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Rajasthan, one of the most coveted travel destinations in India and worldwide, is the land of glistening sandy deserts, multi-coloured fabrics, dulcet folk songs and sprightly dances, ancient traditions and rich handicrafts. Rajasthan encompasses the warm and simplistic lifestyle of the natives and witness to historic battles.
A tour of the state will take you through arid yet singularly beautiful desert towns such as Jaisalmer and Barmer to the heart of Rajput grandeur and brilliance such as Udaipur and Chittorgarh. Home to the most fascinating forts, palaces, wildlife sanctuaries, shrines, lakes and the Aravalis, Rajasthan is a true tourist's paradise.
Also known as the 'land of colours', Rajasthan is situated in the north-western part of India. It is the largest state in India in terms of area. It covers the Thar Desert region and is surrounded by the 'Aravalis', the oldest mountain chain in India. The name Rajasthan literally means 'land of the kings'. The state was ruled for a considerable period of time by the Rajput clan which is known for bravery and valour in wars.
The best time to visit Rajasthan is from mid-October to mid-March as it isn't too hot then and travellers can enjoy sightseeing without being bothered by the heat. A much loved destination among foreign and local tourists alike, a ramble through the state should take you 10 days, including all the major cities and tourist destinations. The best thing about Rajasthan is that travellers across all budgets can enjoy the state.
Rajasthan is home to a variety of accommodation options. There are a wide range of hotels in the state ranging from top end to deluxe to budget hotels. Known for their hospitality and services, the hotels in Rajasthan form the ideal base for a perfect vacation. More Detail...
The state of Rajasthan is steeped in history, legends and myths. With its imposing forts and palaces at scenic locations, splendid royal heritage and valiant anecdotes of royalties, Rajasthan is probably the most romantic state in India.
Rajasthan Travel Guide helps you explore the royal state of Rajasthan by providing information about how to reach Rajasthan by air, rail or road.
By Air: The state has three major airports at Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. Most public and private airlines operate regular flights to these places connecting them to major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai. If you plan to enter Rajasthan from Delhi, Jaipur is the most convenient entry point, while Udaipur is the best choice from Mumbai.
By Rail: Rajasthan has a good railway network also. Major railway stations are in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Udaipur which are in turn linked to important Indian cities. But the best way to reach and experience Rajasthan is to take the "Palace on Wheels". This is a luxury tourist train, which offers fabulous royal splendour of the land on board. The state has also recently launched another tourist train "Heritage on Wheels". It also covers a large circuit offering enchanting glimpses of royal heritage.
By Road: One can reach Rajasthan by road very easily since a network of National Highways and State Highways roads covers the state extensively. From Delhi, Jaipur is only 5 hours' drive along the panoramic roadways. So most of the tourists prefer to travel Rajasthan by road.
Shopping in Rajasthan is a delightful experience. The land is traditionally rich in making handicrafts and handlooms.
The tradition of art and crafts is Rajasthan actually developed and flourished under the direct patronage of the royalties. Different regions of the state specialize in different kinds of handicrafts, which would lead you to shopping spree in Rajasthan.
Since precious and semi precious stone are available in abundance in Rajasthan, the local artisans craft out exquisite jewellery from them.
Textiles and leather are also favourite medium of handicrafts with the Rajasthani craftsmen. The most striking phenomenon of the Rajasthani crafts is the glow of vibrant colours.
The artisans also fashion amazing objects out of clay. Rajasthani painting holds a special place in Indian art, displaying a lyrical quality through enchanting combination of tender lines and bright colours.