The Top 11 Books
for Understanding
Rajasthan & Its Cities

Guest-post by Pankaj Solanki

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Pankaj Solanki is a traveler and fan of books.
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Rajasthan

“Dharti Dhora Ri…” (Land of Sand Dunes)

It is a song as well as a quote quoted for Rajasthan. It is so because the Thar Desert is located in Rajasthan and most of the Rajasthan has Sand dunes.

Many people have traveled to Rajasthan and were influenced by the culture. Some settled here and those who went back wrote wonderful books.

They have written about their experience in Rajasthan, things they loved here, food items they want to eat again and their adventures.

Rajasthan has 3 main cities: Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Udaipur. Each city has a large number of things to offer to tourists.

I am going to share wonderful books written about these cities. Let’s get started:

Blue city1. Jodhpur: Sun City, Blue City, Surya Nagari

To Rajasthan travelers Jodhpur City is a well-known name. It is called Suncity because all the year this city enjoys Sunny weather.

It is called Blue City because most of the houses here are painted blue. When you view the city from Mehrangarh Fort you will get a spectacular view of blue houses.

The famous horse pants “Jodhpurs” got its name from this city. Some famous Jodhpur tourist places are:

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Kaylana Lake
  • Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan

Here are some wonderful books about Jodhpur:

If you are traveling Jodhpur for the first time, this book is all you need to know. From history to present day places, it has got everything. Just a quick read and you will know more about Jodhpur than an average tourist.

This is photo guide for Jodhpur. If you travel with your camera (who doesn’t?), then have a look at this book. Don has taken his time to discover some key locations where you can capture meaningful pictures. Nearly all the important places to visit in Jodhpur are covered in this book.

If you read news about Hotels then I’m sure you have heard the name of “Umaid Bhawan Palace”. It is awarded as the best hotel in the world in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards 2016. This book explains how Umaid Bhawan Palace was built. It’s one of the world’s largest private residences and has 347 rooms.

Jaipur2. Jaipur: The Pink City

Jaipur is the biggest city in Rajasthan and it’s the capital of Rajasthan. In fact, it is the first planned city of India.

The king “Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II” took great interest in designing this city. He referred many books and consulted world class architects.

Jaipur is also called pink city because houses here are painted in pink color. Pink being color of hospitality.

“Delhi” “Agra” and “Jaipur” forms the Golden Triangle tourist circuit in India. Some famous places to visit in Jaipur are:

  • Amber Fort
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Jal Mahal
  • Central Park

Here are some great books about Jaipur:

  1. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

It is a best-selling book in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur tour. It is written keeping Golden Triangle tourist circuit in mind. Colorful photographs, hand-made illustrations, places to visit, what to eat; everything is covered.

  1. Jaipur: India, 99 Tips For Tourists & Backpackers

The previous book is a long one. So, if you are in need of a quick guide, refer this one. From getting to Jaipur to its festivals, it has covered everything. Food section is the must read section.

  1. Jaipur: The Last Destination

This is an award winning book. This book received national award from Indian Government. It tells tales of bravery, loyalty, deception and murders. It contains top quality photographs clicked by Samar Singh Jodha. The facts are accurate and presented in an interesting way.

  1. Love Jaipur, Rajasthan

What separates this book from other books is its to-the-point-approach. Fiona has made easy to digest lists about best hotels, best places to eat etc. It is written in a conversational tone. You can skip to the sections you like. Mini guides to nearby cities are also included. This book is up-to-date in its information.

  1. Jaipur Pocket Travel Guide

This is another quick guide about Jaipur. It contains specific train details that are great for Indian as well as foreign travelers. Again, from food to festival, from hotels to travel tips; everything is covered.

Udaipur3. Udaipur: The Lake City

Udaipur is another beautiful city in Rajasthan. It has been a part of Mewar kingdom and was founded by Maharana Udai Singh.

It is called Lake City because the city has some of the most beautiful lakes of Rajasthan. The Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar are some famous lakes.

It was also voted as the best city in the world in 2009 by the Travel & Leisure magazine. Some wonderful places to visit in Udaipur are:

  • City Place
  • Lake Pichola
  • Lake Palace
  • Jag Mandir
  • Fatehsagar Lake

Some great books on Udaipur are:

This book is a quick guide about Udaipur. From History to food, it covers everything. Written in conversational tone, it is easy to read in 3-4 hours. It contains just 48 pages.

Who does not love travel images? This book is the collection of memorable Udaipur images. It explains everything with the help of images. It is enjoyable to look at these images before and even after the tour. You can get many photography ideas from this book.

This is a book for those people who are interested in stories of Udaipur rulers. It contains stories of about 1500 years of Udaipur and 76 generations. Interesting historic tales and photographs makes this book unique in its kind. Read this book before visiting Udaipur and its palaces.

Conclusion

Sure, there are more places to visit and more books about Rajasthan. But, these are the most popular ones.

I have listed these books, but now which one should you buy? If you have kindle, many of these books are free to read. Some of these are available on discount, so choose wisely.

If you are excited about visiting these cities, then I have done a good job in portraying these cities. Read these books and travel these cities with enthusiasm.

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