Discover Rajasthan

Travel to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar, Nagaur, Udaipur, Sikar, Barmer, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jhunjhunun, Churu, Pali, Ganganagar, Kota, Jalore, Banswara, Hanumangarh, Dausa, Chittaurgarh, Karauli, Tonk, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Sawai Madhopur, Baran, Dhaulpur, Rajsamand, Bundi, Sirohi, Pratapgarh, Jaisalmer

Rajasthan is a state of vibrant folk dance and music, gigantic forts and palaces, spicy food, colorful and large turbans, extensive golden sand desert, camels and rich handicraft. It is therefore, an incredible place to visit in India for enjoying unforgettable holidays. Sprawling in an area of 342239 sq. km, Rajasthan is perfect for history buffs, culture aficionados, adventure lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, family vacations, honeymoon, and more.

Rajasthan is northern state of India, bordered by Pakistan in the west, Punjab to the north, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to the north east, Gujarat to the south west and Madhya Pradesh state to the south east. Rajasthan State is the largest state in terms of geographical area of 342,239 sq km and seventh largest by population. As per Niti Aayog 2016 report, Total Fertility Rate is 2.7 higher than India’s average of 2.3. One-Third of state constitute of desert area, popularly known as Thar Desert which accounts for 102,000 sq km in Rajasthan in the western side. Rajasthan population in 2022 is estimated to be 83 million (8.3 Crores), by end of year 2020 the projected population is 81,032,689 as per Unique Identification Aaadhar India, updated 31 Dec 2020. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan with more than 3 million and other popular cities are Jodhpur, Kota of more than one million population each, state economy is mainly dependent on agriculture, manufacturing and mining. Rajasthan is the major tourist state with many forts and palaces.

Jaipur: Also called the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle and hails as one of the most famous tourist circuits in the country.

Rajputs ruled Jaipur for many centuries and developed as a planned city in the 17th century AD. With the old city surrounded by walls and gates decorated with drawings on the backdrop of a beautiful pink hue, Jaipur, the pink city, successfully retains its old-world charm. Home to a few UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar, Jaipur holds many magnificent forts, palaces, temples and museums and brims with bustling local bazaars where you can shop to your heart’s content. The city is also very well known for its local food, and the most famous dishes include the Ghewar, Pyaaz Kachori and Dal Baati Churma. The city also hosts the Jaipur Literary Festival, which is Asia’s biggest festival of its kind.

Famous Places in Jaipur: Amer Fort, Chokhi Dhani, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Birla Temple, Masala Chowk, Jaigarh Fort, Galtaji Temple, Jal Mahal, Gatore ki Chhatriyan, Amrapali Museum, Pink City, Patrika Gate, Jaipur Zoo, Central Park, Sisodia Rani Garden, Rambagh Palace, Govind Ji Temple, Moti Dungri Temple, Raj Mandir Cinema, Panna Meena ka Kund, Ram Niwas Garden, Digamber Jain Mandir Sanghiji, Abhaneri Stepwell, Kale Hanuman Ji Temple, World Trade Park, Johari Bazaar, Akshardham Temple, Jawahar Circle, Chandpole, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Chand Baori, Kanak Vrindavan Garden, Sargasuli Tower, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple, Garh Ganesh Temple, Elefantastic, Karauli, Bhandarej, Samode Palace, Hari Mahal Palace, Rajmahal Palace, Narain Niwas Palace, Shahpura Haveli, Sunshine Resort and Water Park, Appu Ghar.

Amer Fort: Cradled on the top of a hill near Jaipur lies the Amer Fort, one of the most magnificent palaces in India. Also commonly known as the Amber Fort, this majestic building is a part of an extensive complex. The massive fort can be explored in 2-3 hours. Audio guides are available explaining the history. Getting an elephant ride up the stairs to the Amber Fort is also a popular tourist activity. A sound and light show is also held here every evening.

Chokhi Dhani: Chokhi Dhani is a luxury heritage resort synonymous with Rajasthani village culture. It is located a little on the outskirts of the city on Tonk Road. It is a true depiction of traditional Rajasthan with ancient artefacts, handicrafts, paintings, folklore and sculptures. The village offers myriad entertainment options- folk dances, singing, camel rides, puppet shows, fortune-tellers, acrobatics, predicting parrots, magic shows, horse riding. etc. It is also known for its traditional Rajasthani food.

City Palace: The City Palace is the main palace from where the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh reigned. The palace includes the Chandra Mahan and Mubarak Mahal along with various other buildings within the complex. It is located towards the north-eastern side of Jaipur. The palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings and gardens. There is a museum that showcases various unique handcrafted products and other things that belong to the royal heritage of the City Palace.

Hawa Mahal: The Hawa Mahal stands at the intersection of the main road in Jaipur, Badi Chaupad. It is regarded as the signature building of Jaipur. From within, the Hawa Mahal palace is based on five floors each of which has a uniquely decorated chamber. The top of the palace offers a brilliant view of the City Palace, Jantar Mantar and the ever-busy Siredeori Bazar. There is a small museum as well which holds some rich relics and miniature paintings.

Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest stone astronomical observatory in the world. It is located just next to the City Palace. Built during the period between 1727 and 1733, the Jantar Mantar is still in a running condition and it stands as a witness regarding the wisdom of former age. The world’s largest sundial is also situated here. A light and sound is conducted here every evening.

Nahargarh Fort: Nahargarh Fort, situated on the outskirts of Jaipur, is known for breathtaking views of the city and its extended wall that connects it to Jaigarh Fort. Embellished with delicate carvings and stonework, it is an impregnable structure and together with its two neighbouring forts – Amer and Jaigarh once stood as the strong defence of Jaipur city. The Padao Restaurant is also a must-visit if you’re near Nahargarh Fort from where you’re sure to enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Jaipur.

Albert Hall Museum: Situated in the Ram Niwas Garden, Albert Hall Museum is one of the oldest museums of Rajasthan. It has a rich collection of various kinds of items such as paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colorful crystal works etc. The museum looks stunning with yellow lights at night.

Birla temple: Located on an elevated ground at the base of Moti Dungri hill, the Birla Temple of Jaipur is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. It is also known as the Lakshmi Narayanan Temple and forms a part of one of the several Birla temples located all around the country.

Masala Chowk: Located in Ram Niwas Garden, this open-air food court offers 21 flavors of the Pink City under one roof (or sky). Masala Chowk brings the best Jaipur has to offer in street food and assembles it in one place. Initially, the place was meant to attract tourists, given its proximity to the famous Albert Hall Museum in the area. However, Masala Chowk has become the talk of the town amongst the locals too.

Jaigarh Fort: Jaigarh Fort is a grand structure perched on the top of the ‘Cheel ka teela’ hills designed by a talented architect called Vidhyadhar. The fort reflects the city’s prosperous past and is named after the ruler who got it built, Sawai Jai Singh II. It is connected to Amer Fort through subterranean passages. The fort currently houses the world’s largest cannon on wheels – ‘Jaivana’ and offers a magnificent view of Jaipur city.

Galtaji Temple: Located in the City Palace complex, Galtaji Temple is a prehistoric Hindu pilgrimage site. Outlined by the striking Aravalli hills, the vast temple complex consists of several shrines, holy kunds, pavilions and natural springs. The walls of this temple are beautifully adorned with carvings and paintings and it is designed to resemble a grand haveli.

Jal Mahal: Jal Mahal is one of the most photographed monuments in India. It is located in the centre of Man Sagar Lake. The most striking feature of this palace is that while only one storey appears above the water level, there are in fact 4 storeys submerged underneath. The entry inside the fort is prohibited, but the view from a considerable distance while boating is breathtaking.

Gatore ki Chhatriyan: Slightly outside of Jaipur, Gatore ki Chhatriyan is the crematorium grounds for the Kachwahas, a Rajput dynasty. It is set in a tranquil location and consists of a number of beautiful cenotaphs which mark the official cremation spots of the former rulers.

Amrapali Museum: Amrapali Museum is one of the popular museums of Jaipur known for showcasing different styles of Indian Jewellery art. It houses a wide collection of Tribal jewellery along with Mughal style, Rajput style and temple jewellery.

Pink City: Pink City in Jaipur refers to the old walled city that was built in the year 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. A number of important structures such as Badi Chaupar, Jantar Mantar and City Palace are situated in this part of the city along with Bapu Bazaar and Johri Bazaar. The city is known as ‘Pink City’ as it is built out of Sandstone and reflects the colour pink in the daytime.

Patrika Gate: Patrika Gate serves as the entrance to the Jawahar Circle Park and is one of the photographed spots in India. A massive gate famous for its gorgeous architecture, it is characterised by vibrant colours and intricate carvings that symbolise the Rajasthani culture.

Jaipur Zoo: A zoological garden in Jaipur, Rajasthan, the Jaipur Zoo is situated close to the Albert Hall Museum and within the Ram Niwas Garden premises. It is one of the oldest zoos in the country and India’s fourth-largest gharial breeding farm. There is also a small museum within the zoo premises.

Central Park: The Central Park of Jaipur is the largest park in Jaipur. With its big lush garden and long-running track, the park also has the tallest and first day and night national flag. It is popular amongst tourists and locals for picnic.

Sisodia Rani Garden: Sisodia Rani Garden is a royal garden built on the premises of the Sisodia Palace in Jaipur. The step garden has a central water fountain with channels running through it. The best time to explore this garden is in the morning or the evening.

Rambagh Palace: Located about 8 kms from the city centre of Jaipur, Rambagh Palace is one among the finest palaces of Jaipur. Once a residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, today the palace has been converted into a luxury heritage resort with brilliant architecture, lighting and facilities.

Govind Ji Temple: Probably one of the most significant temples for Krishna followers after Vrindavan, Govind Dev Temple is located within the City Palace of Jaipur. Locals believe that the statue of the deity here looks exactly like Krishna’s form during his incarnation of Earth. From early in the morning to the late night, the air is thick with the sounds of Mangala Aarati at dawn and Shayana Aarati at night. Built during the reign of Emperor Akbar by Sawai Man Singh in 1590 and was regarded as being one of the largest temples of the world during its time.

Moti Dungri Temple: Moti Dungri Temple in Jaipur is located on a small hillock and is bordered by Moti Dungri Fort. In spite of being a cultural landmark, Moti Dungri Fort cannot be viewed by the public as it is privately owned. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and houses the idol of deity that is purportedly 500 years.

Raj Mandir: Raj Mandir is an ancient cinema hall in Jaipur, conceptualized in the late-1960s by Mehtab Chandra Golcha. It is entitled “Pride of Asia” for its magnificent architecture, the ambience and the surreal experience it provides to its audiences.

Panna Meena ka Kund: Panna Meena ka Kund in Jaipur is one of the many famous stepwells that still stand in the western part of India. The historical stepwell is known for its symmetrical staircase on all four sides. The stairs are made in such a manner that you can reach any of them from anywhere, by simply climbing up and down some flights.

Ram Niwas Garden: Ram Niwas Garden is a royal garden built in 1868 by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh. A historical landmark, the Albert Hall Museum is located here. Explore the lush green landscaped gardens and or visit the theatre, the Bird Park, the Zoo or the Art Gallery. There are also several cafes located nearby.

Digamber Jain Mandir Sanghiji: Digamber Jain Mandir Sanghiji is a Jain temple situated 16 kms away from Jaipur in the town of Sanganer. Built of red sandstone, the temple enshrine Adinath- the first Jain tirthankara in the central shrine. Boasting of Shikhara style architecture, the temple has several carvings on the inner walls of the shrine of lotuses, creepers and elephants.

Abhaneri Stepwell: Located at an approximate distance of 20 km from Jaipur, Abhaneri Stepwell is one of the most intricate pieces of architecture in Rajasthan, India. Also, known as Chand Baori, the Stepwell is one of the largest stepwells in the entirety of Rajasthan. When it was built, the well not only helped the villagers and the tradesmen to draw water in the time of thirst but also conserved groundwater.

Kale Hanuman Ji Temple: The Kale Hanuman Ji Temple, often known as the Kale Hanuman Ji Ka Mandir, is a Hindu temple in the Chandi ki Taksal neighbourhood of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is known for housing a unique black statue of Lord Hanuman.

World Trade Park: World Trade Park is a famous shopping, recreational and entertainment hub in Jaipur. It is owned by Yatharth Varshney and was opened to the public in 2012, after two years of construction. The park occupies over 52 acres of land and required an amount of over 3.5 billion rupees for its establishment. It has two separate blocks on either side of a major street in Jaipur.

Akshardham Temple: Also known as Swaminarayan Temple, Akshardham Temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is dedicated to Lord Narayan or Lord Vishnu and is renowned for its stunning architecture and cultural heritage. Although the construction is relatively recent, the gardens and the views are what attract tourists and devotees to this place. It provides a window into the Hindu culture and its development in the region. The complex houses a magnificent temple surrounded by well-kept landscaped gardens. Located in the heart of the city of Jaipur, Akshardham Temple is one of the holiest and most popular places in the region.

Jawahar Circle: Jawahar Circle is situated in Malviya Nagar in Jaipur and boasts of being the largest circular park in Asia. The park has a peculiar jogging track and is encircled by a rose garden. Besides, it has play area for kids and kiosks. The main highlight of the park is the dance of the musical fountains which is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city.

Chand Pol: One of the finest specimens of Rajput architecture in Jaipur, Chand Pol offers spectacular views of the famed old bazaar and glimpses of the Rajasthani culture.

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing: The Anokhi Foundation aims to preserve the centuries-old customs and traditions of the artisans in Jaipur. The foundation has been running a museum, Anokhi Museum of Handmade Paintings, where it exhibits various artefacts in relation to the hand and block printing. Exhibiting the oldest forms of Rajasthani art, the Anokhi museum of hand printing houses more than a hundred hand printed garments keeping alive the age-old tradition of printing clothes.

