Rajasthan

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Introduction

Rajasthan state is called ‘The Land of Palaces and Maharajas’ or ‘The Land of Kings’. This is a beautiful state located in the north western region of India. On the west it is bordered by Pakistan, in the north by Punjab, on the east by Uttar Pradesh, on the northeast by Haryana, on the southwest by Gujarat and on the southeast by Madhya Pradesh. It is a land famous for the Rajput warriors. It was a part of the Mauryan Empire, the Gupta Empire, Rajputanas, Muslim leaders, Afghan rulers, the Maratha Empire, British after which it became a state during the period India gained independence.

This Indian state narrates a number of stories about the chivalrous warriors, romance and glory. This magical destination gives every visitor an opportunity to explore the thrilling safaris in the desert, the unique heritage, the glistening sand dunes, the colorful tradition and culture, the exotic wildlife and the lush forests. In other words, the relics are preserved so well in this vast museum in the open air.

For every tourist, Rajasthan is an amazing destination for sure. In Rajasthan all major religions are followed. Jains, Christians, Sikhs and Muslims live here besides a majority of Hindus. Hindi is mainly spoken besides other local dialects including Mewati, Marwari, Malwi or Malvi, Dhundhari and Jaipuri. The locals understand English too very well.

 

Best Time To Visit

Rajasthan enjoys a tropical desert climate. From October to February it is extremely cold and really dry and hot during the summers from March to September. During the day and night and seasonally, the temperature varies distinctly. Winter is the best time to visit Rajasthan especially when major festivals are celebrated and fairs are held.

 

How To Reach

By Road

The well maintained national highways connect Rajasthan with many of the states in the neighborhood like Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Deluxe and ordinary coaches and regular buses are also available to reach many of the neighboring states.

By Rail

Trains are available in a vast network to connect the state to the rest of the country well. There are regular mail trains, superfast trains and express trains to reach prime cities like Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Bikaner, Kota, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur and Jodhpur. Daily train services are available to various towns and cities of Rajasthan from Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. ‘Palace on Wheels’ is a train in royal and legendary style which tourists can consider for traveling.

By Air

Regular flights are available from Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur to Mumbai and Delhi. Outside the airports, there are auto rickshaws, taxis, city buses and cabs widely available for tourists to ride right into the city area.

 

Availability Of Hotels And Restaurants

Rajasthani cuisine is available in a wonderful range including sweet, spicy and the most unique dishes. Popular amongst the tourists are the churma and dal batti. Real flavor of these dishes in which pure ghee, mango powder, lentils, chilly, corn and bajra are used can best be tasted at various restaurants and hotels in Rajasthan. A unique specialty dish is popular in every region like the Ghevar of Jaipur, Malpuas of Pushkar, the Rasogulla in Bikaner and Jodhpur’s Mawa Kachori! All these dishes are offered at most of the hotels and restaurants in Rajasthan.

During the vacation, one can become a Maharaja at a stay at the Heritage hotels. Tourists can dine and the magnificent dining halls, ride an elephant into the courtyard, and watch traditional dances of folk dances. Attendants wearing turbans assist guests in a polite manner. Rooms are furnished well in opulent luxury. Affordable accommodation facilities like budget hotels, deluxe and semi deluxe, apartments, bed and breakfast arrangements etc are also easy to find.

 

Best Places, Locations, Monuments

Rajasthan is popular for its rich culture and art, the beautiful palaces and historical forts. For those on a visit to India, Rajasthan is considered as a part of the Golden Triangle. Rajasthan is connected to popular destinations like Varanasi, Agra and Khajuraho. In the world this is one place that has palaces and forts in the highest numbers. The fierce magical traditions and culture of the land continue to linger in the forts and palaces of Rajasthan. An adventurous way to discover Rajasthan is to enjoy the elephant safari, jeep safari, camel safari and wildlife safaris. Many beautiful manmade gardens can be seen in this state. Some of the most sought after destinations in Rajasthan are Udaipur, Alwar, Shekhawati, Ajmer Pushkar, Ranthambore, Bikaner, Mount Abu, Kota, Bundi, Jaisalmer, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and Jaipur.

Away from Jodhpur is a small and beautiful town called Ahore which is popular for the goddess temple, Holi festival and the Jagirdhar family’s haveli. It is run as Haveli Heritage, a hotel presently.

The famous architectures and homes are beautiful to visit at the fortress city called Jodhpur, located at the edge of the Thar Desert. Natural beauty and the famous Dilwara Jain temples of the eleventh century can be enjoyed and seen at the popular hill station, Mount Abu. From the man town, Guru Shikhar which is the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan is a great place to visit.

The sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s shrine can be visited at Ajmer. Typical Rajasthani villages can be seen at Barmer and its surrounding areas. Many temples, palaces and havelis can be seen at Bikaner. Bundi is another destination, very popular for the beautiful palaces, forts and the baoris which are the stepwell reservoirs. The oldest libraries and Jain temples besides the beautiful havelis and golden fortress can be visited at Jaisalmer.

The famous Shrinathji temple is located near Udaipur at Nathdwara town. Some beautiful and ancient Brahma temples are seen at Pushkar. A huge Jain Temple complex is located at Ranakpur. It has exquisite carvings in marble and around with 1444 pillars is located in Ranakpur. The largest and most popular national park of India called Ranthambore National park is located near Sawai Madhopur. At Shekhawati are located Ramgarh and Mandawa towns with havelis that are around 100 to 300 years old. Udaipur which is also called ‘The Venice of India’ is a destination which every tourist must head to, during a visit to Rajasthan. As the tourists explore more and more of Rajasthan, they are sure to be left spell bound!