Rajasthan, India’s largest state is said to have more royal history then other states. It means the “Land of Kings”, that justifies its name with all the requisite forts and palaces since old time. While thinking to move somewhere for spending leisure time in vacations, planning a holiday trip to this fascinating, wonderful destination must be on your to-do list as certain things are experience better instead of narrated by someone.
Here are the top reasons why one should visit this exotic state Rajasthan:
1. Brilliant Forts & Palaces
Home to maximum no. of forts & palaces in India, there are miraculous ancient forts & vibrant old palaces that have covered almost the whole of Rajasthan. These aristocratical forts & lively palaces stand testimonies to its glorious heritage reflecting shine to its royal past. Some of the most notable ones are Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, etc.
2. Home to famous Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks
Rajasthan is home to several national parks & wildlife sanctuaries where one can enjoy horse safaris & foot tracking as well. Some of which include Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Desert National Sanctuary in Jaisalmer, Keoladeo National Park, Mount Abu Sanctuary, National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary in Kota and many more. When it comes to tigers, one can visit Ranthambore National Park, a great place for observing tigers in their natural habitat. Sariska National Park in Alwar is another national park which is worth to visit for seeing tigers.
3. Exotic Heritage Hotels
Rajasthan has a range of exotic heritage hotels including Shiv Niwas Palace in Udaipur, Fort Rajwada in Jaisalmer & Khimsar Fort in Khimsar, etc. All these hotels allow worldwide visitors to truly experience the royal lifestyle of Rajasthan while getting familiar with princely traditions and cultures of the state. One such heritage hotel is Rambagh Palace in Jaipur which is also known as “the Jewel of Jaipur”.
Dressed in exuberance & carved in golden-yellow sandstone, Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur truly experiences an exotic experience to all its travelers. No other hotel is as charming & unique as the Lake Palace, Udaipur. Indulge in the first-hand experience of the affluent tradition & culture of Rajasthan by staying in luxurious heritage hotels here.
4. Vibrant Festivals & Fairs
There are plenty of festivals and fairs in Rajasthan which usually take place throughout the year and making it one of the top cultural states in India. These are amazing occasions for enjoying the true ethic culture of the state. All these fairs & festivals are marked by colorful music and dance performances. Competition like Turban tying, camel races, elephant rides and other such vibrant and incredible performances attract large no. of tourists towards the beauty of the Rajasthan.
The most popular fairs held here include Marwar Festival, Pushkar Camel Fair, Bikaner Camel Festival, Bundi Festival and various others.
5. Mesmerizing Lakes & Blissful cities
Udaipur city is popular for its blazing lakes like the Lake Pichola, Taj Lake Palace. Besides being heaven for shopping lovers, Kota is famous for Jagmandir Palace, Kota Barrage, Chambal gardens etc. with its scrumptious “Kota ki Kachori.” Similarly, Jaisalmer also offers a rare experience of camping under the night skies among the dunes.
6. Tradition, Culture & Multi-cuisines
If you love exotic food, then tasty, delicious cuisines ofwill not disappoint you here. Their way of meal preparation is also different from that of the rest of the nation. Some of the main foods here include Dal Bati Churma, Litthi Chokha, etc
The prevailing climatic, as well as geographical conditions in Rajasthan, have shaped the nature of many local foods here. The dry climate, along with water shortage, has given rise to several styles of cooking in this state. Other than veg foods, mouth-watering non-vegetarian dishes are also favourite here. Like jungle mass, laal mass, khargosh & safed mass.
7. Popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Rajasthan is a place that has a no. of World Heritage Sites, including the Keoladeo National Park, the Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observatory in Jaipur) and the Hill Forts of Rajasthan. These hill forts include six majestic forts – Jaisalmer Fort, Amer Fort, Gagron Fort, Ranthambore Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Chittorgarh Fort.
8. Rajasthani Art & Folk dance
Rajasthan is the place where one can experience the ancient art & architecture, folk paintings & other artistic items of old kings & mighty rulers. Rajasthani art prevailing in almost all other parts of India & are popular worldwide. Travelers from different parts of the country as well as from outside visit here for admiring art and craft of Rajasthan.
Some of the popular dances of Rajasthan which have gained international recognition are the Ghoomar dance from Udaipur and the Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer. Other famous dances are Kathputli, Bhopa, Chang, Teratali etc.
9. Shopping at local bazaars & markets
Shopaholics can spend their leisure time purchasing different types of items while enjoying shopping at the local markets, shops or bazaars. One can buy daily use items like textiles, paintings, leather & stone items, jewelry, pottery, wooden furniture, clothing, magnificent artistry & many other things.
Well, these are the reasons why one should visit this wonderful ancient state of India at least once in a lifetime.