Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, for both domestic and international tourists. Rajasthan attracts tourists for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture with its slogan “Padharo mhare desh’ , now its changed . Every third foreign tourist visiting India travels to Rajasthan as it is part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India.
The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer are among the most preferred destinations of many tourists, Indian and foreign. Tourism accounts for eight percent of the state’s domestic product. Many old and neglected palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels.It is the most beautiful place in India with heritage of old buildings build up years ago by Maharaja’s of different castes.
For culture aficionados, there are a number of fairs and festivals in Rajasthan to witness. The flamboyant manner in which even the cattle fairs take place in Pushkar and Nagaur is truly something to behold. Some of the most famous tourism festivals that showcase the rich traditions, customs, folk dance and music of the state are the Desert Festival, Bikaner Camel Festival, Nagaur Fair, Pushkar Fair, Elephant Festival, Mewar Festival, Mount Abu Winter Festival, Gangaur Festival and Teej.
Rajasthan, even though the hot and arid place, is rich in wildlife tourism. It offers several opportunities for tiger sighting and birdwatching. Some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of the state are Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park, Keoladeo and Mukundra Hills National Park. It is blessed with a rich variety of vegetation and animal & birds species. To spot the Royal Bengal Tigers, Ranthambore National Park and Sariska National Park are the most famous wildlife destinations in Rajasthan.
Those who love birdwatching should visit Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it is home to at least 230 species of birds. Home to indigenous water birds and migratory water birds, specifically the Siberian Crane, the Bharatpur Sanctuary also boasts many species of mammals like Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. It is the major tourist spot for most of the ornithologists today during hibernal season. Apart from these, Rajasthan is home to a large number of leopards, blackbuck, great Indian spotted eagle, and marsh crocodiles.