Rajasthan: Among the Favourite Holiday Destinations in India

The topography of Rajasthan is diverse with shining sand dunes of the Thar Desert, hilly tracts of Aravallis and the flat plains of Bharatpur region. It is the land of royals and warriors, and a symbol of glory and bravery. Setting it apart from other places in India are its backdrop of the Aravalli mountain range, besides rich heritage, vibrant culture, wildlife and forests. The grandness of the architectural heritage of this place is reflected in its prominent structures such as the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Lake Palace Hotel, Dilwara Jain Temples, Chittorgarh Fort and Jaisalmer Havelis. Thus, Rajasthan is considered among the favourite holiday destinations in India. This state covers an area of over 343000 sq km with its capital city being Jaipur.

Jaipur

Referred to as the Pink City, Jaipur is located about 260 km from Delhi and 240 km from Agra. This city was named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who founded it. It is home to many ancient forts and monuments, like Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall, Moti Doongri and Gaitore. Another popular attraction of this place is the Galtaji Temple, which is famous for its natural springs.

Galtaji Temple

The Galtaji Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage centre located at a distance of 10 km from Jaipur. This 18th century temple was built by Diwan Rao Kriparam, who was an attendant of Sawai Jai Singh II. There are natural water springs and 7 holy kunds (water tanks) in the premises of this temple that are considered sacred by Hindus. Amongst all the kunds, the Galta Kund is believed to be the holiest. According to popular beliefs, it is auspicious to take a bath in the pure springs of Galtaji. The best time to come to the Galtaji Temple is during the Makar Sankranti Festival when devotees take auspicious bath; however, it can be visited all through the year. To make a visit to this famous temple, choose for those Jaipur tour packages that include a trip to this place.

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