Rajasthan - The most colorful region in India
An exotic land of valiance and chivalry. A land endowed with invincible forts, magnificent palaces and waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. The State represents an unusual diversity in all its forms-people, Rajasthani culture, customs, costumes, cuisine, dialects and music. Unexpected forest glens, lakes and temples appear like mirages in the deserts. On the crag are seen rugged forts, testimony to a turbulent history.
It is believed that Shree Ram pointed the arrow at a distant sea, and let it escape. The heat generated by the arrow dried the sea, and in its place there arose a desert, dry, arid, and hot. Not surprisingly, myth and reality coalesce. Fossils excavated in the Thar desert reveal the remains of marine life. And the sand on the surface of the desert ripples and moves, forever creating new layers of waves as the wind dances across its surface. For in its unconscious heart, perhaps, lies the memory of the sea that once shimmered in its place.
Rajasthan is one of the most popular travel destination in India. It with a treasure of history, picturesque architecture and bewitching landscape is an unparalleled destination on the tourist map of India. Every third foreign tourist visiting India also travel to Rajasthan. Known for Historical Monuments, the modern Rajasthan Tourism is benchmarked for the warm hospitality and Internationally Awarded Hotels & Resorts. Here you'll see a perfect amalgamation of ages old traditional culture, modern luxury and comforts.
Tourism is Rajasthan's Life Blood. Rajasthan is dotted with uncountable forts, palaces and havelis that narrate the story of heroism and valor. Travel to Rajasthan to have an insight into the history and culture of Rajasthan. During your tour to Rajasthan, explore the cultural heritage and different colors of Rajasthan.Your Rajasthan city tour will give an insight of culture and heritage of Rajasthan. Rajasthan city tour will include cities like Jaipur,Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu, and many other cities of Rajasthan. Travel to the Pink City, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan. Enjoy the exhilarating camel race at Pushkar Fair. All the cities of Rajasthan are painted in vivid colors and offer best of wonder.
History of Rakasthan
Geologically, it is found that many areas in Rajasthan are older than the Himalayas. This means that it is natural that civilization came to Rajasthan much before it came to the rest of India. Excavations at Kalibangan, in Ganganagar district, prove that before the Harappan culture here exists a fully developed and organized society.
The later history of Rajasthan is a history of various kingdoms and their regular wars with one another. It wasn't only in the mid-sixth century that the brave Rajputs, warriors par excellence, came to dominate the region and wrote with their blood and blade the most glorious pages in history. Rajasthan was divided into kingdoms.
The conflict between the Rajputs and the Muslims Rulers of Delhi lasted for almost 550 years. This period saw the rise of the great ruler Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Maharani Padmini the beautiful queen of Rana Rattan Singh of Chittaur, Rana Sangha, Man Singh of Ajmer and Rana Pratap of Chittaur, and scores of other names which became firmed in folk memory. It was a period of fierce loyalties and of death before dishonour. It is this period in the history of Rajasthan that continues to live on in the proud inhabitants of this region and gives it a special charm of its own, unmatched by any other place, anywhere in the world.
Tourist Destination In Rajasthan
Ajmer : A 7th century Chauhan stronghold, Ajmer is the sacred place for the Muslims. It has the famous mosque of Garib Nawaj Khwaja Mauinuddin Chisti. Ajmer is well connected by buses & trains. There are regular deluxe & express buses from Jaipur in every 30 minutes, & also from New Delhi. Here places to see are Garib Nawaj Khwaja Mauinuddin Chisti Mosque or The Dargah, Ana Sagar Lake, Akbar's Palace, Foy Sagar Lake, Daulat Bagh,Mayo Collage, Nasiyan Temple, Taragarh Fort.
