|Rajasthan, the state which magnificently
rests on the Northern part of India is full
of colours. From the sand dunes,wooden hills,amazing
lake palaces guarded by rugged forts, men
and women in turbans and skirts of vivid
colours, quite villages with camels and
elephants and the bustling towns with the
palace hotels, the harsh sunlight, the cool
evening breeze are all to be found in abundance.
There is always a spectacular happening
in the much talked about state, Tourists
and visitor may hit upon a local, cattle
fair or discover a breath taking view of
the land scape.
Its is a land of surprises, as the mood
swings with the change of the seasons. It
is a place abounded by amazing natural beauty
and boast of a rich heritage from its land
scape to the grand palaces and the tranquil
country side. Peoples looking for adventure
and action packed holidays in the lovely
state has a lot to explore with endless
opportunities from camel safaris, horse
riding and trekking as well as make the
stay comfortable in one of the magnificent
palace hotels that reminds the glorious
past in complete royalty.
Not to forget to mention, the peoples of
this region are warm and friendly. Whether
visitors are in the big cities or in the
quaint towns or the villages, the peoples
are always at their help. Accommodation
in this mysterious state is not at all a
problem. Travellers can put for the night
at the grand palace hotels or push in at
a heritage hotel in the country side. Available
also are rest houses, tents, village huts,
only the choice has to be taken at will.
As for as the handicrafts available there
are concerned, it is one of the richest
states in the country. Rajasthani craftsman's
create the most opulent and the riches of
treasures of stone, clay, leather, wood,
ivory, lac, glass, brass, silver, gold and
textiles are given brilliant shapes and
forms. There are available lots of shops
ranging from the superb ones to the modest
priced shops. The villages have their own
craftsmen by the name of mobulla, patronised
by the local people .
Sightseeing of the state includes the tour
of the majestic Amer palace, the old capital
of Jaipur which is a fascinating blend of
the Mughal and the Rajputana architecture.
Diwan-i-aam, Ganesh pol, Sheesh mahal, Sukh
Niwas, Jai Mandir, Man Singh Palaces and
Shila Devi temples are some of the major
tourist places to visit. On the return journey
one can always stop at the Jagat shiromani
temple, Narsingh temple, the Kanak Vrindavan
temple complex and the Jat mahal palace.
The old walled city of Jaipur, the capital
of the state takes back the onlookers to
a history of 272 years. The wide streets,huge
havelis, lined shops coupled with the businessmen,
artisans and courtiers all brings the life
of the past days back in to business.
The festivals of Rajasthan are to be seen
when ever they are celebrated as the folks
surrender themselves completely to the fanfare.
Some of the most important festivals of
the region are the Desert festival of Jaisalmer,
Puskar Fair, Gangaur, Elephant festival,
Marvar Festival, Camel Festival and the
Mewar Festival held in Udaipur. The dancing,
singing, devotional music and the other
community activities can completely enthral
the visitors to the land.
When it comes to food and drink, local specialities
includes the gatte ki sabzi, papad ki sabzi,
mangori,alu methi, and ker sangri. Avariety
of dal is also available. There are made
various types of rotis or chapatis from
the bajra ki roti,makki ki roti, channa
ki roti and cheera. The delicacies with
the cup includes the tea, flavoured milk
and the tasty lassi.