Rajasthan Darshan | What to see in Ajmer and Rajasthan

Ajmer Tour

Cradled amongst the barren hills, Ajmer in indeed a green oasis with an interesting past. The city was named after its founder, Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan, who founded it in the 7th century. Since then, Chauhans reigned over Ajmer till Prithviraj Chauhan lost the city to Mohammed Ghauri. Nonetheless, the culture and traditions of the city were strongly influenced by its rulers and one can see the indelible imprint of various cultures on the city. Just like old days, Ajmer continues to be a popular pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Muslims. Dargah Sharief, the tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, is equally revered by both the communities and Urs fair attracts thousands and lakhs of pilgrims every year.

   Location:    Rajasthan, India
  Significance:    Famous for Dargah of Sufi Saint Chisti
  STD Code:    0145
  Best Season    October To March
  Language:    Hindi, Urdu, Rajasthani
  Distance From Jaipur    131 Km
  Distance From New Delhi:    389 Km

CLIMATE
Ajmer has hot summers and cool winters. The maximum temperature in summer (from April to June) is around 45�C. In winters (from November to February), days are sunny and pleasant but nights are bit cooler.

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport to Ajmer is situated in Jaipur.

By Train: You can find a train to Ajmer from all the major cities of India. From Delhi, you can catch Shatabdi Express, The Pink City Express and Chetak Express. By Road: Ajmer is well connected by the network of roads to Delhi, Agra and all the major cities of Rajasthan.

WHERE TO EAT


Ajmer has a range of multi-cuisine restaurants and hotels that offer an assorted mixture of traditional Indian and Mughlai food and fast food. There is no specific cuisine of Ajmer but Rajasthani delicacies with their spicy, tangy flavor can be found in abundance.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS



Urs Fair
urs_fair_Ajmer Urs Fair is held during the first six days of Rajab (seventh month of the Islamic calendar) on the death anniversary of Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti, whose remains lie buried and are held in held in great reverence by devotees of all communities in 'Dargah Sharif' in Ajmer. Khwaja had come from Persia and established Chishtia order of 'fakirs' in India.

Pushkar Fair Pushkar
Fair Pushkar Fairis held in the month of Kartik that usually falls in October or November at Pushkar, which is 11 kms away from Ajmer, Rajasthan. One of the most sought-after fair in Rajasthan, a lot of tourists come to Pushkar Fair on pilgrimage as well as to see the display of a mystifying array of items. With the picturesque sand dunes as its backdrop, the camel fair and camel, horse and donkey races are the featured events of the fair. People indulge themselves in body tattooing as the villagers from distant places come here to trade their wares.

Shopping Attractions


At Ajmer, one can look for items which have Rajasthani fervor and which echo the old-world mood of the area. The splendid silver jewellery with traditional old designs is the main tourist craze. The other things to be purchased are antiques, curios, mesmerizing contemporary gold and silver jewellery, colorful tie-and-dye sarees and fabrics, and embroidered 'jutis'. There is also a beautiful display of local colorful handicrafts at the annual Urs fair.

WHAT TO WEAR
In summers, light cotton clothes are advisable while you will need light woolen clothes in winter.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS


Forts & Palaces
Taragarh Fort Taragarh Fort Ajmer The colossal fort stands watching the city. There are six entrance points in the fort. The fort houses Miran-Saheb-ki-Dargah, the governor of the fort who died fighting in an encounter. The fort offers a panoramic view of the city situated in Nagpahari hills of Aravalli ranges. This fort has immeasurable historical and archaeological importance. Monuments

Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhopraa adhai-din-ka-jhonpra-ajmer 'Adhai Din' means 'two and a half days' and suggests the time duration in which this building was built. A marvel, a masterpiece of Indo - Islamic architecture, this building is an artifact of an old mosque and is made up of a with a front screen wall with seven pointed arches. The distinctive pillars and arched screen with ruined minarets make it a superb architectural masterpiece.

'Dargah Sharif' or 'Holy Dargah' is one of the most sacred Muslim shrines in the country. Venerated by both Hindus and Muslims, it is the tomb of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a Sufi saint who came from Persia and devoted his life to the service and upliftment of the poor and downtrodden. The Dargah has a massive gate with silver doors built in several stages. Revered by the Mughal rulers, it has touches of Humayun to Shah Jahan in its structural architecture. A silver railing and a marble screen surround the actual tomb of the saint, made of marble with a gold plated dome. Lakes Ana Sagar Lake

Ana Sagar Lake
The favorite outing spot of the city, Ana Sagar Lake is an artificial lake named after Anaji Chauhan. The 'Baradari' is surrounded by parks and the pavilions, which were built by Shah Jahan to assist his long stays in Ajmer. Local people helped to build the catchments

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Jaisalmer Tourism

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, which is also known as "The golden city" is located in Rajasthan. In history it was a princely state. The town is situated in the heart of India's biggest "Thar desert". The population of Jaisalmer is around 78000 according to the census of 2001. Jaisalmer district is the administrative headquarters for Jaisalmer. The town was named after Rao Jaisal Yadav, the founder and king of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is called Golden city because its yellow sand gives yellowish golden tinge to Jaisalmer city and its surrounding area.

Places to visit in Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer Fort:

In the year 1156 on Trikuta hill the fort was built by Bhati ruler Jaisal. Satyajit Ray, the famous film director wrote a detective novel on this Fort which later became base of his movie Sonar kella or the Golden Fort. In this fort the main attraction you will find is Rajmahal and the temples of Laxminath and Jain temples. The walls of this fort are of lion color which turns to honey-gold at the time of sun sets

Havelis:

Havelis are the major attraction of Jaisalmer. The main Havelis are:

Salam Singh ki Haveli: This Haveli was built by Salam Singh in year 1815. He was the prime minister of Jaisalmer at that time. The arched roofs decorated with peacock formed brackets draws the attention of anyone to this Haveli.

Patwo ki Haveli: - This is largest and most attractive Haveli of Jaisalmer. It's a five story complex which took 50 years to complete. This haveli was built by a rich merchant Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons.

Nathmalji ki Haveli: This was again built by a Prime Minister Nath Singh of princely state of Jaisalmer. It's decorated with beautiful ornamentation of birds, elephants, flowers, soldiers, steam engine and a bicycle.

Shreenath ji ki Haveli: In 15th century this Haveli was built by Vyas family and their descendants are living here today. In remaining portion it runs a hotel - Haveli Shreenath Palace. Only five rooms are available here.

Jain heritage of Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer was always inhabited by many jain families and as an impact of this, we can see the beautiful jain temples dedicated to Lord Sai Nath - 16th teerthankar and Lord Parshvanath- 23rd Teerthankar. Brahmsar, Pokharan, Lodavra and Amarsagar are the other pilgrimage center.

Transportation:

Jaisalmer is connected with all major cities of the country via rail as well as buses and the internal transport of city depends on autos, buses and personal vehicles.

Places To See In Jodhpur

Jodhpur like an oasis in desert and is located on the foothill of sandstone hillock. This is the most famous tourist spot in Rajasthan. Here you can find traditions and culture of Jodhpur city. Jodhpur is famous for Forts, Palaces and other ancient monuments. The architecture here shows how good the artisans are at their work.

The places to see in Jodhpur are:

Mehrangarh Fort

This magnificent Fort is situated on top of the hill. This fort was contructed in 1459, by the chief of Rathore Clan, Rao Jodha. Mehrangarh Fort has many palaces, museums, temples and galleries.

Jaswant Thada

To the left of Mehrangarh Fort is Jaswant Thada, made of white marble was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some to the portraits and possessions of former rulers are displayed here.

