Enjoy a trip to the Land of the Maharajas
Situated in the Aravalli Ranges, Rajasthan is the largest state in India and no doubt, the state also holds the largest place in people’s hearts. From majestic havelis to breathtaking lakes, exquisite cuisine, melodic folk music to adventurous sand safaris, Rajasthan is truly a one stop shop.
According to Agoda’s Indigenous Travel Survey, food is the second biggest motivation for Indians to travel, followed by art and culture, and Rajasthan has the best of both worlds. From Laal Maas to Dal Bhati Churma, the food here is just an explosion of flavors and you won’t get tired of it. The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s the perfect time to pack your bags and travel! If you’re still figuring out your travel destination for the upcoming festivities, here are some tips for enjoying a trip to the Land of the Maharajas.
Jodhpur – The blue city
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha of Mandore. The most must-see attraction in the blue city is the Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a hill, this magnificent piece of architecture gives a glimpse of royal life past. Visit the magnificent Phool Mahal, the Glass Sheesh Mahal and the Moti Mahal located within the fort. After spending a day exploring the fort, head to the Pachetia hills at sunset to experience the panoramic view of the entire city and the streets of Navchowkiya. Rajasthan is also known for its ‘kunds’, or stepwells, and one of the most popular of these is the ‘Toorji ka Jhalra’ – an 18th century stepwell which features intricate sandstone carvings.
Did you know that Rajasthan has its own Taj Mahal? Jaswant Thada – is one of the most famous white marble cenotaphs. Be mesmerized by the magnificence of Umaid Bhavan and also explore the streets of Sadar Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar and Kapra Bazaar Markets. You will lose yourself in the vibrant colors of the flamboyant thread of Rajasthan. Other must-see places include Ranisar Padamsar Lake, Rao Jodha Desert Park, Kaylana Lake and Mandore Garden.
Sharing his experience, Kamiya Jani from Curly Tales said, “Jodhpur is at the top of my travel bucket list! I only had 48 hours in the city but managed to fall into luxury visiting the iconic Jaswant Thada, enjoying a beautiful sunset atop the Mehrangarh Fort and creating beautiful memories in the beautiful hills of Panchetia.
Tollywood star and Instagrammer, Samyuktha Shan said, “Jodhpur is known as the ‘City of the Sun’ and indeed it was, shining brightly with its culture and colors!
Jodhpur is known for the delicious dal bati churma and should rank number one on your list of things to try here. There are also a number of restaurants serving authentic Rajasthani cuisine, with massive thalis reminiscent of a king’s plate and the classic Makhaniya Lassi. Street food like dahi chaat and pani patasa are a must, alongside sweet delicacies like ghevar and matka kulfi.
Speaking about his trip to Jodhpur, Daily Vlogger, Gopali Tiwari said, “Jodhpur has beautifully preserved its heritage and culture. The people there will welcome you with a big warm smile and feed you delicious dal bati with lots of love. Can’t wait to be there again!”
Udaipur, which is located in the southernmost part of Rajasthan, is known by many names – the ‘City of Lakes’, the ‘Venice of the East’, and with good reason. Udaipur abounds in natural beauty as the city is surrounded by seven lakes and is also known as the “White City”, due to the prevalence of white marble Rajput-style palaces. Discover the rich culture and heritage of the city by visiting the Jagmandir Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola, the Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, built on the Aravalli Hill, overlooking breathtaking views of Fateh Sagar Lake, and the Udaipur City Palace.
Enjoy the sunset by Fateh Sagar Lake or Badi Lake and if you love history, head to Bagore Ki Haveli – a piece of architecture built in the 18th century that is now turned into a museum. Experience the bustle of the streets of Udaipur while shopping at Chetak Circle; find a decorative and aesthetic assortment of handicrafts. Hathi Pol Bazaar, famous for the Pichwai and Phad paintings of Rajasthan, is a must-visit destination for art lovers. Other must-see places include Ahar Cenotaphs Museum – the cremation ground of the Maharanas of Mewar and Saheliyo ki Bari – a majestic garden in the city.
Vlogger Jasminder Singh said, “My visit to Udaipur was extremely fascinating. The forts were well maintained, the lakes were beautiful, and the town itself was full of history – which, as an avid traveler, was very exciting for me!”
Speaking on his time in Udaipur, influencer Anunay Sood said, “As a traveler constantly looking for breathtaking views, Udaipur is one of the best places I have visited. Bustling streets, soothing sunsets, and serene lakes all contribute to the beauty of the city. The hospitality of the people of Rajasthan goes beyond anything else to make you feel royal.”
Rriyanka Sarkar added: “Everything you visit takes you back in time. Udaipur is engulfed in scenic beauty, culture and storytelling – and is a must visit for all travellers.
For breakfast, try the famous aloo Pyaaz kachori. The streets around Circle offer a range of fabulous Rajasthani flavors including lamb meat aka laal maas Sand Ker Sangri, local desserts such as Gulab Halwa or vegetarian dishes – Aloo Pethe Ka Aag and Mirchi Bada. (IANSlife)