Rajasthan is the largest state in India. Known for its historic forts and Palaces, the state has become a prime destination for tourists interested in culture and history. Here are 11 interesting facts about the Rajasthan state.
Interesting facts about the Rajasthan state
- Rajasthan is the largest state in India in terms of area. It has an area of 342,239 square kilometers. The top 5 largest states are –
- Madhya Pradesh
- Uttar Pradesh
- Rajasthan has 5 state borders and one international border with Pakistan. The 5 bordering states are- Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh.
- The Great Indian Thar desert lies in Rajasthan. The presence of the Thar desert has shaped the unique culture of Rajasthan. The desert also provides a unique ambiance to the cities of Rajasthan which we do not find anywhere else in India.
- 5 out of the top 10 largest districts of India are in Rajasthan. These districts are-
- Jaisalmer (third-largest in India)
- Bikaner (fourth-largest in India)
- Barmer (fifth-largest in India)
- Jodhpur (sixth-largest in India)
- Nagaur (eighth-largest in India)
(Also read: Top 10 largest districts in India)
- There are 5 National Parks in Rajasthan.
- Desert National Park
- Ranthambore National Park
- Keoladeo Ghana National Park
- Mukundara Hills National Park
- Sariska National Park
The Desert National Park is the second-largest National Park in India and has an area of 3,162 square kilometers. It is famous for the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard.
(Also read: Top 10 largest national parks in India)
The Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Tigers. Machli, possibly the most famous Tigress in history, lived in the Ranthambore National Park. She once defeated a 14-foot-long crocodile and earned the title “the crocodile killer”. She died in 2016 at the age of 19.
- Rajasthan has the seventh-largest GDP among all states in India (as of August 2021).
- Present-day Rajasthan was the land of great warriors and Kingdoms. Maharana Pratap who fought against the Mughals (who were trying to expand their area of power) was the King of Mewar, a region in Rajasthan. Prithviraj Chauhan was a king in the 12th century who ruled most of present-day Rajasthan and Haryana. He defeated Muhammad of Ghor in the famous First Battle of Tarain.
- Rajasthan is also home to the Aravalli mountains. Aravalli mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in India and are the source of some important rivers like Luni and Banas.
- Rajasthan comes at number six in terms of foreign tourists visits. The most visited destinations are Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. The number six rank may seem low but Rajasthan is competing against the likes of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Delhi.
- The Delhi-Agra-Jaipur circuit also known as the Golden Triangle is the foremost tourist circuit in India.
- The Maharaja Express is a luxury train that operates on four different routes. All four routes go through Rajasthan.
Some important Rajasthan state facts
|State bird||Great Indian Bustard|
|Literacy||66.11% (as per the 2011 census)|
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