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Known as the largest state within India and found within the north-eastern portion of the country, Rajasthan is is quite diverse. While bordering Pakistan and known as home to one of the most massive deserts within India (the Great Indian Desert), Rajasthan is also a well-respected cultural centre which displays some amazing examples of architecture as well as a rich history. Ancient temples and world-recognised national nature preserves are some other features which define this region. As it also is intertwined with the history of British occupation, Rajasthan is a popular tourist destination; arguably the most popular besides Mumbai in the entire country. If you are considering a trip here, it is important to appreciate a few basic details.
There are three main airports in Rajasthan. These are Jaipur International Airport, Jodphur Airport and Udaipur Airport. These hubs mainly serve short-haul carriers such as Air India, GoAir and Jet Airways. So, you will need to utilise a larger airport within India. Most travellers instead arrive to Delhi and catch a connecting flight from there. Some popular carriers which fly to Delhi International Airport (Indira Ghandi International Airport) include:
Be sure to book reservations in advance, for such long journeys can be quite expensive otherwise.
Rajasthan is famous for its countless palaces; many of these having been featured in hit movies such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Some notable locations which should always be visited during your stay include Hawa Mahal, the City Palace of Jaipur, Amer Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, the City Palace of Udaipur and the Hindu temple of Birla Mandir (also in Jaipur).
This entire region is also rich in terms of its flora and fauna. Many species of birds and tigers can be found here and there are several World Heritage Sites such as that found at Keoladeo National Park. Two major tiger reserves at Ranthambore National Park and Sawai Madhpour National Park are likewise visited by countless tourists each and every year. There is also the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar for those who are looking for a destination that is a bit less frequented by tourists.
The natural attractions to be found here likewise abound. A few impressive locations include massive Kaylana Lake, Pushtar Lake and the Aravalli Mountain Range. All of these can be accessed by bus or car rental. However, it is advisable to take advantage of the numerous guided tours that are offered.
Rajasthan can be visited throughout the year. As it is located within the northern portion of India, it is much less affected by the seasonal monsoons which buffet the southern sections. It still might be better to visit during the autumn or the winter. Airline and hotel prices will be cheaper while there are generally less tourists to bump into along the way.