The Royal Rajasthan is a place describing the cultural outlook of our country. The biggest state in India has a lot in store for you to explore in its medieval architecture. Here are few places one must visit in the Royal Rajputana Land:
Distance from Delhi: 220 km approx.
Distance from Jaipur: 183 km approx.
Once served as the capital of Jat Kingdom, Bharatpur, is now known for Koeladev National Park which is one of the most visited bird sanctuaries in the world. More than 364 bird species both migratory and resident makes the park an ideal place for bird watching and nature gazing. Best time to visit the park is between Aug-Oct for the domestic birds and Oct-Feb for the migratory. Francolins, Quails, White headed and Reddy shelducks are few resident bird species, whereas Marbled Teal, Lesser white-fronted Goose and Bar-headed Goose are few migratory ones which are commonly found in this man-made sanctuary. Other attractions in the vicinity are Deeg Palace, Shergarh & Lohagarh Forts and the famous Govt. Museum. Agra and Fatehpur Sikri too are nearby add-ons to make an efficacious trip.
Distance from Delhi: 275 km approx.
The Capital Jaipur holds a limitless exploration. Having a rich culture remarkable food and hospitality makes the pink city among the top 10 most visited places in India. The mind blowing ancient architectural masterpieces like Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh- Nahagarh-Amber Forts and the City Palace; Jantar Mantar holds a tag in World Heritage Sites which surely makes the Jaipur trip a once in a lifetime experience. The authentic Rajasthani cuisine at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar and the street food will pamper your taste buds whereas Raj Mandir Cinema and Albert Hall Museum are few places to get amused. For peace of mind Govind Dev Ji, Galtaji and Birla Mandir are few religious places which are highly visited.
Distance from Delhi: 390 km approx.
Distance from Jaipur: 145 km approx.
Watching the Royal Cats in action is a dream for every wildlife enthusiast. Ranthambore in Sawai Madhopur district is a wild habitat having a large number of animal and plant species. Apart from easy Tiger/Leopard sightings or the common herbivores there are chances you may spot a striped Hyena and find Crocodiles resting at the bank of the lake. Bird and deer watching at the Surval Lake will will add excitement to the safari. Ranthambore is also famous for the Ranthambore Fort which is listed among the 6 World Heritage Sites displaying the valour of the Chauhan Dynasty. Nearby must visit check-ins are Kachida Valley, Raj Bagh Ruins, Bakaula and Padam Talao.
Located at the middle of the Thar Desert in the extreme North-West, Bikaner was once ruled by the Royal Kings of the Rathor clan who constructed the popular Junagarh Fort, Gajner Palace and the Lalgarh Palace. The city is now a popular attraction for the tourists who visit the great Bhandasar Jain Temple, Sri Laxminath, and Shiv Bari temples to seek solace. However, The Royal Cenotaphs (Bada Bagh) and Golden Jubilee museum must be added as a bookmark in your travel guide. While the camel safari camps add adventure in the desert, The National Research Centre on Camels attracts the researchers.
The Ajmer district is not only a popular pilgrimage centre where millions pay a visit every year to Ajmer Sharif aka Khwaja Garib Nawaz Dargah but is also famous for other religious places like Nasiyan Jain Temple, Akbari Mosque and Shah Jahan Mosque at the inner courtyard of the Dargah Sharif. Other historic places in Ajmer are Taragarh Fort, Akbar’s Palace and Museum and Lake Foy Sagar. A few kilometres from the famous dargah is the one and only Brahma Temple in the world known as Jagatpita Brahma Mandir. The Pushkar Lake where the very famous Pushkar fair takes place every year is in the vicinity. In Pushkar, other temples having religious importance are Aptaeshwar and Atmmeshwar.
Distance from Delhi: 575 km approx.
Distance from Jaipur: 305 km approx.
The land of the largest fort in India, Chittorgarh in Rajasthan covers about 28 sq. km of land having four gates and multiple palaces and temples. Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace Padmini’s Palace and Ratan Singh Palace, once belonged to the Chittorgarh Royals are now tourist hot-spots while Meera Temple, Sanwariaji Temple, Kalika Mata Temple are flocked by thousands of sages every year. Other important archaeological gems in Chittorgarh fort are Kirti Stambh (The Tower of fame), Surajpol, Gunmukh reservoir which is a huge tank at the edge of the cliff and the Tower of Victory. Chittorgarh is also known for the two wildlife sanctuaries (Sitamata and Bassi) in its periphery.
Distance from Delhi: 605 km approx.
Distance from Jaipur: 335 km approx.
Jodhpur city, embellished with cultural traits and magnificent art and music works will make your Rajasthan trip memorable. Being an arid zone Jodhpur has no rivers flowing in the region. However, Balsamand Lake, Kalyana Lake and Gulab Sagar Lake give a magnifying view of the Jodhpur Fort near the clock tower. Umaid Bhawan palace, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Zenana Mahal are few gems of Rajputana architecture. The city also gives a picturesque view of the Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) and the blue painted houses under the sunlight which gave it the name “Blue City”. The second largest district in the state has some very old temples (Chamunda Mata Temple, Jain Mahavira Temple, Ramdevra Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple) that give an extending and invigorating invitation to one and all. The Rao Jodha Desert Park, Arna Jharna (Desert Museum), Khichan Bird Sanctuary and adventure activities like camel safari and desert exploration add to the bucket list.
The lake city, Udaipur is a calm city where you’ll find a large number of tourists exploring the vivid culture and gelling up with the traditions. Soothing lakes and classy palaces envelope your smile as you boat around the city in the sophisticated atmosphere. The well-known City Palace, Shiv Nivas Palace, Bagore ki Haveli and Saheliyon-ki-bari (Courtyard of Maidens) portray the entire city from the large windows and verandas; on the other hand guided tours of Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Jaismand, Udaisagar and Rajasmand lakes will brief you about the royalty and cultural heritage of the city. Gulab bagh and the zoo are the places to spend a quality time with the children.
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mt. Abu covers a rocky area of 22 km long and 9 km in the Aravalli Range bordering Gujarat. The mountain is not only a home to several Hindu temples (Gunmukh, Adhar Devi) but Dilawara Jain temples and the headquarters of the Brahma Kumari foundation as well. The popular charms of Mt. Abu are the sunset point at the Nakki Lake and the Honeymoon point. The Hill top aka Guru Shikhar and the Shanti Shikhar are the mountain peaks where a number of people spend their evening amidst a carnival atmosphere. Other places to pay a visit are Achalgarh Fort, Bailey’s Walk, Table Rock and the Mt. Abu wildlife sanctuary.
Distance from Delhi: 780 km approx.
Distance from Jaipur: 570 km approx.
Travelling in the deserts of Rajasthan with the harmonious country music in Jaisalmer City will show you the uniqueness of the state’s culture. Nicknamed as the “Golden City” Jaisalmer is also among the World Heritage Sites where the Royal Jaisalmer Fortress, Patwaon-Ki-Haveli, Bada Bagh ,Pokhran Fort, The Maharaja’s Palace, Salim Singh-ki Haveli and the Khaba Fortare few man-made masterpieces. Moreover, you can catch a glimpse of the Royalty of the Rajputanas by visiting the Thar Heritage Museum, Folklore Museum, and the Desert Culture Centre and Museum and Kuldhara (the abandoned village). Tanot Mata Temple, Hanuman Temple and Jain Temples in Jaisalmer Fort will end your trip on a peaceful note.