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Adventure Tour of Rajasthan
The spirit of adventure and bravery has always been a prominent part of life. In the days of yore, hunting was the major source of excitement for the people. Pitting their wits against the most ferocious of animals was considered a challenge. Wrestling was yet another outlet for those seeking a show of strength. Today times have changed but the search for adventure still remains. So if you’re driven by the call of adventure, come to Rajasthan.
The royal land of Rajasthan, besides being a state of culture and heritage, of fantastic forts and grandiose palaces has another ace up its sleeve- that of being a destination for adventure tourism. With its alluring expanses of Thar Desert and myriad wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, Rajasthan is an ideal for an adventurous holiday.
Camel Safari – Ship of Desert
Rajasthan invites you to feel the adventure of a Camel Safari, which takes you through the golden sands of the vast Thar desert. In places as thar desert, its the only means of transportation in remote areas.
The most popular and obvious safari to explore the bewitching beauty of Rajasthan is the Camel Safari. Known as the Ship of the Desert, the camels will take you to the remotest parts of the Thar desert, where you will find yourself at the threshold of a never explored wonder land.
Elephant Safari – Ride Like Kings
Riding an elephant takes you back to the royal era, when only the kings use to ride on these majestic beasts, since nothing can even compare with the majesty of the Pachyderm.
Equipped with a howdah, a large seat on which tourist can sit, complete with soft silk cushions, and with a ceremonial umbrella over the riders head, modern day elephant safaris may lack in comparison with the ones that use to be done by the kings, but are no less regal on that account.
Horse Safari in Rajasthan
Rajasthan – the land of the Rajputs, is Known for its kings, fearless warriors and beautiful women. Its also known for how its fort Kingdoms were carved and established by the Rajputs on horseback, while swords were stained with enemy blood.
Jeep Safari in Rajasthan
Jeep Safari is yet another popular and peculiar form of safari like Camel, Horses and Elephants.
The Safari not only refreshes but brings one close to nature while driving through the quiet and beautiful countryside of Rajasthan.
Jeep safari is relaxing but rough filled with adventure and excitement on comparison to Camel Safari or horse safari.
Parasailing and Ballooning in Rajasthan
The Joy of being aloft in the wind and the thrill of defying the elements is what parasailing and ballooning are all about. The spirit of adventure and bravery has always been a prominent part of Rajasthani life.
Trekking on Mountains in Rajasthan
Trekking is one of the most famous adventure sports in Rajasthan. The mountain ranges of Rajasthan promise breathtaking and exciting trekking trips. The rugged beauty of these lofty mountains attracts travelers and tourists from all over the world.
Lying in the west of India, the topography of Rajasthan varies from sand-dunes of the desert to the lofty hill ranges of the Aravallis which makes Rajasthan a trekkers paradise.
Water Sports in Rajasthan
Water-sports amidst the Thar Desert? Sounds a bit out of place? But contrary to usual beliefs, tourists planning a Rajasthan tour have unlimited opportunities for water sports.
The lakes of Rajasthan are known for water sports. Boating and angling are quite common here. Gliding through the unperturbed water while enjoy the cool breeze can definitely be a refreshing experience.
Wildlife Adventure in Rajasthan
You will be surprised by Rajasthan the land of Contrasts, at every step. An extraordinary variety of fauna and flora have flourished across the highly varied vegetation in the large state. Rajasthan has a number of wildlife Sanctuaries and National parks which draw thousands of visitors from across the world.
SAM SAND DUNES
Sam Sand Dunes are situated at a distance of approximately 42 km from the city of Jaisalmer. Located in the midst of the Thar Desert, these sand dunes are amongst the most famous ones in Rajasthan.
Radiating laid-back vibes, Sam Sand Dunes, near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan totally enchant you with their fascinating sights. These 3km long, 1km wide and almost half a kilometer high sand dunes keep on shifting on a permanent basis. The area of the Rajasthan Sam Sand Dunes supports absolutely no plant life. The whirling air currents of this area match with those of the sandstorms in the Sahara.
Most Picturesque Spot around Jaisalmer
The Sam dunes are also the most picturesque spot around Jaisalmer, and perhaps the whole of western Rajasthan. Sitting there in the evening with the sun setting, listening to the ballads of the legendary lovers Moomal and Mahendra on the Jews harp or the narh (a traditional musical instrument), you might feel that time has come to a grinding halt. The silken smooth sands of Sam look like a tale out of the Merchant of Venice and camel safaris are much in vogue here.
An overnight trip to the area is a must if you really want to enjoy all the sights and sounds, the ruins and the temples. Sleeping out in the open, stretched out on the sands while facing the twinkling sky is an out of the world experience. Many a tourist has fallen in love with the haunting beauty of the dunes there is a definite aura of romance about it. The old ruins and the various temples in this area are a must see.
Pleasurable Moments – Watching Sand Dunes at Sunset
The best way to enjoy the Sam Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer, is through an overnight trip. One of the most pleasurable moments comes at the time of the sunset. Watching the sand dunes in the faint orange glow of the sun with the ballads of the legendary lovers playing in the background leaves you completely speechless. The night is spent sleeping in the open under the cover of the star-studded sky.
This is the closest place from where you can loose yourself in the Great Thar Desert. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The best way to get here, of course, is on camel back.
The Sand Dunes Trip
The magical sand dunes of Rajasthan can be best viewed on a camel safari.
The camel safaris are organised from Jaisalmer, closest town to the desert. Camel safari is the most popular mode of desert sight-seeing. It gives a chance to explore the interiors of the state. The rural Rajasthan, in the vast desert, are accessible only through the camel safari. The best season for desert safari across the deserts of Rajasthan is during October to February.
In the month of February/March, this whole place turns into a cultural hub. The desert festival organized amid these dunes is the showcase of Rajasthani culture as a whole.
Open-air cultural extravaganzas, puppet shows, folk dance performances, camel races, competitions and general festivities mark this annual event that is held with great pomp and show at the Sam Sand dunes in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Most of the sand dunes sites are situated near Jaisalmer. The nearest airport is the Jodhpur airport, 285 Km from Jailsalmer. Jaisalmer railway station is connected to the main cities of Rajasthan
The roadways network of Rajasthan ensures good connectivity of Jaisalmer to the major cities of India. Jaisalmer is 285 Km from Jodhpur, 638 Km from Jaipur, 897 Km from Delhi, 626 Km from Ahmedabad and 1200 Km from Mumbai.
