Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is a state in northwestern India. It shares a border with Pakistan on its northwestern edge. It is several hundred miles to the west of Delhi.

Rajasthan is known mostly for its deserts. The Great Indian Desert, or Thar Desert, covers most of Rajasthan’s surface. The people outside of the major cities are mostly part of nomadic tribes and laborers who have been in this area for hundreds of years. 

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Most Popular Places to Visit in Rajasthan

While there is more to Rajasthan than just major cities, they serve as the best waypoints on any trip through the state. Rajasthan is massive, and getting from one city to another usually takes at least four hours by car and can be as much as twelve hours, depending on where you go. 

There are five cities that most visitors flock to: Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Bikaner.

birds near hindu temple in jaipur

Jaipur is the biggest city in Rajasthan and it is the most commonly visited one, too. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the closest to Delhi and sits at the east end of Rajasthan. The city got its name when all of its buildings were painted pink to honor the British Queen Victoria. 

Nowadays, the city is known for its opulent palaces, wildlife sanctuaries, forts, and temples. The most notable palace is the pink sandstone Hawa Mahal. This massive palace along with the famous Amber Fort draws crowds from all over!

Jaipur forms the eastern point of the Golden Triangle of Rajasthan. This is a nickname for the three most culturally significant cities in Rajasthan.

One major reason to visit Jaipur is to stay in one of the city’s luxurious boutique hotels. Since Jaipur is the biggest city in Rajasthan, it is also among the most accessible. While many parts of Jaipur are inaccessible in their own right, these hotels feel like the homes of royalty.

Jaipur Airport is the largest airport in Rajasthan, which is another reason this city is so popular to visit. It makes for the perfect gateway to Rajasthan for international tourists.

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Jodhpur is Rajasthan’s blue city, and it is located on the edge of the Thar desert. Known for its Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is a great place to visit on a Rajasthan trip. It is the second-largest city in Rajasthan, and its history is as rich as anywhere else in the state.

The old city is known for its clock tower and Jaswant Thada, as well as its rooftop restaurants. Jodhpur is the closest Rajasthani city to Jaipur, which is why many visitors choose these two cities to see on their Rajasthan tour itinerary.

For a 7 day Rajasthan itinerary, Jodhpur can be the perfect stop between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.

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Jaisalmer is the most remote of any city on this list. It practically hugs the Pakistan border in northwest India. While most of Rajasthan is in the desert, Jaisalmer is known as the true desert city.

The Jaisalmer Fort, or Sonar Qila, is the city’s focal point. Located in the heart of the city, this is a living, breathing, majestic fort with thousands of actual residents. If you want to visit a local market or soak in the desert views, this is the place to go.

Jaisalmer forms the western point of the Golden Triangle of Rajasthan, and is actually known as the Golden City. If you want to do desert activities, like a camel safari or a picnic in the sand dunes, Jaisalmer is absolutely the place to go. Jaisalmer is especially famous for its luxury desert camping resorts.

Getting to Jaisalmer can be a pain, and that is the biggest hurdle to visiting. It is hundreds of miles away from the other major Rajasthani cities. It does have its own airport and railway station, but both are small and not very useful.

My Jaisalmer Travel Guide contains everything you need to know about the city before you visit.

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Known as both the City of Lakes and the White City, Udaipur is a special place located in southern Rajasthan. Sitting on the manmade Lake Pichola, this city is loaded with stunning temples and forts. It forms the southern point of the Golden Triangle of Rajasthan.

The most famous place to visit in Udaipur is the City Palace, which is a massive and beautiful palace museum located in the old city. The Monsoon Temple, or Nahargarh Fort, is another stunning highlight high in the mountains with stunning views. The Jagdish Temple is another place you won’t want to miss.

Udaipur felt worlds different from the other places we visited in India. To us, it was very refreshing. We enjoyed many dinners at rooftop restaurants, visited striking palaces and temples, and stayed in a luscious white marble palace.

My Udaipur Travel Guide contains everything you need to know about the city before you visit.

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While Jaisalmer is the desert city, Bikaner is actually the best city to visit for camel rides! Bikaner is famous for its camel breeding, and this lures thousands of visitors each year. It is located in the northern part of Rajasthan, not too far from the Pakistan border.

One of the biggest reasons to visit Bikaner is that it is less popular with tourists. The city has plenty of charm, but it doesn’t see nearly the crowds that Jaipur and Jodhpur see. This makes for relaxing desert safaris, a hassle-free camel ride, and an intimate opportunity to learn about the area’s rich history and culture.

Bikaner is very far from some of the other cities on this list, which is one of the main reasons it tends to get excluded from the typical 7 day Rajasthan itinerary.

Where Should You Visit in Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is one of the most-visited states in all of India. Many of its cities are ranked among the best places to visit in all of India, which is a massive country! 

We spent weeks figuring out where we wanted to go. The palaces of Jaipur, deserts of Jaisalmer, lakes of Udaipur, and temples of Jodhpur all called to us in different ways. Ultimately, after talking with friends of ours who live in India, we decided to spend our days in just Jaisalmer and Udaipur, and we did not regret that decision one bit.

Since places in the state are so far apart, you need to budget travel time into any 7 Day Rajasthan itinerary. We decided to allocate three days to Jaisalmer, three days to Udaipur, and one day to travel between them. This would have been the perfect amount of time if it weren’t for some hiccups we encountered.

If we had more time, we absolutely would have added Jaipur or Jodhpur to our itinerary. But with only 7 days, we figured it was better to see two places well rather than four places for just a day each.

How Do You Get Around Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is absolutely massive, and there isn’t great public transportation between the major cities. While there are railways and airports connecting many of these cities, actual train and flight routes are very limited.

As intimidating as it may seem, the best way to get around Jaisalmer is by hired car or van.

We initially booked flights to get from Jaisalmer to Udaipur. There was going to be a layover in Delhi. Our flight departing from Jaisalmer was delayed two full days, and our original flight arriving in Jaisalmer was delayed a full day too.

This was after the pandemic, so that isn’t even an excuse. Talking to friends, I discovered it is very common for Jaisalmer’s airport, as well as other Rajasthani airports, to be abruptly shut down for military reasons.

This can put a damper on any Rajasthan itinerary for 7 days.

We were stranded in Jaisalmer with no flights or trains heading out any time soon. We asked our hotel for a reputable transfer service, and booked a driver all the way to Udaipur. The driver picked us up at 4am and drove us happily 11 hours to Udaipur.

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Driving in Rajasthan

Some people opt to rent their own car while in Rajasthan. I have mixed opinions about this. The traffic outside of major cities is not bad and driving would be pretty easy on the highways.

But once you get off the highways, I think it is a whole different story. The roads through the small towns are prone to traffic jams, and it is very easy to lose cell phone service out in the rural parts of Rajasthan. We lost service at many points along our trip.

I would not recommend renting a car, simply because a hired driver is very affordable and is accustomed to driving in the area. Our 11-hour drive for 5 people from Jaisalmer to Udaipur, in a private, new, air-conditioned van, cost just $211.

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Is Rajasthan Safe to Visit?

All in all, Rajasthan is a very safe place to visit in India. Like anywhere, there is a risk of pickpocketing and scamming. However, this is not very common, especially if you take common precautions.

We never felt threatened while in Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer is a bit seedier than Udaipur, but we felt safe in both cities. We also felt perfectly safe traveling through the countryside from Jaisalmer to Udaipur.

To be fair, I would not have felt safe driving a rental car through some of the towns that we drove through. I felt much more comfortable having an Indian person at the wheel, as the roads were narrow and we passed through a lot of very impoverished areas.

For reference, our group included three women, one man, and one toddler. We never felt like targets, nor did we get taken advantage of despite clearly being foreigners. Compared to other places in India, Rajasthan is very safe and can be enjoyed without too many worries.

