Traveling to India can often feel overwhelming and you are always left wondering if you’ve managed to cover the best experiences that it has to offer. While the famous Taj Mahal and other popular areas are often covered by tourists, certain places can easily be overlooked. India indeed has a lot to offer but one of my favorite destinations is Rajasthan as there are so many places to visit in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is a destination that suits every traveler as it is a very affordable destination to visit. And, within a fairly small area of the incredible country, you can observe a wealth of fascinating and diverse places to visit.
The number of unmissable sights and attractions in the state makes it quite difficult to see everything on a single trip. That is why I have cut it short and made the list travel-friendly. Now, you can cover all the exceptional places in a single trip itself.
Here are my recommended places to visit in Rajasthan so, plan your itinerary accordingly!
1. Jaipur- the pink city
Jaipur, (also known as the Pink City due to its distinctive pink or saffron color of the buildings) is the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan. One of the largest cities in India, Jaipur is home to all the modern amenities with some of the most exotic hotels and resorts in the world. With the old city surrounded by walls and gates decorated with drawings on the backdrop of a beautiful pink hue, Jaipur successfully manages to amaze people with its beauty. Jaipur’s majestic buildings, tales of heroic battles, outstanding forts and palaces, and multi-faceted characters are the elements that make this place travel-worthy.
It is one of the places to visit in Rajasthan as it is home to UNESCO World Heritage sites like Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar. Along with them, Jaipur holds many magnificent forts, palaces, gardens, monuments, museums, and extensive market places. It similarly is full of bustling local bazaars where you can shop your heart out. Similarly, during the winters, many fairs and festivals are also organized which you can enjoy.
Popular bazaars in this city include Bapu Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, and Johri Bazaar. The city is also popular for its local food. And, the famous dishes include the Ghewar, Pyaaz Kachori, and Dal Baati Churma.
The places that you should not miss here are Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, and Albert hall museum.
2. Udaipur- the city of lakes
Udaipur is also popular as the City of Lakes so, it should not come as a surprise that lakes are the main attraction here. Along with that, it offers an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerizing temples, and breathtaking architecture which makes it one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. With the beautiful Aravalli Hills in all directions, the city justifies all names ever offered to its charm from ‘Jewel of Mewar’ to ‘Venice of the East’.
Udaipur is also the most romantic city in India, as it is full of expansive lakes and palaces. Besides, the main reason to visit Udaipur is for the chance to explore a collection of palaces, museums, and gardens in a range of architectural styles. Similarly, shrines, temples, royal residences, and art collections are also available to admire within the City Palace.
Like earlier mentioned, the serenity of Udaipur lies in its picturesque location at the Aravalli Mountains foothills. From palaces, castles, to lakes, forts, museums, and temples, this region has it all that makes it a perfect destination to visit in Rajasthan.
Some of the top sites in the city are Lake Pichola, City Palace Complex, Jagdish Temple, Monsoon Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Macha Hill, and the royal vintage car museum.
3. Jaisalmer- the golden city
Jaisalmer is a major tourist spot with an opulent experience of culture, heritage, architecture, and history. It is also popular as the ‘golden city’ due to its golden dunes and honey sandstone castles. Jaisalmer is an oasis in the middle of a desert with lakes, temples, shops, sand-stone residences, and elegant Havelis.
Jaisalmer is an amalgamation of exotic Indian desert culture, heritage, and adventure. The city is also the most popular base for camel safaris into the Thar Desert. So, if you’re keen on a desert camel safari experience but without the crowds and commercialization, this place won’t disappoint you. Therefore, climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through the desert or camp under the night sky for an unforgettable experience of exotic desert scenes, and quite possibly the best sunsets and sunrises you’ll ever see.
Interestingly, an aerial view of the city is like an image of a prince sitting on the ridge of sand dunes, crowned by the Jaisalmer fort. And, if you’ve ever wished you could live in a sandy desert fort, then what better place to visit than Jaisalmer?
Besides Camel Safaris, the other places to visit in Jaisalmer are Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Gadisar Lake, and Jain temple.
4. Jodhpur- the blue city
The second biggest and the second most populated city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is home to numerous palaces, hill forts, sweets, snacks, and the old walled city that form the major attractions of this city. Apart from all these, there are multiple temples, lakes, and shopping streets.
