Top Monuments Tours Packages in Rajasthan
Jaipur Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Birla Temple
Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthan fort-palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. Its rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate refinement. Painted scenes of hunting and war adorn the walls with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster. One can reach the fort through snaking pathways on elephant back.
Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes, Havelis, Jaisalmer Fort
Havelis, Jaisalmer: The beautiful sandstone mansions of Jaisalmer’s wealthy merchants are known as ‘havelis’. Patwon ki Haveli is the most convoluted and outstanding of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It stands in a narrow lane and one of its apartments is painted with stunning murals. Salim Singh ki Haveli was built about 300 years ago and a part of this is still being used as residence. It was owned by Salim Singh, a former prime minister of the state of Jaisalmer and has a arched roof with superb carved brackets inn the form of peacocks. .
Ajmer Taragarh Fort,Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti,Ana Sagar Lake
Ajmer always had great strategic importance and was sacked by Mahumud of Ghazni on one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan. Later it became a favorite residence of the great Moghula. One of the
first contacts between the Moghula and the British occurred in Ajmer when Sir Thomas Roe met with Jahangir here in 1616. The city was subsequently taken by the Scindias and, in 1818, it was handed over to the British, becoming one of the few places in Rajasthan controlled directly by British rather than being part of a princely state.
Pushkar Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple
Pushkar is a famous town in Rajasthan, India. Pushkar refers to being born from flower. According to Hindu mythology, a swan was released by the Gods. Its beak carried a lotus. The idea was to get that lotus fall to the earth. At that spot where the lotus would fall, Brahma was supposed to perform a big yagna. As the lotus fell at this place, Pushkar got its name. Pushkar, 14 kms from Ajmer, is one of the five consecrated pilgrimage sites for the devout Hindus. It is also called by the name of “Tirth Raj”, referring to its supreme status amongst all pilgrimage sites. For more facts about the place, you may browse through Pushkar General Info.
Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada
Perched on a rocky cliff at the height of 125m, the Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most indelible sights you will ever see. A winding road leads up the four gates that guard the entrance to this monolith. Begin your exploration from the Fort’s museum, a good way to get introduced to much of what you will experience later. This little history tour through the museum will get you acquainted with the opulent lifestyles of the Maharajas, their ornately decorated and exquisitely carved palanquins and howdahs (Elephant seats) put our humble automobiles to shame.
Bikaner Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Karni Mata Temple
Ninteen miles south of Bikaner, on the road to Jodhpur stands the shrine of Karni Mata. a charan woman endowed with spiritual powers. The temple itself is extremely attractive with a richly carved entrance and solid silver doors adorned with images of Gods and Goddesses. These were donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh.
One panel features Karni Mata standing on a footstool holding a trident, surrounded by rats. These harmless creatures scurry around the huge metal bowls full of sweetmeats, milk and grain donated by devotees..
Bharatpur Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, popularly known as Bharatpur is India’s best known bird sanctuary. This 28.7 square kilometre mixed wetland, woodland, grass and scrub is home to 400 plus species of birds. Only 175 kms from New Delhi, Bharatpur is on the Agra – Jaipur road and a pleasant 3 hour drive from the capital. Keoladeo is both a Ramsar and World Heritage site.
If you are new to birding or you are visiting India for birding, Bharatpur should certainly be at the heart of your plans. With its paved walkways,
Chittorgarh Fort, Victory Tower, Tower of Fame
Standing on a rocky plateau on a 500 feet high hill, the 700 acre fort went through three sieges, and each time Chittor turned out the loser. But that did not mean that the fort was inferior to any other in Rajasthan. It was just that that the Rajputs had a habit of riding out to meet the enemy outside the safety of their walls instead of allowing the enemy to launch the first assault. The first time the fort was stormed in 1303AD, it was purely for matters of the heart. Alauddin Khilji fell in love with Rani Padmini the moment he heard of her and decided to take Chittor and subsequently Padmini.
Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort
When we talk about the best national parks in the world, particularly in the South Asia,Ranthambore National Park is one of the common names that is tossed. Ranthambore is also considered to be one of the largest (in terms of area) and of course famous tiger reserve in India. Ranthambore is located in Sawai Madhopur
Udaipur Lake Palace, City Palace, Sahelion-Ki-Bari, Jaisamand lake
Saheliyon Ki Bari is one of the most beautiful and popular destination in Udaipur. The garden lies in the northern part of the city, on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Saheliyon Ki Bari is famous for its lush green lawns, fountains and kiosks, a delightful lotus pool and marble elephants. There is also a small museum here; of which the main attraction are some stuffed cobras.
The crowning jewel of Indo-Islamic architecture, the Taj Mahal is one of the world’s most beautiful and beloved structures. The monument was built in Agra, India, for Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Construction of the tomb began in 1632 and employed more than 20,000 laborers for 20 years.
India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931. Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, Located on Rajpath, the road which leads to the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan, the gate is 160 feet high with an arch of 138 feet. Built from sandstone, the arch also houses the Eternal Flame, a gesture in memory of the Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the 1971 war with Pakistan.
The Qutab Minar is 15 km south of New Delhi, rises high into the firmament over looking an entire area – named Mehrauli – which is dotted with ruins of Islamic monuments. The minar or tower itself is 73 metres high, its diameter 15 metre at the base and just 2 and a ½ metres at the top. It has five distinct storeys, the first three are of red sandstone, and the fourth and fifth of marble and sandstone. Each storey has a projecting balcony. The ornamental work on the tower only reinforces the impressive stature of the tower.
Majestic and magnificent, the Red Fort or the Lala Qila is a symbol of Mughal architectural excellence. Built by one of the greatest emperors of the Mughal dynasty, Emperor Shahjahan, the Red Fort is an important landmark of Delhi. India’s history is also closely linked with this fort. It was from here that the British deposed the last Mughal ruler, Bhadur Shah Zafar, marking the end of the three century long Mughal rule.
At first sight, the Jantar Mantar appears like a gallery of modern art. It is, however, an observatory. Sawai Jia Singh II of Jaipur (1699-1743), a keen astronomer and a noble in the Mughal court, was dissatisfied by the errors of brass and metal astronomical instruments. Under patronage from the emperor, he set on himself the task of correcting the existing astronomical tables and updating the almanac with more reliable instruments. Delhi’s Jantar Mantar is the first of the five observatories that he built with large masonary instruments.
It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith, located in Kalkaji, south of Delhi. Shaped like a half opened Lotus flower, this temple is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Bahai’s Temple is a marvel of modern architecture, which is visible from several spots in south Delhi.
The Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds was built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh for the ladies of the royal household to look out to the outside world without breaking purdah. It is actually a facade consisting of five tiers made up of arches, balconies, and perforated screens or jalis set into the palace walls along Jaipur’s main street. Pratap Singh was a devotee of Krishna and dedicated the Hawa Mahal to him. In her book “A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharini of Jaipur”, Gayatri Devi describes her first visit to the Hawa Mahal-circa 1940.
Jal Mahal is an 18th century pleasure palace and is located in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The palace is perched amidst Mansagar lake, which is in turn nestled amongst the Nahargarh hills. The Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur is noted for its sophisticated design and grand architecture. The Palace was developed as a pleasure spot and was used for the royal duck shooting parties.
The Agra Fort is situated on a bank of the River Yamuna in Agra. It was built during the years 1565 and 1574 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great. Later, his grandson, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, added to the palaces and structures within the fort. The Agra Fort has a mighty wall made of red sandstone, which runs for 2 ½ Kilometers around the perimeter of the fort. The main entrance to the Agra Fort is through a grand gateway called the Delhi Gate, which is decorated with inlay work in white marble. The Agra Fort is partially occupied by the Indian Army and sections of the fort are restricted for tourists. There is another entrance through which tourists can enter; this is called the Amar Singh Gate.