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Rajasthan Itinerary for 7 Days Snapshot

  • Day 1: Early flight into Jaisalmer, check into luxury desert camping
  • Day 2: Spend day in Thar desert with desert camping resort
  • Day 3: Explore Bada Bagh and Jaisalmer Fort
  • Day 4: Transit to Udaipur
  • Day 5: Explore Old Udaipur, sunset boat ride
  • Day 6: Luxurious brunch followed by Monsoon Palace and rooftop dinner
  • Day 7: Visit Jagmandir, flight home

Full 7 Day Rajasthan Itinerary: Everything to Know

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Day 1: Arriving in Jaisalmer

Recommended Hotel: The Kafila Desert Camp

Jaisalmer is very small and there are very few flights into and out of the city’s airport. Your best bet is to arrive into Delhi a day before and take the earliest possible flight from Delhi to Jaisalmer. From the Jaisalmer airport, I recommend taking a pre-booked taxi to your accommodation.

I think the best way to start your Rajasthan trip is by heading straight to a luxury desert camping resort. There are a lot of these, and many have good reputations. I had a hard time finding trustworthy reviews online, and ultimately chose The Kafila Desert Camp.

It was the perfect choice, and I detailed my full experience at the Kafila Desert Camp in another blog post. Check that out if you are considering going!

I recommend at least two full days, if not more, at the camp. Since the airline delayed our flight by over 24 hours, we had very limited time here. Still, we had a delicious candlelit dinner, went stargazing in the sand dunes, rode camels and horses, and more.

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Day 2: Enjoying the Thar Desert at a Luxury Desert Camp

This is the perfect time to explore and soak in what the desert has to offer. In my opinion, the desert is a much better attraction that the city of Jaisalmer itself. Visit a local village, ride camels, enjoy cultural performances, eat breakfast on the sand dunes, and do whatever else your resort offers! If time permits, I recommend taking advantage of every amenity that your camp offers, as they are normally free of charge.

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Day 3: Explore Bada Bagh and Jaisalmer City

Recommended Hotel: Jaisalmer Marriott Resort and Spa

On this morning, I recommend packing up your things and heading to another hotel located closer to the city. On your way to Jaisalmer, stop at Bada Bagh, which is a complex of stunning cenotaph ruins located to the west of the city. 

After this visit, head to the Jaisalmer Fort, which is the main highlight of Jaisalmer City. Thousands of people inhabit the fort to this day, and it has plenty of restaurants, stores, markets, temples, hotels, and more to explore. Once you’ve had your fill exploring the Fort, head to your hotel and rest up for the long travel day.

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Day 4: Transit from Jaisalmer to Udaipur

Recommended Hotel: Aurika Udaipur

I recommend booking a private car or van to take you from Jaisalmer to Udaipur. I recommend an early start, as the trip takes 10-12 hours by car and goes through many small towns along the way. Pack food, because there are not many places to stop along the way.

If you have extra time, this is the spot in the itinerary where you could add days to visit Jodhpur. Jodhpur is only a short drive out of the way, and it makes for the perfect waypoint. However, if you are creating a 7 day Rajasthan itinerary, I advise skipping Jodhpur and heading straight to Udaipur.

Once you get to Udaipur in late afternoon, check in and grab a bite to eat at Atari restaurant.

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Day 5: Explore Old Udaipur and the City Palace

Recommended Udaipur Hotel: Aurika Udaipur

On your first full day in Udaipur, you’ll want to explore the highlights of the old city. Most notably, this includes the Jagdish Temple, the City Palace. The City Palace can take several hours to get through, as it is massive and filled with things to see.

After exploring the old town, I’d recommend getting dinner at Rainbow Restaurant for great views of the lake. The food is good and the prices are very affordable.

After this, return to your hotel and enjoy any amenities it offers.

Once again, we highly recommend Aurika Udaipur as your hotel of choice. It’s safe, luxurious, and the breakfast buffet was the best we had in all of India.

gorgeous white exterior of monsoon palace in Udaipur

Day 6: Visit the Monsoon Temple and Take a Sunset Cruise on Lake Pichola

I recommend starting your day out with a luxurious lunch at the restaurant at Udaivillas. This place books up sometimes weeks in advance but is delicious and very elegant. It’s pricey, but its an experience you’ll want to have.

Once you’ve finished, head to the foot of the Monsoon Temple. The Monsoon Temple was our favorite part about Udaipur, but visiting it can be a real trek. 

The temple is located on top of a tall mountain, and you need to hire an official driver to take you up the windy roads to the top. It feels incredibly dangerous, but it wound up being fine.

Once at the top, the views are incredible. You can see for miles in every direction, including over the downtown parts of Udaipur. The palace itself is nothing compared to the City Palace, but the views are worth the trip.

Once you get back down, I recommend heading to the port where boats leave for sunset cruises. This is close to the Rainbow Restaurant. The boat ride is stunning and relaxing and very affordable.

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Day 7: Check Out of Hotel, Fly Home

On your last day, you’ll want to leave ample time to check out of your hotel and get to the airport. Udaipur’s airport is located roughly 40-50 minutes outside of the city, and traffic can make the time go way up. 

Checking out of your hotel can also take some time, as the nice resorts tend to operate a bit more slowly. The Udaipur airport has virtually no amenities, so you’ll want to leave enough time to get there, but not too much time to where you’re sitting in a drab airport for hours.

If you want to see how our itinerary panned out, you can watch our Jaisalmer and Udaipur youtube vlogs linked below.

Tips for a Longer Than 7 Day Rajasthan Itinerary

The plan I outlined above is the perfect 7 day Rajasthan itinerary, in my opinion, because it visits two of the most unique cities in Rajasthan. Not only are Jaisalmer and Udaipur unique from the rest of the state, they’re also very different from one another.

If you have more time than just a week, I recommend adding Jodhpur as a stop. As I said in the 7 day Rajasthan itinerary above, Jodhpur is the perfect halfway point between Jaisalmer and Udaipur.

If you have enough time to create a Rajasthan tour itinerary of two weeks or more, I advise ending your trip in Jaipur, which has a major international airport and is the biggest and busiest city in Rajasthan.

Please comment if you have any other questions about visiting Rajasthan! We’d love to help!

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10 Famous Places To Visit In Rajasthan – Ultimate Guide

Blessed with jaw-dropping locales, ancient forts, palatial palaces, and majestic sand dunes, Rajasthan is a treasure trove of rich culture and traditional heritage.

It is popularly renowned as the land of kings and is an exalted example of old-age grandeur.

Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant and colorful states in the country with a blend of warm hospitality and alluring architecture. Dotted with historic and heritage monuments, Rajasthan is among the popular tourist destinations in India.

The Rajputana state is an amazing place to witness the affluent and luxurious life of the royals.

In this guide, I have included a list of 10  Famous Places To Visit In Rajasthan including where to find them, the best time to visit, and what to expect!

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OVERVIEW – PLACES TO VISIT IN RAJASTHAN

Here is a quick overview of the 10  Best Places To Visit In Rajasthan that you will find in this post:

  • Ranthambore
  • Chittorgarh

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PLACES TO VISIT IN RAJASTHAN

A treasure trove of rich history, traditions, and architectural marvels, Jaipur is one of the best places in Rajasthan with a touch of luxury.

Sprawling with ancient forts, temples, palaces, and Havelis, Jaipur has successfully managed to retain the old-world charm of the glorious Rajpur era.

There are a plethora of heritage hotels in Jaipur to stay in that reflect the rich culture and traditions of Rajasthan.

Places to visit in Jaipur:

Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal.

Things to do in Jaipur:

Jeep safari in Nahargarh Sanctuary, attend a light and sound show at Amer Fort, attend a folk festival, shopping, and visit Chokhi Dhani.

