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14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

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  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wells, Nawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

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  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

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  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

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  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

 

 

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The Best of Jaipur- Pink City’s Top Tourist Attractions

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The Best of Jaipur- Pink City’s Top Tourist Attractions

Rajasthan is one of the most attractive tourism destinations in India. The state has many popular destinations like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner and Jaipur. Each city has something different to offer whether it’s the white buildings and deserts of Jaisalmer or pink beauty of Jaipur.

Jaipur is a treat for people who admire great culture and grand architecture. The city has many popular sites that you can visit. Here are the top attractions of Jaipur-

 

Amber Fort

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The most frequented tourist spot of Jaipur is this majestic fort which is the lowest fort of the city. Amber fort is made in Hindu style with red sandstone and marble. The fort has four main levels- Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khaas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. Amber houses Shitla Mata temple which is thronged by devotees. The fort overlooks Maota Lake and in the evening you can enjoy Light & Sound Show here.

When you are at Amber Fort, you have to eat at the 1135AD restaurant here for its traditional food and old world charm.

 

Jaigarh Fort

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Jaigarh was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II to provide protection to Amber fort. This huge fort is quite famous especially because it has Jaivana, the world’s largest cannon on wheels in those days. There is also an armory and museum inside the fort.

 

Nahargarh Fort

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This fort is the highest located fort in Jaipur and provides a great view of the city. Nahargarh fort is a two storey building, built in Indo-European style. It has nine similar apartments each of which has lobby, bedrooms, toilet, kitchen and store.

The dining experience at Once Upon A Time is a must here. It has two dining rooms where you can enjoy delectable North Indian cuisine. If you want to savor food while admiring the beauty of Jaipur then Padao café provides an amazing experience.

 

Jal Mahal

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This is a beautiful palace located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar. You can visit the palace on your way to the aforementioned forts. It looks especially beautiful at night when it’s lit with colorful lights.

Recently the place got a facelift and got a heritage-look gate along with installation of Shahi Sawari. Shahi Sawari gives you a glimpse of the grandeur of royals. Street vendors here sell yummy local food like Chaat and kulfi here. You can also shop some knick-knacks near Jal Mahal.

 

City Palace

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This palace complex is a hot-spot for tourists in Jaipur. It houses two palaces- Mubarak Mahal is a museum and displays a variety of textiles and costumes. Chandra Mahal is a seven storey palace and most of it is used by the erstwhile royal family as residence. Tourists are allowed only on the ground floor of Chandra Mahal which is a museum displaying carpets, manuscripts and other items of the royal family.

When you are done with roaming around the palace, head to Baradari restaurant at its Gate No. 2 to satiate your hunger pangs with yummy food.

 

Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO world heritage site. It features world’s largest stone sundial. The structure is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments which allow the observation of astronomical movements with naked eye.

 

Hawa Mahal

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Located near City Palace and Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal is the most easily identifiable monument of Jaipur. It literally means ‘Palace of Winds’ and it certainly is a windy place to be. Hawa Mahal is basically a screen-wall with windows and was built so that royal women could observe festivals being celebrated on streets without being seen themselves. You can also shop to your heart’s content from the shops located near Hawa Mahal.

 

Albert Hall

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Albert hall inside Ram Niwas Bagh is a must-visit place if you are into museums. This is the State Museum of Rajasthan and is oldest museum in the state. The hall is built in Indo-Saracenic style and has an interesting collection of carpets, paintings, ivory, crystal work, metal sculptures etc.

 

Raj Mandir Cinema

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Raj Mandir is not just another movie theatre. It is a place where you get the royal treatment while enjoying a movie. The cinema hall has sparkling chandeliers and soft carpets to make you feel all regal.

 

The Four Walled Market

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When you are done seeing these stunning examples of architecture, head to the market inside the four-walled city. The four-walled is all made of pink sandstone. Here you can buy everything associated with Jaipur and Rajasthan. Shop for jewellery, clothes, bed sheets, artifacts, quilts and enjoy authentic food. The most popular markets are Bapu bazaar, Johari bazaar and Tripolia bazaar among others.

 

World Trade Park

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The magnificent historical monuments in Jaipur showcase city’s past and the World Trade Park gives you a glimpse of new Jaipur. This is a mall with twin-towers. You can shop till you drop here and sink your teeth in a variety of cuisines.

Dusshera Celebrations at City Palace, Jaipur!

