Last Updated on December 23, 2020 by Poorwa Singh
“Maati baandhe painjanee, Bangdi pehne baadli, Dedo dedo baavdo, Ghod-mathod baavdi” means The land is wearing anklets, The sky is wearing bangles, The clouds in a happy frenzy have taken different shapes, The beautiful revolving, and round earth. Whenever you watch television and suddenly this song comes up, everything goes pink in a minute and feels like we are in the country of royal people and desert. Rajasthan is the largest state of India in area wise. That’s why Rajasthan is the best place to travel during winters.
From Thar desert in the west to the lakes of Udaipur in South Rajasthan is filled with places where no traveling influencer can miss. This region has some exquisite taste in its dishes. Salty Winds from the Arabian sea helps in the ripening of fruits and vegetables in this area. As this area is scarce in water but in recent years there has been so much development by the government to woo the tourism industry. Here are some most exemplary places to visit in Rajasthan.
Here are the list of best places in Rajasthan
1. Pink City – Jaipur
No way this capital city of Rajasthan misses its first position when it comes to traveling. Jaipur is one of the royal cities in India. It was the home of previous generations of royalty. If you are looking for some great adventures of royal treatment. This place is perfect for you. Hawa Mahal is one of the old palaces of Jaipur but what fascinates travelers is its 953 windows. Well, it’s no surprise why they wanted so many windows in this arid region.
You can start your destination from Birla mandir ( made up of marble), 16th century made hilltop Amber mandir ( the palace of emperor Akber’s queen Jodha), Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh fort and no surprise that Jaipur can be called as the city of forts. If you want to see the life of the Rajasthani people then you must go to Chokhi Dhani. As for food and shopping, please don’t miss out.
Jaipur is the best destination for shopping of jewelry, ethnic Rajputana attire, and lakh ki chudiyan. For the winter season, most young couples can consider it the best choice for a honeymoon destination. It provides all the best scenes of sunset, from candlelight dinner to jungle safari. Well, we can say that Jaipur is the perfect destination for aspiring travelers.
2. City of Lakes – Udaipur
Every city of Rajasthan has its unique way to impress people all around the world. And that’s why they got their names. Udaipur the city of lakes situated in the southern part of Rajasthan in the lap of Aravallis is the perfect place to visit. As some history is needed, this place is also famous for Maharana Pratap. This place fought many battles in the past, and it is filled with glorious memories of warriors.
The city palace of Udaipur is the best place to get a glimpse of the Mewar kingdom. To enjoy the scenery of the lake in the Thar region, well it is the dream of many, then you must visit Fateh Sagar Lake, Jagmandir, Lake Pichola, Saheliyo ki bari, Ambrai ghat, Badi Talab, Udai Sagar lake and most of all Taj Lake Palace. To enjoy the sunset view near the lake while enjoying your dinner, Udaipur is the best destination for you. Please don’t miss out on Hathipole road if you are a great fan of antiques but be watch out! They can also sell you some fake items.
Just 40 km from Udaipur, there is a place known as Haldighati. It is a museum situated based on the Haldighati battle. But what is interesting is that locals believe the soil is still a blood mix that speaks of the tale of blood bathing battle that turned the soil into the color of turmeric. After the great wall of China is the wall of Kumbhalgarh fort which is the second-longest wall of the world built by Rana Kumbha. It is 38 km long and 3600 feet tall, a must place to visit.
3. Jaisalmer – The Heart of Desert
Known as the Golden city, situated at the heart of Thar is the best place for desert lovers. This city is the best to travel from mid-November to February- March to avoid the scorching heat of the desert. If you can’t afford the luxurious Arabian nights of Dubai, then Jaisalmer offers you the best time for your traveling adventures.
Jaisalmer Fort which is made up of sand of the Thar desert is a beautiful tourist destination where you can enjoy the desert life a little closer. There are many things that you can do at Jaisalmer like a walk through Havelis, visit the Jain temples, walk-on Sand dunes, and Desert National Park, eat breakfast With peacocks at Khaba Fort, and watch the sunset at Vyas Chhatri which is the perfect place to enjoy this mesmerizing view and enjoy this dream that you often saw in movies.
