December is the best month to travel across India. There is no doubt about that. India has earned the reputation of a country where it is always hot. December is one of the few months when this holds untrue. The weather is cool and ideal for sight-seeing. You can take long walks with the pleasant breeze in your hair as you enjoy the breathtaking views. You can go trekking or explore monuments all day long without feeling the wrath of the heat. Of all the places that become magical to visit during December, Rajasthan is perhaps the best. (ALSO SEE 10 pictures that show why Rajasthan is the best state to visit in India) Here are some amazing things about Rajasthan that make it the best destination to visit in December not just in India, but the whole wide world!

The Desert


Rajasthan is home to the great Indian Thar desert. A drive along the vast stretches along Barmer or Bikaner gives you a sneak peek into the alluring sand dunes. The raw rustic charm of the brown and golden sand for as far as your eyes can see is unparalleled. A camel safari into the desert at Khuri during December is one of the most memorable experiences you can have in your life. You can catch the magical sunset followed by a hot meal right in the middle of the desert. You can sleep in the open on a warm mattress laid out in the cold sand. Imagine gazing at the stars in the night sky right in the middle of the chilly desert as you are under a thick warn rug! This is as close to nature as you can get! You will get back home with memories to cherish for life.

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The Palaces

Jaipur-City Palace

Rajasthan is one state in India where you can find the most diverse buildings and houses. While you witness modest huts in villages like Khuri and small, cramped blue houses in the beautiful city of Jodhpur, you also see some of the most magnificent and lavish palaces all around the state. Rajasthan was home to some of the richest kings and kingdoms in Indian history as a result of which it has no shortage of historic palaces that stun you with their sheer architecture and aura. The City Palace complex in Jaipur which also includes Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces is a great tourist attraction. Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur is renowned as one of the most luxurious palaces in the world and a preferred choice for many honeymoon couples. The Udaipur Lake palace which has now been converted into a hotel has 83 suites and rooms and is one of the finest luxury hotels in India. Hawa Mahal or the Wind Palace in Jaipur with 953 small windows is also popular all across the globe for its unique architecture. December, when the weather is just perfect, is a great time to check out these wonderful palaces.

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The Forts


If you like forts, then you are going to love Rajasthan! Humongous forts like Amer fort and Jaigarh fort near Jaipur are visited by tourists all year round. The magnificent Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur provides an amazing panoramic view of the blue city. Chittorgarh fort, one of the largest forts in India, is a stunning piece of architecture and a World Heritage site. These forts of Rajasthan take you back in history when battles were fought and won. You can’t help but imagine how wonderful life during that era must have been. A tour of the Mehrangarh fort in particular can be an enriching experience for history and architecture buffs. The December weather is just ideal for exploring these majestic forts of Rajasthan, each one more unique than the other.

The Lakes


Be it the serene Gadisar Lake of Jaisalmer or the stunning Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan’s lakes are simply mesmerizing to say the least. Udaipur is touted as the most romantic city in India and most of the credit for this goes to its lakes. With lakes like Lake Pichola, Udai Sagar Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Rajsamand Lake and Jaisamand Lake, it is natural that Udaipur earn the sobriquet ‘City of lakes’. December is the best time to witness these lakes in all their glory. Most of these lakes have spectacular backdrops providing the most romantic setting one could ask for. These amazing lakes play a huge role in making Rajasthan a preferred honeymoon destination in India. A boat ride in one of these or an evening spent by their side during December can be a memorable experience for visitors.

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The People


Rajasthan is one state where India’s history, traditions and culture have been preserved not just in the monuments and structures but also in the people. Most locals treat you with a friendly smile and are willing to converse with you if you want to. They share their anecdotes and listen to yours. They are happy to share a drink with you and even offer their own meal to you when you are in need. No matter where you are in Rajasthan, you will meet artists, cattle owners, potters, camel riders. From mean sporting bushy and trendy mustaches to women in conservative ghoonghats, from traditional Indian ornaments to amazing white turbans, Rajasthan’s people will give you a slice of India that you read about in books. The winter month of December is a great time to catch these lovely locals in their best mood as they too get a welcome respite from the crazy summer heat.

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