Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions in Rajasthan
Ajmer / Pushkar
Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan, it derives its name from `Ajaya Meru' the invincible hill, at the foot of which the present city stands. Center of the Chauhan power until Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri. Thereafter, Ajmer witnessed dynasties, which came and left leaving behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions on the city's history, converting it to an amalgam of various cultures and blend of Hinduism and Islam. Ajmer's pre-eminence is due to the shrine of a Muslim saint who is believed to fulfill one's wishes. Ajmer is also known for one of best educational schools and colleges nowadays. Ajmer is very close to the holy city of Pushkar, the abode of Lord Brahma, one of the very few temples dedicated to Brahma the Creator is located here. The sleepy town with its placid lake considered a very sacred spot for Hindus is catapulted into prominence for 10 days every November as India's most splendid camel fair takes place here, attended by thousands of locals flashing jewellery and exuding colour. Ajmer has become vital in the plans for Rajasthan tourism.
Bikaner - Citadel of Cultural & Camels
Founded in 1488, Bikaner is a desert built on an elevation and surrounded by a long embattled wall pierced by five gates. A magnificent fort built between 1588 & 1593 by Raja Raj Singh dominates the city.
Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is cirucmscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, created with delicacy in redding-pink sandstone, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes, colorful bazaars and bright and cheerful folks make Bikaner an interesting experience in Rajasthan tourism.
Just outside Bharatpur, an impregnable fortified city lies the world's famous for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary playing vital role in greenery of Rajasthan tourism.. The park originally called Ghana meaning "dense" takes its name from the ancient temple of Keoladeo, or Lord Shiva . The new ecosystem that emerged became an ideal habitat for birds of all kinds. Now it is perhaps the most spectacular water-bird sanctuary in India spread over an area of 29 sq km bird sanctuary. It has the largest concentration and variety of birdlife in Asia. Throughout the year Bharatpur's native population of tree and water birds can be seen. The sanctuary is renowned for being the winter home of several migratory species including the endangered Siberian crane.
Bundi - The Undiscovered Splendour
Located amidst a hilly terrain in Southern Rajasthan lies the small rustic town of Bundi was the capital of one of the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan. It is known for its palaces, impressive medieval forts, baolis (step wells) and water tanks. The monuments and their architecture reflect the splendor of the local Rajput chiefs. The walls of the palaces at Bundi are decorated with life-size frescoes depicting the glory of its rulers. Temples with beautiful stone idols and chattris with carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town, add to its charm.
Jaipur - The Gateway to Rajasthan
Jaipur, the city-capital in the tone of an autumnal sunset, literally lush pink when prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, stepped on its soil in 1883. Interspersing the play of red and pink were white borders and motifs, painstakingly outlining the architectural highlights of Jaipur's forts and palaces. Jaipur had been like that since 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Nai Singh II had it built that year. immaculately planned city of Sawai Jai Singh II still alive with Colour, Joy, Regality, People, Art and Culture. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Immaculately planned city of Sawai Jai Singh II still alive with Colour, Joy, Regality, People, Art and Culture.
Jaisalmer - The Golden City
Jaisalmer, splendid caravan city founded into 1155 by Rao Jaisal. Jaisalmer. The yellow city lying in the heart of the desert, is surrounded by sand dunes with an imposing and impregnable sand coloured forts and palaces. The city is a jewel, the exquisitely carved balconies of the merchants " Havellis " with rich filigree work all over, the fort perched atop the Trikuta hill with beautiful palaces and 'jharokhas', Jaisalmer is also called "the Museum city". Today it is an inhabited city whose chief attraction is lacy filigree of pierced stonework facades of merchant havellis and private houses,and a series of ornately carved Jain temples.
This amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously in the early morning. The sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the night descends, the sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few embers, till it becomes black. A breathtaking sight indeed while going for Rajasthan tourism.
Kota - Magic aling the mighty Chambal
Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota - This is an ancient city, too, reflecting the glory of its olden days through its wonderful Forts and palaces the prominent being City Palace. Situated on the bank of Chambal river, Kota is famous for its painting work, unique of its kind has many beautiful temples and palaces relating stories of an age gone by. Jag Mandir, Brij Vilas Palace Gardens, Darra Wildlife Sanctuary, the ruins of the ancient city named Chandravati are the most enjoyable sites.
Set at the edge of the Thar desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state , it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana.
The massive 15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.
Mount Abu - Verdant Oasis in the Hills
A pleasant retreat set amidst the lush forested hills, Mt. Abu is a green oasis in the barren deserts cape that's Rajasthan. Situated at the southern tip of the Aravali range the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. Famous for its exquisitively carved marble temples, Mount Abu (1219 metres) is a pretty hill resort in the State of Rajasthan.
The 765.80 sq km thickly wooded reserve cradled in the picturesque valley of Aravalis. Established in 1955, Sariska, in Rajasthan, the erstwhile royal preserve of the rulers of Alwar, became a sanctuary in the year 1958. The sanctuary came under the Project Tiger in 1979 and became a national park in 1982.
Swai Madhopur is the gateway to the world renowned Ranthambhor National Park- the famous Tiger Reserve , Tigers can be spotted quite often in their natural habitat even during daytime. There are about 264 species of birds found within the park including painted storks, white-necked storks, black storks, peafowl, crested serpent eagles, Bonelli's eagle, Indian horned owl, quail, partridge, spur fowl, paradise flycatcher and jacanas. During winters migratory birds like graylag goose, ruddy sheiduck and pintails may also be spotted. Monitor lizards and marsh crocodiles are also found here. Ranthambore is one of the most suitable places for wildlife photography in world tourism.
Udaipur - Venice of the East
Founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh, the lake city of Udaipur is often referred to as the 'Venice of the east'.
Studded with extravagant forts and palaces, hilltop fortresses, awe-inspiring temples and romantic gardens filled with blossoming trees, this 'city of Dreams' is, not surprisingly, a favourite with travellers, both Indian and foreign.
A fantasy island palace shimmering on mirror-calm Lake Pichola, the lake Palace is one of the most romantic hotels in the world.