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Rajasthan :- Welcome to the historical state of Rajasthan, the magical land located in the northwest of the republic of India. It is the largest state of India in terms of size, having long history of rich culture, natural beauty, great warrior, magnificent forts and palaces. It has a variety of land scapes where natural beauty blends with the colourful imaginations,making it a unique place to visit in India.
Rajasthan is the land of great kings whose stories of pride, sacrifices, glory and courage are incomparable. In its unconscious heart, perhaps, lies the memory of Maharana Pratap and Hadi Rani for their courage and bravery and extremely beautiful princess Padmini for her macabre act of " Jauhar".
It is a land of vast diversities which is exhibited by the soil, vegetation, life style, food, dressing sense of the inhabitants and the climate,which is effected greatly by the worlds oldest famous mountain range Aravalli standing as a beam in the Thar desert . The traveling experience through this region is thrilling and virtually isolated from the rest of the world. It's completely a different world altogether waiting for you.
Main Cities / Town
Jaipur - Pink city , the capital city of Rajasthan
Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan. The very arrangement of Jaipur resembles the flavor of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the current date, Jaipur is the main commerce centre for the citizens of Rajasthan with all basics of a urban city.
Jaipur, the Pink City, is a wonderful tourist destination of India to be in. Jaipur has many tourist attractions in the form of magnificent forts, beautiful palaces, havelis, museums, temples and colorful bazaars.
Tourist attraction of
City Palace :- City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture.
Hawa Mahal :- The Hawa Mahal, which adjoins the famous City Palace wall, was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and has now become one of the major landmarks of Jaipur. The palace is shaped like a pyramid and is a five-storied building, with number of small windows and screens, with arched roofs. As one looks at this building, one realizes that the rear side of the building is comparatively very plain and lacks much of ornamentation. One is rather surprised at the contrast, since in the front there is intricate carving and much attention has been paid to even minute details yet the backside is more a mass of pillars and passages
Jantar Mantar :- Jantar Mantar at Jaipur is the largest stone observatory in the World and this feature makes it, a special destination for a traveler. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. During the period between 1727 and 1733, Jantar Mantar took its form and structure.
Amber Fort :- Amber Fort is located in Amber (Jaipur), which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727. The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its charm, Maotha Lake makes its foreground. The crystal mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seems to be a beautiful illusion. Amber Fort is usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I.
The outer appearance of the Fort, being rough and craggy is totally different from its core. The interior of the Fort provides a soothing and warm ambience, which is least expected from its outer appearance. The marvelous decoration of the Amer Fort is influenced by both, the Hindu and Muslim manner of ornamentation. Exquisite paintings of hunting scenes on the walls depict the temperament of the Rajputs, who were adventurous, revolutionary and self-indulgent.
Nahargarh Fort :- Nahargarh Fort is the first of the three forts built by Maharaja Jai Sawai Singh of Jaipur. The Fort stands at the top of rugged point of the Aravalis and offers a spectacular view of the City. Keeping this fact in mind, the fort was made to serve as a means of supporting the security of Amer. The term "Nahargarh" refers to "the Abode of Tigers", so it is also known as the Tiger Fort. The Fort was constructed mainly in 1734, however further additions were made to it, by the succeeding rulers in the 19th century.
Birla Mandir :- Birla Mandir or the Lakshmi - Narayan Temple, situated just below the Mooti Doongari, which is a replica of a Scottish castle, is one of the most revered Hindu temples, dedicated to Shri Lakshmi-Narayan.
Built on raised ground, it is surrounded by large lush green gardens. The temple has been constructed in white marble and has three domes, each portraying the different approaches to religion
Ishwar Lat :- ‘Swarg Suli’ or ‘heaven piercing minaret’, the tower, near Tripolia gate, built by Maharaja Ishwari Singh (1744-51). It offers one of the most breathtaking view of the city.
Central Museum :- - situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces
Sisodia Garden :- Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is a beautiful garden, located at a distance of 10 kms from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra Highway. Sisodia Bagh gets a prime attraction in the charming city of Jaipur. The Garden appeals more to the beholder, since it stands as a symbol of love. In 1728, Sisodia Rani Garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, with an intention to gift the garden, to his Sisodia Queen from Udaipur. As the name suggests, the Garden was named after the queen, who was adorable to the King.
Galta Devi Temple :- Galta is a pretty little pilgrim spot located just beyond Sisodia Rani-ka Bagh on Agra Road at a distance of 10 km. from Jaipur. This is the sacred spot where one sage Galav is supposed to have lived and meditated. As such the place is visited mainly for its temples. Just before you enter Galta, you will come across the aesthetic Balaji ka Mandir. It is a triple-storied building of pink stone, looking more like a palatial haveli (mansion). The Temple of Galtaji, which lies in a picturesque gorge amid low hills, has a huge complex. This one is also built of pink stone, with a profusion of pavilions having rounded roofs. The walls and pillars have exquisite carvings and paintings. The whole complex is so beautiful that it is more of a visual treat than a place for worship. The temple, however, has a large daily attendance.
Doll Museum :- a collection of beautiful dolls from all over the world, it is situated on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg,
Kanak Vrindvan :- (6.5 Kms on the way to Amer) This newly restored temple and garden, near Jal Mahal, has beautiful gardens and is popular picnic place. This is also beautiful location for film shooting.
Vidhyadhar Garden :- (5 kms.) on the way to Agra, built by Viyadhar, the chief architect and town planner of Jaipur. This beautiful terraced garden has several galleries and pavilions decorated with exquisite murals, depicting Lord Krishna
Choki Dhani :- Chokhi Dhani a small village, so we can say Chokhi Dhani is a well recreated Rajasthani Village. This one is the special one of Rajasthan. Any tour to Rajasthan is incomplete without a stay at Chowki Dhani. This 5 star RESORT is a perfect place for a peaceful stay. Colors of Rajasthan have been added to spark the stay here.
