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12 reasons for why you should visit Rajasthan this winters

   

Rajasthan, the Land of the Warriors, is the perfect amalgamation of India's grandeur and magnificence dating back to several centuries.

Known for it's rich culture, magnificent forts, spectacular palaces, delicious cuisines and most of all warm people. Be it the red sands, the blue cities, pink palaces or the golden sunsets, only in Rajasthan, you’ll find every colour in nature’s huge canvas. Rajasthan has a lot to offer during winter despite the dropping temperature. From shopping to going on a wildlife safari, capturing the magical sunrise to sunset, the breathtaking palaces ,the history of the kings and queens will take you back to the golden era. There is a variety of stuff you can do and see. This winters probably you can hit the roads to this colourful land. And probably , this is the best time to visit Rajasthan and explore the music, art, culture and places.

Well, here are 12 reason why winters is the best time to visit Rajasthan.

1. Jaisalmer

12 reasons for why you should visit Rajasthan this winters-1 Jaisalmer famously called as the Golden City of India is located in the Thar Desert. It's called Golden City because of the yellow sand and the sandstone used to make the structures in this city. This place has many magnificent forts and palaces. A camel ride in the desert can leave you speechless wondering how beautiful our country really is.

That's why Jaisalmer is one of the most opted destinations in the country by the tourists from the country as well as from around the world.

2. Jodhpur

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Located on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, the city of Jodhpur seems like an oasis in the vast desert. Jodhpur is one of the favourite tourist destinations in Rajasthan. The tourist spot stands as a living proof of the splendour, traditions and culture of the city.

The glorious past of Jodhpur is personified through the various forts, palaces and other monuments that can be viewed in this 'Blue City'. 

This city of Jodhpur, brimming with grand forts and palaces, offers a view of the exquisite desert landscape and leaves the tourists delighted. The long, standing Clock Towers act as one of the most important landmarks in Jodhpur and one can even experience the liveliness of the city by cruising through the markets that sell beautiful handicrafts, ethnic clothes and elegant jewellry.

3. Jaipur

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Jaipur, known as the Pink city, is on the list of must visit places for all those who love to travel through North India. The city boasts of several heritage places. The best place to visit is the Amer fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort and much more. Plus at Amer fort, an elephant ride to the top of the hill makes it all the more fun. Also, the light and sound show which is held in the evening is pretty entertaining. It is best to hire a guide for the tour, or maybe a local who knows the area well, as that makes things much more interesting. Plus, the guides at the entrance charge you at government approved rates, so no chance of being ripped off!

4. Pushkar

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From the story of Lord Brahma dropping a lotus in the Pushkar Lake making it 'Holy' to the magnificent camel fair, the ancient town has a vivid tale to tell. Laying on the shore of the Pushkar Lake, this place lights up with the unnerving view of the lake and the hymns & prayers that can be heard during the evening. Famous for inhabiting numerous temples and for hosting a five to six day long fair, Pushkar Camel Fair, this city is a paradise for travelers looking for a tranquil visit to the pilgrims and getting to know the mythical legends associated with the place.

5. Mandawa, Shekhawati

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This small but royal town located near Jaipur is enriched with cultural heritage. Known for its old historical havelis with painted walls, Shekhawati serves as an ideal choice for art lovers, culture and history seekers. You can visit places like Shikhar, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, Badalgarh Fort etc in Shekhawati. Go to this place to enhance your knowledge and the feel the royalty feel.

Note: Chobdar Haveli is a good option to stay, if visiting Shekhawati.

6. Udaipur

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Udaipur famously called the 'Venice of East' is a city surrounded by the magnificent royal palaces and beautiful lakes making it famous by the name of 'Lake City'.Pichola Lake is one of the finest examples of architectural and cultural marvel that prevails in the city.

The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city.

A trip to Udaipur will change the way many think of Rajasthan as a hot state with desert. It's more than that.

