Rajasthan – an exotic and wonderful land that captivates people from all around the world with its magnificent cities, mysterious forts and splendid palaces. And not to forget the colorful people residing here who have poured in a continuous stream of legends and folklores, craft, music and architecture into the lives of millions around.
Rajasthan Tourism welcomes you to this land of colors. With its various package tours, discover this land of living traditions and carry back memories to cherish lifelong. RTDC has come out with a spate of lucrative travel options for the traveler. On offer are an array of package tours to Rajasthan like religious tours, adventure tours, wildlife trips, and historical tours etc.
There are around 25 different package tours to explore Rajasthan. The longest tour lasts 17 days titled “Rajasthan Exclusive” covering places via Delhi-Mukundgarh-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Kota, Pushkar-Jaipur-Bharatpur- Agra- Delhi minimum for couple (terms and conditions applicable.) By availing the package, one can, not only aim to get the maximum of Rajasthan in minimum time, but also cherish the experience altogether.
In addition to structured packages, RTDC offers customized tours for Rs.1000 per person, per day (minimum 4 persons). The package includes accommodation on twin sharing basis in RTDC Hotels, standard meals, monument visit and travel by non-AC small car. For details/booking contact RTDC Reservation and Information Offices.
Rajasthan – the royal land of Incredible India remarkably symbolizes vibrant attires, charming people, enriched culture and magnificent heritage.
Intricately crafted forts, palaces, temples and buildings are an inseparable part of the state’s historical heritage. The breathtaking beauty of historical edifices leaves spectators spellbound and encourages them to visit the state again and again. These monuments bear a testimony to the glorious past of Rajasthan and epitomize its gallant tradition.
Rajasthan’s historical structures have been enduring the intense heat of the sun, occasional rains and cold of winter with every change in season. With the passage of time, some monuments stand today in a fragile condition. The government of Rajasthan has been continually making efforts to preserve this valuable legacy of the past. Over the years, a lot of conservation works has been undertaken by the state government to protect and maintain the ancient monuments. But the task has been colossal.
To preserve the rich heritage, Government of Rajasthan has recently called upon Non-resident Rajasthanis, Individuals and Corporate houses to sponsor the conservation work of fragile monuments. ‘Adopt-a-Monument’ scheme of Rajasthan government has been launched as an instrument of public-private participation for preserving this rich bequest. The scheme envisages adoption of a monument by any person with a view to restoring and thereafter maintaining it for a period of 10 years in accordance with a conservation plan drawn by the Dept. for Art and Culture.
Under the scheme, state government is creating a Heritage Fund to finance the different conservation projects. Individuals and business houses can make contributions to this fund to support the endeavors of the state. Rajasthan government offers an exceptional publicity mileage to the donors through the plaques advertising their contribution on the site. Corporate houses too can project their donations in their advertisements. On one hand, a high level steering committee of government ensures the regular supervision of the sponsored conservation projects; while on the other; yearly audit reports guarantee the rightful use of the donated fund.
Reaching out to people, the government has initiated the process of seeking public co-operation for heritage conservation. Undoubtedly, adoption of monuments by private entities would strengthen Rajasthan Government’s resolve to preserve our historical treasure of heritage monuments for the future generations.
The magnificent land of Rajasthan has always been fascinating and the people across the globe with its heart capturing beauty and natural serenity. To add to the colours, this land of valour in Incredible India has always mesmerized the people with its culture of celebrations and festivity.
Beyond all reasons and seasons, Rajasthan Tourism has initiated an array of festivals to elaborate and showcase the rich cultural heritage of the State. The year of festivity gets off to a grand start with Jaipur Virasat in the month of January. This breathtaking two- week event captivates not only domestic but foreign visitors with exquisite display of folklore. This celebration brings together the art and culture, music, dance, craft and cuisine creating a platform for the local artisans to manifest their talent. The fortnight long festival has everything from horse shows, polo tournaments, heritage walks, plays, poetry sessions, fashion shows to exhibitions of photographs and paintings.
