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Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?

    

"India is the cradle of human race also the birthplace of human speech. The mother of history, the grandmother of legend also the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

Mark Twain said these beautiful lines about the seventh largest country in the world, our motherland 'India'.

From the Himalayas in the North to the pristine beaches in the south, the Thar Desert in the west to the dense forests in the East, India has almost every type of landscapes which lures a massive number of travellers from around the globe every year. But do you know which is the most opted place foreigners are so crazy about? Well, its none other than the land of Maharajas. Yes, we are talking about the largest state of India, Rajasthan. Residing on the western side of India's Map, Rajasthan has not one but multiple reasons for it. Although, the legends and the pictures say a lot about Rajasthan but to make it simple we have found the perfect reasons as to why foreigners are so crazy about Rajasthan. Have a look!

Forts & Palaces

Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?-1 Well, this comes as no surprise. The glamorous palaces and the ancient forts are one of the first things that set Rajasthan apart from the other states of India. Several kingdoms have ruled this land of royals since the 12th century, including the Rajputs, the Mughals and the Jat rulers. Every monarchy brought their own unique blend of art and architecture to Rajasthan. This testament to their brilliance still stands strong throughout the state in the form of remarkable structures. Walking around these ancient structures feels as though you’re in a time warp.

From marvelling at the 12th century-built Jaisalmer Fort to enjoying the elephant ride at the Amer Palace or admiring the grand architecture of the largest fort complex in India, Chittorgarh Fort to getting awestruck with world's second longest wall at Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan offers the perfect dessert to the architecture and history lover travellers from abroad. Although, This is all just the tip of Rajasthan’s architectural and historical iceberg. The more you explore, the more you know!

Want to know about the famous forts of Rajasthan? If so, then click here.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?-2 Rajasthan draws its name from the fact that it was once home to the Kings of the country as mentioned above. The royal legacy that the nation saw in the Rajput and Mughal eras led to the development of many World Heritage Sites in Rajasthan. Presently, Rajasthan has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Keoladeo National Park, the Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observatory in Jaipur), and the Hill Forts of Rajasthan (comprising six majestic forts – Amer Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Gagron Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranthambore Fort, and Chittorgarh Fort). Anything which is praised by UNESCO is hardly a possibility anyone can resist, then why would the traveller from around the globe can.

Royal Hotels

Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?-3 Who doesn't like staying like a king in the royal palaces? Of course, no one. So, how can the tourists from different countries feel any different? From the Taj Lake Palace or The Oberoi Udaivilas of Udaipur to the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur to Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. With lavish rooms(which were Mahals for erstwhile kings and queens) to the arrangement of authentic cuisines on exquisitely decorates rooftops, from natural Ayurveda SPA treatment on the placid waters of Lake Pichola to sprawling gardens with life-size statues, Opulence drips from each part of these heritage hotels of Rajasthan. What’s more? At few of these palaces, the present members of the royal family still reside and hence tourists even meet and greet with them, listening to the gallantry of the Rajput clan directly from their descendants.

Folk Dance & Arts

Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?-4 This royal state is inhabited by several different tribes, each boasting their own unique dance style, music and art forms, which form part of the state’s cultural tradition. Some can appear to be slightly eccentric, but enthralling, nonetheless, but each depicts Rajasthan’s rich culture. Bhavai dance, for instance, involves women dancing and gyrating with eight to 10 pots on their head. Quintessential Rajasthani, the Kalbelia dance (or Snake Charmer Dance) is the most popular folk genre, in which females perform a dance and males play a traditional instrument. The crowd favourite is the Kathputli dance (the Puppet Dance), which is based on folk tales. Coming to the arts section, some of the most admired Rajasthan arts include Pichchavi painting, which portrays the historical events the state witnessed; the 2000-year-old Batik painting, which is a tie-dye method of textile painting; the miniature paintings made from natural minerals and pigments or the blue pottery of Jaipur.

Numerous Festivals

Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?-5 Rajasthan is known for its colourful festivals and fairs held throughout the year. It seems like every month; this royal land is enjoying a dance, music, heritage, adventure or cultural festival. The best to visit Rajasthan is usually from August to March when the temperature is considerably low in the desert land of India. So, the traveller from all over the world are always intrigued to travel to Rajasthan as their trip is bound to coincide with one of its festivals or fairs – be it the Teej Festival (Jaipur) in August, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (Jodhpur) in October, the lively Pushkar Fair (Pushkar) in November, the Magnetic Fields Festival (Shekhawati) in December, the Elephant Fair (Jaipur) in March, the Desert Festival (Jaisalmer) in February or the colourful International Kite Festival (Jaipur and Jodhpur) in January. These festivals are one of the most exciting and entertaining centrepieces to the royal vacation.

Rich Wildlife

Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?-6 Because of the landscape, we cannot think of anything else other than the camels to be found in the land of ‘Golden Sands’ but, despite of the limited greenery, Rajasthan has been home to a large number of birds and animals. Some of the must-visit wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the state include Ranthambore National Park, Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, Sariska Tiger Reserve and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Catching a glimpse of the rare Great Indian Bustard, the Royal Bengal tigers, endangered river dolphins and several other bird and animal species, as well as experience the wilderness at its best by taking a jeep safari or a boat ride at these wild locales is always a delight to enjoy.

Welcoming Locals

Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?-7 Though each Indian state people visit is going to have their fair share of amiable locals, there is something about Rajasthanis that make venturing into this desert land certainly less intimidating and more fun. Rajasthan’s people are traditionally friendly and down to earth and the famous adage, ‘Atithi Devo Bhava‘ (Guest is God) is their culture’s ethos.

Spending some time with the locals is always more fun as they tell exciting facts and rich history of Rajasthan which their ancestors told them. Tourists who become good friends with the locals are even invited home and offered namkeens, desserts and hookah too. Sounds good? You have no idea how humble the locals are and how superb their hospitality is. One has to go to know!

Rajasthani Cuisine

Why Foreigners Are So Crazy About Rajasthan?-8 Like the state of Rajasthan drips with grandeur and royalty, the local Rajasthani dishes drip with ghee, curd and buttermilk. The Rajasthani thali is an assortment of colourful, spicy and crumbly dishes. The vibrant colours of the city make its way to the Rajasthani platter too. From the hot red Lal mas to the bright yellow Kadi with a dressing of green chillies and curry leaves, the Rajasthani food together appears no less than a mini-rainbow. Moreover, the aridity of Rajasthan has its impact on its dishes. The Rajasthani cuisine incorporates a generous amount of milk, cream, curd and Ghee in its dishes to make up for the water scarcity. One speciality about these dishes is that it can be preserved for days and are mouth-watering despite not being piping hot. Few of the most famous dishes in Rajasthani like Dal Bati Churma and Gatte ki Sabzi in the veg section whereas, in the non-veg section Laal maas (meat curry), Safed maas (meat dish) and Bhuna Kukda (chicken dish) leave the tourists craving for more. Moreover, we all know there is no love greater than the love for food.

Well, Rajasthan remains to be a foreign tourist’s favourite destination. It could be for one or many reasons, but something to take note of is that it is actually from a foreigner that we get the real picture of our own country – the treasure that we are born with.

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