Best time to visit Jaipur:

November to March.

Nearest airport:

Sanganer Airport (12 km).

Nearest railway station:

Jaipur Junction (4 km).

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Nestled on the slope of the mighty Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is popular for its beautiful palaces and placid lakes.

An idyllic place for couples, the city oozes romantic charm and attracts them for a special Udaipur honeymoon.

The city boasts a number of heritage hotels and it’s a perfect place to have a glimpse of royal hospitality.

Udaipur is among the best places to visit in Rajasthan which depicts the glorious past and grandeur of the bygone era.

Places to visit in Udaipur:

Lake Pichola, City Palace, Sajjangarh Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Eklingji Temple, Vintage Car Museum.

Things to do in Udaipur:

Boat ride at Kalyana Lake, sunset boat cruise at Lake Pichola, trekking, horse riding, sound and light show at City Palace.

Best time to visit Udaipur:

October to March.

Maharana Pratap Airport (20 km).

Udaipur Railway Station (4 km).

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Popularly known as ‘The Blue City’, Jodhpur is located on the edge of Thar Desert and is often called ‘Gateway to Thar’.

Jodhpur city is crammed with blue-painted houses and from Mehrangarh Fort, the city looks completely blue.

This colorful city is dotted with picturesque lakes, wonderful forts, exquisite palaces, and ancient temples. It is a popular tourist destination, which can be explored during a journey of Palace on Wheels luxury train.

Places to visit in Jodhpur:

Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Garden, Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Things to do in Jodhpur:

Desert safari, flying fox in Mehrangarh Fort, desert camping, camel safari, rappelling in Soorsagar, and sound and light show at Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Best time to visit Jodhpur:

November to February.

Jodhpur Airport (10 km).

Jodhpur Junction (9 km).

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Located in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is popularly known as the Golden City due to its bounteous sand dunes.

This city boasts glistening lakes, ancient Jain Temples, and exquisite Havelis.

Jaisalmer is the best place to witness the grandeur of the bygone era.

The unique feature of Jaisalmer is its architecture. It was built as a walled city, which makes it one of the largest forts in the world!

Places to visit in Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer Fort, Sam Sand Dunes, Gadisar Lake, Desert National Park, Patwon ki Haveli .

Things to do in Jaisalmer:

Camel safari, jeep safari, desert camping, and quad biking at Sam Sand Dunes, paramotoring, and boating in Gadisar Lake.

Best time to visit Jaisalmer:

September to April.

Jodhpur Airport (284 km).

Jaisalmer Railway Station (3 km).

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Bikaner is another one of the top tourist places in Rajasthan that is most famous for its magnificent architecture, art, and culture.

This city is surrounded by the Thar Desert and is popular for hosting the International Camel Festival.

The opulent Havelis, ancient temples, archaeological remains of Harappa culture, massive forts, and palaces of the city depict the glory of the bygone era.

Places to visit in Bikaner:

Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Karni Mata Temple, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Laxmi Nath Temple, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.

Things to do in Bikaner:

Camel safari, wildlife spotting in Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, shopping.

Best time to visit Bikaner:

Jodhpur Airport (248 km).

Bikaner Railway Station (2 km).

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RANTHAMBORE

Nestled in the foothills of Vindhya and Aravalli Hills, Ranthambore is among the most famous places in Rajasthan.

Ranthambore is most popular for its tiger reserve at Ranthambore National Park, which happens to be one of the best tiger reserves in the country.

The national park is a paradise for nature lovers and a delight for birdwatchers.

Places to visit in Ranthambore:

Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort, Padam Lake, Kachida Valley, Trinetra Ganesh Temple.

Things to do in Ranthambore:

Jungle safari, hiking, bird watching, hot air balloon ride.

Best time to visit Ranthambore:

Sanganer Airport (180 km).

Sawai Madhopur Railway Station (15 km).

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Mount Abu is situated in the Aravalli mountain ranges and takes pride in being the only hill station in Rajasthan.

Home to some of the most exquisite pieces of architecture in the country, Mount Abu is a paradise for history lovers.

Dilwara Temples are the most important attraction here and are renowned for their exceptionally unique architecture.

Places to visit in Mount Abu:

Dilwara Temples, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.

Things to do in Mount Abu:

Hiking, trekking, boating at Nakki Lake, camping, bird watching, and wildlife sighting in Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best time to visit Mount Abu:

July to February.

Udaipur Airport (178 km).

Abu Road Railway Station (27 km).

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CHITTORGARH

Situated on the bank of River Berach, Chittorgarh was the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar.

It is home to the largest fort in India – Chittorgarh Fort, which is built on a hilltop. Chittorgarh is a perfect place to witness the opulence of Rajputana glory.

Places to visit in Chittorgarh:

Chittorgarh Fort, Padmini Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera Temple, Kalika Mata Temple.

Things to do in Chittorgarh:

Bird watching at Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, cave exploration at Menal, and light and sound show at Chittor Fort.

Best time to visit Chittorgarh:

Udaipur Airport (118 km).

Chittorgarh Railway Junction (2 km).

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Pushkar is a holy town is located amidst the Aravalli ranges, on the bank of Pushkar Lake, and features 52 bathing ghats.

This beautiful town holds a magnetic appeal with 400 ancient temples including Brahma Temple, which are a few in the world.

Pushkar Camel Fair is also organized here every year and attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.

Places to visit in Pushkar:

Pushkar Lake, Lord Brahma Temple, Varaha Temple, Savitri Temple, Mahadev Temple, Naga Pahar, Rose Garden.

Things to do in Pushkar:

Hike to Savitri Temple, attend evening aarti at Varaha Ghat, hot air balloon ride, Jeep Safari, Camel Safari, Hike to Ratnagiri Hill.

Best time to visit Pushkar:

Sanganer International Airport, Jaipur (154 km).

Ajmer Railway Junction (14 km).

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Last but not least on this list of top 10 tourist places in Rajasthan is Madawa!

Situated in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, Mandawa is dotted with splendid palaces and mansions, a treasure trove of rich cultural and traditional heritage, and a paradise for history buffs.

This city has a number of forts, palaces, and Havelis. The intricate artwork like paintings, crafts, handicrafts, etc., makes it a good getaway for people who are fond of art and culture.  

Places to visit in Mandawa:

Bansidhar Newatia Haveli, Chokhani Double Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Open Air Art Gallery, Harlalka Well, Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli.

Things to do in Mandawa:

Haveli hopping, camel safari, jeep safari, shopping.

Best time to visit Mandawa:

Sanganer International Airport, Jaipur (184 km).

Jhunjhunu Railway Junction (27 km).

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FINAL THOUGHTS – PLACES TO VISIT IN RAJASTHAN

So, with this list of top places to visit in the land of Rajputs, you can plan your tour to Rajasthan and get a glimpse of the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the country.

Go explore this incredible state of India and delight in the beauty of the above-mentioned places to visit in Rajasthan. Let me know in the comments which one was your favorite.

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India’s largest state has a lot to offer in terms of tourist attractions and there are several places to visit in Rajasthan that can be explored on a fun holiday tour. The mystic splendour of Rajasthan is unmatchable when it comes to the majestic forts, the massive palaces, friendly people, diverse cultures, and delectable cuisines.

One of the most famous tourist places in Rajasthan is the pink city Jaipur where time seems to stand still.  This city has everything to offer in terms of palaces, forts, museums, medieval markets, and more. Taste a slice of history at forts and palaces like Amer Fort, City Palace, Mehrangarh Fort , Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, and Hawa Mahal . You can even pick up exquisite souvenirs from the pink city bazaars and get in touch with your religious side at Galtaji, the Birla Temple, and Govind Dev Ji Temple.

