It is difficult to find out an answer to the question why one should visit Rajasthan – it being a safe haven for tourists in India.
Reaching Rajasthan is easy – all that one has to do is arrive at Delhi and then zoom off within a few hours to an enchanted land of mysticism, history, legends, deserts, wild life and royal cuisine.
One gets to feel the atmosphere, take in its atmosphere and learn more about the past that has spilled on to the present without memorizing books and statistics.
The majestic architecture dotting Rajasthan speaks of tales of heroism. Rajasthan is an open-air living museum with dividing lines between the past and present hardly tangible.
One has blended into another to make up the romance of Rajasthan. A visit to Rajasthan has something for everybody from royal glamour to stay in eco friendly mud huts in the middle of the desert, from the heights of spiritualism to the down to earth reality of prowling tigers, fleeing deer and bevy of birds.
There are the ancient Aravalli hills and the famous Thar desert, there are grand palaces in forts and shops choc-c-bloc with take away mementos of a memorable visit to Rajasthan. The history of Rajasthan goes back to at least five thousand years wherein it plays a crucial role in leaving its stamp on the culture of India.
The forts tell their story of heroic resistance to outsiders. Rajput tales of chivalry are sung in ballads and songs. The Rajputs were passionate about their land and ways.
Prithviraj Chauhan and Rana Pratap were some of the greatest. Emperor Akbar had to make a truce with them and he married a Rajput princess to seal the pact. Today the large palaces have become hotels allowing the common man to taste the royal past in a regal way.
Rajasthan boasts of many game sanctuaries - big and small. The famous ones are Ranthambore and Sariska tiger reserves and the Bharatpur game sanctuary. Mount Abu is the only hill station which people visit to pay homage to a famous Jain temple famous for its individual columns and hall.
Round the clock there are fairs and festivals celebrating the turn of the seasons. Each region has its own form of folk entertainment – its music and dance coupled with rituals and rites. Why visit Rajasthan? To take in the vibrations of the holy site of Pushkar or to join in native displays of horsemanship are reasons enough to book a ticket to the fabled land of Rajasthan.