A Road Trip Across the Rich Rajputana Heritage.

It is a well-known fact that India is a land of diversity.
The essence of India lies in its variety of states,castes,creed,cultures and so on. The Rajputana heritage in India comprises of the states of Rajasthan, parts of Gujarat,Delhi and Agra.
It was last year’s summer break when I got the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage that the Rajputs left behind them by venturing out on a road trip with my friends. As a travel enthusiast, I am always willing to explore different parts of the country. It was a great experience for me. I loved to delve into the Rajputana ways of living. History has always been interesting for me and my inquisitive nature allows me to know about the grandness of the Rajput dynasty.
The road trip was spearheaded by my friend who came up with this initiative. The route map of the trip started from Jaipur and ended in Delhi. I started the journey from Jaipur with five of my friends.
It was a long journey, but a journey to remember for a lifetime. As the popular saying goes, it is not about the destination, but the journey which makes a road trip memorable. As we started the road trip and halted at our first destination, Jaipur, the royalness of the place appealed to all of us. The Amer Fort was the first one on our itinerary. Rich in its royal appeal , the monument was a splendid manifestation of the richness of the Rajputana. It was as if we had teleported to a whole new different era. The inexplicable feeling of this interaction with history was marvellous. The splendid architecture even in the times when technology was not even known as a term is indeed spectacular.
The “Diwan-i-Aam” and the “Diwan-i-Khaas” were the two gigantic halls. It seemed to me as if the ancient Rajputs of the fort had come back to life and started living their old princely life once again. Then comes the “Sheesh mahal” which was one of the finest specimen of the Rajputana architecture. It was a picturesque view to marvel at. Perhaps, the beauty of the place makes it worth being wax poetic about.
It was time for our next stoppage at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Awarded as the world’s best hotel recently, this place captures the luxurious lifestyle dictated by the Rajputs.
A kingly life is what is associated with India’s ancient history, as found out by historians in the Mughal and Rajput lifestyles. The very name of Rajasthan symbolizes it’s regal connotations.
During the course of the journey, I read all about the Rajputana heritage and got engrossed in their world. I pictured myself living in their times and leading the life of a queen. It was as if I was a part of a royal movie.
They say a place has many stories to tell.Certainly, the road trip made me live all these stories. While sea beaches, and mountains are common places to travel, historical places have a charm of their own too. They make you interact with the past while imparting knowledge.Perhaps, a part of me will always want to imagine what it would have been to live in that era. The Rajput legacy may have ended, but their essence will always be encapsulated in these heritage sites left behind.

Author: wallflower755

A wallflower who doesn't like to move on Sundays. I like traveling, binge watching FRIENDS, and play tennis.

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