Rajasthan, Land of Kings and one of the most unique and colorful provinces in northern India is on the border with Pakistan. The barren desert landscape was once the home of the Rajputs, which ruled over the land for more than 1,000 years.
Our journey begins in Jaipur, the 'Pink City', where the buildings consist of the reddish stone of the surrounding landscape. Much to the surprise of tourists, the local people continue to use the elephant as a means of transport in this splendid trading town. However, modern traffic with its cars, tuk-tuk taxis and countless bicycles has also found its way into this fairytale-like city.
An artificial lake suddenly appears in the centre of which is the beautiful Jal Mahal Castle. Amid the arid, rocky landscape is the original residence of the Rajputs clan, the Amber Fort, which is strategically situated within rock walls.
The small town of Churu is flanked on both its south and west sides by sand dunes. It is believed that it was founded in 1563 by the Jats. It subsequently became important as the supplier of caravans for the Poddar family that brought the village a long period of prosperity.
The white temples of Ranakpur are the sanctuaries of the Jains, situated in a picturesque valley to the west of the Aravalli Range, north of Udaipur.
Rajasthan is the Land of the Maharajas in all its splendor, a living fairy-tale beneath the desert sky.