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AGRA

Distance from Delhi-240kms / Jaipur-250kms -5 Hrs drive.

Taj Mahal

Open Time : 6 A.M. to 7.30 P.M. (Friday is closed)

The Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his favorite Queen, Mumtaz. Finished in by Marvel, it is perhaps India most fascinating and beautiful monument.

 

Agra Fort

Open Time: Sunrise to Sunset.

The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1565 A.D., although additions were made till the time of his grandson Shah Jahan

Itmad-ud-daulah

Open Time: Sunrise to Sunset.

Itmad-ud-Daulah is the tomb of Mirza Ghyas Beg, a persian who had obtained service in Akbar Court. The Marvel tomb was made by Emperor Jehangir's Queen, Noorjahan.

 

Sikandra

Open Time: Sunrise to Sunset.

The mausolumn of emperor Akbar represent his philosphy and secular outlook, combining the best of Hindu and Muslim architectures in a superlative region. This is the last resting place of the Mughal Empror Akbar.

 

Fatehpur Sikri

Open Time: Sunrise to Sunset.

Fatehpur Sikri is an epic in red sandstone.




Delhi

Distance from Agra -240kms / Jaipur-250kms -5 Hrs drive.

Akshardham Temple

Reflects the essence and magnitude of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spirituality. The whole monument rises on the shoulders of 148 huge elephants with 11-feet tall panchdhatu statue of Swaminarayan presiding over the structure.

India Gate

The entire arch stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone and rises in stages to a huge moulding. The shallow domed bowl at the top was intended to be filled with burning oil on anniversaries but this is rarely done. During nightfall, India Gate is dramatically floodlit while the fountains nearby make a lovely display with coloured lights. India Gate stands at one end of Rajpath, and the area surrounding it is generally referred to as 'India Gate'.

Red Fort

The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city.

The main gate, Lahore Gate, is one of the emotional and symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation and attracts a major crowd on each Independence Day.

Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top.

Bahai Temple

East of Nehru place, this temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens.


JAIPUR

Distance from Agra -240kms / Delhi-250kms -5 Hrs drive.


The City Palace
City Palace Complex which has a rare combination of the finest blends of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the heart of the old city, it has vast area. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh and additions made up to the 20th century. Many buildings, well-planned gardens and huge courtyards are a part of the compelx.

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is the largest and best preserved of Sawai Jai Singh's five observatories. It is built in stone and marble whose setting and shapes are designed scientifically and which are one of the high points of medieval highpoints of medieval Indian astronomy. There are also two Ram Yantras for gauging altitudes. Timings : 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Hawa Hahal - The palace of winds

The palace of winds a fascinating landmark of Rajasthan, was built by the orders of poet-king, Sawai Pratap Singh in the 18th century and is the most remarkably designed monument in Jaipur.

 

Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal was built by Sawai Pratap Shing in 1799 A.D. in the midst of the Man Sagar Lake as a pleasure spot. The Lake was formed by constructing a dam between the two hills by Sawai Man Singh I. During winter months one can see a large number of migratory birds at the lake.

Amber Palace and Fort complex


Amber, Fort which was the ancient capital of Jaipur State. The maharaja's residence is at a higher elevation and can be entered through a decorated gateway. The Jai Mandir (hall of victory) has a glittering ceiling of mirrors and elegant inlaid panels. In front of the Jai Mandir is the Sukh Niwas (Hall of pleasure) with a door made of sandalwood, inlaid with ivory with a channel running through which once carried cool water. The zenana or women's apartments were designed in a manner which could easily facilitate the entry of the maharaja to various chambers without any of the concubines aware of any visitor. Mohan Bari or Kesar Kyari in the centre of the Maotha lake gives a scintillation view from the palaces above it.

Jaigarh Frot

The western skyline is dominated by the extensive parkotas (walls), watch towers and gateways of Jaigarh. It is one of the few military structures of mediaeval India preserved almost intact containing palaces, gardens, open and covered reservoirs, a granary, an armory, a well planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon the Jai Ban one of the biggest in the World.

