Rajasthan is one of the most visited states of India with its rich and exotic history, opulent palaces, and a plethora of cultural offerings. Nestled in the foothills of the Aravallis, the richness of the province has attracted thousands of tourists to the land from times. The state mesmerizes all the travellers to her sand, which in turn has given the region a rich and varied culture, which is considered to be one of the richest cultures in the world. A trip to Rajasthan will be incomplete without the knowledge of the history, culture, and places of the state. Here is a look at the history of the royal state.
The history of Rajasthan can be traced from Indus Valley Civilization. With its unparalleled geographical location, the state has gained numerous republics like Arjunyas, Kushans, Malavas, Saka Satraps, etc. In 321-BCE Rajasthan was the part of the Gupta Empire. Due to some political turmoil in the 6th century, when Gupta Empire began falling, things got unstable. In 700 CE, Gujara-Pratiharas came into power and till 851 CE, this destiny was well settled.
During the 9th century, Rajput came to power. Rajputs played a historical role in Rajasthan with their unparalleled bravery and merits. During the 8-9th century, Rajput clan gained supremacy and were divided into 36 royal clans and 21 dynasties. In the 10th century, the Chauhan dynasty was established. In 1191, Prithviraj Chauhan was ruling in Rajasthan that time there were constant attacks by the Muslim ruler, Muhammad Gohri. In 1200, Chauhan was defeated and Muslim rulers started establishing themselves.
In 1540-1556, Hem Chandra was ruling and in 1556, in the battle of Panipat, he was killed. Slowly, Akbar started doing alliance with Rajput rulers. Some Rajput rulers accepted the Akbar's offer, and some of them maintained a distance from him. One such ruler who was against Akbar was Raja Man Singh. In 1567, a battler started between them. Rajput women did not agree to live under the Mughals and committed 'Jauhar'. After the death of Maan Singh his son, Maharana Pratap continued the legacy and firmly against the Mughal Empire. In 1576, the battle of Haldighati took place in which Rana was wounded badly. Although, Rana Pratap remained in exile for 12 years and attacked the Mughal Empire several times and finally, won his territories of Mewar and freed much of Rajasthan from the Mugal rule. In the early 18th century, the Maratha Empire developed well and remains flourishing. But in the late 18th, the power of Maharath declined when most Rajput states jointed hands with British East India Company.
Present-day, Rajasthan is appreciated for its royalty and is the largest state of India. It covers 10.4% area of India. Rajasthan holds a significant number of sites that are of historical importance, besides its jaw-dropping forts and Havelis, folk music and mouth-watering foods welcome people from across the world. Each part of Rajasthan has a peculiar style of art and architecture that makes it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. In this article, we are listing out 10 such amazing places to visit in Rajasthan.
Jaipur: The 'Pink City' and one of the most famous destinations of Rajasthan, Jaipur forms part of India's renowned Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit. It has numerous forts and palaces and stunning spots.
Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer is well-known as the Golden City for its wonderful sun-soaked dunes, abundant forms, and vibrant culture. It was built as a walled city that makes it one of the largest forts in the world.
Udaipur: Udaipur is widely known as the most romantic city in India. It is filled with expensive lakes and magnificent palaces.
Bikaner: Bikaner is the most suitable option to experience the authentic taste of Rajasthan. It is a delightful desert town flooded with temples, forts, and palaces.
Pushkar: The holy city of Pushkar is a famous pilgrimage sites in the country. It has a peculiar sight and provides a great opportunity to witness traditional styles of Indian festival.
Chittorgarh: The ancient city of Chittorgarh comprises diverse palaces, temples, and forts which unveils some of the most advanced architectural design and artistic mastery.
Mount Abu: Mount Abu is the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. It has multifarious ancient sites, temples, lush green surroundings, and picnic spots.
Ajmer: Ajmer is a unique pilgrimage for both Hindu and Muslim, it seeped both history and culture. Besides, it is home to many enthralling historic sites.
Alwar: Alwar is famous for the haunted fort of Bhangarh. With abounding flora and funna, this place is an excellent example of a balanced ecology.
Bharatpur: Bharatpur is the perfect place to explore the wild side of Rajasthan. It is the indisputable home to a vast array of flora and funna that take shelter in the famed Keladeo National Park.
Rajasthan with its magnificent history and tradition provides distinct flavour with every single place you visit. The aforementioned spots unfold multiple secrets of these ancient kingdoms. Get ready to experience spirituality and witness the ancient Indian culture at the same time in Rajasthan.