Places to visit in Rajasthan

As a child, almost all of us have dreamt of staying in a royal palace. Sitting on the cliff of the fort, dressed in regal clothes while we sip our favourite drink and enjoy the splendid view from there. Sounds magnificent, does it not? With all the colourful curtains, pillows, queen sized beds, marvellous mirrors, and massive gates that guard the forts against the enemies, palaces have always been a dream! Rajasthan, the jewel in the crown of India, can make your fairy-tale come true. Often referred to as the Land of Kings, Rajasthan is one of the treasures of India.

With royal forts, gorgeous palaces, rich wildlife, and vibrant festivals, this state celebrates the true spirit of India and showcases one among the finest cultures of this country. It is an exquisite destination for all the tourists who are fed-up with the conventional spots. Rajasthan has no beaches; it is all about the desert and the sands. With the most colourful bazaars in India, to the royal palaces; Rajasthan is a celebration of traditions and festivals. The forts here have been revamped and made into glorious restaurants for you to stay and live your dream. During the time of festivals and events, the entire state transforms into an explosion of colors, making it more beautiful than usual. Be it the National Parks, Forts, or Monuments; Rajasthan will not dishearten you. Due to the rise of tourists coming to Rajasthan, it has been getting better day-by-day, allowing more people from across the world to visit the place and celebrate the true spirit of Rajasthan!

One of the most visited places of Ajmer; the Ajmer Dargah is a Sufi shrine which is believed to be one of the holiest places in Rajasthan. Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, who was a Persian Sufi saint, is enshrined in this place owing to his secular preaching’s. He is believed to be the descendant of Muhammad, and it is on his request that he came to India. It is believed that if you pray for anything with a pure heart at the Ajmer Dargah, it is bound to be fulfilled. 

 

Location

Address: Ajmer Dargah, Ajmer, Rajasthan 305001

Hours: 6 am to 9 pm every day. However, it stays closed from 3 pm to 4 pm.

Telephone: 98290-70786

 

Timings

The Dargah is open for both males and females, and it would take about 40 minutes for you to get a complete visit to this holy shrine. Winters are usually the best time to visit Ajmer as the temperatures would be bearable with some beautiful Sufi music that resonates in your ears. Eid is also an excellent time to visit the holy shrine.

 

Highlights

This prestigious shrine built by the Mughal Emperor Humayun features a series of huge doors boasting beautiful carvings while you enter the dargah. All these doors are made of pure silver, and the intricate carvings are a treat to watch. Once you reach the courtyard, you can get a glimpse of the tomb of the pious saint, Moinuddin Chishti which is carved out of marble. On the top of the dargah, there is gold plating, guarded by a railing that is made out of pure silver and marble. There is a sense of peace and serenity inside the premises of dargah that you would not find anywhere else!

 

Recommended for

The Ajmer Dargah is recommended for people of all age groups, as it provides ultimate peace and solitude.

 

How to get to Ajmer Dargah

Ajmer in Rajasthan is a well-connected city. It is connected to almost many famous cities in the country either by rail, road or air. 

By Air: The Jaipur airport is the closest to the city of Ajmer. From the airport, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

By Rail: The Indian Railway Network is one of the most well-connected services in India. There would be regular trains from essential places in the country to Ajmer, either directly or by a change in two trains to help you reach the city. From the station, you can book a cab or take a local bus to reach the Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

By Road: Though hiring a cab is an option, it would be advised to take regular buses that ply between important cities to Ajmer regularly. There would be direct buses to Ajmer from Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer that will help you reach the destination. From the bus stop, you can take a taxi or another local bus to reach the Ajmer Dargah. 

Nevertheless, the ideal way to reach the Dargah would be to take a flight and to Jaipur and take a bus from Jaipur to Ajmer. From there you can proceed either in a cab or a local bus. This is by far the most comfortable way to reach the Ajmer Dargah.

 

About Ajmer Dargah

Located about two km away from the main Ajmer Railway Station, the Ajmer Sharif Dargah is a popular holy place in Ajmer. At the foot of the prestigious Taragarh Hill is this shrine located, which attracts pilgrims from various places across the country. It contains several buildings made of white marbles around the two courtyards and also includes a massive gate that is donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad and even the Akbari Mosque which was constructed by the prestigious Mughal Emperor named Shah Jahan. 

The Nizam Gate at the entrance is the main gate to the shrine which is followed by the Shahjahani Gate. Following this gate is the Buland Darwaza upon which the ‘urs’ flag is hoisted to mark the beginning of Moinuddin Chishti’s death anniversary rituals. The ‘urs’ for the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti is celebrated every year on the 6th and 7th days of the Rajab. Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin is the present Spiritual Head of the shrine of Ajmer Dargah. He is the direct descendant of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in the 22nd generation. Till date, around 150,000 pilgrims visit the dargah every single day as a mark of their gratitude towards the holy shrine. 

Apart from the dargah, you can also visit the Nasiyan Temple in Ajmer which is believed to be its Golden Temple. This two-storey temple is a beautiful creation that is decorated beautifully with precious stones amidst pure gold and silver. You can also go on camel rides on the sands of Pushkar to explore the place in a much better way.

 

Interesting facts about Ajmer Dargah

  • When Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti was ruling the place, Dargah was the main source of water. One of the monuments inside the dargah known as the Jahalra was the primary source of water. Even today, it is used for all the rituals that were performed within the premises of the dargah.
  • Out of all the residents, Muhammad Bin Tughluq was the first person to visit the prestigious Dargah Sharif of the Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty Ajmeri in the year 1332.
  • Devotional singers in the Ajmer Sharif’s hall dedicate qawwalis praising Allah after the namaaz is offered. This practice happens in the mehfil-e-same inside the Dargah.
  • Long ago, a water carrier named Nizam Sikka had saved the life of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. As a token of gratitude, he was permitted to rule the Mughal Empire for an entire day. Till date, the tomb of Nizam Sikka exists within the Dargah Sharif.
  • Inside the Dargah, a significant amount of food is prepared during the night and distributed to the public in the form of tabarruk. Tabarruk means a blessing which is given after the morning prayers.
  • Over 33 Quranic verses alongside the 99 sacred names of Allah have been beautifully inscribed on the Jama Masjid, which is a treat to the eyes.

