‘Rajasthan - The Land of Kings’ is an enduring legacy to India’s history. Its diversified landscape of desert, lush plains and wooded Aravali Hills, has inspired poets, writers and painters. No other region in the country assembles the many paradoxes of India, as does the desert land of Rajasthan.
The city of victory is surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort, beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The tourist attractions in Jaipur include the ancient capital fort of Amber that has the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls having delightful wall paintings with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the wall; the ‘Palace of Winds’ also known as Hawa Mahal; The City Palace, a complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards and the Jantar Mantar - an astronomical wonder built by Sawai Jai Singh that makes accurate time predictions
even to this day.
Situated in the Northern Thar Desert, Bikaner is an Ochrecoloured sandstone fortress city surrounded by high medieval
ramparts. The Junagarh Fort was built on the desert plains itself. Built of red sand stone, the palace boasts of some of the finest sandstone and marble carvings. The city also has the only rat temple dedicated to the Goddess Karni Mata.
Jaisalmer – the golden citadel, etched in yellow sandstone, stands tall against miles of gleaming sand. Renew yourself amid the past galore, as you visit the golden-hewed Jaisalmer Fort that stands almost 30 metres over the city with its 99 bastions. Architecturally a marvel the Fort is made up of boulders that cannot be penetrated by canon balls. A ride on camel back into the desert at Sam sand-dunes to watch the sun set is an unique experience.
Nestling within the depth of Thar Desert, is Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar. Flanked on its western side by the Meherangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan, the monuments, temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multifaceted grandeur.
The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. The 16th century brought about an era of renaissance in the art and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounded by the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir.
Mount Abu is a summer and winter resort with its shaded woods, sheltered temples and shrines. Situated at a height of nearly 1200 meters are Dilwara Jain Temples exquisitely carved in marble. Besides the pure white marble used for construction, the temples are famous for the intricacy of the carvings which more like lace than stone and can rarely be seen elsewhere. The Nakki Lake is popular for boat rides and Gaumukh Temple, where a little stream flows from the mouth of a marble cow.