As a child, almost all of us have dreamt of staying in a royal palace. Sitting on the cliff of the fort, dressed in regal clothes while we sip our favourite drink and enjoy the splendid view from there. Sounds magnificent, does it not? With all the colourful curtains, pillows, queen sized beds, marvellous mirrors, and massive gates that guard the forts against the enemies, palaces have always been a dream! Rajasthan, the jewel in the crown of India, can make your fairy-tale come true. Often referred to as the Land of Kings, Rajasthan is one of the treasures of India.
With royal forts, gorgeous palaces, rich wildlife, and vibrant festivals, this state celebrates the true spirit of India and showcases one among the finest cultures of this country. It is an exquisite destination for all the tourists who are fed-up with the conventional spots. Rajasthan has no beaches; it is all about the desert and the sands. With the most colourful bazaars in India, to the royal palaces; Rajasthan is a celebration of traditions and festivals. The forts here have been revamped and made into glorious restaurants for you to stay and live your dream. During the time of festivals and events, the entire state transforms into an explosion of colors, making it more beautiful than usual. Be it the National Parks, Forts, or Monuments; Rajasthan will not dishearten you. Due to the rise of tourists coming to Rajasthan, it has been getting better day-by-day, allowing more people from across the world to visit the place and celebrate the true spirit of Rajasthan!
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Population: 68.89 million
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Area: 342,293 square km.
Official Language: Marwari
Capital's calling code: 0141
Tucked between the Thar Desert and the Aravalli Range, Rajasthan is the largest state of Republic India. The state of Rajasthan has 33 districts distributed within seven divisions namely Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Bikaner, Kota, and Bharatpur. Jodhpur is the most significant town in the Thar Desert and is known as the gateway of the desert. Other than Jodhpur; Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Barmer, and Nagour are other principal towns in the Thar Desert. Jaipur is the capital of the state, which is also the most popular destination for the tourists. Besides Jaipur; Ajmer, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Kota, Bundi, and Jaisalmer are some of the places of interest among the tourists in Rajasthan.
The Indus Valley Civilisation and the Vedic Civilisation are to be appreciated for the beauty Rajasthan has turned into today. After the civilizations, Maharana Pratap rose to power in the kingdom. Succeeding Maharana Pratap are the Rajputs followed by the Mughals. However, modern Rajasthan is all about Rajputana consisting of two chiefships, 19 princely states, and Ajmer-Merwara, which is a British district. The Marwaris played a very important role in the development of the region economically.
Being the largest state of India, Rajasthan has a population of more than 68.89 million. Jaipur is the most populated town in Rajasthan with more than 3 million people living in it, followed by Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Ajmer, and Udaipur.
More than 85% of the population in Rajasthan are Hindus, followed by a minority of Muslims, Sikhs, and Jain who account for less than 10% of the population. Sindhis are also famous in Rajasthan because of migrations from the Sindh province during 1947.
Marwari is the official language of Rajasthan. However, Hindi is spoken by more than 90% of the population making it one of the important languages of Rajasthan. Other than Hindi; Urdu, Punjabi, and Bhili are spoken by some people in the state.
Indian Rupee (INR) is the official currency of Rajasthan.
Cost & Money
Rajasthan is a quite affordable place to visit when compared to other destinations in India. Here, you can stay in a decent hotel for around INR 3000-4000 approximately per night and get your meals for less than INR 1000-1500 approximately. The taxis will cost you around INR 1000-1500 per day, depending on the distance you travel. So, all in all, around INR 10000-12000 would be sufficient for you to have an enjoyable trip to Rajasthan. Thanks to Rajasthan Tourism, ATMs are available at every corner in the popular cities. There are also many restaurants that accept credit cards, making it much easy for you. However, when you visit any tourist attractions, make sure you have some cash along with you to avoid any troubles. Tourism in Rajasthan has become comfortable these days, because of the constant efforts of the Rajasthan Tourism Department, to make the place more tourist-friendly. Not only Indians but foreigners from across the world are coming to visit Rajasthan and admire its beauty. There are Rajasthan Tourism Guides available at all the famous locations including the airports and railway stations, to make your trip more comfortable.
Exploring Rajasthan with Thomas Cook was everything I expected. Their assistance helped in planning the best route around Jaipur – Jodhpur- Jaisalmer – Udaipur and Pushkar. This was made even better because our guide Lakshmi was really good at her job. Even our driver, Susheel the driver and he knew the best and shortest routes to reach everywhere before time.
It was an awesome trip. I really dont know if there could be a better team to handle our trip than Thomas Cook. They made our Honeymoon experience royal and exquisite. With one night booking in the Taj Palace Udaipur itself, we were more than satisfied with their assistance and professionalism.
I am generally a do-it-yourself travel planner but the one time I gave this duty to Thomas Cook to manage a trip for 20 people from my office, it became just too good. The hotel and Udaipur and Mount Abu were too good. The view from the top was something that really fascinated me. Apart from this, the day trips to Kumbhalgarh fort and Ranakpur was handled extremely professionally.
My holidays were not good...they were the BEST ! Thanks to the Team of Thomas Cook