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Rajasthan's many havelis, old forts, places, temples, bazaars and fairs are a tourist's delight. From the forts of Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, to the havelis of Bikaner and Mandawa, Rajasthan is full of architectural wonders and natural beauty.

 

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Ajmer :- It is a great center of pilgrimage for Hindus and Muslims that gives a genThis city is as old as turbulent history. It is linked to Delhi, Agra, Ahamedabad, Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaipur through main highways. It was the capital along with Delhi of Chauhan'era. After the defeat of Prithvi Raj Chauhan at the hand of Mouine amalgam.

In the heart of city, is the dargah of KHWAJA MOIN-ud-DIN CHISTI, `DARGAH SHARIF'-probably the most important Muslim Shrine in the India-Sub-Continent with tens of thousands of pilgrims flocking here especially during the URS celebrations. it is the second Mecca/Madena, for the South Asian Muslims.

Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra :-

These are ruins situated on the outskirts of the town. Legend says that the construction of this mosque took 21/2 days in 1153. Originally, this was the Sanskrit College but, this was demolished by Mohd. Ghori along with the other temples and built a mosque. Pillars from at least thirty temples, must have gone into the making of this elegant monument. A great example of Indo-Islamic architecture.

Taragarh :

It is a fort 3 kms from the dargah and command a superb view over the city.

Daulat Bagh :

A park on the banks of Ana Sagar having a series of marble pavilions erected in 1637 by Shah Jahan.

Pushkar

Pushkar lake, believed by the Hindus to be as old as creation, has been a place of pilgrimage through the centuries. Pushkar has stood witness to the procession of history from the time of Rama, the hero of the earliest Hindu epic the Ramayana, to Fa-Hien's accounts of Pushkar in the 4th century A.D. and to the time of the Muslim invasions.

There are 52 bathing ghats, built around the lake. The water around each ghat is supposed to have special powers. The Naga Kund is believed to give fertility, Roop Tirth beauty, Kapil Vyapi Kund water helps in curing leprosy and a dip in the Mnkand Muni Kund grant the boon of wisdom.

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is one of the best examples of the efforts in Project Tiger. It is located between Bharatpur and Kota near Sawai Madhopur. In the last census 27 tigers were counted. this park which provides a wonderful scenery is spread in the vast area of 400 sq. kms has a lot of lakes and rivers flowing through. On top of one of the inclined surfaces there is a well preserved Ranthambore Fort which was built in 10th century. A lot of ruins of pavilions, canopies can be found here. These were used by the maharajas for hunting.

Ajmer

is famous for the Dargah (mausoleum) of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the Sufi saint revered by millions of Hindus and Muslims in India.

Pink City Jaipur

, the capital of Rajasthan, was created as a highly planned city by maharaja Jai Singh in 1727 AD. The Jantar Mantar, built as an observatory by the Maharaja, is laid out in a complex grid, with very accurate instruments for gauging altitude and measuring planetary distances. The Hawa Mahal, the palace of the royal ladies, was built in 1799AD. Its sandstone fa├žade, with latticed balconies, is a major tourist draw.

Jaisalmer city,

in the southwestern Jaisalmer district, is famous for the Jaisalmer Fort. Built of special yellow sanstone found only in Jaisalmer district, the Fort shines like burnished gold when sunrays fall on it. Jaisalmer's havelis are also a must visit. The Patwon ki Haveli has carved pillars and walls with intricate murals.

Jodhpur, built in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, is chiefly known for the Meherangarh Fort that guarded the opulently fitted palaces of Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Phool Mahal, apart from the king's durbar, or reception hall. Jodhpur Museum houses many antiques and weapons from Rao Jodha's time. Jodhpur is also known for the miniature Jodhpur Paintings that depict beautiful royal ladies and birds and flowers.

Mount Abu, on the Aravalli Hills, is at a height if 1700 meters above sea level. It is Rajasthan's only hill station, with a pleasant climate and moderate rainfall. Once the summer station of the British, Mount Abu has many recreation places and mansions built by the British and Indian rulers. The delicately carved Dilwara Temple Complex, the world famous Jain Temple, is a center of pilgrimage for Jains.

Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East, is a city of lakes. Lake Pichola is at the heart of the city. The magnificent City Palace stands beside the lake. With its many rooms, halls, pavilions, corridors and delicate fittings, the Palace is worth a visit. The Saheliyon ki Bari, the beautifully ornamented garden where royal ladies and their maids amused themselves, is also worth a visit.