7 Amazing Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s unique feature is probably its diversity – we have a desert and a hill station, man-made beauties like forts and palaces; as well as nature’s blessings in the form of exquisite wild life and of course – a palace on wheels! So whatever is your idea behind an ideal holiday, you’ll find a suitable spot in Rajasthan. The choice can be overwhelming and so, below are a few recommendations. These are chosen to make sure you don’t miss out on any treat that the state has to offer and at the same time, find enough time to explore the culture, cuisine and whatever else that fascinates you.



Jal Mahal Photo by Arian Zwegers, CC BY 2.0

If you’ve ever wanted to paint your entire city with one color, go to Jaipur and your heart will soar. The old city was painted completely in Pink! Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal are the famous monuments to visit in Jaipur. Albert Hall and City Palace Museum will enthrall both history-buffs and sight-seers alike. Make sure you take an elephant ride up to the Amber Palace – just like the Maharaja’s special guests of honor did back in the golden days.



Bada Bagh Photo by Honza Soukup, CC BY 2.0

This place has become popular after the Bollywood movie Nanhe Jaisalmer. It’s the Desert City and that makes the Desert National Park a must on your itinerary. The sand dunes are fascinating. The Jaisalmer fort is grand. Another specialty is the set of Havelis built by once upon a time land-owners. The Havelis are gorgeous and will completely inspire you to re-decorate your home. Make sure you go in winter and attend the mind-blowing Desert festival.



Photo by bjoern, CC BY 2.0

This is a national park and home to the mighty Tigers of India. Love Geological phenomena? Go for the Great Boundary Fault – it’s like a marriage of Plateau and Mountains. Love Animals? Besides the tigers, Ranthambore has a huge variety of species – leopards, hyenas, crocodiles, bears. Love Birds? You’ll find some exotic ones here including the cute owlets. It also has three mesmerizing lakes and a staunch fort. And this is the home of the Palace on Wheels. What else can you ask for?



Nareli Temple Photo by Gouralv mainali, CC BY-SA 3.0

Heard of the great warrior – Prithviraj Chauhan? Well this was his kingdom once upon a time. Ajmer is a splendid example of the unity in diversity in India in the form of its Durga Sharif-tomb of Khwaja Mouniddin Chisti – considered a sacred place by both Hindus and Muslims! Pushkar holds the only Brahma temple in the world and you need to go to Ajmer first to reach there.

Mount Abu


Photo by Selmer van Alten, CC BY 2.0

This is the hill station in the desert. If that’s not enough motivation to visit, the peak Gurushikhar gives you an exquisite view of the desert – the sand dunes, the huge expanse of yellow and gold and the tiny camels in between. You won’t find this anywhere else in India. The Dilwara and Gomukh temple are both beautiful locations and display some intricate architecture. Don’t miss the National Wildlife Sanctuary here.



Photo by tjollans, CC BY-SA 2.0

This is a camel-lover’s paradise. They have a Camel festival in January every year where you will see a plethora of decorated camels performing acrobatics and fun steps to the beat of traditional folk music. It’s enthralling. Bikaner also has one of the best camel research farms in the world if you wish to know more. Besides, there is a wide range of forts, monuments, museums and temples to choose from!



Photo by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble, CC BY 2.0

Can’t travel to the romantic city of Venice? No worries. Here is the Venice of the east- built in the middle of a lake! The city palace, Lake Palace and crystal gallery are places you must visit. Car enthusiasts and actually everyone else too – do check out their amazing collection of Vintage cars. Old Rajasthan was really rich and they made really good use of their money! The Shilpgram festival is an experience that you have to have- the craftsmen display the finest of their skill, wrapped in intricate patterns, ingenious designs and the most beautiful of colors.

The foodies’ haven, Rajasthan has a huge variety of mouth-watering dishes to give you a one-of-its-kind gastronomic experience. What’s even better is that a lot of these foods have a long shelf life and you can take them back! Rajasthan is also the shoppers’ paradise with its beautiful garments – literally splashed with colors and exquisite handicrafts. Splurge all you can. These colors, patterns and designs will always bring a smile on your face.

Author Bio:

Rohit is an architect and a travel blogger at www.transindiatravels.com. You can catch him around forts and palaces as he pretends to be a warrior, king or some other fiction his brain comes up with.

