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Rajasthan

The north-west state of Rajasthan is not only the largest state in the country by area but also the most visited state by foreign tourists in the country. The magic of this vibrant state lies in its rich heritage and colorful culture. Its Forts and Palaces, Temples and lavish Heritage properties, National parks with opportunities for Tiger spotting and Bird watching, all together form a unparalleled proposition for the tourists.
Rajasthan is culturally rich and has artistic and cultural traditions which reflect the ancient Indian way of life.Highly cultivated classical music and dance with its own distinct style is part of the cultural tradition of Rajasthan. The music is uncomplicated and songs depict day-to-day relationships and chores, more often focused around fetching water from wells or ponds.
Rajasthan Amber Palace
Amber (pronounced Amer) is situated about 11 kilometres from Jaipur and was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachwahas of Amber, before the capital was shifted to the plains, the present day Jaipur. The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture.
Rajasthan Jaigarh & Nahargarh
The Jaigarh fort is the most spectacular of the three-hilltop forts that overlook Jaipur. It does not have those delicate structures or palaces like that of Amber but if you want a quick look at a hard-core fortress, this is it. It is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact, containing palaces, a granary, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and giant mounted cannon-the Jai Ban (Jaivan) which is the largest cannon on wheels in the world.

Nahargarh Fort is located on the rugged ridge of Aravali Hills and it forms an impressive northern backdrop of Jaipur. It looks most classy when floodlit at night. The fort overlooks the city and presents a glittering view of the city lights. It was built in 1734 and extended in 1868.
Rajasthan Mehrangarh Fort & Museum
Perched on a 150 m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Rao Jodha founded it in 1459 but subsequent rulers of Jodhpur have also added to it over the centuries. A meandering road leads to the from the city 5 kms below.

The Fort Museum is one of the finest museums in Rajasthan and certainly the best laid out.The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms.
Rajasthan Mandore
Mandore was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar and is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur but was later abandoned for the security of Mehrangarh fort. Here you will find the cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. Unlike the usual chhatri-shaped ( umbrella shaped) cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, they were built along the lines of a Hindu temple, four storeys high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone.
Rajasthan Sam Desert
Some 45 kms towards the west of the Jaisalmer city are located the barren yet beautiful shifting sand dunes adjoining the village Sam. Here one can have a ride on camel – the ship of desert in the desert sea.
Rajasthan Bada Bag
Situated six kms north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh. Royal cenotaphs with carved images of late Maharawals and their families are seen. Each chhatri preserves an inscribed tablet recording the death of Maharawals on which the memorials are raised. The chhatris have been built in a set pattern but in different sizes.
Rajasthan Patwon-Ki-Haveli
A group of apartments, this is one of the largest and most elaborate of Havelis in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high and is extensively carved. There are remnants of some paintings on the walls inside as well as some mirror work.
Rajasthan Ranakpur Temples
Beautifully sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this renowned place. Considered as one of the five holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. These are enclosed within a wall.
Rajasthan Osian
Today it is a desert oasis with 16 Brahamanical and Jain temples. These are beautifully sculpted and designed, with most of them having stood the ravages of time.
Rajasthan Dilwara Temples
The Jain Dilwara Temples are located just outside Mount Abu and were built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The temples are renowned for their stunning use of marble. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains. Some consider them to be one of the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. The marble temples have an opulent entranceway, the simplicity in architecture reflecting Jain values like honesty and frugality. The temples are in the midst of a range of forested hills. A high wall shrouds the temple complex.

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