Nestled in the foot hills of the Aravallis, the richness of the province of Rajasthan has attracted thousands of tourists to the land from times immemorial. Rich in history, Rajasthan mesmerizes all the travelers to her land with its rich and exotic history, which in turn has given the province a rich and varied culture, which is considered to be one of the richest cultures in the world.
A history of chivalry, bravery and heroism beckons you to the magical province of Rajasthan the moment you step into this desert paradise.
The history of Rajasthan dates back to as early as the eight century, when some of the first Rajput clans established their prowess amidst the glistening golden sands of the Thar Desert. The grandeur of the Rajputs was followed by several of the other illustrious clans which included the Nath, Jats, Bhils, Ahirs, Gujars as well as the Meenas. Each of these tribes established their sovereignty on the various districts of Rajasthan, or, Rajputana which resulted in the enhancement of the development and cultures of these districts, notable among which were the districts of Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Udaipur. Tonk was an important exception in the other wise Hindu ruled province of greater Rajputana.
The Islamic invasions of the Delhi sultanate as well as those of the comparatively more powerful Mughal armies were successfully resisted by the various districts and principalities of Rajasthan, which has shaped Rajasthan into the way we see her today. Many of the stories of this Golden Age in the History of Rajasthan is kept alive even today in the minds of the people of the land, which is one of the most striking proofs of the pride that the people feel for their homeland.
The daunting valor of the Rajputs was, however, dimmed when much of the territories of the province were annexed by the Maratha general Scindia which resulted in several of the rulers of the various districts and principalities of Rajputana concluding treaties with the British rulers in exchange for protection from the Marathas. This proved to be one of the most important reasons for the smooth merger of the province of Rajasthan with India on the latter's gaining independence.
Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, for both domestic and international tourists. Rajasthan attracts tourists for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture with its slogan 'Padharo mahare desh'. Every third foreign tourist visiting India travels to Rajasthan as it is part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India.
The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner & Jaisalmer are among the most preferred destinations of many tourists, Indian and foreign. Tourism accounts for eight percent of the state's domestic product. Many old and neglected palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels. Tourism has increased employment in the hospitality sector. The main sweet of this place is ghewar.
C. Art & Culture
When one speaks of rich culture in India, Rajasthan is what comes to our minds. Every city in Rajasthan is marked with a colour and each of these colourful regions are bordered by amazing architectural structure. May it be the pink hues of Jaipur, royal blues of Jodhpur or the golden glow of Jaisalmer, the framework of every city is adorned with ancient architecture.
The state witnessed prolonged rule of the Mughals and Hindus. Thus explaining the intricate and significant carvings. The forts, temples, palaces, havelis and stepwells all speak of the Rajputana culture. Rajasthan is nothing but a visual treat to travellers.
D. Our People
It is believed that the dialect, cuisine, water and turban in Rajasthan changes every 12 miles. Marwari in western Rajasthan, Jaipuri or Dhundhari in the east and southeast, Mewati in Alwar, Braj Bhasa in Bharatpur, Mewari in Udaipur and the list goes on. Thus, explaining the varied cultures and creeds found in this independent yet steadily progressing state.
Come modern day urbanisation, the people in Rajasthan have still held on their roots out of choice. Their hospitality and simplistic behaviour is what you're most likely to lose your heart to in Rajasthan.
E. Fair & Festival
Fairs and festivals add vibrant colors to the incredibly stunning state, Rajasthan. Numerous fairs and festivals are celebrated in Rajasthan. All the fairs and festivals feature display of the state’s legacy, colorful artifacts, lip- smacking delicacies, traditional Rajasthani attires, folk songs, folk dance and various interesting competitions.
With its fairs and festivals, Rajasthan proudly presents its rich culture and heritage to the travelers. The calendar in Rajasthan remains dotted with colorful fairs and festivals and thus the state bustles with tourist activity, all round the year. Some popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan include Mewar Festival, Camel Fair, Pushkar Fair, Kite Festival and Desert Festival. The locals of Rajasthan celebrate every fair and festival with a lot of fun and enthusiasm.