The architectural marvels of Rajasthan Forts and Palaces

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Forts and Palaces | Posted on 07-11-2014

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Rajasthan Forts and Palaces? Well, it can be anything from royalty, grandness, resistance, valour to even survival. In one word- the Rajasthan Forts are truly majestic.  India is dotted with innumerable forts and palaces, but nothing beats Rajasthan. Believe me, you actually need to travel to Rajasthan to experience the magic of these forts and the way they make you feel.

Well our Rajasthan Palaces Tour started with exploring the Amer Fort. It is perched on the Aravali hills and its known for its picturesque landscapes. The serene wavelets of the Maota Lake is all that you can ask for. Inside the Amer Fort, you can feel blessed to watch the intricate metal, glass and marble work. Personally speaking, for me, it was simply so much of beauty around me.

I wonder how much strength and hardship it must have taken during the ancient and the royal times to create something as formidable and elegant as the palaces of Rajasthan. I could actually feel myself thanking Raja Man Singh for constructing this fort in 1592. And for those who are into photography and archtectural studies, Amer fort is a must visit. You should see for yourself how it blends both the Rajput and Muslim style of architecture.

Then we moved towards another tourist hotspot, the Jaisalmer Fort. It was constructed in the 12 century and is known for being one of the most elegant Rajasthan Forts and Palaces.  The use of yellow sandstone to make Jaisalmer Fort makes it look like a huge ship that is sailing on golden sand. Thus, it is also known as the Ship Fort. It was built by Bhati Rajput Ruler Rao Jaisal in 1156 AD. One of the reasons why Jaisalmer is different from other Rajasthan forts is that it provides the necessary shelter to the population of Jaisalmer.

In fact, the number is 4000. nteresting facts about this fort is that it is 250 feet high and perched on the 80 feet sandstone hillock. I also came to know that this architectural piece has even influenced arts and aesthetics. For example, famous Indian film maker Satyajit Ray wrote a novel in which this fort was depicted. Later, a movie with the name of ‘Sonar kella’ was also made.

And our journey did not end here. We explored many more forts in Rajasthan, especially the ones that have been included in the world heritage sites by UNSECO. It was certainly a very educational and interesting experience. And we would come back again to continue with the tour! Encore!

Visit Rajasthan Forts to view the Living Testimony of Valiant History

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Rajasthan Forts and Palaces | Posted on 08-05-2013

Think of Rajasthan and the images of rugged forts, high walls and majestic ruins are sure to flash in front of your eyes! I have always been impressed by the ancient architecture these rocky buildings have. Since my teenage, I had always wished to visit Rajasthan to view closely the remarkable architecture of the forts in Rajasthan. My wish came true a couple of months back when Alex, my best buddy approached me with an idea of Rajasthan visit.

That is how our trip to Rajasthan took place. As Alex proposed me for Rajasthan tour, he contacted a reputed tour operator in Delhi, India and got the tour arrangements done. We reached Delhi in late evening and left for the state to see  monuments in Rajasthan in early morning next day.

Following Rajasthan Forts were on my list but I could visit few of them:

  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
  • Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
  • Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
  • Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
  • Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

The very moment we landed in the royal state, the rugged structure, the vibrantly attired people and the rural charm grabbed our attention. We took rest at a hotel in Rajasthan and left to see the Bikaner Fort. Also known as Junagarh Fort in Rajasthan, it was sprawling in a huge area and was enveloped by 986 m long wall. We could see the highlights of the fort including Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas and Rang Mahal. There are many Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tours available from which you can choose as per your interest and preferences. The courtyards, kiosks, balconies and windows everything about the fort was simply amazing.

Next was Mehrangarh Fort on our Rajasthan Forts tour. Constructed on a hillock, the fort is over 500 yards long. The imposing fort dominates the landscape. The majestic construction immediately insists you to stop at once.

Enveloping many palaces, renowned for their intricately carved beauty, the fort is among the largest forts in the country. Proclaiming an epic of splendour, the fort was built by adept statue carvers of Jodhpur. The fort marks many sieges and gates of the fort are still robust.

After visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, we headed towards the hotel we stayed in. We relished typical Rajasthani recipes including Gatte ki Sabji, Pyaz Kachori, Laddu and other various items. Though the food was a bit spicy yet we were delighted to enjoy a different taste. Jaisalmer Fort was another attraction in Rajasthan that we visited at the end of our tour. Set deep amidst the Thar Desert, the fortress speaks volume of being the last royal fortifications in the area.

Rugged structure, enchanting frescoes and excellent craftsmanship, is what we could elaborate about the famous Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan. It serves as an ideal amalgamation of Rajput and Islamic styles of architecture. After visiting Hawa Pol, Akshya Pol and Ganesha Pol of the Fort, I felt as if I was re-living the history.

Based on my experience, I would recommend Rajasthan Forts tour as it offers a lifetime experience to tourists, having inclination towards history.

Treasuring the Bygone Era on Jodhpur Travel

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Jodhpur Tour, Jodhpur Travel, Rajasthan Forts and Palaces, Rajasthan Tour, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 29-01-2013

In search of something new, I set out my tour to Rajasthan along with Kristina, my adorable sister. A short weekend break was a great opportunity for me to relax my agitated senses in the wonderful city of Rajasthan. We left from Delhi and soon we landed in the royal state of Rajasthan. We stayed in a three-star hotel in Jodhpur.

After refreshing myself, I was ready to explore Jodhpur, the Sun City. Standing gracefully on the threshold of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur takes pride in being the second biggest city in Rajasthan. The first look of the city takes you back to history. The magnificent forts and ruins insist you to surprise over the expert craftsmanship of the artisans of the olden days.

I started my Jodhpur tour with a visit to the “Mehrangarh Fort”, a formidable structure in Jodhpur. I heard from a common folk that it is one of the largest forts in the country. Lies around 400 feet above the city, the fort is encircled by impressive thick walls. The structure of the fort made me wonder that how skilfully the defensive steps used to be taken.

Left flabbergasted by the architecture of the fort, I left for Jaswant Thada, another popular attraction of Jodhpur. It lies near the Mehrangarh Fort. Other visitors on Jodhpur travel were also trying to figure out how it was built. The royal cenotaph built of white marble was constructed in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

The day ended and we were back to the hotel. I usually avoid oily and spicy food but I had to give my consent to it as Kristina was in a mood to savour the Rajasthani cuisine. We ordered a Rajasthani Thali that includes all the popular delicacies of the state like Gatte ki Sabji, Panchkuta and Pyaaz ki Kachori. Though the food was a bit spicy yet it was able to satiate our hunger.

We started our next day with a visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace. On being reached there, we were stunned with the grandiose structure of the palace. As the common folk told us that the structure took around 15 years to complete. Now it is serving as a heritage hotel and one section of the palace also houses a museum. I, along with Kristina enjoyed a visit to the museum. It was delightful to see the belongings of the royal, giving an insight of the bygone era.

I was contended with the experience of travel to Jodhpur that made me forget everything and enabled me to enjoy my short break up to the hilt.

Luni Rajasthan Combines Well to its Ancient Cultural Fashions

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Rajasthan Forts and Palaces, Rajasthan Tour, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 31-07-2012

Who claims to know Rajasthan and its rich culture better than me? After my business visit to Rajasthan, I have added one page more to my diary explaining prosperous and gigantic figure of historical attendance. Sure, I am not to engage you within the exercise of mouth but to bring out what has compelled me to write here. Luni destination in Rajasthan has been hangout-like destination to me, presenting the amiable hospitality, incredible monuments and an essence to royal era as well.

On the last month, I as a travel advisor had my footsteps ready to my some official tasks at Luni tourism by Airline. Luni is a small village about 40 km south of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and falls connected to this blue city by road and rail. With a stay to one of local guest houses there I moved out for official work at Luni. Here, I meant this village an appealing tourist attraction to gain cultural affairs. So I hired a Jeep and a guide to know the outskirts of the village after finishing my work.

The guide brought me to a Road-dhaba that is famous a lot there. At this local food place, servants in proper Rajasthani attire welcomed with smiles warmer than the weather. The dhabas were made out of mud and the roof from dried branches leave and abandon pieces of tarp, experiencing me to stay at rich-cultured village. They served me delectable tea in small bowls.

