Ana Sagar Lake
The natural elegance and grandeur of Rajasthan is unparalleled and unrivaled in every respect. The placenta of culture and heritage nurtures and nourishes the magnificence of this abode of regality. But the essence of Rajasthan instills life even in what appears to be the most convincing imitation. Ana Sagar Lake acts a paradigm to the above the statement. Situated in the city of Ajmer in Rajasthan, the lake was built by Anaji Chauhan, the grandfather of the great ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. Many Mughal rulers contributed to add up to the enticing beauty of the place. Spread over a gargantuan are of 13 km.sq., the place also houses a circuit house on a hill that used to be the British Residency. A small island is present at the center of the lake which can be reached by boats, water scooters etc. The lake acts a great destination for water sport enthusiasts well.
Beauty lies in the soul of Rajasthan. The blend of aridity of geography and the richness of culture is incomparably magnificent. The natural elegance and grandeur of Rajasthan is unparalleled and unrivaled in every respect. The placenta of culture and heritage nurtures and nourishes the magnificence of this abode of regality. But the essence of Rajasthan instills life even in what appears to be the most convincing imitation. Ana Sagar Lake acts a paradigm to the above the statement.
Situated in the city of Ajmer in Rajasthan, the lake was built by Anaji Chauhan, the grandfather of the great ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. Many Mughal rulers contributed to add up to the enticing beauty of the place. Spread over a gargantuan are of 13 km.sq., the place also houses a circuit house on a hill that used to be the British Residency. A small island is present at the center of the lake which can be reached by boats, water scooters etc. The lake acts a great destination for water sport enthusiasts well.
The vivacity and fervor of the place can’t be felt vicariously. It is best when you experience it yourself.
Famous destinations all over the world flaunt a number of exotic places to visit, but they make their mark or identity by virtue of that one special place that outshines all others. A trip to Ajmer can never be complete without paying a visit to its USP- the most sought after destination in Ajmer- Ajmer Sharif.
Ajmer Sharif is a Sufi shrine built in memory of Khawaja MoinuddinChisti. The shrine houses in it the grave of the revered saint. It is one of the most beautiful and serene locations of Rajasthan, offering peace of mind and tranquility of soul to anyone who visits it. The entry into the shrine is through the main gate or the Nizam gate, which is followed by the Shahjahani gate. The Bulanddarwaza follows next.
The shrine is unequalled in splendor and grandeur and it is a treat to the eyes as well as a much needed cure to the soul to drench ourselves in the solace of Ajmer Sharif.
Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri
What you cannot find anywhere, you can find here. Seems exaggeration? Well, not really. When it comes to Regal Rajasthan, nothing actually seems an exaggeration. Rajasthan presents colors, flavors and fervor which you cannot find anywhere else. Adding a delicious flavor to the spectacular district of Bundi is the Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri.
The name is somewhat indicative of its uniqueness, and rest is about to unfold. The Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri is a cenotaph built in memory of the foster brother called Deva of the ruler of Bundi, Rao Raja Aniruddh by the king himself. Built in 1740, the cenotaph houses a large Shiv Ling covered by a highly decorated rooftop, which is supported on 84 pillars. It is rumored that one can never count exactly to eighty four pillars. Or maybe someone might have tried and failed! We may never know. But what we know for sure is that the monument is definitely something worth witnessing.
Jaipur, Royal Rajasthan’s capital city, is particularly known for the fabulous tourist destinations it houses. Starting from the Hawa Mahal to the Albert hall museum, diversity simply doesn’t seem to end. Another feather in the cap of this magnificent destination is “Gaitore”. The word “Gaitore” is belived to have been originated from “Gaya ka Thor” which means a sanctum of solace for the departed souls, and thus it is obviously pretty much evident now what this place stands for. Gaitore was used as a cremation ground by the members of the royal family. One can view the cenotaphs of some of the great kings of Rajasthan- Sawai Ram Singh, Sawai Madho Singh and Maharaji Sawai Jai Singh II- to name a few. The cenotaphs are adorned in intricate designs and each design is believed to reflect the taste of the king to which it is dedicated. Now that`s what we call Royalty!
