State of Rajasthan Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
Hadi Rani Mahal Nagaur
Hadi Rani Mahal Nagaur
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Havelis of Nawalgargh
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.
Taragarh Fort Ajmer
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.
Hatti Bhata Khera Village
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.
Rani Mahal Nagaur
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.
Akbari Mahal Nagaur
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.
Bhakt Singh Palace Nagaur
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.
Deepak Mahal/Lighting Palace Nagaur
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.
Amar Singh Mahal/Moti Mahal Nagaur
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.
Hadi Rani Mahal Nagaur
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.
Kumbalgarh Fort-2nd Longest Wall in the world.
The wall surrounding Kumbalgarh Fort is 36km long- second only to the Great Wall in ChinaThis 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...
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