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Rajasthan Travel Guide

ABOUT RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan means " Land of the Kings" and the Rajputs who lived here for over a thousand years are known for their code of chivalry and honor. The people of Rajasthan are perhaps the most colorful in a land of color -- their history, religion, music and dance, arts and crafts remain vibrantly alive and active -- and are presented here in all their variety and ways. Perhaps the most lasting impression that visitors take away with them after travelling through this state is that of color.

Savour the royal experience with Rajasthan Tours and visit the magnificent palaces, invincible forts and mansions. Each city, fort, palace in Rajasthan has its own story to narrate and will transport you to the bygone era. Travel to Rajasthan which is famous for its art & craft, particularly handicraft. Rajasthan is the ultimate destination offering something to suit the tastes of every single traveller.

 

PHYSIOGRAPHY

Rajasthan in the northern part of India is a royal, vibrant and exquisite land caressed by the sun kissed sand and desert. Travelling Rajasthan is unique in terms of people, costumes, culture, customs, dialects, cuisine, music and dance and these are a reflection of its colourful past. Explore Rajasthan tours where royal charm and chivalry is still well preserved.

 

BEST TIME VISIT

Rajasthan experiences extreme climatic conditions. While it is a year round destination, from the comfort level, the period between October to March is by far the most salubrious and thus the best time to visit Rajasthan.

 

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Rajasthan is known as the most vibrant, colorful and culturally rich state of India. The vibrant and lively people of Rajasthan are famous for their passion for colorful costumes, dance, music and various festivals. In fact, the true color of Rajasthan can best be seen in the colorful and passionate celebration of various festival and fairs, all round the year.

  • Pushkar Fair : Ajmer (Nov.) On kartik poornima, thousands of pilgrims come to take bath in the holy water of the Pushkar lake.
  • Nagaur Fair : Nagaur bustles with life during its annual cattle fair which is one of the largest in the country. Exciting games and races are part of the festivities.
  • Elephant Festival : A festival where elephants are the centre of attraction. The festival begins with a procession of elephants, camels and horses, followed by lively folk dancers. Elephant races, elephant polo matches and a most interesting tug of war between elephants and men, are all parts of this spectacular event.
  • Gangaur : The most important local festival in Rajasthan, Gangaur celebrations last for 18 days. It is dedicated to Gauri, a manifestation of goddess Parvati. The festival is celebrated by girls and married women throughout Rajasthan.
  • Summer Festival : Mount Abu (June) Mount Abu, the venue for the Summer festival, is covered with mango groves, beautiful bauhinia trees and thickets of wild berries. Rocks and lakes of Abu combined with the folk and classical music are a window to the tribal festivities.
  • Sitabari Fair : Sitabari Fair Kota (May-June) A small place near village Kelwara of Barran district, this fair of religious importance, is held from Baisakh sudi punam to Jeth amavas. The fair is at its peak on Chandra amavas and Padwa dooj.

 

FLORA & FAUNA

The flora and fauna of Rajasthan will completely spellbind the tourists. While one part of Rajasthan is dominated by the Thar Desert the other part flaunts the lofty peaks of the Aravallis and Vindhya ranges. The forests in Rajasthan mostly lie to the east of the Aravalli range. They comprise of about 9% of the total area. The vegetation in the desert region marjorly comprises of stunted trees, thorny shrubs and some grasses. The rest of the vegetation grows only during monsoon.

Kejri or prosopis cineraria are the most widely found tree in the Rajasthan. It serves the purpose of both food and fodder. Its bean shaped fruit, sangri, is used for both this purpose. Another fruit, Ker, is also eaten as a vegetable. Its tree is used as wood as well. The other prominent trees that grow on sandy soil are akaro and shrubs, the thor, botdi babul, anwal, sewan, dhaman, boor and bhatut.

 

HOW TO REACH
  • Air: Rajasthan is well connected by air with almost all the major cities of India. A number of airlines both, government as well as private have regular flights connecting the state with rest of the country. The four airports of the state are, Sanganer in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Kota.
  • Rail: Rajasthan is well connected by a good network of railway lines to almost all the places of interest in the country. The best option is obviously, the Palace on Wheels, one of the most luxurious trains in the world. The Palace on Wheels connects Delhi with Bharatpur, Jaipur, Kota, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Alwar, Sirohi, Kishangarh, Bundi, Dungarpur, Jhalwar, and Dholpur, apart from Agra.
  • Road: The best way to visit Rajasthan is by road. A good number of Government and private buses ply to the state connecting it with nearby places of interest. Moreover, taxis and other vehicles are also available on hire from many places to the state.

