- Mehrangarh FortJodhpur, Rajasthan, Indiarecommended Mehrangarh FortBEAUTIFUL PLACE WITH THIS FAMOUS PALACE !! FAMOUS FOR ITS PALACE AND ALSO A LOTS OF HOLLYWOOD AND BOLLYWOOD MOVIES HAVE BEEN SHOT HERE !!! THE LAST ONE BEING THE WORLD FAMOUS " THE DARK KNIGHT RISES" ... read moreRecommended for:Abhiram Upadhayaya
MUST VISIT PLACE !recommended Mehrangarh FortStanding on a plateau more than 100 meters above the Blue City of Jodhpur, the imposing Majestic Fort (now a museum) gives amazing views over the surrounding city and desert landscape, and is one of ... read morethe best places in India to learn about and appreciate northern India's feudal history. The audio tour available for the fort is outstanding, and the preserved period rooms, galleries of arms and armor, and splendid miniature paintings lend a real sense of depth and richness to the what is already a superb architectural tour. A must-see.Matthew Crompton
#7, this spectacular Rajput fort in Jodhpur.
- Jantar MantarPink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Indiarecommended Jantar Mantarthis is a pretty cool place to see, that's really different from everything else I saw while in India. definitely hire a tour guide though - it's basically a collection of giant astronomical devices, ... read morebut since we didn't hire a guide, we couldn't really understand what they were all forRecommended for:
- Bagore-ki-HaveliGangaur Ghat, West Zone Cultural Centrerecommended Bagore-ki-Havelithere's live dance shows every night that feature a lot of traditional Rajasthani dances. it's a cool thing to see with everything from puppets, fire, and a woman balancing 10 clay pots on her headRecommended for:
- City PalaceBrahmpuri, Udaipur, Rajasthan, Indiarecommended City PalaceHire a tour guide, and wander around one of the most famous sites in Udaipur. There's a lot of history here, and a lot of the palace is well preserved and has some interesting stories behind it. Take ... read morethe boat onto the lake while you're here!Recommended for:History Buffs
- Ambrai RestaurantUdaipur, Rajasthan, Indiarecommended Ambrai RestaurantI highly recommend coming here, if you can, around the time the sun is setting. It's technically part of a hotel, but if you're not staying here, you'll have to travel through REALLY narrow roads (I ... read moream still wondering how our car fit..) to get here, but it's worth it. The food is pretty great and standard Indian fare, but the views of the lake are gorgeous. Come for a relaxing meal and you'll get views of both the City Palace and Lake PalaceRecommended for:Vinh Le
this is a great spot for dinner one night in Udaipur!
- The Leela PalaceDiplomatic Enclave | Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110023, Indiarecommended The Leela Palaceone of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen! Make it a point to come to the Library Bar (even if you're not a guest) for a few drinks and appetizers in a really cool dark, loungey-library ... read moresettingRecommended for:Vinh Le
If you have time, definitely check this place out! One of my favorite places to grab a drink in Delhi
- Govt Authorised Bhang ShopAmar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Indiarecommended Govt Authorised Bhang ShopCannabis is legal in North India (at least to eat), and goes by the name of 'bhang'. If bhang is your bag, or you're curious to try it out while you're here, this tiny shop directly outside of the ... read moregates of the Jaisalmer Fort sells an assortment of bhang lassis (yogurt drink), bhang cookies, and bhang chocolate, among others. The patter of the guy running the store is (perhaps predictably, given the circumstance) rather amusing, and it's worth stopping in just to hear the spiel. Word to the wise, however: if you decide to nibble, wait more than an hour for the effects to come on -- digested bhang is notoriously difficult to dose.Recommended for:Matthew Crompton
Finally, definitely do at least a one-night camel trip into the desert from Jaisalmer, and definitely visit this shop, if only to hear the hilarious sales patter. Good luck! =)
- Hotel Krishna Niwas34-35 Lal Ghat, Udaipur, Indiarecommended Hotel Krishna NiwasThe cooking classes at this hotel are run by Sushma (a pleasantly assertive local woman) in a kitchen-studio above the lobby. The experience is hands-on for small groups, it's entertaining, and the ... read moredishes produced are frankly fantastic. There are two-and-a-half hour sessions in both North and South Indian cooking, and eating the meal you've just cooked on the terrace of the hotel as the sun sets over Lake Pichola is nothing if not memorable. Rates run from 850-1250R, and printed recipes for all the dishes are provided at the lesson's end.Recommended for:FoodiesMatthew Crompton
#6: a cooking class here in Udaipur.