Jodhpur is also popular as the blue city as it looks completely blue from an aerial view because of its blue houses and walls. Jodhpur is a relaxed, interesting town, and walking the streets is in itself a pleasure. It is another of Rajasthan’s cities that feels somewhat like a fairytale.
Filled with forts and temples, Jodhpur is a historic destination with plenty of appeals. And, no trip would be complete without a tour of the Mehrangarh Fort, the largest fort in all of Rajasthan. Inside are several ornate palaces, a museum, and a restaurant.
The places to visit in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Clock Tower, Umaid Bhawan palace, Masuria hills garden, and Balsamand Lake.
Bikaner stands as a beautiful tourist spot in Rajasthan and is famous for alluring forts. Even the craftworks of the region are unique. If you wish to experience the real authentic delicacies of Rajasthani culture, then this is the place for you. This place organizes numerous fairs throughout the year and is truly rejoicing. Along with temples, forts, and palaces, the city is also popular for its Camel festival. Desert safaris are also popular in Bikaner, and you can ride a camel into the desert to explore the landscape.
It is just as popular for mouthwatering food and one of the local specialties that you should try is Kesar Kulfi. It is a sweet dessert that is delicious and refreshing on a hot afternoon.
Similarly, it is impossible to miss Bikaner’s Junagarh Fort, built in the 16th century. Likewise, Bikaner is also the best base from which to visit the infamous ‘rat temple’, one of Rajasthan’s most unusual sights.
The main attractions here are the Karni Mata rat temple, Junagarh fort, Lalgarh palace, National research center on Camel, Jain temple, Ganga Singh Museum, and Shri Laxminath temple.
6. Mount Abu- the only hill station in Rajasthan
Mount Abu is one of the places to visit in Rajasthan for a perfect getaway from the heat and business of city life. It makes for a perfect holiday spot for those who want to stay away from the scorching heat. Therefore, a visit to this hill station would calm your senses with its cool temperature and soothing breeze.
Other than providing an escape from the scorching heat of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is also a great spot for pilgrimage. The area is similarly famous for its picturesque scenery. Also, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring the countryside.
There are various ancient sites and magnificent temples in the hill station that are truly a treat to the eyes. Nakki Lake, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Mount Abu’s Wildlife Sanctuary, Sunset Point, and Achalgarh Fort are the important destinations of the region.
Chittorgarh is the birthplace of numerous great warriors and hosts historical figurines of popular personalities including Meera Bai, and Maharana Pratap. It is an ancient place of rich history and therefore houses numerous temples, forts, monuments, stories, and palaces that showcase the most magnificent architectural designs and mastery.
Chittorgarh Fort is surely one of the most preferred tourist places to visit in Rajasthan, as it is the biggest fort in the country. The fort is so large that seeing it all in a day can be challenging. Start with the Victory Tower, built in the 15th century. Also make time for Rana Kumbha’s Palace, the oldest part of the fort, and the Meera Temple, which honors Vishnu and boasts a large collection of idols.
A visit to Chittorgarh would take you to witness the Rajput style architecture. With exquisite gardens, intricate architecture, and beautiful temples, the fort is a spot that one cannot afford to miss.
Chittorgarh is famous as a stubborn outpost of Hindu resistance against the Muslim invaders. Its name is synonymous with Rajput heroism, bravery, and valor. On one occasion, 13,000 women in the city committed “johar” by throwing themselves and their children onto a great funeral pyre in defiance of the conquering army. A famous movie called “Padmavaat” is also made on the history and events of this place.
The places to visit in Chittorgarh are Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Vijay Stambh, Kriti Stambh, Rani Padmini Palace, and Meera temple.
Ajmer is the 5th largest city of Rajasthan which is surrounded by the Aravalli range and the Naag Pathar range. Among the places to visit in Rajasthan, Ajmer is popular as one of the most beautiful tourist places in Rajasthan.
Ajmer is primarily known as the final resting place of Shah Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, founder of the Chishtiya order. His tomb is now venerated as one of Islam’s holiest shrines and is considered the most important in India. Non-Muslims are permitted to visit the shrine complex, and the vibrant streets and bazaars around the tomb are also worth exploring. Just outside of town, on a hilltop, lies the Taragarh, the remains of a 2000-year-old fortress that once controlled the region’s trade routes.
