Rajasthan, Land of Kings
Rajasthan (land of kings) is the largest state, area wise, in India. It borders Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to the southwest, Madhya Pradesh to the southeast, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to the northeast and Punjab to the north. Rajasthan covers an area of 342,239 km² (132,139 mi²;).
The state capital is Jaipur. Geographical features include the Thar Desert in western Rajasthan and the termination of the Ghaggar River. One of the world’s oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Range, cradles the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, and its world famous Dilwara Temples. Eastern Rajasthan has two national tiger reserves, Ranthambore and Sariska, as well as Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur, famous for its bird life.
Rajasthan has 32 districts: Ajmer, Alwar, Banswara, Baran, Barmer, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Bharatpur, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dausa, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Karauli, Kota, Nagaur, Pali, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur, Sikar, Sirohi, Tonk, and Udaipur.
These districts are grouped into seven divisions:-
- Ajmer Division: Ajmer, Bhilwara, Nagaur, Tonk.
- Bharatpur Division: Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karuali, Swai Madhopur.
- Bikaner Division: Bikaner, Churu, Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh.
- Jaipur Division: Jaipur, Alwar, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Dausa.
- Jodhpur Division: Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Pali, Sirohi.
- Kota Division: Baran, Bundi, Jhalawar, Kota.
- Udaipur Division: Banswara, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Udaipur, Rajsamand.
The history of Rajasthan is very long and dramatic filled with lots of heroic stories and instances where people have put their life and families at risk and kept the pride and values like loyalty, freedom, truth, shelter etc intact. This is list of famous people in the history of Rajasthan:
- MahaRana Pratap
- Rana Sangha
- Veer Durgadass Rathore
- Amar Singh Rathore
- Maharaja SawaiMaan Singh Jaipur
- Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II Jaipur
- Seth Bhamashah
- Raja Suraj Mal
- Shekha Ji
- Veer Teja
- Maharani Gayatri Devi
- Baldev Ram Mirdha
- Chaudhari Kumbharam Arya
- Swami Keshwanand
Things to do in Rajasthan
Rajasthan, the Land of Maharajas, is truly a royal state in every manner. It is one of the most historical myths and culture-rich states in India. People from all across the globe come to experience the majestical lifestyles, colorful festivals, exciting camel rides, desert camping, dune bashing, and so much more. Rajasthan apart from its rich heritage, bustling streets, and interesting festivals, also has many offbeat things to do as well. Experience the most exotic and traditional Rajasthani royal lifestyle. Here are the best things to do in Rajasthan
In Rajasthan, the land of deserts and sandy terrain, a camel safari in the desert is a must-do activity. A camel safari is the best way to traverse the golden dunes of Rajasthan. This is the best way to explore this arid region.
To experience the rustic Thar desert, staying in Desert Camps are the best way to experience it. The beauty of the desert under star-soaked skies at night is an unmatched experience. At Desert Camps, one can spend a night surrounded by the rolling dunes in Maharajas of old, away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Taking a boat trip on picturesque Lake Pichola is the quintessential Udaipur experience. There is no comparison to the view one gets from the boat of the two islands in the lake, the Jagniwas Island and the Jagmandir Island. The island Jagniwas was built in 1754 by Maharana Jagat Singh II on which beautiful Lake Palace has been built.
Rajasthan is home of the most popular wildlife and bird sanctuaries. The most popular ones are Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo National Park, and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Tigers, elephants, boars, bears, several species of birds, and various other inhabitants of the wild greet you to these wildlife sanctuaries.