Rajasthan is a treasure trove of majestic forts, rich syncretic cultures, and handicraft traditions that over the years garnered international attention. With the state opening its monuments for travellers, we are already planning a trip.
Here are 5 unique experiences that make Rajasthan special:
Rajasthan is home to over 20 forts and palaces, some of which have been converted into luxury hotels. And each has its own style and character, from the walled and foreboding Kumbalgarh fort to the tranquil Mehrangarh or Nahargarh fort overlooking the city of Jaipur. Their majestic spiked doors, opulent hallways and grand courtyards have left many visitors gaping.
Rajasthan is known for its hospitality. From luxury hotel chains to indie homestays and B&Bs, this traditional warmth is never compromised. Catch up on the local folklore over a hearty welcome drink and cherish the famed Rajasthani hospitality firsthand at a cosy homestay.
Colour and Culture
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Sandy brown is often mistaken to be the ‘colour’ of the state. However, it is offset by the vibrant hues of the handicrafts at local bazaars, brightly-coloured turbans and vibrant bandhej dupattas. You can get a feel of this vibrance at any of the multiple festivals that the state holds throughout the year.
The authentic Rajasthani thali is quite popular, and not just in the state. However, there's much more to Rajasthani cuisine than just the thali. Traditional local delicacies in the state vary every few kilometres. Jaipur’s pyaaz kachori transitions to Jodhpur’s ker sangri and mirchi bada. Sweets include the decadent mava kachori and ghevar.
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The golden sandy desert, the Thar, stretches across the northwestern part of the country, forming a natural international border between India and Pakistan. The dunes are home to colourfully adorned camels. And they harbour many secrets and tales of valour. So hop on for a desert safari and listen to some interesting stories from your guide.
Take a sundowner boat ride at one of the manmade lakes of Udaipur, there are over half a dozen of them. Or just go for a leisurely walk along one, crossing bridges and checking out the havelis.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, sign up for a wildlife expedition at Ranthambore National Park or watch migratory birds flocking the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
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