A land of fairytale palaces, expansive forts and a culture so vibrant that it is unlike any other, Rajasthan is simply the jewel in India’s crown. The earliest mentions of this desert state go back to the Indus Valley Civilization, parts of which are said to have been a part of its land. During the medieval period, Rajasthan has seen the biggest warriors and kings set up their kingdoms here which results in a truly royal lifestyle that Rajasthan continues to be known for. Present day Rajasthan is the largest state by area in the country which attracts travelers of all kinds, ranging from honeymooners to luxury seekers to backpackers. Step foot in Rajasthan and its colours, opulence and warmth will make you its own in no time!
Owing to its rich historical relevance, Rajasthan is brimming with some of the most expansive forts and palaces that you will ever come across which also make for the biggest tourist attractions in Rajasthan. Jaipur’s Amer Fort is probably the most iconic one in the state and is a top place to visit in Rajasthan. The hillock fort is one of the largest in the country and offers a unique tryst with Rajasthan’s royalty. Similarly, the popular tourist city of Jaisalmer also houses the royal Jaisalmer Fort which overlooks the entire city and makes for a sight to behold. Thanks to its 800-year history, the fort has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most famous places to visit in Rajasthan. Built in around 1460 by Rao Jodha, Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort is also another structure that speaks volumes of the state’s obsession with grandiose and deserves all your attention while sightseeing in Rajasthan. Udaipur’s Monsoon Palace, the famous Chittorgarh Fort and Bikaner’s Junagarh Fort are some other places to visit in Rajasthan to experience its larger than life history.
Being a desert town, exploring sand dunes makes for one of the top experiences while visiting Rajasthan. Jaisalmer’s Sam Sand Dunes are a world renowned site for treating yourself to a luxury desert camp stay. Not only can one take camel rides and get a taste of the traditional desert life, but these desert camps also arrange for some killer adventure sports for that extra rush of adrenaline. Storm a jeep through the challenging desert terrain, camp out in the middle of nowhere or parasail through the never ending Thar Desert while in Jaisalmer.
In spite of its extreme weather conditions, Rajasthan also boasts of several protected wildlife areas that are a haven to all the wildlife enthusiasts out there. The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is probably the best tiger reserve in the country and is a popular tourist attraction in Rajasthan. On the other hand, the jungles of Alwar’s Sariska National Park house leopards, jackals, sambhar, nilgai and chinkaras apart from a wide variety of birds and flora. In addition, a day trip to Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary and Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary also make for great things to do in Rajasthan for every wildlife lover out there.
Finally, you haven’t really explored Rajasthan till you’ve indulged in some shopping from its colourful markets. These vibrant shopping centres are one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan to buy clothes, food items and souvenirs. Udapiur’s Hathi Pol Bazaar, Jaipur’s Tripolia’s Bazaar, Jodhpur's Nai Sarak and Pushkar’s Sarafa Bazaar are some great places to get some memorable collectibles for yourself and your loved ones back home.