The cenotaph of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II stands out among the others, particularly because of the exquisite peacock feather design on white marble that leaves a jaw-dropping experience upon any visitor. The monument stand as a shining example of the fusion of Hindu and Islamic architecture.
After knowing about the magnificence and grandeur of Gaitore, you surely wouldn`t want to drop it off your list, would you?
Another spectacular attraction located right at the heart of the city, the Statue circle is amazing place to start your morning and spend your evenings, if you are a local inhabitant of Jaipur. If you are not, then make the most of this awesome destination- the Statue circle. Located at one of the busiest junctions of the Pink City, the Statue circle was built in memory of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city.
Apart from a life size statue of the great king (which is the main attraction of this place), the circle is decorated with dazzling lights and spectacular fountains, which give an enticing aura to the place. It is simply the best way to spend your beautiful evenings, in the company of the glistening lights, the magnificent fountains splashing drops of water and the Pink City creating just the perfect ambience. The food joints stationed near the circle, with their mouth-watering delicacies, add up to the fervor of the place.
Statue Circle- the best place to rejoice in the simplicity yet ethereal beauty of Pink City!
Another feather in the cap of the spectacular tourist destinations of Jaisalmer is the Gadsisar Lake. One of the most popular tourist destinations of the region, it sways you away from the hustle and haste of city life and glides you into a soothing environment full of tranquility and solace. Built in around 1400 A.D, the lake was speculated to be an oasis, but it is actually a conservation tank made by the then Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadsi Singh.
The place also attracts a large number of migratory birds. Being close to Bharatpur, a variety of birds of different species can be viewed here. The lake was once used to regulate the water supply of the entire Jaisalmer city during arid conditions. A number of temples and shrines can be found in the vicinity of the lake as well, which add up to the beauty and fervor of the place.
Nathmalji Ki Haveli
Havelis are an integral part of Jaisalmer tourism and its culture as well. A large number of Havelis adorn the place and add up to its regal stature. Another one of the spectacular Havelis of Rajasthan and particularly Jaisalmer, and also one of the most intriguing Havelis is Nathmal ki Haveli. It was commissioned to be built for Diwan Mohata Nathmal, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. A famous story goes regarding the construction of the Haveli.
It is said that the task of construction of the Haveli as given to two brothers, who started working on different portions of the Haveli simultaneously and the net result was that the Haveli was irregular in structure. The decorative items and the paintings and carvings on the walls are worth witnessing. Statues of elephants acting as guards have been installed at main gate, and these replicas are extremely convincing. Paintings and carvings can be found inside the Haveli walls and the intricacies and exquisiteness of these paintings may leave anyone spellbound. Architecture, paintings, carvings- Nathmal ki Haveli incorporates the best of all !
Patwon Ki Haveli
Jaisalmer-the land of beautiful camels, maginificent forts and the Great Indian Desert. The ambience and aura of Jaisalmer is unparalleled. The scorching heat of the desert sun may dry up the water bodies, but never the vigour and energy of the people. Jaisalmer is not just known the world over for the aforesaid attractions, but it also showcases a number of beautiful and exquisite mansions, popularly known in India, as “Havelli”.
Havellis are basically huge mansions of the merchants, who involved in trading of precious commodities, and thus the “Havellis” were a symbol of their affluence. Patwon ki Havelli is the largest havelli in Jaisalmer. It is also the largest havelli in Jaisalmer, and of particular importance to those who have deep interest in architecture. Why?? This is because Patwon Ki Havelli is not just a single mansion, but a conglomeration of five mansions. The trader who built this mansion wanted to build five separate divisions for his five sons and obviously, there was no dearth of money. The Havelli is now maintained by the Govt. of India and used for several other purposes. There are beautiful painting and carvings on the walls of the mansion and also beautiful and dainty mirror works. The fabulous architecture and the mesmerizing works of art make the Havelli a popular tourist destination.