The other Rajasthan points of interest is the lake town of Udaipur where you can view picturesque lakes like Lake Pichola and Lake Garden Palace. Tourists can also explore attractions like The Royal Vintage Car Museum, Bagore Ki Haveli, and Saheliyon Ki Bari.

Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are other tourist places in Rajasthan that have a lot to offer in terms of riots of colors and breathtaking landscapes.  The sun city Jodhpur is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan in January which will leave you mesmerized with attractions like Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Kailana Lake, Clock Tower, Chamunda Mata Temple, and Masuria Hills Garden. Among the many things to see in Rajasthan , the Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes , Thar Heritage Museum, Gadisar Lake and Salim Singh Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer are places you must not miss out at all!

The hilly town of Mount Abu also has a lot of scenic sights like Achalgarh Fort, Nakki Lake, Sunset Point, Dilwara Jain Temples, Trevor’s Tank, Mount Abu Bazaars, and Toad Rock. Sightseeing in Rajasthan is incomplete without touching down at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer. Other major sights in this city include the Taragarh Fort, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Anasagar Lake, and Soniji ki Nasiyan.

The holy city of Pushkar is also perfect for a holiday tour as it hosts one of the largest camel fairs in India, the Pushkar Mela in November, which renders it as one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan in November. The glistening Pushkar Lake and the Meerabai Temple are other Rajasthan tourist attractions in Pushkar.

Wildlife lovers will enjoy a stay at Sawai Madhopur as there are exciting jungle safaris at Ranthambhore National Park where you are sure to spot tigers. Another tourist place of Rajasthan is the 10th century Ranthambore palace in this city. For history lovers, the town of Bikaner is a must visit with major hotspots like Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, and the Laxmi Niwas Palace. There is also a Bikaner Camel Festival that takes place in this enchanting town.

One of the major things to see in Rajasthan is the haunted Bhangarh Fort in Alwar. Other places to see in this city is the Sariska Tiger Reserve and the Karni Mata temple. Lastly, the cities of Chittorgarh and Bundi also have some royal tourist places like Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Rani Padmini’s Palace and Nawal Sagar, Taragarh Fort and Bundi Palace.

There is no doubt that a visit to these Rajasthan tourist attractions will surely make for a memorable holiday and enrich your lives for the better.

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Jantar Mantar In Jaipur

Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar NagGangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one the largest astronomical observatory for measuring and monitoring positions of celestial objects. There are other such five observatories in India. Of all the tourist attractions that Jaipur has to offer, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of the most interesting and unique sights. It is a beautif...

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City Palace In Udaipur

City Palace In Udaipur

Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001.

A jewel in the crown of the city of Udaipur, City Palace is the true representation of the rich culture and grandeur of the region. As you set foot in the city of lakes, the first vew would be of the magnificent palaces like the City Palace, splendid havelis and of course glistening lakes. Comprising a series of palaces, th...

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Go on a thrilling boat ride at Fateh Sagar lake in Udaipur

Fateh Sagar Lake In Udaipur

Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Fateh Sagar Lake is known as the “Pride of Udaipur” as this lake is surrounded by three islands and a picturesque landscape. This artificial lake was constructed by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1678. To view the beauty of the Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur , go on a boat ride and enjoy the vibrant mix of the green lush landscapes ag...

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City Palace in Jaipur

Jaleb Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002

An arresting complex of royal courtyards, sprawling gardens, and marble-floored chambers, the City Palace in Jaipur is a crown jewel in the old pink-walled quarters of Jaipur. Hundreds of history buffs, occasional travellers, and families visit this royal residence today to catch a glimpse of Jaipur’s Kachwaha dynasty.

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Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur

Chokhi Dhani Village.   12 Miles Tonk Road, Via Vatika Jaipur

Partake in the vibrant culture and heritage of Rajasthan’s villages in Chokhi Dhani , and experience the best of the festivities here. Chokhi Dhani Village, Jaipur is a mock Rajasthani village that showcases rustic charm and rich workmanship of this area. Spend time at these traditional huts, and dance and dine to the fulles...

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Hawa Mahal In Jaipur

Hawa Mahal In Jaipur

Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India

The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is a very popular destination among tourists. Jaipur is the largest city and capital of Rajasthan and is also one of India’s most visited destinations, enamoring Indian and international travelers alike. Every year, travelers flock to the Pink City in a huge number to see for themselves, the magnifi...

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Visit the magnificent Achalgarh Fort in Mount Abu

Achalgarh Fort In Mount Abu

MDR 60, Achalgadh Village, Rajasthan 307501

The Achalgarh fort is located almost 11 kms away from the hilly city of Mount Abu in Rajasthan . It is one of the most popular attractions of the city, especially for tourists. The fort is currently in ruins but makes for a great place to explore and spend some time just marveling at the beauty of the erstwhile grand structu...

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One of the most beautiful architectural wonders of Rajasthan

Patwon Ki Haveli In Jaisalmer

Patwon ki Haveliyan, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001.

Patwon ki Haveli is the largest haveli of Jaisalmer . The most interesting thing about Patwon ki Haveli is that it is the first haveli of Jaisalmer. Also, it is a complex of 5 havelis. Patwon ki Haveli is named after a rich businessman, Guman Chand Patwa, who built this haveli. Interestingly, it took nearly 50 years to compl...

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Visit The Wildlife Sanctuary In Mount Abu

Wildlife Sanctuary In Mount Abu

Aravali Ranges, Shergaon Path, Mount Abu, Rajasthan 307501

Mount Abu is one of the greenest places to be in when in Rajasthan . It is famed as an oasis in the middle of the desert, and is home to one of the best wildlife sanctuaries of the state , the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary . There are several species of animals here including tigers, leopards, wolves, hyenas, sambhars, wild bo...

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Sam Sand Dunes In Jaisalmer

Sam Sand Dunes, Right Side On Sam Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer  is the favorite tourist spot in the whole of  Jaisalmer . Tourists can enjoy jeep safari, camel rides, musical dance program, and more here.  Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer  are located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer city, at a distance of about 40 km. This desert looks very much like the Sahara Desert w...

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Top 11 Places To Visit In Rajasthan

Rajasthan , known formerly by the name Rajputana or the land of the kings, is the largest state in the republic of India. It covers an area of 342,239 sq kilometers which is 10.4% of India. However despite of its large size it is covered by the Great Indian Desert, Thar. The Thar Desert runs parallel to the Sutlej-Indus river valley. Being located at the forefront of Indian civilization, the state of Rajasthan has seen the age of kings thus, explaining the moniker ‘ the land of kings ’.

Rajasthan houses an amazing display of arts and architecture, courtesy of it being a princely state. Each individual kingdom of Rajasthan has a distinctive style of architecture and arts making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. In this article we shall list out the 11 popular places to visit in Rajasthan .

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The capital of the state, Jaipur is also the largest city in the princely state of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1727, by the Kachwaha Rajput Ruler Sawai Jaisingh II, who was the ruler of Amber. Also known by the nickname ‘ Pink City of India ’ which is due to the distinctive saffron or pink color of the buildings. The planning of the city was done according to the Vedic Vastu Shastra (Indian architecture). The well planned streets and detailed and artistic architecture make it one of the top preferred tourist locations.

In the 2008 Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey, Jaipur was ranked #7 of the best places to visit in Asia. Jaipur has lots to offer to even the most average tourists. Forts, monuments, temples, Gardens, museums and vast market places of Jaipur bring tourists who come from all around the world to experience the food, fun and frolic at this wonderful town. Jaipur is also home to a huge no. of arts and craft with over 20 unique specializations. To learn more about the tourist places in Jaipur, please visit: places to visit in Jaipur . You might want to plan a separate 3 day itinerary for this city alone.

