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25 Best Places to Explore in Rajasthan That Showcase the Rich Cultural Heritage of India

“From the startling architecture to amazing legends of heroism and romance, the royal forts, palaces and other ancient buildings of Rajasthan are even today standing still to narrate the stories of the past”– The Incredible Rajasthan.

Rajasthan’s history is the history of kings and dynasties. As you explore its top tourist attractions including its grand forts and palaces dot its skyline, you are reminded of its illustrious heritage. Tales of their valour, romance and wild spirit is still celebrated around bonfires in villages that seem as ancient as their people. A bygone age seems to look out from one of the jharokas, while your mind plays out scenes of action from the parapets during a sightseeing tour. Everything everywhere, especially the best places to explore in Rajasthan, seems to be touched by the hand of grandeur: from the mighty colourful turbans to the sand dunes, where a desert safari camp, starry skies & folk performances set the mood for a romantic evening.

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Tales of ghosts make for lively fireside conversations, while the mention of “Bhangarh Fort” extracts hard stares. The richness of the state is present in its traditions, rituals, festivals, and also in its flora & fauna, seen in famous national parks like Ranthambore and Sariska. A motorcycle revered as a deity & a temple where rats take the place of gods, you never cease to be fascinated! A delightful experience is enjoying a meal of daal baati churma & taking a hot air balloon ride as you glide across desert cities & sleepy old towns. In this blog, we bring you the 25 best places to visit in Rajasthan that promise a wholesome, adventurous, exciting, dreamy & romantic vacation for family, friends & couples. Travelling to Rajasthan will be incomplete without exploring these magnificent places.

List of 15 Best Tourist Places to visit in Rajasthan
  • Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
  • Amber Fort and Palace, Jaipur
  • Jain Temple – Ranakpur, Udaipur
  • Kumbhalgarh Fort, Udaipur
  • Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu
  • Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur
  • Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
  • Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
  • Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur
  • Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), Jaipur
  • Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
  • Lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur
  • Pushkar Yoga Garden, Pushkar
  • Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  • City Palace of Udaipur, Udaipur
  • Patwon-ki-Haveli, Jaisalmer
  • Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
  • Birla Mandir Temple, Jaipur
  • City Palace of Jaipur, Jaipur
  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
  • Jag Mandir, Udaipur
  • Karni Mata Temple, Deshnok
  • Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
  • Jal Mahal, Jaipur
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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort

Built by Rao Jodha in 1459, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and counted among the best for a sightseeing tour. Even today, this captivating ancient fort is inhabited by the ancestors of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Located on a 122 m high hill, 400 feet above the city and surrounded by magnificent thick walls, the fort has seven entry gates.

Out of seven gates, the travelers mostly look for Lohapool (Iron Gate) that has several small tragic hand prints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh, who in 1843 threw themselves on his pyre. This famous tourist place in Rajasthan still grabs the attention of the visitors and raises their curiosity to get deep into the history and learn more about the place.

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Amber Fort and Palace, Jaipur

Inside Amer Fort Jaipur

Located at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, the Amber Fort and Palace, famously known as the Amer Fort, is one of the popular forts of Rajasthan that attract tourists from all around the world. It is acknowledged for representing various elements of the Hindu tradition in an artistic manner.

Built with marble and red sandstone, the Amer palace complex comprises of the Diwan-e-Aam (the Hall for Public Audience), Diwan-e-Khaas (the Hall for Private Audience), Sheesh Mahal (also known as Jai Mandir) and Sukh Niwas (Hall designed for artificial cooling). This top place to visit in Rajasthan has served as an imperial residence for the Rajput Maharajas and their families.

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Jain Temple – Ranakpur, Udaipur

Ranakpur Jain Temples Udaipur

Situated in Udaipur at Ranakpur, the Jain temple is listed among the most stunning Jain temples in India and makes it to any list of most visited places in Rajasthan. Devoted to the first Tirthankara of Jainism- Adinatha, this temple is made from light colored marble.

It has distinct shikharas, turrets, domes and cupolas. The temple is well-supported by more than one thousand marble pillars that display marvelous carvings, which are also the most attention grabbing features of this temple. It has four faces that represent the four directions of Tirthankara’s invasion.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort, Udaipur

Kumbhalgarh Fort Udaipur

The royal Kumbhalgarh fort is located approximately 82 kms away to the north of Udaipur- the ‘City of Lakes’. It is the second important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Constructed by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, it is the birthplace of Mewar’s great king Maharana Partap. The fort is now open for the tourists and is amazingly lit each evening for a few minutes.

