Royalty is best experienced in winters. Indulgence is best enjoyed with a bit of nip in the air! A traveller’s heart gets pulled in the winters by destinations offering luxury. Rajasthan is one such imperial state and unquestionably, one of the magical tourist places of India. Here are some of the places in Rajasthan that will make your winter getaway a treasure worthy experience.
Lake- side in Udaipur
The “lake city” of Rajasthan located at the foot- hills of Aravalli Mountains is truly breathtaking. Famous for its forts and the history of Rajputana, Udaipur is a true reflection of rich cultural heritage. Once, the capital of Mewar Kingdom, Udaipur attracts tourists from all over the world to witness the grandeur of palaces and forts. The city has three interconnecting lakes: Swaroop Lake, Fateh Sagar and Lake Pichola. The fully illuminated royal palaces reflect in the clear blue waters and shine like a jewel. The view is totally memorable and a delight for any traveller. During the day, you can visit the City Palace consisting of tiny passages that open on stunning enclosures and courtyards. During the night, pick a rooftop restaurant and enjoy the twinkling views of the city.
- You can check out the royal vintage car collection of the current Maharaja of Udaipur by just paying a small fee.
- Do not miss the evening cultural show portraying dance and artists from all over the state at Bagore-ki-Haveli
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Soul Satisfaction at Pushkar/Ajmer
Located almost in the centre of the state of Rajasthan, Ajmer surrounds the tranquil lake of Ana Sagar and is itself ringed by the rough Aravali Hills. The city is famous for its Dargah Sharif of Saint Moinuddin Chishti. With numerous famous temples, Ajmer is a prominent religious spot for Jains and Hindus alike. With Ajmer’s combination of high voltage traffic and crowd, most travellers choose to stay in laid back Pushkar and visit on a day trip. Ajmer city is located at the edge of Thar Desert, so the city experiences a fast change from hot summers to chilly winters. Ajmer also serves as a base for the neighbouring temple town of Pushkar. Here you can find the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Located on the shores of Pushkar Lake, Pushkar city is also known for its annual fair held every year in the month of November. The lake has 52 ghats where pilgrims come & bathe in the sacred waters. Over the years, Pushkar has emerged as one of the most famous destinations among tourists from all over the world. It is not tough to fall in love with Pushkar’s tranquillity, spiritual ambience, colourful fairs and winding lanes.
- Pushkar has some authentic Italian restaurants like Little Italy Pizzeria and Shiva Eye Rooftop Restaurant which should not be missed.
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The “Blue City” Jodhpur
Well known as the “Blue City”, Jodhpur is a place lying in the heart of the beautiful state of Rajasthan. It is the royal city and the second largest metropolitan area in the state. The city is also known as the Sun City because of the bright and sunny weather throughout the year. Jodhpur is known for its wonderful and historic tourist attractions including Jodhpur fort, Umaid Bhavan, Jaswant Thada, Rai Bagh, Mehrangarh Fort and much more. The grand Mehrangarh Fort forms a perfect backdrop for this rambling city. The views of the city’s blue-hued houses are best enjoyed from the roof of this extravagant 15-century fort.
- Try zip-lining with Flying Fox over the Mehrangarh Fort
- Relish authentic Jodhpuri onion kachoris at Sojati Gate
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Dotted with wonderful palaces, enthralling gardens and glorious forts, the city of Jaipur is a perfect example of beauty with elegance. This desert capital of India illustrates the royal life of the Rajput emperors and their renowned vision. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur was painted in pink in 1876 for welcoming Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II. Since then, this magnificent city offers a spectacular journey in its rich past and presents some of the best places to visit in the city. Jaipur tends to be warm during summers. So, the best time to go is from October to March. Although from November – February, temperatures drop to around 4°C yet these are the most pleasant months for sightseeing. The list of things to do in Jaipur is never ending. Do not miss the majestic Amer Fort and the royal City Palace. Once you are done with all the sightseeing, park yourself for a traditional meal at LMB. Ladies can buy traditional jewellery, jootis, colourful bandhini work right near LMB (Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar). Those in love with the books can enjoy the much- celebrated glam Jaipur Literary festival held in the month of January.
- Buy beautiful blue pottery items and leather goods displayed throughout Jaipur’s old market
- Enjoy the elephant ride at the entry of the Amer Fort instead of normal walking
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Jaisalmer: The Desert Edge
Well-known as the ‘golden city’, the city of Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. The city got its name from the golden coloured sandstone used in the city’s construction and the golden sand of the famous Thar Desert. The city is a prominent tourist spot because of the presence of the unique art & craft and magnificent architecture. Do not miss the camel safari through the sand dunes as you are at the gateway to Thar. The Jaisalmer city also has numerous eating joints that offer French, Italian and local cuisines. Visit during the months of November and December, you will enjoy this castle city to the fullest.
- It’s time to feel happy, try out some bhang at the Lassi Shop nearby Jaisalmer Fort.
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What are you waiting for? Just book your tickets in advance and enjoy winters in Rajasthan.