The eagerly awaited weekend is right around the corner. If you are a Delhi resident or visiting the capital city around this weekend, you don’t need to fret over how much you can experience in these two days. Be ready to get lured by Rajasthan because, by the end of your 48 hours experience, you will start planning your next long holiday to the land of the royals.
Think of Rajasthan, and a pale, hot desert landscape pops up in your mind. But this state has always been rich in its offering. Apart from sweeping sand dunes, Rajasthan is a land of forest reserves, diverse wildlife, majestic ancient palaces and forts, serene lakes, mouthwatering cuisine, and colorful culture. All this makes Rajasthan a world-renowned and much revered holiday destination. Most 5-star hotels in Jodhpur and other prominent cities promise a Maharaja-style treatment for their guests. Rajasthan packs many attractions, such as The Gateway Hotel Rawalkot Jaisalmer, a weekend getaway from Delhi.
- Gadsisar Lake: Udaipur may be the city of beautiful lakes, but Jaisalmer’s Gadsisar Lake is an equally pleasant attraction. Believed to have been constructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in the 14th century, this man-made lake offers a splendid reflection of ancient temples and shrines near its periphery. The lake turns into a bird watching destination in winter.
- Patwon ki Haveli: Flamboyant palaces are scattered throughout Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is home to one such architectural masterpiece, the Patwon ki Haveli. Trace the footsteps of its influential residents as you walk past its impressive and detailed designs. Some of the best Jaisalmer hotels can be found near this palace.
- Mehrangarh Fort: Choose one of several Jodhpur hotels near Mehrangarh Fort so you can wake up with a stunning view. Among India’s biggest forts, Mehrangarh Fort sits on a vertical cliff and looms over the city protectively. A museum inside the fort has a collection of royal artifacts. A highly recommended experience is private dining at Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal, Jodhpur. The hotel’s terrace overlooks the Mehrangarh Fort and is the perfect setting for a Jharokha Dinner cooked specially by Chef Mahipal Singh Rathore.
- Sadar bazaar: Take back a piece of Rajasthan’s lively culture by indulging in retail therapy at Sadar Bazaar. You can look forward to the city’s best shopping experience here. Colorful shops line up the streets of this flea market. Though you can find almost everything here, these shops are particularly famous for leather goods and jewelry.
- Amer Fort: In Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur, most forts and palaces have been built using eye-catching pink stones. However, the beauty of Amer Fort is unparalleled. It is easily the pride of the city and reminds one of the glorious past of the Jaipur royalty. Constructed by Raja Mana Singh I, its design is a pleasing mix of Rajput and Hindu traditions. Do not miss the elephant ride at the Amer fort.
- City Palace: Prominent buildings from the royal era, such as Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal, make up the complex of City Palace. Its origins can be traced back to the era of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Apart from an architectural wonder, it houses rare royal collections. Many 5 star hotels in Jaipur such as the Rambagh Palace are just a short walk from prominent monuments such as Govinddevji Mandir, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Hawa Mahal.