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Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu

Dilwara Jain Temples Mount Abu

The Dilwara Jain temples are located around 2½ kilometers from Mount Abu – the only hill station of Rajasthan. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries by Chalukya, these temples are famous around the world for their fascinating marble work. There are five legendary temples of Dilwara, namely, Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple, Shri AdiNath Temple or Vimal Vasahi Temple, Shri ParshavNath Temple or Khartar Vasahi Temple, Shri Rishabdaoji Temple or Peethalhar Temple and Shri NemiNathJi Temple or Luna Vasahi Temple. The temples are dedicated to five Jain Tirthankaras and are regarded as a pilgrimage place for the Jains.

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Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur

Keoladeo Ghana National Park-Bharatpur

Situated in Bharatpur, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, once known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, is a renowned avifauna sanctuary in India and tourist spot in Rajasthan. What makes it a top place to visit is its being habitat to over 230 species of birds and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

Keoladeo National Park is a best place for the ardent bird lovers and wildlife photographers. The travelers can spot various birds like darter, stork, spoonbill, cormorant, egret and black ibis in large numbers.

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Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Junagarh Fort Bikarner Rajasthan

The Junagarh Fort in Bikaner city of Rajasthan is an impressive ancient fort famous for its monumental majesty and historic charm. Formerly known as Chintamani, the fort was renamed in the early 20th century as Junagarh or “Old Fort”, after the ruling family shifted to Lalgarh Palace outside the limits of the fort.

Even though this fort has been attacked many times in the past, it has never been conquered by the enemies. With huge towers and ramparts for defence, it is one of the most striking monuments of Incredible Rajasthan.

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Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort Rajasthan

Chittorgarh Fort is the personification of the high spirit, romance and pride of the Rajputs. It resounds with the history of sacrifice and heroism, evidence of which can still be witnessed within the frightening fort of Chittorgarh. This ancient fort is considered as one of the most stupendous forts of the country and considered to be among the most popular tourist places in Rajasthan.

Located on the edge of approximately 180 meters high mound and covering over 700 acres of massive area, the fort was initially built by the Mauryans in the 7th century. However, more structures were added to it later on by the successive rulers of Mewar.

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Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur

Govind Dev Ji Temple Jaipur

Located in the Pink City of India- Jaipur, the Govind Dev Ji temple is devoted to Govind Dev Ji (Lord Krishna), The idol of the Lord placed in the temple was brought from Vrindavan by the founder of Jaipur – Raja Sawai Jai Singh II. However, it originally belonged to Srila Rupa Goswami, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s follower, who found the original Govind Devji deity about 450 years ago.

The legendary tale associated with this beautiful temple states that the image of the Lord Krishna placed in the temple looks just like the form of Krishna during his manifestation on the earth.

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Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), Jaipur

Sheesh Mahal Jaipur

Any list consisting of tourist places to visit in Rajasthan cannot miss out the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Mirrors is situated at Amber Fort in Jaipur. Built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 with red sandstone and white marble, the beauty of this fort is blown up by the Maotha Lake.

Sheesh Mahal is one of the world famous forts because of its unique construction. The ceilings and walls of the hall are superbly covered with the mirrors that would reflect any splash of ray and light up the hall deliberately.

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Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur

Ranthambore National Park Tiger

Located between the Aravali Mountains and the Vindhya plateau, the Ranthambore National Park is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India. Spread across an area of 1,334 sq km, the famous park is acknowledged for its Royal Bengal tigers.

The visitors can easily spot the Royal Bengal Tigers near the lakes and fens even during the daytime. The park was the hunting place of the Maharajas of Jaipur till 1970. Later in 1980, it was declared a national park and tiger reserve. It is renowned as a heritage site due to the pictorial leftovers of the fort within the park.

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Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Lake Pichola Udaipur Rajasthan

Located in the heart of Udaipur, Pichola Lake is the largest, most picturesque and most visited tourist place in Rajasthan. It was built by Pichhu Banjara in 1362 during Maharana Lakha’s ruling period. Later on, Maharana Udai Singh expanded this lake.

The lake consists of several lakes, which accompany the lake’s calm water. Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are the two islands that are located within the Lake and give mesmerizing views of the lake to the tourists.

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Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur

Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

Bagore-ki-Haveli in Udaipur is located right on the waterfront of Pichola Lake at Gangori Ghat. Built in the 18th century by Amir Chand Badwa- the Prime Minister of Mewar, this ancient building consist of over hundred rooms showcasing the fusion of traditional and modern artwork. The walls of the haveli are decorated with breathtaking mirror and glass work.