Chand Baori: Chand Baori is a major tourist attraction site in Abhaneri village that belongs to 10th-century monuments that showcase Rajasthani architectural expertise and talents. With steps on the three sides that lead to the water reserve, the stepwell is more than 13 storeys deep and is adorned with more than 3500 steps. In spite of it being more 1000 years old, it has remained in a remarkable condition.

Kanak Vrindavan Garden: Kanak Vrindavan Garden is a royal garden located on the footsteps of Nahargarh hills near Amber Fort. Divided into eight sections, it boasts of the intricate marble fountain, Parikrama and the exquisite mirror work on the walls of Govind Devji temple built in the premises. The gardens here are often compared with those in Vrindavan where Lord Krishna once lived.

Sargasuli Tower: Sargasuli Tower or Isar Lat is a historical heritage monument situated near Tripolia Gate of City Palace in Jaipur. The seven tiered minaret is built in a fashion similar to that of Qutub Minar in Delhi and Kirti Stambh of Chittorgarh. The tower has a tiny entry with a spiralling staircase and every tier has a balcony outlet.

Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple: Located on the Delhi bypass in Jaipur at Lakshman Dungri, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple is a Hindu revered temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple is perched on a hillock and offers some panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Besides, the shrine has a spacious sanctum which can accommodate around 500 people at once.

Garh Ganesh Temple: Garh Ganesh Temple is an ancient temple built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh before he laid the foundation stone of the city of Jaipur. The temple is located near Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts on the Aravalli Hills. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesh who is revered in Vigra Purushakriti, which means his child-form is worshipped here. The temple is often a halting spot for trekkers who explore the Aravalli Hills for a fabulous view of the city.

Elefantastic: Elefantastic, situated at the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is a place that will change your perception of an elephant sanctuary forever. The elephants here are treated nicely, and it also boasts of its great hospitality, extreme geography, kaleidoscopic culture, deep-rooted spirituality, photogenic chaos and love for animals.

Karauli: Karauli is a quaint town famous for sacred places and is home to more than 300 temples. The rich, vibrant and colourful heritage and culture of Rajasthan can be glimpsed in this town which makes it a perfect place to visit on a vacation.

Bhandarej: Bhandarej located in the Duasa district in Rajasthan is a quaint and perfect place to get away from the hustle bustle of the city. This is a vibrant and colourful place that is beautifully juxtaposed with the intricate stone monuments. Bhandarej is full of scenic beauty and picturesque landscapes.

Samode Palace: At a distance of around 56 kms from Jaipur, Samode Palace is a heritage palace cum hotel. A fusion of Muslim and Rajputana architecture, the palace also houses Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors. It is also surrounded by beautiful gardens which are a treat to the eyes.

Hari Mahal Palace: Hari Mahal Palace is one of the best heritage hotels in Jaipur, for experiencing the Heritage of the city. The palace is located in the heart of the city and was built as the residence of Rajadhiraj Hari Singhji of Achrol. Rajadhiraj Mahendra Singh, the descendant of the Achrol family is still living in one part of the palace and the other part of the palace has now been converted into a Heritage Hotel. The architecture of the Palace is mixed up in Rajputana, Mughal, and British styles. Hari Mahal was built in 1930 by the descendants of Maharaja Prithvi Raj of Amber.

Rajmahal Palace: Built in 1729, Rajmahal Palace is a symbol of love by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II for his wife. Briefly occupied by the British, the palace has now been restored and converted into a luxury stay. It still houses some of the ancient relics and royal chandeliers from the bygone era.

Narain Niwas Palace: Built by Thakur of Kanota, General Amar Singh, Narain Niwas Palace boasts of Anglo Indian style of architecture of the Victorian era. The palace has now been converted into a heritage home to give you a glimpse of the opulent royal lifestyle.

Shahpura Haveli: Originally built as a vantage point nearly 300 years ago, Shahpura Haveli was later converted into a magnificent fortress. The palace has now been converted into a heritage home which boasts of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It is frequented by celebrities, politicians and other popular artists.

Sunshine Resort and Water Park: Situated at the foothills of the Aravalli Range in Jaipur and nestled amidst beautiful surroundings, the Sunshine Resort and Water Park is a famous water park in the city. It has a separate shallow water pool for very young kids in addition to several thrilling rides and roller coasters.

Appu Ghar: Appu Ghar in Jaipur is one of the best places in the city to enjoy a fun day out with. It is well known all around this beautiful city of Rajasthan and is replete with an endless bevy of adventurous and thrilling rides not only for kids but also for the older ones. In addition to this, Appu Ghar Jaipur also has a golf course, several options to satiate your taste buds, and great facilities to make your day out more fun and memorable.

Jodhpur: Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan and the former capital of the Marwar region. It is popularly called “the Blue City” as it looks completely blue from an aerial view because of its blue walls and houses. Jodhpur is primarily famous for its temples, lakes and snacks, with the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort being the main attraction.

Famous Places in Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Camel Safari, Toorji Ka Jhalra, Jaswant Tada, Mandore Garden, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Flying Fox, Khejarla Fort, Balsamand Lake, Om Banna, Sheesh Mahal, Bishnoi Village tour, Mahamandir Temple, Sardar Samand Lake, Sardar Government Museum, Ranisar Padamsar, Rai ka Baag Palace, Moti Mahal, Fort Chanwa, Machia Biological Park, Ghanta Ghar, Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival, Splash, Phalodi, Pali, Nagaur Fair, Kaylana Lake, Umaid Heritage Art School, Phool Mahal, Masuriya Hill Garden, Hanwant Palace, Marwar Festival, Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival, Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Shastri Circle, Guda Bishnoi Village, Chamunda Mata Temple, Mandaleshwar Mahadev Mandir, Fun World Resort.

Mehrangarh Fort: Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in the country. It is located at the top of a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by huge walls. The fort encloses a museum now which exhibits various belongings of the royals. The palace was built by Rao Jodha in 1459.

Umaid Bhawan Palace: Voted as the Best Hotel in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace is also a major tourist attraction in Jodhpur. Apart from being a heritage hotel, it is a museum and the residence of the Royal Family of the present owner, Raja Gaj Singh. Because of its location on the highest point in Jodhpur, the Chittar Hill, it is also referred to as the Chittar Palace.

Camel Safari: With Rajasthan being the desert state of India, camel safaris across the Thar desert are ever present through the region. The city of Jodhpur offers multiple packages of varying durations for its visitors.

Toorji Ka Jhalra: Toorji Ka Jhalra, commonly called the stepwell of Jodhpur, is an intricate design of stepwell, one of the few remaining structures depicting the traditional water management systems of Jodhpur. This 18th-century stepwell with intricate carvings is a popular spot for photos.

Jaswant Tada: Jaswant Tada is a royal cenotaph built in white marble. It has a small pond and a pretty garden next to it. This structure is just a few minutes downhill walk from the main fort, so there is no need to take a ride. Also called “Taj Mahal of Marwar”, it was built in the honour and memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and is still used by the Marwar Royal Family as cremation grounds.

Mandore Garden: Famous royal cenotaphs, Mandore Garden is located just 9 kilometres away from Jodhpur in Mandore which was once the ruling seat of the Pratihara dynasty. The garden is a part of the more massive Mehrangarh Fort, and also houses the famous Hall of Heroes and the temple of Three Hundred Million Gods. The garden also has a Government Museum, which is full of artefacts and old relics.

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park: The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was created out of a large, rocky wasteland by the side of the famous Mehrangarh Fort to restore and reflect the natural ecology of the region. It is home to over 200 species of rocky and arid plants.

Flying Fox: Flying Fox is India’s premier ziplining agency. The Flying Fox Zipline Tour Jodhpur, spread across ziplines around the Mehrangarh Fort, couples surreal views of the walls, the bastions and the lakes of the fort and the blue city with an adrenaline rush like never before.

Khejarla Fort: Khejarla Fort in Jodhpur is an ancient monument that has since been converted into a heritage hotel. It is built atop granite boulders and made of red sandstone, a signature element of Rajput architecture. The hotel also offers a guided tour of the village.

Balsamand Lake: Balsamand Lake is famous for being the site of the Bal Samand Lake Palace, a heritage hotel. Surrounded by lush gardens, it contains a large variety of trees like mango, papaya, pomegranate, etc. It is a popular spot for a sunset view and a lakeside picnic.

Om Banna Temple: Bullet Baba Temple is dedicated to Om Banna, a traveller who passed away at his site, and his mysterious bike, a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet. It is located 53 km from Jodhpur, on the Jodhpur Pali highway. Nearby villagers and devotees come to pray for a safe journey while travelling. This temple is especially popular among Royal Enfield enthusiasts.

Sheesh Mahal: The Sheesh Mahal in the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur, known as the Glass Palace of Jodhpur, is a marvellous piece of historic architecture is decked from ceiling to floor with fanciful mirror work. It is said to be the bedchamber of Maharaja Ajit Singh between the 17th and 18th centuries.

Bishnoi Village: The Bishnoi Village tour comprises four villages where one can absorb and witness the authentic traditions and lifestyles of rural Rajasthan, a continuing tribute to the original way of life present in Marwar. As Bishnois are staunch protectors of the environment, many animals and birds are seen naturally coexisting in and around the areas of the villages.

Mahamandir Temple: Located two kilometres away from Jodhpur on the road towards Mandore, it is a very big temple with he fantastically carved 84 pillars which are a sight to behold. Other important temples of Jodhpur include Chamunda Mataji Temple which is located inside the Mehrangarh Fort, Baba Ramdev Temple, Ganesh Temple and Pal Balaji Temple.

Sardar Samand Lake Palaces: The man-made Sardar Samand Lake is a favorite among those looking for a weekend getaway from the city. Countless migratory birds approach its banks to enjoy this serene location. Atop the hill overlooking the lake is the Sardar Samand Lake Palace, the former summer palace of the royal family now converted into a heritage hotel.

Sardar Government Museum: For the best insight into the rich culture and history of Jodhpur, look no further than the Jodhpur Government Museum. Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh it lies in the centre of Umaid Bagh, which is also known as the Public Park. One can find a variety of weapons, textiles, miniature paintings, inscriptions, sculptures, metallic objects, arts and crafts at the government museum that help understand the life led by the past generations of Jodhpur. In addition to housing this fascinating museum, Umaid Bagh is also host to the public library and a zoo.

Ranisar Padamsar: The Ranisar and Padamsar lakes are two artificial lakes situated at the rear of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. They were constructed on the orders of two different queens of Jodhpur as a consistent water source for the residents of the city.

Moti Mahal: Moti Mahal is the largest and brightest room of the five historic rooms present in the Mehrangarh Fort. The materials used for the surface of the hall give it a pearly look, hence the name palace of pearls. The Maharaja would hold private audience with his subjects in this room.

Fort Chanwa: Fort Chanwa is one of the best heritage hotels of Jodhpur. The former palace has been now restored by the owners Maharaja Dalip Singh and his wife Rani Madhu into an elegant luxury home. Carved in red sandstone, the highlight of the palace are the elaborate “jharokas” and the striking architecture.

Machia Biological Park: Machia Biological Park is located about 8.5 km from Jodhpur, close to the Kaylana Lake. It is a host to varied species of flora and fauna as well as a nature interpretation centre and the Machia Fort. Along with the enclosures for the animals, one can also find a birdwatching point, proof of the site’s fantastic biodiversity.

Ghanta Ghar: The Ghanta Ghar in Jodhpur is a magnificent clock tower in the centre of the city which offers a brilliant panoramic view of the city from the top, surrounded by the busiest and largest marketplace of Jodhpur. At night, the tower comes to life when it is all lit up.

Flamenco and Gypsy Festival: Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival (JFG) is a cultural festival that merges the west and east folk and cultures of India and Spain. The majestic Mehrangarh Fort plays host to this festival each year.

Splash – The Fun World: Splash – The Fun World is situated on the Sarkhej Sanand Road near Jodhpur. Spread over an area of 12 acres, the park offers the peaceful environment much needed in the hustle of the busy city. It receives a large influx of localites and holiday-goers alike.

Phalodi: Phalodi is a delightful little town located between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. It is known as the salt city as it is densely populated by salt industries, and is home to some notable historic structures such as the Lal Niwas and the Phalodi fort.

Pali: Pali is a city of great beauty and historical significance 70 km south of Jodhpur. One can find many temples, industries and scenic sights here. The infamous Om Banna temple is close to this city.

Nagaur Fair: Nagaur Fair is conducted in the town named ‘Nagaur’ and is primarily known as a Cattle Fair. This fair is all about the trading of animals, wherein the animals are presented with colorful accessories upon them. The Nagaur Fair is an eight-day affair, which takes place between the months of January and February.

Kaylana Lake: Kaylana Lake is a massive manmade lake on the outskirts of Jodhpur city. It serves as the primary resource for drinking water for the citizens of Jodhpur and other neighbouring settlements. It also serves as an excellent viewpoint for sunsets. The Siberian Crane can also be spotted here during winter.

Umaid Heritage Art School: The Umaid Heritage Art School is an art gallery as well as an art school located in the centre of Jodhpur. It is the ideal place to view and learn the world famous Rajasthani miniature painting style, along with other fascinating art and painting styles.

Phool Mahal: The Phool Mahal is the most lavish hall present in the Mehrangarh Fort. It served as a pleasure dome for male members of the royal family. The idea of the design was to make it look like a beautiful flower, thus the name ‘Phool Mahal’. The hall is decked with gold, with the ceiling being inlaid with gold filigree.

