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. But they form only part of an
intricate tapestry. Beneath the surface, expect to find many contradictions.
Where ever you travel, particularly when you escape from the popular tourist
destinations you will come across the unexpected, whether it is a local fair
or breathtaking view. The mood and the rhythm of the country side changes
from one region to another, and from season to season. It is a land of
surprises; it is a land of amazing natural beauty that can fascinate even
the most seasoned traveller.
The history of Rajasthan goes back
5000 years and boasts a heritage as rich as its landscape, from the grand
palaces and rugged forts to its tranquil and camel safaris to trekking.
Those looking for taste of royal lifestyle just need to check into one of
the several palace hotels or heritage hotels that will make it possible for
them to be treated like royal guests.
Whether you are visiting
Rajasthan's big cities with a fast-moving westernised lifestyle, or
exploring historic towns or quaint villages, you will always find the people
warm and friendly. And if you want to move away from the regular tourist
beat, it is very easy to organise your own tour.
could be a palace hotel, a smaller heritage hotel in the country, a
guesthouse, a tent or a village hut- the choice is yours. But whatever you
choose, you holiday in Rajasthan will be an unforgettable experience and we
hope this publication will help you make the most of your time here.
Rajasthan has a superb range of shops, catering to every taste and pocket.
It is among the richest states in the country as far as handicrafts are
concerned. The craftsmen here have been creating the most opulent and
richest of treasure. Stone, clay, leather, wood ivory, lac, glass, brass,
silver, gold and textiles are given the most brilliant forms.
little village had its own mohulla of craftsmen who were patronised by the
local people as well as visitors to the village. Today, the Government
encourages the local handicrafts as well as the small-scale industries and
retail outlets have been set up in the major cities. Tourists can choose
from the large variety on display, and at very reasonable prices.