Being the land of kings, Rajasthan sparkles like a jewel on the alluring golden sand. Apart from being India’s largest state, Rajasthan is a casket of vivacious heritage, culture, festivals, art and fairs, making it one of India’s best places to explore. Exploring this state over a week isn’t possible, but we have the seven wonders you can not afford to miss on your 7-day trip to Rajasthan.
Best Places to Explore on a 7-day Trip to Rajasthan
Founded by Rao Jodha Singh of Marwar in 1459, Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan. This city is famously known as the Sun City because it enjoys sunny weather all year. Jodhpur has emerged as a cherished tourist spot offering many unique attractions, such as magnificent palaces and stunning hill forts.
The capital of the Sisodiya Rajputs of Mewar, Udaipur, is popularly known by its sobriquet, the City of Lakes. The city is famous for its grand palaces, epitome of Rajputana-style architecture. Most of these palaces are now being converted into lavish hotels, attracting tourists from all around the globe. Udaipur’s pictorial location doesn’t only make it a loved tourist haven but also a wonderfully unique wedding destination.
If you plan to tie the knot in the beautiful city of Udaipur, jüSTa Rajputana, Udaipur Resort is the place to be. With the captivating Aravalli hills as the backdrop, the resort is set amidst the gleaming water bodies and lush green lawns, making it an ideal place for hosting your big day!
3. Mount Abu
Proudly standing as the sole hill station in the desert, Mount Abu is a haven for tourists from all over India and a place of religious and historical significance. During the primordial days, Mount Abu was known as Arbuda Mountain, famous for being where Sage Vashishta retired. Its pleasant weather and beautiful surroundings make it a place like no other in Rajasthan. This hill station is home to several historical temples (Dilwara Jain Temples), lakes (Nakki Lake) and forts (Achalgarh Fort). Along with this, there are several picnic spots also in Mount Abu. While here, you can also visit the famous Trevor’s Crocodile Park and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.
Initially established by the Maurya Dynasty, the historical city of Chittor became famous after being captured by the Sisodiya Rajput rulers in 734 AD. Chittorgarh is known to be the motherland of several historical figures, such as the Krishna devotee, Meera Bai and the great warrior Maharana Pratap. The largest fort in India, the Chittorgarh Fort, was a must-visit place here. Before being relocated to Udaipur, the Chittorgarh Fort was the capital of Mewar. The city also houses magnificent temples, palaces and forts, renowned for their Rajput-style architectural mastery.
Located 45 kilometres from Chittorgarh, jüSTa Lake Nahargarh Palace, a luxury resort in Chittorgarh, is a treat for travellers who desire to spend some peaceful time away from the chaos. The resort is in the middle of a captivating private late amidst the picture-perfect surroundings, making it an ideal place for romantic and family trips.
Located on the shore of Lake Pushkar, the city is renowned as the king of pilgrimage sites in India. The origin of this town is often connected with Hindu mythology, and is believed to be one of the oldest Indian cities. Most tourists visit this place for the famous Brahma Temple, previously known as the only Brahma temple in the world, and the sacred ghats.
Apart from being a religious destination, Pushkar is famous for its annual camel fair, a 5-day fair where traders sell and buy livestock, and vibrant dance and music events. While at this fair, don’t forget to witness the amazing camel race!
Founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, the Rathore Rajput Ruler, Bikaner, is one of the prime tourist destinations of Rajasthan. This city is popular for its forts, food and unique craft work such as the elaborately carved Jharokhas. Not only this, Bikaner attracts a large number of tourists for its beautiful temples and lively fairs. This city is a must-visit place for all those who wish to delight in authentic Rajasthani delicacies.
Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is suitably known as the “Golden City” of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer was built as a walled city in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Maharawal Jaisal Singh. It has become a renowned tourist destination for its unique art and crafts works and architecture. So, if you are planning a trip to Rajasthan anytime soon, don’t forget to put this castle city on the list!
While each spectacular city needs more than a day to be explored, a 7-day trip to Rajasthan will always be incomplete without visiting these seven wonders!