Umaid Bhavan Palace

Maharaja Umaid Singh had constructed this palace in 20th Century. Now a part of this palace, is been converted into hotel and museum.

Girdikot & Sardar Market

This is the narrow market place, with shops lined up on either sides of the lane. Shops of Textiles, Handicrafts, Silver, Vegetables, Aromatic spices and sweets can be found here.

Museum

Featherless desert birds are displayed in 2 glass cases. It also has good collection of stuffed animals, weapons and sculptures. Wooden biplane models can be found in military section.

Bal Samand Lake

This is an artificial lake, surrounded by Balsamand Palace on the banks was constructed in 1159 AD.

Mandore

Mandore is famous for gardens with high rock terraces. The garden contains cenotaphs of rulers of Rathode. The complex has small government museum and hall of heroes, where figures of Hindu deities and local heroes of Rajput is painted.

Maha Mandir Temple

The temple is supported by 84 pillars, depicting various Yoga postures with detailed designs and figures.

Kailana Lake

This is an ideal picnic spot as this is very calm and near to nature.

Osian

This town is situated on the diversion off the main Jodhpur � Bikaner highway. It has around 15 Jain and Brahmanical temples, beautifully sculpted. Some of them are the famous Sun temple, Sachiya Mata Temple , Kali temple and Lord Mahavira temple.

Luni Fort

This Fort is completely carved out of red sandstone of Jodhpur. It is also called as Fort Chanwa. The Fort is made of towers, water-wheels, courtyards, passages and stairways leading to secret pavilions and roof tops.

The Dhawa

This wildlife sanctuary has many animals like Black bucks, nilgaies and desert foxes. It is situated between Jodhpur and Barmer.

Forts and Monuments in Jaipur

Pink City is famous for its forts and monuments which were built by the ancient Kings of the city. Forts of the city were once palaces of the kings. Some of the forts and monuments are:

Hawa Mahal

The most popular fort in The Pink City is Hawa Mahal. This fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The fort has around 953 small Windows in the five-story Hawa Mahal. The design of the monument is in Pyramid shape and with all the small Windows in it, it used to give complete privacy to the Queens of the Kings. As in Mughal ages there was a trend of hiding faces their which was followed by all the women of the community, these small Windows helped women to get a broad view of the streets and keeping their faces hidden at the same time. Because of these small Windows in the fort the ventilation of air is amazing and it keeps the palace cool even in the summer season.

Amber Fort

Amber Fort was built by Raja Man Singh I in the year of 1592. The Fort is built of pure marble and is fore-grounded by a beautiful lake named Maotha Lake. The main specialty of this fort is that the outer of the Fort is entirely different from interior. Its outer portion is quite rough whereas the interior of the palace is very smooth. This makes the fort quite amazing and the attraction for tourists. Many people call the fort as Amer Fort.

Jaigarh Fort

This Fort was built between 15 and 18 century. The monument is situated at the top of the hill named Cheel Ka Teela or Hill Of Eagles which is around 15 km away from the city. Jaigarh Fort was built to tighten the security of the city. At the bottom of the hill (around 400ft below) Amber Fort is situated. These two Forts are well-connected with each other through a secure the passage and are sometimes considered as a single complex. Because this fort was built for security reasons it is not as decorative as other ones. However, it has large cannon named Jaivan which is supposed to be the largest cannon in the world and the fort is also known as "Victory Fort". This fort also has large underground tanks which are capable of storing more than 60, 00,000 gallons of water.

Rajasthan Darshan Visit historical, pilgrimage sites in Rajasthan - Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer

History and Significance of Jantar-Mantar

Jantar-Mantar was built in 1727 - 1734 by the King of Jaipur Maharaja Jai Singh II. Five such observatories were built during that time including the observatories in Jaipur and Delhi. Among those five, the observatory of Jaipur is the largest one and is the perfect observatory around. The monument is designed smartly and tactfully to define the great time of the day and the seasons of the year. It has 14 largely built instruments and all of them are designed to tell different astronomical assumptions. The monument displays the extraordinary artwork of the people of ancient times.

Jantar-Mantar has a master instrument which is approximately 27 m in height. This is called the Giant Sundial. This instrument displays the time of the day up to the accuracy of 2 seconds of local Jaipur time. The reason behind its accuracy is its height. As the sun moves the shadow of Giant Sundial moves accordingly. The accurate reading is that the Giant Sundial moves 6 cm/m. This gives the almost correct time of the day. This sundial, which is also known as 'Samrat Yantra', has an observation deck is used to predict the season or the nature and movement of the planets. The local astronomers use this deck to predict monsoon for the farmers. It is an assumption that the sizes of all the instruments are enormous in order to provide the maximum accuracy which was possible at that time. Many astronomical and science students visit the place to learn and understand the astonishing monument.

Jantar-Mantar was announced a national monument in the year 1948. However, it was restored in the year 1901 by an amateur astronomer Major Arthur Garrett. As it is a national monument is considered as a tourist place for everyone who is interested in astronomical designs. Many tourists visit the place and get stunned by the intelligent artwork of ancient people who designed such a wonderful monument without using any mechanical technology. The beauty of the monument lies in this fact that there is no mechanics involved in its construction. Rather, all the instruments are astronomically built and they are 100% accurate as far as their working is concerned.

Jantar-Mantar is also situated in Delhi but it is not as large as it is in Jaipur. To see the real amazing artwork the monument of Jaipur is the best place to be.

Jaipur Tour

Area: 200.4 sq. kmalbert_hall_jaipur
Altitude: 431 meters above sea level
Climate: In Summer: 45 C (Max) - 25 C (Min)
In winter: 22 C (Max) - 8 C (Min)
Rainy Season : July to Mid Sept, and very humid (upto 90%)
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani, English
Best Time to Visit: October to mid-March
STD Code: 0141

 

History Of Jaipur

A traveller's journey to the land of the maharajahs, Rajasthan, begins from the city of the maharajahs - Jaipur, the capital city of the state ofcity-palace-jaipur Rajasthan. It was back in the year 1727 when Maharaja Jai Singh, after whom the city is named, laid the foundation of Jaipur city. Known all around the world as the pink city, Jaipur forms the much popular tourist circuit of Golden Triangle along with the cities of Delhi and Agra. The old city of Jaipur is enclosed within seven gates, the most important of which are Chandpol, Jaipuri and Sanganeri. The city of Jaipur attracts a good number of both domestic and foreign travellers. Being at an easy striking distance of Delhi, Jaipur has become a major hub for tourists visiting northern India.

 

Sightseeing in Jaipur

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Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, was founded by and named after Maharaja Sawai Jai singh II in 1727. It is the first planned city of India. It is located in the North-western part of India. Jaipur is one of the most beautiful cities in India and a major tourist attraction. It is also called the Pink city of India , as most of the buildings walls historical and others are built with pink stones. Jaipur is very popular for its Forts, Palaces, parks and museums. All the historical structures depicts the taste of Rajput style of architecture. Jaipur is also a shoppers Paradise . It is also home for many local artists . Visiting Jaipur is a mermserizing experience for every visitor.

 

Albert Hall Jaipur

It is situated in the beautiful garden of Jaipur city, Ram Niwas Bagh. It was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in the year 1886 under the drought relief work of Rs 4 Lacs. The design of the building was done by Sir Swinton Jaicob. Presently the hall is used for museum purpose. 