This history-combining village in Rajasthan, Luni has reminded me the royal past of Rajasthan. Its noble & indulgent interiors, energising gardens, warm cordial reception and architectural beauty are accountable to mesmerise you readers as I have been completely. Likewise, artisans in Luni ought to pursue their ancestral profession of carving metal, clay or wood into intricate forms.

Where as Luni’s Fort Chanwa has answered me to a salient piece of quality and the magnitude in Indian Architecture of the last century, Luni tourist places such as the imperial Mehrangarh Fort and Royal Umaid Bhawan Palace are fruitful to present me a mesmerising travel experience. This small bustling village of Rajasthan, Luni befalls placed in the shadow of fort walls attracting to the limitless tourists by the nearby fort.

Thereby, I have discerned well why our country is called a rich in its history more than other countries of the world. Truly the word-incredible is as an adornment to India, moulding it an encyclopaedia of Indian history. Luni attractions have entranced me to be a student of history again, thus have induced me to come again.

Discover the Splendor of Rajputana Royalty with Rajasthan Travel Guide-Part -1

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Places to see in Rajasthan, Rajasthan Forts and Palaces, Rajasthan Tour, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 07-12-2011

Rajasthan, the land of kings has always been my center of attraction. Its royalty, rich culture, glorious past, ancient monuments and warm hospitality have captivated my interest since my childhood. My most awaited dream came true when I embarked on this 14 days Rajasthan Tour with my two of my comrades-Khushboo and Neha.

We went to Rajasthan by car, and it took around five hours to reach there from Delhi. After reaching Mandawa, we took rest for sometime in our hotel. Then, we moved around the city to explore its fascinating havelis. The architectural splendor, the glorious past and the royal palaces just take you to a completely different world.

Our next halt was at Bikaner, which is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces. I was too eager to visit the Junagarh Fort for which I have heard a lot. We entered through the Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate, which is the main entrance of the fort. The fort includes 37 palaces and pavilions. It also houses a museum which has a rich collection of rare manuscripts, carpets, weapons, treaties, utensils and much more.

While visiting the Lalgarh Palace of Bikaner, we were completely enthralled. Khushboo clicked some photographs at different locations. Some part of the palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel. The amazing filigree work and meticulous latticework speak volume about the fort. As I have already read a lot about the fort, so I was aware of the library that it houses. I could not believe when I saw the rare collection of original Sanskrit manuscripts. It reflects that how rich the city was in terms of education. People were really inclined towards education and got all the support from the kings in old era as well.

While relaxing at night, we all were sharing our knowledge about the forts and palaces we visited during the day. The magnetic charm of the attractions kept us delighted during the tour and soon we were in the next destination-Jaisalmer.

Popularly referred as the Golden City of India, it is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert. Neha had already been to Jaisalmer, so she decided for us the must visit places in the city. Trusting on her knowledge of Rajasthan Travel Guide, we followed her and reached Sonar Kila (Also known as Jaisalmer Fort or Golden Fort). We could see both the excellence of Indian artwork and the magnificence of military. Neha insisted us to go for a Camel Safari and her decision was good. Riding on a camel’s back is not only exciting but also it enables you to explore the glimpses of rippling sand dunes.

After taking rest in hotel, we moved forward to our next destination-Jodhpur. Mehrangarh Fort was the first attraction, we visited there. This huge fort is located just five km away form the town. It houses a museum that comprises an interesting collection of weapons, wood antique furniture, musical instruments, costumes, paintings and many more.

When we reached Umaid Bhawan Palace, we felt as if we were in a royal era where all we could see the architectural splendor. Sprawled across 26 acres of land, the palace boasts of a marvelous architectural of ancient time. It has 347 rooms which reflect the marvel of the Indo-colonial and art deco style of the olden times.

A lie to the left of the fort complex is Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph. It is built of white marble. Some unique portraits of the earlier rulers of Jodhpur can also be seen here.

Enjoying each moment of the tour, we fell asleep and retired ourselves on the bed.

To be continued…

Discover the Charm of Magnificent Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan!

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Rajasthan Forts and Palaces | Posted on 25-08-2011

Having read about Rajasthan in several books and heard a lot about the grandeur of Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan, I too wanted to experience an oasis. My wish got fulfilled when I set forth to get a wonderful trip to the princely state of Rajasthan. This time, a group of my colleagues accompanied me on the trip.

