Tourist Places in Rajasthan

Ajmer - Popular Pilgrimage Centre
Tourist Attractions in Ajmer, India should be visited because of the fact that Ajmer not only offers visual pleasures but also a whole lot of informations that satisfy the quest of the travelers and historians alike. Based in the middle of the Aravallis, and the Ana Sagar Lake, Ajmer has been one of the popular Touring Destinations in Rajasthan. The city is also drained by the tributaries of the Luni and Banas Rivers.

Apart from its historical significance and easy accessibility, Ajmer is also visited for it has a number of tourist attractions to offer. The most popular Tourist Attractions in Ajmer include the following:

The Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti :- It is one of the chief Tourist Attractions in Ajmer. It is the mausoleum of the famous Sufi Saint of the thirteenth century. It is also referred to as the Ajmer Sharif.

The Taragarh Fort :- Built in the seventh century by the founder of Ajmer (Ajaypal Chauhan), the fort stands atop a hill and provides a view of the entire city of Ajmer.

The Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra :- This mosque, built by Alauddin Khilji (the ruler of the Khilji Dynasty under the Delhi Sultanate), is one of the perfect examples of Muslim Architecture.

The Ana Sagar Lake :- Anaji, after whom this beautiful lake has been named, was built by him between 1135- 1150 A.D. The lake was beautified later by the Mughal Emperors. 

The Baradari :- This grand marble palace was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

The Daulat Bagh :- Jahangir is the Mughal Emperor who is credited for creating these glorious gardens in Ajmer.

The Palace of Akbar :- Built in 1570 A.D., this palace of the legendary Mughal 'Baadshah', is a massive fortified structure located close to the Railway Station of Ajmer. Today, the palace houses a museum that exhibits items like weapons and armor used in medieval times, stone sculptures, and miniature paintings.

The Kishangarh Fort :- Situated 27 kilometers away from Ajmer City, this Fort, consisting of a huge moated wall, was constructed by the Rathore King, Maharaja Roop Singh in 1653 A.D.

The Solahkhamba :- This is a tomb of Sheikh Ala-al Din Khan, the person behind 'Ajmer Sherif'. This tomb, having sixteen pillars, is situated in the vicinity of the 'Dargah'.
The other Tourist Attractions in Ajmer include the Tomb of Abdullah Khan, the Badnor Fort, the Mayo College, the Sawai Bhoj Temple, the Mahadev Temple, the Jhulelal Temple, Mosque of Emperor Shah Jahan, and the Man Mahal.

Enquire NowFurthermore, the city of Ajmer has a reputation for celebrating numerous festivals throughout the year. Since these Festivals in Ajmer cater to the interests of all religions, Ajmer is visited all the year round by people from all parts of the world.

As a result tourists prefer making Ajmer as their base, since the city offers a wide range of transport facilities. So, moving from Ajmer to other parts of Rajasthan is not a problem at all. Moreover, Ajmer also ensures easy availability of essential commodities like food and medicines that one might look for while on a tour.

Jodhpur  - known as the Blue City
Standing on the threshold of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second biggest city in Rajasthan after the capital city of Jaipur. It was founded by Rao Jodha, leader of the Rathore clan in 1459. The city seems to be capped by the rugged Meherangarh fort that rises majestically above the town area suggesting the turbulent past of Marwar. The old city is encircled by a 10 km long wall. The distinction between the old and new city is evident from the fort. While the old city has the impressive fort the new city has a large defense contingent, as it lies near Pakistan border, indicating that times may have changed but the military importance of it has not.

From the fort it appears as if there is a blue sea beneath - a sea of blue buildings. The houses washed in blue, once painted so as to distinguish the residences of the Brahmins who formed the upper strata of the society from the others, have now become the hall mark of Jodhpur and earned for it the sobriquet of The Blue City. The famed city has been the shooting venue for Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book that features Sam Neill and John Cleese. The tight fit trousers worn for horse riding get their name Jodhpurs from Jodhpur city.

Tourist Places of Jodhpur:

MEHRANGARH FORT
Crowning a perpendicular cliff, the fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D., when he shifted his capital from Mandore. Standing sentinel to the city below, it overlook the rugged and rocky terrain and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely wrought from red sandstone. Carved panels and porches, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal, Sheesh mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana, seem to make the medieval splendour come alive. A collection of palanquins, hawdas, royal cradles, miniature paintings of various schools, folk music, instruments, costumes, furniture and an impressive armoury.

JASWANT THADA
Build in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh ll in 1899, the imposing white marble memorial marks the site of royal crematorium. It houses portraits of successive rulers. The four cenotaphs around here commemorate notable acts of bravery and generosity of the four successive rulers.

UMAID BHAWAN PALACE
The only palace builds in the 20th century, as a famine relief project which gave employment to the people for 16 years. Build by Maharaja Umaid singh and named after him, this exquisite palace is also known as Chittar Palace, because of the local chittar sandstone used. It is a splendid example of Indo-colonial art and deco style of the 30s.A unique feature of this palace is that the hand-chiselled sandstone blocks have been put together in a special system of interlocking; there is no mortar binding.


OSIAN TEMPLE
Enquire NowA great centre of Brahmancial and Jain religions. The temples here belong to two periods ? an early period represented by nearly 12 temples and later period of 6 temples. The Jain Mahavir Temple is unique among the Osian temples, with the vaulted design of its hall-celling. The main Sachiya Mata Temple appears to be made in 1178 AD and has a shikhar clustered by two rows of turrets, an ambulatory and large assembly hall with an elaborate ceiling


Bundi - Rajasthan Tourist Spots
Bundi is a magnificent town, 36 Kms from Kota, once ruled by the Hada Chauhans. First destination is Hadoti set in a narrow inclining gorge. The palaces and forts have a fairy tale quality about them. Isolated and independent, this picturesque location has much to offer. Rajput architecture shines in the intricately carved brackets and pillars. Interesting places are Diwan-e-aam, Hathia Pol, and Naubat Khana.

