With winter around the corner, it is the perfect time to plan out your vacations for the final two months of 2017, or the early months of the next. And when it comes to winter destinations, Rajasthan takes the cake. The state of royalty and desert sands is at its peak during the winter months. The weather is nice and cool, and the majestic forts and palaces are as inviting as they can be. There is something wonderful about visiting Rajasthan’s gems and its culture in the cold weather. Here is a look at some of the best places to visit in Rajasthan this season. ALSO READ: Best Winter Holiday Destinations in North India for 2017 Also Read - Thrashing of Dalits: Rahul Calls it ‘Horrific,’ Rajasthan Govt Says ‘Nobody Will be Spared’
Let’s head immediately north to the enchanting city of Jaisalmer, the gateway to the Thar, as they call it. For an unforgettable experience amidst the dunes of the Thar, Jaisalmer offers camel safaris and a number of other activities. For history, there is the centuries-old Jaisalmer Fort with its well-appointed museum and golden walls. The city has several Havelis built by the oppulent as well, including the beautiful Patwon ki Haveli. Also Read - Rajasthan Municipal Election 2019 Updates: Congress Wins 961 Seats, BJP Bags 737 Wards
View of Amber Fort from Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur
The capital city of Jaipur certainly earns its position, offering a bit of everything Rajasthan has to offer. Bustling street-sides markets to spend hours shopping? Check. Expansive, ancient palaces that are just as intricately decorated and beautiful inside as they were before? Check. Lip-smacking food? Check. The grand City Palace and Amer Fort should definitely be in your list of places, and try to catch the Jaipur Literary Festival in January. Also Read - NHRC condemns Pak prisoner's killing; issues notice to Raj govt, prison authorities
For a proper winter vacation, complete with chilly nights and mornings, head to Udaipur and its charming, calm Lake Pichora. Book a luxurious room and sit down and enjoy the chilly breeze with a drink in hand, and enjoy the view and ambiance that is so breathtakingly relaxing. By day, explore the wonders of the Udaipur City Palace and other palaces and temples around the city, including the Fateh Bagh Palace.
If it’s history and palaces that you are after, Jodhpur is a good place to head to. The city is wonderfully old-school, still very much in the era of kings and queens. And with the Mehrangarh Fort as the backdrop, why wouldn’t you engage in a little royal role play. The view of the city’s blue houses from the top of this fort is stunning, to say the least. And you can zip line over the fort courtesy Flying Fox. NOW READ: Best Places in Kerala to Visit during Winter 2017
For a subtle, laid-back winter vacation, there’s no better place than Pushkar. The city in the midst of the Aravalli hills is home to a number of famous temples that you can visit to find your spiritual calling. That includes the only temple in the world dedicated to the god Brahma. After all, Pushkar Lake here is supposed to have been formed after Brahma dropped a lotus upon heaven. Strangely enough, you’ll also find some interesting Italian restaurants here, like Shiva Eye Rooftop and Little Italy Pizzeria.