Last Updated: June 25, 2019 Kamlesh Nayal
Vivacious Rajasthan often top the list of places that one wishes to visit in India. The lively state attracts not merely the domestic travellers but travel enthusiasts from all corner of the world. It is clear from the statistics that over the past decade the number of foreign travellers have doubled from 608283 in 2001 to 1451370 in the year 2012. The inclination of foreign tourists towards Rajasthan is also proven by the number of times they revisit and the long duration of their stay in the state. The reasons may be many but one thing is sure that this impeccable state cast some kind of magic spell on these tourists, which they can by no means defy! Here are some places that have become special for these international visitors in Rajasthan.
Yes, we all visit Rajasthan with the thought of relishing its culture and savouring its mouthwatering food. However, many foreign tourists come here to enjoy the vast and unique wildlife of Rajasthan every now and then. Amongst the most popular national parks in Rajasthan visited by foreign travellers is Ranthambore, which is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district and is only 130kms from Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park is known for its rich flora and fauna, tigers in Ranthambore catches lot of attention. Other than that, this wildlife reserve is an ideal place for bird watching, wildlife photography and of course a perfect place to unwind.
Needless to say that Jaipur is a must visit place in Rajasthan. Jaipur can rightly be called the Gateway to a culturally wealthy state. Since, it is the capital city; foreign traveller finds it quite a comfortable place with numerous hotels and conveyance options. There is indeed so much to see that starts right from the forts and palaces to the handicraft fairs, from the lip smacking daal baati churma to the bumpy camel rides and even the proud moustaches of Rajasthani men to the wide-flare ghaghra. The major attractions in the city for majority of the foreign tourists are Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal and Jantar Mantar,
The BLUE Hue of Jodhpur is an important factor in attracting national as well as international tourists. This royal city offers a great opportunity for exploring the cultural wealth of the state and appreciating the architecture excellence. The massive Meharangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada catch the eyes of bulk of tourists from around the world. Also, these tourists do not forget to pay a visit to the Old city to relive the royal era. The Clock tower has been the favourite place to pose for many. For their love for nature, these international travellers like to visit Rao Jodha Desert Park is a perfect that reflects the ecology of the state. If we talk about culture attractions, foreign tourists have often been interested in picking up handicrafts and eating sweets for which Jodhpur is quite popular. In the name of adventure activities Jodhpur has introduced the opportunity for Fox flying in the north side of Mehrangarh Fort. So, the foreign tourists in Jodhpur do not miss out on any kind of fun. There is absolutely no way that one can miss out on visiting this place.
Breaking the monotony of craggy Aravallis, this city is an emerald beauty. It is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is about 150 kms from the city of Jaipur. The international tourists here enjoy the existence of tree-clad mountains, beautiful lakes, massive palaces and exquisitely carved cenotaphs. Jaisamand Lake, Siliserh Lake, and Sagar Lake are popular tourist’s attractions of the Alwar. Foreign travellers also like to go to visit Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, Tripolia, Moti Doongri, Ruins of Bhangarh, Company Bagh, Clock Tower, Government Museum, Tomb of Fateh Jung, Kalakand Market, and Naldeshwar while travelling to Alwar. Those globe trotters who have a thing for architecture lovers adore the Alwar Fort, City Palace and Vijay Mandir that reflect the highest quality architecture of the time of Rajputs. Alwar is a quite a place to visit, if you are in Rajasthan, it surely does have substance that makes it stand apart from other historical cities in the state.
Ajmer and Pushkar
Now, these two jewels of Rajasthan can by no means be ignored. About 135kms from Jaipur, Ajmer is a popular religious place in Rajasthan, where people from all faiths like to come. Ajmer Shareef (Tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti) gave Ajmer the status of being a place that fulfills their wishes. Thus, the Dargah is often crowded, however it is not the only place that you will see foreign tourists thronging in Ajmer, Nasiyan Temple, Foy Lake, Adhai din ka Jhopra, Taragarh Fort and Ana Sagar Lake also recieves a large number of international visitors every day.
At a distance of about 17 kms from Ajmer lays Pushkar. This place is I believe the personal favourite for foreign tourists. From each end of the meandering alleys you would see foreign tourists coming and the picture absolutely amusing. Pushkar is neither too fancy and unlike any other cities of Rajasthan, it is not adorned with massive forts and palaces. Ghats and temples are the main attractions in Pushkar and the Brahma Temple (believed to be one of its kinds in India) is the major attraction here. Pushkar Camel Fair that takes place in the month of October and November is attended by a sizable population of both domestic and foreign tourists.
