Rajasthan is a land of kings placed on the north-western side of the country. It is a sparkling jewel of India making tourism a big hit here, particularly because of its rich cultural heritage owing to the raja-maharajas, glory, charm, and royalty of the bygone era.

Even recently, reports stated that tourist arrivals in Rajasthan have clocked double-digit growth in a row for the second year in 2017. Despite a higher base of 17% growth in 2016, the arrivals have increased by 10.50% to 45.91 million visits in 2017 riding on the rush of domestic travellers, and an improvement in foreign tourists’ inflow. The flexibility in domestic tourism had been fuelled by destinations like Jaipur, Mount Abu, Pushkar, and Jaisalmer.

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Here are some facts of cities in Rajasthan:

1. Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, or as commonly called “The Golden City” is situated in the western state of Rajasthan in the heart of the Thar Desert. This place has a UNESCO world heritage site, the Sonar Quila or the Golden fort, known to be one of the living forts in India. Pokhran, a famous town in Jaisalmer is known for being the first test site of India’s nuclear explosion.

2. Jodhpur

It is popularly known as the blue city located in the northwest state of Rajasthan. Blue here signifies the home of a Brahmin, but non-Brahmins have got in on the act too. The city was established in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the Rathore ruler of the kingdom of Marwar. The city is also popular for designing its special riding breeches, known all over the world as ‘jodhpurs’.

3. Udaipur

It is widely known as the city of lakes situated in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.The city has plenty of picturesque locations to offer, one of which is Jag Nivas- a hotel run by the Taj group and is voted as the most romantic hotel in the world especially in India. Also, Kumbhal Garh Fort in Udaipur has the longest wall next to the Great Wall of China, and Jaisamand Lake located in the city is the second largest artificial lake in Asia.

4. Jaipur

It is the capital city of Rajasthan, commonly called as the Pink City because, in 1876, the city was painted a terracotta pink colour—traditionally a colour of hospitality—to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales. The city also houses a UNESCO World Heritage Sites known as Jantar Mantar, which comprises a large collection of astronomical instruments and the world’s largest sundial.

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