RAJASTHAN - INDIA'S LARGEST STATE
Rajasthan is India's largest state - not only in terms of area coverage but on the basis of its beautiful culture, its grand architectural setup and even in terms of warm hospitality. Everything that Rajasthan serves you is presented on a large scale - be it a large multi-course thaali or the never-ending stretches of royal forts. Rajasthan is home to the Rajputs. They are a clan of brave Kshatriya warriors who are known for their impeccable battleground skills and valor. Their forts & palaces are a treat to the eyes and are a very important part of our cultural heritage that lets us catch a glimpse of our gloriously hallowed past.
HOME TO THE RAJPUT WARRIORS
Contrary to common belief, Rajasthan is not a completely dry state, covered in miles and miles of sand dunes. A part of it is covered by the Great Indian Desert, but you will run into many green fertile patches throughout the state. The most beautiful feature of Rajasthan are the tranquil lakes. Some magnificent forts are built in the center of lakes for maximum security, which is a breathtaking site to look at under the dusky sky.
A VIVID, EYE-PLEASING CULTURE
The cities of Rajasthan are color-coordinated and visually vibrant to look at. The locals adorn multi-colored turbans, sarees, and accessories that feature detailed beading and mirror works that are extremely colorful to look at. The highlight of their cuisine is the rich preparations of sweet dishes dipped in clarified butter (ghee) & sticky sugar syrup. Rabbit meat is considered to be a delicacy and is often prepared in clay ovens, marinated to mild or spicy mixes, depending on the preference or mood.
YOUR RAJASTHAN BUCKET LIST
- Jaipur - Ride towards the Pink City to visit iconic landmarks like the Hawa Mahal, the City Palace & the newly opened elephant sanctuary Elefantastic where tourists can interact with friendly elephants.
- Jaisalmer - It is the venue for the Annual Desert Fair of Rajasthan where locals gather for colorful merrymaking. Visit the Gadisagar Lake to watch exotic birds.
- Alwar - The main highlight of Alwar is the Temple of Karni Mata, which is inhabited by more than a thousand rats who roam freely in the temple and reside there with the inhabiting priests.
- Udaipur - Dotted with numerous scenic lakes, Udaipur is called the Venice of the East. An indulgent boat ride through the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola is a must.
- Pushkar - Pushkar should be visited during October when the Annual Camel Fair takes place. Traders decorate their camels and bring them up for sale, and the entire fair is a colorful affair.
- Ranthambore National Park - Jungle safari through the forests beneath the Aravali Hills will let you catch a glimpse of tigers, leopards, flying foxes, macaques, spotted deer and more.
DO YOU KNOW?
Rajasthan is home to the most haunted destination in India. The Bangarh Fort, situated near the Sariska National Park, is an abandoned fort that has recorded extremely high ratings of paranormal activity through the night. This is the reason the entrance of tourists is banned within the premises after sunset. Every year, tourists explore its premises and feel the unnaturally spooky aura that envelops them while they tour through the fort. But the beauty of Bhangarh Fort does not fail to mesmerize even amidst tense situations as the guide narrates you colorful stories regarding its tainted history. This place is definitely worth a visit to investigate the popular rumors the encircle it.
NEAREST CHECK-IN POINTS
- Nearest Railway Station – Rajasthan has nearly twenty major interconnecting railway stations the run through the state.
- Nearest Airport – There are three airports in Jaipur, Jodhpur & Udaipur that connects Rajasthan with all of the major metropolitan cities around India.
- Nearest Bus/Vehicle Stand – Rajasthan is connected to the rest of the Indian states through National Highway Number 8.