Before the memories of the Jaipur Virasat fade out the Desert Festival comes in rejoicing the warmth and cheerfulness of the people on the Indian desert. This exotic festival is organised in February on the land of the Golden Sands- Jaisalmer. This festival is a feast to the eyes of the visitors with its folk dances, fire – dance, camel dance and races, camel polo, along with breathtaking performances by the local artists. Exciting contests like Mr. Desert, turban tying and the moustache competitions are the unique features which attract large number of enthusiastic participants.
The grand finale on the full moon night is marked with firework displays, moonlight camel rides and cultural performances by the local artisans which leave their footprints on the sands of time.
After the camels in the desert, the Elephants take on the festivity in the Pink City- Jaipur. As a precursor to the traditional Festival of Colours- Holi, the Elephant Festival in the month of March paints the entire city with colours of celebration. The royal rajasthani splendour is recreated through a procession of decorated elephants, camels, horses and folk dancers. Elephants with bright colours and heavy jewellery contest as beauty pageants. Exclusive events like Elephant Polo, Elephant races and a tug-of-war between the tourists and an elephant charm the visitors.
It is an unforgettable moment for the visitors to watch people play Holi on elephant-back and undoubtedly a majestic one.
The month of April sees the advent of the Gangaur Festival which is devoted to the Indian Goddess Parvati. On the one hand young girls clad in ceremonial dresses pray for the grooms of their liking and on the other hand the married women pray for the long and healthy life of their spouses. This 18 day long festival in Jaipur reaches its climax with a grand procession organized by the Department of Tourism.
The onset of summers is declared on the high hills of Mt.Abu. The three day Summer Festival, begins with alluring ballad followed by dance performances like Gair, Ghumur and Dhap. The rhythm and melody can be seen at its best when kawwals display their engrossing vocal skills. Boat race, roller skating race and other competitions also fill the environment with joy and delight. Spectacular fireworks mark the grand finale of this festival.The monsoons come in pouring merriment and bright colours indicating the arrival of the Teej Festival in the months of July- August. Held in Jaipur this is essentially a festival for the women to enjoy and celebrate their traditions.
The Marwar Festival in Jodhpur is an exclusive occasion which highlights the culture, music and dance of the Marwar region.
November witnesses a mammoth cattle fair in the holy land of Pushkar in Ajmer. The well-known Pushkar Mela, besides being an important holy event casts a lively environment with bazaars, auctions, music and sports.
This rejoicing and celebrating never comes to an end in this land of Rajasthan where life in itself is an ongoing festivity.
The Verdant oasis lying amidst lush forested hills, Mount Abu, perched on the highest peaks of Aravalis, in the state of Rajasthan.
It is one of the most popular hill retreats in India, The hill town has an interesting legend. According to it “Abu” stands for the son of Himalayas. It derives its name from “Arbuda”, the powerful serpent who rescued “Nandi” (The sacred bull of Lord Shiva) from a chasm.
Besides being a picturesque summer resort, Mount Abu is a popular pilgrimage center, dotted with temples and shrines of different religions. A visit to this holy hill resort makes one realize that Mount Abu is a “Set designed by God”.
The God, it is believed, dug out the lake at Mount Abu using their nails, hence it’s name, Nakki Lake.
Dedicated to the Jain Saints or Tirthankars, the Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu are a religious sanctuary where the beauty of the carving manages to induce a feeling of tranquility. The surfaces of the walls, and arches and brackets and pillars are carved to create a lace-like effect yet no two pillars are alike;such was the vision of the sculptors who worked on them.
In the year 1822, Col. Todd while passing through Mount Abu visited Dilwara. In Col. Todd’s words: “This sacred spot is a concentration of wonders. Dilwara is a contraction of Dewulwara – The place or region of temples – a term aptly applied to the site of this numerous groups, from which I select two of the most remarkable temples of Rishabdeva and Parasnath.
The shrine sacred to Rishabdeva is the most superb of all the temples of India, and there is not an edifice besides the Taj that can approach it. The pen is incompetent to describe the exuberant beauties of this proud monument.”
About a mile from Dilwara and more than half way up a lofty peak, upon the verge of a deep cleft in the rock, stands the temple of the tutelary Goddess of Abu – Arbudha Mata.
