About Rajasthan



About Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a city Folklore of heroism and romance resound from the formidable monuments that majestically stand to tell the tale of a bygone era. The magic of vibrant Rajasthan - its rich heritage, colourful culture, exciting desert safaris, shining sand-dunes, amazing variety lush forests and varied wildlife - makes it a destination nonpareil. Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most sceptical traveller.

It is an incredible destination for the outdoor-tourist - take a safari on horses, camels, elephants or even in jeeps, with the Aravalis - India's oldest mountain range as the backdrop. Feast your eyes on spectacular sand-dunes, take the tiger trail, or just watch the birds in the wetlands. You can also choose to pamper yourself in the lavish heritage properties. Rajasthan has something for everyone - one just has to choose an activity appropriate to one's temperament.

ALWAR
ALWAR: is known as "Tiger Gate" of San Luis Potosi. Surrounded by lush green Aravali hills and presents a breath taking natural environment. Forests and lakes form the backdrop to this beautiful place. The site is dotted with architectural splendour, surrounded by harsh mountains. The deep valleys and thick forest cover is a haven for many species of birds and animals. It is one of the oldest cities in the state and its prehistoric and historic sites are an archaeologist's delight. Paradoxically, Alwar is both the oldest and the most recent of the Rajput kingdoms of Rajasthan. Trace their tradition back to the realms of Viratnagar that flourished here around 1500 BC It is also known as Matasya Desh, where the Pandavas, the mighty heroes of the Mahabharata, spent the last years of his 13 years of exile.
The grandeur, beauty and delicacy of the design of innumerable palaces and forts in the region, tranquil lakes, majestic hunting lodges, sites of archaeological importance, thick forests, many birds and animals mixed with an equally diverse socio - cultural configuration have made this region a traveller's delight.
BIKANER
Lying in the north of the desert State, the city is dotted with scores of sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval grandeur that permeates the city's lifestyle. More readily called the camel country; the city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. A camel besides being a mode of transport, also works on wells. These are built on high plinths with slender minarets on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance.
The history of Bikaner dates back to 1486 when a Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji founded his kingdom. Bikaji was one the five sons of Rao Jodhaji the illustrious founder of Jodhpur. But Rao Bikaji was the most adventurous of them. It is said that an insensitive remark from his father about his whispering in the Durbar provoked Bikaji to set up his own kingdom towards the north of Jodhpur. The barren wilderness called Jangladesh became his focul point and he transformed it into an impressive city. He accomplished this task with 100 cavalry horses and 500 soldiers, and established his kingdom on 84 villages abandoned by the 'Shankhlas'. When Bikaji died in 1504 his rule had extended to over 3000 villages.
BHARATPUR
BHARATPUR: In 1733 AD, Raja Badan Singh 's adopted son, Suraj Mal had shown signs of promise, when he captured the fort of Bharatpur from Khemkaran, the rival chief, whom he killed and thus laid the foundation of Bharatpur City.
Maharaja Suraj Mal displayed immense courage and carved a niche for himself in the midst of political disorder. Gathering around him fiercely martial Jat peasants, he went from one success to another. He accompanied Emperor Muhammed Shah against Ali Muhammed Ruhela and in 1748 AD, at the battle of Bagru, he led the Jaipur vanguard against the Marathas. He also defeated the commander-in-chief of the Mughal emperor. Despite being a very religious man he was secular.
The history of Bharatpur dates back to the epic age, when the Matsya Kingdom flourished here in the 5th century BC the matsya were allies of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war. According to tradition the name of Bharatpur is traced to Bharat, the brother of lord Rama of Ayodhya who's other brother Laxman was given the high place of family deity of the ruling family of Bharatpur. His name also appears in the state seals and coat-of-arms.
JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING
HAWA MAHAL
HAWA MAHAL - built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. The display “Jaipur past and present" is the special feature of this newly setup museum. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 5.00:
JANTAR MANTAR
JANTAR MANTAR (Observatory) - built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provides accurate time, which is subject to daily corrections. Timing 9.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 10.00,
CITY PALACE AND S.M.S. II MUSEUM
CITY PALACE AND S.M.S. II MUSEUM - situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture; it houses a seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city. Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts, Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. Sileh Khana has a collection of armoury and weapons. Timing 9.30 to 16.45 hrs. Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 35.00 and for foreigners Rs.150.00 inclusive of entry to Jaigarh fort,
ISHWAR LAT
ISHWAR LAT - 'Swarg Suli' or ‘heaven piercing minaret', the tower, near Tripolia gate, built by Maharaja Ishwari Singh (1744-51). It offers one of the most breathtaking views of the city.
