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Top 22 places to visit in Rajasthan

By Shamanthika - July 9, 2020
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Rajasthan is a state of grandeur. With stunning forts, exuberant palaces, beautiful temples and several other top places, the state provides the best options for travellers to explore. The state is famous for its fascinating history, traditions and unique culture. Places to visit in Rajasthan, the largest state of India should be on your bucket list if you want to explore the ancient history of India.

Once you are in the state, the vibrant roads and vintage buildings will teleport you the period of the great Maharajas and Maharanis. So, in the summer of 2021, head to the state of Rajasthan and indulge in the royal splendour. This article brings you the top 22 places to visit in Rajasthan.

12 Best Cities to Visit in Rajasthan

The state of Rajasthan boasts about its beautiful cities. Each of these colourful cities is special in its own way. Above all, when in Rajasthan, you will be spoilt for choices. So, here is our curated list of 12 best places to visit in Rajasthan to feel and enjoy the grandeur of Rajasthan.

  • Jaisalmer: All that glows are from here
  • Jaipur: The fantastic fort city
  • Jodhpur: For a royal experience
  • Bundi: Visit a Boari
  • Bikaner: To more temples and forts
  • Pushkar: Colors everywhere
  • Ajmer: Visit the Dargah Sharif
  • Udaipur: The city of Lakes
  • Mt.Abu: The Rajasthani Hill station
  • Sawai Madhopur: For wildlife lovers
  • Bharatpur: Sheer beauty and nothing else
  • Alwar: For History lovers

Jaisalmer: All that glows are from here

The city of Jaisalmer has another name, the ‘Golden city’. It is located at the heart of the Thar Desert. The city is full of luxuriant forts, beautiful palaces and tranquil temples. Jaisalmer city is famous for its rich culture and age-old traditions. It has been named after the Great Maharaja Jaisal Singh. The other highlight of the city is the sand-dunes, which are eye-catching. Jaisalmer tops as Rajasthan’s must-visit cities, attracting travellers from all over the world. Every year, the city hosts the gala Desert Festival, showcasing Rajasthani art forms and folklore.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Aiport

Nearest Railway Station: Jaisalmer Railway station

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Jaipur: The fantastic fort city

The city of Jaipur is also called as the ‘Pink City’. It is the capital city of the Rajasthan state. The Great Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built the city in the 18th century. The city houses many historic monuments and heritage buildings. The state is well-linked to different parts of the country. In conclusion, The ever-charming pink city is surely not to miss if you are a history lover. The streets of the city are very vibrant and buzzing. Never miss the bazaars when you are here.

Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Jaipur Junction Railway station

pink forts in jaipur
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Jodhpur: For a royal experience

The royal city of Jodhpur was the yesteryear capital of the Mewar state. The city has stunning forts, temples and palaces. This royal city lures several travellers from the world. Jodhpur also has as another name. It called the ‘Blue City’. Wondering why? Near the Mehrangarh Fort, there are several beautiful blue houses and hence the name. The Jodhpur city can cast a spell of magic on you, once you step in!

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur airport

Nearest Railway Station: Jodhpur JunctionRailway station

Bundi: Visit a Boari

At about 120 Km from the Jaipur city, is the less explored City of Bundi. Being the origin and native place of the tribe Bunda Meena, the city has a famous past. With beautifully designed forts and buildings, the city offers stunning sights. The city is famous for Boaris or step wells. Boari is an ancient well-like structure to store water. When you are Bundi, never miss photographing a Boari.

Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Bundi Railway station

Bundi Fort
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Bikaner: To more temples and forts

The next beautiful city on the curated list is Bikaner. This city is popular for its Camel Festival. Several people all over the world, head to Bikaner, to witness this gala festival. The Camel festival takes place in the month of January and February. Above all, the City also houses the most famous sweet stall. It is called the Bikanervala and it sells many yummy sweets and snacks. Do not miss the sweet shop, when in Bikaner.

