CITIES OF RAJASTHAN
Founded by Rajah Ajai Pal Chauhan in the 7th century, Ajmer is a Muslim pilgrimage center on the shore of Ana Sagar. Till 1193 A.D., Ajmer used to be a major center of the Chauhan power when the rajput Ruler Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri.
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Popularly known as the Tiger Gate of Rajasthan, Alwar is one of the important city of Rajasthan that depicts its cultural heritage. Formerly known as Mewar, Alwar was a predominantly a Rajput Kingdom that came under Muslim domination during 13th -18th century. Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kuchhwaha Rajput , in 1771 A.D. belonging to the clan of Jaipur's rulers, won back Alwar and founded a principality of his own.
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This abode is popular for its bird Sanctuary, Keolado Ghana National Park Or Bharatpur bird sanctuary. Ironically this is the only Jat Kingdom in the Rajput State. Founded in 1733, by Maharaja Suraj Mal, Bharatpur is a fortified city named after Bharat, the brother of Lord Rama. Formerly known as Mewat, this place also houses the famous Bharatpur fort that was built in early 15th centuary.
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Popularly known as the Camel city of Rajasthan, Bikaner is a true desert country and falls directly on the ancient caravan routes which linked west/central asia and North India with the seaports of Gujarat, making Bikaner a flourishing trade center in the medieval period. This Kingdom was established by a Rathore Prince, Rao-Bhikaji- a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur in 1488 A.D. Bikaji, enterprising son of the Rao Jodhaji, founded a barren land known as Jangladesh and transformed it into an impressive city Bikaner after his name.
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The Bundi district of Rajasthan attracts tourist from all over the world. The destination provides tourist spots for both the foreign and domestic visitors. The place offers a unique culture with baoris , palaces & forts , lakes and the beautiful natural surroundings. Bundi is known for attractive step wells and tanks. These are about 50 in number and mark the town's streets and bylanes. Interesting monuments including impressive medieval forts, palaces, 'havelis', temples and 'chhatris' with elegantly carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town, add to its appeal.
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Chittaurgarh showcases the royalty and glory of Rajasthan in the form of its various magnificent forts and monuments. It is a ruined citadel where the royal past lives in the imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular chhatris. The entire city echoes with the tales of love and gallantry unique to the Rajput tradition.
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Popularly known as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is located in the western state of Rajasthan in India and is a major tourist destination in India. The abode carries a exquisite charm that makes it different from any other destination in the world. The historical monuments that it endorses narrates the stories of the gallantry of Rajput rulers during the ancient past.
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Founded by Prince Jaisal, a Krishna Vanshi rajput in 12th century, the city was named after him. The name of jaisalmer induces a vibrant picture of enthralling and serene desert. The hospitality of the localities make it a town with a special magic. Tourist are especially attracted to this region is due to the magnificent Jaisalmer fort. The enchanting havelis in Jaisalmer reveals the royal splendor of the magnificent past.
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The second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur, was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The city endorses beautiful palaces, forts and temples that bring back the splendor of the past. The elegant handicrafts, folk dances and music creates an ambiance of romantic city. Jodhpur lies at the edge of the Thar desert, yet it has an abundance of parks, gardens, artificial lakes and ponds, and rich houses with lawns and gardens.
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The history of the city dates back to the 12th century A.D. when the Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Later, in the early 17th century AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the ruler of Bundi -Rao Ratan Singh, gave the smaller principality of Kota to his son, Madho Singh. Since then Kota became a hallmark of the Rajput gallantry and culture.
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Set amidst the lush greens and rugged hills, Mt. Abu is a pleasent retreat in the barren desertscape of Rajasthan. It is the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is more than just a summer retreat. Situated at the southern tip of the Aravali range the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs.
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The little city of Pushkar has its own distinct charm that is unmatched by any other city. A perfect town nestled into the side of the Snake Mountains and lining Lake Pushkar. Whitewashed buildings, patterned at minarets line the lake shore, pilgrims on the ghats performing puja all seems to have come straight from the fairy tales.
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Situated around 60 km north of Udaipur, Ranakpur is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges and a must visit for the tourists coming to this region. Ranakpur is tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravali range. Located in Pali district and boasts of one of the largest and most important Jain Temples in the country.
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Ranthambore is unique destination that endorses one of the most important National park of India, the Ranthambore National Park. The city also endorses the elegant Ranthambore fort. The abode is basically surrounded with exceptional flora and fauna.
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Sariska has a rich natural heritage with some beautiful lakes and picturesque valleys thickly wooded in parts. Situated on the most prominent of these hills is a massive ancient fort that whispers tales of the rich history of the city
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Located in Rajasthan Shekhawati is the most artistic region of India. It is the region that houses some of the world's most stunning intricate and artistic frescos.The Shekhawati belt covers townships like Sikar, Fatehpur, Lakshmangarh, Nawalgarh, Jhunjhunu. It has many heritage havelis that shows the true Indian ambiance of the town.
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Popularly Known as the Jewel of Mewar, the city was founded by Maharajah Jai Singh in 16th century. The city of Udaipur endorse three major lake, Pichhola, Fatehsagar and Udaisagar. The three lakes adds to the magic of the city. On Pichhola lake stands the Jag mandir, a famous palace of royal era.
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