First Published on : 17 June'19 | Aastha Negi
The startling architectural showcase of royalty as well as grandeur by the proudly standing massive forts and palaces lying within its vicinity, this state is quite lavish! Can you guess the destination I am mentioning about? Okay, let me give you another hint! This splendid region houses the fabulous kingdoms of the erstwhile Maharajas carried on by their generations while providing a pinch of royalty to every single traveller present here. Yes, now you assumed it right! This all round destination is none other than the Land of Warriors Rajasthan.
I being a travel freak person did several international trips that as a result inculcated the positive outlook in me to understand different cultures and traditions. In this contemporary world, where time as well as money are utmost important, they also act as a huge roadblock in the path of many travellers. But luckily, it didn’t affect my India tour, so I thought to share some of my experiential painting through this blog. Here is a list of the most important and attractive tourists’ attractions present in Rajasthan that the ‘first time visitors’ must surely explore.
Continually stealing the attention of tourists flocking from all over the world, the Amber Fort and Palace, also known as the Amer Fort is located at a distance of about 11 kms from the Pink city Jaipur. While being here, you are free to engross in the beautiful artwork presented by its elements as well as its engaging construction done with the help of marble and red sandstone. Its complex is a massive amalgamation of the Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khaas, Sheesh Mahal and lastly the Sukh Niwas. With its most beautiful part i.e. the Sheesh Mahal finely maintained with mirrors, it is going to sway you along with its eminence.
There exist a plethora of Jain Temples all over India, however the most splendid out of these is the Jain Temple of Ranakpur. Set up with an intention of paying homage to the divine Adinath who is considered as the first Tirthankara of Jainism, this temple has always proved to be a serenity filled place for every divinity seeker. Erected beautifully with the finest light coloured marble along with its antique domes, turrets, shikharas as well as the cupolas, the features are going to grab your attention like nothing else. Its massive expansion, representing the four directions belong to the Tirthankara’s invasion are truly amazing.
Carrying a historical charm along, the Junagarh Fort located in Bikaner is quite impressive. With its each and every element boasting a cultural as well as historical significance, this impregnable fort has been a reminiscence of bravery for every visitor. The establishment of this fort dates back to 1588-1593 AD and it has been maintain its respect and beauty since then. It has stunning courtyards, windows and balconies made with the help of marble and red sandstone. The travellers would just love the excellent quality of stone carvings done in and on this marvellous structure. Definitely, you mustn’t miss the beguiling mirror work and paintings exhibited here.
Worldly known for inhabiting tigers, the Ranthambore National Park is serving as one of the biggest natural establishments in North India. The place served as an erstwhile hunting ground for the renowned Maharajas belonging to Jaipur. An apt place especially for the wildlife photographers as well as the nature lovers, this destination is quite perfect for coming up close with the serenity lying within its lush green surroundings. This priceless ark gives abundant opportunities to spot the chirpy birds and the fearless tigers while having a glimpse of the activities done by species in the wild. Feel alive during your time at the peaceful Ranthambore!
Visiting to Udaipur and not experiencing the ultimate charm accompanied in the boat ride on the artificial freshwater lake, Lake Pichola here is no less than missing out a huge chunk of happiness while being here! Counted amongst the biggest lakes present in Udaipur, this water body always ensures a picturesque beauty as well as attractive views. It’s true that you are surely going to fall in love with the winsome lake the moment you are going to have some of its glimpses. Within this lake, lie a good number of islands and during its sightseeing you will also spot the Jag Mandir on this serene lake.
Ajmer Dargah Sharif is a saviour for millions of people all across the globe. It is always said that those who come up to this place with utmost desire and pray with a pure heart get their wishes fulfilled. It is the pious shrine of Persian Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Dargah is expanded on a massive platform and comprises of many mosques within its complex constructed with dire focus by Akbar and Shah Jahan. Connect to your spiritual self and engross in the beauty of this architectural marvel during your time spent in the peaceful and very positive Dargah Sharif. The serenity present here is something that you can’t expect everywhere.
Just a personal advice from my side, ‘Never ever miss out on Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh Fort.’ The establishment is considered to be one of the most gigantic forts prevalent in this state and during the early years, it also served as the notable seat for Mewar’s prominent rulers. The Chittorgarh Fort has a very innovative and significant story associated with it! As entailed, it is said that during the time when rulers fought with the invaders but got defeated, their wives used to perform Jauhar along with the kids at this fort. Thus, the construction and the characteristics of the Chittorgarh Fort are more than enough to memorise the brave instances!
Well, this is one of my most favourite attractions in Rajasthan. Hawa Mahal is a highly antique destination spot carrying along an exceptional architectural work with the radiant hues of pink! Having a great height, this gigantic sculpture was established during 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was set up with an intention of enabling the women population in the household have a look at the activities in the Palace. With its dizzying five storeys and a teeny-weeny museum showcasing the varied miniature paintings take the tourists back to the royal past. The richness of the dome-shaped pavilions is going to take your hearts away!
The Maharaja reigned from the City Palace lying in the heart of Jaipur. This establishment showcases the most perfect fusion of the Rajput, European as well as the Mughal architecture. This tourist hotspot has been designed with high amount of perfection hailing with an interesting and very significant history reminding us about the royalty during the bygone era. With its gates and walls resembling the Mughal style and the interiors decorated with lattice, murals and the mirrors are truly an attraction for the varied visitors. The construction of this palace has been done keeping the Vaastushastra texts in view.
Want to know how a real beauty looks like? If yes, then head towards the Umaid Bhawan Palace located in Jodhpur. It is a historical monument that has been transformed into a luxurious heritage property for the visitors. However, the property is serving both purposes of sightseeing and accommodation. With a part of its establishment managed by the Taj Hotels, you are never going to leave dissatisfied from here. It has been perched on the city’s highest point and is an incorporation of fully furnished 347 rooms providing the finest royalty filled hospitality services. Experience the modernity and culture at a single roof while being at Umaid Bhawan Palace!
So, now that you have already given a glance to what all Rajasthan has to offer, there is no doubt that it is truly a delightful region for everyone. No matter what kind of visitor you are, whether a history buff, nature lover or a spirituality seeker, Rajasthan is never going to leave you incomplete or dissatisfied. Rajasthan wants to be explored, what are you up to?
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