Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist spots in India – well it has so much to offer. From the romantic forts and palaces of Jaipur and Jodhpur, the lake cities of Udaipur and Pushkar, the painted town of Shekhawati, the golden fort and sand dunes of Jaisalmer to the national parks of Ranthambore, Bharatpur and Sariska. And not to forget the camels, the widely accepted representative of the state, threading their way through the streets and bazaars, at the traffic signals or making a beautiful silhouette against the sunset on the Sam sand dunes.The state remains a key destination in the itinerary of most tourists.
The best thing about Rajasthan is that a visitor is always treated as a privileged guest and this leaves a lasting impression that they carry with them, to return again.
Rajasthan is apparently a riot of colours – brilliant red, orange, pink, shocking yellow, emerald green, turquoise blue, you name and they have it. These colours are mainly visible in the turbans of the men in their designer moustaches and in the ghagharas (long skirts) and odhnis (headscarves) worn by the belle of the area. You’ll experience this celebration of colour every place that you visit – be it the crowded village bazaar or the middle of the desert. The Rajasthanis with their colour sense thus have created murals of human beings in breathtaking hues, in their otherwise stark, bleached and severe desert land.
Rajasthan is the only Indian State that has captured the imagination of the people, rulers and invaders through the ages as well as tourists both national and international. Earlier known as Rajputana or the land of the Rajputs – brave and proud, it is still an exotic and colour vibrant state that has retained the very essence of the bygone royal era. This part of India was dominantly ruled for over 1000 years by the Rajputs, a warrior clan who claim descent from the sun, the moon and the flames of a sacrificial fire. They have a strict sense of honour and chivalry similar to that of the mediaeval European Knights and preferred to die an honourable death rather than face defeat at the hands of the enemy. The Rajput women on the other hand threw themselves onto immense funeral pyres to escape dishonour at the hands of the enemy. In order to defend their kingdoms the Rajputs built massive forts and fortresses all over this harsh desert land. Though known as the Desert State, Rajasthan has a number of exotic palaces with beautiful gardens, fountains, temples and forts with amazing artistry, mirror walls and galleries, painted streets and kaleidoscopic men and women as if they have walked out of life sized frescos.