 

City Palace Jaipurnahargarhfort

The palace is a magnificent blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The part of the Palace is still used by the royal family as a residence and the rest portion is converted into a museum. The palace consists of several structures like Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal and City Palace Museum. The palace also consists of an art gallery with a superior collection of miniature paintings, carpets and royal belongings. The palace is 3.5km.from Jaipur. The best time to make a visit is from October to March.  

 

Jantar Mantar Jaipur amber-fort-jaipur

Jantar Mantar a stone observatory was built by Sawai Jai Singh between 1728 and 1734. It was built to measure the local time, altitude, the declination of stars, planets and to determine eclipses. Jantar Mantar is a grand celebration of astronomical science and each instrument here serves a particular function and gives an accurate reading.  

 

Nahargarh Fort Jaipur

Nahargarh (tiger Fort), overlooks the city of Jaipur from a sheer ridge to the north and is floodlit at night. The fort was built in 1734 by Jai Singh and extended in 1868. A 9 km road runs up through the hills from Jaipur, and Hawa_Mahal__Jaipur_Indiathe fort can be reached along a zigzagging 2km path which starts from the north - west of the old city. The glorious view fully justify the effort. Inside the fort you can visit the Madhavendra Bhawan housing the nine apartments of Maharaja Ram Singh's nine wives. The rooms are linked by a maze of corridors and retain some delicate frescoes, as well as toilets and kitchen hearths. Hotel Silver Plaza Jaipur  

 

Amber Fort Jaipur

Amber fort lies at a distance of 11km from Jaipur is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Raja Man Singh built it in the 16th century. The fort crowns on top of the hillside, the walls and ceiling of the fort are engrave with ravishing glass mirrors that helps in splashing the sun rays all over the premises. Amber is also known for the marvelous Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Diwan-i-Aam, Sikh Niwas and the small Kali.


Hawa Mahal JaipurJal-Mahal-Jaipur

Sawai Pratap Singh built the Palace of Winds in 1799. Lal Chand Ustad designed this impressive multi layered five-storey structure. It provides some excellent views of the colorful city. The Hawa Mahal was designed for the ladies of the royal house to watch the enchanting life on the street without being observed. Visit Timings : 9hrs-17hrs.  

Jal Mahal Jaipur

Sawai Pratap Singh built the Mahal in 1799 A.D for royal duck shooting parties. This red sandstone palace is located 6.5 kms from Jaipur on the road to Amber is one of the delightful site at the center of the Man Sagar Lake. First four floors of the structure are submerged in water, only the top floor remains outside. It is also a home to large number of migratory birds arrive at the lake during winters.  

 

Rambagh Palace Jaipur

Rambagh Palace Jaipur is one of the finest hotels in Jaipur that was built as hunting lodge in 1835. The hotel Rambagh Palace belongs to Taj group of hotels and provides world class hospitality to its guests. The hotel Rambagh Palace Jaipur is located about 10 kilometres from the airport and just four kilometres from the railway station. The hotel Rambagh Palace is quiet close to main shopping area of Jaipur. 

 

Birla Planetarium JaipurBirla Planetarium Jaipur

Equipped with modern computerized projection system, the planetarium offers unique audio-visual educational entertainment. A Science Museum is also a part of this one of the most modern planetarium in India. 

 

Jaigarh Fort Jaipur

Jaigarh, or the Fort of Victory, is a rugged fort built in 1726. The world's largest cannon on wheels is preserved here. The spacious parkotas (wallls) watch tower and gateways of Jaigarh are main source of attraction. jaigarh-fort-jaipurThe fort slso houses a museum, which displays a collection of weapons and cannons, used by the Rajput rulers. There is an excellent view of the Amer Palace from the fort. It is 11km. from Jaipur and visiting timings are 0900-1630hrs.


Maharani ki Chhatri Jaipur

Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri is the royal cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh and his Queen Rani Moosi.

The upper story is build up of marble stones and it houses rounded roofs and striking bends. Highly ornamented interiors with marvelous wall paintings are worn out by lack of proper maintenance. Besides an architectural grandeur, this chhatri is placed in a picturesque location that is full of lush foliage and thriving flowers.


Weather of Jaipur can be termed as warm, being situated in the desert area. The three main seasons, summer, monsoon and winter respectively, influence the city of Jaipur. Situated at an altitude of 431m above sea level, Jaipur has extreme type of Climate. Summers are extremely hot with shining sun on the head whereas winters are comparatively cool.The climate and weather of Jaipur is usually hot. The summer season persists from Mid-March to June reaching to the maximum temperature of 48o C. The showers of Monsoons come usually in the month of July preceded by dust and thunderstorms. The city doesn't receive much rain. During the post-monsoon season in September, Jaipur gets hot spell once again. In winters, the city of Jaipur observes bright and pleasant sunny days, though the temperature can reach a low of around4o C during the nights. Frequent problem in winter season is fog that covers the whole city in the evening. Winters dominates the land of Jaipur from the month of October till the month of March. The best time to visit Jaipur is during winters, when the weather is pleasant and very favorable to travel around the royal city of Jaipur.

 

Jaipur Bus Stand

Jaipur bus stand is located in center part of Jaipur and also 1 KM away from Jaipur railway station and 14 KM from Jaipur Airport . The general & luxury bus services are run by Rajasthan State Road Transportation Corp. , these buses run on regular interval depending upon the bus route.

Useful Telephone Numbers of Jaipur Rajasthan State Road Transportaion Corporation :

1) RSRTC (Rajasthan State Road Transportation Corporatioln) Control Room Phone No. : 5116024 / 237043 / 2205621

2) Jaipur Narain Singh Circle Bus Stand Phone No. : 5120117

Jaipur Railway Station

The central railway station that is Jaipur railway station is located in the Bani Park region. The Jaipur Railway Station provides for the main entry into the city. Besides Jaipur Railway Station some other railway stations in the city are Dahar Ka Balaji Railway Station near Jhotwara, Bais Godam Railway Station near Civil Lines, Durgapura Railway Station near Durgapura in south Jaipur and Gandhinagar Railway Station in the Gandhi Nagar region.
Jaipur Railway Stations Useful Telephone Numbers :

Railway Enquiry No. : 131
Station Suptd. of Durgapura Railway Station : 2721787
Railway Record Enquiry No. : 132
Station Suptd. of Gandhi Nagar Railway Station : 2510416
Computerised Reservation  No. (PNR Enquiry) : 135
Jaipur Railway Station Suptd. No. : 2201553

Jaipur Airport

Jaipur Airport is the only international airport in the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur Airport is located near the town of Sanganer in Rajasthan. This International Airport is at a comfortable distance of 13 kms from the city of Jaipur. The new domestic terminal building at Jaipur Airport was inaugurated on 1st July, 2009. The new terminal has an area of 22,950 sqm, is made of glass and steel structure having modern passenger friendly facilities such as central heating system , central air conditioning, inline x-ray baggage inspection system integrated with the departure conveyor system, inclined arrival baggage claim carousals, escalators , public address system, Flight information display system (FIDS), CCTV for surveillance, Airport check-in counters with Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), car parking, etc.

 

Temples in Jaipur

Birla Temple

Birla Temple of Jaipur is a major tourist attraction of Rajasthan. Birla Mandir is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple. It is located in the south of Jaipur, situated just below the famous Moti Dungri Fort. Birla Mandir, in pure white marble, dominates the skyline of southern part of Jaipur. The enormous temple was built during the year 1988, by Birla Group of Industries.. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Due to this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Galtaji Temple
Galtaji Temple in Jaipur is a holy pilgrimage of the Hindus located 10 kms away from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The vast complex of Galta Ji has several temples in it. The Temple of Galtaji is famous for its natural water. The water of these springs is accumulated in the tanks or 'kunds'. In all, there are seven tanks, holiest being the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. It is considered auspicious to take bath in the holy waters of Galtaji. Thousands of people come every year to take a dip in the tanks to rinse out their sins.

