Rajasthan, the desert land with its exotic natural landscapes, architectural grandeur and rich cultural heritage, has always been my dream destination which I happened to explore last year. It was a happy journey through the land that offers warm welcome to tourists from all over the world. Given the recent incidents of atrocities against women I found it is one of the places in India where women travellers can feel safe. People here, are pretty accustomed to seeing visitors. Rajasthani people love their tradition and at the same time they are respectful to tourists.
My journey in Rajasthan started from Jaipur and ended in Jodhpur. The cities like Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur have immense historical importance and numerous stories to tell. Today, the Pink City Jaipur is a fusion of modernity and tradition. The old architectural edifices and the historic palaces will remind you of the rich cultural and artistic excellence of Rajasthan. Mount Abu with its pleasant weather and beautiful vacation homes is a popular holiday retreat for local businessmen. Jaisalmer gives you a feel of rustic Rajasthan while Pushkar is a spiritual journey.
However, Pushkar is also a good place for shopping. You can buy dress materials, Indo-Western as well as traditional Rajasthani dresses, silk scarves, local made tote bags, mirror-work purses, hand-crafted showpiece, jewellery and many more at reasonable rates. If I try to express my thought about Rajasthan it’s not possible to sum it up in a single article.
For me, Rajasthan means celebration of colors (in every aspects of life starting from accessories to artifacts to home decor).
Rajasthan means architectural extravaganza.
Rajasthan means a royal aura.
Rajasthan means rich tradition.
Rajasthan means soulful folk music.
Rajasthan means enthralling folk dances.
Rajasthan means amusing puppet shows.
Rajasthan means beautifully adorned camels on the roads.
Rajasthan means spicy foods to stimulate your taste buds. I think Rajasthanis have a perpetual love for chili in their food. 🙂
In short, Rajasthan means diversity in natural, spiritual, artistic and cultural way which a traveller must experience once in life.
P.S: For more info and images of Rajasthan Travel check these out:
Jaipur – the ‘Pink’ City of My Dream
Amer Fort – the melting pot of Rajasthan’s heritage, art and architecture
Pushkar – a Spiritual Quest
Rambling in the Ruins of Chittorgarh
Sightseeing in Udaipur – The ‘Venice of the East’
An ‘Extraordinary Day’ in Mount Abu
Jaisalmer – the essence of earthly Rajasthan
Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace – the brightest gems of Imperial Jodhpur