The bizarre scent of the ancient world charm, the beauty of the architecture, and the sensation of absolute royalness are the objects you get to admire in Rajasthan. But, are these the sole things that Rajasthan is familiar with? No, I’m neither talking about the reformer vibes in Pushkar nor the gorgeous landscapes of Jodhpur, those are pretty common things which everyone knows about. Besides the assortment of the old and the new, Rajasthan has several aspects worth recognizing.
Here are some fascinating facts regarding this bright jewel of India
1. After Leh and Kutch, Jaisalmer located in Rajasthan is the largest district in India with the area of 39,313 square km.
2. Rajasthan with the area of 342,239 square kilometers is India’s largest state. It was formed after 22 kingdoms and principalities were merged into a single geographical entity on 30 March 1949.
3. Nearly, every city is enciphered with a specific color in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is Blue, Jaipur is Pink, Udaipur is white and Jhalawar is Purple.
4. An unrevealed fact about Rajasthan is, it is the residence of the pristine mountain range in India– Aravalli Range.
5. When we divide the word ‘Rajasthan,’ into half, the precise meaning comes as Raj – Kings, Sthan – Place/Land or Land of Kings. The Land of Kings is synonymous with heroism, honor, and royalty.
6. In Rajasthan, there are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites– Jantar Mantar of Jaipur, Keoladeo National Park, and Hill Forts of Rajasthan which include Jaisalmer Fort, Chittor Fort, Amer Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranthambore Fort, and Gagron Fort.
7. Rajasthan also has numerous haunted places. Although, among all of them, Bhangarh Fort tops the list of haunted places in India.
8. Kumbhalgarh Fort is the world’s second-largest wall complex after the Great Wall of China, as Aravalli Range includes a 38 km long wall. By the way, it is also the second-largest fort in Rajasthan.
9. The Great Indian Desert or The Thar Desert is India’s largest and world’s 18th largest desert.
10. Rajasthan also has a unique topology which includes the fertile land in the east and infertile land in the west (mainly deserts).
11. Hawa Mahal located in Jaipur serves as the recognizable symbol of Rajasthan. This historical monument is known for its magnificent architecture and built of pink sandstone. It includes a total of 953 windows.
12. Gangaur is one of the festivals which is enjoyed utterly in Rajasthan with jest and enthusiasm. This festival denotes the celebration of the harvest, marital fidelity, and spring.
13. One of the significant tourist attractions in Rajasthan is Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur. This fort has been featured in both Hollywood and Bollywood movies including The Jungle Book (1994), Awarapan (2007), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
14. The Palace on Wheels or the Heritage Palace on Wheels is the optimal way to experience the Royal land of Rajasthan. It is also known as one of the world’s most exciting rail journeys.
15. The wife of Ravana, Mandodari from the Hindu epic, Ramayana, belonged to the ancient town of Mandore, Rajasthan.
16. A small town called Mandawa, in Jhunjhunu district, which lies on the silk route to China is home to promiscuous fabulous Havelis that were built by the merchants. These Havelis serve as the open-air art galleries because they are stunningly adorned with paintings of various themes on internal as well as external walls.
17. Rajasthan stands second after Maharastra with the highest number of forts. Rajasthan has more than 45 forts.
18. Kuldhara village which is located about 18 km from the city of Jaisalmer has an enigmatic story. It is believed that in the 1800s, the town was abandoned by its villagers and the entire town vanished in the course of a single night. Till date, no one knows where all of them went.
19. Away from city life, one of the most zestful things to do in Rajasthan is dune bashing. You can hop into a 4X4 vehicle and savor the off-road experience on the sand dunes.
20. If you are traveling in Jaipur, an elephant ride till Amer Fort is a necessary experience that polishes a Jaipur tour.