Camel safari programmes (1-4 days) organized by private excursion agents in Jaisalmer provide an opportunity to experience the charms of inaccessible desert interiors and see village life. Mainly organized during the high season (OctoberFebruary), the prices vary from Rs. 1000Rs. 5000 per night depending on the facilities provided. The cost normally includes tents, mattresses, blankets, meals and jeep support. Camping out at night is great fun. The traditional route taken is Amar Bagh, Lodurva, Mool Sagar, and Bada Bagh to Sam through the small villages along the way.
It is one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that does not command a hilltop position. Its foundation was laid in 1589 by Raja Rai Singh. a General in the army of Emperor Akbar. Several palaces made in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, corridors, balconies and windows and a few temples illustrate the art of living of the Rathore Rajputs of Bikaner‘ The architecture blends the local aesthetic traditions with opulence borrowed from the Mughal.
32 km from Bharatpur, Deeg built by Raja Surajmal in the middle of the lB-century served as the royal summer resort and the second capital of the region. This interesring town is strewn with massive fortifications and magnificent palaces inspired by the grandeur of the Mughal courts of Delhi and Agra.
117 km from Udaipur 1n Chittorgarh district, this thickly wooded jungle sprawls over the Aravali range and the Malwa plateau with three rivers flowing through the forest. According to the legend, Sita, wife of Lord Rama stayed in this jungle in Rishi Valmiki’s Ashram after she was exiled by Lord Rama.
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Colourful costumes, music, desert culture and sand as far as the eye can see, the Thar Desert vibrates with its beauty and traditions. Surrounded by the golden (JaisaJmer),
pink (Jaipur) and blue (Jodhpur) cities and the city of lakes (Udaipur), the Thar Desert is bustling with activities for all travellers. From desert safaris to dune bashing, parasailing, quad hiking to staying at royal palaces and experiencing the desert festivals, the grandeur of the Thar Desert can never fail to amaze. Jaisalmer airport, closest to the desert, has
domestic flights coming m from cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
Eklingji Temple, Udaipur
Located only 20 kilometres from the city of Udaipur, the Eklingji temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Shiva. The temple ages back to the 9th century and is said to be built by one of the dynasties in Mewar and Eklingji is believed to be the ruling deity of the Princely state. The specifics that the location is known for is that the entire premises contains 108 temples within its high walled circumference. The main temple is made of marble and stone, and structured pillars that house a four-faced idol of Lord Shiva making it a must see for faithful pilgrims.
Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Situated in close proximity to the Pushkar lake, the Hindu temple is dedicated to lord Jagatpita Brahma. Within 50 kilometres from Ajmer, this temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma and because of this it is one of the rarest temple in the whole world. The temple is believed to be over 2000 years old and built from marble and stone. There is also a Pushkarmela which is organised in the town of Pushkar which is an expansive exhibition of camels. Given a chance, do not miss visiting Pushkar for the mela!
Jain Temple, Ranakpur
Situated in the Pali district of Rajasthan, and at a distance of 90 kilometres from Udaipur and 150 kilometres from Jodhpur, and in a valley on the Aravalli range standing tall and massive is the temple dedicated to TirthankaraAdinatha. Very accessible by road and rail, the temple is famous not only for its elegant architecture from the 15th century but also the numerous pillars on which the temple stands. The temple is a most visited place of pilgrimage in the region, but stay tuned for some monkey action while you’re in the temple.
Shrinathji Temple, Nathdwara
Located 50 kilometres from Udaipur is the Hindu temple dedicated to Shrinathji and stands as an important center of pilgrimage for the Vaishnavs, one of the major traditions within Hinduism. The temple enshrines the idol of Lord Krishna but what is amazing is the story behind the temple. While moving the idol initially from Gowardhan to Nathdwara in Rajasthan, the wheels of the cart that held the idol sunk deep into the mud at this particular place and the priest then realized that it was God’s chosen spot, thus building the temple where it stands today.Pilgrimage is a form of tourism that is very popular in India and is believed to be rewarding to the soul and grants inner peace by relieving you of your sins. So the next time you plan to take a vacation, do check out the pilgrimage sites in Rajasthan.