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Location: 150-km From Jaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Sariska Sanctuary, Govt. Museum Formerly known As: Mewat Best Time To Visit: September-February THE TIGER GATE OF RAJASTHAN 150-km from Jaipur and 170-km from Delhi, Alwar is nestled between a cluster of small hills of the Aravalli range. Perched on the most prominent of these hills is a massive ancient fort that whispers tales of the rich history of the city. Once an ancient Rajput state, formerly known as Mewat, Alwar was nearest to the imperial Delhi. The people of the state did not accept any external interference and daringly resisted all foreign invasions. In the 12th and 13th centuries, they formed a group and raided Delhi. But finally, Sultan Balban (1267 AD - 1287 AD) suppressed them, bringing the area under the Muslim rule. In 1771 AD, Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kuchhwaha Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur’s rulers, won back Alwar and founded a principality of his own. Apart from its long history, the city has a rich natural heritage with some beautiful lakes and picturesque valley thickly wooded in parts. Some of the finest varieties of birds and animals are spotted here. Alwar has one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan - Sariska, which is an excellent tiger country. PRIME ATTRACTIONS FORTS AND PALACES The Fort: This huge fort with its ramparts stretching 5-km from north to south and 1.6 kms from east to west stands 304m above the city and 595m above the sea level, constructed before the rise of the Mughal Empire. Babar had spent a night at this fort and took away the hidden treasures to gift to his son, Humayun. Akbar’s son, Jehangir had also stayed here for some time during his exile. The place where he stayed is called Salim Mahal. Maharana Pratap Singh finally annexed the fort in 1775 AD. It is a forbidding structure with 156 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry, along with 8 huge towers encompassing it. The fort has several gates - Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Kishan Pol of Jal Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar, Suraj Kund and many temples. City Palace or Vinay Vilas Mahal: An 18th century palace, harmoniously blending the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. While the ground floors have been converted into government offices and district courts, the upper apartment is presently a museum. MUSEUMS Government Museum: The museum has the finest collection of Mughal and Rajput paintings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries and some rare ancient manuscripts in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit. ‘Gulistan’ (The garden of roses), ‘ Waqiat-I-Babri’ (autobiography of the Mughal Emperor Babar) and ‘Bostan’ (the garden of spring) are some of the notable ones amongst the collection.
It also has copy of the great epic ‘ Mahabharata’ painted by the artists of the Alwar School. Rich collections of the Indian armory are among other exhibits of the museum. Behind the City Palace is an artificial lake built in 1815 AD by Maharaja Vinay Singh with few temples along its banks. A marvelous 'chhatri' with unusual Bengali roof and arches, also known as the 'Moosi Maharani's Chhatri', is situated in this area. GARDENS Purjan Vihar (Company Garden): A picturesque garden, laid out during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868 AD. The garden has an enchanting setting called ‘Shimla’ which was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh in 1885 AD. The lush surroundings and the cool shades make it the idyllic visiting spot during summers. EXCURSIONS PALACES: Vijai Mandir Palace: Situated 10-km away from the city this palace is a splendid palace, built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1918 AD. A picturesque lake overlooking the palace makes it a fascinating sight. A fabulous Sita Ram Temple in the palace attracts number of devotees, especially during Ramnavami. One needs prior permission form the Secretary to visit the palace. Siliserh Lake & Palace Hotel: 13-km away from Alwar, this place is an idyllic picnic spot with enchanting landscape of wooded hills and beautiful 'chhatris' on the embankment of the 10.5-sq-kms placid lake. A magnificent royal palace and the hunting lodge built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1845 AD for his queen Sheela stands overlooking the lake. Now converted as a hotel with Lake Facilities, it is a delight for the triggerhappy photographers and filmmakers. Sariska Palace: Maharaja Jai Singh built a marvelous palace here in the honour of the Duke of Edinburgh during his visit to the sanctuary. Presently, it has been converted into a heritage hotel called as Sariska Palace. RTDC Hotel Tiger Den also offers excellent accommodation at Sariska. The best time to drive in the sanctuary is from sunrise till sunset. LAKES: Jaisamand Lake: 6-km from the city, Jaisamand Lake makes a beautiful artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1910 AD; a popular spot for outings and picnics. During monsoons, sprawling greenery all around makes it a visual treat. This place is easily accessible by road from Alwar. WILDLIFE Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary: The 765.80-sq-kms thickly wooded reserve cradled in the picturesque valley of the Aravallis. Established in 1955, it is an excellent tiger sanctuary under the Project Tiger. The dry deciduous forests of the Reserve are noted for their population of Tiger, Nilgai, Sambhar, Cheetal, Four-horned Antelope and Wild Boar. THE WILD IN THE WOODEN VALLEY: Located 107 kms from Jaipur, the Sariska National Park is in a wooden valley, surrounded by barren mountains. The dry deciduous forests of the ancient Aravalli range cover the area of the Sariska National Park and Tiger Reserve. The main fauna in the park includes the Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Civet, Sambhar, Chinkara, Nilgai and Four-Horned Antelope. Declared a Sanctuary in 1955, it became a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger in 1979.
The other great predator of Sariska's forests is the leopard besides the ferocious tiger. Sariska has a healthy porcupine population, and this tiny creature often pits itself against the tiger, which is particularly fond of porcupine flesh. The 'Chowsingha' (four horned antelope) is commonly found at Sariska; exclusively Indian, it is the world's only wild creature, which has two pairs of horns. The Park's terrain is also congenial to the Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) and Nilgai. Remarkable for their lack of timidity are the Rhesus and Langur, which, at Sariska tolerate human closeness with astonishing equanimity. The birdlife comprises of the peafowl, Gray Partridge, Quail, Sandgrouse, Tree Pie, White-Breasted Kingfisher, Golden-Backed Woodpecker, Crested Serpent, Eagle and Great Indian Horned Owl. VIEWING THE WILD: The best way to visit the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is by jeep and these can be arranged at the Forest Reception Office on Jaipur Road. Booking a `hide', overlooking one of the waterholes, can provide an excellent opportunity for viewing and photographing wildlife. So, pick up your sleeping bag and some food and settle down to watch. PRIME SITES: Within the park are the ruins of many temples. The KANKWARI FORT the Sariska Park has historic overtones. Here, Emperor Aurangzeb once imprisoned his brother, Dara Shikoh. THE ANCIENT SHIVA TEMPLES, in the precincts of the park, Neelkanth temples (6th-13th century AD), which are now in ruins, afford a wonderful sight to the visitors. THE PALACE, at Sariska was once the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwar. This palace built by the Maharajas of Alwar has now been converted into a hotel. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Delhi at a distance of 163-km and Jaipur and 150-km are the two nearest airports from Alwar. Rail: Alwars has got good rail connections from prominent locations in and around the state. Some important train connections are Shatabdi Express (New Delhi-Alwar/ Ajmer); Superfast Express (New Delhi-Alwar-Ajmer); Intercity Express (Delhi Sarai RohillaAlwar-Jaipur); Marudhar Express (Varanasi-Alwar-Jodhpur); Mandore Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Alwar-Jodhpur). Road: Regular services link Alwar with key destinations in and not far off Rajasthan and Delhi. Local Transport: Auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and tongas are the best way to commute within the city. PLACES TO STAY RTDC's Hotel Khartal and Circuit house as well as numerous Daharamshalas solves the purpose of accommodation in Alwar. TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES ENTRY FEE: Jeeps are available on hire at the RTDC Hotel Tiger Den. Charge: There are entry fees required to be paid to enter the palace. Tourist Information Center: Tourist Office, Opp. Company Garden, and Nehru BAL Vihar. NEARBY CITIES Jaipur: 150-km Delhi: 170-km
GENERAL INFORMATION Area: 44.76 sq. km. Climate: summer: Max. - 37°C Min. - 24°C Winter: Max. - 31°C Min. - 11°C Rainfall: 62 CMS. Clothing: summer - Light Tropical Winter: Woolen Languages: Rajasthan, Hindi, and English.
Location: Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Ajmer-e-Sharief Dargah, Adhai-Din-Ka Jhonpara. Festive Attractions: Urs Fair, Pushkar Fair Best Time To Visit: October to March Situated in the heart of the desert of Rajasthan, Ajmer is a blend of Sufi culture and Hindu religion. Ajmer has always been a coveted and strategic place for the Rajputs, the Mughals and the Marathas. Ajmer was the seat of administration for the Chauhans till Prithviraj was defeated in 1193 AD by Mohammed Ghauri. It then became a part of the Delhi Sultanate. However, Rana Kumbha of Mewar and Raja Maldeo again established Rajput rule over Ajmer. The annual Urs at Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is held on a grand scale and attracts pilgrims from all over the world irrespective of their caste and religion. PRIME ATTRACTION TEMPLES: Ajmer-e-Sharief Dargah - At the foot of a barren hill, is situated India’s most important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja Sharif. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of South Asia. Emperor Akbar used to make a pilgrimage to this Dargah from Agra once a year. Adhai-Din-Ka Jhonpara - One of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture, this mosque was a Sanskrit college in the 12th century. In 1193 AD Mohammad Ghori destroyed the college and a mosque was built in its place. The mosque is built on pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike. The archways are finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra inscriptions from the Holy Quran (also spelt as Koran). Nasiyan (Jain Temple) - This red coloured Jain temple was built in the late 19th century. The wooden gilt in the double storeyed hall depicts scenes from the Jain mythology. The beauty of this temple is widely acclaimed. MUSEUMS Govt. Museum - The Royal palace of Akbar was converted into a museum and today it houses a rich collection of Mughal and Rajput armory. Some of the fine and delicate sculptures of the region have been displayed here. The building itself has been constructed of red sandstone, which has been laid down in a square pattern giving it a fabulous look. LAKES Ana Sagar Lake - This lake was built by Anaji during 1135-1150 AD. Later the Mughal Emperors made additional constructions to beautify the lake. The 'Baradari', Shah Jahan built a marble pavilion and Jehangir laid the Daulat Bagh Gardens. This lake is located towards the north of Ajmer City.
FORTS Taragarh Fort - Built in the 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan, the fort gives a bird's eye view of the city. Taragarh Fort or the 'Star fort' is situated on a hill and to reach there, one has to take winding bridle path. OTHERS Mayo College - One of the India’s best public schools, located in the southeast of the Ana Sagar, has now been converted to the Circuit House. The lake and the cenotaph and the shrine of the Hindu reformer Swami Dayanand, founder of the "Arya Samaj Movement" in India, can be viewed from here. EXCURSIONS Pushkar - The Sister City of Ajmer, Pushkar is just 11-km away from the city. The road to Pushkar passes through the Nag Pahar or the Snake Mountain. Pushkar is an ancient city and has seen history being made since the Ramayana period. The account of this city can be found in the 4th century writings of the Chinese traveler-Fa-Hien and also in the scripts written during the era of Muslim invasions. The city is considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places in India and has, perhaps, the only existing temple in Asia, dedicated to Lord Brahma. Life in the city is very much related to the Pushkar Lake. Mythology says that this ancient lake was formed when a lotus flower fell in the valley, from the hands Brahma. The 52 bathing ghats that surround the lake are believed to have special powers e.g. 'Naga Kund' for fertility, 'Roop Tirth' for beauty and 'Kapil Vyapi Kund' for curing Leprosy. The famous Pushkar fair is held every year on the Kartik Purnima day. This fair is famous as a bazaar for the animals particularly the camels. But the folk dancers and the folk musicians add traditional colour in the fair, which gives a new leash of life to the town. Mangliyawas: his town is famous for two 800 years old trees of a rare speciesADANSONIA DIGITATA LINN- popularly known as 'Kalpa-Vriksha'. People visit this place through out the year but on dark moon day of 'Sravana' (also spelt as Shravana) thousands of people come to worship the trees. The town is 26-km from Ajmer. Beawar: This town is located 54-km from Ajmer and is famous for the Badshahi procession festival held on the next day of Holi. On this occasion, people participate in large numbers and throw 'Gulal' on each other. LAKES Foy Sagar: This artificial lake was built during a famine relief programmer. Named after the engineer responsible for its construction, the picturesque lake is 5-km from Ajmer. Kishan Garh: On the road to Jaipur, 27-km from Ajmer is located this medieval treasure house of art. This place had one of the finest schools for miniature paintings during 18th century. This town of artists is also famous for Gundelao Lake, Phool Mahal Palace, Temple of Sri Kalyan Raiji and the Majhala Palace. HOW TO GET THERE Air: The nearest airport is that of Jaipur. Rail: The city is well connected by trains with all the major places in India. Road: The state transport has its bus services from all over Rajasthan and also from Delhi. However, during the Urs, large number of people arriving in Ajmer, it is advisable to plan your trip in advance during this time.
Local Transport: City bus service operates in the city and to Pushkar. Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas, and cycle-rickshaws are also available for commutation. PLACES TO STAY The RTDC has done a lot to retain the traditional flavor in its hotels in and around Ajmer. Hotels like RTDC's Khadim come with AC Deluxe rooms as well as ordinary rooms, which give a comfortable stay in the city. There are also Sarai facilities for the pilgrims. The government sponsored paying guest scheme makes the visitor feel at home. FAIRS & FESTIVALS The annual Urs and Pushkar fair CLIMATE Temperatures are very high during summers and very low during winters. Ajmer has a typical desert type of climate. The best season to visit this place is between October and March. NEARBY CITIES Pushkar: 11- km Bundi: 142-km Chittaurgarh: 190-km Jodhpur: 198-km Udaipur: 302-km Jaipur: 131-km GENERAL INFORMATION Population: Around four lakhs Area: 55.76-sq-kms. Altitude: 486 meters Climate: summer: Max. - 38.1°C Min. - 27.7°C Winter: Max. - 23.3°C Min. - 05.5°C Rainfall: 38 to 51 CMS. Clothing: summer - Light Tropical Winter: Woolen Languages: Rajasthan, Hindi, Urdu, English, and Sindhi.
Location: 160-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Founded By: Maharawal Jagmal Singh Tourist Attractions: Mahi Dam, Bai Talab, and Chinch Best Time To Visit: October -March THE TRIBAL COUNTRY: Home to the tribals with Bhils constituting half of the total population, Banswara has its name derived from 'Bans' or bamboo trees, which once grew here in abundance. Maharaja Jagmal Singh founded the erstwhile state. Bounded by Udaipur and Chittorgarh, the district presently comprises of the territories of former Banswara State and the Chieftainship of Kushalgarh. While the Central and western portion of the district are fertile plains, the scattered ranges of the Aravallis form the eastern regions. The ancient town is surrounded by a stonewall, which are now in ruins. A palace of former rulers of Banswara stands overlooking the town. The teak forests are found on the slopes of the Aravalli hills. Mango, Khajur and Mahua trees are also a part of the vegetation of the district. Banswara has a rich wildlife variety
including squirrels, lizards, snakes, chinkara, Ronj and four horned antelope. Panthers can be seen rarely. The avian variety includes the black drongo, gray shrike, green beeeater, parrot, jungle crow, woodpecker and common myna. Grey jungle fowl, red spire fowl and Grey partridge are generally spotted in the remote parts of the forest. PRIME ATTRACTIONS DAMS AND LAKES: Mahi Dam (18 km): Under the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project, various dams and canals have been built over the Mahi river amid beautiful surroundings. The Mahi River has a number of islands at intervals and hence Banswara is at times referred to as 'the city of hundred islands'. The Mahi Dam and the Kedge Pickup have a picturesque fountain garden, surely worth a visit. Anand Sagar Lake or Bai Talab: An artificial lake on the eastern side of the town constructed by Lachhi Bai of Idar -the queen of Maharawal Jagmal. Beautiful 'Chattris' (cenotaphs) of rulers of the state and an array of holy trees called 'Kalpa Vriksha' famous for fulfilling desires of visitors, lie close by. Dialab Lake: A beautiful lake covered with lotus flowers. On the bank of the lake is Badal Mahal, the summer resort of former rulers. Abdulla Pir: A popular shrine of a Bohra Muslim saint, attracting a large number of Bohra Muslims from all over during the annual Urs festival. TEMPLES Madareshwar: A temple of Lord Shiva set amid natural beauty. Other temples in the city include Dwarkadhish Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple and Vaneshwar Mahadeo Temple. Kali Kalyani Dham and Padoli Rathore are other spiritual centers near the town, which attract thousands of people from all over the country, every year. EXCURSIONS Arthuna (55-km): The ruins of cluster of Shaivite and Jain temples dating back to the 11th, 12th and 15th centuries are found in this village. The Mandleshwar Temple, built in 1080 AD by Chamunda Raja, the Paramara Chief, is noteworthy. Talwara (15-km): A historic city with ruins of some ancient monuments and temples famous for they’re beautifully carved idols in local black stone. The famous temples of Talwara include Laxmi Narain Temple. Gokarneshwar Mahadev Temple and Jain temple of Sambhar Nath. TEMPLES Tripura Sundari (19-km): An ancient temple of the goddess Tripura Sundari, commonly known as Turtia Mata. The idol of the goddess riding on a tiger is magnificent one, in black stone with 18 hands, each carrying some symbol. The temple is said to be one of the 'Shakti Peethas' of Hindus. Parahera (22-km): Situated in the Garhi tehsil. A temple of Lord Shiva -Mandaleshwar Temple, built by Mandalik, stands on the bank of the Nagela Tank in the village. Chinch: Famous for its 12th century Brahma Temple with a beautiful life-size statue of Lord Brahma. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Nearest airport is Udaipur 160-km. Rail: Nearest Railway Station is in Ratlam, MP (80-km). It is connected with all the major cities of the country.
Road : No route in the district has so far been nationalized and only state carriages, which are privately owned ply within and out of the distinct. PLACES TO STAY Numerous kinds of hotels with single, double, deluxe and A/C room facilities are available at Banswara. Government Accommodation: Includes Mahi Rest House with beautiful location overlooking scenic view and many other irrigation Bungalows at beautiful sites of dams & canals. Circuit Houses and PWD rest houses both provide good facilities. Restaurants: Kushal Bagh Palace Hotel provides both Indian and continental food President, Mayur Sagar & Plaza provide Indian food. FAIRS & FESTIVALS Holi: An important festival of the region with special celebrations. The tribals, colorfully attired carrying swords and sticks, perform the Gair dance. Ami Egyaras: Celebrated on the 11th day of the bright half of Phalgun. Young girls and boys fast on the occasion. Colorful fairs marked by Bhils armed with bows, arrows and swords are a part of the celebrations. Ghotia Amba Fair: A colorful fair held in the month of March. The Bhils gather to take a holy dip in the tank near the temple with idols of Pandavas. Tribal weapons, especially arrows and swords are for sale during the fair. Fair at Mangarh (76-km): Vithaldeo fairs coinciding with Sharad Purnima and Kartik Purnima are popular among the tribals. NEARBY CITIES Udaipur: 160-km Talwara: 15-km Arthuna: 55-km GENERAL INFORMATION
Summer: Mean Max. Temp.. 42 C Winter: Mean Min.Temp.. 3° C Rainfall: 92 CMS. Best Time To Visit: October.-March Summer: light tropical Winter: light woolens Language: Rajasthan, Hindi, and English.
Location: Jodhpur (Rural Rajasthan) Founded By: Bahada Rao Founded In: 1949 Best Time To Visit: August to March A Vestibule of Art & Crafts A tiny yet lively town in sun - drenched sands, Barmer is a miniature Rajasthan with its entire colour, warmth and tradition. According to history, the 13th century founder of the district, Bahada Rao (popularly known as a Bar Rao) gave the town its name - Barmer i.e., the hill fort of Bar. Once called Mallani (12th century AD) the present Barmer district, formed in 1949 upon the merger of Jodhpur state in the United States of Great Rajasthan, is a cluster of ancient paragons- Mallani Shiv, Pachpadra, Siwana and the Chohatan area.
Although barrens land with harsh climate and tough terrain, Barmer is known for its rich crafts, dances and music. Once on the ancient camel trade route, the town in now the center for wood carving, pottery, carpets, intricate embroidery work, block printed fabrics and multi- hued traditional costumes Especially famous are the geometric Ajrak prints in dark shades of red and blue, ideal for protection against the sun. The most interesting part of a trip to Barmer is the journey through rural Rajasthan. The small villages with mud-walled houses decorated with delicate folk motifs and colorfully attired people on the way, offer a fascinating sight. Every year in March, the desert town is at its colorful best during the exuberant Barmer festival. The festival is the best time to plan a visit to Barmer. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Barmer: Perched on a rocky hill, the town has ruins of an old fort. Of interest is a temple dedicated to Balark (the Sun) and the ancient ruins of Juna Barmer. The three Jain temples, an incorruption of 1295 AD and a massive pillar in the hall of the largest temple of Maharaja Kula Sri Samanta Sinha Deva, a ruler of Bahadmera (now, Barmer) are also worth a visit. Kiradu: Situated on the foot of a hill near village Hathma in Barmer tehsil is Kiradu. The incorruption dating back to 1161 AD reveals that the place was called Kiratkoop and had once been the capital of Punwars. The ruins of five ancient temples-one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and other four dedicated to Lord Shiva are of interest to archaeologists and art lovers, alike. The biggest of these temples is the Someshwar Temple. Khed: Rao Siha, the founder of the Rathore clan along with his son (Asthanji) conquered Khed from the Guhil Rajputs and planted the standard of Rathores. A crumbling wall and an image of Garuda (the eagle) at the gate guards the complex surrounds an old Vishnu temple of Ranchhriji. Other temples nearby include temples of Brahma, Bhairav, Mahadev and a Jain temple. Jasol: Once a principal state of Mallani, this ancient village has got its name from the descendants of a Rathore sub-clan. A Jain temple and a Hindu temple are worth visiting. The Hindu temple is ornamented with fine sculptures, which were brought from a Jain temple of Lord Mahavir. Meva Nagar: Once called Viranipur, this 12trh century village lies on the slope of a hill called Nagar - Ki - Bhakarian, 9km away from Baltra. The village has three Jain temples. The biggest of these is the one dedicated to Nakoda Parsvanath. A Vishnu Temple is also worth visiting. GARDENS AND PARKS Mahaveer Park: Mahaveer Park is a beautifully laid out park with a tiny museum housing ancient stone-carved statues. Safed Akhara: (Sidheswara Mahadev Temple Complex) is a tiny yet pretty garden near Barmer. Temporary accommodation and cooking facilities are available. Neemari: Neemari is another picturesque garden on Chohatan route, 23 km away from Barmer. An old swimming pool is an attraction.
