Rajasthan is a must see for a globetrotter to discover the rich heritage and culture of India. A trip to Rajasthan offers a complete overview of the bygone era that was ruled by kings and maharajas. The historic forts, the sandy deserts and the architectural designs of the monuments leave anyone in awe and certainly awaken a sense of royal grandeur. The history of this place dates back to the time before independence, when the place was ruled by the Rajputs.
One cannot afford to miss out on Rajasthani music, which is a moving combination of stringed musical instruments and the traditional songs of the panihari, as well as the alap. Dandia, the state’s folk dance, recalls the Rajasthani lifestyle. Millet bread or Bajre ki roti and Lashun ki chutney or spicy garlic paste are the foods that a tourist should include in their menu. Festivals are held in Rajasthan almost throughout the year; most of the holidays are celebrated in its desert. Some of the popular festivals and fairs include the desert festival, the camel festival, and the Pushkar fair.
When it comes to shopping, both traditional and modern crafts are the preferred products that enter the shopping list of tourists. Handcrafted kurtas with vibrant color prints as well as lahnga and chunnis are a hit with women. The fascinating paintings from the royal period are also a favorite of Indian and foreign tourists.
A walk through the palace on wheels is an experience not to be missed. The train consists of 14 coaches with air-conditioned rooms. Each of the rooms is equipped with all modern comforts, such as hot and cold running water, bathrooms and intercom. In addition, the two restaurants, the Maharani and the Maharaja, offer a combination of Chinese, Rajasthani and continental cuisine.
Before selecting the Rajasthan tour packages, one should make sure that the following destinations are covered:
• Jaipur: Located east of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also known as the pink city. The place is full of beautiful palaces, forts and Havelis. The city palaces, jantar mantar, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall, BM Birla Planetarium are some of the attractive tourist destinations in Jaipur. The place can be reached by air, rail and road. The elephant festival is one of the best known festivals in the area.
• Jaisalmer: known for its famous Golden Fort or Sonar Quila Jaisalmer is always crowded with tourists throughout the year. Tourists enjoy the fascinating camel ride. The Khuri village which is located at a distance of 45 kms from Jaisalmer is the best place to see the house decorated with mud and straw.
• Jodhpur: Founded by Rao Jodha, the ruler of the Rathore dynasty, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is simply the best place for different shops such as leather, local crafts, looms and utensils. Umaid Bhawan Palace and the government. Bangur museum is one of the main tourist attractions.
• Udaipur: Udaipur is flooded with lakes everywhere and that is why it is also known as the ‘city of lakes’. The Jag Niwas or the Lake Palace is a perfect example of wonderful architecture.
• Nimaj: Once a palace, Nimaj now functions as a hotel. The palace finds a distinctive place on the list of architectural beauty of India. The exterior view of the hotel awakens a real feeling.
• Manvar: The best way to experience life in the Indian desert is by staying at Manvar Desert Resort. Tourists can take a camel ride through the silent sandy deserts and explore the splendid beauty of the place.