Masuriya Hill Garden: The Masuriya Hill Garden lies on top of the Masuriya Hill, offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the city of Jodhpur. Inside, one can find a statue of Veer Durgadas Rathore, a temple of Baba Ramdev, and one of the largest TV towers in India.

Hanwant Palace: Situated in close vicinity to Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Hanwant Palace is a five-star luxury hotel that provides a royal dining experience. Spread over three storeys, the Mahal also conducts dinners in the beautiful garden on the other side of the hotel adorned with flower beds and fountains.

Marwar Festival: `The Marwar Festival is a music and dance festival centred around the Marwar region. It is held at Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace. The festival also has other events like – Puppet shows, Horse Polo, Camel Tattoo show and much more! This festival takes place over the course of two days between September and October.

Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival: This festival is a major celebration for all of the kite-flying enthusiasts. In its inaugural ceremony, at the Polo Ground, a number of helicopters release a number of kites, along with children releasing a number of balloons. There are two major competitions held during this festival: the Fighter Kite Competition and the Display Kite Competition. The final round of the competition is held in the Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Shastri Circle: If you’re looking for a place to chill after a long day of sightseeing, then Shastri Circle should be a place on your list. A lively and vibrant part of the city, it is considered a relaxing hangout spot by the locals. The evenings see a musical fountain show with lights to jazz it up. There are many eateries surrounding this area and a playground with swings and parks for children. This is an ideal spot for travellers to take a break from all the tourist spots and just enjoy a relaxed and entertaining evening when in the city of Jodhpur.

Guda Bishnoi Village: Travellers wanting an authentic experience of tribal life in Rajasthan are likely to eventually find their way to Guda Bishnoi Village. Approximately 22 km away from the city of Jodhpur, the site is the best place to witness the scenic beauty and exotic wildlife. The Guda Bishnoi Lake, an artificial lake by that flows by the village, is a sight to behold and serves as a watering hole for a large number of birds and animals. Travellers who stay here will receive the opportunity to experience the real village culture of Rajasthan.

Alwar: Alwar is the first major city that comes while travelling from Delhi to Rajasthan and is uniquely located at 150 km south of Delhi and 150 km north of Jaipur. Alwar is a hub of tourism with forts like the Bhangarh fort, lakes, nature reserves like Sariska Tiger Reserve and heritage havelis. Apart from being a popular tourist centre, Alwar also draws pride from its reputation of being featured in a number of Bollywood movies. It is also famous for the Mega Alwar Trade fair held at Dussehra Ground every year and handmade Papier-mâché (literally ‘chewed paper’). Alwar is also famous for Alwar ka Mawa, a sweet preparation.

Famous Places in Alwar: Bhangarh fort, Bala Quila Fort, Sariska National Park, Siliserh Lake palace, Kesroli, Moti dungri, Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Sariska Palace, City palace, Vijay Mandir Palace, Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, Company Bagh, Pandupol, Naldeshwar Shrine, Garbhaji Fall.

Bhangarh fort: Famous for the historical ruins and the ghost stories, Bhangarh has been regarded as the most haunted place in the country. It is located on the way between Jaipur and Delhi.

Bala Quila Fort: Bala Quila Fort stands majestically about 1000 feet above the Alwar city. The fort has 15 large and 51 small towers and the entire structure is adorned with marble columns and lattice window balconies.

Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary: Nestled in the Aravali Hills over an area of about 800 sq. Km covering the grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs and rocky landscape, lays the Sariska National Park, now known as The Sariska Tiger Reserve. This area was once hunting preservation of The Maharaja of Alwar. The Reserve is known for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers. It was declared as a national park in 1982.

Siliserh Lake palace: An erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge, Siliserh Lake palace has been converted into a heritage hotel owned by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC).

Kesroli: The Hill Fort Kesroli is one of the rare heritage hotels in Alwar that has been in existence since the 14th century. Hill Fort-Kesroli is a great holiday choice for those looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Delhi.

Moti dungri: Famous for its swanky palace, the Ganesh and Lakshmi Narayan temples, Moti dungri is a favorite spot of the tourist folk. Ganesh temple at the foot of the hill allures not only the devotees but also the sightseer with its picturesque settings.

Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple: Neelkanth temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located within the Sariska Tiger Reserve premises. Though it is almost in ruins, locals still hold faith in this temple and many other temples in the reserve. This is actually, a cluster of a few temples together almost 30 km into an isolated hill in the Tiger Reserve. It is noted for its excellent stone carving and the lush green forests that surround the temple add to its beauty. The complex is said to be built between 6th to 9th century CE by Maharajadhiraja Mathanadeva, a Pratihara feudatory.

Sariska Palace: Sariska Palace was the poaching lodge of the Maharaja of Alwar. The palace is much admired for its architectural grandeur and natural surroundings.

City palace: City palace also known as Vinay Vilas Mahal, an architectural marvel and a lovely mix of Mughal and Rajasthani design, gives you a glimpse of the royal life style.

Vijay Mandir Palace: Situated at a distance of 10 kilometers from the center of the city of Alwar, Vijay Mandir Palace is said to have been built as a result of the whims of the eccentric King, Maharaja Jai Singh who was a patron of art and architecture and had a passion for beautiful palaces.

Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri: Built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh and his Queen Rani Moosi, this striking monument is located next to the Alwar Museum. Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri is a beautiful red sandstone and white marble cenotaph of the ruler of Alwar and his mistress who committed Sati after the King died. After that, she came to be known as the Queen. The monument has carved floral patterns and gold leaf paintings of mythological scenes. Chhatris are commonly used to depict the elements of pride and honour in the Rajput architecture of Rajasthan.

Pandupol: Pandupol is a Hanuman temple, located inside Sariska jungles. Legend has it that the Pandavas spent their time in exile (‘Agyatvaas’) – secret time – here. It is believed that in this site, Bhima, who was the strongest of the Pandavas, defeated the demon Hidimbb and earned the hand of his sister Hidimba. The path to the temple has a cascading waterfall at the height of 35 ft. The area is abundant in flora and fauna. Another unique aspect of the temple is that idol of Hanuman here is in a reclining position.

Naldeshwar Shrine: Naldeshwar Shrine is an 18th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This shrine is a little off the town and lies on the Sariska-Alwar highway. Cars and other means of transport will have to be left near the highway and the temple can be reached only on foot. This place of worship is surrounded by thick greenery and is a delight for nature lovers.

Garbhaji Falls: Set amidst the jungle in the lap of the Aravalli Canal, Garbhaji Falls boasts of untouched natural beauty and pristine serenity. The mesmerising cascade of sparkling water falling through a rough terrain beneath several rocky boulders in a glade is a sight beyond description and speaks for itself.

Jai pol: This massive fortress also shows some exquisite doorways that were used as the entry points to this amazing citadel. Out of the innumerable pols, Jai Pol is said to be the most beautiful and fascinating with the majestic entry point deftly carved with lovely sculptures. As the name indicates, this door is the monument of victory of the then rulers.

Churi Market: Churi market is the girly shopping market where again you get traditional Rajasthani clothes and accessories for women.

Bazaza Bazar: Located at the centre of the city, Bazaza Bazar is a wholesale market that sells traditional Rajasthani textile and jewellery items. Jewellery crafted from semi-precious stones and zardozi and silk threads saris sell like hot cakes among tourists.

Malakhera Bazar: Malakhera Bazar has all sorts of traditional Rajasthani handicraft products. You also get daily household products here such as utensils, rugs, brassware etc.

Bhartrihari Temple: Located near Sariska National Park, 30 kms away from the main city, Bhartrihari Temple is a venerated Hindu temple in Alwar. Believed to have been named after Bhartrihari Baba- the then ruler of Ujjain, the shrine is built in the traditional Rajasthani style.

Taal Vriksha: Around 20 kms from the main city of Alwar, there is a hot water spring known as Talvriksha. Nestled in the lap of nature, amidst emerald-green forests with the hills in the backdrop, the place is a cosy picturesque spot to spend a few moments of solitude. The hot water spring is believed to cure many diseases as it has medicinal properties. The place is popular among ornithologists and trekkers.

Fateh Jang or Faeh Jang ka Gumbad: The tomb of Fateh Jang or Faeh Jang ka Gumbad is a memorial dedicated to Fateh Jang, a minister in the court of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. A classic amalgamation of Indo- Islamic designs and Rajputana style, the tomb reflects brilliance and expertise.

Karni Mata Temple: The Karni Mata Temple, also popularly known as the Nari Mata Temple or ‘Rat Temple’, is a 600-year-old temple located around 30 km from Bikaner in a small town of Deshnoke in Rajasthan. What is unique about this temple is the fact that 25,000 black rats live, and are worshipped, in the temple. Infact, the food that is eaten by them is considered to be holy and is later served as ‘prasad’.

Nagaur: Nagaur is located in the north western Marwar region of Rajasthan. It is an area with a forest belt of thorn scrubs that circles the Thar Desert. It’s surrounded by Churu District in the north, Bikaner District from the northwest and Sikar District in the northeast. Pali lies in the south and Jodhpur District to the southwest and west. Jaipur is located on its east, while Ajmer is in the southeast. In the south eastern stretch of this district lies the magnificent Aravalli Range while India’s largest salt lake, ‘Sambhar Lake’ lies at the southwestern corner of the district.

Famous Places in Nagaur: Nagaur fort, Ladnun, Khimsar Fort, Kuchaman city, Khatu, Kuchaman Fort, Ahhichatragarh Fort, Pashupati Nath temple, Jhorda, Bade Peer Sahab Dargah.

Nagaur fort: It is said that Nagaur fort was initially built by ruler of Nag dynasty in 2nd century and was then rebuilt in the early 12th century. This fort has witnessed several battles and has also been altered multiple times. Being one of the first Mughal strongholds in North-India it is an outstanding example of Rajput-Mughal architecture. In 2007, the fort underwent major renovations and is now replete with fountains and gardens. It also serves at the stage for a Sufi music festival.

Ladnun: Ladnun is an important centre of Jainism and is considered to be the spiritual hub of Ahimsa or compassion. Its temples were built in the 10th century and have a rich history. It also houses Jain Vishva Bharti University – a well-known centre of Jainism, spirituality and purification. It is said that the world famous rastra saint, Acharya Shri Tulsi belonged to Ladnun.

Khimsar Fort: It is said that the Nagaur fort was initially built by the ruler of the Nag dynasty in 2nd century, and this 500 year old fort, located on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert was built in about 1523. Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb used to stay at this fort. Black deer roam in herds around this fort. The fort has now been furnished with modern facilities and turned into a heritage hotel.

Kuchaman city: Kuchaman city has many sights to offer. The most important is Kuchaman Fort, one of the oldest and most inaccessible fort of Rajasthan situated on top of a straight hill. It possess unique water harvesting system, a beautiful palace and stunning wall paintings. The rulers of Jodhpur used to mint their gold and silver currency here. It offers a beautiful view of the town and the salt lake. One can also see the old temple, stepwells and beautiful havelis in the town from here too.

Khatu: Khatu consists of two villages called Bari Khatu and Chhoti Khatu. Chhoti Khatu has a small fort on its hillock that was built by Prithviraj Chauhan. It also houses an old step-well called Phool Bawadi which is believed to have been built during the Gujara Pratihara period. It is a marvel of artistic architecture.

Kuchaman Fort: Perched at a height of 300 metres atop a cliff, the Kuchaman fort in Nagaur district of Rajasthan is clearly the biggest attraction in the city of Kuchaman. This fort was constructed back in the 9th century by the Rathore ruler Thakur Zalim Singh. Surrounded by 32 bastions, the fort has ten big gates that allow entrance into the fort from different sides. This fort which once housed the entire city of Kuchaman within its boundaries has now been transformed into a luxurious heritage hotel for tourists.

Ahhichatragarh Fort: Ahhichatragarh Fort literally translates into “fort of the hooded cobra” is situated in Nagaur. Spread over 36 acres, the fort was in a state of neglect till the 1980s. In 1985 the fort was placed in the care of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust. The fort has gradually been restored to its former glory with the support of four grants from the Getty Foundation, two from the UK-based Helen Hamlyn Trust and contributions from the Mehrangarh Museum Trust.

Pashupati Nath temple: The Pashupati Nath temple is a popular public attraction located in the Manjhwas village of Nagaur district in Rajasthan. This temple is believed to have been built by Yogi Ganeshnath in the year 1982. The Pashupati Nath temple stands at a distance of 20 kilometres from the Nagaur district headquarters on the Deh route. Dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, this temple has been built along the same lines as the Pashupati Nath temple in Nepal.

Jhorda: Jhorda is a quaint little village in the Nagaur Tehsil, and is quite well-known as being the birthplace of the poet KandanKalpit and of the great saint Baba Hariram. During the months of BhadrapadChaturthyandPanchmi (January – February), Jhorda sees over one to two lakh visitors each year.

Bade Peer Sahab Dargah: Being a celebrated shrine, Bade Peer Sahab Dargah in Nagaur was also opened as a museum on the 17 Th of April, 2008. While the most popular display at the Dargah is a Quran Shareef written in golden ink is said to be written by Hazrat Syed Saiffuddin Abdul Jilani, along with his cane and headdress, the museum is also home to several other items of historical importance. Visitors can look at old Indian coins from 1805, as well as American coins with the image of Abraham Lincoln, among others. Located on Syed Saifuddin Jilani Road, the Dargah is a well-frequented destination amongst people of faith and history buffs alike.

Udaipur: Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is one of the most visited tourist places in Rajasthan. Located around stunning water lakes and enveloped by the Aravalli Hills in all directions, Udaipur is known for its azure lakes, magnificent palaces, vibrant culture and delectable food. Along with being a must-visit destination, it is also one of the best places to experience luxury in India.