  • City Palace
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Pink City Bazaars
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Birla Temple
  • Govind Dev ji Temple

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

While in a few texts, it has been termed as the Venice of the East , the City of Udaipur is known by its common moniker, the city of lakes. The city was the capital of the Sisodiya Rajputs of Mewar and is famous for its palaces that exemplify the finesse of Rajputana Style architecture. Udaipur was founded in 1553 by the Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Maharana Udai Singh II. The Mewar Rajputs founded the city to relocate their capital from Chittor to a more secure location. Today, most of the palaces have been converted into hotels, thus attracting a huge no. of tourist crowd to this city.

The city’s picturesque location at the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains, the state of Udaipur is a unique destination. Apart from its various palaces, forts, market places, and various temples are also the reason for its popularity. The cities are well planned and the people hospitable, the place is not only famous for its palaces and monuments, the city of Udaipur has a lot to offer its visitors. To learn more about the popular tourist places in Udaipur, please visit: places to visit in Udaipur .

  • Lake Pichola
  • Lake Palace
  • Lake Garden Palace
  • The Royal Vintage Car Museum
  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • Saheliyon Ki Bari
  • Jagdish Temple

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

The second largest City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is also the second most populated city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city was founded in 1459 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler, Rao Jodha Singh of Marwar. The city was founded as Marwar’s new capital after the fall of the former capital of Mandore. Jodhpur is also called the Sun City as it enjoys a bright sunny weather all year round. Strategically, it is considered to be the most important city of western Rajasthan as it lies only at a distance of 250 kilometers from the Indo-Pakistan border.

Also, because it lies in the center of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is an important tourist destination as well. Jodhpur has been listed many a times in various tourism magazines and documentaries and has topped the lonely planet’s list of most extraordinary place to stay in 2014. The various hill forts, palaces and the old walled city are just a handful of attractions from the multitude that this wonderful city has to offer. To learn more about the famous tourist places in Jodhpur, please visit: places to visit in Jodhpur .

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Mandore Gardens
  • Kailana Lake
  • Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
  • Clock Tower
  • Chamunda Mata Temple
  • Balsamand Lake
  • Masuria Hills Garden

4. Jaisalmer

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

The aptly named “golden city” , which comes from its view during the day, the city of Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. The city was founded by The Bhati Rajput ruler Maharawal Jaisal Singh in 1156 Ad. The city gets its name from the golden sands of the Thar Desert and the same golden colored sandstone used in the city’s architecture. The city is a famous tourist spot due to its magnificent architecture and the various arts and crafts which are unique to this region. The city thrives on tourism, and can be called a home away from home for a huge no. of tourists from all around the world.

The unique feature about the city of Jaisalmer is its architecture. It was built as a walled city which makes it one of the largest forts in the world. You might want to pack a lot of paperbacks and almost 3-4 days to enjoy the life in this city to its fullest. The fort has numerous eateries that offer Italian, French and local cuisines. Visit during the months of November and December and you will enjoy this castle city to its fullest. To know more about the main tourist spots in Jaisalmer, please visit: places to visit in Jaisalmer .

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Patwon-Ki-Haveli
  • Sam Sand Dunes
  • Thar Heritage Museum
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Nathmal Ki Haveli
  • Jain temples
  • Salim Singh Ki Haveli

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

The city of Bikaner was founded in 1488 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler Rao Bika. Rao Bika was the son of the Rathore Ruler Rao Jodha who founded Jodhpur. The land was usurped from the rivaling Jat rulers of that time. However, no matter how many wars the ancient city has seen in the past, today Bikaner is another prime tourist destination and is famous for its sweets and snacks. The place is known for its forts and food .

The various arts and crafts of this place are also unique, especially the intricately carved windowpanes called jharokhas. It is one town we would personally recommend for you to visit if you want to experience the authentic taste of rajasthani cuisines. The various fairs held in Bikaner also attract a huge no. of visitors from all around India and the world. The famous temples like Karni Mata and Laxmi Nath Temple etc. are also worth the visit. To know more about the main tourist destinations in Bikaner, please visit: places to visit in Bikaner .

  • Junagarh Fort
  • Lalgarh Palace
  • National Research Centre on Camel
  • Shri Laxminath Temple
  • Ganga Singh Museum
  • Sadul Singh Museum
  • Jain Temple

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Lying in the Ajmer District of Rajasthan, the holy City of Pushkar is often described as the king of pilgrimage sites in India. The town is located at the shores of the Pushkar Lake, which was created by the tears of Lord Shiva. The town is one of the oldest cities of India and the date of its origin is unknown and is often associated with the Hindu mythology. The town is famous for its temples and various Ghats which are frequented by hundreds of visitors during the annual bath. The water of the lake is considered sacred and thus is responsible for the town’s repute as a pilgrimage spot. To learn more about tourist places in Pushkar, visit: Places to visit in Pushkar .

Perhaps the most illustrious attraction of Pushkar is the annual camel fair. It is a five day fair held where people buy and sell livestock. But that’s not all; the fair is home to a large no. of tourist crowd that is attracted by the music, dance and various events that are held here during the camel fair. Camel races are one of the major attractions as well.

  • Pushkar Lake
  • Brahma Temple
  • Savitri temple
  • Apteshwar Temple
  • Varaha Temple
  • Rangji temple

7. Sawai Madhopur

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Sawai Madhopur was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh of The Kachwaha Rajputs and was founded in 1763. While the town itself doesn’t have any notable tourist attractions, just two attractions have made this city a must visit place in Rajasthan. They are the Ranthambore Fort and the Ranthambore National park . Both of the two places are a must visit and will take up around 2-3 days for one to explore properly. For other tourist attractions, please visit: tourist places to visit in Ranthambore . The Ranthambore forests were the hunting grounds for the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur till the time India received its independence. After independence it was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary and it rose to being a tiger reserve in 1973 and got its national park status in 1980.

One should also visit the Ranthambore fort, which is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The fort is situated in the forests of the Ranthambore National Park. The construction of the fort predates the reign of the Kachwaha Rajput Clan and was founded by the Nagil Jat Ruler Raja Sajraj Veer Singh Nagil in 944 AD. The fort housed many different ruling clans till it finally fell to the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur. The vast cultural history imbibed in this ancient architecture is a must visit indeed.

  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Chamatkar Temple
  • Chauth Mata Temple
  • Ranthambore Fort
  • Khandar Fort

8. Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh

The ancient city of Chittorgarh also known as Chittor , was said to have been founded by the Maurya Dynasty. However its significance rose when the Ruler of the Sisodiya Rajput Clan of Mewar captured the city in 734 Ad and made it the capital of Mewar. The place is known to be the birthplace of many great warriors and historical figures like the Great Maharana Pratap and the Hindu saint, Meera Bai. The city being an ancient place contains many different palaces, temples and forts which display some of the most advanced architectural designs and artistic mastery.

One of the major places to visit in Chittorgarh is the Chittorgarh fort, which is the largest fort in India. The fort was the former capital of mewar before its relocation to the more secure city of Udaipur. The fort was founded in the 7th century by the 1st Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Bappa Rawal and spreads over an area of 2.8 sq kilometers and its highest elevation point is 1,075 meters above sea level. Upon visiting you will experience and witness the Rajput style architecture at its best. The fort complex itself contains several palaces, gardens and temples most of which have a great historical significance.

  • Chittorgarh Fort
  • Rana Kumbha Palace
  • Fateh Prakash Palace
  • Meera Temple
  • Rani Padmini Palace
  • Vijay Stambh
  • Kriti Stambh

9. Mount Abu

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

The place takes pride of it being the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is situated in the Aravalli mountain range and is a part of the Sirohi District of Rajasthan. The place apart from being a retreat for the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat from the scorching sun but has a lot of historical and religious significance. Mount Abu was known as the Arbuda Mountain, which has been mentioned in the Hindu Epic Mahabharata and is known for to be the place where the Great Sage Vashishta retired. The hill station houses many ancient sites and temples which are frequented by many pilgrims from across India along with many forts and lakes.

