UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Rajasthan
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Rajasthan, literally draws its name as the land of Kings and their royalties. The legacy that India saw in the Rajput and Mughal eras let to foundation of some of most astonishing Forts & Palaces which are now included in the World Heritage Sites of Rajasthan by UNSECO. The marvel and aura of these sites carry a touch of Rajput and Mughal Royalty.
KEOLADEO GHANA NATIONAL PARK
Keoladoe Ghana National Park is situates in the eastern Rajasthan. Located at a distance of 50 Kms. from Agra and about 200 Kms. from Jaipur, Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a flat patchwork of marshes in the Gangetic plains. Today, Keoladeo National Park is a home to number of migratory birds which flock to breed in the nestle of this beautiful National Park. A great place for bird watching in Rajasthan. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, do not miss to include this place in your Rajasthan Tour Package.
JANTAR MANTAR (OBSERVATORY)
The largest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar is pride of Jaipur and one of the best things to do in Jaipur. Build by Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of five observatories in India including this one, was a great admirer of development in science and technology. He build the structure following every details given in the manual, but at the end, he found to his astonishment that the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than that given by La Hire. This observatory in Jaipur has 18 large instruments with most of them still in working conditioned. A must site to include in your Rajasthan Tour Package.
Located on the top of the Trikuta Hills, Jaisalmer Fort is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Hill Forts of Rajasthan. For the size, Jaisalmer Fort is visible from a distance of about 15 Kms. and is said to be the only living Fort in the world as the locals of the city still live within the Fort. The ramparts, bastions & the long stretching walls of the fort dazzle glorious during early morning and at sunset. A walking tour within the fort will take your half days and remains one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer during your Rajasthan tour.
One of the finest example of defensive fortification in the entire Rajasthan, Kumbhalgarh fort is one of the places Udaipur and located at a distance of 85 Kms. of Udaipur. Known as 'Undefeated Fort', Kumbhalgarh Fort is a pride of Aravali mountains of Rajasthan. The Fort has 10 gates with several group of temples devoted to Hindu and Jain pantheons which include Ganesha temple, Neelkhanth Mahadev temple, Vedi temple and Jain temples no. 1, 2 & 3. If your Rajasthan tour package include visiting Jodhpur or Udaipur, make sure to take an excursion to Kumghalgarh.
Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink City, Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthan fort-palace. Amber today is nothing but a reflection of the glorious past of the fierce Kachwaha Dynasty that ruled over this region from 12th to 18th century. Half the fun at Amber Fort is the walk from the road to the fort with majestic views of the surrounding valley. An elephant ride up to the fort is also one of the best things to do in Jaipur.
Chittorgarh Fort is truly an embodiment of chivalry and pride of the Rajputs. Another UNESCO World Heritage Hill Forts of Rajasthan, the Chittorgarh fort has a long story of romance, courage, determination and sacrifice. A glimpse of the fort still makes one to think the glory of the Rajputs who once lived here. Enclosed within defensive walls pierced with several gateways, the fort precinct with an evocative history is studded with major urban centers, well-designed palaces, two commemorative towers, havelis, series of temples, baori and water bodies, etc.
A fort in the wilderness of Rajasthan. Ranthambore fort was built by the Chauhan rulers in the 10th century and is regarded as one of the oldest forts of Rajasthan. Due to its strategic location, the fort was ideal to keep the enemy at bay. The fort is also related to the historical legend of the royal women performing jauhar(self immolation) when the Muslim invader Ala-ud-din Khilji laid siege on this fort in 1303. The fort is characterised by temples, tanks, massive gates, huge walls and a breath taking view of king's hunting ground which is now converted in to a Tiger National Park. A must site to include and best things to do in Rajasthan.
The newest addition to UNESCO Hill Forts of Rajasthan, Gagron Fort, is a historical and religious place located 12 Kms. away from Jhalawar was built by Dod (Parmer) Rajputs. In this fort many other constructions were done by later victorious ruler's outside fort is the Dargah of Sufi Saint Mitthe Shah, where a fair is held every year during the month of Moharram. Nearby is the monastery of Saint Pipaji, who figures amongest the chief eight disciples of Guru Ramanand and was contemporary of Saint kabir.
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