The ancient township of Bhangarh in the Aravalli range of Alwar district in Rajasthan was founded by Raja Bhagwandas and was later made the capital by Raja Madho Singh who built the fort in 1631. A primitive town, it is 300 km from Jaipur and 40 km from Delhi.

The Bhangarh Fort, however, is infamous due to its top ranking status as the most haunted place in India and a hub for paranormal activities. The fort symbolizes spine chilling tales related to curses, legends and folklores.  Visitors and locals have attested to witnessing ghosts and other supernatural experiences at the fort and feeling restless and anxious due to an eerie feeling of a presence following them. 

There are several peculiar legends surrounding the fort and these myths are so pervasive that the entire town has been abandoned by the locals and villages have sprung up far from the fort. Two legends that stand out are:

The curse –  King Madho Singh had decided to raise his fort where Guru Bhalu Nath abided. He took the permission from the ascetic and was granted the same on the condition that it should not cast a shadow on his dwelling. As fate would have it, the fortification of the palace by Madho’s descendants eclipsed his abode thereby angering the ascetic and destroying the entire city with his curse.  Since then any house built around the area would face the collapsing of its roof.  

Princess Ratnavati and Singhia – The princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati was immensely beautiful and had caught the attention of a black magician, Singhia. Smitten by her beauty, he attempted to lure her by casting a spell on her hair oil. When Ratnavati came to know about this, she threw the oil on a big boulder which rolled down and crushed Singhia. Before dying, he cursed the fort and the town to death with no rebirths. The following year, a war ensued between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh and the entire army along with the royal clan was destroyed and the town massacred.

Tourists are allowed to visit Bhangarh Fort during daytime and can experience what was once upon a time a buzzing prosperous kingdom. The premises of this ruined haunted fort now contain the fort walls, numerous palaces, jauhari bazaar (marketplace), nachan ki haveli and a Muslim tomb. The royal palace had seven storeys out of which only four remain. The township was protected by three fortifications with the outermost fortification provided with five gateways from north to south – Ajmeri, Lahori, Hanuman, Phool Bari and Delhi Gate. The top of the fort offers a magnificent view of the entire city.

There are several temples inside the precinct of Bhangarh fFort and outside built in the beautiful nagara style architecture such as Hanuman Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Gopinath Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, Someshwar Temple, Ganesh Temple and Navin Temple. The locals believe it protects them from the supernatural.

The Archaeological Survey of India keeping the safety of the visitors in mind, has put up an advisory board prohibiting access to the area after sunset and that trespassers will attract a strict legal action.

Many tourists and locals have claimed to have heard strange noises, screams, seen ghostly shadows at the windows and even reported of music and dance coming from the palace. Some of the incidents heard are that two boys went to the fort after sunset and decided to stay the night. They were never to be seen again. Another incident suggests that a group of boys went with a torch to the fort and one of them fell into the steep well. He was rescued by his two friends and were rushing to the hospital when all three of them died in a freak road accident. In a yet another incident, it has been reported that a shadow of a person can be seen from one of the rooms in the fort which has a grilled window and no door.

Deemed as the most haunted palace, it makes Bhangarh Fort attractive for a lot of tourists and Ghostbusters.

 

Location

Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410

 

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Recommended For

Adventure seekers, haunting & spooky experience seekers

 

How to get to Bhangarh Fort

Air: The closest airport is the Santander airport in Jaipur which is at a distance of 56kms from Bhangarh. From there, a cab can be hired to Bhangarh Fort.

Train: The closest railway station is the Dausa railway station located at a distance of 22kms.

Road: There are regular private and state bus services, cabs and private cars if you wish to travel by road.

 

Interesting Facts About Bhangarh Fort

  • The town of Bhangarh existed during the time of Akbar’s Mughal era and is believed to be inhabited by a population of 10,000 people.
  • The fort is locked at sunset and opens only the next morning due to the Archaeological Survey of India directive prohibiting entry post dusk.
  • The fort has no electricity and acts as a night shelter for animals from the neighbouring forests. 
  • The locals strongly believe in the existence of the supernatural at the fort.
  • The nearby villages don’t have rooftops on their homes as it collapses if built.
  • People who have visited the fort have felt anxious and restless due to the eerie feeling of a presence following them or looking at them.

A magnificent palace amidst lush greenery, Neemrana Fort Palace was built in 1464 in Neemrana, a town in Alwar district of Rajasthan and belonged to the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III of the Rajput Chauhan dynasty. The rulers defied the British and bowed to none even as their land was being given away to the neighbouring kingdoms. Strained with difficulties, in 1947, Raja Rajinder Singh of Neemrana left the palace as the façade had started crumbling and the ramparts started to crack, moving to Vijay Bagh.  In 1986 the historical ruins were acquired for restoration and in 2000, it had opened its doors with just 15 rooms. By 2008 it had completely restored resplendently and had metamorphosed into a 4-star luxurious heritage hotel with a fusion of traditional Rajasthani and modern interiors. It consists of 74 rooms and an additional wing which houses the two swimming pools and spa, hanging gardens with a salon, a restaurant with a roof-top garden, an amphitheatre and conference rooms.

Take a tour of the magnificent 11 tiered Neemrana Fort for a small fee and explore the charm of the old heritage. You can visit the fort or book a stay and feel like royalty whilst enjoying the luxuries of the palace.  Neemrana offers guests a camel ride and vintage car rides.

Adrenaline junkies can experience the thrill of zip lining from the Neemrana fort and being fascinated by the breathtaking view below. At 400 meters in length and 40km speed, it will cover around 5 different hills spanning the palace and will take around 2.5 hours to complete.

Around 126 kms away is the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. Once upon a time, a hunting preservation of the Maharaja of Alwar, it is now a tiger reserve known for its Royal Bengal Tigers which were relocated from Ranthambore.  Apart from the glorious tigers, you can also witness other wildlife species such as nilgai, leopard jungle cat, hyena, rhesus monkey and birds such as kingfisher, grey partridge, crested serpent eagle, bush quail, woodpeckers, etc. The sanctuary has the largest population of peafowl and crocodiles. The sanctuary has a diverse landscape ranging from rocky hills to enchanting forests and lush grasslands and a must visit for nature enthusiasts.

