Vibrant Rajasthan - Tour to the Land of History, Legends, Hotels....
A thundering hit with tourists from across the globe, Rajasthan, the land of Raja-Maharajas brims with a wide variety of fascinating tourist attractions. Rajasthan can be aptly called the 'land of diversity'. Its contrasting attractions can leave you spell bound with their hypnotic beauty and royalty. From luxurious palaces to massive forts, charming lakes, unfathomable sand dunes, arresting monuments and refreshing hill station, Rajasthan offers a lot to make your holidays eventful.
Sharing an international border with Pakistan, much of Rajasthan is spread out in Thar, the Great Indian Desert. Rajasthan is also home to the Aravalli Mountain Range (among the world's oldest), and several lakes add to the State's natural beauty. Rajasthan has two Tiger reserves, at Ranthambore and Sariska as well as an active bird sanctuary at Keoladeo National Park, close to Bharatpur. Adventure freaks can also go for camel safari, camping on sand dunes and also try their hand at the several adventure sports such as para sailing, water sports and trekking at Rajasthan.
While Jaipur, the state's capital, is justifiably popular among tourists and is a part of the famed golden triangle of India, of Agra, Jaipur and Delhi, Rajasthan possibly has the largest number of cities on the Indian tourist map. Prominent among these are Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota, Bundi and Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan.
A fun way to explore Rajasthan is by traveling on Palace on Wheels. Made of replica of carriages that have been refurbished to imitate the original saloons of the Maharajas, the Palace on Wheels covers most of the important places to visit in Rajasthan, over the course of a week.
Tourism being the key economic activity here, Rajasthan is full of comfortable and luxurious accommodation to suit the budget of any traveler. The land of royal Rajasthan is dotted with several opulent palaces, forts and havelis, some of which have been converted into Heritage Hotels. Offering luxury in abundance, these heritage hotels attract tourists like a magnet attracts iron filings. Some of the conspicuous heritage hotels in Rajasthan are Umaid Bhawan Palace, Lake Palace and Ajit Bhawan.
Speaking volumes about the glorious history of Rajasthan, the monuments and temples here have their own unique charm. Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Dilwara Jain Temples and Deshnok Temple are a must-see destinations of Rajasthan.
Take back home some souvenirs from the bustling bazaars of Rajasthan, which are lined with numerous shops. Some of the most famed handicrafts of the state are tie and dye and block printed fabrics, silver jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones, blue pottery, marble statues and miniature paintings. Shopping is a great delight in Rajasthan.
The culinary delights of Rajasthan will surely leave you craving for more. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are served in the state. Rabdi, Gatte ki sabzi, malpuas, mawa Kachori, dal-bati-churma, Lal Maans (red meat) and Safed Maans are a few scrumptious dishes of Rajasthan.
The climate here varies from summer to winter, but even in summer, while the days are hot, evenings and nights are cool. The population here practices all major religions, namely Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and others, and the festivals observed are of all the religions. Camels being integral to living in the desert, camel and cattle events are a major attraction in the fairs and festivals for tourists.
Rajasthan scores high on law and order and security. It takes the safety of the tourists extremely seriously.
An eternally popular tourist destination, Rajasthan is actually several destinations rolled into one. Rajasthan is truly unique and the pride of India.
How To Reach
By Air: There are three main airports at Rajasthan- Jaipur airport, Udaipur airport and Jodhpur airport. These airports connect Rajasthan with the major cities of India such as Delhi and Mumbai.
By Rail: Rajasthan is well connected with the main cities of India by rail. Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur and Jodhpur are the main railway stations in Rajasthan.
By Road: Rajasthan is well connected to the main cities of the country by State and National Highways.