Historical Forts of Jaipur

The capital city of Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a popular tourist attraction in India. This destination has been ranked as the 7th best place in Asia by the Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey. Spending vacations in Jaipurrender opportunities to explore vibrant colours and rich legacy of the incredible country. Established by the ruler of Amber – Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in the year 1727, this place is home to various historical edifices, including palaces and monuments. Jaipur is one of the most frequented destinations in the country and is included in the Golden Triangle circuit along with the capital of the nation, New Delhi and city of Agra.

Jaipur is home to a number of historical attractions, which feature breathtaking architectural beauty and are worth visiting. These exemplary forts are ancient and speak a lot about the rich history of India. One of the most popular holiday packages for this city is the one that includes the three most prominent attractions of the Pink City – Nahargarh Fort, Amer Palace and Jaigarh Fort.

Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort

Situated on the edge of the rolling hills of Aravalli range, the Nahargarh Fort offers a breath-taking view of the city. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II – the founder of Jaipur constructed this magnificent structure in the year 1734. This place served as a summer retreat to the kings and emperors. The palace was originally named as Sudarshangarh and was later renamed. There are several stories about the reason behind renaming, one of which says that it was renamed after Nahar Singh Bhomia. It is believed that the spirit of this person haunted the area where the establishment was built and it also obstructed the process of construction. Dripping with folklores and historical legacies, this place is a must-visit site.

Amer Palace

Amer Palace

Amer Palace

Built by Raja Man Singh I, the Amer Palace lies atop a hill in the outskirts of Jaipur. The construction of the original edifice dates back to the early years of the 16th century. This structure features splendid architectural design rich with intricate carvings and is renowned for exquisite depictions of Hindu elements. This place has serene surroundings characterised by the view of the distant Maota Lake. The building is divided into four main sections, each offering captivating sights to the onlookers.

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort

Positioned on the promontory of Cheel ka Teela or Hill of Eagles in the Aravalli hills, Jaigarh Fort was built by Jai Singh II in the year 1726. This structure, made up of red sandstone, was constructed in order to protect another palace – Amber. Popularly called as Victory, this historical edifice sprawls across an area of 3 kilometres and is approximately one kilometre wide. The building features Rajputana style of architecture and is surrounded by beautifully manicured verdant gardens. The complex of the palace features an armoury, a museum, Aram Mandir, Vilas Mandir, Lalit Mandir and Laxmi Vilas. The museum exhibits stamps, regal Jaipuri photographs and other artefacts. Jaivana Canon – largest wheeled cannon of the Early Modern Era in the world is also displayed here.

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The Local Markets of Jodhpur

The first thing that comes to the mind of vacationers while planning a holiday to Rajasthan is the vast sand dunes of the region along with exciting camel safaris. This land of Rajputanas has much more than these aforementioned highlights. Rajasthan is located in the western area of India and is among the largest states of the nation in terms of area. It is bordered by regions of Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, and also shares its boundary with Pakistan. The region is situated along the vast stretch of Aravalli Hill Range and mostly includes the arid areas of Thar Desert. In ancient times, the area was under the dominion of local Rajputs, Mughals and finally the British. Each of these empires had an impact on the culture and traditions of the region that can still be witnessed in its various art forms. These forms are a part of the locally made textiles, artefacts and handicrafts, which are sold in several markets of the state. Tourists can purchase the same during Rajasthan tour India and take them back as souvenirs.

Sardar Market

Sardar Market, Jodhpur

Sardar Market, Jodhpur

The bustling Sardar Market is located in the Jodhpur city of the state and lies close to the Clock Tower – built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. This shopping street is named after the Maharaja and was established several years ago.

Maharaja Sardar Singh

Maharaja Sardar Singh

This place is a vibrant and lively bazaar that caters to all the needs of locals and travellers coming from various parts of the world. Its narrow streets are lined with several big and small shops that offer a wide range of handicrafts, traditional jewellery, local attires, Rajasthani slippers, authentic Indian spices and fresh fruits and vegetables.

This shopping street stretches from the Sojati Gate and reaches till the Clock Tower. It is among the most sought-after destinations for shopaholics in the state. It is frequented by travelers from all over the globe, who come to explore the ancient and contemporary traditions of the region. People can also discover the ancient art form of Bandhini – a resist-dyeing technique that is still practised in the market. There are numerous spice shops on this street and nearby locations that are world famous for their products, such as herbal teas and condiments. Frequent travelers recommend that a visit to these shops provide an insight into the rich culture of the state.

Visitors on Jodhpur holidays can explore a variety of such places in the entire city. The Mochi Bazaar is famous for lac works, such as lac bangles and other ornaments. The station road market is renowned for its leather work and people come here to purchase exquisitely designed embroidered shoes. These streets are also ideal places for avid photographers as they can capture the colorful atmosphere of the place on their lenses. It is advisable that travelers should visit these markets during the auspicious festivities celebrated here as these shopping streets are beautifully decorated. Most of these shopping areas are in proximity to the railway stations and bus stops, and people coming from flights can also opt for local means of transportation to reach these locations.

