Places to visit in Rajasthan

Either in provocative ruins or restored to its former splendor, Rajasthan is a place on almost everybody’s wish list. From battle-scarred forts and spectacular sand dunes to slightly arrogant pride, and honor the largest royal state of India house many architectural wonders that take you back to the grandeur of its kingdom. Bejeweled with elaborative forts and royal palaces, the places to visit in Rajasthan are the most famous attractions of this diversely beautiful country.

If you haven’t been on a Rajasthan trip plan to any of these destinations, now it’s high time to plan an incredible journey with us. Make sure you spend atleast 2 to 3 days in each of these colorful cities to immerse in their splendor, complete with their major tourist attractions, unique experiences, delicious food, exclusive handicraft items, and a peek into the lifestyle of the locals.

1. Jaipur

Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist places in Rajasthan. There are many famous historic and heritage monuments with swift connectivity by a car rental service in Jaipur. The Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur can be best explored during the winter season (November to March).

2. Jodhpur

An extension of the royalty that you get to see on Rajasthan desert tour which are explored with Jaisalmer and Jaipur. Jodhpur is the second largest tourist city of Rajasthan and has got several forts, palaces, and temples, to enchant travelers of different interests. Famous as the Sun City because of its sunny weather, Jodhpur is also known as Blue City for the blue houses that spectacle of magnificence.

3. Jaisalmer

In the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is well-known as the Golden City of Rajasthan for its stunning sun-soaked sand dunes, yellowish sandstone forts, and rich culture & traditions. Spending 2 or 3 days in the Jaisalmer tour package, you can embark on a local city tour by car and enjoy some amazing desert adventures like camel safari, jeep safari, dune bashing, etc.

4. Bikaner

Founded by Rao Bhika and the Nehra jats, Bikaner is endowed with temples, forts, and palaces. The city is also famous for its annual Camel Festival usually held in January or February. While on a Bikaner sightseeing tour, you can discover Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Karni Mata Temple, Laxmi Nath Temple, etc.

5. Udaipur

The famous Lake City of Rajasthan, Udaipur was earlier used to be the capital of the Mewar kingdom. With several tourist attractions like serene Lake Pichola, City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and many more, Udaipur is a real paradise on earth that leaves everyone enticed by its magic.

6. Bundi

The most famous tourist destination in Rajasthan, Bundi is often left behind when it comes to the curation of the list of places to visit in Rajasthan. Bundi was once the native place of a tribe called Bunda Meena and hence inherited the name. The city is known for its stunning forts, baoris, lakes, and ancient architecture.

7. Ajmer

Popular for the Dargah sharif - a holy shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer is the 5th largest city of Rajasthan. It is stunningly surrounded by the Aravalli range and the Naag Pathar range which protects it from the Thar Desert. Ajmer sightseeing tour will take you through the famous tourist attractions like Ana Sagar Lake, Adhai Din ka Jhopda, etc.

8. Pushkar

Pushkar is a famous holy destination of Rajasthan which has been known for its rare Brahma Temple and annual Camel Fair. One of the most ancient cities of India, Pushkar houses more than 500 Hindu temples and 50 ghats of Pushkar Lake. Attend evening aarti at the ghats of Pushkar Lake where you spend an evening spiritually to be relished in Pushkar tour package.

9. Mount Abu

The only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu takes pride in being the only hill station in the enormous expanse of the desert state. It is one of the popular romantic destination of Rajasthan after Udaipur which draws romantic couples to spend some good time here. Other than providing an escape from the scorching heat, Mount Abu is also considered as a great tourist spot.

10. Sawai Madhopur

A heaven for tiger sighting, Sawai Madhopur is widely popular for its Ranthambore National Park known for inhabiting tigers. The Ranthambore Fort, Padam Lake, Trinetra Ganesh Temple, are some of the major attractions of this place. Enjoying a tiger safari during November to February is an ultimate experience in itself.

11. Alwar

Alwar was founded by the Rajput ruler Pratap Singh in 1770 and is widely popular among history buffs. Alwar was the first known among others to sign a treaty with the East India Company and has been famous for participating in various battles and military engagements. Alwar is also known for the haunted Bhangarh Fort which is a perfect example of a balanced ecology.

12. Chittorgarh

One of the most ancient cities in Indian history, Chittorgarh was founded by the Maurya dynasty in 734 AD. Chittorgarh has been the birthplace of many historical figures including Maharana Pratap and Meera Bai. It is located on the banks of river Berach and has many heritage forts, monuments, and associated stories or fables. Chittorgarh Fort, Fateh Prakash Palace, and Rana Kumbha Palace are the major tourist places to visit in Chittorgarh.