The place is a heavenly retreat for the sun scorched people of Rajasthan, with its lush green surroundings and various picnic spots. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Nakki Lake and the most Famous Dilwara Jain Temples are situated here. Apart from these, one can also visit the ruins of Achalgarh Fort which was built in the 17th century. The surroundings and the cool and enjoyable weather make it a place like no other in the desert state of Rajasthan. To know more about the main tourist destinations in Mount Abu, please visit: places to visit in Mount Abu .

  • Dilwara Jain temples
  • Guru Shikar
  • Sunset Point
  • Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Trevor’s tank
  • Mount Abu Bazaars
  • Wildlife Sanctuary

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

Ajmer is surrounded by Aravalli ranges and is a city seeped in both history and culture. It lies near Pushkar, a major Hindu pilgrimage site and is the home of the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. This makes it a unique pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims. Apart from being a pilgrimage site, it is also the home of many fascinating historic sites and therefore welcomes tourists from all over the world. In 2015, Ajmer was selected as a heritage site for the HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.”

  • Ajmer Sharif Dargah
  • Taragarh Fort
  • Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra
  • Abkari Fort and Museum
  • Anasagar Lake
  • Soniji ki Nasiyan

To know more about the main tourist destinations in Ajmer, please visit: places to visit in Ajmer . Other attractions nearby are Pushkar and Bundi. A visit to these places would take less than a day’s time.

3 best places to visit in rajasthan

The City of Alwar Founded by the Kachwaha Rajput Ruler Pratap Singh in 1770. The town’s name was Ulwar during those days and was changed to Alwar to bring it to the top in the alphabetically arranged list of the Princely states of Rajputana. The town is significant for its various military participations in various battles and was the first state of Rajputana to sign a treaty with the British East India Company.

The city being one of the princely states of the Rajputana has tones of tourist attractions. The forts, temples and the immense abundance of natural Fauna has brought this place in this list. The Haunted Bhangarh Fort, The Karni Mata Temple, the Historic site of Pandupole, and the Sariska Tiger Reserve are just a few of the many attraction this city houses.

Rajasthan, the land of kings and forts , with its rich cultural history will have a different flavor with every single place you visit. The aforementioned places unfold just a handful of the many secrets this ancient kingdom hides. A visit to tourist places in Rajasthan is one of the most spiritual experiences you will ever witness and is sure to captivate your mind the moment you land here.

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Hey , you are doing a great by finding out the the little deep insights about the rajasthan ancient architectures and making people aware of their importance in Indian history.

Rajasthan is really a very beautiful tourist place. Amer fort, Jal Mahal, Pushkar Fair must watch.

Nice Article!. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful information about the Rajasthan. Can you write some posts related to haunted places in Rajasthan as I have heard its too haunted.

Amazing Post! Rajasthan is really very famous for tourist. So many places to visit in Rajasthan like Pink City Jaipur, Jodhpur – Blue City with Palaces, Bharatpur – Bird Watching, Wildlife, Tigers, Temples and so on.

in pratapgarh rajasthan somthing palace/others are best for tourism as i think; 1- goutmeshver mahadev mandir, 2- bhanver mata tempel, 3- dipeshver mandir 4- wind power project 5- sholly hanuman mandi and rokadiya hanuman mandir 6- jakham dame & bhanversemala dame.

Just great to see such a beautiful places and great hearted people of Rajasthan…. The incredible state of India.

The pictures used by you show a very glamorous side of this city and the description added to each of them is detailed and beautifully presented. Rajasthan is indeed a city rich in history and culture.

Beautiful post. Describe each places very nicely. All of them Udaipur is one of the best place in Rajasthan.

I agree this article. Rajasthan is a royal place for visiting. Must go

Its too good and intereting

Rajasthan is really a exotic & classical places is an excellent opportunity for you to explore various world heritage sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, Ranakpur Jain Temple and many others.

I like more information as I would be traveling alone. Can you tell me a good reliable tour guide who would customize a trip to Rajasthan?

In Rajasthan, Mandwa is also a lovely place to vist that has old Havelis and also old architecture of buildings and painting. Mandawa comes in Jhunjhunu District.

Rajasthan presents a colorful range of activities for tourists to indulge in. I love Rajasthan.

You must come to Alwar (Bhangarh). World most haunted place!

I think i will go to visit at rajasthan for 5 days. First place that i need to visit ?That cover over all ?

Thanks for the information, Great Job.

Rajasthan is famous for its rich cultural heritage all over the world. Every place there is beautiful.

Thanks for you visit in rajasthan.

What a great post, describe each city and their places perfectly. Thanks for this great post. All things at one place, also called the Full Package. Great work.

nice article, loved the way in which contributors have added value to this peice with additional info.

I am extremely grateful to you for sharing such wonderful places to visit in Rajasthan. Keep up doing the great work.

I love this city. I like to visit this place and there are so many wonderful places.

Just loved your post.. The state of Rajasthan has a number of places to visit that are perfect to family holidays. Depending on your interest, schedule, family size, and age of the family members, you can choose the right place.

Hey, Sara Greeting from Rajasthan !!

Rajasthan is a largest state of India. Which part of the Rajasthan do you want to see? On every monument you can get the local guide or you can contact on any good travel agency who can manage a reliable tour guide for your entire trip. To see the complete Rajasthan you need around 15-20 days.

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The ancient town of Karauli was founded in 1348 and is located in the state of Rajasthan. It holds the reputation of being the home of Shri Madan Mohanji, who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. No wonder then, that Karauli is home to more than 300 temples. The rich, vibrant and colour...

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Bhandarej located in the Duasa district in Rajasthan is a quaint and perfect place to getaway from the hustle bustle of the city. This is a vibrant and colourful place that is beautifully juxtaposed with the intricate stone monuments. Bhandarej is full of scenic beauty and picturesque landscapes. Th...

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Established in 2004, the Darrah National Park consists of three wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan - Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Jawahar Sagar Sanctuary and Darrah National Park. Spread out in hilly terrain; the Darrah National Park is one of the noteworthy national parks in Rajasthan. Located at a d...

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Jirawala Parshwanatha temple at the foothills of Jairaj Hill at Jirawala village holds great importance in Jainism. The place is also referred to as Jirapalli, Jirikavalli, Jairajpalli, Jiravalli in the Jain scriptures. Located in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan, and at around 50 km from Abu Road, ...

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Jawai Bandh, a dam constructed across the Jawai river, near Sumerpur town in Pali district is one of the largest reservoirs in Rajasthan. Built by King Umaid Singh of Jodhpur in 1956-57 with an aim to pump water for irrigation, this reservoir has since then been supplying water to Jodhpur and villag...

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Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is a kaleidoscope of colours, history, and culture. Known as the 'Pink City' due to its distinctly coloured buildings, Jaipur is a treasure trove of architectural marvels. The iconic Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, and Jantar Mantar observatory are just a few of the many attractions that showcase the city's grandeur. Don't miss exploring the bustling bazaars of Jaipur, brimming with traditional handicrafts, textiles, and jewellery.

Udaipur - The city of lakes

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Dubbed as the 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is a picturesque city adorned with shimmering lakes, lush hills, and romantic palaces. The serene waters of Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake provide a stunning backdrop to the city's architectural gems like the City Palace, Jag Mandir, and the ethereal Lake Palace. A boat ride on Lake Pichola at sunset is an experience that promises to leave you spellbound.

