Rajasthan Tour Information
About 170 km. from Delhi lies the historical and architectural city of Al war amidst Aravali hills, surrounded by thick forests and lakes. Maharaja Pratap Singh wrested Alwar from Mughals anti founded his own state in 1770. Its Vinay Vilas Palace is an imposing 18th century structure, a portion of which has now been turned into a museum.
The garden citadel of Deegh lies 76 km. cast of Alwar on way to Bharatpur and is famous for its massive fort, palaces surrounded by pleasure tanks, fountains, exquisite gardens and canals. Gopal Bhawan, the main palace with its ornate columns, raised terrace, exquisite and spacious banquet hail. etc., is the spot deserving special mention. Nearby are Suraj Bhawan and Puran Mahal which have many fine paintings of Rajput and Mughal schools.
Bharatpur was founded in the 18th century by Raja Suraj Mal, an outstanding General of his times. The Bharatpur Fort is surrounded by two massive mud ramparts each encircled by tremendous moats. The palace is a fine synthesis of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture. The Museum in the centre wing contains sculptures and other art exhibits dating back to 2nd century AD.
About 130 km, south-west of Jaipur, an ancient city was founded in the eleventh century by the Chauhan Prince Ajaipal. Situated picturesquely at the foot of a hill, Ajmer is dominated by the Taragarh fortress above, built by Prithvi Raj Chauhan. In modern times the city is best known for the Dargah of Saint Moinuddin Chisti, who died here in 1526. Thousands of Muslim pilgrims from all over the world make a pilgrimage to this holy shrine, especially at the time of the Urs. The shrine was visited every year by Akbar and later by Shah Jehan to seek solace at the Dargah. It was here that Sir Thomas Roe; the Ambassador of King James I of England met Emperor Jehangir in 1616. Other spots worth visiting are the Adhai-Din Ka-Jhonpara, the Lake Anasagar, Daulat Bagh, Nasian—the red Digamber Jam Temple, Swami Dayananda Saraswati Smarak, Foy Sagar—a lovely picnic spot, the Mayo College—the famous school for princes. Ajmer is very connected by train and road routes with Jaipur and Delhi and has very many comfortable places of stay. It is also the base station for going on pilgrimage to Pushkar.
An 11km. drive through a mountain pass leads to Pushkar, the holiest lake of the Hindus and the city of one of the world’s most beautiful rural fairs. Near the lake stands the Brahma Temple, the only of its kind in India on Kartika Poornima (full moon day in the month of November) over a lakh devouts gather here to pay their homage to weather Gods for a bountiful year.
Kota, the former capital of princely state of the same name, stands on the right bank of the river Chambal. Today Kota is a thriving industrial city. Surrounded by massive walls in the Rajasthani tradition, Kota has some fine spots of tourist interest in and around the city. The Kota Fort has a superb Rao Madho Singh Museum with rich collection of weapons, armours, costumes and wall paintings. The Chainbal Gardens, south of the fort are popular as a picnic spot. Kota has very many hotels, tourist bungalows, etc., for stay and has good rail and road links with Delhi, Udaipur, Agra, Jaipur and Ajmer. It is a junction on the Bombay- Delhi broad Gauge railway line.
Former citadel of the brave Chauhans and Handas, Bundi, south east of Ajmer, is a picture sque township nestled in a narrow gorge. The awe- inspiring palace complex, the fort, artistic step-wells, cenotaps, gardens, lakes, hunting resorts and game sanctuaries of Bundi are full of rich tourist potential. Bundi has a good road links with Kota, Ajmer, Udaipur, and other major towns in Rajasthan. From Kota it is just an hour’s journey to Bundi Accommodation available here are Circuit House, Dak Bungalow, some rest houses and lodges.
Twelve km. from Sawaimadhopur-a station on the Delhi- Bombay main-line (Railway)-lies Ranathambhor, the abode of the brave and hardy Hammir who reigned here during Alauddin Khilji’s time. This ancient fort, in its rugged and rough beauty enchants the visitor. This place has also many tigers and- hence the creation of Ranathambhor National Park in 1971 which has now nearly 50 tigers. For stay one should book his stay in the various lodges, rest-houses, etc., in Sawaimadhopur. There are Govt. lodges, etc., at Ranathambhor for which the Field Director, Project Tiger must be contacted.
This quintessence of Rajput heroism, Chittorgarh is a proud witness of the bravery and chivalry of its inhabitants unsurpassed by any race in the world. Sacked thrice, Chittorgarh, the Capital of the Sisodia clans of the Rajput and Capital of the kingdom of Mewar is the most renowned fort among all the forts of India. This fort, covering an estimated 700 acres, has the rare privilege of being the citadel of Rana Kumbha, Maharana Pratap, Jaimal and Patta and many other warriors whose saga of bravery still resound in the region. The various spots of tourist interest are: The Palace of Rana Kumbha, Tower of Victory, Padmini’s Palace, Kirti Stambh, Meera Temple. Each part of the fort is replete with the saga of bravery and sacrifice.
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