Rajasthan is the largest state of the Republic of India by area, located in the northwest of India. The name Rajasthan literally means – a land of Kingdoms (Rajas & Maharajas). The state, Rajasthan, is bordered by Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to the southwest, Madhya Pradesh to the southeast, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to the northeast and Punjab to the north. Rajasthan covers 10.4% of India, an area of 342,269 square kilometers (132,151 sq mi).
Rajasthan – a magical land that springs surprises at every turn. It’s a land of contrasts. When you meet its teeming friendly people, so full of joy, color 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 built around citadels. 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 jewelry, art and crafts that are millennia old. Yet here tradition goes hand in hand with the contemporary. In this land of superlatives, every thing – 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 the 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 is today a world-class city with futuristic complexes, shopping malls, places of amusement and entertainment.
Rajasthan is the most colorful 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 a wide variety of tourist attractions to suit all tourist tastes – forts, Palaces, havelies, temples dating back to the 7th century, colorful fairs & festivals, art and craft, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, heritage hotels & Luxury swiss tents to relax.
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