SHOPPING A veritable shopper's paradise, Barmer is treasure trove of vibrantly coloured embroidery with excellent mirror work. Also famous are beautifully embroidered fabrics and pouches, often patterned with tiny mirrors. Traditional rugs, blankets, shawls, carpets, 'Pattius' Dari in typical Barmer colours and weave, are a specialty of the region. The shopping spots include the tiny shops along the narrow lanes of the colorful and lively Sadar Bazaar. FAIRS & FESTIVALS Tilwara Cattle Fair (March-April): A major cattle fair lasting a fortnight, held in village Tilwara. Nakoda Parasvanath (Dec. - Jan.): The festival held in Mevanagar village commemorating the birth anniversary of Parsvanath. Veeratara Mela: Held at Veeratara (12 Km from village Chohatan) the fair venerates goddess Vakladevi and is held thrice a year in the month of Chaitra, Bhadrapada and Magha. Khed Fair (Aug.-Sep.): A big religious fair is held on the day of full moon in village Khed. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Nearest airport is Jodhpur Rail: Barmer is well connected by train with Jodhpur. Road: Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation connects Barmer with all major cities in the state. The Bus Stand is situated near Railway Station and Tilak Bus Stand connects Barmer with Jodhpur, Balotara, Jalor (Via-Siwana) Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad (Via-Sanchore), Mt. Abu, Udaipur and other places. PLACES TO STAY Hotel Khartal (RTDC); Circuit House, Dak Bungalow and numerous Dharamshalas are available in Barmer for accommodation. NEARBY CITIES Jodhpur: 150-km (approx.) GENERAL INFORMATION Banks /Money Changers: State Bank of India, Station Road, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, Sadar Bazar, Bank of Baroda & Bank of Rajasthan Ltd., Gandhi Chowk, Central Cooperative Bank, Station Road, Barmer Guides: No particular guide facility available at present except information service (guidance of Information Center & National Informatics. Post and Telegraph Offices: Post Office, Railway Station & Head Post Office, Mahaveer Nagar. Timings: 10:00 am to 4:00 PM (Monday to Saturday) Climate: Mean Max Mean Min Summer: 43°C 27°C Winter: 26°C 10°C Rainfall: 28 CMS. Best Time To Visit: August to March Clothing: Summer: Light Tropical Winter: Woolen
Language: Rajasthan, Hindi & English. Area 15-sq-kms.
Location: 32-km From Deeg, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Lohagarh Fort, The Palace, and Keoladeo National Park Best Time To Visit: October-February The Favorite Bird Retreat The 55-km long journey by road from Agra drives you to the town of Bharatpur the eastern gateway to Rajasthan. Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary near the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which is the finest in Asia with a rich avian variety. Very year, the rare Siberian cranes come to spend the winter in the warmer climate of Bharatpur. Of the remnants of the royal past remains the marvelous Bharatpur Palace housing a rich repository of a large number of ancient exhibits that date back to the early 15th century. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Lohagarh Fort: The massive iron structure built in the early 18th century. With its impregnable defenses, it sustained itself even after a number of British attacks. The fort was conceived and designed by Maharaja Suraj Mal, the founder of Bharatpur. The fort has three palaces within its precincts - Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas. Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj: A few of the eight imposing towers still stand erect within the glorious ramparts of the fort. Especially two of them - Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj are of special interest. These were built by Maharaja Suraj Mal to commemorate his victories over the Mughals and British respectively. The coronation ceremony of the Jat rulers of Bharatpur was also held at the Jawahar Burj. The Palace: This royal edifice is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles with magnificent apartments and intricately designed floor tiles having interesting patterns. One can marvel at the ancient exhibits displayed in the museum in the central pan of the palace. Government Museum: A rich collection of artifacts, exquisitely carved sculptures and ancient inscriptions can be admired in the Government Museum located in the palace. All these items speak volumes about the rich heritage and art and crafts of the region. Keoladeo National Park: Once the royal hunting reserve of the princes of Bharatpur, it is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, inundated with over 400 species of water birds. Exotic migratory birds from Afghanistan, Central Asia, Tibet as well as Siberian cranes from the Arctic, Greeley geese from Siberia and bareheaded geese from China, come here in July/August to spend the winters in the warmer climate and they breed till October/November. Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ebis and Grey herons can be spotted all over the park. The raised paths camouflaged by Babul trees make their viewing easier. RAJASTHAN TRAIN TRAVEL PALACE ON WHEELS: Ever wondered what luxury in the royal times was all about! Welcome to Palace on Wheels, a luxury train that carries with it an ambience of the Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the visitor to the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The coaches also carry out an image of the Rajput states with beautiful interiors. Last but not the least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers
on board include saloons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as well as restaurant and organized shopping facilities. EXCURSIONS Deeg (32-km): Once the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur, it served as the second capital of the region. This interesting town is strewn with massive, fortifications, stunningly beautiful gardens, magnificent palaces and a colourful bazaar. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Agra 56-km is the nearest airport. Rail: Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with several cities on Delhi -Mumbai trunk route, Jaipur and Agra. Some important train connections are : Golden Temple Mail (Mumbai-Bharatpur-Jammu Tawi); Intercity Express (Hazrat Nizamuddin-Bharatpur); Paschim Express (New Delhi-Bharatpur-Mumbai) Road: A network of bus services links Bharatpur with several cities within and outside the State. Local Transport: Tongas and Cycle-rickshaws are the best way to commute within the city. PLACES TO STAY There are plenty of accommodation options available from deluxe heritage hotels to budget accommodation. There are forest rest houses and PWD Dak bungalows also available. TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES Banks/Money Changers: State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, B. Narayan Gate, Bharatpur Post and Telegraph Office: GPO, Gandhi Park. Clubs: Bharatpur Club, Company Bagh. Tourist Reception Center: (RTDC), Hotel Saras, and Agra Road. Guide Services: Approved guides for the National Park can be hired from the Tourist Reception Center, RTDC Hotel Saras, and Dy. Chief Wild life Warden, Forest Rest House Mini Bus Tour: Mini Bus is operated by Forest department. Please contact the Dy. Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Rest House NEARBY CITIES Deeg: 32-km Jaipur: 150-km GENERAL INFORMATION Area: 22-sq-kms Altitude: 250m Climate Max Min Summer 45.0 °C 37.0 °C Winter 31.7 °C 7.0 °C Rainfall 69 CMS Best Season October – February Clothing Summer Light tropical Winter Light woolen Languages Rajasthan, Hindi, English
Location: 36-km From Kota, Rajasthan
Tourist Attractions: Forts, Palaces, and Havelis & Temples Festive Attraction: Kajli Teej Best Time To Visit: August-February The Undiscovered Splendor: 36-km from Kota is a tiny picturesque town, Bundi, which is one of the unexplored cities, with a rich historical wealth. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Hada Chauhans - an offshoot of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. In 1193 AD, when Sultan Mohammed Ghauri defeated Prithvi Raj Chauhan, some Chauhan nobles sought shelter in Mewar and became allies to the Rana while other young warriors moved towards the Chambal Valley and over powered the Meena and Bhil tribals - thus establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, two branches of Hadas formed two separate states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the River Chambal. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. Interesting monuments including impressive medieval forts, palaces, Havelis, 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. Bundi is very famous for its intricate carvings and murals. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Taragarh Or The Star Fort: Built in 1354 AD, the fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan. Perched on a thickly wooded hill is a marvelous white fort, with a huge reservoir, which once supplied water to the palace. The Palace: This magnificent edifice is a fine example of the Rajput architecture, housing some of the superb Bundi murals. Chhattar Mahal or Palace Of Towers: A steep, paved carafe-way is the only way to reach the monument. Of special interest in the palace is the 'Hazari Pole' or 'Gate of the thousand', the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pole with its old water clock and the Diwaan-eAam. Ratan Daulat: Built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh, it is a very interesting structure forming a stable for nine horses and a HatiaPoi. Chitrashala: A fascinating pavilion and a gallery of miniature murals embellish the palace. Elaborate colorful paintings on the walls depict scenes from the 'Ragamala' and 'Raaslila' - the Radha-Krishna story. Ranlji-Ki-Baori: It is 46 m deep stepped well with some superb carvings on its pillars and a high arched gate built in 1699 AD by Rani Nathavatji. This well is one of the largest of its kind. Sukh Mahal: A magnificent summer palace on the Sukh Sagar Lake amid the lush surroundings of a beautiful garden. An underground tunnel is believed to run from the Sukh Mahal to the old palace. Phool Sagar: The 20th century palace, with an artificial tank and picturesque gardens. Presently, it is the residence of the former ruler (Prior permission of Secretary is required for a visit.) Shikar Buri: The royal hunting lodge set amidst the lush surroundings. It is a favorite picnic spot.
Eighty-four Pillared Cenotaphs: An amazingly magnificent memorial with 84 pillars in a single cenotaph along with a Shivlingam. Rao Anirudh erected it. GARDENS Kshar Bagh: An ancient garden near the Shikar Burj with beautiful 'chhatri' of the Kshar Bagh, an ancient garden for the Bundi rulers and their queens - all examples of the town's rich architecture. (Prior permission required for visit.) LAKES Nawal Sagar: Visible from the fort is the square artificial lake of Nawal Sagar broken up by islets, a temple dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan God of Water stands half-submerged in the center of the lake. The reflection of the entire city and its palaces can be seen in the lake - making it a unique attraction of Bundi. EXCURSIONS LAKES: Jait Sagar Lake (3-km): A picturesque lake cradled in the hills, built by Jaita Meena. The swirling fountain at night is a visual delight. TEMPLES Rameshwaram (20-km): The cave temple of Lord Shiva surrounded by the Aravalli ranges. An ideal picnic spot as well. Keshavraipatan (45-km): It is an ancient city famous for the temple of Keshavraiji (Vishnu). The architecture and sculpture at this temple is unique. Maharaja Shatrusal of Bundi constructed it in the year 1601 AD. A famous Jain temple is also there. WILDLIFE Ramgarh (45-km): The Ramgarh Sanctuary is located on the Nainwa Road. One needs to take permission of the State Forest Department to pay a visit to the sanctuary. FORTS Bijolia (50-km): An ancient fort and the city of Bijolia are situated on the BundiChittaurgarh Road. A high paved courtyard on the side of the fort has a large temple of Lord Shiva in center with a fine image of Lord Ganesha standing as a guardian at the entrance. A carved archway leads to the temple. Talwas (53-km): A magnificent fort built by the ruler Ajit Singh. A temple of Dhooleshwar Mahadev and a picturesque waterfall adjoining the fort are worth a visit. The beautiful Ratna Sagar Lake is close by and is a haven for fauna like bear and deer during the monsoon. Indragarh (77-km): The Indragarh Fort and the nearby palaces are famous for the temples of Mother Goddess Kali and Kamleshwar. The palace is also famous for wall paintings. RIVERS Menal (70-km): The Menal River runs over a bed of granite slabs and plunges into a cavernous 122 metres deep gorge. On the other side of the broken wall is the temple complex with fascinating carvings on the walls of the shrine that depicting various Hindu deities? It is located on the Chittaurgarh-Bundi Road. OTHERS Dugari (65-km): Remnants of ancient wall paintings can be seen in the Ram Mandir, within the imposing fort of Dugari.
HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur at 206-km is the nearest airport. Rail: Bundi railway Station at 5-km and Kota at 36-km are the two convenient railheads from Bundi. Road: Good road connections link Bundi with important places around. Local Transport: Auto-rickshaws are available for commutation purpose within the city. PLACES TO STAY RTDC Hotel Vrindavati. Like hotel accommodation options are available in Bundi. There is a Paying Guest accommodation available too.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Kajli Teej (July/August): The celebrations of the festival are different than the usual Teej festivities. Unlike Teej, which is celebrated on the third day of the month of Shravana, Kajli Teej is celebrated on the third day of the month of Bhadra. An exuberant procession of Teej in a decorated palanquin starts from the beautiful Naval Sagar and culminates at the Azad Park. Cultural performances by the local artists as well as by artists from Hadoti region are pan of the celebrations. Though the Teej procession is carried out for only two days, the festivities continue till the eighth day, finally ending on Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. NEARBY CITIES Ramgarh: 45-km Bijolia: 50-km Menal: 70-km Kota: 36-km Jaipur: 206-km GENERAL INFORMATION Area: 5,628-sq-km Altitude: 515m Climate Max Min Summer: 43.0 °C 35.0 °C Winter: 30.7 °C 5.0 °C Rainfall: 75 CMS. Best Time To Visit: August-February Clothing Summer: light tropical Winter: light woolen Languages: English, Hindi, and Rajasthan
Location: Rajasthan Founded By: Rao Bikaji Tourist Attractions: Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace Best Time To Visit: October to March This Royal walled city is a part of the desert tourist triangle and lies on the northern tip of the triangle. The city was founded in 1486 AD by the Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji, hence the name Bikaner. Bikaji was son of Rao Jodhaji who had asked his son to establish a
kingdom of his own. The challenge was accepted and Bikaji choose the wild country 'Jangaldesh' as his territory and thus the city of Bikaner came into existence. A seven-kilometers wall with five entrances was built to protect the city from vagaries of the desert and any external aggression. The city flourished as an important trade center between Gujarat seaports and West Asian countries. The unbroken line of descendants of Bikaji ruled Bikaner till India got Independence. Bikaner is known for good breed of riding camels, which are among the best in the world. The Camel Festival held every year is famous all over the globe. Bikaner has many magnificent buildings made of Reddish Pink sandstone that transcends the surrounding barren wilderness. Unlike other cities of Rajasthan, Bikaner has been able to preserve its traditional aura of the medieval era, which makes a visitor come here year after year. PRIME ATTRACTIONS FORTS AND PALACES: Junagarh Fort: One of the most imposing forts of northern India-Junagarh Fort-- has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh. Lalgadh Palace: Designed by a Britisher for Maharaja Ganga Singh, this palace displays a magnificent blend of Oriental and European style. MUSEUMS The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum: This small museum has a large collection of preHardpan, Gupta and Kushan pottery. The rich collection of pottery, carpets, paintings, armory and coins make this museum one of the best in Rajasthan. The Bikaneri miniatures, which are displayed in a separate section for local arts, make visit to the museum a must. EXCURSIONS TEMPLES: Bhandeshwar & Sandeshwar Temples: Five kms from the city, these temples are the oldest surviving monuments of aesthetic heritage. Two brothers built these and the temples carry their names. The mirror work and the gold leaf paintings in the temple are noteworthy. The temples are dedicated to 23rd Jain teerthankar, Parsvanathji. WILDLIFE: Gajner Wild Life Sanctuary: 32 kms on the Jaisalmer Road is located the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary. Wooded hills and lakes surround the lush green forest. One can easily spot a Blue Bull, Chinkara, Black Buck or flocks of Sand Grouse and Wild Boar living in the sanctuary. Archaeology Kalibanga: One of the major archaeology sites of the Hardpan civilization. This place houses immense treasure of our past and is of particular interest to archaeology enthusiasts. Kolayat: 54-km from Bikaner, it is a picnic spot. OTHERS Camel Breeding Farms: Take a ride on one or watch the calves gamboling, or submit to a Raika or a Rebari from traditional camel breeder, over a cup of camel's milk at the camel breeding farms just eight kms away from the city. This farm is the only of its kind in Asia. Devi Kund: This is the royal crematorium with a number of cenotaphs. The 'chhatri' of Maharaja Surat Singh is most imposing. One cannot miss the spectacular Rajput paintings on the ceilings. 8 kms from Bikaner.
HOW TO GET THERE Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur 240 kms. Rail: The Indian Railways connects Bikaner with cities like Delhi, Calcutta, Agra, Jaipur, and Allahabad etc. The gorgeous 'Palace on wheels' also covers Bikaner in its eight-day tour of Rajasthan. Road: Though the unfriendly desert sands surround Bikaner but the city is well connected by roads. There are local and inter-state bus services for Bikaner. PLACES TO STAY Bikaner is counted among one of the major cities of the Rajasthan State and is well equipped with varied hotel options, which include luxurious and budget hotels as well as tourist lodges. FAIRS & FESTIVALS Camel Festival: In the festival, one can see the 'Ship of the Desert' at its sporting best. The festival is held in January every year. Karni Mata Fair: Held twice in a year--April/ May and October/ November-- the fair is celebrated on the ninth day of the Navratri. Devotees throng the temple to worship Goddess Durga and her incarnations on this day. SHOPPING A stroll down the King Edward Memorial road and inside Kote Gate will reveal the shopping pleasure in Bikaner. The purses, slippers made from the camel hide are worth a bargain. The camel skin also ends up as cushions and lacquered lampshades. The local carpets and the woodwork are very popular among the tourists. And who can forget the world famous Bikaneri Bhujias and sweets. Wide ranges of accommodation facilities are available to meet the requirements of tourists. There is Palace a hotel like the Bhanwar Niwas, Karni Bhawan, and Gajner Palace Hotel. Also, available are the small but cosy comfortable private hotels. The government approved Paying Guest system is very popular among the visitors. CLIMATE Bikaner has got extreme desert type of climate with high temperature difference and low rainfall. The best season to visit Bikaner between October and March. NEARBY CITIES Kolyatji: 50-km Kalibanga: 205-km Jodhpur: 256-km Jaipur: 354-km Jaisalmer: 312-km GENERAL INFORMATION Population: About 4 lakhs people reside in this historic city. Main Languages: Rajasthan, Hindi & English.
Location: 90-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Vijay Stambh, Padmini's Palace Best Time To Visit: September-March India Guide The Epitome of Romance and Valor: The pride and glory of Rajasthan. Chittaur echoes with the tales of romance and valour unique to the Rajput tradition. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular 'chhatris'.
This fortified settlement has been ravaged thrice and each time the outcome was 'Jauhar' when women and children immolated themselves on a huge funeral pyre while men donned in saffron robes of martyrdom rode out of the fort towards a certain death. Alauddin Khilji was the first to sack Chittaur in 1303 AD, overpowered by a passionate desire to possess the regal beauty, queen Padmini. Legend has that he saw her face in the reflection of a mirror and was struck by her mesmerizing beauty. But the noble queen preferred death to dishonor and committed 'Jauhar'. In 1533 AD during the rule of Sikramjeet, came the second attack from Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat. Once again, Rani Karnvati, a Bundi princess, led Jauhar. Her infant son, Udai Singh was smuggled out of Chittaur to Bundi who survived to inherit the throne of the citadel. He learnt from his traumatic childhood that discretion is preferred to valour so, in 1567AD when the Mughal Emperor invaded Chittaur; Udai Singh fled to establish a new capital, Udaipur - a beautiful lake city, leaving behind Chittaur to be defended by two 16-year-old heroes. Jaimal of Bednore and Patta of Kelwa. These young men displayed true Rajput chivalry and died after 'Jauhar' was performed. Immediately thereafter, Akbar razed the Fort to rubble. RAJASTHAN TRAIN TRAVEL PALACE ON WHEELS: Ever wondered what luxury in the royal times was all about! Welcome to Palace on Wheels, a luxury train that carries with it an ambience of the Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the visitor to the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The coaches also carry out an image of the Rajput states with beautiful interiors. Last but not the least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers on board include saloons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as well as restaurant and organized shopping facilities. PRIME ATTRACTIONS FORTS AND PALACES: The Fort: The indomitable pride of Chittaur, the fort is a massive structure with many gateways built by the literary rulers in 7th century AD. Perched on a height of 180-m high hill, it sprawls over 700 acres. The tablets and 'chhatris' within are impressive reminders of the Rajput heroism. The main gates are Padam Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol. The fort has many magnificent monuments - all fine examples of the Rajput architecture. The ancient ruins of the fort are worth spending few moments in solitude. Vijay Stambh(Victory Tower): The imposing 37 metres high structure with nine stories, covered with exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities and depicting episodes from the two great epics -Ramayana and Mahabharata. It was built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha, a powerful ruler of Mewar to commemorate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malawi and Gujarat. Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame): The22 metres high tower built by a wealthy Jain merchant in the 12th century AD The tower is dedicated to Adinathji, the first of the Jain Tirthankaras and is decorated with figures of the Jain pantheon. Rana Kumbha's Palace: The ruined edifice of great historical and architectural interest, bring the most massive monument in the fort of Chittaur. The palace is believed to have underground cellars where Rani Padmini and other women committed 'Jauhar' Jaimal and Patta Palaces: The ruins of palaces of Rathore Jaimal and Sisodia Patta are witnesses to the gallantry of these great warriors.
