Why Rajasthan Tour Must Be on Your Wish-List Before You Die?

Being the largest state of India area-wise, Rajasthan not only boasts of varied topography in the form of desert, hills, forest etc but also a rich culture mixed with different traditions and customs which is quite unique to this state. What makes Rajasthan apart from other states is also the continuing royal legacy of erstwhile Rajas and Maharajas in the State and most of the families living the same royal lifestyle yet. Each city has an associated interesting history of myths and legends which are still remembered and told to tourists. The exquisite architectural monuments including arching giant forts and large palaces, exotic wildlife and a range of fairs also distinguish it from other states in more profound ways.

Thus ten reasons why it compels to visit this beautiful and colorful state of Rajasthan North India are as follows:

1. Architecture: Wonderful forts and palaces like City Palace, Lake Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, Junagarh Fort, Golden Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Amber Fort, Neemrana Fort, Castle Mandawa Fort, etc. are some of the grand heritage sites. Few of them like Umaid Bhawan Palace, Neemrana Fort & Palace are converted to hotels which offer Royal hospitality and luxury.

2. Rich Folk Culture: Although every city in the state owes to itself different and unique customs, traditions, habits etc, the whole experience of witnessing folk dance and listening to folk music is delight to eyes and ears as both are performed in melody encompassing use of local musical instruments and colorful woven costumes.

3. Wildlife and Bird Sanctuaries: Rajasthan is abode to various endangered and exotic species of animals and birds. Three of India’s major wildlife and bird sanctuaries; Ranthambore National Park, a tiger reserve, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary where antelopes, leopard, tigers, gazelles, waterfowls etc are usually seen and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which welcomes migratory birds from abroad every year are animal lover’s delight. Some of them include safari rides too for adventurous tourists.

4. Fairs & Festivals: Various theme based fairs and festivals are an important part of Rajasthan culture which invite spectators from all over country in huge numbers. The most popular one is the Pushkar Fair where camel racing, cattle fair, moustache competition, etc are the major attraction.Camel dance competitions are also held. Other fairs include Marwar Festival, Desert festival, Baneshwar Fair, Elephant festival etc which depict the true culture of Rajasthan.

5. Excellent textiles, handicrafts, gemstones: Rajasthan is unique to various techniques of art forms on fabric, wood and marble which are decorated with finesse depicting the rich tradition of the state. Meenakari, enameled silver and gold jewelry, hand block printing, zari work on textiles and embroidered jutis etc are quite beautiful and colorful.

6. Temples: Dilwara temples, Brahma temple in Pushkar, Birla temples etc are known for their great architectural magnificence and distinct style of their structure. They also attract pilgrims from far and wide.

7. Sand dunes: Major portion of Rajasthan is covered with sand dunes of Thar desert which offers picturesque sight of different shapes of dunes at different times and location.

8. Food: The tour to Rajasthan is incomplete without savoring some of the mouth watering cuisines such as dal-bati, besan-chakki, churma, jhajariya, gevar, balusahi, tarfini, raabdi, bail-gatte. The most interesting fact of Rajasthani dishes is that they are mostly cooked in pure ghee leaving wonderful aroma after you finish the food. In cities like Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner, food is prepared with minimum water and more of milk and buttermilk are used instead. Mewa Kachori of Jodhpur, Dil jani of Udaipur, Malpuas of Pushkar, Ghevar and Mishri Mawa of Jaipur and Sohan Halwa of Ajmer are also some memorable food items.

9. Adventure sports: Being the oldest mountain ranges in India, Aravalli ranges are the best place for trekking and other adventurous activities because these are bounded by dense forests, lakes, meadows etc. Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan is also nestled in Aravallis which is a popular tourist destination.

10. Lakes: Udaipur is also known as city of lakes as many beautiful lakes like Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jaisamand Lake, Rajsamand Lake, Doodh Talai, Udai Sagar Lake, etc are situated here and surrounded by sprawling gardens making the landscape beautiful.

Devon’s Rich Historic Landmarks

The county of Devon boasts a history and heritage just as rich as its landscapes and wildlife. As a legacy of its history Devon has been left with some wonderful landmarks that are just waiting to be explored during a holiday in Devon.