- Inn Seventh HeavenChotti Basti | District Ajmer, Pushkar 305022, Indiarecommended Inn Seventh HeavenA traditional Rajasthani haveli courtyard-house converted into a hotel, for atmosphere to match the dusky desert feel of the town of Pushkar, Seventh Heaven can't be beat. Each room in the inn is ... read moreunique, with its own furnishings and style, and tariffs running from R550 to R2400 per night. It's hard to impart what makes this place so special, but lounging on a cushion on the rooftop, sipping a steaming cup of chai in the desert breeze as the stars come out over the temple-roofs of the town, feels for all the world like the perfect snapshot of the romance of India. Be forewarned, though, there are only 12 rooms and demand is high -- book ahead.Matthew Crompton
#5: this awesome haveli hotel in Pushkar
recommended PushkarA tiny town around a holy lake on the edge of the desert, Pushkar is an exceedingly pleasant place to lounge out for a few days, skipping from temple to temple and doing some shopping in its bazaar. ... read moreHome to one of India's few Brahma temples (preponderantly the figure in the Hindu Trimurti who gets the least love), Pushkar is best known for its enormous camel fair, one of the largest livestock fairs in the world, during which time tent cities are erected and thousands of foreign tourists and Hindu pilgrims flood into the town. A hike up the temple hill on Pushkar's outskirts provides a great view of the surrounding desert, and a chance to meet some friendly langur monkeys doing a bit of grooming. Also home to Inn Seventh Heaven, one of the coolest hotels in Rajasthan.Matthew Crompton
Not to miss #4: Pushkar.
recommended Fatehpur SikriThe doomed and short-lived capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, Fatehpur Sikri makes an attractive alternative to staying in Agra, its larger and more hassle-filled neighbor. The ghost city, ... read morewith its autumnal palaces and mosque, is particularly magical at nightfall and early in the morning before the crowds arrive. The town that now services the ruins is a small and pleasant place with a famous local variety of sweet biscuit. A beautiful and haunting place with deep historical interest, it merits a day trip at the very least, but you'll enjoy it more if you spend the night here.Matthew Crompton
Thing not to miss #3: stay here, rather than Agra, so that you can see the ghost city early and late in the day, without the crowds.
recommended kake da hotelNot, as the name would suggest, a hotel, but instead a hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the outer rim of Connaught Circus (Connaught Place) that serves the best chicken curry in Delhi. It's grubby, and ... read morethere's usually a wait, but it's cheap and so delicious that you may find yourself forgoing other places to dine here again and again. Highly recommended. Bring extra napkins.Matthew Crompton
Not to miss #2: chicken curry here.
- Humayun's TombBharat Scouts and Guides Marg, Off Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi, Indiarecommended Humayun's TombIf you're visiting Agra to see the Taj, stop off first at this tomb in south-central Delhi whose style presaged it. With a gorgeous symmetrical style set in pretty, rambling gardens (and with some ... read moreolder and delightfully decaying tombs on the periphery) it's a great place to spend a morning exploring. For classical Mughali architecture, this building is second only to the Taj Mahal itself.Matthew Crompton
Things not to miss #1: See Humayun's Tomb before you see the Taj, whose style it presaged.
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Kumbhalgarh and Jain temple, Ranakpur. This Jain temple is said to be one of the five great holy places of the Jain faith. If you are interested in visiting peaceful,divine places must visit this place. The temple is a 2 to 3 hours drive away from Udaipur but it is definitely worth it.
- Amber FortNH8, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Indiarecommended Amber FortMagnificent Amber Fort on top of the hill is an architectural as well as cultural wonder. Taking the elephant ride up to the fort is a must to complete the experience.Recommended for:Mel S Wong
Hello Chris, a visit to the beautiful Amber Fort is a must! Be sure to hire one of the colorful elephants on the trek up!