One of the most visited places of Ajmer; the Ajmer Dargah is a Sufi shrine that is one of the holiest places in Rajasthan. The Ajmer Dargah is apt for people of all age groups, as it provides ultimate peace and solitude.
The places to visit in Ajmer are Dargah Shariff, Ana Sagar Lake, Nareli Jain Temple, Akbar’s Palace & Museum, Maharana Pratap Smarak, Nasiyan Jain Temple, Buland Darwaza, Baradari, and Savitri Temple.
9. Sawai Madhopur
Sawai Madhopur is a beautiful region with two major attractions, the Ranthambore National park (famous for inhabiting tigers), and the Ranthambore Fort. These major destinations of the town deliver an experience extremely close to nature.
The Ranthambore forests are dense regions that were primarily the hunting grounds of the Kachwaha Rajputs. After India gained Independence, the area was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary. And, it was soon established as a national tiger reserve. The Ranthambore national park is famous as one of the top spots in the entire world to see tigers in the wild. Therefore, book a wildlife safari to explore the park and see the animals up close. In addition to the tigers, Ranthambhore National Park boasts wildlife that includes leopards, hyenas, sloth bears and so much more.
Similarly, Ranthambore Fort, which is a part of the UNESCO’s world heritage site, is a must-visit place in the state. The fort hosts extraordinary construction belonging to the Kachwaha Rajput Clan. There are varying ruling clans in the fort that eventually showcase the ancient history of the region. It’s a huge structure that contains ruined pavilions, monuments, and three Hindu temples. The park is similarly packed with history, having witnessed many battles played out on its land, and the rise and fall of many rulers.
Other places to visit besides Ranthambore National park and Ranthambore Fort are Chauth Mata temple, Chamatkar temple, and Khander Fort.
Situated in the Sikar district of Rajasthan, Fatehpur is an ancient town, a prominent part of the Shekhawati region. One of the most amazing places to visit in Rajasthan, Fatehpur is popular among tourists. People who want to try out a new destination, and have a knack for art and culture must visit this place.
Easily reachable on the Delhi- Jaipur highway, Fatehpur has several palaces and forts adorning the beautiful craft. For a break in the monotonous routine, Rajasthani hospitality, love of art and culture, head to Fatehpur.
Located few kilometers away from Ajmer, Pushkar holds great significance in Hindu mythology. It is a popular destination for various temples and Ghats that is visited by hundreds of travelers throughout the year. The water of the lake is considered sacred as it is believed to have been created by the tears of Shiva. And, this is one of the major reasons to Pushkar being considered an important pilgrimage spot for the country.
Pushkar is small, picturesque, and tranquil and makes for a pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle of cities. Browse the charming, street-side shops and walk up to the hilltop Savitri temple for views of the town and surrounding countryside. Likewise, attending evening aarti is one of the must-do things in Pushkar. Enjoying a banana lassi in one of the many rustic cafés is another thing that you should not miss.
This holy city is famous all over the world for its annual Camel Fair, one of the world’s largest fairs of its kind. The fair attracts close to 200,000 people and 50,000 camels. Likewise, it acts as a stage for the locals to buy and sell horses, cattle, and camels. It similarly aids tourist to become a part of traditional sporting events and mustache competitions. Tourists can have a blast exploring the unique scenes, taking part in exciting desert activities, and exploring the Indian culture at its best.
Therefore, try to coordinate your visit with this fascinating fair if you can. Just remember that Pushkar is a holy place and meat and alcohol are banned.
The places to visit in Pushkar are Pushkar Lake, Savitri temple, Brahma temple, Varaha temple, Man Mahal, and Rangji temple.
Kota is a small but popular city in Rajasthan that sits next to the Chambal River. Though known as an educational district of India, Kota has several touristy opportunities too.
Once you’ve seen the palaces, temples, and museums of Kota, head out to explore the National Chambal Sanctuary. Also, take a boat ride along the river. It is home to rare wildlife such as the gharial (a long-snouted, fish-eating crocodile) and Gangetic river dolphin.
City Palace, the Maharao Madho Singh Museum, Chambal Garden, and Jagmandir Palace are some of the popular places to visit in Kota.
It’s a wrap!
So that is it! This is the list of my recommended places to visit in Rajasthan. What do you think of the list? Also, do let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite destination in Rajasthan and think that it should make it to this list.