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Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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  1. BHANGARH

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

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  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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Long Weekend Is Finally Here! Plan Your Vacations Now!

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The most awaited festival – Holi in Rajasthan has a unique taste and experience. If you are a travel aficionado, a trip to the colorful state of Rajasthan is a must for the coming long festive holiday. We have got 6 cities from Rajasthan which must be visited for the weekend.

  1. Jaipur

Jaipur has some unique ways to celebrate the festival of colors. The Department of Tourism in Jaipur welcomes tourists to enjoy and splash colors in a common gathering at Rambagh Polo Ground. They dance to the beats of some Rajasthani songs played by local artists and performers. The royal family is also a part of this joyful event.

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  1. Bundi

Bundi is a quaint small town with more than 50 baoris (step wells) holding magnificent architectural structure. Bundi is famous for its painting of festivals, animals and birds which can be seen in Chitra Shala – an open art gallery.

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  1. Kota

Another city in the Hadauti region, Kota is an example of combination of medieval and modern age which is majestically portrayed in the forts and museums. The museums also have a rich collection of art and artifacts of this region. The famous Chambal river of Rajasthan is a famous tourist attraction. The river has Rajasthan’s nuclear and thermal power plants. It also houses some extensive wildlife which can be seen on the Chambal safari.

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  1. Jodhpur

If you want to relish the real luxury, Jodhpur has some majestic heritage properties like Ajit Bhawan and Umaid Bhawan Palace to treat yourself and make your senses capture the royal pride.

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  1. Bharatpur

Bharatpur has some really nice attractions and is perfect host to this season. The Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Dholpur Palace, Deeg Palace. But one major attraction which can only be captured on the festival of Holi is the colorful fountains at Deeg palace, which can be sighted only once a year thus, creating a monsoon like ambience.

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  1. Udaipur

The city of lake celebrates holi, splashing colors with the royal family of Mewar. The whole city seems to be drenched in the colors.

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It’s your turn to choose among these destinations and add your riot of colors to these places.

Happy Holi! 🙂

 

10 best Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan, a major tourism center of the country has many offerings in its kitty for the visiting tourists. People of Rajasthan are globally known for their hospitality spirit. This spirit is reflected in a local phrase as ‘Padharo Mhare Des’ which means ‘Welcome to my land’ The enthusiasm and courtesy with which they welcome   the tourist compel the visitors to frequent the state.

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Every heritage hotel in Rajasthan has a distinctive history. The furniture, furnishings, even the photographs and paintings on the walls reminds you about the gracious days of Rajasthan. For a supreme and fascinating experience, visit to the finest Heritage Hotels of Rajasthan is must.

Ajit Bhawan

Ajit Bhawan- India’s First Heritage Hotel is for those who fancy Rajasthan as a perfect base to taste supreme luxuries of the gorgeous era. Rooms at Ajit Bhawan are exquisitely furnished, with luxurious bed, royal furnishing, rendering some soothing moments to the guests.  Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a classic vintage car accompanied by your royal butler.

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Ajit Bhawan

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Ram Bagh Palace:

From the home of the queen’s, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and subsequently as the residence of the Maharaja, Ram Bagh Palace has stepped graciously through many royal shifts. In 1972, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took the charge to carry on the royal tradition of the luxurious Rambagh Palace. For an unforgettable palace experience in posh luxury Ram Bagh Palace situated in the Pink City of Jaipur will leave really good memories in to your mind to cherish beyond time.

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Samode Palace:

This 475 year old palace is a celebration of luxury and royalty. The tough exterior with delicate interior is certainly a rare combination.  The sensitively restored Samode Palace is one of the finest gems in the bejewelled crown of Rajasthan’s royal abodes. A marvelous, fascinating destination for dreams, romance and love.

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Samode Palace

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Taj Lake Palace:

Nestled in Pichola Lake in the city of Udaipur, Taj Lake Palace seems as white flower blooming from the water. With the Aravalli Mountains and city palaces as a backdrop one gets an impending sense of fascination. The property has been a perfect location for many Hollywood and Bollywood movies. This marvelous complex with a unique experience offers stunning views and intricate décor envelop guests in royal mystique.

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Alsisar Mahal:

Situated in Alsisar Shekhawati, and host to an annual music Event, Magnetic Fields Festival, Alsisar Mahal the sixteenth palace is dubbed as open art gallery for the magnum opus of centuries old arts and creativity.  The regal magnificence of the Alsisar Mahal’s architecture and the splendor of its beautifully decorated interiors are just mesmerizing that allows guests to sit back and relax in an ambience which was once exclusively confined to the royal families of Rajasthan.

