Temples and Forts, mansions and monuments, desert
and hill station, wildlife and turbaned men together awestruck every
traveler! Come share the wonderment at Rajasthan...
Of Kings and Retro beats
From Delhi drive South, beyond Gurgaon, and notice the vegetation
getting sparser, trees dwarfing and their green fading to
something that is best termed dull and then suddenly a flash
of colors almost blindfolds you and you know you have reached
Almost the size of France, Rajasthan, is an arid desertland lorded by the
Thar (desert), veined with numerous lakes and the Aravalli range running
across to cradle the lands only hill station Mount Abu. Over the years,
Rajasthan the post-independance name for Rajputana or the land of
princes has more than made-up for what Nature overlooked, by carving
an irrefutable niche as a tourist favorite joint in India. So much so that
some actually believe: Visit Rajasthan and you have seen everything that is
The Best of Rajasthan
A truly palatial State, Rajasthan is best known for its imposing
Forts and palaces a classic showcase of Indian heritage. Pink City
Jaipur (capital) and Blue City Jodhpur are famed best for their
well-preserved Forts and palaces. Impregnable havelis (mansions), still
peopled, adorn the Shekhawati and Jaisalmer region. Pilgrims trek up Mount
Abu for the famous Dilwara Temples (Jain), while the Dargah Sharif at Ajmer
draws believers from across the globe. Flanking Ajmer is the tiny town of
Pushkar that hosts the Asias largest camel fair (the Pushkar Mela).
Nature enthusiasts head straight for tiger tracking at the two national
tiger reserves, Ranthambore and Sariska, while ornithologists have Keoladeo
National Park near Bharatpur with Asias largest concoction of
avifauna, and famed for the Siberian Cranes. Our Destination Guide has a
city-wise Culinary and Shopping gossip. Tie your belts for a virtual tour of
what we believed will interest you most in Regal Rajasthan.
The retro facade of this rustic land is best noted during Festivals.
And the good news is, the land sees one Festival or the other, at one
place or another, round about the whole year.
The Rajputana cultural diaspora is diverse but something typical and
unique binds them together so that it never takes another Indian too
long to single them out.
Best Sites of Rajasthan: Ajmer
, Sariska National Park,
Bharatpur National Park
What not to miss:
Camel Safari, Elephant Safari, Camping in the Desert, Trekking at
Mount Abu, Stay at a Heritage Resort, Pushkar Camel fair, Handicrafts,
Some News of Use
Adopt-A-Monument: A fine stance of involving the public in the
conservation efforts of the heritage monuments of Rajasthan, is this new
scheme of Government of Rajasthan that calls upon the NRIs, Non-resident
Rajasthanis, Individuals, Organisations and Corporate houses to contribute
for their Heritage Fund and help them preserve the treasures of the past
(For details you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Palace On Wheels:
To explore Rajasthan best, book yourself for a journey in the Luxury Train
Palace on Wheels. The tour entails all the major destinations in Rajasthan
like Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and finally takes you
to the pride of Indian Tourism Agras Taj Mahal. The journey
begins and ends in the nations capital, Delhi, and the travelers vouch
by the traveling experience and traditional hospitality. Travel in a Palace
on the run to discover best the secrets of a land satiated with Palaces.
The Airport in the Capital, Jaipur is served by both domestic and
International flights. The Indian Airlines, Air India, Sahara and various
other private airlines operate flights between Jaipur and Delhi, Kolkata,
Mumbai, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Jodhpur and other important cities. The other
major domestic airports are in Udaipur and Jodhpur. The luxury train Palace
on Wheels begins from Rajasthan and entails Jaipur, Chittorgarh,
Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Agra.
The most convenient option is to drive from Delhi (distance is 259 km/5
hours) and reach the State capital of Jaipur, near the eastern border.
Jaipur is also the third point (the others being nearby Delhi and Agra/Taj)
of the much-traveled Golden Triangle. Should you choose to start your trip
here, you are in fact well positioned to visit the rest of Rajasthan. Agra
is just 232 km from Jaipur.
When to Go:
Pre-monsoons in Rajasthan extends from April to June, and is the
hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32°-45°C. At this
time, Mount Abu remains the only option to head for. Come Monsoons (July to
September) temperature drops but humidity increases making it very
uncomfortable. January-March is winters when temperature even drops to 0°C
at places. The best time to visit Rajasthan is during the cooler months from
October to March.