Top Destination (Place to visit) in India
The city is named after Bharat, the brother of Lord Ram. Although a separate Jat state under the rulership of Badan Singh came into existence for the first time in 1722 AD, the foundation of Bharatpur city was laid in 1733 AD, when Suraj Mal, an adopted son of Badan Singh captured it from Khemkaran, a rival Jat chief. Suraj Mal constructed the big fort and the earthen wall around the city.
There is the 18th century Lohagarh Fort, the Bharatpur Fort and the Dholpur Fort. Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj palaces, and the Bharatpur Lake are also worth visiting. However, the most beautiful monument close to Bharatpur is the Deeg Water Palace built by Raja Suraj Mal in the 18th century. It has one of the most fascinating water conservation and natural cooling systems, as well as well-laid out gardens.
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If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it’s located in north west part of Rajasthan state in INDIA.The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. It’s lust for “dessert”or affection for “desert” that tickles every heart to visit Bikaner.
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Bundi – Rajasthan
Bundi just 36 km from Kota is a tiny picturesque town. One of the unexplored cities with a rich historical wealth. Once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Had Chauhans – a offshoots of the famous Chauhan clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. In 1193 AD when Prithvi Raj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Gauri, some Chauhan nobles seeked shelter in Mewar and became allied to the Rana while other young warriors moved towards the Chambal valley and overpowered the Meena and Bhil tribals – thus establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later, two branches of Hadas formed tow separate states of Kota and Bundi, on either side of the River Chambal. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways. Interesting monuments including impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis, temples with beautiful stone idols and chattris with carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town, add to its charm. Bundi is very famous for its intricate carvings and murals.
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A labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historic sites, Jaipur is often called the “Pink City” because its prominent buildings are washed in this color. Tradition and modernity exist side by side here. On its colorful streets, motorbikes jostle for space with camels, and turbaned village elders rub shoulders with youngsters in Jeans. Jaipur’s old walled area has the City Palace, an astronomical observatory and bazaars that sell everything from shoes to jewelry. Recent additions include a multi-arts centre, but the focal point remains the Hawa Mahal.
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Jaisalmer is a small town in the state of Rajasthan. The town is named after its founder Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king. It is also called as the “Golden City of India” because of the yellow sand and yellow sandstone used in the town’s architecture giving a golden tinge.
Jaisalmer is located at around 575 km west from Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan. It is situated near the border of India and Pakistan in West Rajasthan and is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District.
Jaisalmer has an average elevation of 229 m and covers an area of 5.1 sq km. The climate is dry is hot summers and pleasant winters. Average rainfall is 209.5 mm. Jaisalmer is just about entirely a sandy waste and forms a part of the Great Indian Desert.
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One of the ancient towns situated in the eastern part of Rajasthan is Pushkar. It is the town that is situated very close to Ajmer hat is just around eleven kilometers far. Nag Prabhat referred to as snake hill is the one that separates Puskar from Ajmer.
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Ranakpur : Ranakpur is situated between the mountains of Pali and nearly thirty nine kilometers from Phalna which is in Rajasthan. It is one of the famous places of Rajasthan which was given the name after Rana Kumbha. He was the person who gave idea of having Jain Temple to Dharna Sah a Jain businessman. Therefore this place is rich in Jain temples.
Kumbhalgarh : Kumbhalgarh is located just 85 km away from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh is said to be one of the prominent forts of Rajasthan. Situated in the northwestern regions of Rajasthan this place is known to be surrounded by 13 peaks of the Aravali hills. You will truly find solace and solitude because of all the beautiful landscapes and the other scenery present here. The fact of this place is that it was known to be used by the Mewar rulers for their shelter and accommodation during the times of danger.
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Ranthambore is a hot travel destination in Rajasthan that attracts visitors from great distances. Known for its national park, this city has a lot more Ranthambore park photon store for its visitors.
