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Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region. In its capital, Jaipur (the "Pink City"), are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal, a former cloister for royal women, fronted by a 5-story pink-sandstone screen. Amer Fort, atop a nearby hill, was built by a Rajput prince in the early 1600s.

The geopgraphic features of Rajasthan include the Aravalli Range and the Thar Desert. Since most of the northwestern part of Rajasthan is covered by the Thar Desert; hence it is sandy and dry. Also known as the gateway to the of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the most extensive city in the desert. The other prominent districts located in the desert are Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer and Nagour. A famous hill station, Mount Abu Is located in the Aravalli Range. Guru Shikhar is the highest peak on the mountain with a height of 5,650 feet above sea level. The major river systems of the Marwar and the Godwar regions are the Luni River and its tributaries.

The state is known for its numerous attractions which include majestic forts, decorated havelis and carved temples. Some popular places of attraction are the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur; Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort and Stepwell; the amazing Dilwara temples, which are located a little more than two kilometers from the hill station Mount Abu.

  • History
    History

    Rajasthan is home of the valiant Rajputs known for their bravery and chivalry, Rajasthan is said to have been a region where human settlement dated back to the early historical period. Archaeological excavations establish a connection with the Harappan culture, which dates to about 1000BC. In the period from 3000-500BC this region formed a part of the river valley inhabitation. The relics of Virat also speaks of the area being inhabited by the Pre-Aryan people of the oldest called Push Karara Nanya (modern Pushkar in Ajmer).

     Archaeological excavations establish a connection with the Harappan culture, which dates to about 1000BC. In the period from 3000-500BC this region formed a part of the river valley inhabitation. The relics of Virat also speaks of the area being inhabited by the Pre-Aryan people of the oldest called Push Karara Nanya (modern Pushkar in Ajmer).aipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex. With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence.

  • Time to Visit
    Time to Visit

    Summers in Rajasthan last from April to June and are particularly harsh with temperatures rising up to 48°C during the day. That being said, if you do plan to visit Rajasthan in the summer, head to places like Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh or Ranakpur. The weather here is pleasant and the views offered are breath-taking. For other cities, the weather is optimal in the early evenings for roaming around outside in the early mornings and late evenings, and it is advisable to stay indoors otherwise.

    Monsoon is a far more pleasant experience, the temperatures tend to drop across the state and the rain showers transform the arid landscape of Rajasthan. July to September is a particularly good time to visit if you wish to avoid the crowds you'd usually find during peak tourist season. Bundi, the lake city of Udaipur and the Keoladeo National Park are picturesque and are a must visit if you plan to travel to Rajasthan during the Monsoon.

  • Arts and Culture
    Arts and Culture

    Cultural heritage of Rajasthan is rich and carefully nurtured and sustained over centuries by waves of settlers ranging from Harappan civilization, Aryans, Bhils, Jains, Jats, Gujjars, Muslims and Rajput Aristocracy. Rajasthani arts and crafts have emerged as an essential part of people's lives.

    The Ghoomar dance from Udaipur and Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer have gained international recognition. Folk music is a vital part of Rajasthani culture. Kathputali, Bhopa, Chang, Teratali, Ghindar, Kachchhighori, Tejaji,parth dance etc. are the examples of the traditionalRajasthani culture.

  • Jaipur(Pink city)
    Jaipur(Pink city)

    Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex. With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence.

    Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region. In its capital, Jaipur (the "Pink City"), are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal, a former cloister for royal women, fronted by a 5-story pink-sandstone screen. Amer Fort, atop a nearby hill, was built by a Rajput prince in the early 1600s.

  • Lake City(Udaipur)
    Lake City(Udaipur)

    Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.

    Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.

  • Camping
    Camping

    Camping under the sparkling skies of Rajasthan allows you to feast your eyes on the unique view of celestial wonders at night. Camping is some sort of an art form here, with established campsites being set in several locations that would befit royalty. Camping expeditions in Rajasthan beautifully blend adventure with comfort and offer a truly one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Personalised tents equipped with a bedroom, cosy hallway or leisure area and an attached bath are also available for rent. Some tents even come with hand-block printed fabrics on their interiors. For the adventurous folk, the ideal time to head out for camping would be between October and March. One can set up tents at the welcoming Damodra Village, get pampered at The Serai in Jaisalmer or enjoy the contemporary camp sites at Sam village.

    Some tents even come with hand-block printed fabrics on their interiors. For the adventurous folk, the ideal time to head out for camping would be between October and March. One can set up tents at the welcoming Damodra Village, get pampered at The Serai in Jaisalmer or enjoy the contemporary camp sites at Sam village.

  • Fort Sightseeing
    Fort Sightseeing

    Get a true taste of one of India's most colorful cities on this Jaipur private tour, which includes stops at architectural and cultural destinations such as Amber Fort and City Palace. Along the way, make a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Jantar Mantar, and take a jeep ride up to the fort. Keep hunger at bay with a traditional Indian lunch.

    Get a true taste of one of India's most colorful cities on this Jaipur private tour, which includes stops at architectural and cultural destinations such as Amber Fort and City Palace. Along the way, make a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Jantar Mantar, and take a jeep ride up to the fort. Keep hunger at bay with a traditional Indian lunch. 

  • Boating
    Boating

    Boating in Kota starts from Chambal lake. The boat ride in Chambal lake includes bird watching also. One can enjoy boating and can also watch rare species of birds flying across lake.

    Rajasthan has a lot to offer visually. However, once you are done seeing the temples, forts, deserts, you might want to do something more exciting. For adventure enthusiasts, there are several activities to be undertaken in this huge desert state. From spotting animals in the wild to chilling in the desert at night under the stars, this place offers all of it

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