Any trip to Jaisalmer is indeed incomplete, without a trip to the most panoramic Sam Sand dunes.
Rajasthan is known for the beauty and elegance of its colorful turbans. It is an essential part of the traditional outfit and is proudly worn by the Rajasthan men-folk. One can find myriad variations of turbans in Rajasthan and it is said that the size and style of these turban changes in every 15 km you travel down the desert region.
Turban – The Crown of Rajasthan
The turbans of Rajasthan are the most colorful and impressive in whole of the India. The use of turbans was basically started by the Rajput community, who reside in the Indian state of Rajasthan. They used to wear distinct turbans and the Hindi pronunciation of turban is Paag, Safa or Pagri. Once you experience the royal culture of Rajasthan, you will be amazed with the variations of colorful turbans.
It is said that the style of the turban changes with every 15 km you travel within the geographical boundaries of Rajasthan. In some parts of the region, the size of turban indicates the position of the person in the society they live.
Relevance Behind Each Colored Turban
Turbans add brilliant splash of color and style to monotonous and barren lands. Each color has its own importance and significance like Ochre is the color of the mendicant, while the saffron is commonly worn at the time of weddings. In the medieval past, the color saffron also denoted valor and chivalry. When besieged by an enemy, and food and water supplies were scanty, desperate warriors wearing saffron turbans would sneak out of their citadels to lead sudden surprise attacks on the enemy.
Turbans of specified colors are worn to mark periods of mourning. A white turban is worn for funeral processions by immediate family members. Whereas the khaki, blue and dark maroon are reserved for the solemnity of a condolence visit. Whereas in Rajasthan each caste have their own distinguishing colors, by which they are recognized, like shepherds wear red turbans, Bishnois, who are known as the most nomadic shepherd tribes and environmental conservationists, always wear white turbans and the other tribal communities wear printed turbans.
Thus, the painted area is then wrapped with the tissue, plastic, or medical tape to lock in the body heat, so that it can create more intense color on the skin. The wrap is worn overnight and then removed in the next morning. Which when washed, leaves a rich reddish brown colour on the surface of skin and can last somewhere from one to three weeks, depending on the quality of the paste.
Some turban colors are seasonal to wear like in between February and March, flowers bloom and crops are harvested, it makes the best time for tourists to see the royal Rajasthani men, wearing a falgunia turban having white and red designs. Whereas in the month of July, the predominant color is Motiva or pearl pink. A green and pink striped or yellow and red striped lahariya turban, where the colors are tie dyed in waves, are worn during the time of monsoon. Whereas the Pancharanga is the distinguishing turban in the colorful soil of Rajasthan.
Different Turbans For Different Festivals
The famous Black Chunari (tie dyed) with the red borders is mainly used at the time of Diwali (festival of lights). The Falgunia Turban, having white and red patterns is wore at the time of Holi (festival of color). A bright Saffron colour turban for Dassehra festival, held in the month of October.
The Mothara turban, with tiny round designs is wore at the time of Raksha Bandhan (festival, when brothers pledge to protect sisters). yellow turban for Basant Panchami (spring festival) and the light pink turban is wore in the month of October, at the time of Sharad Poornima (full moon night). Commonly called a Safa, this beautiful turban is nine meters long and about one meter wide.
Advantages of Turbans
The turban’s size and shape is influenced by the climatic conditions of the different regions. Turbans in the hot desert areas are large and loose. Farmers and shepherds, who need constant protection from the elements of nature, wear some of the most voluminous turbans. They also have many practical functions.
Exhausted travelers use it as a pillow, a blanket or a towel. Water, if muddy, can be strained through a turban. Unraveled, it can be used as a rope to draw water from a well with a bucket. The Maharajahs of Rajasthan were known for their colorful traditional costumes and grand turbans. The people of Rajasthan down the years would adopt approximately the same style of headgear as the reigning king.
RHYTHMIC DANCE & MUSIC
“The age old traditional heritage of Rajasthan has enriched its music and dance immensely. Be it the melody of folk music or the beat of tribal percussion, Rajasthan amazes its tourists with bejeweled treasure of music and dance.”
Dance with the Music of Rajasthan
The vibrancy of Rajasthan is never completely discovered until you engulf yourself in the music and dance of it. Patronized by erstwhile royalty, the music and dance of Rajasthan follows a legacy that dates back to several centuries.
The rich folklore and culture has added some more sparkles to its glory making Rajasthani dance and music a treasured jewel in Indian culture. The tradition of court dances and music performance still can be seen today in the cultural mights making the grandeur of bygone Rajput era alive infront of you. Enjoy a dance performance and we can say for sure that you can’t help yourself from shaking your body in the hypnotizing melody and beat.
Swinging With the Beat
Be it the mesmerizing melody of Sarangi or Shahnai or the cymbal like sound of ‘manjeera’ or the foot tapping beats of ‘khartal’ or ‘dhol’, when they embrace each other on the occasion of a lively dance performance, a magical ambience is created in the golden beauty of Rajasthan. The grace and beauty of the ‘ghoomar’, ‘gair’ and ‘sapera ‘ are increased many fold with the enchanting music and song performance by the professional and folk artists.
The folk songs narrate the rich folklore and imperial heritage of the state that has been captivating the entire world for many centuries. Tourists coming to Rajasthan make it a point to attend at least one dance performance while exploring the heavenly beauty of the deserts and thus collecting an unforgettable experience for the entire life.
Mind blowing Skills of Dancers that Tempt
Extraordinary skill of the Rajasthani dancers may take you back with their sheer perfection and excellence. Extraordinary performance of fire dancers may take your breath away when they dance on the bed of flaming coals swaying their body at drum beats. You will not find any blister in their feet and this shows the immense talent and perseverance they have for the sake of art.
Another immensely popular dance ‘Bhavai’ is also well known for the unusual skill of balance when the veiled woman dancer moves at the beats with seven to nine brass pitchers over their head and standing gracefully on the edge of glass or open sword. There are some other folk dances of Rajasthan like Terah Thali and Ghumar which take the excellence of artistry to a new level of height.
Decorating the Dancing Ambience
An inevitable part of Rajasthani culture that make the colorful dance even more graceful is its spectacular attire and dazzling ornaments. Women dressed in heavily embroidered long flowing skirt with multi coloured dupatta and beautiful necklace and bangles when revolves on her heel while performing ‘Sapera’, the amazed spectators even forget to blink or breathe.
Heavy jewellery adorned with precious and semi precious stones add a new dimension to the beauty of the dancing grace. The men are dressed in heavily frilled and embroidered ‘kurtas’ or jackets. Men wearing royal sherwanis touching knees are often seen in the Rajasthani festivals that still carry the royal heritage of the state. But the dressing of men is not complete unless they wear the special Rajasthani turban bright with the color of honor and dignity. The accessories including the ambience of the dance performance make the cheerful enjoyment even more joyous with the overwhelming participation by the viewers.
A considerable portion of Rajasthan lies in the desert region yet this has not deterred wildlife from flourishing there. From the majestic Tigers to the elegant peacocks and extremely endangered Black Bucks – animals birds and reptiles are found there in plenty. There are quiet a number of wildlife species typical to the desert region found in some of parks as well.
Some popular wildlife sanctuary of Rajasthan have been listed below:
Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Kota
Kota is a little different from other towns of Rajasthan. In fact, it is not just a little different but very, very different from the rest of Rajasthan. Kota has an interesting blend of the old and the new. The choice of the foremost tourist attraction is between the fort, wildlife sanctuary and the mighty Chambal, Rajasthans only perennial river.
If you interest lies in wildlife then drive 50km towards the south of Kota. The drive through a hilly area will take you to Darrah wildlife Sanctuary.
Desert National Park, Jaisalmer
Rajasthan is an abode of many wildlife sanctuaries and National Park, however none of them is similar to the Desert National Park. The park is widely different from a usual park and actually for a novice, the park has little importance. Nonetheless, the Desert National Park has an important role to play in maintaining the ecological balance of the region. This is one of newer sanctuaries and was established in the year 1980.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur
Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the best bird preserves in the world. The park was created by the erstwhile Maharaja – Suraj Mal, in the 18th century. The sanctuary was created so as to supply a regular stock of waterfowls to the royal kitchen.
The park was accorded the status of a sanctuary in the year 1956 and in 1982 declared as a national park. The sanctuary supports a large number of water birds, including many rare species.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Udaipur
This wildlife park has imbibed its name from fort Kumbhalgarh. This is a beautifully located sanctuary near the majestic fort of Kumbhalgarh that overlooks this 578 sq km sanctuary. The landscape here changes with the season as the Aravali hills, which remain barren for most of the year, turn green during rains and provide shelter to sloth bear, leopard, flying squirrel.
It is also the only sanctuary where the Indian wolf is breeding successfully.
Mount Abu Sanctuary, Mount Abu
The quaint little hill station Mount Abu is set amidst verdant hills and and picturesque landscape. It is located at the southern western end of the princely state of Rajasthan. At a distance of about 185 km from Udaipur, the hill station is famous for several temples, Nakki Lake and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
The sanctuary located in Mount Abu was declared as a protected area in the year 1960 and ever since then this sanctuary which is spread over the gorgeous Aravalli range of mountains has been attracting not only domestic tourists but also tourists from overseas.…more on Mount Abu Sanctuary
Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
The Ranthambore National Park is bound by the rivers Chambal, in the south, and Banas, in the north. It was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972.
In 1981 Ranthambore was awarded National Park status. It is characterized by rocky plains, flat hilltops, gentle slopes and precipitous cliffs. It is mainly covered by dry deciduous forests. Ranthambore is virtually an island rich in flora and fauna in an ocean of villages, farmland and over grazed arid land.
Opening Time: The park is open from 1st October till 30th June.
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Alwar
Sariska National Park, located some 37 kms from the disrict of Alwar, is a great place to spend exciting and adventurous vacations. Lined up by a number of hills of Aravali, the region is bifurcated into many narrow valleys that criss cross at many places. Sariska National Park used to be the hunting grounds for the royal family of Alwar.
Tiger is one of the many species people come looking for. Sariska, like Ranthambore National Park is home to the diurnal tigers. Although, their number is less nowadays, but encounters do take place.
Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary, Udaipur
Ensconced in the midst of Aravalli’s, surrounded by lush forests and crystal lakes Udaipur offers a natural habitat for several wild animals, birds, reptiles and rodents. There are few wildlife reserves in Udaipur but each wildlife forest is a natural beautific jewel that shines on the glistering Udaipur map that is a bright mosaic of wondrous marble palatial monuments.
Among the important wildlife reserves in Udaipur are the Sita Mata Wildlife Reserve and the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Reserve.
Temperature in Rajasthan
There are distinct temperature range variations diurnal and seasonally throughout the state, revealing the most typical phenomenon of the warm-dry continental climate.
The climate of Rajasthan can be divided into four seasons: Summer, Monsoon, Post-Monsoon and winter.
The summer begins in the month of March while the temperature keeps rising progressively through April, May and June. West of Rajasthan and the eastern side of Aravalli Range, in the region of Bikaner, Phalodi, Jaisalmer and Barmer, the maximum daily temperature hovers around 40C to 45C. Sometimes, it even reaches as high a 49C during the summer months.
Nights of summers see a considerable temperature fall with a minimum daily temperature around 20C to 29C. However, Udaipur and Mount Abu, have a pleasanter climate in summers with a relatively lower daily maximum temperature that reaches 38C and 31.5C, respectively.
The daily minimum temperature at nights for these two stations hovers around 25C and 22C, respectively. The major portion of the state tat consists of the arid west and the semi-arid mid-west has an average maximum of 45C in June.
The second season Monsoon extends from July to September, temp drops but humidity increases making it very uncomfortable, even when there is slight drop in the temp (35C to 40C).
Post Monsoon Season:
The Post-monsoon period is from Oct to December. The average maximum temperature is 33oC to 38oC, and the minimum is between 18C and 20C.
The fourth season is the winter or cold season, from January to March. There is a marked variation in maximum and minimum temperatures and regional variations across the state.
To the North West of the Aravallies are Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner regions, it is the home of arid plains and the shifting sad dunes of the great Thar Desert. In northern parts of Aravallis various forms of sacred groves are maintained.
January is the coldest month in the stare of Rajasthan. The minimum temperatures sometimes fall to -2C in the night at places like Sikar, Churu, Pilani and Bikaner.
The sandy land gets even colder with occasional secondary Western winds that cross the western, northern and eastern Rajasthan during winter months, and even cause light rainfall and chilly winds can be experienced during this period. Most of the Rajasthan, except the southeast Rajasthan comprising of Kota, Bundi and Baran and western Barmer have an average temperature of more than 10C. Due to the cold western winds, the whole of Rajasthan sometimes come under the spell of the cold wave for 2 to 5 days during winters.
There is slight precipitation in the north and north-eastern region of the state, and light winds, predominantly from the north and north-east. At this time, relative humidity ranges from 50% to 60% in the morning, and 25% to 35% in the afternoon.
Rainfall in Rajasthan
Rajasthan being the desert area, its climate varies mostly from arid to sub-humid. To the west of the Aravallis, the climate is marked by low rainfall, extreme diurnal and annual temperature, low humidity and high velocity winds. In the east of the Aravallis, the climate is semi-arid to sub-humid marked by lower wind velocity and higher humidity and better rainfall.
The annual rainfall in the state differs significantly. The average annual rainfall ranges from less than 10 cm in north-west part of Jaisalmer region (lowest in the state), to 20 to 30 cm in the regions of Ganganagar, Bikaner and Barmer, 30 to 40 cm in the regions of Nagaur, Jodhpur, Churu and Jalor and more than 40 cm in the regions of Sikar, Jhunjhunun, Pali and the western fringes of the Aravalli range.
The more fortunate eastern side of the Aravallis see 55 cm rainfall in Ajmer to 102 cm rainfall in Jhalawar. Mount Abu in the Sirohi district in the southwest region receives the highest rainfall in the state (163.8 cm).
Rajasthan is a vibrant land of color and royalty. Rajasthan resound the pure and beautiful melodies of hymns, sung with love and devotion. The land is bestowed with a rich culture and heritage that spreads all around. The religious places in Rajasthan are not only places of worship but also monuments of great artistic beauty.
Religious Places in Rajasthan evoke a pure feeling of harmony and dignity. A number of tourists across the globe visit these places and get mesmerized by its charm and aura. The grand architectural edifices make one feel that eternity has been preserved by mortal men, who have built stunning architectural wonders to act as places of worship.
There are many religious places in Rajasthan which should not missed while you are touring Rajasthan. It will give you an insight to the rich culture and heritage of India.
Some popular temples and pilgrimage of Rajasthan have been given below:
Birla Temple, Jaipur
Moti Doongri is a small palace which is a replica of a Scottish castle. Once occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh’s son who was confined here, it was also for a while home to Maharani Gayatri Devi. The entry is prohibited in here.
At the foot of Moti Dungri fort is the Birla Temple. This temple forms one of the major attractions of Jaipur. This Temple looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the night. The enormous temple was built during the year 1988, by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India.
Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Just 11 km northeast of Ajmer is Pushkar, a small town sacred to the Hindus. The sanctity of the lake for Hindus is equal to that of Mansarovar in Tibet. According to tradition, a bath in its waters is as essential as pilgrimages to Badrinath, Dwarka and Puri, the traditional at least once in a lifetime places of pilgrimage.
The Padma (lotus) Puran (sacred legend) describes Pushkar as the place where Brahma, Lord of Creation killed a demon with a lotus. The petals fell at three spots where lakes emerged.
Dargah Sharif, Ajmer
Situated at the foot of a hill and in the old part of town, this is one of the most important places in india for muslim pilgrims. The Dargah is the tomb of a Suffi saint, Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192 and died here in 1236.
As you enter the courtyard, the mosque, constructed by Akhbar, is on the right. The enormous cauldrons are for offerings that are customarily shared by families involved in the shrine’s upkeep.
In the inner court there is another mosque built by Shah Jahan. Constructed of white marble, it has 11 arches and a Persian inscription running the full length of the building.
Dilwara Jain Temple, Mount Abu
Rajasthans only hill station and a major pilgrim centre, Mount Abu is located in the south-western corner of Rajasthan.
The hill retreat is a divine splendour in stone. In Mt Abu all roads will lead you to the Dilwara Jain Temples made out of intricately carved marble, dedicated to Jain Tirthankars.
Eklingji Temple, Udaipur
The temple at Eklingji is one of the prime pilgrimage destinations in Rajasthan. Eklingji has been the deity of the royal Mewar family since the time of Bappa Rawal, founder of the Mewar dynasty.
Eklingji is famous for its 108 temples complex. It is also known as Kailashpuri or the abode of Shiva. As one of the most revered destinations of the Rajasthan, Eklingji is a temple that needs to be explored during your visit to Udaipur.
Galta Ji, Jaipur
Galtaji is a holy pilgrimage of India, located 10 kms away from Jaipur in Rajasthan. Situated along side a natural spring, this temple stands on a ridge and provides a breathtaking view of the city. It is a temple dedicated to the Sun God, the only one of its kind in this area.
The Temple of the Sun God built by Diwan Kriparam is the most important shrine of Galtaji.
Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur
The original Govind Devji Deity was found about 450 years ago by Rupa Goswami. Govindevji was removed from Vrindaban when the Muslim emperor Aurangzeb tried to destroy it. The original Deity is now in Jaipur, in Govind Devji temple right outside the King of Jaipur’s palace.
The Great Grand Son of Lord Shri Krishna. He asked his Grand Mother as to how Lord Shri Krishna looked like; Then He made an image as per the description given by her. She however, said that not all but the Feet of that image looked like those of Lord Shri Krishna.
Jain Temple, Ranakpur
This 15th century temple also called Adishwar Temple, built by Sheth Dhanna, is the largest and most complex Jain temple in India.
This four-faced temple is designed in form of a Nalinigulm Vimana(heavenly aircraft), with three storeys along with several pavilions accomodated on the temple base itself.The temple has 29 halls, 80 domes & pavilions include 1,444 pillars – each of them intricately carved.
Kaila Devi Temple, Kaurali
Legend has it that the ruling family of Karauli are descendants of Lord Krishna. They are considerd head of the Yaduvanshi Rajputs; their family history is rich with tales of valour and glory. Raja Gopal Das of Karauli ruled from 1533 to 1569.
Karauli, a holy city 160 km from Jaipur and 103 km from Sawai Madhopur, was founded in 1348. It is also the venue for the famous Kaila Devi fair. The Pale red sandstone of Karauli is well kown.
Karni Mata Temple, Bikaner
One of the most renowned temple near Bikaner is Karni Mata Temple, situated in a small town named as Deshnok, located 30 km in the south from Bikaner on Jodhpur road. This beautiful town is known
for the shrine of Karni Mata.
According to legends, Karni Mata once blessed Rao Bika (founder of Bikaner) to establish his kingdom here and will always be safe from enemies. This temple is unique in its own way, scores of Rats are venerated here and the shrine is like a home for them.
Lodurva 16 kms from Northwest of Jaisalmer, Lodurva is an important spot of the Jain community with some magnificent Jain temple.
Lodurva, the ancient capital of Bhatti Rajputs was once a flourishing city but lost most of the splendour when the Bhattis shifted their capital to Jaisalmer. The Jain Temples, rebuilt in the late 1970s, are the only reminders of the city’s former magnificence.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Dausa
The Mehandipur Balaji Temple is situated in the Dausa district. Basically Shri Mehendipur Balaji Temple is Lord Hanuman Ji’s Temple. According to legend, the present-day forms of the “Divine Trinity” found in the Mehandipur Dham appeared around one thousand years ago in a valley amidst the hills of the Aravali Range.
Nasiyan Temple, Ajmer
The Jain temple at Nasiyan an ornate 19th century Jain temple is dedicated to the first Tirthankar, Rishabdeoji. Tour the aesthetic and pleasing Jain temple at Nasiyan that is also known as the Red Jain Temple due to the color of the stone. The temple was constructed in 1865 A.D.
The two-storied structure of Nasiyan Temple is divided into two parts, where one is the worship area comprising the idol of Lord Adinath and the second is the museum including a hall.
Osian Temple, Jodhpur
Osian, the name that reminds you of a desert Oasis was a flourishing trading center dating back to 8th century under the Pratihara dynasty. One of the favorite tourist spots, Osian has a gamut of 16 temples richly chiseled and exhibiting the typical Rahasthani architecture. Tour to Osian offers you a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of Jodhpur.…more on Osian Temple in Jodhpur
Salasar Balaji, Churu
Salasar houses the famous Balaji Temple which attracts a large number of devotees from all over India. Shri Hanumanji, the famous Hindu deity of vigour and loyality, having been pleased by the devotion and worship of Shri Mohan Das Mahraj, appeared in the form of astatue on Saturday, Shrawan Sukla Navami, V.S. 1811 at Asota village. The statue was brought to Salasar where the temple was built. Later, the devotees added more buildings to the main temple.
Savitri Temple, Pushkar
The holy city of Pushkar is also called the city of temples. There are more than 400 hundred temples in Pushkar but the main attraction being the temple of Savitri and Lord Brahma. This otherwise sleepy town echoes with hectic activity during the Pushkar Camel Fair and festival.
According to the Hindu mythology Savitri is the first wife of Lord Brahma. When He was all set to start a Yagna on earth in the place of Pushkar (determined by drooping a lotus flower), Savitri’s presence was the prerequisite.
Shri Mahavirji Temple, Chandanpur
Abour 110 km from Sawai Madhopur, on the banks of the Gambhir river, is the temple of Shri Mahaveerji.
Shri Mahavirji Temple is a Jain temple devoted to the 24th Jain Tirthankar. This Digember Jain pilgrimage centre is 90 Kms by rail from Sawai Madhopur on the Delhi-Mumbai Broad gauge route. The main temple is in side in inclosure known as katla.
Shrinath ji Temple, Nathdwara
Nathdwara, means the gate of God. It is the most renowned pilgrim of India. Nathdwara is located on the banks of Benas river just 48 kms ahead of Udaipur. Nathdwara is also famous for the Pichhwai paintings – the most famous Rajasthani art. This art portrays the Lord Shrinathji & their activities.
The temple has a story behind its establishment. According to the legend, the image of Lord Shrinath ji was enshrined in Vrindavan (land of Lord Krishna), but to protect the idol from the destructive rage of Aurangzeb.
Suryanarayan Temple, Ranakpur
Ranakpur Temples are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains.
The Jain Temples of Ranakpur are certainly creditable for their splendid architecture. This temple is wholly constructed in light colored marble and comprises a basement covering an area of 48000 sq feet. There are more than 1400 exquisitely carved pillars that support the temple.
Warah Temple, Pushkar
Pushkar, located 11 km northwest of Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan, is one of the most important pilgrimages in the country. The town is considered to be sacred by the Hindus because of the presence of some 400 temples, which encircle the lake.
Pushkar The Pilgrim City is a picturesque town. Its Known for its Temple and Lake, the Nag Pahal (Snake Mountain) which forms a part of chain of the Aravali range of mountains stands between Ajmer and Pushkar.
The state of Rajasthan is famous all over the world for its unique culture and traditions. The medieval period, especially the last few centuries, have left an incredible impression upon the coming generations. The arts and crafts, monuments, traditional practices and the distinctive outlook give it an identity of its own.
One can bring home a good experience and some great souvenirs from this popular state. Exquisite furniture, leather products, pottery, metal craft, textiles, jewellery are some of the treasures you can buy from the markets of Rajasthan.
Every city or town of Rajasthan has some artifacts or antiquity which accounts for the speciality of its markets.
Some popular shopping artifacts of Rajasthan have been given below:
If you want to understand the true concept of Heritage in India then Rajasthan is an ideal place for you to begin with. It upholds the tradition and culture of the Rajputs at its best.
Situated on the Thar Desert with the Aravalli range bordering it, Rajasthan tells of the many battles fought and won by the heroic Rajputs. The many palaces, forts, temples, havelis, all tell of an ancient tale. The palaces and havelis constructed in marble and sandstone are like a dream woven in stone amidst the desert topography. Rajasthani Art is held in high esteem all throughout the world.
Carpets and Dhurries
Rajasthani hand-woven cotton durries also called Panja durries, are known for their remarkable geometric patterns and colors. They not only command sizable markets in India, but also overseas.
The dhurrie, a simple rug that was once used as an underlay, has now become one of the state’s best known weaving traditions. Weavers sit on looms in villages, creating an interesting blend of patterns- mostly geometric, sometimes floral- in an exciting combination of colours. Made from cotton yarn, in areas such as Bikaner and Jaisalmer, the camel-hair, woolen dhurrie too is available.
Jaipur is well known for its soft and featherweight quilts. The quilts are available in striking colors with Sanganeri prints, bright tie-dyed materials, prints on cotton and velvet to suit your mood.
In the Indian state of Rajasthan, quilt-makers have developed a tradition of making a warm, snuggly, lightweight quilt called a Jaipuri razai. Although the name seems exotically foreign to Anglophones, the translation is fairly straightforward.
The Rajasthan, men and women traditionally wore necklace, armlets, anklets, earrings and rings. With the advent of the Mughal Empire, Rajasthan became a major centre for production of the finest kind of jewellery. It was a true blend of Mughal with the Rajasthani craftsmanship.
The Mughals brought sophisticated design & technical know-how of the Persians with them. The common link was the inherently decorative nature of the Muslim and Hindu Art.
Leather ware industry in the state of Rajasthan employs both men and women. The shoes and sandals are cut and stitched by the men who also undertake tanning of the leather, while the women take on the embroidery and decoration aspect of these.
The decoration of the footwear is done with sequin, beads, golden and colored thread. Tilonia village near Ajmer is known for the graphic patterns made on the indigenous leather products.
Metal craft is an art form that has been passed down the generations from a long period of time. It is important type of handicraft that has flourished in India with its excellent artistry and exquisite work. The royal metal wares and the beautiful ornamentations in metal artefacts have always won the hearts of all with their intricate work and style.
The metal crafts of Rajasthan comprises of artistic brass work, enamelled and engraved silverware & metalware.
Rajasthans role in the development of Indian art has been very important. The decoration of dwellings and other household objects was put one aspect of the creative genius of the Rajasthani. The world of miniature paintings is perhaps the most fascinating and the distinctive styles that have existed here are renowned the world over. From the 16th century onwards there flourished different schools of paintings like the mewar school, the Bundi-Kota kalam, the Jaipur, Bikaner, Kishangarh and Marwar schools.
Puppets or Kathputli
The toys made in Bassi are inspired by locals & legends. The little cosmetic box called Shringardani is traditionally given to a bride on her wedding day and is a toy for children as well. Wooden toys made in Udaipur are very popular. Soft tinted clay toys are made in Merta, in Nagaur district. Toy makers of Jaipur make elephants and horses of stuffed cloth, decorated with tinsel ot embroidered cloth. Brilliantly colored birds and animals of papier mache are also a favourite.
The Textile of Rajasthan has a fascinating range of dyed and block printing fabrics. Each state has its own special colour-scheme design and technique.
Rajasthani textiles come in an attractive range of hand-block prints, tie & dye, embroidered fabrics with mirror work. The art of Khari or over printing in gold is also practiced here. The Bandhni or tie & dye work comes from Sikar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, etc. Light and painstakingly printed Kota Doria sarees are a range with women during the hot summer season.
Wood – sometimes plain often painted – is used to make everything from furniture to artifacts. While the furniture ranges from the made-as old that is such a range all over the world, its contemporary variants include chairs with painted backs, camel-hide stools, marble-top tables and carved cabinets.
Artifacts include a range of animal – horses, elephants, parrots – that are beautifully painted as well as boxes; chests snuff boxes and other interesting paraphernalia including dancing figurines and dwarpals or guardians of the doors.
Rajasthan, land of princes, comprised many small kingdoms ruled over by clans who warred constantly for supremacy and individually tried to stem the tide of the Islamic invasions. The clans were all Rajputs
According to the Hindu Mythology, the Rajputs of Rajasthan were the descendants of the Kshatriyas or warriors of Vedic India. The emergence of the Rajput warrior clans was in the 6th and 7th centuries. Rajputs ancestry can be divided into two: the “solar” or suryavanshi-those descended from Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, and the “lunar” or chandravanshi, who claimed descent from Krishana, the hero of the epic Mahabharata. Later a third clan was added, the agnikula or fire-born, said to have emerged from the flames of a sacrificial fire on Mt Abu.
It has been accepted that the Rajputs were divided into thirty-six races and twenty-one kingdoms. The Rajput clans gave rise to dynasties like Sisodias of Mewar (Udaipur), the Kachwahas of Amber (Jaipur), the Rathors of Marwar (Jodhpur & Bikaner), the Hadas of Jhalwawar, Kota & Bundi, the Bhattis of Jaisalmer, the Shekhawats of Shekhawati and the Chauhans of Ajmer.
Some popular rulers have been listed and given below according to period:
Ancient Period, upto 1200 Century
Rajput clans emerged and held their sway over different parts of Rajasthan from about 700 AD. Before that, Rajasthan was a part of several republics. It was a part of the Mauryan Empire. Other major republics that dominated this region include the Malavas, Arjunyas, Yaudhyas, Kushans, Saka Satraps, Guptas and Hunas.
The Rajput clans ascendancy in Indian history was during the period from the eighth to the twelfth century AD. The Pratihars ruled Rajasthan and most of northern India during 750-1000 AD. Between 1000-1200 AD, Rajasthan witnessed the struggle for supremacy between Chalukyas, Parmars and Chauhans.
Bappa Rawal (713 – 753)
Bappa Rawal was one of the most powerful and famous rulers of the Mewar Dynasty. Although a surviving member of the Guhilot clan, Prince Kalbhoj (his actual name) did not continue the family name of seven generations when he came to the throne; instead, he established the Mewar Dynasty, naming it for the kingdom he had just taken.
Prithvi Raj Chauhan (1168 – 1192)
Prithvi Raj Chauhan was the second last Hindu king to sit upon the throne of Delhi (the last Hindu king being Hemu). He succeeded to the throne in 1179 CE at the age of 11, and ruled from the twin capitals of Ajmer and Delhi. He controlled much of Rajasthan and Haryana, and unified the Rajputs against Muslim invasions.
Medieval Period, 1201 – 1750 Century
Around 1200 AD a part of Rajasthan came under Muslim rulers. The principal centers of their powers were Nagaur and Ajmer. Ranthanbhor was also under their suzerainty. At the beginning of the 13th century AD, the most prominent and powerful state of Rajasthan was Mewar.
Some of the rulers have been listed below.
Rana Kumbha (1419 – 1469)
His reign was one of expansion and consolidation. Kumbha was a remarkable ruler. He was a great general and defeated the Sultans of Malwa and Gujarat. He built the forts at Kumbalgarh, Achalgarh, and Mandalgarh. He erected the Tower of Victory at Chittor and built innumerable temples. He was a scholar of Sanskrit and a fine musician. He wrote several commentaries on musical treatises. He was a tolerant ruler and during his reign the beautiful Jain temples at Ranakpur were built.
Maharana Pratap (1540 – 1597)
Maharana Pratap belonged to the Sisodia clan of Suryavanshi Rajputs. The epitome of fiery Rajput pride and self-respect, Pratap has for centuries exemplified the qualities that Rajputs
Pratap, eldest of 25 brothers and 20 sisters, was born at Kumbhalgarh to Maharana Udai Singh II and Maharani Javanta Bai Songara (Chauhan). Maharana Pratap was born in Pali-Marwar. His birthplace is known as Juni Kacheri.
Maharana Udai Singh (1542 – 1572)
Maharana Udai Singh was a king of Mewar and the founder of the city of Udaipur in the present day Rajasthan He was the 53rd ruler of the Mewar dynasty. He was the fourth and posthumous son of Maharana Sangram Singh and Rani Karmavati, a princess of Bundi.
Mirza Raja Jai Singh (1611 – 1667)
He was ruler of the kingdom of Amber (later called Jaipur). His father was Maha Singh the Raja of Garha, and his mother was Damayanti, a princess of Mewar.
At the tender age of 10 Jai Singh I became the Raja of Amber and the head of the Kachwaha Rajputs. His military career spans the full reign of Shah Jahan and the first half of Aurangzeb’s reign. Jai Singh’s first step in his rise to greatness took place on the accession of Shah taking advantage of this change of sovereigns.
Rao Bika was the founder of the city and principality of Bikaner. He was a son of Rao Jodha, founder of the city and principality of Jodhpur.
Rao Bika left Marwar (Jodhpur) to create his own kingdom. Rao Jodha supported Bika in his endeavours in return in return for which he made Bika promise never to try and take the throne of Mewar.Some valuable family heirlooms which would legitimize his right to found a kingdom were promised to Bika.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (1688-1743)
During his time Amber proved too small for the growing power of the state. He built the new capital of Jaipur (1712) and being a great diplomat maintained equitable relations with the bigoted Emperor Aurangzeb.
Due to the policy of appeasement, the matrimonial alliances and the solid military support offered by Amber-Jaipur to the Moghuls, this state escaped the sacking and constant warfare which disrupted other Rajput principalities. As a result, the state of Jaipur was the most advanced at the time of Indian independence (1947)
Jaipur as a matter of course became the capital of the newly formed state of Rajasthan. Its ruler, Sawai Man Singh II became Rajpramukh of Rajasthan. His wife, now Rajmata Gayatri Devi entered politics and is a member of parliament. Sawai Man Singh was a great polo player. His son and heir Bhavani Singh is an officer in the Indian Army and won the Mahavira Chakra for conspicuous bravery in the 1971 war with Pakistan thus maintaining the martial traditions of the Rajputs.
Modern Period, 1750 – 1947
Rajasthan had never been united politically until its domination by Mughal Emperor – Akbar. Akbar created a unified province of Rajasthan. Mughal The political disintegration of Rajasthan was caused by the dismemberment of the Mughal Empire. The Marathas penetrated Rajasthan upon the decline of the Mughal Empire. In 1755 they occupied Ajmer. The beginning of the 19th Century was marked by the onslaught of the Pindaris.
The erstwhile Rajputana comprised 19 princely states and two chief ships of Lava and Kushalgarh and a British administered territory of Ajmer-Merwara. Rajasthan State was heterogeneous conglomeration of separate political entities with different administrative systems prevailing in different places.
The present State of Rajasthan was formed after a long process of integration which began on March 17, 1948 and ended on November 1, 1956. Before integration it was called Rajputana; after integration it came to be known as Rajasthan. At present there are 33 districts (including the new district of Pratapgarh) in the State.
Much of the popularity of Rajasthan is attributed to its magnificent forts and palaces. These forts, built by the famous Rajput kings, feature architectural brilliance, legends of the past, historical events and offer glimpses of the bygone days. The forts make up the key tourist attractions in the state. Many of them are located on hill tops overlooking the towns below. The forts exist as store houses to a number of other attractions.
Some popular forts and palaces of Rajasthan have been listed and given below:
Amber Fort, Jaipur
The Kachchawahas ruled from Amber, 11 km from Jaipur, for seven centuries. With a history so old, it is not unexpected that there is a lot of the past that can be traced in its archaeological history. While many of the early structures have either disappeared or ruined, those dating from the16th century on are in a remarkable state of preservation.
Amber as it exists now is the handiwork of three of the kingdom’s rulers that include Man Singh, and Jai Singh I and II.
Chittorgarh The town of the brave, known for its massive fort atop a hill, which can be singled out for its glorious past. The fort has a chequered history, it has witnessed some of the bloodiest battles in history, three great Sakes and some of the most heroic deeds of valour, which are still sung by the local musicians.
The Fort A standing sentinel to the courage and valour of Chittorgarh, it stands tall over a 180 meter high hillock covering a massive area of 700 acres.
City Palace, Jaipur
The focal point of the walled city is the palace complex that lies in the heart of the city and occupies the space of the central grid. The rest of the grids were cut across neatly by wide lanes which divided the area into tidy, well laid-out rectangles of commercial and residential use.
The city palace is an architectural marvel, with ornate gates, arches, balconies and courtyard surrounded by a series of gardens and buildings over a vast expanse.
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace complex is actually a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanis, the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. Building was started by Maharana Udai Singh II. The palace is surmounted by balconies, towers & cupolas and there are wonderful views over the lake and the city from the upper terrace.
Main entrance is from northern end through the Baripol of 1600 and the Tripolia Gate of 1725, with its eight carved marble arches.
Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of Winds’, Jaipur
They could see, but could not be seen. At Hawa Mahal, you could relive the bygone era of concealed freedom. As you look below at the street you realize the architectural marvel that Hawa Mahal is.
For even while the women of the royal family could not participate actively, the intricately latticed 365 Jharokhas made it possible for them to partake of the festivities, without being noticed….more on Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
A little out of the city you can journey into the lives of the Maharajas. Move on to battles, weaponry and valour, an indispensable armour of the kings. Perched atop a hill Jaigarh Fort or the Cheel ka Teela is a spectacular fort.
Jaigarh Fort is one of the few intact forts in the state of Rajasthan. The fort located some 15 kms from the city centre of Jaipur is one great attraction for the tourists.
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
Like various other cities of Rajasthan, in Jaisalmer too you will find different facets of its own glorious heritage. Though you can find historical monuments scattered all over the city, the living Jaisalmer Fort, immense in size, will immediately command your attention.
If you visit the fort at the crack of down, the beauty of the Jaisalmer Fort would mesmerize you. As the early morning rays dawn on the fort, they cast a midas touch.
Jalore Fort, Jalore
The main attraction of Jalore is its fort, which was one of the ‘nine castles of Maru’, under the Parmaras in the 10th century. Jalore retains an impressive fort which has been known over history as the Sonagir or the ‘golden mount’.
It is situated in south of Jalore 1200 feet over the mountains. A zig zag way leads to the fort upon the mountain where on each step the height goes on increasing.
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
The impregnable fort, which has the distinction of remaining unconquered. Raja Rai Singh (1571 – 1611 A.D.) one of the most outstanding generals of Emperor Akbar, built this impressive fort, with embellishments in the form of palaces and Luxurious suites added by subsequent Maharajas.
This fort has a 986m-long wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. The Surajpol or the ‘Sun Gate’ is the main entrance.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajsamand
84 km from Udaipur, Maharana Kumbha built Kumbhalgarh Fort in the 15th century. It is the second most important fort in Rajasthan after the Chittaurgarh Fort. Crowning the Aravalli Hills, the fort is not so easily accessible with seven great gates that stand guarding its entrance. Just 6 kms, from the Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, this mighty fort boasts of some great temples and the Badal Mahal or the Cloud Palace, which gives scenic view of the city….more on Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand
Lake Palace, Udaipur
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.
This cool haven is a marvel in stone and is the best example of Mughal- Rajput architecture. The courtyards lined with columns, spectacular terrace gardens, foliage and fountains all add to its striking architecture.
Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner
The beautiful city is dotted with the some of the most exotic monuments that adorns the beauty of the city that is centuries old. The city is known for its numerous forts and palaces that narrate the story of princely legacy of the state. The Forts and Palaces in Bikaner in India are one of the major attractive propositions of the city that allures the tourists to the city. One such marvelous creation of the city that has been the cornerstone of attraction of the city is the Lalgarh Place, Bikaner.
Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur
While most visitors to Bharatpur now visit the area for the nearby bird sanctuary, the Lohagarh Fort is still the focal point of the town. The fort takes its name from its supposedly impregnable defenses. Its ingenious design gave it an awesome reputation.
The Lohagarh Fort, true to its name stood solidly in front of many British attacks, and frustrated them to ends. It faced the British onslaught four times and after a long siege they had to withdraw, but Lord Lake, however was successful in capturing it in 1804.
Meherangarh Fort, Jodhpur
One of the largest forts in India, the Meherangarh fort is the pride of Jodhpur. Situated on a 150 m high hill, this magnificent fort was founded in the year 1469 by Rao Jodha. The fort has seven gates, some of which still stand as a witness to the battles fought by the armies of Jodhpur.
Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan.
Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
Gracing the rugged ridge of the Aravali Hills is the Nahargarh Fort build by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in the second quarter of the eighteenth century. Jaipur was the capital and the need to boost its defense was a necessity. This explains the presence of the Nahargarh Fort.
The Fort underwent many alterations and modifications during the reign Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II. They built a series of interconnected rooms with colorful corridors and hallways.
Ranthambhor Fort, Sawaimadhopur
The history of Sawai Madhopur revolves around the Ramthambhor fort. Surrounded by Vindhyas and Aravalis, amidst vast and arid denuded tracts of Rajasthan, lies the oasis of biomass in an ecological desert.
The strength and inaccessibility of the fort was a challenge to the ambitions of the rulers of the ancient and medieval India, particularly those of Delhi and Agra. The eminent ruler of the fort was Rao Hamir who ruled around 1296 AD….more on Ranthambhor Fort in Sawaimadhopur
Samode Palace, Jaipur
The fort is an old fortified residence of the Nathawat clan from Chomu that served as the Prime Ministers of the Jaipur Royal Court is located some 40km North West of Jaipur and 264 km from Delhi in the range of Aravali.
This magnificent fort is as charming and romantic in itself, and exhibits grandeur, good taste, class and elegance. The way to the fort’s main entrance is through the inside of the village, which can be covered from the highway by a camel safari, with the locals welcoming the guests with smiles and thrilling expressions.
Taragarh Fort, Ajmer
Rajasthan has always been known for its royal palaces, forts and sand dunes. So discussing one of the prime attractions of the forts of Rajasthan we have the Taragarh Fort of Ajmer. This is a rare example of the architectural genius in the medieval period.
Taragarh or the ‘Star Fort’, this 12th century fort stands on a hill top and situated three kilometers and a steep 1 and a half hour climb beyond the Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra Mosque. As it is situated on a height, it commands a spectacular view over the city.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Constructed of marble and pink sandstone this immense palace is also known as the Chhittar Palace because it uses local Chittar sandstone. Begun in 1929, it was designed by president of the British Royal Institute of Architects for Maharaja Umaid Singh and took 15 years to complete.
It is a splendid example, of Indo-colonial and art deco style of the 30s. The construction of this palace is certainly unique and it took almost 5000 men to build this massive structure.