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I want to talk to you about the places to visit in Rajasthan. It’s high up on many traveller’s bucket lists and for an excellent reason. Let’s see why shell we?

Rajasthan is India as you dreamed it to be. It is a land of Maharajas, tiger-filled jungles, majestic forts, delectable food, large turbans and an Architectural splendour that is out of this world. What’s more, you will get all of this with the legendary warm hospitality of the Rajasthani people.

Jaipur, Palace, sunset
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We will look at what you need to know about maximising your time and money while you are on the road here.

There are so many major attractions in Rajasthan it will be hard to see them all in a month, let alone two weeks. It is not hard to see why it is well worth reading about the very best places in Rajasthan. 

You, too, can experience a little of the magic and create your own dream trip to India’s fabled land of kings. This state’s rich heritage and awesome wildlife will surely blow you away, so read on.

Best Time to Visit Rajasthan

The best times to visit Rajasthan runs from November to February when temperatures are lower. During December and January, the temperature fluctuates dramatically. From pleasant days to quiet chilly nights. You should wrap up during this time as it can get unpleasant, to say the least.

It makes perfect sense to come to the desert in the winter, right? The only problem is you won’t be the first person to think of this. Most of the best places to visit in Rajasthan become extremely crowded and accommodation gets booked up fast! Even the posh heritage hotels run out of room at this time. However, the land is green and the climate is as pleasant as it’s going to ever get in the desert.

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The best time to visit Rajasthan for wildlife tourism

However, if you think the best places to visit in Rajasthan are its national parks and you want to see the wildlife you will have to come during the height of summer. During this time the leaves will be dry and the forest is clear. The best time to visit Rajasthan for Wildlife tourism is between March and April. 

I know it’s not ideal, but it will make a world of difference. The undergrowth in national parks such as Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore will become very dense indeed during the winter months.

However, the leaves all die back and water becomes scarce during the dry season, so viewing the rich wildlife becomes much easier. You will just have to bear the burning sunshine and drink plenty of water. 

The exception is Keoladeo Ghana National Park where the migratory birds flock here in their thousands in the winter months when the land becomes flooded. Also, it would be just unpleasant to visit the desert national park during the summertime plus all of the animals would be in hiding during the day anyway. 

tiger, Ranthambhore, semi desert

National Park in Rajasthan

Nature tourists rejoice as Rajasthan is one of the premier states in India for wildlife. For me, there are two stand-out places to experience it.

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore national park is one of India’s premier places to do wildlife safaris. We all know Rajasthan is famous for tigers and this is one of the best places in the country to see them.

There are more than just tigers here, though. It is also a fantastic place to spot leopards, bears, deer and the state animal, the peacock. My list is far from exhaustive.

To find out how to make your Ranthambore safari great simply click the link provided. It is packed full of ways to save money and get the most out of your time.

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Keoladeo Ghana national park

In my opinion, Keoladeo Ghana is one of the best national parks or wildlife sanctuaries in India. This tiny park is now a world heritage site as it is a significant breeding ground for migratory birds in the winter months. While it is not massive it is one of my favourite places to visit in Rajasthan as its so serene and well setup for tourists.

One of the most beautiful parts about visiting this national park is that it is okay to walk around it due to a lack of major predators. Walking in the park means no noisy jeeps and you can get much closer to the animals and there is a massive increase in sightings. 

If your like me and like animals this may well be one of the best places in Rajasthan you could include in your journey.

Royal Rajasthan

Rajasthan is known as the royal state. It is steeped in history and is one of the most fascinating places in the country to explore. Through the centuries, countless maharajas emperors have left a legacy of palaces, forts, culture, festivals and historical wonders for visitors to enjoy. Even the British east India company has left its mark on some architecture.

It is the feather in the cap for Rajasthan tourism and it is a perfect reason to visit the royal state of India. Rajasthan is one of India’s most famous places for visiting history buffs.

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Rajasthan famous festivals

Now let’s take a look at the key fairs and festivals in this state to see what you can do about experiencing some of this rich culture for yourself if you can time it right.