Padmini's Palace: Built beside a pool, the palace is a magnificent one. It was here that Rana Ratan Singh showed a glimpse of queen Padmini to Alauddin Khilji. Rani Padmini stood in 'Banana Mahal' - a pavilion in the center and her reflection was visible to Alauddin Khilji in a mirror placed in the main hall. After having glimpse of the legendary beauty, Alauddin went to the extent of ravaging Chittaur in order to possess her. TEMPLES Kumbha Shyam Temple: Built during the reign of Rana Kumbha in the Indo-Aryan style, the temple is associated with the mystic poetess Meera bai - an ardent Krishna devotee. She was the wife of Prince Bhojraj. Kalika Mata Temple: Originally built as a Sun Temple in the 8th century, the temple was later converted into Kalika Mata Temple in the 14th century AD, dedicated to the Mother Goddess Kali --the symbol of power and valour. Meera Bai Temple: The temple where Meera Bai worshipped Lord Krishna is built in north Indian style on a raised plinth with a conical roof and beautiful inner sanctum. An open colonnade around the sanctum has four small pavilions in each corner. MUSEUMS Government Museum: The magnificent Prakash Mahal, presently a fine museum with an exquisite example of sculptures from temples and buildings in the fort is worth a visit. Closed on Fridays. Fateh Prakash Museum: Inside the historical Chittaurgarh Fort, one big portion of Fateh Prakash Palace was converted into a museum in the year 1968. GARDENS Gardens and Parks: Pratap Park, Meera Park and Nehru Park are beautifully laid out parks in lush surroundings. Beautiful Khwaja Rose Garden at Sawa is just 13-km from Chittaur. EXCURSIONS Nagari (20-km): One of the oldest towns of Rajasthan, of great importance during the Mauryan period, is situated on the banks of River Banish. The Hindu and Buddhist remains from the Mauryan and Gupta period are found here. Bassi Village (25-km): Enroute Bundi is a marvelous village with historical forts, temples and 'Kurds'. Especially famous are its sculptures and woodcraft. A place of great tourist interest. WILDLIFE Basso Wildlife Sanctuary: 50-sq-kms sanctuaries near Bassi, supports a population of panthers, wild boars, antelopes, mongoose and migratory birds. Prior permission has to be obtained from the District Forest Office, Chittaurgarh before visiting the sanctuary. Sita Mata Sanctuary, Dhariyavad: This thickly wooded jungle sprawls over the Aravalli ranges and the Malawi plateau with three rivers flowing through the forest. According to legend, Sita, wife of Lord Rama stayed in this jungle in Rishi Valmiki's Ashram after Lord Rama exiled her. The common fauna that can be sighted here includes Leopard, Hyena, Jungle Fox, Porcupine, Sambhar, Wild Bear, four-horned Antelope, Nilgai and Flying Squirrel. TEMPLES Sanwariyaji Temple (40-km): On the Chittaur-Udaipur road is a contemporary temple of Lord Krishna, an important pilgrimage spot.
Matri Kundia Temple (50-km): A popular sacred place dedicated to Lord Shiva. Popularly called 'Haridwar of Mewar' FORTS Deogarh (125-km): A 16th century magnificent fort, near Pratapgarh with some beautiful palaces ornate with murals and splendid Jain temples. OTHERS Bijalpur (40-km): A marvelous castle built by Rao Shakti Singh, the younger brother of Maharana Pratap, stands in the village. Presently, it has been converted into a heritage hotel. Menal (90-km): On the Bundi-Chittaur Road, amid the natural beauty is Menal, famous for its ancient Shiva temples, picturesque waterfalls and dense forests. HOW TO GET THERE Air: 90-km is the nearest airport, Dabok airport, Udaipur. Rail: Chittaurgarh is well connected by rail. Some important train connections are : Chetak Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Chittaurgarh-Udaipur); pass. (Kota-ChittaurgarhNimach); 9769 Express (Khandawa-Chittaurgarh-Ajmer) Road: Bus services operate to several important destinations. Delhi (583-km), Mount Abu (297-km), Jaipur (325-km), Indore (325-km) and Ajmer (185-km) away from Chittaurgarh. Local Transport: Unmetered auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaws and tongas are available for commuting within the city. PLACES TO STAY There are Standard Hotels and also budget hotels available offering excellent accommodation facilities. Supplementary Accommodation: Circuit House, Railway Retiring Rooms, PWD Dak Bungalow, and Irrigation Dak Bungalow. SHOPPING The beautiful wooden toys made in Bassi village near Chittaurgarh are the best buys. Besides these, there are 'Thewa' articles of Pratapgarh, printed fabric of Akola and leather 'Mojri' of Gangaur. Favorite shopping spots include Sadar Bazaar, Rana Sanga Market, New Cloth Market, Fort Road Market, Gandhi Chowk and Station Circle.
Nagari: 20-km Bejalpur: 40-km Menal: 90-km Udaipur: 90-km Area : Altitude : Climate Summer : Winter : Rainfall : Best Time To Visit : Clothing Summer : GENERAL INFORMATION 6.5-sq-kms 408m Max 43.8°C 28.37° C 60 - 85 CMS. September-March light tropical
Min 23.8° C 11.6° C
Winter : Languages:
light woolen English, Hindi, and Rajasthan.
Location: 52-km From Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Kothar Haveli, Kanhaiya Lal Bagla Haveli. Founded In: 1620 AD Best Time To Visit: September to March. India Guide THE CITY OF ILLUSTRIOUS HAVELIS: Renowned for the grand Kothar Haveli and Kanhaiya Haveli, with marvelous life size paintings of Dhola Maru, Sassi Punu etc., Churu is located in Rajasthan state, in northwestern India. Founded in 1620 AD by Churu, a chieftain of the Jats (an agricultural people of northern India), the town has a hospital and a college affiliated with the University of Rajasthan. Churu district (16,829 sq. km) comprises a semi-arid sandy plain, watered only by the Katli River in the northeast. The rolling sand hills of the district's southwest portion form part of the Bagar tract, where the breeding of sheep, cattle, and camels is extensive. Bajra (pearl millet), gram, and pulses are the chief crops; gypsum deposits are worked. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Salasar Balaji: A famous temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is located here. Salasar is in district Churu. Situated at Jaipur -Bikaner Highway, it is one of the well-known pilgrimages of India. It is said that Lord Balaji fulfills all desires of devotees. Lakhs of devotees visit this temple every year. FORTS AND PALACES Ratangarh: The mammoth fort, built in 1820 AD by the Raja of Bikaner- Ratan Singh, is situated on the Agra-Bikaner Highway. The market place is in the shape of a cross suggesting that the city was planned before construction. An array of stately havelis can be seen around the clock tower at the main crossing. Surana Haveli: The six-storeyed, enormous building has artistic windows and elegant doors that are more than 1,100 in number. CITIES Pilani: Also known as the 'home of the Birlas', the BITS campus is worth a visit. Churu is also famous for the Kothar Haveli (1915 AD) and Kanhaiya Lal Bagla Haveli (1870). EXCURSIONS Sardar Shahar (46-km): This enchanting desert town has exquisitely beautiful havelis adorned with colorful wall paintings and carved woodwork. Dudhwa Khara (36-km): A sprawling historical village lying in the Thar Desert. Besides enchanting topography, the village has huge, exquisitely designed havelis. One can enjoy the rural life and camel safaris in the village. LAKES Tal Chhapar (100-km): This small lake is abode of the endangered species, black bucks and some migratory birds. HOW TO GET THERE Road: The towns of Sikar and Jhunjhunu, headquarters of their respective districts are connected by road with Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner. Churu is 52-km from Jhunjhunu. Rail: Sikar and Jhunjhunu are connected by rail with Jaipur, Bikaner and Delhi. There is no direct rail connection with Churu.
Local transport: Jeeps, unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and tongas are available for commuting within the city. RSRT buses ply between various towns and villages in the region. PLACES TO STAY Nawalgarh: Roop Niwas, Tourist Mansion. Jhunjhunu: Hotel Shiv Shekhawati, Jamuna Resort. Fatehpur: RTDC Hotel Haveli, In addition, a number of dharamshalas and lodges throughout Shekhawati region offer accommodation on reasonable tariff. SHOPPING There are many local shops selling regional handicrafts, tie and dye fabrics and furniture. There is a thriving industry in antique-looking souvenirs. The town is a local market for wool, millet, gram (chickpea), cattle, and salt and has cottage industries that include handloom weaving, pottery and leather manufacture. NEARBY CITIES Jhujhunu: 52-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate: Mean Max. Mean Min. Summer: 40.5 C 26.8 C Winter: 30.0 C 10.0 C Rainfall: 45-60 CMS. Area: 16,829 sq. km Clothing Summer Winter Light tropical. Light woolen.
Location: 113-km From Bharatpur, Rajasthan Originally named As: Dhawalpuri Best Time To Visit: October to March THE CITY WITH AN INCLEMENT HISTORY: This old historic city of Dholpur was initially named "Dhawalpuri" after the ruler Dhawal Deo who built the city at a site, little south of the present city. Later people started calling it Dholpur. In 846 AD, a Chauhan family ruled it, apparently as a feudatory of Kannauj. Dholpur was a small state but it had a very turbulent history. Its strategic location on the main route from Kabul and Delhi to Deccan and its proximity to cities like Gwalior, Agra and Bayana attracted attention of almost all-powerful kings and rulers of Delhi and Agra. Though the rulers of Dholpur resisted the invasions with valor, the invading forces and suffered plunder and devastation time and again, occupied it. Sikander Lodi attacked and occupied Dholpur in 1501 AD. His forces plundered the city and even uprooted all the gardens that shaded Dholpur. Babar again invaded it in 1526 AD. During Humayun’s regime, the site of Dholpur town was moved northwards to avoid erosion by the river Chambal. It was near Dholpur that two important Mughul wars of succession were fought. When Shah Jahan fell ill, his younger brother, Aurangzeb, defeated his eldest and most beloved son, Dara Shikoh, in 1658 AD at Ran-ka-Chabutra, 5 kms (3 miles) east of Dholpur. Again, after Aurangzeb’s death in 1707 AD, his sons, Azam and Muazzam, fought a war of succession at Baretha.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS Shergarh Fort: It is an old fort of historic importance, located towards the south of Dholpur town. Sher Shah Suri built this monument at Dholpur on the site of an earlier Hindu fortress. The Khanpur Mahal: It was constructed as a pleasure- palace for Shah Jahan. TEMPLES The Shiva Temple: Another place of architectural beauty and importance is an ancient temple of lord Shiva. This temple is located near the Gwalior- Agra road and is worth a visit. Machchhkund: About 8 kms from the town of Dholpur is an ancient sacred place called Machchh Kund. It commands a scenic view. The place is named after Raja Machchh Kund. Raja Machchh Kund, the twenty fourth king of the Suryavanshi Dynasty (the solar race) is said to have reigned nineteen generations before Lord Ram. According to legend, Raja Machchh Kund, was sleeping here when a demon Kaal Yaman while pursuing Lord Krishna, accidentally woke him up. The demon was burnt to ashes because of a divine blessing to Raja Machchh Kund. It is now a sacred place for pilgrims. It is said that the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, built the enclosures around it. LAKES Talab-E-Shahi: About 40-km from Dholpur is a picturesque and historic lake called Talab-e-Shahi. The lake and the palace were built in 1617 AD as a shooting lodge for prince Shahjahan. The rulers of Dholpur later maintained a palace and the lake. The lake attracts a large number of winter migratory fowls like pintal, shoveled, red crested pochard, common pochard, tufted duck, common teal, garganey teal, wigeon and gadwall. EXCURSIONS WILDLIFE: Van Vihar: This wildlife sanctuary is about 18-km from Dholpur. Located on Vindhyan plateau, it supports a rather open stunted growth of Dhok and Khair trees. Animals like Sambhar, Chital, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Hyena and Leopard inhabit it. Tigers were present in the area till the end of the nineteen sixties. It is said that Maharaja Udaibhan Singh of Dholpur had a great liking for the wild animals of Van Vihar. There is an old forest rest house in Van Vihar. The rulers of Dholpur initially built it. Ramsagar Sanctuary: Another 18-km from Van Vihar is the old wildlife reserve of the rulers of Dholpur. Ramsagar part of the sanctuary has Ramsagar Lake. The lake is very picturesque and supports rich acquatic life including fresh water crocodiles and a number of species of fishes and snakes. Water birds like Cormorants, Darter, Ibis, White-Breasted Water Hen, Moor Hen, Jacanas, Stilt, River Tern, Ringed Plover; Sand Piperand Herons (Grey, and purple) are quite common. During winter months, migratory ducks and geese also visit the lake in good numbers. OTHERS Laswari: It is here where Daulat Rao Scindia was defeated at the hands of Lord Lake. The oldest Mughal garden, built by Babur was discovered at Jhor, the grandeur of which is still reflected in by its ruins. Damoh Waterfall and Kanpur Mahal are some of the places not to be missed. HOW TO GET THERE Rail: From Delhi, Dholpur is 230-km by rail.
Road: Dholpur is 113-km from Bharatpur, by road. PLACES TO STAY There are certain ordinary accommodations available for tourists in Dholpur. NEARBY CITIES Bharatpur: 113-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate: Mean Max. Mean Min. Summer: 42 °C 25.4 °C Winter: 22 °C 9.6 °C Clothing Summer Winter Light tropical. Light woolen.
Location: 54-km From Jaipur, Rajasthan Significance: Known for Archaeological Importance. Best Time To Visit: October to March India Guide THE ANCIENT TOWN: Situated on National Highway No. 11, 54-km east of Jaipur, Dausa is an ancient town of archaeological importance. It had the privilege of being one of the erstwhile kingdoms of Kachhawah rulers of Dhundhar. An old fort and many havelis are located in and around Dausa. Dausa is a very ancient place. Carlyle in the year 1871-72 AD found a number of stone circles on the sloping ground to the north of the foot of the hill. One or two of them contained cromlechs, a few Cairns and sepulchral mound of prehistoric date. Daya Ram Sahni, an archaeologist, also visited Dausa and discovered other interesting antiquities, which are believed to belong to the late medieval period. The excavations include a collection of some 40 or 50 fragments of stone images of some of the principal Hindu gods and goddesses. Dulha Rai: The Valorous King Dulha Rai, the real conqueror of Dhundhar, was a youth of remarkable beauty and valour and hence got his name “Dulha Rai” or the “bridegroom prince”. His fame attracted to his banners, the voluntary support of all the spirited chiefs in the neighborhood . Dulha married the daughter of Ralhansi, the Chauhan Raja of Lalsot, and received as his wife's dowry, half the share of the fort of Dausa (and its adjacent area), that his father-in-law owned. The other half belonged to a Bargujar family. After securing half of Dausa Fort by marriage, Dulha Rai, with the armed help of his wife's kinsmen and no small amount of chicanery, expelled the Bargujars from their portion of Dausa, and that city became the first capital of the Kachhawahs in Dhundhar land. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Nilkanth Mahadev Temple: A large stone Linga was also found whose top only is visible above the ground. It originally belonged to a Shiv Temple on the summit of the hill and a temple of Nilkanth Mahadev now occupies the site. Mataji Ka Mandir: Another group of finely carved sculptures dating back to12th century AD that are worshipped are built in the front wall of a modern temple (built in 1965) known as Mataji ka Mandir etc. Other Shiv Temples: At present there are five Shiva temples in Dausa. All the five Shiva lingas belong to late medieval period, including the one on the top of the hill described by Daya Ram Sahni the top of the hill is occupied by an irregularly shaped fort, which is
believed to have been constructed by a tribe of Bargujars. It is said that the Kachhawah Prince, Dulha Rai, extorted it when he migrated from Narwar in Gwalior around 967 AD. HOW TO GET THERE Road: Dausa is situated on National Highway 11 and is 54-km away from Jaipur. PLACES TO STAY Even if a small town, Dausa has got some good options for accommodation available such as budget hotels. NEARBY CITIES Jaipur: 54-km
Location: About 160-km From Sikar, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Jhunjhunu, Nawalgarh Best Time To Visit: October To March. THE FORT AMIDST THE SAND DUNES: Dundlod is a tiny town right in the heart of the Shekhawati region. It offers an interesting stopover against picturesque surroundings. Although it has little of tourist interest, the fort here dates back to 1750 AD, though much of it is more recent. It is owned by a direct descendent of Rawal who built the place. The Diwan-I-Khas audience hall is still in very good condition. Kila of Dundlod, the 17th century Rajputana fort, studded with monumental nostalgia of Shekhawats, the warrior Rajputs who withstood the onslaught of Mughal hordes. Since then, the cultural heritage of splendid Rajasthan is preserved as their ethoses are imbibed in architectural grandeur of the Dundlod Fort. The silent ripples of the golden sand dunes, which besiege the fort lure and enchant tourists and villagers alike. PRIME ATTRACTIONS The Fort of Dundlod: It is an embodiment of cultural amalgamation of Rajputana and Mughal School of Art and Architecture. Its motif of flowers and foliage, minarets, mythological paintings, archaic furniture, wall hangings of arrows and shields have remained unchanged since hoary past. The family of Dundlod is the descendant of Kesari Singh, the fifth son of Sardhul Singh. He built Dundlod castle in 1750 AD. Suraj Pole, Bichla Darwaza, and Uttar Pole: As one enters the imposing Suraj Pole gateway of the fort, one feels that one has stepped into a bygone era. Then comes the Bichla Darwaza, which turns into the main courtyard of the fort from the Uttar Pole, to face the steps leading to the majestic Diwan Khana. The Diwan Khana: Built in Mughal architecture and furnished with 'Louis The XIV furniture', the Diwan Khana is truly majestic. It has a magnificent library, with a very rich collection of rare books on Indian History. You can also see the family portraits, which remind you of the times gone by in history. Above this lies the Duchatta, from where the ladies watched the court ceremonies in 'purdah'. Havelis of the Goenkas: The famous Goenka Haveli is also located here. The magnificent sight of the beautifully painted havelis is a treat to the eyes. EXCURSIONS Jhunjhunu: The aesthically painted havelis of Tibriwals and the Modis; the Khetri Mahal, known for its purity and the ornate frescoes of the Bihariji Temple are worth seeing. Nawalgarh: Some of the finest frescoes can be seen here.
CITIES Mukundgarh: This town built around a temple square, where one can shop for the local handicrafts, brass items and textiles. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Shekhawati can be approached by road from Delhi, Jaipur or Bikaner, all of which are connected by air. Rail: Railway Station is Dundlod, Mukundgarh. Road: Well connected to the surrounding areas through roads. The distance of some of the cities from dundlod is: Delhi to Dundlod via Dharuhera, Rewari --- 250-km; Jaipur to Dundlod via Sikar --- 160-km, Bikaner to Dundlod via Laxmangarh --- 230-km. Local transport: Jeeps and taxis are available. PLACES TO STAY Dera Dundlod Kila (98), is a very low-key affair offering comfortable but far from palatial accommodations. For other accommodation options check out Castle Dundlod, Dundlod, Dist. Jhunjhunu. SHOPPING One can shop for the local handicrafts in the nearby bazaars. Click here to buy Handicrafts from Rajasthan NEARBY CITIES Jaipur (via Sikar): 160-km Rewari: 250-km Bikaner (via Laxmangarh): 230-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate: Mean Max. Mean Min. Summer: 46.4 °C 37.6 °C Winter: 15.8 °C 5.5 °C Clothing Summer Winter Light tropical. Warm woollen.
Location: 120-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Attractions: Gaib Sagar Lake, Govt. Archaeological Museum Founded In: 1282 AD Best Time To Visit: October-February India Guide The Land of Varied Wonders: Nestled in the foot hills of the Aravallis, Dungarpur has an interesting topography, ranging from wild and rugged terrain in the north-east to fertile plains of alluvial soil in the south-west. Two magnificent rivers - the Mahi and the Som flow through the area. While the former separates the district from Banswara, the latter draws a natural boundary between the district and Udaipur Rawal Veer Singh.- founded Dungarpur in 1282 AD when he took over this part of the state from the Bhil Chieftain, Dungaria. The area is rich in Teak, Mahua, Mango and Khajur trees. Dungarpur is also noted for its wildlife variety--Jackal, Jungle Cat, Indian Fox, Hyena, Black Faced Monkey, Porcupine, Common Mongoose is the common inhabitant. The commonly seen bird variety includes Partridges, Peafowl’s, Quails, Cuckoos, Eagles and Vultures. Various migratory birds also visit the area during the winters.
Dungarpur is famous for its unique style of architecture as seen in its palaces and noble residences. These royal residences are adorned by 'jharokhas' built in stone in a unique style typical of the area, developed during the reign of Maharawal Shiv Singh (1730-1785 AD) The district's gold and silver smiths are renowned for lacquer painted toys and picture framing. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Udai Bilas palace: The royal residence named after Maharawal Udai Singh II, a patron of art and architecture, the palace is a veritable example of the Rajput architecture ornate with intricately sculptured pillars and panels, impressive balconies, bracketed windows and marvelous arches. Juna Mahal: The 13th century seven storeyed structures resemble a fortress with crenellated walls, turrets, narrow entrances and corridors to slow down the enemy. The splendid interiors embellished with beautiful frescoes, miniature paintings and glass and mirror work, make it an impressive creation. One requires prior permission of the resident royal family to visit the Palace. LAKES Gaib Sagar Lake: A famous shrine of Shrinathji lies along the lake. The shrine is a conglomeration of several exquisitely built temples with one main temple. The Vijay Raj Rajeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an architectural splendor and a fine example of craftsmanship of the 'shilpis' of Dungarpur. MUSEUMS Govt. Archaeological Museum: The museum houses a fine collection of ancient statues. EXCURSIONS Baneshwar (60-km): At the confluence of the Som and Mahi rivers, stands the Baneshwar Temple with 3 Shivlingas. Nearby is the Vishnu temple, believed to be built on the spot where Mavji, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, meditated. Another noteworthy temple is the Brahma temple - a spacious two storeyed structure with exquisitely carved pillars and gateways. The temple is the venue of an annual fair. Deo Somnath (24-km): A splendid 12th century temple of Lord Shiva built in white stone, the temple has imposing turrets. The brilliant juxtaposition of huge stone slabs to create this impressive edifice epitomizes the craftsmanship of the ancient time. Bhuvaneshwar (9-km): A famous temple of Lord Shiva is situated here and is the venue of a colorful fair held on the fifth day after Holi. Gair dance by the Bhils is the major highlight of the fair. Poonjpur (37-km): A beautiful temple dedicated to Mavji preserves the manuscript of 3 books - 'Chopra', written by Mavji and an idol of Nishkalank riding a horse. CITIES Baroda (41-km): An erstwhile capital of Vagad, the village has some beautiful temples. Of particular note are the old Shiva temples in white stone and an ancient Jain temple whose black wall has exquisitely carved image of the 24 Tirthankaras. OTHERS Galiyakot (58-km): Once the capital of Parmars, this tiny village is renowned for its magnificent shrine of Sayed Fakhruddin. Thousands of devotees throng here during the Urs. The shrine is beautifully decorated and illuminated for the occasion. The Jain temples close by are also worth a visit.
