Tour Itineraries for Rajasthan :
Rajasthan India - the Land of Rajputs, welcomes you to enjoy a ride on the ship of the desert (camel) over the soft sand dunes of the Thar Desert. The tour of Rajasthan presents a kaleidoscope of brightly turbaned men with proud mustaches and women with twinkling anklets in colorful swirling ghagras that characterize the vivacious presence of this state. The landscape in Rajasthan Tour is dotted with island palaces shimmering on cerulean blue lakes; temples and fortresses situated on hilltops of the rugged and rocky Aravalli ranges. A tour to Rajasthan India acquaints you with the exquisite palaces built during the reign of the royal Rajput dynasties; and well laid out gardens with pavilions and kiosks, all of which add to the splendor and whimsical charm of this majestic land.
The vibrant state has a plethora of entertainment options for you including its famous festivals of Holi, Gangaur, Pushkar camel festival, Kite festival, Dussehara; its delicious and palatable cuisine with a blend of Rajasthani and Marwari effect most popular being the Dal Bafle and Dal Bati. The famous and much asked for Churma Ke Laddoo fill up the vacancy of the dessert. The forts and palaces along with the museums are the to keep you quite engrossed in traveling throughout the state at places like Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Ranthambore and other places.
The History of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is the homeland of the Great Harappan Civilization. The Aryans from central Asia came here in about 2000 BC followed by the Mauryan dynasty in about 400 AD. The settlement of the Scythians in Rajasthan gave rise to the warrior clans of Rajput who were the offspring's of the Indo-Scythians.; who dominated this region for over a thousand years. Due to the lack of unity, the Rajputs were unable to present a combined front against the Mughals, who reduced them to the status of the vassals.
With the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Rajputs again recovered their lost territories and status. The British Raj, marked the decline of this once mighty and powerful Rajput dynasties of this state.
Tourist Places in Rajasthan
A Rajasthan Tour covers every place in the state from the capital city Jaipur, city of lakes Udaipur, city of palaces Jodhpur to the historic cities like Chittorgarh, Pushkar, Ajmer and the wildlife destinations like Ranthambore and Sariska. Overall the state of Rajasthan takes to a memorable tour of every nook and corner of the region dotted by aplenty of tourist places.
The city of Ajmer is famous as a pilgrimage as it houses the renowned Dargah or tomb of the popular 13th-century, Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world throng Ajmer to attend the death anniversary of the great saint every year and also in other parts of the year. The city also houses a number of monuments belonging to the Mughal era. The city is also known for its traditional handicrafts.
The capital city of Rajasthan and popular as the Pink City of India, Jaipur is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. Jaipur would have been a part of the Thar Desert but the protection afforded by the Aravali Hills acted as a barrier on one side.
The golden city of Jaisalmer, which lies as the western sentinel of India, is a must visit. The golden rays of the setting sun draw a heavenly mirage and views on the sands of Jaisalmer. The magnificent wood- and stone-carved mansions and buildings display the appreciation of the Rajputs they had for the fine arts.
Ranthambore reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur, is midway between Bharatpur and Kota townships. Surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges; it is quite near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. This area with sprawling tracts of the desert and semi-desert vegetation was a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur and was declared a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980, it became a national park and a tiger reserve. Presently the Kaila Devi Sanctuary, also famous for its tigers, and Mansingh Sanctuary also join the Ranthambore Reserve.
Sariska National Park (near Alwar) is situated in the backdrop of the Aravali Hills. Near the capital Jaipur, it was declared a sanctuary in 1955. It came under the Project Tiger in 1979 and became a national park in 1982. The park boasts of a quite a few tigers and other interesting flora and fauna for the wildlife and nature lovers. There are also historical ruins and monuments within Sariska's confines that glorify its rich past.
How to Reach Rajasthan
The four airports of the state are, Sanganer in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Kota. Rajasthan is well connected by air with almost all the major cities of India. A number of airlines have regular flights connecting the state with rest of the country.
Rajasthan is well connected by a good network of rail too. The best option is obviously, the Palace on Wheels, one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Palace on Wheels connects Delhi with Bharatpur, Jaipur, Kota, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Alwar, Sirohi, Kishangarh, Bundi, Dungarpur, Jhalwar, and Dholpur, apart from Agra.
A good number of Government and private buses ply to the state connecting it with its nearby tourist places. Moreover, taxis and other vehicles are also available on hire from many places to the state.