342 239 km²
time to visit
October - March
Apr - June: 45 - 32
July-Sept: 40 - 35 Monsoon
Oct - Dec: 38 - 32
Jan - Mar: 35 - 30, but can drop to 0 degrees.
is located in Northwestern India and has boundaries with the States
of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat as
well as a long international boundary with Pakistan.
Rajasthan, a land of Maharajas (kings), palaces and preening peacocks
is renowned for its monuments, art and culture that go back to several
centuries. There is romance in Rajasthan's forts and palaces and
the shimmering Thar desert.
Rajasthanis are a handsome people with colorful costumes. They
express themselves in color and sound not easily seen or heard anywhere
else in the country. Rajasthan overwhelms with color found in bustling
bazaars; in wide ranging costumes of its people; in streets where
elephants and camels vie with buses and cars.
How to get here
Indian Airlines connect most of the cities
Rail & bus
Good connections too all places with both train and bus.
Places to visit
Jaipur - Pushkar - Mount Abu - Jodhpur -
Udaipur - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Deeg - Ranthambore
The capital city of Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant and colourful
cities of India. Famous for its colourful culture, forts, palaces,
and lakes the city basks in the glory of a rich and eventful past.
Jaipur is a planned city which is made all the more attractive by
the pink wash that most buildings are periodically given. Besides,
it remains the only city in the world that symbolises the 9 divisions
of the universe, through 9 rectangular sectors. It is for these
reasons that Jaipur has been included on the popular tourist "Golden
Triangle" of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra.
The capital city of Rajasthan is one of the
most vibrant and colourful cities of India.
idyllic town with the sacred lake of Pushkar, lies 11 km from Ajmer.
Pushkar is separated from Ajmer, by the Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain).
This beautiful lake surrounded by bathing ghats, has its religious
significance, rooted in a myth. A lovely and gigantic fair is held
every year, on Kartik Poornima (full moon in Pushkar Fair October-November).
About 1,00,000 pilgrims gather here, to take a dip in the holy lake.
The fair is also the biggest camel market. Besides camels, horses
and bullocks are sold here. The colourfully dressed people enhance
the exuberant mood of the fair. Pushkar abounds in temples, the
special attraction being, the temple of Lord Brahma, the only temple
in India, dedicated to Brahma.
.: Mount Abu
Mount Abu, is both a hill resort and a pilgrimage site. This mountain
lies at the southern extremity of the Aravalli Range. Surrounded
by forests, rich in flora and fauna, the town appears as an oasis.
The drive uphill along Abu Road, overlooks an arid region, strewn
by huge rocks with smooth surfaces, and weird shapes, fashioned
by high velocity winds. The altitude of this plateau (1220 m), and
the abundant vegetation have blessed Abu with a pleasant climate.
Abu, according to legend, stands for the son of Himalaya. Many sages
and seers had their retreats on Mt. Abu, the most famous of them
being, sage Vashistha. Mt Abu was dedicated to Lord Shiva, before
it became a Jain pilgrim centre.
Nestling in the depths of the Thar Desert, is the stronghold of
the Rathore clan - Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely
state of Marwar, the second largest city of Rajasthan, after Jaipur.
The town was once known as Marwar, which means 'Land of Death',
probably, referring to the harsh desert climate. It is an island
of marble palaces, cordoned off from the desert by an immense wall,
with eight gates facing different directions.
The famous "white" city of Rajasthan state, Udaipur stands
on the banks of the lake Pichola, its many white marble palaces
reflecting in the lake's calm waters. Udaipur is voted one of the
most romantic cities of India.Apart from the citypalace, there are
a number of other beautiful palaces around town. Indeed, one palace
is built on an island in the lake and is now turned into the world
famous "Lake Palace Hotel". The palace is built in such
a way so that seems to float effortlessly on the blue waters of
the lake. A number of ex-palaces and mansions are converted into
hotels to cater for the luxury traveller.
Bikaner is yet another walled city in Rajasthan, with a majestic
fort, which till date remains unconquered. Being on the ancient
silk route, Bikaner was a major centre of trade in the 16th century
and still retains its medieval aura of mysticism and intrigue. Unlike
most other cities of Rajasthan, outside influences are minimal.
Hence the traditional life style endures
Right in the heart of the Thar desert, is an intricately molded
city made of burnished sandstone. In ancient times, the surrounding
sand-dunes rendered the sand-coloured fort impregnable. Today, Jaisalmer
is an inhabited city whose chief attractions are the exquisite carvings
and filigreed work on the facades of havelis (private homes) dating
from the 12th to 15th century, and a series of ornately carved Jain
temples. Close by is The Desert National Park - a vast stretch of
protected Bio-sphere Reserve covering an area of over 3000 square
kms. This is the Great Indian Bustard's breeding site. Inside the
park are the awe inspiring Sam Sand Dunes.
32 kms from Bharatpur, Deeg is an 18th century stronghold,
whose massive fortifications are surrounded by luxuriant gardens,
woods and pools. It is known for its palaces which have richly carved
columns, cornices and eaves.
.: Ranthambore National Park
Rajasthan's first Project Tiger reserve is named after a 1000 year
old fort which stands in the park. Its' habitat is home to the stately
sambar, the largest of all Asiatic deer. Tigers, cital, and wild
boar are also found here. Woodland, ground and water-birds, including
the uncommon red jungle fowl and varieties of eagles, abound.