Rajasthan is one of the 26 states which forms the Republic of India. So rich is the past history of this land that it has its own unique tales of valour and sacrifice. It was here the armies of everyone from invaders to those of the Marathas, the Mughals and the british lay seige. While the kingdoms celebrated their victories, their defeat were cataclysmic, the warriors went to the battlefield to kill or be killed and when they lost, their womenflock underwent the elaborate if slightly macabre act of Jauhar (Sati) or voluntary acceptance of death by jumping into the ritual fire pit.
Visitors can choose to come here via Delhi, which is closer and provides the ideal entry point through Jaipur. All places are well connected by air, rail and road. Railways connections offer convenient overnighters, reservations are necessary. Scheduled tourist bus services are available. Camels and cars co exist as means of transportation. The handcrafting skills of the craftspeople cater to international designer needs with the same expertise as the local ones.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Sariska National park, Alwar
Ranthambore National park
Desert National Park, Jaisalmer
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Best time to visit Rajasthan
July to October is the best time to visit Rajasthan. Winters are the best time to visit the sand kissed land as summers are scorchingly hot. Sand heats but it cools faster than water hence winters are quite cold. The temperatures in the months December, January and February may get as low as minus 4 degrees in places, though the days are quiet sunny.
Oct Ranthambhore National Park reopens for tiger safaris.
Oct/Nov Donít miss the Pushkar Camel Festival, featuring camels and the traditional Rajasthani culture.
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Ajmer has a rich Hindu and Islamic heritage. The tomb of the great Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din-Chisti is a revered place for both Hindus and Muslims. The shrine was built by Humayun. There are various mosques built by Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. There is a Dargah Bazaar which is at the entrance of the Dargah.
The shrine is next only to Mecca or Medina for the Muslims of south Asia.Akbar used to the Dargah from Agra once a year. The mausoleum has a gigantic gate,which was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad.
The Rajasthani kitchen is able to create less from little, yes but the food here is diverse as per the traditions of the people.
The Marwaris had a meal of pista long served with milk topped with cream. Puris fried in oil. Tomato curry which is sweet, sour and hot with gatte ki sabji and sangri ker ka saag and dahi ballas. This is followed by suji ka halwa which is a pudding and to the end a glass of lassi.
Walking through the baazars of Jaipur or any other city of Rajasthan one can see silver ornaments, fistful of semi precious and precious stones, hand blocked printed fabrics, terracotta pots, embroideried shoes, piles of paintings, wood and metallic crafted objects and handicrafts and so on.
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels offers luxury train travel package in Rajasthan. This luxurious train is a derivative of Palace on Wheels that had started its journey on 26th January, 1982. This train tour program is the tastefully crafted itineraries which include sightseeing tours at Varanasi and Khajuraho in addition to the royal destinations in Rajasthan.