Rajasthan is a beautiful amalgamation of the old and new; the ancient and the modern. Rajasthan, or the Land of Kings, is true to its name with lavish forts and majestic palaces that are apt reminders of a rich, romantic past that speaks of heroism, honor and chivalry. Amidst a stark desert and surrounded by the Aravallis, India’s oldest mountain range, the State stands out like a beacon, attracting travelers with its rich art and culture. There are so many vibrant and colourful festivals held across the state that give visitors to Rajasthan a reason to celebrate almost throughout the year. A glittering jewel of India, Rajasthan has something for everyone so whether you are planning an adventurous holiday hoping for a rendezvous with tigers or a quiet sojourn gazing at the beauty of the golden sand-dunes; or to experience the many nuances of royalty - Rajasthan is the place for you. The fast-expanding cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur are a confluence of culture and modernity and despite the fact that the state has progressed steadily since Independence the people have still held on to their roots as is evident by their simple, warm nature and hospitality. No wonder, Rajasthan is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations and just about has it all; it is brimming with varied, amazing and incredible attractions.
Rajasthan’s rich architectural heritage boasts of exotic palaces, forts, temples, havelis and step wells which are not only a visual treat but architectural marvels that continue to amaze visitors to this day. Intricate carvings in temples, beautiful murals and frescos in havelis and exotic jarokhas in palaces are an attraction across the state. Whether it is about Jaipur and its pink hues, Jodhpur and its shades of blue or the golden expanse of Jaisalmer, the colourful landscape is dotted with the most amazing structures. Most of these structures are based on the Rajput school of architecture, which in turn was influenced by the Mughal and Hindu designs. Today, the forts and palaces of Rajasthan speak of the inherent creativity and expertise of its people. Standing tall through the ravages of time, the exquisitely carved havelis of Jaisalmer or the beautifully painted havelies of Shekhawati; the forts and palaces of Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Bikaner, Udaipur or the temples of Dilwara and Ranakpur, Udaipur or Jaipur are the beacons of a glorious past and grandeur.
The terrain in Rajasthan is tailor-made for most adventure sports, what with its Aravalli and Vindhayan hills, the open desert tracts, the vast lakes and rivers, the wildlife parks, and little villages abandoned by the march of civilization as is known, but no less hospitable for it. And threading these together, a landscape where the paths and trails weave through a history rich with forts and palaces, mansions and cenotaphs. And a culture that binds these together into a fascinating journey. One can choose from a number of adventure sports that are possible in Rajasthan – enjoy a game of golf, admire vintage cars or go boating - in the Chambal river through the gorges of the Vindhayan plateau of Hadoti. Go up in the air, for a bit of aerial sightseeing over heritage cities by small aircraft or in hot air balloons. There is a lot of action waiting for those looking for a more adventurous holiday.
Heritage Rajasthan is an initiative of travel and hospitality. Rajasthan is one of the emerging Cultural heritage States in India, known for combining comfort and luxury. The tradition of hospitality which is instant and spontaneous to visitors, guests and even strangers, continues undiluted since the days of kings and princes. Over the years many noble families decided to convert their large palaces and ancestral havelies into heritage hotels. Each of these heritage hotels or ancestral homes is different, unique, that has its own history and tradition. In fact one can replicate the experience of living like a king in a heritage hotel.
Rajasthan is culturally rich and has extensive tradition in art and culture, which reflects the Indian way of life. The dance, music and art forms have been consciously cultivated and patronized by the erstwhile royal courts. An equally rich and varied folk culture from villages is both fascinating and mesmerizing. The music is of uncomplicated innocence and songs depict day-to-day relationships and chores, more often about the bringing of water. Rajasthan's cultural tapestry takes in simple folk to highly cultivated classical music and dance, in its own distinct style.
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