3 Must-see Attractions during Rajasthan Tours

Rajasthan, lying in the north-western part of India is home to several majestic forts, magnificent palaces and placid lakes. It used to be the land of the royal Rajputs and its glorious past and charm is can still be clearly seen at historical monuments. The lavish interiors and ingenious design of these structures are admired by art lovers all across the globe. From perennial Indus River to barren Thar Desert and lofty Aravalli Ranges to sacred lakes, the state is home to diverse geographical entities. Apart from its vibrant culture, glorious history and majestic palaces, this place is also known for its enchanting temples like Birla Mandir, Dilwara Jain Temple or Brahma Mandir. Great artisans and skilful craftsmen contributed to make this state famous for handicrafts and fine architecture. Here is a list of few attractions that should not be missed people visiting this region for the first time, during their Rajasthan tours.

Hawa Mahal

This historical palace located in Jaipur, is one of the most visited tourist places in Rajasthan. Also termed as the Palace of Winds, this monument showcases a perfect blend of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. It was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh – a valiant Rajput ruler – in the 18th century. Like other structures in the city of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal was also showcases an extraordinary work of architecture and has been built by using pink stones. The construction of this place comprising jharokhas all across the building, gives it a beehive or a honeycomb womb look. This structure features around 953 jharokhas, which were built for the women of royal families. They used to enjoy the picturesque views and vibrancy of bustling city life from these windows.

Dilwara Jain Temple

Dilwara-Jai-Temples

Dilwara-Jai-Temples

Famous for its magnificent architecture, Dilwara Jain Temple, located in Mount Abu is an integral part of Rajasthan tours. It is a cluster of temples, and was built between 11th and 13th century AD. Fine carvings on the walls of this building display the richness of craftsmanship in the state. One of the most visited tourist places in Rajasthan, this cluster is surrounded by lush greenery of lofty hills. It is often visited by spirituality seekers, especially the followers of Jain religion. The majestic beauty of minutely designed ceilings and pillars on the upper section of the building can keep travellers spellbind. It is said that huge blocks of marbles were transported from different parts of the country to Mount Abu, with the help of elephants, to build this temple. There are a number of other revered shrines in the surrounding that are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankaras.

Lake Pichola

Situated in the centre of Udaipur, Lake Pichola is one of the most picturesque and beautiful lakes of India. It is believed to be the oldest and the largest man-made lake, which was built during the reign of Maharana Lakha, by a skilful tribal – Pichhu Banjara. The depth of this lake is more than 30 feet and it stretches in three miles, approximately. Lush green surroundings, elevated hills, bathing ghats, revered temples and enchanting palaces altogether makes this place a must visit for all nature lovers.

Home to a number of majestic temples, scenic spots, forts and palaces, Rajasthan is loved by all types of tourists. Travellers can explore the glorious and heroic past of India, perfectly amalgamated with culture, during their Rajasthan tours.

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Searching Divinity in the Desert Land of Rajasthan

Rajasthan, one of the picturesque and enigmatic destinations of India, is visited by thousands of tourists from within the country and beyond, each year. Sometimes referred to as the Land of Royals owing to it being ruled by Rajput rulers in the past, this place boasts of grand palaces, majestic forts, serene man-made lakes and bustling traditional markets. Another facet of it that draws hordes of international tourists is its vibrant festivals and fairs, such as Puskar Fair, Bikaner Camel Festival, Desert Festival, Gangaur Festival and Elephant Festival. Such is the celebrations during these events that each year, the number of people attending it increase manifold.

Divine Desert Land

This destination also finds its name in the list of places in India that boast of numerous religious sites. These holy shrines receive a huge influx of tourists and devotees all through the year. During important Hindu festivals, most temples in the region buzz with chants of the priests and people indulge in worshipping singing melodic hymns. The prominent sacred sites of this destination include temples of Lord Brahma, Goddess Karni Mata, Sri Ramdevji, Rishabhdevji, Lord Mahavir and Govind Devji. Temples that are famously known for their architecture include Dilwara Jain, Ossian and Birla Mandir. Another important holy site, which attracts devotees from far and near, is Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.

