BIKANER – JAISALMER – JODHPUR – UDAIPUR
Rajasthan still retains an elusive fairy-tale character. A land where the tales of valour of its medieval Rajput warriors are still sung by its travelling bards.
Rajasthan is the `Land of the Kings’. Where opulent palaces dot the desert landscape and battle-scarred fortresses appear on every hill like sentinels of the past. Here folk culture still retains its entire colour and vivacity. With exuberant celebrations of fairs and festivals in Rajasthan. A music that echoes across the desert emptiness tradition of craftsmanship with a highly developed aesthetic sense. Begin your desert adventure at Jodhpur, a fortress-city at the edge of the Thar Desert festival. Then travel to Jaisalmer to see its unforgettable golden fortress. The trade route outpost of Bikaner still retains a medieval flavour. While the route to Barmer will take you through typical Rajasthani Villages. The four cities on your itinerary will create a perfect portrait of this exotically beautiful desert land.
1. SHOPPING IN RAJASTHAN
JODHPUR: At Mochi Gali, embroidered leather shoes, tie and dye fabrics, lacquerware, antiques and puppets.
JAISALMER: At Manik Chowk, pick up woven blankets and shawls, mirror-work textiles, silver jewelry and block-printed textiles.
BIKANER: At the bazaar, look for camel-hide water bottles, slippers, purposes and lampshades. Also camel hair durries carpets and blankets.
JODHPUR: Try makhaniya lassi – a delicious creamy drink. And popular dessert – mawa kachori, dhood firni.
BIKANER: Try the famous Bikaneri Bhujias – tangy mix of fried cereals that make a perfect snack.
FESTIVALS OF RAJASTHAN
JODHPUR: Marwar festival. Cattle fair in Nagaur, Shitlamata fair at Kaga, Gangaur fair at Pipar.
JAISALMER: Annual Desert Festival
BIKANER: Gangaur. The Kolayat Fair. Desert Festival with local folk artistes and a spectacular Fire Dance.
RAJASTHAN TRAVEL INFORMATION
Summer: March to June (Warm) Summer – Cottons
Monsoon: July to August (Warm) Winter – Woolens
Winter: November to February (Cold and Pleasant)