Venture to the Bala Quila Fort which is located above the city palace on a hill of the Aravalli range. It was built in the 15 century by Hasan Khan Mewati and was later possessed by Marathas, Yadavas and Kachwaha Rajputs. The fort is a massive imposing structure stretching 5km long from north to south and 1.6 km width from east to west. It has 6 gates - Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Krishen Pol and Andheri Gate - and around 15 large and 51 small towers. 304 meters above sea level, it offers a spectacular view of Alwar.

The best time to visit Neemrana Fort is September to March. Though, it is pleasant throughout the year as it is set amidst greenery, the mercury dips during the winter season making it a more comfortable experience.

 

Location

15th Century, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, 122nd Milestone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Neemrana, Alwar, Rajasthan 301705

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Highlights

  1. Neemrana Fort is a resplendent palace and an architectural wonder with the most astounding hanging gardens perched on a hilltop overlooking the landscape that changes colours with the seasons.
  2. Thrill seekers can zip line from the fort and soak in the breathtaking marvelous view from above.
  3. Visit the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary for a scintillating experience of witnessing diverse species of animals and birds.
  4. The Bala Quila fort is a must to view the entire city of Alwar

 

Recommended For

A perfect weekend getaway and to explore a royal heritage in the regal state of Rajasthan.

 

How to get to Neemrana Fort

Air: The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi at a distance of 96 km. A cab can be hired from there to Neemrana Fort

Train: The nearest station is Alwar station and a short taxi ride from there to Neemrana

Road: Neemrana is situated on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway and is accessible via bus, taxi and car.

 

Interesting Facts About Neemrana Fort

  1. In 2000 Neemrana won the Intach-Satte award for restoration & tourism for ‘being the foremost example of how we can pick architectural treasures from the national dustbin and turn them around... Neemrana has become synonymous with ‘restoration for re-use.’ 
  2. In 2004, Neemrana was nominated for the Aga Khan Award. 
  3. Some of the movies shot at the fort are Major Saab, Dil Se and Phillauri

Deeg Fort which encompasses the famous Deeg Palace was built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1730. Capital of the Jat rulers and located 32 km from Bharatpur, the Deeg Palace was built as a summer mansion and was heavily inspired by Mughal architecture.  Being constantly under threat by the Mughals, Maharaja Suraj Mal built a large quadrangle shaped fortress around Deeg Palace to protect it from the invaders.

The resplendent palace has striking features such as the beautiful arches, swing, pillars, corridors, ornamented gates, marble jaalis, the watch tower, elegant courtyards, scenic gardens, lake and well manicured flowerbeds and shrubs. The entrance of the palace, Singh Pol is named after the lion sculpted on the archway.  The design of the garden is believed to be inspired by the Mughal Charbagh which four gardens interspersed by a walkway. The fort is decked with 900 fountains which were supplied with water from two big water tanks - Rup Sagar and Gopal Sagar flanked on either side of the palace with the aim to bring down the temperature during the summers.

The fort is divided into several mansions namely:

Gopal Bhavan - this is one of the finest mansion in Deeg Fort. Its reflection in the surrounding water gives it a glistening ambience. The Bhavan has a remarkably impressive interior with a palanquin roof and an unobstructive view of the charbagh. Apart from this, the Bhawan also has two small edifices called Sawan and Bhadon in the north and south side respectively. The king is believed to have resided in this bhavan.

Suraj Bhavan – One of the beautiful mansion in the palace complex, it was built by Surajmal. It has a verandah with five arched opening and corner rooms on each side. The bhavan is built with buff sandstone on which white marble was encased subsequently.

Kisan Bhavan - Situated on the southeast side of the palace complex, this meeting hall is a well-decorated mansion which has a paneled facade that is broken by five large central archways adorned with a series of fountains on the terrace.

 Hardev Bhawan - The Hardev Bhawan lies behind Suraj Bhawan and has a vast garden on the front which is laid out out in Mughal charbagh style.

Keshav Bhavan – the monsoon pavilion, it is the the most fascinating bhavan of Deeg Palace and stands next to the Rup Sagar. An arcade runs around the interior of the pavilion over the fountains and a canal, the walls of which are pierced with hundreds of minute water jets. The fountain spray and the jets create a monsoon-like ambience that is enhanced by a unique technique that produces thunder-like sound all around the pavilion. Hundreds of metal balls placed strategically on the channel surrounding the roof are set rolling with the water pressure which results in a thunderous effect. 

Nand Bhawan - Located on the north side of the central garden, this is a large oblong hall that is raised on a terrace and enclosed by a garden of seven openings.

Purana Mahal - Built by Badan Singh, Purana Mahal is planned as a spacious rectangle with an interior consisting of two separate courts. It continues the tradition of a typical palace. It has impressive exterior. The arches are both of engrailed and pointed types.The royal abodes are planned along the periphery of the central garden and flanked by two reservoirs i.e. the Rup Sagar on the east and the Gopal Sagar on the west.

The best time to visit Deeg is between September to March as it faces harsh summers with temperatures rising to nearly 50 degrees.

 

Location

Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan 321203

 

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Highlights

  1. It is a symphonic blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
  2. A magnificent palace, it is surrounded by the fortress and a deep moat to keep invaders at bay.
  3. The palace was constructed out of red stone and marble.
  4. The boat shaped edifice Sawan and Bhadon is a craftsmanship marvel through which water runs from a chute through each of the structures and falls onto a verandah.

 

Recommended For

A perfect weekend getaway and opportunity to explore of the Rajasthan’s royal palace and heritage

 

How to get to Deeg 

Air: The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and Kheria Airport, Agra. From there a cab can be hired to reach Deeg.

Train: The nearest station is Bharatpur station which is well connected with major cities of India. From there a cab can hired to reach Deeg directly.

Road: Numerous private and state buses from Bharatpur go to Deeg. You can also hire private car and cab to reach deeg.