Famous Places in Udaipur: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Sajjangarh Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Jag Mandir, Eklingji Temple, Ahar Cenotaphs, Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Ambrai Ghat, Gulab Bagh Zoo, Jaisamand Lake, Under the Sun Aquarium, Sukhadia Circle, Vintage Car Museum, Bharatiya Lok kala Museum, Shilpgram, Mansapurna Karni Ropeway, Doodh Talai Musical garden, Hathi Pol Bazar, Neemach Mata Temple, Wax Museum, Crystal gallery, Menar, Maharana Pratap Memorial.

City Palace: Built on the banks of Lake Pichola, the City Palace in Udaipur is considered to be the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. The magnificent palace was built in the year 1559 by Maharana Uday Singh and served as the main seat of power, where the Maharanas lived and administered the kingdom from. Subsequently, the palace was made even more splendid by his successors, who added a number of structures to it. The Palace now has an assortment of Mahals, courtyards, pavilions, corridors, terraces, rooms and hanging gardens. There is a museum here as well that showcases some of the finest elements of Rajput arts and culture – from colourful paintings to the typical architecture found in Rajasthani palaces.

Lake Pichola: The oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur, Lake Pichola is enveloped by lofty palaces, temples, and bathing ghats. Boating in Lake Pichola is the most popular thing to do in Udaipur. Boats are easily available from Rameshwar Ghat if visiting from the City Palace. Otherwise, take a boat trip from Lal Ghat.

Sajjangarh Palace: Also known as Monsoon Palace, Sajjangarh Palace is located at Bansdara Mountain on the outskirts of Udaipur. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh as an astronomical observatory. Now it serves as one of the best places to view the Udaipur skyline and panoramic city view, particularly at sunset.

Bagore ki Haveli: Bagore ki Haveli is situated in the Gangaur Ghat Marg, along Lake Pichola. It was built in the 18th century by Amar Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar. The haveli houses more than 100 rooms with elaborate exhibits and mirror work. It also houses a museum. The Dharohar Dance Show that is held here every evening.

Jag Mandir palace: Jag Mandir Palace (or ‘The Lake Garden Palace’), is a glorious palace located on the southern island of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The palace is three-storied and the structure is made out of marble and yellow sandstone. It would be a delight to see eight life-sized elephants carved out of pure white marble that seems to guard the palace.

Eklingji Temple: Almost 22km away from Udaipur, Eklingji Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Taking a cab to this temple is the most convenient way to reach it. It is one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan, also known for its remarkable architecture.

Ahar Cenotaphs: Ahar Museum, which essentially includes the Ahar Cenotaphs as well as the Ahar Archaeological Museum, is located in Ahar which is about 2km east of Udaipur, Rajasthan. This historical attraction is famous for being the cremation ground of the Maharanas of Mewar and for its beautiful architecture.

Jagdish Temple: Jagdish Temple is one of the most famous temples in and around Udaipur. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Jagannath. The temple is also popular for its striking architecture. Jagdish Temple is located 150m from City Palace’s Badi Pol entrance and has a steep flight of steps to the top.

Fateh Sagar Lake: Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar. It is one of the four lakes in Udaipur and houses Nehru Island and the Udaipur Solar Observatory on its three islands. Boating here in the backdrop of Aravali is a must-do activity.

Saheliyon-ki-Bari: A majestic garden located on one of the islands of Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon-ki-Bari has expansive lawns, shady cool walking lanes and imposing fountains. There is also a small museum here. It is one of the best places in Udaipur to relax.

Ambrai Ghat: Ambrai Ghat, also known as Manjhi Ghat Udaipur is one of the best and the most popular ghats in Udaipur. This place is filled with local people as well as tourists. In the early morning hours, you can find peace and solace with old citizens of Udaipur who do Yoga, bathe into lakes, and do several other activities. In the evening, you can enjoy the city lights and appreciate the detailed view of the Heritage Hotels like Lake Palace Udaipur, Jag Mandir, Shiv Niwas etc from the ghat.

Gulab Bagh Zoo: Gulab Bagh Zoo is located in the most abundant garden called Gulab Bagh and implicit to the name it has a variety of well-maintained roses. The mini zoo within the garden is a short walk away from the rose gardens. A very few numbers of species of animals are housed in this zoo including the wide-eyed owls and has enough places to visit within the vicinity like the toy train which is open to the kids and the adults. There is an enormous artificial water body called Kamal Talai which adds to the palace like the beauty of the Garden and a Navlakha Mahal, a religious place for parents to visit.

Jaisamand Lake: Jaisamand Lake, also known as Dhebar Lake, is the second-largest artificial lake in India. Hawa Mahal, Ruthi Rani Ka Mahal, Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaisamand Island Resort are located on its shores and islands.

Under the Sun Aquarium: The Udaipur Fish Aquarium, formally known as the Under the Sun Aquarium, is located near Vibhuti Park and Fateh Sagar Lake, and is actually the largest Public Aquarium Gallery in India. Along with hundreds of fish species and other aquatic creatures, it also houses virtual reality experience and 3D arts.

Sukhadia Circle: Sukhadia Circle, also called The Heart of Panchvati, is located in the north of the Udaipur city. This splendid turn around Panchwati is a small pond amidst which lies a 21 Ft high three-tiered fountain.

Vintage Car Museum: Located just a few kilometers away from the magnificent City Palace Vintage Car Museum is an awesome place for automobile and car lovers. Moving away from the grand forts, castles and pristine lakes that Udaipur is so well known for, the Vintage Car Museum makes an interesting diversion. The museum is a collection of a good many vintage automobile models used by the Mewar dynasty of Udaipur. The Mewar dynasty happens to be one of the most opulent Rajput rulers, leading plush and luxurious lifestyles. Here at the Vintage Car Museum, you will get a tiny glimpse of it in the Rolls Royce and Mercedes models, which were previously custom-made and owned by the royal members of the Mewar family.

Bharatiya Lok kala Museum: If you are interested in artifacts and curious to know how of making these items then Bharatiya Lok kala Museum is definitely the place for you. Located to the north of Chetak circle in Udaipur, the museum has a fine collection of paintings, folk musical instruments, folk dresses and ornaments, dolls, masks, puppets and idols of Gods and Goddesses.

Shilpgram: Located at the foot hills of Aravali Mountains in Udaipur, Shilpgram is a craftsmen’s village which encloses twenty-six huts constructed in traditional architectural styles and these huts display many house hold decorative articles.

Mansapurna Karni Ropeway: The Mansapurna Karni Mata Temple, built by Maharana Karan Singh and located atop the Machhala Magar hilltop, was quite a remote shrine for the general public to access. For this reason, it was not a much-visited temple previously. But in 2008, the ropeway line connecting the plain and the temple at the peak of the hill was commenced to make it easier for the public to reach the holy shrine and seek blessings of Goddess Karni. There is a staircase leading up to the temple now as well, which can be accessed from Maniklal Verma Park, but that route takes more than 15 minutes and is quite taxing and tiring a process.

Doodh Talai Musical garden: Doodh Talai Musical garden is a rock and fountain garden which is a great place to enjoy the sunset and one can see the wide expanse of the city. Also, there is an Areal tramway (cable car) connecting a garden of Doodh Talai and the Karni mata Temple.

Hathi Pol Bazar: Hathi Pol Bazar is a perfect attraction for shopaholics. One can find a variety of branded and local items including intricately embroidered and colourful block-printed apparel, ethnic silver jewellery, accessories, traditional home decor items, textiles, etc. Hathi Pol Bazar is famous for Miniature paintings, Ichhwai Paintings and hand paintings on silk.

Neemach Mata Temple: Perched atop the lush green Dewali hill, on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur, Neemach Mata Temple is enshrined by the Neemach Mata Devi (also known as Ambaji). Greatly revered by the Hindu pilgrims and devotees, the central deity is believed to be the house goddess of the royal family of the Maharanas in the city.

Wax Museum: One of the most well-known tourist attractions in Udaipur, Rajasthan, the Wax Museum is situated on the Sahelion ki Bari Road. It is visited by locals and foreigners alike for its numerous wax statues of celebrities as well as other fun facilities like a Mirror Maze, a Horror House as well as a 9D Cinema.

Crystal gallery: Crystal gallery has a stunning collection of crystal artefacts and is the largest collection of crystal in the world. The gallery is located inside the Fateh Prakash Palace and was established by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. He had ordered the crystal artefacts from Birmingham in 1877. However, by the time they were delivered, Maharana has passed away. 110 years later, in 1994, the artefacts were displayed in the gallery which has been open to the public ever since.

Menar: An absolute treat for nature lovers, Menar Village about 45km away from Udaipur, Rajasthan basically comprises a lake and bird sanctuary. This picturesque attraction is usually not very crowded and is the perfect location to witness a variety of migratory birds and to engage in nature photography.

Maharana Pratap Memorial: Overlooks the charming Fateh Sagar Lake, Maharana Pratap Memorial comprises of a marvelous bronze statue Maharana Pratap sitting on his faithful horse Chetak. Many people come here to pay their homage to the Rajput Hero, Maharana Pratap and his loyal horse.

Rajiv Gandhi Park: One of the biggest gardens in the city, the Rajiv Gandhi Park is situated close to the Fateh Sagar Lake in the Malla Talai area of Udaipur, Rajasthan. It is quite similar to the Brindavan Garden in Mysore and has wonderful views, lush greenery as well as numerous statues and more. There are paths for walking or jogging along with a children’s garden which comprises swings, spider webs, merry-go-rounds and slides. Fountains and statues depicting wildlife add to the beauty of the garden.

Nehru Garden: Constructed in an Island at the heart of Fateh Sagar Lake, Nehru Garden encloses many distinct water fountains resembling those in Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. Another major attraction of the garden is a floating restaurant, in a boat shape.

Sahastra Bahu Temple: The Sahastra Bahu Temple, often known as the Sas Bahu Temple, is essentially a cluster of 10th century temples and shrines in Nagda about 20 km from Udaipur. Set amidst beautiful landscape, it is known for its splendid architecture.

Sajjangarh Biological Park: The Sajjangarh Biological Park about 4km from Udaipur, Rajasthan is situated on the foothills of the Sajjangarh Palace which is also known as the Monsoon Palace. It is a zoological garden known to house over 21 species of animals and birds including leopards, lions, marsh crocodiles, blackbucks, ostriches etc.

Manik Lal Verma Park: Manik Lal Verma Park is a public park that is located atop a hill called Machla Magra close to Doodh Talai in Udaipur,. A beautiful space dedicated to the former Prime Minister of Rajasthan Manikya Lal Verma, it is primarily visited for its stunning views of the Talai and of Lake Pichola, its greenery and also for its serenity.

Trekking in Udaipur: Popularly called as the “Venice of the East” for its ethereal lakes and enchanting surroundings, Udaipur not only is perfect for sightseeing but also adventure sports. Trekking is one of the top tourist activities to enjoy while on a trip to the “City of Lakes”. With the backdrop of the majestic Aravalli range, there are several trekking trails in the region ranging from easy to moderate and tough, ideal for both amateurs and professionals. While enjoying the gorgeous scenic view, the trails also lead you through tiny villages where you can interact with the locals and take a peek into their lifestyle.

Taj Lake Palace: Built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, Taj Lake Palace is possibly one of the most romantic structures of Udaipur. The palace was used as a recreation spot and pleasurable residence of the king. Boasting of 66 rooms, the grand palace has been converted into a heritage hotel and hosts tourists from all over the world.

Bada Mahal: Dating back to 17th century, Bada Mahal is an incredible structural marvel. Constructed in Rajput-Mughal architectural style, the Mahal is considered as the Men”s section of the City Palace.

Haldi Ghati: Haldighati is the pride of Rajsamand District. The place is known across the globe for the chivalrous deeds of the great Maharana Pratap. It is 44 kilometers from Udaipur.
It is nestled in the middle of the Aravali range. This narrow turmeric coloured mountainous region which played a stellar role in defending the honour of Mewar dynasty, is known as Haldighati.

Sikar: Sikar is a heritage city in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan between Agra and Bikaner. Known for its intricate architecture of grand havelis and forts adorned frescoes, Sikar is located in the shade of massive walls with seven entrance gates to the town. Sikar is an excellent getaway for lazing around, doing photo walks, absorbing the distinct culture and talking to the locals while gawking at marvellous monuments.
Sikar, combined with other tourist attractions in the Shekhawati region, could be an excellent trip for photo walks. Take a stroll absorbing the distinct culture of Sikar, talk to the locals while gawking at marvellous monuments, visit the royal palaces with many unheard stories and experience the royal hospitality of the state.

Famous Places in Sikar: Devgarh, Danta Ramgarh, Harshnath temple, Khatushyam Mandir, Ganeswar.

Devgarh: Devgarh is a place situated at around 10 km away from Sikar on Harshnath road. The place is known to be popular for its strategic fort that Rao Raja Devi Singh of Sikar had built in 1787. It’s a worth visiting place. The place is exotic and vibrant in its own way and that’s why it has started becoming one of the most favourite destinations among the visitors.

Danta Ramgarh: Famous for its magnificent fort, Danta Ramgarh is 51 km away from Sikar on the Sikar- Jaipur road. This fort was built in 1733 by Guman Singh Ladkhani the view from the fort is absolutely stunning.

Harshnath temple: 14 km away from Sikar, the Harshnath temple is famous for still homing the remains of the Shiva temple from 10 AD. The architectural beauty of the temple is breathtaking, another Shiva temple nearby as built in the 18th century and enjoys a huge following.