13. Kota

With history, culture, cuisine, nature, and heritage, Kota has a lot to offer for your perusal. The desert city in Rajasthan is an attractive historical beginning and has seen a lot of valor, majesty, courtliness, and grandeur, carved with India’s glorious monarchy. Kota was once ruled over western India adding to this country’s glory and richness.

14. Ranakpur

A serene village in the Pali district of Rajasthan, Ranakpur is a pious place for the Jain pilgrims. It is an important place for the Rajasthan pilgrimage tour, Ranakpur is home to some of the most beautiful and revered temples of western India. The calm atmosphere of the place and the beautiful Jain temples are made up of amber stones.

15. Shekhawati

The abode of the creative and unparalleled profusion of wall paintings, Shekhawati is one of the best places that reflect those rare and forgotten art skills of Rajasthan. Visitors can see various intricately executed in its numerous temples, Havelis, and forts. Once used to be the home of the Marwari community, the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan comprises Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, and Nagaur.

16. Bharatpur

A magnificent city that was once known to be unbeatable or unwinnable, Bharatpur is tucked away in the Braj region of the Indian state of Rajasthan. The city stands at an elevation of about 600 ft. above mean sea level, owing to which it is also called various names like Lohagarh and the “Eastern Gateway of Rajasthan”. Bharatpur is popularly known for its Keoladeo Ghana National Park where you can spot exotic bird species.

17. Pali

Enclosed by Jodhpur districts in the north and the Udaipur districts in the south-east, Pali is its snail-like shape, wobbled plains, and scattered hills. There are many numerous famous temples to visit in Pali which is also famous for Jawai Leopard Conservation Reserve and Ranakpur Jain Temple.

18. Hanumangarh

On the banks of the river Ghaggar, Hanumangarh is an ancient city in the northern region of Rajasthan. Owing to the remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization being discovered at over 100 villages spread over the city and around this river in 1951. Hanumangarh is believed to have been a part of this almost 5000-year-old civilization.

19. Jhunjhunu

A lesser-known tourist place in Rajasthan, Jhunjhunu is a city and the major attraction of the Shekhawati region. The city is home to many gorgeous Frescos and grand palaces which is an offbeat tourist place to visit in Rajasthan. There are many places to visit in Jhunjhunu like Shree Rani Sati Dadi Mandir, Khetri Mahal, Bandhe ke Balaji Temple, and Hanuman Mandir.

20. Jhalawar

A stunning city in Rajasthan’s southeast area, Jhalawar still retains traces of its interesting past. As the capital of the former princely state in India, Jhalawar is located on the border of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Visit this beautiful city where you get a chance to explore various royal palaces like Prithvi Palace, Virendra Bhawan, Bhawani Natyashala, Government Museum, and Gagron Fort.

21. Bishnoi Village –

Bishnoi is one of the serene little villages that one must certainly explore when one is on a Rajasthan tour package. For all those who are fond of animal and plant conservation, this is a village to visit the state of royalty. When you visit this village, you can see fodder being planted everywhere for cattle. This might leave you astonished by its mesmerizing charm.

22. Bijaipur –

If you are looking to explore some of the offbeat and unexplored villages of Rajasthan, you must go to Bijaipur village. Most travelers miss going to this quaint village and it is unacceptable. The magnificent beauty of the village cannot be described in words as this is one of the most fascinating villages in Rajasthan. If you get to cross a mansion on your way to the head-man of the village.

23. Mandawa –

If you are keen on spotting the best Havelis and forts, you must go to Mandawa which is in the beautiful region of Shekhawati. For those who like history and architecture, you must go hopping around the Mandawa village. It boasts of the rich heritage and culture of the bygone era. One can spot some of the best paintings on the exterior and the interior walls of the Havelis and baolis.

24. Khimsar –

Catch a glimpse of the sand dunes at night, then you must go to Khimsar Village, which is one of the most popular ones in Rajasthan. Set right at the edge of the Thar Desert, Khimsar Village is a true beauty. Spending time with locals can be one of the best things to do in Khimsar. Experiencing the hospitality and the love that they show to the travelers is the most amazing thing to enjoy.

25. Chandelao Village –

One of the serene villages that one can find in Rajasthan is Chandelao Village, which would make you feel amazed. If you are planning a one-day trip from Jaipur, this is one of the best villages. There are only 2000 people that are in this village, making it one of the best spots for a travel enthusiast. Taking a tour of Chandelao Village would make you miss a lot of interesting things.

26. Khuri Village –

One of the most serene villages that one can find in Rajasthan, Khuri, is a perfect place to experience the rawness of Rajasthani cultures and traditions. The village is famous because it is one the biggest villages in the area but also because of its rustic natural beauty. There are houses made of mud covered with straws and you can stay in one of these rural houses.