 

Interesting Facts About Deeg 

  1. The Deeg Palace is also known as ‘Jal Mahal’ meaning the water palace
  2. Some of the materials used to construct the palace, antiques and a huge cannon were brought from Red Fort in Agra when Maharaj Suraj Mal attacked and looted it after the battle.
  3. The ideology behind 900 fountains was to lower the temperature of the fort

Deeg Fort which encompasses the famous Deeg Palace was built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1730. Capital of the Jat rulers and located 32 km from Bharatpur, the Deeg Palace was built as a summer mansion and was heavily inspired by Mughal architecture.  Being constantly under threat by the Mughals, Maharaja Suraj Mal built a large quadrangle shaped fortress around Deeg Palace to protect it from the invaders.

The resplendent palace has striking features such as the beautiful arches, swing, pillars, corridors, ornamented gates, marble jaalis, the watch tower, elegant courtyards, scenic gardens, lake and well manicured flowerbeds and shrubs. The entrance of the palace, Singh Pol is named after the lion sculpted on the archway.  The design of the garden is believed to be inspired by the Mughal Charbagh which four gardens interspersed by a walkway. The fort is decked with 900 fountains which were supplied with water from two big water tanks - Rup Sagar and Gopal Sagar flanked on either side of the palace with the aim to bring down the temperature during the summers.

The fort is divided into several mansions namely:

Gopal Bhavan - this is one of the finest mansion in Deeg Fort. Its reflection in the surrounding water gives it a glistening ambience. The Bhavan has a remarkably impressive interior with a palanquin roof and an unobstructive view of the charbagh. Apart from this, the Bhawan also has two small edifices called Sawan and Bhadon in the north and south side respectively. The king is believed to have resided in this bhavan.

Suraj Bhavan – One of the beautiful mansion in the palace complex, it was built by Surajmal. It has a verandah with five arched opening and corner rooms on each side. The bhavan is built with buff sandstone on which white marble was encased subsequently.

Kisan Bhavan - Situated on the southeast side of the palace complex, this meeting hall is a well-decorated mansion which has a paneled facade that is broken by five large central archways adorned with a series of fountains on the terrace.

 Hardev Bhawan - The Hardev Bhawan lies behind Suraj Bhawan and has a vast garden on the front which is laid out out in Mughal charbagh style.

Keshav Bhavan – the monsoon pavilion, it is the the most fascinating bhavan of Deeg Palace and stands next to the Rup Sagar. An arcade runs around the interior of the pavilion over the fountains and a canal, the walls of which are pierced with hundreds of minute water jets. The fountain spray and the jets create a monsoon-like ambience that is enhanced by a unique technique that produces thunder-like sound all around the pavilion. Hundreds of metal balls placed strategically on the channel surrounding the roof are set rolling with the water pressure which results in a thunderous effect. 

Nand Bhawan - Located on the north side of the central garden, this is a large oblong hall that is raised on a terrace and enclosed by a garden of seven openings.

Purana Mahal - Built by Badan Singh, Purana Mahal is planned as a spacious rectangle with an interior consisting of two separate courts. It continues the tradition of a typical palace. It has impressive exterior. The arches are both of engrailed and pointed types.The royal abodes are planned along the periphery of the central garden and flanked by two reservoirs i.e. the Rup Sagar on the east and the Gopal Sagar on the west.

The best time to visit Deeg is between September to March as it faces harsh summers with temperatures rising to nearly 50 degrees.

 

Location

Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan 321203

 

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Highlights

  1. It is a symphonic blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
  2. A magnificent palace, it is surrounded by the fortress and a deep moat to keep invaders at bay.
  3. The palace was constructed out of red stone and marble.
  4. The boat shaped edifice Sawan and Bhadon is a craftsmanship marvel through which water runs from a chute through each of the structures and falls onto a verandah.

 

Recommended For

A perfect weekend getaway and opportunity to explore of the Rajasthan’s royal palace and heritage

 

How to get to Deeg 

Air: The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and Kheria Airport, Agra. From there a cab can be hired to reach Deeg.

Train: The nearest station is Bharatpur station which is well connected with major cities of India. From there a cab can hired to reach Deeg directly.

Road: Numerous private and state buses from Bharatpur go to Deeg. You can also hire private car and cab to reach deeg.

 

Interesting Facts About Deeg 

  1. The Deeg Palace is also known as ‘Jal Mahal’ meaning the water palace
  2. Some of the materials used to construct the palace, antiques and a huge cannon were brought from Red Fort in Agra when Maharaj Suraj Mal attacked and looted it after the battle.
  3. The ideology behind 900 fountains was to lower the temperature of the fort

Listed among the most gorgeous Jain temples in India, this temple in Ranakpur is devoted to Addinatha, who is Jainism's first Tirthankara. This light colored marble temple has distinct turrets, shikharas, arches, and domes. There are more than thousand pillars that have intricate carvings over them.

 

Location: Ranakpur, Udaipur.

Known for: Thousand pillars with carvings.

How to reach: Take a local bus or a taxi.

Cost: There is no entry fee

Operating hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear traditional clothes. Only Hindus are allowed.

Type: Temple. 

Constructed under the reign of Rao Jodha of the Rajput empire, this is one of the largest forts India has ever witnessed. Located 400 feet above the sea level, on a 112 meters high mountain, this fort is surrounded by majestic walls with seven points of entry. The Iron Gate of this fortress, also known as Lohapol has many handprints that are believed to be the sati marks of the Maharaja Man Singh's widows, who threw themselves into the pyre after his death.

 

Location: Jodhpur

Known for: Sati marks on the Lohapol

How to reach:  Take a local ride or hire a taxi.

Cost: It will cost you INR 100-150 approximately.

Operating hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Camera is not allowed. 

Type: Historical Site. 

This Hall of Mirrors in Amber Fort is made entirely of white marbles and red sandstone. This is one of the famous forts of Rajasthan because of its construction. The walls of Sheesh Mahal are covered only with mirrors that reflect any small ray of light to the entire fortress.

 

Location: Amber Fort, Jaipur.

Known for: Mirror reflections.

How to reach: Take a local taxi ride.

Cost: It will cost you INR 100-150 approximately.

