Rajasthan, the city of ‘Forts and Palaces’ is a beautiful state of North India and is known for its royalty, culture and heritage. This state is also known as ‘Rajputana or Land of the Kings’. The beautiful and colourful culture, lakes and dunes, natural beauty, wildlife sanctuary, the endless desert of Thar and off course one of the best hill stations of India ‘Mount Abu’, Rajasthan has all kind of destinations for people of different interest and taste. Rajasthan is a place where History and Present coexist in complete harmony. Every day many tourists not only from India but from all over the world visit Rajasthan and experience the grandeur of this place. The beauty of Rajasthan is quite different from rest of India, as this state is combination of different things like the dessert safari of Thar, the enthralling beauty of Hills of Mount Abu, the colourful culture of Jaipur, the breathtaking beauty of the Lake city ‘Udaipur’, the beautiful palaces of Jaisalmer, the uniqueness of Pink city Jaipur, the beautiful palaces of blue city Jodhpur, the town of sacred lake and Brahma temple ‘Pushkar’; Bikaner, Bundi, Kota, Ajmer, Amer, Alwar and many more places, the entire Rajasthan is a tourist spot. If Rajasthan is your choice for a vacation getaway, then you couldn’t have picked a better destination. This ‘royal state’ is a beautiful representation of India’s rich architectural heritage, cultural diversity and hospitality. Let’s plan the trip to Rajasthan with the help of this comprehensive guide on Rajasthan tourism.
Mount Abu: The summer retreat in Rajasthan
Mount Abu is like a breath of fresh air in the parched desert of Rajasthan. The only hill station in Rajasthan, it is located 1,722 metres above sea level and is situated amidst the lush green hills on the highest point of the Aravallis range. It used to be a preferred leisure destination of the ruling royal family back when the Maharajas reigned. A striking feature about Mount Abu is posh houses, which are a blend of British style bungalows and holiday lodges of the royals, sharing space with the rustic abodes of various tribal communities residing in the forests. Possessing great scenic beauty, this quaint hill station is home to lakes, waterfalls and green forests. You can also enjoy blossoming flowers and trees that are indigenous to this region. Mount Abu also houses a sanctuary where you can spot animals such as langur, sambar, wild boar and leopards. Mount Abu is home to many religious monuments, the most famous being the Dilwara temple, Brahmakumari Ashram, Guru Shikhar and the shrines of Jainism. This hill station is not only a peaceful and beauty-laden getaway but also an ideal place for a sacred pilgrimage. Mount Abu is famously known for its amazing scenic beauty, wildlife and pleasant climate.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is at Udaipur, which is 185 kilometres from Mount Abu. From the Udaipur airport, taxis and buses are running frequently for Mount Abu
By Train: Abu road Railway station is the nearest railway station to Mount Abu, which is just 28 kilometres from the main city.
By Bus: Mount Abu is well connected by road with major cities of the country.
Best time to visit Mount Abu:
Mount Abu is a year-round destination but the time period between November and March can be considered as the best time to visit this place.
Places to visit in Mount Abu:
See the detailed places to visit in Mount Abu.
Things to do in Mount Abu
⦁ Keep your trekking shoes with you for an awesome trek to Mount Abu.
⦁ Must try a hot air balloon ride.
⦁ Spend some quality time with your loved ones in boating at Nakki Lake.
⦁ Witness the beauty of nature at sunset point.
⦁ Capture some beautiful photos at honeymoon point.
⦁ Buy antiques from the market.
⦁ Try authentic Rajasthani food.
Sawai Madhopur: Gateway to Ranthambore
Sawai Madhopur, also known as ‘The gateway to Ranthambore’ is a beautiful place situated in the Eastern Edge of Rajasthan. It is originally called as Madhopur and is full of histories and legends. Sawai Madhopur is partly plain and partly hilly enclosing the narrow valley of Chambal river. Surrounded by Vindhyas and Aravalis, Sawai Madhopur is a treat for adventure lovers as well as the one with a fascination for history, with the Ranthambore National park- the most renowned national park in northern India and the Ranthambore Fort which was recently included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, being the main attractions. Besides these spots, there are many other beautiful places to see in Sawai Madhopur.
