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Rajasthan - The Land of Kingly Wonders
Towns & Cities

Ajmer RajasthanAjmer - The folklore dotted Ajmer, dating back to the seventh century, the discovery of the intrepid Prithviraj Chauhan, boasts of huge footfalls throughout the year. You have to traverse a distance of seventy- eight miles from the Pink City to reach Ajmer. Pay your homage at the shrine of the venerated Khwaja Mu'in-ud-din Chisti who lived between 1142 and 1236 A.D. The magnificent Ana Sagar Lake, constructed in the twelfth century, is another favorite tourist haunt.

Alwar - Alwar, environed by the lofty Aravali Hills and housing the famous Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bala-Quila, among other lovely tourist hotspots, is yet another jewel in the crown of the wonderful Rajasthan. Born on 25th November in the year 1775 A.D, when Rao Pratap Singh wrested control from the powerful Mughals, it is located in North-Eastern Rajasthan, at a distance of 143 kilometers and 164 kilometers from Jaipur and Delhi respectively. Do not forget to capture the image of the grand Alwar Fort that stands tall as an insignia victory.

Barmer - Located in Western Rajasthan, Barmer is a mélange of architectural splendor. You can trot to the beautiful Siwana Fort and visit the Juna Jain Temple. Sojourn to the Kiradu Someshvara Temple, the Khed Ranchorrai Mandir, the Rani Bhatiani Temple, the Sun Temple located in Devka should be part of your itinerary.

Banswara - The host of the vivacious Baneshwar Festival, Banswara is situated in Vagad in East Rajasthan, at a distance of 527 kilometers from the Pink City of Jaipur and 160 kilometers from the imperial Udaipur.

Bharatpur - The discovery of the illustrious Maharaja Suraj Mal, the beautiful Bharatpur dates back to 1733 A.D. Situated in Mewat, at a distance of 175 kilometers and 185 kilometers from Jaipur and Delhi respectively, this former capital city of the realm of the brave Jat kings, is a popular tourist hub. The headquarters of the district of Bharatpur, it is the abode of the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, that is an ideal getaway destination for birdwatchers. Besides a trip to the avian paradise, you can bolster your knowledge of the history of Bharatpur with a visit to the Government Museum and the fantastic Lohagarh Fort. Do not forget to catch a glimpse of the towering Jawahar Burj and the Fatej Burj. The city is decked up in all its finery during celebrations of Teej, Gangaur and Brij. You can travel to Bharatpur from Agra too.

Bikaner - Bikaner lies to the North- West of Rajasthan, dating back to 1486 A.D. Rao Bikaji is the founding father of this city, that is located at a distance of 330 kilometers and 320 kilometers from Jaipur and Jaisalmer respectively. It houses the celebrated Deshnokh Temple, the abode of the sacred white mouse, that ushers good fortune. It is dotted with relics of the glorious yester years and is also the seat of several holy shrines. The Junagarh Fort, the Raj Ratan Bihariand Rasik Siromani Temple, the Laxminath Temple, the Bhandasar Jain Temple and the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, are among the famed tourist destinations. The doors of luxurious havelis, once the dwelling place of the royalty, are now thrown open to the backpackers. You can stack your bags with exquisite durries, mojari footwear and carpets, that are taking the global fashion world by storm. Cap off your sojourn with an exciting camel ride.

Bundi - The realm of the Hada Chauhans, Bundi is situated at a distance of 206 kilometers from the regal Jaipur and 40 kilometers from Kota. Encircled by the Aravali range and fenced in by an inviolable boundary with four entrances, Bundi is a must visit tourist hub. Team up your sight-seeing with a dash of adrenaline rush, by indulging in rock climbing and para sailing among other adventure sports. Bundi is also made famous by its noted painters.

Chittaurgarh RajasthanChittaurgarh - This city, located in South-East of Rajasthan, is a repository of monumental historic events, rich heritage and evergreen folklores. Situated at a distance of 110 kilometers and 300 kilometers from Udaipur and Jaipur respectively, Bappa Rawal of the eighth century, is credited with the discovery of Chittaurgarh. The cynosure of attraction is the Olympian fortress that stretches up to three miles in length and soars up to a whopping four hundred and ninety-five feet. The Vijaystambha, the Kirtistambha, Palace of Rana Kumbha, Palace of the famed Padmini, Jaimal palace and Patta palace are some of history laced tourist haunts that draws hundreds and thousands of backpackers. Besides, historical sites, you can pay your tribute at the Kumbha Shyam Temple, the Kalika Mata Temple, the Saas-Bahu Temple and the Meerabai Temple. The Government Museum is another favorite tourist hotspot. Chittaurgarh is also well-known for its wildlife parks and you can get a taste of Rajasthan fauna with a visit to the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sita Mata Sanctuary.

