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The cultural capital of India, Rajasthan, with all its vibrant colours and royalty, is a must visit if you are planning to tour India. Its rich culture and diverse heritage make it the most touristic states in India. Rajasthan is famous for its forts, carved temples, and decorated havelis, which were built by Rajput kings in pre-Muslim era Rajasthan and are a part of the architectural heritage of India.
Like they say in Rajasthan, 'Padharo Mhare Desh', we invite you to visit Rajasthan and add these sites to your itinerary.
1. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Breeze, is a five-story palace, built in the form of Lord Krishna’s crown. The 953 honeycomb-shaped and beautifully carved windows on the outside walls, allow the breeze to whirl through the palace, making it a perfect summer palace. You must visit the magnificent Hawa Mahal early morning, when the sun enters the rooms from the windows, illuminating the Mahal with golden sunlight.
Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indian Adults, INR 5 for Indian Students, INR 200 for Foreign Adults, INR 25 for Foreign Students
Visiting Time: All days 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
How to Reach: You can reach Jaipur via airplane at Jaipur International Airport and then to get to Hawa Mahal from anywhere in the city, one can hop on to local buses. Alternatively, one can take a taxi or an auto-rickshaw.
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Infamous as the most haunted place in India, Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort. This ancient specimen is known to have an eerie vibe to it. Even though in ruins, it can still be identified as one of the brilliant Rajput architectures. Archaeological Survey of India has forbidden entrance inside the premises of the fort at night, so you know the best time to visit this gloomy, but landscaping Fort. Don't forget to listen to the legend of Bhangarh Fort from the locals there!
Entry Fee: None
Visiting Time: Sunrise to Sunset All Days
How to Reach: You can reach Jaipur via Airplane at Santander airport and take a cab to Bhangarh Fort which on the way from Jaipur to Delhi. Or you can reach Dausa railway station and hire a cab from there.
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3. City Palace
A striking blend of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture, City Palace is located in the heart of the Pink City, Jaipur. This is the most famous landmark in the city and Rajasthan, itself. The Palace has been designed according to a grid style and houses various structures such as, 'Chandra Mahal', 'Mubarak Mahal', 'Diwan-I-Khas' and the 'Govind Dev Ji Temple'. If you visit the City Palace, don't miss out on the mesmerising light and sound show depicting the history and culture of the palace and the city it resides in.
Entry Fee: INR 150 for Foreign Tourists, INR 35 for Indians, INR 25 for Children, Camera - INR 20, Video Camera - INR 100
Visiting Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
How to Reach: You can reach Jaipur via airplane at Jaipur International Airport. The City Palace is easily accessible from any part of the city by auto-rickshaw, taxi or public buses.
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The architecture of Jawahar Kala Kendra is based on the Navagraha (Nine-Planet) concept of Indian astronomy and resembles the square-grid plan of Jaipur city as well. This contemporary architectural site in the imperial city of Jaipur stands as a representative of art and culture of India. Housing the famous Indian Coffee House, it serves delicious coffee. So, don’t forget to grab a cup!
Entry Fee: Free, Camera - INR 50
Visiting Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
How to Reach: You can reach Jaipur via airplane at Jaipur International Airport and then to get to Jawahar Kala Kendra from anywhere in the city, one can hop on a taxi or an auto-rickshaw.
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Pushkar, one of the oldest cities in India, is surrounded by hills on three sides. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be a holy pilgrimage. The best time to visit Pushkar is during the Pushkar Fair or Mela, which is one of the world's largest cattle fairs. It is a huge carnival representing the cultural glory of Rajasthan. It will be held from 18th November to 25th November 2018.
How to reach: The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Jaipur, which is 140 kilometres away. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Pushkar. Buses from Delhi to Ajmer and further to Pushkar are also easily available. You can also take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar.
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6. Amer Fort
Amer Fort, cradled on the top of the Aravali Hill, is a honey-hued fort in the city of Jaipur. Forming a beautiful reflection across the Maotha Lake, Amber Fort is known for its artistic style, blending both Rajput and Mughal elements. This red and white sandstone marvel is the most popular tourist attraction in Rajasthan and known for its intricate details and grandeur. Infamous for its beauty, the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), is carved with beautiful paintings and flowers and that too made with pure glass including the walls and ceiling of this hall. Two candles can light up the whole room! Amer Fort is one of the most architecturally beautiful and picturesque forts all over India and has been featured in many Bollywood movies.
Entry Fee: Day - Indian Adult - INR 100, Indian Student - INR 10, Foreign Adult - INR 500, Foreign Student - 100, Foreign and Indian Adult - INR 100
How to Reach: Buses to Amber Palace leave from Ajmeri Gate and MI Road and take around 40 minutes to reach. You can also hire a auto-rickshaw or car from anywhere in Jaipur, which is a more convenient option.
Visiting Time: Day - 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Night - April to September 7:00 PM to 9:30PM, October to March 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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