Each and every corner of Chowki Dhani speaks of Rajathan. From wherever you walk into this place, it will tell you about the tales of Rajasthan, its land, its culture and its people. Live with Cultural dances of Rajasthan, handicrafts like pottery, rural attractions like camel and cow rides; palm reades, chokhi dhani of Jaipur makes for a perfect weekend destination,
Alwar is an ideal holiday destination for nature lovers. This picturesque holiday destination is surrounded by small hills of Aravali range. Moreover, you would be able to enjoy some of the best variety of animals and birds. Alwar also features one of the best wildlife sanctuaries of India. This sanctuary is positioned in Sariska, Rajasthan. Alwar is known for lush green forests, lakes, magnificent architecture etc. So, pack your bags and enjoy the great tourist attractions in Alwar. Indian Holiday offers online information about the tourist attractions in Alwar, India. Alwar is also regarded as the Tiger Gate of Rajasthan, India. A few popular tourist attractions of Alwar are Alwar Government Museum, Bala Quila, Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, Bhartihari Temple, Bhangarh, Slilserh Lake etc.
Tourist attraction of Alwer
There are numerous tourist attractions of Alwar worth seeing. Most of these
places have some history attached to them. They bring alive the royal past
of the city. Some of the places to see in Alwar are:
Bala Quila :- Rajasthan sightseeing tour must include the Bala Quila (young fort), dominating the skyline of Alwar. Built atop a hill, the fort is located approximately 595m above the city. It stretches about 5 km from north to south and 1.6 km from east to west. Bala Quila contains 15 large and 51 small towers, comprising of approximately 446 loopholes for the musketry.
City Palace :- Blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the City Palace of Alwar dates back to the 18th Century. Presently, in the ground floor of the palace, government offices and district courts are functioning. The attractions of the City Palace, Rajasthan include an artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1815. There are also a number of temples on the banks of the lake.
Inside the palace is a splendid chhatri, having Bengali roof and arches. It is known as Moosi Maharani ki chhatri. Located within this chattri is the Company garden, known as Purjan Vihar. The garden was built during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in the year 1868. Maharaja Mangal Singh made further additions to the garden in 1885. This garden is an ideal picnic spot in summers providing lush green surrounding, along with the cool shades of its numerous trees
Alwar Government Museum :- A part of City Palace of Alwar has now been converted into a museum. The museum houses a rare collection of Persian and Sanskrit manuscripts, arms, musical instruments, bidri work, miniature paintings, stuffed animals, exquisite brass and pottery works (from Jaipur, Multan, Bengal and Ceylon), lacquered and ivory work, etc.
Purjan Vihar (Company Garden) :- Built during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868, Purjan Vihar is also known as the Company Gardens. This scenic garden serves as a popular picnic spot during summers. One of the most attractive features of the garden is setting known as Shimla. It was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh to provide cool shades as a relief from the scorching summer heat,
The small town of Ajmer, 78 miles west of Jaipur, played a surprisingly important role in India's history. Set at the point where the rocky Aravalli Hills end and the Thar Desert begins, this was originally the stronghold of the powerful Chauhan Dynasty of Rajputs, who built India's first ever hill fort here in the 7th century, Taragarh, whose ruins you can still see today.
Tourist attraction of Ajmer
Dargah-e-Sharif Ajmer :- Located at the foot of a barren hill, the Dargah-e- Sharif is the place where the Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chisti's mortal remains lie buried. The Dargah has a beautiful marble dome and a courtyard, surrounded by a silver platform. It's believed that the tomb is a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts. People of all religious faiths visit the Dargah and make offerings of rose and jasmine flowers to seek the blessings of the Khawaja.
Taragarh Fort :-
The 7th century Taragarh Fort (Star Fort) was built by Ajaipal Chauhan, the
founder of the city of Ajmer. Perched on a high hill, the fort offers a
breathtaking view of Ajmer city.
Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra :- The Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra is a small and beautiful mosque, situated on the outskirts of Ajmer. Built by Alauddin Khilji, a Delhi Sultant king, it's one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. The mosque is built on pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike. Its archways and the pillars are finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra inscriptions from the holy Quran.
Ana Sagar Lake :- A beautiful artificial lake, Ana Sagar Lake was built by Anaji between 1135-1150 AD. Later the Mughal Emperors made additional constructions to beautify the Lake. While the Baradari, a beautiful marble pavilion, was built by Shah Jehan, Jehangir added the Daulat Bagh Gardens.
Bharatpur is a famous historical city in the state of Rajasthan. This old town was named Bharatpur after Bharata, a brother of Lord Rama, whose other brother Laxman is the family deity of the erstwhile royal family of Bharatpur. The name 'Laxman' was engraved on the arms, seals and other emblems of the state. Bharatpur is a city in Rajasthan state of India.
Tourist attraction of Bharatpur
Government Museum :- In Bharatpur is a landmark where you can find a complete collection of things relating to its glorious past and all its essential elements contributing to the cultural growth of the land. Government Museum in Bharatpur is a fine fusion of Mughals and Rajput architecture and was built in various phases by different maharajas. The magnificent apartments are richly decorated with patterned floor tiles having exquisite and intricate designs.
Deeg Palace :- Deeg in the 18th
century, was the capital of Jat rulers. The central citadel, set up in 1730
is square in layout and stands on a slightly raised ground.
