Bucket lists are all the rage these days. Everyone is making a list of places to visit, mountains to climb, forests to explore and new cultures and customs to absorb. Here to help you refine the list, we offer you some of the best that the states of India have to offer.
Today we look at the best that Rajasthan has to offer.
Go dune bashing in a 4x4 in Jaisalmer.
Plan a bike trip through Jaipur-Pushkar all the way to Jaisalmer.
Explore the foothills of the Aravali range on a horse back.
Experience one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Aravali, on foot.
Visit the Pushkar Fair and see if you can buy a camel on a bargain.
Explore the wide variety of birds that call the Desert National Park their home.
Spend some time getting to know the winged residents of Keoladeo National Park.
Get lucky and spot a tiger roaming around in the thickets of Ranthambore National Park.
A desert safari on the ships of the desert in Bikaner.
Spend a night out in the desert and spend a night in a luxury tent in the middle of nowhere.
Don’t miss a performance of the famous snake dance by the Kalbeliya tribe.
Give kite flying a try at the famous kite flying festival in Pushkar.
Pay a visit to one of the numerous forts that dot this beautiful state. Get a first-hand account of the splendour and courage of the times past.
Spend an evening on the shores of a lake, of which the state has many.
Gatte Ki Sabzi - Prepared with gram flour balls and tangy gravy made up of buttermilk and spices, it is best enjoyed with Roti or Rice.
Dal Bati and Churma - Bati is unleavened bread prepared from whole wheat flour and fillings of onions and peas.
Goonda Ki Sabzi - Goonda or wild green berry curry makes for a finger licking meal.
Kairi Curry with Khoba Roti - Plate up with this tangy mango curry teamed with the traditional Rajasthani Khoba roti
Rajasthani Laal Maas - The legendary red meat curry of Rajasthan. This one is a fiery combination of mutton, hot spices and a burst of red chillies.
Banjari Gosht - The authentic flavours of garlic, red chilli, turmeric and coriander marinated with juicy mutton pieces.
Safed Maas - Tender chicken pieces simmer in a delighting concoction of desi masalas and a generous helping of cream, milk, curd and cashew nuts.
Rajasthani Mirchi Vada - This street snack is also known as Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada. Stuffed masala aloo filling is mingled with green peppers and deep fried.
Ghewar - A traditional Rajasthani sweet delight made of flour, milk and sugar syrup.
Atte Ka Malpua - Fried Malpua soaked in saffron flavoured syrup to give it an extra dose of sugar and flavour.
Ajmer Sharif - The Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is a place for pilgrims and art lovers.
Brahma temple – Located close to Pushkar, it is known to be one of the very few temples dedicated to Hindu Lord Brahma.
Dilwara Temples - Famous for the architectural splendour and exquisite stone carvings, the Dilwara temples near Mount Abu are dedicated to Jain Tirthankars.
Eklingji Temple - Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the renowned temple of Eklingji is one of the most famous temples in Rajasthan.
Karni Mata Temple - The 600-year-old Karni Mata Temple is famous for its resident population of rats which are venerated in the temple.
Jewellery and Gemstones - Whether you like silver jewellery or kundan or meena or other precious and semi-precious gemstones-carved trinkets- Rajasthan has them all at its disposal and some more.
Paintings - The Rajasthani paintings or popularly known Rajputana paintings are vibrant, elegant and can change the whole look of your drawing room.
Carpets - Bright colours, diverse patterns, hand-knitting, finest quality of woollen fibres- Rajasthani carpets are cherished possessions for global travellers.
Metal Works - Figurines, boxes, table-tops- these are some of the items in Rajasthan that bear the stunning exemplars of metal works. Jaipur is the hotbed where you can buy gorgeous metal works at different price ranges. Don’t forget to add in your shopping bag the distinct engraving styles like ‘Marori’, ‘Chikan’ and ‘Bichi’ that are specific to Jaipur.
Pottery - When it comes to pottery, Rajasthani blue pottery is one of the most notable ceramic styles in India. It is heavily influenced by Persian art and the blue pottery leverages upon quartz stones.
Puppets - These hand-made, vibrant colored string puppets are not only the most unique and gorgeous souvenirs that you can collect from Rajasthan, but also they are proud torch-bearers of a more than thousands year old culture.
Fabric work - Block printing, tie and dye work, bandhni, colour-riot, embroidery, appliqué - these are few words one can associate with Rajasthani fabric work. There are diverse patterns that are also visible in Rajasthani fabric work like- Lahariya, Mothra, and the main textiles that are used generally – cotton, silk and wool.