PLACES OF INTEREST ARE:

Taragarh Fort:
The serpentine Taragarh Fort and its palace is what immediately strike visitors on arrival in Bundi. Rudyard Kipling who visited here a century ago wrote, "No human hand can create such a splendour; for only angels have that skill". Taragarh is Bundi's pride. This imposing fort was raised at a height of 500 meters atop a hill by Rao Bar Singh in the 13th century. Strong bastions the biggest being Bhim Burj, rise above the chain of palaces built by different rulers over a period of time. A huge reservoir within the fort provided the place white water. A curious feature about it is that whenever the water lever rises above the danger level, sluice gates are opened and the running water makes the lanes of the city turn into miniature canals. Striking features of the fort are the Chhatra Mahal, Badal Mahal and Ratan Daulat - Diwan-I-Aam, built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh (1607-31). The Chhatra Mahal was founded by Raja Chhatrasal in 1660 the famous Bundi Kalam miniatures can be found here. The Zenana Mahal and the Badal Mahal also have an excellent collection of miniatures. The famous Chitrashala, built by Rao Raja Umed Singh (1739-70) has open galleries running around it and have the best of Bundi wall painting depicting the Raas Leela, court life and beautiful women. To view the other frescoe-covered palaces, permission is required form the royal family as the fort is private property. The Chhatra Mahal, Phool Mahal and Badal Mahal and Bundi miniatures have been recognized, world wide, for their superb quality.

The Palace: This magnificent edifice is a fine example of the Rajput architecture, housing some of the superb Bundi murals.

Chhattar Mahal: A steep, paved carriage-way is the only way to reach the monument. Of special interest in the palace is the Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousand, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with its old water clock and the Diwaan-e-Aam.

Ratan Daulat: Built by Rao Raja Ratan Singh, it is a very interesting structure forming a stable for nine horses and a Hatia Pol. (Prior permission required fro visit.)

Chitrashala: A fascinating pavilion and a gallery of miniature murals embellish the palace. Elaborate colourful paintings on the walls depicts scenes from the 'Ragmala' and Raasleela' - the Radha-Krishna story.

Nawal Sagar: Visible from the fort is the square artificial lake of Nawal Safar, broken up by islets. A temple dedicated to Varuna, the Aryan got of water, stands half submerged in the centre of the lake. The reflection of the entire city and its palaces can be seen in the lake-making it a unique attraction of Bundi.

Step-wells of Bundi: For anyone who wants to see the beauty of different types of stepwells, a visit to the township of Bundi is recommended. A number of stepwells have been made over a period of three centuries by members of the royal families as well as the people of Bundi who took interest in a worthwhile cause. Out of around 20 stepwells in the area, those worth a mention are Naval Sagar, Sisodiaji ki Baori, Purushottam ki Baori, Sukhi Baori, Manoharji ki Baori and RAmi ki Baori.

While baoris in Rajasthan display a dexterity and architectural beauty typical of the state, non them compare with Rani ka Vav (queen's stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat, except the Rani ki Baori at Bundi. Though not as large in its dimensions, it is extremely ornate and embellished with excellent of carving of elephants with their trunks turned inwards, as if they had taken water of the baori and were quenching their thirst. As you descend towards the water source, large well preserved statures of Ganesh, Saraswati and the ten incarnations like Matsya, Varaha and Narsingh attract your attention thou some of them have become victims of the elements over time. The well has depth of 46 metres and a very ornate & exquisitely carved Toran Dwar. The length and breadth of the baori is 40'*30'. The delicately chiseled arches on the columns add to the beauty and grandeur of the total structure which is an example of the Rajasthani baori architecture at its best. This baori was built in 1600 AD by Rani Natawati, wife of Rao Raja Anirudh Singh. She is reported to have commissioned nearly 21 baoris.

Another stepwell is Dhabaiji ka Kund which was constructed by Dhabaiji Raj of Bundi in 1911 AD. It is situated near the Lanka Gate. The stairs lead down to a depth of around 50 feet. There are two rooms with windows (Jharokha).

Sukh Mahal: A magnificent summer palace on the Sukh Sagar Lake amid the luch surroundings of a beautiful garden. An underground tunnel is believed to run from the Sukh Mahal to the old Palace.

Phool Sagar: The 20th century palace with an artificial tank and picturesque gardens. Presently, it is the residence of the former ruler. (Prior permission of secretary is required for a visit.)

Shikhar Burj: Located in the sun-dappled forest, Shikhar Burj was the royal hunting lodge. Wild-life in the Bundi woods comprised tigers, deer and boar. The royal hunts of Bundi were well renowned.

Keshar Bagh: An ancient garden near the Shikhar Burj with beautiful chhatirs of the Bundi rulers and their queens all examples of the town's rich architecture. (Prior permission required for visit.) Eighty four pillared cenotaph: an amazingly magnificient memorial with 84 pillars in a single cenotaph along with a Shiva Lingam. It was erected by Rao Anirudh.

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Jait Sagar Lake (3 km): A picturesque lake cradled in the hills, built by Jaita Meena. The swirling fountain at night is a visual delight.

Rameshwaram: The cave temple Lord Shiva surrounded by the Aravalli ranges. An ideal picnic spot as well.