Nahargarh Fort

It is 15 kilometers from Jaipur beyond the hills of Jaigarh and is like a watchful sentinel guarding Sawai Jai Singh's beautiful capital. Much of the original structures are in ruins. From atop a hill, the fort offers a scenic view of the city be low. Rajasthan Tourism has started a cafeteria where Beer and snacks are available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Albert Hall & Museum

It is situated in the beautiful Ram Niwas Garden. This beautifully designed Saracenic structure was designed by sir Swinton Jacob. It was opened in 1887 as a public museum. It contains a rare collection of decorative art objects, paintings, sculptures, natural history specimens, an Egyptian Mummy and the well known Persian Golden Carpet.

Moti Doongari Ganesh and Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Among the important landmarks dotting the southern horizon is the small privately owned hilltop fort of Moti Doongari which is shaped like a Scottish castle, the Ganesh Temple at the foot of the hill and the marble built Lakshmi Narayan Temple.




AJMER & PUSHKAR


Distance from Jaipur-135 kms -3 Hrs drive.


AJMER situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness to an interesting past. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan. It is a popular pilgrimage centre. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Gareeb Nawaz Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti( R. A.).


PUSHKAR is a town near Ajmer,and is an important tourist destination, famous for Pushkar Lake and the 14th century Hindu temple to Brahma.Pushkar is also famous for its annual Camel Fair.



JODHPUR

Distance from Jaipur-350 kms -6 Hrs drive.

Mehrangarh Fort


Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most imposing and largest forts not only in Jodhpur but in the whole India. It is a fort that oozes the charm and grandeur of a bygone era. It is situated five kilometers away in a hill in the outskirts of Jodhpur city.
ts construction is believed to have been completed by Raja Jeswant Singh in the second half of the 17th century. The walls of the fort have a height of 36 metres and a width of 21 meters. There are several palaces inside the fort. The fort looks magnificent from the city and if you go inside the fort, the fort reciprocates the favor: the city looks unbelievably wonderful from the fort.

The fort is open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm. Entry fee is Rs 250/-, which includes the charge of using still camera.

Jaswant Thada


Jaswant Thada is about four kilometres away from Jodhpur city. It is situated on the left side of Fort Mehrangarh, in fact between the fort and the city. It is a royal cenotaph built in 1899 in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, who was the 33rd king of Jodhpur. The cenotaph was built by his son, Maharaja Sardar Singh. In the cenotaph, portraits and photographs of other kings of Jodhpur are displayed. Jaswant Thada is an architectural marvel, built with expertly carved sheets of white marble. The marbles are very thin and polished and carved in such a way that the outside surface emits a glow during day time.

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the last palaces built in India. It was built in 1944 by Maharaja Umaid Singh. The king was attracted very much to the western style of living. The palace reflects his taste, as it is one of the rare palaces in India whose architecture is distinctly western.

The architect of the palace was an English man named Henry Vaughn. The palace is located in the southern part of Jodhpur city. The present day king of Jodhpur, though without any constitutional power, still lives in this palace. Almost half of the palace has been converted into a hotel and another part of the palace into a museum.

Balsamand Lake


Balsamand Lake is the most popular picnic spot around Jodhpur. It is an artificial lake, built in 1159 AD as a water reservoir to provide water to the city. The lake is situated in the Jodhpur-Mandore Road, around seven kilometres from the centre of Jodhpur city.

The lake has a length of almost one kilometre, breadth of approximately 50 metres and a depth of 15 meters. Adjacent to the lake stands one of the several imposing palaces in the region, Balsamand Lake Palace. The lake is surrounded by 300 acres of lush green gardens that house groves of trees like mango, pomegranate, guava and plum and several animals and birds like jackal and peacock.




UDAIPUR

Distance from Jaipur-450 kms -7 Hrs drive.


City Palace Museum


The imposing City Palace, surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas, and towering over the lake, is Rajasthan’s largest palace, with a facade 244m long and 30.4m high. A conglomeration of buildings created by various maharajas, it almost manages to retain a uniformity of design. Construction was started by Maharana Udai Singh II, the city’s founder. There are fine views over the lake and the city from the upper terraces.

Jagdish Temple


Only 150m north of the City Palace entrance, this fantastically carved Indo-Aryan temple was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1651. It enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe. A brass image of Garuda is in a shrine in front of the temple.

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari


In the north of the city is the Saheliyon-ki-Bari. This small, quaint, ornamental garden was laid out for 48 women attendants who came as part of a princess’s dowry, and has fountains (water permitting), kiosks, marble elephants and a delightful lotus pool.

