The absolutely charming state of India, Rajasthan, celebrates being ‘colorful’ without apology and cashes in on its ethnicity to the core. Rajasthan is truly an incorrigible enchantress, which has been bewitching the foreign tourists for ages. Here’s my inquisitiveness to know why -
|Top - The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, Bottom Left - Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Bottom Right - The Thar Desert|
After exploring three cities of Rajasthan - Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, I have developed a deep affection for the state. I can say that it’s a home away from home for me. Well, it’s not just me who’s besotted by the royal state - there are many who simply can’t get enough of this magical land. I am hinting at the tourists from abroad, who keep pouring in all through the year! So, what is it that makes Rajasthan a “home away from home” for the foreign tourists?
What is it that captivates them so much about Rajasthan?
|Left - Foreign tourists at Golden Fort aka Jaisalmer Fort, and Right - A foreign lady checking out a shop in the alleys of the fort.|
Its magnetic culture and traditions are sure there to amaze, then there’s immense history and splendid architecture to enchant, royalty, color and energy are always in the air and hospitality is the undisputed trademark. Well, all of it does attract a tourist, be it a foreigner or an Indian. Keeping all that aside, there’s something very intriguing and unique about Rajasthan that wins a tourist’s heart right away (especially foreigners)! I was in Jaisalmer last week, and was happily amazed to see so many travelers from all over the world!
I tried talking to many of my fellow travelers, who were from different parts of the world, to find out what they liked about Rajasthan in particular. Most of them had a quick reply that it’s colorful; some of them liked the royal forts, while some of them did not have words to express their fascination for the place. They simply wanted to be quiet and soak in more and more of the spellbinding atmosphere around.
|Tourists during the festival of Diwali at Jagdish Temple, Udaipur|
Blend of the rustic and the high life
The most obvious trait of Rajasthan is that its traditional legacy shakes hands with the dolce vita lifestyle with an ease. Foreign tourists are able to sneak into the world of rural living, folk dances and culture, while enjoying luxury and their very own free-spirited selves.
The unaffected simplicity of people
People of Rajasthan play a pivotal role in bringing out its charisma. Each and every person, be it a guard standing at the entrance of a palace, a waiter, an auto driver or a random man walking on the street represent Rajasthan. Their behavior, tone of voice and attitude reflect their generosity towards all kinds of tourists.
|At Saas-Bahu Temple in Nagda, Udaipur|
The festivities and the furor
Rajasthan is renowned for its festivals. Every year, there are various kinds of fairs and fests that take place in different cities of Rajasthan - Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur to name a few. Even if there isn’t much activity going on during summers, the buzz is still alive in some way or the other. There are so many traditions followed in India, and Rajasthan is one such state that has gloriously preserved each tradition. Basically, the celebrations are never at rest, which keep tourists of all kinds intrigued.
Feel at home quality
A foreigner is treated like family in Rajasthan. There are many hoteliers who have built lasting relationships with their guests. It’s amazing to see the ease and comfort between the guest and the host. Most of the staffs at the hotels learn to communicate in English, French, Spanish and Japanese to be able to serve their guests better.
|A foreign couple enjoying a lovely evening in Udaipur|
An ‘undefined’ mystic
There’s a certain something, which is hard to put into words, but it’s there. It’s there to hold and bewilder people. There’s an aura that you slip into as you begin to connect to its essence. It’s a hidden mystic that envelopes a traveler – he or she could be from any part of the world, but is sure to come back!
Well, Rajasthan remains to be a foreign tourist's favorite destination. It could be for one or many reasons, but something to take note of is that it is actually from a foreigner that you get the real picture of your own country – the treasure that you are born with.
Are you charmed by Rajasthan too?