Rajasthan welcomes you to enjoy a ride on the ship of the desert (camel) over the soft sand dunes of the Thar Desert in India. The tour of Rajasthan presents a kaleidoscope of brightly turbaned men and women with twinkling anklets in colorful swirling ghagras that characterize the vivacious presence of this state. The Rajasthan Tour is dotted with island palaces shimmering on cerulean blue lakes; temples and fortresses situated on the hilltops of the rugged and rocky Aravalli ranges. A tour to Rajasthan India familiarizes you with the exquisite palaces built during the reign of the royal Rajput dynasties; and well laid out gardens, which add up to the charisma of the state.
The vibrant state is famous for the festivals of Holi, Gangaur, Pushkar camel festival, Kite festival, Dussehara. The forts and palaces along with the museums are there to keep you quite engrossed within the state at places like Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Ranthambore and other places.
The History of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is the homeland of the Great Harappan Civilization. The Aryans from Central Asia settled here in about 2000 BC followed by the Mauryan dynasty in about 400 AD. The settlement of the Scythians in Rajasthan gave birth to the warrior clans of Rajput who dominated this region for over 1000 years.
The lack of unity amongst the Rajput clans permitted the Mughals to conquer Rajasthan. With the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Rajputs again recovered their lost territories and status. The British Raj entered in Indian and this state to mark the decline of these powerful Rajput dynasties of this state.
Tourist Places in Rajasthan
Rajasthan Tour covers every place in the state from the pink city Jaipur, city of lakes Udaipur, city of palaces Jodhpur to the historic places like Chittorgarh, Pushkar, Ajmer and the wildlife sanctuaries like Ranthambore and Sariska.
The city of Ajmer, as a pilgrimage, is famous for its renowned Dargah or tomb of the popular 13th-century, Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world throng Ajmer to attend the death anniversary of the great saint every year. The city also has a number of monuments belonging to the Mughal era. The city is known for its traditional handicrafts too.
The capital city of Rajasthan is popular as the Pink City of India. Jaipur is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The Aravali hills act as a protective barrier for the city otherwise it would have been a part of the Thar Desert.
The golden city of Jaisalmer, which lies as the western sentinel of India, is a must visit for the tourists. The golden rays of the setting sun draw a heavenly mirage and views on the sand of Jaisalmer. The magnificent wood- and stone-carved mansions and buildings display the appreciation, the Rajputs possessed for the fine arts.
Ranthambore reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur, surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges is quite near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. This area with unending desert and semi-desert vegetation was formerly a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, which was declared a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980, it became a national park and a tiger reserve. The Kaila Devi Sanctuary, also famous for its tigers, and Mansingh Sanctuary adjoin the Ranthambore Reserve.
Sariska National Park (near Alwar) is situated in the vivid backdrop of the Aravali Hills. It was declared a sanctuary in 1955, a tiger reserve in 1979 and a national park in 1982. The park boasts of quite a few tigers and other interesting flora and fauna for the wildlife and nature lovers. There are also historical ruins and monuments within Sariska's precincts that glorify its rich past.
How to Reach Rajasthan
The four airports of the state are, Sanganer in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Kota. Rajasthan is well connected by air to almost all the major cities of India. A number of airlines have regular flights connecting the state with rest of the country.
Rajasthan is well connected by a good network of rail too. The best option is obviously, the Palace on Wheels, one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Palace on Wheels connects Delhi with Bharatpur, Jaipur, Kota, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Alwar, Sirohi, Kishangarh, Bundi, Dungarpur, Jhalwar, and Dholpur, apart from Agra.
A number of government and private buses ply to the state connecting it with the nearby tourist places. Moreover, taxis and other vehicles are also available from many places to the state.