Rajasthan, the desert state of India, is also one of the most popular destinations among tourists, be it for people of India, or foreigners. Rajasthan has a lot of reasons for attracting so many tourists- its magnanimous historical forts, palaces standing out, in huge deserts, and its folk art and culture. As per statistics, every third foreign traveller visits Rajasthan, and its forts.
The palaces in places like Jaipur, the lakes of Udaipur, and the famous forts in the deserts of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner are some of the favourites. Tourism counts for as much as eight percent of the state’s GDP (gross domestic product). Many palaces and forts that were falling apart due to neglect, have now been converted to luxurious heritage hotels that command huge prices and pull millions of people from around the globe. Attractive Rajasthan Tourism Packages also help boost tourism in the state.
Destinations in Rajasthan
In case you are planning to visit Rajasthan soon, these are some of the major places to visit in Rajasthan-
- Umaid Bhawan Palace- It is the largest Royal Palace of Rajasthan, and also one of the largest private residence.
- Lake Palace-Now a luxury hotel, located in the Pichola Lake, Udaipur.
- Hawa Mahal-Known as the “Palace of Wind” or the “Palace of Breeze” due to the humongous nine hundred and fifty windows in the palace.
- Rambagh Palace-Formerly a Royal Palace, has now been converted into a Heritage Hotel,and is one of the best Heritage Hotels in the World.
- Devi Garh Palace-A palace, earlier, now converted into a Heritage Hotel. In 2006, The New York Times named it as a leading luxurious hotel in the South Asean Subcontinent.
Forts that you can’t miss once you are in Rajasthan
Did you even know that many of the hill forts of Rajasthan are included in the World Heritage Sites list? Some major forts in Rajasthan-
- Kumbhalgarh Fort
- Ranthambore Fort
- Gagron Fort
- Amber Fort
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
- Bhatner fort
- Junagarh Fort
- Mehrangarh Fort
- Lohagarh Fort
- Taragarh Fort
- Jalore Fort
- Nagaur Fort
- Shergrah Fort
Fairs and Festivals in Rajasthan
Department of Tourism organizes a number of fairs and festivals in Rajasthan throughout the year. These festivals & fairs are great tourist attractions. Some popular fairs organized in Rajasthan include:
- Camel Festival in Bikaner (January)
- Nagaur Fair in Nagaur (Jan-Feb.)
- Kite Festival (held on 14th Jan of every year)
- Desert Festival in Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb.)
- Baneshwar Fair in Baneshwar (Jan-Feb.)
- Gangaur Festival in Jaipur (March–April)
- Mewar Festival in Udaipur (March–April)
- Elephant Festival in Jaipur (March–April)
- Urs Ajmer Sharif in Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar)
- Summer Festival in Mt.Abu (June)
- Teej Festival in Jaipur (July–August)
- KajliTeej in Bundi (July–August)
- Dussehra Festival in Kota (October)
- Marwar Festival in Jodhpur (October)
- Pushkar Fair in Ajmer (November)
Eight Places to include if you are planning for a full Rajasthan tour-
- Ajmer –Th popular shrine of the Sufi Saikhllnt Khwaja, Moinuddin Chishti and also the Digambar Jain Temple called Soniji Ki Nasiyan is located here. It’s a quiet and beautiful place that you must include in your list.
- Barmer – A perfect picture of a typical Rajasthani villages, complete and colourful, is something that you can best see in Barmer.
- Bhilwara – Known widely for its beautiful textile industry. Hamirgarh Eco-park and Harni Mahadev temple are also important tourist destinations, that crowds throng to.
- Bundi –It is popular for its forts, as well as the palaces and stepwell reservoirs known as ‘baoris’.
- Jaipur– Mostly known as the pink city of India and it is also the capital of Rajasthan. It is also famous for palaces and temples.
- Jaisalmer–It is famous for its golden fortress, that was depicted in the Bengali movie “Sonar Kella”, and its havelis, and it alsohas some of the oldest Jain Temples and libraries.
- Jhalawar district –The exquisite caves such as the Binnayaga Buddhist caves as well as the Hathiagor Buddhist Caves and Kolvi Caves, which are popular examples of medieval architecture of India,can be found in this area.
- Mount Abu–It is a well-knownhill station, and is famous for its eleventh century old, Dilwara Jain Temples as well as its natural beauty. Thehighest peak of Aravalli Range, in Rajasthan, Guru Shikhar is only 15 km and is an easy-visit from the main town.
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