Khatushyam Mandir: Located at a distance of around 65 kms from Sikar in Rajasthan, in the tiny village of Khatoo, Khatushyam Mandir is a revered Hindu temple. The temple is visited by more than 85 lac devotees each year who come here to revel in the beauty of the temple and to seek blessings from the Lord himself. The temple was built 1027 AD by Roopsingh Chauhan and his wife Niramala Kanwar.

Ganeswar: 80km away from Sikar, Ganeswar is as much a pilgrimage site as is it is a picnic spot. The hot water sulphur spring here is very famous, it is said that a dip in this spring cures all the skin diseases and allergies of the visitor.

Barmer: Barmerlocated in western Rajasthan is an important part of Thar Desert and thus is a desert town which is quite famous for its historical ruins. There is a number of historical places in Barmer which attract history buffs to Barmer. Being a desert town, Barmer has harsh climate and low vegetation but the arts, crafts, and music are well known in Rajasthan.

Famous Places in Barmer: Barmer Fort, Chintamani Parasnath Jain Temple, Juna Fort, Kiradu Temples, Shri Nakoda Parshawnath Jain Temple.

Barmer Fort: Barmer Fort is one of the most faous tourist attraction in Barmer. The Fort was built by Rawat Bhima in 1552 AD at hillock in present city of Barmer when he shifted his capital from Juna to present city Barmer. He build a fort on top of the city which is also known as Barmer Garh. The top point of the hill in which the fort is built is about 1383 feet but Rawat Bhima build fort at height of 676 feet which is safer place than top of hill.

Chintamani Parasnath Jain Temple: Parshwanath Jain temple is famous for its magnificent sculptures and ornamental paintings which makes its interiors attractive. Visitors must also see the rich glass inlay work of the artisans in the interior part the temple.

Juna Fort: Juna is a place in Barmer which is now called as old Barmer. Juna was main city build by Bar Rao but during Rawat Bhima rule they shifted Barmer to new place where present city stands and Juna remains as ruins of past glory and old heritage. Juna Fort was the old palace where the rulers used to live before moving to the Barmer Fort.

Kiradu Temples: Kiradu temples are one of the major temples in Rajasthan which is majorly known as a horror spot rather than being a tourist attraction in Rajasthan. The temples of Kiradu are a group of temples which is also known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan and they are famous for their ancient haunted stories. The temples are famous for being a favorite spot for the lovers and the temples are also have a haunted background and the stories are really spine chilling.

Shri Nakoda Parshawnath Jain Temple: Shri Nakoda Parshawnath Jain Temple in Jodhpur is one of the important temples of Jainism and considered as one of the very important place for the Jains. Lord Nakoda is a black colored idol with great religious significance amongst the Jains and also considered as a great pilgrimage place for them. The temple is located on a hillock and the view from the place is really stunning.

Bharatpur: Bharatpur is located in the Braj region of state Rajasthan, around 38 km from Mathura. Bharatpur is famous for the Keoladeo National Park, which habitats over 370 species of animals and birds. It is recognised as one of the most popular birds feeding and breeding grounds. In 1982 the park was marked as a National Park, and later in 1985, it came on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. This National Park, locally known as Ghana, has been a winter home for the Siberian Crane; a species on the verge of extinction (considered an endangered bird today).

Famous Places in Bharatpur: Bharatpur National Park, Lohagarh Fort, Banke Bihari Temple, Bharatpur Palace, Ganga Mandir, Laxman Temple, Government Museum, Brij festival, Deeg, Dholpur Palace, Band Baretha.

Bharatpur National Park: Now known as the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur National Park is a famous avifauna sanctuary and a bird watching paradise listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The 29 km reserve is locally known as Ghana and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species,7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for winter breeding.

Lohagarh Fort: Lohagarh Fort is one fort which is known as the invincible fort of India. Literally translated, it means Iron Fort. This fort has withstood repeated attacks of the Mughal as well the British forces.

Banke Bihari Temple: Considered to be one of the holiest towns in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Vrindavan houses a beautiful temple that is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Shri Bankey Bihari Mandir, established by Swami Haridas, a guru of the famous singer, Tansen shelters the image of Lord Krishna in the “Tribhanga” posture. This temple was constructed in 1864 and worships Lord Krishna in the form of a child or more accurately called “Nand Gopal”. Situated in close proximity to the Radhavallabh temple, Banke Bihari temple constitutes one among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan.

Bharatpur Palace: Dating back to the 2nd Century, Bharatpur Palace speaks volume about the grandeur and opulence of the Mughal – Rajput architectural designs. Made complete in white marble, the splendid palace has been converted into a heritage hotel. A tiny section of the palace called Kamra Khasê has been converted into a museum.

Ganga Mandir: One of the most beautiful temples of Bharatpur, the Ganga Mandir is considered to be a great architectural piece and owing to its central location within the city many tourists are able to appreciate its beauty.

Laxman Temple: There are two Laxman Temples in the heart of the city, one of them is almost 4 centuries old which is. The other, about 300 years old was made by the founder of Bharatpur, Maharaja Baldev Singh.

Government Museum: Located in the premises of Lohagarh Fort in Gopalgarh, Bharatpur, Government Museum was established in 1944 AD. Among the many antiques and valuable exhibits, the most prominent ones are stone sculptures, wooden carvings, inscriptions, terracotta products etc. The museum has a separate gallery with paintings on peepal leaves, mica and lithopapers.

Brij festival: Brij festival or brij mahotsav is a popularly celebrated festival in the Brij region of Bharatpur, three days before Holi celebrations. Celebrated in the month of march, the pump and vigor of this occasion is for the devotion of Lord Krishna. The true essence of the city can be observed during this time as people of all ethnic cultures come together to celebrate the eternal devotion in Lord Krishna. The most unique feature of this festival is the Rasila dance. Durange that auspicious day, people take a dip in the holy water of Banganga river which is believed to be a very process of purification.

Deeg: Located at a distance of around 32 kms from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, Deeg is a tiny town dotted with majestic fortifications, splendid palaces, pretty gardens and beautiful fountains. Once the summer capital of the rulers of Bharatpur, Deeg is now popular for its historical opulence, religious significance and annual fairs and festivals.

Dholpur Palace: Dholpur Palace, better known as Raj Niwas Palace, is a magnificent heritage palace of the 19th century. Lately converted into a heritage hotel, the regal palace has a total of 40 rooms segregated in three different categories depending on the needs of the guests. Surrounded by beautiful peacock gardens, the palace is an ideal weekend getaway destination.

Band Baretha: Constructed by Raja Ram Singh, Band Baretha is a tiny village 44 kms from Bharatpur. Formerly known as Shreepast and Shri Prasastha, the highlight of Band Baretha is the namesake dam which is built on the Kukand river. The dam is the largest of its kind in all of Bharatpur and provides drinking water to Bharatpur and several adjoining villages.

Bikaner: Located in the midst of Thar Desert, Bikaner is a “cultural paradise and a traveller’s haven”. Bikaner with its magnificence in architecture, art and culture is filled with colour, festivity and cultural marvels.The city will mesmerize you with the camels sauntering the beautiful sand dunes, its ancient palaces and forts. Rightly called as one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan, the dazzling city boasts of old-world charm, opulent havelis and depicts a pleasing bygone era of the Rajputs. Best known as the “camel country” for breeding some best-known riding camels, Bikaner also happens to house one of the only two models of the biplane used by the British in World War 1.

Famous Places in Bikaner: Junagarh Fort, Karni mata temple, Gajner Palace, Lallgarh Palace, Rampuria Haveli, National Research Centre on Camel.

Junagarh Fort: The Junagarh Fort of Bikaner is a magnificent structure around which the city of Bikaner grew up. The fort was initially called Chintamani and later renamed the Junagarh or Old fort in the 20th century. The foundations of the Junagarh fort was built in 1478 by Rao Bika. However, it existed just as a stone fort then. The present grand structure was inaugurated on 17th February 1589.

Karni mata temple: The Karni Mata Temple, also popularly known as the Nari Mata Temple or ‘Rat Temple’, is a 600-year-old temple located around 30 km from Bikaner in a small town of Deshnoke in Rajasthan. What is unique about this temple is the fact that 25,000 black rats live, and are worshipped, in the temple. Infact, the food that is eaten by them is considered to be holy and is later served as ‘prasad’.

Gajner Palace: Gajner Palace is located in the city of Bikaner on the banks of Gajner Lake. This regal palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh as a hunting lodge for him and his family but was converted to a hotel in 1976. Gajner Palace offers you a variety of leisure activities from boat rides to desert safaris. Built as a traditional Rajasthani Palace, it is an architectural beauty that now is modernised to host guests. The entire vicinity is filled with lush green trees while the glorious palace itself offers recreational activities like billiards, lawn tennis, cycling, bird watching and wildlife safaris.

Lallgarh Palace: Lallgarh Palace was constructed for the Maharaja of Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh, between 1902 and 1926. The palace built in European architecture style has now been opened up for tourists as a Heritage Hotel, and the entire estate comes under the National Heritage Trust. The estate also houses a museum named Shri Sadul Museum, where you can find traces of Rajasthani Royalties and get an insight into their extravagant lifestyle.

Rampuria Haveli: Among all other havelis like Rikhji Bagri ki Haveli, Haveli of Bhairondan, Daga Chowk Havelis and Sampatlala Agarwal Haveli, Rampuria group of Havelis are known for their more than 400 years old architecture splendour. With intricate details of jharokhas and carvings, havelis are no less than palaces.

National Research Centre on Camel: Identified as one of the important tourist place of Bikaner, National Research Centre on Camel is open for tourists during afternoon. Tourists can see the camel of different breeds and their behavior. A camel museum is available to apprise them of the developmental and research aspects of the camel in the desert ecosystem. Facilities of camel riding, safari and video/photography are also available. Special attraction of the centre is Camel milk parlour and you can have unique value added camel milk products like ice-cream, hot and cold beverages. There are many shops within the premises too.

Jhunjhunun: An ancient town in the state of Rajasthan, Jhunjhunu is known for its fresco art and carefully engraved architecture of vacant havelis and authentic Rajasthani experience in an offbeat destination. Located at a distance of 190km from Jaipur, Jhunjunu is home to Rani Sati Temple, a revered pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Famous Places in Jhunjhunun: Rani Sati Temple, Havelis and Forts, Khetri Mahal, Lohargal, Modi and Tiberwal Haveli.

Rani Sati Temple: Carrying the stories from the time of Mahabharata, this 400 years old temple situated in the hills of Jhunjhunu has an interesting story about its inception. With followers coming from all over India, this temple is one of the oldest pilgrimages of India. There are small temples inside the complex other than the main temple dedicated to Sati.

Havelis and Forts: There are a number of havelis and forts in Jhunjhunu, because of its history of bravery, the locals refer to it as the land of warriors. All these havelis and forts were built many years ago and have been maintained by either their owners or the state government. Over time, due to their enormous structures, intricate designs and architectural excellence, these places have continued attracting tourists. Ganeriwal, Kanoria, Sone Chandi ki haveli, Mukundgarh, Badalgarh and Zorawargarh are the famous ones that make it to the must visit list to name a few.

Khetri Mahal: Located at the western end of Nehru Bazaar, in the district of Jhunjhunu in the state of Rajasthan, Khetri Palace is an ancient old palace mainly known for its brilliant architecture and gorgeous frescoes. Although the monument is relatively small and is currently in ruins, however, it is still a major tourist attraction in town and does not fail to attract both tourists and locals alike. It is also known as Wind Palace which is strange as it is devoid of any real windows of doors.

Lohargal: Located aptly on the foothills of Aravali, this holy shrine of Hindus has a dense forest cover around it. It is known for its scenic beauty. It is said to be the birthplace oh Bhima, there is a holy water tank here. As the belief says that the holy dip here helps wash away sins, it is said this is where the Pandavas came to bath after their victory in the royal battle.

Modi and Tiberwal Haveli: Both these havelis are situated in the main bazaar of Jhunjhunu. With the foundation bricks laid in the late 16th century, the haveli showcase brilliant architectural art and design. The haveli has stood there for ages and has been a witness to many historical tales.

Churu: At the edge of the Thar desert and situated amidst the shifting golden sand dunes, lies a small city called Churu, resplendent with havelis, fresco paintings and unique architecture. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Thar desert’, Churu lies in the historic Shekhawati region in northern Rajasthan.

Famous Places in Churu: Sethani Ka Johda, Salasar Balaji, Tal Chappar Sanctuary.

Sethani Ka Johda: The region faced a terrible famine during 1956, Sethani ka johda is a water reservoir 3 km away from Ratangarh, it was built then by the widow of Bhagwan Das Bagla. Built as a research project, today the water in the reservoir attract a lot of birds and animals. You might even spot a neelgai.

Salasar Balaji: Salasar Balaji or Salasar Dham is a temple located in the small town of Salasar near Sujangarh in Churu district, Rajasthan. Dedicated to Balaji, another name for Hanuman, this temple attracts innumerable devotees throughout the year. Salasar Dham is in a religious circuit of centers of Khatu Shyamji temple and Rani Sati Dadiji (Jhunjhunu) temple and the Salasar Dham (or Balaji).

Tal Chappar Sanctuary: Spread across 719 hectares, Talchappar was declared a reserved land in 1962. Talchappar has a unique ecosystem, with mostly grass covering the land, it falls on the way of many migratory birds who while flying back to their home, stay on for a while or for an entire season.

Pali: Pali, which is also known as ‘the industrial city’, is located in the state of Rajasthan. It is the administrative headquarters of the Pali District. This famous tourist hotspot lies on the banks of the river Bandi. Earlier, this place was known as Pallika and Palli. The place got its name from the Paliwal Brahmins who used to reside in the place during the ancient times.

Famous Places in Pali: Navalakha Temple, Lakhotia Garden, Somnath Temple, Bangur Museum, Hatundi Rata Mahabir Temple.

