Rajasthan Travel Guide

Excursions From Kishangarh

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Ajmer

Kishangarh is just 31 kms away from Ajmer and is a great pilgrimage place.

Nasiyan (Red) Temple- Its a Jain forehead with a double storied area which displays several silver coated wooden figures. The area of the forehead is beautifully ornamented with glass mosaic, silver and silver coins work and precious stones.

Ana Sagar LakeIt is a wonderful synthetic pond which got its name from Anaji Chauhan (grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan).There is a stone pavilion besides the river which was designed by Emperor Shahjahan. Also there is a charming yard known as Daulat Bagh which was set by Emperor Jehangir.

Ajmer-e-Sharief DargahOne of the India’s most important pilgrimage is Ajmer-e-Sharief . It is center for people from all faiths. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja Sharif. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of South Asia.

Adhai-Din-Ka Jhonpara- Ajmer has an interesting building known as Adhai Din ka Jhopra, which is said to have been built in just 2 ½ days. Previously a Sanskrit college in 12th century, which Mohammad Ghori later plundered and got rebuilt into a mosque.

Govt. Museum Ajmer The Royal palace of Akbar was converted into a museum and Ajmer Government Museum Housed in the beautiful fort and palace built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1570, and situated in the heart of the old city and close to the railway station is this museum.

Taragarh Fort Built in the 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan, the fort gives a bird’s eye view of the city. Taragarh Fort or the ‘Star fort’ is situated on a hill and to reach there, one has to take winding bridle path.

Pushkar

Kishangarh is 42 kms away from Pushkar, the land where world famous fair "Pushkar Fair" held every year.

Savitri Temple– The Savitri Temple is dedicated to the desolated wife of Lord Brahma, Savitri. The temple was built in 1687, on the top of the Ratnagiri Hill behind the Bramha Temple.

Brahma Temple– The Brahma Temple is located on the banks of the Pushkar Lake. It is the one of the few temples in India, which is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Brahma. This temple was originally built in the 14th century. The temple has a majestic four-headed image of Lord Brahma sitting in a lotus position with his young consort, Gayatri on the left, and Savitri on the right. Large number of devotees visit the temple every year.

Pushkar Lake– The Pushkar Lake is a semi-circular shaped sacred water body, also known as ‘TirthaRaj’. According to the Hindu mythology, the lake was created from one of the petals that fell from the lotus flower with which Lord Bramha killed the demon Vajra Nabh.

Aptaeshwar Temple– The Aptaeshwar Temple was built during 10th century AD and is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. There is a magnificent Shivling in the main hall of the temple. It is one of the several temples that were demolished by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb; the temple was rebuilt later.

Man MahalMan Mahal was built by Raja Man Singh I of Amber. Visitors can get a full view of the banks and temples located around the lake from the Man Mahal. The Man Mahal now has been converted into a hotel.

Jaipur

Jaipur is 103 kms from Kishangarh and is one the most visiting place of India.

City PalaceCity Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur and is situated in the heart of Jaipur. The Maharani Palace or the Queen’s Palace is also present in the complex of the City Palace. The palace is a beautiful amalgamation of the Rajput and the Mughal style of architecture. Now, this building has turned into a museum devoted to King Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur and is a popular heritage site.

Jaigarh FortJaigarh Fort is also known as the Fort of Victory is located 15 km from the main city. It is perched at an elevation of 400 ft from the Amber Fort on the Hill of Eagles. The Diya Burj, a seven storied structure is the highest point of the city fort and provides a panoramic view of the entire city. The fort was constructed to serve the military purposes and its walls covered an area of around 3 km. On the top of the fort, there is a huge canon called Jaivan and is counted among the largest cannons-on-wheels across the globe, which have a weight of 50 tonnes and a 6 m long Barrel.

Jantar MantarJantar Mantar in Jaipur, founded by King Sawai Jai Singh II is the largest of five astronomical observatories of India. This observatory is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period”. Instruments like the Ram Yantra, Dhruva, Dakshina, Narivalya, Rashivalayas, Small Samrat, Large Samrat, the Observer’s Seat, Disha, Small Ram, Large Ram Yantra, Small Kranti, Large Kranti, Raj Unnathamsa, Jai Prakash, and Diganta can be here.

Laxmi Narayan TempleLaxmi Narayan Temple is located at the footsteps of the hilltop of Moti Doongri (Pearl Hill). It is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. This temple was built by the Birla Foundation in the late 1980s so is also known as the Birla Temple. The idol of Lord Vishnu has been made from a single piece of marble stone.