Achalgarh, the majestic fort, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar in the 14th century houses some magnificent temples such as Achleshwar Mahadev (1412 AD) and Kantinath Jain Temple (1513AD).
Many sages and seers had their retreat on Mount Abu, the most famous being sage Vashistha. He performed a “Yagna” or magic fire from which were born the Agnikula Clans of Chauhans, Solankis, Parmars and Pratihars. A natural spring that flows through a sculpted cow’s head, gives the shrine the name of Gaumukh Temple (Vashistha’s Ashram).
Situated near Nakki Lake, the temple of Raghunathji is dedicated to Lord Rama and has a beautiful image of deity that was placed here in 14th Century AD.
Known as the saint’s pinnacle, Gurushikhar,is the highest peak of the Aravallis rising up to 1772 meters above sea level. A little distance down below, is a Wooden frame, which has Gujarati inscription dating back to 1411 AD. The presence of St. Lawrence Church, St. Xaviers Church and a Gurudwara in Mount Abu, makes it a perfect destination to feel the omnipresence of God in all forms of religions.A visit to Mount Abu is undoubtedly a pilgrimage to the “Hills of God”.
Rajasthan continues to be one of the most favorite tourism destinations in the world witnessing an unprecedented growth of more than 50 percent in domestic and foreign tourist influx.
With a record arrival of more than 6 lakh foreign tourists and 125 lakh domestic tourists during the year 2003, Rajasthan has been one of the most popular destinations for all.On one hand the beautiful sands of Jaisalmer saw the footprints of over 1.32 lakh domestic visitors while the City of Lakes, Udaipur enthralled more than 1.5 lakh foreign tourists with its capturing landscapes of serene waters and green hills. The charm of Mt. Abu and the sculptures of Dilwara continue to reign over the hearts of travelers with the number of arrivals being more than a lakh.
The potential of Eco-tourism and wild life viewing has also grown with a constant increase in number of vacationers visiting Sariska, Bharatpur, Siliserh, Sawai Madhopur and other parts of the state.
More than 6 lakh foreign and domestic visitors have relived the grandeur of impregnable forts and the stories of Rajput valor in the cities of Jodhpur, Chittorgarh, Kota and Bundi. The small city which has the world’sonly Brahma Temple-Pushkar has witnessed a record 9.37 lakh domestic visitors and more than 31,000 visitors from abroad. Ajmer- the Khwaja’s City continues to be the second most popular tourist destination for domestic arrivals.
The trends of the record arrivals reaffirm the growing popularity of Rajasthan as the most preferred tourist destination worldwide.
The roaring winds, the clap of thunder, the dancing peacocks, the sweet chirping of birds, and the pleasant fragrance of the fresh wet soil marks the advent of monsoons, breaking the long and deep silence of the hot summers.
With the splatter of raindrops, the merry spirits soar high in celebration indicating the beginning of the Teej Festival which is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. This festival is held every year on the third day (Teej) after the new moon in the Hindu month of Shravan.
Primarily Teej being a festival for women it is an occasion for them to deck up in traditional jewellery and colorful attires. Women of all ages can be seen enjoying in vibrant bazaars all over the city. The festivity centres centres on singing and dancing in devotion of Goddess Parvati. All across the state women can be seen enjoying themselves swinging onJhoolas (Swings) hung from trees, playing games, singing the folksongs and applying mehendi (henna) on their hands.
In Jaipur an idol of Goddess Parvati is taken out in a royal and elaborate procession from the City Palace to the Chaughan Stadium on the festive occasion,which is watched by people in large numbers. This kilometer long procession includes bullock carts, canons, chariots, gaily decorated elephants with silver haodas, horses, camels, brass bands, group of dancers and a spectacular palanquin of Goddess Parvati which is carried by eight men dressed in red attires. People join the procession as it winds its way through the lanes of the old city while others perch on top of buildings, windows, even trees to catch a glimpse of Goddess Parvati. The people strew flowers and coins over the idol of Goddess Parvati to seek her blessings.
The Department of Tourism, Rajasthan extends this event by organizing various exciting contests for the tourists and cultural performances by folk artists. The department also makes arrangements for the tourists to witness and participate in the procession. To add to the colors of the fair, stalls are put up to offer traditional delicacies like dal baati churma, kair sangari vegetable, the sweet ghewar and other mouth watering Rajasthani dishes.