HOW TO GET THERE Air: Nearest airport is in Udaipur (120-km) and Ahmedabad Airport is just 175-km away from Dungarpur. Rail: It is connected to Udaipur and Ahemdabad. The Railway station is 3-km from the city. Some important train connections are: 9643 Express (Himatnagar-DungarpurUdaipur); Mewarpass. (Himatnagar-Dungarpur-Udaipur) Road: National Highway No.8, which runs between Delhi and Mumbai, passes through the district for a total distance of 31-km. The State Highway passes through the district viz. Sirohi-Ratlam Highway. PLACES TO STAY Udai Bilas Palace: Single and double room suites also available. Udai Bilas Palace - a running Heritage Hotel offers facilities, which include picnic lunch spots at ancient fort ruins, folk concerts of tribal dances, boat trips at Gaib Sagar Lake and excursions to nearby lakes. In the city near Bus Stand, budget class hotels are also available. FAIRS & FESTIVALS Holi: Gair dances by tribals wearing colorful dresses and carrying swords, arrows and sticks are the major attraction. Baneshwar Fair: On the full moon day - Magh Shukla Purnima (February), thousands of Bhils from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan gather at the confluence of the Mahi and Som rivers for a sacred dip. It is an occasion to worship, sing and dance. Magic shows and acrobatic displays add interest to the celebrations. Bar Bij Fair: Held a month after Diwali on the occasion of Bar Bij, it is an important celebration of the district. The Bhils in their traditional finery, dance, sing and make merry. NEARBY CITIES Udaipur: 120-km GENERAL INFORMATION Area: 3870-sq-kms Climate: Mean Max Mean Min Summer: 43°C 26°C Winter: 25°C 9°C Rainfall: 47-76 CMS. Best Season: October-February Clothing: Summer: Light Tropical Winter: Light Woolen Language Rajasthan, Hindi & English.
Location: 240-km From Jodhpur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Jalore Fort, Top Khana. Best Time To Visit: October To March. India Guide THE IMPOSING FORTRESS: Located just south of the Sukri River, which is a tributary of the Luni River, a medieval stronghold, Jalore was the 12th-century capital of the Chauhan Rajputs (the warrior rulers of the historic region of Rajputana) and was captured in 1310 AD by the Delhi Emperor 'Ala-ud-Din Khilji. An 11th-century hill fort overlooks the city. In the ancient- medieval times, Jalore was known as Jabalipur. The
city is also referred to as Suvarnagiri after the name of the hill, at the foot of which it is situated. Jalore was a flourishing town in the 8th century AD. It was ruled by Pratihar kings and consisted of beautiful temples and residential houses. The fort and the palaces passed into many hands before finally falling into the hands of the rulers of Marwar. During those times the Hindu rulers were great patrons of art and culture. Two of the greatest poetic works in any Indian language, namely, ‘Kuvalayamala’ and ‘Kanhad Dev Prabandh’ were composed in Jalore. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Jalore Fort: Jalore is famous for its fort built by the Parmaras, probably in the 10th century. It is one of the most famous forts in the state that is standing atop a perpendicular hill. The palaces here are simple, without any superfluous embellishment. The fort of Jalore has a proud past aptly expressed in this famous couplet- “Let the sky be torn, The earth turned upside down, Let the iron armour be cut to pieces, Heads severed, Body fighting alone, But Jalore still would not surrender.” The fort has four gigantic gates but it is approachable only from one side, after a two-mile long serpentine ascent. The fort is built on the lines of traditional Hindu architecture. MOSQUES Mosque of Malik Shah: In the center of the spacious enclosure of the fort is the mosque of saint Malik Shah, which is said to be built by Allauddin Khilji. Top Khana: Near by is the Top Khana, which is worth visiting. TEMPLES The Jain Temples: Jalore abounds in Jain temples dating back to 8th century AD. Most famous among them are those dedicated to Adinath, Mahavir, Parsvanath and Santinath. EXCURSIONS Sanchore: 145-km from Jalore, the ancient town of Sanchore was a great centre of Jainism and Shaivism and a prominent centre for learning. Bhinmal: It was a renowned centre of Brahmanical learning under the rulers of Jalore. The ancient town is believed to have been buried due to a natural calamity. HOW TO GET THERE Rail: The place is well connected by rail with all the major towns of Rajasthan. Road: Jalore is connected by road with Jodhpur. PLACES TO STAY Even if it’s a small township, Jalore is well equipped with some good hotels for accommodation. SHOPPING Jalore is the agricultural market for the surrounding area. NEARBY CITIES Jodhpur: 240-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate: Mean Max. Mean Min. Summer: 32.8°C 16.8°C Winter: 25.4°C 7.3°C Clothing Summer Winter Light tropical. Light woollen.
Location: 336-km From Jodhpur, Rajasthan Built In: 1727 AD Significance: Capital City of Rajasthan State Best Season: October To March India Guide JAIPUR - THE CITY OF VICTORY: The Rose Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed window line the streets with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is almost magical at sunset. The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around. The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the city is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very well planned city laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya". Jaipur was and remains the only city in the world, symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. Jaipur is a royal city & this is its most noticeable aspect, small buildings & festivals testify it. Jaipur & its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The city also offers an endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse with precious stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees in miniature paintings. Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous all over the world. This is a city to be visited. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Amer Palace: The magnificent fort with its huge ramparts & watchtowers, overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. It is believed to have been the capital of the "Minas", the original inhabitants of Rajasthan. City Palace: Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza, the imposing gateway of the City Palace guarded by stone elephants, is monumental. Hawa Mahal: A Pandora's box of wonders, the enchanting Hawa Mahal is a multilayered palace, with a profusion of windows and stone screens. Jai Garh: Built on a peak, Jai Garh overlooks the palace & city of Amber below. Jal Mahal is Jaipur's lake palace. It is surrounded with water. Nahargarh Fort: Originally called Sudarshan Garh, it affords a splendid view of Jaipur. MONUMENTS Jantar Mantar: The amazing astronomical three-storey-high observatory, of an 18th century Rajasthani king, named Jai Singh. GARDENS Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh: Has beautiful gardens, fountains, pools & some magnificent pieces of sculpture. MUSEUMS Government Central Museum: This is the oldest museum in the state. The buiding, designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob is located in the centre of the sprawling Ram Niwas Bagh, built in 1876 AD. When King Edward VII visited India as the Prince of Wales, it was opened to public in 1886.
EXCURSIONS Bairath (86-km on the Shahpura-Alwar Road): An important historical place with the excavated remains of a circular Buddhist temple - unique in Rajasthan and the earliest known temple in India. Bairath also has relics of the Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput periods. A mint constructed by Akbar, a beautiful Mughal garden and a remarkable monument with painted 'chhatris' and wall built by Jahangir, are other attractions. Galta (2.5-km): Beyond the gardens amidst the low hill guarding the city lies the old pilgrim centre of Galtaji. Temples, pavilions and holy 'kunds' (natural springs and reservoirs) dot the serene green landscape. The small temple of the Sun god, built by Diwan Kriparam on top of the highest peak, is visible form all parts of the city. LAKES Ramgarh Lake (32-km north-east): A huge artificial lake created by constructing a high dam amidst tree-covered hills. While the temple of Jamwa Mata and the ruins of the old fort are some of its antiquities, its beautiful landscape makes it an idyllic picnic spot. PALACE Samode (40-km north-west): The beautiful Samode Palace, has been rebuilt and renovated and provides a fine example of the Rajput haveli architecture. It is an ideal spot for outings CITIES Sanganer (16-km): Located on the Tonk Road. This small town is entered through the ruins of two 'Tripolias' or triple-gateways. The town has a ruined palace and a group of Jain temples with fine carvings. Entry to the temples is restricted. The town is an important centre for craft, industry and produces some of the finest hand printed textiles from units of block and screen printers. This textile is popular all over the country and abroad. On the Ajmer Road, the ground level fort is still in good shape. It is noted for its hand printed handloom industry using simple techniques. GARDENS Vidyadhar's Garden: Nestled in a narrow valley, this beautiful garden was built in honour of Jai Singh's chief architect and town planner. OTHERS Gaitor (6.5-km on the road to Amer): There are memorials to the queens in the Maharani-ki-Chhatri complex near the Ramgarh road crossing. The white marble cenotaph of Maharajah Jai Singh II is the most impressive and is decorated with carved peacocks. Next to it is the cenotaph of his son. The island palace-Jal Mahal built by Sawai Madho Singh as a pleasure spot at the centre of the Man Sagar Lake, and the Kanak Vrindavan complex of temples and gardens recently renovated add to its pristine glory. To the west of this road, in a narrow valley, is the royal cremation ground at Gaitor. The cenotaphs of all Jaipur rulers, with the exception of Sawai Ishwari Singh, who was cremated outside the Jai Niwas Garden, were built at this place. The imposing cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh stands out for its delicate carvings and beautiful shape. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur has its own airport, and is well connected to all other tourist and business centers.
Rail: An excellent connection to Delhi by Shatabdi Express and the Pink City Express. Other connections to Jaipur are from Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahemadabad, Secunderabad and Lucknow. Road: A network of reasonably comfortable tourist buses, run by road corporations of Rajasthan, Haryana and others. PLACES TO STAY There are several budget hotels and paying guest accommodations available in Jaipur. SHOPPING A major gem and jewellery centre, Jaipur is famous for Kundan work (enamel work on gold). Also there are woollen carpets, cotton rugs, marble statuary, enamelled wares, brass ware, hand-block printed Sanganeri and Bagru Cotton fabrics, exotic blue pottery made from crushed quartz, leather footwear and more. NEARBY CITIES Samode: 40-km Bairath: 86-km Pushkar: 146-km Sawai Madhopur: 165-km Jodhpur: 336-km GENERAL INFORMATION Local Transport: Tourist taxis and RTDC buses are available. Art emporia and galleries: Art Fair, U-2, Chameliwala Market, Opp. G.P.O., M.I. Road. Maharaja Art Emporium, Hawa Mahal Bazar. Boutiques: Nayika, Thalia Building, M.I.Road, Crafts Impression, 17 Civil Lines. Information offices: Foreigners Registration Office, Behind Hawa Mahal; Govt. of Rajasthan Tourist Office, Railway Station. Hospitals: Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Soni Hospital, J.K.Mother & Child Health Institute.
Location: 87-km From Kota, Rajasthan Found In: 1838 AD Historical Significance: Princely State Of The Jhalas. Best Time To Visit: September-March The Enchanting Wilderness: The princely state of the Jhalas, Jhalawar was created in 1838 AD after being separated from Kota by the British. Remarkable contributions from various rulers including Zalim Singh I made it a culturally rich state. Lying in the southeastern region of Rajasthan at the edge of the Malawi plateau, Jhalawar has rocky but water-laden verdant landscape, unlike much of Rajasthan. With some exquisite pre-historic cave paintings, massive forts, thickly wooded forests and exotic wildlife variety, Jhalawar boasts of rich historic as well as natural wealth. One can spot countless species of birds as one drives past the lush countryside. Red poppy fields and orange laden orchards make the countryside all the more fascinating and colorful during winters. The area around Bhawani Mandi is known for contributing a major share to the production of citrus fruit in the country.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS Jhalawar Fort (Garh Palace): The impressive fort in the centre of the town presently houses the Collectorate and other district offices. Some exquisite paintings and mirrors on the walls of Zanana Khas' are of particular interest. Permission to see these paintings can be obtained from the offices located here. MUSEUMS Government Museum: One of the oldest museums of Rajasthan established in 1915 AD, it has a fine collection of paintings, rare manuscripts, idols and beautiful statues of Lakshminarayan, Vishnu, Krishna, Ardhanarishwar Natraj and Trimurti. OTHERS Bhawani Natya Shala: Close to the fort is the most unusual theatre in India. It was constructed in 1921 AD where Parsi theatre was performed initially. The building has been recently revived and offers an excellent insight into the theatre art. EXCURSIONS Jhalarapatan (6-km): The small town is popularly referred to as the 'City of bells' an entire township resides within the confines of a wall, which was built to protect the trade caravans as Patan was the junction of caravan routes. A magnificent 10th century Surya Temple (Padam Nath Temple) is the major attraction of the city. The temple has some splendid sculpture as well as well-preserved idols of Surya. Kakuni (65-km) : Kakuni lies in Baran District. Some ancient temples dot the ruins of this old township. A life-size idol of Lord Ganesha and a Shiva Lingam dating back to the 8th century AD are the impressive structures. Ruins of the Bhimgarh Fort, built by Raja Bhim Deo, lie on the other side of the Parvan River and are worth a visit. TEMPLES Chandrabhaga Temples (7-km): On the banks of the magnificent Chandrabhaga River stand some splendid 7th century AD temples. The intricately carved pillars and arched gateways are fine examples of the temple architecture and craftsmanship. The 11th century Shantinath Jain temple is also noteworthy with fine murals and exquisite sculptures. Dalhanpur (54-km) : The ancient ruins of impressive temples extend over an area of 2km. Marvelously carved pillars, torans and exquisite sculptures make these temples interesting. Dolhanpur lies on the bank of River Chhapi, where an irrigation dam is being constructed. Dense forests with lush foliage add to the natural beauty of the spot. Dag (100-km) : Renowned for some 12th century an AD temple of Dageshwari Mata, Kani ka Maqbara and Kama Varneshwar Mahadeo, Dag is a fascinating experience in the rustic ambience. Atishey Jain Temple Chandkheri (35-km): This 17th century temple is a notable example of temple architecture. It also has religious value having a 6 feet tall Adinath statue, in a sitting position. Accommodation and meals are available at reasonable prices near the temple area. FORTS Gagron Fort: The impressive fort, built over several centuries (8th to 14th century AD), stands witness to many great battles and is surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Ahu and Kali Sindh rivers on the three sides.
A beautiful, mausoleum of Sufi Saint Mithe Shah just outside the fort is the venue for an annual colorful fair held during the month of Moharram. Fort of Gangadhar (120-km): An irnpressive edifice with the oldest rock inscription and some marvelously built temples. CAVES Buddhist Caves and Stupas: The ancient Buddhist caves located in the village Kolvi. A colossal figure of Buddha and the carved stupas are the most impressive structures in the caves DAMS Bhimsagar (24-km) : The dam built on the Ujad River is near the erstwhile capital of Khichi Chauhan rulers. Bhimsagar allows a glimpse of the Rajput and Mughal architecture in the ruins of palaces, temples and mosques. OTHERS Rain Basera (6-km): A picturesque wooden cottage on the banks of the Kishan Sagar Pond, it is an idyllic haunt for picnickers. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Nearest airport is Kota 87-km. Rail: Kota, then by taxi or bus (85-km). Some important train connections are: Avadh Express (Mumbai-Jhalawar-Gorakhpur); Dehradun Express (Mumbai-Jhalawar-Jammu). Road: A good network of road connections. Some important distances include Jaipur 335-km, Ajmer 292-km, Kota 87-km, Bundi 123-km, Delhi 590-km, Bhopal 265-km, Indore 235-km, and Udaipur 445-km. Local Transport: Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws and tongas PLACES TO STAY Accommodation options in Jhalawar vary from well-furnished hotels such as RTDC Hotel Chandravati and numerous budget hotels. NEARBY CITIES Kota: 87-km Bundi: 123-km Ajmer: 292-km Jaipur: 335-km GENERAL INFORMATION Area: 5,928 Sq. Km. Altitude: 745 meters Climate: Mean Max Mean Min Summer: 42°C 27°C Winter: 25°C 9.5°C Rainfall: 60 - 95 CMS. Best Season: Sept. - March Clothing: Summer: Light Tropical Winter: Woollen Language Rajasthan, Hindi & English.
Location: 285-km From Jodhpur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Jaisalmer Fort, Manak Chowk & Havelis
Festive Attraction: Desert Festival Best Time To Visit: October To February India Guide The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. The exotic, remote and beautiful, Jaisalmer is a bit of a paradox. So far west that it is in the heart of the desert, one would expect barren near-desolation. Yet this frontier town is today one of Rajasthan's best-loved tourist destinations. Local colour and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with a special magic. Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhati Rajput, laid the foundation of this city in 1156 AD. Trikuta was the hill chosen and Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Lodurva and established his new capital here. The Bhati Rajputs of Jaisalmer was a feudal chief who lived on the forced levy on the caravans that crossed their territory en-route Delhi. These caravans, laden with precious cargos of spices and silk brought great wealth to this town. Because of its remote location, Jaisalmer for years remained untouched by outside influences and during the British Raj, the rulers of Jaisalmer were the last to sign the instrument of agreement with the British. In medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. The glory of Jaisalmer faded when sea trade replaced the old land routes. But there is still and Arabian Nights' quality about the town. The narrow streets in the walled city preserve a traditional way of life: the craftsmen still work at the ancient crafts of weaving and stone carving, the making of silver jewellery and embroidery. And the stately, nonchalant camel is everywhere. Just a walk through Jaisalmer, savoring the medieval glory of old Rajasthan, is a marvelously rewarding travel experience. Desert Festival, celebrated in January/ February, is a must on any itinerary. The desert seems to bloom in a thousand colors. There are camel races and folk dances. Craft bazaar and traditional balled singing. A sound and light spectacle on the sand dunes of Sam on the full moon night. And all the colour and excitement of the best in Rajasthan. The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival every year when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and contest especially the turban-tying contests, Mr.Desert contest and camel races enlighten the festivities. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable experience. This is a city to be visited. PRIME ATTRACTIONS The Jaisalmer Fort: The golden - hued Jaisalmer Fort 'Sonar Kila' can be seen miles away before reaching the town. Manak Chowk and Havelis: A main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous 'havelis'. Havelis: Some of the most exotic mansions or 'havelis', all intricately latticed, are stretched all over Jaisalmer, each with a different facade. LAKES Gadsisar Sagar Tank: A scenic rainwater lake with numerous beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings. TEMPLES
Jain Temples: The fort has three exquisitely carved Jain Temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras - Rishabhdevji and Sambhavnathji. OTHERS Gyan Bhandar or Library: Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found in this library established as a part of Jain temples. EXCURSIONS Akal (16 kms from Jaisalmer): It looks like a army frozen in its tracks, standing petrified in the forest of Aakal, in a bare hillside of mica, and red and yellow stone. It is a fossil park where 180 millions years ago stood a forest. The fossil trunks lie scattered in this part. Barmer (153 kms from Jaisalmer): It is famous for woodcarvings, embroidered fabrics and block printed textiles. Lodurva (17 kms from Jaisalmer): The ancient capital of Jaisalmer, some vestiges of former glory remain. WILDLIFE Desert National Park (40-km from Jaisalmer): It preserves the eco-system of the desert within its confines. The Monitor lizards, desert foxes, porcupines, occasional wolves and black bucks, and the Great Indian Bustard (a protected bird) are found here, forming an ecological chain revolving around cacti and other hardy desert plants. GARDENS Bada Bagh (6-km from Jaisalmer) : A fertile oasis on the bank of an artificial lake. Much of the city's fruits and vegetables are grown here. Surrounded by dense trees are the royal cenotaphs with beautifully carved ceilings and equestrian statues of the former rulers? OTHERS Camel Safaris: These are conducted on many routes. Wood Fossil Park (17-km from Jaisalmer): It has fossils dating to 180 million years ago. Sam Sand Dunes (42-km from Jaisalmer): It is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. Sam (pronounced 'sum') has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with little or no vegetation. The best way to see this and other sights around Jaisalmer is to take a came safari. The standard trip lasts 4 days and three nights, and offers the opportunity to explore the area in authentic and leisurely fashion, with entertainment by folk performers, visits to villages, and chatter from colorful guides thrown in. HOW TO GET THERE Rail: Jaisalmer is 290-km from Jodhpur via Pokhran, Dechu and Balesar or 330-km from Bikaner via Pokhran and Phalodi. It is well connected by train with Jodhpur and other major cities of the country by a meter gauge line. Road: A good network of roads joins Jaisalmer with Jodhpur and many other destinations in and around Rajasthan. PLACES TO STAY Being one of the major cities of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is well equipped with standard and luxurious hotels as well as budget accommodations.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS The Desert Festival takes place in January-February of each year. Camel races and dances, folk music, desert ballads, puppeteers - they're all part of the activity. At the full moon night, a sound and light drama is performed at Sam. SHOPPING Jaisalmer is famous for mirror work, embroidered articles, woollen pattu and other items made of good quality, locally produced wood, wooden boxes, trinklets, silver jewellery and curios. The main shopping areas are Sadar Bazaar and Sonaron Ka Bas, Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazaar and also Rajasthali - Government shop for handicrafts and Khadi Gramodyog. CLIMATE Jaisalmer has got extreme climate. Best time to visit from October to February. NEARBY CITIES Lodurva: 16-km Barmer: 155-km Pokhran: 112-km Khimsar: 295-km Jodhpur: 285-km Daspan: 280-km
Location: 50-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary, Jaisamand Lake. Best Time To Visit: November To January. India Guide THE MAN-MADE WONDER: Jaisamand Sanctuary is situated 50-km south of Udaipur, the picturesque 'City of Lakes', succulent valleys and hills. It is on the bank of Jaisamand Lake, the second largest artificial Lake in Asia. The sanctuary extends over an area of 52-sq-kms of thick forestland. Established in 1957, this sanctuary is located besides the man-made lake by the same name. Covering a total area of 160-sq-kms, it harbors sloth bear, leopard, chital, chinkara, wild boar and a number of birds. Some crocodiles and fish can also be spotted here. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh, who on its inauguration on 2nd June 1691 AD, walked around it distributing gold equal to his own weight in charity. He built six 'Chhatris' (cenatophs) with finely embroidered elephants in front and the temple of Lord Shiva in the centre of the embankment. PRIME ATTRACTIONS The Wild Life Sanctuary: The sanctuary is situated along one of the largest artificial lakes of the world called the Jaisamand Lake. Fourteen kilometres in length & nine kilometres in width, the lake has a circumference of nearly eighty-eight kilometres. Close to Jaisamand is the game sanctuary, which is spread over an area of about 45 kilometres & has a motorable road. The sanctuary shelters wild animals like Panthers, Wild Bear, Spotted Deer, and Sambhars etc. The Wild Population: The Leopard, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Fox and Wolf are among the carnivores of the sanctuary. Other wildlife here includes Sambhar, Chital, Langur and Chinkara. The Jaisamand Lake is the abode of crocodiles, turtles and a variety of fish. Various species of terrestrial and water birds can also be seen here.
