Recognised as the largest state of India, Rajasthan proudly boasts itself as ‘the Land of Kings”. This state located on the western edge of the country consists of some beautiful palaces as well as other places of heritage and historical importance. Each year thousands of tourists visit this state to catch a glimpse of ancient Indian culture as well as to get a taste of royalty. However, Rajasthan is much more diverse and expands further beyond palaces and royalty. This iconic place offers its tourists view of desserts filled with sparkling sand and houses some of the very tradition pieces of art and culture.

Filled with some of the best dishes and numerous colourful festivals, this state is a must visit for anyone who is planning a tour to India. Below given is the list of Top 5 places which one ought to visit to get a good glimpse of India’s rich heritage and tradition:

1. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort : (Photo by Fulvio Spada)

Travelling within India if you wish to experience a true taste of royalty, then Mehrangarh Fort should definitely be on your bucket list. Mehrangarh fort which was built back in the year 1459 is the largest fort located in the Indian sub-continent. Built by Rao Jodha, a Rathore Rajput this fort is still owned as well run by his ancestors. Surrounded by thick white walls this place is a true example of beauty as well as craftsmanship which existed back in the 13th century. There are numerous entries to this fort however people do prefer using the Lohapol or the Iron Gate which surely does portray the plight of women in those times. This fort gate is filled with numerous hand prints of widows who burnt themselves to ashes following the common ‘sati’ ritual. Standing tall across the Jodhpur’s sky this Fort is sure to give you Goosebumps provided you love getting into history and knowing about the great battles.

2. Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu

Dilwara Jain Temples

Dilwara Jain Temples : (Photo by Nathan Hughes Hamilton)

If you are a big fan of artistry and craftsmanship, then these temples located at Mount Abu are a definite treat for you. Built in the late 11th century, Dilwara Jain Temples are often referred to as ‘Dream in Marble’. This place which is of high regard for the Jains does consist of five temples namely Luna Vasahi Temple, Vimal Vasahi Temple, Khartar Vasahi Temple, Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple and Peethalhar Temple. These temples which showcase impeccable architecture, as well as attention to details, are one of the great sites of worships located all across India. Situated at a distance of 2.5 Km from the only hill station of Rajasthan this place can easily be reached with the help of Taxis and auto-rickshaws at a nominal charge from the Mount Abu railway station.

3. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort : (Photo by Koshy Koshy)

The second oldest as well as one of the largest forts of India, Jaisalmer Fort is situated on top of Trikuta Hills. This Fort which was constructed back in 1156AD is a great example of ancient artistry and architecture. One would be truly amazed to see this sandcastle which appears more like a mirage from a bygone era. You will be surprised to know that this castle houses within itself more than 3000 residents and is a home to numerous businesses aimed at getting hold of your money. Not only this, walking through its narrow lanes, you are sure to be amazed by the golden coloured ‘havelis’ present within its perimeter. It is this extensive use of golden honey sandstones in construction which have led to Jaisalmer being called as Golden city of India.

4. Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort : (Photo by Ssjoshi111)

Referred to as the ‘Pride of Rajasthan’, Chittorgarh Fort was built by Chitrangad, a Rajputana ruler who rules back in the 7th century. This fort stands tall above the 180m hillock and is a symbol of Rajputana bravery, pride and romance. Also, called as the ‘Water Fort,’ this building did consist of 84 water bodies within itself however till date only 22 remains. Spread over the area of 700 acres, this fort is capable of storing more than 4 billion litres of water. It is also known to consist of the Vijay Stambh which was later built by Maharaja Kumbh to commemorate his victory over Mohammad Khilji. This humungous fort can only be entered after crossing seven gates or ‘pols’ each different in shape and design. Entering this fort one is sure to witness a feeling of pride and valour which was portrayed and displayed by the Rajputs or those times.

5. City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace

City Palace : (Photo by xiquinhosilva)

No trip to Rajasthan can be complete without visiting the Pink City of Jaipur. The city palace of Jaipur was built back in the 17th century and is truly an example of architectural magnificence that the craftsmen in that time did possess. The outer walls, as well as the complex, was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II. However, there has been numerous further development within this compounds over the years. One is sure to witness a perfect mixture of traditional Rajasthan with Mughal craftsmanship. One is sure to be awestruck with the diversity which does exist within this limited compounded.

So, in case you are a history buff, or the stories of warriors do impress you, then do not forget to pay these historical sites a visit.

Author Bio:
Rohit is a traveller who love to explore the unexplored regions while travelling. He travels different places and share his experience with others at transindiatravels.com