Moti Doongri- Moti Doongri or the Pearl Hill is popular due to the presence of a palace and a shrine. A temple dedicated to the Hindu Lord Ganesh is located on top of the hill. This palace was the home to Sawai Man Singh II, the last king of Jaipur and later became the residence of Jagat Singh, the son of Sawai Man Singh II.

Nahargarh FortNahargarh Fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh, the King of Jaipur. The construction work of the fort was completed in 1734, and the towering walls and bastions were renovated in 1880 by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh. It was named after Nahar Singh, the Prince of Jaipur. The word ‘Nahargarh’ means ‘the abode of tigers’. In the fort, there is a Madhavendra Bhavan, which used to be a summer resort for the Kings and their families. Now the place has become a popular picnic spot.

Akshardham TempleAkshardham Temple is one of the well-known tourist attractions of Jaipur. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture, magnificent idols, sculptures, and carvings. and is dedicated to the Hindu God, Narayan.

Albert HallAlbert Hall is located in Ram Niwas Bagh, 4.3 kms away from jaipur city. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in 1886 as a part of the drought relief project of Rs. 4 Lacs and was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob. Nowadays, Albert Hall is being used as a museum displaying a grand collection of metal sculptures, paintings, ivory, carpets, and colourful crystals.

Amber FortAmber Fort was built by the combined effort of three kings Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh, and Sawai Jai Singh in a period of about 200 years. It was the capital of the rulers of Kachchawaha for almost seven years before Jaipur came into existence. Temple of Goddess Shila Mata, Diwan-e-Aam, Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pole, Sukh Niwas, Jas Mandir, Dilaram Bagh, and Mohan Bari are some of the other tourist attractions of the Amber Fort.

B M Birla PlanetariumB M Planetarium, a popular tourist spot of Jaipur is just 3.5 kms away from Jaipur. The place is well equipped with latest computerised projection systems and provides spectacular audio-visual entertainment. It is counted among the modern planetariums of the country having a Science Museum.

Central ParkCentral Park, constructed by the Jaipur Development Authority is the largest park of Jaipur. It is situated in the centre of the city and boasts of a big garden along with the Rambagh Polo Ground and club. A 5 km long jogging and walking track is also there in the garden. The place is ideal for bird watchers as a number of migratory and native birds come here every year.

Chandra MahalChandra Mahal was constructed by Jai Singh II, the King of Jaipur, and is located in the City Palace. The Mahal covers one-seventh part of the area of the City palace, and at present it is home to the Maharaja of Jaipur. There is a seven-storied citadel here, the first two floors of which are part of the Sukh Niwas Hall. In addition, there is the Rang Mandir, the Shobha Niwas or the House of Beauty and the Chavi Niwas or the House of Mirrors

Ganesh PolGanesh Pol, constructed by King Jai Singh II is situated in the main palace of the Amber Fort. There are seven main gates in the Amber Fort and Ganesh Pol is one of them. A magnificent idol of the Hindu Lord Ganesh done in beautiful colours is placed here. The entry through this gate was exclusive to the Kings and their families so that they could easily get inside the fort, into their private chambers without being disturbed. . The gate represents the amalgamation of the Mughal and the Rajput style of architecture.

Govind Devji TempleGovind Devji Temple, located in the Jai Niwas Garden of Jaipur is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Krishna. The idol of Lord Krishna was originally kept in a temple of Vrindavan, but later the King of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh II reinstalled it here as his family deity. It is one of the most popular shrines of Jaipur, which attracts a large number of devotees every year.

Hawa MahalHawa Mahal is a renowned monument constructed in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh, the poet king of Jaipur. It is located near the Johari Bazaar and is 5.8 kms away from Jaipur city. This is a five storied building, made of red and pink sandstone and have more than 950 windows. It was designed by Lal Chand Usta for the women of the palace so that they could enjoy the view of royal processions through the jali screens.

Jain Mandir-The Jain Mandir of Jaipur is just 5.8 kms away from Jaipur City. This beautiful seven-storied building resembls to the temples of Dilwara in Mount Abu. The construction of the Mandir was completed in the 10th century and dedicated to Lord Adinath. The idol of the deity is believed to be more than 400 years old. There is another idol of Lord Parsvanath.

Jal Mahal– Jal Mahal is a beautiful palace situated amid a small lake, about 9.3 kms away from Jaipur city. The palace was built as a hunting lodge for the kings and their families. The Jal Mahal can be seen from the banks of the lake.

Sheesh Mahal– Sheesh Mahal, popularly known as Hall of Mirrors is located inside the Amber Fort . It was constructed by Raja Jai Singh, the King of Jaipur in 1623.The hall is beautifully decorated with mirrors, specially imported from Belgium. The mirrors on the ceilings and walls reflect light rays and lighten up the hall completely.

