Rajasthan was previously named as Rajputana which meant the land of Kings and it is presently the largest state in India. This state covers an area of 344 square kilometers and it houses the largest desert of India known as the Thar Desert. This desert runs parallel to the Indus- Sutlej river valley.
When one thinks of visiting Rajasthan, then here are some popular places and cities that one can think of visiting.
This is the capital of the state and also the largest city in Rajasthan. Popularly known as the ‘pink city’ this was founded by King Sawai Jaising II and in the year 1727. Here most of the buildings are pink in color and the entire planning of the city is done by the Vedic Vastu Shastra. This city has a detailed architecture and so it tops the list when it comes to tourist attractions. The major places to visit here are Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall Museum, Birla Temple and many more. One can also visit the market places here and the street side shopping vendors to pick up some colorful mementos from the city.
Though commonly known as the city of lakes, this city is also often termed as the Venice of the east. This city also reflects some Rajputana style of architecture. The Mewar Rajputs founded this city to relocate their capital from Chittorgarh to a more secure place. This city is located at the foothills of Aravalli Mountains and the top places to visit here are Lake Pichola, Riyal Vintage Car Museum, Jagdish temple, Lake Garden Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli, Moti Magri and many more.
It is the second largest city of Rajasthan and it was founded by Rao Jodha Singh in the year 1459. This place is also called the Sun City and it lies at a distance of 250 kilometers from the India- Pakistan border.
This city is aptly named as the Golden City and it lies just at the heart of Thar Desert. This city got its name from the golden sand it has and the same colored sandstones have been used to build the architectures of the city. The major places to visit here are Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer Fort, Sam Sand Dunes, Heritage Museum, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Jain Temples, Gadisar Lake and many more.
This is one of the most ancient cities of Rajasthan and this place is famous for its snacks and sweets. In fact, this place is highly recommended to visit if one wants to taste some authentic Rajasthani cuisines. Major places to visit here are Lalgarh Palace, Junagarh Fort, Shri Lakshminath Temple, Sadul Singh Museum, Jain temples and many more.
One can easily reach these places by making reservations on a train from any parts of India. One can also book online for train food parcel because there are e catering services provided by Indian Railways these days. One can now easily have a delicious meal on the train when they are traveling.