Jaipur: Established by the Kachwaha ruler Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, who lived from 1693-1743, Jaipur, or the Pink city, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Its beautiful buildings including the City Palace, Amer Fort and the landmark Hawa Mahal are truly worth seeing. Browsing through the markets in Jaipur, where skilled craftsmen display jewellery, paintings, carvings and colorful texiles, is an enjoyable experience for tourists.
Jodhpur: This city, near the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India, is known for its impressive Mehrangarh fort. Founded by Rao Jodha, this city, is called the “Blue City” for the blue painted walls of the houses in the town. The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace is another landmark that must bee seen in Jodhpur. Its museum contains many artifacts of the royal times in Jodhpur.
Udaipur: Named for its founder, the Sisiodia King, Maharana Udai Singh, Udiapur is a fairytale “White City” in Rajasthan, which you’ll enjoy visiting on your India Holiday. The fabulous lake palaces in Udaipur, set like white pearls in the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola have to seen to be believed.
Jaisalmer: Known for its golden fort, made of sandstone, Jaisalmer is an important center of handicrafts in Rajasthan. Sandstone carvings and block printed fabrics made here find their way across the world. The carved mansions and Jain temples of Jaisalmer are worth seeing. The sand dunes at Sam, near Jaisalmer are the site of the annual Desert Festival.
Chittorgarh: This city in Rajasthan India, is synonymous with bravery and sacrifice. Attacked thrice during its eventful history, Chittorgarh bears the scars of tremendous battles. The Victory Tower or Vijay Stambha in Chittorgarh celebrates a victory in 1440 of Kumbha, the ruler of Chittorgarh, over Mahmud Khalji the ruler of Malwa.
Pushkar: The site of a famous camel and cattle fair in November every year, Pushkar consists of a collection of temples including a Brahma temple, built around the holy Pushkar Lake. Devotees bathe in the lake on the auspicious day of Karthik Purnima every year. The camel fair is a crowd puller with merchants, camel buyers and sellers, cultural performers and tourists coming together for a celebration in the desert. Ajmer: Located on the route to Pushkar, Ajmer is famous for the tomb or Dargah of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. People of all faiths come to his tomb to seek the saint’s blessings. The annual Urs or festival is an event observed with great fervour.