My Favorite Cities of Rajasthan
The largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area is Rajasthan. The major land comprises of the Great Indian Desert, the Thar Desert. Rajasthan is surrounded by states like Gujarat on the southwest, Madhya Pradesh to the southeast, Pradesh and Haryana to the northeast and Punjab to the north and Pakistan to the west. Rajasthan covers an area of 342,269 Km sq. which is about the size of Germany.
The capital city of Rajasthan is Jaipur also known as “The Pink City” because all the buildings were built with sandstone that looks pink during sunrise and sunset. The oldest mountain ranges, The Aravalli Ranges, cradle the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu. Rajasthan is world famous for its monuments, palaces, forts, Dilwara Temples a sacred pilgrimage for Jains. Rajasthan also has two National Tiger Reserves namely Ranthambore & Sariska.
Jaipur – The Pink City
Jaipur is a large, crowded, noisy city. However, it’s a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborates architecture. Jaipur forms part of India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist circuit, and lures visitors with its stunning remnants of a bygone era. A visit to Jaipur will give you a feel for how the monarchy once lived in all its glory. Staying in Jaipur is also particularly enjoyable. The city has some incredible heritage hotels that have been converted from old palaces, giving guests a very regal experience!
Udaipur – The Lake City
Udaipur is an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes. The City Palace, which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, leaves visitors spellbound. The way it has been constructed is exquisite, with Rajput military architecture and Mughal style decorative techniques both combined together. The narrow lanes of the old city are fascinating to explore.
Jaisalmer – The Golden City
Jaisalmer is often referred to as being straight out of a romantic Arabian Nights fable. It’s a cliche, but how better to describe this remarkable sandstone city that rises magically from the sand dunes of the Rajasthan desert. Jaisalmer’s mesmerizing ancient fort, built in 1156, is perched high on a pedestal overlooking the city. Inside, the fort is alive and spellbinding. It houses five palaces, several temples, and some exquisite havelis (mansions), as well as shops and other residences. Staying inside the fort is an experience not to be forgotten.
Famous for The Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore National Park is full of history, having witnessed many battles played out on its land, and the rise and fall of many rulers. The chances of spotting a tiger in the wild at Ranthambore are amongst the best in India. In contrast with many national parks in India, Ranthambore is also really accessible and easy to get to. The landscape is dominated by the formidable 10th century Ranthambore Fort. It’s a huge structure that contains ruined pavilions, splendid monuments, and three Hindu temples.
Pushkar – The Sacred City
Pushkar is a beautiful and holy town in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the most sacred cities of India. Hundreds of foreigner tourists throng this sacred place all through the year. The city is also known as the City of Temples. Lord Brahma Temple, Savitri Temple, Pushkar Lake, Bathing Ghats, Rose Gardens, etc are worth visiting attractions of Pushkar. Pushkar is also known for its annual fair & festival.