The whole monument is encircled by a shallow wide moat.The protective walls are 8 km in circumference pierced by 10 gateways and studded with 72 bastions. The gateway to the fort is protected with anti-elephant strikes. The most impressive are huge towers haughtily piercing the sky. The towers are fitted with cannons to take a good shot at any approaching enemy
Lohagarh Fort :- The Lohagarh fort, or the Iron fort was built in the early 18th century and took its name from its supposedly impregnable defences, which are said to be inspired by a description given in the epic, Ramayana. Maharaja Suraj Mal, the fort's constructor and founder of Bharatpur,
Bharatpur Palace :- Bharatpur Palace is a medieval monument in the old city of Bharatpur in Rajasthan. It is a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture built in several phases by different Maharajas. The magnificent chambers of the palace are richly ornamented with patterned floor tiles with exquisite intricate designs. The palace houses a museum of antique collections dating back to 2nd century, which form an invaluable historical record of the ancient culture of the region.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park of Bharatpur
The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that sees (or saw) thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Officially known as the Koladeo Ghana National Park, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is India's best-known bird sanctuary. This bird park was created by the Maharaja of Bharatpur in 1760, who built a dam and a series of mud bunds in a marshy area where birds were found in abundance, as a hunting reserve. The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is home to an incredible variety of birds including many migratory birds that fly south for the winter from Russia and Central Asia. Until the year 2000, a population of Siberian Cranes, were seen in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
is famous for its impressive medieval forts, havelis, palaces and temples.
This place was named after Bundi Meena, a former ruler. Positioned at the
foothills of a big hill with a lake in its central part, Bundi is a place
that's worth a watch. So, people from all walks of life come here lured by
the several Tourist Attractions in Bundi, Rajasthan, India.
Forts and Palaces in Bundi are one of the prime Tourist Attractions in Bundi. The Taragarh Fort constructed in the 14th century is a place that's a must watch on the itinerary of almost all the tourists.
Bundi is also renowned for its step wells, called baoris in the local parlance. Of the fifty step wells, only a few are preserved till date. Some of the notable ones are Nagar Sagar Kund, Raniji ki Baori and Nawal Sagar. You can also take a boat ride in the lake to reach the temple of Lord Varuna that is half submerged in the lake's water.
Tourist attraction of Budi
Shikar Bhuj :- Shikar Burj is
another tourist destination in the quaint city of Bundi. Located at a little
distance from Sukh Mahal, Shikar Burj is actually an old hunting cottage
owned by the rulers of Bundi. The beautiful hunting lodge is located in the
sun dappled forests in the city of Bundi.
Umed Singh, who was the ruler of Bundi in the 18th century, withdrew into this enormous tower after he renounced the throne. Located near Sarbagh, Shikhar Burj has now been converted in to a popular picnic spot. Tourists who visit Bundi often flock to Shikhar Burj for an evening getaway.
Taragarh Fort :-
The Taragarh Fort, also known as the 'Star Fort' is the most striking
feature of the city. It was built in the year in 1354 AD upon a sharp
hillside. The largest fortification is known as the Bhim Burj, and large
cannon called Garbh Gunjam was mounted upon it.
The fort is a well-liked tourist destination since it offers a panoramic view of the city. It has three tanks in its premises, which are believed to never dry up. These tanks live to tell the tale of the sophisticated methods of construction and engineering, which were prevalent in medieval India.
Garh Palace :- The Garh palace has a number of petite palaces built encircling the central majestic residence. The various rulers of the city built these small palaces. Sitting atop a small hill, most of the portions of the fortress now lie in wreck, but some parts have retained their splendor. A wall encircles the palace premises and makes it seem more like a fort. Rao Balwant Singh commissioned the palace.
Rameshwar is the place that has the cave temple of Lord Shiva, a deity of
the Hindu faith. The Aravalli ranges surround this beautiful temple. It is a
perfect picnic spot since the thick deciduous covers of the Arivali ranges
lend a unique beauty to it.
Near the temple, there is a gorgeous waterfall with a pool below. One can climb to the top of waterfall and enjoy the scenic views or simply take a bath in the pool. The caves are known for the beautiful rock paintings, which speak of the artistic likings of the people of those times.
Sukh Mahal, Bundi :- Sukh Mahal, which is located on the periphery of the lake Jait Sagar was built during Umed Singh’s regime. It is a pleasant marquee where Rudiyard Kipling once stayed. Sukh Mahal is now converted to an irrigation Rest House. This beautiful place is set amidst the verdant milieu of an attractive garden and is popularly visited by nature lovers. It is a universal belief that the old palace and Sukh Mahal are connected by means of an underground tunnel
is popularly referred to as the Junagarh Fort. It was built by Raja Rai
Singh who was one of Mughal emperor Akbar's trusted generals. There are as
many as 37 citadels which protects the fort. This is one fort in Rajasthan
which has never been annexed or conquered. There was one dubious instance
though when Prince Kamaran laid seize to the fort, but could not keep it on
hold for even 24 hours.
The fort's 37 bastions are nicely complimented with a number of palaces, towers, pavilions and temples. There is the exquisitely beautiful Chandra Mahal which is adorned with mirrors and art works. Other palaces worth seeing are the Phool Mahal, the Karan Mahal and the majestic Anup Mahal which used to serve as the assembly hall of the erstwhile rulers.
Tourist attraction of Bikaner,
Junagarh Fort :- One of the most formidable forts of India, Junagarh Fort has never been conquered by its enemies. Built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Junagarh Fort is constructed on the plains, contrary to other forts of Rajasthan, normally built on hilltops
Lalgadh Palace :- Built between
1902-1926 by Maharaja Ganga Singh, Lalgadh Palace is a beautiful red palace,
displaying a perfect blend of Rajput and European architectural style.
Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect, the palace has several
grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions with overhanging balconies and
latticework. Now a luxury 5-star heritage hotel, it also houses the Shri
Sadul Museum, displaying well-preserved photographs of the erstwhile
Fort Museum: - Located inside the Junagarh Fort in one of the palaces, Ganga Mahal, the Fort Museum has a rich collection of antiques, weaponry, jade handle daggers, camel hide shields and inlaid handguns and camel guns. Photographs, miniatures, gold and silver jhulas, palkis and a First World War biplane are also on display.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum: This small museum is famous for its rich collection of ancient potteries. The museum also exhibits a fine collection of carpets, Bikaneri miniature paintings, armory and coins, and local arts.
The Har Mandir:- Located inside the Junagarh Fort, Har Mandir is a majestic chapel. It was specially built for the royal family, where royal weddings and births were once celebrated.
Karni Mata Temple :- is also one of
the major tourist attractions of Bikaner. The unique thing about the temple
is the thousand of rats that come here. The rats are considered holy and are
worshipped by the devotees. You are considered lucky if you spot a white
Famous for its Bikaneri Bhujia, Bikaner offers some of the best spicy snacks and namkeens in India for you to relish.
Camel Breeding Farms :- Located just 8 km from the city, the Camel Breeding Farm is the largest and only of its kind in Asia. These farms produce the fastest riding camels in the world. Visitors can also enjoy a camel ride or a cup of camel's milk at the farms.
Chittorgarh, the legendary city of Rajasthan, is the epitome of Rajput pride, romance and spirit. Known as the city of bravery and sacrifice, Chittorgarh was one of the most fiercely contested seats of power in India. Many legends and tales associated with heroism and sacrifices of the passionate men and women of Chittorgarh make it a wonderful place to visit.
Tourist attraction of Chittorgarh
The prime tourist attractions in Chittorgarh include the magnificent Chittorgarh Fort, Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory), Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame), Rana Kumbha's Palace, Padmini's Palace, Kalika Mata Temple, and Government Museum among many others.
Chittorgarh Fort :- One of the most formidable forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is the symbol of the Rajput valiancy and supreme sacrifice. Standing majestically on a steep180 m high hill, the massive Chittorgarh Fort is approachable through a 1 km long zigzag road. The road leads through seven gates to the main gate Rampol. On the climb between the second and third gate you see two chattris (cenotaphs) built to honor Jaimal and Kula- heroes of 1568 siege by Emperor Akbar. Surajpol is the main gate of the fort.
Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory) :- Built by Maharana Kumbha in 1440 AD to commemorate his victory over Mahmud Khilji, this 37 m high 9-storied tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities. There are around 157 narrow steps leading to the terrace from where one can enjoy a beautiful view of the enchanting Chittorgarh town.
Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame) :- Dedicated to Adinath, the 1st Jain Teerthankar, Kirti Stambh is a must visit tourist attraction in Chittorgarh. A narrow stairway takes you through seven stories of the tower to the top. The 22 meters high 7- storied tower was build by a wealthy Jain merchant in12th century AD.
Rana Kumbha Palace :- The most massive monument inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Rana Kumbha Palace is a ruined edifice of great historical and architectural interest. It was the palace where queen Padmini and other women committed Jauhar (self immolation) to protect their honor and pride.
Padmini Palace: Built beside a beautiful lotus pool with a historical pavilion, it is the place where Alauddin Khilji saw the reflection of Queen Padmini and got so mesmerized with her beauty that he decided to possess her at any cost leading to jauhar, mass suicide of women in the fort.
Kalika Mata Temple :- Originally built as a Sun Temple in the 8th century A.D., the temple was later converted into Kalika Mata Temple in the 14th century, dedicated to the mother Goddess Kali- the symbol of power and valor.
Jaisalmer, the Golden City of India, is one of the most alluring tourist destinations in Rajasthan, India. Jaisalmer is famous for its magnificent forts, enchanting palaces, havelis (mansions) and centuries old houses. Jaisalmer is also known for its exotic sand dunes and exciting camel safaris. Jaisalmer has a number of exciting tourist attractions showcasing the royal grandeur of the bygone era.
Tourist attraction of
Jaisalmer Fort :- The 12th century Jaisalmer Fort is one of the most formidable forts in Rajasthan, India. Perched on Trikuta hill, Jaisalmer Fort is a 250 ft tall and massive fort surrounded by a 30 ft high sandstone wall with 99 bastions, offering a spectacular sight to visitors. The Fort also houses a Jain Temple.
Jaisalmer Havelis :- Once the residence of wealthy merchants, the havelis (mansions) of Jaisalmer are famous for their artistic designs and decorations. Their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment, and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks, never fail to mesmerize the visitors. The Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli are major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer.
Gadsisar Sagar Lake :- A famous picnic spot in the sandy city, Gadsisar Sagar Lake is among the most beautiful tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. It attracts hundreds of migratory birds during the winter season.
Bara Bagh :-
Located on the bank of Gadsisar Sagar Lake, Bara Bagh is an oasis in the
desert. The lush green garden provides much-needed relief to the local
Tazia Tower :- The pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from the Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds). The beautiful five-tiered tower is known for its beautifully carved balconies on each storey.
Jodhpur history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of
the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He
founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him only. It was previously
known as Marwar. The following paragraphs will tell you more about the past
of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
The Rathores were driven out of their original homeland, Kaunaj, by Afghans. They fled to Pali, near to the present day Jodhpur. Rathore Siahaji married the sister of a local prince. This helped the Rathores to establish and strengthen themselves in this region. In some time they ousted the Pratiharas of Mandore, just 9 km of today's Jodhpur. Initially, Mandore served as their capital, but, by 1459, Rathores felt a need for a secure capital. This lead to the formation of Jodhpur, the Sun City, by Rao Jodha.
Mehrangarh Fort :- The most
magnificent fort in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort. It is situated on a 150m
high hill. Rao Jodha, the then chief of Rathore clan, constructed it in
1459. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several
palaces, galleries, a museum, temples and so on.
