Travel in Rajasthan, India
A Rajasthani Kid is playing "Ek Tara"
Thar Desert Jaisalmer in Background, Rajasthan, India

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Rajasthan Travel Information

Why Do We Travel in Rajasthan?

Rajasthan is the most colorful region in India exhibiting splendor and royalty in every walk of life. It is truly said "a land of valiance and chivalry,' which is endowed with invincible forts, magnificent palaces, waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. The state represents an unusual diversity in all of its forms- its people, culture, customs, costumes, cuisine, dialects and rustic music.

No other region in the country assembles as many paradoxes of India as does the desert land of Rajasthan. Unexpected forest glens, lakes and temples appear like mirages in the deserts. On the crag are seen rugged forts, testimony to a turbulent history. Innumerable temples dating back to the 7th century still survive amidst scattered ruins. You can also observe medieval cities existing around turreted marble palaces and spacious gardens.

The princely state of Rajasthan is a land of contrasts - the Thar desert, mountains, man-made and holy lakes, forests and jungles, impregnable fortresses and magnificent palaces, of warrior kings and princes, saints and mystics, Rajputs and Moghuls. In common with other parts of India, Rajasthan has a wealth of royal residences and stately homes in the form of palaces (great and small), forts, hunting lodges or large estates. It has become increasingly difficult in this modern age to maintain large and historic properties without seeking additional sources of income. In Britain whilst many of the owners of stately homes have resorted to opening them to the general public in India, where the properties tend to have many bedrooms, their most appropriate use has been to convert them into hotels. Some of the larger palaces adopted this innovative idea a number of years ago and are firmly established in travel itineraries; in some cases owned or managed by international hotel chains.

Getting There

Rajasthan is located 259 km from Delhi, 405 km from Udaipur, 336 km from Jodhpur, 657 km from Ahmedabad.

By Air
Rajasthan is directly linked to Delhi, Kota, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Ahmedabad of Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. The major international airport is at Jaipur-Sangner airport connecting to Dubai and some places in UK.

By Rail
Connected from Delhi by A/c Shatabdi Express. Other connections are from Ahmedabad, Secunderabad, Agra, Lucknow, Mumbai, Calcutta.

By Road
Rajasthan roadways run excellent regular service of A/c and Deluxe coaches from Delhi.

Get A Room in Rajasthan
The various hotels and resorts in Rajasthan offer the best of facilities. The well-furnished rooms place most of the comforts at your feet. Enjoy the luxuries of life on your stay at the hotel. Take your pick from a range of luxury and budget hotels in Rajasthan besides the star categorized accommodation hotels.

Heritage Hotels of Rajasthan
» Lake Palace hotel
» Narayan Niwas hotel
» Hotel Pushkar Palace
» Gajner Palace
» Ram Garh Lodge
» Rang Niwas Palace

Deluxe Hotel
» Man Singh Tower
» Tah Hari Mahal
» Lake Palace
» Choki Dhani- The ethnic village resort
» Vanya Vilas Resort
» Raj Vilas

The Myriad Attractions of Rajasthan

Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan

Mehrangarh Fort
Perched on a 150 m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Rao Jodha founded it in 1459 but subsequent rulers of Jodhpur have also added to it over the centuries.

Lalgarh Palaces
During the reign of Maharaja Ganga Singh, the first phase of Lallgarh Palace was completed in the year 1902. It was the most completely integrated example of Indo Saracenic architecture and the perfectly realized creation of Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. Further additions were done between 1906 - 1910. In the year 1972 Dr.

Junagarh Fort
One of the most imposing forts of Northern India-- Junagarh Fort has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh.

Bissau Palace
Bissau Palace is an elegant traditional hotel built in 1919 and recently renovated. It is close to the walled city and overlooks the Tiger fort. The Bissau offers an oasis of calm, care, comfort and respite from the 'heat and dust' of the city. The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable. A gracious hotel with old-world charm and a reputation for excellent cuisine and service.

Jaisalmer Fort
Known as SONAR QUILA, rising from the sand , the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience and the setting suns in its most colourful shades gives it a fairy tale look.

