Rajasthan happens to be the largest state of India with an area of 3.42 lakh sq. km. which boasts of being the only desert of the subcontinent, namely the Great Indian Desert in combination with the Aravali mountain range. Situated in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent (23 30′ and 30 11′ North latitude and 69 29′ and 78 17′ East longitude), Rajasthan is bordered on the west and northwest by Pakistan, on the north and northeast by the Indian states of Haryana Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh, on the east and southeast by Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and on the southwest by the state of Gujarat.
Rajasthan, literally translated as the land of kings , is the largest state in India. Along the Western border of the country, the state is the epicenter of several art forms, folk cultures and traditional rituals and customs, followed with much enthusiasm till date. This in no way suggests that the state is backward in any way. With a flourishing economy and a large share in the country’s agricultural produce, Rajasthan is home to many industries, and as a result, is on a path of constant modernization. Home to the world’s oldest civilizations, the Indus Valley Civilization, Rajasthan enjoys a rich ancient, medieval and modern history of its own. The region was home to the royal Rajput families, some of them who still live in all their splendor, sometimes even as titular heads.
The havelis and mahals (palaces) are direct evidences of this history, adding to the sheer architectural glory and magnificence of the state, almost rendering the massive region as an open museum. Because of this rich heritage, the state of Rajasthan has been known for its vibrant culture and super enthusiastic lifestyle. With popular cities like Jaipur (which is its capital too), Jodhpur, Ajmer, Pushkar and Bikaner, Rajasthan is quite a hot spot on a tourist’s map. From one of the world’s only Brahma Temple in Pushkar to the city of a 1000 lakes, Udaipur, and further to the jungle paradise of Ranthambore and Sariska, the state literally has a little for every traveller.
Tourism has been one of the biggest revenue generators for the state since long. Owing to its rich and varied topography, vibrant culture and captivating festivities, the State of Rajasthan offers immense tourism delights to the visitors in the State. Visitors, starting from neighboring states to the far-flung countries throng the state at different times especially during the cooler periods starting from November to February.
Rajasthan is one of the leading Tourism States of India. The Glorious Heritage and colorful culture of the state is a special attraction for Foreign Tourists. Heritage assets found all over the state can be utilized for the development of Tourism.
During the last few years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of Tourists to the State. However, the infrastructural facilities have not kept pace.
The State of Rajasthan is one of the most favored destinations of tourists in India for both domestic & International traffic. Rajasthan, which is a premier tourist destination attracts tourist for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture. In world scenario also, tourism has emerged as the biggest industry and posses great employment potential.
Accommodation Facilities In Rajasthan
In Rajasthan there are sufficient accommodation facilities are available for tourists comprising of one star to five-star category classified Hotels, classified Heritage Hotels, other Hotels, Dharamshalas / Inns, Rest Houses, Rajasthan State Hotel Corporation and Rajasthan Tourism Dev. Corporation Hotels and accommodation units and Paying Guest Houses. Due to the department’s promotion and encouragement, the Heritage Hotels have become a great attraction for foreign tourists, as it showlists past (royal) original work along with the latest amenities. Rajasthan has been the pioneer in context of launching Heritage Hotels in the country.
In India, among the total 33 heritage hotels of Rajasthan is providing a royal hospitality to the guests. At the cities of tourism importance in the State viz. Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Mt. Abu & Udaipur, the department has launched Paying Guest Scheme. Its main objective is to make tourist aware with the Rajasthan’s Culture and lifestyle. Under this scheme, about 306 Guest Houses are being operated in above-mentioned cities and is being mainly acquired by foreign tourists.
The World’s renowned Tourism writers, photographers, Journalists, TV Team, Travel Tour Operators, Actors and Tourism trade-related personalities are being invited for the Fam Tour conducted by the Department. They are being made to travel around The State as Department Guests and are provided information relating to the fairs and festivals being celebrated in the State, so that through their travel experiences, articles and photos, tourism industry can get a boost to attract the maximum for tourism in the State.