Rajasthan, in terms of area, is the largest state of our country. It confines in itself numerous magnificent small and big cities that are prominent tourist destinations. People in uncountable numbers appear here to experience the heavenly bliss and exuberance this state offers. Statistically, In the year 2019, approximately 52 million national tourists came to Rajasthan while 1.6 million foreign tourists arrived here. Rajasthan is a concoction of royalty and ancestry of former rulers. Merely by visiting Rajasthani boroughs and cities you can witness those initial times and vibes. State while elevating its modernity, has preserved and maintained its past culture and heritage. It is evident in their every move. The buildings they build, the food they eat, the festivals they celebrate, the clothing style they contain, and their world-famous handicrafts, precisely answer all the suspicions about the culture of Rajasthan.
Here’s a list of 8 renowned Rajasthani cities including all the relevant information about them.
Mandawa lies in the jhunjhunu district of the Shekhawati region. It is like a home to tourists. The walls of Havelis and Forts of Mandawa are sculpted with Lord Krishna’s childhood paintings. Antique sculptures on walls and Mirror works to deliver the panoramic view of the place to its visitors. Castle Mandawa Hotel, Matsya Vilas, Hotel Shahi Palace are some must-visit places here. The minute you will catch sight of this awe-inspiring town you will be thrilled at your decision of visiting here.
Aangan resort in Mandawa offers the best accommodation deals. It is located amidst shops, streets, and greenery. Therefore, you can enjoy the breathtaking view it grants. The resort is perfect for all kinds of events and the staff is highly amicable. Thus, all your needs will be taken care of in the blink of an eye.
Jodhpur was founded by a Rajput chief named Rao Jodha in 1459. It is the second-largest city in Rajasthan. Formerly, Jodhpur was the capital of the kingdom of Marwar. Most of the city area is acquired by palaces, forts, and temples. Jodhpur has many educational institutions like All India Medical Science and the Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur.
Being located in the Thar Desert, the temperature of the blue city remains hot and semi-arid. It perceives a long dry season and a short spell of a rainy one from June to September.
The infrastructure of the city is made with a blend of modernity and powerfully emphasizes their traditional culture as well. The city has two outdoor stadiums and one indoor stadium complex. Food and Sweets of Jodhana ( as locals used to call it) like Mirchi Wada, Mawa Kachori, Ghevar, Malpua, Daal Baati Churma have a great hype among visitors. Gypsies, usually known as Banjaras are very cliche in this city as it is located in the desert. The handicraft industry of Jodhpur is a $ 200 million industry. In total, It contributes $4 billion to the economy of Rajasthan.
The largest Festival, Rajasthan International Folk Festival is held in Mehrangarh fort during October in Jodhpur is worth experiencing. Furthermore, places like Kaylana Lake, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Clock tower, and Chamunda Devi Temple are some of the tourist’s jams.
Udaipur, which lies near the Gujrat border was founded by Maharana Udai Singh ll in 1559. Initially, the city was the capital of the kingdom of Mewar. Udaipur is asserted as the most romantic tourist place. Surrounded by Aravalli Ranges, the city consists of many lakes, royal residences, Rajput-era mansions.
The climate of the City is hot, semi-arid kind. From March till June the temperature is hot and the monsoon strides in from July.
Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Doodh Talai Lake, Rang Sagar, and Swaroop Sagar Lake are some of the many outstanding lakes in Udaipur. Hence it is wisely said as the City of Lakes.
Places such as City Palace Udaipur, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Kesariya Ji temple, Jagdish temple are some of the places one definitely should go to. Jamar kotra in Udaipur has been declared as a National Geographical monument by a Geological survey.
Udaipur is a perfect location for destination weddings and family trips. This history and the culture of Rajasthan will leave you in awe of it.
Jaipur is the capital city and also comes under one of the most splendid cities of Rajasthan. It is the tenth most populous city in the country and lies 286 km away from Delhi. Founded by Jai Singh II in 1727, it is now declared as a World Heritage Site because of its authenticity and beauty. The city’s infrastructure and buildings are largely dominated by pink color. This is the reason it is addressed to the name of the pink city. Jaipur forms a part of the golden triangle. The amazing thing about the city is, it was planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra.
The climate of Jaipur is semi-arid. Summers are exclusively hot while the winters are a bit mild. Jaipuria usually speaks Hindi, Marwari, and English.
It is the largest manufacturer of hand-knitted rugs. Shops, Handicrafts such as Bandhani, block-printing, sculpture, stone carving, zari-gota, lakh ki Gaudiya, blue pottery, antiques occupy the spacious markets of Jaipur. Tourists largely buy these Rajasthani decorative items and ornaments. Thus, leading to a boost in the Indian economy and broadening the reach of Indian products.
Museum at Hawa Mahal, an art gallery at Viratnagar, various statues are some of the places to explore. The literature festival of Jaipur is world-famous. Various authors, poets, and readers across the world arrive here to have a glimpse of this exotic fair.
Jaisalmer is famous for its temples, camel rides, desert safari, castles, artifacts, and primarily for Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort was built by Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal on Meru Hill. Raj Mahal, Jain Temple, and Laxminath temple inside the fort magnificently illustrate the legacy of Rajputs. The city possesses seven dazzling Jain temples.
In this desert region, the temperature varies from day tonight. The maximum temperature is 24°C.
The Desert festival of Rajasthan is held in February. Several races, competitions, dances, and pieces of music are conducted to fascinate visitors and acknowledge them about Rajasthani Culture and history. This is probably the best time to visit Jaisalmer as you will highly relish the atmosphere and enjoy it tremendously
The only hill station of Rajasthan lies in Aravalli Ranges in the Sirohi district. Anciently, it was named Arbudaanchal.
The summers happen from mid-April to June. The maximum temperature recorded was 34°C. The humidity is less. However, Winters here are cold.
Like all the places in Rajasthan, this place too has some iconic temples including Adhar Devi Temple, Shri Raghunath Ji Temple, Dilwara Temple, and Durga Ambika Mata Temple. Mount Abu has the most captivating and picturesque surroundings. This place will indeed seize your heart and soothe your soul.
Presumably, most people know Binkaner because of its popular scrumptious bhujia.
Founded by Rao Bika in 1488, Bikaner lies in the middle of the Thar Desert. Formerly, labeled as Jangladesh this gorgeous city is recognized for so much more than its bhujia including handicrafts, forts, temples, sweets, palaces, leather articles, intricately carved jharokhas, and food. In addition, it also has the Biggest Camel farm in Asia.
Bikaner experiences a hot desert climate throughout the year.
It is the center of Usta Art. Some places worth discovering are Junagarh Fort, Bishnoi Temple, Jain temple. The city encounters innumerable visitors on the Foundation Day Festival on Akshay Tritiya and International Camel Festival.
Known as Tirtha Raj, Pushkar lies in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. It is situated on the shore of Pushkar Lake.
The city is known for the Pushkar Camel Fair which is held during October- November. Beautifully adorned camels participate in races. Various acrobats, dancers, snake charmers arrive here to participate. Pushkar Holi also has a major hype among outsiders.
Brahma Temple and some of the gurdwaras of Pushkar are unmissable.