Dilwara Temples

Located in the only hill station of the state of Rajasthan – Mount Abu, these temples were constructed between 11th and 13th centuries. Devoted to Jain Thirthankars (saints), these shrines depict the mastery of Jain architecture. The carved decorations on pillars, doorways, ceilings and panels are mesmerising and so is the depiction of the life of Lord Krishna on the walls. A point to remember while visiting this shrine is that photography is strictly prohibited over here. The ideal time to visit this place is from February and June, and September to December

Govind Devji Temple

Built in the 18th century and dedicated to Lord Krishna, this shrine is situated in the Pink City of Jaipur. Located inside the famous City Palace, it has a delightful amalgamation of Indian and European architecture. The idol that lies in the main sanctum was brought from Vrindavan. The best time to come to this holy place is during the festivities of Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna.

Birla Mandir

Constructed in the year 1988, Birla Mandir is devoted to Lord Laxmi Narayan. It is positioned at the foot of the Moti Doongri Fort and houses the idol of Lord Laxmi Narayana and his companion, Goddess Laxmi. The highlight of this temple is its inner halls and outer walls that display great images of revered deities from different religion. October to March is considered to be the ideal time to come to this place.

Brahma Temple

Dedicated to Lord Brahma, who is considered to be the creator of the universe in Hindu mythology, this holy site is situated in the sacred town of Pushkar. There are many beliefs and folklores about this temple that makes it one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus in India. This 14th century, white marble structure lies beyond Anasagar Lake. The perfect time to visit this place is in the months of October-November, when the whole town can be seen involved in the Puskar Fair.

Karni Mata Temple

Situated in Bikaner, this shrine is devoted to Karni Mata, who is a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Constructed in the early part of the 20th century, it is made entirely of marble. Its architecture is simply splendid, featuring gold and silver domes, and an intricately-carved entrance gate. A unique aspect of this holy site is that in the premises, hundreds of rats can be seen that are respected by devotees. The winter months are the ideal time to visit this revered shrine.

 

Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer Sharif, also known as Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, is a holy pilgrimage for people who follow Islam. Dedicated to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, who was a revered saint, this mosque receives devotees from across the globe every year. This structure is a fine example of the famous Mughal architecture. The best period to pay a visit to this place is from November to March, especially during the annual anniversary of the saint.

Sprawling Vidyadhar Garden in Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is one of the largest cities of India. It was established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1727 and was the first planned city in the history of the country. Thousands of travellers visit this wonderful destination to explore its stunning forts, royal palaces, and venerated shrines. Some of the famous tourist attractions of Jaipur are City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal and Nahargarh Fort. People who would like to explore the glorious heritage and rich legacy of India might consider spending their holidays on Jaipur tours. Popularly known as the Pink City, this beatific destination is an ideal place for those who would like to explore the ethnicity of the cultural shades of the country. Besides, this city is home to several sprawling gardens and grasslands, such as Sisodia, Kanak Vrindavan and Vidyadhar. These lush green sites are prominent places of interest where visitors can enjoy moments of repose away from the humdrum of city life amidst verdant environs.

 

Vidyadhar Garden

 

Vidyadhar Garden

Vidyadhar Garden

Vidyadhar Garden is among one of the most prominent tourist destinations in this location that was developed in the memory of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya – chief architect and planner of the Pink City.It was built in the year 1988 and designed according to the ancient relics of Shilpa Shastra. As per the records, this garden was originally a vineyard, and was later developed into this sprawling lush green garden. Over the years, this verdant grassland has received immense appreciation for its exquisite design and layout, which have been inspired from the architectural style of Mughals and Rajputs. The architectural beauty of this site is mesmerising and it captivates the onlookers.

 

This grassland is home to various species of birds like peacock, owlet, black drongo and laughing dove. Vacationers are often found drawn by the tranquilizing ambiance of the place, which helps them find inner peace. The garden features a small vineyard, terraced lawns, fountains, trees, pavilions, sylvan lakes and flowerbeds. There are intricately carved frescos and murals depicting the Hindu deity Lord Krishna in various forms. Spending some leisure time at this luxuriant park with your loved ones is a sheer delight. People come here with their loved ones to enjoy leisurely strolls, explore the detailed frescos and simply laze around amidst natural beauty.

