Royal Rajasthan

If there is one state in India renowned for its great history and heritage, it is Rajasthan. It is the largest state in India in terms of area and one of the most popular tourist destinations. It attracts people from all over the world for its art, culture, palaces, forts, sand dunes, safaris, wild life and lush forests.

A great way to explore this land of rajas and maharajas is the famed Palace on Wheels. It is a fascinating sojourn covering the pink state capital, Jaipur, the golden citadel, Jaisalmer, the blue city of Jodhpur, the National Park Ramthambhor; the symbol of chivalry, Chittaurgarh, romantic city of Lakes Udaipur, the bird sanctuary Bharatpur and the mughal capital, Agra before returning to Delhi. Journey on this luxury train is a wonderful celebration of all that is beautiful in the state.

Palace on Wheels
Palace on Wheels

Some of the must-see places are the grand forts. The Jaipur City Palace is a stunning sample of architecture in the royal capital of Rajasthan. The beautifully caved marble interiors, magnificent pillars, jali or lattice work and inlaid ornamentations make the palace a cherished traveller attraction.

Jaipur City Palace
Jaipur City Palace

The Jaigarh Fort, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th Century, is another magnificent palace located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Since the fort is located on an altitude, the entire city of Jaipur can be seen from the top.

Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort

The Amber Fort stands perched atop a cliff beside the Jaipur Delhi Highway. It is located at a distance of about 11 km from Jaipur. The design is a fine blend of the Mughal and Rajput architecture, beautifully combining white marble and redstone. The beautiful Maota Lake lends the majestic structure a splendid view.

Amber Fort
Amber Fort

The colossal Mehrangarh Fort is located atop a 150 m elevated hill lying at a distance of 5km from Jodhpur in Rajsathan. The magnificent craftsmanship of the Jodhpuri craftsmen is exhibited in the fascinating sandstone palaces within the fort. Currently it houses a museum as well.

Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort

The majestic fort of Kumbhalgarh, is situated at a distance of eighty four kilometres to the north of Udaipur. It is perhaps one of the most spectacular sites that adorn the history laden landscape of the city of lakes.

Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort

The ancient Nahargarh Fort was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, founder of Jaipur in the year 1734. This monument created a tough protection for the city a long time ago. Soon after, it was given the name Nahargarh meaning “Dwelling of Tigers”.

Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), is a palace in Jaipur, built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with 953 small windows.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

The Galta Temple of Jaipur is located at close quarters from the beautiful Sisodia Rani-ka Bagh. Visitors from all across the world troop to the sacred precincts of the temple devoted to the Sun deity.

Galta Temple, Jaipur
Galta Temple, Jaipur

Albert Hall Museum or the Central Museum in Jaipur is one of the oldest museums. It is modelled on the Albert Museum of London. The museum exhibits a rare collection of ancient stuffs including miniature paintings, carpets, metal and wood crafts, toys, dolls, arms and weapons and an Egyptian mummy belonging to the Ptolemaic Era. The most extraordinary of them is the carpet that depicts the scene of a Persian garden with gushing streams. This carpet was bought by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I at a dear price from Shah Abbas of Persia.

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

The Ranthambore National Park located between the Aravali Mountains and the Vindhya plateau is one of the renowned sanctuaries of India. With an area of 1,334 sq km, it is famous for its Royal Bengal Tigers that can be seen near the marshes and the lakes even during the daytime.

Ranthambore Fort and National Park
Ranthambore Fort and National Park

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