The fort is a massive structure with many gateway built by the later Maurya rulers in 7th century A.D. Perched on a height of 180 mt high hill, it sprawls over 700 acres.The toblets and chhatris within are impressive reminders of Rajput heroism.
The main gates are Padal pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol.The fort has many magnificent monuments all fine examples of the Rajput architecture.
kumbha mahal ruined edifice of grate historical and architectural interest, being the most massive monument in the fort of Chittor.The Palace is belived to have underground cellars where rani padmini and other women committed jauhar.
Victory tower the imposing 37 metre high structure with nine story, covered with exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities and depicting episodes from the two great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
It was built in 1440 A.D. by Maharana Kumbha, a powerful ruler of mewar to commemorate his victory over the Muslim rulers of malwa and Gujrat.
Padmini palace built beside a pool, the palace is a magnificent one.It was here that Rana Ratan Singh showed a glimpse of queen Padmini to Alauddin Khilji.
rani padmini stood in a Zanana Mahal a pavilion in the center and her relfection was visible to Alauddin Khilji in a mirror placed in the main hall.After having a glimpse of the legendary beauty, Alauddin went to the extent of ravaging Chittaur in order to passess her.
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Camel Breeding Farm is 8 Kms south of Bikaner, the National Research Center on Camel breeds the best camels in Bikaner and conducts research work related to "the ship of the desert."
The Camel Breeding Farm at Bikaner is the only one of its kind in the whole of Asia and was established in the July 1984 Rajasthan, India employs Raika's or Rebari's who are local camel breeders and have been in the profession of taking care of camels since the ancient times. Watch young camels frolicking and feeding as you tour the massive Camel Breeding Farm and treat yourself to some nutritious thick camel milk ICE cream and Museum.There are hundreds of camels here and the scenario in late afternoon is great when camels come back from grazing.
Bharatpur is also called the Eastern gateway of Rajasthan.One of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.
More than 300 species of birds are found in this small wildlife park of 29-sq-kms of which 11-sq-kms are marshes and the rest scrubland and grassland. Keoladeo, the name derives from an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which stands at the centre of the park. 'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to cover the area.
The major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds, who come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur.
Rajasthan has some wonderfully colourful and interesting annual fairs. If at all possible, try fitting one of them into your schedule.
NAGAUR CATTLE FAIR - NAGAUR (Jan/Feb)
Camel races,puppet shows, folk-dancing and music during this week-long fair
ELEPHANT FESTIVAL- JAIPUR (March)
Jaipur- Highlights are an Elephant polo tournament, splendidly caparisoned elephant processions and folk-music & dancing
MEWAR FESTIVAL - UDAIPUR (April)
Cultural celebration of Udaipur with music,dancing, firework displays and storytelling.
PUSHKAR FAIR- PUSHKAR-(Oct/Nov)
Thousands of tourists,pilgrims and villagers congregate here to participate in the events which feature cattle, camels and horses. This festival is one of Asia's largest livestock trading fairs, and Pushkar comes alive with a carnival atmosphere.Folk stories, music and dancing are amongst the many popular attractions, with spectators joining in the fun. The foodstalls do a brisk trade.
Kota is situated 40 K.M. from Bundi and 140 K.M. from Ranthomber National Park, in the south-eastern part of Rajasthan.
Maharao Madho Singh Museum is located in the old magnificent palace in the past where the rulers of Kota used to live and rule the kingdom.The exquisite sculptures, frescoes and murals present a breathtaking view.Museum at Kota is the huge collection of Rajput miniature paintings belonging to the Kota school of art.The armoury section of the museum is amazing with numerous varieties of arms like swords, knives, bows and arrow, pistols, rifles etc. The museum also exhibits some of the creative things that were used by the erstwhile rulers of Kota.
Jagmindir is in Kishore Sagar Lake on a small island, is the beguiling little palace of Jagmandir. Built in 1740 by one of the maharanies of Kota, it is best seen early in the morning but is exquisite at any time of the day. The azure waters around the red-sandstone monument enhances its beauty. Boat-rides can be enjoyed in the lake.
It is such a palace as man built for themselves in uneasy dreams the work of cobbling rather then of man-Kipling.
The Bundi Palace, built of locally quarried stone, presents one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Intricately carved brackets, pillars and balconies and sculpted elephants are used liberally. Of special interest here are the Diwan-I-Am, Hathi Pol and the Naubat Khana and panorama view of the city. Also located in the palace is the famous Chitra Shala which provides a colourful glimpse of history.
Bundi is situated 210 K.M. from Jaipur and 135 K.M. from Ranthomber National Park, in the south-eastern part of Rajasthan.Set in a narrow valley, the palaces and fortress of Bundi seem to come straight out of a fairytale.Few other places in India have such a picturesque location.
Bundi offers a unique culture with baoris , palaces & forts , lakes and the beautiful natural surroundings.One very good example still to be found in the heart of the town is called Raniji-ki-Baori.
This beautiful palce also known as Umad Mahal was built by Rao Umad singh (AD 1749-73).the walls of chitrasala are illustrate with attractive paintings executed during the reign of Umad Sing and Bisen Singh (AD 1773-1821).
Chitra Shala which provides a colourful glimpse of history - the walls and ceiling of this palace are completely covered with paintings of the Bundi school. Hunting and court scenes,festivals, processions, animal and bird life and scenes from Lord Krishna’s life are still in very good condition.
Baori or the Step well.It is 46 m. deep stepped well found in the heart of the town with some superb carvings on its pillars and ornate archways a high arched gate built in 1699 A.D. by Rani Nathavatji. This well is one of the largest of its kind, even the simple function of drawing water from the well became a special occasion for the womenfolk.
The fort was built by Rao Bar Singh in 1354 A.D. on the height of 1426 ft.It is known as Taragarh, becose of structure of fort is like a star.
Taragarh is reached by steep road leading up the hillside to its enormous gateway. Take a path up behind the chitra Shala, go east along the inside of the ramparts then left up the steep stone ramp just before the Dudha Mahal, a small disused building 200m from the palace.
The view over the town and surrounding countryside from the top are magical, especially at sun set. Inside the ramparts are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock, and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battle- fields, on which there is mounted a famous cannon.
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