There are, of course, many festivals you can experience all across India, such as Divali and the epic Karni Mata. However, these festivals are a unique part of the local culture in Rajasthan. As I mentioned before there are oodles of amazing places to visit in Rajasthan and if you can time your visit with these festivals it would be even better. 

This is only a brief overview so for a crazy in-depth look at Indian festivals across the subcontinent, click here for details. 

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Elephant Festival Rajasthan

The elephant festival is extremely unusual. It is held in either February or March and involves, you guessed it, elephants! These magnificent beasts are blinged up to new levels and paraded through the streets of Jaipur and are accompanied by celebrations that rage on throughout the city.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar camel fair is the world’s largest livestock market and it is held annually during the winter season around the incredibly atmospheric Pushkar lake.

Locals come from all over Rajasthan to buy and sell their animals. It is not all business, though. There is a large market that is not geared towards tourists, making for an authentic experience. You can also expect traditional folk dance and camel races. If you miss this one, the Nagaur fair in nearby Jodhpur lasts for days on end.

Sadhu, Rajasthan, holy

Mewar Festival

The sixteen-day-long Mewar festival is celebrated in Udaipur and it is an absolute pleasure to witness. There are spectacular parades and festivities.

The local people are celebrating the coming of spring. While many parts of north India celebrate the Gangaur festival that is also in honour of the same thing, the one here is quite unique and deserves to be separate.Desert festival

Here is a festival that does not seem to have any other purpose but to entertain tourists. It is in fact, set up by  Rajasthan Tourism Department.

However, no one can deny it is quite a sight to behold in this already colourful little corner of the universe. If you are here at this time it is wise to remember your camera.

Rajasthani, man, beard

Rajasthan Best Places

I think the best thing to do when planning your Rajasthan holidays is to get your imagination going I am going to do that by looking at the major attractions in this part of north India.

Jaipur

I will start with Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur. It is not that it’s just one of the best places in Rajasthan to visit you almost certainly will as it is the gateway to the whole state. 

Despite all the noise and pollution, there is much to explore here. Known worldwide as the pink city, Jaipur is the beating heart of Rajasthan. Jaipur has a long and fascinating history.

There is indeed a whole old part of the city that is absolutely packed with historical monuments and pink for you to explore. There is sure to be something to catch your attention in Jaipur, from grand palaces to humble markets.

Two tourist attractions that stand out to me are the impossibly beautiful Hawa Mahal and the Jantar Mantar which is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Amber

Another clear winner in the best places to visit in Rajasthan. The elegant Amber Fort (also known as Amer Fort) is the front cover for many Rajasthan tourism brochures. The small village of Amber is just outside of Jaipur and it makes for an easy day trip. Count on the whole day to explore the palace though, as there is a massive fort above the main structure. The many royal palaces inside the fort are sure to blow you away with their beauty.

On route, you will see the beautiful water palace where many tourists stop for an elephant ride. I am not a fan of this as I don’t think the elephants are treated well, but I have to mention it anyway.

Amber, Fort, Jaipur

Jodhpur

Another of Rajasthan’s major cities, Jodhpur, is known across the world as the blue city and that’s because it is blue. Well, the old part of the city is anyway. The ancient town is an absolute delight to visit. It is a maze of twisted alleyways and courtyards where if it weren’t for the motorbikes, it would seem timeless. 

Of all the magnificent forts in Rajasthan, the epic Mehrangarh Fort has to be the most impressive. It spans 1200 acres across a mountaintop. When you see it, you are sure to gasp at its incredible size. It has to be one of the state’s most iconic tourist attractions and one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan period! 

Ziplining In Jodhpur

The flying fox ziplining company in Jodhpur offers something really special. The lines are in the Rao Jodha nature park. It is a fantastic way to see the fort as the lines go right over the moats and battlements that surround it. The nature park also boasts some pretty impressive desert wildlife, so it’s a win-win situation there.

Jaisalmer, fort, lake

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is in the far west of the state. Jaisalmer is in the very heart of the baking Thar desert and is without doubt one of the best places in Rajasthan to visit or the whole of India for that matter. It looks like a giant golden sandcastle crowned by the massive fort that is unbelievably still inhabited today by many families.