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur airport

Nearest Railway Station: Bikaner Junction Railway station

Pushkar: Colours Colours everywhere

One of the most famous places to visit in the Rajasthan is Pushkar. The city hosts the colourful Puskar camel fair. Millions of people rush to the city to witness the riot of colours. The Pushkar city also has the Brahma temple, which also brings in a lot of devotees. The other special event in the city is the Pushkar lake evening aarti. Being a popular Hindu pilgrimage site, the Pushkar aarti happens in a grand manner. Get your cameras ready to photograph this beautiful event.

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Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Ajmer Junction Railway station

Ajmer: Visit the Dargah Sharif

Ajmer is another important city in Rajasthan. The must-visit in the city is the Dargah Sharif. This Dargah houses the shrine of the great Sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti. Being the most popular place of worship in Rajasthan, Ajmer pulls in a lot of devotees to get blessings from the Dargah.

Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Ajmer Junction Railway station

Udaipur: The city of Lakes

Amongst the other best cities, Udaipur is a little special. Fondly called as the City of Lakes, the cities beauty is heart-stopping. The magnificent city was also the yesteryear capital of the Mewar Kingdom. When you are in the city, you can enjoy visiting several attractions like the City Palace, Jagdish temple, Lake Palace. If you are planning to visit the city, choose to travel in winters.

Nearest Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Udaipur Railway station

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Mt.Abu: The Rajasthani Hill station

Mt. Abu is the only hill station of the Rajasthani state. Hence, it’s more than special. It is located in the Aravalli ranges lining the border of Rajasthan. It is the fondest attraction in the state because it’s the best escapade from the city buzz. If you want to experience the cool climate of Rajasthan, head to Mt. Abu and rejuvenate yourselves. Mt. Abu is indeed a must when it comes to places to visit in Rajasthan

Nearest Airport: Udaipur Aiport

Nearest Railway Station: Abu road Railway station

Sawai Madhopur: For wildlife lovers

Sawai Madhopur is one of the most popular places to visit in the Rajasthan state. The speciality of the state is the Ranthambore National Park. This Park houses the National animal and hence its the destination of pride. The National park is a UNESCO heritage site and one of the best National Parks in Rajasthan.

Nearest Airport: Jaipur Aiport

Nearest Railway Station: Sawai Madhopur Railway station

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Bharatpur: Sheer beauty and nothing else

Amongst the popular cities in the state of Rajasthan, Bharatpur has carved its own place. This magnificent city is located 600 ft above sea level. It is fondly called ‘The Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan’. Bharatpur also houses the Keoladeo National Park. Visit the national park and say Hello to the wildlife of Rajasthan. This city is a must-visit in Rajasthan if you are a wildlife lover.

Nearest Airport: Delhi International Aiport

Nearest Railway Station: Bharatpur Railway station

Alwar: For History lovers

The Alwar city was founded by Raja Pratap Singh in 1770. If you are curious to visit the Bhangarh fort in Rajasthan, then Alwar is the place to be. Other than this, the city is also known for its magnificent buildings. Rajputana history has a lot of real happenings based in Alwar. Hence amongst the most visited cities in Rajasthan, Alwar is exclusively for the History lovers.

Nearest Airport: Sanganer Aiport

Nearest Railway Station: Alwar Junction

alwar fort in Rajasthan
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Top 10 Historical attractions in Rajasthan

Your Rajasthani vacation is not complete if you don’t visit these top historical monuments. These monuments take you to the past, help you discover about the great Maharajas and Maharanis. Above all, these forts are also designed by talented artisans of the ancient period.

  • Jaisalmer Fort: The Golden Fort
  • City Palace: An architectural marvel
  • Mehrangarh Fort: For History lovers
  • Ranthambore Fort: An architectural marvel
  • Taragarh Fort: The Royal Fort
  • Chittorgarh Fort: The Largest Fort
  • Kumbhalgarh Fort: The Grand Grand Fort
  • Amer Fort: Embrace Royalty
  • Bhangarh Fort: For a spooky adventure
  • Badalgarh Fort: Timetravel to past

Jaisalmer Fort: The Golden Fort

Jaisalmer Fort tops the list of places to visit in Rajasthan. This fort is proudly called the Golden fort of Rajasthan. The walls shine like gold as it’s built with yellows sandstone. You must visit the fort at the time of sunset and witness this exuberant beauty. The sun rays fall on the building and make it glow, which is indeed a sight not to miss. The Fort is also known for Havelis, Jain temples and Laxminath temple.

