Rajasthan, one of India's most colorful states, is synonymous with chivalry and romance. Set amidst desolate desert beauty, this magical land has some of the finest temples, rugged forts, majestic palaces, tranquil lakes and wildlife sanctuaries in the country.
Immensely rich in culture, history and natural beauty, the land comes alive with exuberant folk dances and music, ballads and spectacular festivities that are an inseparable part of Rajasthan's culture.
The state is also a popular pilgrim place for people from many faiths. It serves as an excellent retreat for the wildlife enthusiasts. The arid zone of the Thar Desert and the dry deciduous forests offer an amazing variety of flora and fauna to Rajasthan.
Tourist Places of Rajasthan
Located 150 km from Jaipur and 170 km From Delhi, Alwar was formerly known as Mewat. The place abounds in palaces, forts, ancient temples and gardens. Nestled between small hills with a massive ancient fort, Alwar drapes itself with the history and cultural heritage of Rajasthan. Alwar was formerly known as 'Mewar in the 12th and 13th centuries. For a long time, Alwar was under the rule of Maharaja Pratap Singh, a brave Kuchhwaha Rajput. The major tourist places in Alwar in Rajasthan are the Tiger Gate of Rajasthan, the Fort, City Palace (Vinay Vilas Mahal), Government Museum, Purjan Vihar (Company Garden), Vijay Mandir Palace, Siliserh Lake & Palace Hotel, Jai Samand Lake and Sagar.
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Located on a hillock the name Ajmer was derived from the Hindi terms 'Ajay' and 'Meru', which mean a hill that cannot be conquered. Ajmer, a great center of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Muslims, is located in a picturesque valley surrounded by the verdant hills of the Aravalli range. The sacred lake of Pushkar and the temple of Brahma (the only temple dedicated to Brahma in the world) have been a sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus. The great Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din-Chisti of Persia, was buried here, and his Dargah (shrine) is revered by followers of Islam as well as Hinduism.
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The 18th century Pink City of Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. Founded by Raja Jai Singh II, the famous king astronomer, the city very nearly exemplifies the character of the state and its people. Rugged hills crowned by formidable forts, extravagant palaces, mansions and gardens dot the precincts of the place. But Jaipur isn't just about history. Those wanting to sample some of modern-day Jaipur can pop in to the numerous quality gift shops or take a long leisurely lunch in one of its many restaurants.
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Located deep in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer abound in ancient palaces, temples and quaint settlements. Referred to as the Golden City due to the emission of radiant glow by the sandstone buildings, Jaisalmer is noted for its exquisitely carved sandstone havelis, cobbled streets and ancient Jain temples. The 12th century Jaisalmer Fort, made of yellow sandstone, is the crowning glory of the city. Desert Festival, its most popular festival, attracts visitors from far and wide.
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