CENTRAL MUSEUM
CENTRAL MUSEUM - situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces. Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 5.00, for foreigners As. 30.00,
DOLLS MUSEUM
DOLLS MUSEUM - a collection of beautiful dolls from all over the world, it is situated on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg.
BIRLA PLANETARIUM
It offers unique audio-visual education about stars and entertainment with its modern computerised projection system. Entry fee As. 20.00 show timings: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 hrs.
JALMAHAL
JALMAHAL - on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress.
GAITOR
At the foot hill of Nahargarh stands the memorials to the former rulers of Jaipur the place has some gracefully carved cenotaphs in white marble.
JAIGARH FORT
standing on a hilltop, overlooking the palaces and city of Amer. The world's biggest cannon on wheels- the Jai Ban is positioned here, built during reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai singh. It has a twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single shot.
Pushkar
Situated between picturesque valley and mountainous regions, Pushkar is one of the hot-spot travel destinations of Rajasthan in India. Several pilgrimage sites of importance with more than 400 temples - that attract tourists to travel to Pushkar every year. The Brahma Temple (the only temple where Lord Brahma is worshipped) and the quaint Pushkar Lake are the major tourist attractions of Pushkar. Pushkar, famous pilgrimage centre in India is also popular for hosting one of the most brightful fairs of Rajasthan - the Pushkar fair. The Pushkar fair coincides with the bright half of the moon during the months of October-November. From time immemorial, people have been gathering here annually during the month of Kartik to pay obeisance to Lord Brahma. The best time for holidays in Pushkar is during the winter months from October to mid-March.
UDAIPUR SIGHTSEEING
THE LAKE PALACE
Lake Palace or Jag Niwas is regarded as one of the most beautiful palace of the world, the mere sight is mesmerizing as this white wonder arises out of the turquoise waters of lake Pichola. Built in 1746, by Maharana Jagat Singh II on the island of Jag Niwas, as a summer resort.
The Lake Palace at Udaipur can be said to be the best example of the Rajasthani achitecture. The white marble Palace stand amidst thb e lake Pichola. A picture perfect spot for any photographer, the Lake Palace looks amazing. The complete scene looks as if the fairytale has come alive. The Lake Palace is said to be one of the most beautiful palaces in world. It arises out of the Turquoise waters of the Pichola lake, like an elegant fantasy in white marble. The Lake palace was built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acers of rock.
CITY PALACE
City Palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola. This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors.
City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavor of heritage site. Towering on the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace is truly a feast to the eyes. City Palace is a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble.
LAKE PICHOLA
Lake Pichola, situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake.
FATEH PRAKASH PALACE
It's like being cocooned in authentic royal luxury at the Fateh Prakash Palace, the grand heritage palace of the HRH group. The warmth of royal hospitality greets you as you walk along the corridors lined with large paintings of the Mewar School that flourished in the seventeenth through nineteenth century.
The lake facing suites in the turrets are suitably appointed with four poster beds and period furniture, festooned with maroon velvet curtains and delicate silk tassels. It's a legacy kept alive since the early decades of the twentieth century when Maharana Fateh Singh (period of reign: 1884 - 1935) used to be the royal occupant of this palace. Till date the formality of royal occasions are maintained.
CITY PALACE MUSEUM
The City Palace Museum is the jewel in the crown of the Udaipur City Palace Complex. It is here that you can immerse yourself in the history of the Maharanas of Mewar, and really get a feel for their culture and how royalty lived.
Construction on the City Palace started in 1559, making it the oldest part of the City Palace Complex. The various Maharanas continued the work over four and a half centuries, in a number of phases, giving rise to the Mughal and British influences in the palace architecture.
In 1969, the City Palace was opened to the public as the City Palace Museum. This was done out of necessity, in order to generate income and maintain the building after India became a democracy, and royal rulers had to give up their states and fend for themselves. The Museum is now overseen by the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation.
FATEH SAGAR LAKE
Fateh Sagar Lake, an artificial lake built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678. The lake, however, got its name from Maharana Fateh Singh who made additions to it after a lot of destruction was caused by torrential rainfall. Fateh Sagar is about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) long and 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) wide, with three intake channels and an overflow channel that is brought to use in the rainy season. Three verdant islands dot the lake, the largest being Nehru Park, a favorite picnic destination of the locals. All the islands can be reached by taking a boat ride on the lake.
