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Rajasthan is the largest state in India in terms of area. The Thar Desert lies in the state, and this covers most of the state. Rajasthan covers a total area of 342,239 sq. kilometers. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and the languages spoken commonly are Hindi and Rajasthani.

The Aravalli Range, one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges, lies in the state. Mount Abu, which is renowned for its Dilwara Temples, also lies in the Aravalli Ranges. Jaipur is the largest city in India. Archeological ruins from the Indus Valley Civilization can be found at Kalibanga, near the Ghaggar River in the state. Rajasthan attained statehood on the 30th of March, 1949. It was earlier ruled by the royal families of Rajputs, also known as the Rajputana.

Why Visit Rajasthan?


Rajasthan is a major tourist spot in India. Palaces in Ajmer-Pushkar, lakes of Udaipur, Targarh desert, forts of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner are ranked among the most preferable destinations in India. Many old forts and palaces have now been converted to heritage hotels.

The heritage temples in Rajasthan are intricately carved and the same is with havelis. Rajput culture is evident in the state’s forts and palaces. Some of the major places of architectural heritage in Rajasthan are the Dilwara temples, Jantar Mantar, Chittorgarh Fort, Bundi Palace, Lake Palace, Jaisalmer, City palaces and Havelis. Jaipur, the capital city, is also known as the ‘Pink City’. Many Jain temples are dotted in Rajasthan throughout its length and breadth.

Rajasthan is a delight for any shopper. The textile, handicrafts and semi-precious stones are famous amongst tourists in Rajasthan. The furniture made by the local craftsmen has intricate works in them.

Explore the Culture of Rajasthan


Rajasthan is rich in cultural and artistic traditions which portray the Indian life from ages ago. The folk dances and songs are symbolic in the state. The Kalbeliya dance and the Ghoomar dance from Jaisalmer and Udaipur are widely acclaimed art forms. Folk music in Rajasthan includes Teratali, Kathputli, Chang, Bhaopa, Tejaji, Kachchhighori and many more. The folk songs reflect heroic deeds, love stories and ballads.

Traditional wall painting, practiced in Bundi, is famous in Rajasthan. Some of the major export products of the state are Sanganer prints, Bagaru prints, block prints, Zari embroidery, and tie and die prints. Handicrafts made by local craftsmen include carpets, blue pottery and Saris.

The traditional dress worn by women in Rajasthan is a full length skirt and a chaniya choli or lehenga, which resembles a short top. The dresses usually are bright in color.

Festivals celebrated in Rajasthan are Diwali, Gangaur, Holi, Makar Sankranti, Teej, Janmashtami, Shri Devanarayan Jayanti and Gogaji. A famous desert festival is celebrated in Rajasthan and held during the winter season, each year. An array of performers, ranging from puppeteers, snake charmers, folk performers and acrobats participate in this festival. Camels are the main attraction in the festival.

Some of the famous dishes in Rajasthan are Dal Baati Churma, Dai Shorba, Ker Sangri, Jaisalmeri Chane, Kadhi and various kinds of chutneys and pickles like Aam Launji, Lehsun ki Chutney, Pudina Chutney and Tamatar ki Launji.

Facts for Tourists


The climate in Rajasthan is hot and dry, hence cotton clothes should be worn and a lot of water should be consumed. Women are advised not to wear revealing clothes to temples and other heritage sites.
 

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