Navalakha Temple: Navalakha Temple, constructed in the 10th century, is one of the most revered shrines of the Pali City. This temple is also known as the Naulakha Jain Temple and is dedicated to Parshwanath, the 23rd Tirthankara of the Jain religion. Famous for its architectural style, the temple has elaborate carvings.

Lakhotia Garden: Lakhotia Garden is one of the famous tourist spots located in the heart of the Pali City. This beautiful garden is surrounded by a pond known as Lakhotia and a city tank. Tourists can see a beautiful Shiva temple located in the middle of the garden.

Somnath Temple: Somnath Temple is located in the main market of Pali. This shrine is famous for its shilp art and its rich history. Tourists can see intricate carvings on the Shikar and pinnacle of the temple. This shrine was built by the King of Gujrat, Kumarpal Solanki in the year 1209.

Bangur Museum
: Bangur Museum is one of the popular tourist attractions located close to the old bus stand of the Pali City. This museum exhibits a rare collection of historical and artistic items such as costumes, coins and arms. This museum is named after Mr. Bangur Juar, a revered personality in the region.

Hatundi Rata Mahabir Temple
: Hatundi Rata Mahabir Temple is dedicated to the last and 24th Jain Tirthankara, Mahavira. The temple is famous for its pink and white painted structure which resembles the pyramids of Egypt. There are staircases located on each end of the temple. This staircase goes up to the main dome which has three balconies.

Ganganagar: Sri Ganganagar is a planned city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, located between the Indian and Pakistani Punjab borders as well as the international border between India and Pakistan. It is the administrative centre of the district of Sri Ganganagar.

Famous Places in Ganganagar: Gurudwara Budhha Johad Sahib, Bror Village, Dada Pamparam’s Dera, Laila Majnu Tomb, Anoopgarh Fort, Hindumalkot Border.

Gurudwara Budhha Johad Sahib: The historical Gurudwara of Buddha Johad, the renowned Sikh religious temple, is located 75 kilometres south-west of Sri Ganganagar. On August 11, 1740, Bhai Sukha Singh and Mehtab Singh brought the head of Massa Rangarh (guilty of sacrilege of the Amritsar Golden Temple) and hung it on a tree. Every floor of this massive Gurudwara has 22 pillars. Tourists can stay in one of 140 rooms close to the gurudwara. Aside from numerous other structures, there is also a modest library that houses portraits of Sikh martyrs. The Gang Canal supplies water to the gurudwara’s sacred pond (johad).

Bror Village: The Indus Valley Civilisation’s remnants can be found here. It is situated on the Anoopgarh-Ramsinghpur highway.

Dada Pamparam’s Dera: This sacred site is located in the town of Sri Vijaynagar. Every year in the month of Falgun, a massive 7-day fair is held at Dada Pammaram’s grave. The fair closes on Falgun Sankranti. This fair attracts pilgrims from the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, MP, UP, and Bihar, in addition to Rajasthan. Dada Pammaram was born about 400 years ago in Bikaner’s village Kumbhana during the reign of Guru Nanak Dev. Because most pilgrims, it is reported, came from Pakistan and had to travel a long distance to reach Kumbhana, the Baba’s tomb was initially built at Fortabad in Pakistan at his own request.

Laila Majnu Tomb: The tomb (mazar) of Laila-Majnu at Binjaur hamlet is located near Anoopgarh city on the western side, 11 kilometres away. This Mazar (mausoleum) is often associated with the mythological and legendary lovers Laila and Majnu. According to popular belief, Laila and Majnu were from Sindh and moved to this location to escape the clutches of Laila’s parents and her brother, who were opposed to Laila-love. Majnu’s Laila and Majnu both died here and were buried together. As a result, this location has become a symbol of love, and people gather here to seek blessings from Laila and Majnu.

Anoopgarh Fort: Anoopgarh Fort is a ruin located at Anoopgarh. Anoop Singh Rathore designed it.

Hindumalkot Border: The Hindumalkot Border, often known as the Indo-Pak Border, is named after Hindumal, the Diwan of Bikaner.

Kota: Kota, the third most populous city in Rajasthan, lies alongside the banks of River Chambal, the only perennial river in Rajasthan. Locals and tourists visit the river shores for watching crocodiles, sighting birds and for boat riding in general. Kota is famous for its thriving coaching culture for IIT-JEE and Medical entrance preparations and every year more than four lakh students visit and live in the city. Not many cities witness such influx of students every year and this has earned the city various names such as Education City of India and Coaching Capital of India.

Famous Places in Kota: Seven Wonders Park, Kishore Sagar and Jagmandir Palace, Garadiya Mahadev Temple, Kota Barrage, Chambal Garden, Khade Ganesh Ji Temple, City Palace, Chambal River Safari, Kaithoon, Godavari Dham Temple, Gaipernath Waterfall,  Government Museum Kota, Rao Madho Singh Museum, Mathuradheesh Mandir, Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Kansua Temple, Shivpuri Dham, Raniji Ki Baoli.

Seven Wonders Park: Never been able to visit the seven wonders across the globe? Not to worry! You can now witness all of them in a single go. Seven Wonders Park in Kota comprises of miniatures of all the Seven Wonders of the World. These include Taj Mahal, Great Pyramid, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower, Christ the Redeemer of Brazil, Colosseum, and Statue of Liberty. The project which was undertaken to build this garden was worth 20 crores by Urban Development Department. It took more than 150 workers to complete the project.

Kishore Sagar and Jagmandir Palace: Kishore Sagar is an artificial picturesque lake dating back to 1346 constructed by the Bundi Prince Dehra Deh. It located by the side of attractive Brij Vilas palace museum.

Garadiya Mahadev: Situated in Daulatganj near Kota, Garadiya Mahadev Temple is not just a revered Hindu temple but also a popular tourist spot because of its location at the scenic Chambal gorge. Perched at a height of 500 feet from the mean sea level on a picturesque cliff, the temple is enshrined by Hindu God Shiva. Boasting of immense scenic beauty, views of the virgin green plains sprawling all over and flanked by river Chambal on the side, the place is one of the most ideal picnic spots in the region. The presence of several peacocks and other avian species attract a lot of birdwatchers and photography buffs. Considered to be the best place to relax and unwind, the vantage point is surely a must- visit.

Kota Barrage: One of the most popular place among the locals, Kota Barrage is frequented for its peaceful evenings along the riverside. Kota Barrage is a dam built on Chambal River and is located quite close to the main city.

Chambal Garden: Chambal Garden, a beautiful garden in the backdrop of Chambal river, is a much sought picnic spot in Kota. The garden located at Amar Niwas on the landscape of Chambal river encloses a well maintained pond, a habitat for crocodiles.

City Palace: A confabulation of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and art, the City Palace is a monument of the glorious royal past of the Kota city. City palace is a fantastic landmark in Kota attracting thousands of tourists every year.

Chambal River Safari: The Chambal River Safari, organised across the Chambal River near Kota, Rajasthan, includes exploring the river on a boat while being surrounded by greenery, sandbanks and ravines. The one hour river safari lets you experience close to 300 migratory and resident birds along with Ghariyals, crocodiles and more.

Kaithoon: Kaithoon is renowned for the specialized designer hand woven saris named as Kota Doria saris. These saris are hand woven with real gold threads. The textile weaving rules this place.

Godavari Dham Temple: Located in Dadabari in Kota, Godavari Dham Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is based on the banks of river Chambal. The temple hosts a special morning and midnight aarti on Tuesdays and Saturdays which is attended by hundreds of pilgrims. Besides, the temple also houses idols of several other gods and goddesses including Lord Shiva, Bhairav, Ganpati etc.

Gaipernath Waterfall: Gaipernath Waterfall is situated near Kota city centre in Kota. It is a picturesque tourist spot popular for picnics, small treks, nature photography and the like. The ideal time to visit the waterfall is during monsoons when the rains refurbish the water reserves and you can experience the cascading falls in all its glory. You can also take a dip in the freshwater at the base.

Government Museum: Housed in the premises of Brijvilas Palace near Kishore Sagar in Kota, Government Museum is a perfect depiction of the culture and history of Rajasthan. The museum is replete with artefacts, archaeological findings, documents, coins and other valuable exhibits. One of the most prominent exhibit is the statue brought from Baroli. Photography is prohibited.


Rao Madho Singh Museum: Housed in the premises of Old Palace of Kota, Rao Madho Singh Museum boasts of an incredible collection of rich artefacts and documents depicting the history and culture of Rajasthan. Silver figurines, terracotta figures, coins, sculptures and manuscripts attracts the students, historians and tourists alike. The museum sprawls over two storeys in several galleries.

Mathuradheesh Mandir: Mathuradheesh Mandir is a Vallabh sect temple in Rampura, Kota, believed to have been constructed by the Rajput Kings. The temple is enshrined by Mathuradheesh – an incarnation of Lord Krishna. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu took his eighth incarnation as Lord Krishna. The temple follows the rituals and customs of the Vaishnava culture.

Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary: Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around 56 kms away from Kota near Bundi. The sanctuary boasts of a rich wildlife and is home to asiatic elephant, sambar deer, elks etc among several other exotic animal and plant species. The sanctuary is mostly popular for wildlife safaris, treks and sightseeing. Initially it was used as a hunting ground by the Royal families.

Kansua Temple: Kansua Temple is one of the most ancient temples near Bundi in Kota which is enshrined by Lord Shiva. The temple houses a shivalinga which has four heads; it is believed that the shrine was constructed by the Pandavas when they visited Kota during their exile. The temple is built just right by River Chambal and is also known as Karneshwar Temple.

Shivpuri Dham: Shivpuri Dham is one the ancient most and unique temple in Kota. It has as many as 525 shivalingas at one place. The place is thronged by pilgrims and devotees all through the year; however, the busiest time of the year is Shivratri or Rasleela. Between the shivalingas, there is a huge statue of God Pashupati Nath.

Raniji Ki Baoli: Raniji Ki Baoli is an ancient baoli (stepwell) near Kota in Bundi. It was built by the Rajputs and boasts of a striking architecture. The baoli has a narrow gateway lined with four sturdy pillars and slender arched on the high roof. A flight of stairs descend into a part well, part temple and part palace with scarce water reserves. Raniji Ki Baoli is an important heritage monument of the city.

Jalore: Famed for its numerous quarries, Jalore has risen to prominence for producing some of the finest granite in the world. Originally a small town, industrial growth has helped Jalore grow by leaps and bounds in recent times. The ‘tope khana’ or cannon foundry at Jalore Fort is the foremost tourist attraction of Jalore and it provides stunning views of the city. The city is also famed for the Sundha Mata Temple which was built around 900 years ago and is sacred to the devotees of goddess Chamunda Devi.

Famous Places in Jalore: Jalore Fort, Topekhana, Malik Shah’s Mosque, Sirey Mandir, Sundha Mata Temple.

Jalore Fort: The main attraction of the city is the Jalore fort. It is an impressive piece of architecture and is believed to have been constructed between the 8th and 10th centuries, the fort is perched atop a steep hill at a height of about 336 metres and offers exquisite views of the city below. The highlights of the fort are its high fortified walls and bastions with cannons mounted upon them. The fort has four massive gates but is only accessible from one side, after a two-mile long serpentine ascent.

Topekhana: Located in the midst of Jalore city, Topekhana was once a grand Sanskrit school built by King Bhoj sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries. A scholar of Sanskrit, King Bhoj is known to have built several similar schools in Ajmer and Dhar to impart education. The school was renamed Topekhana during the pre-independence period after officers used the building to store artillery and ammunition.

Malik Shah’s Mosque: Commissioned by Ala-Ud-Din-Khilji during his reign over Jalore, the mosque was built to honour Malik Shah, the Seljuk Sultan of Baghdad. The mosque is located in the centre of the Jalore Fort and is particularly distinct for its style of architecture, which is believed to have been inspired by buildings found in Gujarat.

Sirey Mandir: Located at a height of 646 metres on the Kalashachal hill, the temple is believed to have been built by Rawal Ratan Singh in honour of Maharishi Jabali. Legend has it that the Pandavas once took refuge in the temple. The path to the temple passes through Jalore city and one has to make a 3 km trip by foot to get to the temple.

Sundha Mata Temple: Atop the Sundha Mountain in the Aravalli Range lies the Sundha Mata Temple. This temple is built at a height of 1220 m above sea level and is regarded very sacred by devotees from all over India. The temple houses an idol of Goddess Chamunda Devi and is made of white marble. The design of the pillars is reminiscent of those of the Dilwara Temple in Mount Abu. This temple also features some inscriptions of historical value.

Banswara: Banswara gets its name from the ‘bans’ or bamboo trees that once grew here in abundance. It is dominated by Bhil tribals (popularly known as the bow men of Rajasthan) who make up more than half the total population of the region. History states that Banswara was ruled by a Bhil ruler named Bansia or Wasna and the place derived its name from him. Bansai was defeated by Jagmal Singh who crowned himself Banswara’s first Maharaval.

Famous Places in Banswara: Anand Sagar Lake, Abdullah Pir, Andeshwar Parshwanathji, Ram Kund, Vithala Deo Temple, Dialab Lake, Kagadi Pikup Weir, Mahi Dam, Paraheda, Raj Mandir, Talwara Temple, Tripura Sundari, Madareshwar Temple, Kalpa Virksha, Samai Mata, Mangarh Dham.

Anand Sagar Lake: This artificial lake, also known as Bai Talab was constructed by Lanchi Bai, the Rani of Maharaval Jagmal Singh. Located in the eastern part of Banswara, it is surrounded by holy trees known as ‘Kalpa Vriksha’, famous for fulfilling the wishes of visitors. The ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs of the rulers of the state are also scattered nearby.