Ranthambore is a beautiful city located in Sawai Madhopur district of northwestern Indian state Rajasthan. Its affluent tiger reserve is the prime reason for its popularity as a world renowned tourist destination. Nevertheless, it offers abundant of opportunities of sightseeing and excursions to its visitors.
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Royal Capital of a divine dynasty or languid lake city , Udaipur, was founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, a descendant of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar.
Dotted with marble palaces, hibiscus – laden gardens and fountain pavilions, Udaipur appeals to the imagination of poets and painters, travellers and writers like no other city in the country. The city’s inherent romance and beauty and its remarkable past redolent with episodes of heroism and splendour, continue to enthral the visitor even today. Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white. Surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of three lakes which lead on to a fertile plain – it is a truly enchanting city. Narrow streets lined with vividly coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces mirrored in the placid blue waters of lake Pichhola, add to the magic of Udaipur. It can be reached from any part of India through airlines, railways and by road.
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India’s capital and major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its Strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in and around modern Delhi saw Lalkot built in the mid-11th century, Siri established by Allauddin Khilji, Tughlakabad, and Ferozabad built by the Tughlaks followed by the city of the Lodis and then came Shahjahanabad, capital of the Mughals under Shah Jahan.
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The Khajuraho temples were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the world’s great artistic wonders. The world renowned temple town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its archaeological and historical monuments. The Creators of Khajuraho claimed descent from the moon and the legend behind the founding of this great dynasty and the temples is a fascinating one. Hemwati, the lovely young daughter of a Brahmin priest, was seduced by the moon-god while bathing in a forest pool. The child born of this union was Chandravarman, founder of the Chandela dynasty.
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Orchha, now a small hamlet in the state of Madhya Pradesh, was once the capital of the formidable Bundela kings who ruled over a large tract between the Ganga and Narmada in medieval times. According to legends, King Rudra Pratap chose this place situated on the loop of the river Betwa to make his capital in AD 1501. Located at a distance of 16 km from Jhansi, Orchha rises out of the hills and the greens surrounding it. The historical monuments of Orchha still retain their pristine charm and narrate stories of war and peace, of love and destruction. It is also a place famous for Bundela paintings, of which it was once a centre of activity. Nevertheless, Orchha is not all about history and legends; it is also about the natural splendour of a wonderful valley where the crystal-clear waters of the Betwa flow quietly along the banks for which solitude is a way of life.
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Agra, a small city in Uttar Pradesh, built on the western bank of the Yamuna river, about 200 kms from Delhi, is one of the most important historical and ancient cities of India. Agra has become popular worldwide as it nestles the monument of love and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal. The city was established in the year 1475 by Raja Badal Singh. Agra became an important city only after the Lodhi king Sikander Lodhi set up his capital in this ancient city. Later the Mughal ruler Babar took over the Agra city and set base for the establishment of the Mughal rule. It was during the Mughal rule, especially under Babar, Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan that Agra developed as a great center of architecture, art and Mughal culture. A number of forts, buildings and tombs were constructed during the 16th century, which was the peak period of Mughal glory in Agra, India.
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The holy city of Varanasi, known as the city of temples and learning, is a place of great historical and cultural importance. This religious capital of India is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges and is presided over by Lord Shiva. It is the heart of India and an epitome of the synthesis of cultures, religions and races. The river-front of the city is decorated by hundreds of well built ghats which is a unique feature. The holy Buddhist place, Sarnath is in its precincts
Varanasi is the premiere most place of oriental learning. Simultaneously it is keeping pace with modern advanced knowledge. It has three universities : one Hindu University, one Tibetan Institute and an Institute of Arabic Studies.
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Silver sands, sparkling blue waters, the sky mirroring the sea below, white churches resting against green paddy fields and coconut trees lining the coastal streets. Goa – a place you can fall in love with at first glance. There’s much more to Goa than sun, sand and sea. The allure of Goa is that it remains quite distinct from the rest of India and is small enough to be grasped and explored in a way that other Indian states are not. Ruled by the Portuguese till 1961, Goa still retains its Indo-Portuguese character — very visible amongst its architecture as well as its people. Goa’s tourism byline of “Goa – 365 days on Holiday” is absolutely true.