How To Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport to Sawai Madhopur is Sanganer Airport, which is about 121 km away. After reaching the airport one can hire a taxi or bus from the airport to reach Sawai Madhopur.
By Train: Sawai Madhopur is very well connected from all major cities by train.
By Bus: There is no direct bus to Sawai Madhopur. The nearest bus stand is Nagar which is about 49 km away from the Sawai Madhopur city.
Best Time to Visit:
As Rajasthan is a hot place so it is recommended to avoid summer to visit this place. The main attraction of Sawai Madhopur is the Ranthambore National Park, which remains open from 1st oct to 30th June, rest of the time the national park remains closed. So the time period from 1st oct to 30th June is the perfect to visit this place.
Places to Visit in Sawai Madhopur
Places to see in Sawai Madhopur.
Things to Do in Sawai Madhopur
⦁ Enjoy a jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park.
⦁ Watch the rarest and beautiful birds in the National park.
⦁ Visit the Khandar fort and Ranthambore fort and feel the history all around you.
⦁ Must see the grandeur of Jama masjid
⦁ Try authentic Rajasthani food like Dal, Bati and Choorma.
⦁ Buy antiques and traditional attire of Rajasthan.
Bharatpur: The Eastern gateway to Rajasthan
One of the oldest city of India, Bharatpur is a beautiful and historical spot of Rajasthan and is known as ‘eastern gateway to Rajasthan’. Bharatpur is also known for its home to one of the world’s best-known birdwatching destinations, Keoladeo Ghana National Park . It is a World Heritage Site. The historical backdrop of Bharatpur goes back to fifth century BC when the Matsya kingdom rooted here. The Matsyas were allies of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war. Legends say that the origin of the name Bharatpur is traced to Bharata, younger brother of Lord Rama. Bharatpur is rich in history and is also a beautiful place for those who loves nature. Especially Bharatpur is best for those tourists who love watching birds, as one of the world’s beautiful and spectacular bird sanctuary is here.
How To Reach:
By Air: There is no direct flight to Bharatpur and the nearest domestic airport is Kheria Airport, which is just 49 km away from the main Bharatpur city and the nearest international airport is at Delhi(IGI Airport), which is 184 km away.
By Train: Bharatpur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.
By Bus: Reaching Bharatpur by bus is the convenient option as one can easily get regular buses to Bharatpur from other major cities of the country.
Best Time to Visit:
October to March is the perfect time to visit Bharatpur. Avoid summer as temperature goes very high and during monsoons, the humidity level is so high that it is not a preferable time to visit.
Places to Visit in Bharatpur
Things to Do in Bharatpur
⦁ Click beautiful pictures at Keoladeo Ghana National park.
⦁ Must go for a Jeep Safari in National park.
⦁ Try authentic Rajasthani thali
⦁ Enjoy the famous puppet dance of Rajasthan
Udaipur: The city of lakes and lake Palaces
Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, the city of lakes and lake palaces, Udaipur is known as the centre for performing arts and crafts. The famous Lake Palace, in the middle of Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur. Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II as a new capital of the Mewar kingdom. It is situated in Girwa Valley to the south-west of Nagda, which was the first capital of Mewar. Until Udaipur was built, the capital of Mewar was Ahar, a flourishing trade town. Udaipur is also home to Jaisamand Lake, the largest and most significant artificial lake in Asia. The beautiful City Palace and Sajjan Garh, also known as ‘Monsoon Palace’ enhance the architectural artistry and grandeur of the city. The city is well known because of its profusion of zinc and copper mines. The solar observatory in Udaipur is famous as one of the best in Asia and has been modelled following the Solar Observatory at Big Bear Lake in Southern California. Udaipur is renowned for is miniature paintings also. The Shilpgram festival held sometime around the New Year manages to attract thousands of tourist interested in arts and crafts.
