Rajasthan Tourism

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Ideal duration: 4 - 15 days

Best Time: October to March Read More

Major Airports: Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur

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"The Incredible State of India"

Rajasthan, India

The Indian state of Rajasthan is popularly known to many as the Land of the Kings, is a beautiful example of India?s age-old opulence and grandeur, traces of which still linger in the air of this state. One of the most colourful and vibrant states in the country, with a strong blend of culture, history, music, cuisine falling in love with Rajasthan doesn't take much time. Rajasthan has more history than the entire country put together- it is the realm of erstwhile Maharajas and their lavish palaces and majestic forts. Golden-sand deserts, traditional handicrafts, authentic cuisine and awe-inspiring palaces all contribute to making Rajasthan an ideal vacation spot. Don't forget to wish everyone with "Khamma Ghani" while you're here!

Rajasthan abounds in forts which offer sweeping views of the panoramic landscape. Three most essential forts in Rajasthan are the Amber Fort in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer Fort, commonly known as Sonar Quila.

Rajasthan also has a significant number of palaces that are of historical significance, the famous ones being the Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Jaipur City Palace. Both of these palaces date back to the high times, and you can see the furniture and other objects used by the royal families on view in these palaces.

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What's Great about Travelling to Rajasthan?

Wide variety of tourists places. Efficient transport facilities. Hospitable and kind-hearted people.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Rajasthan?

Extreme temperatures. Some districts are under-developed.

Who should Travel to Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is the perfect place for history buffs and adventure enthusiasts. Nature admirers and peace seekers are sure to fall in love with this quintessential land of Maharajas.

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What are the major festivals celebrated in Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is the homeland for many exciting and rapturous Fairs and Festivals that are held every year. Pushkar Fair, which takes place in October-November, is a weeklong camel and livestock festival. It takes place in Pushkar and is known to be the world's largest camel fairs. Competitions like 'matka-phod' and 'longest moustache' allures tourists from around the world. Udaipur World Music Festival brings together global artists and is held in February. If you are a music lover, then you should not miss this experience. For literature buffs, Jaipur Literature Festival held annually in January is a perfect event. Celebrated writers interact and share their ideas with common people. In the month of January-February, you can witness the rich Rajasthani folk culture in the famous Desert Festival held in Jaisalmer every year. Camel races, folk dances, traditional processions form an important part of make this festival one of its kind. The Winter Festival held in Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan, celebrates the state's culture and tradition through beautiful handicrafts and delectable delicacies. Other stirring fairs and festivals observed in Rajasthan are the Teej Festival, Lake Festival, Nagaur fair and Bundi festival.

What are the best adventure activities to do in Rajasthan?

From hot air balloon rides to wildlife safaris, Rajasthan never gets tired to offer you with countless invigorating adventures. Hot air balloon rides are available in Jaipur and Pushkar. You can soar above in the sky and enjoy the mesmerising views of the forts and the palaces. Camping in Jaisalmer or Pushkar can turn out to be a lifetime experience. They are a perfect blend of comfort and adventure. While camping, you can absorb the beauty of widespread deserts. Desert and Camel Safaris in Bikaner, Jaisalmer or Jodhpur will leave you bewitched.
Along with camping, you can witness cheerful men and women performing some remarkable folk dances. Though the water sports are not much developed in the state, there are still some lakes in Udaipur and Dholpur which may offer boating rides. Sanctuaries of Rajasthan situated in Bharatpur, Ranthambore, Alwar, Kota and Bundi have a variety of flora and fauna. You can head out for an exotic safari and explore these national parks.

Which are the best royal trains in Rajasthan?

Rajasthan, a state known for its diverse cultures, majestic forts and palaces and vibrant colours can be discovered in the best way possible in royal trains. Two royal trains tour around Rajasthan- the Palace On Wheels and the Royal Rajasthan On Wheels. The former starts its week-long journey from Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi and runs through the state every Wednesday night. A visit to Taj Mahal is also arranged during this tour. You will also enjoy cultural shows in some places. The train is equipped with all modern facilities like comfortable beds, inbuilt wardrobes and bathrooms, a bar-cum-lounge where you can have your favourite drinks and also a royal spa. Royal Rajasthan On Wheels is newly-built and gives you an entirely magical experience. While you savour the sumptuous meals and enjoy the magnificent interiors, the train which begins its journey from New Delhi and takes you around the enticing state of India. Covering the major cities of Rajasthan, once you step into the train, all your necessary needs are taken care of.

What is the traditional dress of Rajasthan?

The men wear dhotis, kurta and a safa which is a kind of a turban. Women wear a ghagra, a long skirt, kanchli or a top and a odhni or a veil that covers their head. However, how these are worn differs from place to place. Rajasthani jewellery includes elaborate necklaces made of various metals. Women generally wear gem-studded gold and silver ornaments. Men and women of Rajasthan wear mojaris or jootis which are basically footwear that are crafted with stunning embellishments and embroidery.

How are the local people of Rajasthan?

You will be astounded by the zeal with which Rajasthani people live their life, and that is reflected in the year-round fairs and festivals and exotic cuisines. People of Rajasthan are as colourful as the state itself; they are very fun-loving, talkative, devoutly religious and friendly. Their gentle and generous nature will make you feel at home and special as they take pride in entertaining their guests. Though you will find trained English and French guides in tourist places like Jaipur and Jodhpur, most of the people speak in the Rajasthani dialect. Hindi is universally understood whereas English is spoken among the educated. While every day in Rajasthan is as colourful as a festival, the zeal and enthusiasm of Rajasthan and its people are reflected through the fairs and festivals celebrated all around the year.

What is the history of Rajasthan?

Rajasthan has an interesting history, which takes us back to the time when the Rajputs ruled the state in the sixth century. Rajputs were known for their valour and bravery through which they protected the land from Islamic invasions for more than 500 years. This period saw many great leaders like Prithvi Raj Chauhan and Rana Pratap of Mewar.

Under the Rajput rule, Mughals were able to get a firm grip over northern India. Due to internal conflicts in the Mughal empire, they continued to weaken, and with their decline in the 18th century, the Rajputana came under the Marathas, who ruled Rajputana for most of the 18th century. Then, finally, the Maratha empire was replaced by the British empire in 1818.

What is the landscape of Rajasthan?

The geographic features of Rajasthan mainly comprise of the Thar Desert and Aravalli Range which runs from south-west to northeast region of the state. The north-west portion is dry and sandy. It does not have any fertile land. The significant districts which have the Thar Desert are Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer and Nagaur. The Aravalli Range and the southeastern part of the range are more fertile. The significant districts which lie in the fertile region of Rajasthan are Banswara, Udaipur and Chittaurgarh. Chambal River also passes through Rajasthan.

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