Moti Dungri

Moti Dungri Temple is a major tourist attraction in Jaipur. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The term Moti Dungri means Hill of Pearls or Pearl Hill. The hill is occupied by a palace and a temple. Close to the Temple, there a beautiful Palace on the hill, this is known as Moti Dungri Palace. The Palace is an imitation of a Scottish Castle. In the ancient times, it was occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh's son.

Govind Dev Ji Temple

Govind Dev Ji Temple is one amongst the major tourist attractions of Jaipur. The Temple represents the royal past of Jaipur. The Temple is dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (Other name of Lord Krishna). Govind Devji Temple of Jaipur is situated in the City Palace complex, between the Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal. According to a legend, Govind Dev Ji appeared in the dream of Raja Sawai Jai Singh and asked him to bring his idol from Vrindavan to Jaipur. As a consequence, Raja Sawai Jai Singh brought the idol and placed in the City Palace complex of Jaipur. After the sad demise of Jai Singh, many successors acquired the throne, but Raja Man Singh took the initiative to build the temple in 1890.

Jaipur Monuments

Amber Fort

Amber Fort is one of the major tourist attractions of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Know more about Amber/Amer Fort of India. The Kachchawahas ruled from Amber, 11 km from Jaipur, for seven centuries. The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh. The interior of the Fort provides a soothing and warm ambience, which is least expected from its outer appearance. The marvelous decoration of the Amer Fort is influenced by both, the Hindu and Muslim manner of ornamentation. Exquisite paintings of hunting scenes on the walls depict the temperament of the Rajputs, who were adventurous, revolutionary and self-indulgent.

The Fort is divided into four subparts. Kali Temple, which is also known as Shila Devi Temple, forms the part of the Fort. It is renowned for its glorious past, huge silver lions and silver doors. The Hall of Public Audiences, Diwan-I-Aam is a pavilion with double row of columns. Ganesh Pol, another feature of the Fort, directs the way to the inhabited apartments of the King. The Hall of Victory, Jai Mandir has a stunning ceiling comprised of mirror work and an inlaid panel.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal is a major tourist attraction of Jaipur, the capital Rajasthan. Hawa Mahal is also known as Palace of Winds. Hawa Mahal is a major landmark and a famous tourist attraction of Jaipur. The splendid Rajputana architecture of Hawa Mahal, still speaks the glory of the royal family. Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The chief materials used in the structure are red and pink sandstone the unique shape of the building, unmatched by any of the palaces of Jaipur. A total of 953 small windows face the streets, adorned by arched roofs. The screened windows of Hawa Mahal filter sunlight and spread it all over the floor, providing a spectacular sight for the onlooker. The windows also allow circulation of air in a way that keeps the floors cool even in the oppressive heat of Rajasthan.

Jaigarh Fort


Jaigarh Fort forms a major tourist attraction of Jaipur. Jaigarh fort is 15 kms from Jaipur, 400 ft above the Amber Fort. This Fort is on top of the hill, while Amber Fort is at the bottom. Many people regard the two as one complex however both of them are well connected with well guarded passages. The fort served as the treasury of the Kachcawas. It is a remarkable feat of military architecture in a fine state of preservation, with water reservoirs, residential areas, a puppet theatre and world largest wheeled cannon, Jaya Vana . he Fort has many structures of medieval India, which are worth exploring. It has several palaces, granary, well-planned cannon foundry, several temples and a tall tower. Jaigarh Fort used to serve as the center of artillery production for the Rajputs.
Jaigarh Fort has many wide water channels, which were a part of a rainwater harvesting system. The Fort also has 3 underground tanks, the largest one of which can store 60, 00,000 gallons of water.

Statue Circle

Statue Circle forms a major landmark of Jaipur. It is situated on a busy crossing of the city. Statue Circle has got its name from the statue, which it portrays. Statue Circle comprises the statue of King Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. In the statue, Raja Jai Singh is holding an astrological diagram which shows his love for astrology. The memorial is actually made in the loving memory of the generous ruler, builder and futurist.

Jantar Mantar


Jantar Mantar is the largest stone observatory in the World and this feature makes it, a special destination for a traveler. Jantar Mantar is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. Initially Jantar Mantar was named as Yantra Mantra, which means instruments and formulae, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the recognized name. Jantar Mantar has a remarkable collection of architectural astronomical instruments. It portrays noteworthy attempt of the ancestors, who were interested in astronomy and knowledge of celestial bodies.

City Palace


Situated in the heart of Jaipur, the City Palace covers one-seventh of the town, and the plan of the palace is similar to that of the city. The palace has a high wall or sarahad that surrounds it on all sides. City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. Initially, Raja Jai Singh built the outer wall occupying a huge area. A part of the exquisite Palace still makes home for the former Maharaja/ King.

Gardens in Jaipur

Kanak Vrindavan Valley

Kanak Vrindavan is situated in the bottom of Nahargarh hills adjoining the exAmber Fort, on Jaipur-Amber Road. According to past records, the beautiful green valley was labeled as Kanak Vrindavan Valley by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, almost 280-years ago. Kanak Valley is also believed to be the blessed place where holy water from several rivers was gathered to carry out the Ashwamedh Yajna. Govind Deoji Temple, with its beautiful and delicate carvings, spreads a holy aura of spirituality all over the valley.

 

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is a beautiful garden, located at a distance of 10 kms from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra Highway. Sisodia Bagh gets a prime attraction in the charming city of Jaipur. The Garden appeals more to the beholder, since it stands as a symbol of love. In 1728, Sisodia Rani Garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, with an intention to gift the garden, to his Sisodia Queen from Udaipur.

 

Vidyadhar Garden
Vidyadhar Garden is a beautiful garden that was derived by the Rajputs of Jaipur from the Mughals' definition of Garden. Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh was made in order to bring a sense of relief in the scorched scenery of the desert land. The Garden is situated at a distance of 8 km in the east of Jaipur, Vidhyadhar Gardens is the only well-planned garden in the Majestic city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Vidyadhar Garden was built in the memory of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, the chief architect and the city planner of Jaipur. The Garden has been designed as per the rules and edicts of Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Indian line of architecture, just as Vidyadhar did while planning Jaipur.

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Jaipur Hospitals

  • Jaipur Hospital
    Malviya Nagar
    Jaipur - 302017
    Phone: +91- 141- 2552034
  • Aditya Hospital
    R-5, Lalkothi
    Indrapuri Jaipur - 302005
    Phone: +91-141-2742466
  • Baheti Hospital
    14, Malviya Nagar Main Road
    Usha Colony
    Jaipur - 302017
    Phone: +91-141-2520049
  • Bani Park Hospital
    Kabir Marg
    Bapu Park
    Jaipur - 302016
    Phone: +91-141-2203864
  • Child Care Hospital
    M.D. Road
    Jaipur - 302004
    Phone: +91-141-2660080
  • City Hospital
    93, Doctors Colony, Near DCM
    Amer Road
    Jaipur - 302006
    Phone: +91-141-2355695
  • Durga Devi Memorial Hospital
    Shastri Nagar
    Jaipur - 302016
    Phone: +91-141-2305018
  • Girdhar Hospital & Research Centre
    11/34, Girdhar Marg
    Malviya Nagar
    Jaipur - 302017
    Phone: +91-141-2552668
  • SBMC Hospital
    Malviya Nagar
    Jaipur - 302017
    Phone: +91-141-2518899

 

Best Time to Visit

Being located in a desert area, the climate of Jaipur is dry and hot. Monsoons too doesn't relief the dry city as Jaipur receives very low rainfall. Winter season is the best time to visit Jaipur. The temperature touches maximum to 20°C and gets down to the extent of 4 °C. In winters, one can enjoy the regal city of Jaipur to its full. The spectacular views offered by the ancient monuments of the city fascinate the visitors. The city looks awesome in the winter evenings when it gets covered with fog. Jaipur offers rich food with lots of butter and ghee, which is best enjoyable in the winter season. Tthe best time to visit the incredible Jaipur is between the months of October to March.

