Welcome to the land of the glistening silver golden sands, the land of the multi colored fabrics, the impassioned songs and the sprightly dances, the ancient folk traditions and rich handicrafts - Welcome to Rajasthan. Rajasthan encompasses the warm and simplistic lifestyle of the natives and stands for historic battles.
Rajasthan also known as the 'land of colours' is situated in the North-Western part of India. Largest state in India in terms of area, Rajasthan is located in an area of 132,140 square miles in the Thar Desert Region and is surrounded by the 'Aravalis'; the oldest mountain chain in India.
Rajasthan was ruled by Rajputs clan known for their bravery and valor in wars. Located at the northwestern border of India, this is a place where history, myth, chivalry and romance form an exciting mix with the rugged natural beauty. Once divided into many princely states, the land has a glorious past, intriguing tales of valor and heroism of the residents of this region is an important part on Indian history.
Rajasthan, also known as the "Land of the Kings" is aptly named so as it is home to a marvelous realm of Maharajas and their forts and palaces. Rajasthan is famous as the land of jungles, tigers and glittering jewels and vivid art and vibrant culture. When in Rajasthan allow yourself to be mesmerized by all the beauty and royalty the state has to offer.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Rajasthan is from mid October to mid March as it isn't too hot then and travellers can enjoy sightseeing without being bothered by the heat. A much loved destination with foreign and local tourists alike, a ramble through the state should take you 10 days, including all the major cities and tourist destinations.
The best thing about Rajasthan is that travellers across all budgets can enjoy the state. If you're a budget traveller you'll spend anything between Rs. 40,000- 55,000, a mid range traveller would spend between Rs. 55,000- 80,000 and a high end traveler would spend between Rs. 80,000- 1, 20,000.
How to Reach Rajasthan
The state of Rajasthan is steeped in history, legends and myths. With its imposing forts and palaces at scenic locations, splendid royal heritage and valiant anecdotes of royalties, Rajasthan is probably the most romantic state in India.
Rajasthan Travel Guide helps you explore the royal state of Rajasthan by providing information about how to reach Rajasthan by air, rail or road.
The State has 3 major airports, namely: Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
Most major public and private airlines operate regular flights to these places connecting them to major cities like Delhi Mumbai. If you plan to enter Rajasthan from Delhi, Jaipur is the most convenient entry point, while Udaipur is the best choice from Mumbai.
Rajasthan has a good Railway network also. Major Railway Stations are in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Udaipur which are in turn linked to important Indian cities. But the best way to reach and experience Rajasthan is to take the "Palace on Wheels". This is a luxury tourist train, which offers fabulous royal splendor of the land on board. The state has also recently launched another tourist train "Heritage on Wheels". It also covers a large circuit offering enchanting glimpses of royal heritage.
One can reach Rajasthan by Road very easily since a network of National Highways and State Highways roads covers the state extensively. From Delhi, Jaipur is only 5 hours drive along the panoramic roadways. So most of the tourists prefer to travel Rajasthan by road.
Shopping in Rajasthan
Shopping in Rajasthan is a delightful experience. The land is traditionally rich in making handicrafts and handlooms.
Since precious and semi precious stone are available in abundance in Rajasthan, the local artisans craft out exquisite jewellery from them.
Textiles and leather are also favourite medium of handicrafts with the Rajasthani craftsmen. The most striking phenomenon with the Rajasthani crafts is the glow of vibrant colours.
The artisans also fashion amazing objects made out of clay. Rajasthani painting also carves a special niche in Indian art, which displays a lyrical quality through enchanting combination of tender lines and bright colours.
Last Updated on : December 21, 2013