Rajasthan, literally translates into ‘land of kings’ and once you visit the state of India, you will get ample evidence of royalty. The state is located in the north western part of the country and has the pink city, Jaipur, as its capital. Rajasthan, along with Kerala and Goa, is amongst the top three states in India that attract maximum number of tourists. Travellers just love the colourful and vibrant culture of Rajasthan.
Forts and Palaces – The formidable forts and elegant palaces of Rajasthan are the topmost attractions of the state. Anywhere you go, you will find massive forts gazing at you.The most famous amongst these are the Amber Fort in Jaipur, Jaisalmer Fort of Jaisalmer, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Chittaurgarh Fort in Chittaurgarh, Junagarh Fort in Bikaner and Jaigarh Fort of Jaipur.
Where the forts give you a fair idea of the tough Rajputs, their love for art and luxurios lifestyle is amply displayed in the glittering and elegant Palaces. Amongst the most famous palaces of Rajasthan are the City palace of Jaipur and Udaipur, Lake Palace of Udaipur and Amber Palace of Jaipur.
Monuments – Apart from the forts and palaces, there are other monuments in Rajasthan that demand your attention. In the capital city itself there are two of them. The first one is the Hawa Mahal, a marvelous piece of architecture that enabled the royal ladies in the bygone era to get a clear view of the happenings outside without exposing themselves to strangers. The second one is the Jantar Mantar that sought to arouse interest in astronomy.
Havelis – Where kings resided in their beautiful palaces, the other wealthy class of Rajasthan built huge mansions for themselves which are popularly known as the havelis. The havelis were not decorated with extraordinarily expensive gems but they did have some beautiful paintings on them – frescoes. Today these beautiful havelis, specially those around Jaisalmer and the Shekhawati region delight tourists with their vibrant colours.
Desert Safari & Camping – A part of Rajasthan is situated in the Thar desert and hence desert safari is one of the top most things to do and enjoy while in the state. Not far off from the city of Jaisalmer are the Sam Sand dunes that are the hotspot for camel safari. Camping overnight in the camps is what you will enjoy a lot. Sitting around bonfire, you can enjoy the cultural performances of the local artists.
Wildlife – Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Sanctuary and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary provide tourists an ample opportunity to view the wildlife of the region. From ferocious tigers to colourful birds, you will view all that have wished for so far.
Pilgrimage – Few destinations in Rajasthan are mostly known for their religious significance. Pushkar and Ajmer, situated at a distance of a mere 11 kms from each other are top amongst them. Where Pushkar is the place where the only Brahma temple in the country is located, Ajmer has the pious dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Jains too have their pilgrimage destinations in Rajasthan. The Dilwara Jain temples and the Ranakpur Temples are the most important. Other destinations that are significant for pilgrimage include the Eklingji Temple, Osian Temple, Birla Temple, Galta Temple and Bikaner Temples.
Luxury Holiday – A number of you want to spend your holidays in style, amidst all the luxuries that you love so much. The heritage hotels of Rajasthan are just the right place for you in this case. These hotels were initially palaces inhabited by royal families. However, with passage of time, they decided to open them up for tourists. Leading names in the tourism industry took charge and converted them into hotels while retaining their regal charm. So what you get is not only world class facilities and services but also a chance to live few days of your life like a king.Rambagh Palace in Jaipur; Narayan Niwas Palace & Fort Rajwada in Jaisalmer; Karni Bhavan & Bal Samand Palaces in Jodhpur; Udai Vilas, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur and Lallgarh Palace, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bhanwar Niwas & Gajner Palace in Bikaner are the top heritage hotels of Rajasthan.
Very much like the heritage hotels, the luxury trains of the state are a wonderful way to experience the royalty of the past. Only this time you also get to move around different cities and explore other charms of the state. The Palace on Wheels and the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels are the two luxury trains that take travellers on a royal sojourn around cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer along with a trip to Agra where the monument of love, the Taj is located. The services offered on board are again world class so your weeklong journey is a royal treat for you.
Festivals – A number of festivals of Rajasthan have gained international fame because of their significance and vibrance. These festivals are also a good time to mix with local population and learn more about their culture and tradition. Pushkar fair, Urs festival, Elephant festival, Mewar festival, Marwar festival, Desert festival and Kite Festival are the most popular festival of Rajasthan.
Chokhi Dhani – A village resort offering you ethnic Rajasthani experience. Dine in a recreated traditional Rajasthani village with wonderful hospitality. It’s a must visit
For travellers coming to India, Rajasthan has to be on the top of the list. A trip missed to Rajasthan is a golden opportunity missed.
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