 

THE MAJOR PLACES IN RAJASTHAN
  • Jaipur : Jaipur tour itineraries take you to a glistening pink world that reflects Rajputana grandeur and aggressive Rajasthan pride in all its colorful facets. Tour the land of Kacchawa rulers who established a grand land bejeweled with some of the most exotic architectural splendors.See the unconquerable fortresses of Jaipur that guard the city like indomitable sentinels perched on high sandstone hillocks; visit the havelis located on the narrow streets of Jaipur and tour the unusually exquisite monuments of Jaipur with Rajasthan Holiday.
  • Udaipur : The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis.A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty.Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. See Saheliyon ki Bari, City Palace, Lake Palace, Jagdish Temple, Bagore ki Haveli, Bara Bagh, lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar, Jag Mandir Island etc. Also tour the Kumbhalgarh Fort.
  • Jaisalmer : The Golden City of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is simply unmatched! It was the part of the famous Silk Route during the days of yore. The splendid Jaisalmer Fort stands proudly on its land and narrates the stories of the valor and chivalry of the Rajput rulers. Jaisalmer still retains its medieval charm, which is evident in its colorful narrow streets, splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan, opulent havelis and bazaars.The otherwise barren land of Jaisalmer comes alive once every year during winters. It is the time when the festivities of Desert Festival slowly start engulfing the Desert City. During the festival in Jaisalmer, the city displays the wealth of its culture and traditions to the rest of the world. The festival expresses the people's zeal for the life and is a colorful extravaganza of fun, frolic, laughter and adventure.
  • Jodhpur : Located on the periphery of the Thar desert, Jodhpur is second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. According to one fable when Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana wanted to cross the ocean to rescue his wife Sita, who had been abducted by the demon-king Ravana, he was turned back by the Sea-God. Furious, Rama mounted his arrow to dry up the ocean forcing the Lord of the Sea to retreat. However the arrow once mounted had to be discharged, and Rama fired it into another body of water located in western Rajasthan, thus drying it up. This is the area known as Marwar or Marusthali or the land of the dead. Here the summer sizzles, the hot dry winds scorches the flesh, the winters chill the bone marrow and years pass by without rainfall.>Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Architectural Splendor of Jodhpur, The Meherangarh Fort, Balsamand Lake and Garden (5 km), Mandore (8 Km), Sardar Samand Lake (55 Km), Guda Bishnoi (25 Km), Mahamandir Temple (9 km), Kailana Lake (11 Km), Jhalamand Garh (10 Km), Luni Fort (35 Km), Osiyan.
  • Bikaner : Five hundred years ago, a desert chieftain established his kingdom here, and over the centuries it has grown into an impressive town on the strength of its valorous and diplomatic resident. Bikaner city is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. Its central fort offered the occupants safety from invaders, while inside, the rulers designed some beautiful apartments that carried echoes of opulence and in rain starved Bikaner-the images of monsoon clouds.The city, however, has remained in many ways, timeless. Nearby is Deshnoke where, in a marble-fronted temple, rats are offered sanctuary for they are considered sacred. And at Gajner is a former hunting lodge by a lake. Conversation efforts have declared it a sanctuary. Till a few decades ago, Gajner was particularly celebrated for its imperial sandgrouse shoots, diplomatically arranged by Maharaja Ganga Singh for viceregal visitors. Junagarh Fort, Anup Mahal, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Camel Breeding Farm, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Ajmer : Ajmer is flanked by majestic mountains on all sides. Formerly called as Ajaimeru, which is synonymous with 'Invincible Hill', Ajmer reflects all that is virtuous and thrilling about Rajasthan. Once the glorious domicile of the illustrious Prithviraj Chauhan, Ajmer is a miscellany of amusing cultures absorbed from various dynasties like the Mughals, the Scindias, Rajputs and the rulers of the Delhi Sultanate. Founded in the 7th century, Ajmer withstood the mighty Turkish invasions and finally, it reached in the hands of the British. These famous dynasties had contributed much to the historic development of Ajmer in to vibrant city. Dargah Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, Mayo College, Adhai-din ka Jhonpra, Ana Sagar, Pushkar, Kishangarh, Foy Sagar.

Other major city of Rajasthan Alwar , Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Kota, Mount Abu, Mandawa , Barmer,Jaisamand,Kumbhalgarh, Samode, Shekhawati, Nathdwara.

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