Umaid Bhavan Palace :- One of the fascinating palaces of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan palace. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum.
Jaswant Thada :- Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble. It was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.
Mount Abu is an important center of pilgrimage. The Jain and Hindu temples in Mount Abu are prominent tourist attractions in Abu. The most famous of these temples is the Dilwara Temple, built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The Dilwara temples have a rugged exterior with richly ornamented marble interiors. The marble images of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras, or teachers, lie inside richly engraved marble canopies. Another famous temple is the Gaumukh Temple, dedicated to sage Vasishtha, has been named after a carved image of a cow. The carved marble form of Nandi, Vasishtha's wish fulfilling cow, is situated close to the Gaumukh Temple. Mount Abu is also famous for its 11-13th century Hindu and Jain temples.
Attractions of Mount Abu
Nakki Lake :-
Nakki Lake is a beautiful picnic spot in Mount Abu. According to the legend,
the lake was created by a Hindu God using his nails, and so derives its name
Nakki (nail) Lake. The lake offers breathtaking view of surrounding hills
and offers ideal spot for boating.
Dilwara Temple :- These beautiful carved temples built in 11th and 13th century and dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras. Outside the main doors of this temple, there are two statues called Devrani's and Jethani's goklas respectively, and are backed by stories of competitive jealousy of the two wives of these brothers. The Vimal Vasahi temple is older and is also known to be the first Jain temple and is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. Built in 1031, by Bhim Deva, the first Solanki ruler of Gujarat, the temple is constructed in pure marble, with plain exteriors.The later ' Tejpal temple ' is dedicated to Neminath, the 22nd tirthankar, and was built in 1230 by the brothers Tejpal and Vastupal. The carving is so fine that, in places, the marble becomes almost transparent.
Sunrise Palace :- Situated on one of the highest points in Mount Abu is the summer Palace of the Maharajas. Now its known as Sunrise Palace provides a breathtaking panoramic view of lush green Aravallis surrounding it. The place is look marvelous when Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills are covered in the golden glow can be viewed from here.
Guru Shikar :-
Guru Shikar is the highest peak of the Aravali range, located at about15 km
northeast of Mount Abu. It's an important Hindu pilgrimage site, worth
visiting on your Mount Abu Tour.
Other famous attractions in Mount Abu include the Gaumukh Temple, which derives its name from a sculpted cow situated in the temple compound, Adhar Devi Temple and Shri Raghunathji Temple
Adhar Devi Temple :- his temple is situated at a distance of 3km to the north of the city. the temple is built on a rock cleave and one has to crounch under the rock to enter the temple. This temple is dedicated to goddess Durga is regarding as one of the important pigrimage sites of mount abu. . There are fine views over Mount Abu from up here. This temple is one of the favourite tourist spots of Mount Abu. It is believed that the image of the goddess was originally hanging in mid-air, hence the name is ' Adhar Devi '.
Gomukh Temple :- Gomukh Temple is located around 8 km southwest of Mount abu. It is said that the temple was built on the spot where saint Vashishth performed a yagna to create four major rajput clans. Down on the abu road side of Mount abu, a small stream flows from the mouth of a marble cow, giving the shrine its name. There is also a marble figure of Nandi, Shiva's vehicle.
Achalgarh Fort :- This fort was built by the warrior king rana kumbha, who conquered Mount abu From its chauhan rulers. It lies 5 miles from Mount abu, nearby there are several ancient temples. Lord Shiva temple is the famous temple.
Pushkar is a small and tranquil holy town in Rajasthan, located just 12 km from Ajmer and 135 km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Pushkar is famous for its 400 temples and other picturesque tourist attractions. The Pushkar Lake, in the middle of the town, is considered sacred to Hindus, as it houses the only Brahma Temple in India. According to the legend, this beautiful lake was formed where Lord Brahma, the lord of creation, dropped a lotus on the day of the full moon.
Tourist attraction of Pushkar
Brahma Temple :- This is the only temple in the world where Lord Brahma is worshiped and the main attraction of Pushkar. The temple has a special position in Hindu pantheons. There is life-size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma - the creator in the vestibule. The temple has marble floors and stairs and coins have been put by the devotees to mark the birth or deaths of the loved ones.
Pushkar Lake :- Is another important attraction of Pushkar and it has immense significance for the followers of Hinduism. According to the legends, the lake was dedicated to Lord Brahma after a lotus fell from his hands and dropped into this picturesque valley. A lake sprang up on the same spot latter on which is considered holy.
Savitri Temple :- The temple is dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma and located on the top of the Ratnagiri Hill. According to the legends when Lord Brahma performed a Yagna (holy fire devoted to gods) along with Gayatri, a local milkmaid, furious Savitri cursed her husband that he would never be worshipped anywhere except in Pushkar and that too only once a year. Savitri left for the Ratnagiri Hill after cursing her husband and immolated herself there. There is beautiful statue of Goddess Savitri inside the temple.
Famous Pushkar Fair :- the holy town of Rajasthan is also famous for Pushkar Fair, which is held every November, held for seven days starts on Naomi, finishes on Kartik Poornima (Full Moon). Thousands of pilgrims throng the lake during the annual cattle fair and on the full moon of Kartik take a holy dip in the lake. Its an occasion for holy villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert.
The Ranthambore National Park was the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. It is situated at the confluence of the Aravali Hills and the Vindhyan plateau in the eastern Rajasthan. The Chambal River in the South and the Banas River in the North drain the Ranthambore National Park. Six man-made lakes and many perennial streams add to the beauty of the national park.
