Rajasthan | Rajasthan Map | Rajasthan Tourism

Rajasthan | Rajasthan Map | Rajasthan Tourism

Rajasthan

Fact of Rajasthan:


Population:


56.47 million (2001 Census, estimated at more than 58 million now)

Cities and Towns:


222

Major cities:


Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer, Beawar, Bikaner Bharatpur, Alwar, Dholpur, Churu, Bhilwara, Sri Ganganagar, Pali, Makrana, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Didwana, Sujangarh, Nagaur, Sikar, Hanumangarh, Pratapgarh

Roads:


1,51,914 km. (8,798 km National Highway)

National highways crossing Rajasthan:


Delhi-Ahmedabad, Agra-Bikaner, Jaipur-Bhopal, Bhatinda-Kandla and Pali-Ambala.

Climate of Rajasthan:


Generally dry with monsoon during July–August

Districts:


33

Languages:


English and Hindi commonly used, as well as indigenous Rajasthani languages, Braj Bhasha etc.

Literacy:


61.03%

Rajasthan Map2
Rajasthan (the land of colours) the land of Rajasthanis, is the largest state of the Republic of India by area. It encompasses most of the area of the large, inhospitable Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert), which has an edge paralleling the Sutlej-Indus river valley along its border with Pakistan. It is one of the most beautiful states of India which attracts very large number of domestic and foreign tourists in India. The state is bordered by Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to the southwest, Madhya Pradesh to the southeast, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to the northeast and Punjab to the north. Rajasthan covers an area of 132,150 sq mi or 342,239 km². The proportion of the state's total area to the total area of the country is 10.41 per cent.

Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the state. Geographical features include the Thar Desert along north-western Rajasthan and the termination of the Ghaggar River near the archaeological ruins at Kalibanga, which are the oldest in the subcontinent discovered so far.

One of the world's oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Range, cradles the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, famous for Dilwara Temples, a sacred pilgrimage for Jains. Eastern Rajasthan has the world famous Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur, once famous for its bird life and is a World Heritage Site and two famous national tiger reserves, Ranthambore and Sariska Tiger Reserve. Rajasthan was formed on 30 March 1949, when all erstwhile princely states ruled by Rajputs, known as Rajputana, merged into the Dominion of India.

It was essentially the country of the Gurjars. Historian R. C. Majumdar explained that the region was long known as Gurjaratra (Country protected by the Gurjars or Gurjar nation), early form of Gujarat, before it came to be called Rajputana, early in the Muslim period. The historian John Keay in his book, India: A History stated that, Rajputana name was given by Britishers and The word even achieved a retrospective authenticity, in 1829 translation of Ferishta's history of early Islamic India, John Briggs discarded the phrase Indian princes, as rendered in Dow's earlier version, and substituted Rajpoot princes.

The only difference between erstwhile Rajputana and Rajasthan is that certain portions of what had been British India, in the former province of Ajmer-Merwara, were included. Portions lying geographically outside of Rajputana such as the Sumel-Tappa area were included in Madhya Pradesh.

How to reach Rajasthan:

Map of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is connected by many national highways. Most renowned being NH 8, which is India's first 4–8 lane highway. Rajasthan also has an inter-city surface transport system both in terms of railways and bus network. All chief cities are connected by air, rail and road.

By Air:


There are four main airports at Rajasthan- Jaipur airport, Udaipur airport, Jodhpur airport and Kota airport. These airports connect Rajasthan with the major cities of India such as Delhi and Mumbai.

By Rail:


Rajasthan is connected with the main cities of India by rail. Jaipur, Kota, Bikaner, Ajmer, Udaipur and Jodhpur are the principal railway stations in Rajasthan. Kota City is the only Electrified Section served by three Rajdhani Expresses and trains to all cities of India.

By Road:


Rajasthan is well connected to the main cities of the country including Delhi, Ahmedabad and Indore by State and National Highways and served by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and Private operators.

