Ideal duration: 7 – 8 days Major Airports: Sanganer airport(Jaipur) Best time: October to March (Read More)
Rajasthan – The Royal State of India
About Rajasthan Tourism, Rajasthan, well renowned as a land of colours, is situated in the Northwestern part of India. A place, synonymous with splendid forts, majestic palaces, sandy deserts and native people dressed in colourful costumes. The grandeur of Rajasthan’s culture is revealed through the bright clothing, foot-tapping folk music and dances, various language dialects, delicious food and welcoming people.
Right from the majestic forts and royal palaces in Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, the beautiful town of Shekhawati, glistening sand dunes of Jaisalmer to rich handicrafts of Jodhpur; Rajasthan is a place that draws tourists around the globe. The fabulous fairs and festivals of Rajasthan are known for its unique competitions and performances which make it all the more special.
Rajasthan tourism attracts tourists from India and abroad. This state is known for its rich Rajput heritage. Rajasthan has an exciting history of Rajputs known for their bravery and courage and has witnessed many great Rajput leaders like Prithviraj Chauhan and Rana Pratap of Mewar. Rajasthan is well known as the land of Maharajas. The attractions of this place are the Thar desert and the mountain ranges of Aravallis. Rajasthani and Hindi are the most spoken languages here. In the cities like Jodhpur and Jaipur, one may find trained French and English guides too. The cuisine of Rajasthan is mostly vegetarian and offers tasty delicacies.
Known for its Royalty, Rajasthan is indeed a mesmerizing tourist destination. There are countless attractions in Rajasthan. The architectural marvels of grand forts, majestic palaces, rugged caves and antique museums make it all the more enthralling. Rajasthan is wholly covered with deserts especially with the Thar Desert and going along with, on the other hand, it’s a land of abundant vegetation too. Also a habitat for tigers and endangered species.
The Rajasthani people live their life with full zeal and which is reflected in their lifestyle. They are humble and generous and make you feel at home.
By Air– The only International airport is Sanganer airport located in Jaipur while Maharana Pratap is Domestic Airport located in Udaipur.
By Rail– For Rajasthan, a train is a good option. The state has a 4600 Km of railway track. There are direct links from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
By Road– The state has well-connected roads and national highways. There are twenty National Highways that snake around the state covering an area of 6373 Km. The most famous National Highway is NH 8, which passes through Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai and many others.
Best time to Visit
Although Rajasthan has a favourable climate all around the year, the best time is October to March during which the weather is pleasant, and one can comfortably accommodate anywhere.
What you will like
Amazing historic architecture, with plenty of attractions for tourist, warm hospitality, lip smacking street food. Camel rides, good transport facilities. And a wide range of pocket friendly as well as luxurious accommodation is available.
What you might not like
Main cities of Rajasthan are well equipped with modern facilities, but if you plan to visit some villages, then you might have to face problem related to language, accommodation, etc.
Rajasthan is an ideal destination for everyone, though it’s more like a paradise for history buffs. Apart from architecture, national parks, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries attracts nature lovers as well.
Culture- Land of traditions and rituals.
Rangeelo Rajasthan, as a name depicts how colourful the history of Rajasthan could be back then, Land of Maharaja’s bestow the unique folk dances, delectable authentic cuisine, vibrant festivals and attractive attires to the people out there.
Being a princely state, Rajasthan is widely popular for warm gestures and supreme grandeurs and royalties. The city exhibits majestic architecture of Rajputs and Mughals in the form of fortified palaces, spiritual temples, sacred mosque, grand forts and haveli, some of them are converted into luxe palaces but some of them are still preserved, and now they have become a major tourist attractions of Rajasthan.
Apart from the structure, Land of kings has a plethora of different tribes, and religions which creates a mingles of traditions and art forms and add quirkiness to culture. Bhils, Minas, Meos, Banjaras, Gadia, and Lohars are some of the oldest tribes whose little presence is left in this city. With this Marwari, and Mewari are dominant dialects of Rajasthan.
