Rajasthan Travel Guide
Rajasthan is where all the country’s similes and metaphors
appear to have come together to create a visual extravaganza. Majestic
palaces and rugged forts, spectacular deserts, wooded hills and
tranquil lakes, bustling towns and quiet villages, amazing flora
and fauna and of course, the colorful and vibrant people of Rajasthan
form an intricate tapestry of mysticism, grandeur and rusticity.
An ancient land of princes, palaces and preening peacocks, is renowned
for its great monuments, exquisite art and culture, that date back
to several centuries. There is a haunting air of romance, about
the state, which is palpable in its every nook and corner. The shimmering,
mysterious Thar desert simply mesmerises the onlooker. One visit
is not enough to capture the real essence of this magical land.
You will, we assure you, keep coming back for more.
• History of Rajasthan
• Circuits of Rajasthan
• City Travel Guides
• Fairs and Festivals of Rajasthan
• Travel Maps of Rajasthan
• Tourist Information and FAQ
• Tourist Offices
• The Palace on Wheels
Behind the breathtaking beautiful facade, expect to find contradictions
to the ordinary and mundane aspects of vacationing. Wherever you
travel, particularly when you escape from the popular tourist destinations,
you will come across the unexpected, whether it is a local fair
or a bustling bazaar or mind-blowing architectural wonders. The
mood and the rhythm of the countryside changes from one region to
another, and from season to season. It is a land of magical fantasies
that remain a lifetime memory.
No other region in the country, reconciles the many paradoxes of
India in itself, as does Rajasthan. Unexpected forest glens, lakes
and temples, appear like mirages in the desert. On the crags are
seen rugged forts, testimony to a turbulent history. Innumerable
temples, dating back to the 7th century, still survive amidst scattered
ruins, medieval cities exist around turreted marble palaces and
The state represents an unusual diversity in all its forms - people,
culture, customs, costumes, cuisine, dialects and music. Rajasthanis
are a handsome people, known for their brilliant costumes. They
express themselves in colour and sound, not easily seen or heard
anywhere else, in the country. Rajasthan overwhelms with colour
found in bustling bazaars; in the exotic attire of its people; and
in the winding streets, where elephants and camels vie with buses
and cars. Rajasthan is a destination that defies definition.
So rich is the history of the land that every roadside village
has its own tales of valor and sacrifice for the telling. Check
out the mood of various Destinations in Rajasthan, most liked and
appreciated by Travelers around the globe.
- Udaipur, The City of Lakes
This romantic, hilly town of palaces and lakes in southeastern
Rajasthan is often described as the Venice of the East.
- Jaipur, The Pink City
An old Rajasthani proverb asks, "What have I accomplished
in my life, if I have not seen Jaipur?"
- Jaisalmer, The westernmost
citadel of the desert
Jaisalmer is celebrated for the exquisite stone-carved havelis
or mansions of the merchants who held the reins of its destiny.
- Bikaner - Simply awesome
Vast expanse of rippling sand and scorching sun. An arid,
rocky scrubland. It is situated on an elevated ground, surrounded
by a seven-kilometer-long embattled wall marked by five gates.
- Jodhpur, The Sun City
The 16th century capital of the Rathore Rajputs, Jodhpur's history
is evident in the hilltop fort, Mehrangarh, from where its destiny
Better known for its Bird Sanctuary
P aradise for the avian world, and the pilgrimage for the bird
- Mount Abu, A hill station
known as son of Himalaya
Mount Abu, is both a hill resort and a pilgrimage site. This mountain
lies at the southern extremity of the Aravalli Range. Surrounded
by forests, rich in flora and fauna, the town appears as an oasis.