Keshoraipatan: Perched majestically on the bank of the river Chambal, the temple of Keshoraipatan is nestled in an idyllic location. Although it is located in the Bundi district, it is just 9 kms. away from Kota.

Keshoraipatan was called "Patan" in the ancient times and it was ruled by King Ranti Dev. Keshoraipatan is one of the oldest cities whose past can be traced to ancient times when it was a religious center. The city witnessed many ups and downs and its archaeological remains reflect its past glory.

Keshoraipatan is famous for its temple known by the same name. It was renovated by Rao Raja Chhatrasal (1631-1658) of Bundi. The temple stands, beautifully on the plains against the backdrop[ of clear blue sky, amid a sylvan setting with the river Chambal flowing silently nearby. It is so perfect in its design and construction that the temple remains safe even during the monsoons, when the Chambal is in spate. Keshoraipatan becomes "mini-pushkar" on the night of the full moon in the month of Kartika. Early in the morning, the banks of river Chambal witness a colourful scene of Men & Women, clad in fantastic costumes mirrored in the crystal clear water of the river Chambal. Women float lighted diyas (lamps prepared by them from flour dough), into the river and seek boons. The temple and the scenic beauty arrest the attention of visitors and speak of its grandeur and glory in silence.

Indergarh: Founded by Raja Indrasal of the royal house of Bundi in 1605, Indergarh (80 km), though a small little town has a beautiful fort which contains some excellent frescoes. It is also famous for the Bijasan Mata Temple & Kamleswar Mahadeo at Kuwalji.

Menal-Bijolia Temple Complexes: A road through rocky terrain, south of Bundi, takes you on to Bijolia (54 km) and Menal (70 km), temple towns of the 12th century. Menal was once the mountain retreat of Prithvi Raj Chauhan of Delhi. A few decaying palaces still exist here. But it is the temples which catch your eye, with the impressive Nandi Bull, the Shiv and Parvati statures (still in excellent condition) and a domed pavilion on the terrace which affords excellent views. The Menal River, falling into various gorges from its splendid heights, is a fantastic sight.

Ramgarh Sanctuary (45 km): The Ramgarh Sanctuary is located on the Nainwa road. One need to take permission of the State Forest Department prior to a visit to the sanctuary.

Talwas (53 km): A magnificent fort built by the ruler Ajit Singh. A temple of Dhooleshwar Mahadev and a picturesque waterfall adjoining the fort are worth a visit. The beautiful Ratna Sagar Lake is close by and is a haven for fauna like bear and deer during the monsoon.

Dugari (65 km): Remnants of ancient wall paintings can be seen in the Ram Mandir within the imposing fort of Dugari.

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Kajli Teej: Teej Festival is celebrated all over the state with each region having its own unique touch. Kajli Teej of Bundi is different in several ways - while Teej is celebrated on the third day of the Shravan Month, in Bundi it is celebrated on the third day of the Bhadra Month. The festival starts with the procession of goddess Teej in a decorated palanquin from the beautiful Naval Sagar. It passes through the main bazaars and terminates at Azad Park. The procession has decorated elephants, camels, bands, performing artists and colourfully dressed people.

Enquire NowThe people who gather here from surrounding areas also get to watch and participate in the cultural programmes that are organized in the evenings. It provides a very good chance to see performances by local artists from Hadoti region.

Though the main function of Teej is held only on two days, the celebrations continue upto Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna.

Jaisalmer  - Golden splendor amid the desert
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. The major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer include the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Salim-Singh- ki-haveli, Tazia tower, Bar Bagh and the beautiful Gadsisar Lake. Its exquisite handicrafts and colorful festivals are other major tourist attractions.

Following are some of the places to visit in Jaisalmer:
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 people.

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.

Things to Do in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer offers a wide range of leisure options to its visitors. On tours to Jaisalmer, on can enjoy exciting and unforgettable excursions to places like the Desert National Park, famous for its fragile ecosystem and unique flora and fauna; Amar Lake (6 km) famous for summer palaces, finely hewed Jain temples, and gardens; Lodurva (16 km) famous for the ruined Jain Temple and a mythical wish-fulfilling tree; and Akal Wood Fossil Park famous for fossilized logs of trees trunks. Situated at about 42 km from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes are must visit tourist attractions near Jaisalmer. Enjoying an exciting camel safari on Sam promises to be truly an unforgettable experience. The place also offers breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset. Another not to be missed tourist attraction in Jaisalmer is its colorful Desert Festival held in Jan-Feb every year.

Enquire NowJaisalmer also offers exciting shopping experience to its visitors. On tours to Jaisalmer, you can shop for embroidered textiles and carpets, woolen pattu, carpets made from camel hair, tapestry, oil lamps, silver jewelry, finely cut antiques, old stonework, trinkets, and other souvenirs and curios.


Bikaner - Medieval Splendor
The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the desert state, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendour that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner's history dates back to 1488 AD, when a Rathore Prince Rao Bikaji - a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD), Rao Jodhaji, established his kingdom here. Rao Jodhaji had five sons but Rao Bikaji was the most enterprising of them. Bikaji chose a barren wilderness called 'Jangladesh' and transformed it to an impressive city, called Bikaner after the founder's name. The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that came from West/Central Asia, made it a prime trade centre in the time of the yore. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, created with delicacy in reddish pink sandstone, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes, colourful bazaars and bright and cheerful folks make Bikaner an interesting experience.

Tourist Attraction in Bikaner

JUNAGARH FORT - The Junagarh Fort, built by Rai Singh in 1593, has a 986 mts extended wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. Situated at 700 feet above sea level, it can be seen from a distance towering over the city. The fort and its palaces are profusely ornamented with magnificent stone carvings. The major structures within the fort include the Anup Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Rang Mahal, and Ganga Mahal. The Chandra Mahal has remarkable frescoes; Phool Mahal has glass work on its walls; and Amnup Mahal is decorated with golden pen works.