How To Reach:
By Air: The airport is Dabok airport , which is 24 km away from the main city. Taxi and bus service is there near the airport to reach your destination.
By Train: Udaipur is directly connected through trains. You can reach Udaipur from almost all major cities of India.
By Bus: Reaching Udaipur by bus is very accessible. Direct Volvo buses are running frequently from the adjoining states.
Best Time to Visit:
Winter season is the best time to visit Udaipur, i.e, from September to March. Avoid summer as the temperature goes above 40-degree centigrade and monsoons are very humid.
Places to Visit in Udaipur
Things to Do in Udaipur
⦁ Must watch the traditional ‘Dharohar dance’ Bagore ki Haveli.
⦁ Experience the beautiful puppet show at ‘Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir’.
⦁ Spend some time at ‘Shilp gram’.
⦁ Watch the aerial view of Udaipur enjoying Ropeway.
⦁ Do cycling in the lanes of Udaipur.
⦁ If you love adventure then get prepared for rafting in Gomati river.
Kota: The land of the Chambal River
Kota is the third most significant city of Rajasthan and is one of the popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan as well of India. Situated on the banks of the Chambal River, the city of Kota is famous for its distinctive paintings, palaces, museums, and places of worship. Kota is known for gold, platinum and silver jewellery. The famous Doria sarees, silk sarees and Kota stone. If you are a shopaholic then Kota is a perfect destination for you. The history of Kota goes back to the 12th century when Rao Deva conquered the territory and founded Hadoti. The kingdom of Kota experienced a turbulent history as it was raided by various Mughal rulers, Maharajas of Jaipur and even the Maratha warlords. The city of Kota is well known around the globe for its architectural splendour comprising beautiful palaces, temples and museums which show the grandeur of the foregone era.
How To Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is Sanganer airport, Jaipur, which is 144 km away from the Kota City. From the Airport taxi services are available.
By Train: Kota has its own railway station, so reaching Kota by train is very affordable and comfortable.
By Bus: Regular buses are running for adjoining states and also from all cities and towns of Rajasthan.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Kota is during the months of October to March. Kota has a semi-dry climate with high temperatures throughout the year.
Places to Visit in Kota
Things to do in Kota
⦁ Boat safari in Chambal river.
⦁ Must go for a walk in Kishore Sagar
⦁ Observe heritage buildings from the colonial era at close quarters.
⦁ Try authentic Rajasthani thali
⦁ Enjoy the famous puppet dance of Rajasthan
Jodhpur: The blue city
Jodhpur is a wonderful blend of modern and the tradition. Jodhpur, the second major city of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Blue City. The name is justified as the whole architectural monuments including all Havelis, forts and houses are designed in various shades of blue. The strapping forts that tower this magnificent city create a spectacular view that attracts tourist to visit this place. The mammoth, imposing fortress of Mehrangarh has a scenic beauty dominating a rocky ridge with the eight gates leading from the fortress. The new Jodhpur is located outside the structure. Jodhpur is also known for the exceptional breed of horses known as ‘Marwari’ or ‘Malani’, which are only found here. The cultural and traditional importance of Jodhpur is the main thing which attracts tourists and every year not only from India but from all over the world many tourist visits Rajasthan and in there Rajasthan trip, Jodhpur is always in the top ‘must visit place’ list.
How to Reach:
By Air: Regular flights are there for Jodhpur from all over India and also from outside India. Reaching Jodhpur by air is very comfortable as Jodhpur has its own airport.
By Train: Jodhpur is well connected by direct trains from all metros and major cities in India.
By Bus: Jodhpur is well connected by road to all major cities and towns.
Best time to visit Jodhpur:
Best time visit Jodhpur is from October to February. Temperature remains very pleasant during this time span. So if you are planning a trip to Jodhpur you should visit this place in winters.