The forts and palaces of Rajasthan have been living testimony of this heroic ground. The state is admired for wonderful destination cities like Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner and Chittorgarh. Embellished with rich architectural heritage, the forts and palaces of Rajasthan have made it achieve glory in the nation as renowned tourist spot. The forts of the place showcase distinct blend of Hindu as well as Mughal architectural styles. Expressive of the bygone era, these monuments are acknowledged for the great Rajasthan history.

A mark of rich traditions and culture, the monuments in the Rajasthan are one of the best ways to experience the royalty of this princely state.

Starting our journey from Delhi, we reached Mandawa in Rajasthan. After taking rest, we all were excited to experience the forts and palaces of Rajasthan, so we arrived at Bikaner.

Bikaner Fort
Bikaner fort is also referred to as the Junagarh Fort. Built by Raja Rai Singh. The fort comprises 37 bastions that are nicely complimented with different palaces, pavilions, towers and temples.

There is also an exquisitely carved Chandra Mahal. Adorned with mirrors and art works, it creates a beautiful scene. We also went to a museum inside this fort and came across a wide collection of ancient manuscripts, gems, carpets and royal weaponry.

Khimsar Fort
This 16th century old grand fort is a unique example of traditional Rajasthani architecture. This yellow coloured fort is now transformed into a heritage hotel. It offers a world-class accommodation with modern amenities for a royal experience.

Jaisalmer Fort
Built in 1156 A.D., the Jaisalmer fort is renowned as the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittaurgarh. The interior is decorated in typical Rajput style. The bastions, ramparts and the long-stretching walls of the fort dazzle amazingly during dawn and at dusk.

Mehrangarh Fort
As we entered in this wonderful fort in Jodhpur, we were stunned to see the marvels of architecture.

This majestic fort is among the finest forts of the royal land known for its imposing structure over 125 meters above rocky cliffs. It is sprawled over an area of 5 sq. km. For an easy access, there are seven gates.

City Palace
Situated in Udaipur, the City Palace is a heritage building. It showcases the finest elements of ancient Rajput culture and the arts. We entered through the ‘Elephant Gate’, which is popularly referred as the ‘Hathi Pol’. The architecture of this palace displays aesthetic beauty of the exquisite artwork.

Other Attractions of Udaipur, which we visited, include Jagmandir Palace, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, Jagdish Temple and Folk Art Museum.

Chittorgarh Fort
On our Udaipur excursion, we reached Chittorgarh. We visited The Chittaurgarh Fort which is among the famous forts of Rajasthan. Located on a 180 meter high hill in the Chittor District, this fort boasts of the finest glimpses of architectural wonder. This fort has a majestic construction that just captivated our attention.

Amber Fort
Situated in Jaipur, Amber fort is a majestic and stately fort. Built by Raja Man and completed by Sawai Jai Singh, this fort is made in while marble and red sand stone. The fort houses a famous temple Jai Mandir which has Sheesh Mahal. When we entered in the mahal, we saw a beautiful hall of mirrors which are artistically set and illumine the hall amazingly.

Hawa Mahal
This architectural marvel is situated in Jaipur. Renowned for its five-storied pyramid-shaped facades, this palace has 953 small windows. These windows are referred as ‘Jharokha’ and adorned with tiny lattice work.

The tour experience of Rajasthan still fills my heart with delightful memories.

Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tour- Day I

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Posted by Jagjit | Posted in Rajasthan Forts and Palaces | Posted on 09-09-2010

Havelis of JaisalmerHavelis of Jaisalmer

Seeking a royal experience I stepped into the land of raja-maharajas, Rajasthan. Although there are several baits that lure me to this destination again and again but nothing compares the charm of its royalty. This time I was here to explore its stunning palaces and majestic forts, each having its own glorious story to tell. This time my sister Jyoti and my cousin sister Rubal joined me on the trip.

The first tour of Rajasthan on our itinerary was the Jaisalmer Tour. This city with the element of quaint romanticism fascinates tourists with its Golden fort, stunning havelis, Desert festival, Desert National Park and mystic sand dunes. Our guide told us that many Hollywood celebrities have also visit this city to see its attractions.

