Rajasthan means "Land of Kings". This northwestern state of India is the largest state in the country, with rich culture and authentic influences from India's ancient castes. Magnificent palaces, forts, and temples attest to the prosperous history that is still attracting global tourists to this land.
The most famous cities in Rajasthan distinguish themselves with colors. The state capital Jaipur was painted pink in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales, and has been called the Pink City henceforth. The Wind Palace, with its ornate facades and fairytale-like color, is indisputably the most enthralling destination in town.
Stepwell, a water preservation system that was in use for over a thousand years, first appeared between the 2nd and 4th centuries in India. The remaining structures near Jaipur still shine with breathtaking beauty and incredibly smart engineering.
The Blue City Jodhpur is a medieval town overlooked by India's most imposing hilltop fort. Atmospheric cubic houses in sky-blue once signified the home of Brahmins, but today, shops and bazaars along the winding streets invite everyone to join in the buzz.
Further west, the Golden City Jaisalmer is built from local sandstone. Most of the region is covered by the Thar Desert, boasting a colorful desert culture and tales brought by camel caravans.
And in the far south, Udaipur with its limestone palaces could be called the White City. Old-world romance remains intact in the tranquil waterside resorts.
For anyone who cannot resist the charm of these cities, we've brought Rajasthan street fairs to your fingertips.
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