Rajasthan which is also known as the “Land of Maharajas” is the largest state of India, covering an area of about 342,239 sq. km. It comprises of 33 districts and its largest city is Jaipur, which is also its capital. Being located on the western side of the country, it shares its border with Pakistan to its northwest and to the west it shares its border with Sindh. To its north it has Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to its northeast; to its southeast it has Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to its southwest.
The glory of the state is retained by its majestic palaces, forts and monuments. The vibrant culture and rich heritage of this princely state draw innumerable tourists from across the globe.
Its major attractions include the ruins of Indus Valley Civilization, the oldest mountain range- Aravalli, a Jain pilgrimage site known as Dilwara Temples, Karni Mata Mandir, the only hill station of Rajasthan- Mount Abu, Keoladeo National Park (formerly known as Bharatpur National Park, the Ranthambore National Park and the Sariska Tiger Reserve.
Some of its major architectural wonders include Chittorgarh fort - the largest fort in Asia, Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur, Jaipur “The Pink City” houses a number of well known tourists spots which include Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Lake Palace, City Palace, Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar, Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer and many more.
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), at New Delhi is the nearest airport which is located at a distance of 250 KM. Regular flights connecting the major cities like Delhi and Mumbai to Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Along with the Jaipur International Airport, there are two major airports at Jodhpur and Udaipur that have access to several flights boosting tourism in the state.
The national highway of Rajasthan is measured 5655 km while the state highway is of 8627 km. NH8 passes through Jaipur and Udaipur. A four lane road connects Agra to Jaipur.
Rajasthan has a good network of rail with direct superfast and other express trains from Delhi and Mumbai. Cities like Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Udaipur are connected with the daily superfast trains. There is a 4600 km of railway track. Jaipur is connected to the other major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad with a network of broad-gauge. Jaipur is the head quarter of North-West Railways.