The region of Ranthambore is rich in history. This region was under the control of the Rajput King Hamir but was defeated by Ala-ud-din Khilji's army in AD 1301. The history of Ranthambore reached the pinnacle of its glory when Emperor Akbar captured it in 1569 AD. He also took over the control of the fort from the Rajputs. The painters and artists have painted this event in miniature paintings of the Akbarnama. The fort was transferred to the Kachwaha rulers of Jaipur later and remained under their control till 1949 when Jaipur was made the part of Rajasthan. The region is celebrated for several hunting parties organized in this region for dignitaries. One such party was organized in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh in 1949.
Tourist attraction of Ranthambore
Ranthambore Fort :- Ranthambore is highly acclaimed for the remarkable Ranthambore fort as well. The Chauhan rulers built it in the 10th century and it is regarded as one of the oldest forts of Rajasthan. This fort was perfect to keep the enemy at bay and is characterized by temples, tanks, huge gates and massive walls.
Jogi Mahal :- it is also among the major things to watch in Ranthambore and is a forest rest house overlooking the attractive Padam Talab (lake). It is located next to the National Park and offers comprehensive facilities for a comfortable sojourn. There is an ancient banyan tree which is said to be the second largest in the entire country and is the main attraction of this complex.
National Park :-
Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in the Indian state of Rajasthan comprises
distinct areas with varied conservation history and virtually separated
geographically, with mere narrow corridors linking them to the core,
Ranthambhore National Park, Keladeve Sanctuary and Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.
The Ranthambhore National Park, at the junction of the Aravalis and the Bindhyas, is a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in a vast arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 kilometer from the town of Sawai Madhopur. It is spread over a highly undulating topography, varying from gentle to steep slopes, from flat-topped hills (Indala, Doodh-Bhat and Chiroli) of the Bindhyas to the conical hillocks (Lahpur, Nalghati, Khachida, Anantpur etc.) to narrow, rocky gorges. An important geological feature, the "Great Boundary Fault" where the Bindhyas were brought against the much ancient Aravalis, passes from here.
Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary :- The terrain is flat and rocky and there are some hills with gentle slopes. The Devpura irrigation dam in the Sanctuary is a useful source of water for wildlife and a good habitat for aquatic for a and fauna.
Keladevi Sanctuary :- The Keladeve Sanctuary is the northern extension of the Ranthambhore in Kaarauli and Sawai Madhopur districts. It has hills in its southern, northern and eastern parts. At many places, it has the curious feature of two separate ridges running parallel to each other. The forest between such ridges is dense. The Sanctuary is bound to the west by the river Banas and to the south by the river Chambal. The Banas finally flows into the Chambal.
Some gorges, due to high moisture retention and cooler temperature, are nature's treasure houses. Locally, they are known as "Khoh" .The slopes of the Khos are covered with dense forest. These Khohs are the most suitable habitat for wildlife. The main Khohs in Keladevi are Nibhera , Kudka, Chiarmul, Ghanteshwar, Jail and Chidi. The forest cover is fairly sparse and spread out in the other parts.
Fauna in Ranthambhore
Ranthambore National Park is situated in the Eastern section of Rajasthan. At this place, you would find six artificial lakes and some perennial streams in addition to river Banas and Chambal. Declared a National Park in 1980, this place has steadily climbed the popularity charts. For tourists coming to Rajasthan, a visit to this Park has become a must-do-thing. Tourists can reach Ranthambore National Park via any medium of transport--road, rail and air. Road transport uses AC luxury coaches, private taxis or local buses of the Rajasthan Transport Corporation. Tourists arriving by train could use the nearby rail head located at Sawai Madhopur, 11 kms away from this Park. For air-travelers, the airport at Jaipur is the closest one at a distance of 140 kms from here. The time between February to April is your best bet to visit this place. Ranthambore is famous for its magnificent wildlife. In fact, Fauna in Ranthambore is a major draw amongst the tourists
Jungle Safari :- There are about 42 tigers in Ranthambore National Park. A good network of gravel tracks crisscross the park and safaris are undertaken in open-sided jeeps driven by ranger,
The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhor; although it is the one park resident people come to see. We were lucky to see several varieties of birds including these owlets peering through their burrow pictured here on the right and of course the ubiquitous langur monkey. Other animals in the reserve include leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of deer.
One of the main tourist
attractions of Sariska is its exotic wildlife. Apart from that also, there
are a number of other places to see in Sariska. Given below is a list of
places that can be included in a Sariska, Rajasthan sightseeing tour:
Kankwari Fort :- Dating back to the time of the Mughals, Kankwari Fort is the only fort in Sariska. The fort towers above a hill, providing an overview of the Kankwari plateau and the Gujjar villages around it. Showing a Mughal connection with Sariska, this historic monument has some history attached to it.
Sariska Palace :- Maharaja Jai Singh of Alwar built the Sariska palace to serve as their lodge during their hunting trips. The main attractions of the palace consist of extensive lawns, beautiful antique furniture and photographs of the 1920's Royal Shikar (hunting trips). The palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel.
Pandupol :- A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Pandupol has a legend attached to it. It is believed that at the time of their exile, Bhima, a Pandava brother, took refuge here. The temple offers a magnificent view of the of the Pandu gate,
Sariska National Park is one of the best known protected forests of India, as it is also a famous tiger reserve. The park is an important part of tourism in Rajasthan, being visited by scores of tourists. The tourist attractions in Sariska include the rich wildlife, the historic buildings located inside and nearby the national park, the tourist spots located nearby and the major Fairs and festivals of the region.
Wildlife in Sariska Tiger Reserve
The Sariska Tiger Reserve is home to a number of carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. The herbivore category in Sariska includes Sambhar, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska wildlife sanctuary is also known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys.
