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Jaw-dropping forts & havelis; commendable folk music; myriad tales of chivalry and mouth-watering food welcome you to the culturally wealthy state of Rajasthan. The land of turbans, moustache, ghoonghat and camels, Rajasthan is an unparalleled tourist destination when it comes to culture and heritage tourism in India. Home to famed tigers like Machhali, the desert state also boasts memorable wildlife adventure. Brace yourself for heart-warming hospitality; luxurious stays and unforgettable experiences.
Capital: Jaipur Location: Northern India
Winters (October to March) is an ideal time to pay a visit to Rajasthan.
To Experience Heritage Forts, Palaces, Mansions (havelis), Wildlife, Sand Dunes, Lakes, Religious Places, Fairs and Festivals, Desert Safaris, handicrafts shopping, etc.
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A state that invites visitors with melodic tune of ‘Padhaaro Maare Desh’(Come to My Land), Rajasthan beckons the rich culture and history of India. Most of us recognize Rajasthan as a state of vibrant folk dance and music, gigantic forts and palaces, spicy food, colourful and large turbans, extensive golden sand desert, camels and the pride of Rajasthani men, Moochh (Moustache). Thus making it an incredible place to visit and enjoy unforgettable holidays. Sprawling in an area of 342239 sq km, Rajasthan is a North Indian state which seems befitting for visitors of all ages. In other words, tours in Rajasthan are a way to acquaint one with history, culture, wildlife and nature along with adventure of a place that is just so exceptional.
The capital, Jaipur is an interface for the state as it is dotted with majestic forts and palaces, lakes and monuments and has many other attractions like Chokhi Dhani that beckons to the tourists as to what they are about to witness in the other cities/villages of Rajasthan. The air of Rajasthan smells of cultural opulence and it is just not the ancient architecture that is worth praising here but the cities of the state like Jodhpur that are filled with modern day palaces that offer the same elegance and majesty. One thing that catches the eye while going through the Rajasthan travel guide is the urban areas of the state that have imperishable connection with the culture and tradition. There still exist number of fairs and festivals that celebrate age- old traditions and rituals. The flamboyant manner in which even the cattle fairs take place in tourist places like Pushkar and Nagaur is truly something to behold. Rajasthanis are known for observing each religious ritual without even turning a bit left or right and this very fact has added to the reason why everyone must visit Rajasthan. Amongst the most popular fairs and festivals are Gangaur, Elephant, Teej, Mewar, Marwar, Kite, Baneshwar and plenty of others that can be enjoyed around the year.
Another feather in the cap of Rajasthan tourism is the hot and tangy cuisine that can offer a different experience after all. Those with the fetish for food would feel delighted to find a variety of dishes that not only tingle the taste buds but narrate tales of how the cuisine came to the rescue of the Rajasthanis with tough lifestyle. Apart from it, the food of Rajasthan certainly speaks a lot about the taste choice of the royals and the unique cooking style of those who served them. Be it snacks like Pyaaz ki Kachori, Mawa Kachori, Shahi Samosas, Mirchi Bada and Bikaneri Bhujia or the fame vegetarian delights that of Daal Baati Churma, Govind Gatte or Besan Gatte, Gwar ki Fali ka Saag or the royal gourmet choices of Laal Maas and Rajasthani Murg Mussallam, everything has a taste that strikes an indelible mark in one’s memory. Indeed, it is not for nothing Rajasthan is an ideal holiday destination in India especially for the food connoisseur and those who let themselves imbibe the culture and traditions and instead of being visitors become one of the locals.
The most prominent as well as most talked about aspect is architecture in Rajasthan. The entire state is replete with Havelis and Forts that flaunt fine specimen of architecture that majorly ornate the top tourist attractions.
The ornamented palaces and the sturdy forts on the hillocks still have the capability to take one back in time and live the glorious history of Rajputs. So whether one plans a family vacation or a holiday getaway with friends, the forts and havelis add to their experience of exploring one of the historically wealthy states in India. The most notable architectural structures like that of Amer Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Lake Palace and Chhittorgarh Fort are certainly unmissable when it comes to sightseeing tour in Rajasthan. Also, one should know that with the construction of majestic havelis and forts, the architectural venture of Rajputs did not cease as temples are inseparable part of their architecture.
