Rajasthan is a must visit tourist spot in the country. Rather, it should be on the top of your itinerary or last. Rajasthan is the land of heritage, culture and living past. The mystical land is famous for its golden past, religious significance and colorful fairs. Its forts, Palaces, Bazaars, Sand Dunes, Heritage Hotels, etc., attracts tourists like bees to honey.
So, if you are planning to visit India, your trips or vacations will remain incomplete, if you haven’t visited Rajasthan.
Must Visit Sites:
These Forts and Sites are must visit if you are visiting Rajasthan for the first time.
Amer Fort and City Palace, Jaipur:
Located high on a hill, this palace is around 11 km away from Jaipur. It is spread in area 4 square kilometres and was initially built by Mena’ss and was ruled by Raja Man Singh. It is made in artistic Hindu style architecture.
Jaipur’s City Palace:
City Palace was the seat of Maharaja of Jaipur. The architecture is the large combination of Mughal and Hindu architecture. Divided in six smaller Palaces, a bigger part of this Palace is still is a Royal Residence.
Pushkar Lake, Pushkar:
Popularly known as Tirtha Raj, Pushkar Lake is located in Pushkar, a town in Ajmer district. It has high religious value, and according to Indian mythology, it is linked with Lord Brahma.
Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur:
Built in 1460, it is the largest Fort of India. The 100 ft high splendour is standing high on a perpendicular cliff. Mehrangarh Fort has been converted into a museum now.
Golden Fort and Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer:
This World Heritage Site is the largest fully preserved fortified Fort in the World. Sam Sand Dunes is the famous Desert Safari in the Thar Desert. There are cottages and Tents for night stay and arrangement of Rajasthani Local Music, and World Class Cuisines makes it unique.
Lake Palace, Udaipur:
Lake Palace was known as Jag Niwas & is on an island in Pichola Lake. Voted as the most Romantic Hotel all around the world, this Palace has 83 rooms and suites.
Garh Palace, Bundi:
The Garh Palace is the complex of various Palaces built in 17th and 18th centuries by different rulers. The Palace is known for its Rajput style architecture.
Have a look at this post on Rajasthan tourism information by www.bewelcome.org which offers detail insight on how to travel on the roads of Rajasthan – The land of the kings.
Must Eat Destinations:
Shreenath lassi walla, Jaipur:
Surrounded by three more lassi shops, this lassi walla is most popular one. It has a variety of flavours of lassi like plain, banana, mango, pineapple and kesar. The lassi is freshly made and is topped with a layer of cream.
Balsamand Lake Palace:
Located off from the hustle bustle of the city this private estate has an excellent view of the lake. The orchids and gardens add to the look. The restaurant is set-up in Royal style, and it offers a variety of Royal delicacies.
Natraj Dining Hall and Restaurant:
Established in 2006, the restaurant is settled on the city station road. It serves the mouthwatering thalis from different states like Gujrat, Punjab and Rajasthan. The restaurant is well-illuminated with lights and offers the view of the city through glass walls.
To enjoy the state with peace and without being getting much tired, you should have safe transport. Cabs are the best way to travel through Rajasthan because the distances between different cities are too much. Starting from a sedan taxi, it charges flat Rs 9 per km and the fare for Innova is Rs 11 per km.
As the no. of persons travelling increases, you can hire a big cab with higher fares. A 9-seater tempo traveller charges 16 per km whether a 16-seater charge Rs 20 per km. The fees for a 30-seater local mini bus is Rs 28 per km.
If you want to make your journey more simplified, you can book your train tickets through IRCTC or with the help of some local agent in New Delhi or Jaipur.
Best Sites to Book Hotels online: Make-my-trip, Goibibo and Booking.com are favourite sites that help you book your hotels online or through apps.
Best Time to Visit:
Avoid visiting Rajasthan in summers. From September to the month of Holi, March is the best time to visit the state. The periods of December and January are a bit chilling.