Rajasthan, the colourful vibrant state of India is known for its rich cultural heritage, sand dunes, deserts, camel safaris, wildlife forests and more. The state was mainly ruled by the Rajputs. The majestic monuments standing tall tell the story of valour, chivalry, romance, tragedy and silent sacrifices of the women of the yesteryears. The palaces showcase the life and culture of the royal family. The palaces of Jaipur, the Lake palace in Udaipur, Jantar Mantar, Jodhpur Fort, Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu, Thar Desert, Jaisalmer Fort are some of the famous tourist spots.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is also referred to as the Pink City. The famous Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is situated here. The Mahal was constructed using red and pink sand stone and was originally built for the royal ladies to observe everyday life without being seen.
An oasis in the city of desert, Mount Abu, located in the Aravalli range of Rajasthan is the only hill station in the state. It is an eco-tourism destination rich in flora and fauna and a natural respite for the people of Rajasthan from the scorching heat.
The golden stretches of the desert city, Jaisalmer, beckons tourists from near and far. The 12th century Jaisalmer Fort stands in all its grandeur amidst the Great Indian Desert, the Thar Desert. Enjoy a camel safari as it takes you through the silky smooth sand into the desert. Watch the ever-shifting sand dunes and experience the picturesque sunset as it spreads a faint golden glow over the golden sand.
Rajasthan is famous for block printing, stone carvings, Meenakari and Zardozi work. The royal family had an eye for authentic handcrafted goods. Artisans and craftsmen were invited from far off places to demonstrate their artistry skills. You can shop for beautiful tie-dye and fine kota doria saris, traditional Rajasthani embroidered mojris/jooties, carpets, rugs, hand-embroidered wall hangings and lot more.
Rajasthan is famous for snacks like Bikaneri Bhujia, kanchori, Mirchi Bada and Churma. Indulge in mouth-watering locally made delicacies like Raabdi and the typical dal-baati. Baati is baked bread prepared with or without any fillings, savored with dal, famous for its longer shelf-life and nutritional content. Other famous dishes worth trying are Mawa Kachori, Malpauas, ladoos and rasgullas of Bikaner.