LALGARH PALACE - Built in memory of his father by Maharaja Ganga Singh, the Lalgarh Palace is at 3 km from Bikaner city. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, is building is quite imposing with its overhanging balconies and delicate latticework. Blooming bougainvillea and Peacocks welcome the visitor. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation has transformed a portion of this palace into a hotel.

CAMEL RESEARCH AND BREEDING FARM - 8 kms from Bikaner, the governments Camel Research and Breeding Farm is the only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm breeds and trains camels.

DESHNOKE TEMPLE - 30 kms south of Bikaner, the village of Deshnoke has Mata Karni Temple. This 600-year-old temple is devoted to Karni Mata who is considered to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple has intricately carved silver gates donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The temple consider rats as sacred and worship them. One has to be very watchful while entering the inner sanctum, if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica can only compensate for the lost life.

GANGA GOLDEN JUBILEE MUSEUM - The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, among the very best in Rajasthan, has on diplay one of the richest collections of terracotta ware, miniature paintings of Bikaner school, weapons, and coins dating back to Harappan civilization.

SHRI SADUL MUSEUM - A part of the Lalgarh Palace has a museum called the Sadul Museum.It covers the first floor of the palace. Some well-preserved old photographs and wildlife trophies have been housed here
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FORT MUSEUM - The Ganga Mahal, Maharaja Ganga Singh’s contribution to Junagarh Fort, houses a Museum today. Built in the early 20th century this pink sandstone hall has walls carved with subtle tracery and scrollwork. From ivory-inlaid muskets to, jade-handled daggers an exotic collection of antique Rajput weaponry is displayed here.

Mount Abu - Pleasent Retreat

Tourist Attractions in Mount Abu

Luna Vashi Temple
Luna Vashi Temple is a major attraction for the tourists primarily for the Jains. The temple is of ancient origin, built together by Tejpala and Vastupala, the two ministers of King Viradhavala. The main purpose was to dedicate it to the Jain Tirthankaras. The temple is just few kilometers from the famous Dilwara Temple. Tourists visit to relish the beautiful carving and the splendid floral designs of the temple .

Vimala Vashi Temple
Vimala Vashi Temple, built of marble is just 2.5 kms from the hill town. It is a popular ancient Jain Temple dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankaras. It was built by Vimal Shah, the minister of Raj Bhimdeo.The splendid metallic idol of Adinath, made of brass and gold is something to be seen. The temple looks beautiful for its floral paintings, beautiful depictions which include geometrical designs, lotus beds etc.

Museums in Mount Abu
The Archaeological Museum was built in 1962 with the primary objective to preserve the acrhaeological treasures. The museum remains open for the history buff to enjoy various treasures of bygone era. The museum houses several excavations as early as 8th-12th century A.D. The primary attraction of the museum is the statues of Devdasi or the dancer which dates back to 6th and 12 century AD .

The museum is divided into two sections. The first section is dedicated to accessories of the ancient period which include earrings, damani', 'karna', 'kanksi berla' and 'gaga wala thoomar' and musical instruments. The second section houses beautiful miniature paintings based on various themes like Sirohi, raga-raginis etc.

Fort in Mount Abu
Achalgarh Fort was built in 1452 by the Rana Kumbha, the brave ruler of Mewar. The massive fort is located at a distance of 11 kms from the hill town atop a mountain peak. One get get beautiful view of the lovely surrounding from the fort itself. The massive structure of the fort and the battlement walls are truly awe-inspiring.

Guru Shikhar Mount Abu
A much revered Hindu pilgrimage site, the Guru Shikhar is the highest peak of the Aravali range situated at 15km northeast of the hill town.

Dilwara Jain Temples Mount Abu
One of the renowned Jain pilgrimage, the Dilwara Jain Temples constructed between 11th and 13th century are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. The temple complex comprising of five marble temples out of which the oldest temple is the Vimal Vasahi Temple is one of the exquisite specimen of Jain architectural splendour.

Nakki Lake Mount Abu
A popular picnic spot frequented by tourists for enjoying boatrides and panoramic views of the adjacent hills. The lake got its name from a mythological story according to which it was created by a Hindu God who created it by using his nails.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1960, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary houses 110 plant species with 449 genera and 820 species and is a sought after base of the die-hard naturalists.

Sunset Point Mount Abu
3km away from the town to the west, within a walkable distance, where the valley ends, there is the Sunset Point.At the foothills down below is a deep gorge or pit.It looks as if the setting sun has just fallen or dissapeared from the sky into the mountains. This point offers one of the breathtaking mountain view from this point.

Honeymoon Point Mount Abu
Another popular spot to enjoy the scenic beauty especially the magical moment when the setting sun spreads its orange wings, the heavenly view of the Abu Valley and acres of lush greenary.

Toad Hill Mount Abu
Resembling the posture of a frog leaping from the hill to the water, Toad Hill is another popular point in the hill station.

Trevor's Tank Mount Abu
Situated just 5kms from the hill town, the Trevor's Tank derived its name from the British engineer who built it is a well known hang out spot for those who want to enjoy several moods of nature where thick wooded hills provide the perfect abode for the different varieties of birds like peacocks and pigeons.