OTHERS Jaisamand Island Resort is situated in the midst of the largest man-made lake in Asia. Jaisamand Lake provides a panoramic view of the picturesque surrounding. The unbelievable vastness of the lake ringed with the undulating Aravallis transports one into a world of kaleidoscopic, natural beauty. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Maharana Pratap Airport is 21-km from the Udaipur, which is near Jaisamand. Rail: Udaipur is well connected with all the major cities by rail. Road: Udaipur is 50-km by road, from Jaisamand and is well connected by motorable roads. PLACES TO STAY The island resort provides excellent accommodation. Ethnic decor of the resort and the luxuriously furnished deluxe rooms & suites overlooking the lake provide a breathtakingly impressive view of the guests. NEARBY CITIES Udaipur: 50-km GENERAL INFORMATION Total Area: 52-sq-kms Clothing: Summer: Winter: Light tropical. Light woollen.
Location: 180-km North Of Jaipur, Rajasthan Founded By: Kaimkhani Nawabs Founded In: 15th Century Best Time To Visit: October To March India Guide THE ENCHANTING LOCALE: The town of Jhunjhunu was founded by Kaimkhani Nawabs in the middle of the 15th century, and remained under their control until the Rajput ruler Sardul Singh took it in 1730 AD, which lasted till the Indian independence. It was in Jhunjhunu that the British based their Shekhawati brigade, a troop raised locally in the 1830s to try to halt the activities of the dacoits (bandits). They were largely local petty rulers who had decided it was easier to become wealthy by pinching other peoples’ money than by earning their own. Jhunjhunu is one of the largest towns of Shekhawati and is the current district headquarters. It has some of the region’s most beautiful buildings and should not be missed. The artistically painted havelis of Muragh Das Modi, and the Khaitans are spellbinding. PRIME ATTRACTIONS The Khetri Mahal: A fine minor palace dating back to around 1760 AD. It has very elegant lines and is architecturally the most sophisticated building in the region, though not in the greatest condition. The Modi and Tiberwala Havelis: Both in the main bazaar, these are covered with murals, and the latter one is particularly interesting. The town also has a number of 'chhatris' and wells. TEMPLES
Bihari Ji Temple: It is a temple in Jhunjhunu, which is immensely popular for its antique paintings. Sri Biharji Temple is from a similar period and contains some fine murals, although these too have suffered over the years. Shri Ranisatiji Mandir: Located in Jhunjhunu, it is one of the exemplary temples in India. It is one of the ancient pilgrimages in the country which is a historic, unprecedented masterpiece affording a panoramic view. OTHERS The Sati Chowk: A magnificent portrayal of the highest is situated in the Pradhan Mand with the imposing Shikhar. The entire edifice in white marble is enchanting. The main Temple of Shri Rani Satiji houses the main sanctum sanctorum. Qamruddin Shah ki Darghah, Mertani Baori, Laxminath Temple, Khetan Haveli, Ishwardas Mohandas Haveli, Badal Garh, Birdhi Chand Well and Ajeet Sagar are some of the places worth visiting. It is also famous for colorful wall paintings. EXCURSIONS Mandawa: The medieval fort of Mandawa gradually rises on the horizon like a mirage. A painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows’ leads to the bazaar. A fine view of the town can be seen from the terrace of the castle of Mandawa. Notables among the havelis are Chokhani, Saraf, Goenka and Ladia havelis. CITIES Fatehpur: A treasure- trove of beautiful frescoes, it is a historic town that was once ruled by the Muslim nawabs. The frescoes on the Devra and Singhania haveli are an outstanding combination of Indian and western styles. Nawalgarh: Founded by Nawal Singh of Shekhawat clan, this is the town where the finest of Shekhawati’s frescoes can be seen. Its havelis bear witness to the rich and prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. Nawalgarh has hundred of painted havelis and a fine clock tower of British period. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport. Rail: Jhunjhunu is well connected to the other parts of the state. Road: Lying on the bus routes, it has good connections with the rest of the state. Local Transport: Unmetered taxis and autorickshaws are available for commutation. PLACES TO STAY Jhunjhunu has the widest range of accommodation available in the whole of Shekhawati towns. SHOPPING Shopping can be done at Nehru Market, Cloth Market and Phootla Bazar. NEARBY CITIES Sikar: 64-km (approx.) Jaipur: 180-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate: Mean Max. Mean Min. Summer: 48°C 37.6°C Winter: 10.5°C 1.0°C Clothing Summer Winter Light tropical. Warm woolens.
Location: 260-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort Founded In 1459 AD Best Time To Visit: October-March India Guide Amidst the sand dunes and thorny vegetation of Thar Desert towers a fort, 120 metres above the plain. The fort overlooks the imperial city of Jodhpur, which is a part of the Desert Tourist Triangle. A 10 km long wall surrounds the old Jodhpur city with eight gates serving as entrances. The new city is settled around this walled area. The Maruthal or 'land of death’ came into life when the Rathores of Kanauj moved in. But Rao Jodhaji founded the city of Jodhpur in 1459 AD. This city was on the silk route of the 16th century and hence was host to a number of travellers. In Jodhpur, the genius of its sculptors comes to life in its exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis, which stand testimony to the imperial grandeur. The most alluring part of Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle, festivity and the smiling people who treasure this former princely state. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Mehrangarh Fort: Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstone’s yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. PALACES Umaid Bhawan Palace: The only palace built in 20th century under the famine relief programs, has now been converted into a hotel with some parts being retained as a museum. Jaswant Thada: The 19th century royal cenotaph is built in white marble, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here. MUSEUMS Government Museum: This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens. OTHERS Clock Tower & Sadar Market: In the old city, clock tower is a prominent landmark. But main attraction is the Sadar Market. The market has kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture. EXCURSIONS Mandore: Towards the north of Jodhpur is the ancient capital of Marwar, Mandore. It is just 8 kms from the city. Main attractions of the place are Hall of Heroes with sixteen huge figures carved out of a single rock, the shrine of 330 million Gods and the royal cenotaphs. But one cannot miss the caves in crags and the sprawling gardens, which are now shelter place for monkeys and peacocks. Greenery of the place makes Mandore, in true sense, an oasis. TEMPLES Ossian: 65-km from Jodhpur, lay ruins of an ancient city called Ossian. This city is famous for Brahmanical and Jain temples, which belong to 8th and 11th century. Surya or Sun temple and the Sachiya temples are famous for their beauty. The 'shikhar' of Sachiya
temple is clustered by two rows of turrets, an ambulatory and a large assembly hall with an elaborate ceiling. TRIBES Guda Bishnoi: the Bishnoi tribes who are staunch believers in the sanctity of plant and animal life inhabit the villages. Villages are marked by Khejri trees and deers, which thrive there. 25 kms from Jodhpur. LAKES AND PALACES Balsamand Lake & Palace: This picturesque artificial lake is 7 kms from the main city. A summer palace along the embankment and a bird sanctuary has made it a picnic spot. Sardar Samand Lake and Palace: Rajasthani village life and vibrant cultural colours come alive as you drive along the 55 kms stretch. The monotony of the drive is broken by Chinkaras and Black Bucks who frisk pass the road. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jodhpur has its own airport and regular flight services connect the city with other major cities in and around Rajasthan. Rail: The city is also well connected by the railway lines and trains are available for other major cities in the country from here. The 'Palace on Wheels' also visits this city of royal splendor. Road: The state transport has bus services from other cities of the state and some services are interstate too. PLACES TO STAY The variety of hotels and guesthouses in Jodhpur makes one feel at home. Accommodation here is available to suit tourists of every budget. Hotel Karni Bhawan, Ajit Bhawan is a heritage hotel. The Rajasthan Tourism Department has the Ghoomar Hotel. The palace hotels options include the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Ratanada Polo Palace, and Rajputana Palace. Raj Basera also provides good accommodation facilities. There are low budget accommodations available too. FAIRS & FESTIVALS The Marwar Festival: Held in October, this festival brings alive the legend, folklore and romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. SHOPPING The Sadar Market near the Clock Tower gives immense shopping pleasure to the locals as well as the visitors. The colorful but hectic bazaar consists of many narrow lanes, lined with tiny shops. Look for the tie & dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquerware, antiques, carpets and puppets. Here, one can buy exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery. CLIMATE Jodhpur has extreme type of climate with temperature range variation being very high. Average rainfall is 32 cm annually. The best season to visit the city is between October and March. NEARBY CITIES Mandore: 8-km Ossian: 64-km Ajmer: 205-km
Location: 160-km From Jaipur, Rajasthan Founded In: 1348 AD Also Known As: Kalyanpuri Best Season: October-February India Guide THE QUIET, PIOUS DESTINATION: Karauli is a holy city situated 160 kms from Jaipur. Earlier called Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji, Karauli was founded in 1348 AD. Karauli was strongly fortified by its rulers. The city is surrounded by a wall of red sandstone strengthened by bastions at several places. The peripheral wall, now dilapidated at several places, has six gates and eleven posterns. As per the legend, the ruling family of Karauli, recognized as the head of the Yadhuvanshi Rajputs, is the descendant of Lord Krishna. Situated 23 kms from Kaila Devi, Karauli was an erstwhile princely state in eastern Rajasthan. Karauli is famous for its pale red-stone. Karauli has some noted places of visit like temples of Kaila Devi and Madan Mohanji and other historic monuments. The annual fair at the Kaila Devi temple is quite popular. PRIME ATTRACTIONS City Palace: The old, yet monumental City Palace is a treasure trove of architecture, stone carvings, magnificent latticework and classic paintings. The mesmerizing beauty of Darbar Hall is an experience in itself. Bhanwar Vilas Palace: Built as a royal residence, in the year 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bahadur, the then ruler of Karauli is the Bhanwar Vilas Palace.The architecture is of colonial style and the interiors are furnished with art-de-decor period furniture. TEMPLES Temples of Madan Mohan ji, and Kalyan ji: The city is the home of Shri Madan Mohanji, the deity of Lord Krishna, worshipped by millions of followers from Rajasthan and other states. The ancient and magnificently built temples of Madan Mohanji and Kalyanji are thronged by thousands of devotees every year. FAIRS Kaila Devi Fair: The annual fair at the Kaila Devi Temple is quite popular, which is held during the dark half of “chaitra” and lasts a fortnight. The congregation of the fair exceeds one lakh. There is a lake nearby with boating facilities. EXCURSIONS Kaila Devi Game Sanctuary (25-km): This game sanctuary situated in the vicinity, is a protected forest and an extension of the Ranthambore Tiger Project.The Sanctuary is inhabited by Chinkaras, Wild Boar, Blue Bull, Jackal, Leopard, Panther, Tiger, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Wolf, Sambhar and a variety of birds. Ranthambore Tiger Park (110-km): The Park is famous for its tigers and is world renowned for its conservation efforts. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (110-km): Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary boasts of rich aquatic plant and animal life in the fresh-water shallow marsh of Bharatpur.
TEMPLES Mahaveerji Jain Temple (30-km): The Mahaveerji Jain Temple is the famous pilgrimage of the Jains. The temple combines ancient and modern styles of architecture. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport, which is 160-km, from Karauli. Rail: The nearest junction is Gangapur city - 81-km. Road: 160-km from Jaipur, by road. Local Transport: Camel rides, bullock carts can be arranged. PLACES TO STAY Tourist can check out the Heritage hotel accommodation of Bhanwar Villas Palace. One can also opt for budget hotels situated within the city. SHOPPING Local bazaars are a must-visit for exclusive items of handicrafts, and colourful bangles of Karauli. NEARBY CITIES Gangapur: 81-km Bharatpur: 110-km Jaipur: 160-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Mean Max Mean Min Summer 45.8°C 30.5°C Winter 28°C 8.6°C Clothing Summer Winter Light Tropical Light Woollen
Location: 185-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Haldighati, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranakpur Temples Best Time To Visit: October-March India Guide The Mountain Fortress In The Wilderness: Cradled in a cluster of 13 mountain peaks of the Aravalli ranges, the formidable medieval citadel - Kumbhalgarh stands a wary sentinel to the past. Rising from a prominent ridge, 1914 meters high from the sea level, the fort was built in by Maharana Kumbha (1419-63 AD) and is the principal fortification after Chittorgarh lying 90-kms northwest of Udaipur. The massive fort, encompassed by a 36-km long wall, has seven majestic gates and seven ramparts, one within the other. Rounded bastions and soaring watchtowers strengthen the crenellated walls of the fort making it an impregnable structure. Fascinating chambers are built on the western side of the last gate - the 'Nimboo Pol'. According to history, the infant Udai Singh was smuggled from Bundi and hidden in these chambers by his faithful maid Panna Dai to save him from the murderous intentions of his uncles who desired the throne. Udai Singh ascended the throne of Mewar with Kumbhalgarh as his residence and later established Udaipur - the beautiful Lake City. Within the fort are many magnificent palaces and an array of ruined temples. The most picturesque of the palaces is the 'Badal Mahal 'or the palace of the cloud. The palace has got its name for being the highest of all the structures. It offers a superb bird's eye view of the countryside surrounding the fort as well as of other ruins within the fort.
The ancient ruins of the temples within the fort date back to the Mauryan period built during the reign of the grandson of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who belonged to the Jain community. Most of the ruins in Kumbhalgarh are of the Jain temples of various periods. As one moves to the East, Kali Temple and the Namadev Kund with royal 'Chhatris' can be seen. Another noteworthy temple, a little further; enshrines a fine black marble 'lingam'. The 'mandap' or the hall of the temple has beautiful pillars, finely fluted and having a tapering shape. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Haldighati: The scene of the famous battle of 1576 AD fought between Rana Pratap, the heroic son of Udai Singh and the massive forces of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. A beautiful 'Chhatri' with white marble columns, dedicated to Rana Pratap stands here. Kumbhal Garh Fort: Maharana Kumbha built Kumbhalgarh Fort in the 15th century. Perched on the Aravallis, this is the second most important fort in Rajasthan after the Chittaurgarh Fort. Nearby is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. WILDLIFE Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: The 286-sq-kms sanctuaries supporting a rich variety of wildlife like the Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Four-horned Antelope and scientifically bred crocodiles in the lake are the major attractions. The Sanctuary is also noted for Flamingoes, Cormorants, Spoonbills and Egrets, which are usually seen in winter. LAKES Rajsamand Lake: On the way to Kumbhalgarh lies the magnificent dam - the Rajsamand Lake. Rana Raj Singh built the royal lake, in 1660 AD. From here, one can have a spectacular view of the sunset with beautiful 'torans' or arches and 'chhatris' adorning the embankment. The lake has a Rest House of the Irrigation Department on the embankment below. The Rest House has a beautifully laid out garden interspersed with exquisite sculptures excavated from the ruins nearby. The town of Kankroli nearby with a marvelous temple and a pretty palace on the hilltop offers a scenic view. TEMPLES Ranakpur Temples: (85-km from Udaipur and 50-km from Kumbhalgarh). These beautiful Jain temples are fine examples of temple architecture. Kankroli Rajsamand, located nearby is known for their scenic beauty. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Udaipur at 105-km is the most convenient airport from Kumbhalgarh. Road: Kumbhalgarh Fort is approachable by a good road, but there aren't any train connections from here. PLACES TO STAY PWD Guest House and quite a few reasonable budget hotels are available in Kumbhalgarh. NEARBY CITIES Ranakpur: 50-km Udaipur: 105-km
Location: 245-km From Jaipur, Rajasthan
Tourist Attractions: Maharao Madho Singh Museum, Nahargarh Fort Best Time To Visit: October-February India Guide Magic Along The Mighty Chambal: Along the eastern bank of the Chambal River lies Kota - an amazing example of majestic medieval age and modern industrialization. Its wealth of impressive forts, opulent palaces and splendid temples of past centuries retain their former glory. Its present-day edifices and heavy industries have made it the industrial heartland of Rajasthan. The history of the city dates back to the 12th century AD, when chieftain Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Later in the early I 7th century AD, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the ruler of Bundi - Rao Ratan Singh, gave the smaller principality of Kota to his son, Madho Singh. Since then, Kota became a hallmark of Rajput gallantry and culture. The commanding fort stands overlooking the modern Chambal Valley Project with its many dams - Kota Barrage, Gandhi Sagar, Rana Pratap Sagar and Jawahar Saga. An old palace, dating back to the time when it was under the control of the Hada chieftaincy, faces the Kota Barrage. The Durbar Hall is ornate with beautiful mirror work and has ebony and ivory doors. Exquisite miniatures of the Kota School are housed within the Hall. Other noteworthy edifices of the bygone era are the Brij Raj Bhawan Palace, Jag Mandir - an island palace, a splendid 'haveli' (mansion) with beautiful frescoes and the royal cenotaphs. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Chambal Garden: A beautifully landscaped garden at the Amar Niwas. Its lush surroundings make it a popular picnic spot offering enjoyable boat rides. MUSEUMS Maharao Madho Singh Museum: Situated in the old palace, the museum has a superb collection of Rajput miniature paintings of the Kota School, exquisite sculptures, frescoes and armoury. The museum also houses a rich repository of artistic items used by the Kota rulers. The Government Museum: Housed in the Brijvilas Palace near Kishore Sagar, the museum displays a rich collection of rare coins, manuscripts and is representative selection of Hadoti sculpture. Especially noteworthy is an exquisitely sculptured statue brought here from Baroli. LAKES Jag Mandir: Amid the picturesque artificial lake of Kishore Sagar constructed in 1346 AD by Prince DherDeh of Bundi, stands the enchanting little palace of Jag Mandir. The azure water around the red-sandstone monument enhances its beauty. Boat-rides can be enjoyed in the lake. The Keshar Bagh famous for its royal cenotaphs lies in the vicinity. PALACES Haveli of Devtaji: The beautiful Haveli of Devta Shridharji is located in the middle of the busy market. The haveli is noted for its splendid frescoes and rooms ornate with lovely wall paintings. OTHERS Kota Barrage: A part of the irrigation canal system on the Chambal River, this beautiful setting is ideal for outings and evening strolls.
Other Places Worth Visiting: Kansua Temple with a four-faced Shiva Lingam, Bhitria Kund, Adhar Shila, Budh Singh, Bafna Haveli and Yatayat park. EXCURSIONS Bardoli (48-km): The oldest and the most beautiful temple complex of Rajasthan dating back to the 9th century AD lies on the way to the Pratap Sagar Dam. The intricate carvings and an exquisite image of Natraj (Shiv) - the cosmic dancer on the door of the 'mandap', offer fine examples of craftsmanship. Many interesting shrines also lie close by. Bhanddeora Temple (Ramgarh) (110-km): Situated in the Baran district atop the Ramgarh Hill, is the 11th- 12th century temple, now in ruins. Easily approachable by jeep or car The Remains Of Garhgachh (110-km): The 9th and 13th century AD temples in red stone, are situated in the Baran district near Atru (30 km). DAMS Rana Pratap Sagar Dam And Bhainsrodgarh (50-55-km): Bhainsrodgarh Fort lies on the right bank of the Chambal River and a village lies within the fort. The fort is set amidst scenic surroundings. An ancient temple of Gopinath Mahadev on the way is an idyllic picnic spot. FORTS Nahargarh Fort (145-km): An impressive structure in red stone, the fort is a fine example of Mughal architecture. Fort of Shahbad And Mosque (160-km): The fort was constructed in 1577 AD by the Chauhan ruler Muktaman. The mosque is the biggest in Rajasthan and was built during the reign of Aurangazeb. WILDLIFE Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary (50-km): An erstwhile royal hunting preserve, it is a thickly wooded sanctuary lying along the southeastern border of Kota adjacent to the mountain range. The wildlife variety includes Panther Spotted Deer, Tiger, Wildboar and Bear. OTHERS Sitahari (120-km): An ideal picnic spot, situated near the village of Kelwara in the Baran district on the way to Kota -Shiv Pur. The old temples of Sita, Laxman and seven water tanks are worth a visit. The place is the venue of a tribal fair held in May-June every year. Rock Paintings Of Alaniya (25-km): Beautiful rock paintings adorn the bank of the River Alaniya. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Kota is well connected by air. Jaipur, 245-km away is the other convenient airport. Rail: Lying on the Delhi-Mumbai route, Kota is well served by regular super fast rail services. Some important train connections are: Golden Temple Express (Mumbai- KotaAmritsar); Rajdhani Express (Mumbai-Kota-New Delhi): Dehradun Express (MumbaiKota-Dehradun); Paschim Express (New Delhi-Kota-Mumbai); Avadh Express (MumbaiKota-Gorakhpur); Swaraj Express (Mumbai-Kota-New Delhi) Road: Good network of road connections links Kota with many important cities inside and outside the state. Some notable distances are: Udaipur 270-km, Bundi 40-km, Delhi 504-km, and Ahmedabad 522-km. Local Transport: Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, tempos and cycle rickshaws are available for commutation purposes within the city.
