Rajasthan

WEST OF RAJASTHAN UDAIPUR,br> Udaipur is also known as the City of Lakes. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes.

Major sightseeing places:

City Palace, Udaipur - Udaipur City Palace is located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola. This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors.

Jagdish Temple – Temple is located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple is made in the Indo - Aryan style of architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu the preserver of the Universe. The gateway of this temple can be sited at a distance of 150 meters from the Bara Pol of the City Palace.

Lake Pichola - Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. Lake extended to 3 miles in length, 2 miles in width and has depth of about 30 feet. Pichola Lake is enveloped by tall Palaces, temples, bathing ghats and elevated hills on all its sides. Lake comprises several islands. The world-renowned Lake Palace is perfectly located on the Jag Island of this tranquil lake. At the time sun-set, a boat ride in this lake is sufficient to mesmerize anyone.

Jag Mandir - Jag Mandir Palace is located on the southern island of Lake Pichola. The three-storied Palace is a palatial structure made in yellow sandstone and marble.

Gulab Bagh ( Sajjan Niwas Garden ) – Situated right beneath the banks of Pichola Lake on Lake Palace Road, Gulab Bagh is an interesting park in the southeast of City Palace complex.This garden is sprawled over 100 acres of land. During 1850's, Maharana Sajjan Singh took the initiative to built this beautiful garden. Sajjan Niwas Bagh is celebrated for its numerous varieties of roses.

Monsoon Palace - The Monsoon Palace, formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, overlooking the lake Pichola. It offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built basically to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace.

Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of maids) - The garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. This renowned garden is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, presenting a green retreat in the dry lands of Rajasthan. Shopping: Handicrafts, pottery, jewellery, wooden toys, antique items and paintings.

RANAKPUR
Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district, 23 kms. away from the Phalna railway station. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey. The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs. whose sound echoes in the entire complex.

MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan.

Major sightseeing places:

Dilwara Temples - Dilwara Jain Temples is one of the finest Jain temple known world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvellous marble stone carvings. It seems fairly basic temple from outside but the temple interior showcases the extraordinary work of human craftsmanship at its best. These temples were built between 11th to 13th century AD, The beautiful lush green hills surrounding the temple gives a very pleasant feeling. The ornamental details of marble stone carvings is phenomenal and unmatched, the minutely carved ceilings and the pillars are just amazing. All this was done at a time when no transport or roads were available at a height of 1200+ Mtrs.

Achalgarh Fort - Achalgarh is just 8 Kilometers from the main Mount Abu town and is well connected by road. The fortress Achalgarh is surrounded by massive battlement walls. It is situated at the top of a mountain peak and offers picturesque views all year round.

Nakki Lake - Nakki Lake a focal point for visitors to Abu is a lovely little artificial lake ringed round by hills and overhung by the enormous Toads Rock. Boating and exploring the lakes little islets is a favourite recreation. Nakki lake is said to have been dug by the god with their nails, hence its name, as nakki means nails.


JAISALMER

Jaisalmer nicknamed "The Golden City", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert and has a population of about 78,000.

Favourite activities: Camel ride & jeep safari to the sand dunes.

Major sightseeing places:

Jaisalmer Fort – Made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands.

Sam Sand Dunes - Distance / 45 kms west of Jaisalmer 3km long, 1km wide and as much as half a kilometre high, the dunes are as treacherous as they are scenic. If you opt for a camel ride stay very close to your guide as only he can manoeuvre you through the quicksand, which has sucked many an unwary goat to its gruesome death. There is no vegetation here and the swirling winds are almost as intense as the sandstorms in the Sahara.

Patwon-ki-Haveli - Patwon ki haveli is one of the most elaborate and fascinating mansions in Jaisalmer that entices you with its hypnotic charm.

Jag Mandir - Jag Mandir Palace is located on the southern island of Lake Pichola. The three-storied Palace is a palatial structure made in yellow sandstone and marble.

Salim Singh-ki-Haveli - The haveli is located towards the eastern end of the city. This magnificent building has a rich blue roof and carved brackets designed in peacock shapes. The haveli is built with yellow stone and its exteriors are delicately carved. There is a balcony projecting from the top storey. The haveli was built by the erstwhile Prime Minister of Jaisalmer - Salim Sing

Nathmalji-ki-Haveli - This Nathmal Ji ki haveli was commissioned to serve as the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. Maharawal Beri Sal commissioned the construction of this Haveli.


