in this land of superlatives, everything its people, customs, culture, costumes, manners, dialects and even its cuisine are mesmerizing.
Its ruins rely on and romances speak of the vicissitudes through which it has passed.
Today Rajasthan offers everything to a tourist be it heritage, culture, religion, wildlife, adventure, wellness, and business, etc. It is known as the world’s richest center for art and craft. The heritage state
today is a progressive region with well – developed infrastructure and supporting institutions. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is today a world-class city with futuristic complexes, shopping malls, places of amusement and entertainment.
The social infrastructure includes the best in educational institutes, modem, and affordable housing facilities.
Traveling throughout Rajasthan is vivid and full of surprises. The destinations by road and by train are easily accessible and well connected.
The people of Rajasthan are traditionally hospitable and friendly.
Popular brands of liquor and beer can be bought over the counters at all places in Rajasthan.
modern medical and health facilities are in abundance
The origin of Rajasthan goes back to the Harappan or the Indus Valley civilization (3000 2000 BL).
The name Rajasthan literally means the Land of Rajas (Rulers or Kings).
The Rajput dynasties rose from the 7 to the 11centuries and until the end of the LZ-century, control of north India was concentrated in their hands.
They claimed to be the original Kshatriya (Warriors) seeing themselves as protectors of the dharma (religion) against invaders with attributes ascribed to the martial castes i.e. chivalry, bravery, and unquestioning loyalty.
By the 8century most of the north-west desert was ruled by various clans in small kingdoms but the height of their power and glory was between the 13 and 16century.
Even during the growing might of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, many Rajput princes were awarded high offices in return for loyalty but in the later period, several Rajput princes sought to secure their autonomy from the Mughal.
Thereafter, their continuous interclan rivalry and the growing might of the Mughal Empire finally eroded their strength. After the quelling of the mutiny in 1858 and with the establishment of the
British Empire, the Rajput princely states gained in appearance and power.
The rugged forts and palaces innumerable temples surviving amidst the scattered ruins and medieval cities are a testimony to its turbulent past and legends.