RAJASTHAN TRAVEL GUIDE
|Established||1 November 1956|
|Area||343,239 km (132,139 sq mi)|
Rajasthan a magical land that springs surprises at every turn. Its a land of contrasts. When you meet its teeming friendly people, so full of joy, colour and bonhomie you wonder, is this where bloody battles raged? The land of heroism and chivalry, where jauhar (voluntary accepting death by jumping into the ritual fire) was committed for the sake of pride, it is.
In Rajasthan, the cities are sprang up around citadals. They still retain their medieval flavor with forts and palaces, with havelies for people to stay, with temples and mosques for people to pray.
Vibrant bazaars, selling fabrics and jewellery, art and crafts that are millennia old. Yet here tradition goes hand in hand with the contemporary.
In this land of superlatives every things its people, customs, culture, costumes, manners dialects and even its cuisine is mesmerizing. Its ruins, relics and romances speak of the vicissitudes through which it has passed.
Rajasthan has, one of the world's oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Range, cradles the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, famous for Dilwara Temples, a sacred pilgrimage for Jains. Eastern Rajasthan has the world famous Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur, a World Heritage Site known for its bird life. Rajasthan also has two national tiger reserves, Ranthambore and Sariska Tiger Reserve, and a famous temple in Khatu, Sikar district, dedicated to Khatu Shyam Ji.
Plan to visit Rajasthan during festive season, you will be mesmerized by its folk dances that have a rhythm of their own. Ballads sung and the strains of melancholy melodies rent the air. Temple bells chime to declare the faith of the believers. Pilgrims throng to dedicate their beliefs to the one above.
Rajasthan the heritage state, today is a progressive region with well developed infrastructure and supporting institutions. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state is today a world class city with futuristic complexes, shopping malls, places of amusement and entertainment.
Rajasthan TourismRajasthan is the most colourful region of Incredible India, whose topography ranges from barren desert, scrub thorn arid woodlands, rocky hills and ravines to wetlands and lush subtropical forests.
The State, Rajasthan, has wide variety of tourist attractions to suit all tourist tastes forts, Palaces, havelies, temples dating back to 7th century, colourful fairs & festivals, art and craft, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, heritage hotels & Luxury swiss tents to relax.
|TOURIST DESTINATIONS OF RAJASTHAN|
AjmerAjmer is a pilgrimage centre for Muslims, though people from all religious backgrounds come to pray at the Dargarh of Saleem Chisti. The British developed Ajmer as an educational centre, and Mayo College, once an exclusive school for boys from royal families, is now among the country's best private school.
AlwarOnce known as Mewat, the Rajput kingdom came under Muslim domination during 13th - 18th centuries with intermittent attempts to win it back which, Kachchawaha prince succeeded in doing in doing in 1771. Alwas has some beautiful lakeside palaces, but not all open for tourists.
BarmerBarmer is in the heart of the desert and is known for its quality of its wood and stone carvings.
BanswaraRibbed with streams and covered with dense forests, Banswara lies off the conventionals tourist circuit. Artificial lakes and dams, and the ruins of ancient temples make this an exciting place to discover.
BharatpurThe only Jat kingdom in the state - Rajasthan, the rock hard mud fortifications of its fort proved invincible even under repeated siege. However, Bharatpur is better known as a bird sactuary (keoladeo Ghana National Park).
BikanerFounded by one of the scions of the house of Jodhpur, Bikaner's 15th century history combines adventure with enterprise. In later centuries, as an ally of the Mughals and the British, it was able to develop as a modern state, though its architectural attractions remain splendidly Rajput. One of the principal outposts of the desert, it is also a major centre for camel breeding.
BundiNestled in a fold of the Aravalli Hills, Bundi bristles with medieval enchantment. Its fortifications house palaces and apartments, artificial lakes and water-side pavilions. Ruled by the Hada Rajputs, Bundi is renowned for its Rasleela frescos.
ChittaurgarhThe former capital of Sisodia Rulers of Udaipur, Chittaur perches stop the scraggy spine of the Aravalis. The few remaining palaces and towers are part of its stirring history.
The summer resort of rulers of Bharatpur, it is know for its Jat architecture and for the coloured fountains and pleasure pavilions that are contained within a fortified environment.