The incomparable, intoxicating and inimitable country of India is known the world over for its rich cultural heritage. The land of the saintly sages and the royal rulers boasts of colorful customs and timeless traditions. The people carry on with the legacy of their own lands and the beautiful built buildings act as the evidence of the elegant architecture we have inherited. Amongst the many treasures of the yester years we have the abode of the nobles, the forts and palaces.
In order to catch a glimpse of the bygone era follow the royal trail. The ravishing state of Rajasthan is home to much more than the heritage hotels. The forts and palaces are abundant in this colorful land. A journey through the desert land will leave you mesmerized with the astonishing heritage revealed in its forts and palaces.
The town of Mandawa in the Shekavati region of Rajasthan is renowned the world over for its painted havelis. Camels and horses carry the tourist and the travelers to the town amidst the drumbeats as a part of the royal welcome. The towering Mandawa castle was built way back in 1775 is a storehouse of paintings, jade, costumes and antiques. Each of the 51 rooms is uniquely furnished. Other havelis worth visiting are Chokhani, Sarf and Goenka. The Shekawati frescoes at Nawalgarh are fantastic. The havelis of the wealthy merchants of the 19th century have now become tourist attractions. Aath (eight) haveli complex, Anandilal Poddar haveli, Jodhraj Patodia haveli etc are examples of the same.
The remote city of Bikaner has some splendid forts like the Junagarh fort, Anup Mahal, Badal Mahal and the Lallgarh Palace. Each of these mansions is a work of art in itself. The fort of Junagarh built in 1588 lies on the desert plains, the marble columns in Anup Mahal has exquisite paintings. The Badal mahal boast of the breathtakingly beautiful frescoes of rain clouds. The lallgarh palace combines the home to the royals, hotel and museum.
The city of Bikaner is also known for the Camel Breeding Farm. You may enjoy the ride on the ship of the desert and the taste the fresh milk. Besides the joy rides, camels are active means of transportation in Rajasthan. Even the tourists can relish the Camel safari across the state to get a first hand experience of the rural life. It will sure leave several memories to treasure.
The Bhand Sagar jain temple must be visited to get a view of the city wall and the adjacent countryside.
The golden city of Jaisalmer is truly exotic. The Jaisalmer fort is a masterpiece in sandstone that seems to be rising from the desert. Here the royal family resides in the Megh Durbar and the Jawahar Mahal. Further more the city has an elaborate network of havelis with eye catching front walls and stone carving like the salim singh ki haveli, patwon ki haveli and nathmalji ki haveli. The architectural heritage is also displayed in the jain temples of Bikaner like the Amar Sagar temple and the temples at Lodurva. The sun soaked sand dunes of Sam are superb sights.
In the blue city of Jodhpur, we have magnificent Mehrangarh fort. The lace like work on stone is intricate and impressive. The Moti Mahal is another admirable work of art along with the in-house museum.
The town of Bundi, is another tourist destination with the heritage of the beautiful murals depicting the Art of the Rajputs. It has the famous Taragarh Fort and Garh Palace too. The city palace of Udaipur is appears splendid in the sunset amidst the Lake Pichola, Eklingi and Mnagda temples. The Jagdish temple is another hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Saheliyon is Bari is a beautiful garden with lotus pools and fountains.
On the way to Jaipur tourists may visit various temples and dargah of Moinuddin Chisti. In the pink city of Jaipur besides the city palace and the Nawab Saheb ki haveli the Royal Observatory is worth a visit. The town of Fatehpur Sikri boasts of monuments like the Jama Masjid, The Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai, Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal. The grand finale can be reached by visiting the Taj Mahal, Red fort and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula at Agra.
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