Rajasthan, also known as the Royal State, is one of the most colourful states in India. Tourists from around the world are attracted by its charm, and stay to explore its amazing cities. The list goes on from Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Bikaner. The state is renowned for its authentic cultural cuisine, music and dance along with majestic forts that depicts the Indian history.
The summers in Rajasthan, from April to June, are very hot. Temperatures range between 32 to 46 degrees Celsius, often hovering around 38. The Monsoon starts in July and remains until September. During the monsoon it is cooler, but humidity increases. Because of this, the best time to visit Rajasthan is during the cooler months from October to March.
Rajasthan is known for its snacks like Pyaaj Kachori, bajreki roti with lashunki chutney, and Dal-Bati-Churma, which can be found in every city. Jodhpur ki Mawa kachori, Alwar ka Mawa also known as Milk Cake, Pushkar ka mal paua and rassgollas and Bhujia from Bikaner are signature dishes from their respective cities. These authentic and traditional foods provide one of the best reasons to visit Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is famous for its forts, and havelis (traditional houses). Each city attracts travelers with its own vibrant appeal. The popular attractions are:
- Jaipur, which is also known as pink city because of its ancient houses made of pink stone. The Jantar Mantar and Lake Palace are among the top tourist sites in Jaipur.
- Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu lake, surrounded by more than fifty bathing ghats is a must-visit.
- Camel riding in the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer.
- The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
- Chittorgarh Fort also known as Chittor is one of the largest forts in Asia. It is renowned as a World Heritage Site.
HawaMahal, Amer Fort, Keoladeo National Park, Mehandipur Balaji Temple, and last but not the least, the City Palace in Jaipur are other major attractions.
Rajasthan has its own kind of a night life to enjoy. After sunset, people enjoy the evening with cultural dance & music along with hookahs. The state also has some clubs and fine dining restaurants with live music for evening fun and relaxation.
Rajasthan has many lakes almost in every city. The most popular are:
- Pushkar Lake which has approximately 50 Ghats (steps leading into the water for the purpose of spiritual practice). Among these is Shukla Pakshaand and the Varah Ghatalso, reputed to be the place where the Lord Vishnu resides.
- Pichola Lake in Udaipur is perhaps the most beautiful, with exotic islands to see.
Rajasthan is known for desert safaris. You can choose a day or night safari according to your comfort. The Thar Desert is the most visited for safaris and its cultural evenings. Boating on the many lakes is also widely loved, with the boat providing an excellent view of huge palaces, forts and the surrounding hills.
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