One the eve of Rajasthan’s formation day, check out the most awesome destinations you must visit in this ethnic state.

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November 1 is Rajasthan Formation Day! Welcome to the land of Kings and Queens, RajasthanThe state that just about has it all, from majestic palaces to adventure parks, from sand dunes to legendary architectural structures, and from glittering markets to spectacular historical stories. Before the state was handed over to the Government of India, Rajasthan was ruled by the Rajputs for over a 1000 years and is hence identified as their original home land. Rajasthan is not just the richest state in terms of land area but also in terms of Culture and Heritage. Let’s take a look at a few of the places in Rajasthan, a state that lies right at the Indo-Pak border, and has a hundred folklore and tales to narrate.

 1. Jaipur

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The city of Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ of India is not only the capital of Rajasthan but also the largest city in the state. Its derives its name from its founder, King Jai Singh in 1727. Jaipur is perhaps the most touristy destination in Rajasthan and houses various architectural wonders from the Hawa Mahal to the Amer fort, from Jantar Mantar to the City Palace and from the Jal Mahal to the Jaipur zoo.

2. Jodhpur

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Jodhpur, also known as the ‘Sun City’ of Rajasthan due to its sunny weather all along the year, is located at the heart of Rajasthan. It is also called the ‘Blue City’ due to the predominant blue painted houses in the area. Jodhpur is famous for its structures such as the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada and Mahamandir Temple.

3. Jaisalmer 

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Jaisalmer, also named as the ‘Golden City’ of Rajasthan is located at a distance of some 5770 km from Jaipur and is also a predominant world heritage site. Laying right in the heart of the That Dessert, Jaisalmer derives its name from the Rajput king Maharawal Jaisal Singh and is majorly made of yellow sand and sandstone. The Jaisalmer Fort is the major attraction of this city.

 4. Khuri 

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Located at a distance of some 48 km further southwest of Jaisalmer, Khuri is known for it magnificent sand dunes and sunsets. Situated within the Desert National Park, Khrui is a famous destination to enjoy camel rides and camel polo. Sam Sand Dunes are located at a distance of around 4o km from Khuri and are famous for their camel safaris.

5. Udaipur

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Photograph courtesy: Creative Commons/Jelle Drok

Due to the presence of numerous lakes in this city, Jodhpur is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ or the ‘City of Lakes’. The city is named after Maharaja Udai Singh who founded it in 1559 AD. Jodhpur is famous for its architectural structures that are located right in the middle of lakes. The City Palace, The Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir are a few classical examples.

6. Ajmer 

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Ajmer is one of the holiest cities in India, known for its famous Dargah. Surrounded by beautiful forts, museums and lakes, it is located at a distance of around 135 km from Jaipur and can easily be accessed by roads. Ajmer is also considered as the  centre of Rajasthani culture, located at the foot hills of the Aravalli ranges.

7. Bikaner

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Known for its world famous camel rides, Bikaner is famously known as the ‘Camel Country’ and is famous for its savoury dish Bikaneri Bhujia as well. Usta Art, a renowned form of art work is said to have originated from here. Bikaner was founded by Prince Rao Bikaji in 1486 AD, when he was challenged by his father Rao Jodhaji, the founder of Jodhpur to establish his very own kingdom.

 8. Mount Abu

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Located at a distance of 470 km from Jaipur, Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan and is known for its beautiful climate as well as flora and fauna. It is said that until 1947 Mount Abu was rented by The East India Company from the then ruling king, to be used as headquarters and nursing home for soldiers.