After the death of Badwa, the haveli was occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore and therefore, named as Bagore-ki-Haveli. In 1986, the building was handed over to the West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC) that planned to convert the deteriorated haveli into a museum.

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Pushkar Yoga Garden, Pushkar

Yoga in India

Pushkar Yoga Garden in Pushkar, Ajmer is a yoga centre based on an ancient ashram tradition. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to practice and study yoga for a healthy and happy life. The centre offers exclusive yoga classes and meditation courses under the guidance of a professional and trained yoga guru, Yogesh Yogi. It is a must visit garden for the yoga enthusiasts during their holiday in Rajasthan.

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Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar Jaipur

The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of the largest astronomical observatories built during the ruling period of Maharaja Jai Singh II in the early 18th century. It comprises a set of around 20 main fixed instruments.

Designed for examination of the astronomical positions through the naked eye, this uniquely designed architectural structure is the best preserved historic observatories of India. It is one of the impressive instrumental innovations that grab the attention of the visitors and is a tourist attraction in Rajasthan which you cannot afford to miss.

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City Palace of Udaipur, Udaipur

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan

Located on the banks of the serene Lake Pichola, the City Palace of Udaipur is the most spectacular and largest palace complexes of Rajasthan. Initially built by Maharana Udai Singh, the present appearance of the palace is the result of the additions carried out by his successors.

With a perfect blend of Medieval, Chinese and European architecture, the entire place is built with marble and granite. It has many domes, arches, towers, terraces, courtyards, rooms, pavilions, corridors, and hanging gardens. The City Palace consists of 11 wonderful palaces resembling each other, but built by the different rulers.

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Patwon-ki-Haveli, Jaisalmer

Patwon Ki Haveli Jaisalmer

Famous for its impressive architecture work, the Patwon-Ki-Haveli was the first haveli built in Jaisalmer. It has a cluster of five small havelis, and was built by Guman Chand Patwa, a renowned and rich trader of that time. Lined together in a narrow lane, Patwon-Ki-Haveli is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer.

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Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan

Jaisalmer Fort, also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’, is one of the world’s largest forts and the second oldest fort of Rajasthan. Nestled on the top of the Trikuta hill in Jaisalmer city on the sandy land of the Great Thar Desert, it was constructed by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal in 1156 AD.

The highly impressive architecture of the fort simply represents the great Indian artwork and military glory. Made of sand stones, this fort is the true jewel of the city.

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Birla Mandir Temple (Laxmi Narayan Temple), Jaipur

Birla Mandir Jaipur

Built by the Birla Group of Industries – one of the business tycoons of India, the Birla Mandir temple, originally known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, is located at the foot of the Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur. Devoted to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu, this temple is built with a modern approach using white marble.

The beautiful shrine and idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu along with other Hindu goddesses and gods can be seen inside the temple. The walls of the temple are well decorated with impressive carvings of the Hindu symbols and old quotes from the Upanishads and Geeta. This temple is a true example of the perfect blend of the traditional values and modern architectural approach.

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City Palace of Jaipur, Jaipur

Located in the heart of Jaipur, the City Palace of Jaipur was once the Maharaja’s reign and is now counted among the most visited places in Rajasthan. The complex of the palace includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and many other courtyards and buildings. Initially built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732 AD, many additions have been made in the original architecture of the palace by the other rulers later in the 20th century.

The architectural style of this old building was largely based on the blend of Mughal, Rajput and European styles. The Chandra Mahal of the complex has been now turned into a museum showcasing unique handcrafted products, uniforms of the rulers of ancient time and lots more related to the royal inheritance of the City Palace.

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal Jaipur

The Hawa Mahal also known as the ‘Palace of The Winds ‘, is located in the heart of the Pink City of India- Jaipur. Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, it’s a five-storey palace that belongs to the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. This ancient building is believed to be constructed in the form of Lord Krishna’s crown with pink and red sandstone.

It was built for the royal women to have a view of daily life from the windows as they were not allowed to go out in the public. The pyramid shape and 953 windows or ‘Jharokhas’ of the Hawa Mahal are its main attractions in Rajasthan that really magnetizes the visitors.

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Jag Mandir, Udaipur

Jag Mandir Rajasthan

Located on the southern island of Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir also known as the “Lake Garden Palace” was constructed by three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs Mewar Empire. Initially started by Maharana Amar Singh in 1551, the construction of this magnificent palace was continued by Maharana Karan Singh and finished by Maharana Jagat Singh I.

