Places to Visit in Rajasthan
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and largest city. Jai Singh II, the Maharaja of the Kachhwaha Clan of Rajputs, who ruled from 1699-1744, founded Jaipur (City of Victory) in 1727. The city is a highly distinctive city. Built with ancient Hindu building suggest a decline in architectural power and originality. The "pink" a traditional color of welcome, was paint added in 1853 in honor of the visit by Prince Albert, and the tradition has survived to this day.
Jodhpur the second largest city of Rajasthan, once the capital of Marwal, sprawls around the impressive Meherangarh Fort Built on a 122-m sandstone bluff. The Rathore Rajputs had moved there in 1211 after their defeat at Kanauj by Muslim invaders but in 1459 Rao Jodha forced to leave the Rathore Capital of Mandor, 8 kms to the north, chose this as his capital because of its strategic location on the Thar Desert.
Jaisalmer is the westernmost town of any significance in India has an extraordinarily medieval feel, with its crenellated golden sandstone walls and narrow streets lined with exquisitely caved buildings. All, including new structures, are built out of the local honey-coloured sandstone. Jaisalmer is sometimes called the "Golden City of India" because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area.
Diskit Monastery is on the hill top of mountain, founded in 1420 by Sherab Zangpo of Stod during the lifetime of the Dharmaraja Gragspa. About 100 monks reside in the monastery. Gustor festival which takes place every year on the 28th and 29th days of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar. There are all kinds of thangkas, beautiful wall-paintings and shrines.
Set in the Girwa valley amidst the Aravalli hills of South Rajasthan, Udaipur is a beautiful city. In contrast of some of its desert neighbors it presents an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes and green hills that keep the wilderness at bay. It is an oasis of color in a stark and arid region. Udaipur is a traditional planned walled city, its bastioned rampart walls pierced by 5 massive gates.
Pushkar lies in a narrow dry valley overshadowed by these impressive rocky hills. For the most of the year Pushkar is a gentle the peaceful lakeside village on the edge of the desert, through it has been transformed by the year-round presence of large number of tourists. Pushkar lake is one of the India's most sacred. Ghats lead down to the water on the North and West Side to enable pilgrims to bathe. The only Brahma temple in the country, at the farther end of the lake, is believed to have sprung from a lotus flower dropped by Brahma. It is a particular holy shrine since it is believed to mark the spot where Brahma was incarnated.
Bikaner takes its name from Rao Bhikaji the sixth son of the Rathor Rajput prince Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. Bhika set up his independent kingdom in 1488 like Jaisalmer, it developed as a center of the cross-desert caravan trade, but a defensive site was necessary to give its ruling princess protection. The rocky outcrop in the desert provides a dramatic setting for the Junagarh fort.
Kiradu Temple Barmer
Deep down south in the Thar desert near Barmer stands the hauntingly splendors remnants of the Kiradu Temples whose relics still depict the ultimate sculptural wealth and architectural elegance of India. The Kiradu temples were built between the 11th and 14th centuries. Today the ruins of only 8 shrines remain.
Bharatpur is 29 Sq. Kms piece of marshland is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 360 species of birds. It used to be part of the private shooting reserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur and during the season he and his guests shot enormous numbers of birds. Early morning and dusk are the best times for viewing. Among many other birds to be seen are egrets, ducks, coots, storks, kingfishers, spoonbills, Sarus Cranes and several birds of prey, include lager falcon, greater spotted eagle and many more.
A region rich in chronicle, tradition chivalry and songs. Situated in the semi arid North-Easter part of Rajasthan where every dune vibrates with legends. Founded in 1737 A.D. by Thakur Nawal Singh the warrior statesman whose renown is enshrined in history and folklore. The town exudes an old charm with its colorful bazar having the largest number of painted havelis in Shekhawati. One cannot forget these mansions covered with frescoes depicting the whole gamut of social and religious life, where history is painted with humour.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore lies on the easternmost spur of the Arrivallis. It has both the old fort and the Sawaimadhopur Ranthambore wild sanctuary. Situated on the 215m high rock 19 km north east of Sawaimadhopur, the Chauhan fort was built in 944 and over the next 6th centuries changed and on a number of occasion. Set in 400sq km of dry deciduous forest, this became the private tiger reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The approach of the park along and narrow valley from the west. Tiger can occasionally be seen in the day time. There are also few leopards, Numerous herds of sambar, Nilgai, Sloth, Bear, Zackal, Crocodile, the occasional Rear caracan and a rich variety of birds.
Sariska Natioanl Park
This 800 sq. km sanctuary comprises dry deciduous forest of ber, dhok and tendu among other, set in a valley surrounded by the barren Aravallis hills. During the monsoon the vegetation is very lush and travel through the forest may be difficult. The place is then alive with birds but many animals mover to higher ground. In dry season, when the streams disappear, the animals become dependant on man-made water holes at Kalighatti, Salopka and Pandhupol Sariska's enchanted forest are prefect for wildlife viewing. A Project Tiger Sanctuary, the tiger and leopard usually prove elusive, but a variety of deep. Peacock, langurs, porcupines and pythons and there to be sighted.