Tourist Places Rajasthan: Rajasthan is the state of Desert India. It is also known as “the land of kings” and “the land of colours”. It houses the Beautifull Indian desert(Thar Desert). Jaipur is the capital city of the state, also known as Pink city. The famous cities are Jaipur, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota, Jaisalmer etc.
30 Best Places to Visit in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is famous for the majestic forts, intricately carved temples and decorated havelis. Jantar Mantar, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace, City Palaces, Jaisalmer Havelis are part of the true architectural heritage of Rajasthan. Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu, Ranakpur Temple dedicated to Lord Adinath near Udaipur,Jain temples in the fort complexes of Chittorgarh, Jaisalmer and Kumbhalgarh, Lodurva Jain temples, Bhandasar Temple of Bikaner are some of the best examples. There are fairs with snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels,of course, play a stellar role in this festival. Keoladeo National Park of Bharatpur, Sariska Tiger Reserve of Alwar, Ranthambore National Park of Sawai Madhopur, and Desert National Park of Jaisalmer are famous wild life attraction in the state.
A 7 th century Chauhan stronghold, Ajmer is a pilgrimage centre for Muslims though people from all religious backgrounds come to pray at its dargah. The British developed Ajmer as an educational centre, and Mayo College, once an exclusive school for boys from royal families, is now among the country’s best private schools.
Ajmer-e-Sharief Dargah: At the foot of a barren hill, is situated India?s most important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja Sharif.
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Jodhpur history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him only. It was previously known as Marwar. The following paragraphs will tell you more about the past of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
The Rathores were driven out of their original homeland, Kaunaj, by Afghans. They fled to Pali, near to the present day Jodhpur. Rathore Siahaji married the sister of a local prince. This helped the Rathores to establish and strengthen themselves in this region. In some time they ousted the Pratiharas of Mandore, just 9 km of today’s Jodhpur. Initially, Mandore served as their capital, but, by 1459, Rathores felt a need for a secure capital. This lead to the formation of Jodhpur, the Sun City, by Rao Jodha.
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Bundi is a magnificent town, 36 Kms from Kota, once ruled by the Hada Chauhans. First destination is Hadoti set in a narrow inclining gorge. The palaces and forts have a fairy tale quality about them. Isolated and independent, this picturesque location has much to offer. Rajput architecture shines in the intricately carved brackets and pillars. Interesting places are Diwan-e-aam, Hathia Pol, and Naubat Khana.
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Rajasthan Desert Safari Camp, Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer
Rajasthan Desert Safari Camp is located at the Sam Sand dunes on the edge of the Desert National Park located in the midst of the Thar Desert. The camp provides all the comforts required by a modern day traveler. The accommodation consists of luxury tents with attached permanent baths having running hot and cold water. After a camel safari in the Thar Desert, guest can relax around the campfire, enjoying live music and dance performances by the “Mangnibar” tribe of professional singers.
Apart from this fixed camp, Rajasthan Desert Safari also organizes customized camel or jeep safari itineraries, with overnight camps, in the Thar Desert. Gala dinners are organized on request.
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Founded by one of the scions of the house of Jodhpur, Bikaner’s 15th century history combines adventure with enterprise. In later centuries, as an ally of the Mughals and the British, it was able to develop as a modern state, though its architectural attractions remain splendidly Rajput. One of the principal outposts of the desert, its is also a major centre for camel breeding. Bikaner is 500-year-old town standing still in time. The rulers here built beautiful forts that echo of opulence and images of monsoon clouds in this dry land. The wealth of its architectural heritage lies in its forts, palaces and temples– magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone, are living.
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6. Mount Abu
A summer retreat in the Aravallis with a large lake and several temples, it also doubles as a pilgrimage centre with its 11th-13th century Dilwara Jain temples known for the quality of their sculpturing. Mount Abu at a height of 1,200 metres above sea level is Rajasthan’s only hill station. The 22 km long hill station has among its principal attractions a cool climate, the famous Dilwara group of temples, some old palaces like the Bikaner Palace and the Nakki Lake.
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The fort of Ranthambhor has been abandoned to nature for in this national park, the tiger has right of stay. One of the country’s finest tiger reserves, its topography of low hills and large lakes provides a tranquil idyll. Ranthambhore National Park, before a princely game conserve is the scene where the celebrated Indian Tiger is best seen. Ranthambhor Tiger Reserve lies on the junction of Aravali and Vindhyas just 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan. It sprawls over a varying and undulating landscape. The scenery changes dramatically from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas and sharp and conical hills of the Aravali. A tenth century fort also blends amicably with the background. A significant geological feature within the park is the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range. The Rivers Chambal in the South and the Banas in the North bound the National Park.
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8. Alwar tour
Once known as Mewat, the Rajput kingdom came under Muslim domination during the 13th-18th centuries with intermittent attempts to win it back which, Kachchawaha prince succeeded in doing in 1771. Alwar has some beautiful lakeside palaces, not all open to the public. The city of Alwar forms an ancient Rajput state. It was formerly known as Mewat. It was closest to imperial Delhi. In the 12th and 13 th centuries the inhabitants of Alwar formed a group and raded Delhi. It was ultimately Sultan Bulban who suppressed them, bringing the area under the Muslims rule. Between 1775 and 1782 under the leadership of the Naruka thakur (noble) Pratap Singh.
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9. Barmer tour
Barmer was founded around the 12 th century. It forms the border area of India-Pakistan. A major attraction for the tourists, it is the centre for wood carving, carpets, embroidery, block printing and other handicrafts. The products made here are popular throughout India. Two annual fairs are celebrated in Barmer; the Barmer Thar festival in early March and the Barmer cattle fair in March/April. Although a barren lands with harsh climate and rough terrain, Barmer is known for its rich crafts, dances and music. One on the ancient camel trade route the town is now the center for wood carving, pottery carpets intricate embroidery work block printed fabrics and multi-hued traditional costumes.
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10. Bharatpur tour
The only Jat kingdom in the state, the rock-hard mud fortifications of its fort proved invincible even under repeated siege. The fort houses early remnants of artifacts and sculpture, while the modern palace outside is a sprawling structure. However, Bharatpur is better known as a bird sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park). Founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD, Bharatpur – The ‘Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan’, was once an impregnable well fortified city, carved out of the region formerly known as Mewat. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg and Dholpur has played an important part in the history of Rajasthan.
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