Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful states in India. The state is a famous travel destination in India for its historical sites especially royal palaces, forts, and villas. The state of Rajasthan is also famous for its deserts, camels, and Kathputli dolls. Most people picture Rajasthan as the land of magnificent forts and palaces, camels all over, men in turbans and women in ‘ghoonghat’ and a vast expense of desert land. But not everything that is believed is true!
Here is a list of the top amazing facts and funny misconceptions about Rajasthan.
- Every City Has Its Own Color Co-Ordinates
In Rajasthan, each and every city is color co-ordinates. Jodhpur is blue, Jaipur is pink, Jhalawar is purple, and Udaipur is white.
- Beautiful Royal Palaces and Forts
Rajasthan has a large number of beautiful royal palaces and forts. Most popular are, Umaid Bhavan Palace (Jaipur), Lake Palace (Udaipur), Hawa Mahal (Jaipur), Rambagh Palace (Jaipur), Devi Garh Palace (Delawara), Gorbandh Palace Hotel (Jaisalmer), Jag Mandir Royal Palace (Udaipur), Jal Mahal (Jaipur), Udai Bilas Palace (Dungarpur), and Neemrana Fort (Neemrana).
- Popular Bhangarh Fort, The Most Haunted Place in India
The most haunted place in India is located in the state of Rajasthan. The place is called Bhangarh Fort, which was widely used by the royals of that time. It is now considered as one of the spookiest places in the world.
- King Ravana of Lanka Was ‘Jamai’ of Rajasthan
King Ravana’s chief wife Mandodari is believed to be Rajasthani, and ancient city of Mandore was her hometown.
- Oldest Mountain Range in India
It is believed that the Aravallis are the oldest mountain range in India, even older than the Himalayas.
- India’s Largest Desert is Located in Rajasthan
Thar Desert is the largest desert in India which is located in the state of Rajasthan. It is also the 18th largest sub-tropical desert in the world.
- Rajasthan Was Formed in 1949
The state of Rajasthan was formed on 30th March, 1949 after merger of 22 royal kingdoms and principalities.
- Favorite Film Shooting Destination
Rajasthan’s royal palaces, forts, lakes and deserts are widely popular film shooting destination in India for Bollywood and Hollywood.
- Popular Travel Destinations among Foreign Tourists
Rajasthan is always a popular travel destination among the foreign tourists. Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner are popular travel destinations in Rajasthan among the foreign tourists.
- Popular Religious Sites Are Located in Rajasthan
A good number of popular religious sites are located in Rajasthan. Some of them are Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah (Ajmer), Bramha Temple (Pushkar), Dilwara Temple, Nakoda Bhairav, and a few others.
MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS
- Rajasthan = Registan
A lot of people think that Rajasthan does not have greenery but it’s not true. There are a good number of parts in the state where you would spots lush greenery.
- “Tu pakka Marwari hai!” Everyone from Rajasthan is a Marwari by default
Marwaris are an Indian ethnic group of traders from Marwar region. Only those belonging to the Marwar region (Barmer, Jalore, Lakshman Nagar, Nagaur, Jodhpur and Pali area) can be addressed as Marwaris.
- Daal-baati-churma in every meal
Yes, daal-baati-churma is the specialty of Rajasthani cuisine but it is not something that Rajasthanis eat daily. The basic food is normal chapatis, rice, vegetables and yes, fast food.
- Rajasthan has no water
Rajasthan does have water. In fact, the state has the City of Lakes, Udaipur in Rajasthan, which is known for its beautiful lakes and watercourses. Apart from it, Rajasthan has a plenty of lakes and rivers.
- In Rajasthan every woman must be seen in ghaghra choli and every man in dhoti and turban
The old age people in rural backward villages of Rajasthan can be seen wearing the traditional ghaghra cholis, dhotis and turbans. In rest of the areas, people wear normal attires like jeans.
- It rains here AS WELL!
Rajasthan is not only about being super-hot. All three seasons can be experienced here including the days to deal with scorching heat, the monsoon time to enjoy rain showers and the chilling winters to sneak into our blankets.
- Rajasthan women are the traditional ‘sanskari bahu’ materials only
No, they are not only proficient in home science but also make some of the top singers, politicians, bankers, and actors. Rajasthani ladies can be as multi-talented as women from any other state of India.
- All that Rajasthanis eat is red chillies!
Yes, we Rajasthanis love spicy food but we do have a sweet tooth too, which makes us equally yearn for sweet delicacies like ghewar, phini, rasgullas, gujia and jalebis.
- Camels, Camels everywhere
Camel rides are only available at sightseeing places like Amer Fort or at the actual desert camel safaris in Jaisalmer and other desert regions.
- You must be so fluent in Marwari
All Rajasthanis can’t speak Marwari. In fact, many of them can’t even understand the Marwari language properly and speak normal Hindi. Also, there are several other regional languages spoken in Rajasthan such as Mewari in Mewar and Shekhawati in Shekhawati region. ‘Khamma Ghani’ is one word that known to all but it’s still not used commonly as Hindi is the language of day-to-day communication.
So here we have busted the myths and misconceptions about the Land of Kings. If you have any more interesting facts, do let us know us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Source: factswala, cityofjaipur