Rajasthan- The Land of Kings

Rajasthan is a state located in the northern region of India and is often referred to as the “Land of Kings and Palaces”. With the total area of 342,239 square kilometres, the state ranks 1st in the country. The state is bordered by five states that include Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Two national tiger reserves are found in the region, namely, Ranthambore National Park which is situated in Sawai Madhopur and Sariska Tiger Reserve based in Alwar.

The Capital city of Rajasthan is Jaipur which is also known as ‘The Pink City’. State comprises of 33 districts and covers around 10.4% of India’s overall area. Hindi is the official language being spoken in all the regions of the state. Rajasthani is the regional and English as another official language used by the people of Rajasthan. With the population of 73,529,325 people as per 2015 census, the state is ranked as the 8th most populated state in India.

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Points of interest: -City Palace(Jaipur), Amer or Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Mehrangarh Fort, jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Lake Pichola, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Birla Mandir (Jaipur), Jaisalmer Fort, Lake Palace, Fateh Sager Lake, Jag Mandir, Junagarh Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Pushkar Lake, pushkar Fair, Lalgarh Palace, Raj Mandir Cinema, Ghanta Ghar, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Alwar Fort, Mahandipur Balaji Temple and more....

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Culture

The folk culture of Rajasthan can be experienced in the towns and villages of the state. Its cultural and artistic heritage can be seen in the palaces and handicrafts items. Colorful art, blue pottery, carved furniture, embroidery, block printing, zari embroidery, mirror work, artistic carpets are the unique examples of Rajasthan handicrafts. Classical dance and music is popular in all the regions of the state and is being performed in various festivals and events.

Bikaneri bhujia, dal bati churma, mawa kachori, mirchi bada, mawa, malpauas, ghevar, pyaaz kachori are the famous snacks as well as the recipes of the state. Hinduism is largely followed by the people of Rajasthan. Teej, Deepawali, Shri Devnarayan Jayanti, Gangaur, Makar Sakranti, Holi, Janmashtmi and Gogaji are the famous festivals being celebrated in all the regions of Rajasthan.

Geography

Rajasthan, the northern state of India is bordered by Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in the northeast, Punjab in the north, Gujarat in the southwest and Madhya Pradesh in the southeast region of the country. With Jaipur as the capital, state is divided into sub divisions that include Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur. These sub-divisions are further divided into several districts.

The region serves as the heaven for resident and migratory birds. A rich variety of flora and fauna is found in the state of Rajasthan with some unique and endangered species of animals and plants. There are several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks situated in the state that includes Desert National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo National Park and Ranthambore National Park.

Economy

Agriculture is the major occupation followed by the people of Rajasthan. Sugarcane, barley, maize, wheat, oilseeds and pulses are the major crops, while tobacco and cotton are the cash crops. Crude oil contributes a lot to the economy of the state as a large volume of revenue is earned on per day basis.

Wool is produced in major quantity in some of the regions. Main industries of Rajasthan are textile based, agriculture based and mineral based.

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