Unique Places in State of Rajasthan

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    Pokhran Fort

    by vinod-bhojak Written Mar 6, 2014

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    Fort Pokaran; the 14th century citadel also known as “Balagarh” stands as a paragon amidst the Thar Desert. This monument is the premier fort of The Chief of Mighty Champawats (the clan of Rathores) has to its erstwhile aristocratic title attached the prestigious honour ‘Pradhan’ ( The Premier Noble ) to recognize every Thakur of Pokaran as of the first honour in The Darbar (the court) of the state Marwar- Jodhpur.
    Surrounded with rocky, sandy and five salt ranges, POKARAN means “the place of five mirages”.Fort Pokaran stands on ancient trade route that carried salt, silk and spices to Persia and beyond. Instead of winding caravans of the past, it now has trains, buses and cars. The fort now attracts travellers to stay betwixt the glorious history where each stone speaks out volumes of the past.
    It is en route both from Jodhpur to Jaislamer and Bikaner to Jaislamer. It indeed makes an ideal break and offers extended traditional hospitality, which was once offered to Humayun; the Mughal Emperor in the 16th century and later to his great grandson Akbar `II; son of the last Mughal Emperor; Aurangzeb.
    The well restored building hands out a view of the ornamentally carved, red sandstone Mahals, the traditional Jharokas and the grand turrets, parapets depicting Rajput and Mughal architecture. The impressive hall;”Mangal Mahal” with four octangular Jharokas.There is an in-house “Museum” of the family collection of armoury, garments, miniature paintings, handicrafts and the local artistry.

    Front Facade  of Pokhran Fort Singh pol(Gate) and Krishna Temple Courtyard of Pokhran fort Courtyard of Pokhran fort welcome statue idol made by yellow stone
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    Tal Chhaper Sanctuary

    by vinod-bhojak Updated Sep 16, 2013

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    Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, one of the natural habitats of flora and fauna, is located in Churu district in the India state of Rajasthan. the sanctuary is the home to endangered black-bucks. The region served as a game reservoir for the King of Bikaner and was announced as a forest reserved during 1962.
    The sanctuary has lush green surroundings during rainy season, but gets dried up during summer season.In this sanctuary you can see more then 2000 black buck also can Blue Bull,desert fox,desert cat etc.
    You also can see many kind of birds like sparrow hawk, Kashmir rollers, crested lark, skylark, ring dove, brown dove and blue jay can also be found throughout the year. Besides, blue cheeked bee-eaters, green bee-eaters and many species of eagle eastern Imperial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, sparrow,Little Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis,skylark, crested lark, Ring Dove,partridge and sand grouse, Demoiselle Cranes which stay there October till March..

    Black buck black buck Sign board sign board out side of sanctuary
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    Havelis of Nawalgargh

    by vpas Written May 12, 2012

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    From Jaipur take a bus or cab to Sikar. Local buses both air conditioned and non ac ply from the Sindhi camp bus station in Jaipur city to other parts of the state and near by states.
    From Sikar take a cab to the town of Nawalgargh. This is a quaint town with plenty of heritage homes and wells. There are plenty of options to stay. The havelis or old houses are truly ethnic and artistic and unique. A must visit for any lover of history and culture.

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    Taragarh Fort Ajmer

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Feb 5, 2012

    Taragarh Fort (Star Fort) is located atop the Nagpahari Hill in Ajmer. Often considered as the first hill fort of India.Built by King Ajaypal Chauhan on the pinnacle of Taragarh Hill, overlooking Ajmer, it has the reputation of being one of the oldest hill forts of the world.
    Situated 3 km and a steep 1.5 hours climb beyond the Adhai-din ka Jhonpra Mosque, the fort offers an aerial view of the entire city. Built in the year 1100 A.D by Ajaypal Chauhan, the town's founder, the fort was the site of military activities during Mughal times.
    Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki Phatak are the three gateways of the fort. Bhim Burj that acts as a crenellation and support for the canons is amongst the highlights of the fort. The fort also contains many reservoirs, carved out of the solid rock.

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    Hatti Bhata Khera Village

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Jan 25, 2012

    Hatti Bhata is Located 65 kms from Ranthomber national park on Tonk road Western side to Guman Pura Village the dry and arid zones of Rajasthan.
    Hatti Bhata carved out from a single rock this is a stone sculpture of an elephant that attracts tourists because of its sheer size and uniqueness.

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    Rani Mahal Nagaur

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Dec 5, 2011

    Rani Mahal and the Zenana Deori. The Rani Mahal was obviously the dwelling place of the wives of the rulers of Nagaur as was the Zenana Deori. The Zenana Deori has paintings on its ceilings rather similar to the Sistine Chapel in Rome. They must have had a local Michaelangelo in their midst in medieval Nagaur. Also in the women’s quarters is the Baradari, which is another residence where the royal ladies lived. It also contains a small swimming pool. In one of the palaces is also housed an ornate hammam or bath.

    Baradari Nagaur
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    Akbari Mahal Nagaur

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Dec 5, 2011

    Nearby lies the Akbari Mahal, which was built to commemorate the recapture of Nagaur by the Mughals from the governor of Ajmer in 1556. The art and architecture of the palace clearly indicates a confluence of both Rajput and Mughal art. In fact, the Mughal style and influence can be seen in most of the airy palaces and pavilions.

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    Bhakt Singh Palace Nagaur

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Dec 5, 2011

    Bhakt Singh Palace although the history behind it is particularly gory. Bhakt Singh was the ruler of Nagaur in the first half of the 18th century. His brother Abhay Singh was the heir apparent to the throne of Jodhpur and was persuaded by the Mughals to become the ruler by murdering his own father. Abhay Singh assigned this task to his brother Bhakt, promising him Nagaur if he commited the foul deed. Bhakt willingly commited the patricide and became the ruler of Nagaur and built a splendid palace for himself inside the ancient fort.