Fairs & Festivals of Jaipur

Elephant Festival

Groomed to perfection, glittering in gold, row upon row of elephants catwalk before an enthralled audience. The elephants move gracefully in procession, run races, play the regal game of polo, and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. The festival begins with a procession of elephants, camels and horses, followed by lively folk dancers. Elephant races, elephant-polo matches and a most interesting tug of war between elephants and men, are all part of this spectacular event.


Gangaur Festival

Gangaur Festivals holds a special significance for the Rajasthanis. It is celebrated in honour of Gauri, the goddess of abundance. Young girls adorned in their best clothes pray for a spouse of their choice. The married ladies pray for the welfare of their husbands. In the afternoon, a procession is taken out to a garden, tank or a well with the images of Isar and Gauri, placed on the heads of married women. Songs are sung about the departure of Gauri to her husband's house. The procession comes back after offering water to the image of Gauri, which faces backwards on the first two days. On the final day, she faces in the same direction as Isar and the procession concludes with the consignment of all the images in the waters of a tank or a well.

Kite Festival Jaipur

14 January is celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti - heralding the transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere. People make most out of the festival by flying kites for the whole day. The sky becomes next to invisible as innumerable kites cover it. People form groups and fly kites, to enjoy the event to its full. With each cut loose of a kite, people fill the environment shouting, "Woh Kata". People shout from their terrace as adversary's kite is cut down. Everyone is an adversary in this game and each kite is a competitor for the other. Engrossed in Kite flying, people enjoy loud music and food on the terrace itself.

Teej Festival

Teej is celebrated mainly by the women folk of Rajasthan. Married women who idolize Parvati for her devotion to her husband Shiva celebrate Teej. The festivity revolves around singing and dancing in praise of Parvati. All over Rajasthan, even in remote villages, Jhoolas (swings) are hung from trees and decorated with leaves and flowers. Ladies and girls can be seen enjoying on these swings, playing games, singing folk songs and applying Mehandi (henna) on their palms. In Jaipur an idol of Goddess Parvati (Teej Mata) is taken out in a royal procession from the city palace so that the general public can have a chance to pay homage to the Goddess.



Statue Circle Jaipur               Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri

A busy crossing, this has a life - size statue of Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is a pleasant and popular spot for jogging, dharnas (sit-down protests) and eating local snacks.

 

Temples in Jaipur

* Birla Temple Jaipur

 * Galtaji Temple Jaipur

* Govind Devji Temple Jaipur

* Laxmi Narayan Temple Jaipur

 

Jaipur Museums

* Central (Albert Hall) Museum Jaipur

*  City Palace Museum Jaipur

*  Dolls Museum Jaipur # Hawa Mahal Museum Jaipur

 

Parks and Gardens in Jaipur

Sisodia Rani ka Bagh Jaipur Kanak Vrindavan Valley Jaipur Zoological Garden Jaipur Ram Niwas Bagh Jaipur Vidyadhar Gardens Jaipur

 

How To Reach Jaipur

This Royal city is visited by thousands of Indian and foreign visitors every year. So travelling to Jaipur is quite easy as it is well connected with all the major cities in India. One can reach here by any mode Air , Train or Road.

By Air: Jaipur Airport in Sanganer is 13 Kms away from Jaipur. It is also the only international Airport in Rajasthan. Direct flights from major cities can be taken to reach Jaipur. All the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai has also started from Jaipur by Indian Airlines.

By Road: Travelling to Jaipur by road is not difficult as the roads are very well miantained. One can reach Jaipur by deluxe buses, AC coaches , car, taxi. Rajasthan state road transportion corporation runs general and luxury bus service on regular interval. One can easily travel by taxi too.

By Rail: The Central Railway station i.e Jaipur railway station in Bani park region is well connected with all the cities through rail lines. Many people prefer to travel by train due to easy accessibility. One can reach Jaipur from Delhi in app 5 hrs. Shatabadhi express and Interncity express ar daily trains from Delhi. There is also a special train "Palace on Wheels" from New Delhi to Jaipur which was started in 1982 to promote tourism in Rajasthan.

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Alwar Tour

Surrounded by Aravalli hills, the erstwhile state of Mewat, Alwar is crowned by a magnificent fort that has been a witness to many-a-battles and wars in the turbulent history of Alwar. A Rajput state for a long time, its nearness to the Mughal capital of Delhi, did not let the city rest in peace until it went into the hands of the Muslims in the 12th and 13th centuries, when Sultan Bulban managed to crush the revolutionary groups with the iron hand. Alwar found its place in Mahabharata, where it has been mentioned as the kingdom of Matsya, which was once a hiding place for Pandavas during their exile for thirteen years. In 1771 A.D. Maharaja Pratap Singh, a hero belonging to a Kuchhwaha Rajput (warrior class) clan of the rulers of Jaipur, won it back and laid the foundation of a principality of his own. Apart from the tiger-like Rajput soldiers, Alwar is also home to the real tigers (which can be seen in the wildlife sanctuary nearby) due to its rich natural woods, splendid lakes and valleys. Thus, it is also known as 'The Tiger Gateway To Rajasthan'.

   Location:    Northeastern Rajasthan, India
  Significance:    Gateway to modern Rajasthan
  STD Code:    0144
  Best Season    September To February
  Language:    Hindi, English, Rajasthani
  Distance From Jaipur    150 Km
  Distance From New Delhi:    170 Km

CLIMATE
Alwar has temperate climate and scanty rainfall. The summers are hot but not as much as other cities of Rajasthan. Temperature ranges between 28�C to 41�C. Winters are cool and pleasant with a temperature range of 8�C to 23�C.
 
HOW TO REACH

By Air: The nearest airport to Alwar is situated in Jaipur.
By Train: You can find a train to Alwar from all the major cities of India. From Delhi, you can catch Shatabdi Express, Intercity Express and Mandore Express. Fairy Queen Express, the train that makes your trip a fairy tale experience, includes Alwar on its itinerary list.
By Road: Alwar is well connected by the network of roads to Delhi and all the major cities of Rajasthan.

WHERE TO EAT
Alwar has famous restaurants that serve you with pure vegetarian food (that excludes even onion and garlic) and organically grown vegetables. Palang Torh or the milk cake of Alwar is a delicious dessert that one would not like to miss. Though the restaurants may not have just the right kind of client dealing manner but the mouth-watering delicacies like allu parathas (a type of bread stuffed with potatoes), oil free gaajar ka halva (carrot dessert), mirchi ka achaar (chilli pickle) and kheer (a preparation of milk and rice) make up for their rustic hospitality.

SHOPPING ATTRACTIONS
At Alwar, silver jewellery and Rajasthani handicraft items can be found at their best. Anyone who loves sweetmeats definitely cannot keep their hands off Alwar's specialty - 'Palang Torh' (the milk cake). A bite of this dish will justify the saying that goes around in this region that anyone who tastes this just once, cannot refrain himself from stuffing himself from it so much that when he lies down on the bed, the bed breaks in two! An exaggeration, indeed, but what a cute manner to express the deliciousness of the dish! The main shopping spots are the market areas of Hope Circus, Bajaja Bazar, Sarrafa Bazar, Mala Khera Bazar and Kedalganj Bazar.
 
