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Colorful state of RAJASTHAN

Rasjasthan – the contrasting state of India; with brown desert to green forest to blue lake to red spicy food to multi color turbans. Seriously this is a state with many different geographic conditions. It has old traditional values,morals and heritage with a modern touch.

Rajasthan has always remained on the forefront of Indian tourism. Long stretches of desert, unperturbed starry nights, vibrant people, traditional cuisines, all this makes the state of Rajasthan the most visited place in the Indian context.

In fact, Rajasthan of today depicts the royalty as lived by its Maharajas once. Every speck of Rajasthan speaks in volumes as far as this luxurious royalty is concerned. You go anywhere and you find something or the other in every aspect calling for that luxurious royal setting.

  • JAIPUR

Jaipurwas given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja’s City Palace, & the Observatory . Drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. Also visit the three main lions of Jaipur i.e Amer fort, Naharghar fort and Jaighar fort. The markets of Jaipur are full of beautiful handicrafts and jewelry which are unique to the city. With modernization and urbanization, Jaipur is growing at a fast rate. You can find swanky malls, high-end restaurants, and prestigious educational institutions in the city. Its economy is growing each day, with the addition of different types of industries ranging from manufacturing to information technology. The lively culture of the city is reflected by its people who prefer to wear colorful attire, consume traditional Rajasthani cuisine and treat everyone, including the tourists, with graciousness.

  • JAISALMER

Dotted enchanting palaces, and temples, Jaisalmer is aptly named as “The Golden City”; The golden yellow sandstone used to build this fort led to this name. Located in the majestic state of Rajasthan, it is surrounded by the vast splendor of the mystical Thar Desert. This magical city is sure to invoke your inner curiosity. The breath-taking and massive Jaisalmer Fort makes you believe that you are in the midst of your favorite childhood fairy tale. Built in the 12th century, it is one of the largest fortifications and conveys its glorious history, having withstood numerous wars. Amidst all the glory, Jaisalmer exudes a peaceful and tranquil vibe, attracting tourists from around the world who are looking for a retreat that is serene, yet adventurous. Exploring the desert via a camel safari is a unique experience altogether. The powerful winds create beautiful patterns and textures on the sand dunes. Jaisalmer is blessed with a vibrant culture. The markets of Jaisalmer are brimming with shops selling exquisite handicrafts, which are unique to the city. If you wish to try traditional Rajasthani cuisine, visit any of the several restaurants located in the city. You can also get a peek inside the local culture by interacting with the locals and getting to know their lifestyle.

  • JODHPUR

Jodhpur is a breathtakingly beautiful city, with stunning blue houses everywhere. The “Blue City”; is located in the majestic state of Rajasthan. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort that towers over the city is an incredible architectural masterpiece. Surrounding this fort is the old city, a blissful tangle of meandering lanes and glittering bazaars. This chaotic, yet appealing tourist area of the city is sure to capture the imagination of a curious traveler. Against the backdrop is the massive Thar Desert which has a lure of its own. Over the decades, Jodhpur has expanded way beyond the old city. Its location near the center of Rajasthan makes it convenient for tourists. The forts and palaces of Jodhpur are the main tourist attractions. Umaid Bhawan which has been converted into a hotel and museum is a spectacular palace made of pink sandstone and marble. Jaswant Thada which was built in the honor of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II is made up of intricately carved sheets of marble. Ghanta Ghar is an old clock tower that will take you back in time. An amazing way to conclude your visit would be to go on a shopping spree at the fascinating markets of Jodhpur, showcasing brilliantly handcrafted artifacts, jewelry, carpets, embroidered shoes, marble sculptures and much more.

  • BIKANER

Set your foot in the marvel land of Bikaner, the land of lavish palaces, fabulous forts, magnificent manors and acres of glistening sand in the state of Rajasthan that will astonish you and offer a unique experience. A quaint desert town with picturesque natural beauty, Bikaner has a rich and vibrant culture. The Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Laxmi Niwas Palace, etc. are some of the attractions in Bikaner which transports you to the times of fabled kings of yore. The Jain Temple of Bhandasar, Gajner Temple, Karni Mata Temple, etc. captivates you with the beautiful fusion of red sandstone and marble. A unique attraction in Bikaner is the Camel Research Centre which is the largest in Asia, where you can learn quite a few things about the ‘ship of the desert’. Bejewelled and finely decorated camels are seen in all their splendor during the Bikaner Camel Festival and Fair, held in January. Carpets weaved with camel hair, traditional ornamental stonework (Meenakari), ethnic paintings, etc. are just a few of the exquisite items unique to Bikaner. Whether it is a thrilling desert safari or a “dessert” to savour on, Bikaner has got it all.

  • UDAIPUR

Another very famous tourist destination in Rajasthan is Udaipur. The city is a famous lake town that offers some of the most picturesque views in the world. You can click some of the most cherished images of your lifetime at the Lake Garden Palace and the Lake Pichola. The most famous tourist attractions in the city are the Saheliyon ki Bari, Royal Vintage Care Museum and the Bagore Ki Haveli.

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