Operating hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras with you.

Type: Historical Site. 

The most prominent national park in Rajasthan was a hunting ground for maharajas in the past. This park is most famous for its tigers and the Ranthambore Fort inside the park, which was supposedly the place to relax for the maharajas in this area. Declared as the World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, this park is adorned with several rare species of leopards, sloth bears, nilgais, and sambars. 

 

Location: Sawai Madhopur

Known for: Tigers and Ranthambore Fort

How to reach: Take any of the local transports or hire a taxi from Sawai Madhopur. 

Cost: It will cost you INR 400-500 approximately. 

Operating hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes.

Type: Animal Sanctuary.

One of the hugest forts of Rajasthan, located on the banks of Berach River is a wonderful structure to witness. This UNESCO's World Heritage Site is believed to be constructed by the Pandavas, later taken into control by the Mauryans.

 

Location: Chittorgarh

Known for: Historical remains

How to reach: Take a local taxi or bus from the city center.

Cost: It will cost you INR 100-120 approximately.

Operating hours: From sunrise to sunset.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: There is no fee for the camera, however, be careful with your belongings on a rushy day.

Type: Historical Site. 

This architectural medley of Edwardian architect and the Rajasthani culture is a wonder to watch. Adorned with 347 rooms, which serve as a place of stay for the guests in Rajasthan, this grand spectacular structure provides an enriching life experience for the tourists. 

 

Location: Jodhpur

Known for: Throne room that depicts Ramayana, wooden library, and 500 feet tall dome. 

How to reach: Take a local ride from the city center. 

Cost: It will cost you INR 100-200 approximately. 

Operating hours: 10 am to 4:30 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras.

Type: Historical Site.

Located in the heart of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is the most sought-after tourist destination in Rajasthan. This Palace of the Winds is a five-story building that belonged to the Rajput dynasty. These windows were believed to be built for the royal women to have a look at the outside world, as they were not allowed to come out of the palace. 

 

Location: Jaipur. 

Known for: 953 windows of the palace, also known as Jharokhas. 

How to reach: Take a local taxi from the city center. 

Cost: It will cost you INR 100-150 approximately

Operating hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your cameras.

Type: Historical Site.

Declared as one among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a plethora of rare species of birds. They have many feeding and breeding grounds for the birds and play a host to more than thousand exotic and unique species in India. This humanmade habitat is a home for more than 370 species of endangered birds like painted storks, basking pythons, and nilgai.

 

Location: Bharatpur

Known for: Rare species of birds

How to reach: Take local transport from the nearby places.

Cost: It will cost you INR 100-150 approximately as entry fees.

Operating hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Visit it during the months of February and October to get a view of the migratory birds.

Type: Bird Sanctuary. 

Also known as the golden fort, Jaisalmer's fort is a princely construction that is the pride of the city. This fort was built in Raja Jaiswal in the 12th century and is almost like the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is a beautiful sight to witness after the sun falls, making it one of the major attractions of the city of Jaisalmer. 

 

Location: Jaisalmer

Known for: Yellow sandstone walls.

How to reach: Take local transport from the city center

Cost: Free entry

Operating hours: 12 am to 12 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: They charge camera fees of INR 50-100 approximately.  

Type: Historical Site.

 

Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the regal city of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it comprises of 19 colossal instruments built of stone and marble. Literally meaning ‘Calculating Instrument’, the purpose of the observatory was to study time and space.

The first observatory was built in Delhi in 1724 and when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II made Jaipur his capital, he built the largest and most accurate observatory there in 1734 and is the best preserved observatory till date. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was a brilliant scholar and was commissioned by Emperor Muhammad Shah to make corrections in the astronomical tables and to confirm the data already available on the planetary positions. Jai Singh’s observation that the zij used to predict the position of the heavenly bodies did not match the positions calculated on the table. Hence, the main purport of the observatory was to refine the ancient Islamic zij tables to determine the exact hour of the day and define the calendar accurately for the benefit of the society and individual. In the quest for accuracy, he built five observatories in five cities New Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura to compare readings from different coordinates. The one observatory in Mathura was destroyed and ceases to exist.

The architectural marvel and instrumental innovations and placements allowed the observer to note the celestial body positions with naked eyes. The instruments pertain to Egypt's Ptolemaic positional astronomy tradition which was shared by many civilizations to apply the cosmological vision based upon astronomical facts to astrological positions. There are instruments working in each of the three main classical coordinate systems: the horizon-zenith local system, the equatorial system and the ecliptic system.

Situated in 18,700 square meters of area, Jantar Mantar is the most advanced observatory with 19 instruments with some of the largest built of it’s kind.  The instruments are capable of measuring time, predicting eclipses, track the location of stars as the earth orbits around the sun, establishing the declinations of planets and defining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. Some instruments could be used for both daytime and nighttime observations. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II decided to build the observatory instruments with stone and marble because stone can withstand extreme weather conditions and has a longer life compared to metal which wear and tear easily. Though, there are some instruments that are built from bronze. The observatory had around 20 permanent astronomers and was very active during the life of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.

 

Location

Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002 https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Jantar+Mantar++Jaipur/@26.924762,75.8223713,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x396db14c7ff57069:0xe94a0429a18dabbe!8m2!3d26.924762!4d75.8245

Some of the interesting instruments at the observatory are:

1.Samrat Yantra -  The largest instrument, the Vrihat Samrat yantra is a sundial that can give the local time to an accuracy of 2 seconds. It is the largest sundial ever built with a gnomon arm 22.6-meter high and largest quadrants of radius 15.5 meter. The shadow of the triangular wall, which is placed in the north-south direction with an angle equal to the latitude of this location moves equal distances in equal time intervals, on the eastern and western side quadrants. This movement is calibrated to read the local time.

2.Small Samrat Yantra - The small samrat yantra is a sundial that can give the time to an accuracy of 20 seconds. The shadow of the triangular wall of the yantra, falling on the eastern & western side quadrants, tells the local time.

3.Kapala Yantra -  Kapal Yantra is able to record the co-ordinates of celestial bodies in both the azimuth-altitude and equatorial systems, and permits a direct visual transformation of the co-ordinates of any point in the sky between the two systems.

