Rajasthan, or the ‘Land of the Kings’ as it translates to in English, is one of India’s most popular regions.
From grand palaces to ancient temples, ancient fortresses, mouth-watering delicacies to desert sand dunes – Rajasthan has it all. Rajasthan singles itself out with its amazing contrast of colours, textures and materials.
Even in the furthest regions of the desert, you can find brightly lit shops selling bangles, folklore and local textiles of the richest colour combinations. Rajasthan’s affinity to art and culture stems from the ancient age when the rulers were dedicated lovers of art and paintings. Rajasthan also has a rich tradition of handmade jewellery, cherishing both male as well as female jewellery.
Rajasthan is widely admired for its folklore and traditional art forms that date back centuries. Puppetry or Kathputli (wood puppets) is considered one of the most important art forms in Rajasthan. The region is also famous for its traditional dance and music forms including Kachhi, Ghumar and Gaitti.
Rajasthan offers some of the richest Indian cuisine. Rajasthani delicacies are often referred to as products of the ‘royal kitchen’ due to their traditional way of serving guests.
The state of Rajasthan offers plenty of fairs and festivals that take place throughout the year that celebrate its rich heritage and culture. Whether you’re an animal lover or literature buff, festivals like the ‘Camel Festival’ or the ‘Jaipur Literature Festival’ will keep you engaged. The Pushkar Fair, Desert festival, Kite festival and Teej Festival are some of the most attended events in the state.
The ‘Great Indian Desert’ , Thar desert or Marusthali, close to the international border, Amber Fort, Amer Palace, Jaisalmer Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Chittorgarh Fort are among the most visited places in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan also attracts a large number of wildlife enthusiasts as it is home to some of the best-ranked wildlife sanctuaries in the country, such Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Desert National Park.
Rajasthan offers a contrasting mix of majestic palace hotels and colourful rural towns with hidden historical importance. For a traveller who is keen to explore, these will both take you deeper into Rajasthan’s heritage.