Well, let me say it clearly, Bikaner is a place for those who wish to avoid the hurly burly Jaiselmer and Jodhpur. It is located in the Bikaner district in Rajasthan and is about 251kms far from Jodhpur. Foreign tourists like Bikaner for its rustic feel and serenity. The desert dust, camel safaris and the grand royal mansions, everything is out and out an attraction in Bikaner. Another feature that makes a good attention grabber is the Camel Fair in the months of December and January. AND yes how can we forget the unique Karni Mata Temple, where devotees worship the rats and those who are merely visitors amuse themself with the site of hundreds of rats loitering in the temple complex. Bikaner is quite a thing and it deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime!
Yes we agree that Jaiselmer, Jodhpur and Jaipur has stolen the limelight in Rajasthan but since these foreign travellers are continuously looking for something new to explore, we have hopes that places like Bundi will also gradually prove its mettle. So, what makes Bundi worthy of attraction? Well, like many famous tourist attractions in Rajasthan, Bundi is the plush with havelis, forts and temples. Bundi is situated in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan and is at a short distance of about 35kms from Kota. Taragarh Fort, Bhim Burj, Raniji ki Baori, Dabhai Kund, Sukh Mahal and Jait Sagar Lake are the attractions in Bundi that have come instantly in the notice of foreign tourists. They also like to visit the main bazaar of Bundi that sells many handicraft items.
Yes, yes I know that you know about Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary but that’s not all that Bharatpur has. I mean of course the Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the major attractions for foreign tourists but Bharatpur is also an excellent place for history lovers and the religious souls. Lately many international visitors have started thronging Bharatpur to not only see the famed bird sanctuary but also to witness the marvel of Lohagarh Fort, Banke Bihari Temple, Gol bagh Palace, Ganga Maharani Temple and Laxman Temple. It is situated in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan and is only about 55kms from the city of Agra. So, even if your are somewhere around Agra or Mathura, you must pay a small visit to Bharatpur to learn more about the rich Rajasthan!
A short day trip to Kota from Bundi can avail tourist the true bliss of being in the state that boasts of its vibrant culture. It is situated in the Kota district of Rajasthan and about 240kms south of Jaipur city. Although Kota has become an industrial face of Rajasthan, it does surely have relics that keep it connected to its ethnicity. Travellers who throng to Kota knows that it is a perfect wedding shopping destination in India, the Kota Doria Sarees are something that should be added to any bridal wardrobe collection in India. However, the international travellers see it the other way; the markets are the places where these foreign curious travellers learn more and more about the vibrant culture of Rajasthan. Apart from the market, Rao Madho Singh Museum, Brij Vilas Palace Museum, Kansua Temple, Mathuradheesh Temple, Sar Bagh, Haveli of Devta Shirdharji, Jagmandir Palace and Sukh Mahal are some major attractions for foreign tourists in Kota. Also, it is through Kota the lone river in the state of Rajasthan called Chambal pass through, so the tourists also have the opportunity to take a boat ride.
Meet the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu, which is famed as a honeymoon destination in Rajasthan . It is situated in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan, near the border of Gujarat. This charming emerald hill station is an essential part of a Rajasthan tour. Mount Abu probably reminds travellers from overseas of their native countries, the rolling hills, cool breeze and serenity must be playing the major role as far as I think. Other than the ancient buildings and temples, one can enjoy diverse flora and romantic ambiance here. The foreing tourists prefer visiting Nakki Lake, Toad Rock, Achalgarh Fort, Adhar Devi Temple, the Shri Raghunathji Temple and Ambika Mata Temple. Indeed, one cannot miss out on Mount Abu because there is simply no reason to miss out on it!
Needless to give reasons for Udaipur being the favourite place of tourists in Rajasthan, you know about Udaipur right?! This classy destination is worth visiting once in the lifetime. From visiting the massive palaces to taking the romantic ride on the lake, from paying visit at the celebrated Shilpgram to take an exhilarating ride of cable car, every moment in Udaipur is a fascinating one! Tourists from abroad also prefer visiting the City Palace,Bagore ki Haveli, Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar, Ambrai Ghat, Monsoon Palace, Jagdish and Jagminder Temple.Udaipur is one of those places that are better visited than described.
Shekhawati is a heritage experience as this widespread region offers a lively expedition into the time of rich architecture. Shekhawati is the Northeast region of Rajasthan and comprises of districts like Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Churu and Nagaur. Each meandering alley of Shekhawati is an asset to the heritage of Rajasthan. The painted Havelis and the fine frescoes make up a location that is just too good for a photography session. Shekhawati is now stealing limelight and each year foreign avid travellers are paying visit to this vivacious place. Learn that Shekhawati is huge region and one must choose carefully according to his taste as to where to start the exploration from. Nawalgarh and Mandawa are two places that tourists like to visit the most, other than these Jhunjhunu, Fatehpur, Ramgarh and Mukundgarh are some major attractions in Shekhawati.
