Exploring Rajasthan- The Land of Maharajas
When talking of a country best at attracting tourists from different parts of the world, India is the name that many recommend. With Delhi being the capital city and one of the major tourist destinations, this country has many to offer from its end. And a name that cannot be missed here is ‘Rajasthan’ – The land of maharajas, forts and colours. Besides the fact that this state has a lot to offer for the tourists to explore, it is also known for its deluxe guest houses and hotels as well as its undiluted hospitality.
Places to Visit In Rajasthan
When setting on your trip to Rajasthan, make sure that you sort out the plan well before time so as to cover up the major sites. Also as a tourist, you need to ensure that your driver possesses all skills required for one behind the wheels. This will help you to get a more detailed idea about the sites you will be visiting from him. Though widely popular for its desert, Rajasthan has the following for you to explore:
- Jaipur: The capital city, Jaipur is popular as the ‘Pink City of Rajasthan’. This is because the houses here were all coloured in pink at one point of time and even today if you pay a visit to the oldest city of Jaipur, you will get to find out the same. Besides this, Jaipur has its historical importance too. Here you can visit some of the prominent monuments like the Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort, Jal Mahal and others. Jaipur market is popular for its array of precious gems, jewellery, spices as well as handicraft items. Each year the great Elephant festival is hosted in this city which is highly popular among foreign as well national travellers.
- Jodhpur– The Blue city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan. Here too you can find out the houses painted in blue therefore justifying its name. The top visited historical destinations here are Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower, City Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace while the most populous and amazing excursion places include Bishnoi tribal village, Mandore, Machiya park safari, Osian and Nagaur. Now here you are also going to find sound lodging facility according to your budget with the same ranging from budget hotels to high end luxurious palaces.
- Jaisalmer– Known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is located in the western part of Rajasthan. This town standing on a ridge of pale yellow sandstones, is also crowned by the famous Jaisalmer Fort. This town lies amidst the heart of the great Thar Desert and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Rajasthan. Apart from the Jaisalmer Fort, other places to visit here include Ramdevra village, Gadsisar Lake, Desert National Park, Lanela, Bada Bagh, Lodhruva and Bhaniyana.
- Udaipur– Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in the year 1558, Udaipur is referred as the ‘City of lakes’. It is separated from the Thar Desert by the Aravali Range. The 5 major lakes of this city include Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Doodh Talai Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake and the Rangasagar Lake. On reaching Udaipur, do make sure to visit the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Kesariyaji Temple, Monsoon Temple, Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Sukhadia Circle, Moti Magri, Neemach Mata Temple, Pratap Gaurav Kendra, Karni Mata, Gulab Bagh and Zoo, along with Pratap Park.
- Pushkar– This town situated in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan is a famous pilgrimage destination for the Sikhs and Hindus. Though Pushkar is mostly famous for the annual Pashkar Camel Fair, there are number other sites that you ought to visit. These include the gurudwaras for Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Nanak, the Bramha temple, and the ghats of Pushkar Lake.
Festivals of Rajasthan
The most exciting part of visiting Rajasthan is its festivals. If the total number of festivals celebrated in India happen to be 10, then out of these 5 are celebrated in Rajasthan. The most famous of these being the Pushkar mela-Pushkar, Desert Festival-Jaisalmer, Rajasthan International Folk Festival- Jodhpur, Teej and Ganguar Festival-Jaipur, Naguar Festival-Naguar, Summer and Winter Festivals- Mt. Abu, Kite Festival- Jodhpur, Camel Festival- Bikaner, Mewar Festival- Udaipur, Urs Festival-Ajmer, Brij Holi-Udaipur, Elephant Festival-Jaipur, Chandrabhaga Festival-Jhalawar and the Kota Adventure Festival.
Finger Licking Meals
Among all other things that you get to enjoy in Rajasthan, its collection of delicacies worth mention. Rajasthan is not just famous for its hospitality but also for foods like Misi Roti and Dal-bati churma. Other top Rajasthani dishes from Jodhpur include Lasun ki chutney (Sweet and Sour Garlic Paste), Mawa kachori, Pyaj kachori (Onion Kachori), Mirchi Bada, Ghevar; Kadhi Kachori, Alwar ka Mawa (Milk Cake) from Ajmer; Bikaneri Bhujia and rassgollas from Bikaner; Dal Kachori from Kota, and Malpua from Pushkar.
So if you wish to explore Rajasthan and enjoy every bit of it, make sure to plan a trip for at least 15 days. The best season to visit this Indian state as per travel experts and the locals is from September to November and February to April. This is because while summers are extremely scorching in Rajasthan, during winters the temperature goes down adversely.