10 Famous Places To Visit In Rajasthan – The Ultimate Guide

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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 the kings and is an exalted example of an 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:

  1. Jaipur
  2. Udaipur
  3. Jodhpur
  4. Jaisalmer
  5. Bikaner
  6. Ranthambore
  7. Mount Abu
  8. Chittorgarh
  9. Pushkar
  10. Mandawa

 

Jaipur

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 the 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 light and sound show at Amer Fort, attend a folk festival, shopping, visit Chokhi Dhani.

Best time to visit Jaipur:

November to March.

Nearest airport:

Sanganer Airport (12 km).

Nearest railway station:

Jaipur Junction (4 km).

INDIA 2Hawa Mahal

INDIA 4Amber Fort – Rajasthan points of interest

 

Udaipur

Nestled on the slope of mighty Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is popular for 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 of 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.

Nearest airport:

Maharana Pratap Airport (20 km).

Nearest railway station:

Udaipur Railway Station (4 km).

INDIA 5Udaipur

INDIA 6City Palace in Udaipur

INDIA 7Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur

 

Jodhpur

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.

Nearest airport:

Jodhpur Airport (10 km).

Nearest railway station:

Jodhpur Junction (9 km).

INDIA 8Jodhpur – The Blue City

INDIA 9Umaid Bhawan Palace

INDIA 10Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

 

Jaisalmer

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 about 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, boating in Gadisar Lake.

Best time to visit Jaisalmer:

September to April.

Nearest airport:

Jodhpur Airport (284 km).

Nearest railway station:

Jaisalmer Railway Station (3 km).

INDIA 11Sam Sand Dunes

INDIA 12Jaisalmer Fort

 

Bikaner

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:

October to March.

Nearest airport:

Jodhpur Airport (248 km).

Nearest railway station:

Bikaner Railway Station (2 km).

INDIA 14 e1600749588386Havelis in Bikaner

INDIA 13Bikaner – Best cities in Rajasthan

 

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:

October to March.

Nearest airport:

Sanganer Airport (180 km).

Nearest railway station:

Sawai Madhopur Railway Station (15 km).

INDIA 15Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

INDIA 16Ranthambore National Park – Places in Rajasthan

 

Mount Abu

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

Nearest airport:

Udaipur Airport (178 km).

Nearest railway station:

Abu Road Railway Station (27 km).

INDIA 18Mount Abu

INDIA 17Mount Abu

 

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, light and sound show at Chittor Fort.

Best time to visit Chittorgarh:

November to March.

Nearest airport:

Udaipur Airport (118 km).

Nearest railway station:

Chittorgarh Railway Junction (2 km).

INDIA 20 e1600749800722Chittorgarh – Rajasthan Tourist Spot

INDIA 19Chittorgarh

 

Pushkar

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:

November to February.

Nearest airport:

Sanganer International Airport, Jaipur (154 km).

Nearest railway station:

Ajmer Railway Junction (14 km).

INDIA 21 e1600749904862Sunset in Pushkar

INDIA 22Pushkar Lake

 

Mandawa

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 the 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:

November to February.

Nearest airport:

Sanganer International Airport, Jaipur (184 km).

Nearest railway station:

Jhunjhunu Railway Junction (27 km).

INDIA 23Castle Mandawa

 

Tourist Places In Rajasthan – Conclusion

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. 

Author:

Rekha Bisht is a travel enthusiast who loves to visit the most popular as well as offbeat places in the world. She loves to share her travel experiences with fellow travelers. For planning memorable holidays in India or any world destination, you can follow her write-ups.

 

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