A trip to Rajasthan is akin to romancing the bygone era of the Rajputs and the royals. This land of fabulous palaces and large stretches of deserts is a compelling force to reckon with in the Indian tourism industry. The arid surrounding of this enchanting state adds to the overall persona of being aloof and regal from the rest of India- quite the quintessential royalty.The luminous splendor of this princely state extends far beyond the majestic royalty of its resplendent palaces. Each of the cities in this state tells a different tale. From the color charged cities to its various royal palaces and the lesser known havelis, to the various elaborately colorful bazaars bustling with enthused shoppers, Rajasthan is one adventure that will be hard to forget.
Rajasthan – A Date with Royalty
A trip to Rajasthan is all about regaling the royals and experiencing the royal lifestyle. The cities of Jaipur, Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur all contribute largely to the booming Rajasthan tourism. While on a trip to Rajasthan, visit the Glorious Udaipur and Jaisalmer to get a slice of royal life.
Jaisamand Lake, Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary (a globally important reserve), Mount Abu, Ranthambhore National Park (one of the most important eco parks in the India), Sariska Reserve and National Park, Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary, Bamnera and Alwar are some of the other destinations frequented by tourists while on a vacation in this north-western state.
Make it a point to visit Amber Fort in Jaipur, Camel fair in Pushkar, and the Chittorgarh Fort. The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure with numerous gateways and an outstanding example of Mauryan architecture). Also check out Mehrangarh Fort located in Jodhpur, Junagarh Fort in Bikaner, Pichola Lake in Udaipur, Bundi Fort in Bundi and Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer. This fort is constructed with sand stones and is an important landmark of Jaisalmer city.
The Desert landscape in Jaisalmer is also an attraction. Jal Mahal in Jaipur, the Pink City of Jaipur, Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur, Khejarla Fort in Jodhpur and the Wildlife Sanctuary are other attractions. Besides, the food of the state is one of the added attractions. Sample some of the best cuisine from around the country here, which will make you crave for more.
Anuradha Shankar is a mother, traveller, freelance writer, compulsive bookworm.. not necessarily in that order. She lives in Mumbai and aims to travel as much as she can across the country, 10 year old son in tow. Her blog 'A Wandering Mind' is primarily a travel blog, but true to its name it wanders all the time - from events to random thoughts, book reviews to her son's latest peccadilloes!