Within the confines of the Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands.; the largest of these islands has been developed as a park called Nehru Park, which is a popular garden with a restaurant. The second island houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain and the third island is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO). The Nehru park is accessed by inboard motor boats from the bottom of Moti Magri. Blue waters of the lake and the backdrop of green has given the sobriquet of 'the second Kashmir' to Udaipur town.
JODHPUR SIGHTSEEING
Mehrangarh Fort
This fort is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated at an altitude of about 125 metres and is spread over an area of 5 sq km, with seven gates. It has been a witness to the splendor of bygone era. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous places in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpur sculptures. Mehrangarh literally means "Majestic Fort". It is located at very center of the city and is visible surrounding from the city. Originally built in 1806 the fort has been added to many times since. The palaces in this fort were built in an informal pattern over several centuries. They have their own peculiar style, with narrow staircases, serving as the only means of access to the royal residences within. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the fort's ramparts are well - preserved.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
This immense palace known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used. the only palace built in 20th century under the famine. It was built in a time of peace and is quite western in its design. It was built as a famine relief project which employment to people for 16 years. It has its own theatre, eight dining rooms, and a banquet hall which seats three hundred people. A Ball Room had been built, catering to the Westernized royal lifestyle. Much of the interior of the palace is in the art deco style. In fact, it is said to be one of the finest surviving examples of art deco in the world. Deep within the palace is an indoor swimming pool, with a mosaic of zodiac symbols. The palace now runs as a hotel, though, a part of it has been retained as a museum and part as royal residence.
Jaswant Thada
Close to the fort complex lies white marble cenotaph, built in 1899 in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II rare portraits of Jodhpur rulers are also to be seen at Jaswant Thada.
Government Museum
This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, antique weapons local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens
Clock Tower and Sadar Market
A prime attraction of the city is clock tower and the colorful sadar Market near to it. These colorful markets with tiny shops dotting the narrow lanes are situated in the heart of city and popular for a wide range of handicrafts making then the favorite haunt of shoppers.
Mahamandir Temple
Built in 1812, this is an old walled town with few hundred houses. The temple with 84 beautifully carved pillars is an architectural wonder.
Kailana Lake
An artificial lake on the Jaisalmer road. An idyllic picnic spot with spectaculars sunsets.
JAISALMER SIGHTSEEING
Jaisalmer Fort
It is the fort, the second oldest in Rajasthan (oldest being Chittorgarh). The fort stands on a hill 250 feet above the surrounding country. The fort of Jaisalmer was founded by Maharawal "Jaisal" in 1156 A.D. The fort stands on a hill which overlooks the town from the south. Many round shaped stones left on the towers were used as weapon to check the enemy from entering the fort during battle. It has four gates- Akhai Pol (Ganesh Pol), Suraj Pol, bhuta Pol & Hava Pol. Raj Mahal - There are five beautifully carved Raj Mahals inside the fort viz. Rang Mahal, Sarvotam Vilas, Akhai Vilas, Gaj Mahal, and Moti Mahal. There were some old painting and pictures inside the Mahal. These paintings are to the Mughal and Rajput-Sculpture.
Gadisar Lake
This rain water lake was once the major supplier of potable water in the town. Today, it is a big attraction for the picnickers in the desert city. Sacred shrines and well laid gardens flank the lake. A rick variety of beautiful birds can be observed fluttering overhere.
Patwa Haveli
There are five beautifully carved Havelies (Houses) near Mahaveer Bhawan, build by Patva brothers in 1800-1860 A.D. From the top of the Havelis we can see Golden view of the city and fort. It looks very fine during sun-rise time and full moon night.
Sam Sand Dunes
About 45 kms from Jaisalmer Sam Village is located. These dunes are 3 km long and 1 km wide and ½ high. No vegetation can be found on them and their surface is ever changing due to the winds. The wind either heaps the sand into hills or scoops it into deep hollows.
The Desert National Park
A desert national park was established in 1980 in the Thar Desert near kanoie and sam village. About 3162 sq. km. Area is covered, and is about 32 kms from Jaisalmer. Scrub trees and flowers can usually be seen. The chinkara and black buck can also be seen near the village. The great Indian bustars in the famous bird in this area. To visit the National Park, a separate permit is required from the collector of Jaisalmer.



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