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Rajasthan Heritage Tour-Explore the Royal Splendor!

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off on Rajasthan Heritage Tour-Explore the Royal Splendor!

Rajasthan is one such place that has always been my center of attraction. The land of raja-maharajas takes me to the memories of royal past. Assailed by my desire to explore this wonderful destination, we, a group of four friends, embarked on Rajasthan Heritage Tour.

The peaceful destination of India with rippling sand dunes, vibrant culture, majestic forts, heritage palace and varied wild life make Rajasthan altogether a place to visit. As we were moving ahead to visit some magnificent palaces of Rajasthan, we felt ourselves going back in time of Kings.

The wonderful architecture, the beautiful interior of the massive forts reflect the great architectural heritage. Different types of carving, paintings and inscriptions are the real wealth of this princely state. Our Rajasthan Heritage Tour took us to explore the ruins of the desert land of Rajasthan. All the regions have several magnificent forts and palaces.

During my tour, following forts and palaces became a part of my exploration in Rajasthan:

Amber Fort (Jaipur):

This sprawling fort in Jaipur is a classic example of Rajput architecture style. The stern exterior, mighty gates, huge ornate halls, well-built pavilions and beautiful gardens, this is what Amber Fort is all about. The most exciting thing that we enjoyed there was, Elephant Ride.

Hawa Mahal (Jaipur):

This pyramid-shaped monument is popularly known as ‘Palace of Winds.’ There are 953 small windows in which the gentle wind circulates and that is the reason behind it is given the name. Climbing to the top of Hawa Mahal offers an excellent view of the city.

City Palace (Udaipur):

Built by Maharaja Udai Singh, City Palace is situated in Udaipur. There are varied massive gates to lead the palace through elephant gate or hathi pol. From the balcony of this fort, Jag Niwas can be seen. Owing to its cultural and natural beauty, this palace is famous across the country.

Umaid Bhawan Palace (Jodhpur):

Located on Chittar hill, this palace has been constructed with sandstone. Some part of Umaid Bhawan has also changed into museum and hotels. The influence of western and eastern architecture can be seen in the architecture of this palace.

Chittorgarh Fort (Chittorgarh):

Located on a high hill near the Gambheri river, this massive fort covers an area of 700 acres. Its well-built palaces, huge towers and majestic cenotaphs add to the beauty of this palace. Having a colossal structure, the fort boasts a long story of courage, chivalry, romance and sacrifice.

Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur):

It is one of the largest forts of India, boasting of its imposing structure with massive walls which still stand undeterred. Located at a staggering height of 400 feet on a high hill, this amazing fort is really an architectural wonder.

The unmatched beauty, elegance and royal structures of these monuments of Rajasthan make it a place worth to visit.

Rajasthan is a land suitable for all types of tour prorgarmme. If you wish to go for adventure tour and wildlife, it has options like Ranthambhore National Park and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Enriched with historical palaces, Rajasthan has too many options to go for a historic Rajasthan tour.

Last but not the least, Romantic Rajasthan Tour takes you to the most exotic destinations for a truly romantic experience. You can visit Chokhi Dhani which is an ethnic village resort offers you to stay in a traditional Rajasthani style amidst all the modern amenities. Staying in heritage hotels and spending the whole day with your beloved amidst luxury and comfort will be a unique experience.

At last, we decided to go for a camel safari. It’s the best way to explore Rajasthan. After spending quality time in the wonderful Rajasthan, we came back to Delhi with delightful memories of the tour.

Jaipur- The City Of Surprises and Delights

Posted on December 5th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Jaipur- The City Of Surprises and Delights

Rajasthan Rocks! Well, this is the first phrase that races through my travel-obsessed-mind when someone talks about this royal destination of India. I get attracted to this destination just like iron filings towards a magnet. For experiencing the age old royal charm of culture and hospitality I and my friends hit the most princely city Jaipur

Amber Fort, Japiur Amber Fort, Japiur

. As most of the buildings here are painted in pink(the royal color) Jaipur is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. It occupies a prized place on the itinerary of the most famous tour of India, the Golden Triangle Tour.

We were booked in the heritage hotel, Alsisar Haveli. More than five centuries old, this hotel really gives a royal touch to your stay. It is located in the heart of Jaipur . As we entered the hotel I felt as if we have been transported to the era of raja-maharajas. Its interiors reflected the grandeur of the old days very beautifully. The fort overlooks the Maotha Lake.

The first attraction we explored was the majestic Amber Fort. This fort palace is a classic architectural masterpiece. Its foundation was laid by Man Singh I in the year 1592 and it was completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. It is a perfect amalgamation of Mughal and Rajpur styles of architecture. Its an interesting 20 minutes climb uphill. Tourists can go for an Elephant ride or a Jeep ride to reach the fort. One can also go on foot.

We opted for an elephant ride as what can be more interesting and royal than visiting the fort on an elephant’s back like a king. The fort offers a bird’s eye view of the city, which is a sight to behold. The huge doors of the fort were decorated with locks of interesting designs.

Some of the attractions of the fort, which I personally liked very much were:

Diwan-e-aam or Hall of Public audience:

This structure was the place where the king would listen to the problems and issues of the general public. It is made of marble and red sandstone. The forty pillars inside this apartment are exquisitely carved.

Shila Mata Temple:

Built in honor of Goddess Kali, the goddess of victory, the temple has a beautiful black marble idol of the goddess. The silver gates of the temple are adorned with the nine forms of Goddess Durga.

Ganesh Pol :

The Ganesh Pol is amazingly painted with vegetable colors using rajasthani motifs. And the striking feature of the gate is the beautifully carved statue of Lord Ganesha.

Diwan-e-khas:

It is an arresting apartment with stunning mirror work and exquisite carvings. The fabulous colored glass murals of depicting Lord Krishna and Radha is truly uplifting.

Zenana or Women’s apartment:

It is the private chamber made to facilitate the royal ladies to watch the proceedings of the royal court without themselves been seen. It is decorated with mesmerizing paintings of Krishna Leela scenes.