Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region.

In its capital, Jaipur, are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal, a former cloister for royal women, fronted by a 5-story sandstone screen. Amer Fort, atop a nearby hill, was built by a Rajput prince in the 1600s.

Parts of what is now Rajasthan were partly part of the Vedic Civilisation and Indus Valley Civilization. Kalibangan, in Hanumangarh district, was a major provincial capital of the Indus Valley Civilization.[9]

Matsya, a state of the Vedic civilisation of India, is said to roughly corresponded to the former state of Jaipur in Rajasthan and included the whole of Alwar with portions of Bharatpur.[10][11] The capital of Matsya was at Viratanagar (modern Bairat), which is said to have been named after its founder king Virata.[12]

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Planning a Trip

Visas

Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.

Money

If you're traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it's high you'll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you'll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.

General Tips

Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.

If you don't know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.

Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.

There may be sights and attractions you didn't know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.
You don't want to find out that the weather isn't what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.
Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you're prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.

Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don't end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.

Things to consider are doctor's visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.
Check your insurance coverage abroad and purchasing additional travel insurance if needed. Don't forget visiting friends and family members!

The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it's true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?

Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There's no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.
A good rule of thumb is to bring one outfit for the hottest day you're likely to encounter, one for an average day, and one for the coldest.
Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that's important to you), and remember that layers are always best.

Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours - especially long plane trips.

If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.
Just avoid those cheap U-shaped pillows from airport shops - your head drops forward and you wake up with a stiff neck.

Make contact with the locals before you go.

Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.

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History & Culture

Early History

Home to years of history, which stretched far and wide. Due to the characteristic weather, the earliest explorers completely bypassed the area. The first settlement in the area was founded 1770 as a mission community. In addition to the mission, a military fort was built. Upon gaining independence, the area grew quickly. The old system gradually came to an end and private ownership of land became common. The first significant settlement on the outside of the area. As the new settlement gradually grew, a street plan developed and became attractive to settlers. Over the next years, the area officially became part of the surrounding country. The area began to explode in population with many immigrants seeking fortunes, creating one of the largest imigrant populations. During this time, many large organizations and businesses grew and did very well. With all this success came quick growth and city planning and infrastructure were necessary. This led to better living conditions and many good years.

Later Growth

In the 1890's, a large campaign began to improve the city, the success of which led to a renaming. In 1901, a natural disaster changed the city and a fire destroyed much of the area. The decision was made to start a rebuilding plan for the city, with new parks and landmarks. After the Great Depression of the 1930's, the city was mostly unharmed. It was during this time that government construction projects were conceived and built. It was also this time the government established a prison which would hold some of the most notorious criminals of the time. After World War II, the city continued to grow in size and population. Planning projects at the time led to more downtown buildings and the destruction of many neighborhoods to build roads. In the same period, the city became a center of cultural movement, contributing to the current outlook.

Recent History

More recently, the city has has experienced a boom in business and population. Despite falling victim to the economic trouble, the city's economy mostly recovered and neighborhoods continue to survive. Today the city is known for its cultural outlook and remains one of the top tourist destinations. Tourism is the city's largest industry.

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Events

Once you have arrived there will be plenty to keep you busy, but depending on the time of year, here are a few ways you can keep the party going. See the activities, entertainment and trips and you'll never want to come home! It's a worry free event holiday. All you need to do is tell us where you want to go, how many people are traveling and your budget and we will show you the fantastic package deals that we have on offer, what could be more simple? Just some of the amazing events that take place each year...

  Spring

Street Music Festival
You’ve heard of Jazz Fest, but this Street Music Festival offers one of the best line-ups of old school masters, up-and-coming rockers and way past their prime pop and hip-hop artists. It runs over three days and attracts 100,000 people.
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River Cruiser Ride
Held every Wednesday night in the cruiser ride is one of the biggest you will find. Each week has a new theme to get dressed in the appropriate costume. Find out more
Old Days Fiesta
The entire city is filled during this long-running – if slightly overblown – festival celebrating our heritage. Festivities include outdoor bazaars and food markets, live music, dancing, horseback and rodeo events. It's one big parade! Find out more
Festival of Fantasy
With elaborate floats and dancing characters, including some of your favorite cartoon characters! Find out more

  Summer

Summer Solstice Celebration
Kicking off summer in late June, this popular and crazy parade feels like something out of a movie. Live music, kids' activities, food stands, a beer garden plus the arts-and-craft show all weekend long. Find out more
River Cruiser Ride
Held every Wednesday night in the cruiser ride is one of the biggest you will find. Each week has a new theme to get dressed in the appropriate costume. Find out more

  Autumn

Fall Fest
The entire city is filled during this long-running – if slightly overblown – festival celebrating our heritage. Festivities include outdoor bazaars and food markets, live music, dancing, horseback and rodeo events. It's one big parade! Find out more
Festival of Fantasy
With elaborate floats and dancing characters, including some of your favorite cartoon characters! Find out more

  Winter

River Cruiser Ride
Held every Wednesday night in the cruiser ride is one of the biggest you will find. Each week has a new theme to get dressed in the appropriate costume. Find out more
Old Days Fiesta
The entire city is filled during this long-running – if slightly overblown – festival celebrating our heritage. Festivities include outdoor bazaars and food markets, live music, dancing, horseback and rodeo events. It's one big parade! Find out more
Festival of Fantasy
With elaborate floats and dancing characters, including some of your favorite cartoon characters! Find out more

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