Places to visit in Jodhpur:
Things to do in Jodhpur
⦁ Have a zip line tour and glide over two desert lakes.
⦁ No trip to Jodhpur is complete without a visit to the Bishnoi Village Safari.
⦁ Must go for Camel safari
⦁ Watch famous puppet show of Rajasthan.
Jhalawar: The city of bells and temples
Jhalawar was named after its founder, Jhala Zalim Singh in 1838. He was the Dewan of Kota and established the city as a cantonment, then known as ‘Chawni Umedpura’ close to existing Jhalrapatan Fort. At that time, the township was surrounded by dense forests that have been home to numerous exotic species. The Dewan often came up here to hunt and grew so fond of the place that he made a decision to transform it into a township. Jhalawar, once called Brij Nagar is well known because of its rich natural wealth of vivid flora and fauna. However, unlike other cities of Rajasthan, Jhalawar has a rocky but water-laden verdant landscape. This place has a varied cultural heritage that which includes many forts and palaces from the Rajput and Mughal periods. This place is well-known for temples and religious sites. Every year tourist visits this place to enjoy the architectural beauty of this place. If you love historical places then you must visit Jhalawar once in your lifetime.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is Jaipur Airport, from where it will take 7 hrs to reach Jhalawar by bus or taxi.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Kota junction, which is 85 km away from Jhalawar. From Station, bus and taxi service is available, which takes approximately 2 hrs to reach Jhalawar.
By Bus: Jhalawar is well connected by from all major towns and cities of Rajasthan.
Best time to visit Jhalawar
Being situated in a very hot region with a dry climate, Jhalawar is best travelled during the months of winters i.e. from October to February.
Places to visit in Jhalawar
Things to do in Jhalawar
⦁ Buy cane baskets, stone sculpting and hand cloth paintings for which Jhalawar is very famous.
⦁ Try to watch a natak at Natyashala.
⦁ Try authentic Rajasthani dishes at very affordable price.
Pushkar: The town of Fairs and Festivals
Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. Located to the north-west of Ajmer, the peaceful city of Pushkar is a favoured vacation spot for a large number of tourists and devotees flocking to Rajasthan. Situated at a height of 510 metres, Pushkar is surrounded by hillocks on three sides. The ‘Nag Pahar’, literally Snake Mountain forms a natural boundary between Ajmer and Pushkar. Known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all around the globe. Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city. According to legends, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground leading to the immediate creation of a lake. He then decided to name the place after the flower, and thus the name, Pushkar. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport at a distance of approx 150 km. After reaching airport one can hire a taxi or can take a bus to reach Pushkar.
By Train: Pushkar has its own railway station which is connected with major cities of India.
By Bus: Pushkar is well connected to the national highways of Rajasthan. Regular buses ply from Pushkar to the major cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer from the Ajmer bus stand.
Best time to visit Pushkar
Best time visit Pushkar is from October to February. Temperature remains very pleasant during this time period. So better plan your trip to Pushkar in winters.
Places to visit in Pushkar
Things to do in Pushkar
⦁ Take a holy bathe in Pushkar Lake.
⦁ Go for a Camel Safari
⦁ watch the evening prayer at Varaha temple.
⦁ Try delicious Rajasthani cuisine.
⦁ Buy beautiful handicraft works of Pushkar.
Jaisalmer: The Golden city of Rajasthan
The city of Jaisalmer was founded by Rawal Jaisal in the year 1156, hence it was named as Jaisalmer. This ‘Golden City’ is situated near the Pakistan boundary and near the Thar Desert. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Jaisalmer is one of the most amazing places in the central part of Asia. If geology interests you, then Jaisalmer is where you will need to trip. The ‘Wood Fossil Park’ or ‘Aakal’ is situated about 15 kilometres from the city. Here, one can discover and trace geologic tragedies that occurred in the Thar Desert 180 million years back. Jaisalmer also functions as the shield to western Rajasthan frontier. The city’s most significant landmark is the ‘Jaisalmer Fort’, also known as ‘Sonar Qila’. Unlike almost every other fort in India, Jaisalmer Fort is not simply a tourist attraction. It houses shops, hotels and ancient haveli where generations continue to live.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport, which is approx 290 km away. From the airport, the taxi can be hired to reach Jaisalmer.