History of Rajasthan:


Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan
The Indus Valley Civilization, one of the world's first and oldest civilizations, was located in parts of what is now Rajasthan. Kalibangan in Hanumangarh district, Rajasthan was a major provincial capital of the Indus Valley Civilization. It is believed that Western Kshatrapas (35–405 BC) were Saka rulers of the western part of India (Saurashtra and Malwa: modern Gujarat, Southern Sindh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan). They were successors to the Indo-Scythians, and were contemporaneous with the Kushans who ruled the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. The Indo-Scythians invaded the area of Ujjain and establish the Saka era (with Saka calendar), marking the beginning of the long-lived Saka Western Satraps kingdom.

Traditionally the Meenas, Rajputs, Yadavs, Jats, Bhils, Gurjars, Bishnois and other tribes made a great contribution in building the state of Rajasthan. All these tribes suffered great difficulties in protecting their culture and the land. Millions of them were martyred trying to protect their land.Gurjars had been exterminated in Bhinmal and Ajmer areas fighting with the invaders. Bhils once ruled Kota. Meenas were rulers of Bundi and Dhundhar region.[citation needed]

Gurjars ruled many dynasties in this part of the country.In fact this region was long known as Gurjaratra. Up to the tenth century almost the whole of North India, excepting Bengal, owned supermacy of Gurjars with their seat of power at Kannauj. Gurjar Pratihars acted as barrier for Arab invaders from 6th to 11th century. The chief credit of Gurjara Pratihara empire lies in its succecessful resistance to the foreign invasions from the west, from the days of Junaid. Historian Majumdar says that this was frankly recognised by the Arab writers themselves.He further clears that Historians of India have wondered at the slow progress of Muslim invaders in India, as compared with their rapid advance in other parts of the world.Now there can be little doubt that it was the power of the Gurjara Pratihara army that effectively barred the progress of the Muslims beyond the confines of Sindh, their first conquest for nearly three hundred years.

The earlier contributions of warriors and protectors of the land Vishnois, Ahirs, Gurjars, Jats, Bhils and Meenas) were neglected and lost in history due to stories of valour shown by certain specific clans in later years graining more prominence over older acts of bravery. Rajasthan means the Land of the Kings. Modern Rajasthan includes most of Rajputana, which comprises mainly the erstwhile Rajput kingdoms as well as two Jat kingdoms and a Muslim kingdom. Marwar (Jodhpur), Bikaner, Mewar (Udaipur), Alwar and Dhundhar (Jaipur) were some of the main Rajput states. The Jats were rulers in Bharatpur and Dholpur. Tonk was ruled by a Muslim Nawab. Rajput families rose to prominence in the 6th century CE. The Rajputs put a very valiant resistance to the Islamic invasions and protected this land with their warfare and chivalry for more than 500 years. They also resisted Mughal incursions into India, but contributed to the slower than anticipated access to the Indian Subcontinent. Later the Mughals, with a technique based on a combination of treachery and skilled warfare were able to set firm a grip on northern India, including Rajasthan. The fighter spirit and valour of Rajputs impressed the Mughals to such an extent that even after defeating the Rajputs, the Mughals held their valour and value in the highest esteem. Mewar led other kingdoms in its resistance to outside rule. Most notably Rana Sanga fought the Battle of Khanua against Babur, the founder of the Mughal empire.

Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya, the Hindu Emperor, also known as Hemu in the History of India was born in the village of Machheri in Alwar District in the year 1501. He had won 22 battles against Afghans, from Punjab to Bengal and had defeated Akbar's forces twice at Agra and Delhi in 1556, before acceeding to the throne of Delhi and establishing 'Hindu Raj' in North India, albeit for a short duration, from Purana Quila in Delhi. He was killed in the Second Battle of Panipat.

Maharana Pratap Singh
Maharana Pratap of Mewar resisted Akbar in the famous Battle of Haldighati and later operated from hilly areas of his kingdom. Bhils were Maharana's main allies during these wars. Most of these attacks were evenly met as the Mughal forces outnumbered Mewar Rajputs in all the wars fought between them. The Haldighati war was fought between 10,000 Mewaris and a 100,000 strong Mughal force (including many Rajputs like Kachwahas from Dhundhar). Over the years the Mughals began to have internal disputes which took their concentration away at times. They also had to fight off Pathan warriors from neighbouring Afghanistan and the newer enemy, the British Empire which consisted of large numbers of natives whilst engaging against various other regional powers such as the Persians. The Mughal Empire eventually weakened to which several groups across their kingdom (including Sikhs) saw opportunities to establish their power whilst the army was fighting somewhere else. The Rajputs saw this as an opportunity to reassert their independence. With the decline of the Mughal Empire in the 18th century, Rajputana came under attack by the Marathas and Pindaris, and the Maratha general Scindia captured Ajmer. The Rajput kings following a rapid defeat, concluded treaties with the British in the early 19th century, accepting British sovereignty in return for local autonomy. Following the Mughal tradition as well as its strategic location Ajmer became a province of British India, while the autonomous Rajput states, the Muslim state Tonk, and the Jat states (Bharatpur and Dholpur) were organized into the Rajputana Agency.

The Marwaris (people from Marwar) and Rajasthan's formerly independent kingdom created a rich architectural and cultural heritage, seen even today in their numerous forts and palaces (Mahals and Havelis) which are enriched by features of Muslim and Jain architecture. The development of the frescos in Rajasthan is linked with the history of the Marwaris, who have also played a crucial role in the economic development of the region. Many wealthy families throughout Indian history have links to Marwar. These families include the legendary Birla, Bhandari, Bajaj, Mittal and Mirza families.

Geography of Rajasthan:


Rajasthan Map
The main geographic features of Rajasthan are the Thar Desert and the Aravalli Range, which runs through the state from southwest to northeast, almost from one end to the other, for more than 850 km. Mount Abu is at the southwestern end of the range, separated from the main ranges by the West Banas River, although a series of broken ridges continues into Haryana in the direction of Delhi where it can be seen as outcrops in the form of the Raisina Hill and the ridges farther north. About three-fifths of Rajasthan lies northwest of the Aravallis, leaving two-fifths on the east and south.

The northwestern portion of Rajasthan is generally sandy and dry. Most of the region is covered by the Thar Desert, which extends into adjoining portions of Pakistan. The Aravalli Range does not intercept the moisture-giving southwest monsoon winds off the Arabian Sea, as it lies in a direction parallel to that of the coming monsoon winds, leaving the northwestern region in a rain shadow. The Thar Desert is thinly populated; the town of Bikaner is the largest city in the desert. The Northwestern thorn scrub forests lie in a band around the Thar Desert, between the desert and the Aravallis. This region receives less than 400 mm of rain in an average year. Temperatures can exceed 45 °C in the summer months and drop below freezing in the winter. The Godwar, Marwar, and Shekhawati regions lie in the thorn scrub forest zone, along with the city of Jodhpur. The Luni River and its tributaries are the major river system of Godwar and Marwar regions, draining the western slopes of the Aravallis and emptying southwest into the great Rann of Kutch wetland in neighboring Gujarat. This river is saline in the lower reaches and remains potable only up to Balotara in Barmer district. The Ghaggar River, which originates in Haryana, is an intermittent stream that disappears into the sands of the Thar Desert in the northern corner of the state and is seen as a remnant of the primitive Saraswati river.

Aravalli Landscape in India
The Aravalli Range and the lands to the east and southeast of the range are generally more fertile and better watered. This region is home to the Kathiarbar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion, with tropical dry broadleaf forests that include teak, Acacia, and other trees. The hilly Vagad region lies in southernmost Rajasthan, on the border with Gujarat. With the exception of Mount Abu, Vagad is the wettest region in Rajasthan, and the most heavily forested. North of Vagad lies the Mewar region, home to the cities of Udaipur and Chittaurgarh. The Hadoti region lies to the southeast, on the border with Madhya Pradesh. North of Hadoti and Mewar is the Dhundhar region, home to the state capital of Jaipur. Mewat, the easternmost region of Rajasthan, borders Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Eastern and southeastern Rajasthan is drained by the Banas and Chambal rivers, tributaries of the Ganges.

The Aravali Range runs across the state from the southwest peak Guru Shikhar (Mount Abu), which is 1,722 m in height, to Khetri in the northeast. This divides the state into 60% in the northwest of the range and 40% in the southeast. The northwest tract is sandy and unproductive with little water but improves gradually from desert land in the far west and northwest to comparatively fertile and habitable land towards the east. The area includes the Thar Desert. The south-eastern area, higher in elevation (100 to 350 m above sea level) and more fertile, has a very diversified topography. in the south lies the hilly tract of Mewar. In the southeast, a large area within the districts of Kota and Bundi forms a tableland. To the northeast of these districts is a rugged region (badlands) following the line of the Chambal River. Farther north the country levels out; the flat plains of the northeastern Bharatpur district are part of an alluvial basin.

Rajasthan Economy:


Rajasthan's economy is primarily agricultural and pastoral. Wheat and barley are cultivated over large areas, as are pulses, sugarcane, and oilseeds. Cotton and tobacco are the state's cash crops. Rajasthan is among the largest producers of edible oils in India and the second largest producer of oilseeds. Rajasthan is also the biggest wool-producing state in India and the main opium producer and consumer. There are mainly two crop seasons. The water for irrigation comes from wells and tanks. The Indira Gandhi Canal irrigates northwestern Rajasthan.

The main industries are mineral based, agriculture based, and textiles. Rajasthan is the second largest producer of polyester fibre in India. The Bhilwara District produces more cloth than Bhiwandi, Maharashtra and the bhilwara is the largest city in suitings production and export. Several prominent chemical and engineering companies are located in the town of Kota, in southern Rajasthan. Rajasthan is pre-eminent in quarrying and mining in India. The Taj Mahal was built from the white marble which was mined from a town called Makrana. The state is the second largest source of cement in India. It has rich salt deposits at Sambhar, copper mines at Khetri, Jhunjhunu and zinc mines at Dariba, Zawar mines at Zawarmala for zinc, Rampura Aghucha (opencast) near Bhilwara. Dimensional stone mining is also undertaken in Rajasthan. Jodhpur sandstone is mostly used in monuments, important buildings and residential buildings.This stone is termed as "chittar patthar".

Rajasthan is now the preferred destination for IT companies and North India's largest integrated IT park is located in Jaipur and is named as Mahindra World City Jaipur covering nearly 3,000 acres (12 km2) of land. Some of the companies operating in Rajasthan include Infosys, Genpact, Wipro, Truworth, Deutsche Bank, NEI, MICO, Honda Siel Cars, Coca Cola and Procter & Gamble.

Tourism of Rajasthan:


City Palace Udaipur
Rajasthan attracted 14% of total foreign visitors during 2009-2010 which is fourth highest in all states of India. It positioned fourth place also in Domestic tourist visitors. Endowed with natural beauty and a great history, tourism is a flourishing industry in Rajasthan. The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner & Jaisalmer rank among the most preferred destinations in India for many tourists both Indian and foreign. Tourism accounts for eight percent of the state's domestic product. Many old and neglected palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels. Tourism has increased employment in the hospitality sector.

Rajasthan is famous for the majestic forts, intricately carved temples and decorated havelis, which were built by Rajput kings in previous ages, they were the soul of pre-Muslim era Rajasthan. Jantar Mantar, Dilwara Temples, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace, City Palaces, Jaisalmer Havelis are part of the true architectural heritage of India. Jaipur, the Pink City, is noted for the ancient houses made of a type of sand stone dominated by a pink hue. At Ajmer, the white marble Bara-dari on the Anasagar lake is exquisite. Jain Temples dot Rajasthan from north to south and east to west. Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu, Ranakpur Temple dedicated to Lord Adinath near Udaipur, Jain temples in the fort complexes of Chittor, Jaisalmer and Kumbhalgarh, Lodarva Jain temples, Bhandasar Temple of Bikaner are some of the best examples.

Rajasthan is often called a shopper's paradise. Rajasthan is famous for textiles, semi-precious stones and handicrafts. The attractive designs of jewellery and clothes are eye-catching and invite shoppers. Rajasthani furniture has intricate carvings and bright colours. Rajasthani handicrafts are in demand due to the intricate work on them. Above all, Rajasthan's shopping appeals to both tourists and people from other parts of India due to its cheap prices for quality goods.

