Ranthambore National ParkOne of the last sizeable swathes of verdant bush in Rajasthan, Ranthambore is fed by several rivers that have been dammed to form lakes, dotted with delicate pavilions and decaying creeper covered Rajput Palaces. Apart from tigers, Ranthambore is home to chital deer, leopards, jackal and a rich variety of wildlife. Ranthambore provides you with a decent chance of spotting the elusive tiger, some of the best viewing spots are from the crumbling tenth century fort that looks like something straight out of Jungle Book!
The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is a delight! Tucked away in rural Rajasthan, Shekhawati was once a major player in a trade route that moved from Pakistan to Delhi. The local Marwari merchants grew rich on taxes and trade through the area and began to sink their wealth into competing with each other to build grand haveli that were intricately painted and decorated with murals.
The painted houses of Shekhawati reflect a period of time in India's history, it is one of the richest artistic and architectural legacies in all of India.
Described as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is Rajasthan's most romantic city. Settled around the walls of the impressive City Palace and the shores of Lake Pinchola, the old city is revealed through it's tightly winding streets, lined with antique and art shops, Udaipur is home to the Mewar school of miniature painting. Two ivory domed palaces float serenely in Lake Pinchola, one has been converted to a hotel where you can visit for high tea and return to the city just in time for the unforgettable sight of sunset over the skyline of whitewashed haveli, tapering temple towers surmounted by the domes and ornately carved balconies of the City Palace.
On the edges of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is overlooked by the impressive Meherangarh Fort whose ramparts rise from a sheer sided sandstone outcrop. Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City for the blue painted houses of the Brahmin village at the foot of Meherangarh Fort. Described as the work of "angels and giants' by the writer Kipling, Meherangarh Fort is one of the best maintained forts in Rajasthan. The city is also famous for the Jodhpur riding pant and it's first rate antique reproduction business.
In the remote westernmost corner of Rajasthan, the golden sand-yellow ramparts of Jaisalmer Fort rises out of the Thar desert like a vision from Arabian Nights. Dominating both the desert surrounds and the town at its feet, Jaisalmer Fort is a city within a city, the narrow winding streets are flanked with carved sandy facades and some bastions still holding cannons. Every part of Jaisalmer Fort is made from soft yellow Jurassic sandstone, giving it a golden glow and the title of The Golden City.