Gaumukh Temple Mount Abu
Dedicated to Saint Vashisth, the Gaumukh Temple nestled in midst of spectacular surrounding is an important pilgrimage and meditation centre.The temple got its name from a sculpted cow situated in the premises of the temple.
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Adhar Devi Mount Abu
Located in a cave surrounded by pictorial beauty of dense forest and high mountain ranges, the Adhar Devi Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga has several embellished statues and considered as one of the prominent religious destinations in the hill town.


Jaipur - The Land of Rajwaras

Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture.

Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.

The imperial city, replete with amazing legends of romance and heroism. A land where the past thrives still. This is the fortified city of Jodhpur, standing a wary sentinel to the great Thar Desert. Beckoning you to the wilderness of fascinating dunes, rocky terrain and thorny vegetation.

Once the capital city of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodhaji - chief of the Rathore Clan of Rajputs who claimed descent from Lord Rama. A major trade centre of 16th century, the city, today, has grown to become the second largest city of Rajasthan, retaining the medieval splendour.

The city is encompassed by a high wall, 10 km. long with eight gates. Within the city, atop a rocky hill, stands the massive fort, 120 mtrs. above the plains.

Packed with history, art and culture, this princely state is a treasure - trove of some exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis - standing a testimony to the imperial grandeur. But what entices the most in Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle, festivity and smiling people.

Jaipur, being the capital of Rajasthan it is easily accessible by all means. Daily Flights are available to all major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, flights to Kolkata is also available. It is well connected by Roads & Trains. You can hire a cab from New Delhi or can pick the Volvo - Bus provided by the Rajasthan Govt.

Transportation
Air :
Indian Airlines connect Jaipur with Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Bombay, Varanasi, Calcutta, Ahmedabad.
Rail: Jaipur is connected by rail with Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Abu Road (Mount Abu), Udaipur, Bombay and Sawai Madhopur.
Road: Good motorable roads connect Jaipur with Delhi 258 km, Agra 236 km, Bikaner 321 km, Udaipur 405 km, Ajmer 131 km, Jodhpur 316 km, Bharatpur 176 km, Jaisalmer 638 km and Bombay 1202 km
Bus : Regular buses ply from Jaipur to the above places and Alwar, Kota, Sariska, Mathura, Indore, Chittorgarh and Barmer.

Amer Palace
The fort, its ramparts & watchtowers, overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway. It is believed to have been the capital of the "Minas", the original inhabitants of Rajasthan.

City Palace
Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza, the imposing gateway of the City Palace guarded by stone elephants, is monumental.

Hawa Mahal
A Pandora's box of wonders, the enchanting Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds, tier upon tier of curved arch surmounting fairy casements with "jali", lattice work screens.

Jaigarh
Built on a peak, overlooks the palace & city of Amber below.

Jal Mahal
Is Jaipur's lake palace. Surrounded with water.
Jantar Mantar
The architectural astronomical instruments of an 18th century Rajasthani king named Jai Singh contained in an amazing, three-storey-high complex known as Jantar Mantar.

Nahargarh Fort
Originally called Sudarshan Garh affords a splendid view of Jaipur.

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Has beautiful gardens, fountains, pools & some magnificent pieces of Sculpture.

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Excursions
Nahargarh Fort 15 kms, Sanganer 16 kms, Ramgarh Lake 30 kms and Shekhawati 168 kms.


Udaipur - Jewel of Mewar

Popularly Known as the Jewel of Mewar, the city was founded by Maharajah Jai Singh in 16th century. The city of Udaipur endorse three major lake, Pichhola, Fatehsagar and Udaisagar. The three lakes adds to the magic of the city. On Pichhola lake stands the Jag mandir, a famous palace of royal era.

Airways: 21 km from city center lies the Maharana Pratap Airport. A well connected place by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways with Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur.
Railways: It is connected by the western Railway meter Gauger network and linked to major cities like Delhi, Jaipur Chittaurgarh.
Roadways: Well connected to all the major cities like Delhi, Agra.

Facts About Udaipur

Area
: 37 sq km.
Best Seasons: September - March.
Languages: Mewari, Hindi, English.
Excursion: Eklingi, Nathwada, Deogarh.
Major Attraction: Lake Pichhola, City Palace, Shilpgram, Jagdish Temple.

Lake Pichhola
The name of the lake is kept after the the name of the village Pichali and is beautiful dotted with hills, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. The lake adorns with two exquisite palaces Jag Niwas, a summer residence of the princes of Mewar and now a hotel and Jag Mandir built in red sandstone with marble dome.

City Palace
The construction of this beautiful building is started by Udai Singh and is largest palace complex. The construction of this building was completed by Successive rulers. The complex houses a with large collection of artifacts.

Jagdish temple
Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh I, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Saheliyon Ki Bari

Enquire NowThe garden is well laid, with extensive lawns and shady walks. Its manicured lawns display a fascinating variety of bougan villea and five fountains release showers in tune with their titles namely, 'Welcome'; 'Raining Cats and Dogs'; 'Rains in Midnight', 'Rains without Clouds'; 'Gentle Shower in Mid Day'.


Alwar - The Land of The Hunt

Location: 142 km NE of Jaipur and 280 km SW of Delhi.
Gateway To: Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
What to See: Bala Quila, Govt. Palace museum, 'Chattri of Moosi Rani'
When To Go: September to February

Whispering Tales of Delhi - Alwar Tourism
There is always a part of history that dominates others, save the ink by which it is written on the pages of time. Some leave grave imprints on the sands as they pass by, others are washed away camly by the seasons. Alwar, also known as the Tiger Gate of Rajasthan, nestles between several small hills, maneuvering a picturesque postcard setting and looks with a dramatically forbidding fort at the backdrop, as if carved magnificently out of the rugged rocks of Aravallis. Once a part of the ancient Matsya Desh kingdom, this tiny pack of surprises is now a part of Rajasthan, the north-western state of India. Whether it is the famous 'kalakand' or their carefree attitude to life, the people have always believed in originality of ideas than to submit their luck to some alien rule. The grandeur and beauty of the delicate forts and palaces dotting the region, stately hunting lodges at Sariska, sites of archeological importance on lapidarian hills, lush green deciduous forests where several birds and animals cohabit in an equally diverse socio-cultural domain, have made this region a traveller's delight, the true attractions of Alwar.