By Train: There are some direct trains to Jaisalmer from Delhi and local trains are also running from different parts pf Rajasthan.
By Bus: To reach Jaisalmer one can take a direct bus to Jodhpur, Bikaner or Jaipur and after that, you can take a local bus or can hire a taxi to reach Jaisalmer.
Best time to visit Jaisalmer
Being situated in a very hot region with a dry climate, Jaisalmer is best travelled during the months of winters i.e. from October to February.
Places to visit in Jaisalmer
Things to do in Jaisalmer
⦁ Experience the true beauty of Rajasthan camping under the sparkling skies of Thar desert.
⦁ Must go for a camel safari in the Thar Desert.
⦁ watch Puppet show of banjaras.
⦁ Taste the delicacies of Rajasthan.
Jaipur: The Pink city
Jaipur, popularly known as ‘pink city’, designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya is the first planned city of India. It is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh. Renowned internationally for its colourful gems, the capital city of Rajasthan combines the allure of its pristine history with all the advantages of a metropolis. The bustling modern city is one of the three corners of the golden triangle which includes Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Jaipur traces back its origins to 1727 when it was established by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber. He shifted his capital from Amber to the new city because of the rapidly-growing population and an increasing water scarcity. Every day thousands of people visit this beautiful place from all over the world and enjoy the beauty of the city. The tradition, beautifully pink buildings and monuments and the simplicity of the locals all of these factors attracts tourist to be there again and again.
How to Reach
By Air: Jaipur has direct flights from all major cities of India and from abroad also. The Jaipur airport is known as Sanganer Airport .
By Train: Jaipur is very well connected with Railway lines also. from all Major cities, trains are frequently running.
By Bus: A convenient way to travel to Jaipur is by road. Regular service of AC and Deluxe buses is available from all major cities in Rajasthan.
Best time to visit Jaipur
Best time visit Jaipur is from October to February. Temperature remains very pleasant during this time period. So better plan your trip to Jaipur in winters.
Places to visit in Jaipur
Things to do in Jaipur
⦁ Buy handloom and craft items.
⦁ Ride Hot air balloon.
⦁ Try authentic Rajasthani thali.
⦁ Watch Puppet shows.
⦁ Take a snap wearing traditional Rajasthani attire.
Dungarpur: The city of hills
Dungarpur is famously known as the ‘city of hills’. Dungarpur is a picturesque town situated in the lap of the Aravalli mountains. Dungarpur was founded in 1258 AD by Rawal Veer Singh, the eldest son of Karan Singh, the ruler of Mewar after he drove out the local Bhil chieftain named Dungariya. Later rulers of Dungarpur added to the town’s architectural heritage. Dungarpur has lots of attractions for visitors. There are many historical, spiritual and beautiful monuments to visit. This wide variety has opened a huge world of opportunities for Dungarpur to be developed as a popular tourist destination. The palaces, forts, temples etc, hide the old history of Dungarpur. It is now popular especially amongst international tourists because of its peaceful environment and scenic beauty.
How to Reach
By Air: Approximately 120 km away from the Dungarpur city, Udaipur Airport is the nearest airport. After reaching airport you can hire a taxi to reach Dungarpur comfortably or you can take a bus/sharing taxi.
By Train: The Railway station is just 3 km away from the main city. So reaching Dungarpur by train is the best option.
By Bus: Dungarpur is very well connected from all major places of Rajasthan and adjoining states.
Best time to visit Dungarpur
Being situated in a very hot region with a dry climate, Dungarpur is best travelled during the months of winters i.e. from October to February.
Places to visit in Dungarpur
Things to do in Dungarpur
⦁ Must go for bird watching
⦁ Taste ‘Lal maans’, the speciality of Rajasthan
⦁ Buy handicraft items.
