The cities of Rajasthan have many names, and some have more than one! Udaipur is both the Pink City and the City of Lakes, and Jaisalmer is the Golden City. And there's a reason for all this nicknaming. The western Indian state's marvellous wonders are sure to give you wanderlust.
Amer Fort, Amer
Only a dozen kilometres from the town of Jaipur, an extraordinary fortress dominates Maota Lake. Perched on a fortified cliff and surrounded by a wall nine kilometres long, the city of Amer was once the capital of Jaipur state before the city of Jaipur was built. Its current construction was completed in the 16th century, but the original was built as far back as the 11th century, making it one of the oldest forts in India.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Overlooking the splendid blue town of Jodhpur, the fortress of Mehrangarh is the most imposing of all the forts in Rajasthan. Sitting alone, about 122 metres above the city, its construction is linked to the city, both of which have been designed by Rao Jodha. At the time, it was a fortified citadel and a palace for the Maharaja of Jodpur. Today, it is essentially a museum and its ornate decorations have made it a real historic treasure in Indian culture.
Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur
If you look down rom the top of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, you can see a curious, intricate building at its base. The Jaswan Thada is a mausoleum, and it was erected for the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Jaswant Singh II, in 1899. Peacefully installed between the hills, it overlooks a little lake and is circled by a stone wall.
Second only to the Taj Mahal, the fort of Kumbhalgarh is the most visited site in India with 2 million monthly tourists. There are many legends surrounding the fort, but according to one, the wall surrounding the fort couldn't be built and kept falling down. A guru told the kings that a human sacrifice was required to keep it upright, and when no willing participant could be found, the guru offered his own life.
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Constructed in the middle of the beautiful Sagar Lake, the Jal Mahal was once a hunting lodge for the Maharajas. The palace is one of the most photographed sights in Jaipur, but it can be seen mostly from afar. Since the 16th century, its additional four stories have been submerged beneath the lake due to a dam placed nearby.