Bikaner is famous for its namkeens, Jaipur for its jewellery, Jodhpur for sweets and Jaisalmer for yellow stone.

Hotels Rajasthan:



Ajmer City

Category

Hotel Mansingh Palace 

Three Star

Roopangarh Fort 

Heritage Hotel

Phool Mahal Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Hotel Bhadrawati Palace 

Heritage Hotel

City (Bharatpur) 

Category

Hotel Udai Vilas Palace 

Economy

Laxmi Vilas Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Hotel Chandra Mahal Haveli 

Heritage Hotel

Bikaner City

Category

Heritage Resort 

Resort

Hotel Laxmi Niwas Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Karni Bhawan Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Hotel Lallgarh Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Gajner Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Bundi City

Category

Ishwari Niwas Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Chittorgarh City

Category

Hotel Pratap Palace 

Economy

Bassi Fort Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Castle Bijaipur 

Heritage Hotel

Deogarh City

Category

Deogarh Mahal 

Heritage Hotel

Rawala Jojawar 

Heritage Hotel

Jaipur City

Category

Park Plaza(A/F) 

Three Star

Hotel Holiday Inn 

Three Star

KK Royal Days 

Three Star

Best Western Om Tower 

Three Star

Mansingh Towers 

Three Star

Comfort Inn Hawa Mahal 

Three Star

Hotel Empire Regency 

Three Star

Jai Mahal Palace 

Five Star

Hotel Mansingh 

Five Star

Rajputana Palace Sheraton 

Five Star

Chokhi Dhani(Five Star Village resort) 

Five Star

Hotel Clarks Amer 

Five Star

Rai Vilas 

Five Star

Rambagh Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Raj Mahal Palace 

Heritage Hotel

The Raj Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Samode Haveli 

Heritage Hotel

Alsisar Haveli 

Heritage Hotel

Narain Niwas Palace Hotel 

Heritage Hotel

Khasa Kothi 

Heritage Hotel

Hotel Hari Mahal Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Samode Palace 

Heritage Hotel

The Trident Hilton 

First Class International

Jaisalmer City

Category

Hotel Gorbandh Palace 

Three Star

Heritage Inn 

Three Star

Fort Rajwada 

Five Star

Resort rawala 

Resort

Narayan Niwas Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Jaisal Castle 

Heritage Hotel

Jodhpur City

Category

Quality Inn chandra 

Three Star

Abhay days Inn 

Four Star

The Fortune Ummed 

Five Star

Taj Hari Mahal 

Five Star

Umaid Bhawan Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Ajith Bhawan 

Heritage Hotel

Hotel Ranbanka 

Heritage Hotel

Bal Samanad palace 

Heritage Hotel

Hotel Karni bhawan 

Heritage Hotel

Ratan Vilas 

Heritage Hotel

Khimsar City

Category

Khimsar Dunes Village 

Resort

Khimsar Fort 

Heritage Hotel

Kota City

Category

Umed Bhawan palace 

Heritage Hotel

City (Mandawa) 

Category

The Desert Resort 

Resort

Castle Mandawa 

Heritage Hotel

Hertage Mandawa 

Heritage Hotel

City (Neemrana) 

Category

Neemrana Fort Palace 

Heritage Hotel

City (Pokharan) 

Category

Welcome Heritage Lal Niwas 

Heritage Hotel

City (Pushkar) 

Category

Jagat Palace 

Economy

Pushkar Resort 

Resort

Pushkar Palace 

Heritage Hotel

City (Ranakpur) 

Category

Rawla Narlai 

Heritage Hotel

City (Ranathambore) 

Category

The Oberoi Vanaya Vilas 

Five Star

Hotel Ranathambore Bagh 

Economy

Tiger Den Resort 

Economy

Ankur Resort 

Economy

The Pugmark(Wild Life Resort) 

Resort

City (Luni) 

Category

Fort Chanwa 

Heritage Hotel

City (Sariska) 