Chittorgarh: The land of India’s finest Forts
It is said that if you want to see the finest and grand forts in India then ‘Chittorgarh’ is the place to visit. Standing proudly in the south-east of Rajasthan, Chittorgarh city is a repository of historic monuments, rich heritage and an evergreen folklore that is widely appreciated all over the world. Built over centuries by various rulers and known far and wide for the beauty of Queen Padmini, the Chittorgarh fort was ravaged by Allahudin Khilji and his armies and now stands in ruins. Drive through the fort and experience the lost grandeur of erstwhile emperors and the beauty of the dry landscapes of Rajasthan.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Chittorgarh is Dabok Airport, Udaipur which is at a distance of 105 km. After reaching Dabok airport one can hire a taxi or can go for a shared taxi to reach Chittorgarh.
By Train: From all major cities of Rajasthan, Chittorgarh is very well connected.
By Bus: Reaching Chittorgarh by bus is the most convenient option. Regular buses are available to Chittorgarh from all major cities in Rajasthan.
Best time to visit Chittorgarh
Monsoon and Winters are the best time visit this place. Avoid summer as temperature goes really very high.
Places to visit in Chittorgarh
Things to do in Chittorgarh
⦁ A trip to Chittorgarh cannot be completed without feeding fish at the Gaumukh Reservoir.
⦁ Taste the delicacies of Rajasthani cuisine.
⦁ Buy craft items and famous Bandhani saree.
Bundi: The city of ‘Baawli’
Bundi is a magnificent town located around 36 kilometres from Kota. Dotted with palaces and forts, the place has a fairy tale quality about it. Bundi’s charm lies in its location surrounded by orchards of orange, guava, pomegranate and mango trees, flanked by the Aravalli range and rivers and lined by fields of cotton, barley and wheat. Situated far from the crowds, it is the simple rural folk that lend Bundi its allure. Not only from India but from all over the world when tourists plan to visit Rajasthan, Bundi is always there on the list of places to visit.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport at a distance of 206 km. After Reaching airport hire a taxi or shared taxi to reach your destination.
By Train: The railway station is located about 4 kilometres south of the old city. There are railway connections between Bundi and Chittorgarh.
By Bus: Buses to Bundi are available at regular intervals from Ajmer, Bijolia, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur.
Best time to visit Bundi
Being situated in a very hot region with a dry climate, Bundi is best travelled from August to March.
Places to visit in Bundi
Things to do in Bundi
⦁ Must go for a river safari in Chambal river.
⦁ Do boating in Chambal Lake.
⦁ Buy handicraft items of Bundi.
Bikaner: The camel country
Picturesque natural beauty coupled with numerous tourist landmarks; attract both domestic and international tourists. Bikaner is one of the most visited cities in the state of Rajasthan. Bikaner is a leading tourist destination in the state of Rajasthan. Located in the north-west part of the state, Bikaner was established by the Jats and Rao Bika. This Rajasthani city which truly reflects the culture and tradition of the state are famous all over India and in different parts of the world for its snacks and sweets. Tours to Bikaner is an enriching experience for the tourists since the city has something for everyone.This beautiful city of Rajasthan is enmeshed in a rich history which appeals to the variety of tourists. Synonymous with chivalry, royalty, valour and courage, Bikaner still retains the old charm of the state of Rajasthan. Each part of Bikaner has a story to tell which takes the tourists back in the time of the Golden age of Rajputs.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Bikaner is Civil Airport, Jodhpur which is approx 220 km. from the airport taxis are available to reach Bikaner.
By Train: Bikaner is very well connected by Rail. Almost from all major cities of India direct train is running to Bikaner.
By Bus: Reaching Bikaner by bus is easy for those who are in Rajasthan or from adjoining states. Volvo and luxurious buses are running from Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh And Uttar Pradesh.
