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A land of mighty forts, grand palaces, the Great Indian Desert and untouched rural life awaits.

Rajasthan is the most popular destination for travellers to India, particularly if you are visiting for the first time. The region is known as the Land of the Kings, due to the royalty from the Rajputs running the area for over 1000 years up until the British took control. The Rajputs were great builders of forts and palaces, many of which are still in use today either a private homes or luxury hotels.

Rajasthan's capital is the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, often visited on the famous Golden Triangle itinerary that combines Jaipur with Agra, the Taj Mahal and Delhi. A stay in Jaipur is a real highlight and it is worth spending at least 2 nights here exploring the forts (particularly Amber Fort), palaces and heritage architecture - many of which are still painted in pink.  

Other destinations in Rajasthan worth visiting are: the romantic city of Udaipur - a city of seven lakes with grand palaces (now mostly hotels) from the era of the moghuls; the vast and well protected Rathambore National Park, home to the Indian Tiger; the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur; Sariska Tiger Reserve and National Park which as well as Tigers and other wildlife the park contains a fort, pavillions and a palace. Pushkar is home to an annual Camel fair, the hilltop fortress at Chittorgarh and Mount Abu - Rajasthan's only hill station - are all worth visiting if you have time. Rajasthan is also and many 'off the beaten track' villages where time has stood still the locals live a simple life. Luxury lodges and retreats are available to experience the countryside. 

To the north of Rajasthan is the Great Indian Desert (or Thar Desert), a barren land well worth exploring. Most alluring is Jaisalmer, a fort city that rises from the desert sands. Inside Jaisalmer fort, there is a palace, hotels, shops and restaurants. It really is worth the visit.

If you are seeking the land of the kings, then head to Rajasthan.


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