Places to Visit in Rajasthan

The state of Rajasthan is the largest in India in terms of area and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, for both domestic and international tourists. Rajasthan is known for its great natural beauty and its golden desert along with historic Forts and Palaces, art and culture. The state is also part of the Golden Triangle, which includes the cities of Delhi and Agra.

Tourism in Rajasthan is flourishing, as every third foreign tourist visiting India also visits Rajasthan. The ancient palaces of Jaipur, beautiful and romantic lakes of Udaipur, the desert and sand dunes of Jaisalmer, the Jain temples at Mount Abu, the colourful cattle fair at Pushkar and the grand Umaid Bhavan Palace of Jodhpur, to name a few, are some of the key attractions of the state and draw a lot of tourism to it- to the extent that tourism accounts for 80% of Rajasthan’s Gross Domestic Product. Many old and neglected Forts and Palaces have been converted into Rajasthan heritage hotels. Tourism has also increased employment in the hospitality sector.

The Palace on Wheels and the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels are luxury trains that are a great way to explore this splendid state on the go. Online bookings of these trains are available on the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation website.

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Tourist Places in Rajasthan


The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a place where you can plan for a weekend leisure trip, either from Bharatpur or Agra or capital city, Delhi. Be it the monuments or the palaces, the variety of foods to shopping destinations, everything is great about this city. You will still be able to get the royal feeling when you enter the city. Coloured in pink, Jaipur is a city that will certainly help you with memories to cherish.


Udaipur is also called as the 'Venice of the East'. The city used to be the capital of Sisodiya Rajputs of Mewar. The palaces still look regally good and the Rajputana style architecture is dominant. The city is located in the foothills of Aravalli Mountain. There are many palaces, forts, temples and market places in the city which are counted as the tourist attractions of the city. The city is planned, and its people hospitable.


Jodhpur is the largest and second most populated city of Rajasthan. The other name of Jodhpur is the 'Sun City' for the sunny weather it has. The main attractions of the city are forts, palaces and the walled old city.


The other name of Jaisalmer is the 'Golden City'. The city is located in the heart of Thar Desert. The feature that makes the city unique is its architecture. In fact, the city itself is one of the largest forts in the world as it is completely walled. The top attractions of this city are Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, The Thar Heritage Museum, Gadisar Lake, Desert Nation Park and Silk Route Art Gallery.


Popular for forts and food, Bikaner has also something which is very unique, windowpanes called “jharokhas”. People who are fond of food and want to tickle their taste buds with authentic taste of Rajasthani food, must visit Bikaner. Apart from the food and forts, the temples of the city are equally notable.


When people get to hear the name of this city, the first thing that comes to their mind is that of the annual camel festival. However, that is not the only asset the city has, it is also known for being the holy city and the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world is in Pushkar itself. It is said that the Pushkar Lake was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva. The camel festival in Pushkar runs for five days, where people sell and buy livestock.


Chittorgarh was once the capital of Mewar and birthplace of many historical figures like the Great Maharana Pratap and Hindu Saint, Meera Bai. There are many temples, forts and palaces in the city, and the architectural designs and artistic mastery are worth seeing here. One of the famous attractions of Chittorgarh is the Chittorgarh fort, which is considered as the largest fort in India.

Mount Abu

The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a part of Sirohi district and located in the Aravalli mountain range. The place has a lot of historical as well as religious significance. Mount Abu's name has been mentioned as Arbuda Mountain in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Unlike other places and cities of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a place with relatively low temperatures.

Last Updated on : September 10, 2016

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