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10 reasons to visit Rajasthan

Royal palaces complete with resident maharajas who enjoy nothing more than conversation with guests

Wild landscapes of vast deserts and rugged hills perfect for hiking, cycling, camel treks and jeep safaris

Impregnable forts with incredible stories of Rajput chivalry and derring-do

Magical festivals of colour and lights, huge fairs trading horses, camels and cattle

Villages frequented by snooty camels and trundling bullock carts, wandering cows offered the first chapatti of the day fresh from the housewife’s oven

Warm, proud people; traditional farmers with giant turbans and even larger moustaches, Rabari herdsmen and Bishnoi conservationists, deposed royalty held in highest esteem

Tigers, birds and wildlife in protected sanctuaries, in lakes, deserts and forested hills

It’s a foodies paradise from saffron flavoured lassi in a recyclable clay cup to a five course dinner around a candle-lit step-well

Bazaars and markets teeming with life, colour, artisans and craftsmen and women at work

Temples and shrines with incense filled air, vermillion daubed gods and chanting priests

Posted by: Andrea Hulme

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