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Rajasthan, or the “land of kings” is famous all over the world, for its colors and larger than life destinations. It is a place where palaces reek of splendor and history regales people with tales of valor and heroic deeds, Rajasthan is a royal experience for any guest that visits it. You’ll find so many sites, palaces, lakes, and temples to explore that it’s impossible to summarise everything in a couple of lines. You’ll get the opportunity to go on Fateh Sagar visit and Lakshman Sagar visit during this trip to Rajasthan. Whether it be Jodhpur – a city famous for being the abode of royal lineages, Bundi – a city that speaks of the brave wars fought here, or Nagaur- a city simply famous for a majestic fort and interesting spices, or Pali that is filled with exquisite attractions; the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else. Go on village walks and familiarize yourself with the rich culture and the deep roots of tradition, or go for exciting horse safaris. There is a lot to do on this trip, and you’ll be filled with awe by the end of it.
Nearest Airport: Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur
How to reach: by air/road/train
Famous for: Forts & Palaces, Rustic villages, Village walks, Horse safaris
Best time to visit: October to March
WHAT TO SEE
Nagaur – Nagaur Fort, Khimsar, Kuchaman, Khatu Village
Pali – Chhatra Sagar, Bundi, Jojawar, Jawai, Bijaipur, Sardar Samand, Nimaj, Narlai, Ranakpur
Rajasthan, meaning “The Abode of the Rajas,” was formerly called Rajputana, “The Country of the Rajputs” (sons of rajas [princes]).The word “Marwar” depicts a lot about its history. It has two meanings, both of which have historical context- “land of the desert” and the “land of death”. Owing to its proximity to the Great Desert of Thar, life in Marwar was tough on its inhabitants. But the greater threat came from ruthless invaders. Marwar saw battles and wars on all its sides, with its people fighting bravely against the invaders, pushing them back with perseverance. Rajasthan has seen many rulers and dynasties come and pass, like the Nagas, Pratiharas, Guptas, Chouhans, Parmaras, and so on. Muhamdden invaders took over the land from 13th to 14th Century AD, but Rathores restored the Rajputana rule. There’s no doubt that Rajasthan is rich in cultural history. Indulging in Fateh Sagar visit and Lakshman Sagar visit are also of great significance to the Rajasthan tour.
Jodhpur-Jodhpur, aka the Sun City, is extremely popular among guests from all over the world. The second-largest city in Rajasthan, and the thirty-fifth most populous city in India, Jodhpur has a rich history. Earlier a princely abode of the same name, the city boasts of innumerable palaces, forts, and temples. Set against the unmissable backdrop of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur enjoys bright and sunny weather throughout the year. You’ll find many alleys and areas lined with houses painted in blue, giving Jodhpur the nickname- “Blue City”.
Nagaur Fort-The Nagaur Fort adds many feathers to the cap of the city of Nagaur. Built long back in the second century, the Nagaur Fort is essentially a beautiful sandy fortress. The reason for its high walls is the constant threat of invasion that the Nagaur Fort witnessed. The Fort consists of a vast campus and three main entrances. Covered with sharp spikes of iron and wood, the first entrance was supposed to deter enemy invasions. The second and third entrances are called “Beech Ka Pol” and “Kacheri Pol” respectively. Constructed by Nagavanshis, the fort is filled with temples, fountains, and serene gardens.
Khimsar Fort-Just like much of Rajasthan, the Khimsar Fort, located at the edge of the Thar Desert, also has its tales to tell. Scarred by battle marks, the walls of Khimsar Fort are evidence of its turbulent past. Earlier, the fort walls, stables, and turrets were built for practical purposes, to fend off invaders during a war. But, in the eighteenth century, the Khimsar Fort underwent certain beautifications, to prepare it for the royal women. Parda or veils shielded the royal women folk from the eyes of the outside world.
Nimaj-A tranquil hideaway and a rural town, Nimaj is a stop-over between Ajmer and Jodhpur. Located amidst the mighty Aravali Hills, Nimaj is the perfect getaway destination. You can relax and unwind, explore the surroundings, and observe the avian life. The lakes near Nimaj are a rarity and sustain the entirety of human-life here. A majority of the population is involved in agriculture or some form of tourism.
Bundi-Bundi’s history dates back to the twelfth century. A captivating town, known for its blue houses, refreshing lakes, and vibrant bazaars, Bundi is truly a magical place. Despite its colorful image, Bundi too has an intense war-ridden history. The Chauhans from Ajmer and forces of Mohammad Ghori fought on the lands of Bundi, trying to gain power over it. It was the Bhil tribe that went on to gain control of Bundi, making it their capital. Known for being loyal to the Mughals, Bundi was later made a part of Rajasthan.
Rawla Jojawar– Set against the backdrop of the formidable Aravali Hills, Rawla Jojawar refers to a beautiful garrison fort constructed in the eighteenth century. The fort, now converted into a heritage hotel, is looked after by Nagendra and Amitvikram Singh, the sons of Rao and Rani Sahiba Maharaj Singh Ji. They are the proud descendants of Thakur Shyam Singh Ji, who led the Sonegra Chauhan clan in a battle on the Mehrangarh Fort. You’ll get to engage in treks, village walks, picnics, and look into their traditional style of living.
Jawai-Jawai is a must-visit destination; you might catch leopards roaming freely and openly in the grassland area. Also known as leopard hills, the area is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills and enclosed by Jawai Bandh. Jawai’s leopards bust the myth about Big Cats being solitary animals. Rather, you’ll find them living peacefully with other wild animals as well as the human dwellers. Guests often engage in bird-watching and leopard safaris. All in all, Jawai is an exciting place to visit.
Bijaipur-Bijaipur is a small, quiet village situated at the foot of Vindhyachal Hills. Surrounded by the forests of Jacaranda, Bijaipur will offer a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Bijaipur itself has gained immense popularity with guests, owing to the grandeur of Bijaipur Castle. The Castle was built by the younger brother of the immortal warrior Maharana Pratap. Guests at the castle can indulge in various activities like wild-life spotting, horseback safaris, or bullock cart safaris. The scenery is beautiful and the village is inhabited by a rich diversity of bird species.
Narlai-An idyllic village, Narlai is located in the heart of Aravalli Hills. It has immense charm and offers beautiful rural landscapes that are very photogenic. Situated between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai village makes for the ideal stop-over. Walking tours, safaris, and visits to Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh- these are a few of the activities you can take part in when you visit Narlai.
Ranakpur-Situated on the western slopes of the formidable Aravalli Hills, Ranakpur is in proximity to many wonderful and unmissable tourist spots. Whether it be the Kumbhalgarh Fort or Narlai Village, Ranakpur is close to all of them. It also hosts one of the most revered Jain temple complexes in all of India. Guests may also take an opportunity to visit the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.