BIKANER

Bikaner is a dessert district in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan in northern India.

Major sightseeing places:

Junagarh Fort - Junagarh fort is considered one of India's most impressive fort complexes. It's exquisitely decorated interiors are in an excellent state of preservation. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh, it is one of the few major forts, which were not built on a hilltop. The complex consists of palaces, courtyards, pavilions, and balconies. The walls are adorned with carved stones, marble, paintings, and inlaid semi-precious stones. Each palace in the complex was built by a different ruler, over the centuries.

Lalgarh Palace - The Lallgarh palace is an imposing red- sand stone palace and was built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in the memory of his father, Maharaj Lall Singhj in 1902 A.D. This oriental fantasy designed by Col. Sir Swinton Jacob, is entirely a hybrid architecture and mixture of different elements of Rajput, Muslim and European styles and can be categorized as Indo- Saracenic style. The Rajput exterior of Lallgarh Palace contrasts dramatically with the occidental décor within. The intricately dexterous carving on red stone is hall mark of great local craftsman.

Moolnayakji Temple - Built in 1486, dedicated to Lord Moolnayak Krishna, the Moolnayakji temple is a structure of immense religious significance. Not only was it Bikaner's first Vaishnav temple, but it was also the venue where the principal seat of the Vaishnav sect was established. While the grand architecture pleases the eye, it is the various stories attached to the temple that pique one's interest.

Bhandasar Jain Temple - Temple dedicated to the 5th Jain tirthankara, Sumatinathji, the Bhandasar Jain Temple is an artistic illustration of Jain beliefs, outlook towards the world and life in general.

Laxminath Temple - The Laxmi Nath Temple is one of the most beautiful of the Bikaner temples and displays the fantastic artwork of the traditional artisans and sculptors.


Excursion:

Kolayat : This village located about 50 kms away from Bikner town towards jaisalmer. The Kapil Muni Fair is the largest fair of Bikaner district held on Kartik Poornima at Kolayat (Kapilayatan, named after the sage Kapil who is believed to have done meditation here for the redemption of mankind). Kolayat is situated in an arid area. Ther is a lake with 52 ghats shaded by banyan trees around the lake. A temple dedicated to Kapil Muni is situated on the Kapil Muni ghat and it has a marble statue of the saint.

Deshnok Village: This village located about 30 kms away from Bikner town towards Jodhpur, known for Kani Mata Temple dedicated to holy rats.


JODHPUR

Jodhpur pronunciation is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. The city is known as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort.

Major sightseeing places:

Mehrangarh Fort - Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendour on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. It is acknowledged as the finest living example of a Hindu fortress.

The Audio tour throws light on both the art and architecture of this magnificent and impregnable Fort, which was attacked often but never conquered by force, while recounting the stories and legends of the proud ruling Rathore clan, the legendary Rajput warriors of Marwar.

Jaswant Thada -To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex is the Jaswant Thada. It is a 19th century royal monument built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. The commemorative plaque has two more tombs within it. Near to this are the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs.

Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur, India is an example of architectural brilliance in India. It is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. The carving shows the genius of the sculptors. These stones are extremely thin and polished. As a result, the outside surface of the monument emits a warm glow when the sunrays fall on its surface. There is also beautiful marble jali work on the cenotaph. You can have some nice views from the terrace in front of the cenotaph.
Shopping: They include textile dyers, metal engravers and die-makers

Excursion Tour:
Osian, an ancient small temple town in the Thar Desert, is located about 65 kms, north west of Jodhpur. Osian is a great centre of Brahmanical and Jain religions and contains the largest group of the Hindu and Jain temples in Rajasthan.


ROHET

Rohet is famous for village safaris, which introduces its guests to local cultures and traditions. Guests are taken into homes and received with warmth and affection. Guests interact with various communities living in the area and share and understand their worlds, the Bhishnois, protectors of nature for five centuries and arguably the world's first ecologists, responsible for the survival of species such as the black-buck antelope: the semi nomadic Raika shepherds of Marwar whose brilliant crimson and marigold costumes would put modern designers to shame: as also the Paliwals and the Meghwals, the farmers and weavers.

Guests witness traditional folk ceremonies signifying friendship and brotherhood and see village artisans at work creating leather articles, pottery and woven handicrafts. Besides being home to three species of antelope the Chinkara, the blue bull and the black-buck-Rohet is also a haven for bird watchers with up to two hundred domestic and migratory species

 

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