Hello Rajasthan – The Land of King’s

Hello Rajasthan – The Land of King’s

Sand and lots of sand everywhere, that’s what i used to think about rajasthan before i went there. There
is much more to this iconic region of the subcontinent.
From Thar Desert to the Aravalli Range ,fairy-tale palaces and epic forts to colourful festivals and wildlife
encounters, this is India at its vibrant best,Rajasthan beckons the rich culture and history of India.

The palaces of Jaipur and Ajmer-Pushkar, the lakes of Udaipur, the desert forts of Jodhpur, Taragarh
Fort in Ajmer, and Bikaner and Jaisalmer rank among the most preferred destinations in India for many
tourists both Indian and foreign.Maharajas and their majestic forts and lavish palaces. The remnants of a
rich and romantic past, It is a land of deserts and jungle, camel trains and tigers, glittering jewels, vivid
art and vibrant culture. There are enough festivals here to fill a calendar and an artist’s palette, and the
shopping and cuisine are nothing short of spectacular. It is the must-see state of India, brimming with
varied, startling and incredible attractions.

Rajasthan is culturally rich and has artistic and cultural traditions which reflect the ancient Indian way of
life. There is rich and varied folk culture from villages which are often depicted as a symbol of the state.
Highly cultivated classical music and dance with its own distinct style is part of the cultural tradition of
Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is known for its traditional, colourful art. The block prints, tie and dye prints, Bagaru prints,
Sanganer prints, and Zari embroidery.

Rajasthan is also noted for its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. There are four national park and
wildlife sanctuaries: Keoladeo National Park of Bharatpur, Sariska Tiger Reserve of Alwar, Ranthambore
National Park of Sawai Madhopur, and Desert National Park of Jaisalmer.

Rajasthan is famous for its forts, carved temples,and decorated havelis, which were built by Rajput kings
in pre-Muslim era Rajasthan.Rajasthan’s Jaipur Jantar Mantar, Mehrangarh Fort and Stepwell of
Jodhpur, Dilwara Temples, Chittor Fort, Lake Palace, miniature paintings in Bundi, and numerous city
palaces and haveli’s are part of the architectural heritage of India. Jaipur, the Pink City, is noted for the
ancient houses made of a type of sandstone dominated by a pink hue. In Jodhpur, maximum houses are
painted blue. At Ajmer, there is white marble Bara-dari on the Anasagar lake. Jain Temples dot
Rajasthan from north to south and east to west. Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu, Ranakpur Temple
dedicated to Lord Adinath in Pali District, Jain temples in the fort complexes of Chittor, Jaisalmer and
Kumbhalgarh, Lodurva Jain temples, Mirpur Jain Temple of Sirohi, Sarun Mata Temple kotputli,
Bhandasar and Karni Mata Temple of Bikaner and Mandore of Jodhpur are some of the best examples.

Rajasthanis are rightly proud of their rich and turbulent history.

Famous places in Rajasthan

1. Jaipur

Jaipur, the City of Victory.Here you’ll find a well-preserved and living past – stunning hilltop forts, glorious
palaces and humming, bargain-filled bazaars – as well as a wealth of accommodation and dining
options. From the timeless bazaars of the old city to the towering malls of glass and chrome, which seem
to be sprouting everywhere, there is an amazing array of items for sale – Rajasthani crafts, textiles, art
and, of course, gems.

2. Sariska Tiger Reserve

Beside tiger,the 800 sq km reserve is also home to nilgai, sambar, chital (spotted deer), wild boar and
numerous species of bird. It also has some fascinating sights within and around its boundaries, including
the spectacular hilltop Kankwari Fort and Bhangarh, a deserted, well-preserved 17th-century city that’s
famously haunted.

