According to ancient history, many parts of Rajasthan was under the Indus Valley civilisation. Around 321-184 BCE, the Maurya Empire occupied the state. Later, several kingdoms invaded it.
Today, the Mahals and Havelis that we see in Rajasthan is cultural heritage created during their reigns. They are enriched by features of Muslim and Jain architecture.
When British ruled Rajasthan in 1817-18, it was known as Rajputana. On 12 April, 1948, Jawaharlal Nehru administered the oath of allegiance to Manik Lal Verma, premier of the Union. The ceremony was held in Udaipur.
It is situated on the western side of India, where it comprises of the Thar Desert and shares border with the Pakistani provinces of Punjab to the northwest and Sindh to the west, along the Sutlej-Indus river valley.
Fairs And Festivals
Rajasthan’s desert festival which is held once a year during winters attracts tourists from all over the world. During this festival, people wear traditional costumes and dance, and sing ballads.
There are fairs with snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels play a major role in this festival.
Did You Know
‘Chyawanprash’ made from various herbs was formulated in the Dhosi Hill located in the district of Jhunjunu, known as ‘Chayvan Rishi’s Ashram’.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Rajasthan is in winter, between October to March as the weather is pleasant then.
How To Reach
All main cities of Rajasthan are well-connected by air, road and rail.
If you are travelling by air, then you can choose any of the four airports at Rajasthan- Jaipur International Airport, Jodhpur Airport, Udaipur Airport and Bikaner Airport.
Incase you prefer railways, then Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Alwar, Abu Road and Udaipur have railway stations.
You can also travel by road. India’s first 4-8 lane highway, NH-8 is the busiest highway. There are many other highways as well.
The Ranthambore National Park is a well-known tiger reserve in India. It is located in Sawai Madhopur.