Evoking images of grandeur, opulence and magnificence, Rajasthan is one of the best places for heritage holidays in India. The royal state of Rajputana had been the home to the brave warrior clans of Rajputs. They had raised truly spectacular forts, palaces, temples, etc. in addition with preserving their proud culture, heritage and also display hospitality that is legendary till date. Cultural tours of Rajasthan combine the incredible sights, royal experiences, helping you collect some of the most cherished memories of your holiday.

Here are the best destinations of Rajasthan to check out the cultural magnificence.

Udaipur

The former royal province of Mewar, Udaipur is among the best places in Rajasthan for cultural tours. Named as one of the most romantic cities in India, the scenic town is blessed with beautiful lakes with the lush Aravalis in the backdrop. Learn about the glorious Rajputana culture while exploring palaces marveling at extravagant architecture & designs. Make the most of your holiday with colorful festivals, exciting shopping, pampering hospitality and stay at heritage hotels in Udaipur.

Highlights of Udaipur

  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Pichola Lake
  • City Palace
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • Jag Mandir
  • Attend Puppet Shows
  • Participate in festivals
  • Incredible Bhavai dances, Ghoomar<.li>
  • Go shopping
  • Take walking city tours

Jaipur

The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of the best places to visit for Rajasthan heritage tour. The ‘Pink City’ is home to the splendid forts, palaces and temples, some of the finest architectures in India. For an insight into the colorful culture, Jaipur has some of the best heritage hotels in Rajasthan, most exciting festivals, mouthwatering food, souvenir shopping of handicrafts created by locals, and incredible hospitality.

Highlights of Jaipur

  • Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts- UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India
  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Jal Mahal
  • Walking tours of the Pink City
  • Light and sound shows
  • Attend folk performances of dance and music
  • Shopping
  • Attend festivals

Jaisalmer

The Golden City of Jaisalmer, settled on the brink of the Thar Desert is one of the must-visit places when on a heritage tour of Rajasthan. The challenging life of the desert dictates the culture of the Jaisalmer. The 11th century yellow-sandstone fort looms over the city and has a number of interesting sights including magnificent Jain temples. The desert folks, Kalbelia lend a mysterious touch. The colorful Desert Festival is the grandest cultural event of Rajasthan.

Highlights of Jaisalmer

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Jain Temples
  • Patwon ki Haveli
  • Vyas Chattri
  • Sam Sand Dunes
  • Gadsisar lake
  • Attend the desert Festival
  • Watch the Kalbelia performances
  • Stay at the sand dunes
  • Camel safari
  • Walking tour of the city

Jodhpur

Jodhpur nicknamed the Blue City of Rajasthan is next on our list of the culture rich destinations of Rajasthan. The mighty Mehrangarh Fort is the landmark of Jodhpur. The elegant Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens are some of the popular attractions to check out. Of note is the colorful culture. From the vibrant Gangaur Festival to the Bishnoi community who worship nature, there is a lot to learn about history and legacy of the people.

Highlights of Jodhpur?

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Umaid Bhavan Palace
  • Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and Rai ka Bag Palace
  • Walking tour of the important sights of Jodhpur
  • Explore markets
  • Savor the mouthwatering delights

Pushkar

A prominent pilgrimage site for Hindus, Pushkar is a city like no other in Rajasthan. Settled along the holy Pushkar Lake, it is known for the Brahma temple and more than 50 temples dedicated to different deities of Hinduism. The vibrant culture of the otherwise nondescript town of Rajasthan is what allures people from all over the globe. The annual Pushkar Fair is a cultural extravaganza with holy rituals, dance performances, acrobatics, camel trade & competitions, desert camping and so much more.

Highlights of Pushkar

  • Attend the extravagant festivities of Pushkar Fair
  • Brahma Temple
  • Holy dip in the Pushkar Lake which is aid to grant salvation
  • Camping and camel safari in the sand dunes

Bikaner

Alternatively known as the ‘Camel country’, Bikaner is home to some of the world’s best ridging camels. Featuring a wide extend of the golden sand dunes, the district is famed for its remarkable forts and palaces. The historic city also steals the limelight for a unique shrine named as Karni Mata Mandir alternatively known as Rats Temple. The 15th century town is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.

Highlights of Bikaner

      • Karni Mata Temple
      • Junagarh Fort
      • Rampuria Haveli
      • Lalgarh Palace and Museum
      • Laxmi Niwas Palace
      • Attend Bikaner Camel Festival & Kolayat Fair
      • Wildlife Safari at the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
      • Bird watching at Jorbeed
      • Stay at heritage hotel
      • Shopping

Chittorgarh

Acknowledge a glorious Rajputana history at Chittorgarh. The imposing structures tell tales of the boisterous past of the city. A paradise for the history lovers, the city also showcases brilliant cultural aspects. From the valor of the queens to the pure devotion of an ardent devotee, you can witness all of this and much more! A cultural tour of Rajasthan can’t be complete without visiting the Chittor.

Highlights of Chittorgarh

  • Chittorgarh Fort
  • Jauhar Mala
  • Vijay Stambh
  • Rani Padmini’s Palace
  • Rana Kumbha Palace
  • Fateh Prakash Palace
  • Meera Temple
  • Kumbha Shyam Temple
  • Jain temples
  • Attend Meera Mahotsav
  • Witness the Tribal Fair
  • Wildlife Safari at Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

Bundi

Nestled in the Hadoti region, Bundi is an important stopover of the Rajasthan heritage tour. Plethora of step well reservoirs, also known as baoris have bestowed the place with the title of the ‘City of Stepwells’. Besides these, stunning palaces and ornate forts adorn the destination. The visually charming town has even inspired famous Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling to write a part of his popular novel ‘Kim’ in Bundi.

Highlights of Bundi

  • Taragarh Fort
  • Sukh Mahal
  • Kshar Bagh
  • Dabhai Kund
  • Raniji Ki Baori
  • Nagar Sagar Kund
  • Lake Jait Sagar
  • Kajli Teej
  • Bundi Festival
  • Visit Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary

Mandawa

Mandawa is a quaint little town in the heart of Shekhawati region ranks among the best places to visit on a Rajasthan cultural tour. Magnificent havelis, paved archways and fortresses have enabled the city to win the title of ‘Open Art Gallery’. Art and culture lovers, wishing to plan cultural holidays in Rajasthan can engage in various activities of their interest here. Explore the architectural marvels or enjoy camel rides. Everything you do here will seem as if flipping the pages of history while reading a wonderful chapter.

Highlights of Mandawa

  • Walk through the colorful havelis of Shekhawati
  • Attend Shekhawati Festival
  • Gangaur Festival
  • Camel Festival
  • Mandawa Fort
  • Shopping
  • Camel rides nearby Saraf Haveli

Ranakpur

Ranakpur holds a special place in the hearts of the Jain people. The serene village houses some of the most pious and beautiful temples. Treat your eyes to the lush greenery and gushing streams, which is hard to find in Rajasthan. The scenic town is known for its vibrant culture and various temples devoted to different Tirthankaras in Jainism. Counted as one of the five holiest pilgrimages sites of Jainism, Ranakpur is a must-visit destination in Rajasthan.

Highlights of Ranakpur

    • Ranakpur Jain Temple
    • Surya Narayan Temple
    • Muchhal Mahavir Temple
    • Parshuram Mahadev Temple
    • Jeep safari at Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary
    • Horseback ride in the Aravalli ranges
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