Soaked in the sacrificial colours of the greatest warriors, painted in dazzling blues, pinks and golds, with uncountable legends and narratives that’ll be passed on for generations to come, phrases fall short to describe the royal land of Rajasthan.
India’s largest state; and the most vibrant too, Rajasthan is not just home to some of the finest warriors in the history of India, the regal land has also witnessed the majesty of great queens whose names are forever inscribed on the golden pages of Rajasthani history. Valour runs in the veins of every Rajasthani soul. Enter the royal land of Rajasthan, with greetings of Khamma Gani and Padharo Sa!
Apart from the historic forts, lakes, regal palaces and ancient temples, Rajasthan is known worldwide for its authentic spices, handicrafts, puppets & stuffed toys, handwoven carpets, Jodhpuri juttis, metal works, traditional sweets, and jewellery & gemstones. But you haven’t seen Rajasthan without exploring its forts and palaces and the adjoining local bazaars.
Another entrancing segment to never miss while in Rajasthan is the drool-worthy and versatile food. Not just one or two, Rajasthani cuisine has a wide variety of food on offer. With every bite you take, you will taste the locally sourced produce. Rajasthani food was influenced by the war-prone lifestyle of the region and the scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables. Food items that could survive days and would not need reheating were preferred. Over 70% of the state is vegetarian which implies that Rajasthan is the state with the highest vegetarian population in India.
But with the influence of the Rajputana, who used to consume Laal Maas, Safed Maas, Jungli Maas, Khaad Khargos and Game Meat, you can also find varieties in non-vegetarian cuisine here. The sweets and snacks from Rajasthan need no introduction, not just in the country but on a global level as well. When in Rajasthan, do not fail to try the Ghewar, Baalushahi, Besan Chakki, Gujia and Dil Khushhal. Sweet dishes are never addressed as desserts in Rajasthan because they are served post a meal everywhere, but in Rajasthan, sweets are served before, after and even in the middle of the meal. Shahi Gatte, Kadhi, Bajre ki Roti, Daal Baati are a few other authentic Rajasthani must-haves.
If you are someone who has a knack for documenting your travel experiences and sharing it with the world, Rajasthan is your place to be! With magnificent views, scenic landscapes for photography and legends & stories for storytelling. Touring in Rajasthan is worth every penny if you are looking for a vibrant getaway that comprises of ancient tales for the narrator in you, picture-perfect settings for the photographer in you, age-old cuisines for the chef in you and shopping stops for the shopper and collector in you. Ranthambore, Bikaner, Dausa, Dholpur, Tonk, Karauli, Hanumangarh, Bhilwara, Sriganganagar, Shekhawati, Baran, Pali, Barmer and Jalore are a few lesser-known destinations that you must visit to unfold the stories behind the places, the beauty of the ancient architecture and the picturesque beauty. Other much loved cities are the Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer – where the forts still stand alive, Udaipur – the city of lakes, Jhalawar – the city of bells and temples, Bundi – the city of step-wells, Chittorgarh – the land of India’s most beautiful fort, Bikaner, Pushkar, Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur and Kota.
With every single step you take on the high land, you’ll come across a story about the bravery and courage of the kings, the grit and determination of the queens and the loyalty of the people that made Rajasthan what it is today. Preserving the rich culture and heritage with great pride, everyone at Rajasthan welcomes guests wholeheartedly, joining hands and saying “Padharo Sa”. And that is an invite worth accepting!