One can find a large number of temples are dotting almost the entire region. One of its kind Brahma Temple in Pushkar and Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner, the exquisite Dilwara Jain Temple of Mount Abu and Ranakpur Temple along with Eklingji of Udaipur are the finest examples of Rajput temple architecture making the state the best option for heritage travel. Rajasthan also offers its guests an opportunity to enjoy the state in a royal way. Therefore, one can see a large number of Havelis that have been converted into heritage hotels. These heritage properties are also ideal for those looking out for honeymoon destinations in the state. Sprawling amidst scenic surroundings, offering exotic feel and fulfilling all the fantasies of honeymoon couples, heritage hotels like Rambagh Palace and Rajvilas of Jaipur, Lake Palace and Udaivilas of Udaipur and Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur are the gifts to luxury holiday seekers.
An indivisible part of the culture of Rajasthan is the handicraft skills. This largest state of India is also a rich source of handicraft and handloom that includes, Jewellery - silver, kundan and meenakari; Textile, Handmade Paper, Precious and Semi-Precious Stones -gemstone, Paintings, Leather Craft, Marble Handicrafts, hand crafted items - wood, ivory, lac, glass, brass, silver and gold.
Rajasthan is also a palatable wildlife destination that offers wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a unique ecosystem with diverse yet rare flora and fauna species. Rajasthan is home to a decent number of tigers and birds and some appropriate places to satiate your wildlife exploration urge would be Ranthambore National Park, Keoladeo, Sariska and Desert National Park. Opening more options for thrill and adventure are activities like Hot-Air Ballooning, Sand Dune Bashing, Ziplining, Camping, Paragliding, Watersports and Desert & Camel Safari for those who want to add more memories to their Rajasthan tour. The state is truly a holiday destination that everyone must plan to visit, it takes you back in time and offers a glimpse of the rich and culturally wealthy country that India is.
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As legendary as its forts and palaces is the Great Thar Desert, of which nearly 60% of the area is in Rajasthan. Forming altogether a different ecosystem that has unique flora and fauna, the Great Indian Desert is a prime attraction in Rajasthan. It is a good idea to witness the Desert National Park near Jaisalmer in order to understand the fragile ecosystem. However wildlife enthusiasts can also trace diversity in the reserves like Ranthambore and Sariska National Park, Darrah, National Chambal, Mount Abu and Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary. Rajasthan is also a proud shelter for numerous avifauna and migratory birds. Its prime example can be seen in the form of Keoladeo National Park, which is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
For a culture aficionado, Rajasthan is amongst the best places to be in India. The vivid cultural flavours add the charm of this already vibrant state. The rich traditions can be witnessed in every city and home, especially during the fairs and festivals. It is not for nothing, that a mere camel fair has gained humungous popularity worldwide, it is indeed the touch of rich culture and traditions that have contributed majorly not only in making Pushkar Camel Fair a success but a number of other fairs and festivals like Desert Festival in Jaisalmer, Nagaur Festival in Nagaur, Summer Festival in Mount Abu, Marwar Festival in Jodhpur and Gangaur Festival in Jaipur celebrated in Rajasthan as well. The traditional Ghoomar Dance along with other folk dances are a must see in Rajasthan. Apart from folk dance and music, the Rajasthani cuisine is something that cannot be missed. Be it vegetarian delight like Daal Baati Churma or the delectable non-vegetarian Laal Maas, the Rajasthanis certainly understand that a way to someone’s heart is through his stomach.
Rajasthan is also an ideal honeymoon destination. There are several Havelis and Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan that have witnessed the making of many love stories. The lake city of Udaipur or the tranquil hill station of Mount Abu and as a matter of fact Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are commonly chosen by the newly weds as honeymoon destinations in Rajasthan. However, there is still plenty of places that one can look forward to in the state.
When in Rajasthan, no one can ignore the divinity that state holds. Dotted with number of religious places of varied faith, the state is probably one of the ideal places for pilgrimage in India. Home to the famed Dilwara Temple of Jains; Karni Mata Temple of Hindus and Ajmer Sharief of Muslims, Rajasthan is certainly a place to seek the many blessings of the Supreme.
Each day the state takes a small step towards betterment of tourism with introductions of many contemporary activities like Hot Air Ballooning, cycling or a Desert Jeep Safari; and even polishing and extension of several age old practices of puppetry, handicrafts or camel safari. Therefore, whether you seek the spiritual bliss or mental peace amidst the nature, whether adventure is your idea of travelling or imbibing the culture is your desire, Rajasthan is the right place for you.