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With a unique culture full of valour, royalty and cultural extravaganza, this state attracts every international and domestic vacationer. Rajasthan travel has become so much popular among tourists that it has secured the centre stage of Indian tourism. This state has so much to offer to the visitors that every trip to the state brings something new, which couldn't be unexplored so far. This multi-faceted state has the sand dunes, massive forts and palaces, architectural masterpieces, melodious folk music, mouth watering cuisines and virgin lands of wildlife. A curtain raiser of this amazing panorama here follows.
Major cultural, historical, religious and political and wildlife centres of Rajasthan have emerged as the premier tourist destinations of this state. Some of the popular cities are as follows.
Jaipur Named as 'Pink City', this capital city of Rajasthan is an integral part of much talked about 'Golden Triangle' of North Indian tourism. Come for the spectacular palaces and majestic forts of this first well-planned medieval city in India.
Udaipur Termed as the 'Romantic City' of Rajasthan, Udaipur is famous for City Palace (world's largest private mansion) and a number of enchanting lakes including Lake Pichola.
Ajmer-Pushkar Ajmer is an oasis located amidst green hills of Ajmer. This city was found by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in 7th century A.D. It has emerged as a major pilgrimage centre of Hindus and Muslims. Dargah Sharif, the tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, is equally revered by Hindus and Muslims.
Jaisalmer The desert fortress of Jaisalmer is another tourist attraction among the tourists. This city of sand-dunes is advised to be visited during Desert Festival held annually.
Bikaner Lying in the north of desert state, Bikaner has numerous sand dunes. It retains the medieval grandeur in form of majestic forts and palaces.
Jodhpur Located on the edge of Thar desert, it was the epicentre of ancient Rathore clan kingdom. This bursting city has emerged as a leading tourist attraction.
Music & Dance
Culturally rich state of Rajasthan has a very long tradition of art and culture. All of these regional dance, music and art forms got cultivated and patronized by the erstwhile rulers of Rajasthan. Simultaneously an equally rich, varied and more vibrant folk culture from villages kept on flourishing. This music reflects the innocence and the songs bring out human relationships. Some of the popular dance forms are Bhavai, Chari, Gair, Ghoomar, Sapera Dance, Kacchi Ghodi and Sapera Dance.
Forts & Palaces
Sheer brilliance of Rajasthan's architecture enthralls a visitor. Mighty forts, ornate temples and havelis (meaning mansion) and Baolis (step well) make Rajasthan a architecture paradise. The warrior Rajput rulers ruled here for centuries and built a number of monuments. These prolific builders have embellished the arid Aravali landscape with magnificent forts and palaces. These edifices have defied the time and stand tall as the living testimony to the the gallantry, courage and tragedy of yesteryears and its struggle for own survival in tough landscape and tougher times. Some of the famous fort sand palaces include Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Junagarh Fort and Lalgarh Palace.
People & Religion
This state has a very composite nature of population. Alwar, Jaipur, Bharatpur, and Dholpur are largely populated by Minas (Minawati). Meo and Banjaras are traveling tradesmen and artisans. Gadia Lohar generally make and repair agricultural and household implements. Bhils are one of the oldest communities in India residing in the districts of Bhilwara, Chittaurgarh, Dungarpur, Banswara, Udaipur. Sirohi. Grasia and nomadic Kathodi live in Mewar region, Sahariyas in Kota and Rabaris in Marwar region.
The royal kitchens of Rajasthan raised the level of cooking as an art. Khansamas (royal cooks) worked in the royal kitchens and invented the new dishes. Rajasthani cooking reflects the war-like lifestyle of the medieval Rajasthan. Some of the famous dishes in Rajasthan are Dal Bati Churma, Karhi, Gatte Ka Saag, Bikaneri Sweets, Bhujiya and Ghevar.
Fairs & Festivals
As the erstwhile royalty of the state believed in the celebration of life, a number of fairs and festivals are celebrated in almost every part of the calendar year. Each region in Rajasthan has its own tradition of fairs and festivals. Some of the festivals include Desert Festival, Elephant Festival, Ganesh Chaturthi, Gangaur Festival, Kajli Teej, Banganga Fair, Gopaji Fair, Karna Mata Fair and Naugaur Fair. .
The state of Rajasthan is largely covered by desert, it is the abode of a number of mammals and birds. Semi green forests of Mt Abu, dry deciduous thorn forests, thorn forest of Aravali and wetlands of Bharatpur are some of the salient features of virgin lands of wildlife. Ranthambore National Park, Desrt National Park and Sanctuary, Sariska National Park and Keoladeo Ghana National Park.
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