India is loved or hated – not everyone is able to tune in to the right wave and see the attractive one, for which many return here again and again. India is big and very different, but if you want to see it in all its glory, then you definitely need to go to the most colorful state – Rajasthan. You can ride a gallop in a few days or travel for a few months – it all depends on the possibilities and desires.
In this article – the five most interesting places to explore which will be enough for a couple of weeks.
Jaipur is the state capital and one of the most crowded cities. The houses here are mostly built of pink stone, so Jaipur is called “Pink City”. Here you need to walk along the streets of the Old City, be sure to see the main symbol of the city – Hawa Mahal, look at the City Palace and Jal Mahal Palace, wander among the monastic monkeys in the Monkey Temple (Galta Ji), visit the forts of Jaygarh, Nahargar and visit Amber fortress, standing on a hill.
Another “colorful” city is Jodhpur. In the city itself, this is not felt so strongly, but if you look at it from the surrounding hills, then immediately it becomes clear that the name “Blue City” is not without purpose. For several kilometers around the house stretch with blue walls and roofs and it looks amazing. Mehrangarh Fort is the best place to see the city from a height of 125 meters, and if you want to see the palace, which is called one of the most beautiful in India, then go to Umaid Bhawan, this is, by the way, the largest private residence in the world.
Jaisalmer – a city located in the Thar desert, built of yellow-brown sandstone, for which he received the nickname “Golden”. Jaisalmer is notable for the fact that on its territory there is one of the few inhabited fortresses in the world, so tourists come there to see the sights, and the locals just live their normal lives. But most importantly, for what go to Jaisalmer – this is Camel Safari, camel tours in the desert. And you can just go for a couple of hours among the endless dunes, and you can go on a long tour for several days, with overnight nights under a starry sky – the longest desert route lies between Jaisalmer and Bikaner.
Directly in the city you can see several sights, in particular, an old fort, a couple of temples and several ancient haveli – mansions decorated with elaborate stone and wood carvings, as well as frescoes. But the most unusual place is located 30 kilometers from the city – it is the Temple of the Rats Karni Mata. About 20,000 rodents live in the temple and they are revered as sacred animals; Many Hindus come here to make an offering, well, and tourists in order to look at this exotic. Frankly speaking, the town is ambiguous – it is difficult to express the emotions arising here in one word – it is something between astonishment, curiosity, squeamishness and disgust, but to complete the picture it is worth being here.
One of the most picturesque cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is especially popular with newlyweds, for which it is called the city of lakes, palaces and weddings. Here you need to visit the palaces and just walk along the narrow streets of the city, where life is in full swing from morning to evening – tourists and citizens, pedestrians and motorcyclists, motor rickshaws and cows; all this is in constant motion and does not stop for a second. And if you get tired of the noise, be sure to climb onto the roof of one of the numerous and popular rooftop cafes here, located on the shores of Lake Picola. Here you can take a breath and dine, enjoying the peace and tranquility.
These five cities are most popular with tourists, but in addition to them there are many more interesting places in Rajasthan – Pushkar, Mandawa, Mount Abu, Chittorgarh, Bundi, Samood, Sanganer and other small towns. So this state is a real fount for both lovers of India and those who want to get to know the country for the first time.
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