Dungarpur - The famed City of Hills, the abode of the beautiful Juna Mahal, Rajmata Devendra Kanwar Museum, Deo Somnath Temple, the Beneshwar Temple, the Boreshwar Mahadeo Temple, is situated in Southern Rajasthan, at a distance of 110 kilometers to the South of Udaipur.

Jaipur RajasthanJaipur - The celebrated Pink City, located in Eastern Rajasthan, instituted by Raja Sawai Jai Singh, the Second, in 1727, is located at a distance of 250 kilometers from Delhi. The Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar- the observatory, Hawa Mahal, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, the City Palace, the Albert Hall, the Jal Mahal, the Amer Fort, B M Birla Planetarium, Galtaji, the Laxmi Narayan Temple, are some of the architectural splendors of Jaipur. Tourists stack their bags with wonderful Jaipuri textiles and artifacts as well.

Jaisalmer - The city of the Golden Fort is located at a distance of 275 kilometers from Jodhpur. The magnificent city is the brainchild of Rao Jaisal. Take a trip to the Jaisalmer Fort, Desert National Park, Akal Wood Fossil Park, Godi Sagar Lake and Patwon-ki-haveli and team it up with a visit to the lovely Desert Festival and a stroll down the halcyon sand.

Jhalawar - The marvelous city of Jhalawar, situated in South-Eastern Rajasthan, was born in 1838 A.D and is located at a distance of 335 kilometers and 87 kilometers from Jaipur and Kota respectively. The Jhalawar Fort, the Government Museum, Bhawani Natya Shala, Ren Basera, the Gagron Fort and the Atishay Jain Temple are some of the tourist highlights.

Jodhpur RajasthanJodhpur - The history laced Jodhpur, the abode of the famed Mehrangarh Fort and Umed Bhawan Palace, is situated in Western Rajasthan, at a distance of 250 kilometers from Jaipur. The 'Blue City, instituted by Rao Jodha is a tourist hotspot also because of its premier museum and haven of indigenous art.

Kota - Kota, located in South-East Rajasthan is the site of the colorful Dussehra Mela is located at a distance of 240 kilometers from Jaipur and 131 kilometers from Ajmer.

Kumbhalgarh - The abode of the spectacular Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, is located at a distance of - 85 kilometers from Udaipur.

Pushkar - Located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Ajmer, Pushkar draws tourists in hordes during the famous Pushkar Fair. The Brahma Temple is yet another tourist haunt of Pushkar.

Ranakpur - Ranakpur, situated in the vicinity of the Aravali hills, is a sacred site for the Mahavira devotees, houses a marvelous Jain shrine.

Sawai Madhopur - This city, located at a distance of 135 kilometers from Jaipur is made famous by the Ranthambore National Park that houses the Tiger Reserve Project.

Shekhawati - Shekhawati is situated in the Northern Jaipur and its claim to fame is beautiful havelis constructed by its Marwari business community.

Udaipur Lake Palace RajasthanUdaipur - The 'City of Lakes', the ' Venice of the East',- Udaipur is known by several names. This famous tourist hotspot was instituted by Maharana Udai Sigh, the Second in the year 1568. Udaipur was ruled by Sisodias for 1200 years. Udaipur is full of travel attractions, city offers variety of things to do on Udaipur travel vacations. Udaipur is among the most sought after travel destinations of Rajasthan India, it is also called City of Lakes. Many hollywood and hindi movies have been shot in the picturesque locations of Udaipur India. Situated amidst Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan India and azure lakes of give Udaipur a picture perfect backdrop.

Wild Face of Rajasthan

Keoladeo National Park RajasthanKeoladeo National Park : Originally known as Qila-e-Mualla, Red fort or Lal Qila, was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan after he transferred his capital to his newly planned city of Shahjahanabad (Delhi) from Agra in 1638. The foundation stone of this massive citadel was laid in 1639 and it was completed after nine years in 1648. Designed by the Mughal architects Ustad Hamid and Ahmad, Red Fort is an important symbolic monument in India even today. Every year on Independence Day (15th August) the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag and addresses the nation, from the ramparts of Red fort. The Red Fort, set amidst the bustling heart of Old Delhi is the most renowned fort of India that also carves a niche in the list of wonders of the world.

