Rajasthan Tourist Places and Travel Attractions

Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Princes’ is a land of rock and desert, lakes and jungles. It is a land of a proud people whose courage, chivalry and martial traditions are legendary. Here palace and fort, garden and lake attest to pride and honor, love and culture. In this land still living in its historic past, everywhere there is color and gaiety, art and pageantry, and a love of all things beautiful. But slowly the world of today is catching up in the new industrial centres of this mineral-rich state.

Rajasthan was known as Rajaputana or the home of Rajuts, a group of warrior clans who have controlled this part of 1000 years according to acode of chivalry and honor akin to that of the medieval European Knight.

It was noted as a marvelous history for a Chouhan community; in fact Chauhan community was ruling class and had a healthy leadership who dominated the rajput affairs from 7th century and by 12th century. Chauhan community had become an imperical power. It was also noted that guhilots of mewar community showed a golden history that controlled the destiny of the warning tribes. In addition Mewar, Marwar, Jaipur, Kota, Bharatpur and Alwar had got historically prominent. All India Congress ruling party was forced to make a deal with the new India ultimately in 1958 the present state of Rajasthan formally came into being with Ajmer state, the abu road taluka and sunel tappa joining it. Rulers of Rajput state were secured and they were paid an annual stipend commensurate with their status. But it was also recorded that it could not last forever, in the time of over whelming Political Power – Indira Gandhi abolished both the title and stipends and severely requested their property. It was a black spot year of 1970 for Rajput state.

When to visit: October to March

Airports: Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Kota.

Places of Interest

Ajmer: Dargah of Saint Moinuddin Chisti, Mayo (Princes’) College, Museum, Muslim Pilgrim centre, Fort, Lake.

Foy Sagar: Lake-side picnic spot, fishing.

Pushkar Lake: Pilgrim centre.

Alwar: Fort, Palace, Museum.

Bharatpur: Fort, Palace, Museum.

Deeg: Palace, Forts, Gardens.

Bikaner: Fort, Palace, Museum, Desert Town, Handicrafts, Temples, Camel Farm.

Deshnok: Karni Devi Temple, famous heaven of rats.

Gajner: Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bundi: Fortress – Palace overlooking lakes.

Bijolia: Temples, Forts, Sculpture.

Chittaurgarh: ‘City of Valour’, Temples, Palaces, Fort, Marble Memorial, Tower of Victory.

Churu: Desert resort, Sand dunes, Festivals.

Haldi Ghat: Famous Historical Battlefield.

Jaipur: ‘The Pink City’, a fine example of Medieval Town Planning, Forts, Palaces, Observatory, Handicrafts, Museums.

Amer: Ancient capital, Palace, Temples.

Gaitor: Cenotaphs and Palace.

Galta: Picnic site, Minerals Springs.

Jamwa Ramgarh: Lake-side picnic spot, Fishing, Bird watching, Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sanganer: Famous textile block-printing centre, Temples, Ruins of Palaces.

Jaisalmer: Desert Town, Palace, Fort, Jain Temples, Library, Mansions, Citadel, Cenotaphs, Camel and Sheep’s hair handicrafts.

Akal (wood) Fossil Park: Fossils of 180 millions years ago.

Sam: Sand dunes, Camel safari, Landscape study.

Jaisamand: Largest Artificial Lake in Asia, Boating, Fishing, Picnic Spot, Marble Palace, Tribal area, Wildlife Sanctuary.

Jodhpur: Forts, Museum, Handicrafts, Temple.

Mandoor: Ancient Capital, Ruins of Palaces and Temples.

Kankroli: Rajsamand Lake, Temples, Fishing.

Kota: Industrial centre, City Walls, Museums.

Baroli: Old Temple complex.

Darah: Wildlife Sanctuary, Season- February to May.

Jhalrapatan: Old cave Temples.

Kumbhalgarh: Ancient Citadel, Fort, Temples.

Mount Abu: Hill resort, Pilgrim centre, Lake.

Dilwara: Jain Temples and Pilgrim Centre.

Nagaur: Fort, Murals in Temple, Largest Camel Fair (June to February).

Pilani: Educational centre.

Pokaran: Fort.

Ranakpur: Jain Temples complex, Sculptures.

Ranthambhor: Fort, National Park, Tiger Reserve, Season – October to April.

Sambhar: Largest salt lake in India.

Sariska: Wildlife Sanctuary, Seasons – November to June.

Sawai Madhopur: Kaila Devi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Udaipur: Lakes and Palaces, Handicrafts, Museum, Fountains.

Eklingji: Temple.

Nathdwara: Hindu pilgrim centre.

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