I have always been fond of Indian culture. There is this satisfying warmth, a homely feeling that lies in the soil of this country. I could be saying this since I am from India. But, I am sure there is some reality in what I am saying, and you’ll understand that when you’ll visit my homeland.
When you live in a city like Mumbai, you’re not completely exposed to the real culture. Though we have a lot of festivals happening all around the year, the essence is still not fully found.
If you want to taste the flavour of India and absorb more of its culture, Rajasthan is the place. Situated in the north-west of the country, it is a state that stays truly Indian.
Talk about culture, spices, colours or anything desi; this place has all of it.
I travelled to Rajasthan two years back with my mother during the time of Diwali. We spent about two weeks in Rajasthan, travelling from one city to another and the vibrant pictures are forever etched in my memory.
Out of the many cities, we went to, Udaipur and Jaisalmer caught my heart. Udaipur is also called as Venice of the east or the city of lakes. But, let me be honest, it is far better than Venice. It’s a popular destination in not only Rajasthan but also India because of its heritage and culture. Being the historic capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, Udaipur is a graceful city with a huge history attached.
It was also voted as the best city in the world in 2009 by the Travel + Leisure magazine.
Our time in Udaipur began with the Light and Sound Show that takes you through the entire history of Mewar that stretches back to 1500 years. It brings alive the rich heritage through a beautiful play of lights and realistic sound. While watching this show, you can see the city glitter right behind you.
Our trip to city palace was also beautiful. You can see the sun setting on the lake, creating hues of orange and purple. It looks magical and definitely makes your evening enchanting. As it gets darker, the city unfolds into a new place altogether. It’s mesmerizing to see the city of lakes turn into the city of lights.
The hotels in Udaipur are beautiful too. Hence, if you’re planning to make a trip to Udaipur, you have too many options.
Sand dunes, camels and golden sunrays. Welcome to Jaisalmer!
It’s fascinating to see how the state changes from one city to another and has its own avatars.
Jaisalmer also known as The Golden City is situated in the west of Rajasthan.
Mainly formed by yellow sand stones, it is crowned by a fort. The sandstones magnify the beauty of this town. Sun rays that fall on it creates a golden aura that truly makes the place full of gold.
As you enter Jaisalmer, it gets warmer, and you can already hear the tunes of traditional Rajasthani music echo. Music and art form a major part of this town since their major occupation is tourism.
Our Camel ride in Jaisalmer was one of its kind! The sand dunes look golden in the evening and if I can say, never-ending. We also spent an evening in the Ghadisar Lake that is surrounded by temples. When the sun kisses the lake, it creates a mix of orange and blue and it looks beautiful. A lot of pigeons are seen in this region, and they only add to the beauty of this place. In the evening when they fly over the temples, it is a truly Indian sight.
We went to a lot of other cities of the state too, and it was a grand experience to sum it up! If you’re planning to vacay in India, don’t forget to add Rajasthan to the list. It’s absolutely beautiful.
Let me know if you want me to write about the other cities we travelled too (includes Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, etc.) Have a travel story to share? Drop a comment.