Salim Singh Ki Haveli
You may tire out during your trip to Rajasthan, but the list would never end. And even you would not want to strike off any particular destination from your list. That is the aura of Royal Rajsthan.In the series of the magnificent Havellis of Jaisalmer is yet another addition-Salim Singh Ji ki Havelli. The Havelli belonged to the most influential family of that era in Rajasthan.
It was built by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom that existed. The havelli showcases unique architectural patterns that entices anyone who pays a visit to this spectacular destination. The roof is designed giving it a peacock texture look. The havelli is close to the Jaisalmer fort, and as the typical architectural style of Rajasthan depicts, the havelli flaunts decorative arches and beautifully sculpted and constructed balconies and entances.
All the while all you have been hearing about are forts, palaces, temples, lakes and gardens. But the land of Rajasthan has much more to offer. Much more to entice you, much more to captivate you and much more to rejuvenate your senses.
Tazia Tower comes as a perfect destination for you. Situated right at the heart of the city of Jaisalmer, the Tazia Tower is a five storied where each floor has its own significance. It was the home of the former royal families. The word Tazia means the replica of mausoleums of various Imams. Tazia Tower was built by Muslim artisans and hence, the name. Apart from the entire structure, even the balconies exhibit fine works of architecture, where each balcony represents a different style. The Tazia tower is definitely a fabulous addition to the magnificent attractions- unique but spectacular !
Tourist attractions in Jodhpur never seem to come to an end. And how could it? The land of the great kings and gargantuan forts has something new to offer each time, that is either related to its magnificent history or its culture. Mandore Garden is yet another spectacular tourist destination in the great land of Jodhpur.
It is a beautiful and gargantuan garden stationed in the hill slopes. What amazes the visitors is not just the garden, but the charismatic aura of the temples and memorials that rest in the vicinity of the garden. The carvings of the temples are worth witnessing. They depict a number of images like birds, flowers and especially the images of the Hindu deities. The garden also houses the cenotaphs of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and Maharaja Ajit Singh.
The Mandore Garden is indubitably a treat to the eyes, mesmerizing one and all who visit this place of dreams.
Jodhpur- the land of strong forts and imperial regality; magnificent in grandeur and affluent in culture. The cultural diversity as well as the gargantuan stature of its foundations mesmerize one and all.
Adding up to the spice of this spectacular destination is another architectural marvel- the Jaswant Thada. Built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh, the mausoleum is an architectural marvel, sculpted in white marble. The monument is carved out from marble in such a way that it glistens when the golden rays of the sun fall on it. The mausoleum has been a cremation ground for the Jodhpur rulers. It stands in juxtaposition to the gargantuan Mehrangarh fort, where both of these man-made marvels complement each other.
The Jaswant Thada is for sure, a fabulous destination to lure one’s senses.
It is not just us who are a prey to the allure of Regal Rajasthan. The mystifying beauty and the ebullience of culture attracts not only us, but also instills awe among the diverse avifauna, who pay a regular visit to Rajasthan, and particularly, the Guda Lake. Situated in Jodhpur, the area in which the lake flourishes is inhabited by the Bishnoi tribe, who are worshippers of nature and all elements related to Mother Nature.
The Guda lake acts as an oasis is the region and is the drinking spot of blackbucks, antelopes etc. Thousands of migratory birds flock near the lake, which is a beautiful site to witness.
The hills, mountains and sloping terrain- these are not the typical characteristics of Rajasthan, which is known for its vast deserts of sand and flat terrain. But that is the essence of Royal Rajasthan! Even rarity proves to be an epitome. The only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, reaches out high up to the sky with its highest mountain peak- the Guru Shikhar. Presenting a panoramic view of the Aravalli Ranges, the Guru Shikhar, a mountain peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan, is the highest point of the Aravalli Ranges with an altitude of 1722 metres.
