Vikas Pandya

Don’t miss the exclusive interview of Vikas Pandya, Deputy Director of Rajasthan Tourism, at TTF Kolkata 2023! Join us at Biswa Bangla MIlan Mela Prangan in Kolkata, West Bengal, as we delve into the rich cultural heritage and hidden gems of Rajasthan. Gain insights into the state’s iconic attractions, vibrant festivals, and upcoming tourism initiatives. From the majestic palaces of Jaipur to the serene lakes of Udaipur, discover the wonders that await you. Stay tuned for a captivating conversation that will ignite your wanderlust and inspire your next travel adventure!


Rajasthan, the Land of Kings, is a treasure trove of rich cultural heritage and hidden gems that captivate the imagination of travelers. With its majestic forts, opulent palaces, vibrant festivals, and warm hospitality, Rajasthan offers a glimpse into a bygone era while embracing the present.

The state is home to several magnificent forts that stand as testimony to its glorious past. One such iconic structure is the Amber Fort, located in the outskirts of Jaipur. This architectural marvel showcases the fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles, with intricate carvings, stunning mirror work, and breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. Another notable fort is the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, known for its imposing structure and panoramic vistas of the Blue City.

Palaces in Rajasthan are nothing short of architectural wonders. The City Palace in Udaipur, overlooking the serene Lake Pichola, is a masterpiece adorned with delicate artwork, ornate balconies, and charming courtyards. The Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, now a luxury hotel, is a magnificent blend of Indo-Saracenic architecture and Art Deco influences.

Rajasthan’s cultural heritage is celebrated through its vibrant festivals. The Pushkar Camel Fair, held annually in the holy town of Pushkar, is a spectacle of color, culture, and tradition. It attracts thousands of traders, pilgrims, and tourists who witness the lively cattle trading, traditional music and dance performances, and the famous camel races. The Jaipur Literature Festival, held in the Pink City, brings together renowned authors, thinkers, and artists from around the world, fostering intellectual discussions and creative exchange.

Beyond the popular tourist destinations, Rajasthan is home to several hidden gems that offer unique experiences. The town of Bundi, nestled in the Aravalli Hills, is known for its intricate step wells, known as baoris, showcasing architectural brilliance and providing respite from the desert heat. The village of Bishnoi, near Jodhpur, offers an opportunity to witness the eco-friendly lifestyle and conservation efforts of the Bishnoi community, known for their love for nature and wildlife.

For wildlife enthusiasts, Ranthambore National Park beckons with its thriving population of royal Bengal tigers. The park’s picturesque landscapes and diverse flora and fauna make it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.

Rajasthan’s culinary delights are as rich as its cultural heritage. From the famous Dal Baati Churma, a traditional Rajasthani dish, to the delectable Ghevar and Pyaaz Kachori, the state’s cuisine tantalizes the taste buds. Food enthusiasts can embark on a culinary journey exploring the vibrant street food markets and indulging in traditional Rajasthani thalis.

The warm hospitality of the people of Rajasthan adds a special charm to the overall experience. Whether it’s the warm smiles of the locals, the folk music and dance performances that narrate tales of valor and love, or the opportunity to stay in heritage havelis and experience the royal lifestyle, Rajasthan leaves a lasting impression on every visitor.

In conclusion, Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage and hidden gems make it a captivating destination that enchants travelers from around the world. Its forts, palaces, festivals, wildlife, cuisine, and warm hospitality create an immersive experience that transports visitors to a world of regal grandeur and timeless beauty. A journey through Rajasthan is a journey through the heart and soul of India’s rich cultural tapestry.


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