Thursday, April 12, 2012

Visit Rajasthan, “Land of the Palaces” and recapitulate the glorious past of the Rajputs

What comes to your mind when you hear about Rajasthan?? Of course vast stretches of sand, camels, palaces, forts and heroic gallantry stories of the Rajputs. Rajasthan can be best described as the “Land of the Palaces”. The Great Indian Desert or the Thar desert lies in Rajasthan. When we try to imagine the scene of a desert the common picture that flashes in our mind is of exhausted travelers lost their way amidst the oceans of sand trying hard to find a drop of water to quench his thirst and hallucinating mirage in the vast stretches of sand bed. The only mode of communication being the “Ship of the Desert” that is camels. So to take a glimpse of the desert and experience the desert lifestyle you need not to travel much far away from your home. Varied topography of great Indian subcontinent is thus a bless for us. Varied landforms are available within the boundaries of India only. RAJASTHAN has an enriched heritage and is the most vibrant state of India. At present Rajasthan is the largest state of India located in the northwestern border of India. One of the oldest residual mountain block Aravalli Hills is located here. This state has hills, desert, palaces, forests- an ideal dream destination for travelers. Thus it has earned national as well as international acclamation.


Now let’s explore the nooks and corners of Rajasthan so even if you are unaware about the rich heritage and past glories of this state then also it won’t be a problem for you to select the spots. A brief review of the history of Rajasthan is necessary to understand the present status of the state. Rajasthan is famous in history for the courageous Rajputs. The battles fought by them and the stories of their heroism have turned into a legend. The colourful past of this state has marked a new chapter in the history of India. Previously Rajasthan was named as Rajputana after the Rajputs. Kalibangan one of the seat of the world’s oldest and famous Indus Valley Civilization lies in Rajasthan. The word “Rajasthan” means “Land of the Kings”. Just like present times, Jodhpur,Udaipur, Jaipur,Bikaner use to enjoy the status of the main Rajput cities. Other than Rajputs it was also ruled by several other races and dynasties. Rajputs became prominent in 6th century B.C. Rajputs valiantly fought back against Mughals and Islamic invasions. The stories of MahaRana Pratap Singh and the battle of Haldighati still portray the past glories of the great Rajputs. Rajasthan has always acquired a coveted position in the Indian scenario be it in history or in geography or culturally. 

To learn more about the Rajasthan we need to visit all the important spots of Rajasthan. Let’s first discuss about Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur is popularly known as the “Pink City”. All the buildings of this city were coloured pink in 1876 in order to welcome Prince Albert. Till date the city has retained the pink colour. Some famous tourist spots of this Pink City are Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Amber Palace, so on and so forth. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is the most well preserved Jantar Mantar of all the five observatories constructed by Sawai Jai Singh. Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds is the most remarkable construction of Rajasthan that is, a multi-niched five storied palace, constructed for the royal women so that they could watch processions passing through the bazaars. Now it has been converted into a museum. Jal Mahal was constructed in middle of the Man Sagar Lake as a pleasure spot. Amber Palace is a palatial fort that was built when Raja Man Singh was on the throne and has a Hindu-Muslim fusion architectural pattern. Jaipur is packed with historical evidences so it is almost impossible to describe all of them at one time. So you need to visit this place. The Pink City has also many temples.

Next let’s switch over to Jaisalmer which is popularly known as the “Golden City” as it is constructed of yellow limestones. Finely sculptured palaces and buildings mark the architectural splendor of the city. Jaisalmer is renowned for the great Jaisalmer Fort and the Havelis. Jaisalmer Fort is situated on the Trikuta hills and has evidenced many battles. It was built in 1156 long long years back. The yellow limestones of the fort generate a golden appearance. Main attractions inside the fort are- Raj Mahal, Jain temples and Laxminath temples. Jaisalmer is also enriched by the beautiful Jain temples and sculptures. Bikaner district is located in the northern part of the state 330km away from the state capital. Bikaner is well known for the Junagarh fort built by Raja Rai Singh and also for the Camel Festival, an event organized by the tourism Department of Rajasthan. Some spectacular camel performances are visible in this festival like camel races, camel dances.. Mount Abu is located in the lap of Aravalli Hills. It is the sole hill station of Rajasthan located at an elevation of 1,220m. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Dilwara temple are some of the notable spots of this hill station. Pushkar is a town in Ajmer district that is a sacred pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. Located on the bank of the Pushkar Lake this is one of the oldest city.

This is a very short almost at a glance overview of Rajasthan. provides you with attractive Rajasthan packages. A well conducted tour within a very brief duration. You will be provided with all the facilities and luxuries. All you have to do is to select the most desirable package and reserve it. Go to our link to check all the packages. Here goes our link Have a grand visit to the Land Of Palaces and enjoy camel rides in the vast stretches of desert sand.

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