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Today Rajasthan, "land of kings", designates a State located in northwestern India with an area two-thirds that of France. Marked by invasions, the history of Rajasthan is that of a mosaic of small rival kingdoms which coexisted in a rather turbulent manner until the 19C, as attested by its innumerable palaces, fortresses and royal cenotaphs perpetuating the memory of the powerful maharajas of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.

The forts and mausoleums in Delhi and Agra are a reminder of the equally glorious past of the Mughal emperors.
Visiting Rajasthan, where 75% of the population lives in the country, one definitely experiences a total change of scenery! This is a place where you can explore teeming megalopolises, cross deserts, immerse yourself in a camel market, venture onto winding little streets in bazaars, and admire the tombs of Sufi saints. You can also sleep in a hotel housed in a maharaja's palace, sample the delicacies of Muglai cuisine, and purchase jewellery and precious fabrics.

Then there are its must-sees such as the Taj Mahal in Agra. Some visitors come to India with the sole aim of admiring this mausoleum. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17C in loving memory of his deceased wife, Muntaz-i Mahal, this unique monument changes its colour throughout the day from dawn to dusk. And let's not forget that Agra was one of the three most beautiful cities in the Mughal Empire (the other two being Delhi and Lahore in Pakistan).

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Rajasthan : Must-see towns and regions

  • Udaipur

    Udaipur’s main attraction is its delightful natural setting: the “city of dawn”, founded in the 16C, stands at the foot of the Aravalli mountains on the shores of two lakes, one of which is the romant...

  • Jodhpur

    The appearance of the colossal Mehrangarh fort, an eagle’s nest crowning a promontory, comes as something of a shock for visitors arriving in Jodhpur. Its name, the “majestic fort” evokes the heroic p...

  • Jaisalmer

    Located in the heart of the Thar desert, the ochre-coloured buildings of this city founded in 1156 by Rao Jaisal appear like a mirage to visitors, some of whom arrive here in exotic and somewhat uncom...

  • Bikaner

    The main attraction of this dusty town, in an isolated location amid the arid landscapes of northwest Rajasthan, is the Junagarh fortress, whose palaces are renowned for their exquisite refinement. A ...

  • Ajmer

    Although your first impression of Ajmer is likely to be a noisy one, it’s worth persevering in this city of half a million inhabitants in order to spend time in the narrow streets of its old quarters....

  • Nawalgarh

    Nawalgarh, an attractive town of 60 000 inhabitants with streets made from compacted sand, is one of the best-preserved settlements in the Shekhawati region (its foundations are made from stone not br...

  • Pushkar

    The 400 temples in Pushkar, the holy city of Rajasthan, bear witness to the religious devotion of Hindus. Try to visit them during the arti (evening prayer) to get a measure of their unique atmosphere...

  • Jaipur

    Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur was built in the 18C by Jai Singh II, according to a checkerboard plan inspired by astronomy. This precise layout takes nothing away from the charms of the “pink city”, wh...

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