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Nestled at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur captivates visitors with its mesmerising blue-hued houses and towering Mehrangarh Fort. Dominating the city's skyline, Mehrangarh Fort offers panoramic views of Jodhpur's azure cityscape and houses a museum showcasing the region's rich history and culture. The bustling streets of the old city, brimming with spices, textiles, and traditional crafts, offer an authentic glimpse into daily life in Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer - The golden city

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Situated amidst the vast expanse of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer exudes a magical charm with its golden sandstone architecture and undulating sand dunes. The crown jewel of Jaisalmer, the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, rises majestically from the desert landscape, while the intricately carved havelis (mansions) like Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Ki Haveli showcase the city's rich artistic heritage. Embark on a camel safari into the heart of the Thar Desert for an unforgettable desert experience under the starlit sky.

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Revered as one of the oldest cities in India, Pushkar is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and a haven for spiritual seekers. The tranquil Pushkar Lake, surrounded by over fifty ghats and numerous temples, serves as the focal point of the town's spiritual aura. Explore the vibrant streets lined with colourful stalls selling handicrafts, jewellery, and spiritual trinkets. Don't miss the famous Pushkar Camel Fair, where thousands of camels and livestock converge for a spectacle like no other.

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25 Top Places To Visit In Summer In Rajasthan

From forts that are too cool for school to lakes that are like natural chill pills, we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of destinations into amazing Rajasthan tour packages   that’ll have you saying, ‘Who needs an AC when you’ve got Rajasthan?’ So, buckle up, sunscreen warriors, because we’re about to dive into a summer saga as quirky as it is royal. Rajasthan, where even the sun takes a vacation to let the cool times roll!

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Dive deep into Jaipur’s regal history with its stunning architecture and artifacts making it one of the with the perfectly curated list of historic forts to visit in Rajasthan .

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Johari Bazaar for jewelry enthusiasts

Bapu Bazaar for colorful fabrics

Tripolia Bazaar for lacquer bangles

Nehru Bazaar for traditional souvenirs

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  • Visit Hawa Mahal and experience the royal breeze
  • Step into the City Palace and dive deep into Jaipur’s regal history
  • Travel through time in style with Jantar Mantar 
  • Take an elephant ride up to the Amer Fort.

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Hathi Pol Bazaar for quirky souvenirs

Bada Bazaar for tie-dye fabrics 

Shilpgram for handmade crafts

  • City Palace – a place where every corner is photoshoot-worthy
  • Do visit Lake Pichola which is a floating canvas of romance
  • Head to Jag Mandir – the island that time forgot
  • Visit Jagdish Temple to experience a spiritual retreat

These are some of the best places to visit in Udaipur for an amazing experience.

3. Mount Abu

Bazaars near Nakki Lake for handmade jewelry

Khadi Bazaar for handloom items

Bhutia Market for warm woolens

  • See the Dilwara Jain Temples for its exquisite marble sculptures 
  • Visit Nakki Lake which is a window into the unique nature of Mount Abu.
  • Toad Rock is an intriguing challenge for the daring. 
  • Discover the royally historical Achalgarh Fort.

Mount Abu is also one of the most visited places in Rajasthan during the monsoon season . 

Embrace the desert heat and dive into the best places to visit during summer in Rajasthan for a sizzling adventure and let your inner royal out this summer in Rajasthan.

Clock Tower Market for antique watches

Nai Sarak also known as the textile wonderland

Mochi Bazaar – Jodhpuri Jootis Galore

  • Commence your journey with the majestic Mehrangarh Fort
  • The marble cenotaph Jaswant Thada is like a peaceful oasis in the desert
  • Explore Umaid Bhawan Palace , a masterpiece that combines Rajputana architecture with Art Deco

There are also a lot of camping sites in Jodhpur , which will give tourists an ultimately new experience.

5. Bharatpur

Join us on this summer journey as we unveil the best spots to explore, the ideal time to soak up the desert vibes making this one of the most visited places during summer in Rajasthan.

Rajasthali for handicrafts & jewelry

Pratapgarh f or  intricately carved wooden items

  • First things first – Keoladeo National Park , where birds of all feathers flock together 
  • Delve into history at Lohagarh Fort .
  • Visit Bharatpur Palace which is a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture

6. Jaisalmer

Sadar Bazaar for traditional souvenirs

Manak Chowk   for Rajasthani jewelry

Gopa Chowk for handicraft hub

  • Begin your adventure at Jaisalmer Fort , a living testament to the city’s rich history
  • Patwon Ki Haveli is a must-visit for a mesmerizing display of architecture,
  • No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the Sam Sand Dunes . 

Bhujia Bazaar – snack heaven 

Kote Gate – textile market

Hinglaj Market – camel leather articles

  • Kickstart your adventure at Junagarh Fort , a majestic structure 
  • Head to Karni Mata Temple , where thousands of rats are worshipped.
  • Lalgarh Palace , an architectural masterpiece, is your ticket to reliving the opulence of Bikaner’s maharajas. 

Don’t forget to visit one of the must-visit museums of Rajasthan to learn about the rich history of Bikaner.

Bala Qila Bazaar for traditional souvenirs

Churi Bazaar for bangles

  • Embark on your adventure at Alwar Fort , a majestic structure perched on a hill 
  • For nature enthusiasts, Sariska National Park is a haven of wildlife. 
  • City Palace , with its blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, is a visual delight. 

Naya Bazaar for boho-chic clothing

Dargah Bazaar for spiritual souvenirs 

  • Kick off your Ajmer journey at Ajmer Sharif Dargah  
  • For a picturesque escape, hit up Ana Sagar Lake . 
  • Explore Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra for that heritage chic shot.

Bundi’s vicinity is home to the must-visit waterfalls of Rajasthan for that unique nature escape.

Bada Bazaar for Boho souvenirs

Rani Sati Temple Market for spiritual shopping

  • Begin your Bundi adventure at Taragarh Fort – a place where history is your backdrop
  • For a unique photoshoot setting, head to Bundi’s step wells . 
  • Dive into Chitrashala , a painting gallery that’s practically begging for your aesthetic touch.

11. Chittorgarh

Bada Bazaar for ethnic jewelry

Chetak Circle for Street-Style Finds

Head to Rana Kumbha Palace for an Insta-worthy blend of history and architecture

Dive into modern luxury with a visit to Fateh Prakash Palace .

12. Pushkar

Pushkar Bazaar for traditional fabrics

Kedalganj Bazaar for spiritual souvenirs

  • Begin your Pushkar escapade at the Brahma Temple – a spiritual heaven 
  • Head to Pushkar Lake for a photo shoot that’s as calming as it is chic
  • Elevate your adventure with a visit to Savitri Mata Temple . 

13. Dungarpur

Visit Dungarpur and capture those sunset shots that will make your feed the envy of your followers and create cherished memories this

Dhaneriya Market –  Boho articles

Shilpi Gram – Handcrafted souvenirs

  • Begin your Dungarpur adventure at the majestic Dungarpur Palace
  • For an Insta-worthy encounter with history, head to Juna Mahal . 
  • Elevate your adventure at Badal Mahal . Climb to the rooftop for panoramic views of Dungarpur.

14. Bhangarh

Bhangarh can be one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan during summer if you are looking for a haunted trip along with

  • Kickstart your Bhangarh adventure at the infamous Bhangarh Fort  
  • For a hauntingly beautiful setting, head to Gopinath Temple .
  • Elevate your spooky expedition at Bala Quila . The looming fortress offers a panoramic view of the haunted city.

15. Kuldhara

  • Start your Kuldhara adventure right in the middle of the deserted village.  
  • Visit Kuldhara Temple for an oddly peaceful environment. 
  • Venture farther in your trip by discovering the mysterious paths that surround Kuldhara.

