Rajasthan is situated on the north-western region of India Tourism. It is where all the country's similes and metaphors appear to have come together. Sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and rugged forts, men and women in colorful turbans and skirts, bustling towns and quiet villages, camels, elephants and tigers, harsh sunlight and the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance. Ancient Hindu scriptural epics make reference to sites in present-day Rajasthan. The Holy Pilgrimage site of Pushkar is mentioned in both the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Rajasthan is famous for the land of royalty which is a glittering jewel set in the golden sands of a barren deserts landscape. The light that reflects off the golden sands engulfs a land renowned for its vibrant colors, people in bright clothes and beautiful jewelry, living in cities dotted and dominated by towering forts and palace that rise from the sands like mirage.
Music and Dances
Culturally, Rajasthan is very rich in art and culture, which reflects Indian way life. The dance, music and art forms have been watchfully cultivated and patronized by the erstwhile courts. An equally rich and varied folk culture from villages is both fascinating and mesmerizing.
Fairs and Festivals
The people of Rajasthan love for color and joyous celebrations, music, dance and festivals which makes it one of the most colorful deserts in the world. There are numerous fairs and festivals of the region. In addition to the festivals celebrated by the Hindus, Muslims and others, there are also the traditional fairs. Some of the popular fairs and festivals with their celebrating months and time and places are as: Nagaur Fair, Nagaur (Jan-Feb.); Kite Festival (held on 14th Jan of every year); Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (Jan-Feb.); Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar (Jan-Feb.); Gangaur Festival, Jaipur (March-April); Mewar Festival, Udaipur (March-April); Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March-April); Urs Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer (According to Lunar Calendar); Summer Festival, Mt.Abu (June); Teej Festival, Jaipur (July-August); Kajli Teej, Bundi (July-August); Dussehra Festival, Kota (October); Marwar Festival, Jodhpur (October); Pushkar Fair, Ajmer (November); Camel Festival, Bikaner (January) etc.
The desert state has some of India's most romantic cities like Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur and many more. The majestic forts, intricately carved temples, and decorated havelis are part of the architectural heritage of Rajasthan. The Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan can be an inspiration for an architecture lover. Some of the architectural places which fascinated the visitorís mind are Jantar Mantar, Dilwara Temples, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace Hotel, City Palaces, and Jaisalmer Havelis etc.
The desert state of Rajasthan has the wealth of handicrafts, gems, and jewels, which makes it a shopper's paradise. It is the world's largest center for hand cutting of gems. It is India's important source for precious and semi precious stones like; Ruby, Emerald, Garnets, Agate, Amethyst, Topaz, Lapis lazuli, Carnelian, etc. This unique feature of Rajasthan attracts many tourists every year, which encourages tourism in India.