Rajasthan is a state located in the western part of India. Being the largest in size, this state has a lot to offer. It is the abode of the Thar Desert, Mount Abu, numerous forts and palaces, lakes, national parks and to finish it all, typical lip smacking Rajasthani food. The vibrant colour and heritage of the state can be the perfect destination for you and your loved ones. In this article, we have assembled for you the best of what the city has to offer in terms of historical monuments and places. Read to find out more about this place.
1. City Palace, Jaipur
The uniqueness in the construction style of this palace makes it rather praise worthy. The combined Mughal and British styles of architecture used by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya still stands tall in the heart of the city. The palace is the residence of the Maharaja or Ruler of Jaipur. The well decorated gates, the auspicious halls, the intricate design on the pillars and the whole ambience of the city makes the City Palace one of the most visited places in the state of Rajasthan. You would not want to miss out on this one while planning your trip.
2. Amer Fort
The Amer Fort in Jaipur is dedicated to Goddess Amba who is referred to as the Mother Goddess by the locals. Maota Lake next to this fort adds to the beauty of this world-famous place and is also the principle source of water inside the fort. Sandstone and marble are the two main constructing materials. This fort is also known for the halls inside it. There was one made for kings and rulers and the other one was built for the commoners. They were named “diwan I khas” and “diwan I aam” respectively. Statistics say that around 5000 visitors come to this fort and is a must watch for all. The 2013 session of the UNESCO meeting had declared this marvel to be a world heritage site.
3. Jaisalmer Fort
Also, declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in the 2013 session, Jaisalmer fort is one the most famous places in the state of Rajasthan. It is a marvellous piece of architecture constructed by the Rajput ruler, Rawal Jaiswal. Made of yellow sandstone, this massive fort stands amidst the Thar Desert adding to the mesmerising charm of it. The rays of the setting sun impart a splendid golden colour to the fort and hence it is often referred to as “Shonar kella”. The Oscar winning director, Mr. Satyajit Ray has a Bengali film named after this fort. If you are planning to visit Rajasthan in the near or far future, make sure to check this fort out.
4. Guru Shikhar, Mount Abu
Mount Abu is a part of the splendid Aravalli mountain range and to view the best of it all, a visit to Guru Shikar is almost mandatory. As the name suggests, the Guru Shikar is placed right on top of the range and it is the highest point a commoner can reach. The temple is dedicated to Guru Dattatreya. He is considered to be an incarnation of the three Hindu Gods namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The breath-taking view as you watch amongst the clouds will make your trip to this temple unforgettable. The serenity and tranquillity of this temple will calm your inner soul and bring peace to the mind.
5. Ranthambore Fort
Constructed during the reign of the Chauhan Rajputs in India, the Ranthambore Fort stands glorious in all its beauty. It is located inside the Ranthambore National Park. Hundreds of tourists’ flock to this fort every year while travelling in Rajasthan. It would not come off as a surprise when you know that is was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO back in 2013. Although this served as a glory to the Hindu rulers, the Ranthambore Fort was also annexed by Muslim ruler, Mohammad Ghori.