Padharo Mahare Desh
Rajasthan or the Land of the Kings is one of the most historic states of Western India. The sandy deserts, the royal forts, and the unique culture of the land are sure to leave you impressed while you are here.
As one of the earliest human settlements happened here in the form of the Indus Valley Civilization, the Rajasthani history is rich and ancient. Then onwards, the region was once a Mughal stronghold and saw the valor of Rajput supremacy as frequent battles were waged between the two. Eventually, the region was captured by the British and it became a state of independent India after all the Princely States in the region were integrated into one.
Language and Culture
Marwari language is the most popular in Rajasthan and has the highest number of speakers. Malvi, Marwari, Mevati, and Hindi are the other languages that are used. Some of the finest instances of folk music and dance forms such as Ghoomar and Kalbeliya can be experienced in this part of India. Kathputali, Chang, and Bhopa are also integral parts of the Rajasthani culture.
Popular Attractions in the State
From palaces and forts to the vast expanse of the desert, there is a lot on offer when it comes to tourism in Rajasthan. Jaipur, which is termed as the Pink City, is one of the most visited cities in Rajasthan. There are several attractions here such as Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, and the City Palace Light show. Udaipur is another popular tourist attraction with the beautiful City Palace Complex beside the majestic Lake Pichola. The Rajput forts of Jaisalmer are a spectacle you must not miss out on. You can visit Pushkar for some delightful shopping experiences in the markets and the sight of the beautiful lake.
The wildlife enthusiasts can take a trip to the Ranthambore National Park and enjoy the view of the Ranthambore Fort in the forest. Mount Abu is a hill station and can provide beautiful views and temperatures. You can sign off your trip to Rajasthan with a visit to the Chittor Fort and the bird heaven in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Gorge on local delicacies such as Dal baati, churma, laal maans, mirchi bada and many other delicious items. You can pick some stunning jewelry specimens, carpets, paintings, etc. as souvenirs from your trip.
With trains traveling from places like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, the region has excellent rail networks. Those willing to travel via air can make use of the Delhi International Airport which is at a distance of 250 km from here. Besides there is the Jaipur International Airport and airports are also located in Udaipur and Jodhpur. With almost 6000km of National Highways cutting through Rajasthan, the road conditions are excellent and you can always drive to Rajasthan from places like Delhi.
Best Time to Visit
October to March is the best time for travel to Rajasthan as the temperatures are comfortable. The summers are extremely hot due to the desert climate and it is best to avoid the summer months from April to June.