3. Pushkar


Take a dip in the holy waters of the Pushkar Lake and offer salvations to Lord Brahma.The holy city
Pushkar welcomes people to enjoy various tasks to enjoy and offers a wonderful experience of the
holidays. Pushakr fair,when Rajasthani farmers gather to buy and sell their camels, cattle and horses.
Though a small town Pushkar is a place with a very lively ambience and the whole environment
becomes more exciting during the Pushkar Camel fair. One can even enjoy the hot air balloon ride at the
time of the Pushkar Fair, which is much more exciting along with camel ride on the sand dunes of the
Thar Desert and the trekking on the huge hills.

4. Ranthambore National Park

This national park is 1334 sq km of wild jungle scrub hemmed in by rocky ridges. At its centre is the 10th-
century Ranthambore Fort and scattered nearby are ancient temples and mosques, crocodile-filled lakes, chhatris (cenotaphs) and hides.

5. Udaipur

India’s, most romantic city,Framed by the ancient Aravalli hills, the old city is dominated by the cupola-
crowned City Palace, which rises abruptly from the glassy waters of Lake Pichola.The palace’s balconies gaze over the lake towards the city’s other famous landmark – the Lake Palace – a reflective, fairy-tale confection gleaming by day and spotlit by night.

6. Jodhpur

Jodhpur is a sunny city set against a bright blue sky. A popular travel destination in Rajasthan Jodhpur
was formerly the capital of the Marwar kingdom.The Old Jodhpur is crammed with the famous blue
painted houses, and consistently mushrooming hotels catering to hippie culture, and those interested in
witnessing the rustic side of this one of the favourite getaways in Rajasthan. On the other side, New
Jodhpur area teems with malls, high end accommodations, amusement parks, and cafes and lounges.

7. Mehrangarh

The mighty Mehrangarh Fort perched on a hillock and breathtaking Umaid Bhawan Palace, which now is
one of world’s best heritage hotels certainly offer a glimpse of what this popular attraction in Rajasthan is
all about. is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.

8. Jaisalmer Fort

The fort of Jaisalmer is a breathtaking sight: a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a
mirage from a bygone era.

9. Sam Sand Dunes

The Desert National Park has been established in the Great Thar Desert, 42km from Jaisalmer. One of
the most popular excursions is to the sand dunes on the edge of the park. This is Jaisalmer’s Sahara-like
desert, with huge, silky, undulating folds of sand.

10. Bundi

Bundi is a captivating town, with narrow lanes of Brahmin-blue houses, assorted temples and a
picturesque palace.

BEST TIME TO VISIT RAJASTHAN:

Winters (October to March) is an ideal time to pay a visit to Rajasthan.

WHY VISIT RAJASTHAN ?

To Experience Heritage Forts, Palaces, Mansions (havelis), Wildlife, Sand Dunes, Lakes, Religious
Places, Fairs and Festivals, Desert Safaris, handicrafts shopping, etc.The most notable architectural
structures like that of Amer Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City
Palace, Lake Palace and Chhittorgarh Fort are certainly unmissable when it comes to sightseeing tour in
Rajasthan. Rajasthan also offers its guests an opportunity to enjoy the state in a royal way. Therefore,
one can see a large number of Havelis that have been converted into heritage hotels. These heritage
properties are also ideal for those looking out for honeymoon destinations in the state. Sprawling amidst
scenic surroundings, offering exotic feel and fulfilling all the fantasies of honeymoon couples, heritage
hotels like Rambagh Palace and Rajvilas of Jaipur, Lake Palace and Udaivilas of Udaipur and Umaid
Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur are the gifts to luxury holiday seekers.

In Rajasthan Brace yourself for heart-warming hospitality; luxurious stays and unforgettable experiences.

The food

The food of Rajasthan certainly speaks a lot about the taste choice of the royals and the unique cooking
style of those who served them. Be it snacks like Pyaaz ki Kachori, Mawa Kachori, Shahi Samosas,
Mirchi Bada and Bikaneri Bhujia or the fame vegetarian delights that of Daal Baati Churma, Govind Gatte
or Besan Gatte, Gwar ki Fali ka Saag or the royal gourmet choices of Laal Maas and Rajasthani Murg
Mussallam, everything has a taste that strikes an indelible mark in one’s memory.Pure vegetarian and
spicy food of rajasthan makes my tongue lick.

