The Indian state of Rajasthan is a traveler’s dream come true. With a multitude of color-themed cities, as well as countless festivals being celebrated in the area, Rajasthan invokes in the traveler the quintessential image of India: vibrant, colorful, and full of culture.
LeafCanoer, aartideetoo, recently shared their insights on Rajasthan in their leaf titled, “Golden City of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer.” From exploring the Jaisalmer Fort to riding camels in the Sam Sand Dunes, aartideetoo’s leaf provides plenty of ideas for travel to Rajasthan.
Aartideetoo’s experiences in Rajasthan are sure to inspire you to embark on your own trip to the area. Before you go, however, here are a few things to help you prepare for travel to Rajasthan:
Brush up on your history
Rajasthan has one of the richest and most developed cultures in India, with so much history packed into one state. Officially formed in March 1949, the state of Rajasthan was once part of the Indus Valley Civilization. Many of the major tribes in India – the Rajputs, Jats, Meenas, Gurjars, and countless others – have contributed to the creation of the state of Rajasthan. Their influences, as well as the Mughal influence, can be seen in many of the forts and palaces that dot the area.
Invest in a good camera
One of the perks of being in such a historical place is the abundance of palaces and historical buildings, which serves as a wealth of inspiration for the budding travel photographer. Bring along a good camera that will be able to perfectly capture the sights of the area. Rajasthan is known for being one of the most colorful regions of India. It is also known for having a strong classical music and dance tradition, so being able to record dance and music performances are necessary for any visit to Rajasthan.
Take along some pocket change
The colors of Rajasthan come not only from the buildings and architecture, but also from the abundance of fabrics and goods that can be found in the markets. Take some time to explore the shopping in the area. The dollar is strong in India, so if you’re American, it will be relatively easy to buy good quality products for an affordable price. Though you’ll most likely be quoted the foreigner price, it’s customary to engage in some bargaining when you shop.
Bring along your appetite
Indian food may not suit everyone’s palate, but there are definitely some delectable delights to be found in Rajasthan. Be prepared to sample some of the local cuisine while visiting the area. Rajasthan cuisine is different from the cuisine found in most Indian restaurants in the United States. Due to the scarcity of water, milk is often used as a substitute, and subsequently, much of the cuisine features the use of milk and milk products.
Clear your calendar
There are a lot of things to see and do in Rajasthan. To fully experience the area, it’s best to spend at least a week, so be sure you have adequate time in your travel schedule. Popular cities to visit in Rajasthan include Jaipur (also known as the Pink City), Udaipur (known as Venice of the East), Jodphur (sometimes called Sun City and sometimes called the Blue City), and Jaisalmar (often called the Golden City). There are also a number of festivals that happen in the area. One of the local favorites is the desert festival, which features traditional costumes, snake charmers, puppeters, and folk performers.
There are so many things to see and experience in Rajasthan. Just one trip is not enough to fully capture what that state has to offer. By far, the most important thing to remember when planning your travel to Rajasthan is to leave more for next time.
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