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6. Laxmi Vilas Heritage Hotel:

Bharatpur bears relics to the rich architectural splendor and cultural heritage of the ancient times. Blessed with natural scenic beauty, it draws several visitors for the captivating sight of magnificent palaces and nature’s marvels. One such marvel is – Laxmi Vilas Heritage Hotel where royalty has been preserved to the core till date.
All rooms are gracefully furnished mixed with the elements of historical romance. Tourists can discover the unremitting world of charm as the traditions of hospitality have still been kept alive at the Laxmi Vilas Palace.
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Laxmi Vilas

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Raj Niwas Palace:

Formerly, Royal abode, Raj Niwas Palace was built in 1876 to commemorate the arrival of King Albert Edwards of England to Dholpur. The magnanimous suits at Raj Niwas Palace are masterpieces of exquisite luxury featuring spellbinding combination of Dutch interior and European antiques, making your stay truly relaxed, comfortable and cherished. Antique royal furniture charmingly enhances the Rajasthani experience and recreates a flavor of luxury living to the guests.

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Shahpura House

Opulent in every way, is a splendid royal retreat to experience a unique blend of the traditional Rajputana hospitality with modern comforts., Shahpura House with the royal luxuries preserved and nurtured for years,  brings you the most magnificent experience of the lavish heritage site in the middle of the town. Tourists visiting Jaipur must plan their stay at Shahpura House.

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Shahpura House

 

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Devi Garh by Lebua:

This Heritage hotel is a princely resort which as a change in theme has recreated the interior with contemporary design and material while conserving the exterior in original glory.

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Deogarh Mahal

Unlike most of the heritage properties, the management of Deogarh Mahal still remains with Royal family of Deogarh which reflects in the hospitality of the palace. The origional palace was converted into a Hotel by the Deogarh family members and the part of the family stills lives there. After spending a few nights at Deogarh Palace, one’s expectations of the next place on the itinerary are likely to become impossibly high.

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Cycle ride for Tourists

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Rajasthan is a tourist centric state. It offers a wide range of tourism options to visiting tourist to choose from such as aqua tourism in Kota-Bundi region, wild life tourism in Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur regions.Desert safari in the desert areas of Jodhpur Barmer, Jaisalmer. Bird tourism in Bharatpur, Jaipur and Jodhpur regions. Winter tourism in Mount Abu and historical and heritage tourism in every corner of the State. There seems to be no other State in the country which offers such a variety package.

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Coming to Rajasthan! Wish to explore the state as per your itinerary. Then gear up yourself.  Wouldn’t it be a great fun to hop the ghats of Pushkar or snake the narrow lanes of Jaipur or wave the hilly slopes of Udaipur on cycle. The State Government has come out with a policy for promoting Eco-Tourism through cycle tourism. In the line with a similar policy of the Goa Government, rules have been made under which interested tourist can hire a cycle on rent

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Though the government intends to implement this plan in nine prominent tourist cities but initially four cities Ajmer-Pushkar, Kota Jaipur and Udaipur have been selected and very soon tourist coming to these cities will have a eco friendly transport mode taking them to places of their interest. The official formalities for the same have been completed and the implementation is in the offing.

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The company selected to provide bicycles in these cities will have to set up cycle stand at allotted spots and shall rent them @ Rs. 10 for one hour. The best part of the scheme is that the person taking cycle on rent need not return to the spot where he originally rented the vehicle, instead he can return the cycle at any of the company’s approved spot. The selected company will provide 500 cycles at Jaipur and 200 cycles each for rest of cities.

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This is a welcome initiative of State Government who is inclined to make tourism mainstay of State economy. Providing more options for the tourism will definitely attract new genre of tourists  to the state.

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Rajasthan Day Celebrated At Janpath

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Rajasthan celebrated its foundation day with Governor Kalyan Singh as the Chief Guest along with Ms. Vasundhara Raje.  Ms. Krishnedra Kaur (State Tourism Minister) enlightened the evening as the Guest of Honor.

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The Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan had organized an extravagant function on this occasion. There were folk dance performances, followed by seven tableaus from seven different divisions of Rajasthan – Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur. There was a daring acrobatic act by the Daredevil Motorcycle.

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The budding school students walked neck to neck with the police for the band performances. The celebrations ended with a synchronized light and song show at the Vidhan Sabha.

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Resplendence of Holi at Brij Festival Bharatpur

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Rajasthan offers the charm of festivities all round the year. A visit to Rajasthan during any time of the year can fetch you the glimpse of some festivities going on! It’s like you can have numerous reasons to have a ball.

There’s this carnival called the Braj or also termed as Brij festival of Bharatpur which has been replicating the spirit of Holi and also impersonate the timeless love of Radha Krishan. A few days prior to the celebrations of Holi this festival is celebrated in the month of February and March. Scheduled to take place from February 28 to March 01 this year, the Raslila is going to be the main attraction of the Brij festival. It is a dance form which epitomizes the melodious and mesmerizing love saga of Radha Krishan, performed by the villagers of Bharatpur. This spiritual connect brings devotees from across the globe to assemble  at  Shri Radha Krishnaji’s temple at the ghats of the Banganga River and also the nearby shrines of Hanuman and Ganga Bihari, the Shiva temple and the Math of Goswamiji.

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The festivities of Brij festival are usually tagged with other folk dances and the spectators – young and old, rich and poor are all soothed in swayed in the festival spirit. The entire ambiance of Bharatpur gets filled with the mesmerizing sound of folk songs and ballads. The whole town is painted in bright colors and no one is spared from being splashed with colors. Brij Festival DSC_0250

The local and foreign tourists in the town have so much to take back from this land that has left an impact which is to be treasured and not to fade away from the memory lane too soon.