Tales of The Bygone Bandits
Alwar tourism is the way to censor historical contravention, Alwar can be framed as both the oldest and the newest of the Rajput Kingdoms of Rajasthan. On one hand, it traces its tradition back to the kingdoms of Viratnagar, that flourished here around 1500 B.C. It was also known as 'Matsya Desh' where the Pandavs, the invincible heroes of Mahabharata, spent the last year of their 13 year expatriation. However, the first significant mention of Alwar in any historical context dates back to 1265, when Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq barged in the capital of Mewat with an intention to overturn the inveterate bandits of the region. The city of Alwar is believed to have been founded in 1720 by a member of the Kachh family, Rajput Pratap Singh, who hailed from Amber (Jaipur). It was also one of the first Rajput states to ally itself with the incipient British Empire, which, unfortunately, later turned into a reason for English interference in Alwar's internal affairs.

Buy The Best
Alwar Tourism offers tourists shopping options for colourful bangles dolling the shops at the slender lanes of Hope Circus. Get a few of those leather worked exquisite 'Mojaris' or embroidered juties at the Sarafa Bazar. Taste the delicious sweet-meat speciality of milk, Kalakand and hot gulab jamun served with vanilla icecream - and linger the taste throughout your life. You can also look for live performances by local craftsmen - terracotta statue making, carpet weaving, bangle making - at Malakhera Bazar and Kedalgunj Bazar while on Alwar tour.
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The Tiger Gate of Rajasthan
The city of Alwar nestles between several small hills, maneuvering a picturesque postcard setting and portrays a dramatically forbidding fort at the backdrop, as if carved magnificently out of the rugged rocks of Aravallis. Plan a holiday trip to Alwar and enjoy the ambiance of this historical city.

A Walk In The Alwar Fort
Visit the ramparts of the Bala Quila (young fort), constructed quite a few centuries back. Wander around to see the graceful Bengal-caned marble columns and sublimely latticed balconies augmenting the looks of the colosseum.

Bharatpur  - See The Wing Commanders

Location :185 km SE of Delhi, 175 km from Jaipur
Renowned As : Ornithologist's Paradise
Must Visit : Lohagarh, Bharatpur Sanctuary, Deeg Fort
Best Time To Visit : October-February

Bharatpur Tourism - Watch The Birds Sit on The Ancient Pages of History
Adorn yourself with a cap on the head and wear a pair of hunting boots, take a binocular, and start walking. The birds flying above your head will guide you to the most prestigious habitat of the avian species. Bharatpur. Nestling at 185 km south-east of Delhi, a visit to this gateway to the bird-watcher's paradise at Keoladeo, is a lifetime experience. And not only that. The trivial town of Bharatpur is a pleasure in itself. Dotted by numerous forts and palaces all over the terrain and vicinity, Bharatpur bird attraction surely enchants every visitor with its rural air of cordiality. Enjoy a glass of tea near Deeg fort, experience luxury at its best at Laxmi Vilas Palace, and then move out to gather colourful feathers of migratory avians that gather with the fall of winter. Imagine, what a holiday it would be!

Explore The Charms of The City - Bharatpur Attractions
Once the seat of power of the Rajasthani Jats, Bharatpur was once surrounded by an 11-km long wall (now demolished) which acted as the first line of defence. The Jats maintained a high degree of autonomy, both because of their prowess in battle and their chiefs' marriage alliances with Rajput nobility. You can very well feel their valour after a visit to Lohagarh or the Iron Fort, that dominates the skyline of this beautiful town. Displaying a flamboyant amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the most famous attraction of Bharatpur is this colossal fort took its name from its supposedly impregnable defences. Enter through the 'Ashtadhatu Gate' and you will be amazed to see the spikes perching high on the apex, said to be made of eight different metals! You might have heard that 'action speaks louder than words', the Jats, they whole-heartedly believed in this hypothesis. As a fruit of their pride, today you can see two exquisite towers (Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj) embellishing the ramparts of this grand monument.

Take a tour of Bharatpur and visit the Iron Fort, but don't forget to step inside the Government Museum, housed in the former darbar (maharaja's meeting hall). At places, the museum is poorly lit, but that adds to the enchantment, you feel like you have been escorted to completely newer worls where the archaic memorabilia comes to life. See the grand display of ethereal sculptures which spans the ages, some pieces even dating back to 2nd century AD! Remember to see the 10th century fine carving of Shiva as Nataraja, the cosmic dancer. After such a rendezvous with history, you surely would like to spend some time with yourself. Enjoy a five minute walk to Nehru Park located betwen the Museum and the Astadhatu Gate. Relax for sometime sitting on the pleasant lawns and looking squirrels play nearby.
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Roost Like A King Amidst The Greens
When on a holiday trip to famous Bharatpur, enjoy staying at Laxmi Vilas Palace, designed to meet every needs of an international traveller, while still preserving the royal amibiance, that used to prevail in those bygone era.

Tune Yourself With The Nature
Enjoy a early morning sojourn in the Bharatpur national park. You just cannot believe how much refreshing it is. Green, green and green and amidst this beautiful colour you can hear the melody of the avians.


