Introduction: The royal land of Kings & Queens, sun
kissed desert, mystic forts and glorious palaces invites you for a mesmerizing
journey. The state is a hilly and rugged region which extends across the border
to Pakistan. Rajasthan with its inexhaustible historical wealth and brilliant
architecture is an unparalleled destination on the tourist map of India. It
showcases the spectacular fortess city Jodhpur at the edge of the Thar Desert,
golden city Jaisalmer with enchanting sand dunes and Bikaner the royal walled
city encompassing a medieval aura.
Jaipur: Jaipur the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as
the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink coloured buildings in its old city. This old
city of Jaipur is encircled with 7 gates, amongst which the major are Chandpol,
Sanganeri and Ajmeri. This city was made to order by Jai Singh in 1727 when
Mughal power the wane. The architect ‘Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya’ used the
principles of town planning the Shilpa Shastra, while designing the city. The
magical glow of the pink and orange building during sunset and the gorgeously
Rajasthani attires add beauty to this colourful city.
All through, Jaipur
has retained its strong Rajputana flavour tempered by several influences - the
Mughal being the most prominent. From the intricate delicate looking Hawa Mahal
to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar – an open air observatory of outsized
astronomical instruments, from the colourful fountains of life to the sublime
Birla Temple, from the architectural delight of the City Palace to the serene
Sight Seeing: Amer Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace,
Jaigarh , Nahargardh Fort, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh.
Udaipur: This place is a
symbol of romance, the most appealing place for poets, painters, travellers and
writers. Udaipur means the City of Dawn. It was founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai
Singh II. Udaipur is better known as the City of lakes. The marble palaces, the
beautiful gardens and the placid blue lakes enhance the beauty of this
Sight Seeing: Lakes of Udaipur, City Palace, Lake Palace, Jagdish Temple,
Saheliyon Ki Bari, Fateh Sagar, Pichhola Lake, Ahar, Sajjan Garh, Gulab
Jaisalmer: The amazing little town seems to be
the last outpost of the Thar Desert like an Oasis full of life and colour.
Jaisalmer was founded in 1156 AD by Rawal Jaisal. The city is dotted with
havelis (mansions), palaces and temples made of intricately carved yellow
sandstone making it an architectural splendour.
Sight Seeing: The Jaisalmer Fort,
Tazia Tower, Gadsisar Lake, Jain Temples, Havelis, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli,
Jodhpur: Once the
capital of formerly state of Marwar - Jodhpur city was founded by Suryavanshi
Rao Jodha in 1459 AD. Number of palaces, temples and other architectural
monuments add to its glory. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by 10 kms.
Mount Abu: Mount
Abu, sprawling along a 1,200m High Plateau in the south of the state, close to
the Gujarat border, is the only hill station and major pilgrim centre. According
to the legends, Abu stands for the Son of Himalayan. Mount Abu served as retreat
to many sages.
Sight Seeing: Dilwara Jain Temples, Kesar Bhawan Palace, Sunrise Palace, Vimala
Vashi Temple, Luna Vashi Temple, Nakki Lake, Gomukh Temple, Achalgarh Fort, Guru
Shikar, Adhas Devi Temple.
Ajmer: Located in the state of Rajasthan , t offers a number
of ancient monuments that date back to time immemorial. The city was founded by
Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan in 7th Century. When Prithiviraj Chauhan lost it to
Mohammed Ghauri. Since then Ajmer became home to many dynasties. The city is an
amalgam of various cultures and a blend of Hinduism and Islam. Ajmer today is a
popular pilgrimage centre. Ajmer is also the base for visiting
The historic city Ajmer is a major pilgrimage center because of
the famous holy shrine of Ajmer Sharif.
Seeing: The Dargah , Shahjahan’s mosque,
Adhai-din-Ka-Jhonpra, Banghera, Makrana.
Pushkar: 11 km from Ajmer - Pushkar is reputed among the
tourists for two reasons - first it hosts the largest “Cattle Fair” in the world
and second – the only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma. The Sacred Lake
of Pushkar surrounded by bathing ghats, has its religious significance. Every
year a lovely and gigantic fair is held here on Kartik Poornima (full moon in
October-November). The exciting ‘Pushkar Fair’ is a fun filled bonanza for the
tourists. The fair is also the biggest Camel market. Besides camels, horses and
bullocks are traded here. The well decorated animals and colourfully dressed
people reflect the true face of Rajasthan.
Seeing: Savitri Temple and Man Mahal are the
places to visit.
Camel Safari: Like horse safaris, camel safari in golden
sands of the vast Thar Desert is a adventure in Rajasthan. Ride through sand
passing through remote villages, pitch your tent at a new place each night,
spend the evenings with camp fire and folk dance. The camel breeders of Raika
are the best guides. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation arranges the
Camel Safari on request in Jaipur during Nagaur Fair and Desert Festival.
Sight Seeing: The
Dargah , Shahjahan’s Mosque, Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra, Banghera, Makrana.