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Rajasthan..

Rajasthan is one of the most visited places in India. It’s famous for its rich cultural heritage, spectacular forts and monuments as well as some festivals we think you’ll love. Read on and discover our top 10 reasons to visit Rajasthan.

#1 Amer Fort

Located just outside the city of Jaipur, this sprawling rock fortress protects spectacular palaces, halls and exquisite gardens. Enter through the Sun or Moon Gate and from the main courtyard.  From here you can explore beautiful areas such as the Diwan-i-Am, the Ganesh Pol, Jai Mandir as well as Sukh Niwas. Boasting the most breathtaking architecture and immaculate detail wherever you look, the Amer Fort is a sight you simply can’t miss!

#2 Hawa Mahal

Built in 1799, the Hawa Mahal is an incredible feat of Indian architecture. Also known as the “Palace of the Winds”, it was designed to allow the royal ladies of the time to peer out upon the goings-on in the street below. Featuring 953 windows and a small museum, this palace is intricately designed and visually stunning; ensure you make time to explore this icon of Jaipur.

 Udaipur City Palace

Located on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, this palace complex is home to incredible palaces and gardens, halls and courtyards. See the Moti Mahal, which boasts an extravagant interior and the Sheesh Mahal, adorned almost entirely in mirrors. Also housed here is the Jagdish Temple, the biggest temple in Udaipur. With so many fascinating and beautiful buildings in one area, the Udaipur City Palace is a must-see!

 Lake Pichola and the Taj Lake Palace

Lake Pichola is a stunning and tranquil lake located in the heart of Udaipur. Built in 1362, the picturesque lake is surrounded by a lush green landscape and is home to iconic Taj Lake Palace. Seeming to rise from the water, the Lake Palace is a whitewashed vision that was built in the 1740s as a summer palace. A sight like no other, this luxurious palace can only be explored by booking, so be sure to add this historic beauty to your list…

 Jaisalmer Fort

This imposing sandstone fort has existed since 1156, when it was built by the Rajput ruler, Rawal Jaisal. The only fort in India where people continue to reside, this impressive complex rests atop a hill and is home to many palaces, houses as well as temples. Explore this sprawling mini-city and see the incredible structures housed here such as the Maharawals, the Jawahar Palace and the Jain Temples…

 Mewar Festival

Welcoming the arrival of spring and celebrated in Udaipur, Mewar Festival is a lively and vibrant festival.  Local markets and shops sell handmade crafts and souvenirs and are adorned with colourful decorations and lights. This festival is particularly important for women as it coincides with Ganguar; see them celebrate by dressing in the image of Gangaur and Isar. Witness the procession through the main streets of Udaipur and enjoy the numerous cultural activities, songs and dances on display.

Junagarh Fort

Junagarh Fort literally means “old fort”.  This fort is one of the best maintained and spectacular strongholds left in India today. Constructed in Bikaner between 1588 and 1593, this mammoth fort has withstood countless attacks. With twenty successive rulers leaving their mark on this fort, it shows an incredible timeline of the exchange of power in India. Explore diverse and beautiful mahals, admire detailed frescoes and incredible architecture. Within the fort, view fascinating artefacts and artworks in the museum and galleries, all showcasing the captivating history of Bikaner.

Bazaars

Your trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a visit to at least one of the vast array of bazaars.  Thankfully, our India Tours & Travel Specialists have recommended the best for you. If you’re looking for a bit of everything, Bapu Bazaar in Jaipur is for you. Find exquisite textiles, accessories as well as perfume, clothes and so much more – this place has it all!  If you’re looking for some serious bargaining action, Johari and Nehru Bazaar are not too far away…

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh is a stunning fort that sits atop a sheer cliff-face. Built in 1438, this fort is a great place to delve into the history of Jodhpur. Within the fort, explore temples, palaces and a museum that displays ancient relics, paintings and artefacts. Within the fort, also enjoy the opportunity to see incredible cultural displays and musical performances.

Ranthambore National Park

Famed for being the home of the stunning Bengal tiger, Ranthambore National Park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Located in Sawai Madhopur, this heritage site offers the chance to see animals such as deer, sloth bears, leopard and wild boar. The park offers jeep and canter safaris. Be sure to book early so you don’t miss out on seeing the range of amazing animals that call Ranthambore home…

Whether your passion is shopping, wildlife or history, Rajasthan has something for you. Here are just ten reasons to love Rajasthan, but contact our India Tours & Travel Specialists to find out more…

References:  Thank you Trans India Travels, Holidfy, Lonely Planet, Jaipur Travel Guide, Travelogy , Hawa Mahal, Rajasthan Direct, Smithsonianmag, Indian Holiday, Udaipur, Amusing Planet, Frommers, Rajasthan Tour Planner, Indi Tales, Tourism India, Tripoto, The Culture Trip and Travel Triangle
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