Rajatshan Tours

Rajatshan Tours

Rajasthan is the chosen destination of most tourists to India. Lying southwest of Delhi, on India's western boundary with Pakistan, Rajasthan is the land of romance and chivalry, of legendary Rajput rulers whose tales of valour, patriotism and love have passed into folklore. If you were to drive through the state of Rajasthan you would be struck by its great physical beauty and contrast - verdant hills and lakes, shifting sand dunes, camels and nomadic cattle herds. Rajasthan is filled with magnificent forts on distant ridges, spectacular palaces and stunning 'havelis' (mansions of the nobility or rich businessmen). The grandeur of the palaces, their walls and ceilings ablaze with gorgeous patterns in coloured stone, glass and mirror inlays, will leave you spell bound.There is so much to see in Rajasthan that you can spend a whole fortnight touring the state and still want more!

History of Rajasthan

Excavations at Kalibangan, in the Ganganagar district of northwest Rajasthan, show that an advanced society inhabited the region around 3000 BC, long before the Harappan civilisation. From the mid-6th century onwards the region came under the sway of the Rajputs, renowned as much for their bravery as for their strict code of honour. The Chauhans of Ajmer dominated the history of the region called Rajputana from the 7th to 12th centuries followed by the Gehlots of Mewar. As time passed, several kingdoms came into being - Marwar, Mewar, Jaipur, Bundi, Kota, Bharatpur, Alwar. Their rulers were constantly at war either among themselves as alliances were made and broken or with external adversaries like the Turko-Afghans, the Sultans of the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughals.

For some 500 years the Rajputs directed all their energies at protecting their territories from repeated onslaughts by the Muslim rulers of Delhi. This was the glorious period of Rajputana when the brave exploits of rulers like Prithviraj Chauhan, Rana Sangha, Man Singh, Maharana Pratap and the beautiful Maharani Padmini become the stuff of legends. Peace finally came to the region in the 16th century as a consequence of military and matrimonial alliances forged by the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

The British followed a similar approach and provided protection to the various princely states in order to win their loyalty. When India became independent in 1947, there were over 20 autonomous princely states. Their time was over by 1958 as these states were progressively incorporated into the modern Indian state of Rajasthan. A fierce sense of pride in their heritage and culture still lives on in the hearts and minds of these erstwhile rulers and their former subjects. You can see this in the way palaces have been preserved as Heritage Hotels, the proud moustaches and colourful turbans sported by the men and the dance and music on view during the many fairs and festivals in the state.

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Sightseeing in Rajasthan

The cities of Rajasthan have a medieval ambience even today, offering a traveller with wide range of sightseeing options. Old noisy bazaars, crowds in brightly coloured traditional costumes and vendors of all descriptions sell their wares, and visitors can buy the fabled handicrafts at throwaway prices. The harsh desert conditions seem to have spurred the indomitable people of this land to pour out their creative genius in arts and crafts, music & dance. And with the kings and nobles providing patronage, the arts flourished.

Little wonder that everything in the parched landscape was decorated -- donkeys, elephants, palaces, the interiors of forts and even the mud walls and floors of village huts. In the Shekhawati region in the north, often called an 'open air art gallery', you see 'havelis' decorated with frescoes, and even house facades and doorways embellished with colourful motifs. The state is also renowned for its exquisite miniature paintings from various schools, which flourished from the 16th century onwards.

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