The peak houses a cave at its highest point, where there is temple dedicated to an incrnatio of Lord Vishnu. The peak is almost 15 kms from Mount Abu and is a favorite destination for almost all the tourists who visit Mount Abu.
Calm, tranquility and solace- all the pleasures that Nakki Lake gifts you in the best manner possible. But that`s not all! Some interesting features that amaze as well as amuse you can be found here. The Toad Rock is a typical rock structure found near the Nakki Lake. The rock structure resembles that of a toad sitting. Quite unique and diacritic to witness, the rock is not man made, but is believed to have been transformed into the present shape by the forces of nature and agents of weathering during the Ice age itself.
The rock`s fencing was first set up in 1881-1882 and later renovated in the year 1993-1994. Toad Rock is a brilliant paradigm of Royal Rajasthan`s diacritic style !
The magnificence of Mount Abu is undoubtedly unparalleled. Blue mountains, a cool atmosphere devoid of the scorching heat of the sun, and the beautiful landscapes- what could be better! And as if this sight was not enough! A beautiful lake rests in solace to complement the enticing beauty of the place- the Nakki Lake. The lake is considered to be very sacred in Hindu legends. It is believed to have been carved out by using nails (called “Nakh” in Hindi). Gods dug out the lake to protect themselves against a vicious demon. Other anecdote narrates that the lake was dug out by a person called Rasiya Balam, upon the announcement of the King that he would make his daughter marry that person who would dig the lake. The lake is one of the most important attractions of Mount Abu and encapsulates the tourists in its serenity and elegance.
The lake is of prime importance with respect to historical point of view as well because Mahatma Gandhi`s ashes were immersed in this lake itself. Serene atmosphere and a sanctifying solace- Nakki Lake presents you the best of moments to cherish for a lifetime !
The glistening grandeur of Regal Rajasthan sparkles like a shining diamond in the world platform. Culture, tradition and vivacity- Rajasthan knows no bounds. Not just figuratively, literally also, the sparkle of Rajasthan is unparalleled. And thus follows the reason- Crystal gallery treasures the largest private collection of crystals in the world. The sparkling crystals are indicative of the lustrous and vibrant lifestyle of the then kings of Rajasthan. The gallery is a part of Fateh Prakash Palace, and invites visitors from all over the world. The gallery was established by Maharaja Sajjan Singh and opened for public in the year 1994. It consists of dressing tables, dining tables, bed and many such other items encrusted with crystals.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial freshwater lake in Udaipur, named after Maharana Fateh Sagar, who, in 1888, reconstructed it, building upon the intiative of Maharana Jai Singh, who is credited to its construction. There are three small islands herein. They occupy park, zoo, restaurant, water-jet fountain, and offer a picturesque view of the entire blue coloured lake slowly meandering in the north-west of the city. The Pichola Lake, the Madar Lake, and the Badi Lake, make its way and joins in the Fateh Sagar Lake.
Hariyali Amavasya Mela, held in the month of August or September, is a fair, which calls tourist flux. Udaipur, is thereby beautified by the lakes and stands out as a place worth seeing.
The land of Rajasthan is not just known for its diverse culture and rich traditions, but also because of it gargantuan stature. The largest state in India in terms of area, housing mighty forts, palaces. But the count doesn`t just end here. Rajasthan proudly flaunts the second largest artificial lake in the world, and the largest artificial lake in Asia- the Dhebar Lake, or popularly known as the Jaisamand lake. Located in Udaipur district, the lake was built in the 17th century by Maharaja Jai Singh.