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The charm of Manali’s history lies in the various myths that have been woven stupendously to awe any reader or visitor. Various folklores claim the origin of Manali to be an important place in the Mythological epic, Mahabharata.
Manali got its name from the term ‘Manu’ who was a sage. A temple dedicated to the sage can be found here. The Nomadic hunter tribe of ‘Rakshas’ are known to have been the earliest inhabitants of Manali. Shepherds from the Kangra Valley were the next occupants of this city. One of the most popular inhabitants of the city was the ‘nar’, of whom only a few are surviving today. An interesting legend revolving around them is that they were known to make ‘Rakshas’ work as servants for them.
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Located on the northern India state of Uttranchal, Haridwar or “the Gateway to the Gods” is one of the major holiest places for Hindus. It is also the gateway to the other three major shrines namely Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath. According to Hindu mythology, this place was called as Mayapuri, Gangadwar and Mokshadwar. Various sacred ghats, ancient temples, several festivals and the river Ganga are the major tourist attractions of this place. It attracts tourists from all parts of India to take a holy dip in the river Ganga and perform rituals at different temples nearby.
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Located on the northern part of the Indian state Uttranchal, Rishikesh is a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination site. The city is surrounded by hills of Himalayas on three sides and is on the confluence point of the river Ganges and Chandrabhaga. In ancient time, it was the mediating centre for various sages or Rishis. It was the place where Rishi Raibhya did hard meditation and God appeared by the name of Hrishikesh and hence called the place as Rishikesh. Rishikesh is the gateway to the four major pilgrimages places together called Chardham. The city is renowned for its Ashrams which are main seats for spiritual learning, meditation and yoga practices.
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The city of Mandawa, founded in the mid 18th century, was once a town inhabited by the rich merchant families. The wealthy and dominant merchants constructed massive havelis, adorned with beautiful wall paintings, for the purpose of their residence. However, with time, the merchants moved on and migrated to other areas, leaving the beautiful havelis in the shadows of anonymity. Still, the magnificence of these havelis did not diminish and now they have become a major tourist attraction of the city. Read on this Mandawa city guide to get further information about this city:
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Mount Abu, literally ‘Hill of Wisdom’, is Rajasthan’s only hill station. Sprawling along a 2km long plateau, it is at an altitude of 1220 metres, and is the highest point on the Aravalli ranges. Abu was the summer resort for the Maharajas and the princes to escape the sweltering desert. The gigantic blocks of rock, towering along the crest of the hill, the lush green trees and the colourful birds and animals make Abu one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Mount Abu is also a major Rajput and Jain pilgrimage centre.
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World famous for the baggy horse-riding trousers of the same name, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Situated in the fringe of the Thar desert the city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of Rajput clan known as Rathores. The old city is still surrounded by a 10 km long wall, built about a century after Jodhpur was founded.
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Gujarat’s major city is Ahmedabad; it is a remarkable city which is set straddling the Sabarmati River.
The stunning buildings of the old world are a striking contrast to the noise and bustle from the present world. Maze like in its complexity, Ahmedabad is rather cosmopolitan with beautiful museums, a great set of fine restaurants and fabulous night markets. One could get completely lost here in the charm of this city.
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Southeast of Ahmadabad, Vadodara offers points of interests including palaces, museums, monuments and temples.
Vadodara city, divided into eastern and western divisions by Vishwamitri River, enriched with crowded bazaars and vibrant autonomous blocks of houses (pols). Maharaja Sayajirao University and Laxmi Vilas Palace are popular tourist destinations , plus, temples, shrines, exotic gardens and exquisite architecture at Hazira Maqbara.
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Rapid developing cities often sacrifice certain aspects of life, such as clean air and green fields.
For every generalization there is an exception, and Rajkot is part of the exception to the statement above. Not much know why this is so, but it is a known fact that Rajkot is among the top developing cities of the world, and that it has a greener area than most.
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