Places to Visit in Rajasthan : Forts, Palaces and Desert landscapes
The famous images of Rajasthan are among the most iconic of all when one thinks of India; majestic forts, turbaned camel herders, spectacular desert landscapes, ornate palaces and a swirling mass of vibrant colour. Rajasthan (The ‘Land of Kings’) has all these and so much more in abundance.
This is a rich part of India by almost any measure and the diversity of sights and activities on offer for visitors draws more foreign tourists to this region than any other part of the country. From the major cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur where ancient history and 21st century modernity meet, to the desert outposts of Jaisalmer and Bikaner, all of the state’s major urban areas have a different character.
In each of these cities there is a major Fort, Palace or both during Rajasthan trip these with knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking guides will bring to life the dramatic and colourful history of the places one visits.
These cities are also famous for their vast and bustling markets and bazaars which are well worth exploring regardless of whether purchasing is on the agenda or not- they are simply superb places to witness and experience the day-to-day life of the local people. The vast majority of Rajasthanis still live in rural areas- small towns,villages and tiny hamlets- and in some ways these are the places to visit in Rajasthan and experience the ‘real’ Rajasthan.
Whether you take a camel ride through the sand dunes, a jeep safari to a traditional tribal village or merely a morning or afternoon stroll through a small town, you will again come face-to-face with local people, all of whom will share a smile and a few words in English- Rajasthan’s past may be littered with intense rivalries and fierce battles but the modern-day state is one of the friendliest parts of India. Rajasthan is also blessed with a huge variety of landscapes from the lush hills of the Aravali Ranges in the south to the vast stony deserts of the west.
The states many wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks are easily accessed by visitors and are home to many of India’s most well known animals including leopards, antelopes, monkeys, sloth bears, hyenas and, in Ranthambore, the most famous of all; the Royal Bengal Tiger. There are so many tourist places in Rajasthan like Chittorgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Bundi Palace and many more cities as well like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar.