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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


  • Geography
    Geography

    Rajasthan is located in northwest India, Rajasthan borders Punjab in the north, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the northeast, Madhya Pradesh in the east and Gujarat in the south. On the western side it shares a long stretch of border with the neighboring country Pakistan. Situated on the Thar Desert, Rajasthan protects the western border of the country standing as the sentinel who never tires. Rajasthan is diagonally divided into the hilly and rugged southeastern region and the barren Thar Desert, which extends across the border into Pakistan.

    The arid Thar also boasts of Mount Abu the only hill station in the state famous for its flora and fauna. While the Aravali hills provide the much-needed relief to this arid land, the wide spread sand dunes of the desert and arid region make it one of the toughest terrains in the world. Jodhpur (the second biggest city of the state) is the edge of the dry and shifting desert land from where on the not so arid but cultivable land starts. Moreover, the rocky range of Amber, hilly range of Mewar, river basin of Bharatpur and fertile Aravali range gives the topography of the state a unique look.

  • 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).

  • Rajasthan Travel
    Rajasthan Travel

    Rajasthan is a classic blend of beauty and historicity. Indeed, the State has so much going for it that it's difficult to decide where to start. The very images that it conjures up are steeped in romance and beauty. A line of supercilious camels silhouetted against a magnificent desert sunset. A blur of swirling color as a Rajasthani belle dances to hypnotic music.The handsome, hawk-like face of a Rajput man, fiercely mustachioed, regally turbaned, reflecting an arrogance and power that can be traced several centuries back.

    <p> Rajasthan is famous for the majestic forts, intricately carved temples and decorated havelis. Jantar Mantar, Dilwara Temples, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace Hotel, City Palaces, Jaisalmer Havelis are true architectural heritage. Jaipur, the Pink City, is noted for the ancient houses made of a type of sand stone dominated by a pink hue. There are many destinations i.e. Ajmer, Alwar, Badnore, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Bikaner, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Deeg, Dundlod, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Khimsar, Kota, Kumbhalgarh, Mandawa, Mount Abu, Nawalgarh, Pushkar, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Ranakpur, Samode, Sariska National Park, Sambhar Lake, Udaipur, Dungarpur, Ghanerao, Kanak Valley, Sariska, Sardar Samand and Maharani. <br></p>

  • Ranthambore National Park
    Ranthambore National Park

    Ranthambore National Park is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, northern India. It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. Its landmarks include the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, on a hilltop, and the Ganesh Mandir temple. Also in the park, Padam Talao Lake is known for its abundance of water lilies.

    Ranthambore National Park is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, northern India. It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. Its landmarks include the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, on a hilltop, and the Ganesh Mandir temple. Also in the park, Padam Talao Lake is known for its abundance of water lilies.

  • Jaipur-Rajasthan state
    Jaipur-Rajasthan state

    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. 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.

  • Udaipur
    Udaipur

    Udaipur, or the City of Lakes, is situated in the southwest of Rajasthan and is famous for its Lakes and Palace complex. It is an ideal place to finish any tour of Rajasthan as there is good connectivity by air to Mumbai and Delhi.

    Udaipur, or the City of Lakes, is situated in the southwest of Rajasthan and is famous for its Lakes and Palace complex. It is an ideal place to finish any tour of Rajasthan as there is good connectivity by air to Mumbai and Delhi.

  • Ranakpur
    Ranakpur

    Ranakpur is situated in dense forest in the Aravali Hills about 60 miles from Udaipur. It is the largest Jain temple complex in India and dates back to the 15th century.It is the largest Jain temple complex in India and dates back to the 15th century.The main temple is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankar.

    Ranakpur is situated in dense forest in the Aravali Hills about 60 miles from Udaipur. It is the largest Jain temple complex in India and dates back to the 15th century. It is the largest Jain temple complex in India and dates back to the 15th century.The main temple is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankar.

  • Jodhpur
    Jodhpur

    Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue. Jodhpur &amp;quot;The Sun City&amp;quot; was founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. It is named after him only. Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India was previously known as Marwar. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is divided into two parts - the old city and the new city. The old city is separated by a10 km long wall surrounding it. Also it has eight Gates leading out of it. The new city is outside the walled city. Jodhpur is a very popular tourist destination. The landscape is scenic and mesmerizing. Jodhpur city has many beautiful palaces and forts such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai ka Bag Palace. Other charms of Jodhpur include Government museum and it&amp;#039;s beautiful Umed garden. The city is known as the &amp;quot;Sun City&amp;quot; because of its bright and sunny weather throughout the year. Read on for more Jodhpur information.

  • 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.

  • camel Ride
    camel Ride

    Rajasthan. Camel Safaris is most exciting. It is a great experience to explore the Thar - a vibrantly, living, desert, very colourful and on the back of the swaying Camel. About the only thing you will have to get used to, when you plan a camel safari, is the ungainly movement of the ship of the desert. Regions of North India remains moderately to extremely cold during winters. So it is the best time for tourists to visit India

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David Schlansky, Delhi

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Arlene Lee,Delhi

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