The whole town is full of architectural wonders for you to explore and I would budget a good few days to take it all in. There are plenty of Havelis, temples, majestic forts and palaces and a ridiculously scenic lake to explore. There is definitely plenty to keep you entertained in this town.

To find out the best things to do In Jaisalmer please click the link provided. My detailed post will help you to make the most out of your time and money here.  

Jaisalmer, camel, safari

Jaisalmer Camel Safari

Catching a sleepy-eyed camel into the desert and sleeping under the stars has been one of the best experiences of my life. The memories of sitting around a campfire with no sound except the tinkling of camel bells will stay with me forever.

Many camel safaris head towards the beautiful desert national park which is most definitely one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan as it is oddly abundant in wildlife. I have personally seen hyena, Indian owlet, blackbuck, fennec fox and the great Indian bustard while on safari. As a wildlife nerd myself, I was thrilled.

The Desert National Park is also the best places to visit in Rajasthan in December as it is brimming with wildlife at this time and the climate is very palitable. 

Nearly all Rajasthan tour packages include a sunset safari or a night on the dunes, so you will have to share your experience with countless others. If you go further afield you will get this magical landscape almost entirely to yourself.

For my full guide on creating your perfect camel safari in Jaisalmer click here.

A Fair Word Of Warning

If you decide to go on a camel safari, I must pre-warn you it’s hard on your body. The scorching heat of the Thar desert while on the back of a camel for days on end hurts! Oh, and yes, you will have to go on a multi-day safari to see anything.

Udaipur

Udaipur is known as the city of lakes. It is so romantic it’s hard to describe and one of those places to visit in Rajasthan you will never forget.

The old part of town is centred around the picturesque lake Pichola. The whole town is hemmed in by the scenic Aravalli mountain range for a spectacular backdrop. Udaipur has plenty of popular tourist attractions. Understandably it draws in backpackers and honeymoon couples alike.

There are palaces, Havelis, temples and marketplaces galore in Udaipur. It has to be one of the most beautiful cities in India and should be a must on any itinerary for Rajasthan.

Bundi, lake, fort

Offbeat tourist attractions for Rajasthan tourism

Are you looking for some off-the-beaten-path destinations to add to your travel itinerary? Look no further! We’ve got two hidden gems in Rajasthan that are not widely known, but are definitely worth a visit. Despite being some of the best places in Rajasthan, foreign tourists are still relatively rare in these parts of India, giving you a unique and authentic experience unlike any other. 

It’s surprising that these locations haven’t yet become popular, as they offer breathtaking natural vistas and intriguing cultural experiences that will pleasantly surprise you. 

Explore these hidden treasures, and discover the rich culture and history that Rajasthan has to offer. If you’re seeking solitude, you won’t be disappointed, because these places are largely untouched by tourism. Pack your bags, and travel like a local to these unearthed treasures of Rajasthan.

While these are not popular places to visit in Rajasthan the good news is they are no less impressive and you will get them largely to yourself.

Rajasthani, woman, cooking

Bundi

Bundi is undoubtedly a hidden gem that invites visitors to immerse themselves in its rich culture and history. This town boasts a plethora of fascinating attractions that are sure to capture the hearts of discerning travellers. One of the town’s most prominent landmarks is the majestic royal palace that towers up to the sky and exudes an aura of grandeur.

Additionally, the town is known for its stunning Brahman blue Havelis, which are architectural marvels that showcase intricate designs and patterns that delight the eyes of anyone who beholds them.

Moreover, the town is home to ornate step-wells that are not only beautiful but also tell a story of the town’s rich history. Despite its apparent charms, it’s surprising that this town receives almost no attention from tourists, making it a serene destination that remains largely untouched and unexplored. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary town that promises a unique experience unlike any other!

I have visited this whimsical little town several times and of all the best tourist places to visit in rajasthan this one is my favorite.  I wholeheartedly recommend fitting Bundi into your next itinerary.

