Rajasthan - The Land of the Brave Rajputs

 

 

Once known as the place of intrepid Rajputs, Rajasthan recalls the ancient kingly memories. The state of Rajasthan is still remembered for the tunes of the carols of Mirabai and historical battles. Innumerable palaces, placed one after the other, still have immense historical values. Hundreds of brave leaders were responsible for building these time-honored edifices. The splendor of each and every palace looks astounding for its wonderful sculptures and architectural stuffs. Most of these grand palaces look like well protected forts. You won’t be able to decide which one is better than the other.

Tourists flock to Rajasthan to watch the magnificence of the pink city (Jaipur), palace city Udaipur, museum city Shekhawati, golden fort of Jaisalmer, astounding Mount Abu and marvelous Ranakapur. The symbols of bravery of the primeval emperors are prominent on the structures and monuments of Chittor.

Sariska, atop the Aravali hill, Ranthambore, on the hilly slope and Keoladeo Ghana National Park were the meadows of the old rulers. Ranthambore is the homeland of a number of tigers. More than 300 species of birds of Keoladeo Ghana allure thousands of tourists from faraway places.

The entire state was built combining small territories. Each of the territory was ruled by an individual independent emperor. All these kings, however, did not have friendly relations with each other. Fighting with each other was quite common.

If the literacy is concerned then the state is ranked 8th out of all the states in India. The state has left a mark on the minds of people for its well spread out deserts and towering mountains around. The oldest mountain of the world, Aravali hill, is a striking enticement of Rajasthan. The golden fort, one of the famous sought after tourists’ destinations, is located in Jaisalmer, at the north- west side of the state. The remarkable Thar Desert is popular all over the world. Camels are said to be the ships of the desert and are the only carriers available inside the Thar Desert.

Situated on the banks of the Pichola Lake, the city of Udaipur is a coveted historical city of Rajasthan. Makrana white marbles were taken all the way from Rajasthan to Agra and Kolkata while building the Taj Mahal (Agra) and Victoria Memorial (Kolkata).

Hundreds of age old tribal communities are still living on the land of Rajasthan. Each of these communities can be traced with their own attires which carry their special and individualistic cultural touch. Tourists should not miss the opportunity to witness the societies, customs and festivities of these tribes.

Rajasthan is encircled by Haryana in the north, by Uttar Pradesh in the east, by Madhya Pradesh both in the east and south- east, by Gujarat in south and south- west.

The sculptures of pottery architectures of Mohenjo-Daro had been excavated from Kalibangan in 2700 (B.D). Excavated inscriptions had revealed that the emperor Ashoka was the ruler of the adjoining territory previously.

Tourists who are fond of handicrafts would definitely be enthralled to see the collection of handicrafts of Rajasthan. Kundan trinkets, Meenakari jewelry, pottery architectures, art forms of brass and hundreds of substances made up of bones can be purchased from Jaipur and from other cities of Rajasthan as well. Tourists, especially women love to watch and purchase Bandhani saris, sanganer block printing and varieties of shoes of Jodhpur.

The attires of the city dwellers are wonderful. Their social status and creeds are prominently visible on their attires. Men wear traditional Rajasthani dresses, such as Dhoti and full sleeve shirts. Their heads are covered with turbans. Women folk wear customary dresses like ghaghra kenchuli. They use plenty of ornaments as well.

Holi, Dasara and Diwali are the festivals which bring all the inhabitants together. The harvest festival of Rajasthan starts on the next day of Holi and continues for 18 long days. Wearing national attires, women folk come out of their own homes to partake in the procession. Well decorated elephants and camels also walk with the ornamented women folks in the procession. People who walk in the precession get the blessings of the Goddess Parvati.

Palaces of Rajasthan are adorned with countless numbers of mythological tales, such as, tales of Krishna, stories of wars and miniature fresco pictures. Engraved fresco pictures portray stories of hunting. Other important festivals of Rajasthan are Tij festival, desert festival of Jaisalmer, urs festival of Ajmer, Kolayat fair of Bikaner and Pushkar fair.

The miniature paintings, found in various stately palaces of Rajasthan, were drawn way back during Mughal dynasty and are truly impressive.

Visitors of Rajasthan should ride on the expensive train namely “palace on wheels” at least once in their lifetime. The train starts its journey from Delhi with tourists and travels to various corners of Rajasthan to show important forts. Rajasthan had shown the way and introduced tourist police for the very first time in India. Willing tourists can call the State Tourism Office of Rajasthan for any assistance.

Camel       Thar Desert

         Camel                               Thar Desert

The following are the chief places of tourist attractions in Rajasthan:

 

Kota    Ranakpur    Chittor    Bundi    Udaipur    Jodhpur    Osian    Jaisalmer    Barmer    Mount Abu    Bikaner    Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park    Sekhawati    Baroli  Jaipur    Alwar and Sariksha Tiger Reserve   Ranthambore    Ambaji Pilgrimage