 

Vintage Car Rally and Hot Air Ballooning in Rajasthan

Rajasthan, located towards the north-western part of India, is a desert region. However, it is one the most-toured destinations of the country. Being home to grand palaces, scenic lakes and holy temples, this destination can be an ideal location for a holiday with friends and family. It is also known for its traditional culture that has been kept alive by the local people. Be it their dressing, lifestyle or cuisine, Rajasthanis have a great love for their culture. Another interesting highlight that draws a number of tourists, especially international tourists to this region is the festivals and fairs that are held here all across the year. Some of the prominent fairs and festivals organised in this state are Pushkar Fair, Nagaur Fair, Kumbhalgarh Festival, Kite Festival, Summer Festival, Vintage Car Rally and Desert Festival. Most packages of Rajasthan tours offer a chance to be a part of any these and other festivals and fairs of this wonderful destination.

Vintage Car Rally

Vintage Car Rally, Rajasthan

Vintage Car Rally, Rajasthan

The car rally of vintage cars happens in January every year in the Pink City of India – Jaipur. Over the years, it has created a niche for itself and has become popular among car lovers from across the globe. This event sees cars from yesteryears congregating from different parts of the country. Their proud owners take part in this gala of a event to showcase their prized possessions. Over the years, some of the vehicles that have been part of this festival are the Morris 8 of 1938, the Mercedes Benz 170V of 1936, the Humber of 1903, the 1923 Austin, the Fiat 501 and the Erskine of 1923. A good thing about these old vehicles is that they are well-maintained and in usable condition. It is a treat to take rides in them as they give an opportunity to enjoy the classy lifestyle of the people from the bygone era. Interestingly, these vintage cars are offered for joy rides and marriages.

In general, the year decided for considering a car to be vintage in European countries is after World War I; however, in India, the cut-off year is before 1939.  All motor cars that were manufactured after 1939 are classified into the Classic category. Though this event has gained popularity across the nation; however, the only drawback is the number always remains constant as import of classic cars in the country is not allowed.

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning, Rajasthan

Hot Air Ballooning, Rajasthan

In recent times, another exciting thing that has been happening in Rajasthan to attract foreign tourists is hot air ballooning. This activity is offered at Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Jodhpur. The ideal time to indulge in this activity is considered to be the time when wind is calm.  Since there are no seats in the basket, which is attached to the air balloon, partakers need to stand that too in a confined space. However, flying in the air and witnessing natural surroundings from a height can be a wonderful experience. So, tourists on a Rajasthan tour can enjoy these fairs, festivals, rallies and adventure activities for a fun-filled vacation.

6 Majestic Rajasthan Forts – UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Rajasthan has been the state of opulent princely states whose rulers have built majestic forts in order to ward off the attacks from the enemies. These forts have covered areas extending upto 20 kilometers in circumference and have been built in varied geographical typologies ranging from deserts to lakes, forests and hills. The influence of the Mughal and the Sultanate periods is clearly visible on the architecture of these fortresses. These forts are one of the many attractions for the tourists interested in undertaking the Rajasthan tours to witness their stately architecture and royal splendor. Here is a brief mention of these six UNESCO World Heritage forts of Rajasthan.

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort: This fort of Chittorgarh is a pride of Rajputs of Rajasthan. The number and variety of architectural remains found here give it a distinctive monumentality and scale, which remains unmatched by any other fort. It also has the distinction of being the largest fort in India. The legendary fort was beseized three times but the Rajput warriors never gave up and the women folk preferred performing ‘Jauhar’ (mass suicide) rather than being won over by the enemies. These three attacks were by Alauddin Khilji in 1303, Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in 1535 and Akbar in 1565. Vijay Stambh and Kirti Stambh are also tourist attractions of this fort.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort: This is a fort which is remarkable for retaining its architectural coherence because it was built in a single phase by Rana Kumbha in 15th century.  You might find it interesting to note that the 36 kilometer long fortification wall of this fort is considered to be the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China. It is also famous for its Palace of Clouds, or Badal Mahal.

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort: For the tourists, Ranthambore is famous for its wildlife and the Tiger Reserve. Ranthambore Fort is another destination which is the primary focus of the tourists. The Fort is unique in being a forest hill fort and in being home to the remains of Palace of Hammir.

Gagron Fort

Gagron Fort

Gagron Fort: There is no perfect example than that of the Gagron Fort which is a river protected fort. Besides seeking protection from the river, the Fort enjoys strategic location by being situated in the pass and, thereby, it controlled the trade routes during those times.

Amber Palace

Amber Palace

Amber Palace: Amber Palace was built during an important phase of the Mughal-Rajput synergy and this is clearly reflected in its court style of architecture of buildings and gardens. Raja jai Sigh I played an instrumental role in its development.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort: This is a classic example of developing a fort in hot desert regions where the sand dunes rule for vast expanses. Quite a few Jain temples and the still inhabited township within its precincts lend vibrancy and sacredness to this fort.

India holidays packages to this princely state are not complete without including one or more these majestic forts in their itineraries. These are examples of a tradition of fort planning, defensive architecture, valour, royal splendor, folklore and sacredness. These are symbols of resilience and Rajput pride that history has left for us to explore and admire.