Many of the Rajasthan Temples are prominent tourist destinations and pilgrimage centers. People of all faiths visit the Karni Mata Rajasthan Temple at Deshnok also called popularly as the Rajasthan Rats temple. This Rajasthan temple is dedicated to the Goddess Karni Mata who is believed to reincarnate her devotees into ‘rats’ upon their death; the Rajasthan Rats Temple in true testimony of the fact is a haven for rats—every nook and corner of the temple is inhabited with scores of rats which are specially cared for by the devotees. Rajasthan famous temple, the Bhrama temple at Pushkar in Ajmer district is considered the ‘Tirth Raj’ or the king of pilgrimage sites. Devotees from across the world visit this Rajasthan temple all through the year and especially during the annual Camel Fair which is celebrated with extreme festive spirit. Another Rajasthan famous temple is the Kaila Devi Temple located on the banks of the river Kalisil in Karauli district which is dedicated to the Goddess Kaila. This Rajasthan temple is famous for a fair that is scheduled for a fortnight during the March-April every year as devotees from different parts of the state flock to celebrate this event. The Eklingji Temple is one of the famous Rajasthan temples located close to the town of Udaipur. This Rajasthan temple houses around 108 temples in a complex and is considered as ‘Kailashpuri’ the abode of Lord Shiva.
Apart from the famous Rajasthan temples, many festivals and fairs are held in this state, which attract a huge number of Indian as well as foreign tourists from different countries. The Pushkar Camel Fair, Nagaur Fair, Desert festival, Baneshwar Fair, Elephant Festival, Brij Festival, Gangaur festival, Mewar festival, Summer festival, Teej Fair and the Urs at Ajmer are especially very popular with the tourists visiting the state.
Rajasthan is the largest state in India by area—it covers an area of 132,150 square kilometers, most of it is under the Great Indian Desert, the Thar Desert and the world’s oldest mountain ranges the Aravalli Range. The Aravalli mountain range has the state’s only hill station, the Mount Abu, home to one of the famous Rajasthan temples Dilwara Temples, a sacred pilgrimage site for Jains. The population of Rajasthan is approximately 58,400,000 and the state is home to tribals like Minas, Bhils, Sahariyas, Sidhis, Gaduliya Lohars and Damors among many others.
Rajasthan is the land of forts and palaces; many forts and palaces exist in Rajasthan pronouncing the bygone era’s legendary battles and chivalry. Taragarh Fort, Junagadh Fort, Cittorgarh Fort, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jaislmer Havelis, Golden Fort, Amer Palace, City Palace at Udaipur and Jaipur among many others keep the tourists mystified and stupefied by their graceful presence. Many of the old forts have been converted into heritage hotels today. A famous tour of Rajasthan organized by Indian Railways called as the ‘Palace on Wheels’ takes many a foreign tourists into the Rajasthan’s beautiful cities, towns and villages as well as the native deserts, for an extremely unforgettable experience during their life time.