State of Rajasthan Off The Beaten Path

  • Wonderful view of Jaisamand Lake
    Wonderful view of Jaisamand Lake
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  • Wonderful view of Jaisamand Lake
    Wonderful view of Jaisamand Lake
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  • Wonderful view of Jaisamand Lake
    Wonderful view of Jaisamand Lake
    by vinod-bhojak

State of Rajasthan Off The Beaten Path

  • Pokhran Fort

    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...

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  • Tal Chhaper Sanctuary

    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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Pravtiraj Memorial Park Ajmer

    Pravtiraj Chauhan Memorial park is an route to Taragarh fort commemorates Prithviraj chauhan, the last Hindu emperor of India. A life-size statue of the king is erected amidst well laid-to gardens.

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  • 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.

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  • Nagaur Fort

    Nagaur fort although the fort is in a fairly dilapidated state it does house some beautiful palaces.

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Kumbalgarh Fort-2nd Longest Wall in the...

    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...

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  • Arya Samaj (Rishi Udyan) Ajmer

    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...

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  • Khichan Birdwatching Phalodi

    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...

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  • Soni Ji Ki Nasiyan Museum Ajmer

    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...

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  • Pokran Fort

    Pokran is located at the junction of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner Road.Also known as 'Balagarh', It was once the part of Marwar. It is known for its magnificent forts and stunning havelis. Pokhran Fort is an impressive fort which was built by Thakur Rao Maldeo (1532-1584).Carved in red sandstone, the fort boasts of several imposing establishments...

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  • Chand Baori Abhaneri

    Abhaneri is a small village, situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road N.H. 11.Abhaneri was founded by King Raja Chand. According to the popular belief, Raja Chand was actually Raja Bhoja who ruled the Gurjar kingdom in the 9th century AD. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata...

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  • Ranakpur Jain Temple

    Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Aravali, 90 kms. north of Udaipur.Temple is open for the visiters at 12 mid-day. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey.It is perhaps the most Byzantine and massive of Jain temples in India. The Ranakpur Jain...

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  • If stones could decide the fate.

    Rajasthan is a place of variety. There is lot interest in precious stones. For some, it is just an ornament. For a lot, it is a guiding force in life. People wear it after great feal of astrological calculations and guidance.I am uploading a picture of most common of these stones. Though, I don't wear or have any knowledge of their effects, I...

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  • Jhunjhunu - Undiscovered Gem of India

    Jhunjhunu, the ancient capital of Shekhawati lies in the quiet and unhurried desert region of north Rajasthan. Named after Rao Shekhaji, the founder of the Shekhawat clan of Rajputs, this region boast some of the most beautiful towns of Rajasthan.This region has been called the' largest open art gallery in the world'. Jhunjhunu is the district head...

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  • Into the rough country

    Few kilometers off the Kuchaman city, you could feel the roughness of this terrain. Though it is still the tip of the great desert, the roughness could be felt. You can drive through some tribal villages and then reach the sand dunes. There are many jeeps available in the local area with 4X4 option ( which is essential). If you can give them couple...

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  • Rural Rajasthan

    When you wander into rural Rajasthan your senses are constantly awakened. No-one can prepare you for the colour, the vibrancy of people working in the fields and the friendliness of the Rajasthanis. I mistakenly thought that I would find it difficult to find the sort of pictures you see in guidebooks - but it is all around you short distances from...

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  • Mount Abu Verdant Oasis on the Hill

    Mt. Abu is a green oasis in the barren desertscape thats Rajasthan. Situated at the southern tip of the Aravali range the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. The road leading to Mount Abu is a curved one characterized by arid region dotted with huge...

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  • Falna Parshwanath Golden Temple

    Parshwanth Jain Temple is Located in Falna town on Ranakpur to Jodhpur road and this Temple is Suitted 145 Kms from Jodhpur, 35 Kms from Panakpur by road.The temple bult in 1925 and Gold work dun in 1980 by the realison community can visit another temples in the complex the most beautiful Glass Temple (Kanch ki Mainder).Entrance Free Camera fee Rs...

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  • Mandore Garden

    Mandore was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar and is located about 10 Kms north of Jodhpur, but was later abandoned for the security of Mehrangarh fort. Here you will find the dewals, or cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. Unlike the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, they were built along the lines of a Hindu temple,...

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  • Thar Desert Camel Safari, day 3

    We began the day at a village, where once more the camels took in a load of water to sustain themselves for the day. It's interesting to point out the simple mud and wooden huts used to build the desert houses. They have tall floors and tall walls to keep cool during the day. The people live off the land as they can. Some are farmers; others are...

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  • Thar Desert Camel Safari, day 2

    We started the following morning crossing a vast area of desert following old trade roads. As usual, each villager we crossed asked for a water bottle and so whenever possible I tried to comply. The desert gazelles today where far more in numbers as we were farther into the desert. I managed to take a few nice close-up pics of some of them today....

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  • Thar Desert Camel Safari, day 1

    The first day took us thru various villages and vast parts of deserts. Our first stop was at our cook's village, where he kindly offered to us a cup of tea at his humble home. We kept on strolling thru the desert. As we approached a vast field of irrigated land, our guide told us we would stop in that farm for lunch. The farm was growing melons and...

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  • Thar Desert Camel Safari, introduction

    I took a camel safari in the Thar Desert (check my tip on things to do) just south of Bikaner. We started the trip at a small settlement inside the desert. Our caravan consisted of a camel cart and the three camels for each of us (thus there where 4 camels). The camel cart was guided by a camel man, who also was to be our cook. Our guide was to...

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  • Wildlife and wild living

    Outside of Jodpur, one can chase some local game and in the process get to know the locals who are very protective of their environment. On the way to the villages you can be stuck in an animal traffic jam as shown on the picture, something quite exotic for city folks.

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  • Shilp Gram at Udaipur

    Shilp gram at UdaipurIt is only place in Indiawhere you can visit Culture and art craft Of 5 States of IndiaIts Govt palace Ship means Hand craftand Gram means Village so its Hand Craft village of IndiaSituatied in Udaipur Rajasthan

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  • Deeg: Suraj Mahl's Palace

    Described by LP as stunningly beautiful and one of India’s most beautiful buildings, but in my opinion –being not an architecture freak- just “nice”, this tough half day trip from Bharatpur is only worth the efforts if you have special interest in it. The palace with it's surrounding buildings are not very spectacular but the interior, in...

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  • Keoladeo NP: brilliant bird sanctuary!

    Near the small town of Barathpur is a very pretty conservation area called Keoladeo, that's full of amazing birds. This is an excellent daytrip between city visits and was one of my Rajasthan highlights! You can use it as a stopover on the busroute between Agra and Jaipur.Often when you go to a birdpark, you're still lucky to see the birds, but...

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