Rajasthan, also known as ‘the land of kings’ or ‘the land of colors’, can amaze anyone visiting it. Let’s find out what this beautiful region is all about.
The Indian Union is formed out of 28 states and 7 union territories, and this state is the largest by area, with the capital in Jaipur. Situated in the north-west of India, it is bordered by Pakistan in the west and northwest, and the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana in the north and northeast.
Even though Rajasthan encompasses much of the Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert), its landscape offers more diversity than that. The Aravalli Range, which literally means ‘line of peaks’, is a long chain of fold mountains that splits the geography of the state in two: desert on one side and forest vegetation, representing just 9.36% of the surface of this state, on the other.
Culture and Mysticism
The great cultural diversity, legacy of the many clans that fought for supremacy in ancient times, the beautiful landscape and the rich reserves of flora and fauna, all these are the perfect basis for a highly developed Rajasthan tourism. It was only in 2009-2010 that the country attracted 14% of the total foreign tourists, which represents the fourth highest percentage in all states of India.
Anyone who has never visited this part of the world would be amazed to learn how Indian deities, people and animals live in great harmony. Rajasthan makes no exception. An example would be the Karni Mata temple in Deshnoke, where people worship the Hindu sage (Karni Mata) who is believed to be the incarnation of the goddess Durga. She is represented only by a foot print, which symbolizes her visiting that place – hence the tradition of walking barefoot in the temple. The sacred place is also famous for the rats inhabiting it, which are given protection, and are being fed plenty of bread, sugar and milk. They are thought to be the reincarnated ancestors of Karni Mata as a result of the curse of Yama, the god of death.
The educational standard is significantly being improved in Rajasthan, thanks to the sustained efforts of the government. With a percentage of literacy going up from 38.55% in 1991, to 60.41% in 2001, the state recorded the highest leap of literacy percentage in the history of India. The state has nine universities, 23 polytechnics and 152 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). The Rajasthan universityis the oldest university in the region, founded on the 8th of January 1947, initially called the University of Rajputana until 1956. It attracts students from all over India and overseas.
So it is obvious that the charm of the region is not only given by the locals, but also by foreigners who choose to study, live, work, visit this northwestern state. Should you ever consider visiting this place, it is indicated to do it between July and September, when temperatures are pleasant. However, Rajasthan will surely make for an unforgettable destination no matter the time of the year.