4.Rasivalaya - Rasivalaya are instruments for measuring the latitude and longitude of the celestial bodies. There are twelve instruments which represent the twelve signs of the zodiac, each becoming operative when a different one of the 12 zodiacal constellations straddles the meridian.

5.Unnatamsa - It is an instrument for measuring altitude or the angular height of an object in the sky. The large brass circle that hangs from the supporting beam is the measuring instrument of the Unnatamsa. The brass circle is pivoted to rotate freely around a vertical axis. A sighting tube is pivoted at the centre of the circle. It can be moved in the vertical direction to align it towards any celestial object.

6.Jaya Prakash Yantra – A highly innovative sundial, it is a representation of half celestial sphere rim which represents horizon for finding all the positions of the heavenly bodies. Its striped black and white appearance gives it an interesting appeal that makes it very popular amongst tourist.

 

Highlights

  • The observatory is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list
  • It is considered as one of the largest observatories ever built
  • The samrat yantra is the biggest sundial in the world

 

Recommended For

Children and Adults

 

How to get to Jaipur 

Flight: The nearest airport is Jaipur International Airport, Jaipur. A cab can be hired from there directly to Jantar Mantar

Train: The closest station is Jaipur station. A cab can be hired from there directly to Jantar Mantar

Road: Several private and state buses run to Jaipur. Private car and taxi can also be hired to reach the place.

Timings

  9:00 am – 4:30 PM daily.

 

Interesting Facts About Jantar Mantar 

  • These incredibly accurate devices were constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who considered date, star alignment and other celestial movements critical to predicting his fate and fortunes in wars and scheming.
  • For collecting data Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II
  • sent his emissaries to various parts of world. The emissaries came back with manuals and astronomical tables besides tonnes of data on the advances made in the fields of astronomy.
  • The monument was damaged by its permanent abandonment in the 19th century. Some important restorations occurred in 1902, under British rule, giving it a new lease of life. Other restorative work occurred during the 20th century with the most recent in 2006-07.
  • Jantar Mantar was designated a monument of national importance in 1968.

Celebrated during Makar Sankranthi annually, the International Kite Festival attracts people from across the world to fly kites of different colors and shapes. You can also relish the favorite delicacies of Rajasthan, which are available everywhere on the streets during this period.

 

Why you should attend this: This is one of the most vibrant festivals of Rajasthan with fireworks, delicacies, kite wars, and illuminated kites, that light up the sky.

Who should attend this: People who are interested in flying kites can attend this. 

Celebrated at the tomb of the Sufi Saint named Kwaja Moinuddin Chisti, this festival embarks upon the unification of the saint with Allah. This religious festival attracts tourists from across the world. During this festival, the tomb of the saint is made clean with rosewater, and later they drape it in an embroidery silk cloth accompanied by offerings and prayer.

 

Why you should attend this: To witness the cultural diversity of Rajasthan.

 

Who should attend this: This festival is apt for people who have a belief in Islam. Religious enthusiasts can also 

One of the biggest festivals celebrated in Rajasthan with unquestionable grandeur, fairs, talented performances by artists, and the worshipping of Goddess Teej. The procession is taken across the city of Jaipur with embellished elephants, camels, and horses.

 

Why you should attend this: To get in touch with the local life of the people in Rajasthan.

 

Who should attend this: Those who are interested in celebrating the glory of this state can attend this. 

Just a couple of days before the grand Holi, the festival of Brij Holi is celebrated as a tribute to Lord Krishna. Music, Dance, and a colorful splash of vibrant shades make the whole state lively. This is one of the most sought-after festivals in Rajasthan that makes the entire state colorful. They also display an enactment of Rasleela, which is the major attraction of this festival.

 

Why you should attend this: To drench yourself in colors.

Who should attend this: People who love to have fun can attend it. Technically speaking, everyone can attend this. 

World's largest literary fair, Jaipur Literature Festival, attracts people from across the country to showcase their works. Both amateurs and reputed writers, book their tickets for the festival, as it is one of the biggest congregation of writers from across the world.

 

Why you should attend this: To showcase your talent on an international level.

 

Who should attend this: Jaipur Literature Festival is primarily for the book lover and the writer in you. 

You can zip from one cliff to another as you enjoy the views of gorgeous forts on your way. Zip Lining is most famous in Rajasthan near the Mehrangarh Fort and the Neemrana Fort. Mehrangarh is for the explorers of Udaipur and Neemrana is for the Delhiites.

 

Location: Neemrana and Mehrangarh forts

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Moderate

Cost: It will cost you INR 800-1500 approximately.

Why you should do it: To get stunning views of the fort.

Tips: Wear comfortable clothes. 

Take a Jungle Safar ride in any of the famous national parks or bird sanctuaries in Rajasthan to get an up-close interaction with the animals. Ranthambore National Park, Keoladeo National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary are some of the famous places to go on safaris.

 

Location: Ranthambore National Park, Keoladeo National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: It will cost you INR 3000-5000 approximately.

Why you should do it: To get a view of the wild and rare animals.

Tips: Wear comfortable clothes. 

Enjoy the bird's eye view of the beautiful Rajasthan by taking a hot-air balloon ride over the skies. This spine-tingling activity is sure to pump up your adrenaline and give you a marvelous experience.

 

Location: Jaipur, Pushkar, and Ranthambore.

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: It will cost you INR 1500-2500 approximately per flight

Why you should do it: To get a stunning view of the city from the sky.

Tips: Carry your binoculars to get an unobstructed view of the forts.

Camping under the stars has always been a thing. Here in Rajasthan, you can camp under the stars on the sand. Along with beautiful tents. These camping sites also entertain you with great performances by Rajasthani local tribes that showcase they folk dances, puppet shows, and finally the delectable Rajasthani food.

 

Location: Rajasthan desert area

For: All age groups, especially for couples.

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: It will cost you INR 5000-6000 per night approximately.

Why you should do it: To experience desert camping.

Tips: Go to camps only during winters.

Rajasthan is not only famous for its exquisite palaces but also home for some of the luxurious vintage cars. These vintage cars go on a rally in the streets of the beautiful city Jaipur, which is a pure heaven for all the car lovers around the world.

