What did I like best in Rajasthan?
Rajasthan, the incredible state of India, has lots of good things to offer its visitors. I had visited the different cities of this beautiful state way back in 2002, but still, I feel its 'royal' essence in my memories even though sitting thousands of kilometres away from it. Therefore, through this blog, Lovely Tiny Things will take you along the best things in Rajasthan, which are simply incredible.
Although the entire state, Rajasthan, says a lot about Indian culture and values, still its rich food, beautiful locales, and astounding architecture bring delightful experience for its visitors. Whether you are a culture enthusiast, history buff or an adventure freak, Rajasthan has got everything stored in for everyone. The following list of the best things in Rajasthan is something which not only keeps the tourists attracted towards this princely state of India but also let its tourists cherish the wonderful memories throughout their life.
Tourists visit Rajasthan throughout the year but the best time to visit Rajasthan is during winter months of October to February. Daytime is very comfortable whereas nights are chilly cold. During December and January, there can be a severe variation in temperatures during the day and the night. Hence, carry sufficient warm clothes including jackets, thermal wear, scarfs, caps and gloves.
HUMBLE AND RESPONSIBLE HOSPITALITY
A city or a state is usually happily remembered when it greets its visitors humbly and politely. And this is possible only when the locals are cooperative and trust-worthy. Rajasthani locals are not only humble and polite but are also very keen to keep the name of the state up and proud. Whether its an auto-rickshaw driver or a jeep driver, they will hardly misguide you to any destination. The cities of the Rajasthan can be well explored via local transport, which can be hired on an hourly basis. The best is to prefer auto-rickshaw, a readily available local transport, which can well accommodate 4 to 5 travellers at a time with the nominal fare. Do not forget to bargain well during the peak season where these auto wallahs charge a bit higher (a fair enough; because they only earn well during the peak season of tourism)
The best part - these auto wallahs can take you to the best shop or restaurant for having meals and that too without any extra cost if you hire them for a complete day, i.e. for 8 hours.
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Local Street Food and Typical Rajasthani Thali
Food is something which remains on your taste buds even after several years. It lets you feel the local taste with full authenticity. So once you are in Rajasthan, do not forget to try its local street food which is not only tasty and mouth-watering but also brings the taste of Rajasthan. The local street food stalls or shops here are not only clean and hygienic, rather most of them are more than the decades-old. The method of cooking may look very old and traditional, but according to them, this is only the way to keep the original and authentic taste intact. Some of the best street foods to try in Rajasthan are moong dal ki pakodi and stuffed Kachodi - deep fried in desi ghee.
And yes, when it comes to proper meal time, must-try Rajasthani Thali. It includes almost everything that a meal plate should include - starting from the salads, to the different variants of Indian sweets and desserts. A perfect option for a tummy full dinner or lunch. A typical Rajasthani Thali costs in between INR 200 to INR 250 depending on the type of the restaurant.
Rajasthani Folk Music
Rajasthan Folk music is not only melodious and different but it has the essence and the feel of India. It takes you to the journey of India and its culture. Rajasthan folk music is based on percussion instruments like Sarangi, Ravanhattha, Ektara and Morchang. Apart from these percussion instruments, Kadtaal, Sehnaai, Flute and Poongi are also very famous. Rajasthani Folk music is widely popular and is been loved by almost everyone. You will find several Rajasthani Folk music Artists in different tourist spots of Rajasthan. These artists play beautifully their percussion instrument for their visitors and their dedication and love for the Rajasthani Folk is seen through their performance.
Attached here is the video by Azad Jain, from Youtube, where a Hindi song is beautifully performed by a Rajasthani Folk Artist by using Ravanhattha, a Rajasthani Folk Instrument. It would be great if you could spare some time to watch this video. Please note, my only sole purpose of sharing this video is to promote this Rajasthani Folk Artist, not this YouTube Channel. However, I thank Azad Jain for uploading this video on his channel.
Astounding Rajasthani Havelis
Rajasthani Havelis reflects Indian History and its prevalence. The stunning architecture of these Havelis is truly incomparable. Each Haveli, although look similar to each other, can be distinguished from one another if the workmanship is observed minutely. The famous example of such workmanship is Patwon Ji Ki Haveli. This haveli is one of the major tourist attraction in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Although Patwon Ji ki Haveli is located in the narrow lane of Jaisalmer city, it represents the outstanding piece of architecture. It is a cluster of five small havelis and best known for its ornate wall paintings, and intricate yellow sandstone-carved jharokha, a typical Indian architecture which is an overhanging enclosed balcony. One of the most important functions it served was to allow women in purdah to see the events outside without being seen themselves.
Rajasthan is a state of colour, history and its friendly culture. A new thing is hidden in every corner of Rajasthan. It always looks like something new for its visitors. For Lovely Tiny Things, this is a state that cannot be forgotten even by forgetting. Its fragrance, it's feeling always brings a smile to the face. And this is truly an incredible state of India.
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