Filled with grandeur and beauty, Rajasthan, the largest state of India, is not only a perfect amalgamation of history and culture but is also a treasure trove of the most spectacular landscapes! Scroll down for the list of the most incredible places to visit in Rajasthan.
Nature Getaways in Rajasthan
- Mount Abu
Nestled amidst lush green hills on the highest peak of the Aravalli range, Mount Abu serves as a popular destination to escape the scorching climate of Rajasthan. The only hill station in the state, Mount Abu is a natural wonder that charms you with its vast forests, beautiful waterfalls, and serene lakes. While here, climb the Guru Shikhar summit for panoramic views of the city and the plains below. Head to Sunset Point for mesmerizing views, enjoy boating in Nakki Lake, and indulge in exciting activities like rappelling and rock climbing!
Popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East, Udaipur is a dream destination amidst dazzling lakes and the majestic Aravalli hills. Among its many famous lakes, Lake Pichola is a must-visit for its enchanting waters with the magical Lake Palace in the center.
Add to that the crystal-clear Fateh Sagar Lake and the Jaisamand Lake, the second-largest artificial lake in Asia. And you are in for an absolute treat! For the best experience, join the sunset boat ride and enjoy the stunning panoramas in the most peaceful setting. This city of lakes and palaces can also be visited on a cycle tour or a helicopter ride, offering aerial views of its enchanting landscape.
A must-visit for nature lovers, the quaint village of Jawai offers a unique mesmerizing experience of untouched natural beauty. Nestled amidst ancient granite rock formations with the Jawai River in the center, this impressive landscape is home to exotic animals including leopards and migratory birds. Visit the Jawai Dam for leopard sightings, panoramic village views, and excellent sunrise and sunset views. For adventure lovers, the granite hills will provide a great trekking experience in the solitude of nature!
Wildlife Hotspots in Rajasthan
Offering a wonderful opportunity to see the majestic tiger in its natural habitat, Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most famous national parks in India!
Apart from the large tiger population, the vast landscape of deciduous forests, grasslands, lakes, and heritage sites, such as the Ranthambore Fort, is home to an incredible variety of fauna, including sloth bear, panther, Indian wolf, sambar deer, nilgai, etc. . Exploring this dramatic park in an open jeep or canter safari is guaranteed to be an amazing experience for wildlife lovers!
One of the most famous bird sanctuaries in the world, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur attracts enthusiastic bird watchers and ornithologists every winter when thousands of migratory waterfowl flock here. Named after the ancient temple – Keoladeo, located within its premises, this national park houses over 370 recorded species of indigenous and migratory birds including ducks, geese, flycatchers, waders, raptors, and more. Grab a chance to spot green sandpipers among the wetlands of this World Heritage Site!
Spread over an area of 800 square kilometers, the Sariska Tiger Reserve is known for its diverse species and diverse landscapes ranging from grasslands and deciduous forests to mountains and rocks. This national park is home to tigers, wild cats, sambar, wild boar, hyena, jackal, and many bird species, especially peacocks, gray partridges, and golden-backed woodpeckers. Being close to both Jaipur and Delhi, Sariska makes a great weekend getaway for wildlife enthusiasts and can be easily explored on jeep or canter safaris.
Desert Jewels of Rajasthan
Situated in the heart of the vast Thar Desert, Jaisalmer offers the best of Rajasthan’s rich desert culture. This “Golden City” boasts of two of the most prominent dune sites of Thar, Sam and Khuri Sand Dunes. Sam Sand Dunes will surely astonish you with its 30-60 m high dunes covering 3 to 5 km of a pure desert area with scanty vegetation. Additionally, exciting adventure activities like camel safaris, jeep safaris, etc await you here.
The rough sand dunes are less touristy, offering smaller desert homes and leisurely walks on the ancient dunes in the remote Thar region. Jaisalmer also hosts the vibrant Desert Festival amidst its breathtaking dunes in February every year.
Famous for its distinctive dunes spread across the region, Bikaner is a desert destination located entirely in Thar. This medieval city retains much of its ancient richness while providing exotic desert experiences amidst its golden dunes. The ‘camel country’ Bikaner is said to have some of the best camels in the world and is home to one of the largest camel farms.
While here, enjoy desert safaris and camp at Raisar Dunes, enjoy stunning sunsets and memorable walks over the dunes of Katariasar village, or plan and participate in the vibrant Bikaner Camel Festival held in January every year.
Situated on the periphery of the Great Indian Desert, Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan and the gateway to the Thar. Away from the crowded tourist dunes of other places in Rajasthan, the desert experience of Jodhpur is a must for your peaceful and authentic adventure. Head to its most prominent desert marvel, the Ocean Desert, for exciting desert safaris, camping experiences, and starry nights in the most remote settings. This desert city is also famous for its two temples, the Osian Mata Temple and the Jain Temple, and is known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan.
What’s more? Head to the historic Mehrangarh Fort and try ziplining, explore the famous ‘Blue City, admire Jaswant Thada, visit Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, marvel at Umaid Bhawan Palace, and much more.
Enjoyed reading about these amazing places? Make sure to add them to your itinerary on your next Rajasthan vacation.