There are also many bird species in Sariska Tiger Reserve, namely; Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden Backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl. Special Attractions in Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife Sariska National Park
Sariska National Park lies in the Aravalli hills and is the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Alwar. Sariska itself is a wide valley with two large plateaus and is dotted with places of historical and religious interest, including the ruins of the Kankwari Fort, the 10th century Neelkanth temples, the Budha Hanumab Temple near Pandupol, the Bharthari Temple near the park office, and the hot and cold springs of Taalvriksh. The large Siliserh Lake is at the north-eastern corner. The forests are dry deciduous, with trees of Dhak, Acacia, Ber and Salar. The Tigers of Sariska are largely nocturnal and are not as easily seen as those of Ranthambhor. The park also has good populations of Nilgai, Sambar and Chital. In the evenings, Indian Porcupine, Striped Hyaena, Indian Palm Civet and even Leopard are sometimes seen. The forests are lush during and immediately following the monsoon, but during the dry months of February May there is a shortage of water and in consequence mammals are attracted to water holes. At this time of year visibility is good because of the sparse foliage. Sariska is excellent for birdwatching and has an unusually large population of Indian Peafowl.
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Tourist attraction of Udaipur
Lake Palace :-
The most enchanting tourist attraction of Udaipur, the Lake Palace (also
known as Jag Niwas) is a beautiful island palace built by Maharana Jagat
Singh II in 1754. Situated on picturesque Lake Pichola, the white marble
structure appears like emerging out of the shimmering blue waters on the
lake, creating a spellbound effect on visitors.
City Palace :- One of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan, the City Palace is situated on a promontory on the picturesque Lake Pichola. The complex has 11 beautiful Mahals (palaces) with balconies and towers, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and the city. Its Durbar Hall, which had been used as a venue for formal occasions like state banquets and meetings, has most luxurious interiors highlighted by some of the largest chandeliers in the world. The Palace also houses a Museum exhibiting a rich collection of artifacts.
Jag Mandir :- Jag Mandir is another beautiful island palace on Lake Pichola, built by Maharaja Karan Singh in 1615 AD. The palace once sheltered the Mughal prince Khurram (later Emperor Shah Jehan, who built the world-famous Taj Mahal) who rebelled against his father Jehangir in the 1620's. The Palace has a giant stone sculpture of elephants and an impressive chattri (cenotaphs) that add to its beauty.
Saheliyon-Ki- Bari :- The Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The enchantingly beautiful Garden is famous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors.
Jagdish Temple :- Jagdish Temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple in Udaipur, built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 AD. Dedicated to lord Vishnu, the temple is famous for its beautiful sculpted images and towering Shikara.
Fateh Sagar :- Located in the vicinity of the famous Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden, Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1678. A canal built at the beginning of the 20th century connects it to the Lake Pichola. Nehru Park, a popular garden island with a boat-shaped café, is situated in the middle of the Lake
FAIRS & FESTIVALS IN RAJASTHAN
FESTIVAL OF JAIPUR
Teej Festival is one of the most popular festivals of India. Festival of Teej is widely celebrated, but its real charm can be found only in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Teej celebrates the arrival of monsoon, after the scorching sun of summers. Teej is celebrated in the month of 'Shravan' (July-August), according to the Hindu calendar. Teej is an important cultural festival for the womenfolk of Rajasthan, in which they pray for the well being of their husbands. This festival marks the beginning of festive season in Rajasthan.
Festival of Teej is primarily meant for married women and girls. During this auspicious festival, Goddess Parvati is worshipped, who is the symbol of virtue, devotion and fertility. According to a mythological legend attached with this festival, Goddess Parvati was united with Lord Shiva after years of penance on Teej. On the festival, married women pray for the welfare of their husbands and marital bliss. To celebrate the occasion, Girls and married women apply henna on their hands and get dressed in their best attires.
Teej is also known as festival of swings and rains. Women celebrate this summer beating festival by singing songs and enjoying rope swings. Parents of married girls send gifts, sweets and clothes to their daughter's home. In the case of engaged girls, they receive 'Sindhara' from their "would be in-laws", which consists gifts and sweets. Teej Festival of Jaipur is noticeable by a huge procession taken out in the city. During the festival, the markets of Jaipur are decorated for the occasion. It is a good time to discover the markets of Jaipur.
Kite Festival 14 January is celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti - heralding the transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere. It is also a big kite day in most parts of India when children from 6 to 60 can be seen with their heads turned to the sky. In Jaipur kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this riotous celebration and shouts of " Woh Kata Hai !" reverberate from rooftops to the accompaniment of drums as adversaries’ kites are cut down. And everyone’s an adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair game.
FESTIVALS OF ALWAR :-
Alwar festival is a three-day festival which is being organized by the district administration to promote tourism and emphasize the legacy of rich culture in Alwar. An impressive procession through the streets of the town marks the inauguration of the festival on February 13. The Alwar Collector and chairman of the festival committee usually organize a `Shilp Gram' (handicraft village) which emphasizes on the display of the hand-made items and promote the manual skills. It also reflects the diversity of the district. Alwar's Alwar Festival mainly focuses on the tourism of Alwar and the rural activities of the local people.
The events organized at the Alwar Festival include elephant polo, fancy dress and sketching competitions for children, flower show, exhibition of rare and antique items of the region and a film show on the culture and social customs of Alwar.
Usually tour operators from different cities of India arrange tours to Alwar during this period to enable the tourists visit the popular tourist places ahead of the festival. Some of the major draws for the tourists visiting Alwar include the Sariska wildlife sanctuary and the historic Kankwadi fort and Pandupol waterfall.
FESTIVAL OF AJMER
Urs, Ajmer Sharif :- Held in the holy town of Ajmer in honour of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, special prayers are offered at the mosque, and huge amounts of consecrated food offered from the large, steaming cauldrons that were a gift from Akbar. While quwwallis are sung at night, the celebrations unite people of all faiths, and the complete town is decorated with buntings, and wears the spirit of festivity.