The attire of Rajasthani people is as colourful as their vibes, at the time of festivals one can encounter the colourful Angrakha, a frock-cut printed garment with a combination of dhoti or pyjama, with the usage of cotton material suitable to its climatic conditions. Also Men their carry turbans that are widely popular as “Jodhpuri Safa” or “Jaipuri Pagri” which is an essential part of their traditional dressing.
Now for women, “Ghagra-Choli” this attire is so popular around globally,tourist to carry some sets of this dress while they traverse in Rajasthan. Ghagra Choli is a combination of long “Bandini printed skirt “ and a blouse called “choli”. With this heavy jewellery made up of chunky silver and lac is also carried by the women during festivals.
Folk Dances of Rajasthan is well renowned for its unique touch with their land and history; also it is performed so artistically that can take away anyone’s heart. The zeal and energy of an artist, with expression and moves, and rhythm is so fantastic and mesmerising for the visitors to make them feel wow!
Ghoomar is an ancient form of dance style performed by Rajput women there; also Chari is another dance form which is quite thrilling to watch as women have to balance pots on their heads while showing the entire dance. Lastly, Kalbeli is again a centuries-old style of dancing practised by Kalbelia community women, i.e. ( Snake Charmer).
Visit Forts and Palaces
Ranked among the top visited places in India, Rajasthan is rightfully the land of kings adorned with huge forts, magnanimous temples and huge mansions. On your first visit to Rajasthan, you can explore many monuments like Jal Mahal in Jaipur, City Palace in Udaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner.
Enjoy Wildlife Experiences
Wildlife is another big appeal to draw you to the land of Rajasthan. It’s home to diverse wildlife. The sanctuaries and parks in Rajasthan are home to the plethora of birds and wild animals. Some renowned wildlife sanctuaries in this state are Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Desert National Park Jaisalmer, Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park and Sambhar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Enjoy the Luxury of Palatial Hotels
The land of famous kings and queens, Rajasthan has turned several royal abodes into Hotels. You can get pampered, in the absolute Royal way through these hotels. Some heritage hotels include Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur etc.
Tour Famous Pilgrimages
Rajasthan is home to people belonging to various religions and faiths. It is also counted as a sacred place to visit. On the trip to Rajasthan, one comes across many Jain Temples, Hindu Temples and Muslim Dargahs, The Brahma temple boasts to be the only Lord Brahma temple in the world.
Enjoy a Safari
Add Safari tour on your to-do list for Rajasthan itinerary; as its a major tourist attraction here. There are a variety of adventures, you will encounter, on the desert safari. Camel and Horse safaris are most familiar to take you around the village. Other options include jeep safari, motorcycle safari etc.
Explore Art and Craft
The richness of the Rajasthani art and craft can be espied in every nook and corner of Rajasthan. One gets amazed by the variety it offers. You choose to buy paintings, handicrafts, jewellery and fabrics. Other major attractions are the puppet shows and live dance performances.
Go on a Shopping Spree
One cannot go empty-handed from a trip to Rajasthan. It offers unparalleled shopping experience. Among the several amazing things to buy you can buy tie and dye fabrics, footwear, bangles, lehengas and puppets. These things serve as a gentle reminder of your visit.
Cuisine of Rajasthan
Any tourist who traverses Rajasthan cannot miss the relishing and the authentic Rajasthani cuisine. The cuisine is prepared very keenly with the great methodology since centuries.
Rajasthani delicacies are a perfect amalgamation of milk, buttermilk and ghee. Some famous and delectable cuisines prepared are Dal-Bati-Churma, Gatte ki Sabzi, Mirchi Bada, Pyaaj Kachori, Ghevar, Bikaneri Bhujia and Dil Khushal all are the perfect mingling of spicy and savouring cuisines of the Land of Maharaja’s.