Shekhawati

Shekhawati is just 103 kms from Kishangarh and is fabulous place to visit heritage sites.

Bagar- Bagar, a beautiful town in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is famous for its painted havelis built during the 20th century by the Marwari merchants of Shekhawati.The Havelis of Rungtas and Piramal Makharia are two major attractions of the town which have been converted into heritage hotels. Other popular tourist delights of Bagar are the Fatehsagar Water Tank, Dargah of Miya Saheb and White Gate.

Bissau- Known for its 200 years old frescoes, Bissau is a small town in the Jhunjhunu district. Located in MDR 82, 38 km from Jhunjhunu city, Bissau is a ‘Land of Painted Havelis’ as many painted havelis makes visitors speechless. The paintings found in these havelis was similar to 14th century Italian technique. 250 years old Keshargarh Fort is a major attraction with many Havelis.

Mahansar- Located at 40 km from Jhunjhunu near Bissau, Nahansar is famous for its ‘Sone Ki Dukan’ or Gold Shop of 1846 as there is extensive use of gold in the murals. These golden paintings decribing Ramayan scenes and incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Another major attraction is the Mahansar Fort which has eleganrt and romantic interiors.

Ramgarh– Known as one of the wealthiest towns of Shekhawati in 19th century, was founded by Poddars in 1791. This ‘Sethon ka Ramgarh’ is located at 18 km from Churu city in NH 65. Ramgarhhas the largest number of murals in Shekhawati region and famous for its Chhatris, havelis and temples with marvelous painting work.

Alsisar and Malsisar-Alsisar is a town located 27 kms away from the town of Jhunjhunu and is famous for painted forts and havelis. Some of the major tourist attractions present here include Sri Lal Bahadur Mal Well and Jiwan Ram Marodia ka Talab, Shri Lal Bahadur Mal Ki Haveli, Tejpal Jhunjhunuwala ki Haveli, Lakha ka ki Haveli, Mahali Dutt, Khetan Haveli, Cenotaph of Thakur Chhotu Singh,

Malsisar is a small village located 32 km from the town of Jhunjhunu and famous for the exquisite style of their frescoes and colourful paintings. Some of the popular tourist attractions of the village include Banarshi Das Banka Haveli, Serh Mal Saraogi Haveli, Prem Giri Ji ka Math (a holy place), Banka’s Well, Jokhi Ram’s well and Saraogi’s Well.

Nawalgarh– Known as the motherland of many well established marwari business families, Nawalgarh is one of the largest and busiest town in Shekhawati region. Nawalgarh is also famous for its havelis, temples, palaces and Nawalgarh Fort.

Castle Mandawa– The Mandawa Fort, also known as the Castle Mandawa was built in the 18th century by Thakur Nawal Singh, son of Shardul Singh with a medieval theme. This is a colossal fort that has a painted arched gateway with pictures of Lord Krishna and his cows.

DundlodDundlod is a small town located in the centre of the Shekhawati region in Jhunjhunu District of Rajasthan. . The prime attractions of this town is the Dundlod For, built by a Rawal king in the 16th century. The fort has now been transformed into a heritage hotel. Other prominent attractions in the town are the Jagathia and Goenka Haveli, Chokhani, Diwan-I-Khas, Satyanarayan Temple, Ladia and Saraf Haveli.

Fatehpur- Fatehpur is a town, established by Fateh Khan, a Kayamkhani Nawab in the mid-15th century and located between Jaipur and Bikaner on the National Highway 11. Like other places of the region, Fatehpur, too, is known for grand and decorated havelis. The Goenka Haveli, built in the year 1865 is considered to be the most interesting of all havelis present here. There are several other historic tourist attractions in the town which include Nand lal Devra, Saraogi and Singhania havelis.

JhunjhunuJhunjhunu town is widely popular for the large number of beautifully painted havelis specially the Khetri Mahal, Bihariji Temple and Mertani Baori. The paintings inside the Seth Ishwardas Mohan Das Modi Haveli are among the best of their kind present in the Shekhawati region.The Tibrewala Haveli, built in the 19th century, is famous for its coloured glass windows. The other attractions of the town are the Makbara of Nawab Samaskhan, Jorawar Garh, Khetri Mahal, Laxmi Nath Temple, Ajeet Sagar and the Makbara of Nawab Rohilla Khan.

Amber Palace, Jaipur

Amber Palace, Jaipur

Amber Palace by Rod Waddington

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