If you never slept in your history classes, but on the contrary, were enticed by the glorious description of the utmost valour depicted by the heroes on the battle fields, then visiting Rajasthan, the land where Rajputana originated and ruled for thousands of years, should definitely be on your bucket list. The largest state of India, Rajasthan, spans across the western border of India occupying a massive 342,239kmsq. But don’t feel daunted by its enormous area, for each region in this glorious state is only better than the previous one.
Jaipur: The house of the Hawa-mahal and the capital of the state, it’s also known as the ‘pink city’ as maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur, painted the entire city pink- the colour denoting hospitality, on the eve of queen Victoria’s visit to India in 1876. Visit the Amer fort and Nahargarh fort among other attractions.
Ajmer and pushkar: Ajmer houses the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti while Pushkar is the house of the 14th century ‘Jagatpita Brahma Mandir’, along with the sacred pushkar lake.
Udaipur: Located at the western frontier of Rajasthan, this small city was the capital of the king of Mewar in the day, and is now a legendary tourist attraction. If you have been struggling with planning a trip to Rajasthan, take a look at http://www.prefertrip.com as they provide exciting and ample deals on hotels. One of their partner hotels, ‘Hotel Dayal’ is located at the heart of the city and provides a maharaja ambience to its customers along with the befitting ambience at a very reasonable price.
Jodhpur: Located at the heart of the Thar desert, it is the house of the 15th century Meherengarh fort, which is now a museum, storing the once breathing life of the brave rajput warriors. Other notable places of attraction are undoubtedly the Umaid Bhavan Palace and the Jaswant Thada.
Mount Abu: Situated near the borders of Gujarat and nestled among the Aravalli mountains, Mount Abu offers a comparatively cooler more comfortable climate and houses the famous Nakki lake and the Dilwara temple.
Bikaner: Located 330kms from Jaipur, Bikaner not only is the house of the Junagarh palace, but also quite near to the Thar desert, thus aiding you to indulge in desert activities. While you are in Bikaner, don’t forget to try the legendary “bhujia” a delectable snack and positively ride a camel once.
Jaisalmer: If you are a movie buff then, you would’ve heard of “sonar kella” the iconic satyajit ray film, recording the adventures of the Bengali super-sleuth Prodosh Mitter aka Feluda along with Lalmohan Ganguly and his cousin Topshey! True to the name of the movie, Jaisalmer is situated at the heart of the Thar desert and is known as the “golden city” owing to the prevalent yellow sandstone architecture. Hotel Priya, a partner hotel of http://www.prefertrip.com takes its cue from the quintessential jaisalmer architecture and thus the entire hotel is awash with the yellow colour. The relaxing atmosphere along with the spacious interiors of the hotel, is sure to make you feel like a true maharaja in the majestic land of Rajputana. And while riding a camel, feel free to be a bit scared and channel your inner lalmohan ganguly! Just indulge and replenish in the land of our valiant and courageous forefathers and take home a bundle of Kodak moments!