Abdullah Pir: It is a popular shrine of a Bohra Muslim saint.This is the Dargah of Abdul Rasul, known as Abdullah Pir, situated in the southern part of the city. Every year a large number of people, specially of the Bohra Community, take part in the ‘URS’ at the Dargah.

Andeshwar Parshwanathji: Andeshwar Parshwanathji is a famous Jain temple located on a small hill in Kushalgarh tehsil. The temple is home to rare Shilalekhs from the 10th century. The place also houses two Digamabara Jain Parshwanatha temples.

Ram Kund: It is also known as ‘Phati Khan’ because there is a deep cave under a hill. There is a Pool of very cold water found through out the year. It is said that Lord Ram, during his exile came & stayed here. It is a beautiful place surrounded by hills.

Vithala Deo Temple: Barely a few kilometres from Banswara lies the Vithala Deo Temple. A beautiful red structure, this temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Dialab Lake: On the banks of this beautiful lake stands the summer residence of the former rulers. A major part of the lake itself is covered with lotus flowers.

Kagadi Pikup Weir: Located on Ratlam Road, 3 kilometres from the main city, is Kagadi Pikup Weir. It is worth visiting for its enchanting fountains, gardens and water bodies. It overlooks the Kagdi Lake and is a part of the Mahi Bajaj Sagar project.

Mahi Dam: The Mahi River, which flows through the region, has several islands at various distances. In fact, in some ancient writings, Banswara finds mention as ‘the city of hundred islands’. Various dams and canals have been built over the Mahi River under the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project.

Paraheda: Paraheda, a famous Shiva temple, is located in Garhi Tehsil. It was constructed by King Mandlik in the 12th century and is approximately 22 kilometres from Banswara.

Raj Mandir: Raj Mandir, also known as the City Palace, is a 16th century structure that sits atop a hill as if keeping an eye on the town below. It is built in the style typical of old Rajput architecture. This palace still belongs to the royal family.

Talwara Temple: This town is famous for the ancient temple of the Sun, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Jain Temple of Sambharnath, Lord Amaliya Ganesh, Maha Laxmi Temple and Dwarkadhish Temple. A number of Sompura Sculpture artists can be seen carving stones on the roadside in Talwara.

Tripura Sundari: There is a temple of Goddess Tripura Sundari known as Tartai Mata here, which has beautiful idol of black stone having 18 hands each carrying a symbol, while the Goddess is seen riding a tiger. The exact date of construction of this temple is not known, it is said to have been built before Samrat Kanishka, who ruled here. It is one of the ‘Shakti Peeths’ of the Hindus.

Madareshwar Temple: This is a famous temple of Lord Shiva built inside a natural cave on top of a hill towards the eastern part of the city .It provides a sensational view.

Kalpa Virksha: Standing elegantly near Bai Talab Lake are the rare species of large Kalpa Virksha trees in a pair (Raja – Rani) which are said to fulfill the wishes of people.

Samai Mata: About 400 steps take you the temple of Samai Mata, perched on top of a hill. It is a beautiful picnic spot about 4kms from the city.

Mangarh Dham: Govind Guru was a popular saint of the Bhils who made the Mangarh hill a centre of faith. He awakened the Bhil community and filled them with a sense of patriotism. The Bhils were so inspired that they sacrificed their lives for freedom. Later, 1500 Gurubhakt Bhils sacrificed their lives while fighting against the British army. It is therefore also known as Jallianwala Bagh of Rajasthan.

Hanumangarh: Located around 400 km from Delhi, Hanumangarh is a city best known for its temples and its historical significance given that it was once part of the Indus Valley Civilization. Recent excavations in the area have revealed some stunning artefacts belonging to an era of great significance to human history.
The city is also known to be an agricultural marketplace where cotton and wool are woven on handlooms and sold. The primary tourist attraction of Hanumangarh is the Bhatner fort, a beautiful structure whose history dates back thousands of years.

Famous Places in Hanumangarh: Bhatner Fort, Temple of Shri Gogaji, Gogamedi Panorama, Kalibangan, Mata Bhadrakali Temple, Masitavali head.

Bhatner Fort: Considered to be one of the oldest forts in India, the Bhatner Fort or Hanumangarh Fort is located on the banks of the river Ghaggar. The importance of the fort can be gauged from the fact that Empror Akbar mentioned it in Ain-e-Akbari. The fort was built around 1700 years ago by Bhupat, the son of Jaisalmer’s King Bhatti and has withstood the ravages of time and war extremely well. Many a fearsome ruler including Timur and Prithviraj Chauhan tried to capture the fort, but such was its strength that for centuries no one succeeded at getting their hands on it. Finally, in the year 1805, Raja Surat Singh of Bikaner vanquished the Bhattis and captured the fort. The fort is heavily fortified and has many stunning gates, it also houses temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman.

Temple of Shri Gogaji: At around 120 km from the city of Hanumangarh, lies the Temple of Shri Gogaji. Legend has it that Gogaji was a warrior who possessed spiritual powers and he is also referred to as the ‘God of Snakes’. The temple was built in his honour almost 900 years ago by Bikaner’s Maharaja Shri Ganga Singh and stands on an elevated mount. What’s particularly interesting about the temple is its mix of Muslim and Hindu styles of architecture. The temple is marked with stunning engravings and houses a beautiful statue of Gogaji on horseback, with a lance in his hand and a snake around his neck. People of all faiths visit the temple especially during the Gogamedi festival.

Gogamedi Panorama: Gogamedi, a village located in Hanumangarh bears religious importance. The Gogamedi Fair, held during the Gogamedi Festival in memory of Shri Gogaji attracts locals and tourists alike. The panoramic view of Gogamedi is truly stunning and awe-inspiring, and makes for a great spot for photography.

Kalibangan: A spot that’s a must-visit for archaeology buffs, Kalibangan is famous for the site where relics from the Indus Valley Civilization were unearthed. The relics belong to the Harappan and pre-Harappan settlements from the year 2500 BC. Excavations at Kalibangan have revealed Harappan seals, human skeletons, unknown scripts, stamps, copper bangles, beads, coins, toys, terracotta and shells. Another place to visit here is the Archaeological Museum, which was set up in 1983 to house findings from an excavation conducted on the Harappan site during 1961-1969. The museum here houses three galleries – the pre-Harappan one, and two devoted to Harappan artefacts.

Mata Bhadrakali Temple: Located at a distance of 7 kms from Hanumangarh, the temple of Mata Bhadrakali is on the banks of the Ghaggar River. The deity the temple is dedicated to one of the many avatars of Goddess Durga. Constructed by the sixth king of Bikaner Maharaja Ram Singh, the temple houses an idol made entirely out of red stone. The temple is open to the public throughout the week.

Masitavali head: Masitavali head situated on masitavali village 34 Km faraway from Hanumangarh is the entry point of Asia’s largest irrigation project known as Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojna) This is an eye caching site which gives an apparent of an oasis.

Dausa: Dausa is a small ancient town named after a Sanskrit word Dhau-sa meaning Beautiful like Heaven.
Also referred as Deva Nagri, located around 55 km from Jaipur, on National Highway 11. The city
was the first headquarter of the former Kachhawaha Dynasty and has much history and
archaeological importance linked to it. Situated away from the bustling cities, the town of Dausa
offers an authentic rural experience in Rajasthan.

Famous Places in Dausa: Chand Baori (Stepwell), Harshat Mata Temple, Jhajhirampura, Bhandarej, Lotwara, Bandukui, Mahendipur Balaji.

Chand Baori (Stepwell): Abhaneri 88 kms from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra road is another attraction of Dausa, it is believed to be established by Raja Chandra. Originally named as Abha Nagri which means the city of brightness due to mispronunciation it is now called as Abhaneri. The Department of Tourism hosts a wonderful two-day “Abhaneri Festival” promoting heritage tourism in the area. Cultural performances and village camel safari are the main attractions of the festival. One of the popular places to visit in Abhaneri is the Chand Baori (stepwell).

Harshat Mata Temple: Located 33 kms from Dausa adjacent to the Chand Baori is a temple dedicated to Harshat Mata – the goddess of joy and happiness. As per the legends, the goddess is always cheerful and showers the people with blessings of joy and happiness. Its magnificent architecture and sculptural styles are a delight for the eyes!

Jhajhirampura: Jhajhirampura is famous for its natural water tank as well as the temples of Rudra (Shiv), Balaji (Hanuman), and other gods and goddesses. It is situated around 45 km away from the district headquarters, towards Baswa (Bandikui). Surrounded by hills and water resources, this place has natural and spiritual glory.

Bhandarej: Bhandarej is located about 65 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra highway, and about 10 km from Dausa. Bhandarej, during Mahabharata times, was known as Bhadrawati. The walls, sculptures, decorative lattice work jaalis, terracotta utensils, etc., found in excavations, speak volumes about the ancient splendor of this place. The Bhandarej Baori (step-well) and Bhadrawati Palace are popular places to visit, and are fine examples of the grand history of the region.

Lotwara: The village of Lotwara is located 110 Km from Jaipur. The biggest attraction of this village is the Lotwara Garh(Fort), which was built by Thakur Ganga Singh in the 17 th century, as well as the large population of peacocks in the village. How to reach Lotwara? Located just 11 Km from Abhaneri, the best way to reach the village is by road.

Bandukui: The Roman style Church for Protestant Christians is a popular attraction in Bandukui, located about 35 Km from Dausa.

Mahendipur Balaji: Temple of Bajrang Bali (Lord Hanuman) is famous for treatment of mentally unbalanced people by the Pretraj. Despite tremendous growth in the medical science in the World, people from all over India still come to get themselves cured here. This temple is 50kms away from Dausa has a lot of religious significance.

Chittaurgarh: Located in South-Eastern Rajasthan, Chittorgarh is known for Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort in India built on a hilltop, spreading over an area of around 700 acres. The capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, the magnificent fortress will always be remembered for the courageous self-sacrificing Jauharperformed by Rani Padmini to thwart the conquest of the fort by Alauddin Khilji.

Famous Places in Chittaurgarh: Chittorgarh fort, Padmini Palace, Kalika Mata Temple, Gau Mukh Kund.

Chittorgarh fort: Built by local Maurya rulers (often confused with imperial Maurya Rulers) in 7th century A.D, the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan is one of the largest forts in India. The Chittorgarh Fort, plainly known as Chittor is spread majestically over a hill of 590 feet in height and is spread across 692 acres of land is a fine example of the popular Rajput architecture. The imposing structure of the fort has many gateways built by the later rulers of the Maurya clan. Chittorgarh Fort was previously the capital of Mewar and is now situated in the city of Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh Fort reverberates with tales of heroism and sacrifice and displays the Rajput culture and values in the real sense. Owing to its magnificent edifice, the Chittorgarh Fort was declared a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in the year 2013.

Padmini Palace: Padmini Palace is the palace where Rani Padmini lived after she married Rawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Mewar Kingdom who ruled between 1302 and 1303 CE. The majestic palace is a historical monument related to the self-sacrifice of Rani Padmini after Chittorgarh was attacked by the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji. The two storey monument stands rather strong right at the centre of the Chittorgarh Fort elevated on rocky terrain.

Kalika Mata Temple: It is one of the most important temples of Chittorgarh and the city’s tour isn’t complete without a visit to this temple. The splendid sculpture of the temple is what attracts most tourists. It is dedicated to Kalika an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The entire temple, built on a platform, boasts of Prathira architectural style. The ceiling, pillars and gates all have intricate designs. Even though the temple is partially in ruins, one will still marvel at its architectural credibility.

Gau Mukh Kund: Located within Chittorgarh fort, the Gomukh Kund is also known as “Tirth Raj” of Chittorgarh because whenever pilgrims and devotees go on the tour of different Hindu spiritual places, then they come to Gomukh kund for completion of their holy journey after returning back. Gau Mukh literally means mouth of cow and it has been named so because the water flows from the cow mouth shaped point. Natural environment with lush green plants and flowing water is what makes this place even more attractive.

Karauli: Karauli is a well known town and the administrative headquarters of Karauli District in Rajasthan in India. It is located about 158 km southeast of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Karauli District occupies an area of 5530 km² and the town is placed 275 meters from the mean level of sea. Karauli lies between latitude 26.5° in the north and longitude 77.02° in the east. Karauli District is surrounded by full of hills and ravines.

Famous Places in Karauli: City Palace, Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Timangarh Fort, Kaila Devi Temple.

City Palace: City Palace is situated in centre of Karauli City and was built during the period of 14th century. It is widely popular for its stone figures, beautiful pictures, lattice efforts and design. City Palace has a good designed hall, beautiful entrance and wall paintings of freedom fighters.

Bhanwar Vilas Palace: Bhanwar Vilas Palace is a historical monument constructed by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bhadur in the year 1938. The inner side of the palace is decorated with majestic style furniture and the designs of the palace showcases the hard work of ancient architects. Bhanwar Vilas Palace is now been renovated into a high class hotel.

Timangarh Fort: Timangarh Fort is located very nearer to Karauli and was constructed during 1100 AD and it was reconstructed in 1244 AD by Yaduvanshi Raja Timanpal after destroyed by Mohammad Gouri. It is famous for beautiful architecture.

Kaila Devi Temple: Kaila Devi Temple is devoted to Shri Kaila Devi Ji and was constructed during the period of 1100 AD. It is situated about 22 km from Karauli Town. Fifteen days long festival of Kaila Devi Temple attracts pilgrims from all over Rajasthan and other nearby states including Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Kaila Devi Temple has near proximity with Bhairon Temple and Hanuman Temple.