Jaisalmer : Jaisalmer is a must visit destination in Rajasthan. It is very colorful, vibrant & energetic. Jaisalmer - "the land of sand" is famous for its exotic sand dunes, the Fort, friendly people and interesting lifestyle.There are deluxe & semi-deluxe buses to Jodhpur in every hour. Deluxe buses are also available for Jaipur, Bikaner & Ajmer.There are also many express tains to/from Jaisalmer. Places to see Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki Haveli, Gadi Sagar Lake, Sam Sand Dunes , Museums.
Ranakpur : A 15th century group of temples raised by Jain merchants, these are characterised by the fine quality of their carving. From Udaipur there are four deluxe buses daily, Its better to hire a cab from Udaipur. Places to see are Ranakpur Jain Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary.
Bikaner : Bikaner is located in the northern part of Rajasthan, it was founded by Rao Bhikaji in 1488 A.D.. Bikaner is famous for its historical background, forts & palaces, wild life sanctuary and above all Bikaner has the world's largest Camel research and breeding farm. There are many express buses to/from Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Agra & Delhi. Places to visit are Lallgarh Palace, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Prachina Museum, Prachina Museum, Bhandeswari Jain Temple, Camel Research Farm.
Jodhpur : The Sun city was founded by the chief of the Rathore Clan - Rao Jodha, in 1459 and was a 16th century capital of the Rathore Rajputs. It is also known as the Blue city, in the old city area almost all the houses are painted blue. The city is second largest city of Rajasthan, so you find vast range of hotels & restaurants there. Places to see are Mehrangarh Fort , Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Clock Tower & Markets, Mandore Garden, Sardar Govt. Museum & Umaid Public Park.
Ranthambore : 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.Places to see are Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort, Mansarovar and Surwal.
Chittorgarh : Chittorgarh was founded by Bappa Rawal and is famous for its huge fort & interesting history. There are regular express buses to major destinations like new Delhi, Ajmer, Jaipur & Udaipur. Places to see are Chittorgarh Fort, Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Kalika Mata Temple, Meerabai Temple.
Mandawa : Mandawa is a beautiful market town of the colorful Shekhawati region. It is mainly famous for the castle now converted into a heritage hotel & the fresco paintings. Mandawa is the best stop between the Jaipur & Delhi trip.The major attractions are the Castle Mandawa and the colorful havelies painted with frescos.
Udaipur : Udaipur is known for its fairytale palaces that nestle along the banks of a lake, forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor chivalry, completely cover islands in its midst. Places to see are City Palace, Jag Mandir Island , Jagdish Temple, Bagore-Ki Haveli, Moti mangri,Maharana Pratap Memorial , Sahelion Ki Bari, Sajjangarh, Lake Pichola ,Shilpgram.
Dungarpur : Dungarpur - the City of Hills is the jewel of the Vagad Region. It was founded by Rawal Veer Singh in 13th Century.Places to see are Udai Bilas Palace, Juna Mahal, Gaib Sagar Lake.
Mount Abu : Mount Abu is the only hill-station of Rajasthan & famous for the Jain temples of Delwara. Mount Abu is home to a number of tourist attractions from natural beauty to historical and architectural places.Places to visits are Nakki Lake, Delwara Jain Temple, Gaumukh Temple.
Jaipur : Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jai Singh also known as the Pink City, Because it is designed in pink colour. Jaipur is the most colourful city of Rajasthan, mainly famous for its exotic Forts, Lavish Palaces, evergreen gardens, friendly people and for shopping. Places to see are City Palace Complex, Amber Fort, Old City, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh, Hawa Mahal, Royal Gaitor, Albert Hall Museum, Birla Temple , Jantar Mantar,Galta Ji.
Pushkar : Puskar the holy place is famous the world renowned camel fair & the Holy lake. The lake was formed when Lord Brahma dropped a lotus here. Pushkar is the mixture of Indian & many other foreign culture. Pushkar is an important pilgrim for Hindu people. It has world's only temple of Lord Bramha (God of Creation). Place to see are the temples, Pushkar Sarovar, Bramha Temple, Pushkar Fair.
