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6 Must Places to Visit in Rajasthan

If magnificent history, culture and folklore of a place charms you, Rajasthan is your heaven! There is not just one or two things it can blow your mind for. It is the house to royalty, classic musicaldelicacies combined with dance and other art forms, the architectural marvels, spiritual places, lakes, deserts, festivals and not to forget the ‘soul-touching’ food! You’ll see how life celebrates itself with its exotic and colorful hues. Rajasthan has so much to offer and missing to experience even one aspect of this place is a sin. But for your convenience we have highlighted 6 places in Rajasthan which can give you the most of these experiences! 1. Jaipur JaipurBeing the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur tops the list. And I tell you there are reasons why Jaipur is the chosen one! Known by the name, ‘Pink City of India’ due to the colour of the buildings, the city was planned according to Vedic Vastu Shastra (Ancient system for architecture from Vedic Civilisation). Hawa Mahal, Govindji Temple, City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall are some of the very few places that represent different elements of Rajasthan. In the vicinity, just 10 kms from Jaipur, you must not miss Galta, a place situated amidst hills. On the top of the hill, there is a Sun Temple with a reservoir fed by a spring of pure water falling from Gaumukh(outlet shaped like cow’s mouth). On the way to Galta, Ghat-ki-Guni is a range of hills crowned with the fort of Amargarh.  2. Udaipur UdaipurKnown for destination weddings for its royal grandeur, it is the most romantic city in India because of its famous lakes and palaces. Udaipur is all about reliving royalty! Udaipur City Palace complex that belongs to the Mewar royal family is a must place to start with. Bagore ki Haveli, Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake, Ambrai Ghat, Monsoon Palace, Jagdish Temple, the Udaipur Ropeway are a few places that will charm you completely. Apart from the royal palaces and lakes, you must also visit Shilpgram, a rural arts and crafts complex set up the government in 1986. It presents rural life and traditions from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa.  3. Jodhpur JodhpurI tell you Rajasthan is literally about colours. Now that you know pink city, let me present you the ‘Blue City of India’. The second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur has unusually pleasant haphazard development. And the blue colour is not to amuse people with colour codes, it was originally painted to represent a Brahmin(highest caste in India) house. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Flying Fox(for adventure lovers), Jaswant Thada, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Old City Markets, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore are some of the famous tourist destinations in Jodhpur. This is the same place where the Jodhpurs(pants) has got their names from. The unusual pants were designed by the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s son, Pratap Singh and worn by his polo team when visiting the Queen of England in 1897.  4. Jaisalmer JaisalmerJaisalmer is one such city which has a lot of historical tales of courageous rulers and folks in the store. And yes this is the home to the famous Thar Desert. Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, the Thar Heritage Mueseum, Gadisar Lake, Desert Nation Park, Silk Route Art Gallery are some of the few places which you can’t afford to miss. The local tales and the history of the forts will capture your mind for the rest of your life. The stories of unequalled valor, merchants and dynasties give a real kick to the mind and creates a pleasant disturbance in the usual monotony of life.  5. Sawai Madhopur Sawai-MadhopurProtected by Vindhyas and Aravalis, this place is like a biomass in the ecological desert. Another place of amusing and amazing historical tales, it is home to the great Ranthambore Fort and National Park. The Ranthambore Fort itself has a lot to explore with Toran Dwar, Mahadeo Chhatri, Sameton Ki Haveli, 32 pillared Chhatri, Mosque and Ganesha Temple. The location advantage of the fort was a challenge to the ambitions of rulers. The amazing fact is that no one even knows when this place was built. There are just ideas though. Chamatkar temple(famous for its miracles), Kala-Gaura Bhairwa Temple, Khandar Fort, Chouth Mata Temple are a few other amusing places in the vicinity to check out.  6. Bikaner india-camel-safari-BikanerEstablished in 1488 AD, this city is known to produce great warriors. It is hard for me to say for the present geographical boundaries, but the excavations show that the civilisation was at its peak here even before the Harappan civilisation. Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Ganga Singh Museum, Sadul Singh Museum, Jain Temple are some famous tourist destinations here. You can also try the famous Bikaner Camel Safari Day Tours which would take you to picturesque settings in a no-greenery land. Rajasthan, the second largest state of India, is a storehouse of various exciting and beautiful experiences. And this was just a window-view to the grand Rajasthan. Come lets celebrate life with the exotic and colourful Rajasthan!
I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"



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