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Rajasthan tourism related information including its hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, historic places, etc.

Sariska Tiger Reserve, Sariska National Park

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Sariska Tiger Reserve is situated along the Aravalli Mountain Range, in Alwar district, Rajasthan, India.

A Tiger inside Sariska Tiger Reserve
A Tiger inside Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Sariska was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. It was made a National park in 1982 and was declared as a Tiger reserve in 1978. As per the census carried out in February 2005, Tigers were extinct at this Tiger reserve, possibly due to poaching. Soon tigers were successfully relocated to this Tiger reserve from Ranthambore National Park. Currently, there are 13 tigers in Sariska; 7 females, 2 males and 4 cubs.

Sariska Tiger Reserve is rich in fauna. Some of the animals found in the National park includes Bengal Tiger, Leopard, rusty spotted cat, four-horned antelope, jungle cat, caracal (wild cat), spotted deer, wild boar, jackal, hyena, sambar, blue bull, etc.

How Do I Go to Sariska Tiger Reserve?

Sariska Tiger Reserve is situated at around 110 kilometers from Jaipur. New Delhi is at around 180 kilometers from Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Alwar Junction is a major railway station which is well connected to Jaipur and New Delhi. Jaipur, Chandigarh and New Delhi are the nearest airports to Sariska National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sariska Palace Hotel

Sariska Palace Hotel is a heritage hotel built by Maharaja Jai Singh of the Princely state of Alwar in 1892 A.D., as a resting place for the royal family members during hunting. It is situated on the border of Sariska National Park. The hotel has Camel Safari packages for those interested in exploring the Aravali range of mountains.

Nathdwara Painting, Pichwai painting, Shrinathji Temple

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Nathdwara is a town on the Aravalli Range, on the banks of the Banas River, famous for Nathdwara Paintings and the 14th century Shrinathji Temple. The town is situated in Rajsamand District, Rajasthan state, India.

Nathdwara Srinathji (Lord Krishna as a child) Painting
A Nathdwara Srinathji Painting.

Nathdwara Painting is a form of painting art originated at Nathdwara. There are different sub-styles and the most famous among them is Pichhwai paintings. Pichhwai painting is a form of cloth painting. Pichhwai paintings are normally hanged behind the Hindu god Shrinathji. (‘pich’ means back and ‘wais’ means hanging).

Nathdwara Painting is derived from Mewar school of painting, another Local painting style. To avoid oppression from Aurangzeb (the Mughal emperor), the image of Shrinathji (Lord Krishna as a child) was installed in 1670 at Nathdwara, by priests from Mathura. After that, a new style Shrinathji paintings has evolved and is called Pichhwai paintings.

The deity at the Shrinathji Temple is that of Shrinathji, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, as a seven year old child. This deity was worshiped initially near Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna. The deity was shifted to Shrinathji temple in 1672. This is a famous Vaishnavite shrine in India and is considered revered predominantly by Rajasthani and Gujarati people. The town is also known as Shrinathji town, because of the deity at Shrinathji temple.

How Do I Go to Nathdwara?

Nathdwara is located in Rajsamand district. The town is situated at a distance of around 48 kilometers North-East of Udaipur, City of Lakes and Palaces.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Second Largest Fort, Asiatic Lion, Horseback Safari

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Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary across the Aravalli Range in Rajsamand District, Rajasthan, India.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary as seen from Kumbhalgarh fort.

Ancient and Historic Kumbhalgarh fort, the second largest wall in the world, is situated inside this Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is spread over an area of around 578 square kilometers. It is at an altitude of around 1,600 feet to 4,300 feet, above sea level.

Kumbhalgarh is home to many species of animals and birds, including some of the highly endangered species of animals. Horseback safari and trekking packages are available with the local tour operators.

Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is now undergoing a Asiatic Lion Reintroduction Project from 2009. Lion safari or Jeep safari are available here.

How Do I Go to Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary?

Majority of the Tourists to this wildlife sanctuary comes from Udaipur, known for its palaces, lakes, courtyards and gardens. Udaipur is at around 85 kilometers from Kumbhalgarh village, where the entry point to the Wildlife Sanctuary is located. There are other entry and exit points also.

Udaipur City railway station is amjor station at Udaipur. Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport alias Maharana Pratap Airport or Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport is the airport on the outskirts of Udaipur city.

Keoladeo National Park, Bird Sanctuary, World Heritage Sites, Breeding

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Keoladeo National Park is a wetland national park situated in in Bharatpur, Rajasthan state, India. This national park is spread over an area of 29 square kilometers.

An Indian Sarus Crane at Keoladeo National Park
An Indian Sarus Crane at Keoladeo National Park.

This man-made-managed national park was created around 250 years back, by Maharaja Suraj Mal, King of the princely state of Bharatpur,

Construction of Ajan Bund by the King, at the confluence of river Gambhir and river Banganga, made the area flooded and this become a wetland. The park was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1976 and a national park in 1982. This Park was declared as a World Heritage Site under the world Heritage Convention in 1985.

