Why Visit Rajasthan – The Land of Rajputs

The mighty state of India covering a part of the great Thar desert, Rajasthan is a prime tourist destination of the country. The state has a grand history and a colorful culture. The dynamic history has introduced many cultures into the land.

Today, the ancient structures and the modern bustling cities thrive hand-in-hand, making it one of the royal cities to visit at least once in your lifetime. Read here the Top Reasons to Visit Rajasthan :

1. Royal Palaces And Grand Forts

The main difference between Rajasthan and other historic destinations in the country is the royal structures of the region. You can find numerous palaces, havelis, forts and other structures that were built since 12th century or even earlier. These remarkable structures stand as a welcome banner for those who would like to explore the historic beauty of the land. Top forts and palaces to visit in Rajasthan are Amer Palace, City Palace, Jaisalmer Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Hawa Mahal and others.

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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2. Royal Stay In Heritage Hotels

These palaces are not just for sightseeing. If you are ready to live like a royal heir during your vacation, there are numerous palaces, which are now converted into heritage hotels. These hotels still hold the royal décor and grand comfort, which are common among the royals. The best of all is the Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur. You can also find other heritage hotels around Rajasthan like Samode Palace, Rambagh Palace, Taj Lake Palace and others.

If you are sticking to your budget, you can find varying accommodations based on your budget, from simple stays to boutique hotels. If you wish to stick with royalty throughout the vacation, it is recommended to try the luxury trains of the land. Most of the luxury train itineraries cover Rajasthan.

Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan

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3. Stay For The Wildlife

Rajasthan is a desert state. This does not mean that the entire state will be in the stereotypical desert scenario with rolling thorn bushes, cactus and acres of nothing but sand. Rajasthan’s nature is as diverse as its culture. You can find many enchanting forest regions, which are converted into wildlife parks. Safaris and walking tours in these parks are very famous among nature enthusiasts and photographers. Top national parks in the state are Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh National Park and others. It is best to visit during winter season to enjoy the most out of these national parks.

Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur

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4. The Color Coded Cities

Each city is embedded with a color, thanks to the history, nature and architecture. The Jaisalmer is the Golden City, thanks to the golden yellow desert sand. Jaipur was painted to become Pink City to welcome the Prince of Wales. The city of Jodhpur is the Blue City. It is literally dipped in blue. During the royal times, the royal blue paint was allowed to be used only by royals and people of upper caste. After independence, everyone painted their houses in the forbidden royal blue, making it the Blue City. Udaipur is the White City, thanks to the lakes and white palaces.

Blue City Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Blue City Jodhpur

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5. Colorful Festivals

The best of all the cultural elements of India is the festivals. Thanks to the vibrant culture of Rajasthan, the festivals are even more exclusively beautiful. Not a month goes by without any grand festival. The best of all are the Teej Festival, Elephant Fair, Desert Festival, International Kite Festival, International Folk Festival, Pushkar Fair and others.

Camel Festival Bikaner Rajasthan

One of the main elements of the festival is the cultural performances. Each region of the state has its own main dance and music heritage. Top traditional dances to enjoy are Kalbelia dance, Bhavai dance, Kathputli dance, Kacchi Ghodi, Terah Taali and others.

Kalbelia Dance, Rajasthan

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6. Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences

Rajasthan is famous for its unique nature and heritage value. With these, you get to enjoy unique experiences like enjoying moonlit dinner in the middle of a desert, camping in desert, spotting tigers, hot-air ballooning, dune bashing, elephant trip to forts, painting on elephants, zip lining and many others. After all, unique experiences are the ones that make your vacation more memorable.

Jodhpur Sand Dunes Camp

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7. Shopping Experience

The land is rich with cultural elements and thus, the handicraft section is filled with unique articles. Apart from these, the camel hair and skin articles are one-of-a-kind souvenirs of the land. The vibrant clothing, leather accessories and most importantly, the spices of the land are just an introduction to the shop-o-mania waiting for you in Rajasthan. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer are some of the top destinations to land for shopping.

Shopping in Rajasthan

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8. Desert Cuisine At Its Best

Do not underestimate what a desert could provide. The main ingredients are desert berries, spices, dals and beans. On the other hand, the land is rich in animal wealth. Milk and meat make up for what is missing in the vegetable site. The dessert section is filled with milk delicacies for you to try. Moreover, the cuisine uses as much as vegetables as possible to create a royal dining experience for all vegetarian foodies too. The cuisine depends on the spices to create the right gastronomic epic taste. Top classic dishes to try are dal bati churma, Rajasthan thali, laalmaas, bhuna kukda and others.

Rajasthani Cuisines

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This list might vary from people to people. However, ask any travel enthusiast who has visited Rajasthan, the one element that never misses the list is the hospitality and the warm smile of the locals. This is one of the least intimidating cultures that you can experience in India and the welcoming never ends. The traditional teaching revolve around treating the guests with honor and you can experience this honor, when you get to stay in Rajasthan. It is indeed, the royal state of the country.

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