Travelling to a new place always has its excitements. You have the packing and preparing, the journey, the enjoyment, etc. But what happens when you actually reach there? Whats should you do? Sure, you must have an itinerary ready, with a list of places to visit. But how about everything else?
That’s exactly what we’re here for! This post is filled to the brim, with suggestions for fascinating places you must visit, mouth-watering food, eye-catching clothes, information about traditional cultures, and so much more.
“But what’s the topic or place?” You may ask. Today, we’re going to be covering ‘Rajasthan’, the city buried in sand.
Now, let’s learn about the base of everything. Destinations. Believe us, we’re going to give you names of top-tier venues and places, tha you must visit to get the full experience of Rajasthan.
#1. Pinchola Lake
Starting right from the place with the highest popularity, we have the Pinchola Lake. Located in the heart of Udaipur, Pinchola Lake is the largest, most picturesque and most visited tourist place in Rajasthan.
#2. Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort, is one of the largest forts in India and counted among the best for a sightseeing tour. Located on a 122 m high hill, 400 feet above the city and surrounded by magnificent thick walls, this famous tourist place in Rajasthan still grabs the attention of the visitors and raises their curiosity to get deep into the history and learn more about the place.
#3. Jain Temple
Situated in Udaipur at Ranakpur, the Jain temple is listed among the most stunning Jain temples in India and makes it to any list of most visited places in Rajasthan.
#4. Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Situated in Bharatpur, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, once known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, is a renowned avifauna sanctuary in India and tourist spot in Rajasthan. What makes it a top place to visit is its being habitat to over 230 species of birds and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
#5. Sheesh Mahal
Any list consisting of tourist places to visit in Rajasthan cannot miss out the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Mirrors is situated at Amber Fort in Jaipur. Sheesh Mahal is one of the world famous forts because of its unique construction. The ceilings and walls of the hall are superbly covered with the mirrors that would reflect any splash of ray and light up the hall deliberately.
#6. Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park, is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India. Spread across an area of 1,334 sq km, the famous park is acknowledged for its Royal Bengal tigers.
#7. Jantar Mantar
The Jantar Mantar, located in Jaipur is one of the largest astronomical observatories built during the ruling period of Maharaja Jai Singh II in the early 18th century. Designed for examination of the astronomical positions through the naked eye, this uniquely designed architectural structure is the best preserved historic observatories of India.
Now we go on to the tasty dishes, cuisines and delicacies of this sandy city.
#1. Dal Bati Churma
The appetizing dish of Dal Bati Churma, also known as the Traditional Food of Rajasthan, needs no introduction. Dal bati Churma is synonymous to Rajasthan; known for its crunchy batis, dipped in ghee along with spicy daal and sweet churma (Churma is made by mashing up wheat flour roti in desi ghee and jaggery).
#2. Laal Maas
One of the most common parts of the non-vegetarian platter, Laal maas owes its colour to the hot red chillies. The meat is cooked in hot gravy of tomatoes, chillies and sizzling spices.
Gatte, another dish you must try, is known as the famous food of Rajasthan. Typical Rajasthani food platters are almost incomplete without gattes; Rajasthan has a variety of Gatte preparations. Shahi Gatte or Masala gatte are Gattes covered with spicy gravy. Gatte pulao are a festive preparation, where vegetables are replaced by gattes, served with Mangodi ki Daal or Kadhi.
Chhach or buttermilk is an inseparable part of Rajasthani food culture. Chhach is a must-have in the dessert climate and extreme weather conditions of the state. Masala Chhach is a tasty drink, usually taken with/after breakfasts and lunches. The drink is also independent of main course and is a boon for sweaty summers.
Now, we move on to the clothes and dresses worn by the people of Rajasthan, incase you wish join in with them during your visit.
#1. Pagri- For men
Pagri is one of the most important parts of men’s attire in Rajasthan as it defines their social and economic status. Their colour, cloth, design and shape- everything symbolises individuality. The width of a Pagri is 8 inches and length is about eighty feet. The common man wears a Pagri of a single colour while a rich man wears a designer multicoloured Pagri. Although people wear special Pagris during festivals or events.
#2. Angrakha- For both, but usually worn by men
The upper garment is called as Angrakha which means protecting the body, Angrakha is made of cotton. On festivals, people wear designer, multicoloured angrakhas. They are designed in two ways; frock style Kamari Angrakha and knee-length Long Angrakha. Printed Angrakhas are more prevalent in the markets of Rajasthan.
#3. Ghaghara & Choli- For women
This item of clothing is short to provide visibility to the foot ornaments. They come in many prints and colours. There are many pleats and studded ornaments in the Ghaghara itself. The blouses or short kurtis which Rajasthani women wear are known as cholis. Also made with cotton or silk depending on the occasion, the reach to the waist depends on the caste, religion and age of women.
#4. Traditional Jewellery
Rajasthanis have a very peculiar taste when it comes to ornaments and jewellery. Semi-precious stone-studded trinkets are very popular. Even the men wear ear-studs and neckpieces. Gold or pearl chains are common among the rich, and silver hansli (a big round item around the neck) is worn by the commoners. Women wear ‘jhumkas’ in ears; multicoloured bangles, long and short beautiful neckpieces, large anklets, rings, nose rings, etc.
And there you have it! Everything we can give to help fill you in, about the next destination you wish to visit. We promise you, Rajasthan is in our list of favourites too!
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