WHAT TO WEAR
In summers, light tropical clothes are advisable while you will need light woolen clothes in winter.

Forts & Palaces

The Fort
The fort stands majestically 595 meters above the sea level and was constructed long before the rise of the Mughal Empire. It is said that the fort has never been seiged but passed on through treaties and negotiations. The legends about the fort include one that says that Babar spent a night at this fort and because of his greed; he plundered the treasures of the fort to give them to his son, Humayun. Salim Mahal within the premises of the fort had been home for Akbar's son, Jahangir, during his exile.

Vinay Vilas Mahal
The palace belongs to 18th century and is an exquisite example of the pleasant amalgamation of the Rajput and the Mughal architecture styles. Now, the ground floor of the palace houses government offices and district courts while the upper part of the palace serves as a well-preserved museum.

Museums

Government Museums
The museum has some superb Mughal and Rajput paintings of 18th and 19th centuries and rare ancient manuscripts in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit. Among them are: - Gulistan (translated as 'The Garden of Rose'), Waqiat-I-Babri (autobiography of Babar) and Bostan (translated as The Garden of Spring'). It also has on its display a copy of the great epic 'Mahabharata' painted by the artist of the Alwar School and arms and weapons.

Gardens

Purjan Vihar (Company Garden)
The idyllic picnic spot in summers, Purjan Vihar is a picturesque garden that has been planned and set up under the rule of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868. The garden sports a captivating setting known as Shimla, which was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh, and is so named for its cool shades that give quite a reprieve during summers.


Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Location: Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India
bharatpur-bird-sanctuary Area: 29 sq km
Main Attractions : Resident and migratory birds, Sambar, Hyena, Nilgai, etc
Best Time Time To: August to November (resident birds) ,October to February (migratory birds)

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is situated in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India and is like a heaven for bird lovers. Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary is also the only sanctuary of India that was created artificially. Maharaja of Bharatpur got an artificial lake and dam constructed to store the water brought by the annual floods in this area. This dam gradually turned into an ecosystem, where the maharaja started coming for hunting. In the year 1982, this hunting preserve was awarded the status of a national park.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. The national park serves as home to over 300 species of birds, both resident and migratory. One can also find a number of wild animals inhabiting the park. Bharatpur bird sanctuary is also known by the name of Keoladeo Ghana National Park, after the Lord Shiva temple situated inside its premises. The best time to visit the park is from August to November (for watching residbharatpur-bird-sanctuaryent birds) and October to February (for watching migratory birds).

Flora

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary The terrain of the Bharatpur National Park is made up of scrubland and grassland, along with marshes. One can also find large-scale cultivation of acacias inside the park, which was carried out under an afforestation program.

Bird Species Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary of India serves as the second home of the Siberian Cranes in winters. A large number of birds also visit the sanctuary from Central Asia as well as other parts of the world. These include Ducks, Larks, Wagtails, Eagles, Cranes, Flycatchers, Hawks, Geese, Wheatears, Shanks, Pipits, Pelicans, Stints, Buntings, Warblers, Ducks, etc.

Wildlife

The wild animals found inside Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary of Rajasthan include Sambar, Chital, Jackal, Nilgai, Hyena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Wild Boar, Blackbuck, etc.  

Other Attractions at Bharatpurbharatpur-bird-sanctuary-bharatpur

* Bharatpur Government Museum

* Bharatpur Palace

* Deeg Palace

 * Lohagarh Fort

How to Reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

By Air: Agra airport falls the nearest to Bharatpur

By Rail: Bharatpur railway station is well linked to almost all the key cities of India.

By Road: There is a good road network connecting Bharatpur with the other parts of the country.  

Ranthambore National Park

Area : 1,334 sq. km
Altitude : 215 to 505 meters above sea level
Languages : Rajasthani, Hindi and English
Best time to visit : October to March
STD code :
07462

Park Timings
October To March: 06:00 hrs - 09:00hrs 15:00hrs - 18:00hrs
April To June: 06:30 hrs - 09:30 hrs 15:30 hrs- 18:00 hrs

History

The history of Ranthambore is full of historic battles as the first battle was fought in 1301 AD where Rajput King Hamir was defeated by Ala-ud-din Khilji who took control of Ranthambore. Later Akbar captured it in the year 1569 AD and also took control over the fort. Ranthambore was a popular spot for hunting parties that were organized in this region by the erstwhile rulers of the region and later, the British officials. In the year 1955 Ranthambore was established as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary by the efforts of the Indian Government, and in 1973 was declared a Tiger Reserve. It was elevated to the status of a national park in the year 1980. It was in the year 1984 that the neighboring forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, and in 1991 the tiger reserve was expanded to include Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries as well.  

Sightseeing in Ranthambore National Parkranthambore-wildlife-in-rajasthan

The Ranthambore National Park is spread over a vast area of 392 sq km and is one of the most visited among the wildlife sanctuaries of Rajasthan. It features a wide range of exquisite flora and fauna including the bird species like Parakeet, Owl, Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Eagle, Partridge, Hornbill, Cuckoo, Heron, Sparrow, Vulture and Falcon.

This national Park has a dry deciduous type of vegetation with almost 300 species of avifauna and 30 species of fauna. Dhok is the predominant plantation that can be found growing all over the sanctuary. On a good day, you will encounter several wild animals such as Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Common or Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Common Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Common Yellow Bats, Desert Cats and Common mongoose. These are the main tourist attractions in Ranthambore and the tourists come here in huge numbers to catch a sight of them.  

The embankments of the lakes in the park are dotted with several reptilian and amphibian creatures such as Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, The rocky regions of the park are strewn with a considerable number of Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Indian Pythons, Rat Snakes, Russel's Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chameleon.

Ranthambore FortRanthambore Fort

Ranthambore is highly acclaimed for the remarkable Ranthambore fort as well. The Chauhan rulers built it in the 10th century and it is regarded as one of the oldest forts of Rajasthan. This fort was perfect to keep the enemy at bay and is characterized by temples, tanks, huge gates and massive walls. Some of the other tourist attractions in Ranthambore are the calm lakes that are located here such as Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Malik Talaoand and draw a huge number of animals and birds.

Jogi Mahaljogi-mahal-in-rajasthan

It is also among the major things to watch in Ranthambore and is a forest rest house overlooking the attractive Padam Talab (lake). It is located next to the National Park and offers comprehensive facilities for a comfortable sojourn. There is an ancient banyan tree which is said to be the second largest in the entire country and is the main attraction of this complex.

Padam Talab

Padam Talab is the largest lake in the Ranthambore National Park. The lake has been named after the water lilies that grow in the lake in season. It is a good place to see the wild animals in the early hours of the morning and just before sunset.

Kachida Valley

Kachida Valley is located near the outskirts of the park. Numerous rocky outcrops and low hills make up this place. This area is famous as it consists of a majority of the Panther population of the park, along with a good population of beers.

Raj Bagh Talab

The most scenic lake in the park is the Raj Bagh Talab. The ruins scattered along the edges of the lake add to its attraction. Numerous animals and birds feeding in the lake are some of the other attractions of the lake. Apart from being a favorite haunt of the Sambhar deer, the areas around the Raj Bagh Talab are also prime tiger spotting areas.

Lakarda & Anantpura

Lakarda & Anantpura lie in the northern and northwestern regions of the park. It is known as the ideal place for spotting Sloth Bears.

