The legendary state of Rajasthan boasts the highest number of forts and palaces in India. State capital Jaipur has impressive structures like the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal and the Amber Fort etc. In Udaipur you will find dream-like Lake Palace, standing on the banks of Lake Pichola. The Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur, The Junagarh Fort of Bikaner and the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer are structures that will bring you back to the medieval era.
Whether you are a pilgrim or a leisure traveler, the Jain and Hindu temples of Rajasthan are just apt for you. The biggest attractions for tourists are the Jain temples of Dilwara and Ranakpur constructed by the Chalukyan rulers. In terms of architecture, the temples at Ranakpur are considered to be a miracle. While you plan to visit the Jain temples of Dilwara, you can also spend your days at Mt Abu, the only hill station in the state of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is much popular with tourists for its exotic wildlife. The Ranthambore National Park is known for its friendly and oft-photographed Bengal tigers. If you are looking for the rare and exotic species of birds, then Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary (located at Bharatpur), which is also a World Heritage Site is for you. At 40 km from Jaisalmer, the Desert National Park is also a big draw for wildlife lovers.
A desert safari across the Thar (4, 46,000 sq km) is one of the finest options to soak up the charm of adventure holidays in Rajasthan. Bikaner and Jaisalmer are two important places from where you can plan your desert safaris in Rajasthan. The duration of a camel safari ranges from a couple of days to a few weeks.Youll also relish ethnic Rajasthani delicacies during your safari.
If the sights of mud houses with traditionally dressed women standing around a community well prove to be appealing to your senses, then come to villages of Rajasthan. In Shekhawati Region apart from feeling the village life, wall paintings of Shekhawati are famous around the world. The village of Bundi is visited for its eminent baoris or step-wells. Villages including Dholpur, Churu and Kota are also quite famous all over.
The people of Rajasthan have been long known for their exotic tradition, culture and festivals. The Camel Festival (January) of Bikaner is much popular with tourists. The Desert Festival (January/February) of Jaisalmer features cultural attractions like camel polo, turban tying competitions, camel parade and folk performances. The Pushkar Fair of Pushkar has the distinction of being the largest camel fair in the world
Apart from culture and the Thar Desert, exclusive bunch of palace-turned-hotels or heritage hotels attract tourists most. These impressively built heritage hotels are still partly occupied by the royal families of Rajput rulers. Hotel Rambagh Palace, Oberoi Udaivilas, The Umaid Bhavan Palace of Jodhpur, the Lake Palace of Udaipur etc. are just a few of palace hotels that Rajasthan has to offer you.
Exploring the local markets of the city, towns and villages in Rajasthan is no less an adventure.Apart from silver jewellery, Rajasthan is famous for its kundan jewellery, minakari, enameled gold jewellery, uncut diamonds and emerald cutting. In the markets of Mewar, Marwar and Alwar one can collect some exquisite works of art. Rajasthani verity textile include hand-block prints, tie and dye, bandhej, lehriya etc.