Handicraft

Rajsthan is also a rich source of handicraft and handloom that includes, Jewellery – silver, kundan and
meenakari; Textile, Handmade Paper, Precious and Semi-Precious Stones -gemstone, Paintings,
Leather Craft, Marble Handicrafts, hand crafted items – wood, ivory, lac, glass, brass, silver and gold.

Temples

One can find a large number of temples are dotting almost the entire region. One of its kind Brahma
Temple in Pushkar and Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner, the exquisite Dilwara Jain Temple of Mount Abu
and Ranakpur Temple along with Eklingji of Udaipur are the finest examples of Rajput temple
architecture making the state the best option for heritage travel.

Where to stay?

The royal state of Rajasthan has a variety of staying options. Stay at heritage properties ,palaces
converted into hotels- is simply a unique experience! Smaller Havelis and local home-stays are also
available in plenty which gives you a glimpse into the Rajasthani culture.From budget guest houses to
super luxurious stays, you can find it all in rajasthan very easiliy.

Events in Rajasthan

1. Pushkar Fair

“Pushkar Camel Fair” is treated as one of the biggest annual camel and livestock trading fair in the world.
Besides helping business purpose (livestock trading), this five-day carnival is a fusion of camel, culture,
and color; here not only display are thousands of camels, cattle and horses but various exhilarating
activities for tourists like traditional folk performances, competitions and races(camel, horse, and donkey
races) allure everyone to head to the state.

Month : October / November
Duration : 5 days
Timings : All day
Location : In and around Pushkar
Highlights : Matka Phod, Longest Moustache, Bridal Competition, Camel Race and Aerobics are the
main attractions of this fair. During this fair, foreigners can also take part in a cricket match with the local
people.

2. Elephant Festival, Jaipur

One of the most heartwarming event of Rajasthan, “Elephant Festival in Jaipur” offers an opportunity to
watch royally or princely decorated elephants (brocade jackets, brightly textured turbans and traditional
jewellery) with a number of competitions like elephant races, elephant polo and elephant tug-of-war
(between animal and man and much more in a grand way is really an experience like no other.

Month : February / March
Duration : One day
Timings : All day
Location : In and around Jaipur
Highlights : Elephant Race, Polo, Tug Of War, Elephant Decoration and Color and Music are the main
attractions of this festival

3. Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

The three day action-packed “Desert Festival, Jaisalmer” display the life and culture of Rajasthan in a
large aspect. Its unique and exotic camel races, camel polo, folk music, snake charmers, turban-tying contests, famous Mr. Desert competition and many more activities in the middle of the thick and sun- burnt sands of the Thar Desert are the high points of the festival.

Month : February
Duration : 3 Days
Timings : All day and Night
Location : Deserts of Jaisalmer
Highlights : Camel Tattoo Shows, Acrobats (Gymnasts Display Their Skills on Camel’s Back), Camel
Polo, Puppeteers, Camel Races, Traditional Processions, Camel Mounted Bands, Folk Dances are the
major attractions of this festival.

4. Mewar Festival, Udaipur

One of the another famous festival in Rajasthan “Mewar Festival, Udaipur” welcome spring season with
lot of zest, cheer, food, song and dance. Colorfully attired women take images of Goddess Gauri to Lake
Pichola for immersion in a procession of boats that signals the completion of the celebrations are the
highlight of this event.

Month : March / April
Duration : One to two days
Timings : All day and Night
Location : In and around Udaipur
Highlights : Dressing up of Isar (who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva), colorful traditional saris and
jewellery are the major attractions of this festival.

5. Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur

One of the most awaited and incomparable five days musical events ever “Rajasthan International Folk
Festival, Jodhpur” will bring together various folk musicians and artistes from India and all over the globe like Yemen, Scotland, Australia and many of whom will cooperate with inborn talent under one roof. No doubt an exciting combination of international & Indian folk music in tie up with electrifying performances
at the spectacular “Mehrangarh Fort” is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone who looking for an unusual charisma.

Month : October
Duration : Five days
Timings : All day and Night
Location : In and around Jodhpur
Highlights : Folk art and Music are the major attractions of this festival

6. Jaipur Literature Festival

The biggest literary festival on Earth “Jaipur Literature Festival” come together some of the most
remarkable, clever, sensitive and brilliant collection of authors from India and all over the world for five
days of readings, debates and discussions at the beautiful “Diggi Palace” of Rajasthan. If literature is not
your thing/you don’t want to be an inch closer to your favorite’s writers, then there’s great music and food
on offer too.

Month : January
Duration : Five days
Timings : All day and Night
Location : In and around Jaipur
Highlights : Literature, Readings, Debates and Discussions are the major attractions of this festival

7. Summer Festival, Mount Abu

When the rough/dry summer beats down the desert land of Rajasthan, its only hill station – Mount Abu
provides more than breather as it comes alive with its unique three day “Summer Festival, Mt. Abu”;
starting on the day of Buddha Poornima, the summer festival opening ceremony includes the singing of
ballads which is followed by enticing folk dance styles of Gair, Ghoomar and Daph, Sham-e-Qawwali.
Along with folk culture, this festival host other events also like horse racing, tug of war, skating races,
CRPF band show, boat races on the Nakki Lake and last but not least closing ceremony that include a
sparkling display of fireworks make it a one-of-its gracious experience.

Month : May
Duration : 3 days
Timings : All day and Night
Location : In and around Mt. Abu
Highlights : Skating Race, CRPF Band Show, Skater’s Show, Boat Race, Tug Of War, Paniharimatka
Race and Deepdan are some of the major attractions of this festival.

8. Matsya Festival, Alwar

The two day “Matasya Festival” in Alwar displays the prosperity, traditional values and colorful customs
of the region boost for its colorful processions, cultural performances, an array of sporting events,
impressive artistic exhibitions and many events that no doubt make something for everyone.

Month : October
Duration : 2 days
Timings : All day and Night
Location : In and around Alwar
Highlights : Several Competitions, Dance and Song Performances and Other Fun Activities are some of
the major attractions of this festival.

9. Camel Festival, Bikaner

An annual “Camel Festival” held in traditional city, Bikaner also known as the camel capital of the country
attracts local, national, and international visitors through various events like camel processions, camel
races, tug-of-war, camel dances, and camel dressing competitions etc. Apart from these, camel festival
offer plenty of option for eating, souvenir-shopping, photography and other sights to watch out include
the skirt-swirling folk dancers, fire dancers and the dazzling fireworks show, that lights up the night sky
above the covered Desert City.

Month : January
Duration : 2 days
Timings : All day and Night
Location : In and around Bikaner
Highlights : Camel Race, Best Decorated Camels, Tug Of War, Camel Shows (Camel Show Their
Footwork, Dancing and Aerobic Skills), Fireworks Show and other exciting games are some of the major
attractions of this festival.

10. Urs Fair, Ajmer

One of the biggest Muslim fair in the country “Urs Fair, Ajmer” which is celebrated in the memory of
“Khwaja Muin-nddin Chisti” at Dargah Sharif, Ajmer is a wonderful event .On the evening of the Urs
Festival, millions of devotees from all communities throng the tomb and offer Chadar, Ghilaph, and
Neema/ Nazrana (Rose and jasmine flowers are placed on the tomb along with perfumes and incense)
and blessed Kheer (milk pudding)/attend the famous qawali in evening.

Month : Seventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar
Duration : 6 days
Timings : All day and Night
Location : In and around Ajmer
Highlights : Nazrana, Kheer (milk pudding) and famous “Qawali” during the evening are some of the
major attractions of this fair.

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