Marriages are made in heaven but weddings are celebrated here on Earth. It is the fusion of traditions, emotions, enthusiastic relatives, sanctity and celebrations associated with marriages in Inroyal-weddingdia that make the Indian Weddings extremely enchanting. Add to all this the vibrancy and regality of the processions, the convenience of organizing the wedding keeping in mind thecomfort of the invited guests that make weddings in the tourist cities of Rajasthan an occasion- extraordinaire for the families involved.
In today’s trying times when getting the best in the minimal time is a concern for all, Rajasthan has emerged as the preferred place to organize family functions as grand as a Wedding. Rajasthan is well known not only in India but throughout the world for its unique jewellery which are pieces of art by itself, for its sprawling lawns and royal hotels, for a remarkable collection of souvenirs and above all for the stunning range of formal attires that its boutiques and designers offer. All this, and the accessibility, convenience of accommodation, transport and management of the entire affair has led to the arrival of Rajasthan as a Marriage Hub for not only Indians but also for those residing in other parts of the world.
Rajasthan offers a wide variety of venues for the ceremony affordable to all classes of the society. The banquet halls, lush green lawns and pool-side expanses of the Luxury and Heritage hotels nestled in not only the Pink city but also in the other tourist cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer have come in as exclusive places to hold ‘theme weddings’ for the rich and famous. At the same time, the green spread of the resorts, clubs and marriage grounds located in different parts of the legendary cities of Rajasthan, too, offer a captivating site for the nuptial ceremony. These lush green lawns with colorful regal shamianas and artistic floraldecorations can easily accommodate up to 2500 people and fulfill the never-ending demands of a marriage ceremony. The caterers further add to the delight of the guests by presenting a rich variety of delectable Indian and Rajasthani cuisines.
Well-managed traffic, easy transport and manageable distances make the to-fro movement of the families and guests, between the places of accommodation and ceremony, hassle-free. Besides, the comfortable roads of cities in Rajasthan allow for a grand procession (Baraat) wherein the Bridegroom’s party arrives to the wedding venue accompanied by a local band playing foot-tapping tunes. The Bridegroom is truly a king in this procession riding high atop either a caparisoned elephant decorated with flowery designs or an elegant horse marching to the lively beats with its sprightliness. The gay abandon and merry dancing of friends and relatives during the procession, which is the soul of Royal Weddings in Rajasthan, compel the outsiders to come here and organize the marriages of their wards to make the occasion a truly memorable one. Away from the hustle and bustle of metros, the cities of Rajasthan offer the comfort and convenience of a leisurely wedding combined with the facilities and class of a metro city.
Markets in Rajasthan are a shopper’s delight for the remarkable range they offer in clothes and ornaments at a reasonable price for the Bride, and other members of the marriage party. Rajasthani jewellery stands out not only for its matchless array of designs but also for its time tested and reputed quality. Johari Bazaar of Jaipur is famous for its rich treasure of bewitching jewellery, beautiful gems, semi-precious stones, ‘Kundan’ and enamel work on gold, which are readily available to be bought and showcased by the ladies in the wedding. Besides, there is a timeless appeal to Rajasthan’s colorful bazaars selling a rich ensemble of ethnic formal wears tastefully embroidered with the traditional zardozi, gota-patti, mukesh work, sequins and bead-work. Equally popular is the leather footwear, especially the embroidered ‘juthis’ that are a rage among the young and old alike. The Bride’s search for her Wedding trousseau and accessories ends here in the land of Royals.
The array of facilities that exist in Rajasthan has encouraged the tour operators and event managers to offer their clients a complete package for Royal Weddings. The responsibility of all arrangements ranging from Venue-Hotel bookings and invitations to organizing the receptions, ceremonies, sightseeing and shopping trips, is thoroughly taken care of by the seasoned specialists making it possible for the involved families to be a part of all the fun and enjoyment without a frown on their foreheads.
No wonder that such a rare combination of convenience, comfort, grandeur, ambience and accessibility posit Rajasthan as the country’s favorite hub for Dream Weddings.