Here’s Why You Need to Visit Rajasthan
Confused about which destination to visit this holiday season? Eliana Mathews makes your job easier and tells you why Rajasthan should be on your must visit list!
Rajasthan is one state where tourists can expect to come across myriad colours, multifarious beautiful attractions, prosperous culture, charming exoticism, and mouthwatering cuisine – all in one place. Known as the ‘land of the maharajas’, thanks to its rich historic and ongoing tryst with royalty, it is one of the most visited places in India. Because the humungous landscape of Rajasthan is a montage of diverse hues, it makes for an ideal holiday destination for people of all ages. Whether it is sandy deserts, hill stations, forests, forts, havelis (palaces), jungles, temples, local bazaars, handicrafts, folk art, urbane malls, or authentic food that you’re looking for, Rajasthan can prove to be the one-stop shop for satiating your senses. The vibrancy of this place is reflected in its vivacious culture. The fervour and pomp with which traditions are celebrated here are nothing short of outstanding and can take your breath away. There are enough festivals here to keep your social calendar abuzz with activity. There’s so much that Rajasthan has to offer. Here’s a little more on that for those looking to vacation in this exotic Indian paradise.
Hit The Sand Dunes
One of the first things that come to mind at the mention of Rajasthan is its expansive deserts. Unless you’re visiting here in the summer months, do make it a point to explore them. (The summer sun here can be extremely harsh, so it is best to avoid it.) Do take the camel safaris and enjoy the feel of the sand between your toes, while you soak in the sun. There is more to Rajasthani deserts than the Thar. You may want to spend some time discovering cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner located in the western part of the state. This may be your chance to absorb the magnificence of the windswept bands of desert along the picturesque sand dunes, as well as discern the juxtaposed culture and unforgiving lifestyle of the nomads here. Not to miss in particular is a placed called Sam, about 40 km from the city of Jaisalmer, which offers incredible visions of the beautiful Thar sunset – a sight which will leave you engulfed with the ethereal beauty of the place. Consider visiting Rajasthan in the months of January and February to be able to attend the desert festivals which have become integral to the annual events held here. It is at this time that the Thar Desert comes alive as it becomes a melting pot of festivities, which showcases the cultural heritage of the deserts. This one’s a huge crowd-puller.
Explore The Rich Past
Take a leap back in time for a long and enlightening rendezvous with the rich and vivid history of Rajasthan. The stunning forts, havelis, lakes, gardens, and temples built here by the Kings of Rajputana in cities like Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, and Jodhpur are witness to a splendid era of the past. They are reminiscent of the Rajput grandeur and make for must-visit attractions. You’re sure to come across several monumental havelis and forts when in Rajasthan which will stand in testimony of the architectural abilities of the Rajputs, but the ones that just cannot be missed are the forts of Jaisalmer, Kumbalgarh, Chittorgarh, Amer, Jhalawar, and Amer. These have been included into the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will do well in hiring a car and exploring these places by road, as that will ensure comfort and convenience. Alternatively, you could also consider travelling around Rajasthan by the ultra-luxe Palace on Wheels or Royal Rajasthan on Wheels for an experience that is as regal as the state itself, with private cabins, turbaned valets, and glamorous dining and bar cars.
Wander In The Wild
Visiting Rajasthan is incomplete without a stopover at its famous Ranthambore National Park, which is home to a variety of animals such as tigers, blackbuck, hyenas and antelopes, and also to about 300 species of birds. The park remains open October through June so keep that in mind if you’re a wildlife and nature enthusiast. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is also known for harboring pythons, porcupines, wild boars, nilgai (literally “blue cow”), and various species of exotic birds.
Shop Till You Drop
Rajasthani bazaars are the ideal places to shop at if you’re looking for handcrafted artefacts, jewellery, and textiles. Shop for religious cloth paintings of Nathdwara or Pichhawais and brightly-coloured Phad cloth paintings of rural Rajasthan, or even the gorgeous cloth bags, bedspreads, tablecloths, cushion covers, tablemats and the famous cotton quilts, shoes, and puppets. When it comes to jewellery, you may want to consider buying a few ‘Kundankari’ pieces, which is the traditional craft here, wherein precious and semi-precious stones are set in ‘lac’ veneered in gold. Lac bangles are extremely popular and make for great souvenirs and gifting options.
Indulge Your Taste Buds
For a state that has a royal legacy, you can rest assured that Rajasthani food is going to be a treat for your palette. A combination of vegetarian and meat-based dishes with a higher spice content, and laden with ghee, you’re surely going to enjoy sampling the food here. Whether it is the spicy fare or the sweets that follow a meal, the gastronomical delights of Rajasthan speak for themselves. You can also try the Rajasthani thali. Make sure you give the dal-bati-churma a shot. Other delicacies include gatte ki sabzi, sev tamatar, dahi main alu, makki ki ghaat, laal maas, safed maas, saanth ro achar, and so on. Popular sweets comprise ghujio, balushahi, sheera, ghevar, feeni, and Alwar ka mawa.
All in all, Rajasthan will thrill you with what it offers you today, aside from taking you back in time for a tryst with its rich and romantic past. Whether it is its evocative ruins, the architectural splendour as we see it today, the people, the natural beauty, the food, or the timeless culture, Rajasthan will always wow its visitors. Don’t wait, pack your bags and head to Rajasthan today!
About The Author
Eliana Mathews is a blogger and writer for Any Car Hire. She has hands on flaire in writing travel blogs. She loves travelling and makes a point to share travel experiences with people who have similar interests.