Rajasthan is all things royal. You would need an entire week to explore the beauty of it, be it forts, temples, palaces or lakes. There are many families in Rajasthan that still have the royal blood and are descendants of the empires that have reigned in the state.
In this article I’ll take you through some of the best places that you should not miss checking in, when you visit Rajasthan.
Jaipur, called as the “Pink City” for the colors of the buildings in the city, is also the capital of Rajasthan. It had been ruled by the Rajput kingdoms for years, and along with Agra and Delhi, it forms the Golden circuit that makes it one of the most popular tourist loops of India.
Hawa Mahal is made of pink and red sandstones, and it gets its name from the fact that it has been built with numerous windows on it, to provide ample ventilation in the summers, as well as in the other seasons. ( Hawa in Hindi stands for air. ) The motive behind the construction of the Hawa Mahal was to pave way for the women of the royal families to be able to enjoy the festivals that happen in the city, without being seen by outsiders.
The Amer Fort is situated at the Aravalli hills and is quite accessible by road though reaching the fort by taking an elephant ride is also a fun activity for many tourists. The Amer fort is made of yellow and pink sandstone, and stands as an architectural wonder in Rajasthan. It has passages like maze and staircases like snakes, and is the popular choice in forts. It was built during the reign of Akbar and was residence to the Rajput kings and their families.
Albert Hall Museum
The Albert Hall museum resembles a museum in London with the same name, and hence it gets its name from there. It is the oldest museum in Rajasthan, and it is a must visit place for people who love history. The museum has a wide range of collection of artifacts, historical figures, coins used in the ancient times, pottery samples, etc. The museum is especially radiant at night with the yellow lights on it, and one can enjoy it in its depth by sitting in the lawns in front of the museum.
Abhaneri Step Well
Abhaneri Step Well is situated in the Abhaneri village that was built thousands of years ago. Also called as the Chand Baori well, it has 3500 steps split into 13 storeys and is 100 feet deep. A similar structure can be found in Hampi, which is of only 4 storeys.
Udaipur gets its name from Maharana Udai Sing who founded it. It is widely known as the Lake city, owing to artificial lakes it has.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake is known for its sparkling beauty, and it is the second largest artificial lake in India. It is surrounded by the Aravalli hills range, and makes for one of the most preferred boating destinations of Rajasthan.
Sajjangarh Palace is located at the top of the Bansdara Mountain, and is also known as the monsoon palace. You can get a nice view of the Lake Pichola from the Sajjangarh Palace. It gets its name from the fact that it was used to watch the monsoon clouds since it is located at a high altitude.
Lake Pichola is also one another artificial lake in Udaipur that draws tourists for its beauty that is surrounded by mountain ranges, and gorgeous palaces as its backdrop. The Lake Pichola has 4 palaces, and in one of them, the Lake Palace of Udaipur is built.
The City Palace of Udaipur
The City Palace of Udaipur is built on the banks of the river, and is one of the magnificent architectural wonders in Rajasthan. There are two palaces inside, one for the royal men (Mardana Mahal), and one another for the royal women (Zenana Mahal). Inside the palace is a museum where you can find remenants of the Rajput culture and artefacts.
The other places to visit Rajasthan if you have time, are Mount Abu, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Pushkar, etc.
Vintage Car Museum
This is an apt place for car and automobile lovers. In it you can find some of the rare and vintage car collections. Be it Rajasthan or any other travel destination, tactical backpacks can help you make your trip more organisable and fun. If you are looking at options, check out some of the best tactical backpacks we have used till now.
So, that is it guys! Do let me know your experience of Rajasthan if you have ever visited it, and if not, make sure to check this one off your list. You’ll return with a feeling of having had a touch of royalty.