Chittaurgarh - The True Placard of Rajput Chivalry

District : Chittaurgarh Region Mewar
Location : SE Rajasthan. 38 km from Madhya Pradesh Border
Popular For : Forts and Palaces
Best Time To Visit : October - March

Facts are stranger than fictions. You might never have heard about a king who burns an entire kingdom just to have a beauty by his side or hundreds of fine-cheeked Rajputs, donned in saffron robes of martyrdom, charging to their deaths or about a virgin lady who sang her nights out for Lord Krishna. These footages, if edited to make an epic film, will rock the Hollywood. Visit Chittaurgarh town in Rajasthan, where fantasies come to life, where real characters incarnate to breath their life out, but bow before a foreign power. Indeed, this elfin district owns more tales of valour and sacrifice than any other in Rajasthan's - perhaps even India's - glorious history.




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To See :

Chittaurgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha's Palace, Zenana Mahal, Gaumukh Kund, Rani Padmini Palace.

World Famous For :

Colossal Chittaurgarh Fort.

Don't Miss :

Rani Padmini Palace set on a Pond, The Menal's Waterfall roars during Rainy Season.

Palace Suites :

Jag Mandir Darshan, Aravalli Darshan and Sajjan Niwas are the real Luxury Showcases.

Must Visit :

Visit to the Kalika Mata Temple dedicated to Sun God.

Time Spend :

Tourist can plan a trip from Udaipur to Chittaurgarh - 3 hours drive. Spend minimum one day, if interested in various tales of love and war.

Getting Around :

Nagri (18 km NE), Bassi (25 km NE), Menal (78 km NE).

To shop :

Painted Wooden Toys - Bassi Village, Miniature Kavad - Altar, Gold - Silver Jewelry, Bandhini Textiles, Hand Embroidered Shoes.

Getting There :

Air - Nearest Airport - Dabok Airport in Udaipur.
Rail - Chittaugarh Station linked to Delhi by Nizamuddin - Udaipur Express. Mewar Express links Jaipur.
Road - 11 hrs from Delhi, 7 hrs - Jaipur, 21/2 hrs - Udaipur.
From Jaipur - NH-8 to Kishengarh via Dudu; NH-8 A to Naisirabad; NH-79 to Chittaurgarh via Bandanwara and Bhilwara.

Inside Tip :

To feel the existence of beautidul Rani Padmavati, stroll down the marble gallery of Padmini Palace, also watch the reflection of yours on the crystal clear water of the Pond inside the Palace.

Important Distances :

113 km NE of Udaipur, 330 km SW of Jaipur, 588 km SW of Delhi.

Where to Eat :

Castle Bijaipur -General Rajasthani food, Bassi Fort Palace - Paranthas and Vegetable Food, Pratap Palace - dal-baati-choorma, Hotel Meera - Indian and Mughal Meals, Hotel Padmini - Pure Vegetarians.

Staying Options :

Bassi Fort Palace, Castle Bijapur, Hotel Pratap Palace, Hotel Padamini, RTDC's Panna.



The Bygone Memory Lanes - History of Chittorgarh

The history of Chittaurgarh is, ironically, all about saffron and ash. Three times in its long history Chittaur was sacked by a stronger enemy, and on each occasion, historians got ample stuff to bedeck their history books.

Where The Winners Lost It All

Enquire NowIn 1535, it was Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujrat. Once again Jauhar was led by Rani Karanavati, a Bundi princess. Her infant son, Udai Singh was smuggled out of Chittaur to Bundi who survived to inherit the throne of the citadel. He learnt from his traumatic childhood that discretion is preferred to chivalry. And only 33 years later, in 1568, the finishing touch was added by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Every time the fort was defended heroically, but every time the odds were overwhelming. Every time the women performed 'jauhar', and every time the fort gates flung open to let the orange-robed warriors, rode out to their deaths.


Ranthambore - The Impressive Tiger Trail

District : Sawai Madhopur Region in Dhundhar
Location : At the junction of Aravallis and Vindhyas, SE of Rajasthan
Famous As : Tiger Reserve
What To Look For : Indian Gazelle, Black Buck, Elephants


It is hard to imagine. A massive tiger, his muscles rippling, his teeth all bared, his eyes with a brilliant bluish- grey tint, his body kept really low and his roar sounding like a million thunderbolts going off at the same time would come and greet you. Reputed to be among of India's first rated, people have been known to complain that the tigers at Ranthambhore National Park are almost tame! On the flip side, sightings are high. These tigers of Ranthambhore are so accustomed to human presence that they are known to even hunt in broad daylight in full view of gaping tourists. A significant geological feature within the terrain is the 'Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range. The Rivers Chambal in the South and Banas in the North hug the National Park. Take a tour of the Ranthambore national park which is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambhor Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The rugged park scape alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service.

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To See :

Wildlife National Park, Ranthambore Fort, Ganesh Temple, Jogi Mahal, Ranthambore School of Art.

What to Do :

Jeep safari, Elephant Safari, Canter Safari, Learning Painting from Ranthambore School of Art.

Best Time to Visit :

November to February - Best Time to Explore. March, April and May Increases the Tiger Sighting. Closed - July to September, Opens - October to June.

Don't Miss :

Tiger Safari inside the jungle, a visit to the Ranthambore Fort inside the National Park.

Getting There :

Air : Nearest airport is Jaipur - 145 km away, from there it takes about 3 hours.
Rail : Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is the nearest one, lying at a distance of 11km.
Road : Routes to Ranthambore : Buses ply on regular basis to all the major destinations in Rajasthan and India. NH - 8 to Jaipur, NH - 11 to Dausa, NH- 12 to Tonk.