Jogi Mahal in RajasthanRaj Bagh

Ruins Located between Padam Talab (lake) and the Raj Bagh Talab, Raj Bagh ruins are ancient stone structures like arches, palace outhouses, domes, steps, etc. They serve as a reminder of the bygone era.

Malik Talab

The smallest lake in Ranthambore National Park, Malik Talab is an area full of action. The Malik Talab area is always having a good population of birds of all kinds. Indian Marsh Crocodiles can also be seen at the lake.

How to Reach Ranthambore National Park

Air : Nearest airport is Jaipur (175 kms).
Rail: Nearest railhead is Sawai-Madhopur (12 kms) which is on the Bombay - Delhi section of Western Railway.
Road: A regular bus service connects Ranthambore to Sawai-Madhopur 12 km, Agra 226 km, Bharatpur 166 km, Delhi 434 km and Jaipur 180 km.
Private Horse driven tongas are available at the Railway Station. R.T.D.C. or private jeeps can be hired from Tourist Information Bureau, Sawai-Madhopur.

Useful Information

Entry charges for hired vehicle, guide and photo equipment are separate. These can be reserved at the Project Tiger office in Sawai Madhopur.

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Sariska National Park

Area: 765.80 sqkms
Altitude : 140 mtrs;
Climate : Winter Max. 45 and Min 10 deg C
Best time to visit: November to March.
Location: 37 kms from Alwar, Rajasthan
Major Wildlife species: Leopard, Tiger, Wild Dog.

History of Sariska wildlife Sanctuary

Full of Indian wild life treasures is a core attraction of Alwar town in Rajasthan situated in the northwestern part of India. Sharp cliffs and narrow valleys of the Aravalli hills dominate the dry and deciduous brushwood of Sariska. It is spreads over an area of 429 sq.km and has a terrain of withered lower slopes of the valley hills combined with thick towering bamboo trees.deer-sariska-wildlife

Besides Ranthambore National Park, Sarika Tiger Reserves are another home to majestic tigers of India. Constitute in 1955, Sariska was brought under Project Tiger in 1979 and later on converted into a national park in 1982, is most eminent wildlife reserves in India. 

Apart from the rich diversity of flora and fauna, The Park treasures a number of historical monuments and ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor, belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries.  

 

Sightseeing

Best known for its great Tiger Reserves, Sariska is also inhabited by numerous wild species, the prominent carnivores are Chitel, Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Wild Boar, Sambar, Nilgai, Barasinga (antelope), Jungle Cat, Wild Dog, Langur.

Besides these mammals, there is a treasure sarikapalaceof avian world with exotic and diverse water birds, it includes Crested Serpent Eagle, Great Indian Horned Owl, Peafowl, Grey partridge, Golden back Wood Pecker and lot more.

Other Attractions

The Grand Sariska Palace

The palace contrived by the Maharaja of Alwar as a hunting lodge in 1892 is now transfigured into a hotel. Sariska Palace is situated in the premises of Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Kankwari Fort

An ethereal structure of Mughal architecture of 10th century is located inside the Sariska national park where once Dara Shikoh was captivated by his brother king Aurangzeb.

The Ancient Shiva Temples

The remnants of the Neelkanth temples, dating back to the 6th-13th century AD will definitely leave tourist mesmerized and captivated.Kankwari-fort

Other sights of tourist attractions are the remnants of the Kankwari Fort, the Budha Hanumab Temple near Pandupol, the Bharthari Temple near the park office, and the hot and cold springs of Taalvriksh with there medicinal value.

Safari

The park can be explored through jeep as well as on elephant's back. Jeep safaris can be arranged at the Forest Reception Office on Jaipur Road. Wildlife viewing and phtography in Sariska are, indeed, spectacular experiences.

 

How to Reach Sariska National Parksariska-wildlife-sanctuary

By Air: The nearest airport from Sariska is at Jaipur, at a distance of 115 km.

By Rail: Sariska is located at the Delhi Jaipur high way at Kankwari fort. The Nearest Rail Head Alwar-36km is well connected to all major cities of India.

By Road: By road Sariska is 200 km from Delhi and can easily be covered in 5 hrs.drive. Jaipur is 107 km from the city. Sariska is well connected to Alwar by easy roadways, from where one can avail bus services.

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Bharatpur Tour

In the heart of the scorching Thar Desert, lies Bikaner of Rajasthan in India. The captivating desert scenery with all the majesty of its sand dunes, hard, rocky soil and thorny shrubs growing here and there, makes Bikaner endearing to nature lovers. The forts and red sandstone construction are the chief attractions of the city. It is a royal city surrounded by a mammoth fortification wall, more than 5 km in circumference and about 5 to 9m high.

Lying on the northern tip of the desert tourist triangle, Bikaner was a one of the significant staging post of the silk route in the days when businessmen used to travel mostly on camel caravans. Bikaner was founded in 1486 A.D. and was named after its founder, Rao Bikaji.

The Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner is only one of its kinds in whole Asia and so is the illustrious Camel Festival. Bikaner is bright and alive and colorful with its traditional costumes, vivacious fairs and festivals, paintings and murals and electrifying wares and hoards of artistic skills that have been there for centuries.

   Location:    Rajasthan, India
  Significance:    Famous for Dargah of Sufi Saint Chisti
  STD Code:    0145
  Best Season    October To March
  Language:    Hindi, Urdu, Rajasthani
  Distance From Jaipur    131 Km
  Distance From New Delhi:    389 Km


CLIMATE
Typically a desert climate, the days in Bikaner are hot and nights are chilly. In summers the temperatures range between 41.8�C to 28�C while, in winters, temperatures range from 23.2�C to 5�C.

HOW TO REACH
By Air: Bikaner does not have an official airport. Nal Airport, 17 kms from the city, which normally serves as India Air Force airfield, remains open to civilian flights to and from Bikaner from November to March. The nearest international airports to Bikaner are Jodhpur and Jaipur.
By Train: Bikaner is well connected with all the major cities by the network of trains such as New Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Agra, Churu and many more. From New Delhi, there are day and night trains that take about 12 hours to make the km trip to Bikaner. The Railway Station is situated in the heart of the city.
By Road: Rajasthan tourism and private operators run luxury coaches, which include Rajasthan Roadway Deluxe, Super deluxe and air-conditioned buses, linking Bikaner to all the major cities such as New Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer and Agra. The intercity bus station is centrally located opposite the Lalgarh Palace.

WHERE TO EAT
To treat the guests with new and unusual dishes are considered a matter of prestige in Bikaner and Rajasthan in general, not to mention the delicacies like stuffed camels, goats, and peacocks. The imperial kitchens of all the major hotels will offer you highly decked dishes in which dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like sangri are ker liberally used. Bikaneri namkeen (salties) are famous and spicy. Lalgarh Palace Hotel is said to have the best cooks in the city.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Camel Festival Bikaner
Camel Festival is much like Elephant Festival of Jaipur. Dedicated to the ship of the desert or the main mode of the transport for the desert people, it is held on the full moon night, every year in January. A lot of events featuring camel races and camel dances are held. You can enjoy camel rides and experience the buoyancy and colorful environment typical to Rajasthan.


Gangaur Fair Bikaner
Gangaur Fair is held in March/ April every year in the honor of Goddess Gauri. Maidens and married women enact processions throughout the city. They wear their best dresses and jewellery, sing folk songs and perform rituals to please the goddess and get her blessings for conjugal and marital bliss.
 
