Incredible India: Rajasthan The Land of Maharajahs

by pateluday

Rajasthan situated in Western India is also known as the land of Maharajahs. Its colorful desert scape is enlivened by valiant warriors and their magnificent abodes.

Rajasthan is one of the largest state in India comprising of sandy desert and sparse vegetation. In this vast arid state wide array of colors are the hallmark of the lively communities entwined in esoteric customs, intriguing rituals and a thriving culture.

The life in the desert is painted to create a maddening melange that entices one and all. The opulence of palaces, havelis and magnificent forts are a testimony of a rich past. The walls are etched with the epic sagas of valiant Rajput kings and their crusades against the marauding Moguls. The blood tainted walls narrate the gory past of numerous conquests and defeats.

The travails of the gory past and the horrid events of Sati did not hamper the creation of the magnificent monuments and emergence of princely opulence that is an indelible mark of Maharajah lifestyle. Travel in the state is a live experience of rich heritage wealth that dazzles the visitors.

City Palace of Rajasthan

City Palace
City Palace

People of Rajasthan


Folk SingerRajasthan is the land of Rajwaris or royal people. The state comprises of many communities, prominent amongst them are the Brahmins, Rajputs, Gurjar. Ahir, Meena, Marwaris and the Jhats. The races are martial but another prominent business community the Marwaris have made a mark in India's economy. Most of the leading business houses are Marwaris from Marwar Region.

The warrior class has exhibited valor during the Mughal invasion and now they serve the Indian Army. The Rajputs, Jhats and other fighting communities were constantly engaged in wars during the past.    

Dress: Women wear colorful Ghagra and Choli while the elite garb is sari and Salwar Kameej. Traditionally embroidered, filigree with bizarre pattern is the hallmark of desert people.    

Hindu Goddess


Vibrant Culture

Rajasthani Lifestyle

Holi Festival The people of Rajasthan have developed a vibrant culture that dates back to centuries. The esoteric rites and rituals, colorful fairs and festivals are intrinsic to the communities. The development of traditional folk music, fine arts like paintings and performing arts have enriched the state.   

Numerous fairs are organized all over the state which are attended by thousands and are hub of activities that entertain and engage the tourists. 

The colorful drapes of women reflect the painted dwellings and contrast with the monotonous desert landscapes. The nomads and rural folks are fond of their livestock which forms an extended family, something amazing about rural India. 


Elegant Home
Decorated Rajasthan Haveli
Decorated Rajasthan Haveli



The architecture of Hindu temples is unique and exhibits fine carvings, sometimes embedded with precious stones.  The magnificent carvings that decorate the forts and palaces stun the visitors with their artistic grandeur.City Palace Interiors Jaipur

Some of the popular architectural wonders  are:

  • Hawa Mahal at Jaipur
  • Fort at Mehrangarh at Jodhpur
  • City Palace Jaipur
  • Jantar Mantar Jaipur
  • Ranakpur Jain Temple
  • Mount Abu Jain Temples
  • Ummaid Bhavan Palace Jodhpur
  • Karni Mata Temple
  • Lake Palace Udaipur
  • Amber Fort Jaipur
  • Jaisalmer Fort

These are few of a large number of forts and palaces in the state of Rajasthan. The state also has equally impressive havelis and temples that exhibit exquisite carvings, stone work, statues, murals and other ensembles of Royal lifestyle.    

The impressive construction is another aspect of these mega monuments created by master builder. The large chambers, the magnificent domes, passage ways, courtyards and the palatial living quarters all carry a unique touch and the style.   

Mehrangarh Fort

Fort is Rajasthan
Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort

Udaipur Palace

Udaipur Palace
Udaipur Palace

Wildlife Safaris & Birding

Jungle Adventure

Rajasthan has three wonderful places for wildlife watching and birding. These are Ranthambhore and Sariska Tiger Reserves and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The former two are the best destinations for sighting big cats in the wild. Bharatpur is a world famous birding destination specially for migratory waterfowls. 

Besides the three there are many smaller wildlife sanctuaries within the state.  Most of the tourism takes place in Ranthambhore and Bharatpur. Besides the tiger the reserves offer sightings of many other mammals, reptiles and avian species.Tigress with cubsIndian Silver Bill Collard Scops Owl

Bengal Tiger

Indian Tiger
Bengal Tiger on Kill
Bengal Tiger on Kill

Rajasthani & Marwari Cuisine


Local CookingRenowned all over the World Rajasthani Food has evolved since ages. The innovative styles have been developed in the Darbari Kitchens.  Food was a major court prerogative nurtured by the Royal Chefs and Families.  

The commoners also developed their own style subject to what was available. Both the class created gastronomic masterpieces that attract thousands of connoisseurs from all over the World. Hot and spicy with liberal addition of clarified butter, both vegetarian and non vegetarian varieties evolved in the state.

Marwari Cuisine developed with a distinct flavor and style of its own. The foods are by all means rich in fat and sweet but nevertheless extremely palatable. Marwari Cuisine is purely vegetarian.       

Rajasthani Cuisine

Rajasthani Food
Rajasthani Food

Tourism im Rajasthan

Tours & Travels

The most popular option is the Golden Triangle Tour which comprises of visit to Jaipur, Agra and Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The variants may add other destinations in the itinerary.

Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer are much visited places besides others in the desert kingdom. The heritage property experience is the greatest recreation for a traveler the forts, palaces and havelis enchant and enthrall by their magnificence.

The list of destinations is long hence every nook or corner of the state offers interesting features to admire. Rajasthan is pure entertainment a magical retreat in the desert and forests...what more can you hope for.    

Desert safaris on camels and horses, camping, adventure, trekking and attending esoteric fairs and festivals are activities that the travelers enjoy the most. The safaris are also ideal for wildlife watching and birding in remote regions.

The Pushkar Fair is the largest cattle fair in India that is organized at the lake with same name. The fair is a hub of activities, trade,entertainment and religious and offers many recreational events to be enjoyed.  Many other festivals across the state enliven a visitors experience. Some of the popular festivals are Ganagaur, Nagaur, Desert Festival, Teej and Chandrabaggha to name a few.  

 The state offers accommodations in the luxurious palaces, forts, havelis besides the traditional hotels. The palace hotels offer the ambiance of Maharajah lifestyle which is unique to Rajasthan.

Traveling across the state offers experience of diverse communities, lifestyle, rites and rituals. To food lover the travel offers chance to relish vast variety of local foods that differ from region to region. 

Rajasthani Folk

Rajput Warrior in Turban
Rajput Warrior in Turban

How to Tour Rajasthan?

Rajasthan State Travel

Rajasthan is well connected with the state capital New Delhi by air, bus and rail. Depending upon the mode of travel one can reach many destinations. Air services are limited to major towns while buses ply everywhere. The state has an excellent network of road network that makes even remote places accessible by taxi, car or luxury buses.  

You can travel independently if you have made prior arrangements. In such case you should book accommodation which will be available at big towns on the way. Carefully find out the places you are going to stay so that they come out to be your liking. The other way is to  tour in group. There are numerous package tours available at affordable rates. If you have a specific choice then tailor made itineraries are provided by many tour operators in India.  

You should visit the web for greater information as well as discuss with friends and relatives who have been to Rajasthan. Small destinations may not have proper banking facilities or sizable markets hence be prepared. 

Map of Rajasthan


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Updated: 09/19/2016, pateluday
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