Lake Palace - Udaipur
One of the enchanting tourist destinations in India, Rajasthan lies in the western part of the country. It is well known for being home to the Thar Desert, one of the oldest mountain ranges the Aravallis, wildlife sanctuaries, temples, forts and majestic palaces. They provide an insight into the bygone era and the rule of the Rajputs, Mughals and the British. The cities of Rajasthan are also a tourist hot spot with numerous sightseeing, shopping and recreational options for tourists. Indian Holiday offers information on what to do, and what not to in Rajasthan, a state hailed for its natural beauty, world class cuisine and the heritage hotels that is a reflection of the regal era.
What to Do in Rajasthan
Mehrangarh Fort – On a perpendicular cliff stands the majestic fort that is locally popular as the Purana Killa. It is one of the major attractions in Jodhpur and there is a lift service taking you to the top. This red sandstone built fortress is home to a museum, café, handicraft shops and offers audio facility to visitors. You can get a glimpse of the entire city of Jodhpur from atop this fort.
Jantar Mantar – An astronomical observatory commissioned by Raja Jai Singh in Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is one of the major tourist attractions in the Pink City of India. A guide will help you understand the cosmological concepts.
Calculate time with the sundial clock here.
Ranthambore National Park – Part of the World Heritage Site list, this wildlife park is situated in the Madhopur district of Rajasthan. On a safari tour, you might get lucky enough to spot a tiger either in the hiding or by the pool side.
Desert and Camel Safari – Camels are truly the Ship of the Desert and for the tourists in Rajasthan, they are entertainment, fun and recreation. The Sam Sand Dunes and Thar Desert ride in Jaisalmer is one of the most sought after camel ride destination in the state. Desert safaris are also popular in Bikaner.
Sugary bites– The snacks and sweets of Bikaner are popular worldwide. You should buy enough to take back home as well.
Visit the Bustling Bazaars – The cities and towns of Rajasthan are home to several market places, making shopping a delight for travelers. Handicrafts, antique items, paintings, bandhni wear, fabrics and Kota silks are some of the popular buys from jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur.
Sightseeing – The land of forts, monuments and palaces, Rajasthan is a repository of architectural and historical wealth. Sightseeing is an important activity in the cities of Rajasthan that are also replete with museums, art galleries, parks and gardens.
Boating – Nakki Lake in Mount Abu is a popular place for boating. You have the option for paddle boats, speed boats and rowing boats ride. You can also opt for early morning rides at Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
Angling – The Jai Samand Lake and River Kosi are two popular angling spots in the state. You have to acquire the necessary permission from the Department of Fisheries.
Camel Festival – Camel festivals are an integral part of Rajasthan’s culture. The camel festival in Bikaner, Pushkar and Jaisalmer are among the top attractions. Crowds of tourists participate in these fairs.
Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu - Marvelous work of marble architecture, the Dilwara Temples are dedicated to the Jain tirthankaras. They feature unique carvings and are popular worldwide visitors.
Elephant Ride at Amer Fort – Amer Fort is one of the splendid monuments in the outskirts of Jaipur. You can enjoy an elephant ride uphill being guided by a mahout just like the way the maharajas traveled.
Havelis in Rajasthan – The royal mansions of the Rajput scattered in several parts of the state. You can tour Samode, Jaisalmer, Alsisar, Piramal, Shekhawati and Mukundgarh to visit several such havelis and relive the royal splendor.
Heritage Hotel Stay – Experience the maharaja style of living in the various erstwhile palaces and havelis that now operate as heritage hotels. Though they retain the charm of the bygone era, these hotels are equipped with all kinds of modern amenities and services. Being a guest, you can enjoy delicious cuisine, sightseeing tours and facility for golf and other outdoor sports. The Umaid Bhavan Palace is one the popular heritage hotels in Rajasthan. You can get booking with Indianholiday.com.
Polo Match – A sport earlier enjoyed by several of the royal family members. Jaipur has the famous Jaipur Riding and Polo Club. You can watch an elephant or horse polo match.
What not to do in Rajasthan
There are few tips for the travelers setting out for Rajasthan tour. Check out the things you should avoid doing and have a safe vacation
- Feeding animals in the wildlife parks of Rajasthan
- Making noises or throwing things at the animals in zoos as well
- Elephant ride should be done only with the instruction of the mahout
- Do not hit the camels while on the ride
- Avoid camel races on the Thar Desert, it can get dangerous for you
- Make your hotel reservations in advance to avoid all hassles
- Take proper permission for fishing at any lakes and reservoirs in the state