Tonk: Tonk is a town, situated on the banks of the river Banas in the Tonk district of Rajasthan. Once a princely state, the town was ruled by various dynasties until the time of Indian independence. It is located at a distance of 95 km from the city of Jaipur.

Famous Places in Tonk: Sunehri Kothi, Ghanta Ghar, Govind Devji Temple, Jama Masjid, Rajmahal, Kalpvriksh.

Sunehri Kothi: The Sunehri Kothi, also known as the Sheesh Mahal was built by Nawab Mohammed Ibrahim Ali Khan, who was extremely fond of music, dance and poetry recitals. The inside walls of this monument are polished in gold and depict excellent artworks on diamonds and glasses. The building is also called as the ‘Mansion of Gold’ in appreciation of the artworks and the architectural excellence portrayed in the building.

Ghanta Ghar: The Ghanta Ghar, a popular historical attraction of Tonk was built by the Nawab of Tonk, Mohammed Sadat Ali Khan, in 1937. According to locals, people of Tonk place suffered an epidemic disease called Haiza in 1936. The Nawab distributed medicines among those inflicted, and the money collected was used to build this clock tower.

Govind Devji Temple: Govind Devji Temple, located in the Jai Niwas Garden of Jaipur is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Krishna. The idol of Lord Krishna was originally kept in a temple of Vrindavan, but later the King of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh II reinstalled it here as his family deity. It is one of the most popular shrines of Jaipur, which attracts a large number of devotees every year.

Jama Masjid: The Construction work of Jama Masjid of Tonk was started by Nawab Amir Khan, the first Nawab of Tonk in 1246 A.D and was finally completed in 1298 AD, during the reign of Nawab Wzirudhoula. The building has four massive minars, which can be seen from a long distance. Golden paintings and Meenakari on the walls enhance the beauty of the mosque. This beautiful monument depicts the great Mughal architectural style of the bygone era.

Rajmahal: Rajmahal, located on the banks of River Banas, attracts a lot of tourists from all across the globe. Rajmahal is located at the meeting point of three rivers namely, Banas, Khari and Dai. This historical monument of Rajmahal is built on a big mountain at Kakor. Tourists can enjoy boating in the ‘Dah of Salam Singh’.

Kalpvriksh: Kalpvriksh is a historic tree present in the Balunda village of the Tonk district. This tree is considered to be sacred, and many people visit here during the month of Kartik. It is believed believe that the tree fulfills all the wishes of the devotees who visit here offer worship.

Jhalawar: A place laden with historic forts and beautiful palaces, Jhalawar takes on back in time to an era of glory. It’s a place that provides on an opportunity to experience the Rajputana lifestyle.

Founded in the early years of the 19th century, Jhalawar was the capital of the Kingdom of Jhalawar and soon became a major city in the Rajputana region. The city with giant forts, its architecturally imperious designs and its beautiful people has a charm unlike any other. The place is a treasure trove of history and instantly takes you back to a time of Maharaja’s and Raja’s of the Rajputana dynasty who use to rule over the land with proud and honor unlike any other. The city today, is a shadow of its past glory but one can still lose themselves in its historic by-lanes, its forts and palaces. It allows one to have a leisurely outing while reminiscing about history. Jhalawar is the place to be for those who seek a bit of adventure, romance and history.

Famous Places in Jhalawar: Jhalar Patan, Bhimsagar Dam, Jhalawar Fort, Bhawani Natya Sthala, Gagron Fort.

Jhalar Patan: Situated about 7 km outside Jhalawar, Jhalar Patan is also known as the ‘City of Temple Bells’. The enclosed township has some marvelous medieval temples built by yesteryear Rajputana Kings of the region. The 100-feet high Surya Temple is situated here. The township built on the banks of the meandering Chandrabhaga has temple all along its shores. The place is beautiful filled with marvelous architectural gems of the Kota style of art.

Bhimsagar Dam: The Bhimsagar Dam is located 24 km outside Jhalawar and is an excellent place to have a picnic with friends and family. The dams with its bustling water, its greenery and the flora around is a nice place to be at.

Jhalawar Fort: A beautiful piece of Rajputana architecture, it is the epicenter of the city. Built in the middle of the of the 19th century, the Jhalawar Fort is the pride of the city of Jhalawar built by Maharajrana Madan Singh.

Bhawani Natya Sthala: Built in 1921 by the then Maharaja Bhawani Singh to promote art, theatre and culture. The building has become an iconic part of Jhalawar’s identity. It was recently revived with many theatre shows happening in it.

Gagron Fort: Situated in the Jhalawar district of Rajasthan, Gagron Fort is a masterpiece of Rajput architecture and a striking example of hill and water fort. The fort is built on top of a hillock and offers a mesmerising 360 degree view of the landscape below. Besides a museum outside the fort gates, there is also a mausoleum of Sufi Saint Mitthe Shah.

Dungarpur: Dungarpur is a city that lies in the southernmost part of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was founded in the 14th century by the Rawals of Mewar. Dungarpur is named after Dungaria, a Bhil chieftain that served the royal family for a longer period of time. In the present scenario, the city of Dungarpur is promoted as a tourist site by the government of Rajasthan.

Famous Places in Dungarpur: Deo Somnath, Badal Mahal, Gaib Sagar Lake, Juna Mahal, Baneshwar Temple.

Deo Somnath: Somnath Temple is one of the holiest shrines for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. And not many are aware that a replica of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat is present in Rajasthan as well. Yes, this is the Deo Somath, Dungarpur. The temple is one of the holiest places for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. It has been made using marbles and stones. The architecture of the temple is splendid and has three huge two-storied gates in the east, west, and south directions of the temple. It is located on the banks of the Som River and serves as a sacred place for all the worshippers of Lord Shiva.

Badal Mahal: Located on the banks of the Gaib Sagar Lake, the Badal Mahal is one of the most astounding palaces to visit in Dungarpur. The palace not only has a rich heritage but is also known for the splendid history that is attached to it. The artistic design of the mahal is what attracts many of the history and architectural buffs to this part. If you see the palace, it has been constructed using solely the Dawra stones. Its construction is believed to have been completed in two separate stages. Literally translated as the cloud palace, Badal Mahal is known for its splendor and its beauty.

Gaib Sagar Lake: Although an artificial water body, the Gaib Sagar Lake has gained holy prominence over the year in Dungarpur. It was constructed by Maharaj Gopinath in the fifteenth century 128 and has been attracting tourists since then. Now, many legends and stories have been linked with this lake which makes it even more attractive to people. Not just that, a number of historical papers and literary works have the mention of this lake in them. The turquoise waters of the lake, surrounded by the shrines make a scenic setting. Both the devotees and the nature lovers throng the Gaib Sagar Lake, Dungarpur to seek blessings and also to find peace in the lap of nature.

Juna Mahal: There is something about visiting the old monuments. They tell a very unique and different story and even transpose us to a completely different era. India is blessed to be having so many old monuments, palaces, and forts. One among them is Juna Mahal. Located right in the land of royalties and riches, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur is one of the most anticipated palaces to be visited in Rajasthan. Also known as ‘Bada Mahal’, this place is situated right at the foothills of the Aravali Hills. It was built by Rawal Veer Singh Deo and has been undergoing a lot of renovation till the 19th century to come to life as it is seen now.

Baneshwar Temple: Lies in the foothills of the Aravalli range, Dungarpur is famous for the green marble found here. Dungarpur is renowned for the outstanding architecture of its royal residences and palaces which are decorated with intricately carved ‘jharokhas’ (windows). The place is also known for its stunning temples. The most popular temple and a major tourist attraction here is the Baneswar Temple, which is situated on a river delta developed at the convergence of the rivers, Som and Mahi.

Sawai Madhopur: The gateway to Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur is a city in Rajasthan that has primarily found its popularity due to the wildlife destination, Ranthambore National Park, which is located in close proximity. The city is the headquarters of the district of the same name and has immense historic importance. It has been the seat to several dynasties, right from the Chauhans to the Mughals. But, today, it is mostly known for being the base point for Ranthambore National Park.

Famous Places in Sawai Madhopur: Ranthambore Fort, Ghushmeshwar Temple, Sunheri Kothi, JamaMasjid, Hathi Bhata, Amreshwar Mahadev, Khandar Fort.

Ranthambore Fort: The noteworthy Ranthambore Fort was built by the Chauhan rulers in the 10th century. Due to its strategic location, it was ideal to keep the enemy at bay. The fort is also related to the historical legend of the royal women performing ‘jauhar’ (self-immolation) when the Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji laid siege on this fort in 1303. The fort is characterised by temples, tanks, massive gates and huge walls.

Ghushmeshwar Temple: Enshrined in the Puranas, the Ghushmeshwar Temple is believed to be 12th or the last of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Situated at the Siwar village in Sawai Madhopur, this temple has many mythological stories weaved around it. The most prominent, and popular story tells of the greatness of Lord Shiva, who resurrected his devotee Ghusma’s son, and even promised to abide in Devagiri hills as Ghushmeshwar after her name, Ghushma.

Sunheri Kothi: Constructed in 1824 by Nawab Ameer Khan, the Sunheri Kothiwas later renovated by Nawaab Ibrahim Ali Khan. The exterior of the Mansion of Gold completely belies the grandeur within. In-lay work with mirrors, gilded stucco, coloured glass, mosaic and lapez lazuli, painted and polished floors reflecting in the stained glass window leaves visitors completely impressed. This is a beautiful specimen of Hindu Muslim cohesion of architecture.

JamaMasjid: Located in the heart of the bustling city is the JamaMasjid, Rajasthan’s finest mosque. Delicately frescoed inside and out with intricate patterns, mosque still contains some of the ancient lamps. This fine piece of architecture began construction under the first Nawab of Tonk, Nawab Ameer Khan and completely by his son in 1298.

Hathi Bhata: Situated just 10kms from Kakod on the route to Sawai Madhopur is Hathi Bhata,carved out as a single stone in the shape of a huge life size stone elephant. To top it up, inscription on the rock tells us the story of Raja Nal and Damyanti. This monument was constructed in the year 1200 by Ram Nath Slat, during the reign of Sawai Ram Singh.

Amreshwar Mahadev: Nestled amidst the high hills on the way to Ranthambore National Park is the sacred Amreshwar Mahadev temple. The representation of 12 Jyotir Lingas and a 11ft high Shivling attracts a lot of devotees to come and seek blessing of Lord Mahadev.

Khandar Fort: The imposing Khandar Fort is a place worth visiting and is situated just 45 kms from Sawai Madhopur. This magnificent fortification was long ruled by the Sisodia Kings of Mewar after which it was taken over by the Mughals. It is believed that the king of this fort never lost a war.

Baran: A separate area carved out of the beautiful region of Kota, Baran is located further in the Hadoti province of Rajasthan. A traveller’s dream, Baran is the land of picturesque wooded hills and valleys, where one can stumble upon old ruins that tell stories of an era long gone. The city is known for its Ram- Sita temples, serene picnic spots and vibrant tribal fairs and festivals.

Famous Places in Baran: Ramgarh Bhand Devra temple, Shahabad fort, Shergarh fort, Shergarh Sanctuary, Sitabari, Tapasviyo ki Bagechi, Kakuni Temple Complex, Suraj Kund, Sorsan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sorsan Mataji Temple, Nahargarh Fort.

Ramgarh Bhand Devra temple: Situated about 40 km away from Baran city, the Ramgarh Bhand Devra temple devoted to Lord Shiva is said to date back to as long as the 10th century. Built in the Khajuraho style of architecture, it is also known as the mini Khajuraho of Rajasthan. Situated on the banks of a small pond, this temple is very unique in terms of its offering of prasad— one of the deities here is worshipped with sweets and dry fruits, while another is offered meat and alcohol.

Shahabad fort: One of the strongest forts in Hadoti, the Shahabad fort is situated about 80 km from Baran. Constructed by Mukatmani Dev, a Chauhan Rajput, this fort dates back to the 16th century. Standing tall in a densely forested area, the fort is surrounded by the intimidating Kunda Koh valley and has some noteworthy structures located within its walls.

Shergarh fort: Located around 65 km from Baran district, the Shergarh fort is one of Baran’s most popular tourist attractions. Standing on the banks of the river Parvan, it was considered a monument of strategic importance to rulers. Ruled by different dynasties over the years, Shergarh is supposed to have earned its name after its capture by Shershah of the Sur dynasty bit – its original name was Koshavardhan.

Shergarh Sanctuary: The perfect destination for nature lovers, Shergarh sanctuary is located in Shergarh village, about 65 km from Baran district. Rich in flora and fauna, Shergarh sanctuary is home to several endangered species of plants, as well as tigers, sloth bears, leopards and wild boards, among other animals. A photographer’s delight, Shergarh sanctuary is easily accessible by road.

Sitabari: Located 45 km from Baran, Sitabari is a famous place of worship and also doubles up as a popular picnic spot. Dotted with temples dedicate to Sita and Laxman, many believe this is the birth place of Lord Ram and Sita’s twin sons, Luv and Kush. It also comprises several kunds such as Valmiki kund, Sita kund, Laxman kund, Surya kund, etc. Sitabari is also the venue of the famous Sitabari fair.

Tapasviyo ki Bagechi: A beautiful picnic spot in Shahabad near Baran, Tapasviyo ki Bagechi is often frequented by tourists and locals who are looking for peace and serenity. Now a picture-perfect location with stunning mountains acting as a backdrop, Tapasviyo ki Bagechi was once a hub for betel farming, traces of which can still be found. A major attraction here is the large statue of a Shivling.

Kakuni Temple Complex: Located 85 km from Baran, Kakuni, situated on the banks for the Parvan River is best known for temples. The Kakuni Temple Complex houses temples dedicated to Jain and Vaishnava gods and Lord Shiva, and some of them date back to the 8th century.