Rajasthan Tourism Overview

 

Taj Palace,Lake Pichola

 

Introduction

The princely state of Rajasthan is India’s pride and glory. It is one of the top ten tourist destinations in Asia that is frequently visited by tourists from around the world. Visitors throng Rajasthan through out the year. The awe inspiring forts and palaces that have been converted into hotels is the main attraction in Rajasthan. Tourists get to dwell in royalty and enjoy Indian hospitality in the true sense. Millions of tourists from all around the globe visit Rajasthan to drink in the grandeur and opulence of the place. This desert state is one of the preferred tourist destinations for one and all. Rajasthan tourism doesn’t disappoint you and you get your money’s worth when you visit this place.

The lip smacking cuisine, exquisite handicrafts, colorful and rich textiles and blue pottery are a must have for women all around the world. Jacqueline Kennedy, the former first lady of USA was awestruck by the sheer beauty and expanse of Rajasthan. She often visited to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place. The Clintons have visited Rajasthan and were bowled over by the royal treatment they got here. The famous Super Model Elizabeth Hurley got married here at the Lake Palace. The local music, dance, folk lore and theater are unique and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

History

Rajasthan is steeped in history besides offering several other treats. Raja Maharana Pratap and Rani Padmini are two most important people who have made Rajasthan and the people of India proud. Chittaurgarh Fort is where it all began and history is all over the place in this princely state. The Mughals were bowled over by the bewitching beauty of Rani Padmini and went on war to capture Chittaurgarh.

Raja Umaid Singh is another king who is worth a mention here. His valor, strength as well as kindness can be heard about when you visit the place.

Deeg Palace

 

Places to Visit

Some of the important and must see cities in Rajasthan are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar and Mt. Abu. There are other smaller towns also that offer bed and breakfast at their havelis which are of historical importance. Besides these cities wildlife is a major attraction here. Temples and mosques at Ajmer and other places are tourist attractions to one and all. The pristine lakes are beauty in itself especially after sunset when the lights are on in the lake palaces.

The Sariska Tiger Sanctuary and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary are worth a mention.

Rajasthan tourism has come up with the Palace on Wheels which is a train that starts from New Delhi and takes you through the state of Rajasthan. The train is exquisitely decorated and the suites offered with attendants in tow are sheer luxury.

The Camel fair is another unique affair which you’ll never get to see anywhere else. Other festivals like Teej, Holi, Diwali and Ganguar are a must see.

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Best Time to Visit

Though Rajasthan tourism is buzzing all around the year the ideal time to visit Rajasthan is from October to March. The weather is beautifully cold and allows you to move around the places in leisure. All the festivals and fairs are held around this time. Since it is a desert region, summers are very hot and dry.