Bikaner

Bikaner is a short train ride from Jaisalmer and is at the fringes of the Thar desert. So it is another excellent place to organise a camel safari. Tourism here is also relatively uncommon, yet there are masses to explore. The old part of town is full of history. That fact is reflected in the many palaces, temples and forts for you to enjoy.

However, most tourists who do come here want to visit the unusual Karni Mata temple in the village of Deshnok, a short bus ride away. Here you will find a branch of Hinduism that worships rats! Bikaner is way underated but it is another of the best places in Rajasthan for off the beaten track adventure.

Where Will Your Journey Take You?

Ranakpur

Most people come to Ranakpur just for the intricately carved Jain temple and only on a day trip from Udaipur. Don’t get me wrong, the Ranakpur temple is magnificent and is again, one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. The Jain artists were paid based on the dust accumulated by their sculptures so you can imagine what the artwork looks like.

The Temple alone is reason enough to visit Ranakpur as it is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan if you like artwork. 

However, whizzing through the area is a real shame because as much as the temple is incredible, the whole area is set in the highly underrated Kumbalgarh National Park. You can get a good dose of Rajasthan wildlife and culture if you decide to stay!

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Kumbalghar

Kumbalghar is one of the biggest forts in the world and yet another of the best places to visit in Rajasthan, yet almost no one visits it? The forts battlements alone constitute the second-largest wall, not just in India, but the whole world! It is well worth checking out. Again, I would sleep here to get the full experience without the day-trippers.

The magnificent fort is surrounded by oodles of smaller temples and ruins that are well worth exploring and I can assure you it takes a lot of time as it is spread out over many acres. It will involve some quite scenic short hikes and while we are on the subject.

Trekking in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is also famous for being a trekking destination as there are many opportunities to wander off the beaten track. Mount Abu has to be the best, though. You can take multiday walks in the only hill station in Rajasthan. As you can guess it gets pretty busy here in the summer months when it’s baking hot in the lowlands.

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How To Reach Rajasthan

Rajasthan is conveniently located near the capital of India. Many tourists who visit India will pass through Dehli, which makes Rajasthan tourism very accessible.

Reaching Rajasthan by air

If you are coming to India by air, there is a good chance you will be landing in Dehli. It is one of the cheapest destinations to fly to. There are many airports in Rajasthan, but they will cost you considerably more and since Rajasthan is so well connected by public transport, it seems unnecessary.

Shop around for the best deals on Skyscanner for the best deals. They are my go-to website for flight comparisons.

Reaching Rajasthan by Bus

Both public and private buses very well connect Rajasthan. Private buses are obviously more comfortable, but they will set you back a little more. I pretty much always use public buses as they are reliable and cost-effective.

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Reaching Rajasthan by train

Reaching Rajasthan by train is simple as the mighty Indian railway’s system connects every part of this state. If I can, I will always use the train as it is more comfortable than the bus and it is an experience unto itself.

Click Here for a full breakdown of reaching Rajasthan by train and don’t forget to check out my in-depth post on travelling India by train. It’s packed full of useful information on how to utilize this awesome method of travel.  

Places To Visit In Rajasthan FAQ

Which city is the most beautiful in Rajasthan?

That is a tough question with so many options but overall Udaipur is widely regarded as the most beautiful city in Rajasthan. 

How to explore Rajasthan in 3 days?

Don’t even try. There is far too much to take in and distances are far too great. Invest the time Rajasthan deserves. 

What are the top places to visit in Rajasthan?

is dependent on the individual but as a whole most tourists will not want to miss Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer. 

Who should visit Rajasthan?

Anyone who has an interest in different cultures, history or wildlife. Food is also a big draw for tourists.

In Summary 

I hope you have enjoyed my post on the best places to visit in Rajasthan. I have put a lot of effort into it as I think Rajasthan is a place like no other and well worth your time invested. I want you to get the most out of your time and money in this great state.

For further reading why not check out my blog on travelling to India for more information on planning your dream trip? I have also placed the relevant links on this page for anything that grabs your fancy. Happy reading, guys. 😁