Rajasthan's capital, Jaipur is one point of a must-do tourist circuit, the so-called Golden Triangle (the other being Delhi and Agra). Indians like to call it the Pink City, after the pretty wash on its buildings. Sawai Jai Singh II built Jaipur when he shifted his capital here from Amber in 1727 AD. Wander through the 18th century bazaars of the walled city, take in the City Place and Jantar Mantar (an astronomical observatory), then explore the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the winds), Rajasthan's most dramatic edifice. The splendorous sights of Shekhawati region can be spotted in the towns like Mandawa, Fatehpur, Nawalgarh, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar etc. The towns of the Shekhawati region contain some of the most elaborate havelis, step wells and temples in the state. The Rajput nobles who ruled over their fiefdoms here became great patrons of art and financed elaborate frescoes on their havelis. There are several desert cities in Rajasthan. Called the Sun City,
Jodhpur is a rugged, no-nonsense town. The Mehrangarh Fort looms over the Old City and its striking blue-washed homes. A major attraction is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, now a heritage hotel.
Jaisalmer, the Golden City, is noted for its gigantic fort.
Ajmer is famed for its Dargah Sharif, the tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Nearby,
Pushkar has long been a backpacker hangout. A pilgrim town with a sacred lake surrounded by 400 temples, Pushkar is one of India's holiest towns.
Udaipur is a pleasant surprise in arid Rajasthan. This is Rajasthan at its great and the City of Lakes and Palaces lies within a circle of hills. The massive City Palace overlooks Lake Pichola and boasts a fine museum.
There's even a hill-station in Rajasthan - Mount Abu. The Dilwara Jain Temples here are known for their sculptural details and intricate carvings. Though Rajasthan is largely a desert state but is enriched with sprawling natural jungles and diverse wildlife. It is a land of desert, forests, lakes, mountain ranges, where flora and fauna thrive. In spite of a hostile terrain, Rajasthan is home to many mammals and birds. Its vast size and latitudinal variations provide varied vegetation. Notable National Parks are Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo Ghana National Park etc. Rajasthan happens to be one of the best places to explore the wildlife of India. Ranthambhore National Park and Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary are devoted to the conservation of many rare species of wildlife such as Indian Tigers (Bengal). A safari in a jeep or a trekking can be arranged in the forests of Rajasthan.
A tourist can enjoy several adventure sports while on a Rajasthan tour. One can't leave Rajasthan without riding a camel into the sunset. Or better still, set off on an overnight Camel Safari across the dunes and dine under a blanket of stars. For an adrenaline high, do the same by Jeep. Rajasthan tour packages offer different ways to travel. A traveler can choose the theme of Rajasthan trip. The themes of Rajasthan tours that are popular for exploring this colorful destination are forts and palaces, culture and discovery, adventure and activities, luxury and prestige, nature and wildlife and fairs and festivals. Fairs and festivals add colour to the bleak lives of a desert people and turn the land into a creative fertile basin every region has something to offer. Check out the world-renowned Pushkar Fair, Desert Festival, Elephant Festival and Camel Festival. A tourist can partake into a fair / festival in Rajasthan. It is advisable to plan the dates of Rajasthan tour coinciding with local festivals.
Rajasthan tour packages can be customized to indulge in sheer luxury. This state, representing a mitigated India between traditionalism and modernism, contains countless treasures. Travel in a luxury train can easily be termed as ‘luxury on the wheels’. The success of the Palace on Wheels and the Orient Express trains, which run through Rajasthan, is now part of legend. Palace on Wheels is one of the ten most luxurious trains in the world.
Rajasthan remains a classic tourist destination as it caters to all income groups. For the luxury loving, there is a gamut of heritage hotels. In fact, nowhere in the world can one find so many heritage hotels in the palace. During your trip to Rajasthan, enjoy the charm of heritage hotels while staying in them. These are the palaces, castles and havelis of the royal families. For instance, the pride of Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest and grandest private residences in the world. Henry Vaughan Lanchester designed a fine example of the Indo-Colonial and art Deco style of the 1930s, the sandstone palace. Construction of the sprawling palace, which finished in the 1940s, was part of a food-for-work programme initiated by Maharaja Umaid Singh to tide his subjects over a grim famine. Umaid Singh's grandson, Maharaja Gaj Singh still stays in a section of the Palace. The rest has been converted into part museum and part luxury hotel. The Lake Palace set in the middle of the Lake Pichola in Udaipur and is on the list of "Leading Hotels of the World"
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Rajasthan Tour Packages
Rajasthan is famous for glorious history, vibrant culture, gigantic forts, beautiful palaces, enchanting temples, cornucopia of handicrafts, colorful fairs, religiously celebrated festivals, desert camps, camel safaris, wildlife tourism etc.
India is the world’s oldest unique civilization. Traditions, rituals, ethos, cultural elements, religious beliefs etc are centuries old and ingrained in the collective psyche of the people. One of such ethos is ‘Atithi Devo Bhav’,i.e., guests are like gods. Indians are friendly and eager to extend genuine help & support. People of Rajasthan are also no exception to it. Freely talk to & intermingle with the public in Rajasthan. Various activities like shopping, rickshaw ride, elephant ride, tuk tuk ride, attending religious ceremonies, participating in festivals, culinary classes, visiting Indian family etc will provide opportunities to interact with people and enrich your visit to Rajasthan