Jaisalmer is popularly known as the Golden City which was founded by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. At one point of time it was also an important part of a trade route connecting India to Egypt, Persia, Africa, Arabia and the West. Our first halt was Jaisalmer Fort which is known as Sonar Quila (the Golden Fort). It is still a living fort which makes it all the more attractive. The fort is no less than a town with hundreds of people residing inside it. The fort was built on Trikuta hill by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. And the fort derived its name from him. The fort is made of yellow sandstone reflecting the perfect amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan. Its fortified walls, ninety nine bastions, architectural beauty and glorious history make it a famous attraction of Jaisalmer. The view of the city from the top of the fort was awe-inspiring. We were completely mesmerized by the charm of this wondrous fort.

Next we went to treat our sense with the stunning beauty of the famous havelis of Jaisalmer. The havelis of Jaisalmer are renowned for their architectural beauty and age-old charm. We visited the most famous havelis –Salim Singh ki haveli, Patwon ki haveli and Nathmal ji ki haveli. We were overwhelmed to see their fascinating architecture and interior decoration. The carvings on the walls and ceilings, mirror work, lattice work and stone and wood work are their striking features.

Salim Singh ki Haveli: Built in the 17th century, this haveli boasts of eye catching architectural beauty. There are 38 balconies in the haveli, each having a unique design. The Ship palace inside the haveli is a must-see attraction.

Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli: Designed by the two Muslim brothers Hathi and Lulu, this haveli was built in 1885 by Diwan Mohata Nathmal, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. One interesting feature of this haveli is that the architect brothers made two halves of the building based on the same plan but they turned out to be dissimilar and were joined together by a façade.

Patwon ki Haveli: This opulent haveli is a structure with five different houses. The first and the most impressive section of this haveli was built in 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa( a rich merchant) and later new sections were added to it by his successors. Two sections of the haveli are still occupied by the successors of the merchant. The other two sections belong to the Archaeological Survey of India and the rest have shops in them.

Our last and the most enchanting attraction was a camel safari on the sand dunes of Jaisalmer. As we were exploring the desert on a camel I was feeling as if we have been transported to a wonderland. The dramatic surroundings, peaceful ambiance and adventurous journey left us completely spell bound.

Day 2 Jodhpur Kite Festival

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Posted by Sanjog | Posted in Jodhpur Tour, Rajasthan Festival, Rajasthan Forts and Palaces, Rajasthan Tour | Posted on 08-04-2010

Jodhpur Kite FestivalJodhpur Kite Festival

“Soaring high is my nature”, this is the slogan of my school which I used to proudly tell my friends and relatives. I would always take pride in it and I still do. This slogan sits smug on the colorful and wonderful Desert Kite festival of Jodhpur.

Fairs and Festivals are inherently woven into the colorful fabric of the rich culture of Rajasthan. After a delicious breakfast I was all set to fly on the wings of entertainment in the wonderful Desert Kite festival of Jodhpur. It is one of the most famous festivals of the city which attracts scores of tourists and locals from far and wide. Youth takes the lead and make the festival a memorable event.

As I reached the Polo Ground, the venue of the festival, my senses were greeted with the sights of several kites flying high in the sky. Oh! It was so overwhelming to see the colorful kites fashioned into wonderful designs. The sight reminded me of a quote which I cherish a lot.“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” My sincere apology to the author of this quote as I don’t remember his name. This festival is truly uplifting as it unfolds many different meanings to many different people.

The kite festival is celebrated with great fervor on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in Jodhpur. Makar Sankranti marks the end of winters and beginning of Spring bringing people great joy. Stretching for 3 days, this festival culminates at the stunning Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is an international kite festival which draws spectators from across the globe. Kite makers and fliers had gathered here from countries such as UK, US, Belgium, South Africa, Germany and Malaysia.

I had never seen such a colorful sky before. No wonder children eagerly wait for this festival which I could sense from their faces brimming with bright smiles. Children released colorful balloons in the sky and the Air Force helicopters released numerous beautiful kites. There was one more message that was being conveyed by the festival. The sky has no boundary, it is limitless. Similarly we as the human beings should embrace all without building the walls of cast, creed, color, social status, religion and nationality. We should broaden our thinking like the horizon of the sky.

The International Kite festival of Jodhpur packed my day with entertainment, fun and adventure and the memory of the event will surely linger on and on.

