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Rajasthan Travel Guide for a deep dive into the “Land of Maharajas”

The state of Rajasthan, known as the “Land of Maharajas” is home to majestic forts and an enchanting history. Rajasthan’s history dates back to the Rajput kings whose valour and sacrifice is spoken of highly even today. Human settlement in Rajasthan began as early as the Indus valley civilization making it a place with a living history. With sprawling deserts and a vibrant culture, Rajasthan should be a must-visit in your bucket list. Rajasthan is one of the most colour co-ordinated states in India. You will get to know more about them as you read along this Rajasthan Travel Guide. So, hold on tight as you soak yourself into the mesmerizing beauty of Rajasthan!

Architecture of Rajasthan
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History and Culture

When you hear the word Rajasthan, the two terms of History and Culture need no explanation. The splendour of the Rajput Kings through the Forts having accounts of various battles fought by the Rajputs will leave you enchanted. The architectural layout of the different cities speak volumes about the pride with which Rajasthan holds itself. Be it the Havelis, mesmerizing folk dances, bustling shopping bazaars or desert safaris, Rajasthan has it all for you.

When you visit Rajasthan with the help of this Rajasthan travel guide, everything from the attire to the food will make you drool over the beauty of the state. Handmade jewellery and traditional Rajasthani costumes like ‘odhnis’ and turbans will make you sink into the authentic Rajasthani feel. When in Rajasthan, you should definitely gorge on the famous Rajasthani Thali which by all means is a royal feast.

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Traditional Rajasthani attire
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Best time to visit Rajasthan

The best time to visit Rajasthan would undoubtedly be during the winter months. Not only will you get respite from the scorching heat, but you can also visit some Winter fairs like the Shilpgram Festival in Udaipur. Winter destinations that you can visit include Mount Abu and Kota which have stunning sceneries during the winter. It is also an ideal time to embark on a Desert Safari in the Thar Desert for an authentic Rajasthani experience. This way you can sightsee at ease without draining yourself out.

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How to reach Rajasthan

By air

The state of Rajasthan has good connectivity in terms of air, rail and road transport. The main International airport is in the capital city of Jaipur. Even if your departures are from other cities like Udaipur, Jodhpur or Jaisalmer, you have domestic airports for your convenience. You will have enough and more things to do within the airports itself while waiting for internal flight layovers as the airports are well equipped with Indian restaurants, sweet shops and even branded outlets.

By train

If you are an Indian, you would agree that the Indian Railways is the lifeline of India. The state of Rajasthan has good connectivity in terms of the rail networks as well. The bustling railway station is undoubtedly in the capital city of Jaipur. Apart from this, there are substations located in other districts like Udaipur and Bikaner. Some of the major rail lines like the Shatabdi and Rajdhani are most-sought after trains. The “Palace on Wheels” is another royal train journey which traverses through the major cities in and around Rajasthan. This is also a tasteful experience to indulge in when in Rajasthan and is a tourist attraction in itself.

By road

What is better than a road trip? You can utilise the National Highways of Rajasthan connecting major Metro cites and embark on that road trip you were always planning for with your gang. Get ready to experience that much-needed vibe of a National Highway when planning a road trip to Rajasthan.

Places to visit in Rajasthan

The size of this blog is not enough to talk about the magnificence of the state of Rajasthan. Forts like the Hawa Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, City Palace and Chittorgarh Fort are just the first layer of the cake. If you prefer an offbeat vacation, you can also look forward to scenic hotspots like Mount Abu and Nakki lake. Fairs like the Pushkar Mela also prove to be a major attraction in Rajasthan. Spending a day at the marvellous Thar Desert, visiting the Sariska Tiger Reserve or taking your Royal Enfield to the Bullet Baba temple, the list just goes on. Let’s now do a deep dive into some of the most iconic places to visit in Rajasthan in this Rajasthan travel guide.

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City Palace- Udaipur

Udaipur, also known as the ‘White City’ of Rajasthan is an emerging destination wedding hotspot as you might have seen in the famous Bollywood flick, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani majorly shot in Udaipur. Udaipur receives a lot of footfall from tourists all over the globe. The City Palace speaks volumes about the Mewar rulers and is currently on its way to becoming a world-class museum. The architecture and grandeur of the City Palace in Udaipur is sure to take your breath away.

City Palace in Udaipur
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Jantar Mantar- Jaipur

Needless to say, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur in Rajasthan is a must-visit tourist destination. Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory which is used for measuring the locations of celestial objects. It is the largest of its kind and the structure has helped people learn more about astronomy since time immemorial. The credit of this architectural marvel again goes to the Rajputs who considered Jantar Mantar as their pride and even the people of Rajasthan hold Jantar Mantar in high regard today.

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur
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Hawa Mahal- Jaipur

It would be an injustice to the state of Rajasthan if we did not speak about this iconic tourist attraction. Known as the Palace of Winds with a line of hidden windows, Hawa Mahal is undoubtedly among the top creations of the Rajputs. Hawa Mahal was constructed to give Rajput Queens a chance to have a look at the city life without revealing themselves. The intricacy with which Hawa Mahal has been built will leave even the best archaeologists awestruck.

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
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Chittorgarh Fort- Chittorgarh

This is an important heritage site in Rajasthan and is considered to be the largest fort ever built in Asia. Chittorgarh Fort is located in the city of Chittorgarh. There are other architectural structures located within the fort like the Rana Kumbha Palace, Rani Padmini’s Palace and the Fateh Prakash Palace. You might remember seeing iconic visuals and details of the Chittorgarh Fort in the famous Bollywood movie Padmavat. A light and sound show also takes place every evening narrating details about historical events associated with the fort which is a major highlight.

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Chittorgarh Fort in Chittorgarh
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Mehrangarh Fort- Jodhpur

The first cut view of the city of Jodhpur itself will leave you astonished. Popularly known as the ‘Blue City’, the layout of buildings itself is largely blue in colour. Constructed by a Marwar ruler who has taken the valour of the Rajputs a notch higher, the Mehrangarh Fort is an important tourist attraction in Jodhpur. Having survived the test of time, you will definitely appreciate the beauty of this fort, making it an Instagram worthy location.

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Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
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Finding this Rajasthan Travel Guide useful? Do you need more reasons to visit this beautiful state? I’m guessing not! Go ahead and pack your bags to embark on your Rajasthan vacation. To help you plan the perfect vacation, you can rely on Pickyourtrail for best tour packages and customisable options. Please leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options. Happy vacationing!

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