Heritage, culture, safaris, sand dunes, lush forests and wildlife, culture, deserts!! This exhaustive list of breathtaking words describes the largest state in India, Rajasthan.
Blessed with all forms of mother nature- wildlife, huge deserts and river, this state shares its border with Pakistan along with Sutlej-Indus river valley. It is located on the northern side of the country, where it comprises most of the wide and inhospitable Thar Desert, also called the Great Indian Desert. The Aravali outlines Rajasthan’s most important division. The south-eastern area, higher in elevation and more fertile, has a much diversified topography. The Tropic of Cancer passes through its southern tip; making this place hot and humid most of the time in the year.
The historical significance of Rajasthan roots back to the Indus valley civilization. This place was ruled over by the Meenas, Gurjars, Bhils, Rajputs, Rajpurohit, Charans, and other tribes who have left a rich cultural and traditional background to this divine place.
Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights everyone. For the nature lovers it offers the spectacular sand dunes in the backdrop of the Aravalis- India’s oldest mountain range. The wildlife lovers can take a safari on horses, camels, elephants or just watch the birds in the wetlands. For the history lovers, one can indulge in the brilliance of Rajasthan’s architectural heritage and enjoy the features of enriched Islamic and Jain architecture.
What to do?
Rajasthan offers a wide range of activities that you can indulge yourself in.
• A trip to Rajasthan is never complete without ‘The palace of wheels’. Take a week long ride and enjoy the magnificent land of numerous kingdoms, majestic forts and palaces and diverse culture.
• Treat your eyes with an amazing display of arts and architecture.
• Enjoy the Indian culture and tradition from the ‘Land of kings’. Participating in the summer festivals which are rich and varied in folk culture from surrounding villages. If it is the new year vacation time, you are in for a treat because you can attend the Shilpgram festival, which is a great crowd puller.
• Enjoy the rich tradition of cuisines – for this land of princes had some of the finest cooks in the palaces.
• The best place for your shopping therapy… you can pick the world’s best handicraft items from here.
• Visit the vast tiger reserve and enjoy the wild life- flora and fauna.
• Enjoy the rich cultural heritage by taking trips to the most famous temples around the town.
• Enjoy the camel safari.
Places to visit
Rajasthan is one of the most visited states in India. It is one of India’s most colorful and exotic best. It is a nature lover’s paradise, an art and history lover’s out-of-body experience, a religious pilgrimage, and a shopaholics’ ultimate pleasure.
Jaipur, known as the Pink city can grip any visitor with admiration. Stunning backdrop of ancient forts: Nahargarh, Amer, Jaigarh and Moti Doongari are apt testimonials of the bygone era.
Mount Abu is a unique destination for adventure and eco-tourism. The place presents an interesting contrast of British style bungalows and holiday lodges. The place is now a vast sanctuary that shelters a number of species like langur, wild boars, Sambar, leopards and many more.
Ranthambhor National Park is a place where the princely Indian Tigers can be spotted. A significant geological feature within the park is the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range.
Jaisalmer, the name evokes utter magic and vibrancy of the desert. It’s straight out of an Arabian Nights fable where you can experience the best camel safari.
The city of lakes, Udaipur is something you cannot afford to miss. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of Pichola Lake is the finest example of architectural and cultural marvel. Udaipur is also the center for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings.
Bundi is a magnificent town in Rajasthan famous for its architectural value. Rajput architecture shines in the intricately carved brackets and pillars. Interesting places are Diwan-e-aam, Hathia Pol, and Naubat Khana.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It stands at the edge of the Thar Desert and was citadel of the ancient Marwar kingdom. Here too you can enjoy the mammoth, imposing fortress.
The must haves: Do not leave Rajasthan without trying these
o The dal bhati and laas kurma
o The camel safari at jaislmer
o The bazaars spill with products that have a magnificent glow of colors all over.
o The fabrics with silver or gold thread settings and complimented with variety of silk-threads, beads, gota, zari, zardosi and banarasi.