Rajasthan is the largest state of India in terms of area with an area of 3.42 lac sq. kms. The Great Indian Desert in combination with the Aravali mountain range forms the only desert of the sub continent in Rajasthan. The magic of Rajasthan cannot be described in words.
Rajasthan is home to majestic forts and palaces, a variety of birds and animals that are rare and even endangered, like the desert fox and the caracal.
On your tour to Rajasthan you can have an amazing experience while exploring the sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and rugged forts, men and women in colorful turbans and skirts, bustling towns and quiet villages, camels, elephants and tigers, harsh sunlight and much more than this.
For an adventurous tour in Rajasthan visit the best-known wildlife areas including the Ranthambore National Park, the sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, and the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Besides all this the colorful fairs and festivals of Rajasthan would surely lure your heart. The shimmering bazaars at these Rajasthan fairs will be the perfect place for shopping, especially if its handicrafts, gems and jewels.
Though the weather remains almost the same throughout the year, the temperature changes on a day to night basis. The days are hot and especially on the deserts, and nights are bearably cold, though the breeze is definitely enjoyable.
But the post monsoon months are brilliant in Rajasthan and the entire time period of September to March, are best months to visit Rajasthan.
Jaisalmer is one of the gleaming cities in Rajasthan situated in the heart of Thar Desert. This formidable double walled city, deep within the desert has withstood the ambition of many a conqueror.
Here the sunsets have a distinctively majestic glow. As the night gradually descends, the sky goes up in flames, which then fade leaving a few embers, till it becomes utterly dark. The city is famous for its Havelis, which have an entirely unique architecture.
Jodhpur, the Desert City was once the capital of the Rathore Rajputs.The reflection of those royal times can be seen in their forts, which have now been converted, into heritage hotels in India. Some of the main palaces like Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace form the major attractions of the city.
Another city covered under this circuit is the capital city of Jaipur. The city is best explored on foot and the adventurous visitor willing to go into the inner lanes can discover a whole new world not visible to the tourist-in-a-hurry. The City Palace complex is the most important landmark of the city of Jaipur, with its numerous outbuildings, courtyards, impressive gateways, and temples.
The city of Ajmer covered under this travel circuit has an interesting history. Till 12th century it was a stronghold of the Chauhan Rajputs.The city of Ajmer has its closest association with the Dargah Sharif, the final resting place of the Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
The city is home to many forts and tombs depicting the Mughal architecture. The inscriptions on the memorials are of immense historic interest. You must have heard about the famous Pushkar fair. The Sacred Brahma land of Pushkar brings alive the rich tradition of Rajasthan enhancing the glory of the golden sand.
It is the spectacular Fair Ground in the month of Kartik with bedecked Camels, decorated cattles, adventures competitions, breathtaking events, jostling rustic crowd, meditating sadhus, holy dip, vivid stalls, exotic fair, colorful desert and much more. The fair in conjunction with having religious entity is famous for its Cattle Fair.
The fairy tale city of Rajasthan; Udaipur is the city, famous for its palaces, havelis, temples, and museums. The main attractions of the city are the palaces on the islands in Lake Pichola, which lies in the heart of this heritage city. The prime spot in Udaipur is the City Palace, which has a massive courtyard.
This travel circuit in Rajasthan covers all those wildlife sanctuaries of Rajasthan, which are visited by many adventure lovers every year. A wildlife tour in Rajasthan takes you to Sariska, which was the hunting preserve of the Alwar royals, and its palace has been privy to many of these shoots.
The green, serene surroundings of Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary attract many tourists. One will find many species of birds and deer abound in this sanctuary placed in the Aravalli Hills. You can visit the Bharatpur bird sanctuary; the ideal time for visiting Bharatpur is in winters, when the keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary is full of exotic, foreign winged visitors who migrate here from across the globe.
You would find birds like larks, thrushes, warblers, kingfishers etc in this sanctuary. This travel circuit also covers the most popular Ranthambore National Park, a combination of forest, and scrubland, in which nestle six lakes, the River Banas and its tributary Kandoli, make Ranthambhore ideal for spotting tigers. The Ranthambore Fort is another attraction of the national park.
In the land of desert, you are bound to have a camel safari ride on the golden sands. The night time witnesses a lot of ethnic programs, especially the desert areas have the nomadic groups performing traditional dances like Ghoomar and Kalbelia.
You must shop for traditional and colorful Rajasthani folk costumes, bangles and jewelery, while the handicrafts are equally unique and enticing.
Last updated : Nov 23, 2011.