Places to Visit in Rajasthan during April and May
The aureate sands of the rustic land of Rajasthan have something enchanting about them which recurrently draw swathes of tourists and travellers from distant places. The enchanting forts, the mystic temples, the placid lakes, the bustling bazaars of the narrow serpentine alleys – there’s something in this state for everyone. This blog puts together the list of places that must make it to your itinerary when you are in Rajasthan this summer:
Endowed with the epithets ‘India’s blue city’ and the ‘Sun city of India’, Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan. It is believed to have been founded in 1459 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler, Rao Jodha Singh of Marwar. The city houses an array of tourist attractions such as the imposing Mehrangarh Fort which is known for its striking beauty; the 84 pillared Maha Mandir devoted to Lord Shiva; the quaint Mandore Garden which dates back to the 6th century; and the immaculate Jaswant Thada which is a white marble mausoleum situated above a small lake.
A city founded in 1488 AD by the Rajput ruler Rao Bika Ji, Bikaner is a visual treat for the visitors. It houses the famous Junagarh Fort which was built out of red sandstone and marble by Raja Rai Singh. Another jewel in Bikaner’s crown is the famous Devi Kund which was built to honour the deceased members of the royal family. It is a mesmerizing mélange of Indo-Islamic architecture. You can also get a taste of the interior parts of the city by exploring Kote Gate and shopping to your heart’s content.
According to popular belief the ancient city of Pushkar is the only place on the entire planet to have a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. This is why the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is a site venerated by Hindus. It is also famous for housing the Pushkar Lake which is in the vicinity of the temple. The Man Mahal Palace built by Raja Man Singh is equally splendid. You can also enjoy balloon rides in Pushkar.
An ‘oasis of spirituality amidst the Aravalli Ranges’, Ranakpur is a small town nestled in Pali district. It is bedecked by verdant pastures and cascading streams, something not peculiar to Rajasthan. It houses the Surya Narayan Temple which is known for its enrapturing beauty. The city also features Ranakpur Jain Temple which holds immense significance for the disciples of the Jain faith. All the nature lovers can also visit the Kumbhalgarh National Forest.