Wandering in the desert but forget to ride a camel? No traveling adventure can be complete without riding a camel in the desert. Jaisalmer offers you the best place for camel safari. A little tip, you can also enjoy the camel milk here if you are a hardcore traveler.
4. Kota – The Chambal City
Although Kota is the perfect place for a competitive examination but we cannot deny the fact that it is a city located in Rajasthan and no city belongs to Rajput left with its beautiful buildings and adventures. Kota situated near the Chambal river is the home of beautiful man made structures but also for the natural beauty as its proximity to the river.
If you have time and planning to visit something exciting then you should attempt to go to Kota Barrage to admire the surrounding lush greenery, Kishore Sagar Lake to watch the reflection of lights, seven wonders park to watch all the wonders of the world at a single palace, Jag Mandir Palace to explore the queen of Kota, Garadia Mahadev Temple to gape at the amazing views. Kota comprises the node of Mughals and Rajput which can be seen in its paintings that you can admire at Kota city palace. Apart from that the one place that you cannot ignore before leaving is Garadia Mahadev temple which is placed in the lap of a Chambal surrounded by beautiful lush green trees and breeze coming from the river. This scene can never escape from your mind once you visit this place.
5. Chittorgarh – The City of Bravery
From the eyes of Historians, Chittorgarh holds a special place in the heart of people for its glorious past and valor where the Legendary Rani Padmavati performed Johar. Chittorgarh is formally known as Chitrakoot famous for its Vijay Stambh and Kirti Stambh, if you are planning to visit Udaipur and Chittorgarh is not far from the city of lakes. Other than forts, one place that needs to be mentioned is Menal Lake which has a natural waterfall depth of 150 meters and is famous for its beautiful site.
If you are an ancient architecture lover and curious about India’s past then some places need to be visited like the temples of Baroli, beautiful Menal Waterfall, Meerabai temple where Meerabai, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna’s, worshipped him. Kumbha Shyam Temple, Gaumukh reservoir. The spring emerges from a rock formation resembling a Gaumukh or ‘cow’s mouth’.
Kalika Mata temple, in the 14th century, the temple was dedicated to Goddess Kali, the symbol of power and valor. Chittorgarh is one of the cities where dynasties sacrificed their lives to protect the borders from foreign invasion.
6. Mount Abu
As we move to the southern part of Rajasthan, the greenery finds its place as its proximity to Gujrat increases. Serving as a source of comfort from the sultry desert climate of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, the state’s only hill station stands at a height of 1722 meters above sea level, and is embraced by lush green hills of the Aravalli range and Dilawar Jain mandirs.
The history of Mount Abu finds its place in Puranas where Mount Abu mentions a serpent named Arbhuda, who had saved the life of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s mount. Here, a must-go-to place at mount Abu is Guru Shikhar which is the highest point of this mountain range. Many never heard about Trevor’s tank, a crocodile park, the best place who wants to find wildlife advocates in Rajasthan, is a manmade crocodile breeding spot which is located at a distance of about 5 kilometers from Mount Abu. The spot offers amazing scenic beauty and a great spot for crocodiles, birds, and other wildlife (like the black bear) sightings.
One more sighting at Mount Abu is Nakki Jheel which is a must go to place where you can watch the real greenery of Rajasthan.
6. The City of Blue – Jodhpur
When it comes to VIP or celebrity’s wedding, Jodhpur becomes the first choice. Sky blue color paint on the houses in the valley and the clear sunlight in the months from November to March is one of its kind tourist attractions that can be compared with Santorini in Greece.
Umaid bhawan palace voted as the best hotel in the world situated at Jodhpur which nobody wants to miss. Traveling at Jodhpur cannot be complete without some Kailana lake which is also considered as the paradise for birdwatchers, although it is an artificial lake. If you are planning to go on the top of the world, you must visit Masuria hill garden where you can watch the beautiful sunset as well as get the perfect view of the whole city in one frame.
Jodhpur can also be a place for your dream desert safari. Khemsar is one of the small villages near Jodhpur enroute to Bikaner where you can enjoy your safari on desert dunes. From desert safari to jain temples at Ranakpur, wandering at Osian ‘khajuraho of rajasthan’ (Oasis) to Mandore gardens, Jodhpur as the marvelous destination for the travelers.