Land of contrasts par excellence, India fascinates us. The best-known and most attractive region is undoubtedly Rajasthan in the north of the country. Between modernity and conformity, renewal and old, ethnic groups and religions mix, like the colored pigments launched during the festival of colors of Holi, to form a cultural patchwork of the most interesting in West Asia.
To cheer up the winter greyness that is slowly setting in, we take you today to discover this “country of kings” with oriental charms.
Between cultural escape and wonder
Rajasthan is often associated with its colors, traditional costumes in the walls of its cities, diversity is indeed at the rendezvous.
Jaipur is the most famous city, probably because of its pinkish colors that give it this very romantic side! Capital of Rajasthan, it is the essential step to the amazing architecture. Indeed, the alleys alternate between Moghol style houses very refined and rich in details and ornaments and British architecture. Our favourite? Inevitably: the palace of the winds! Nearly a thousand windows and balconies make up this imposing Rajput building. Engravings, white details and especially this bright coral colour make it one of the most visited attractions of the city. For the record, the many windows were created to create a draft and thus refresh the atmosphere of this titanic house.
Not far from there, Jodhpur, the blue city extends from the old city to the sacred temples. Formerly a commercial stopover, we find coffee and spices in a fascinating architectural and cultural mix. Udaipur looks like it with its immaculate white walls, Jaisalmer and its ocher buildings complete your trip.
In addition to color, its cities symbolize the history and the different architectural and religious trends that crossed them. Jainism, Hinduism or even Buddhism coexist in an organized and harmonious mob. So, plan your trip and get ready to explore Jaipur via Palace on Wheels train which is the best luxury train for Rajasthan.
Festivals, rites and cultural events
This plurality also goes to its events! We had already told you about Pushkar and its sacred festival … Many other color festivals are held throughout the year such as the Bikaner Fair in January, for example, where the camel is king. If you go to India in February, do not miss the desert festival in Jaisalmer. Elephants, light, gods and goddesses of all kinds, Indians celebrate the world for an incomparable visual pleasure.
Nature is not left in the heart of Rajasthan
Rajasthan combines this culture with fabulous riches and a nature just as dense. what makes it attractive! Desert of Thar, green hills or mountains, the many landscapes allow a choice of activities relatively varied. From the trek to Mount Abu to the boat ride on the river Chambal, re- energize through landscapes with striking and unexpected contrasts. Did you know that India has many natural parks? The Ranthambore National Park, for example, allows you to observe the famous Bengal tigers in their natural environment.
Embark your journey and know about the schedule of Palace on Wheels train. And ready to explore nature and architecture, modern cities and typical villages, Rajasthan seduces by this diversity and these contrasts, adapting itself to the desires of the whole family.