 

The best time to visit this green landmark is between the months of July and March as during this period the weather is pleasant. Since this place is well-connected by roads, hence visitors can easily reach the site by their privately-owned cars and buses. This landmark is situated near popular Sisodia Garden, which was developed in the year 1728. There are numerous other tourist attractions, which are located near this lawn. Some of these places of interest are Jantar Mantar and Jal Mahal. Travellers from near and far opt for Rajasthan tours, to visit the prominent places of interest here.

The Dilwara Jain Temples in Mount Abu

Nakki Lake

Nakki Lake

Mount Abu is a popular hamlet of hills nestled in the Aravali Ranges, in the district of Sirohi, Rajasthan. This destination is popularly known as An Oasis in the Desert due to its enchanting topography, which features pristine water bodies like lakes, rivers and waterfalls. This place, situated at an elevation of more than 4000 feet from sea level, is the only hill station in Rajasthan. Some of the prominent places of interest here are Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, Gaumukh and Sunset Point. Besides, this hill station is also home to a plethora of venerated shrines.

Dilwara Jain Temples Complex

Dilwara Jain Temples Complex

The Dilwara Jain Temples is one of the must-visit places of religious significance for people who are planning to spend their holidays on Mount Abu tour.

 

The Dilwara Jain Temples, featuring exquisite architecture and intricate carvings, is among the finest shrines of the world. Walls and ceilings of this religious complex feature captivating frescos and detailed carvings, which captivate the onlookers. Constructed between the 11th and 13th century, it is also a prominent place of archaeological and historical significance. It has been built using marble, which has been decorated with paintings, carvings and detailed designs. There are five sections within this scared complex that have been dedicated to five different Jain deities.

 

Shri Mahaveer Swami and Adi Nath Temple

 

Shri Mahaveer Swami Shrine

Shri Mahaveer Swami Shrine

Established in the year 1582, the Shri Mahaveer Swami shrine is dedicated to Lord Mahaveer. The structure is relatively small but features exemplary fresco. Its walls have detailed paintings, which were drawn by Sirohi craftsmen in the year 1764.

Shri Adi Nath Temple

Shri Adi Nath Temple

The Shri Adi Nath Temple is also known as Vimal Vasahi and its construction dates back to the year 1031. This historical religious monument, dedicated to Adinath Ji, was established by Vimal Shah – then Minister of Solanika Kingdom of Gujarat.

 

It is the oldest shrine in this complex and is visited by historians, devotees and archaeologists all-year round. The structure features an open courtyard, which is surrounded by corridors, adorning intricately carved marble structures. There are numerous cells inside this edifice that house artistic images of Jain saints. Among prime highlights of the structural design of this sacred monument is the internal dome, which has minute designs of flowers and petals. Another prominent structure here is the Guda Mandapa, which is a hall adorning beautiful sculptures of Adinath Ji.

 

Shri Parshav Nath and Rishabdaoji Temple

 

 ParshavNath Temple

ParshavNath Temple

The Mandika Clan constructed ParshavNath Temple between the years 1458 and 1459. It is the tallest shrine within this complex and has four big Mandapas. This holy monument, which is also known as Khartar Vasahi, is dedicated to the venerated Parshavnath Ji. Shri Rishabdaoji shrine is also known as the Peethalhar Temple as it houses numerous sculptures made up of Peetal (Brass). It was constructed by Bhima Shah – a minister of the Gujarat dynasty.

 

Shri Nemi NathJi or Luna Vasahi Temple

 

Established in the year 1230 by brothers Vastupal and Tejpal, this shrine is associated with Neminath Ji. One of the prime highlights of this sacred monument is the Rag Mandapa, which houses about 360 small idols of Jain trithankar. All idols are made up of white marble while those of Nemnath Ji are made up of black marble. Visitors cannot miss to visit these beatific sacred sites during Rajasthan tours.

Revered Islamic Pilgrimage Destinations in India

Famous across the globe for its rich diversity, culture and heritage, India has been a major tourist destination since decades. Once in India, it is quite difficult to escape the religious beliefs and traditions that people from different religions follow in this multi-ethnic nation. In this respect, getting acquainted with the cultural and architectural beauty associated with Islamic monuments and places of interest in India comes as a truly rewarding experience.