Situated somewhere about 53kms from Jaipur, Virat Nagar is greatly enjoyed by the adventure seeking tourists. In their continuos urge of looking for something new; foreign tourists have happened to grow fond of Virat Nagar. The place is famed for its natural caves and is often visited by the tourists who visit Jaipur city. Bhim Ki Dungari or Pandu’s Hill, Beejak Ki Pahari, Ganesh Giri Temple and Museum, Jain Nasiya, and Jain Temple are some of the major attractions that have caught the eyes of these foreign tourists. Virat Nagar is a budding tourist destination but those who know about this do not forget to pay a visit to this place whenever it is possible!
You are right, it is the same place with the longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China and indeed Kumbhalgarh is one of the most popular places in Rajasthan that attracts lot of foreign tourists. It is situated in the Rajasamand district of Rajasthan and is 100kms away from Udaipur. Its gigantic fort called Kumbhalgarh, from where the view of the city is simply spectacular has been the greatest attention grabber. Apart from it, the international travellers also have likings for Badal Mahal. The murals in pastel shades here are liked very much by the tourists. The town is a quiet one and this is one of the reasons why it has become a preference for travellers around the world. The Vedi Temple, Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Muchchal Mahavir Temple, Parshuram Temple, Mammadev Temple and the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary are the major attractions for the tourists.
Majorly known for the Sariska Tiger Reserve, Sariska is yet another much visited tourist destination in Rajasthan. It is situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan and at a distance of about 133kms from Jaipur. At Sariska, both domestic and foreign tourists get an opportunity to witness the diverse flora and fauna. Apart from it, what intrigues the foreign crowd here is a large number of forts such as Kankawari Fort, The Bhangarh Fort, Pratapgarh Fort and Ajabgarh Fort. Tourists also visit Hanuman Temple in Pandupol, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Bhartrihari Temple. The Silserh Lake and Jaisamand Lake are two beautiful lakes that serve as delightful picnic spots here. The Sariska Palace is yet another attraction for the overseas tourists.
It is famed for its colossal fort, which is believed to be one of the largest forts in India. It is situated in the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan and is situated at a distance of about 116kms from the city of Udaipur. Chittorgah has found fame because of its cultural and historical value, reckoned to have been found by Bheem of Pandavas this place reflects the perfect blend of courage, grace and beauty. The majestic fort have attracted many from all across the world and each year, one can see a sizable population of travellers from abroad coming to especially visit this fort. Other than the Chittorgah Fort, Kirti Stambh, Padmini Palace and Gaumukh Reservoir are the major tourist attractions in Chittorgarh.
Boasting of its oldest Jain Temple in India, Ranakpur has been a major attraction for tourists in Rajasthan from all across the globe. It is situated in the Pali district of Rajasthan, between Udaipur and Jodhpur. The quietness and the spiritual ambiance is what make Ranakpur a hit amongst the foreign travel enthusiasts. A large number of foreign tourist pay visit to Sun Temple, Muchhal Mahavir Temple and a village called Narlai, where a large number of Hindu and Jain Temples can be found. Visiting Ranakpur is an unusual experience for the international visitors and they take great pride in acknowledging it one of their favourite places to be at in Rajasthan.
Bishnoi and Pali
As rural tourism is gaining popularity in Rajasthan, the two villages Bishnoi and Pali have been receiving a lot of foreign and national tourists. Specifically the foreign tourists take great delight in exploring the age-old culture of Rajasthan and often seen interacting with the local people. Bishnoi is a community of nature worshipers and their village is situated somewhere around 45 minutes from Jodhpur, while Pali is a bit far and needs at least an overnight stay. Foreigners find the village life fascinating and love attending the shepherds’ morning opium meets here.
Reckoned to be one of the most religious places in Rajasthan, Karauli is known for its 300 temples. It is situated in the Karauli district of Rajasthan and is about 158kms from Jaipur. It is a walled city, although a bit dilapidated now; there are places where its redstone walls are still high and mighty. The view and the ambiance of Karauli are such that even the foreign tourists cannot resist revisiting this tranquil place. Amongst the attractions, City Palace, Timangarh Fort, Kaila Devi Temple, Madan Mohan Ji Temple and Mahavir Jain Temple are some places that foreign tourists have grown really fond of.
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Published: 21 Nov, 2014