By Dr. Swati Shah (Editor Tourism)
The place of Raja’s, Maharajas their kingdoms and myriad tales of their wisdom and bravery has historically imprinted its presence in the rich history of India and its glimpse is still visible in each and every corner of the present state. The people of the state have beautifully preserved the cherished history in their folk dresses, folk dances, folk songs and cuisine. The edifice of royalness still stands erect to mark its glory and prestige in present day. The people of the state have preserved and cherished their vibrant culture and this is the region behind the destinations popularity both among Indians and tourist from round the world in order to study, learn and enjoy the rich culture heritage.
The colors of Rajasthan attracts tourist from around the world. The forts, palaces, museums art and culture will take you back to the time of royal patronage. The state has so much to offer that you can plan a circuit tour collaborating area of your interest like heritage tour, desert tour etc.
If you are undertaking a heritage tour to feel the elegance and glory of Rajputana’s the must have in your basket are Umaid Bhawan Palace, lake palace near lake Pichola Udaipur, Palace of wind popularly known as ‘Hawa Mahal’, Rambagh Palace, Devi Garh Palace.
The gigantic forts of Rajasthan will remind you of the rich history and exceptionally creative architecture and durable construction techniques that India possesses and why foreigners want to establish themselves in India during the reign. To name a few of many are Amber fort, Ranthambore fort, Mehrangarh fort, Jaisalmer fort, Chittor fort, Neemrana fort palace and Kumbhalgarh fort. Many of the forts have got place in UNESCO world heritage sites.
Wild – life enthusiast to satiate their soul can visit Ranthambore National park, Sariska and Desert National park, Avifauna lovers can go for Keoladeo National park which is the home for a variety of bird species, migratory birds like Siberian cranes visit the place during winters.
Beside fort and palaces the must have in your itinerary includes Barmer which extends real picture of villages of Rajasthan, Dargah of Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisithi at Ajmer, Ranakpur Jain temple complex with more than thousand pillars, the mesmerizing hill station of Mount abu and Dilwala Jain temples, Brahma temple at Pushkar, Karni Mata temple in Bikaner.
If you have less with time to explore the majestic state then plan a visit to Choki Dhani, Jaipur which reflects the Rajasthani village culture with paintings, art gallery, folklore and folk dance, handicrafts, puppet shows, and most important mouth watering food.
The place of colorful turbans, moustache, dancing girl in rajasthani lahenga with ghoonghat and bangles, desert and camel will make your stay incredible and will make you feel proud on the diverseness and richness of India.