16. Jhalawar

Chaumukha Mandir Market – ethnic clothes

Bhawani Mandi –  pottery & traditional jewelry

  • Kick off your Jhalawar adventure at Jal Mandir , a serene temple surrounded by water. 
  • For a breathtaking view and an Insta-worthy backdrop, head to Garadia Mahadev Temple . 
  • Dive into history at Jhalawar Fort . Explore the regal architecture and wander through the majestic halls

Kota Doria Sarees

Kotah Paintings 

Kishore Sagar Market for street finds

  • Kickstart your Kota adventure at City Palace , a regal masterpiece. 
  • For a laid-back photoshoot amidst nature, head to Chambal Garden .

18. Ranthambore

Also, Ranthambore is home to various adventure sports in Rajasthan that can be undertaken here only.

Sawai Madhopur Market – animal-themed souvenirs 

Handicrafts Emporium – authentic Rajasthani crafts

  • Kickstart your Ranthambore journey at the iconic Ranthambore National Park. Explore the dense jungles, and and embark on safari adventures.
  • For a blend of history and wildlife, visit Ranthambore Fort .
  • Elevate your adventure at Padam Talao , the largest of Ranthambore’s lakes.

19. Ranakpur

Sadri Bazaar – traditional jewelry

Local Craft Stalls -carved marble artifacts

  • Begin your trip to Ranakpur at the magnificent Jain Temple Complex . Admire the beautiful marble sculptures.
  • Be sure to visit the Surya Narayan Temple for a spiritual portrait. 
  • At Ranakpur Dam , a calm location surrounded by rich flora, you may enhance your journey.

Sadri Bazaar – traditional textiles

Local Handicraft Shops – Handmade pottery & traditional Rajasthani jewelry

  • For a unique twist to your journey, visit the Om Banna Temple . Dedicated to a motorcycle deity
  • Jawai Dam built on the Jawai River is a seventy-years dam that is the biggest dam in Rajasthan 
  • The Parshuram Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Parshuram one of the most interesting places to visit in Pali.

21. Neemrana

Neemrana is also home to the best luxury resorts in Rajasthan which provide ultimate luxury.

Neemrana Haat for traditional textiles

Local Artisan Shops for handcrafted jewelry & pottery

  • Kickstart your Neemrana adventure at the iconic Neemrana Fort Palace .
  • Visit the Baori , an ancient stepwell for a unique backdrop to your photoshoot.
  • Elevate your adventure with a zip-lining experience at Neemrana. 

22. Jhunjhunu

Jhunjhunu Bazaar for ethnic clothes

Local artisan shops for jewelry

  • Kickstart your Jhunjhunu adventure at the Rani Sati Temple.  
  • For a journey through art, visit the Mandawa Havelis.  
  • Elevate your adventure at Jhunjhunu Fort . Explore the historical fortifications, and climb to the highest points.

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Nawalgarh Bazaar for antique items

Local Artisan Shops – Craftsmanship Finds

  • Kickstart your Nawalgarh adventure at Poddar Haveli. 
  • For a journey through art and history, visit Morarka Haveli and admire the detailed frescoes 
  • Elevate your adventure at Nawalgarh Fort and explore the historical fortifications.

Churu Market for Traditional Textiles

  • Kickstart your Churu adventure at Malji ka Kamra and marvel at the regal architecture.
  • For panoramic views and a glimpse into Churu’s past, visit Ratangarh Fort .
  • Elevate your exploration with a stroll through the lanes of Churu adorned with havelis.

Osian Market – traditional textiles to camel leather products

Local Artisan Stalls – Handcrafted Finds

  • Kickstart your Osian adventure at Sachiya Mata Temple . Marvel at the intricate architecture and soak in the spiritual vibes
  • For a desert sunrise or sunset spectacle, visit the Sun Temple
  • Elevate your desert experience with a visit to Osian Sand Dunes . Explore the vast expanse of golden sands and take a camel safari.

Also, don’t forget to indulge yourself in trying the famous foods of Rajasthan which are simply delicious.

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5 Places To Visit In Rajasthan During Monsoons

Jaipur: The monsoon season is a great time to visit Rajasthan since the rains bring out the state's luxuriant vegetation and magnificent beauty. In Rajasthan, the monsoon season is characterised by luxuriant flora, breathtaking beauty, and engrossing history. Forts, palaces, and temples in the state all shine brightest during the rainy season. Here are five locations close to Jaipur that are particularly worthwhile to visit at this time of the year.

The Amer Fort

One of India's most magnificent palaces, the Amer Fort, is set atop a hill not far from Jaipur. This magnificent structure, sometimes referred to as the Amber Fort, is a work of architecture and holds a major place in Indian history. Its labyrinthine passageways and spiral staircases give it this name. Amer Fort, which is only 11 miles from Jaipur, is made of pink and yellow sandstone and is a part of a large complex, as per Holidify.

Nahargarh Fort

In the eighteenth century, Sawai Madho Singh constructed the magnificent Nahargarh Fort. The name Nahargarh, which means "abode of tigers," refers to the fort's location on Cheel ka Teela, or "Hill of Eagles." At one time, Jaipur's city walls were fortified by the Nahargarh, Amer, and Jaigarh forts.

The Jal Mahal, which is also known as the "Water Palace," was not intended to be used as a palace when it was erected by Maharaja Madho Singh I. It was designed to act as a hunting lodge for the king and his entourage when they went on duck hunting excursions. The palace is still a well-known location for sightseeing in Jaipur, standing in the centre of Man Sagar Lake. The Jal Mahal was built with pink sandstone in a symmetrical style, following a traditional Rajput pattern, as per the official tourism site of Rajasthan government.

Keoladeo National Park

Keoladeo National Park in the Indian state of Rajasthan is renowned for having a huge number of resident breeding non-migratory birds and acting as an important habitat for migratory waterfowl from the Palaearctic region.

In addition to serving as a wintering place for migratory ducks from the Palaearctic region, Keoladeo National Park in the Indian state of Rajasthan is also known for harbouring a large number of breeding non-migratory resident birds. Because of its ideal location in the middle of the Central Asian migratory flyway and the abundance of water, numerous flocks of ducks, geese, coots, pelicans, and waders assemble there during the winter, the UNESCO report on the site says.

Bhangarh Fort

The Bhangarh Fort is reputed to be the one of the most mysterious locations in India. There is no denying the fact that anything connected to the paranormal draws a lot of interest, and the desolate city of Bhangarh capitalises on that very notion. Bhangarh Fort has become something of a must-see location as a result of its numerous ghost legends.

Jal Mahal, Rajasthan. The lush greenery, stunning scenery, and fascinating history of the state are all brought to life by the rains in Rajasthan. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

8 Best places in India to spot tigers

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Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park is one of the oldest national parks in India and is renowned for its tiger population. It offers a variety of habitats for tigers and other wildlife.

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Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Ranthambore is one of the most famous tiger reserves in India. The park is known for its picturesque landscapes and relatively high chances of tiger sightings.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

This park is famous for having one of the highest densities of tigers in India. It offers excellent opportunities for tiger sightings, and the landscape is dotted with ancient forts and ruins.

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Kanha is one of the largest national parks in India and is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including tigers. The park inspired Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" and offers a rich wildlife experience.

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

Located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is known for its high density of tigers. The park is also home to a variety of other wildlife species.

Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

The Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest mangrove forest in the world and is home to the Bengal tiger. It's a unique experience to spot tigers in this mangrove habitat.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Though primarily known for its population of Indian rhinoceroses, Kaziranga also houses a significant number of tigers. The park's varied terrain provides suitable habitats for a diverse range of wildlife.

Periyar National Park, Kerala

Located in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Periyar National Park is known for its scenic beauty and diverse wildlife. While tiger sightings are not as common here, the park offers a chance to spot these elusive cats amidst lush greenery.

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