27. Samode –

Located approximately 40 kilometers from Jaipur, Samode Village is an ideal getaway from the pink city. Experience the hospitality and warmth of the locals and the simple lifestyle, the major tourist highlight of the village is the popular Samode Palace. It is a heritage site in Samode and has beautifully painted walls and roofs and exterior designs.

28. Ranakpur –

The most popular amongst travellers, Ranakpur Village is a great place to visit for experiencing the Jain temples. It has Mahavira’s idols in the temples. Chaumukha Temple is one of the main shrines. One can also see the Sun Temple and the Amba Mata Temple along the same route.

29. Kumbhalgarh –

Kumbhalgarh village is one of the other famous rural villages in Rajasthan. It is famous for the ancient Kumbhalgarh Fort located in the centre of the village area. The fortress is extremely important as it was built strategically when enemies found it difficult to get in. The village is also admired because of its stunning villages and castles and sober lifestyle.

30. Kuchaman –

Well-known for its rich culture and history, Kuchaman is one of the must-visit villages in Rajasthan for history buffs. Notice some of its marvelous architecture and engineering here. There are many places to see here like Meera Mahal, Lok Dev Temple, China Pole, etc.

31. Churu
Enjoy the title of the “Gateway to the Thar Desert of Rajasthan,” Churu lies on the linking route of various important cities of the royal state. The place has many havelis or palaces for you to visit. The city is a perfect getaway amid golden sand dunes, away from the hustle-bustle of the city.

32. Sikar
One of the unexplored places to visit in Rajasthan, Sikar lies between Agra and Bikaner. It is also the name of the district in which Sikar city falls. The historical city is a home to many old palaces and ancient structures.

33. Osian
Located in the Jodhpur district, Osian is an ancient town in Rajasthan. It was developed from an oasis in the Thar Desert. One of the place that you must visit in Osian include Sachiya Mata Temple featuring intricately carved walls. Enjoy the desert safari in Jodhpur or Osian where you can enjoy your great camel safari experiences.

34. Deeg
Falling in the Bharatpur district, Deeg is a town in Rajasthan. As per the Hindu mythology, Deeg Falls on the Parikrama path of Lord Krishna. It is believed that the Path started 14 kilometers from Deeg, at Goverdhan. The place is Deeg Palace built in 1772 and was a former summer resort for the royals of Bharatpur.

35. Pilani
Located in the Shekhawati region, Pilani is a small town of Rajasthan. It is famous for BITS Pilana, a renowned higher educational institute. The place has some of the oldest schools built post Indian Independence. There are several tourist places to visit that are historically significant. Pilani is the lesser-known tourist places in Rajasthan including Birla Science Centre, etc.

36. Neemrana
One of the top places to visit in Rajasthan, Neemrana is in the district of Alwar and an old historical town of the desert state. It lies between the Shahjahanpur District and Behror city. The town is known for Neemrana Fort Palace. Built in 1464 AD, this was the residence of the Rajput King, Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan III.

37. Sariska National Park
Rajasthan’s most famous tiger reserve is one of the famous tourist places in the state which is in the Alwar district. The national park is one of the best places for tourists in Rajasthan. For ladies explore shopping places in Jaipur and shopping will indeed be a great experience for you. Visit the remarkable Samode Palace, Samode Bagh and Samode Haveli.

38. Kuldhara
The abandoned Kuldhara Village near Jaisalmer is amongst the most mysterios Rajasthan destinations that will set your heart racing. It is considered to be one of the most haunted destinations in India, Kuldhara Village is believed to have been abandoned overnight by its inhabitant centuries ago owing to the paranormal presence or a curse.

39. Sambhar Lake
A huge saline waterbody is now included in the hist of the best tourist places in Rajasthan. Sambhar Lake is now famous as a camping spot which is why several adventure seekers and campers head here to a great time away from the humdrum of city life. Get to see the changing hues of the sky which are usually captured by photographers.

40.  Barmer
Explore the Rajasthan’s largest district, which happens to be the 5th largest district of India. You’ll get to see the royal heritage which incorporates part of the Thar Desert which is famous for its magnificence. You will get to discover many historical places in Barmer, including Barmer Fort, Kiradu Temple, Shri Nakoda Jain Temple, Devka Sun Temple, etc.

Along with these, there are many famous tourist destinations to discover in Rajasthan Trip plan. Each destination gives a wonderful experience of its rich cultures and traditions that enthrall everyone. To plan a wonderful holiday trip to Rajasthan, we can help you with it. Just get in touch with us and we will curate a perfect personalized tour itinerary for you.

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