The “Land of Maharajas” is dotted with lakes, adventure, vibrant colors and quintessential charm. With technology and development taking over, the city remains loyal to its customs, roots, and tradition. More and more people are visiting this place every year owing to its beautiful aura and rich heritage. Rajasthan is, undoubtedly, a colorful city but that does not imply that every city in Rajasthan has to be associated with a color like Jaipur, Jodhpur, etc. Here are some of the cities of Rajasthan which contribute to making it a place packed with rich culture, heritage and history.
Jaipur (The Pink City)
With every construction laid down in pink bricks, Jaipur has everything to lure you towards it. It is historical, cultural and a perfect mix of the old and the new. The capital city of Rajasthan is waiting for you with plenty to offer. Visit the beautiful examples of architecture and history in the form of palaces and forts. Some worth mentioning are the City Palace which still houses the royal family, the royal observatory- Jantar Mantar, the star of the show- Amber Fort, the Jal Mahal- located amidst the Man Sagar Lake, and of course, the mesmerizing honeycomb Hawa Mahal. Decorated with the backdrop of pink, the city has some amazing bazaars like Bapu Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, and Johri Bazaar. Don’t forget to visit the magnificent forts and try out the city’s patent delicacies like Ghewar, Dal Baati Churma, Pyaaz ki Kachori and many more.
Pushkar is one of the most ancient amongst the cities of India. This is surely a magnetic place with its worldly fame for the amazing Camel Fair held every year in October/November. This is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and is constantly humming with chants and prayers. It is said that a lotus was dropped on the site of the Pushkar Lake by Lord Brahma. It is deemed to be a chosen place for worshipping Lord Brahma. The Pushkar Lake is the centerpiece of the town and has 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky-blue temples all around it. The main street features a huge bazaar and hence, becomes a mix of religion and tourism. The town continues to enchant people with its mystical charm and relaxed approach.
Jodhpur (The Blue City)
Jodhpur also goes by the name of “The Blue City”, “The Sun City” and “The Gateway to Thar”. This rich cultural place is famous for the Mehrangarh fort, temples, delicacies and of course the blue houses. Jodhpur is sure to enchant you like anything. An aerial view makes the city look completely blue. The Jaswant Tada and Umaid Bhawan Palace fall amongst the major attractions. Jodhpur pulls thousands of people from all over the world to its heritage, its eating joints, its markets and the numerous pieces of history and architecture. Jodhpur forms the center of Rajasthan geographically so that makes it even more convenient.
Udaipur (The White City / The Lake city)
If there is a crown to the state of Rajasthan, then that is undoubted, Udaipur, popularly known as the “City of Lakes”. Set amidst the beautiful Aravalli Hills, this “Venice of the East” is rich in natural beauty and man-made wonders as well. Temples, Havelis, narrow, crooked streets are what make Udaipur irresistible. Surrounded by five beautiful lakes, Udaipur offers you natural grandeur which has been further enhanced by human efforts. Visit the famous Nathdwara Temple and witness the breathtaking architecture of the city. Udaipur justifies all the names given to it like “Jewel of Mewar” and proves to be memorable for anybody who visits the place.
This is the only hill station in the entire state of Rajasthan. It is located on the Aravalli mountain range at a height of 1220 m (approximately), near the Sirohi district. Its highest point is ‘Guru Shikhar’ at an elevation of 1722 m above sea level. Mount Abu has plenty to offer, including the Dilwara Jain Temple, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh, Nakki Lake, Sunset Point, Wildlife sanctuary and much more. You would certainly not be disappointed after coming here.
Jaisalmer (The Golden City)
Visiting Rajasthan and not paying a visit to Jaisalmer would be the stupidest thing to do. The city is decorated with golden dunes and palaces made of golden honey sandstone. It is blessed with many lakes and continues to be a major tourist attraction. Experience a camel ride through the desert sands, camp under the dark night and enjoy a cultural show in the golden city for a memorable experience. The Jaisalmer Fort is the center of the city and is surrounded by plenty of vendors selling handicrafts. Jaisalmer is a mix of Indian desert culture, history, heritage, and fun.
Bikaner (The Red City)
Amidst the Thar Desert, Bikaner is a paradise of culture and truly a heaven for a traveler. It has magnificent architecture, art, and culture and is packed with color, zeal, festivity and cultural wonders. The enormous camels and the ancient palaces and forts are sure to charm you. This is one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan. It is famous for breeding a range of the best riding camels and so is known as the “Camel Country”. It even happens to shelter one of the two models of the biplane used by British officials back in WW1. The city is famous for hosting the international Camel festival which attracts visitors from all over the world. Besides an immense bash of culture, the city has Desert Safari and Sand Dunes, forming major attractions.
Ajmer is a bustling, chaotic city formed around the huge lake of Ana Sagar and remains ringed by the Aravalli Hills. Ajmer houses one of the most important Muslin pilgrimage centers, that is, the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Ajmer is also a significant Jain religion center with a marvelous golden Jain temple besides being a superb example of Muslim architecture. This place attracts more crowds during Ramadan. A lot of the travelers headed towards Pushkar make a stop here and explore the place. Ajmer remains bound by its rich culture and traditions and that turns out to be a unique charm.