 

Location: Jaipur

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: No entry fee

Why you should do it: To get a look at the luxurious vintage beauties.

Tips: Don't forget your camera.

This architectural wonder will confuse you when you look at it for the first time. Located near the Dausa district, this well is one excellent spot to take photographs. You can gradually take the steps and real the well, which will give an adrenaline rush to all those who are afraid of heights.

 

Location: Dausa District, Jaipur

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: No entry fee

Why you should do it: To witness this architectural wonder.

Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and be careful not to slip into the waters. 

From the Malabar Giant Squirrels, Nilgiri Tahrs, Lion-tailed Macaque to Nilgir langurs and gaurs, if there is one way you can catch the raw wildlife of the Western Ghats, it is by exploring the mountains on foot. Taking you through beautiful landscapes, meadows, canopies and forests, trekking in the Western Ghats is truly a life-changing experience and probable the best activity to do in Tamil Nadu. Of all the treks, Maruti peak is considered to be the most scenic one and a fan favorite for frequent trekkers. Of late, trekking has been increasingly seen as a way to explore the mountains and a lot of tour operators and individual operators take people on treks to the Western Ghats. If you are in Tamil Nadu, spare a day or two for trekking.

 

Location: Western Ghats

For: Groups of friends and honeymoon couple

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Approximate Cost:  Depends on tour operators and the permits required

Why you should do it: To see in person the landscapes and wildlife animals you have only been reading in geography books and fairytales. This place lets you in and offers a vibe that will change the way you perceive life and approach towards it.

Tips: The Western Ghats house tons and tons of leeches. So cover up accordingly. Carry enough snacks and water, sunglasses, hats, and insect repellants. If you are camping here, carry flashlights and power banks. Though connectivity is not a concern, do check out the experience of your tour operator before booking. 

Satisfy your adrenaline by taking jeeps and steering through the dunes, bashing all the sand on your way. This one can get quite risky if you cannot drive properly. However, if you can hire a driver, then you can definitely take this ground-level roller coaster ride.

 

Location: Thar Desert

For: Young people

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: It will cost you INR 500-1000 if you hire a vehicle.

Why you should do it: To explore the deserts of Rajasthan

Tips: Rent an SUV for a better experience. 

One of the most famous things to do in Rajasthan is the Camel Safari in the desert areas. You can take a look at the desert from the camel's back and also explore some of the ruins of Rajasthan that cannot be accessed otherwise.

 

Location: Jaisalmer and Pushkar

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: It will cost you INR 500-700 for a ride approximately.

Why you should do it: To get a view of Rajasthan from another perspective.

Tips: Jaisalmer is more preferred for Camel Safaris when compared to Pushkar. Wear comfortable clothes. 

You can steer your way in the waters of Fateh Sagar Lake. This is one of the most thrilling experiences of Rajasthan that offers beautiful views of the lake and the mountains.

 

Location: Udaipur

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Moderate

Cost: It will cost you INR 500-1500 approximately depending on the ride

Why you should do it: To get a beautiful view of the lake

Tips: Take the ride during evenings to witness the magnificent sunset from behind the mountains. 

Yes, horse safari is a thing in Pushkar. You can rent a horse and go on a safari to explore the place just like a camel safari. You can get breathtaking views of the regal streets of Pushkar to get the hang of it.

 

Location: Pushkar

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Moderate

Cost: It will cost you INR 500-1000 approximately depending on the ride

Why you should do it: To get a view of Pushkar

Tips: It will be better if you can control a horse. 

This haunted palace of Rajasthan is believed to be the most haunted location in India. Visitors are not allowed to enter the place after sunset. However, you can visit it during the morning to get a spine-chilling experience. This is more of a ruin rather than a beautiful structure.

 

Location: Bhangarh Fort

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Cost: It will cost you INR 100-150 as entry fee

Why you should do it: To get a spine-chilling haunted experience.

Tips: Do not try and enter the place during nights as there were reports of people missing from the place in the past. 

With the most romantic setting for the couples in Rajasthan, Bundi Vilas is an open terrace fine dine restaurant on the rooftop, offering you stunning views of the forts. They also offer the authentic candlelight dining experience with a wide of exquisite dishes and classy wine.

 

Must eat: Homemade Jams

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 700-800 approximately

Address: Balchand Para, Bundi.

Contact: 0747-24444614

Opening hours: 7:30 am to 1 am, 1 pm to 3 pm, and 7 pm to 10 pm. 

An inexpensive range of dishes to choose from, combined with friendly ambiance is what this place offers you. This is a first-class restaurant that gives the customers glimpses of the Hathori Fort from the dining area.

 

Must eat: Burgers, pizzas, and thalis

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 500-700 approximately

Address: Hotel Pearl Palace, Hari Kishan Somani Marg, Jaipur.

Contact: 0141-2373700

Opening hours: 7 am to 11 pm.

Set-up at the level of the lake-shore, this romantic restaurant offers stunning views of the city palace and Jagniwas amidst a perfect candle-light dinner on tables covered with white-linen under massive trees.

 

Must eat: Tandoor and curries

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 500-700

Address: Amet Haveli, Hanuman Ghat, Udaipur.

Contact: 0294-2431085

Opening hours: 12:30 pm to 3 pm and 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

This beautiful Indian restaurant in the blue city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is the perfect place to have romantic dinners too. It offers scintillating views of the clock tower, fort, and Umaid Bhawan. They also have some authentic cocktails served here to make your spirits high.

 

Must eat: Laal Maas

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 800-900 approximately

Address: Pal Haveli Hotel, Jodhpur, India.

Contact: 0291-3293328

Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm.

This enormous roof-terrace hotel is the perfect place for a private evening. They have formal seating paired with scrumptious Indian dishes, the taste of which will linger in your mouth for the rest of your life.

 

Must eat: Indian Food

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 800-1000 approximately.

Address: Hotel Nachana Haveli, Jaisalmer.

Opening hours: 7 am to 11 pm.