Best time to visit Bikaner
Best time visit Bikaner is from October to February. Temperature remains very pleasant during this time period. So better plan your trip to Pushkar in winters.
Places to visit in Bikaner
Things to do in Bikaner
⦁ Go for jungle Safari in Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.
⦁ Do boating in Kolayat.
⦁ Walk on sand dunes and view the sunset against the desert landscape at Katariasar Village.
Banswara: The city of 100 islands
Banswara, popularly known as ‘city of 100 islands’ offers a splendid view along with a vibrant culture of Rajasthan. Banswara gets its name from the ‘bans’ or bamboo trees that once grew here in abundance. It is dominated by Bhil tribals who make up more than half the total population of the region. History states that Banswara was ruled by a Bhil ruler named Bansia or Wasna and the place derived its name from him. Bansai was defeated by Jagmal Singh who crowned himself Banswara’s first Maharaval. Another popular name of Banswara is “Little Kashi” or “Lodhikashi”, due to the presence of eleven and a half Swayambhoo Shivalinga. Archaeological significance of Arthuna has made it one of the prime attractions of Banswara. The temples located in Arthuna date back to 11th century and flaunt a flawless concept of architecture.
How to Reach
By Air: The closest airport to Banswara is at Udaipur, which is approximately 185 km away from the main Banswara city. After reaching Udaipur airport one can hire a taxi to reach Banswara.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Banswara is Ratlam, Which is about 80 km away from Banswara. From the station buses are frequently for Banswara. One can also hire a taxi to reach the destination.
By Bus: Buses are the best mode to reach Banswara. From Delhi, Jaipur and Bharatpur buses are running frequently to Banswara.
Best time to visit Banswara
Being situated in a very hot region with an arid climate, Banswara is best travelled during the months of winters i.e. from October to February. Banswara is rich in waterfalls so Monsoon is also second-best time to visit this place, though the climate is a bit humid during monsoon yet the natural surrounding waterfalls are worth to visit.
Places to visit in Banswara
Things to do in Banswara
⦁ Boating in Dailab lake and Anand Sagar lake.
⦁ Must try the Rajasthani authentic food.
⦁ Buy handicraft items and bandhani for yourself and for your loved ones.
Alwar: The city of the Rajputs
Famous for its scenic landscapes, the city of Alwar is located around 150 km from the capital of Rajasthan. The city of Alwar in Rajasthan is surrounded by the lush green Aravali hills and due to its proximity to Delhi, it serves as an ideal tourist spot. The renowned city of Alwar boasts of the huge population of Tiger in its Sariska Tiger Reserve. The protected reserve is located amidst the Aravali hills. Besides tigers, the region of Sariska also gives the tourists a chance to explore some of the rarest of birds and plants.While in the city, the tour is bound to visits to the numerous forts and historical monuments. Under this, the Bala Qila, which is also known as Alwar fort, holds the prime spot. Another of its kind which has always made the headlines is the haunted fort of Bhangarh. Over the time, the haunted fort has become a major tourist attraction.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport to Alwar is IGI Airport, New Delhi, which is 141 km away from Alwar city. From Delhi trains and buses are the options to reach Alwar.
By Train: One can board the Shatabdi Express from Delhi to Jaipur which halts at Alwar.
By Bus: Buses to Alwar are available at regular intervals from Delhi, Jaipur and Bharatpur.
Best time to visit Alwar
Being situated in a very hot region with a dry climate, Alwar is best travelled from August to March.
Places to visit in Alwar
Things to do in Alwar
⦁ Unlike any place in Rajasthan, Alwar is blessed with lush green hills and pleasant climate and trekking in Alwar during winters can be an ideal activity for all those with an adventurous streak.
⦁ Do Boating in the tranquil water of Sillserh Lake.
⦁ Alwar is a shopping haven for those looking to purchase local handicrafts. Keep your bargaining skills sharp as shopkeepers will expect you to bargain over the wares.
⦁ Visiting Sariska Tiger Reserve is a must when at Alwar.