Rajasthan – The Land of Kings
Experience the “Land of Kings” – visit colourful and glorious Rajasthan that is home to India’s richest treasure trove architectural monument. You will discover extravagant palaces, finely carved temples, grand forts and exotic culture displayed by the local turban clad men and anklet wearing women as you travel the colourful cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur to mention a few. This Charismatic desert state also offers you beautiful scenic landscapes and a wildlife adventure at Ranthambore.
Looking for more? Do you want to satisfy the artist, culinary expert, fashion guru, dancer or poet within you? Then look no further, a visit to Rajasthan will explode your senses with beautiful hand paintings and carvings, aromatics and tantalizing cuisine and beautiful vibrant traditional clothing set with mirror work and delicate embroidery, irresistible foot tapping, hand–clapping folk music and dance and romantic inspiring surroundings - all a part of Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage.
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Welcome to the capital city of Rajasthan, fondly known as the “Pink City” due to its reddish pink painted facades and palaces. This city brings you a combination of delights, both old and new. Watch in amazement as camels and modern transport share the same roads and the majestic City Palace arises in the heart of the city as a beautiful reminder of the past amidst the modern buildings of the present.
Take the opportunity to feel like royalty and ride on the back of a decorated elephant to the rugged hills and visit the breath-taking grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction. It is a vast complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings – this Palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Your royal journey continues with a not-to-be-missed visit to Hawa Mahal, amazing example of Rajput artistry, this five storey building was constructed to enable the ladies of Royal house-hold to watch the life and procession of the city. For a heavenly experience, head to the Jantar Mantar Observatory that consists of eighteen fixed observational instruments which are sighting devices that measure the position of the sun, stars and planets.
Jaipur offers a lot of interesting shopping; some of the most popular items are precious gemstones, silver jewelry, bangles, clothes, blue pottery, and textiles. You can also visit the Government Central Museum which has a collection of portraits of local kings, displays of arts and crafts, paintings, costumes and woodcarvings. There are other architectural attractions to delight you like the Monkey Temple, Jaigarh Fort and Narhagarh Fort.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and known by many names – “Blue City” as most of the houses are blue, “Sun City” due to the large number of sunny days it enjoys and the “Gateway to Thar” as it is located on the edge of the Thar desert. This historic city dates back to 1450 AD and was by Rao Jodha, the Rajput chieftain of the Rathores. A 10km long wall surrounds the old city dividing it from the new located outside these this wall, each have a charm of their own.
The must see architectural wonders that tower over the city’s skyline are the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort that towers well above the city and looks like it may have been carved out of the mountain, Jaswant Thada (the present day tombs for the royal family), and the Umaid Bhawan Palace considered to be the world’s largest private residence.
Jodhpur is home to many talented and skilled craftsmen, they include textile dyers, metal engravers and die-makers so be sure to shop till you drop with a plethora of souvenirs and items you can purchase to take back home. Choose from handcrafted leather footwear, aromatic spices, hand carved wooden and engraved metal showpieces, colourful textiles, antiques, handicrafts and jewellery.
Ranakpur is a main pilgrimage destination for Jainism and is tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravalli mountain range. Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha, the ruler of Mewar who offered his land for the construction of a temple. This majestic and serene Jain temple consists of a complicated series of 29 halls, 80 domes and 1444 individually engraved pillars, no two are alike. Tasty vegetarian Jain food is available at affordable prices within this temple complex. Strict rules need to be adhered to for visitors entering this sacred temple i.e. footwear, cigarettes, food and leather items need to be left outside the temple and menstruating women are not allowed to enter the temple due to religious reasons.
Udaipur known as the most romantic city in India is not just a popular destination for tourists but also for marriages. With elevated hills and picturesque lakes especially Lake Pichola where one could enjoy peaceful boat rides, it is also known as the “Venice of the East” and the “City of Lakes”. The magnificent kaleidoscope of palaces, temples, havelis and gardens combined with the picturesque landscape and local cultural delights have been may a poet, artist and painters dream.
Be sure to visit Rajasthan’s largest palace - The City Palace and Museum - with a façade that is 244 meters long and 30.4 meters high. Bagore Ki Haveli and the Jag Mandir Palace are also architectural examples of Udaipur’s rich cultural heritage.
Also worth mentioning is the Udaipur Solar Observatory which is considered to be the best solar observing site in Asia, situated on an island on the Fateh Sagar Lake.
You can take an exciting walk along the ancient bazaars and shops to find the most interesting pieces of art, handicrafts, intricate embroidery and mirror-work on hand woven clothes.
NOTE: Before you shop make yourself aware of the customs and quarantine regulations in your country to ensure that you can take back your treasure trove of shopping without any hassle, penalties or fines.