SHOPPING Kota is the home of the famous Kota 'doria' sarees made in small villages around the city. NEARBY CITIES Bundi: 40-km Bardoli: 48-km Sitabari: 120-km Jaipur: 245-km Udaipur: 270-km GENERAL INFORMATION Area: 193.58 sq.km Altitude: 251.1 meters Climate: Mean Max Mean Min Summer: 42.6°C 29.7°C Winter: 24.5°C 11.6°C Rainfall: 88 CMS Best Time To Visit: October-February Clothing Summer Winter Light Tropical Light Woollen Language Rajasthani, Hindi & English
Location: 120-kms From Jaipur, Rajasthan Significance: Known For Exquisite Rajasthani Paintings. Best Time To Visit: October-March India Guide An Open - Air Rural Art Gallery: If Rajasthan is endowed with the valorous mantle of India, Shekhawati is its colourful hub. Just as local lore is redolent of heroic deeds, Rajasthani painting displays decorative forms vividly composed in colourful schemes. Be it the forts, havelis, cenotaphs or temples, nowhere is such a profusion of frescoes to be found as in Shekhawati, sometimes known as the 'Open Air Art Gallery' of Rajasthan. Many names on the Shekhawati circuit have attained the top end of the visitor's priorities. Nawalgarh, Dundlod, Mandawa and Lachhmangarh are among these. Somewhat different in feel, just a few hours from Delhi beyond the Mahendergarh district of Haryana, lies the Shekhawati settlement of Khetri. LEGEND: Legends abound here. One of them relates to the medieval chieftain Mokal Singh of Barwara. Attributing the arrival of his heir to the benediction of a certain Sheikh Burhan, the child was named Shekha. When the young lad ascended the 'gaddi' or the throne with the exalted title of Rao Shekhaji, not many would have predicted his rule would last 43 years. That is how the region came to be known as Shekhawati, or the garden of Shekha, extending across the districts of Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu in northeast Rajasthan. While the centre of Shekhawati power was subject to the vicissitudes of fortune swings from the Rajputs to the British, it was the doughty Marwaris who ensured the survival of the local art from. In the arid rural setting, the ebb and flow of life is best embodied by the camel. In winter, the air is crisp and the time is right for savoring the visual delights of Shekhawati. To begin with, a first-hand initiation to the traditional mode of transport is recommended: for a relatively moderate sum, a camel driver will present the opportunity to ride his stately
steed. As one tries one's hand at ceremonially tying a turban, one notices that the manner in which the spoken word is rendered in truly dignified. Reputedly the second wealthiest 'thikana' owing allegiance to the old court of Jaipur, Khetri reveals its finest frescoes in the Raghunath Temple. From the resident priest, one will learn that even as Shiva and Durga are revered, it is the frolicsome Krishna who holds presiding status in worship. One of the highlights in the religious calendar is the Gender dance, performed during the colourful festival of Holi. Within this unique culturally kaleidoscopic forts, art, music, festivals and cuisine, the most enduring Shekhawati images are without doubt, its frescoes. Virtually every inch of space in the edifices displays a mastery of technique. The original craftsmen were potters and masons who used vegetable pigments. Re-informed by mixing in limewater and pound to plaster, the material did not fade and endured harsh climatic variations. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Nearest Airport Jaipur at 120-km. Rail: Closest railhead is Jhunjhunu (45-km away). Road: Nearest cities accessible from Khetri are Delhi (130-140-km approx.) and Jaipur (120-km). NEARBY CITIES Jhunjhunu: 45-km Jaipur: 120-km
Location: 104-km From Jodhpur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: UmCharbhuja Temple, Aurangzeb’s Mosque Initially Known As: Medantak Best Time To Visit: October-March India Guide In olden days, the place was known as Medantak and was the capital of a ruler named Nagbhatt. Around 1488 AD, Duda, son of Rao Jodha of Jodhpur, held it. Later, it was wrested by Rao Maldeo from Jaimal, the grandson of Duda. Maldeo built the fort of Malkot, which is now in ruins. In 1562 AD, Emperor Akbar captured the place after a sanguinary defence by the Rathores, but he restored it to the Jodhpur ruler after 20 years. At one time, it was a great trade centre and was the headquarters of a 'pargana' (district) of the same name in the princely state of Jodhpur. Dangawas, about 3-kms from the town, was the scene of a bloody battle between the Rathores and the Marathas (under General De Boigne) resulting in heavy casualties to both sides. However, the Marathas emerged victorious. Mira, the celebrated devotee of Lord Krishna and a great poetess of the medieval period, belonged to this place. The town has many temples, which of Charbhuja being the most celebrated one. A massive mosque believed to have been constructed by Emperor Aurangzeb, is worth seeing for its exquisite Mughal architecture. HOW TO GET THERE Road: The enthusiastic trip can go by bus to Merta from Nagaur (76-km), Ajmer (80km), and from Jodhpur (104-km). PLACES TO STAY For accommodation there are Dharamshalas and Dak Bungalow available.
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NEARBY CITIES 76-km 80-km 104-km
Location: 156-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Dilwara Temples, Nakki Talav Best Time To Visit: April To June And October To November THE VERDANT OASIS: The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu huddles among the rocks on a 1,220-m granite table mountain at the far southwestern end of the Aravalli hills. It is built around a lake and is surrounded by forested hills. According to a legend, the place derives its name from Arbuda, a serpent who descended to the spot to rescue Shiva’s bull, Nandi. Besides having all the features of a pleasant hill resort, Mount Abu is also well known for the famous Dilwara temples and many more archaeological remains. There are interesting treks and picnic spots, romantic royal retreats of the various erstwhile families of bygone Rajputana and some relics of the Raj period. The scenic landscapes include gigantic blocks of rocks in weird shapes, an array of coniferous trees, flowering shrubs, lovely lakes and the cool climate much in contrast to the arid environs of the state. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Dilwara Temples: This complex consisting of five marble Jain temples is one of the finest in Rajasthan, worth braving the queues and ferocious guards. These beautifully carved temples built between 11th & 13th century AD is sheer elegance in marble, dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. The Vimal Vasahi Temple is the oldest of these, dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 AD (by Vimal Shah- a merchant and representative of the then Gujarat ruler), it is a superb example of temple architecture. Gaumukh Temple: Dedicated to Rama, this small temple (the cow’s mouth) is centered on a spring gushing from the mouth of a marble cow. In the Hindu creation myth, a cow, licking forms the world salt; the source of the Ganges has the same name. This is said to be the site of the ancient 'agnikund' fire rituals. It is 4 kms south of Mount Abu. Open, free access, down 700 very steep steps. LAKES Nakki Talav: This holiday centre of Mount Abu is virtually in the heart of the town. This sparkling blue artificial lake is said to have been gauged from the earth by the gods, using their fingernails ('nakh' means nail). Nearby is the 14th century Raghunath Temple.On the western edge of the town centre, Nakki Lake Road circles the entire lake. Rowing boats are available for hire from the jetty by Gandhi Park. OTHERS View Points: Several points around the edge of the plateau offer spectacular views across the plains. The best are Honeymoon Point (Anadra Point) and Sunset Point, where hundred of people gather to watch the sunset every evening in a carnival atmosphere of pony rides and souvenir sellers. Baylay’s Walk is a pleasant 5 km route from Nakki Lake to Sunset Point. Honeymoon Point, 2.5 kms northwest on Ganesh Road; Sunset Point, 2 km southwest on Sunset Point Road. Open, free access. EXCURSIONS
Achalgarh (8-km): An impressive fort with some beautiful Jain temples enclosed within. Among the noteworthy temples are Achaleswar Mahadev temple (1412 AD) and Kantinath Jain temple (1513 AD). The latter has a gold plated image. The fort was built in the 14th century AD by Rana Kumbha and is approachable by a motorable road. TEMPLES Adhar Devi Temple (2-km North Of Town): This ancient temple dedicated to the serpent goddess, Arbuda, is carved out of a huge rock. Arbuda is the patron of the town, who formed the mountain in order to save the sacred cow, Nandi from drowning in an abyss. The black-painted marble idol, riding a solid gold tiger, is claimed to be about 5,000 years old. Open and free access during daylight hours. OTHERS Trevor’s Tank (5-km): Named after the British engineer, who constructed it, Trevor’s tank is a delight for birdwatchers with densely wooded hills that are a haven to pigeons, peacocks and partridges. Mandakini Kund: The watersupply for Achalgarh fort and a sculpture of Parmar Daravarsh are situated close to the Achaleswar Mahadev temple. Guru Shikhar (15-km): The highest peak on the Mount Abu (1722 mts above the sea level) allows a bird’s eye view of the idyllic surroundings of Mt. Abu. A small shaivite shrine and a temple of Dattatreya standing on the Shikhar are worth a visit. HOW TO GET THERE Air: The nearest airport to Mount Abu is Maharana Pratap Udaipur Airport, Dabok (Udaipur) 207-km. One can hire a taxi to get to Mount Abu. Rail: The nearest railway station is Abu Road (29-km) situated on Mumbai-AhmedabadAjmer-Jaipur-Delhi route. From Abu Road one can take a taxi, jeep or bus to Mount Abu. Road: Ahmedabad is 222-km via Palanpur. Jodhpur is 235-km via Sirohi and Pali. Udaipur is 156-km via Pidwara. (Journey on this route is advisable only during the day). Jaipur is 509-km via Pali-Ajmer. It is connected to all the major towns in northern and western India. Local Transport: Unmetered taxis are available for local transportation within the city. Click here for Travel Agents & Tour Operators in India PLACES TO STAY There are many budget hotels to suit every pocket including paying guesthouse the list of which can be obtained from the tourist reception centre Mt. Abu, opposite the bus stand. SHOPPING Curios in marble, sandalwood and sandstone can be bought from the shops around Nakki Lake. Kota saris, bangles and linen with Sanganeri prints are also available. For Rajasthani Handicrafts there is Rajasthali, Rajasthan Government Handicrafts Emporium and Khadi Bhandar. NEARBY CITIES Udaipur: 156-km (approx.) Jodhpur: 235-km (approx.) GENERAL INFORMATION Area: 25-sq-kms Population: 18,000 Altitude: 1,219 metres Rainfall: 60-70 inches
Summer festival (1st-3rd June). Max Min Winter Summer 25.4 °C 7.3 °C 32.8 °C 16.8 °C
Location: 9-km North Of Jodhpur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Hall Of Heroes, The Cenotaphs. Historical Significance: Erstwhile Capital Of Marwar Region. Best Time To Visit: October To March. India Guide AN OASIS IN THE PARCHED LAND: Situated 9-kms north of the city of Jodhpur is Mandore that was the capital of Marwar prior to the foundation of Jodhpur. Today, its extensive gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular local attraction. The gardens also contain the cenotaphs of Jodhpur rulers, including Maharaja Jaswant Singh and the largest and finest of all, the soaring temple-shaped memorial to Maharaja Ajit Singh. Inhabited since the late Gupta period (5th-6th century AD), Mandnaya- Pura, the original capital of Marwar, once had a 10km wall and a population of 50,000. It was captured by the Rathores in 1381AD and effectively abandoned when the court was transferred to Jodhpur in 1459 AD. The ruins now stand in lush, shady gardens and are entered via the Ajit Pol, the gate that was built as a celebration of Ajit Singh’s victory over the Moghuls in 1707 AD. It is truly an oasis in the desert with its beautiful laid out gardens. The sprawling greenery of People, Banyan, Palms and Plantains alongwith swirling fountains and lovely peacocks make Mandore a visual treat. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Pleasure Palace Of Abhai Singh: The pleasure palace of Abhai Singh now encloses a small museum. GARDENS Mandore Gardens: The extensive gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular local attraction and a picnic spot of the city. The ruins of the original capital of Marwar stand in lush, shady landscaped gardens and are entered via the Ajit Pole, the gate that was built in celebration of Ajit Singh’s victory over the Moguls in 1707 AD. OTHERS Hall Of Heroes: It is a rock wall with high relief; brightly painted depictions of local heroes such as Pabuji and Chamunda (1707-49). 'Hall of Heroes' houses sixteen gigantic figures chiseled out of a single rock and the cenotaphs of the former maharajas of Jodhpur. Shrine Of 30 Crore Gods: The crowded modern shrine houses 30 Crore Hindu deities, among them Brahma, Lakshmi and Kali, being the most prominent ones. Memorials Of Maharaja Jaswant Singh And Ajit Singh: Mandore remained the royal cremation ground and there are numerous memorial 'chhatris' and temples, both Hindu and Jain, the earliest of which (on the hill) date from the 8th century. The finest are the memorials of Maharaja Jaswant Singh (1638-78 AD) and Ajit Singh (1678-1731AD), the second of whom was cremated along with six queens and 58 concubines. Ajit Pol: It is the gate that was built as a celebration of Ajit Singh’s victory over the Moghuls in 1707AD. EXCURSIONS
Balsamand Lake And Garden: It is a pretty lake with a pleasure or summer palace on its banks. MONUMENTS Ossian: Ossian (also spelt as Osian) is a major site, containing monuments spanning five centuries of artistic evolution. HOW TO GET THERE Air: The nearest airport is at Jodhpur, to which regular flights are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur. Road: Mandore is well connected to the nearby cities by motorable roads. There is no direct rail connection to the city NEARBY CITIES Jodhpur: 9-km Ossian: 73-km (approx.) Merta: 113-km (approx.) GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Maximum Minimum Summer 42°C 27.3°C Winter 27.5°C 9.4°C Clothing summer: Light Tropical Winter: Light Woollen Nearest City Jodhpur
Location: 135-km From Jodhpur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Old Fort, Cattle Fair, and Dargah Best Time To Visit: Mid-October to Mid-March The early history of Nagaur before the advent of the Mughals is intermingled with the exploits of the Sultans of Delhi, Gujarat and Marwar, who contended for its possession because of its strategic location. It was later included in the Mughal empire and became a 'Sarkar' (Division) under 'Ajmer Subah' (province), yielding annual revenue of about ten lakhs of rupees. The town has an old fort, situated in the center of the city occupying an extensive area. It contains old palaces, water cisterns and other buildings, some of which are in ruins. The mural paintings on the walls of some apartments in the palace are of high order. A cattle fair is held in the town during January-February in which large number of cows, bullocks (Nagauri breed is renowned) oxen and camels exchange hands. Tourists also visit the place in large numbers. The town possesses some monuments of historical importance, namely, the Dargah of Khwaja Hamiduddin Nagauri known as Sultan-ul-Tarkeen, who was one of the chief disciples of the Khwaja of Ajmer; and Amar Singh Rathore-ki-Chhatri. Amar Singh Rathore was the heir apparent to the throne of Marwar, who not only was deprived of his right to succession, but was also exiled from the state, wherefrom he retired to the Mughal court. His exceptional gallantry at the battlefields impressed the Emperor who bestowed upon him the chief ship of Nagaur and elevated him to a very high rank in the nobility. However, he is remembered for upholding his dignity and intrepidity exhibited in full view of the Emperor in the Mughal court at Agra, by murdering Salabat Khan, the
Paymaster General for the latter’s insolent conduct towards Amar Singh. Amar Singh was overpowered and killed, but the saga of his dauntless spirit and heroic action survived for long in the ballads of the minstrels. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Nagaur can be reached from Jaipur (293-km), Jodhpur (135-km) and Udaipur (400km), which are on the domestic airlines route that links Delhi to Mumbai. Rail: Most of Rajasthan is accessible by a network rail service. An excellent connection to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, from Delhi is the Pink City Express (5 hrs). Other places too are linked by passenger and express trains. Some other important train connections are Ranakpur Express (Bikaner-Nagaur-Ratangarh); 4893 Mail (MarwarNagaur-Merta Road Junction). Road: Rajasthan State Roadways coaches link most tourist places and business centers in and around the state. Chauffeur-driven air-conditioned can be hired through the State Tourist Offices and other approved operators. PLACES TO STAY Nagaur is a major center of attraction during the cattle fair and is well equipped with quite a reasonable option of accommodation too. Click here for Hotels in Nagaur NEARBY CITIES Ajmer: 162-km Jodhpur: 135-km Jaipur: 293-km Jaisalmer: 312-km Nathdwara: 362-km
Location: 48-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Srinathji Temple. Best Time To Visit: September-February GATE OF THE LORD: Nathdwara is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site. This is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage shrines of India, enshrining Krishna as Govardhana Giridhari. Nathdwara is situated 48-km northeast of Udaipur in Rajasthan, on the banks of the Banas River. Nathdwara enshrines Shrinathji - an image of Krishna, which was originally enshrined at the Vraja Bhoomi at Mount Govardhana near Mathura. The name Nathdwara means 'Gate of the Lord'. The image was brought to Mewar, for the sake of protection during the period of Aurangazeb, the Mughal monarch. The chariot carrying the image is said to have gotten stuck here, and hence a temple was established with the permission of the then Rana of Mewar, at Nathdwara. Nathdwara is very closely associated with the Vallabha Sampradaya of Vaishnavism. Prior to his visiting the Shrinathji shrine, Vallabhacharya is said to have described Puri, Pandharpur, Srirangam and Tirupati as four great centers of Vaishnavism, in his work 'Tatvartha Deepa Nibhandha'. The town is an agricultural market and has a government college affiliated with the University of Rajasthan. Click here for City Tours in Rajasthan PRIME ATTRACTIONS
The Srinathji Temple: Shrinathji represents the form of Krishna, in which he lifted the Govardhana Hill and subdued Indra, the king of Devas who was sending an incessant downpour of rain, causing immense hardship to the cowherds of Gokul. The image of Srinathji is believed to have been a self manifested one. It was originally worshipped in a humble shrine and then moved to a larger temple in its vicinity. Vallabhacharya made arrangements for the worship of this deity and his son, Vitthalesh Goswami, continued this tradition. It is believed that Taj Bibi; a wife of Akbar had visited this temple. It was during the 17th century that this image was shifted to Rajasthan. Nathdwara is a place of Hindu pilgrimage; it contains a 17th-century Vaishnavite shrine that is one of the most famous in India. Within the temple is a celebrated image of Lord Krishna, popularly said to date to the 12th century BC. EXCURSIONS Rajsamand Lake (66-km): Close to Kankroli, is the dam, built by Maharana Raj Singh in 1660 AD? Many ornamental arches and 'chhatris' adorn the embankment. OTHERS Nav Chowki: On the banks of the lake is this pillared edifice, which is paved with marble and has beautifully, carved arches and ‘chhatris’? HOW TO GET THERE Air: Dabok Airport in Udaipur is the nearest airport from where taxis and buses can be hired. Rail: Mavli rail junction is the closest to Nathdwara. Road: Nathdwara is well connected by road with Udaipur. SHOPPING Nathdwara abounds in souvenir shops and it is also possible to see the “pichwai” being painted. One can even pick up good silver items from here NEARBY CITIES Udaipur: 48-km Nagda: 68-km (approx.) Ranakpur: 108-km (approx.) Rajsamand: 113-km (approx.) GENERAL INFORMATION Population: 30,855 Clothing: Summer Winter Light Tropical Light Woolen Climate: Summer Winter Max. Min. Max. Min. 38.3°C 28.8°C 28.3°C 11.6°C
Location: 25-km North Of Sikar, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: The Havelis. Best Time To Visit: September to March. THE REALM OF FRESCOES: Located 30-km southeast of Fatehpur, founded in 1737 AD, by Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior-statesman, whose name is enshrined in history and folklore, Nawalgarh boasts of some of the finest frescoes in the Shekhawati region. The town exudes an Old World charm and the colorful bazaar has the largest number of
painted havelis in Shekhawati. The fort, now a little disfigured, is yet worthy of attention. There are numerous havelis worth seeing. Prominent among them are the Aath (eight) Haveli Complex, Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli, Jodhraj Patodia Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani Haveli, and Hotel Roop Niwas Palace. The havelis still bear witness to the rich and prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. The stonewalls, split by four gateways, were erected to encircle the town. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Nawalgarh Fort: The main building in this town is the fort, founded in 1737 AD but today it stands largely disfigured by the modern accretions. Now it houses two banks and a few government offices. Roop Niwas Palace: About one km from the fort is the salubrious Roop Niwas Palace. The palace is enchanting with a well-laid garden and fountains. It has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli: This haveli, built in the 1920s, houses a school, but has many fine paintings. It is the only haveli in the whole Shekhawati, which has been restored by its owner. The Aath Haveli Complex: The complex consisting of the eight havelis is worth a visit. Sheesh Mahal: It is an astounding building with a ceiling mural that includes maps of Nawalgarh and Jaipur. Murarka Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani Haveli, Gangamai Temple are also important sites that one cannot afford to miss. OTHERS The Bazaar: The bazaar is amazingly colorful, with the largest number of havelis, showcasing the most beautiful frescoes. EXCURSIONS Dundlod: Its a tiny village around 8-km from Nawalgarh. Its fort, now converted into a hotel, dates back to 1750 AD. The attractions include Goenka Haveli, Jagathia Haveli and Satyanarayan Temple. Mandawa: This 18th century town predominated by the fort and the rugged hills, is notable for the Chokhani, Ladia, and Saraf Haveli. Mukundgarh: Built around a temple square, this town is famous for brass and iron accessories. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport, 142-km away. Rail: There is a railway station at Nawalgarh and is well connected to the surrounding areas by train. Road: Jaipur is 142-kms from Nawalgarh by road. Local Transport: Jeeps and auto rickshaws are available for within the city commutation. PLACES TO STAY Apani Dhani or Eco-Farm is situated on the West Side of the main Jaipur Road and is best for those who look for a traditional style stay. There are several budget hotels also available for those with shoestring budget. NEARBY CITIES Dundlod: 8-km Sikar: 25-km Fatehpur: 30-km
Jaipur: Climate Summer Winter Clothing
