You have to visit Jaisalmer to know why it is called the ‘Golden City’. Its architecture dominated by yellow sandstone gives that beautiful shimmer of gold when the rays of sun dance on it! Jaisalmer is famous for its beautiful havelis that are an architectural marvel. The best part is- people still live in these havelis and show you around happily. The world-famous Sam Sand Dunes are something one must visit while touring Jaisalmer. You would feel like the luckiest person if you could attend the Jaisalmer Winter Festival. The beautiful golden sand and the luxury of living in five-star tents out there in the open under the starlit sky will make you feel like a royal.
Rajasthan-the most colorful, vivacious and vibrant state in India. Every time you visit you think you have seen enough but behold dear travelers, Rajasthan is not just a state, it’s a treasure trove! Every time, it has so many hidden jewels to offer that you can travel across the length and breadth of it for months and you would still find things to explore, enjoy and talk about.
Rajasthan is visually appealing to such an extent that it has served as a backdrop in many Hollywood, Hindi and regional films. ‘The Dark Night’fame Christopher Nolan was so fascinated by Rajasthan that he shot a scene (the correctional facility escape scene) at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. Apart from this films like Octopussy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Darjeeling Limited were shot in Rajasthan. When it comes to Hindi films, the list is endless- BajiraoMastani, PK, BajrangiBhaijan, Paheli, Hum Dil De ChukeSanam, Gadar, Border and on an on and on! Let’s explore its most iconic cities and places:
Monsoon Palace or Sajjangarh Palace are the beauties that the city offers. Apart from these Jagdish temples, Saheliyonki Bari, Haldighati, and Bagoreki Haveli are other gems. So you have your platter full when it comes to Udaipur.
Chittorgarh is not just a place or a district, it is actually a story – a story of valour, of bravery, of sacrifice, of beauty. This is the land of Padmavati and Jauhar, where thousands of women perished themselves in raging fires and thousands of men sacrificed their heads to save their motherland from a siege. The Chittorgarh Fort - one of the largest in India and a UNESCO World Heritage site is a marvel to explore. The Vijay Stambh or KeertiStambh is another monument which is synonymous with Chittorgarh. This was constructed by the Mewar King Rana Kumbha in 1448 to commemorate his victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujarat. The Meerabai temple is another architectural delight in Chittorgarh. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of this temple and will be transported back in time if you look closely at the intricate carvings.
Also known as ‘Sun City’, Jodhpur is a traveler’s delight. The Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur has been a favourite amongst filmmakers, so much so that even Hollywood’s Christopher Nolan decided to use it in his super-successful movie The Dark Knight Rises. The beautiful city is almost on the edge of the majestic Thar desert. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is another gem in the city’s store. Jaswant Thada, Mandore, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal are some other extremely beautiful spots you wouldn’t want to miss. Jodhpur is also known as ‘Blue City’ because almost all houses and buildings in the old city are colored blue.
If you are visiting Rajasthan, you cannot miss the “Venice of the East”- Udaipur!! Nestled beautifully in the Aravali hills, cradling some of the most beautiful lakes, Udaipur is pure bliss. Not only is this a favourite when it comes to shooting and filming locations, it is also loved by one and all when it comes to royal destination weddings. Founded in 1553, by Maharaj Udai Singh II, Udaipur is at its pinnacle of beauty after monsoons. If you love the pristine azure waters then this city can satiate your thirst like no other. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, DoodhTalai Lake and Jaisamand Lake (the second-largest man-made sweet water lake in Asia) are a spectacle in the real sense of the word. And if you are one of those who love palaces and everything royal then Udaipur is just the right place. City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir Palace,
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Did your heart skip a beat while watching Deepika Padukone’s ‘Mohe rang do lal’ dance in BajiraoMastani? Did your heart flutter by the sheer aesthetics of the place where she danced amidst all the fountains? Well, you need not go too far to relive the moment because it is right here in our very own Pink city- Jaipur- it is Amber Palace! This is just the beginning, Jaipur has its platter full for you. From its signature, Hawa Mahal to City Palace, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Jantar Mantar, GovindDevji Temple, Jal Mahal- Jaipur is a treat for tourists and travelers.
Surrounded by Aravali mountains, this city is best known for the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Every year countless devotees throng the city to offer their prayers. Loved and respected by both Muslim and Hindu community, the shrine or dargah is considered to be the most iconic structure in the city. Apart from this, the Ana Sagar Lake also attracts many tourists. Ajmer is also famous for its Mayo College which is considered to be one of a kind as it is one of the oldest institutions founded in 1875. Pushkar- which is 11km from Ajmer- is another favourite of religious and spiritual travelers.Adhai Din ka Jhonpda and SonijikiNasiyan are two of those spots in Ajmer, you wouldn’t want to miss at any cost.
The city which is home to the famous spicy, crispy snack ‘bhujia’ has all the spices and flavour of an attractive tourist destination.Also known as the ‘camel country’ the city houses one of the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms. Bikaner is also known on the world map because of Karni Mata Temple or the ‘Rat Temple’ at Deshnok (a few kilometers away from Bikaner). Apart from Bhujia, Camel and the Rats; Bikaner has the beautiful Junagadh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and Museum and Laxmi Nivas Palace (which is now a luxury hotel) to give the tourists a chance to go back into the world of Rajas and royalty. You can also visit the Rampuria Havelis if you are one of those travelers who love to feast their eyes on the Victorian era architecture.