16 Best Places to Visit in RajasthanCreated by Harsh Sonawala,
Last Updated on November 23, 2023
Imagine Rajasthan as an age-old sculpture. A rajasthani tourist attraction, the sculpture is first chiseled by the winds of the Great Indian Desert and formed on the Aravali Range, the nation’s oldest hills. Then moulded from the valour of the Rajputs and finished with the fine touch left by the Mughal invasions. A land of scarce resources, the region’s response to its arid climate has brought the creation of some of the most beautiful lakes, tanks, and step-wells that extend deep into its terra firma. Looking at the best places to visit in Rajasthan, it’s unsurprising to feel like a time-travelling tourist to a land unknown.
What are the Best Places to Visit in Rajasthan?
Rajasthan is truly an architect’s dream. Its complex and rich history has endowed the region with colossal citadels, bejeweled palaces, lakeside temples and princely mansions carved out of sandstone, marble and indigenous rock. The sheer skill of their artisans is evident through the variety of handicraft, art, cloth and semi-precious stones sold in bazaars and stores.
When you’re done staring in awe at the magnificent forts, memorials and everything left form history, take a camel ride and explore the desert. Blend with the locals during the colourful festivals and fairs. Take a safari around the wetlands where migratory birds and tigers roam free in the forests. Cuddle up with your significant other in the palaces and forts that are now grandiose heritage hotels. Here are some of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.
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The Stunning Hawa Mahal, Jaipur (Photo Credit – Aditya Siva)
Best Places to Visit in Eastern Rajasthan
Painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1853, the ‘Pink City’ has magnificent forts, palaces, and temples. One of the top tourist destinations in all of Asia, it is truly a unique place to visit in Rajasthan. You can come visit tourist attractions like the Amer Fort, a sandstone and marble palace built in the late 16th century by Raja Man Singh I.
Apart from the unmissable Amer Fort, the elevated Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts, located on the ‘Hill of Eagles’ in the Aravali hills are part of the same complex and a beautiful sight to see. You can also visit the City palace and grab a meal at its popular restaurant Baradari.
The Pink City is also great for walking around the different colorful markets. The city palace is at the center of the pink city walls and is also close to the observatory called Jantar Mantar which is fascinating and interesting. You can also find some lovely places to eat from old institutions like Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar to the new and innovative cocktails at The Johri.
Amidst the bylanes around the city palace shopaholics can lap up traditional footwear, textiles, crafts, and eye-catching gems. Participate in several festivals including the Elephant Festival in spring, when pachyderms pout and prance around. The Hawa Mahal, or the famous ‘Palace of Winds’ is just another site to go visit while in Jaipur.
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Abhaneri (Chand Baori)
Abhaneri is the perfect pit stop between Agra and Jaipur. The region is known for its arid weather because of which, locals had to find inventive and innovative ways to combat the extreme conditions. Locals would build step-wells to try and trap rainwater to use throughout the year.
The Chand Baori step well in Abhaneri consists of 3,500 narrow stairs and 13 stories, Chand Baori is intricately designed with an interior palace built. It’s one of the biggest step-wells in India going as far as 30 meters underground.
Located opposite the step-wells is the Harshat Mata Temple, built a little after the step-wells in the 9th century. the temple is considered to have been a Vaishanv shrine earlier.
‘The Eastern Gateway of India,’ Bharatpur is home to the petite Keoladeo National Park. This is a must for nature lovers and avid birdwatchers. Only 29 sq. km total, more than 300 species of migratory birds from all around Asia have been recorded in the park, which also contains a lot of separate wildlife. It is a wonderful mosaic of different vegetation, ranging from swampy woodlands to dry grasslands, and hence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Everyone’s welcomed at the Pushkar Lake (Photo Credit – Max Art)
This is another extremely visited city in Rajasthan, not only by foreigners but by many Indians. It is one of the most sacred places in all of India, and consequently a massive pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs. This is because of the holy Pushkar Lake, from the Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and also other scriptures mentioning the famous place and lake.
Due to the religious significance, there is a myriad of temples and ghats that surround the sacred lake, including the extremely rare temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. You’ll find a lot of tourists, especially younger travelers as it attracts backpackers frequently. It’s a great break from the chaos of Delhi, Agra, or Jaipur, and it’s quite small so very easily accessible by foot. Try and go during the two-week annual Camel Fair, one of the largest livestock fairs in India during October or November. Do remember that luxurious high-end accommodation is virtually non-existent in Pushkar.
The Ranthambore National Park is the perfect nature backdrop if you’re interested in seeing some tigers. It’s quite easy to spot tigers in this 392 sq. km park, prowling and roaming freely in their natural habitat. It also includes a variety of different wildlife and flora, like the native dhok trees. The Ranthambore Fort is massive and overlooks the entire park from above offering a stunning sunset and sunrise.
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