Rajasthan, known as the “Land of Kings” in Hindi, is a state in northern India. It occupies 342,239 square kilometres, which is roughly 10.4%, of India’s entire landmass. It is the seventh most populous state in India and the largest by land – and unsurprisingly is also home to some of the best cities in the country.
While this might sound intimidating, Rajasthan is a wonderful place to visit in your retirement. In order to get the best out of your experience, look into guided tours to India which will bring Rajasthan’s past alive and guarantee you quality transport and hotels throughout your journey. Group tours are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people who also want to explore new cultures. Discover awe-inspiring history, architecture, markets, and exotic cuisine in the cities of Rajasthan.
Agra, which is best known as the location of the Taj Mahal, is situated on a bend in the holy Yamuna River and served as a key defensive position throughout the days of the Mughal Empire. Nowadays, Agra is a tourist hub as travellers from around the world flock to visit the Taj Mahal – one of the modern seven wonders of the world. The incredibly beautiful city fort also has a breath-taking design with more dramatic features constructed out of the same white marble. Compared to the other famous cities in Rajasthan, Agra is less charming, but its stunning monuments make it still well worth visiting.
Jaipur is known for being India’s first planned city. The capital of Rajasthan, known for its coloured gems, mixes the attraction of its historic past with all the benefits of a modern metropolis. The vibrant city is one of the three points of India’s Golden Triangle, along with Delhi and Agra, and in accordance boasts extensive beautiful buildings including the City Palace Complex, Amber Fort, and Palace of the Winds. The last ruling royal family of Jaipur still resides at the City Palace which is a stunning blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
Jodhpur will take your breath away from the moment you arrive and is a favourite with tourists. Known as India’s Blue City, Jodhpur sits in a deep valley with rows of houses and intricate streets sitting in the shadow of the dominating Mehrangahr Fort. This spectacular structure is often used as a film location due to its dramatic design and striking arid desert background. Wander the streets of the city in the morning or the evening to sample delicious street food and exploring the thriving markets around the Old City’s central clock tower at night.
India’s lake city, Udaipur, is a total contrast to the other cities of Rajasthan. Surprisingly serene, Udaipur is set around a large central lake, with wide cobbled streets leading between restaurants, characterful hotels, and temples perfect for quiet contemplation. You could not imagine a more relaxing end to your journey around Rajasthan, but the city still offers endless culture to be explored.