“It is 10 days long trip. I want to cover as much of Rajasthan as possible. So, I have booked a car that will take us to the 4 major cities of Rajasthan Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Udaipur,” said I and started preparing for our trip to Rajasthan.
Mom was a little upset because she prefers slow travel and staycations. However, I wanted to make the most of my trip. But how I wish I had listened to mom. “Why?” you ask. Here’s why:
You cannot get enough of Rajasthan
One of the largest states of India, Rajasthan, is synonymous to the desert for many but the place has a lot more to offer.
The stunning architecture from the era of Rajputs, the delicious sweet and spicy delicacies, the interactive puppet shows, the beautiful barrens of the vast desert, the intricate handicrafts, the colorful fabrics, the pristine lakes, the majestic forts, the soothing Sufi music, the mesmerizing ghoomar dance, the breathtaking sunsets, the hidden waterfalls, the army cantonments, the graceful camels, and every other thing you can possibly imagine. 10 days were definitely not enough to soak in the beauty of Rajasthan.
It’s not Rajasthan but Rajasthani
You can never get enough of Rajasthan. However, allow me to elaborate on my experience of the vastness of this place. We stepped out of the Jaipur station and headed towards the taxi stand.
A bold masculine voice friendly said, “Khamma Ghani, Madam.” Tall dark man in a proper uniform, with a long mustache on his face, smiled at us.
It was our driver Tej Singh, a man of discipline and duty. He gave us a warm welcome and told us about the places we could visit today in Jaipur.
Two days later when we visited Jodhpur, he dropped us at our hotel and bid us for the day as we got busy in completing our hotel formalities.
No sooner than our driver left, the hotel reception gave us a room quite different from what we had booked. The conversation soon turned into an argument as the hotel refused to give us our desired occupancy.
I called up our driver and told him that we were having some trouble and may have to change our hotel. He had reached quite a distance but immediately took a U-turn and came back to the hotel to help us. He called one of his friends and tried to get a hotel room for us. Finally, the hotel reception agreed to provide us the expected room. Tej Singh didn’t leave until we settled in our room, such was his hospitality.
The above stated was a very small incident but friendliness, warmth, and love are seen in every Rajasthani heart. A place may be beautiful but it’s the people who make the place worth living in.
For this Alien (me), the true gem of Rajasthan were the people of this state. Alien ko Rajasthan kuch aisa dikha.
Have you ever tried the famous Rajasthani food Ghevar? It’s delicious and sweet. But can you guess what’s sweeter than that? The people of Rajasthan. Although I went there as a traveler, I felt belonged to that land in no time.
Now, even I lovingly say, “Padharo Mhare Desh“.
Although people urge you to visit Rajasthan for its beauty, I urge you to visit Rajasthan to witness the hospitality of the Rajasthani people. The state has a lot to offer but the people will make you feel contented with what you have. How ironic!