Below is a table representing important facts about Rajasthan:-
- Places of Interest
- Travel Guide
- Festivals & Culture
- Famous Places
- Forts & Palaces
Rajasthan is located in the northwestern part of the subcontinent. It is bordered on the west and northwest by Pakistan, on the north and northeast by the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, on the east and southeast by the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, and on the southwest by the state of Gujarat. The Tropic of Cancer passes through its southern tip in the Banswara district. The state has an area of 342,239 sq kilometers. The capital city is Jaipur.
Geography and Climate of Rajasthan
In the west, Rajasthan is relatively dry and infertile; this area includes some of the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert. In the southwestern part of the state, the land is wetter, hilly, and more fertile. The climate varies throughout Rajasthan. On average winter temperatures range from 8° to 28° C (46° to 82° F) and summer temperatures range from 25° to 46° C (77° to 115° F). Average rainfall also varies; the western deserts accumulate about 100 mm (about 4 in) annually, while the southeastern part of the state receives 650 mm (26 in) annually, most of which falls from July through September during the monsoon season.
History of Rajasthan
Archaeological and historical evidence shows a continuous human habitation of the area dating back 100,000 years. Between the 7th and the 11th century AD, several dynasties arose, with Rajput strength reaching its peak at the beginning of the 16th century. Emperor Akbar brought the Rajput states into the Mughal Empire; by early 19th century they allied with the Marathas. With the decline of the Mughals, the Rajputs gradually clawed back their independence through a series of spectacular victories, but, by then a new force to reckon with, had emerged on the scene in the form of the British. Most Rajput states entered into alliances with the British, which allowed them to continue as independent states, each with its own maharaja, subject to certain economic and political constraints. These alliances proved to be the beginning of the end of the Rajputs, and soon the extravagance and indulgence of the rulers led to the disintegration of the Rajput kingdoms. The present form of Rajasthan came into being after the Independence. More Detail...
Demographics and Administration of Rajasthan
Rajasthan has a population of 68,621,012 as per the 2011 census. The population growth over the last ten years has been around 21.44%. The sex ratio of Rajasthan is 926 per 1000 males. The literacy rate in the state is 67.06%. The largest cities of Rajasthan are Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota. The state of Rajasthan has 33 districts and 25 Parliamentary constituencies.
Rajasthan has a single-chamber legislative assembly with 200 seats. The state sends 35 members to the Indian national parliament: 10 to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and 25 to the Lok Sabha (Lower House). Local government is based on 30 administrative districts. In politics, Rajasthan is dominated by two major parties: the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC).
Economy and Infrastructure of Rajasthan
Rajasthan's economy is mainly agricultural; millet, wheat, maize (corn), and cotton are grown. Though parts of the state are extremely dry, and are covered by the Thar Desert, the total cultivable area in the state is 27,465 thousand hectares, and the sown area, 20,167 thousand hectares. Tourism is also an important part of the economy.
Primarily an agricultural and pastoral economy, Rajasthan have good mineral resources. Rajasthan accounts for India's entire output of zinc concentrates, emeralds and garnets, 94% of its gypsum, 76% of silver ore, 84% of asbestos, 68% of felspar and 12% mica. It has rich salt deposits at Sambhar and elsewhere and copper mines at Khetri and Dariba. The white marble is mined at Markana near Jodhpur. The main industries are textiles, manufacture of rugs and woolen goods, vegetable oils and dyes. Heavy industries include the construction of railway rolling stock, copper and zinc smelting. The chemical industry also produces caustic soda, calcium carbide and sulphuric acid, fertilizer, pesticides and insecticides. The principal industrial complexes are at Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur and Bhilwara.
Having acres of arid land, Rajasthan needs extensive irrigation. It receives water from the Punjab Rivers and also from the Western Yamuna (Haryana) and Agra canals (Uttar Pradesh) and from the Sabarmati and Narmada Sagar projects to the south. There are thousands of tanks (village ponds or lakes), but they suffer from drought and silt. Rajasthan shares the Bhakra Nangal project with the Punjab and the Chambal Valley project with Madhya Pradesh; both are used to supply water for irrigation and for drinking purposes. The Rajasthan Canal, renamed the Indira Gandhi Canal in the mid-1980s for the late prime minister, carries water from the Beas and Sutlej rivers in Punjab some 400 miles to irrigate desert land in northwestern and western Rajasthan. More Detail...
Society and Culture of Rajasthan
The Rajputs though representing only a small percentage of the population are the most important section of the population in Rajasthan. They are proud of their warlike reputation and of their ancestry. The Brahman class is subdivided into many Gotras, while the Mahajans (the trading class) are subdivided into a bewildering number of groups. Some of these groups are Jainas, while others are Hindus. In the north and west the Jats and Gujars are among the largest agricultural communities.
Aboriginal peoples in the Alwar, Jaipur, Bharatpur and Dholpur areas include the Minas (Mewatis); the Banjaras, who are traveling tradesmen and artisans; and the Gadia Lohars, another itinerant tribe, who make and repair agricultural and household implements. The Bhils, one of the oldest peoples in India, inhabit the districts of Bhilwara, Chittaurgarh, Dungarpur, Banswara, Udaipur and Sirohi and are famous for their skill in archery. The Grasias and nomadic Kathodis live in the Mewar region. Sahariyas are found in the Kota district, and the Rabaris of the Marwar region are cattle breeders. More Detail...