As recorded in the history books, India saw the spread of Islam across its regions back in the early 8th century followed by visits made by Arab traders, Muslim invaders and then the entry of Mughal emperors. Sufi saints also helped immensely in spread it as they preached lessons of universal brotherhood, peace and unique art-of-living – the aspects on which this religion is based on. Today, Islam is the second-most followed religion in the country, after Hinduism. According to an estimate, the population of Muslims in this nation is around 174 millions and had there been no agonising partition, it would have been at the top in the list of largest Muslim countries in the world.

To fully appreciate the beauty underlying Islam, one has to thoroughly understand what the holy book, Quran, preaches to the mankind. Similarly, to have a more enriching experience, visiting Islamic monuments and pilgrimage destinations in the country, it is highly recommended to know specific history and other associated information. A visit to such places is just like an escape of a mind with a goal to soothe and pamper the soul, which is shackled in the web of worldly gossips and affairs. Just as an acknowledgement for global travellers, there are many such structures in this multi-faceted country, but some are rated high based on their popularity.

Ajmer Sharif, Rajasthan

Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer Sharif during Urs

Ajmer Sharif is a popular Islamic shrine that is located in Rajasthan and is considered as a place where mannats (wishes) get fulfilled. It is the shrine of a great sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisthi. No wonder, everyday this sacred shrine is visited by thousands of devotees from different states of India and other countries. A trip is likely to be an exclusive and incredible experience.

Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer, Rajasthan

Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer, Rajasthan

The restlessness vanish gradually as one explores more and more while sounds of chants and daily chores bring-in inner peace, joy, sense of fulfilment and state of well-being at this place. The annual Urs held here is a great attraction for both foreigners and local people. Besides Ajmer-e-Sharif Dargah, getting around Ana Sagar lake, Akbar Palace and Taragarh Fort can also be a wonderful experience for tourists.

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Being on a tour to Delhi and not visiting the famous Jama Masjid sounds like missing a lot. I have been to Jama Masjid for once and was left simply stunned by its amazing architectural beauty. The grandness of this mosque, which is also the largest in the country, is evident from its accommodation capacity of about 25,000 devotees at a time. This mosque was built by Mughal emperor – Shah Jahan, who is also known to have built the Taj Mahal and Red Fort.

Jama Masjid Interiors

Jama Masjid Interiors

On taking a look at this marvelous structure, one can easily notice that it has three big gates and four grand towers. It also boasts of two 40-metre high minarets that are constructed using white marble and red sandstone. Also, frequent travelers would know that robes-on-hire are available at the northern gate of this great mosque.

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Delhi

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Delhi

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Delhi

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah is an ideal place, where peace and solace can be found in abundance and prayers be offered for a happy mortal life and life after death. This shrine of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya is located on busy lanes of Nizamuddin in South Delhi. This holy place is visited by numerous devotees every year seeking fulfilment of their wishes. Visitors should also attend Kawallis that are scheduled daily in the premises. On Thursdays and Sundays, visitors can enjoy langar seva (food being served for the common mass).

Just next to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, there is a famous shrine of Amir Khusro, who is remembered as a disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin. Other places of interest in the vicinity are Lal Mahal, Ghalib library and Mirza Ghalib Tomb.

Dargah-Qutb-Sahib, Delhi

Dargah-Qutb-Sahib, Delhi

Dargah-Qutb-Sahib, Delhi

Dargah of Qutb-Sahib is located in the vicinity of Gandak-ki-Baoli, in Mehrauli village. It is also called as dargah of Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki. Historically speaking, Kaki is known for being the successor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer Sharif. According to a popular belief, if anyone with a fully devoted heart makes a wish, followed by tying a thread just near the grave, it would receive fulfilment. Once the wish is granted, the person is recommended to come back to this location to untie the thread. Moti Masjid that was built by Bahadur Shah I in 1709 is also at a walking distance from Ajmeri gate of this dargah.

Haji Ali, Mumbai

Haji Ali, Mumbai

Haji Ali, Mumbai

Haji Ali is a widely-known pilgrimage destination that is visited by around 10-15 thousand people everyday. This increases manifold during Bakri Eid (Eid-ul-Uzha) and Ramadhan Eid festivals. This prestigious Islamic landmark is located amidst the Arabian Sea. This well-known dargah houses the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) and a mosque. Anyone seeking realisation of a wish must travel to this beautiful landmark of peace and brotherhood.

