Rajasthan: 8 things to see, the temple of the mice, Palace of the Winds
Rajasthan trip, what to see and do including temples, forts and palaces Rajput and Mughal styles, how to get there.
Travel Guide Rajasthan
Located in the northwestern part of India, the Rajasthanal lies on the border with Pakistan, with a territory divided into two parts by the Aravalli Mountains. The north-west, which includes part of the Thar Desert, is characterized by sandy soils and dry, while in the south-east the terrain is mostly flat and hilly, suitable for agriculture.
The state of Rajasthan is one of the most attractive destinations of India, which houses ancient traditions and cities with forts, temples and palaces refined style Rajput and Mughal, fascinating evidence of the meeting of different cultures that have marked the history of the country. The state is well connected with other parts of India and is easily accessible from Delhi and Mumbai. Jaipur is the capital, other important cities are Bikaner, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Udaipur and Kota.
What to see in Rajasthan
Amber, is located near the ancient capital than today Japur. Here is the complex of the Royal Palace and Fortress, located on the slope of a hill, overlooking the lake Maota. The Mansingh Palace, started building under Mansingh I in 1592, is the oldest part of which, with various additions and alterations, reached the final appearance in the eighteenth century. Today it houses an archaeological museum, to reach it you must walk up on the hill, or climb aboard a jeep or riding an elephant.
Jaipur: from 1728 the state capital, named after its founder, Maharaja Jai Singh II, and is known as the Pink City, the predominant color of its houses. Surrounded by a great wall, has several monuments, including the Jantar Mantar, built by King Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734, an astronomical observatory in the open, with large tools built in masonry. The Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, built in 1799, is an eight-story building whose facade, finely worked, is full of niches and windows, in the past useful to the women of the court to watch the life of the city without being seen. The City Palace, still the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, is a complex of a building with many courtyards, two museums and an armory.
Pushkar, located in the district of Ajmer at an altitude of about 500 meters above sea level, is one of the oldest cities of India. Is one of the sacred places of greatest importance for pelligrinaggi Hindu temples are numerous, one of the main attractions is the Pushkar Lake, considered sacred by the popular beliefs.
Udaipur, located in the south, close to the state of Gujarat, was founded by Udai Singh II of Mewar in 1568, on the banks of the artificial lake Pichola. Known as the city of lakes, offers enchanting landscapes and fairytale palaces, built in the Mughal-Rajput style.
Jodhpur, said City Blue, for the blue color of the houses of the brahmin, and City of the Sun, to the sunny weather throughout the year, is dominated by an imposing fortress, Mehrangarh Fort, a charming medieval town, with all ‘inner palaces, temples and gardens, from the top you can enjoy an exceptional view over the city.
Jaisalmer is situated on ancient trade routes from Arabia and Africa, in the picturesque Thar Desert. In the heart of the city stands the magnificent Fort, known as Sonar Quila. Founded in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal Singh, the Rajput dynasty, the imposing building of yellow sandstone, shines during the day as a gold tiara, while the sun goes down buy a honey-gold color, dissolving in the desert. The fort is populated by many people, who live and work in it, formed mostly by buildings carved in yellow sandstone. The Royal Palace, Raj Mahal, is the main attraction. A Jaisalmer in February of every year there is the Festival of the Desert.
Bikaner, located in the Thar Desert, is known for rug weaving, and also as the city of camels. To visit the Junagarh Fort, a large complex protected by a wall of red sandstone, formed by 37 bastions, which guards inside the palace shaped maze and various temples. From Bikaner you can visit the Jain temples Bandeshwar and, continuing, about 30 kilometers away is the village of Deshnoke, famous for the Karni Mata Temple, also known as the Temple of the mice, as crowded with hundreds of mice that are fed by the priests and Hindus, who consider them sacred.
Agra, is located in the western part of the state of Uttar Pradesh, northern India, on the banks of the river Yamuna. It’s famous for the Taj Mahal, a grand mausoleum built between 1631 and 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his dead wife in 1631. A masterpiece of Muslim art in India, is inserted between the heritage of humanity Unesco.