142-km GENERAL INFORMATION Mean Max Mean Min 40.5°C 26.8°C 30.0°C 10.0°C Summer Winter Light Tropical Light Woolen
Location: 11-km From Ajmer, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: 25 Bathing Ghats, Cattle Fair Significance: Houses the Only Brahma Temple in India. Best Time To Visit: Mid-October to Mid-March. 11-km from Ajmer on the edge of the Thar Desert lies a tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake, which is an important pilgrimage for the Hindus. LEGEND: Padma Purana elaborately describes the origin and importance of this lake. It says that Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, was once contemplating to locate a suitable spot on earth to perform a 'Yajna' (sacrificial ritual), the lotus fell from his hand and rebounding struck the earth at three places within a circuit of kms. Water issued forth, from all the three places and the Creator called all the three as Pushkar (lotus) distinguishing them as 'Jyeshtha' (elder), 'Madhya' (central) and 'Kanishtha' (younger). According to mythology, he performed the 'Yajna' at Jyeshtha Pushkar from Kartik Shukla Ekadashi to Purnima. Lakhs of devotees assemble and bathe in the holy waters during this period of the year; but bathing on the last day, which is the full moon (Purnima) day, confers special blessings. One of the major attractions in Pushkar is the PUSHKAR FAIR. The cattle fair is held here on this occasion, where other animals like camels and horses are also bought and sold. People from attend it far and wide. In recent years, an exclusive accommodation-Tourist Village has also been erected for foreign tourists. Competitions are organized for them and cultural programs are held acquainting them with the Rajasthan way of life and culture. Pushkar has 52 bathing ghats and many temples, big and small; the most celebrated one being that of Brahma, the Creator of the Universe. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur at 146-km is the nearest airport. Rail: Ajmer at 11-km is the nearest railhead from Pushkar. Road: Pushkar is well connected by road and is 11-km from Ajmer. PLACES TO STAY Being a major pilgrimage center Pushkar is well equipped with good accommodation options. SHOPPING A large number of traders gather at the Pushkar Fair and set up shops. They sell a host of products like bead necklaces of Nagaur; woolen blankets of Merta, textiles printed in Ajmer and Jodhpur, brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur etc. Also on sale are saddles, ropes, and assorted household items. During the fair, cultural shows and exhibitions are organized to enliven the event. Movies are shown and competitions are arranged. Bards
and poets recite and sing tales of valour and heroism of bygone days. Animal races and other competitions add to the attraction. NEARBY CITIES Ajmer: 11-km Jaipur: 146-km
Location: 20-km North Of Fatehpur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Shani Temple, Ramgopal Poddar Cenotaph. Founded In: 1791 Best Time To Visit: October to March. THE DORMANT CITY: The town of Ramgarh was founded by a dissatisfied group of the powerful Poddar merchant family in 1791, after they had left the village of Churu following a disagreement with the Thakur. The village was doing well until the late 19th century. It had been one of the richest towns at the end of the 19th century. The Shani Temple of the Saturday God has delicately painted frescoes. Marvellous cenotaphs of the Poddars have exquisitely painted ceilings. The Ganga Temple and some beautiful havelis add interest to the town. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Ramgopal Poddar Chhatri: The dome of the Poddar cenotaph carries exquisitely painted scenes from the Ramayana. The ceilings of the cenotaph are remarkable for their captivating paintings. PALACES Poddar Havelis: The magnificent 'havelis' or mansions, built by the founders of Ramgarh are noteworthy for their architecture. Located near Churu Gate, the havelis are worth checking out. TEMPLES Shaniji Temple: The temple dedicated to the Saturn God has delicate and splendid frescoes that are devotedly painted. Also worth seeing are the Ganga Temple, Tara Chand Ghanshyam Das Poddar Haveli, Baij Nath Ruia Haveli and Bagaria Haveli that add interest to the town. EXCURSIONS Harsh Nath Temple: An ancient 10th century temple situated on the Harsh Nath Hills. Khatu Shyam Ji: This village is famous for the Shri Shyamji Temple, built in white marble. FORTS Lachhmangarh: It is one of the most imposing forts in the Shekhawati region, commanding a bird’s eye view of the town modelled to resemble the city plan of Jaipur. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport. Road: The towns of Sikar and Jhunjhunu are well connected by road, which are in turn connected to Ramgarh. There is no direct train connection from the city. Local Transport: Unmetered taxis and auto rickshaws are available for commutation within the city. PLACES TO STAY
Mahansar is the nearest place where one can get a reasonable heritage hotel accommodation. NEARBY CITIES Fatehpur: 20-km Lakshmangarh: 25-km Mahansar: 30-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Mean Max Mean Min Summer 48.0 37.6 Winter 10.5 1.0 Clothing Summer Winter Light Tropical Warm Woolen
Location: 66-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Rajsamand Lake Best Time To Visit: October to March THE SPECTACULAR LAKE: Close to Kankroli does Maharana Raj Singh build the dam in 1660 AD? Many embellishing arches and magnificent 'chhatris' adorn the embankment. Sixty-five kms from Udaipur, it is arguably the most beautiful lake in Rajasthan. There are beautiful 'torans', gardens and carved 'chhatris' around the lake. The sunset at the lake is absolutely splendid. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Rajsamand Lake: It is the royal lake, offering a spectacular view of the sunset, with artistic “torans” and “chhatris” adorning its embankment. OTHERS The Rest House: The rest house has a beautifully laid out garden interspersed with exquisite sculptures excavated from the ruins nearby. EXCURSIONS Kankroli: An important Vaishnava temple popularly called “Dwarkadhish” is located here. It is the most important temple of the Vallabhacharya sect, built to resemble the famous Nathdwara shrine. FORTS Kumbhalgarh Fort: Known for its historical relevance, the fort was built by Rana Kumbha between 1445 AD and 1458 AD HOW TO GET THERE Air: The nearest airport is at Udaipur. Road: There are hourly RSTC buses plying from Udaipur PLACES TO STAY The rest house of the irrigation department offers ideal accommodation. NEARBY CITIES Udaipur: 66-km Ranakpur: 126-km Kumbhalgarh: 150-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Mean Max Mean Min Summer 38.5°C 28.6°C
28.3°C Summer Light Tropical
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Location: 60-km North Of Udaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Desuri, Ghanerao Temples Best time To Visit: September-March The tranquil pilgrimage town of the Jains renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. 60-km from Udaipur; these temples were built in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central 'Chaumukha' or four-faced temple is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankara Rishabhji. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four-faced image of Adinath. The temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars - all distinctly carved. Images of 24 tirthankaras are carved on the 'mandaps' or porticos in a corridor around the shrine with each 'mandap' having a spire adorned with little bells on the top. The gentle breeze wafting through the corridors move the bells creating celestial music all around the complex. Rising in three storeys, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spires supported by 420 columns. Two temples, dedicated to the Jain saints - Parsvanath and Neminath, face the main temple. The temples have beautiful carvings similar to that of Khajuraho. Another temple worth visiting the nearby Sun Temple, and 8th century AD temple dedicated to the Sun god. The temple has polygonal walls, richly embellished with carvings of warriors, horses and solar deities riding splendid chariots. EXCURSIONS Sadra (8 km): Famous for beautiful temples and an old Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba. The Varahavtar Temple and the Chintamani Parsvanath Jain Temple is the most ancient of the temples situated here. Desuri (16 km): Three Jain temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and Navi Mata are among some noteworthy temples at Desuri. A temple dedicated to Parsurama Mahadeo, nestled in the hills, is also closely. It is situated in the Kumbhalgarh tehsil of Rajsamand. Ghanerao: Ghanerao abounds in Jain and Hindu temples. Most notable is the temple of Gajanand with a life-size statue of the goddesses Ridhi and Sidhi. Hanuman and Bhairon guard the statue on either side. Narlai (6 km): Lying at the base of a hillock, on the top of which is a colossal statue of an elephant, Narlai has many Hindu and Jain temples. The temple of Adinath is an ancient one. The outer 'mandap' of the temple has beautiful mural paintings on its ceiling, which still retain their original splendor. Muchhal Mahaveer: This Jain temple is situated about 5 kms from Ghanerao in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary. Its distinctive feature is the statue of Lord Mahavira with a moustache. The two statues of elephants guarding the gateways are splendid examples of architecture. In the vicinity are the Garasia tribal villages famous for their colorful costumes. Falna (35 km): The railhead for Ranakpur Falna has some beautiful temples too. FORTS
Kumbhalgarh: The imposing fort a principal bastion of Mewar after Chittorgarh. Have some interesting Jain temples. WILDLIFE Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: The 586-sq. kms sanctuary supports a rich variety of wildlife. Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Four-Horned Antelope and scientifically bred Crocodiles in the lake, are the major attractions. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Udaipur 80-kms away is the nearest airport. Rail: Falna 35-kms is the nearest railhead on the Delhi-Ahmedabad sector. Road: A network of bus services joins Ranakpur with many nearby places. PLACES TO STAY RTDC Hotel Shilpi and Dharamshalas at Ranakpur provide comfortable accommodations for tourists. NEARBY CITIES Sadra: 8-km Desuri: 16-km Falna: 35-km Narlai: 6-km Udaipur: 60-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate: Max Min Summer: 42.0°C 22.0° C Winter: 20.00° C 10.6° C Rainfall: 55 CMS. Best Time To Visit: September-March Clothing Summer Winter Light tropical light Woollen Languages: English, Hindi, and Rajasthan MEANING: "We bow to Maruti, Sri Hanuman, who stands with his palms folded above his forehead, with a torrent of tears flowing down his eyes wherever the Names of Lord Rama are sung". SRI HANUMAN is worshipped throughout India-either alone or together with Sri Rama. Every temple of Lord Rama has the murti or idol of Sri Hanuman. Hanuman is the Avatars of Lord Shiva. He was born of the Wind-God and Anjani Devi. His other names are Pavanasuta, Marutsuta Pavankumar, Bajrangabali and Mahavira. He is the living embodiment of Ram-Nam. He was an ideal selfless worker, a true Karma Yogi who worked desirelessly and dynamically. He was a great devotee and an exceptional Brahmachari or celibate. He served Lord Rama with pure love and devotion without expecting any fruit in return. He lived to serve Rama. He was humble, brave and wise. He possessed all the divine virtues. He did what others could not do-crossing the ocean by uttering Ram-Nam, burning the city of Lanka, bringing the sanjeevini herb and restoring Lakshmana to life again. He brought both Sri Rama and Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana. He had devotion, power, knowledge, spirit of selfless service, power of celibacy and desirelessness. He never boasted of his bravery and intelligence.
He said to Ravana, "I am a humble messenger of Sri Rama. I have come here to serve Rama, to do His work. By the command of Lord Rama, I have come here. I am fearless by the Grace of Lord Rama. I am not afraid of death. I welcome it, if it comes while I am serving Lord Rama." Mark here how humble Hanuman was! How very devoted he was to Lord Rama! He never said, "I am the brave Hanuman. I can do anything and everything." Lord Rama Himself said to Sri Hanuman, "I am greatly indebted to you, O mighty hero! You did marvellous superhuman deeds. You did not want anything in return. Sugriva has his kingdom restored to him. Angada has been made the crown prince. Vibhishana has become king of Lanka. But you-you has not asked for anything at any time. You threw away the precious garland of pearls given to you by Sita. How can I repay your debts? I will always remain indebted to you. I give you the boon that you will live forever. All will honour and worship you like Myself Your murti will be placed at the door of my temple and you will be worshipped and honoured first Whenever My stories are recited or glories sung, your glory will be sung before mine. You shall be able to do all that even I cannot do!" Thus did Lord Rama praise Hanuman when the latter returned to Rama after finding out Sita in Lanka. Hanuman was not a bit elated. He fell down at the Lotus Feet of Lord Rama. Lord Rama asked him, "O mighty hero! How did you cross the ocean?" Hanuman humbly replied, "By the power and glory of Thy Name, my Lord!" Again the Lord asked, "How did you burn Lanka? How did you save yourself?" And Hanuman replied, "By Thy Grace, my Lord!" What humility Sri Hanuman embodied! There are many that want wealth in return for their services. Some do not want wealth, but they cannot resist name and fame. Others do not want my of these, but they want approbation or thanks. Still others want nothing, but they boast of their deeds. Hanuman was above all these. That is why he is recognized as an ideal Karma Yogi, an unsurpassed adept in Bhakti. His life is full of object lessons. Everyone should try his level best to follow the noble example of Hanuman. His birthday falls on Chaitra Shukla Purnima (the March-April full moon day). On this holy day, worship Sri Hanuman. Fast on this day. Read the Hanuman Chalisa. Spend the whole day in Japa of Ram-Nam. Sri Hanuman will be highly pleased and bless you with success in all undertakings. Glory to Hanuman! Glory to His Lord, Sri Rama!
Location: 10-km From Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: The Fort, Badal Mahal, And The National Park. Best Time To Visit: October to June India Guide TIGER, TIGER BURNING BRIGHT: A small village near the township of Sawai Madhopur, in the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore gets its name from the two hills, Ran and Thambor, which are in close proximity. The Ranthambore Park is set between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. The terrain is rugged and there are rocky ridges, hills and open valleys with lakes and pools.
Ranthambhore is a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins that dot the park. There are Lake Palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort overlooking the park. The lovely Jogi Mahal is located at the foot of the fort and gives magnificent view of the Padam Talao, painted white with water lilies. It has a chequered history and was the stronghold of the Yadavas in the 8th century. It came under Chauhans, and was ruled by them 10th century onwards. The Mughal emperors Akbar and Aurangzeb also occupied the magnificent fort. The park is famous for tigers and due to conservation efforts; the tiger population has stabilized if not increased here. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, at their normal pursuits-- hunting and taking care of their young ones. Ranthambhor is one of the best places to see these majestic predators. Old crumbling walls, ruined pavilions, wells, and other ancient structures stand witness to the region's glorious past. The entire forest is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the Ranthambhore fort - tigers are said to frequent these ruins, too. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Ranthambore National Park: Ranthambhor National Park is an outstanding example of Project Tiger's efforts at conservation in the country. The forests around the Ranthambhore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The desire to preserve the game in these forests for sport was responsible for their conservation, and subsequent rescue by Project Tiger. In 1972, it was estimated that there were around 1927 tigers in India, of which Rajasthan had 74, and the number of big cats in Ranthambhore Sanctuary was 14. 1972 was also the year that Project Tiger was launched, and this sanctuary was taken into its wings, alongwith seven other sanctuaries and national parks. As a result of stringent efforts in conservation, tigers, the prime assets of the park, have become more and more active during the day. More than in any other park or sanctuary in India, tigers are easily spotted here in daylight. They can be seen lolling around lazily in the sun, or feverishly hunting down Sambhar around the lakes. Therefore, Ranthambhore is probably the ideal park for wildlife photography, and it does attract professional wildlife photographers, from all over the globe. Inhabitants of the Park: Apart from tigers, the park has its share of panthers, too. They are to be found on the outskirts of the park, due to the inevitable conflicts with the tiger population. Kachida Valley is believed to be the place to sight these rather elusive cats. The other permanent residents of the park include marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle cats and sloth bears. Sambars are found in abundance all over the area, the prime target of all the predators. Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara, are the other inhabitants of the region. The avian population comprises of about 264 species, found within the park. Watching the Wild: The Park is best explored through jeeps or lorries, which are available on hire. FORTS AND PALACES The Fort: Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and atop one of these hills, is the impressive Ranthambhore Fort. Built in the 10th century, the fort is considered to be one of the oldest forts in the state. Strategically built on the border of Rajasthan and Malwa, the fort houses some splendid monuments, within its precincts. The terrain
fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type, with Dhok, being the most prominent tree. The Jogi Mahal: The entry point to the park, goes straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal. The latter boasts of the second-largest Banyan tree in India. The Badal Mahal: The “palace of the clouds”, situated in the fort has a very interesting location and seems as if hanging out in space. The famous 84-column 'chhatri' of King Hammir stands out magnificently where he used to hold an audience. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Milak Talab are some of the lakes in the area worth seeing. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur (145-km) is the nearest airport. Rail: The Park is around 11-km away from Sawai Madhopur railway station, which lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route. Road: A good network of buses connects Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town, with quite a few areas around. PLACES TO STAY Jhoomar Baori Forest Lodge, RTDC Hotel Kamdhenu, Sawai Madhopur Lodge, and PWD Rest House are some of good accommodation options available at Sawai Madhopur. Jogi Mahal is another accommodation place that lies within the park premises. SHOPPING The place is famous for “khus” perfumes and other objects made of “khus” including fans, small boxes and caps etc. NEARBY CITIES Sawai Madhopur: 10-km Jaipur: 145-km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Max Min Summer: 37°C 23° C Winter: 29° C 9.1° C Rainfall: 68 CMS. Best Time To Visit: September-March Clothing Summer Winter Light tropical light Woollen Languages: English, Hindi, and Rajasthan.
Location: 42-km Northwest of Jaipur, Rajasthan Tourist Attractions: Samode Palace, Samode Bagh. Developed In: 18th Century Best Time To Visit: October to March India Guide THE ORNATE PALACE: 40 kms northwest from Jaipur is the splendid Samode Palace set amidst fairy tale surroundings. Its history goes back more than four and half centuries. Prithviraj Singh Ji of Amber, the seventeenth Prince of the house of Kachhawaha Rajputs, had awarded Samode to one of his twelve sons, Gopal Singhji, along with the hereditary title of Rawal Saheb. Nestled picturesquely amidst rugged hills, Samode Palace with its
stately grandeur and frescoed walls is one of the most impressive small palaces in whole of Rajasthan. The palace is full of architectural delights - the paintings on the walls of Sultan Mahal, the dinning room with its stained glass windows, the Durbar Hall with its painted ceilings and intricately carved walls. The chandeliers give the palace its Old World charm. The Palace has a front lawn, terrace and boasts of hosting number of incentives every year. Encircled by hills, it is a refreshing treat with spectacular landscapes. The 400-year-old palace has a wealth of frescoes, many of them depicting religious subjects. The ornate interiors are a fine example of the Rajput haveli architecture. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Samode Bagh: Built more than 400 years ago by Rawal Sheo Singhji, it is modelled on the geometric style of the Mughal Garden. Members of the Samode family came here to enjoy rare moments of privacy and relax in the airy pavilions, surrounded by rippling water fountains. A special feature of the stay here is the accommodation being provided in the tents. Meeting point at the Bagh is the elegantly furnished Durbar tent. Dune coloured tents, all luxuriously furnished with every comfort, the lawns; fruit trees, grapevines, and the flowering shrubs make the stay here a memorable one. Evenings come alive with local folk music and dances in the magic of a campfire. One can swim in the private pool or take camel rides to explore the countryside. Other entertainment activities available here include camel safaris, a visit to the village and the Samode Palace, which is just 3 kms away. PALACES Samode Palace: The history of Samode Palace goes back to more than four and a half centuries. Prithviraj Singhji of Amber, the seventeenth prince of the house of Kachhawah Rajputs, had awarded Samode to one of his twelve sons - Gopal Singhji alongwith the hereditary title of Rawal Saheb. Set cosily in the scenic rocky hills, Samode Palace with its stately majesty opens a grand journey into the glorious past through its frescoed corridors. The palace is full of architectural delights. The birds, animals and flowers painted on the walls of the Sultan Mahal, the dining room with its stained glass windows and its collection of old family portraits, the Durbar Hall with its painted ceilings and intricately carved walls and beautiful chandeliers, give this palace its ethnic charm. Each room is done up in traditional Rajasthan style and the antique furniture blends well with the surroundings. A traditional welcome with camel carts, buggies, elephants and local musicians is organized on preference. Camel safaris are available. EXCURSIONS Ramgarh: The huge artificial lake, which fills in the rainy season, makes it a favorite spot for the locals. OTHERS Bagru: The village on the Ajmer Road is known for its block prints called as the “bagru” prints. Sanganer: It is another well-known place for hand block-printed textiles and hand made paper. This place is also famous for its historical ruins and Jain temples. HOW TO GET THERE Air: The nearest airport is at Jaipur.