Language of Rajasthan
The principal language of the state is Rajasthani, comprising a group of Indo-Aryan dialects derived from Dingal, a tongue in which bards once sang of the glories of their masters. The four main dialects are Marwari (in western Rajasthan), Jaipuri or Dhundhari (in the east and southeast), Malvi (Malwi; in the southeast), and, in Alwar, Mewati, which shades off into Braj Bhasa in Bharatpur district. The use of Rajasthani is declining with the spread of modern education, and its place is being taken by Hindi (the official state language of Rajasthan).
Religion in Rajasthan
Hinduism, the religion of most of the population, is generally practiced through the worship of Brahma, Siva, Sakti, Vishnu (Visnu), and other gods and goddesses. Nathdwara is an important religious centre for the Vallabhacarya sect of Krishna followers. There are also followers of the Arya Samaj, a reforming sect of modern Hinduism, as well as other forms of that religion. Jainism is also important; it has not been the religion of the rulers of Rajasthan but has followers among the trading class and the wealthy section of society. Mahavirji, Ranakpur, Dhulev, and Karera are the chief centres of Jaina pilgrimage. Another important religious sect is formed by the Dadupanthis, the followers of Dadu (d. 1603), who preached the equality of all men, strict vegetarianism, total abstinence from intoxicating liquor, and lifelong celibacy.
Tourism of Rajasthan
Endowed with natural beauty, Rajasthan attracts thousand of tourists in India. Tourism makes up of eight percent of the state's domestic product. Rajasthan is famous for the forts, temples and decorated Havelis. Many old and neglected forts and palaces have been converted into heritage hotels. Due to this employment in the hospitality sector is increased. Rajasthan has several tourist sights, especially in ancient and medieval architecture. Places of interest are Mount Abu, Ajmer, Alwar (Sariska tiger sanctuary), Bharatpur (Keoladeo bird sanctuary), Bikaner, Jaipur (the Pink City), Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pali, Jaisalmer and Chittorgarh. Tourism was given industry status in 1992.
Cities to visit in Rajasthan
Hotels of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is home to a variety of accommodation options. There are a wide range of hotels in the state ranging from top end to deluxe to budget hotels. Known for their hospitality and services the hotels in Rajasthan form the ideal base for a perfect vacation. More Detail...
Festivals of Rajasthan
The spring festival Gangaur during late March to early April and the Teej festival between early and late August is important. The Teej welcomes the monsoon, when the state's many lakes become full. The Pushkar camel and cattle fair during mid-November, the Nagaur festival during late January to early February and the Koolyat Fair at Bikaner during mid to late November are well known fairs. The Desert Festival at Jaisalmer during early to mid-February is a famous modern fair. More Detail...
Districts in Rajasthan
The map of Rajastan shows that there are 33 districts in Rajasthan and they are categorized into seven divisions:
- Ajmer Division: Ajmer, Nagaur, Bhilwara, Tonk.
- Bikaner Division: Churu, Bikaner, Hanumangarh, SriGanganagar
- Bharatpur Division: Dholpur, Bharatpur, Sawai Madhopur and Karauli.
- Jodhpur Division: Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jodhpur, Jalore, Sirohi, and Pali.
- Jaipur Division: Alwar, Jaipur, Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Dausa.
- Udaipur Division: Chittorgarh, Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Udaipur
- Kota Division: Bundi, Baran, Kota, Jhalawar.
|District||Headquarters||Division||Population (2011)||Area (km2)|
|Sawai Madhopur||Sawai Madhopur||Bharatpur||1338114||10527|
|Sri Ganganagar||Sri Ganganagar||Bikaner||1969520||7984|
Blogs about Rajasthan
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner : I have not come across such a huge and complex structure of a fort so far during my cycling journey. I have been to many forts in South India and other parts but the Junagrah Fort is what actually impressed me with its structure, the way it was built, and how it has been well maintained with all the royal heritage excellently preserved. The Junagarh Fort is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan…
Cultures and traditions of Jodhpur : Jodhpur, formerly known as Marwar, the capital of the Rajput rulers, has long history of various traditions which are followed till date. I too wanted to have a glimpse into it, so went around exploring with another friend. In earlier times, cities like Bikaner, Jalore, Pali, Nagaur, Jodhpur, etc., were united and known as Marwar. They later on got their own identity and now, Marwar is no longer used for the name of any city.…
Jaigarh Fort: The Victory Fort of Rajasthan : Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan The best way to delve into the absolute beauty of the city of Jaipur is to stand at a hill-top fort and have a panoramic view of the city. And Jaigarh Fort is by far the best place to try this. Perched on a promontory called “Cheel ka Teela”, Jaigarh fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It was precisely built as a military structure in order to protect the…
Johari Bazaar in Jaipur: An Enriching Retreat for the Shopaholics : Location: Opposite Sanganeri Gate, Jaipur, Rajasthan Jaipur, the most vibrant city of the country, is not only rich in its colourful beauty and cultural heritage, but also in its bounteous offerings. Exquisite palaces, ancient havelis, sand dunes, lakes, etc., are just some of the mystic charms of the city that attracts travelers from all over the world. Apart from its visual delicacies, the city of Jaipur is highly popular as a lavish shopping terminal, and the…
An Exquisite Ride on “the Ship of the Desert” : The animal with a hump on its back, decked in traditional outfit and adornments, undoubtedly grabs attention of the tourists in Rajasthan; but the real delight is if you experience the rippling desert sitting on its back. A ride on the back of a camel is often considered as a royal ride. The 'Golden City' of India must be visited during the cooler dry months, that is, from September to March. Camel safaris in India…
Last Updated on : July 1, 2014