Location: On Fort Kothiripara, Rajasthan

jaisalmer fort in rajasthan
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City Palace: An architectural marvel

The City Palace in Jaipur is a must-visit place when you are in the Rajasthani state. This Palace was the residence of the Great Maharaja of Jaipur. It was built by the King of Amber, Raja Jai Singh II in the 18th century. The Palace is located in the city centre of Jaipur and easy to access as well.

Location: Tulsi Marg, Gangori Bazaar, JDA Market, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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Mehrangarh Fort: For History lovers

The Mehrangarh Fort is shortly called the Mehran Fort. Being one of the largest forts in India, the Mehrangarh Fort is a historical icon. The Fort has seven entrance gates, which was built to commemorate victory in various wars. These seven gates are the highlights of the Fort. You can also spot cannonballs in the Fort, take a picture by posing before them!

Location: Rajputana Road, Paota, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

mehrangarh fort in rajasthan
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Ranthambore Fort: An architectural marvel

The Ranthambore Fort is located deep inside the Ranthambore National park. The Fort is also listed as a UNESCO heritage site. This attraction has a lot of historical stories to tell. Hire a guide when you visit the fort and discover its past. You will encounter a lot of war stories from the past.

Location: Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan

Taragarh Fort: The Royal Fort

This Fort is ranked as one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. The Fort’s architecture is simply impressive. It was constructed in the 16th century with the famous artisans of the past. So, ensure that you visit the fort when you are in Bundi. Once you are here, you can feel the grandeur of the fort just by gazing at it. The fort also introduces you to Rajasthani royal history.

Location: Ajmer, Rajasthan

Chittorgarh Fort: The Largest Fort

When you are in Rajasthan, never miss the Chittorgarh Fort. The Fort is one of the largest forts in the State. This fort is known to be built at the time of the Mewars. The tour guides near the fort, take you around the fort and tell you stories from the past.

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Road, Rajasthan.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort: The Grand Grand Fort

The Fort of Kumbalgarh was built in the late 15th century. There are five entry gates to the fort namely Aret Gate, Halla Gate, Vijay Gate, Ram Gate, Hanuman Gate. In the night time, the fort is illuminated by lights and is indeed a spectacular sight to see.

Location: Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan.

Amer Fort: Embrace Royalty

The architecture of the fort is very impressive and hence pulls a number of tourists. The Amer fort is one among the top 10 places to visit in Rajasthan and is also a popular Bollywood shooting spot. Films like Bajirao Mastani and Jodha Akbar has been shot here. The major highlight of the fort is the light and sound show that takes place in the evening.

Location: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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Bhangarh Fort: For a spooky adventure

Bhangarh Fort is the spookiest fort in India. You will not be allowed to visit the fort post-sunset. The fort is surely for the adventure junkies. There are several myths and stories that revolve around the fort. You can hire a tourist guide at the entrance and enjoy the exploration as you are enjoying the stories. Visit the haunted fort and get an unforgettable experience.

Location: Golla ka vas, Rajgarh tehsil, Alwar, Rajasthan.

Badalgarh Fort: Timetravel to past

The Badalgarh fort was built in the 16th century. If you are an art lover, this is the place to be when you are in Rajasthan. The fort is located on top of a hill, the structure of the fort is just fascinating. This is one of the popular tourist attractions in Badalgarh, known for its lush surroundings and fantastic architecture. The other highlight of the fort is that it has many echo points which you must never miss.

Location: Khora mohalla, Jhunjhuna, Rajasthan.

And yes, plan a 10-day itinerary to Rajasthan, a vacation that is simply more than your imagination. Hope you found this article on Places to Visit in Rajasthan useful. Now, what are you waiting for? Plan your next vacation to Rajasthan and witness the beauty for real.

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