The regal magic of Rajasthan is legendary: a rich tapestry of palaces in pink, blue and gold; glistening desert dunes; winding camel trains; mystical lakes; temples; turbans; bedazzling mirrors; regal wild tigers and a rich history of princes and bandits.
Once ruled by the swords of the mighty Rajput warriors, the state of Rajasthan boasts spectacular architectural relics of bygone glory in its many forts and palaces side-by-side with beautiful temples and shrines, all surrounded by meticulously manicured gardens and sparkling lakes. Some rise like a mirage in the desert and others are almost hidden by dense jungle, but all are unforgettable.
Beyond the borders of the cities, the natural splendour of Rajasthan is unparalleled. Rajasthan is India’s largest state and, in addition to offering some of India’s most magnificent ancient sights, it also promises fascinating less-traveled destinations. The state is divided diagonally with the undulating hills, jungle forests and deep lakes to the southeast and the Great Thar Desert to the northwest. The highest point is the hill station of Mount Abu.
Made even more vibrant by its bold, colourful culture, Rajasthan is also loved for its exquisite craftwork. Wander the winding bazaars for treasures and trinkets of every kind from fabrics and jewellery to marble states and leatherwork. With the diversity of delights on display, Rajasthan offers a destination fit for a maharaja.
Take a safari by horseback, camel, elephant or jeep | Spot a wild tiger in Ranthambore National Park | Relax in a lavish heritage hotel | Visit Jodhpur, a brilliant blue oasis on the edge of the Thar Desert | Shop in Jaipur with its splendid array of modern boutiques and traditional bazaars | Fall in love in romantic Udaipur, the Venice of the East
− Land of Rajasthanis means ‘Land of kings’
− The Aravalli Range is one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges