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DESTINATIONS

RAJASTHAN

Ajmer | Alwar | Banswara | Barmer | Bharatpur | Bikaner | Bundi | Chittorgarh | Deeg | Dholpur | Dunlod | Dungarpur | Jaipur | Jaisalmer | Jalore | Jhalawar | Jodhpur | Karauli | Khimsar | Kota | Mandwa | Mandore | Merta | Mount Abu | Nagaur | Nathdwara | Pushkar | Ramgarh | Ranakpur | Ranthambore | Samode | Sariska | Sawai Madhopur | Shekhawati | Sikar | Siliserh |Tonk | Udaipur

PRINCIPAL DESTINATIONS IN RAJASTHAN

So rich is the history of the land that every roadside village has its own tales of valor and sacrifice for the telling. However, for most visitors, lengthy forays would be difficult, though camel safari’s sometimes offer them the opportunity to interact with people who may have never stepped out of their villages - or seen rainfall. A quick reference to the principal settlements is provided alphabetically below

AJMER

A 7th century Chauhan dynasty stronghold, Ajmer is now a pilgrimage center for Muslims, though people from all faiths and religion come to pray at its famous mosque. The British developed Ajmer as an educational center, and Mayo College, once an exclusive school for boys from royal families, is now among the country's best private schools.

ALWAR

Once known as Mewar, the Rajput kingdom came under Muslim domination from the 13th to 18th centuries with constant attempts to win it back which, the  Prince of Kachhwa dynasty succeeded in doing in 1771. Alwar has some beautiful lakeside palaces, not all open to the public.

BARMER

A 13th century forfeited town, Barmer is in the heart of the desert and is known for the quality of its wood and stone carvings. Earlier fortifications reveal the far limits where the Rajputs raised defense out-posts.

BANSWARA

Ribbed with streams and covered with dense forests, Banswara lies off the conventional tourist circuit. Artificial lakes and dams, and the ruins of ancient temples make this an exciting place to discover.

BIKANER

Founded by one of the scions of the house of Jodhpur, Bikaner's history combines adventure with enterprise. In later centuries, as an ally of the Mughals and the British, is was able to develop as a modern state, though its architectural attractions remain splendidly Rajput. One of the principal outposts of the desert, it is also a major center for camel breeding.

BHARATPUR

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 for its Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park).

BUNDI

Nestled in a fold of the Aravalli hills, Bundi bristles with medieval enchantment. Its fortifications house palaces and apartments, artificial lakes and waterside pavilions. Ruled by the Hada Rajputs, Bundi is renowned for its Rasleela frescos.

CHITTAURGARH

The former capital of the Sisodia rulers of Udaipur, Chittaurgarh perches atop the scraggy spine of the Aravallis. Ransacked by Allaudin Khilji in the 14th century, by the Sultans of Gujarat in the 16th century, and finally by the Mughal Emperor Akbar's forces, it was abandoned by its rulers who vowed never to return until they avenge their defeat. The few remaining palaces and towers are part of its stirring history.

DEEG

The summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur, Deeg is known for its Jat architecture and for the colored fountains and pleasure pavilions that are contained within a fortified environment.  

JAIPUR

The capital of the modern state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a modern city built according to the specifications laid down in ancient architectural texts. Known as a Pink City on account of the flush color of its sandstone palaces, it is a major center for handicrafts. Its former capital, Amber consists of fortifications with an interesting range of highly decorated public and private apartments.

JAISALMER

The westernmost citadel of the desert, Jaisalmer has an ancient history linked with its development as a trading center. Parts of its `Golden' fort continue to be inhabited, and its cobbled streets lead through a journey of medieval enchantment. Jaisalmer is celebrated for the exquisite stone-carved havelis or mansions of the merchants who held the reins of its destiny.

JAHALWAR

A 19th century offshoot of Kota, Jhalawar's verdant landscape is unusual for a desert state. Its fort functions as a  government office but the 9th century Gagron Fort close by is one of the most important citadels of Rajput history.

JODHPUR

The 16th century capital of the Rathore Rajputs, Jodhpur's history is evident in the hilltop fort, Mehrangarh, from where its destiny was written. Narrow paths wind up the steep path, leading to the innards of the fort. Once within, the architecture is less formidable, with delicate windows and painted chambers. From its ramparts one has a view of the 20th century art decorum from the Umaid Bhawan Palace.

KOTA

One of few perennial rivers in Rajasthan, the Chambal is flanked by verdant, fertile plains. Located on its banks, Kota is a modern industrialized city, but its antecedents are as romantic as any other Rajput kingdom. This is evident in its many palaces, and the large fort with its fabulous paintings known for their hunting scenes.

MOUNT ABU

A summer retreat in the Aravallis with a large lake and several temples, Mount Abu also doubles as a pilgrimage center with its 11th-13th century Delwara Jain temples known for the quality of their sculptures and artifacts.

NAGAUR

Located between Bikaner and Jodhpur, yet largely bypassed, Nagaur serves as an important link in the state’s martial history, and its fort has frescos in Mughal and Rajput styles.

PUSHKAR

A pilgrimage center with the only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma, the Divine Creator, Pushkar is the  venue for the annual camel fair.

RANAKPUR

Ranakpur is well-known for its 15th century temples built by Jain merchants, these are characterized by the fine quality of their carving.  

RANTHAMBORE

The fort of Ranthambhor has been abandoned to nature for in this national park, where the Royal Bengal Tiger rules the jungle. One of the country’s finest tiger reserves, its topography of low hills and large lakes provides a tranquil idyll.  

SHEKHAWATI

A region of small towns, Shekhawati is primarily known for its havelis or mansions richly ornamented with frescos that, over time, ranged from the sacred to the secular.

UDAIPUR

A lake city, and the capital of the Rana of Mewar, founded in the 16th century, Udaipur is known for its fairytale palaces that nestle along the banks of a lake, or completely cover islands in its midst. The Sisodia rulers of Chittaurgarh who ruled here obviously had more leisure to exercise their taste than at Chittaur where much of their time was spent at war.  

DUNGARPUR

A Bhil stronghold in the foothills of the Aravallis, this fertile region was created into the state of Dungarpur in the 13th century. Since the natural protection afforded the place complete isolation, a highly decorative style of architecture and other arts developed.

KUMBALGARH

Built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha of Chittaurgarh, Kumbalgarh is Rajasthan's highest fort, and its most formidable. The air here is rife with medieval tales of intrigue and treachery. It is because its history is characterized by some of the pivotal points that characterized the Sisodia dynasty.

SARISKA

A tiger reserve, Sariska is densely wooded, making sightings difficult, though the picturesque park is also home to deers, langurs and avifauna.

TRAVELING WITHIN THE STATE

Visitors coming to rajasthan from overseas can choose to come via Delhi or Mumbai, with Delhi being closer, and providing the ideal entry point through Jaipur. From Mumbai, the entry point into Rajasthan is Udaipur. The only other national airport used for civil aviation services is at Jodhpur.
     All points within the state are connected by both road and rail. While railway connections offer convenient overnighters, reservations are necessary. Most principal road heads are an average five-hour journey apart, making intra-state travel convenient. Scheduled tourist bus services are available, and tourist cars can be hired.
     Rajasthan is visitor-friendly. Credit cards are accepted in most tourist towns, and certainly at hotels and shops. For visitors wary of the local cuisine, continental cuisine is widely available: where it may fail to be authentic, or come up to gourmet standards, it will most certainly offer the familiar taste of home. Bottled mineral water is widely available. The state has an extensive network of postal services and banks, as well as telecommunication links with the rest of the world. While it may not lack in modern amenities, Rajasthan's flavor is delightfully medieval - truly a place where time, as the cliché goes, has stood still.

Ajmer
Alwar
Bikaner
Bird Life- Bharatpur
Jaipur - Amber bPalace
Jaisalmer
Jodhpur - Mehrangarh Fort
Pushkar Ghat
Rajasthan Desert Safari
Ranakpur Jain Temples
Rajasthan India wildlife





Cities of Rajasthan
Ajmer | Alwar | Banswara | Barmer | Bharatpur | Bikaner | Bundi | Chittorgarh | Deeg | Dholpur | Dunlod | Dungarpur | Jaipur | Jaisalmer | Jalore | Jhalawar | Jodhpur | Karauli | Khimsar | Kota | Mandwa | Mandore | Merta | Mount Abu | Nagaur | Nathdwara | Pushkar | Ramgarh | Ranakpur | Ranthambore | Samode | Sariska | Sawai Madhopur | Shekhawati | Sikar | Siliserh |Tonk | Udaipur
Rajasthan Packaged Tours
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