Rajasthan, a land steeped in history and culture, where valiant kings fought hard to uphold their honour and traditions, where every monument has a its own story of gallantry and romance to tell , where the rugged and stark terrain is compensated by the burst of colorful clothing adorned by the rural folk in the several villages dotting the state.
Rajasthan, as the name suggest, was once assemblage of princely kingdoms, each with a standing of its own; Raj literally translates “Royalty” or Kingdom and “Sthan” which is a suffix used for place or land ; an amalgamation of both these is RAJASTHAN or the LAND OF ROYALS . Numerous imperially majestic palaces and imposing forts dot the amber coloured landscape . Get mesmerized by huge ornate gardens, exquisite temples, quaint wooded hills and tranquil lakes, tucked away in the folds of this mystical land.
“A place is what its people make it out to be”, and the people of this vibrant land surely stand true to this mantra. Hospitality and the pleasure of serving others is embedded in the mental make-up of the natives, a trait which comes across emphatically as every visitor is welcomed with open arms and a warm smile you with a smile. The dictum “ ATITHI DEVO BHAVA” or “GUEST IS GOD” stands true not only to the locals but also to many an erstwhile royalty who have thrown open the doors to their small haveli’s or palaces to the visitors who in turn have been charmed and overwhelmed by their cordiality. These are opulent treasure troves; fascinating art work , weathered yet conspicuous painted frescos, exquisite artifacts and unique objects , not to mention the first hand tales which are shared over a hosted meal occasionally. The UdaiBilas – Dungarpur, Samode Palace – Samode, Devigarh Near Udaipur ,ShahpuraBagh – Shapura, RohetGarh – Near Jodhpur are few of the must sees.
With both the Thar Desert and the Aravalli Ranges gilding the landscape of Rajasthan this state offers a varied range of travel experiences . The Aravali range forms a kaleidoscopic milieu to feast your eyes on while the iridescent desert offers a large number of activities to choose from. Go on a dessert safari; choose from a four wheel option or better still opt for a inimitable experience atop the two legged humped back camel. As you enjoy a feast in a luxurious tent and lose yourself to the hauntingly soulful music coursing from the simple instruments of the village folk you can conjure up images of the bygone era where Kings ruled this land.
Rajasthan is an architectural delight with an eclectic mix of Hindu and Mughal architecture popularly known as the Rajput School of Architecture. Architectural icons such as the famed HawaMahal and JantarMantar of Jaipur ; the PatwaonkiHaveli in Jaisalmer with its lattice effect on stone, the Jain Temples of Dilwara projecting brilliance in its detailed carvings at or on more simple mathematical symmetry of the step well which is found a plenty around this state, Rajasthan is an architectural extravaganza which never fails to amaze the ever seeking traveler.
A potpourri of culture, luxury , adventure, colour and contrast, Rajasthan undoubtedly leaves an indelible imprint on not only the mind of the visitor but carves a niche for itself on the soul which is carried forward for a lifetime.