Inside Tip :

Never get down of Jeeps or Elephants while in the Forest. Listen to the instructions of the Guide while on your Jungle Expeditions.

Important Distances :

15 km NE of Sawai Madhopur, 201 km SE of Jaipur, 457 km SW of Delhi, Agra - 277 km, Mumbai - 1077 km.

Staying Options :

Vanya Vilas, Aman-i-Khas Resort, Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Castle Jhoomar Baori, Ranthambore Bagh, Hotel Vinayak.


Ranthambhore - The Only Place Where The King Stays Calm
Tyger, Tyger, burning bright
In the forest of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

             - William Blake (1757-1827)



The Stony Fort In The Green Jungle
Long before these jungles were revised to as a ' sanctuary', king Sapaldaksha built a fort deep inside this forest. Built according to ancient architectural norms, and designed to utilize all the elements of the wild to its advantage, this fort is a must see for every visitor who visit this tiger reserve in India.
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Safari - The Jungle Patrol
Take a tour of the famous Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary In April, when the beautiful flowers of the forest blooms, it creates a infatuating fiesta of fiery red across the park precincts. Get an elephant or hire a jeep to enjoy the roller-coaster secrets of the close-knit jungle.

Pushkar - Spend A Holiday In Holy Spirits

District : Ajmer Region of Merwara
Location : Nestled in the Aravalli Valley of Central Rajasthan boardering Ajmer
World Renowned : For Pushkar Fair
Famous For : Brahma Temple (only one of its kind in whole world)

Amidst the desolate desert, harbored by lush green hills and wrapped around a scintillating lake, is the abode of the "Creator". Where the roads squirm amongst the buildings; architectural marvels with onion domes and ornate jaalis, where the heavy carved doors opens up to greet you into the beautiful courtyards decorated with murals, where men in prismatic dishabille clothing sell the mystical healing plant, Sanjivani.

Welcome to Pushkar! A city that careens with the rhythmic beats of spirituality, a city that puts color to its every emotion, best revealed through its magical Pushkar Fair. Take a Pushkar tourism to explore this divine land.

The Pushkar fair in Rajasthan is a famous weeklong fiesta with gregarious events and state sponsored frivolities thrown in. Rajasthani myths find their doorway in folk songs, dance diaries and short skits, while the cattle look on, belching and smelling that can floor the greatest knight. Storytellers, hypnotic, acrobats, snake charmers and monkey trainers all crowd in this kaleidoscopic parley of folks, held during Kartik Purnima, every year.

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To See :

Pushkar Fair, Sacred Pushkar Lake, Temples of Brahma, Varaha and Aptaeshwar.

What to Do :

Participation in Camel Fair, Camel Safari, Experience Folk Song and Dances performed by Gujjar Folklores.

Don't Miss :

Photographing Decorated Camels in Pushkar Fair, Making a Wish at Brahma Temple, Bath in the Sacred Pushkar Lake.

Visiting Time :

During Kartik Purnima ( Full Moon Day ) in October-November.

Duration :

Pushkar Fair last for 12 days.

Getting Around :

Ajmer - 11 km SE, Merta - 63 km W, Nimaj - Chhatra Sagar (115 km SW).

To Shop :

Sarweshwar Kala Mandir - Rajasthani Miniature Paintings. Bhagwan Barmeri Handicraft Shac, Dhabai's Shop - Antique pieces, Ethnic World - Cotton embroidered Kurtas, Gulkand a confection of rose petals and sugar.

Getting There :

Air : Sanganer Airport Jaipur is nearest (154 km/ 2 ½ hrs).
Rail : Ajmer Junction -11 km / 15 mins. Ajmer Shatabdi Train from Delhi and Jaipur.
Road : Pushkar is on NH-89, 11 km off NH-8 that connects Delhi and Mumbai. 15 mins from Ajmer, 2 ½ hrs from Jaipur, 7 ½ hrs from Delhi.

Important Distances :

400 km SW of Delhi, 154 km SW of Jaipur, 11 km NW of Ajmer.

Where to Eat :

Honey and Spice - Ginger Cinnamom Coffee, Juices, Spinach Pineapple Noodles. Moondance Cafe - Pizza, Oily Spinach Enchilada. Halwai - ki - Gali Kachoris and Samosas. RTDC's Hotel Sarovar Dal, Mixed Egg, Palak Paneer.

Staying Options :

Pushkar Palace, RTDC's Hotel Sarovar.

Inside Tip :

Pickup a Camel Leather Shoes from the local market for a comfortable walk, Avoid Non-Veg. and Alcohol as it is prohibited inside Pushkar.



Time To Chill Amidst The Dunes
When in a place like Pushkar, one cannot dream of putting up in a star class hotel. Enjoy the vivacity of the fair by staying at the tourist village, organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. A block of tents, each with its own identity, is self-sufficient and specially designed to complement the natural beauty of the site. So much so, they are even furnished with western style toilets and running water.

The Pushkar Destination
Enquire NowTravel to the holy place, Pushkar, lies in the breast pocket of two major cities of Rajasthan: Jaipur (140 km) and Ajmer (13 km). Rajasthan State Transport Corporation runs comfortable deluxe buses, in every 15 minutes, which connects Jaipur and Ajmer, from Jaipur main bus stand. You can also fly up to Jaipur, and then cuddle up in a taxi until the gritty sands of Pushkar welcomes you. Well connected to all major destinations of the country by broad gauge lines, Ajmer station is bis by your side if you are traveling by train. Pushkar is a relatively small town and it is easy enough to loiter around on foot. Without the opportunity to hire an auto-rickshaw, you can even go for a bicycle.