Kite Festival Bikaner
Kite Festival or the Teej Festival is generally held April/ May annually and as the name suggests the major event on this occasion is to fly kites. This cultural tradition bears special significance in Bikaner as it serves to venerate the historical fact that on this day the foundations of the city were laid. The hot climate and the sandstorms are unable to hinder the enthusiasm and fervor with which people of all ages celebrate it.

Karni Mata Fair Bikaner
Karni Mata Fair is held twice a year on the ninth day of the Navratra (the nine-day festival) in March/ April and September/ October, in the honor of Goddess Karni Mata, worshipped by the royal family of Bikaner. All the devotees gather in the little desert citadel of Deshnok and offer their prayers and chant hymns and prayers.
 
Kapil Muni Fair
Kapil Muni Fair is held in November on the sacred lake of Kolayat, which is about 55 Km from Bikaner, during the full moon of 'Kartik' (according to the Hindu calendar), in the honor of Kapil Muni who founded 'Sankhya' (statistics, which was one of the six major philosophical schools of ancient India). Not only the devotees who come here to take a holy dip in the lake, several other people and tourists visit the place only to see the renowned cattle fair held here during this occasion.

SHOPPING ATTRACTIONS

Shop in Bikaner for items made out of camel hide such as belts, wallets, bags, and jootis (footwear) and many more. Carpets made of camel and sheep wool are a specialty. These days colorful carpets with intricate designs made with a blend of Bikaner wool and New Zealand wool are gaining popularity. Unique Kundan jewellery and setting uncut stones, usually diamonds, into gold to decorate the swords to sweet boxes, and using enamel ornamentation to enhance their splendor in the "raised field" technique are quite a craze. 'Nokha Quilts', known for lightweight and good insulation, cotton fabrics with sanganeri prints, tie and dyes, paintings, embroidered shoes also attract attention of the tourists. In Bikaner, Kote Gate (King Edward Memorial Road) and Junagarh Fort are the main shopping areas.

WHAT TO WEAR

The most appropriate outfits to wear in Bikaner include loose cotton clothes in summer and light woolen clothes to keep you warm in winter. Use a hat or a scarf as a head covering to avoid heat strokes. It will be advisable to wear comfortable footwear, as you will have to walk a lot here while sightseeing. Sunscreens are not to be forgotten if you are not used to the scorching hot desert sun in summers. <

Bikaner Tour

In the heart of the scorching Thar Desert, lies Bikaner of Rajasthan in India. The captivating desert scenery with all the majesty of its sand dunes, hard, rocky soil and thorny shrubs growing here and there, makes Bikaner endearing to nature lovers. The forts and red sandstone construction are the chief attractions of the city. It is a royal city surrounded by a mammoth fortification wall, more than 5 km in circumference and about 5 to 9m high.
Lying on the northern tip of the desert tourist triangle, Bikaner was a one of the significant staging post of the silk route in the days when businessmen used to travel mostly on camel caravans. Bikaner was founded in 1486 A.D. and was named after its founder, Rao Bikaji.
The Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner is only one of its kinds in whole Asia and so is the illustrious Camel Festival. Bikaner is bright and alive and colorful with its traditional costumes, vivacious fairs and festivals, paintings and murals and electrifying wares and hoards of artistic skills that have been there for centuries.
   Location:    Rajasthan, India
  Significance:    Famous for Dargah of Sufi Saint Chisti
  STD Code:    0145
  Best Season    October To March
  Language:    Hindi, Urdu, Rajasthani
  Distance From Jaipur    131 Km
  Distance From New Delhi:    389 Km

CLIMATE


Typically a desert climate, the days in Bikaner are hot and nights are chilly. In summers the temperatures range between 41.8�C to 28�C while, in winters, temperatures range from 23.2�C to 5�C.

HOW TO REACH

By Air: Bikaner does not have an official airport. Nal Airport, 17 kms from the city, which normally serves as India Air Force airfield, remains open to civilian flights to and from Bikaner from November to March. The nearest international airports to Bikaner are Jodhpur and Jaipur.
By Train: Bikaner is well connected with all the major cities by the network of trains such as New Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Agra, Churu and many more. From New Delhi, there are day and night trains that take about 12 hours to make the km trip to Bikaner. The Railway Station is situated in the heart of the city.
By Road: Rajasthan tourism and private operators run luxury coaches, which include Rajasthan Roadway Deluxe, Super deluxe and air-conditioned buses, linking Bikaner to all the major cities such as New Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer and Agra. The intercity bus station is centrally located opposite the Lalgarh Palace.

WHERE TO EAT

To treat the guests with new and unusual dishes are considered a matter of prestige in Bikaner and Rajasthan in general, not to mention the delicacies like stuffed camels, goats, and peacocks. The imperial kitchens of all the major hotels will offer you highly decked dishes in which dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like sangri are ker liberally used. Bikaneri namkeen (salties) are famous and spicy. Lalgarh Palace Hotel is said to have the best cooks in the city.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Camel Festival Bikaner
Camel Festival is much like Elephant Festival of Jaipur. Dedicated to the ship of the desert or the main mode of the transport for the desert people, it is held on the full moon night, every year in January. A lot of events featuring camel races and camel dances are held. You can enjoy camel rides and experience the buoyancy and colorful environment typical to Rajasthan.

 
Gangaur Fair Bikaner
Gangaur Fair is held in March/ April every year in the honor of Goddess Gauri. Maidens and married women enact processions throughout the city. They wear their best dresses and jewellery, sing folk songs and perform rituals to please the goddess and get her blessings for conjugal and marital bliss.


Kite Festival Bikaner
Kite Festival or the Teej Festival is generally held April/ May annually and as the name suggests the major event on this occasion is to fly kites. This cultural tradition bears special significance in Bikaner as it serves to venerate the historical fact that on this day the foundations of the city were laid. The hot climate and the sandstorms are unable to hinder the enthusiasm and fervor with which people of all ages celebrate it.
 
Karni Mata Fair Bikaner 
Karni Mata Fair is held twice a year on the ninth day of the Navratra (the nine-day festival) in March/ April and September/ October, in the honor of Goddess Karni Mata, worshipped by the royal family of Bikaner. All the devotees gather in the little desert citadel of Deshnok and offer their prayers and chant hymns and prayers.

Kapil Muni Fair
Kapil Muni Fair is held in November on the sacred lake of Kolayat, which is about 55 Km from Bikaner, during the full moon of 'Kartik' (according to the Hindu calendar), in the honor of Kapil Muni who founded 'Sankhya' (statistics, which was one of the six major philosophical schools of ancient India). Not only the devotees who come here to take a holy dip in the lake, several other people and tourists visit the place only to see the renowned cattle fair held here during this occasion.

SHOPPING ATTRACTIONS

Shop in Bikaner for items made out of camel hide such as belts, wallets, bags, and jootis (footwear) and many more. Carpets made of camel and sheep wool are a specialty. These days colorful carpets with intricate designs made with a blend of Bikaner wool and New Zealand wool are gaining popularity. Unique Kundan jewellery and setting uncut stones, usually diamonds, into gold to decorate the swords to sweet boxes, and using enamel ornamentation to enhance their splendor in the "raised field" technique are quite a craze. 'Nokha Quilts', known for lightweight and good insulation, cotton fabrics with sanganeri prints, tie and dyes, paintings, embroidered shoes also attract attention of the tourists. In Bikaner, Kote Gate (King Edward Memorial Road) and Junagarh Fort are the main shopping areas.

WHAT TO WEAR

The most appropriate outfits to wear in Bikaner include loose cotton clothes in summer and light woolen clothes to keep you warm in winter. Use a hat or a scarf as a head covering to avoid heat strokes. It will be advisable