Rajasthan, also known as Rajputana (or the land of kings), is a place of royalty and rich heritage, constituting the most number of palaces and historical edifices. A goldmine for archeologists and historians this place has everything to offer from architecture to deserts, jewelry to swords, tales of bravery and sacrifice to submission to evil, and many more.
Also known as the palace of wind is located in Jaipur (the pink city: which also has a story behind it), constructed of red and pink sandstone in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This palace was made to look like the crown of Lord Krishna. Interesting fact about Hawa Mahal is it was built for the ladies of the royal family who could watch the daily lives of the commoners through the windows.
Built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh, the palace is situated in the middle of Pichola lake on an island named Jag Niwas, Udaipur, this place is a tourist attraction by large. It was used as a summer palace by the royalties to escape the heat. One of its kinds, laying in the middle of a lake, this palace has the Aravalli hills as its back drop thus giving one the opportunity to explore the scenic beauty the place has to offer.
Rani Padmini Palace
The royal abode of the legendary queen, Rani Padmini, known for her beauty and grace, most importantly her sacrifice in the name of dignity and self respect, draws tourists from all over, is situated in Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh. This palace has a lotus pond solely in regard for the queen.
Patwon Ki Haweli
It is a combination of five different forts each comprising a distinct trait of it own. With a unique architectural design it is one of the significant haveli’s in Jaisalmer. All the havelis were brought to form in a span of fifty years. It has over sixty balconies from where one cans see the courtyard of the haveli.
Commonly known as the Jaisalmer Fort, is located in the glorious city of Jaisalmer (the golden city), Rajasthan, which stands on the Trikuta Hills with Thar Desert as its neighbor. It gets its name from the fact that at sunrise the palace glows like gold due to its construction made of yellow sandstone, which happens to reflect various shades of yellow as the day passes by.
Sam Sand Dunes
Hub for safaris, scenic beauty, photography and camping, is a spectacular site for adventure lovers. This place is around 40kms from Jaisalmer offering tourists solace and peace away from the ruckus of daily life in the cities with its breathtaking enormous view.
Pink City Bazaar
Of course, in Jaipur given the name, is the hub for Rajasthani delicacies, culture, tradions, architecture, jootis, cholis to jewelry and everything that a shopper would want! (Location: Mirza Ismail Road being numero uno).
This holy place is the dargah of Moinuddin Chisti or Gharib Nawaz is an Islamic mortmain. Soul searchers and devotees of all caste and creed visit this place everyday to be blessed.
Situated on Cheel Ka Teela on Aravali hills, this is one of the best tourist destinations in Rajasthan. It was built by Raja Man Singh I, customizing in Mughal and Hindu designs. Words fall short when it comes to its beauty.
It was a picnic spot of the royal families of Jaipur but it has more to it, bound by its architectural brilliance. It constitutes of domes or Palace Chhatris, made has per the taste of the Mewar family. This place has a lot to offer to photographers and monumental exploration.
Honestly, Rajasthan and its vastness in every field, be it nature, scenery, royalty, food, etc itself could be a separate set of study. This state in India speaks volumes that even the world put together cannot provide.
Have you been to Rajasthan? What were your favourite memories? If you have not been whats on your list of places to visit? Leave your comments below.