48 Comment to “7 Amazing Places to Visit in Rajasthan”

  1. Bernard says:

    Thanks for sharing! I have never been to India, and am looking to plan a trip to go to India next year.I love all the architecture and the beauty of the nature.

  2. Michelle says:

    India doesn’t get blogged about often enough. Jaipur is definitely the only one I’ve heard about before and looking at that photo I can see why!

    • Agreed, there aren’t nearly enough guides for those traveling there. And it’s a shame, since it’s such a history, culture, and architecture rich destination.

  3. Juliana W says:

    Ok, I HAVE to visit Ranthambore! I am obsessed with tigers, and it would be SO cool to see them there! Great post!

  4. Siniciliya says:

    I had a chance to visit Jaipur a few years ago, but I was unfortunate because the Amber Fort was under reconstruction 🙁

  5. Chantae says:

    A PINK CITY?! By far, I’d love to visit Jaipur… but I’d also love to go to the Desert Festival – that sounds so interesting.

  6. Ann says:

    Just wow. I’ve never really thought to visit Rajasthan but now it’s definitely on my list! Seems like a very cool place to visit + a hidden gem, especially for someone who loves the desert.

  7. Genesis says:

    I have to admit that I’ve never even heard of most of these, but now I want to visit. Such beautiful spots and architecture. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Epepa says:

    As an architecturelover I have to say that Udaipur is really interesting place to visit! Looks amazing.

  9. Suanlee says:

    The palace and the architecture are incredible! Such a great post showcasing a place not many people know about. My stomach is liking the sound of the food too 🙂

  10. shivansh says:

    I have lived in Rajasthan for 2 years and you;ve done a good job with the list!

  11. Nikki Celine says:

    Wow! There are some seriously beautiful sights to see! Thanks for bringing these locations to my attention, I would never have know about them had I not read your Blog.

  12. Sanket D. says:

    Yep, pretty legit list. Been to quite a few of the places on this list myself. I can tell you Rajasthan is incredibly vibrant, and is a proper cultural experience. There’s so much diversity in landscape, communities and people, it’s amazing!

  13. Kaja says:

    I have never been to Asia, but now I am definitely starting to plan a trip to go to Rajahstan! My absolute favorite is Jal Mahal, which is so wonderfully beautiful. I love the architecture and the landscape surrounding it. Thanks for sharing your magical pictures!

    • Kaja, I have a soft spot for the Taj Mahal as well and hope to see it. To be honest, Far East Asia was always more appealing to me, but posts I’ve read in the past few years have changed that.

  14. Danielle says:

    Wow! I had no idea there was such beauty and incredible architecture here. And a pink city?! This is officially at the top of my bucketlist!

  15. Liz says:

    Oh, wow, these look like really amazing places to visit! I’ve never been to India before but your pictures call to me. Old buildings + nature —- yes, definitely would love to go here. 🙂

  16. Miriam says:

    Wow what beautiful monuments! My favorite one is the first one on the lake. It looks like it is just build up on the lake, breathtaking!

  17. Lori says:

    I’ve never been to Rajasthan, but it looks like an amazing destination. There are so many things to see there… I included some of your recommendations on my list of things to see!

  18. Katie says:

    None of these places were on my list but I think you’ve changed my mind. how beautiful!

  19. kayla says:

    Another place added to the list haha! Much different to what I imagined too! The painted pink city sounds like something i would love also 🙂

  20. Evanne says:

    All these places sound incredible! I’ve never been to India, but I’m saving this for the future.

  21. carrie says:

    I’m a huge architecture fan and outdoors fan, so this looks right up my alley! it’s hard to get the two in the same place at times but this looks perfect!

  22. I never been to India and never heard anything about this place. The architecture is so awesome and the place looks so diversified. Whenever I think india, i imagine that this country is so crowded but this place looks so peaceful l.

  23. Wow. I had bever been to India and I can only see the palaces and temples on the books and the internet! hopefully I can visit this place soon! 🙂 Great picture though! 🙂

  24. Nina says:

    lately am playing with thought to finally visit India and take a short break from Africa. Looks fantastic! Though, am overwhelmed by the size and so many things I would love to see. What part of India should i start with if i had three to max four weeks without being too fast paced?

  25. David Jones says:

    Without any doubt Rajasthan Is a good place to go for trip.
    Nice blog with awesome images

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