Rajasthan, one of the picturesque and enigmatic destinations of India, is visited by thousands of tourists from within the country and beyond, each year. Sometimes referred to as the Land of Royals owing to it being ruled by Rajput rulers in the past, this place boasts of grand palaces, majestic forts, serene man-made lakes and bustling traditional markets. Another facet of it that draws hordes of international tourists is its vibrant festivals and fairs, such as Puskar Fair, Bikaner Camel Festival, Desert Festival, Gangaur Festival and Elephant Festival. Such is the celebrations during these events that each year, the number of people attending it increase manifold.
Divine Desert Land
This destination also finds its name in the list of places in India that boast of numerous religious sites. These holy shrines receive a huge influx of tourists and devotees all through the year. During important Hindu festivals, most temples in the region buzz with chants of the priests and people indulge in worshipping singing melodic hymns. The prominent sacred sites of this destination include temples of Lord Brahma, Goddess Karni Mata, Sri Ramdevji, Rishabhdevji, Lord Mahavir and Govind Devji. Temples that are famously known for their architecture include Dilwara Jain, Ossian and Birla Mandir. Another important holy site, which attracts devotees from far and near, is Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
Located in the only hill station of the state of Rajasthan – Mount Abu, these temples were constructed between 11th and 13th centuries. Devoted to Jain Thirthankars (saints), these shrines depict the mastery of Jain architecture. The carved decorations on pillars, doorways, ceilings and panels are mesmerising and so is the depiction of the life of Lord Krishna on the walls. A point to remember while visiting this shrine is that photography is strictly prohibited over here. The ideal time to visit this place is from February and June, and September to December
Govind Devji Temple
Built in the 18th century and dedicated to Lord Krishna, this shrine is situated in the Pink City of Jaipur. Located inside the famous City Palace, it has a delightful amalgamation of Indian and European architecture. The idol that lies in the main sanctum was brought from Vrindavan. The best time to come to this holy place is during the festivities of Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna.
Constructed in the year 1988, Birla Mandir is devoted to Lord Laxmi Narayan. It is positioned at the foot of the Moti Doongri Fort and houses the idol of Lord Laxmi Narayana and his companion, Goddess Laxmi. The highlight of this temple is its inner halls and outer walls that display great images of revered deities from different religion. October to March is considered to be the ideal time to come to this place.
Dedicated to Lord Brahma, who is considered to be the creator of the universe in Hindu mythology, this holy site is situated in the sacred town of Pushkar. There are many beliefs and folklores about this temple that makes it one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus in India. This 14th century, white marble structure lies beyond Anasagar Lake. The perfect time to visit this place is in the months of October-November, when the whole town can be seen involved in the Puskar Fair.
Karni Mata Temple
Situated in Bikaner, this shrine is devoted to Karni Mata, who is a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Constructed in the early part of the 20th century, it is made entirely of marble. Its architecture is simply splendid, featuring gold and silver domes, and an intricately-carved entrance gate. A unique aspect of this holy site is that in the premises, hundreds of rats can be seen that are respected by devotees. The winter months are the ideal time to visit this revered shrine.
Ajmer Sharif, also known as Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, is a holy pilgrimage for people who follow Islam. Dedicated to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, who was a revered saint, this mosque receives devotees from across the globe every year. This structure is a fine example of the famous Mughal architecture. The best period to pay a visit to this place is from November to March, especially during the annual anniversary of the saint.