Rajasthan is colourful and another feather in the crown of incredible India. Hence if you want to know India you cannot miss a tour to this Rajput kingdom.
1. The Pink City of Jaipur
Start your historic journey with a visit to the capital of this largest Indian state, Jaipur. A tour to Jaipur will be ever cherishing in your life as this trip gifts you a majestic ride on lavishJly decked elephants. As you reach the top of the hills, the Amber Fort stands as an epitome of Rajput creativity and courage.
The City Palace, located at the heart of Jaipur is now a museum which treasures the armours, relics and belongings of the royal family. Encircled by lush green meadows and ornamented with alluring designs, this palace museum is a must visit. The Palace of Winds, ’Hawa Mahal’ with 983 balconies showcases the lifestyle of the royal ladies for whom these ‘jharokhas’ were built. The ancient astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar is the other attraction of Jaipur, where you can find the largest sundial.
The evenings at Jaipur are melodious as the ladies cladded in ‘ghagras’ dance to the rhythm of sarangis and folk songs. Load your bags with designer leather shoes, boutique apparels, colourful glass bangles and adorn your hands with unique mehendi designs. The sumptuous cuisines of Rajasthan and the royal way in which these are served can also be experienced at Jaipur. Enjoy spicy meat curry, daal bati churma dil khushal and barfis on golden and silver plates.
2. The Venice of East, Udaipur
Udaipur is an oasis in the land of the Thar Desert and the hot seat of heritage tourism. The City Palace located at the banks of Lake Pichola offers a mesmerizing sight at night as the lights of the palace reflect over the crystalline waters. Relax at the Lake Palace, located at the middle of Lake Pichola; as the mirrored water ripples round you and the cool breeze passes through your hair, you are rejuvenated from within. The Ambrai Ghat, Jag Mandir, Jagdish temple and the Monsoon Palace are the other attractions of the city.
3. The Golden City of Jaisalmer
The beauty of the golden sands reflects at the sandstone palaces, havelis and ancient shrines of Jaisalmer. The Jaisalmer Fort, also known as the Golden Fort due to its golden hue is the prime attraction of the city. Besides the stunning architecture, you can also witness the bustling ‘bazaars’ and the simple lifestyle of the locals residing within the forts for years.
4. The Blue City of Jodhpur
The Thar Desert runs parallel to the city of Jodhpur. The Sam sand dunes are the special attractions of Jodhpur. Spend a wonderful night at the deserts, enjoying the twinkles of the stars. Fun filled Camel rides are also available here which gives you the feel of being a part of Rajasthan.
5. The Captivating Forests of Ranthambhore
Do not forget to explore the rich flora and fauna of Rajasthan at the Ranthambhore National Park. The park is popular among wildlife lovers as the chances of spotting a tiger is high here. The thrilling jungle safaris at the morning and the nocturnal trysts from watch towers at night bring you close to nature.
Besides the ferocious tigers, leopards, hyenas, bears, bores and langurs, checkout hundreds of colourful and tweeting birds at Ranthambhore; wood peckers, hornbills, kingfishes, cuckoos, owls, pigeons, doves and pelicans are to name a few. Ranthambhore is also historic being the land of several battles, the Ranthambhore Fort and old temples.
Hence plan a trip to Rajasthan to discover the beauty of the mysterious Thar Desert.