Touring The Sandy Land of Rajasthan in a Royal Way

India is a geographically diversified land and Rajasthan is an example of how extreme climatic conditions can get in this country. Surprisingly, Rajasthan also happens to earn a reputation of ranking among the top tourist destinations of the country. Its exotic lifestyle evident by the richness in culture and heritage, displayed through architectural excellence in palaces and forts, and the high-spirited festivals and Nature’s bliss in dunes and deserts invites interested tourists from the entire globe. This, in turn, adds to the revenue of the country even as this royal state adds to the number of tourists visiting each year.

Royal Rajasthan

Royal Rajasthan

Exotic Locations for Mandatory Visit:
Among the most famous places of interest the Pink city of Jaipur (also the capital of Rajasthan), the Lakes City of Udaipur, Bikaner- the Camel City, the Golden City- Jaisalmer, the Blue City of Jodhpur, the City of ‘Frescoed Havelis’- Mandawa, the ‘Land of Dargah Sharif’- Ajmer and the ‘Land of Lord Brahma’- Pushkar are all included. You will also be exposed to the ornamental palace and forts along with the colourful markets in your Rajasthan trip.

Here is a list of the famed cities where you must make halts during your trip to Rajasthan.

The Lakes City-Udaipur:
The town of Udaipur has a lot to offer with its elegant palaces and nature’s beauty in its collection of lakes. It is even considered one of the most romantic cities of India because of the ambience and array of culturally rich sites it beholds. The major tourist attractions include the Udai Sagar Lake, the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Nagda Temple, the Eklingji Temple, the Lake Palace, the Jagdish Temple, the Fateh Prakash Palace, the Monsoon Palace, the Pichola Lake and other such exclusive natural and man-made beauty.

The Pink City-Jaipur:
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is nicknamed as the ‘Pink City’ owing to the prominent pink color in the city. Your will full worth of your visit to places like the Albert Hall, the museum, the City Palace, the Jantar Mantar, the Hawa Mahal, the Jaigarh fort, the Amber Fort, the Nahagarh Fort and a variety of Heritage Hotels. You can put up in any of these hotels to enjoy a royally luxurious hospitality. You can also go for a pilgrimage to Pushkar and Ajmer from here. At Pushkar, you will come across the Brahma temple, the Savitri temple, the Gayatri temple, the Pushkar Palace and the ‘holy lake’. And if you plan to go to Ajmer, you will get a chance to take blessings form the Dargah Sharif.

City palace of udaipur

City palace of udaipur

The Camel City – Bikaner:
This city has rightly been termed as the ‘City of Camels’ as you behold a sight of the desert ships running all over the city limits and further beyond. Bikaner is a traveller’s prized visits in the land of Rajasthan. Its booming business in tourism is evident through the increasing number of people visiting the Havelis, the Lalgarh Palace and the beautiful and very historic Fort of Junagarh every year. This place is also popular for the sand dunes which nature lovers come to visit from the world over.

The City of Frescoed Haveils – Mandawa:
Located in the Shekhawati region of Rajahstan, Mandawa is another popular destination in Rajasthan tour. Its fame is owing to the thickly-populated havelis with frescoes, wall paintings, miniature paintings and murals that have been built in this place. Apart from tourists, historians and archaeologists are also attracted to Mandawa for this very reason. The Mandawa Fort and the numerous havelis are the
prime tourist attractions in Mandawa.

Apart from these cities and towns, you have a whole treasure of cultural exposure to be exploited and enjoyed thoroughly in your Rajasthan tour. The lanes and market places are covered with colourful items like wooden carvings, woven clothes, camel wear, mirror work and huge range of fabric works and handicrafts. Celebration in this land is a grand affair. Festivals like Bikaner Camel Festivals, Mount Abu Summer Festivals, Jaisalmer Desert Festivals, the unique Kite Festivals have all been initiated to attract more tourists in this land.

So, it is waste of time to keep waiting. Instead book the next flight to Rajasthan and give yourself a chance to be pampered in a royal way, enjoying the true beauty of Nature, making your holiday experience a grand one.

Golden Triangle Tours – Explore The Mughals Monuments

Not much happened in Agra before the Mughals and not much has happened since. It was the Mughals who in the mid-16th century transformed this rather nondescript little town on the banks of the Yamuna into a seat of power and a showpiece of stupendous Mughal architecture. Under Babur, Akbar, Jehangir and Sah Jahan, Agra became the imperial capital and a glittering city renowned for its wealth, culture, learning and architectural splendour. Agra is also one of the most prominent tourist destinations and captivating Golden Triangle Circuit in India.

Agra Fort

Agra Fort: Agra fort was built by Akbar, the greatest of all the Mughals. He started it in 1565 when he was barely 23. It stands beside a bend in the Yamuna at the site of an earlier Rajput fortress that served as a court for Akbar’s father Humayun and his grandfather Babur. But that was not good enough for Akbar who rebuilt it with the rugged red sandstone that was the hallmark of all his monumental buildings. The Agra Fort when it was ready was occupied by three great Mughals – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Each of them made significant structural contributions to the complex – often in very contradictory styles. The dazzling ornamentation and refinement of Shah Jahan’s creations in marble, stood distinct from the majestic, virile solidity of Akbar’s towering red sandstone ramparts. Miniature paintings of the time depict the palaces with richly bedecked awnings and terraces covered with colourful carpets. The Sheesh Mahal here was the Royal Bath. The most magnificent of the Baths was later removed by the British East India Company who sent it as a present to the Prince Regent, George IV. The beautiful marble-latticed Musarran Burj was where Shah Jahan spent the last seven years of his life imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. He died in 1666 gazing at the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of his beloved wife, Aurangzeb’s mother.

Fatehpur Sikri: A short distance south-west of the city is the hamlet of Sikri, where Akbar built his new imperial capital, Fatehpur – City of Victory. Its red sandstone contours are enshrouded in mystery. Why was Fatehpur Sikri built in such a hurry and why was it abandoned barely 15 years after it was conceived? Today, Sikri lies deserted its courtyards and terraces bleached by the hot sun. But when it was built it was characterized by the genius and vigour that marked all of Akbar’s undertakings, and it was completed before he was 28 years old. All of Fatehpur Sikri is built of red sandstone, and relieved by trimmings of white marble and blue tiles. The Jama Masjid is the most significant structure here with filigreed marble trellises, where every year thousands come to tie a scarlet thread as they pray for a boon. There are several stunning palaces, pavilions and pools, but what is particularly striking about the complex is the large number of disparate styles and the seemingly random juxtaposition of different types of building, yet all of it cohesive, as though there were an underlying, perhaps divinely inspired order.

tajmahal

The Taj Mahal: Though iconic and familiar from a hundred movie and postcards, nothing prepares you for what you feel when you are face to face with the Taj. No photograph ever comes close to capturing the monument’s peculiar alchemy. Its towering, flawless beauty moves you beyond words. It seems to flare and soar; its marble domes and minarets seemingly spun from air. The monument is possessed of an inner symmetry that seems almost preternatural. It’s said that Shah Jahan intended to build himself a mausoleum, a black marble replica of the Taj opposite it – but that was not to be. He was imprisoned by his son and he died within sight of his monument to the Empress Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is an Urs – a place of pilgrimage, because the eppress died in childbirth, thus becoming a martyr. Then, as now, prayers and recitations from the Quran reverberate through the cenotaph chamber.