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As in the past years, Dusshera Festival was performed with traditional as well as regal pomp and gaiety at the City Palace today. After the shastra-pujan (arms worship) the Dushhera procession started from City Palace towards the Vijay Bagh, Dushhera Kothi. Later, the procession returned to the City Palace. Many erstwhile thakurs and jagirdars of Jaipur participated in the traditional dresses.

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Some Offbeat Tourist Spots Of Rajasthan

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The tourist circuit of Rajasthan has large number of destinations where tourists throng in huge numbers but a few of them, though, are slowly creeping on the circuit’s horizon still are not on the radar of an average tourist. A visit to these rarely frequented places will give a deep insight to state’s culture in contrast to the stereotyped presentation which regular tourist spots provide.  Not visited by horde of average tourists, such places are less crowded and chaotic with an added bonus of enjoying the luxury of the leisure of top class hospitality too.  All one has to expand his look beyond the more famous destination and he or she can get true rustic feeling of palaces, forts, camels’ et al for which Rajasthan is famous for.

A few of them are listed for your patronage:

1. Barmer

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Nestled in The Great Thar Desert, Barmer though does not has any monument worth naming but a traveller will engross into richness of colour, cosiness of local unspoilt  love for traditions which  is the USP of Barmer. An adventure loving tourist can experience the rugged environs of barren land in long stretches, ruthless weather, difficult terrain, but, beauty of wood carvings, carpets, elaborate embroidery crafted by local craftsmen can work as reprieve. Barmer festival is organised in the month of March which makes it ideal period to visit Barmer.

2. Banswada

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A true picture of how Rajasthan and its people are can be seen in Banswada, a district in southern part of Rajasthan. Its nomenclature originates from grooves of Bamboo surrounding it. A tribal habitat dominated by Bhils does boast of some ancient monuments in its kitty. A representative specimen of Rajput architecture, City Palace, Anand Sagar Lake an artificial lake, Madareshwar, a grand Shiva temple and ruins of the old city surrounded by Stone wall and a majestic palace of former rulers.

3. Rawla Narlai

 

Before moving to other parts of Rajasthan, one can culminate the trip to this part by visiting Rawla Narlai. Wish to relish the feeling of how graciously and splendidly the rulers of princely states lived do include this spot in your itinerary. The virginity of the place lies in 17th. Century fortress lying beneath a 350 ft. Rock which though converted into a heritage hotel retains its original heritage with huge courtyards, gardens, balconies, porches etc. along with food cooked and served in regal style extend to the reminisces of yore. A perfect place to rejuvenate oneself among hillocks and temples oozing with natural beauty.

 

4. Kuchaman

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Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, though offers a lot to tourists has not gained much prominence and  an apt example is Kuchaman, a town founded in `1781 AD by Thakur Zalim Singh has a nice looking Fort which gives a feeling of standstill time effect with wide collection of inlaid semi-precious stones, glass and gold paint. Stay at fort gives an opportunity to watch blue sky with all its radiance in contrast to the cities where it is stolen due to pollution in environment. The palace of Glass or Sheeshmahal still brims in all its glory. The ideal season to visit Kuchaman is during winters when you can time it with Camel Fair held at Pushkar hardly 100 kms. away.

5. Mahansar

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Another Shekhawati town established in 1768 is about 40 kms. away from Jhunjhunu  displays astonishing collection of elaborated artwork and paintings. A   stand out attraction being Sone chand ki dukan a 18th Century Haweli where images of Ramayana and the life of Krishna are displayed on three tier ceilings and walls showcasing outstanding painting involving complicated golden leaves. Many more hawelis of Mahansar add to its attraction besides Raghunath Temple and big Halls.

 

Dance Symposium in Jaipur to Celebrate World Dance Day

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On the occasion of International Dance Day today i.e. 29th April,the state capital of Rajasthan –Jaipur‬ hosted a five day dance festival to raise awareness about traditional and folk dance among youth. This five day event, is organised by Thirak India Cultural Society in collaboration with Gunijankhana at Badal Mahal, City Palace, Jaipur

Princess Diya Kumari  inaugurates the festival, ‘Dance Symposium-State of Kathak in the State Of Kathak’ at Jainiwas Gardens, City Palace at Badal Mahal by Traditional Lighting of the lamp.

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JAIPUR GHARANA’S KATHAK PERFORMANCE MESMERISES THE AUDIENCE

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Rajasthan is known for its beauty and traditional arts. Such events keep alive music and dance traditions and also encourage artists.

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The dance Gurus Pandit Girdhari Maharaj, Shashi Sankhla, Pandit Rajkumar Jabda, Smt Rekha Thakar discussed the state of Kathak Dance in Rajasthan. It was followed by the dance performance “Navak” presented by the Jaipur Gharana’s upcoming artistes. The performances were also directed by the above mentioned dance gurus. The cultural evening concluded with Rashmi Uppal’s presentation of Kathak Dance.

Explore The 6 Best Heritage Sites Of Rajasthan On World Heritage Day

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Rajasthan is known all around the world for its rich heritage. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments are till date maintained in really good conditions as they are very precious to the lives of Rajasthanis.

1) Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Recognized as the World Heritage Site, this observatory fascinates the visitors with the collection of various  astronomical instruments which were used earlier to know the correct timings through the movement of celestial bodies.
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2) Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor

One of the largest forts of India, it is the true epitome of Rajputana pride and vigor. This massive fort though being attacked thrice by the enemies, couldn’t take over the powerful people of this place. The fort of Chittor is known for its own beauty and uniqueness.

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen now, as it took almost 400 years to construct this complex. The attractiveness of this palace is shown more effectively as it is surrounded by Lake Pichola. This magnificent palace stands as a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

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4) Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

One of the largest private residences of the world is the house of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Not only being a private residence, it also provides the chance to experience the royal and luxurious life at the Taj Palace Hotel in Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur.

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5) Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace Of Winds is situated in the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Its walls of pink color give a hint of the Pink City – Jaipur. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today gives it a worldwide recognition.

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6) Chand Baori, Abhaneri

A 13 storey step well is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks of Rajasthan. Constructed mainly to conserve water in the dry desert of Rajasthan is an architectural wonder in itself.

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Re- living 64 Years Of Rajasthan On Rajasthan Diwas Today

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As Rajasthan celebrates its 65th Rajasthan Diwas this year on 30thMarch 2015, we tell you the magnificent journey of 64 years. What makes Rajasthan so unique is its colorful culture, rich heritage and one of the tourist hubs. The state dazzles in its beauty and every glimpse is captures with due importance.

1. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Rajasthan is a state which is known for the richness of traditions, and diverse culture. All the festivals are celebrated with joy, enthusiasm, zeal and zest. Some major fairs and festivals are Pushkar Fair, Jaisalmer Desert Fair, Gangaur, Teej, Marwar Festival, Holi and the list goes on.

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2. CUISINES

One cannot leave Rajasthan without tasting its food which is known for it spiciness and rich flavor. Rajasthani cuisine is mainly vegetarian but can be put together in a variety of mouthwatering dishes. A sweet is a must which is complemented with every meal. Some relishing dishes are dal bati churma which is a well known delicacy all around the world. Every region in Rajasthan has its own speciality and taste.

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3. FORTS, MONUMENTS & PALACES

Rajasthan is well known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces’. The forts of Rajasthan tell stories about the kings and queens and their journey during their period of reign. Each and every fort and fortress has a unique and unparalleled story behind it. Some monuments of Rajasthan are well recognized due to recognition by UNESCO, namely – Jantar Mantar (Jaipur), Kumbhalgarh fort, etc.

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4. FOLK MUSIC AND DANCES

The folk music and dance are important part of our culture and thus performed at every occasion, may it be a birth of a new born, anniversary or a welcome to the new season. The famous dance form of Rajasthan is Kalbelia, Terahtaali, Ghoomar, Chari, etc. Though dance is not the only art, music is considered important in the state of Rajasthan.

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5. WILDLIFE

Rajasthan is an abode to a number of species. It is known for diverse flora and fauna. Rajasthan lying in a desert region and having a varied topography is a home to various species. The Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve are well known wildlife sanctuaries in this dry- arid region.

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6. HAND BLOCK PRINTING & BLUE POTTERY

Rajasthan is famous for its art and craft. Hand block printing, especially Bagru pint with floral and leaf motifs are seen and worn by a large number. Another recognized traditional art is of blue pottery, which has its origins from Rajasthan in India. In it the color blue and its shades are kept as the base color. Lehariya is also a style which originated from the land of Rajasthan.

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7. MUSEUMS

Museums are built to showcase the in-depth history of a place and to know about its culture. The museums of Rajasthan throw limelight to its rich heritage and varied, and diversified culture. Rajasthan is known worldwide for 1st silver museum in the world, situated in Udaipur. Not to forget the oldest museum of the state- Albert Hall, Jaipur is known for its rare articles. The other museums include- Government Museum in Jodhpur & Ajmer, Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum in Jaipur, etc.

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