Places to visit in Rajasthan

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Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Keoladeo Ghana National Park was inaugurated during 1733 by the Maharaja of Bharatpur. It remained an exclusive duck hunting area owned by Maharaja Suraj till 1965 when hunting was declared as illegal. It was accorded the status of a national park during 1983 and is presently acts as a breeding ground for more than 375 species.

It is normally advisable to visit the Park during October and February as it is the time when majority of the migratory birds visit it. Birds are mostly seen during evening or early morning. A couple of often seen species are heron, kingfishers, egrets, Saras ctranes, geese, cormorants and owls.

Amber Fort

Built during 1592, Amber Fort is a fortified palace. It was set up by the erstwhile monarch of Amber, Maharaja Man Singh I. The fort is one of the finest hilltop forts of India and has been carved out of a hillside. The fort is located just beside Moata Lake. Tourists can enter the fort on their feet or enjoy an exciting elephant ride. Jeeps are available as well.

The first court within the fort is named Jaleb Chowk – it is full of decked up elephants and a number of souvenir shops. The Shila Devi Temple has been devoted to Goddess Kali, the deity of war. The Diwan-i-Am or Hall of Public Audience has well decorated walls and terraces.

City Palace

The City Palace of Jaipur is locally referred to as Chokri Sarhad. It is a giant complex comprising several courtyards, buildings and gardens. The palace offers a fantastic combination of Rajasthani and Mughal styles of architecture. Jai Singh built the outer wall but the structure has seen constant upgradations, some of whom have been completed during the 20th century itself.

The Mubarak Mahal

The Mubarak Mahal, also referred to as Welcome Palace, is a gallery for showcasing the very best in local textiles, musical instruments and clothing. It earlier used to be a reception area for important people who visited the kingdom.

Sileh Khana

Sileh Khana is placed right next to Mubarak Mahal. It is basically an armory, which has a commendable collection of ceremonial weaponry like pistols made from diamond and gold, helmets, daggers with two blades and steel maces. Daggers have been used to spell out the welcome sign.

Following are some other important tourist attractions in Rajasthan:

  • Junagarh Fort
  • Ranthambhore National Park
  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Sariska Reserve and National Park
  • Mehrangarh
  • Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Bamnera
  • Mount Abu
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