Rajasthan is the jewel in India’s crown. Palaces which can only be imagined in fairy tales, exotic desert sand, colorful surrounding, rich tradition, music, delicious food and amazing wildlife. In short, a combo pack of all that one can imagine in life.
Popularly known as the Pink city and capital of Rajasthan. There are plenty of adorable things in Jaipur. Popular for clothes made from Jari (Fine threads made out of silver or gold).
It is popular shopping destination for bridal stuffs. Bangles made from Lac (Lakh ki chudiya) are supplied across the world from here.
Places to visit in Jaipur
Also known as Amber fort is architectural example for huge fortification. Inside the fort you can see Nishan Parade, Sheesh Mahal (Palace made from mirrors) , Diwn-E-AAm, Ganesh Pole. Best way to explore Amer fort is by riding elephants.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Breeze)
It is a five storey building constructed using red and pink stones. Windows of the palace are designed in such a manner that it enables free circulation of air within the structure.
Its a huge palace with several courtyards. Within the palace are two more palace ‘Chandra Mahal’ and ‘Mubarak Mahal’. Architectural style is fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European. It is built as per vastushastra. It has several gates, some of the famous gates are the ‘Udai Pol’, ‘Jaleb Chowk’, ‘Tripolia Gate’ and ‘Virendra Pol’, which also happen to be the various entrances to the palace.
It’s an astronomical observation site with more than 20 fixed instruments. It is combination of architectural and instrumentation innovation, designed to view astronomical positions with naked eyes.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace)
Serenity at its best. Constructed with light sand colored stones, it appears to float amidst Sagar Lake.
Raj Mandir Cinema
It is said that people come to see the cinema hall and not the movie. Witness of premiers of many movies in India, it was built in 1976. It is known to be the largest single screen cinema hall in Asia.
Also nicknamed as Golden city, it is composition of ravishing havelis, vibrant bazaars and splendid temples. It is world heritage site and famous for desert camps.
Salim Singh ki haveli
Patwon ki Haveli
Surrounded by Aravali hills is famous across the world for Dargah.
Famous for Camel fair. It is house of many popular destination such as Pushkar lake and Brahma Temple.
Udaipur is also known as City of lakes, Venice of East and Kashmir of Rajasthan. Surrounded by Aravali forest it is also known as most romantic city in India due to its famous lakes and palaces.
It is also known as Gateway of Thar Desert. It is house of majestic Mehrangarh Fort and elegant Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is famous for vibrant festivals like Marwar Festival, Gangaur and Teej. In modern times no wedding is complete in India without the groom getting attired in Jodhpuri suit and Jutti (Shoes).
Jodhpuri Jutti (Shoes)
Article about Rajasthan is never complete without mentioning Shekawati. Located in northern part of Rajasthan, it also known as open art gallery of Rajasthan. It was once called millionaire’s paradise. It is laced with innumerable beautiful havelis with murals and wall paintings.
Palace on wheels
Palace on wheels is a luxury train with 23 coaches, each coach named after former Rajput States with accomodation for 104 tourists. It has two Rajasthani styled restaurant called Maharaja and Maharani. The train has a 7 nights and 8 days tour. It departs from New Delhi (Day 1), covers Jaipur (Day 2), Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh(Day 3), Udaipur (Day 4), Jaisalmer (Day 5), Jodhpur (Day 6), Bharatpur and Agra (Day 7) and return to New Delhi (Day 8).
Food in Rajasthan
No discussion about Rajasthan is complete, without its food. Most famous food being Daal, Baati and Churma.
Daal, baati, Churma
Methi Bajra Poori
There is lot more about Rajasthan. Due to constraint of time, everything could not be included here.
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