The reserve forests are locally known as Ghana (means thicket) and hence the park is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This park was previously known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

This National park cum bird sanctuary is among the richest bird areas in the world. Migratory waterfowls are seen here during winter season for breeding. Courtship dance by Indian Sarus, a species of crane bird, can be seen here.

This national park is rich in flora and fauna. There are 379 floral species, 366 species of birds, 50 fish specie, 13 snakes species, 5 lizards species, 7 species of amphibians and turtles.

26 sites from India finds its place in the Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), as decided at the Ramsar Convention. Keoladeo National Park is one among them.

A Nilgai or blue bull at Keoladeo National Park
A Nilgai or blue bull (the largest Asian antelope) at Keoladeo National Park.

Grazing is banned in this national park, a reserve forest under the state forest act.

How Do I Go to Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park, previously known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary?

Keoladeo National Park alias Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is situated at around 5 kilometers distance from Bharatpur Junction railway station.

Delhi, and Jaipur are the nearest airports at around 180 kilometers distance from Keoladeo National Park .

Deeg Palace, Deeg Fort, Deeg Battle

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Deeg Palace is the luxurious summer place of the erstwhile rulers of the princely state of Bharatpur. This historic Palace is at around 32 kilometers away from Bharatpur, Rajasthan.

Deeg Palace or Jal Mahal or Water Palace at Deeg in Rajasthan
Deeg Palace or Jal Mahal or Water Palace at Deeg in Rajasthan.

Deeg Palace was constructed by the Jat King Badan Singh, who reigned from 1722 to 21st May 1755. He is the founder of the princely state of Bharatpur, As Deeg is situated close to Agra, the capital of Mughal emperors, the palace faced repeated attacks by invaders. Prince Suraj Mal, the son of the King, started construction of a massive fort with moat around the palace in 1730. Later-on, the prince was crowned as the king, on his father’s demise. He was known as Maharaja Suraj Mal who reigned from 1755 to 1763 AD.

Deeg Palace complex has many other prominent buildings. Other than the Deeg Palace and Deeg Fort, some of the other structures in the Deep Palace complex are Gopal Bhavan, Suraj Bhavan, Keshav Bhawan. The different buildings in the complex are interlinked with Persian style gardens and water gardens.

Deeg is one among the most historical places. It was the site of the legendary battle between Maharaja Suraj Mal and the combined Mughal and Maratha army. Maharaja Suraj Mal won that historic battle. He captured the Mughal capital of Delhi in 1753. (This happened after the Mughals and Marathas were weakened, after the death of the mighty Mughal emperors like Shah Jahan and his son Aurangzeb and Maratha emperors like Chhatrapati Shivaji and his son Sambhaji.) Maharaja Suraj Mal’s men plundered ‘Red Fort‘, the seat of power of the Mughals. They looted all valuables including entire marbles and reconstructed the palace at Deeg.

In September every year, there is a three day fair held in the palace complex.

Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park,which was previously known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is situated in the same district.

How Do I Go to Deeg Palace?

Deeg Palace is at around 32 kilometers away from the Bharatpur city, the headquarters of the district with the same name. Deeg is well connected to nearby cities like Agra, Alwar, Mathura and Bharatpur.

Alwar is at around 73 kilometers away. Agra is at around 92 kilometers distance. Mathura is at around 36 kilometers from Deeg.

Deeg railway station on the Alwar-Mathura line, is the nearest railway station. This line has only very few trains. Mathura Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station at around 36 kilometers distance from Deeg Palace.

Deeg Palace opens at 9 am and closes at 5 pm. The Palace is closed on Fridays.

Jaswant Thada

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Jaswant Thada is a mausoleum in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Jaswant Thada is located at Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada, a mausoleum at Jodhpur,

The mausoleum is built with intricately carved thin polished marble sheets. When sunlight falls on the marble, the marble glows which makes any tourist spellbound.

Jaswant Thada was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh, a Jodhpur King in 1899, in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Portraits of Jodhpur’s rulers, Marwar Dynasty rulers, are displayed at Jaswant Thada.

There is a pavilion structure also in the complex, Other than the main cenotaph, there are 3 more cenotaphs in the same complex. The mausoleum is the Marwar royal family’s cremation ground.

There is a small lake next to the Jaswant Thada in the same complex. You can see many birds here in the lake and its surroundings.

Jaswant Thada is situated very close to the Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort complex. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is a nearby park, spread over 72 hectares of land and was built in 2006.

How Do I Go to Jaswant Thada?

Jaswant Thada or ‘Taj Mahal of Jodhpur’ as its known locally, is situated close to the heart of Jodhpur city. You can hire a taxi and get dropped at the entrance. If you do not mind walking the steep hills, it takes around 25 to 30 minutes of walking.

Jodhpur Junction railway station is a major railway at the city. Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport to the Jaswant Thada Mausoleum.

Jaswant Thada is open from 9 am to 5 pm.