When we say Rajasthan, what are you reminded of? The beautiful palaces, the majestic camel rides? Heroic legends and romantic stories? Vibrant culture and fascinating heritage? Or is it simply all that's mentioned above? Yes, the Land of Kings for you is all this and more.
Rajasthan, an incredibly beautiful state found in Northwest India is one timeless wonder, that no travel connoisseur should ever miss paying a visit to. All the antiquated architectural marvels standing tall as examples of Rajasthan royals' richness, it is that place on planet which has something to offer on its platter to all the tourism buffs. Come, let us sojourn through this lovely state and learn of all things in detail . . .
The Historic State's Topography
Situated towards the country's north-west, Rajasthan is the largest state by area in the Republic of India. The state covers about 10.4% of India and covers an area of 342,269 square kilometres. While the Pink City, Jaipur, happens to be its capital, Mount Abu in the Aravalli Range happens to be the only hill station of Rajasthan. The north-west part of Rajasthan is quite dry and sandy and most of it is covered by the Thar Desert.
The Climate Of Rajasthan
The climate here is divided into the seasons of summer, monsoon and winter and the weather is mostly dry except during the monsoon season. Summer months happen to be the hottest of all with the temperature reaching up to as high as 48°. It is only Mount Abu in Rajasthan that remains pleasant during this season.
What Language Do You Get To Hear The Rajasthanis Speak?
While it is the language Rajasthani that's widely spoken, Hindi and English are extensively used too. You'll get to hear a few from the older generation converse in Sindhi as well.
Colourful Culture And Delectable Delicacies
Talk about Rajasthan tourism and forget to mention the vibrant culture and lovely cuisines of the state? That can never be possible. The state of Rajasthan boasts of great richness in culture and traditions. While the music and dance in practice among the locals of Rajasthan are extremely vibrant and catchy, the place is also renowned for some very beautiful artworks. The traditional clothes are multihued and artistic and are mostly covered with rich and beautiful mirror work. In all, for all the art lovers out there, Rajasthan is nothing short of a paradise.
Some of the important festivals celebrated here include Holi, Teej, Deepawali, Devnarayan Jayanti, Sankranti and Janmashtami. Also, once a year the Rajasthani Desert Festival, a camel fair, and cattle fairs are also held in the state.
Rajasthani cuisines are often a bit dry, courtesy: effect of constant scarcity of water and fresh veggies in the region. However, they are extremely yummy. Some of the traditional varieties include: daal baati, bail-gatte, raabdi, bajre ki roti (millet bread) and lashun ki chutney, mawa kachori and rasgullas of Bikaner. Never fail to relish them while at the place!
And When On The Land Of Kings, Make Your Way Into All These Places!
While we told you all about the geography, climate and culture of Rajasthan, we will now tell you where to sojourn when in the majestic state. Almost every place in Rajasthan is royal and beautiful and perfectly suited for tourism. With places like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer being popular, we know you will surely pay a visit to these lovely cities. But there are many novel cities like Banswara, Kota, Bharatpur, Bundi, Virat nagar, Sariska and Shekhawati, which are equally interesting and wonderful to visit.
And for the wildlife aficionados, the state houses places like the Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. There are innumerable Hindu and Jain Temples and many interesting places of worship for the pious to visit. And for the lovers of history and ancient cultures, could there be a better place to visit than Rajasthan where almost every palace, haveli and fort is an architectural must see?
A quote by renowned Latin philosopher and bishop St Augustine says, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” And the state of Rajasthan in India is one among the many fantastic folios of the book. When do you plan to turn on to this side of the leaf?