Rajasthan – Prominent Tourism Place for India Travel Tours
Among the most favorite travel destinations in India, Rajasthan enjoys a matchless charm – both for domestic and international tourists. It is often marketed by the travel trade as one end of the Golden Triangle, including New Delhi and Agra. However, passing through Delhi and Agra, the international visitors often get a surfeit of British and Mughal era monuments, which despite their beauty, prick the more discerning visitor with an urge to explore the native genius of this ancient civilization, with a firm conviction that the civilization which produced the Vedas, Upanishads and the divine Gita, does not require the stray artifacts left behind by invaders and trespassers to express its soul and its excellence. This often unspoken, inchoate wish finds consummation, the moment one reaches Rajasthan and the vast vista of matchless beauty opens up before their eyes, while incorporating remarkable ingenuity and incredible innovation. This extraordinary fascination ensures that at the very least every third visitor who chooses India for vacation ends up in Rajasthan, and once in this state, the visitor is captivated for life.
The moment one steps into Rajasthan, the visitor comes face to face with the realization that this glorious state encapsules one of the most sophisticated civilizations, world has ever known, which still today resounds with fables of valor, chivalry, honor and grandeur quite unsurpassed anywhere else. Whether one talks about the prehistoric Kalibangan as a relic of Indus Valley Civilization or the relatively modern Chittaurgarh, the unparalleled eminence of this major Indian state is reflected at every step.
As per legends, this region was the ancient home of thirty six warrior clans, who later got transformed into as many Rajput dynasties, who held sway in this region over the succeeding centuries, frequently foraying into the Delhi region to attract national attention. Some of the more distinguished dynasties like the Chauhans of Ajmer, Kachhwahas of Amber, Rathores of Bikaner, Bhattis of Jaisalmer, Sisodias of Mewar and Haras of Kota and Bundi continued to rule this region or parts thereof over a thousand years of medieval history of Rajasthan. With the passage of time, their fortunes rose and fell, and occasionally these dynasties produced eminent statesmanlike figures, which brought glory to their land by their heroic pursuits, or by their sagacity and wisdom. Almost as a rule, these dynasties erected impregnable forts and fairytale like palaces for their royal use, as well as to offer protection to their subject against marauding invaders. Over the centuries, this relentless enterprise gave birth to countless tales of heroism and nobility, while gradually turning the bleak desert region into a fascinating land with exquisite charm and spell binding magnificence.
Though this state boasts of countless number of tourist attractions, but in a nutshell, one can seek to summarize a list of the more important destinations, such as :-
The list of magnificent monuments is Rajasthan is almost endless. Each of them reflects some very special aspect of its rich culture and living traditions. Some of the major sites include City Palace Complex, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Lake Palace, Chittaurgarh Fort, Kumbalgarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Junagarh Fort, Luni Fort, Jagmandir Palace, and Fort Mandawa Castle etc. apart from some temples known for their architectural splendor like Dilwara Jain Temples and the Ranakpur Jain Temples. Some of the important palaces have been transformed into heritage hotels during the last decades so as to pay for their conservation, as also to make them accessible to the lay public, which was earlier denied general permission.
Keeping in view its rich history and living traditions, almost all cities and towns might be termed as heritage towns, in view of their splendid monuments and other important temptations. Still to name a few, one can list out Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Alwar, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Kota and Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Pushkar, Bikaner, Barmer, Bharatpur, Ranakpur, Dungarpur etc. to be the major attractions as heritage towns, while Jaipur holds fort as the capital city known as the Pink City, while Jodhpur remains the other largest city, known as the Blue City.
The Shekhawati region
The semi-arid region of Shekhawati draws its name from Shekhawat Rajputs. The gallantry, valor and heroic struggles of the people of this region is legendary, who have earned eminence in history as great warriors. The Havelis (mansions) in this region have attracted international repute, because of their delicate frescoes and frieze paintings. The inimitable architecture of this region is breathtaking, which includes forts, castles, havelis and mansions. Because of the multiplicity of monuments strewn around everywhere, one can even call it an Open Air Art Gallery of this magnificent state.
National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
While its heritage monuments are its historical legacy, there are some major attractions in this state, which have been developed hardly within the last few decades. Yes, we are discussing the reputed national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in this state. Though developed as a part of a national plan of action to conserve important, or endangered wildlife, but this state has gone about this venture with a special verve and élan, which is unique to this region. As a result, the few national parks and wildlife sanctuaries maintained by this state, such as the Sariska Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park and the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary are few of the best managed such parks in the country and have thus attracted international accolades.