 

Crystal Gallery


There’s a stunning crystal gallery at the Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel, though the admission charge is rather expensive. Maharaja Sajjan Singh ordered this rare crystal from F&C Osler & Co in England in 1877; he died before it arrived, and all the items stayed packed up in boxes for 110 years. The extravagant, unused collection includes crystal chairs, sofas, tables and even beds. Photography is prohibited.

Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace)

Perched on the top of a distant mountain range like a fairy-tale castle, this neglected late-19th-century palace was constructed by Maharaja Sajjan Singh. Originally an astronomical centre, it later became a monsoon palace and hunting lodge. Now government-owned, it’s open to the public, but there is not much to see inside, apart from a dreary nature interpretation centre and empty rooms screaming potential. Come for the breathtaking sunset views.




Mount Abu

Distance from Jaipur-550 kms -7 Hrs drive

Distance from Udaipur -200 kms -3 Hrs drive.


Sunset Point


Sunset Point is a popular and lovely place from which to watch the brilliant setting sun, though distinctly unromantic unless you find that being thrust red roses, bags of peanuts, or Polaroid cameras gets you into a loving mood. Hordes stroll out here every evening to catch the end of the day, the food stalls and all the usual jolly hill-station entertainment. It's a 1km-walk from the road to the viewpoint.

 

Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University & Museum

The white-clad people around town are studying at Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University. This organisation teaches that all religions lead to God and that the principles of each should be studied. The university’s aim is the establishment of universal peace through ‘the impartation of spiritual knowledge and training of easy raja yoga meditation’. For many, the teachings are intensely powerful; there are over 4500 branches in 70 countries. For others, it gives off a spooky New Age–sect vibe. There’s a Brahma Kumaris museum in town, the entrance labelled Gateway to Paradise!

Nakki Lake


Scenic Nakki Lake, the town's focus, is one of its biggest attractions. It's so named because, according to legend, it was scooped out by a god using his nakh (nails). Some Hindus thus believe it to be a holy lake, but you're more likely to see people pedaloing than bathing in it. It's a pleasant stroll around the perimeter - the lake is surrounded by hills, parks and strange rock formations.
Nakki Lake is the heart of all activity in Mt Abu.
At the edge, by the town centre, there's a carnival of juice and food stalls, ice-cream parlours, balloon vendors and souvenir shops. You'll probably have to plough through the persistent photographers eager to take a happy snap of y…

 

Jain Temples


These remarkable Jain temples are Mt Abu's main attraction and feature some of India's finest temple decoration. It's said that the artisans were paid according to the amount of dust they collected, encouraging them to carve ever more intricately. Whatever their inducement, there are two temples in which the marble work is dizzyingly intense, a collection of delicate milky kaleidoscopes, with icing-like carving so fine it looks like you could break it off and eat it. No photography is permitted.




Jaisalmer

Distance from Jaisalmer-650 kms -9 Hrs drive

Distance from Jodhpur -300 kms -5 Hrs drive.


Jaisalmer Fort


Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort - about 25% of the old city's population resides within its walls. As well as a palace and various temples, its carless streets are packed with houses, handicraft shops and beauty parlours, and honeycombed with narrow, winding lanes paved in stone.


Built in 1156 by the Rajput ruler Jaisala and reinforced by subsequent rulers, Jaisalmer Fort was the focus of a number of battles between the Bhattis, the Mughals of Delhi and the Rathores of Jodhpur. The lower layer of the fort's three walls is composed of solid stone blocks, which reinforce the loose rubble of Trikuta Hill. The second wall snakes around the fort, and between this and the third…

 

Salim Singh-ki-Haveli


This private haveli has an amazing, distinctive shape – the top storey mushrooms out into a mass of carving, with graceful arched balconies surmounted by pale blue cupolas. It was built about 300 years ago; part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was a fearsome prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of a princely state.

 

Jain Temples


Within the Jaisalmer fort walls is a mazelike, interconnecting complex of seven beautiful yellow sandstone Jain temples, dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries. Opening times have a habit of changing, so check with the caretakers. The intricate carving rivals that in Ranakpur or Mt Abu, and has an extraordinary quality because of the soft, mellow stone.Chandraprabhu is the first temple you come to and is dedicated to the eighth tirthankar, whose symbol is the moon. Around the upper gallery are 108 marble images of Parasnath, the 22nd tirthankar.

