(Last Updated on : 15/06/2010)
The ideal fusion of beauty, dream, magic and charm- Rajasthan is perhaps the magic land where history still whispers the saga of the long gone days. There is hardly any other place like Rajasthan, so very colourful, majestic, effervescent, incredibly attractive and simply irresistible. Entwined with its marvelous monuments, vibrant cities and steeped in the aura of the colourful traditions and customs Rajasthan is the place to experience the sighs of history. Grandeur, valor, romance and mystery find a concrete contour amidst the historical wonders, amidst the relics that lace the cities of Rajasthan. In the midst of their princely grandeur the cities of Rajasthan still echoes the valor of the Rajputs, romance, tears and majesty of the bygone era.
Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the Pink City - Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. Impressive forts still standing as the emblem of the majesty of the Rajputs laces Jaipur. Crammed with history, Jaipur is one of the major attractions for the tourists. The rugged hills, the swaying forts and the typically designed houses with fretted windows offer a magical touch to this royal city.
Maharana Udai Singh on the advice of a holy man repositioned his capital to the banks of Lake Pichola and later it is after him the city got its name- Udaipur. The murmur of history can still be heard amidst the historical relics and wonders of Udaipur. The lush greens of the beautifully laid gardens, the romance of the crystal clear lakes and the silvery patina of the marble palaces of Udaipur crafts the city as one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Beauty drops her image on the lakes, on the gardens and on the majestic forts and palaces of Udaipur.
cloaked in the lushness of the green hills Ajmer is as if the land where beauty still tells the tale of history. Founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D Ajmer gradually became the home to a number of dynasties. Especially famous for the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar Quite ideally therefore the collage of tradition, the medley of religious faith and the fusion of mores made Ajmer the ideal city to echo the very concept - "Unity in Diversity".
Ideally nestled at the edge of the sepia luster of Thar, Jodhpur happens to be the second largest city of Rajasthan. Founded by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs, Jodhpur still murmurs the tales of the long lost days of the Rajput gallantries. Surrounded by rocky hill and swaying forts Jodhpur is still one of the leading centres of cattle, wool, salt and camel.
With the sunkisseed magnificence of the Thar, with the imposing palaces, swaying forts and majestic temples Bikaner is as if the place where beauty can never loose her lustrous splendor. If ever splendor has been silhouetted in a desert, it has been at Bikaner where the luxuriously sculpted temples, the majestic palaces and the crimson hue of the yellow and red stones still showcase some of the finest foundations of the Rajput civilization.
The small yet the lively town, Barmer is as if the miniature of the state Rajasthan with its traditions, music, color and warmth. Although an infertile land with unpleasant climate, Barmer is yet famous for its copious tradition of crafts, music and dances. Perched on the rugged hills and entwined with old forts and palaces Barmer still murmurs the long lost songs.