Rail: Jaipur, the nearest railway junction, is well connected with Delhi, Bikaner, Jodhpur and a host of cities around. Road: Samode is an hour’s drive from Jaipur, which is 45 kms away. NEARBY CITIES Jaipur: 42 km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Mean Max Mean Min Summer 48.0°C 37.6°C Winter 10.5°C 1.0°C Clothing Summer Winter Light Tropical Warm Woollen
Location: 165 km From Jaipur, Rajasthan Feature: Gateway to Ranthambhor Park Named After: Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh Best Season: October-March India Guide GATEWAY TO THE TIGER'S DEN: Lying on the main Delhi - Mumbai railway line, Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to the world-renowned Ranthambhore National Park the famous Tiger Reserve, just 12 kms away from here. Ranthambhore has been a witness to the rise and fall of many rulers and a series of battle scenes. In the 13th century AD, Govinda, the grandson of Prithviraj Chauhan took over the reign of the land. Later his successor Vagbhatta beautified the city and built a noteworthy temple at Jhain. In the middle of the 15th century AD, Rana Kumbha captured the fort and gifted it to his son to be occupied later by the Hada Rajputs of Bundi and Mughal Emperors, Akbar and Aurangzeb. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur in 1740's and since then it was maintained as the hunting preserve of the Maharaja. (Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were part of the royal hunting parties who stayed here. PRIME ATTRACTIONS The Fort: Ranthambhore's royal past manifests itself in the well-perceived imposing fort. Built in 994 AD, atop a steep high creek 200 metres above sea level. Ruined pavilions, walls, 'chhatris' and splendid monuments are interspersed within the majestic fort. An 8th century Ganesh Temple on an open land attracts thousands of devotees and is the venue for an annual fair held on Bhadrapad Sudi Chaturthi, fourth day of the bright half, in the month of Bhadra. Ranthambhore National Park: The 392-sq. km. park comprises of dry deciduous forests sprawling over an undulating terrain of the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country under the Project Tiger. The majestic predators assured of protection, roam freely during the daytime and can be seen at close quarters. Ranthambhore Sanctuary has a large number of Sambhars, Chitals, Nilgai, Chinkara, Langur, Wild Boar and Peafowl.
A system of three pretty artificial lakes PadamTalab, Rajbagh and Milak Talab, along with a number of anicuts is part of the biosphere. Besides enhancing the scenic beauty of the park, they are important sources of water for the inhabitants of the Park. While deer congregate here to drink fresh water, crocodiles can be seen basking in the winter sun to regulate their body temperature. The lake also attracts a large number of migratory and local birds. The local fauna of the park includes Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear and a little population of pythons. The lovely Jogi Mahal overlooking the pretty Padam Talab at the foot of the fort has a Forest Rest House. Other accommodation outside the fort also ensures a comfortable stay. The best time to visit is between November and April. Jeeps are available to take you around the park. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur 165 kms is the nearest airport Rail: Located on the Delhi - Mumbai main railway line, it is well connected with Jaipur and other major tourist centers. Some important train connections are: 4005 Express (Hazrat Nizamuddin-Sawai Madhopur-Shamgarh); GoldenTemple Mail (Mumbai-Sawai Madhopur-Jammu); Avadh Express (Mumbai-SawaiMadhopur-Gorakhpur); Dehradun Express (Mumbai-Sawai Madhopur-Dehradun) Road: A good network of bus services connects Sawai Madhopur with many places. Local Transport: Unmetered taxis and auto-rickshaws. Also cycle-rickshaws and tongas. NEARBY CITIES Jaipur: 145 km Ranthambore: 12 km Kota: 175 km Bundi: 127 km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Max Min Summer: 37°C 23° C Winter: 29° C 9.1° C Rainfall: 68 cms. Best Season: September-March Clothing Summer: light tropical Winter: light woollen Languages: English, Hindi, and Rajasthani.
Location: 120 km From Jaipur, Rajasthan Feature: The Open Air Art Gallery Named After: Rao Shekha Best Season: October-March India Guide THE OPEN AIR ART GALLERY: The semi desert region of Shekhawati holds a fascination all of its own. 'The open-air art gallery', as it is popularly called, is famous for the plethora of plain red havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic tradition of this region. 'Shekhawati ', meaning "the land of Shekha 's dan " derives its name from
Rao Shekha (1433 AD-1488 AD) a scion of the Kachhwah family of Jaipur. Earlier a part of the former Jaipur State, it now comprises of the districts of Jhunjhunu and Sikar. Initially, the region had a blank monochromatic look but with subsequent historical and social developments, it has blossomed into a colorful profusion of art and life for almost 2 centuries from 1750 AD to 1930 AD. Havelis at Shekhawati built by rich merchants of the region, display a unique architectural style that evolved around the courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the women folk and protection from the heat of the long and harsh summers. The havelis, painted predominantly in blue, maroon; yellow green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls. The earlier wall paintings (1830 AD -1900 AD) were largely based on the mythological themes, depicting local legends, animals, portraits, hunting and wrestling scenes and a glimpse of everyday life. The turn of the 19th century saw the appearance of new motifs, an outcome of the Raj's influence upon the Indian culture. Now, cars replaced elephants and traditional Indian miniatures mingled with naturalism of western paintings to produce interesting hybrid results. The mythological themes depicting gods, European oleographs, lithographs and photographs substituted heroes, epics and legends. Trains, cars, balloons, telephones, gramophones, English men in hunting attires and portraits of the haveli owners primely dressed, were painted all over the walls - thus making the havelis interesting for both Indian and foreign travellers. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport, 120 km away from Shekhawati. Train: Mainline railway joining Delhi, Jaipur, and Bikaner crosses Shekhawati Road: Shekhawati is 120 km by road from Jaipur. This is the most convenient way to tour Shekhawati and surrounding areas. Local Transport: Jeeps and local buses are available for commuting locally. One may also hire a taxi from Jaipur or Sikar to visit Shekhawati. NEARBY CITIES Jaipur: 120 km Sikar: 15 km Nawalgarh: 30 km Jhunjunu: 75km
Location: 170 km From Jaipur, Rajasthan Attractions: The Market, Clock Tower, and Somani Havelis. Founded In: 17th Century Best Season: October to March. THE RICHEST FEUDATORY: Founded in the late 17th century, Sikar was the largest and the richest ‘thikana’ (Feudal State) under Jaipur. The town was modelled to resemble the city plan of Jaipur. The walled city has lofty buildings, a massive fort and an array of splendid havelis and temples ornate with beautiful frescoes. It is now one of the two districts of Shekhawati, the other being Jhunjhunu. Worth a visit are Sikar's large market, the clock tower and the painted Biyani havelis.
There is one haveli painted only in blue, suggestive of the typical Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. Other attractions include Sagarmal Sodhani Haveli, Madho Niwas-Kothi. Jubilee Hall & Fort are worth visiting. The fort and temples of Gopinath, Raghunath and Madan Mohan with commendable frescoes are absolutely exemplary. Area closely has Jeen Mata Temple and Harsh Nath Temple. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Lachhmangarh: One of the most imposing forts in the Shekhawati region, Lachhmangarh commands a bird’s eye view of the town modeled to resemble the city plan of Jaipur. Founded in the early 19th century by Raja Lachhman Singh of Sikar, the town has some lovely havelis. TEMPLES Rambagh: Founded in the late 18th century by the Poddars, the Shani Temple has delicately painted frescoes. Marvellous cenotaphs of the Poddars have exquisitely painted ceilings. The Ganga Temple and some beautiful havelis add interest to the town. Khatu Shyamji: The village is famous for the Shri Shyamji Temple,built in white marble. Sakambhari: Famous for its 7th century temple dedicated to Sankari Mata, the town is surrounded by hills on three sides. An ideal picnic spot. CITIES Fatehpur: Founded in mid-15th century by Fateh Khan - a Kayamkhani Nawab, the town is noted for unmatched frescoes. Its central location attracted many wealthy merchants and has some exquisite havelis, which are a combination of the Indian and the western styles. Of particular note among these are the Chamariya and Singhania havelis. EXCURSIONS Harsh Nath Temple (11 kms): An ancient 10th century temple situated on the Harsh Nath hills are worth seeing. Jeen Mata Temple (29 kms): Believed to have been built a thousand years ago, the temple is the venue of a colorful fair held twice in a year during ‘Navaratras.’ HOW TO GET THERE Air: Sikar can be approached by road from Delhi, Jaipur or Bikaner, all of which are connected by air. Rail: The Shekhawati Express runs daily between Delhi, and Jaipur stopping at Jhunjhunu, Mukundgarh and Sikar. Road: The town of Sikar is connected by road with Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner. Local Transport: Jeeps, unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and tongas. NEARBY CITIES Jaipur: 170 km Nawalgarh: 25 km Jhunjhunu: 69 km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Mean Max Mean Min Summer 40.5°C 26.8°C Winter 35.6°C 10.0°C Clothing
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Location: 13 km From Alwar, Rajasthan Built In: 1845 AD Built By: Maharaja Vinay Singh Best season: September to February. THE PICTURESQUE LAKE: Maharaja Vinay Singh built located 13 kms from the city of Alwar, the enchanting Siliserh Lake in 1845 AD. The lake was built by constructing an earthern dam between two hills to store the water of a small tributary of river Ruparel. Siliserh is a beautiful lake, covering an area of 7 sq. km, adorned with domed cenotaphs. This is one of the most enchanting lake palaces of Rajasthan state, built as a summer retreat by the third ruler of Alwar, Raja Vinay Singh. The palace is located hidden from view by the lush green Aravalli hills on three sides and a beautiful calm lake. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Siliserh Lake: The Lake is picturesquely set amidst the forested slopes of Aravalli Hills. The lake attracts a lot of migratory birds adding colour and music to the scene. But for the hustle of the whispering woods and chirping birds, the place promises total calm and is ideal for a trek. PALACES Siliserh Palace: Cradled in the hills and overlooking the lake, is a magnificent palace or the royal hunting lodge. This tastefully built old palace provides a breathtaking view of the water spread of the lake and its surrounding environment. The basement of this four storeyed palace leads to the water level of the lake. Now converted into a tourist hotel and managed by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, Maharaja Vinay Singh built this palace for his queen, Shila. When paddle boating, tourists enjoy a splendid view of the palace from the lake, while others view an equally spectacular sunrise and sunset from the terrace of the palace. EXCURSIONS Ajabgarh: Located 21 kms south of Thana Ghazi in Alwar district, this place is well known for a temple called Shri Raghunathji. Tijara: The old historic town situated 48 kms north east of Alwar, has an imposing Fort Worth seeing. PALACES Vijaimandir Palace: 10 kms from Alwar, this royal residence of Maharaja Jai Singh, in 1918, overlooks a scenic, rippling lake. LAKES Jaisamand Lake: This large artificial lake located 6 kms from Alwar, was constructed by Raja Jai Singh in 1910 AD. HOW TO GET THERE Air: Delhi 163 kms is the nearest airport. Rail: Good connection from prominent locations in and around the state. Some important train connections are Shatabdi Express (New Delhi - Alwar Ajmer); Superfast Express (New Delhi -Alwar - Ajmer).
Road: Regular services link Alwar with key destinations in and not far off Rajasthan and Delhi. Local transport: Unmetered auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and tongas. NEARBY CITIES Alwar: 13 km Tijara: 48 km Jaipur: 160km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Mean Max Mean Min Summer 37.0°C 24.0°C Winter 31.0°C 11.0°C Clothing Summer Light Tropical Winter Light Woollen
Location: 96kms from Jaipur, Rajasthan Attractions: Sunnier Kothi, Toda Rai Singh Town. Best Season: October to March. THE UNIQUE AMALGAM: Located 96 kms from Jaipur, on the way to Ranthambore is the quiet little town of Tonk, which was ruled by a tribe of Pathans from Afghanistan. Tonk is a city in eastern Rajasthan in northwestern India. It lies just south of the Banas River. The old walled town, which was capital of the former princely state of Tonk, was founded in 1643 AD and lies on the slopes of a small hill range. Tonk was once the stronghold of the Pathan tribesmen of Afghanistan who came to India. Nawab Ameer Khan founded the modern Tonk as a result of a treaty with the British in 1818 AD. Tonk is a quaint amalgamation of cross-cultural influences. It became a part of the state of Rajasthan in 1948. PRIME ATTRACTIONS The Arabic & Persian Research Institute: Houses a superb collection of Arabic & Persian manuscripts, some of them lavishly ornamented with gold, rubies, emeralds and pearls. The Nawabs of Tonk were avid book lovers and collectors. In the nineteenth and early decades of the present century, they built up a large collection of rare and magnificent manuscripts and books in Arabic and Persian. more... CITIES Toda Rai Singh Town: Surrounded by hills, the picturesque town of Toda Raisingh is situated in Tonk district. It is an ancient town of archaeological significance. In earlier times, it was also known as Takshakagadha or Takshakpur, Todapattan, Ishtikapur, etc. Founded by the Nagas in or around 4th century, this town was also ruled by Yuhilas of Chatsu and Chauhans of Ajmer. In 15th & 16th centuries, it was the capital of Solanki Rajputs. The town got its present name from Rail Singh Sisodia, the famous ruler of this place. He was a Mughal 'Mansabdar' during the reign of Shahjahan. Toda Rai Singh is blessed with glorious historical past as well as rich cultural heritage. It has a number of places of tourist interest. Prominent among them are - Hadi Rani Ki Baori (kund), Raja Rai Singh’s Mahal, Isar Baori, Bhopat Baori and beautiful temples of
Kalyanji, Raghoraiji, Gopinathji,, Govinddeoji, etc. Bijolia inscription of V.E. 1226 suggests that Toda Rai Singh was a popular centre of Jainism OTHERS Sunheri Kothi: The golden mansion is the focal point of Tonk. A fairly ordinary monument from outside, the interior is richly ornamented with stained glass, mirrors, stucco and gilt. Other interesting buildings are those built to accommodate the British officers. EXCURSIONS Sawai Madhopur: In the 13th century AD, Govinda the grandson of Prithviraj Chauhan took over the land. Later, his successor Vagbhatta, beautified the city and built a noteworthy temple at Jhain. It is also the gateway to the world-renowned Ranthambore National Park. WILDLIFE The Ranthambore National Park: The prominent tiger-reserve is a famous wild life reserve HOW TO GET THERE Air: Jaipur, 96 kms, is the nearest airport. Rail: There is no direct rail connection to Tonk. Road: A network of bus service links Tonk with several cities. It lies on National Highway no. 12. PLACES TO STAY It is more of a stop over enroute to Ranthambore and Sawai Madhopur from Jaipur.One may find some guesthouses but staying at Sawai Madhopur is a better option. SHOPPING There is thriving leather and felt industry in Tonk and one can pick up some good bargains in the markets here. The watermelons of Tonk are known for their quality and sweetness. NEARBY CITIES Jaipur: 96 km Sawai Madhopur: 75 km Ranthambore: 91 km Bundi: 113 km Ajmer: 180 km GENERAL INFORMATION Climate Mean Max Mean Min Summer 43.5°C 39.0°C Winter 27.0°C 7.0°C Clothing Summer Light Tropical Winter Light Woollen
Location:115 km From Chittorgarh, Rajasthan Attractions: Lake Palace, City Palace Famous As: City Of Lakes Best Time To Visit: October to April India Guide
In the harsh terrain of the hills and ravines of Aravallis, flourishes the city of lakes, Udaipur. One of the most romantic places in India, Udaipur is situated around the shimmering clear blue water lakes, which whisper the mood of a bygone era. Maharana Udai Singh founded the city in 1567 AD on the advice of a sage. Udaipur was last of the numerous Mewar capitals. It was in Udaipur that legendary Maharana Pratap was born. He was obsessed with Chittaur and the past glories of the Sisodia clan possessed his mind. Maharana Pratap left Udaipur to win back Chittaur from the Mughals. But he failed in his attempts and Udaipur remained the capital of Mewar till India got her independence. The memory of the failure of noble Pratap gives Udaipur its pervading mood of nostalgic wastefulness. The city acquires its scenic beauty from the Aravallis. Three lakes- Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar make it an oasis in the desert. PRIME ATTRACTIONS Udaipur is known as the ' City of Lakes'. The two most scenic and famous lakes of the city are Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar. Lake Pichola is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and has two island palaces- Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir. Lake Fateh sagar lies to north of Pichola and was built by Maharana Jai Singh but it got the name of Fateh Singh who rebuilt its dam. Both the lakes are breathtakingly beautiful and one can take a cruise on their waters. The sunset over these lakes is a sight to be cherished. PALACES City Palace: This majestic white royal building towers itself on a hill and is surrounded by crenellated walls. The palace stands along the shores of Pichola. Lake Palace: This former summer residence of the royal family has now been converted into a fabulous hotel. GARDENS Sahelion-Ki-Bari: On the shores of Fateh Sagar Lake was built a garden for the 48 young girls waiting to be sent to the royal house as part of dowry. This garden is laid with extensive lawns, fountains and shady walking lanes. There are four pools with dainty kiosks and fountains with elephant trunks for spouts. These gardens appear discrete and impeccable in taste. MUSEUMS Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal: This is a museum of folk arts, which has rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings. World famous puppeteers put shows here, on request in advance. Pratap Memorial: Erected atop Modi Magri is this equestrian bronze statue of the valiant hero, Maharana Pratap. Sajjan Garh, Gulab Bagh, Dudh Talai Park, the Sunset point are also the places to be seen. TEMPLES Jagdish Temple: Dedicated to Vishnu, this temple was built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh. EXCURSIONS Eklingji: 22 kms from the city is a temple complex of 108 temples enclosed by high walls. Built in 1734 AD, the temples are dedicated to the royal deity Ekling ji. The
complex has been chiselled out of sandstone and marble. It has an ornate 'mandap' or pillared hall, the canopy of a huge pyramidical roof composed of hundreds of knots. Nathdwara: This temple is one the most celebrated Vaishnava shrines of Lord Krishna or Nathji. Thousands of pilgrims visit this shrine during the festivals. Foreigners are not allowed in the temple and photography is prohibited. It is located 48 kms from Udaipur. Kankroli: Known as Dwarkadhish, this temple is an important Vaishnava temple and ranks very high among the temples of the Vallabhacharya. 65 kms from the city. Ranakpur: (98 Kms) Famous for the beautiful Jain temples. Jagat (58 Kms): The tenth century Amebic Mata Temple is well preserved in all its splendor. Rishabhdeoji (65 Kms): Popularly known as Kesariyaji because of the large saffron offerings, this temple is dedicated to the Jain Tirthankara Rishabhdeoji. CITIES Nagda: This ancient place in Mewar is famous for their intricate carvings of the graceful 'apsaras'. 23 kms from the city. Haldighati: This place, 40 kms from Udaipur, has immense historical importance. It was at Haldighati in 1576 AD that armies of Maharana Pratap and Mughal Emperor Akbar clashed. A 'chhatri' with delicate white marble columns is dedicated to the indomitable hero and his loyal charger. FORTS Kumbhal Garh Fort: Maharana Kumbha built Kumbhalgarh Fort in the 15th century. Perched on the Aravallis, this is the second most important fort in Rajasthan after the Chittaurgarh Fort. Nearby is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. LAKES Jaisamand Lake: Maharana Jai Singh built this artificial lake 48 kms from the city, in 17th century. The marbles ‘Chhatris’ along the embankment add grace to this second largest lake in Asia. On either sides of the lake were built the palaces for the favorite queens of the King. People of the Bhil tribe still inhabit the islands in Jaisamand Lake. Rajsamand lake (66 Kms): This is dam built by Maharana Rai Singh in 1660. HOW TO GET THERE Air: The City of Lakes is well connected by air services. The Dabok Airport is 21 kms from the city center. Rail: Railway has trains from all over the country to destination Udaipur. The Palace on Wheels covers this magnificent city during its eight-day package tour. Road: There are bus services from tourist places in Rajasthan , Gujarat and Delhi. PLACES TO STAY The Lake Palace Hotel is considered to be among the best hotels around the world. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation provides various categories of rooms and dormitory at the Kajri Hotel. Apart from the hotels, there is Tourist a guesthouses and municipal guesthouse. There are Dharamshalas and the railway offers its retiring rooms at nominal rates. Paying guest accommodations are also available. FAIRS & FESTIVALS Shilpgarm Festival: The 10-day festival is a treat for the visitor to an array of exquisite art and craft. Shilpgram hosts the festival.
Mewar Festival: The onset of spring brings the Mewar festival. During the festival, the tradition and culture of Rajasthan dominates every other thing in one's mind. SHOPPING Shopping can be a pleasure at the Hathipole, Chetak Circle, Clock Tower, Palace Road and Bapu Bazaar. Rajasthan Government also has its own Handicraft emporium. The shops of Udaipur have plenty of exquisite items to offer. The dainty folk toys, brightly coloured garments, hand-printed textiles, batiks, and tie & dye sarees and fabrics to name few. 'Pichwais' or wall hangings painted on cloth are world-renowned for they’re vivid colors and themes. The craftsmanship is at its peak in the metal images and chunky silver jewelry. CLIMATE The lakes surrounding Udaipur regulates the climate, which is pleasant than in any other city in Rajasthan. The summers are hot and winters are cold but the temperature does not rise to extremes. The rainfall is less, around 61 cms annually. NEARBY CITIES Ajmer: 264 Kms Chittaurgarh: 112 Kms Mount Abu: 185 Kms Ranakpur: 90 Kms. Nathdwara: 48 Kms. Kankroli: 65 Kms. GENERAL INFORMATION Population: About three lakhs Main Languages: Rajasthani, Hindi, English
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