The oldest of Devon’s landmarks dates back an amazing 400 millions years. Kents Caverns is one of the most important cave systems in the whole of the UK and has been home to eight different native populations that have lived in England over thousands and thousands of years. The caves are protected as they are the most important prehistoric cave dwellings in the country and are known across the world for their record of prehistoric people living in Europe. A tour of the caves offers a fascinating insight in to how ancient humans lived as well as the chance to see rock formations that have been hundreds of millions of years in the making.

Exeter Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals found in the South West. The cathedral lies in the heart of the city of Exeter and is dedicated to St. Peter. The cathedral was founded in 1050 and the building we see today was completed in the early 1400’s. It is home to the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England, other features include the Astronomical Clock, the 14th century Minstrels gallery, the bishop’s throne and the great east window.

DartmouthCastlehas to be one of the prettiest fortresses in the country. For over 600 years, the castle has sat on a picturesque spot at the entrance to the Dart Estuary and the port of Dartmouth. The castle saw action in the Civil War and continued to be used for military use right up till the Second World War. The well persevered fort has plenty of passages, rooms and fortifications to explore, displays throughout the castle halls bring 600 years of history to life. Climb to the top of the gun tower, the first tower built in Britain to hold heavy ship sinking guns, and see how the estuary could be blocked to enemy ships using a heavy chain, it will also offer some gorgeous views of the estuary.

Rajasthan Cultural Tour As Never Experienced Before!

Known as the Land of Kings and also popularly called as the city of Forts and palaces, Rajasthan peculiarly offers vibes of royalty and a rich history laden with fables of legends and Kings and queens, the legacy of which still continues in some Rajput families in the state.

Different landscape features in the state adorn with them a unique different set of customs, attire, cuisines, and languages etc which lend a very colorful diverse variety to Rajasthani culture.

Folklore, folk music and dance of each region in Rajasthan are special in their style and content. Large variety of musical instruments such as dholaks, manjira, flutes, trumpets etc are used in these areas which make the songs more titillating and interesting to listen. The rich folk songs are usually ballads and narrate myriad sagas of various mythical stories, current issues, heroic deeds of warriors, love stories etc. Similarly the folk dance comprises of eye catching forms and movements helped with colorful props. Flowery and stylistic woven bright attractive costumes and accessories of dancers make the whole experience worthwhile. The Ghoomar dance of Udaipur, Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer, Bhavai, Chari, Fire Dance of Jasnathis etc are world famous. Some of the traditional communities pass on their dancing and music skills to succeeding generations.

Puppets or kathputlis are another form of entertainment unique to this State where hand woven stuffed animal or human like figures are attached to strings with their different body parts and moved by the puppeteer.

The cuisines here are made with rich variety of ingredients and spices found locally. Due to lack of water in this to and dry state most of the dishes are made with buttermilk, milk and ghee. As cereals form the staple diet of the local residents, most of the cuisines have wheat, millets etc an important main ingredient in them. Delicacies like gatte ki sabzi, khata, pakodi are made of gram flour. The tangy flavor of the food items makes one yearn for more.

The annual fairs and festivals in Rajasthan are celebrated with grand pomp and vigor attracting crowd from far and wide across the State and country. Some of the important ones are Pushkar Fair, Elephant Festival, Gangaur, Desert Festival, Teej etc.

A very important feature of festivals and fairs here is the involvement of adorned and decorated animals like elephant, camels, cows etc. All the different religions in the state celebrate the spirit of their festivals by praying to deities performing spectacular rituals. Most of the magnificent temples in the state belong to Jains like Dilwara temples though Hinduism is also one of the main religions in the State. Muslims are also present in large numbers.

Another breathtaking aspect of Rajasthan rich culture is the art which can be seen on the splendid textiles, handicrafts and paintings. The hand block printing, tie and die technique of coloring fabric, bagaru prints, zari embroidery etc are the major techniques to prepare clothes with beautiful patterns and designs. Handicraft items like wooden animal figures of camels, elephants etc, furniture, carpets, and potteries are some of the main export items of this state. As far as paintings are concerned, they can be found on the walls of palaces, forts and the house structures of common people. They exquisitely depict Lord Krishna’s legends and other princely tales.

The colorful attire of the people comprises of full sleeved shirts with matching turbans on men’s heads and Ghagra choli by women adorning their eyes with surma, mehndi on palms, large nose ring, ear rings and necklaces making them superbly beautiful.

Hence, all these factors make it imperative to definitely go on just cultural tour to Rajasthan.