The Lake covers a huge area of 93 km2, and is in close proximity to the Jaisamand wildlife sanctuary. It`s not just the magnificent stature of the lake that instills awe in the visitors, it`s the 300 metres long Dhebar Lake Dam, built of white marble. Wondrous to behold and spectacular in sight, the dam ameliorates the enticing beauty of the lake. Apart from the dam, the summer palaces of the kings and queens surround the lake on all sides and a panoramic view of the lake is just jaw dropping. The lake houses in its vicinity, three islands-which are inhabited by the Bhil tribes. One can enjoy the sight of various species of migratory birds, who flock the lake. There are a number of resorts nearby as well so as to provide the best ambience to every soul to drench oneself in the sanctifying solace of the Jaisamand Lake and its surroundings.
The enchantment of Udaipur is enhanced by the Pichola Lake, named after Picholi village. This man-made creation of fresh water was built in 1362AD by the gypsy community, for various conveniences of transportation and water requirements, alongside aesthetic pleasure. Against the hilly backdrop, the lake allured settlements of human habitation and it was further allowed to flow without a break, in and around, making the city a Venice. Udaipur city gradually built up during the reign of Maharana Udai Singh, who also took efforts of constructing a dam in the Badipol region. There are four islands on the lake- Jag Niwas, which holds the Lake Palace(a heritage hotel at present); Jag Mandir; Mohan Mandir; and Arsi Vilas, popular for bird viewing.
Over the years certain changes in the water quality has inevitably cropped up, but adequate measures have been taken to restore the same, because Pichola Lake is a significant place to visit; a place whose beauty calls tourist flux. The “Indianness” is stored by the Ghats on the banks of the lake, the artistic splendour by the Palaces, and the transcendental appreciation of nature by the views from the lake and of the lake.
Saheliyon Ki Bari Park
Gardens and lush green areas somewhat seem to sound like rare phenomena when it comes to Royal Rajasthan. But that is not exactly the case. Beautiful gardens and lush greenery add up to the beauty of this magnificent land. To quote a burning example of the same, we have this spectacular destination that definitely acts a perfect paradigm of the above statement.
Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is a major garden and tourist destination of Udaipur, built in honor of the forty eight maids who accompanied the queen, wife of Maharana Bhopal Singh, at the time of her marriage. The garden was built with a view to provide quality leisure time to the maidens and provide them with solace and peace that would end their monotony to a certain extent, by letting them be aloof from the political intrigues. The Garden is said to be designed by the king himself, who presented it as a gift to the queen. The gardens treasure beautiful lotuses in small ponds, elephant shaped fountains, marble pavilions and many more. After being quite impressed with his design, the king installed a number of fountains to create an artificial rain effect.
The Garden of Maids is definitely a destination worth visiting.
Handicrafts form an integral part of Rajasthan`s culture. The diverse level of craftsmanship is truly intriguing. Each and every aspect beautifully crafted- that is what creates demand for Rajasthan`s handicrafts on a global scale.
Shilpgram, located in Udaipur, is a hub of such handicraft items. Situated at the foothills of Aravalli ranges, the hub is spread over an area of around 70 acres and consists of 26 huts, which act as the trading centres of the handicraft items. No just Rajasthan, the centre displays handicraft and ethnic items of all the Indian states. The exquisite Terracota work that is found in the handicrafts of Shilpgram is spectacular and leaves anyone in utter amazement. A colourful festival is also organized in the winter season.
Shilpgram is a fabulous plae to visit if one wants to quench his or her thirst of art and crafts.
Vintage Cars Collection
Royals get the title not just by birth and legacy; they have something in them which distinguishes them, makes them stand out, or might it be put this way, glisten even amongst gold. Royals have always been known for their classy tastes. Price doesn`t matter, the choice does for them. The abode of the kings, Udaipur flaunts one of the most exquisite vintage car showrooms. Inaugurated in February 2000, the gallery showcases some of the best cars of the world. Their collection ranges from grand limousine, Cadillac, Mercedes, the magnificent Rolls Royce and many other models.
The collection is kept for public display in the original palace garage, which belongs to the House of Mewar. Even after fighting the rain and dust for such a long period of time, no one can predict their age. The maintenance has been of such high standards, that these cars are fully operational even now.
The Royal Vintage Car house is definitely a must visit tourist destination.