The main draw of the Brij
Festival is the Raslila Dance, illustrating the undying love story of Radha
and Krishna. Draped in colorful costumes villagers of Bharatpur perform this
dance and remembers Lord Krishna and His companion. The town of Bharatpur
gets alive on the eve of Bharatpur Brij festival with the sound of folk
songs which fills the air and enthralls people. All the people, men or
women, young or old, participate in the Rajasthan Braj Mahotsav and get
carried away by the spirited flow. The entire place is painted in brilliant
colors and no one is spared from being splashed with colors
FESTIVAL OF BIKANER
The Camel Festival is an event organized in Bikaner by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan, every year in the month of January. Desert region's Folk dances and Music, add on to what is otherwise an exclusive camel affair. A festival when the ships of the desert are seen at their best. Camels fascinate tourists from all over the world with their movements, charm and grace. A spectacle of unusual camel performances: camel races, camel dances, and the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides.
(Camel Fare 30 & 31st December.2009 )
FESTIVAL OF JAISALMER
Desert Festival :- Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is a colorful festival held in February every year. You will get to see Cultural events, camel races, turban tying competitions etc. Not exciting enough! Attend the contests to judge the man with the best moustache. Everything is exotic in the Desert festival, amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert. With a final musical performance by folk singers under the moonlit sky at the dunes in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer, the festival comes to its end.
The desert festival in Jaisalmer was started to attract foreign tourists, who always wanted to explore as many facets of Rajasthan as they could in the possible crunch of time. The three-day event stresses more on local elements and heritage. For example, this no-nonsense festival will only showcase Rajasthani folk songs and dance. These are presented by some of the best professionals of the art. Similarly, local customs such as Turban tying etc have been added to make it more exotic and colorful in its outlook. 'The moustache competition' is very popular among foreigners. This is simply because of the surprise value attached to this event. Foreigners can be seen posing for pictures with the winners. This is truly a moment worth preserving.
FESTIVALS OF JODHPUR
Marwar Festivals of Jodhpur :-The most popular Jodhpur festival is the Jodhpur Marwar Festival. It is held every year in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. Marwar Festival of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was originally known as the Maand Festival. The festival is held in the month of Ashwin. Ashwin is a Hindu month between September-October. The Marwar festival in Jodhpur, India is celebrated during the full moon of Sharad Poornima. It goes on for two days.
The main attraction of this festival is the folk music centered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. The music and dance of the Marwar region is the main theme of this festival. The folk dancers and singers assemble at the festival and provide lively entertainment. These folk artists give others a peek into the days of yore, of battles and of the heroes who still live on through their songs
International Kite Festival
The International kite festival of Jodhpur, Rajasthan began only a few years. However, even in such a short span of time, it has become quite popular. In the Jodhpur International Desert Kite festival, the best kite flyers from India as well as rest of the world take part. The aim is to show of your kite flying skills. A lot of excitement surrounds this festival.
Generally, the date of this Kite Festival in India is 14th January (Makar Sankranti). It is a three-day festival, held at the Polo Ground in Jodhpur. Air Force helicopters also release a large number of kites from above. Hundreds of schoolchildren also release balloons. During the kite festival, the sky gets filled up with kites of various designs and colors. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the people also regarding this festival. It reaches the highest point when a kite gets cut.
The Jodhpur Nagaur Fair is the second biggest fair in India. The fair goes on for eight days. Nagaur Fair of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is held every year during the month of Jan-Feb.
It is popularly known as the Cattle fair of Nagaur. This is because the Nagaur Fair is mainly all about trading of animals. Approximately 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses are traded every year in this fair. The animals lavishly decorated and even their owners dress up wearing colorful turbans and long moustaches. Other trading in the Nagaur Fair in Jodhpur, India consists of sheep to Marwari horses to spices. Some other attractions include the Mirchi bazaar (largest red-chilly market of India), wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories.
There is a lot of sports activity also in the fair. The sports range from tug-of-war, camel races to bullock races to cock fights. Nagaur fair is also famous for its jugglers, puppeteers, storytellers, etc. For further entertainment, there is the folk music of the Jodhpur echoing throughout the fair.
FESTIVAL OF UDAIPUR
The Mewar Festival at Udaipur is one of the most colorful festivals when you can see women and children dressed in their best. The colorful clothes, the stone and the gem studded jewelry and the glass bangles add a different charm to the entire festival. Udaipur was ruled by Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. Under the reign of Mewar kingdom, it reached a glorious peak. There is an intriguing story related to the foundation of this city of Rajasthan. The legend says that Maharana Udai Singh the founder of this city was once on a hunting adventure and chanced upon a sacred man. The man was meditating on a hill that peeped over the Lake Pichhola. That holy man gave blessings to the Maharana and suggested him an idea of building palace at the place where fertile valley covered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and a field of low mountains composed the surrounding. Following his advice, Maharana founded this city in 1559. Hence in this land of Mewars the celebration of Mewar Festival, Udaipur catches special attention. The Mewar Festival in Udaipur is observed to greet the arrival of spring season. It is celebrated on quite a similar pattern as Gangaur festival. However being distinct from it and characterized by unique charm, the Udaipur Mewar Festival enjoys both religious and cultural significance. Women folk attired in bright dresses flocks at one place to mark the celebration of Mewar Festival, Udaipur. They gather at one point and dress the images of Isar and Gangaur wonderfully. Later, they take these elegantly adorned images of Isar and Gangaur for ceremonial procession. This procession takes various routes of the city and proceeds to the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. It is at this site that images are placed onto special boats. With this unrestrained festivities begin and people indulge in singing. However that was the religious part of the Mewar Festival in Udaipur. Once this part is over the cultural part takes over. The local people sing enchanting songs, perform dances and other programs. The festival reaches its culmination with the ostentatious display of fireworks
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