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    Deepak Mahal/Lighting Palace Nagaur

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Dec 5, 2011

    Deepak Mahal which is decorated with beautiful floral designs from wall to wall. In rain parched Nagaur the temple is like a breath of fresh air, and it is natural that the desert fiefdom, deprived of any greenery, painted pictures of beautiful flowers and shrubs. Deepak Mahal represents a fantasy for the people of Nagaur.

    Deepak Mahal/Lighting Palace Nagaur Deepak Mahal
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    Amar Singh Mahal/Moti Mahal Nagaur

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Dec 5, 2011

    The fort also houses the Amar Singh Mahal, which is decorated from floor to ceiling with intricately carved designs. Amar Singh was the ruler of Nagaur during the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s reign to avenge the death of a Mughal courtier called Salabat Khan. The palace is a fitting tribute to his memory. Although he was cremated on the banks of the Yamuna, his wives commited sati (self-immolation) in Nagaur itself, and their palm impressions can be found nearby.

    Amar Singh Mahal Nagaur Amar Singh Mahal Amar Singh Palace Ceiling Rose water Fountian Amar Singh Palace Nagaur
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    Hadi Rani Mahal Nagaur

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Dec 5, 2011

    Hadi Rani Mahal is one of the most beautifully decorated palace which has intricately carved designs all over its walls and ceilings. It is further embellished by exquisite mural paintings mostly displaying Maharani Hadi Rani (one of the most well known maharanis of Nagaur) along with her retinue. It also has a particularly fascinating frescoed ceiling which is worth travelling miles to see.

    Hadi Rani Mahal Nagaur Hadi Rani Mahal Hadi Rani Mahal Nagaur
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    Kumbalgarh Fort-2nd Longest Wall in the world.

    by lynnehamman Updated Sep 28, 2011

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    The wall surrounding Kumbalgarh Fort is 36km long- second only to the Great Wall in China

    This mighty Rajput fort, built by Maharana Kumbla in the 15th Century, is the second most important fort in Rajasthan, after Chittorgarh. It was the birthplace of legendary Mewar warrior Maharana Pratap. Standing atop the highest hill, and surrounded by Arrevelli Range, this fort was only once captured by Akbar's army,and was then only held for 2 days. Watchtowers stand above the seven gates.
    Reaching the top of this fort takes a while- it is a very steep climb to the top. One can go up on the back of a camel, but the heat on the day made me pity these poor beasts, and therefore we chose to walk up.It took well over 45mins to reach the top. The views are awesome- one can see for miles. ( an important advantage for the occupiers of the fort in times of war). Inside the Fort there are temples, baoris and cannons. At the very top is the Badal Mahal Palace, which has beautiful wall paintings and artifacts.
    The Fort is 82km from Udaipur.

    The fort is about a two hour drive from Udaipur. There is a small restuarant at the base of the fort near the entrance gate, set in a lovely garden, with bougainvilla and trees. Abundant birdlife too.

    Kumbalgarh Fort View from halfway up to the top of Fort Steep Climb- Kumbalgarh Fort Bastions of Fort-Kumbalgarh Tea-shop and Rest spot, Kumbalgarh
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    Arya Samaj (Rishi Udyan) Ajmer

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Swami Dayanand garden (Rishi Udyan) is Located south-west corner of Anna Sagar Lake Ajmer.Saraswati Bhawan museum depicts pictorially the life and teaching of Swamiji picturs.The museum also exhibits some of the creative things that were used by the Swami Dayanand Ji personal belongings like Khadau, Kamandal, Shawl etc.

    Other side the museum ther is Vedic Gurukul and Ashram.Gurukul has made a humble attempt for teaching and learning at its Rishi Udyan campus in the form of Gurukul free of cost besides food ,clothing and accomodation.Preparing torch-bearers of a glorious Bharat of tomorrow.

    Vanprastha and Sanyas Ashram with facility of Free lodging and boarding for those seeking spiritual upliftment without anxiety and worry.
    We are also staying there for one night free food and room also Yagna every evening & Morning.

    Saraswati Bhawan Museum Ajmer Yagna Humble Attempt
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    Khichan Birdwatching Phalodi

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Dec 20, 2010

    4 K.M from Phalodi is the lovely hamlet of Khichan.It is famous for the Damoiselle cranes that gather around its two lakes between September to March.The birds migrate here from Mongolian steppes.At lest around 7000 cranes and other water birds are belived to spend there winters here.In Khichan Village some of beautiful havelis made by red send-stone of the bygone era.

    Cranes Phalodi Cranes Phalodi Notice for Birds Gulecha Jain Haveli Khichan Haveli in Khichan
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    Soni Ji Ki Nasiyan Museum Ajmer

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Feb 13, 2009

    Built in 1865, Nasiyan Temple is also known as Lal Mandir (Red Temple). Centrally located in Ajmer.
    The two-storied structure of Nasiyan Temple is divided into two parts, where one is the worship area comprising the idol of Lord Adinath and the second is the museum including a hall. The museum hall gets the major attention due to its mind blowing interiors made up in gold. This exquisite museum depicts the five stages (Panch Kalyanak) in the life of Lord Adinath, in the stature of statues. With the dimensions of 40 x 80 feet, the hall is adorned with Belgium stain glass, mineral color paintings and stain glasswork.
    The focal hall is made surprisingly beautiful with gold and silver decorations. Digambar Jain Temple displays marvelous wooden gild representations, glass engravings and paintings, recounting the conviction of the Jainism with reference to the making of the world. Festooned by precious stones, gold and silver work, the place is also termed as Soni Ji Ki Nasiyan.

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