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Anyone who desires to witness the marvellous Mughal architecture must travel down to Fatehpur Sikri. This historically important site was built by Akbar as a gesture of gratitude to Shaikh Salim Chishti, a saint who used to live in a city named Sikri. The emperor had three sons by blessings of the saint and thus, the name Fatehpur Sikri (also called as the City of Victory).

Buland Darwaza

Buland Darwaza

Tourists turn to this place to capture a glimpse of fine structures like Fatehpur Sikri Mosque, Panch Mahal and Diwan-i-Khas. The famous Buland Darwaza and Tomb of Salim Chishti can also be seen here. This place is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The best part of this pilgrimage destination is that it is open on all days for devotees.

Mecca Masjid, Andhra Pradesh

Mecca Masjid, Andhra Pradesh

Mecca Masjid, Andhra Pradesh

Mecca Masjid is so named as its central arch is made of bricks that were brought all the way from Mecca. This mosque, which was given a final touch of completion by Aurangzeb in the year 1694, can truly be called as the poetry in stone for it depicts love for dexterous craftsmanship and passion for great structures in then ruling kings. It has a big hall that measures 67 metres and soars to a height of 54 metres. Not only this, there are fifteen beautiful arches that provide support to this wonderful structure. People also come here to see graves that are made of marble. Mecca Masjid is located in the Old City, Hyderabad and therefore, one should also visit the nearby Charminar that boasts of the same significant tale as that of the Taj Mahal, Agra.

Hazratbal Mosque, Kashmir

Hazratbal Mosque, Kashmir

Hazratbal Mosque, Kashmir

Anyone who has visited Dal Lake in Kashmir would know about this important religious place as its pristine marble elegance merrily reflects in the calm lake water. The great significance bestowed on this holy shrine is due to the fact that it puts on public display the hair of Hazrat Muhammad, the true propagator of Islam. People come here to offer special prayers held on every Friday. Another interesting fact about this structure is that it is the only mosque in Srinagar with a dome. The nearby Nishat Bagh, Dal Lake and posing views of mountain beyond are simply superb to behold over and over again.

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, located in Ahmedabad, is a prominent Islamic structure in India that was built by Sidi Saeed (or Sidi Saiyyed). It has splendid architecture, with ten stone windows (jalis) with latticework on its side and rear arches. Interestingly, this mosque is also an inspiration for the logo design carried by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Alahazrat Dargah, Bareilly

Alahazrat Dargah, Bareilly

Alahazrat Dargah, Bareilly

Alahazrat Dargah is a famous place for Muslims from all over the world. Located in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, it is dedicated to the renowned philosopher and prolific writer Ahmed Raza Khan Fazil-e-Barelvi, also famous by the name of Aala Hazrat. People come here in large numbers all through the year to pray to the almighty and seek penance for any of their misdeeds.

Truly speaking, India is one of the most favorite locations on the world map when it comes to pilgrimage for Muslims. It is home to centuries-old monuments that offer devotees an environment of peace and tranquillity that no other place in the world can provide. These holy sites have been an integral part of this nation since ages and will continue to do so in the future generations.

The Local Markets of Jodhpur

The first thing that comes to the mind of vacationers while planning a holiday to Rajasthan is the vast sand dunes of the region along with exciting camel safaris. This land of Rajputanas has much more than these aforementioned highlights. Rajasthan is located in the western area of India and is among the largest states of the nation in terms of area. It is bordered by regions of Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, and also shares its boundary with Pakistan. The region is situated along the vast stretch of Aravalli Hill Range and mostly includes the arid areas of Thar Desert. In ancient times, the area was under the dominion of local Rajputs, Mughals and finally the British. Each of these empires had an impact on the culture and traditions of the region that can still be witnessed in its various art forms. These forms are a part of the locally made textiles, artefacts and handicrafts, which are sold in several markets of the state. Tourists can purchase the same during Rajasthan tour India and take them back as souvenirs.

