Formerly known as the 'Land of the Kings', Rajasthan is a state with its unique blend of cultural and historical diversities. The magical land is a heaven for tourists who flock every year to visit the magnificent monuments of Rajasthan. These monuments have played a pivotal role in the growth of tourism in Rajasthan.
The Monuments of Rajasthan offer tourists a unique glimpse to the country's diverse culture and traditions that have survived the test of time. These magnificent structures speak of an ancient race, the Rajputs who had built these colossal forts to defend their land from their enemies. Such forts can be seen in the important cities of the state like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Chittaur and Jaipur, and are among the famous tourist places in Rajasthan.
The Amer Fort is an exquisite medieval structure, which is a unique blend of Hindu and Mughal architectural styles. It was built jointly by three great rulers, - Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai and Sawai Jai Singh. It took nearly two centuries to complete this structure. Standing above the waters of the Maotha Lake, the interiors of the fort offers temples, medieval courtyards, pavilions and captivating gardens besides the stone and mirror works with various painted engravings.
The fort is divided into four segments and can be reached either by climbing a flight of stairs or by riding on an elephant.
City Palace Jaipur
The City Palace of Jaipur is a unique blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architectural styles. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the palace complex is segmented into various courtyards sprawling with gardens and various other buildings. In the 19th century, the 'Mubarak Mahal' was built in the first courtyard by Maharaja Madho Singh II which contains various textile artifacts of the Museum of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. In the next courtyard lies the 'Diwan-I-Khas' where two large silver vessels are displayed which was used by Madho Singh II to carry holy water from the Ganges on his journey to foreign countries. The 'Diwan-I-Aam' comes next which is richly decorated in gold and red Persian carpets with sanskrit and persian manuscripts. It is also known as the ' Hall of Public Audience'. The 'Chandra Mahal' comes next which is a magnificent seven storied structure providing an aerial view of the city and sprawling gardens.
City Palace Udaipur
An interesting blend of Chinese and Medieval European architecture, this remarkable palace has sprawling gardens, cascading fountains and various other buildings. Towering over the Pichola Lake, the entry to the palace is adorned by the 'Hati Pol' or the 'Elephant Gate'. On the northern end of the palace lies the 'Bara Pol' leading to the 'Tripolia' or the 'triple gate'. Numerous apartments, towers, cupolas and hanging gardens provide a visual treat to tourists. They can delight themselves with breathtaking views of the lakes and the city from the overlooking terraces. The palace has been converted into a luxury hotel.
Hawa Mahal Jaipur
One of the famous monuments of Rajasthan, the Hawa Mahal is a fascinating architectural achievement of medieval Rajput architecture. It is a five storey, pyramidal structure consisting of 953 latticed windows. The arched roofs with carved hanging cornices give the structure its unique honeycomb shape. The entry to the Hawa Mahal leads to a courtyard with three of its sides flanked by a two storied building. The Hawa Mahal offers a wonderful aerial view of the city.
The Mehrangargh Fort stands at an altitude of 125 meters atop a steep hill in the city of Jodhpur. The fort is also known as 'Moradwaj Garh' on account of its appearance resembling a peacock. Built of red sandstone, the structure spans an area of 5 sq. kms. Its walls are 36m high and 21m wide. The Fort offers spacious courtyards, magnificent palaces and various places of interest such as the Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana.
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