 

Nathmal-ki-Haveli


This late-19th-century haveli was also a Jaisalmer prime minister’s house and is still partly inhabited. It drips with carving, and the 1st floor has some beautiful paintings that used 1.5kg of gold. A doorway is surrounded by 19th-century British postcards from the prime minister’s time, and there’s also a picture of Queen Victoria. The left and right wings were the work of two brothers, whose competitive spirit apparently produced this virtuoso work – the two sides are similar, but not identical. Sandstone elephants welcome visitors/shoppers.

 

Fort Palace Museum


The Jaisalmer fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates leading to a large courtyard fronted by the elegant seven-storey palace. Part of the palace is open to the public as the Fort Palace Museum. The foreigner admission includes an audio guide and camera fee. With floor upon floor of fascinating rooms that peep creepily on the outside world, the highlights are the mirrored and painted Rang Mahal, a small gallery of finely wrought 15th-century sculptures and the spectacular 360-degree views from the top.




Bikaner

Distance from Jaipur-350 kms -6 Hrs drive

 

The Junagarh Fort

This imposing fort was built between 1589 and 1594 by Raja Rai Singh, one of the trusted Rajputs general of the Akbar. the fort is formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful places within. These places made in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, windows dotted all over the structure. It has 96 mt long wall, with 37 bastions and 2 entrances. The main entrance of the fort is Sun Gate. the fort encompasses many places amongst which the most spectacular ones are the Moon Mahal, and Flower Palace both ornated with carved panels and mirrors and Karan Mahal, Karan Mahal was built in remembrance of the celebration of the grand victory over Aurangzeb.


Lal Garh Palace

The Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. The Palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work. The Palace is quite imposing with overhanging balconies and delicate work. Peacocks and blooming bougainvillea in the garden welcome the visitor to the place. Part of the Palace has been converted into a hotel, but the rest remains a museum, displaying an excellent collection of old photographs and hunting trophies. There is also a library which is supposed to possess the largest collection of original Sanskrit manuscripts in the world. These manuscripts are on parchment, copper, and gold or silver plaques.

 

Sun Gate

It is the main entrance to the fort. among the notable of these places are the exquisitely beautiful Chandra Mahal with marvelous paintings, mirrors and carved marble panels and the Phool Mahal ornate with glass and mirror work.


The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum


One of the best museum in Rajasthan, the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum has one of the richest collection of terracotta ware, weapons, miniature, paintings of Bikaner school and coins dating back to Harappan civilazation and gupta and Kushan era.


Deshnoke Temple

The 600 year old temple dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. the Temple has huge intricately carved silver gates denoted by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The Temple plays host to thousand of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped accordingly.


Shri Sadul Museum

A part of the Lalgarh Palace has been converted into a museum. Known as the Sadul Museum, it covers the entire first floor of the palace. Some of the well-preserved old photographs and trophies of wildlife collected by the royalty have been housed here.


Fort Museum

The Ganga Mahal was Maharaja Ganga Singh's contribution to Junagarh Fort in the early 20th century. This pink sandstone hall, having walls carved with delicate tracery and scrollwork, today houses part of the fort museum. From jade-handled daggers to ivory-inlaid muskets, an exotic array of antique Rajput weaponry is on display here.


Gajner Palace

The place located on the bank of the lake was the summer resort of the former kings . today it has been treated as a hotel.




Shekhawati

Distance from Jaipur-200 kms -4 Hrs drive

 

Shekhawati was formerly a wealthy but lawless land on the trade route between the ports of the Arabian Sea and the fertile Ganges Valley. The Shekhawat thakurs (noblemen), who once were noted for their indulgence in quarrelling among themselves, began to flourish in the mid-18th-century British East India Company when merchants imposed some semblance of order. A century later the British used the skills of local merchants or Marwaris (they’d long since left Marwar, today’s Jodhpur) to improve trade. While the Marwaris settled in the new coastal cities, they built havelis for their families back home.
Until 1947 these mansions were symbols of their success and homes in which their families could live the good life; these days they remain one of Rajasthan’s better-kept secrets.




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