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The land of the Kings! Rajasthan has always touched my soul and senses, and I have been to this place three times, very early in my life: twice with school friends and once with my parents. I’ve enjoyed the range of diversities and ethnicity of culture, craziness, and beauty of the deserts and landscapes that take your breath away.
Jaipur (The Pink City):
I went there with my family and stayed for around 4- 5 days. We were roaming in the various streets; the restaurants and the sightseeing in this beautiful city were awesome.
We went to visit the famous City Palace in the Old Jaipur city. The palace is very beautiful and is well taken care of. There is a large state art gallery at the starting of the palace which depicts all the wars that the Kings has been in, and whatever they won are shown there.
There were vintage cars also displayed. There were various cars used by the kings in their time like Rolls Royce, BMW’s and Aston Martin’s from the early 1950’s and it was an amazing site to watch. There are lots of small temples around the main city palace, and a huge marketplace and a lot of tasty serving Rajasthani food cuisines. The markets that were there sold leather bags, belts, and Spices.
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The Hawa Mahal which is located in the centre of the market is the most beautiful site to watch in Jaipur. The lights and the colour effects of this palace reflect on to the main streets during the dark evenings of winter. The food is undoubtedly tasty, but the price is high. This restaurant is a themed Restaurant which represents the daily life of a Rajasthan Village. This restaurant has Fire Shows and even boat ride inside its area. This shows how big the area is.
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Overall it was a great experience by staying in Pink City- Jaipur, the Beautiful Capital of Rajasthan.
Udaipur(City of Lakes):
Udaipur is the historic capital of the former state of Mewar, and it is also referred to as the “Venice of East”. It comes amongst the romantic and scenic cities of India. Udaipur, which is situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, is one of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign travellers due to its historical background.
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On entering the city, everyone realises that how beautifully the city is situated on the bank of the main lake, Lake Pichola. The buildings look like a small Haveli, in fact, the structure of all the hotels are also very similar to Haveli, and the city has also maintained its historic charm so well that no wonder the place is so attractive to not only foreign travellers but also locals.
Such is the essence of this place that more than locals foreign travellers are more to be seen.
The mornings are always picturesque. We open our eyes and all we see is the serene and blue lake, and it’s guaranteed that you will marvel at the beauty of this place.
There is a famous market called Bapu Bazar. This place is mostly famous for bandhani suits, dupattas, and sarees. As we stroll through the market, we saw the colourful suits in display on both the sides. It looks so lovely to see many colours.
The whole city is full of antique and painting shops, so it’s best to explore it by walking.
Fateh Sagar is another lake to watch out for. It is an artificial lake but very quiet and peaceful place. The shape of the lake is pear-shaped and bordered by hills. Another is a Small Island which has a park inside called “Nehru Park”.
Every lake in Udaipur is a bluish colour. You can take a long walk or can hire a bicycle as per your own convenience and take a good look of this place. It’s a good fun walking and exploring. After strolling along the lakeside for a while, we went to see City Palace and Jag Mandir, two of the most popular tourist attractions in Udaipur.
City Palace is very famous for its style, a mixture of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It is one of Rajasthan’s largest palaces, a collection of several buildings with towers, balconies built all over. This Palace also houses a crystal gallery, which showcases the royal artefacts. We quickly saw the palace and then moved to the next destination which was Jag Mandir. There is a boat from City Palace for Jag Mandir and it also gives you half an hour ride of the Lake Pichola and all we see is a beautiful view of Ghats, City Palace, Lake Palace and the city surrounded by Aravalli hills from the middle of the lake. Everything looks stunning and beautiful from the middle of this blue lake.
After this small ride, we reach Jag Mandir which is situated in the middle of the lake and is famous for royal events, film shooting and celebrity weddings. It’s a small place, surrounded by a garden and a restaurant which gives a nice view of City Palace.
There are various other sightseeing places in Udaipur such as Sahelion ki Bari, Bagore ki Haveli, Shilpgram and some other famous museums.
Overall it was a great experience to see one of the most popular historic cities of Rajasthan. The beauty and serenity of this place, watching sunsets and beautifully lit city like they celebrate Diwali every night, is definitely going to stay in our hearts forever. It’s truly one of the most romantic cities in India.
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At the western corner of India, present in the world’s second-largest desert, the fairy-tale kingdom of Jaisalmer appears.
Jaisalmer rises from the Thar Desert and develops in a romantic fairytale fort surrounded by a large number of buildings. It is made almost fully from yellow sandstone, and hence each evening Jaisalmer glows gold in the setting sun. Hence, the name is apt: The Golden City.
Jaisalmer gains attention by its remote desert location and status for having a relaxed atmosphere that also manages to invoke the adventure of the former kingdom’s past. Although it is rich in art and architecture, still Jaisalmer is a small town, with a population of about 76,000.
Tourism recently began to revive Jaisalmer’s fortunes. Now it’s the town’s chief commercial activity. However, while most visitors coming to India make it to Jaipur, one of the three stops on the “golden triangle tour” (the other two being Agra and Delhi), only a small number go as far as Jaisalmer.
We rode camels in the desert near the dunes where a camp was set up. At first, it looked like nothing. Then it looked like everything. The sand dunes were dancing rhythmically. The hot breeze passing by and touching my skin helped me to realise that it is not a dream.
Jodhpur was founded in 1459 when Rao Jodha – the Rathore Rajput king of Marwar – moved his capital from the nearby town of Mandore. Jodhpur state enjoyed the Mughal patronage and had long periods of peace, and as a result, the Marwari community blossomed as a trading class.
Unlike Jaisalmer‘s Golden Fort, Mehrangarh is not as big in size. Mehrangarh fort was mainly built as a defensive structure, where the royal family and the soldiers would reside. Mehrangarh Fort is owned by the royal family of Jodhpur. Since it is private property, the fort has been well maintained -with cleanliness and facilities on par with the maintained forts all over the world.
As the walk up was pretty steep, we chose to take a lift. At the higher level, the guide showed us around the different chambers in the fort which are open to public – the turbans, royal costumes, silverware and other domestic appliances of the royal families of past. The gallery where all the weapons had been kept – that included some rare collection, and miniature Rajasthani paintings were truly impressive. In the art gallery, the portraits of the Rathore rulers were well depicted. Following this, there is a Durbar Hall – known as the courtroom for the Kings. All the furniture of the room was decorated with coloured glass.
Umaid Bhawan Palace:
The next day, we went early to our next destination – the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace. This Palace was commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 on top of Chittor Hills in Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan is divided into three parts – one-third of the palace consists of the royal family, one portion is used for the museum, and the rest is a heritage hotel. There was a small section containing a few vintage cars. The museum displayed the collected items of the royal family.
Even though Jodhpur was a short trip, and given that it had, fewer sights to offer than Jaisalmer, but still it had a lot to offer – showing an insight of the royal lifestyle of kings in India.