Rajasthan Travel Guide

Excursions From Kota

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Baroli

Baroli is a beautiful place situated at a distance of around 45 kms away from Kota, on the way to Rana Pratap Sagar. The place is renowned for its old and beautiful Ghateshwara Temple. This is the only temple that managed to stand through the hard times though some of the idols in the shrine are partly damaged. A beautiful idol of the Hindu Lord Shiva or Nataraja is placed on the door of the mandapa. The peaceful and serene ambience of Baroli attracts large number of travellers from all over the country.

Bundi

Bundi is famous for its step wells. It also has many other places to see. Bundi is only 41 kms away from Kota.

Nawal Sagar– Nawal Sagar i s an artificial lake lake located at the centre of Bundi. The lake is clearly visible from the Taragarh Fort. The lake is square shaped and houses a small shrine of Lord Varuna, partly submerged in the lake water. The image of entire Bundi can be seen in the placid waters of this lake.

Step Wells– Step Wells , also known as baoris, are very popular in Bundi, served as water reservoirs during the summer season when there was a shortage of drinking water.There were around fifty Step Wells in Bundi, but most of them have been destroyed with time. Raniji-ki-Baori, Nagar Sagar Kund and Nawal Sagar are some famous among them.

Talwas Fort– Talwas Fort was built by Ajit Singh is located near the Ramgarh Sanctuary. A waterfall at Talwas has made this place a hotspot for tourists from all over India.

Taragarh Fort– The Taragarh Fort was built in 1354 A.D and is popularly known as the ‘Star Fort’. This fort is among one of the beautiful attractions of the city. The fort encompasses three water tanks, which never dry up. These tanks are the best examples of the sophisticated engineering of those days.

Badal Mahal– The Badal Mahal is located within the Taragarh Fort and is famous for its beautiful mural paintings. The walls of this Mahal are beautifully painted, the faces and flowers portrayed in these paintings give a hint to the cultivation of poppy seeds in the region and the Opium trade with China.

Jhalawar

This historic city is worth to visit. Jhalawar has some heritage and pilgrimage sites to visit. It is just 82 kms from Kota.

Jhalawar Fort– Jhalawar Fort was built by Maharaja Rana Madan Singh during 1840-1845 and is also known by the name Garh Palace. It is located at the centre of the Jhalawar city. This fort, adorned with beautiful paintings is presently the Collectorate and many other Government offices of Jhalawar.

Bhawani Natya Shala– Bhawani Natya Shala was built in the year 1921 and is located in proximity to the Jhalawar Fort. The highlight of the place is its unique underground construction and also the stage, built at a low elevation so that the horses and chariots can be made to appear easily. It is believed that there are only eight such theatres in the whole world and renowned plays like Shakuntalam and Shakespeare were performed here when the theatre was extremely popular.

Chandrabhaga Temples– Chandrabhaga Temples are about 7 km away from Jhalawar and is situated on the banks of the River Chandrabhaga. There are many temples on the banks of the River, but three of the most popular ones are Shri Dwarkadhish Temple, the Shantinath Jain Temple and the Padmanath Temple. These temples, built between 6th and 14th centuries are the classic examples of the art of the old days.

Gagron Fort– Gagron Fort is surrounded by water of the Ahu and Kali Sindh on three sides. The fort was constructed between the 7th and 14th century and is located at a distance of 12 km from Jhalawar. It . Protected by water and forests, this fort is among the few historical sites which has both ‘van’ and ‘jal’ durg. Outside the fort, travellers can find the Dargah of the Sufi Saint Mitthe Shah. The monastery of Saint Pipa Ji, who is renowned as the contemporary of Saint Kabir, is also located near the fort.

Prithvi Vilas Palace– Prithvi Vilas Palace was built in the year 1912 A.D by King Bhawani Singh. The palace can be entered from three sides and also houses a monogram that states the stories of humility and chivalry of the former rulers. Presently, a family member of the former ruler of the place lives in this palace.

Baran

Baran is about 75 kms away from kota and a popular tourist attraction. The major attractions of Baran are the Brahmani Mataji Temple, Manihara Mahadev Mandir, Shahabad Fort, Shergarh Fort.

Bundi Palace and Taragarh Fort

Bundi Palace and Taragarh Fort

Bundi Palace and Taragarh Fort by Diana

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