“The whole object of traveling is not to set foot on a foreign land; it is, at last, to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land” –G.K. Chesterton
We all love to travel. And why not? The world is full of beautiful people, drool-worthy food, and awe-inducing places. Yet why is it that some places stick to you? Especially those college trips where you travel with your friends, meet people you thought you never would and eat food you never even knew existed! Well, here is one such college trip I, too, went on and would absolutely love to share with you! Read on to find out why Rajasthan is an awesome place to travel to:
The streets of Jaipur are lined with scores and scores of shops calling out to you from a colorful cascade of shoes, clothes, jewelry, mementos that will put any Sarojini Nagar of Delhi, Hill Road of Mumbai, and Gariahat of Kolkata to shame! The volley of colors of the various merchandise coupled with attractive prices against the city’s pink backdrop will put even the most resilient shopper to shame.
The intricately designed Hawa Mahal boasts of 953 jharokhas or windows that allowed the royal family’s women to witness day-to-day events and public processions on the roads without being seen.
Don’t forget to visit Chowkhidhani for its finger-licking food and the Amer Fort for its colossal beauty!
Want to go to a place where history was made? How does The Dark Knight Rises sound? Yes, this movie was shot in our very own Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City. Within the vast expanse of the Mehrangarh Fort lies this famous place. Add to that zip-lining, and you have yourself an amazing adventure!
For those people who love the color yellow, you are in for a treat. The dazzling yellow of the Jaisalmer Fort will leave you feeling awed. The best part? This is a living fort, which means that people actually stay here and even make a living by selling things inside the fort itself! In fact, the cheapest place to shop in Rajasthan is Jaisalmer itself!
Not a single stone in the city escapes the color yellow! Don’t believe me? Check it out!
Don’t miss out on the desert safari, and definitely don’t miss out on staying in a desert camp! If you have at least once been roaming in the middle of the Thar Desert at midnight on a full-moon night, you are doing it right. What it looks like? Just a little something like this:
After parading the streets of Jaipur, zooming across the zip-line in Jodhpur, and riding on a camel on the scorching sands of Jaisalmer, it was time for a kick-ass ride across the hills. That’s right, and we covered over 30 kilometers from the Dilwara Temple to Gurushikhar and Sunset Point. To say it was great would be an insult. To say that it was stupendous would still not cover it.
Yes, it is that awesome!
Also, a visit to the Dilwara Temples is a must! The intricate lace-like work on white marble is truly a sight that you cannot have enough of.
It was time to visit the City of Lakes, Udaipur. The City of Lakes, it is rightfully called the Lake Fateh Sagar, will take your breath away! This massive artificial lake covers around four square kilometers of the area!
Lake Pichola, another lake in Udaipur, promises an astounding view from Udaipur’s City Palace; it also houses the Lake Palace where Ranbir romanced Deepika in Yeh Jawaani. Hain Deewani!
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get going!
Arjan Mukherjee is a would-be architect who shares her passion for writing and dance, music, and photography. She wants to change the world, whether through her writings, design, or simply by being herself.