Jaisalmer was the ancient capital of Rajasthan
Oh how beautiful is Rajasthan!
Hundreds of thousands of people flock to a town in the heart of northern Indian Rajasthan every November. Where otherwise only 15,000 inhabitants populate the barren desert landscape on the shores of the holy Pushkar Lake, the heart of Rajasthan suddenly beats with all its strength. The world's largest camel market in Pushkar is a festival and sums up the madness of India wonderfully: For five days, brightly decorated camels race, compete in beauty pageants or watch their future owners wrestling.
So be sure to visit Rajasthan in November? Far from it, because the north Indian state certainly does not lack calendar-independent highlights: We give four very special travel tips between the desert and Bollywood!
Go to the cinema in the "Pink City" Jaipur
The Palace of the Winds in Jaipur is said to commemorate the jeweled crown of the Hindu god Krishna.
Those who travel to Rajasthan usually begin their adventure in the capital Jaipur. The houses in the old town are painted completely in pink, traditionally the color for hospitality. The megacity of Jaipur therefore also goes by the sonorous name “Pink City” and makes every effort to live up to its importance. First and foremost its residents, who make you feel like you're more of a guest than a tourist. Directions that end in a rickshaw ride are not uncommon. In addition to the impressive Jantar Mar observatory of the city's founder Jai Singh II, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to the cinema should definitely be planned. Because there is probably no better cinema in all of India than the Raj Mandir in Jaipur. The huge, magnificent building by architect Namjoshi from the 1970s skilfully imitates the Art Deco style and is reminiscent of a huge meringue, of course in pink. The films are shown in English and if four hours of Bollywood are too long for you, you can go back halfway through the film and still have a lot of fun. Even if the decor alone is worth a visit, the atmosphere in the hall is an experience in itself: The Indians really heat up the atmosphere by cheering and clapping loudly - as is only the case with us in the theater. There are also fantastic snacks. In order to get really good seats, you should get the cinema tickets in advance. You shouldn't be confused by the separate men’s and women’s queues at ticket sales, you’re allowed to sit together!
Jodhpur spice market
The color blue dominates the cityscape of Jodhpur.
The fact that India is known for its splendor of colors is proven not only by the Indians themselves with their saris and the Holi color festival, which has meanwhile been exported to Europe, but also by Jaipur and Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan. Instead of pink, the walls and facades of Jodhpur shine blue. The best view of the city is offered by the Mehranghar Fort Jaswant Thada, which towers on a rock high above the blue sea of houses. Incidentally, there is also a reason for this choice of color: The color blue is supposed to keep pests such as rats and mosquitoes away and protect the buildings from termite infestation. It gets really colorful on the Sardar Market at the foot of the striking "Clock Tower". You can hardly get enough of the spices in all shades of color that can be purchased there. If that gets too colorful for you at some point, you can sit down in one of the tea rooms near the market gate and come into contact with the locals without any problems.
A spice market in India is a feast for the senses.
Palace Hotel in Jaisalmer
The “Heritage Hotel” Mandir Palace is one of the overnight options on the WORLD INSIGHT tour “India: Rajasthan and the North”.
Cities in Rajasthan have the wonderful property of making you forget the barreness of the desert, even if you are still surrounded by it. Jaisalmer is located in the middle of the Thar Desert, only 80 km from the Pakistani border, which cut off the once important trading center from the trade routes of the southern Silk Road. Maharajas established in the times before this global political turning point - Rajasthan still consisted of 22 independent principalities at that time - magnificent palaces and rich merchants ornate havelis, palatial houses. Here you can't help but spend at least one night in one of the “Heritage Hotels”. Resourceful hoteliers have converted former palaces into hotels, and so ordinary mortals like us also have the opportunity to spend the night like a maharajah - an unforgettable experience that can also be had with WORLD INSIGHT! Incidentally, like Jaipur and Jodhpur, Jaisalmer was once the capital of one of the 22 principalities. When traveling in Rajasthan, one stumbles across a former capital with fairytale Maharajah palaces.
Tiger in Ranthambore National Park
A Bengal tiger watches the action in front of the entrance of a cave in Ranthambore National Park.
Sure, Rajasthan is great to experience in its colorful cities with magnificent fortifications and palaces, but who can claim to have run into a wild Bengal tiger? This works best in Ranthambore National Park in the southeast of the state. The national park owes its name to the abandoned fortress Ranthambor from the 10th century, which watches over the reserve on a 200 m high cliff. The national park is known as a refuge for the less shy Bengal tigers, who can also be easily observed in daylight. You can also spot sambar deer, chinkaras (Indian gazelles), jackals and some of the 270 species of birds. When traveling with WORLD INSIGHT, you go on two game drives through the savannah-like landscape in an open Canter truck, a high-horsepower truck that gives everyone the same visibility. This way, the encounter with the Bengal tiger can be enjoyed in a relaxed manner - the ideal way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
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