Once you visit this place, you won't deny but agree to this place being called Venice of the East as it is one of the most romantic destinations in India.

7. Bikaner

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Bikaner, founded by Rao Biko in 1488 is situated 330 km northwest of the state capital, Jaipur. Residing in the middle of the Thar Desert, this place is famous for its spectacular forts and palaces, as they bear testimony to its rich and architectural legacy. A walk through the colorful streets and bazaars will testify the economic prosperity and political status that once existed.

The city of Bikaner is also known for the different types of festivals and fairs that it hosts - The Camel Festival, Karni Mata Fair, Gangaur Festival. etc.

8. Ranthambore National Park

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Ranthambore National Park is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur and has always been the favourite hunting area for the royals families. The Ranthambore National Park is famous for tigers whose population has been dangerously dwindling over the past few decades. This place is also the wild habitat for numerous other animals such as the leopard, hyena, sloth bear, wild boar and many other species. A safari ride through the national park will make you more connected to nature, which we lack nowadays in the city.

9. Ajmer

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Surrounded by the Ana Sagar Lake, this bustling city is the heart of Rajasthan. Filled with tradition and culture of Rajasthan, this city is blessed with one the most admired forts and lakes such as the Taragarh Fort, Lake Foy Sagar and the enchanting Ana Sagar. Besides these, one can make a trip to the famous Dargah Shareef and pray for the well-being of their family, or visit the Mayo college Museum, Adhai Din ka Jhopra or spend a relaxing day out at the Birla City Water park.

10. Taalbelia Cultural Festival 2017

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Taalbelia Cultural Festival is a four-day multi format festival set in the heart of the small town of Mandawa, Rajasthan.

Witness genres of music change with the direction of the sun. This music festival is a stage for artists coming from various genres. There are 30 participating artists namely Prem Joshua and Band, Indian Ocean, Soulmate, Hari and Sukhmani, Bhanwari Devi, Sukriti Sen, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Rajasthan Josh and others at the festival. The local folk performers will be sharing the stage with them, making it a great fusion of modern and traditional music.

11. Magnetic Fields Festival 2017

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Appreciate the splendour and magnificence of history and architecture while your mind sways to the tunes of fresh Indian sounds and underground International stars, Magnetic Fields Festival is one the India’s biggest EDM festival. This festival made its debut in December 2013, primarily centering around rock n’ roll, good food, laughs, arts, and dancing and since then, it is a huge success.

Magnetic Fields is not a mere music festival, it is a megamix of great music, wine, drinks, food, fashion and shopping for consecutive three days. It has 3 Stages, 40+ bands, secret parties and much more!

Camp in the desert, under the starlit sky accompanied with firewoods to keep you warm, is an option that beats any luxury suite!

12. Rajasthan International Folk Festival 2017 (RIFF 2017)

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A heady five-day affair embracing the rich musical roots of Rajasthan, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, aka ‘RIFF’, is one of India’s most innovative and intriguing festivals.

Held at the majestic 17th century Mehrangarh Fort in the Blue City of Jodhpur, which Rudyard Kipling referred to as “the work of angels, fairies and giants”, RIFF brings together more than 250 musicians and performers from both Rajasthan and across the world. International artists join hands with local musicians to create new sounds through innovative collaborations. A perfect bliss to eyes, ears and overall to your soul.

The schedule of RIFF 2017 is mesmerizing. Have a look:

* Enjoy musical mornings with likes of Anwar Khan Manganiyar & Sila Mangkar.

* Followed by popular traditional dances like Chang Nritya, Dhol Nali Nritya and much more in the afternoon.

* Have a wonderful evening with Strings and beats shows in the Majestic Mehrangarh Fort with Indian and International artists.

In winters, the land of royals is said to be very pleasant, which when added to the stunning views, makes Rajasthan in top destinations to visit in India. Go out this winters to the desert land of India and have good times to add to your travel diary.
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