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Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, for both domestic and international tourists. Rajasthan attracts tourists for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture with its slogan 'Padharo mahare desh'. Every third foreign tourist visiting India travels to Rajasthan as it is part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India.
The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer are among the most preferred destinations of many tourists, Indian and foreign. Tourism accounts for eight percent of the state's domestic product. Many old and neglected palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels.
Rajasthan is known for its historical hill forts & palaces, it is claimed as the best place for tourism related to palaces.
l Umaid Bhawan Palace: It is the largest Royal Palace in Rajasthan. It is also one of the largest private residences in the world.
l Hawa Mahal: It is known as "Palace of Wind" or "Palace of Breeze" because there are more than 950 Windows in the Palace.
l Rambagh Palace: Formerly a Royal Palace now converted into a Heritage Hotel.
l Devi Garh Palace: Formerly a palace now converted into a Heritage Hotel, In 2006, The New York Times named it as one if leading luxurious hotel in Indian subcontinent.
· Amber Palace (Amber Fort)
· Jal Mahal, Jaipur
· Junagarh Fort and Palace, Bikaner
· Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
· Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
· Devigarh, Delwara
· Khimsar Fort, Khimsar
· Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
· Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur
· Neemrana Fort and Palace
· Mandrail fort, Karauli
· Mandholi fort, Sikar
· Patan fort, Kotputli
Hill forts which are in world heritage list
The six Hill Forts of Rajasthan, spread across Rajasthan state in northern India, clustered together as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The forts are mainly based in the Aravalli Range and were built and enhanced between the 5th and 18th centuries CE by several Rajput kings of different kingdoms. They comprise:
Some of these forts have defensive fortification wall up to 20 km long, still surviving urban centers and still in use water harvesting mechanism.
Fairs and Festivals
Department of Tourism of Rajasthan Government organizes multiple fairs & festivals during the year. These festivals & fairs are great tourist attractions. Fairs organized in Rajasthan include:
· Camel Festival, Bikaner (January)
· Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (Jan-Feb.)
· Kite Festival (held on 14th Jan of every year)
· Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb.)
· Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (Jan-Feb.)
· Gangaur Festival, Jaipur (March–April)
· Mewar Festival, Udaipur (March–April)
· Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March–April)
· Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar)
· Summer Festival, Mt. Abu (June)
· Teej Festival, Jaipur (July–August)
· Kajli Teej, Bundi (July–August)
· Dussehra Festival, Kota (October)
· Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October)
· Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (November)
Popular tourist attractions
· Ajmer - Popular for shrine of Sufi Saikhllnt Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and Digambar Jain Temple Soniji Ki Nasiyan.
· Barmer - Barmer and surrounding areas offer a perfect picture of typical Rajasthani villages.
· Bhilwara - Popular for its textile industry. Hamirgarh Eco-park and Harni Mahadev temple are important tourist destinations.
· Bikaner - Famous for its havelis, palaces and the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnoke.
· Chittorgarh - Popular for its monument and fort.
· Jaisalmer - Famous for its golden fortress, havelis and some of the oldest Jain Temples and libraries.
· Jhalawar district - Caves like Binnayaga Buddhist Caves, Hathiagor Buddhist Caves, Kolvi Caves are popular medieval architecture of India.
· Jodhpur - Famous for architecture & blue homes giving the name "Blue City"
· Kota - Known for its gardens, palaces, and Chambal river safari.
· Mount Abu - A hill station with 11th-century Dilwara Jain Temples. The highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan, Guru Shikhar is just 15 km from the main town.
· Neemrana - home to the Neemrana Fort.
· Pushkar - It has the first and one of the very few Brahma temples in the world.
· Ranthambore - Situated near Sawai Madhopur. This town has historic Ranthambore Fort and one of the largest national parks in India (Ranthambore National Park).
· Shekhawati - Located are small towns such as Mandawa and Ramgarh with frescoed Havelis between 100 years to 300 years old, and Vedic period Dhosi Hill.
· Udaipur - Known as the "Venice of India".
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