A tour to Rajasthan can be a memorable experience – the largest state of India being a mini India. As the very name suggests – it is the land of Rajas or kings.
Although politically royal kings have been replaced by political leaders, the legend lives in deserts, plains and hills of Rajasthan. A tour in Rajasthan will take the traveler through wavy sand dunes, grand royal palaces and breathtaking forts.
In the silence of the night one can almost hear the gallop of the horses as the clanking swords take on the invaders and women prepare to enter the pyre to save their honour. Today tourists are treated like royalty with traditional Rajasthani warmth and hospitality.
One gets the chance to stay in palaces and see dramatic shows in which the past comes alive. Tales are sung of brave bygone days and with a pinch of imagination one can almost hear the clashing cymbals and the tinkle of anklets as men and women play out eternal games of love and war. A piece of art picked up from innumerable shops will forever remain a memento of a fantastic tour of Rajasthan.
Tour packages will take the visitor to historic cities with forbidding forts as well as on camels through deserts and dunes. An elephant ride in the pink city of Jaipur, the capital, cannot be erased from memory. Rajasthan has forests that are tiger sanctuaries and a paradise for birds known famous to the world as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
In package tours the visitor is met at Delhi airport and put up in a hotel of choice. From the town of Mandawa one can start off on a camel tour after visiting the various havelis and palaces in the adjoining region.
One can ride to the city of Bikaner on a camel, visit famous Junagarh Fort, and see the museum and the camel breeding centre. The next halt will be Jaisalmer – the golden city in the middle of the Thar Desert.
Here there are chiseled balconies of palaces long forgotten, stone motifs, carved archways and ethnic murals. Ancient buildings flank narrow streets bustling with shops and eateries. Also included in the itinerary are trips to a traditional village in the desert.
From there the drive will be to Jopdhpur and Jaipur to view the famous Meherangarh fort, Amber fort and the Hawa Mahal. Rajasthan is an admixture of arid desert intermixed with living culture, ancient history and proliferating wildlife. To drink the cup to the full a hurried tour to Rajasthan leaves the traveler thirsty.