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3 Best Attractions In Rajasthan, India

The northern Indian state of Rajasthan is one of the most popular destinations on an Indian holiday for good reason. Here visitors can see India at its most exotic and colourful best. Whether it’s palaces or forts rising up from the desert, or camels and elephants, Rajasthan has all these and more.
Jaigarh Fort
Photo Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur by Ankto420/CC BY-SA 4.0

When exploring Rajasthan with Greaves India, there are several locations that are a must see on an Indian holiday, which are briefly described below.

1. Jaipur – the “Pink City”

Visiting the capital of Rajasthan is an absolute must. Known as the “Pink City,” Jaipur is famous for its palaces and forts, built in shades of pink. The City Palace complex is opulent and surrounded by courtyards, gardens and museums, while part of the colonnaded construction is still used as a royal residence.
Jaipur Palace
Close by, the Jantar Mantar dates from the 18th Century and is an open air astronomical observatory. For more palaces, head to Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of the Winds, formerly a cloister for the women of the royal family. This impressive structure is fronted by the attractive pink sandstone.

For those who want to get out of the city, head out on an elephant to the Amer Fort up in the hills nearby, which is beautiful paintings and wall carvings. On the way back to the city, stop off at Man Sagar Lake to see the partially submerged Jal Mahal palace.

2. Jodhpur – the “Blue City”

Keeping up the colour trend, Jodhpur has the nickname “Blue City,” due to the many blue painted buildings in the city. This second largest Rajasthan city has a walled old town, including the Mehrangarh Fort, which offers views across the city. Inside the fort are several beautiful palaces and a worthwhile museum to visit.
Jodhpur - blue city
Those who enjoy the game of polo will instantly recognize the city’s name, as the jodhpur pants worn by players were designed here by the son of the Maharaja, Pratap Singh. The pants were famously worn when the Queen of England visited for a polo game back in 1897 and apparently caught her majesty’s eye.

For something different while in town, have a ride on the Jodhpur Flying Fox, a zip-lining circuit with six zip lines, offering amazing views of the Mehrangarh Fort (pictured below). Completing the whole circuit takes around 1.5 hours and is a worthwhile experience.

Mehrangarh Fort

3. The desert city of Jaisalmer 

Jaisalmer seems to almost rise magically from the Thar desert and with its sandstone buildings, seems to be something from the Arabian Nights stories. Head to the fort, which looms high over the city. 
Dating back to 1156 and built by Jaisal, the Rajput ruler, the fort is home to five palaces, some beautiful mansions (known as havelis) and seven Jain temples dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. There are also shops to visit inside the fort with magical things to buy and take home. 
Camel ride in the desert
While in the area, experience a camel safari in the desert, the perfect close to an exotic holiday in Rajasthan.