The palace is named after Maharana Jagat Singh to pay tribute for his great deeds. The museum inside the palace and eight life-sized elephants carved from the white marbles are the main highlights of the palace. The travelers can also enjoy mouth-watering cuisines in Darikhana Restaurant located in the palace complex.

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Karni Mata Temple, Deshnok

Karni Mata Temple Deshnok

Karni Mata temple of Deshnok is one of the famous temples of Rajasthan dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. This Hindu temple’s beautiful white marble and solid silver doors were donated by the Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner Dynasty.

The most interesting aspect of this temple is that there are thousands of rats in the temple that dine with people and run over their feet. They are regarded as the holy animals and also called kabbas. It is said that the kabbas are the tribal people of the Charan community of Deshnok. The travelers from far flung areas visit this temple to pay respect to these holy animals.

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Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort Jaipur

Perched on the rocky edge of Aravali Hills, the Nahargarh Fort overlooks the city of Jaipur, undoubtedly amongst the most visited places in Rajasthan. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 to boost the defence of Amber, the fort was originally named Sudarshangarh Fort and later changed to Nahargarh, which means ‘abode of the tigers’.

It is acknowledged for its extended wall that connects it to the Jaigarh Fort. The fort is the perfect amalgamation of the Indo-European architecture. The Nahargarh Fort is a two-storey building that was constructed for the king and his twelve queens. It is mainly divided into nine apartments well equipped with the bedrooms, lobby, toilets, stores and kitchens.

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Jal Mahal, Jaipur

Jal Mahal Jaipur

The Jal Mahal, also known as the “Lake Palace”, is situated on the Man Sagar Lake and is an incredible piece of architecture which is a matter of pride for Rajasthan tourism. It is enveloped by the mighty Aravalli Hills with ancient forts on one hand and busy Jaipur city on the other hand.

Constructed by Jai Singh II in the 18th century, it is a simple structure with a pavilion and terrace garden. It is believed to be built by the royal family to take pleasure of the cool breeze flowing from the lake. The palace is amazingly designed and impresses everyone with its stunning surroundings.

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What we can say with certainty is this: that Rajasthan will bring out a variety of emotions within you. It will leave you with lovely memories & compel you to visit it again. If you have visited any or all of these places, share your experiences with us! What was it about Rajasthan that won your heart? Let us know!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is the distance from Udaipur to Jaisalmer?

The distance from Udaipur to Jaisalmer is an around 493 kilometers.

Q.What is the distance from Jaipur to Jaisalmer?

The distance from Jaipur to Jaisalmer is an around 558 kilometers.

Q.What is the distance of Delhi from Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur?

The distance from of Delhi from:

  • Jaipur is:  279 Kilometers (Approx)
  • Udaipur is: 661 Kilometers (Approx)
  • Jaisalmer is: 786 Kilometers (Approx)
  • Jodhpur is: 619 Kilometers (Approx)

Q.Why is Jaipur called the Pink City?

Jaipur is called the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively for the construction of the structures. All the buildings in the city are pink, and there is a history behind it. In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria were on a tour to India. Since pink stands for the colour of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink as a sign of his hospitality. The residents have since then followed this rule, as the law forbids the use of any other colour than pink in the homes.

Q.What is the distance from Jaipur to Mount Abu?

The distance between Jaipur to Mount Abu is an around 496 Kilometers.

Q.Which are the major tourist centers of Rajasthan?

Some of the major tourist centers of Rajasthan are Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Lake Pichola, City Palace of Udaipur, Mehrangarh, Nahargarh and Jaisalmer Fort, Ranthambore National Park, Bagore ki Haveli Museum, Jaigarh Fort, Ranthambore National Park and Keoladeo National Park.

Q.What are the popular things to buy from Rajasthan?

Some of the popular things to buy from Rajasthan are jewellery, paintings, pottery, carpets, puppets, stuffed dolls, fabric work and metal work.

Q.What is the distance between Ajmer to Pushkar?

The distance between Ajmer to Pushkar is an around 15 kilometers.

Q.What are the popular must visit festivals in Rajasthan?

Some of the festivals in Rajasthan which you should attend are Pushkar Camel Festival, Teej Festival, Rajasthan International Folk Festival and Udaipur Mewar Festival.

Published: 19 Nov, 2020

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Vishwajit Sharma

Writing, for me, is an artistic expression of the countless thoughts flooding my mind. For now, travel content writing is what keeps me going! In my spare time, I like nothing better than immersing myself in a book, along with a cuppa! A classic movie helps too! I define traveling as a process of self-discovery. Hailing from Darjeeling, my ultimate desire is to escape to the hills, with the mountain air and solitude as my constant companions!