Following is the list of events and activities to be held in Bharatpur and nearby towns- Deeg and Kaman during the Brij Festival 2015.

Government of Rajasthan,

Tourist Reception Centre, Bharatpur

Braj Holi Festival, 28th February and 01st March 2015

 

Bharatpur / Deeg / Kaman

DATE TIME PROGRAMME VENUE
28-02-2015

 

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8.00 AM to 5.00 PM Nature Walk For Children

Bird Fair/Seminar/Film Show

Photography Exhibition

Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur
7.00 to 10.00 PM Anuradha Paudwal Concert

 

MSJ, College Ground, Bharatpur
7.00 to 9.30 PM Rajasthani Folk Music and Dance Performances Gramin Haat, Bharatpur
1-3-2015

 

BHARATPUR

8.00 AM to          5.00 PM Photography Exhibition Interpretation Centre, Keoladeo National Park
10.00 AM to        5.00 PM Rural Sports- Indian Wrestling, Kabaddi,           Tug- of -War and Cricket. Lohagarh Stadium , Bharatpur
DEEG 12.00 Noon to 04.00 PM Rajasthani Folk Music and Dance Performances

Colourful Fountains Show

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10.00 PM

Performance “Krishna Dance Ballet” by Sriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi Deeg Palace

 

KAMAN 9.00 A.M. to

5.00 PM

Gulal Holi, Doodh –Dahi Holi, Laddu Holi, Phoolon Ki Holi, Latthmar Holi

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Folk Artist’s Procession

Gokul Chandramaji Temple, Madan Mohanji Temple, Radha Vallabhji Temple and Main Bazaar
7.00 to 10.00 PM Maharaas followed by Fireworks Display Kot Upar Stadium, Kaman
24 -02-2015 to 01-03-2015
Braj Industry & Handicraft Fair Time: 12 Noon to 8.00 P.M.

Venue : Gramin Haat, Company Bagh, Bharatpur

Travel to Incredible Destinations of Rajasthan!

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Every tourist place in Rajasthan has a story to tell. While in some, sculptures become alive, narrating tales of bygone times where some weave poetry of love and saga, some chronicles make their way to museums; some depict the saga of war and fortitude through miniature statues and through sound and light shows, while others through puppetries and dances.

Jaipur the capital city also known as the ‘Pink City’ is definitely a ‘must-see’ tourist place in Rajasthan. The city with its sheer beauty is any shopper’s paradise and no woman would want to hold onto her purse strings!

Udaipur’s City Palace and the Lake Pichola are both synonymous as places of tourist interest in Rajasthan. Apart from Fateh Prakash Palace and Jag Niwas, Udaipur also is convenient while planning excursions to Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur’s  Jain Temples, Haldighati, Ghanerao, Eklinji Temple and Nathdwara.

Set amidst the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are both romantic cities to reckon with. Your trip is incomplete without a camel-ride.

Patriots must visit Chittaurgarh which resonates with the legend of Rani Padmini and the shrieks of women who willingly undertook Johaur.

Called the ‘Camel Country’, Bikaner has a Research Institute for Camels and is also famous for the Karni Mata Temple where rats are revered!

If you think places of tourist interests in Rajasthan revolve around sand dunes, you’re mistaken, for Mount Abu is actually a hill station which offers you the solitude within its many pretty cottages that came up during the British rule.

Arty folks have much to look forward to in Bundi that displays Rajput architecture and has the Bundi School of Art. Kota is another city that has gained prominence on the map owing to the exquisite Kota Doria sarees in charming floral prints. It also boasts of dams and quaint Havelis and temples.

Shekawati or the Garden of Shekas( a ruler) is a maze of Havelis where walls are adorned with paintings of caparisoned elephants and horses, thus rendering the name ‘open art gallery’ to the place!

Ajmer is a confluence of cultures, with Muslims have a Dargah(mosque) and the British having chosen Ajmer for its prestigious Mayo College which today is a prominent public school. Just 4 kms away is the sacred Pushkar Lake, which hosts the Pushkar Mela too. The one and only Brahma and Saraswati Temples in the world are situated in Pushkar!

Your interest as a tourist in Rajasthan is not limited to the quiet and magnificent alone; for there is the wild side of the state, which can be explored with a visit to Ranthambore which houses a National Park-home to tigers, leopards, owlets, hyena, langurs and wild boars.

Bharatpur which derives its name from the loyal brother of Lord Rama also houses a National Park and the hatching field of crocodiles. The place dates also in the epic Mahabharata days where the Matsya kingdom had flourished.

The Sariska Tiger Sanctuary is located in Viratnagar. Viratnagar dates back to the stone- age, with many natural cave and rock shelters found here!

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Visit any city or destination in Rajasthan; it will charm you with its wealth of attractions. Old palaces, which were once resided by the Kings and princes, are now available as luxurious accommodation options for the tourists. Padharo Mhare Des !!