Rajasthan is the largest state in India by area size and is located in the north west bordering Pakistan. Other states that border Rajasthan are Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. The state capital is Jaipur.
The main geological features of Rajasthan are the Thar Desert, extending across the north western part of the state, and the Aravalli Range, one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth.
Historically, the state is mainly comprised of past Rajput kingdoms and the remains of these kingdoms are some of India's most popular tourist destinations. Its many famous sites include the stunning Rajput era palaces in Udaipur, the majestic architecture of Jodhpur and Jaipur, and the cultural gems of Pushkar and Jaisalmer. Camel trekking in the Thar Desert is a fun adventure that can be arranged through the many tour operations in Jaisalmer and Bikaner. Mount Abu is the only hill station in the state and is popular with both domestic and international visitors looking to escape the intense summer heat.
For those wishing to travel in style, the luxury train "Palace of Wheels" offers a one week journey across Rajasthan and bookings should be made well in advance.