Sardar Market

Sardar Market, Jodhpur

Sardar Market, Jodhpur

The bustling Sardar Market is located in the Jodhpur city of the state and lies close to the Clock Tower – built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. This shopping street is named after the Maharaja and was established several years ago.

Maharaja Sardar Singh

Maharaja Sardar Singh

This place is a vibrant and lively bazaar that caters to all the needs of locals and travellers coming from various parts of the world. Its narrow streets are lined with several big and small shops that offer a wide range of handicrafts, traditional jewellery, local attires, Rajasthani slippers, authentic Indian spices and fresh fruits and vegetables.

This shopping street stretches from the Sojati Gate and reaches till the Clock Tower. It is among the most sought-after destinations for shopaholics in the state. It is frequented by travelers from all over the globe, who come to explore the ancient and contemporary traditions of the region. People can also discover the ancient art form of Bandhini – a resist-dyeing technique that is still practised in the market. There are numerous spice shops on this street and nearby locations that are world famous for their products, such as herbal teas and condiments. Frequent travelers recommend that a visit to these shops provide an insight into the rich culture of the state.

Visitors on Jodhpur holidays can explore a variety of such places in the entire city. The Mochi Bazaar is famous for lac works, such as lac bangles and other ornaments. The station road market is renowned for its leather work and people come here to purchase exquisitely designed embroidered shoes. These streets are also ideal places for avid photographers as they can capture the colorful atmosphere of the place on their lenses. It is advisable that travelers should visit these markets during the auspicious festivities celebrated here as these shopping streets are beautifully decorated. Most of these shopping areas are in proximity to the railway stations and bus stops, and people coming from flights can also opt for local means of transportation to reach these locations.

 

Vintage Car Rally and Hot Air Ballooning in Rajasthan

Rajasthan, located towards the north-western part of India, is a desert region. However, it is one the most-toured destinations of the country. Being home to grand palaces, scenic lakes and holy temples, this destination can be an ideal location for a holiday with friends and family. It is also known for its traditional culture that has been kept alive by the local people. Be it their dressing, lifestyle or cuisine, Rajasthanis have a great love for their culture. Another interesting highlight that draws a number of tourists, especially international tourists to this region is the festivals and fairs that are held here all across the year. Some of the prominent fairs and festivals organised in this state are Pushkar Fair, Nagaur Fair, Kumbhalgarh Festival, Kite Festival, Summer Festival, Vintage Car Rally and Desert Festival. Most packages of Rajasthan tours offer a chance to be a part of any these and other festivals and fairs of this wonderful destination.

Vintage Car Rally

Vintage Car Rally, Rajasthan

Vintage Car Rally, Rajasthan

The car rally of vintage cars happens in January every year in the Pink City of India – Jaipur. Over the years, it has created a niche for itself and has become popular among car lovers from across the globe. This event sees cars from yesteryears congregating from different parts of the country. Their proud owners take part in this gala of a event to showcase their prized possessions. Over the years, some of the vehicles that have been part of this festival are the Morris 8 of 1938, the Mercedes Benz 170V of 1936, the Humber of 1903, the 1923 Austin, the Fiat 501 and the Erskine of 1923. A good thing about these old vehicles is that they are well-maintained and in usable condition. It is a treat to take rides in them as they give an opportunity to enjoy the classy lifestyle of the people from the bygone era. Interestingly, these vintage cars are offered for joy rides and marriages.

In general, the year decided for considering a car to be vintage in European countries is after World War I; however, in India, the cut-off year is before 1939.  All motor cars that were manufactured after 1939 are classified into the Classic category. Though this event has gained popularity across the nation; however, the only drawback is the number always remains constant as import of classic cars in the country is not allowed.

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning, Rajasthan

Hot Air Ballooning, Rajasthan

In recent times, another exciting thing that has been happening in Rajasthan to attract foreign tourists is hot air ballooning. This activity is offered at Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Jodhpur. The ideal time to indulge in this activity is considered to be the time when wind is calm.  Since there are no seats in the basket, which is attached to the air balloon, partakers need to stand that too in a confined space. However, flying in the air and witnessing natural surroundings from a height can be a wonderful experience. So, tourists on a Rajasthan tour can enjoy these fairs, festivals, rallies and adventure activities for a fun-filled vacation.