India – Rajastan in details


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Rajasthan is known for

Wildlife

If you are interested in India’s wildlife – particularly its legendary tigers and amazing bird life – then Rajasthan should be high on your list of Indian states to visit. The national parks of Rajasthan started out as hunting reserves for the maharajas. The animal populations were fiercely protected until the maharajas and their guests went on a shooting spree. In later years, with modern weapons, this turned into wholesale slaughter and led to a conservation ethos and the establishment of national parks.

Ranthambhore National Park Amazing scenery and one of the best places to spot a wild tiger in India.

Keoladeo National Park An internationally recognised wetland attracting scores of seasonal migrants – a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Sariska Tiger Reserve Tigers were reintroduced here after the reserve controversially lost its own population to poaching.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary No tigers but a leopard hotspot and great birdwatching.

Bazaar Shopping

Rajasthan really is one of the easiest places to spend money, with its bustling and vibrant bazaars, colourful arts and crafts, gorgeous fabrics, miniature paintings, blue pottery, magic carpets and much more. The cardinal rule is to bargain and bargain hard.

Jodhpur Antiques (new and old), homewares, bric-a-brac and pungent spices – it’s all here.

Jaipur Arts and crafts, as well as amazing jewellery, abound in the bazaars of the Old City.

Pushkar Explore cluttered Sadar Bazaar, chock-a-block full with embroidered textiles and hippie paraphernalia.

Udaipur Among the bounty of art and crafts, the ancient art of miniature painting stand tall here.

Fabulous Festivals

Rich in religion and tradition, Rajasthan has scores of vibrant festivals. Most festivals follow either the Indian lunar calendar (a complex system determined by astrologers) or the Islamic calendar (which falls about 11 days earlier each year; 12 days earlier in leap years) and therefore change annually relative to the Gregorian calendar.

Diwali Celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika (October/November), featuring crazy amounts of fireworks.

Holi People celebrate the beginning of spring (February/March) by throwing coloured water and gulal (powder) at one another.

Pushkar Camel Fair Rajasthan’s biggest event – part agricultural show, part cultural festival and part Hindu pilgrimage.

Dussehra Mela Kota fills with the smell of fireworks as enormous firecracker-stuffed effigies are burnt to mark the victory of Rama over the demon Ravana.

Sleeping in a Palace

The phenomenal wealth of the feudal kings and princes was as exclusive as it was vast. At that time, only by luck of birth or special invitation could one have experienced the splendid interiors. But now the erstwhile royals rely on tourism and the palaces have become luxury hotels where you can sleep like a maharaja.

Jaipur Regional nobles built palaces around this city, so you’ll find an embarrassment of palatial digs.

Udaipur Ticks all the boxes for the most romantic setting with the picture-perfect Taj Lake Palace.

Jodhpur Boasts one of the last palaces to be built before the royals lost their gravy trains – the Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Bikaner Set in beautiful gardens, the magnificent Laxmi Niwas Palace is a luxurious retreat.

Deserts & Camels

Rajasthan’s great Thar Desert is criss-crossed by ancient trade routes and dotted with traditional villages where life continues in a fashion very similar to more romantic times. Slow loping camels remain an important method of transport even in this frantic era and they remain integral to traditional desert culture.

Jaisalmer Evocative overnight camel safaris – sweeping sand dunes, traditional dances and a charpoy under the stars.

Jodhpur The centre for exploring the desert homelands of the Bishnoi, a people who hold all animals sacred.

Bikaner Travel in a traditional camel cart through the arid scrubland while visiting villages and sleeping on dunes.

Osian For a most authentic experience, staying in village huts or under the stars and eating simple fare.

Mighty Forts

The feudal past of Rajasthan has left a sturdy architectural legacy of defensive fortresses. These massive buildings evoke the past and are quite rightly the focus of tourists and would-be time travellers.

Chittorgarh A massive citadel capping a mountain plateau – its battle-scarred bastions embrace palaces, temples and towers.

Jodhpur A blue city spread beneath the ramparts of the hulk of Mehrangarh, Rajasthan’s most commanding fort.

Jaisalmer A golden sandstone castle that drifts in the desert and is still inhabited.

Bikaner Junagarh is another hulk of over-engineering encompassing a delicately carved peaceful interior.

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