Postcards from: Colourful Rajasthan

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Bright colours, magnificent forts and delicious food are integral part of Rajasthan. It is the north-western state of India, biggest in terms of area. Rajasthan is known for its friendly people and warm hospitality. Every year, thousands of tourist flock to this part of country especially during winters, to witness Great Indian Thar desert, various festivals, fairs and cultural heritage.

I am trying a humble attempt in this article to showcase the culture, panorama & colours of various cities in lively Rajasthan.

 

Jodhpur – The Blue city

It is a city in western Rajasthan famous for its spicy delicacies and magnificent architectural landmarks. Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada are must visit if you are here. Jodhpur is also called as ‘Blue city’, because of an ancient part of the city where all houses are painted with blue colour. Jodhpur bears scorching sunshine during summers and blue colour act as natural reflector of heat keeping houses naturally cool.

Historic painted roof at Mehrangarh fort at Jodhpur
Historic painted roof at Mehrangarh fort at Jodhpur
A royal sitting hall in Mehrangarh fort at Jodhpur
A royal sitting hall in Mehrangarh fort at Jodhpur

 

Jaipur – The Pink city

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and the biggest city in the state. It boasts many tourist attractions like Amer Fort, Jaigarh fort [World’s biggest canon is here], Jantar Mantar [UNESCO World Heritage site], Hawa Mahal [Palace of Wind], City Palace to name a few. Enjoy traditional Rajasthani food and village culture at a private resort called ‘Chokhi Dhani’ about an hour drive out of Jaipur city.

Hawa Mahal [Palace of Wind] – Landmark of Jaipur
Hawa Mahal [Palace of Wind] – Landmark of Jaipur
Colourful puppets in Jaipur market – A local handicraft
Colourful puppets in Jaipur market – A local handicraft

 

Pushkar – The Holy City

A sleepy town near Ajmer city in central Rajasthan, which comes alive during the month of October and November every year when the biggest cattle fair on planet, marks its beginning. Thousands of devotees arrive here to take dip in holy Pushkar Lake and so are the merchants with their cattle for trading.

Pushkar town besides the holy lake
Pushkar town besides the holy lake
Children dressed as god and goddesses in Pushkar fair
Children dressed as god and goddesses in Pushkar fair

Udaipur – The White City

It is a famous heritage city in southern Rajasthan and called as ‘City of lakes’. The most touristic is Lake Pichola which boasts of Lake Palace; a luxurious hotel and ‘Jag Mandir’ Island. There are ample excursion options available as well to Chittorgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh fort, Ranakpur Jain temples & Nathdwara temple. A must visit city, if you are in India.

Panorama of Udaipur
Panorama of Udaipur

 

Ranthambhore – Call of the Wild

It is a wild life sanctuary near town of Swai Madhopur, famous for its tiger’s density. Jungle of Ranthambhore provides an ideal habitat for big cats in their natural environment. Numerous luxurious private and state government resorts are here and they can arrange for safari bookings as well. Famous Ranthambhore fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well, situated inside the national park.

Ranthambhore fort is home to many peacocks- The national bird of India
Ranthambhore fort is home to many peacocks- The national bird of India

India is land of diversity and Rajasthan is a snapshot of it. ‘Padharo Mhare Des’, a Rajasthani phrase means ‘You are welcome to our country’ demonstrate the hospitality of Indian people for everyone. Come, explore, indulge & take back in your memories the various colours from this country.

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Achin Gupta is an IT professional based out of Delhi. He pursues travelling and photography as his passion. He wants to promote India on world map as most welcoming tourist destination and believes in world peace.

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