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur: A Short but Remarkable Voyage to History

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Posted by Sanjog | Posted in Places to see in Rajasthan, Rajasthan Forts and Palaces, Rajasthan Tour | Posted on 12-03-2010

 Albert hall Museum, jaipur Albert hall Museum, jaipur

Museums, being great centres for learning history, serve as entertaining & exciting place for all the history buffs. On my trip to Jaipur, I did not pay much attention to this element. But while making notes of pleasurable memories of my trip, I realized that the Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur was actually a great centre for learning. Serving as the oldest in Rajasthan, Albert Hall Museum showcases an exquisite collection of metal ware, decorative wares, miniature Rajasthani portraits, sculptures, and an Egyptian Mummy.

While glaring at the photographs, I started recalling each and every corner of the museum that mesmerizes countless tourists from all over the globe. Constructed in 1876, Albert Hall or the Government Central Museum offers a unique Indo – Sarcenic architecture. This veritable treasure trove was built by Maharaja Ram Singh under the supervision of Lt. Swinton Jacob (a British army officer), for his personal use.

When I arrived at Ramniwas Gardens (the place where Albert Hall Museum is located), I was amazed to see the age old Rajputana glory that is still retained in the monuments in the native area. Moreover, a zoo, greenhouse, aviary and a sports ground adjacent to the museum also add to the beauty of the place.

First thing I came across in the compound was a Rajasthan village scene that is made lively with costumes, furniture, pottery and brassware. Another amazing part of the museum is the Persian Garden Carpet, which is certainly among India’s finest art treasures. A guide there told me that this garden carpet was made in Kerman, Persia in 1632. It is so beautiful that people call it ‘the garden of paradise’.

The guide also took me to Rabindra Manch, which serves as an auditorium, a modern art gallery and an open air theater. It hosts a few cultural events on different occasions. In the inner courtyard, the galleries depict the uniqueness of the dresses and jewelery of all the classes and tribes of Rajasthani people. As I was running short of time, I started concluding my visit. But that was a superb experience. I had not been to any museum since I did my schooling. So it reminded me of my golden days as well.

Mandawa Tour: A land equivalent to an open art gallery

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Posted by Sanjog | Posted in Places to see in Rajasthan, Rajasthan Festival, Rajasthan Forts and Palaces, Rajasthan Tour | Posted on 11-02-2010

Khimsar Forts Mandawa Haveli

Rajasthan is undoubtedly one of the most incredible and impressive tourist destinations of India. The moment you start exploring it, you come across amazing and fascinating attractions. The royalty and beauty of this land take the tourists to the times of raja-maharaja. Mandawa is one such destination of rajasthan where there is so much to see and experience as a tourist. I recently visited this place and came back completely mesmerized by its architectural beauty and pleasant aura.

Located in the Shekhawati region( well known for its awe-inspiring architectural work) of Rajasthan, Mandawa is a beautiful fort town. Tourists from across the globe come here to see its famous havelis( mansions ), temples, chhatris( cenotaphs) and frescoes. The glorious history of this town dates back to 1755. To give a royal taste to tourists the havelis here have been converted into heritage hotels.

My first halt was Mandawa Fort which dominates the land of this town. It has been converted into a heritage hotel known for its architectural brilliance. I was completely spell bound by the architectural beauty and royal ambiance of the fort. My guide Joginder Singh told me about the history of the fort and the interesting stories of the then raja-maharajas. The walls of the apartments of the fort are adorned with mesmerizing frescoes and paintings. The carvings and mirror work deserve special mention. One of the apartments named Durbar Hall fascinated me a lot with its wonderful paintings, carvings and antiques. The fort offers breathtaking views of the town. Here one also gets a chance to see the royal costumes of the kings and their fierce weapons.

My next destinations were the havelis of Mandawa which are like art galleries. From royal architecture to lavishly painted apartments, beautiful paintings touching various themes and exquisite carvings, all can be seen in these havelis. Some of the havelis I visited were jhunjhunwala Haveli, Murmuria Haveli and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. Each of the haveli had its own unique charm and beauty.

In the evening I explored the bazaar of Mandawa and bought a beautiful painting and a carved chair. It was such a great experience to travel to Mandawa.

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