Sariska National Park RajasthanSariska National Park : When Ghazi Malik founded the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321, he built the strongest fort in Delhi at Tughlaqabad, completed with great speed within four years of his rule. It is said that Ghazi Malik, when only a slave to Mubarak Khilji, had suggested this rocky prominence as an ideal site for a fort. The Khilji Sultan laughed and suggested that the slave build a fort there when he became a Sultan. Ghazi Malik as Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq did just that: Tughlaqabad is Delhi's most colossal and awesome fort even in its ruined state. Within its sky-touching walls, double-storied bastions, and gigantic towers were housed grand palaces, splendid mosques, and audience halls.

Ranthambore National Park RajasthanRanthambore National Park : Wander around the humoungous walls that still guard the glory of this stately fort, and you will come across three exquisite gateways punctuating the fort from three directions. The fourth one was guarded bya moat which was linked to river Yamuna. Entering from the south gate, you'll see a small octagonal red sandstone tower on your right. Known as 'Sher Mandal', it was later used by Humayun as his library and observatory. Some Mughal historical documents indicate that it was while descending the stairs of this tower one day in 1556 that he slipped, fell and received injuries from which he later died. Rumours exist that after his death, the Mughals, considering the fort to be cursed one, vacated the structure and built their capital in a new fort, now known as Lal Quila, to defend Delhi from foreign invasions.

People & Life Style

In olden days, the profession of the people decided their caste. This system has now been broken. Today, individuals have the freedom to opt for any profession irrespective of caste. The profession based caste system has now been transformed into birth-based caste system. People of various castes and sub-castes reside in Rajasthan.

The Rajputs, who were the rulers of most of the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan, form a major group of residents of Rajasthan. Rajputs are generally stoutly built people of good height. The Rajputs generally worshipped the Sun, Shiva, and Vishnu. Vedic religion is still followed by the Rajputs. All the auspicious and inauspicious activities are done in accordance to the Vedic traditions.

The other castes found in Rajasthan are as folows:
Brahmins : Their main occupation was worshipping and performance of religious rites.
Vaishya : These people generally took up business as their source of livelihood. These days they are settled in every nook and corner of the country.

There is a large group of agricultural castes to be found in Rajasthan.These people depend on Agriculture for thier livelihood. Some of these castes are Jat,Gurjar,Mali, Kalvi etc. Irrespective of the birth-based caste system, each individual is free to follow the profession / occupation as per choice, in modern Rajasthan. Many tribes are also found in different parts of Rajasthan. These tribes have their own social systems and customs.Some of the commonly known tribs are Meena, Bhil, Garasia, Kanjar.


Camel Festival RajasthanCamel Festival Bikaner : The city of Bikaner is an exercise in architecture. If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Bikaner rises from the desert like a mirage.

Desert Festival Jaisalmer : Jaisalmer is a gilded fantasy juxtaposed in a formidable desert. To say the least, it is a shimmer of sand amidst the sun soaked sky. Jaisalmer Fort is the stellar attraction standing on a hill to the south overlooking the town. .

Elephant Festival Jaipur : Elephants have always occupied a pride of place among the erstwhile Rajput rulers. Elephants have been an integral part of Rajasthan's royal courts and were used in royal parades.

Gangaur Festival : The Gangaur festival is Rajasthan's most popular festival which is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur in the period between July-August. This festival is primarily a women's festival who worship goddess Gauri the holy consort of Lord Shiva.

Kite Festival Jaipur : The kite festival in Jaipur which is held every year in the month of January is a one of its kind festival in India which attracts the best kite flyers of the world to participate in this unique festival and display their kite flying skills. read more...

Marwar Festival :The Marwar Festival is held annually in the picturesque town of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. It is held during the period between September-October and lasts for two days. The significance of the Marwar festival is that it is a celebration of the heroism, courage

Nagaur Festival : The Nagaur festival is held every year in the period between January-February in the quaint Rajput town of Nagaur. The Nagaur festival is essentially a cattle fair that has become a tourist attraction.

Pushkar Fair : Every year on the occasion of Karthik Purnima, a fabulous 10 days fair - "Pushkar Fair" is held in the enchanting desert town of Pushkar in Rajasthan India.

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