Forts and Places in Rajasthan
Rajasthan's history lies enshrined in its forts and Places, several of which dot the arid landscape.
Amber Fort-Jaipur : Raja Man Singh built Amer Palace in 16th century. It is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture.Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs both for defense purpose as well as the residential purposes.
Chittorgarh Fort-Chittorgarh : Probably India's greatest medieval fort.This Chittorgarh Fort has witnessed several 'jauhars', Rajput tradition in which royal maidens and ladies immolate themselves in the fire to save their honor from the cruel hands of the enemy, when there is no chance of defeating the enemy.
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner : Junagarh Fort of Bikaner was built by Raja Rai Singh, one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar.
Gadsisar Sagar Jaisalmer : Gadsisar Tank is situated south of the city walls of Jaisalmer. It was once the main source of water supply to the city.
Jaigarh Fort Jaipur : Not very far from the Amber Fort, Raja Sawai Jai Singh built the Jaigarh Fort (translated as fort of victory) in 1726.
Jaisalmer Fort-Jaisalmer : Crowning Trikuta Hills, the majestic fort of Jaisalmer is more than 800 years old.
Jal Mahal Jaipur : Built to be a pleasure palace for the royal family in 1799
Kumbhalgarh Fort Udaipur : 84 km from Udaipur, Maharana Kumbha built Kumbhalgarh Fort in the 15th century.
Lalgarh Palace Bikaner : Oriental fantasy and European comforts are blended together most tastefully in the Lalgarh Palace of Bikaner. Maharaja Ganga Singh built Lalgarh Palace.
Mehrangarh For, Jodhpur : One of the most stunning hill forts of Rajasthan, Mehrangarh appears to rise from the bluff-coloured sandstone hill itself, so well built into the base that it is difficult to tell where the hill ends and the walls begin.
Nahargarh Fort Jaipur : Cradled in the Nahargarh Hills, the Nahargarh Fort of Jaipur was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1734.
Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is a haven for a wide spectrum of wildlife. Its wildlife is so rich in variety, including from the tiger and leopard to endless varieties of deer, rhesus monkeys, reptiles including the python, and a profusion of bird-life that includes water-birds. Rajasthan boasts of two National Parks, over a dozen Sanctuaries and two Closed Areas. Most of these areas are open to visitors round the year but are closed briefly during the monsoon. Some of the Sanctuary are Bhensrod Garh Sanctuary, Darrah Sanctuary, Desert National Sanctuary, Jaisamand Sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur, Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, Mount Abu Sanctuary, Ranthambhor National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Sitamata, Darrah, Chambal, Tal Chapper, Jamwa Ramgarh, Kaila Devi, Van Vihar, Ramgarh, Shergarh, Todgarh-Rad and Jawahar Sagar.
A safari is journey into the desert, but one that is accompanied with rudimentary comforts, and even luxurious amenities. In such journey, there is a wonderful experience of setting camp at a new spot in the lonely wilderness of the Thar and being entertained by groups of wandering minstrels and enjoying splendid camp meals and sleeping under the stars.
Desert On Camel Back
About the only thing you have to take care when you plan a camel safari, is the ungainly movement of the ship of the desert. The camel is the lifeline for the people of the desert whose communication needs depend on this animals.These animals are very important for their very survival. Most journeys into the hinterlands are still made on camel-back, or in camel carts. Best camel safari points are the desert region that includes the entire Shekhawati belt, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, and around Pushkar and Nagaur, and only the winter season (October-March) is recommended.
Desert On Horse Back
A more recent, and exciting, variation of the camel safari is the horse safari. Horse safaris are usually conducted in the vicinity of Udaipur where the hilly terrain and forested countryside are ideal for taking to the trail. Horse safari routes can be diverse, but most will pass close to villages, ruined historical monuments, and temples. These are ideal places to halt for a bit of rest and relaxation, or lunch, and a quick snooze.
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Rajasthan - The most colorful region in India