LMB stands for Laxmi Misthan Bhandar. Just like the name suggests, LMB is an authentic vegetarian restaurant with rich flavors and intense aromas that attract the non-vegetarians too. They have attentive waiters, sweet counters, and a unique decor.

 

Must eat: Vegetarian dishes

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 700-800 approximately.

Address: Johari Bazar, Jaipur

Contact: 0141-2560845

Opening hours: 8 am to 11 pm

This exquisite place is for all the Italian food lovers in Rajasthan. They serve some of the best Italian dishes made by renowned Italian chefs. This one is regarded as the best Italian restaurant in Jaipur that serves exemplary vegetarian dishes amidst contemporary setting.

 

Must eat: Pasta, Pizza, and Risotto.

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 1000-1200 approximately.

Address: 3rd floor, KK Square, Prithviraj Marg, Jaipur

Contact: 0141-4022444

Opening hours: 12 pm to 10 pm. 

This traditional South Indian restaurant is a treat for all the south Indians in Rajasthan. This is a Gujarat-based restaurant that serves dosas with the most unique fillings you will ever find. The uttapams, dosas, and masala papads of this restaurant are to die for.

 

Must eat: Masala Papad

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 500-600 approximately.

Address: Hotel Maharaja, Lake Road, Mount Abu.

Opening hours: 9 am to 11 pm.

This multicuisine restaurant in Pushkar offers some quirky dishes like pizzas, falafels, pancakes, pasta, and some freshly brewed coffee. This one will give you a break from the typical Rajasthani food.

 

Must eat: Espresso coffee.

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 400-500 approximately.

Address: Sadar Bazaar, Pushkar.

Opening hours: 8 am to 11 pm. 

This is one of the most laid-back places of Rajasthan, with a warm ambiance, friendly waiters, and yummy food. They offer many of the unique dishes like pizzas and some filter coffee that will make your evenings delightful.

 

Must eat: Pizzas

Cost for two: It will cost you INR 500-600 approximately.

Address: Inn Seventh Heaven, Choti Basti, Pushkar

Opening hours: 8:30 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm. 

Amber Fort in Jaipur and Udaipur City Palace are the famous palaces for night shows in the state. They display a dazzling show of lights along with traditional folk music that allures all the tourists in Rajasthan. This is a show that you cannot miss when you visit Rajasthan for the first time.

 

Must try: Don't miss out on the 50-minute or the 12 episodes sounds and light show that explains the famous history of Rajasthan about the Mewar region.

Opening hours: The shows usually start post sunset.

Location: Udaipur and Jaipur

After the sun sets, the local Rajasthani people come forward to display their talents in the form of dance and music. These shows are a treat to the eyes.

 

Must try: Ghoomar dance, Kalbelia, and Rajasthani Folk Music performances cannot be missed.

Opening hours: After the sunset.

Location: Birla Auditorium, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Ravindra Manch, Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Meera Kala Mandir, and Bagore ki Haveli. 

A crucial part of the Rajasthani culture, the puppet shows are a treat to watch. These shows are conducted at almost all of the famous tourist sites for you to witness. They last for more than 20 minutes, explaining the history of Rajasthan with the help of tiny dolls ina narrative form. These shows are world-famous, and tourists from across the world come to Rajasthan to get a glimpse of these shows.

 

Must try: Traditional Puppet Show

Opening hours: During the evenings.

Location: Jodhpur's Rupayan Sansthan and Udaipur's Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir. 

This licensed, unpretentious, simple place of Jaisalmer is a cafe you cannot miss. For those who don't know, all the ingredients in this place are made with Bhaang. Bhaang is a mixture of cannabis leaves and buds mixed with ghee, spices, and milk. They serve a wide range of cookies, cakes, and savories made with bhaang that you can choose from. This one is going to take you on a nostalgic ride.

 

Must try: Bhaang lassi, preferably strong.

Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm.

Location: Gopa Chowk, Jaisalmer.

This authentic club in Jaipur is one among the best clubs of this state. It has three levels, along with a rooftop bar that offers stunning views.

 

Must try: Thursday nights are Ladies nights that serve free cocktails for the women on the dance floor. Don't miss it, ladies!

Opening hours: 1 pm to 2 am

Location: Hotel Golden Oak, Ahinsa Circle, Jaipur.

Flaunting one of the best regal jewelry in Rajasthan, this place will make your eyes sparkle with all the stones and glitter. Not only gold ornaments, but they also sell many stones and gems which are handmade, and even some inexpensive jewelry to keep as a souvenir. 

 

Location: Johari Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Timing: 11 am to 10 pm

Known for: Jewelry

Bargaining: You can bargain

A one-stop destination for all the Rajasthani handlooms, textiles, and accessories is the Bapu Bazaar. Located within the proximity of Johari Bazar, the Bapu Bazar is another interesting shopping destination in Jaipur. This bazaar is one of the best ones in Jaipur, that shows the true spirit of artists in Rajasthan.

 

Location: Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Timing: 11 am to 10 pm

Known for: Jaipur handlooms and textiles.

Bargaining: You can bargain.

This beautiful getaway near the Ghanta Ghar is one of the best locations to shop in Rajasthan. It sells all kinds of different spices available in Rajasthan along with many handicrafts, antiques, clothing, and flavored-tea.

 

Location: Clock Tower Market, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Timing: 10 am to 10 pm

Known for: Spices.

Bargaining: You can bargain.

It would be a sin if you come to Rajasthan and leave without buying any of their authentic bandhani printed apparel. This place in the blue city of Jodhpur is one of the best destinations to shop for Bandhani prints. They sell colorful apparel with this design and exhibit their local artistry.

 

Location: Nai Sarak, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Timing: 10 am to 9 pm

Known for: Bandhani pagris, leather goods, and suites.

Bargaining: You can bargain.

The ultimate shopping destination in Udaipur, Bada Bazar, sells all kinds of products that Rajasthan is famous for. They have huge showrooms and small vendors too, who sell their products in this busy market. Make sure you carry a huge shopping bag to drop in all your favorite goods.

 

Location: Bada Bazaar, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Timing: 11 am to 10 pm

Known for: Traditional jewelry, Bandhani prints, and Leather Goods.

Bargaining: You can bargain.

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