Samode Haveli
Samode Haveli stands in the heart of the sprawling walled city of Jaipur, suffused with an atmosphere of quiet beauty. Once a royal residence, the Haveli has now been converted into a hotel and stands today as the reminder of a halcyonic past, offering moments of subtle luxury.

Taragarh fort
It was built in 1345 and is great ramble around at leisure. This is rather a ramshackle fort, with its overgrown vegetation.

The Samode Palace
The Samode Palace has been meticulously restored offering a retreat into an aesthetically beautiful environment where visitors can enjoy India's natural beauty and rich history.

Fort Chittaugarh
A standing sentinel to the courage and valor of Chittaurgarh, it stands tall over a 180 meter high hillock covering a massive area of 700 acres.

The Sariska Palace
Sariska palace was built as a hunting lodge at the close of the 19th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Alwar in a calm, quiet and a thickly wooded valley on the threshold of what is now the Sariska national park.

Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur
Lohagarh fort, or the Iron fort was built in the early 18th century and took its name from its supposedly impregnable defences, which are said to be inspired by a description given in the epic, Ramayana.

Widlife of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is a haven for a wide spectrum of wildlife. The topography of Rajasthan ranges from the barren desert, scrub-thorn arid forests,rocks and ravines to wetland and lush, green forests. And each of these areas houses a large variety of animal and bird life. Some of them rare while some endangered.


Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, popularly known as Bharatpur is India's best known bird sanctuary. This 28.7 square kilometer mixed wetland, woodland, grass and scrub is home to 400 plus species of birds.

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambhor National park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan.The park itself covers some 400 sq. km and its scenery is very beautiful.

Sariska Tiger Reserve
Nestled amidst the Aravailis, Sariska sprawls over 800 sq. kms. of dry tropical forests both dry deciduous and thorn forests. 'Dhok' is the principal tree species that covers 90% of the entire area. There are a diversity of grasses and shrubs in the valleys and plateaus. The core area of the Park is 492 sq. kms. and there are three distinct and separate core-zones which are not contiguous and result in some management problems.


Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is a great place to simply wander. The old city was once completely surrounded by an extensive wall, much of which has sadly been ripped away in recent times for building material. Some of it remains, however,
Bikaner
Bikaner, situated in the northern part of Rajasthan, was founded in 1488 by a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur named Rao Bhikaji.

Kota
Kota, also Kotah, city, northern India, in Rajasthan State, on the Chambal River. The city is a trade center for an area in which cotton, millet, wheat, and oilseeds are grown; industries include cotton and oilseed milling, textile weaving, distilling, dairying, and the manufacture of metal handcrafts. The rail junction, a road hub, lies 4.8 km (3 mi) to the north. The Crosthwaite Institute is located in Kota, as are old and new palaces of the maharao (the maharaja). The city was formerly the capital of the princely state of Kota, formed in 1572.

Jodhpur
Rising majestically over the rocky and rugged terrain is one of Rajasthan's finest forts-the Mehrangarh Fort. It looks down protectively over the fascinating city of Jodhpur.



Ajmer
Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan and it is situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills.Ajmer used to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D.
Fairs and Festivals
The Rajasthani’s love for colour and joyous celebrations is proved by the elaborate rituals and the gay abandon with which he surrenders himself to the numerous fairs and festivals of the region.

Desert Festivals
An extravaganza of colour, music and festivity, is held every year during the Hindu month of Magh (February). It has, on display, some of the most fondly preserved components of Rajasthan's

Nagaur Fair
This eight days fair held every year during the month of Jan-Feb, is popularly known as the Cattle fair and is the second largest in Rajasthan. Nagaur Town is the most picturesque of Rajput townships.
Gangaur Festival
Gangaur Festival, a spirited celebration gets underway every year during the Hindu month of Chaitra (March - April) in Jaipur -

The Mewar Festivals
The Mewar Festival in March - April is the ceremonial welcome to spring and is dedicated to goddess Parvati.A procession of colourfully attired women, carrying images of the goddess to the Gangaur Ghat of the Lake Pichhola is the major highlight. Songs, dances and firework displays mark the festivities
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