Category

Hotel sariska Palace 

Heritage Hotel

City (Udaipur) 

Category

Hotel Rampratap Palace 

Economy

Hotel Paras mahal 

Three Star

Hotel Rajdarshan 

Three Star

Lake Pichola Hotel 

Three Star

Hotel Udai Kothi 

Three Star

Quality Inn Vishnupuria 

Three Star

Hotel Lake Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Shiv Niwas palace 

Heritage Hotel

Fateh prakash place 

Heritage Hotel

Hotel Shikarbadi 

Heritage Hotel

Laxmi Vilas Palace 

Heritage Hotel

Jagat Niwas Palace 

Heritage Hotel

The Trident Hilton 

First Class International

List of palaces in Rajasthan:

Deogarh Palace Rajasthan

The Indian state of Rajasthan is famous for historic havelis, forts and palaces. Some of these are:

  • Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur. Former residence of a thakur (landed noble), today a hotel.
  • Amber Palace (Amber Fort). Former royal residence, Jaipur.
  • Bansi Garh, Chittorgarh. Current residence of the Shaktawat rawats of Bansi.
  • Bhanwar Niwas, Bikaner. Historic haveli, now a hotel.
  • Castle Mandawa, Mandawa (Jhunjhuni district in Shekhavati). Former residence of the thakurs (landed noble) of Mandawa, today a hotel.
  • Bhinder Garh, Chittorgarh. Current residence of the Shaktawat rawats of Bhinder.
  • City Palace, Jaipur. Seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Now a museum.
  • City Palace, Udaipur. Seat of the Maharana of Udaipur. Now a museum.
  • Deogarh Mahal, Deogarh Madaria. Former residence of the rawat (landed noble) of Deogarh, today a hotel.
  • Devigarh, Delwara, now a heritage hotel.
  • Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur. Part of the city palace complex, now a hotel.
  • Fort Delwara. Former royal residence located 30 km north east of Udaipur. Now the Devi Garh Fort Palace hotel.
  • Junagarh Fort and Palace, Bikaner. Seat of the Maharana of Bikaner. Now a museum.
  • Gajner Palace, outskirts of Bikaner. Former hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Bikaner.
  • Golbagh Palace, Bharatpur. Former royal residence, today a hotel.
  • Gorbandh Palace. Jaisalmer.
  • Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur. Former royal residence. Now a museum.
  • Khimsar Fort, Khimsar (Nagour District). Located 145 kilometres from Udaipur. Former residence of the thakurs (landed noble) of Khimsar, today a hotel.
  • Kuchaman Fort, Kuchaman (Nagour District). Former royal residence, now a hotel.
  • Jag Mandir Udaipur. Former royal pleasure palace.(Shah Jahan took refuge here while crown prince during a conflict with his father Jahangir).
  • Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), Udaipur. Former royal pleasure palace, now a hotel.
  • Jai Mahal, Jaipur. Former royal residence, today a hotel.
  • Jal Mahal, Jaipur.
  • Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer. Seat of the Maharaja of Jaisalmer.
  • Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner. Former royal residence. A part have been converted into a hotel, while the remainder is a museum.
  • Laxmangarh Fort, Sikar. Former royal residence, today a tourist spot.
  • Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner. Former royal residence, today a hotel.
  • Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur. Former royal residence, today a hotel.
  • Narain Niwas Palace, Jaipur. Former residence of the thakurs (landed noble) of Kanota, today a hotel.
  • Nathmalji Ki Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer. Former residence of a prime minister of Jaisalmer.
  • Neemrana Fort-Palace. Located 40 miles northwest of Alwar. Former residence of the rajah of Neemrana, today a hotel.
  • Neemrana Fort Palace
  • Patwon Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer. Historic merchant's haveli.
  • Phool Mahal Palace, Kishangarh.
  • Piramal Haveli, Bagar (Jhunjhuni district in Shekhavati). Historic 1930s merchant's haveli, now a hotel.
  • Raj Mahal Palace, Jaipur. Former royal residence, today a hotel.
  • Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur. Former royal residence of the Maharajas of Dholpur, today a hotel.
  • Rambagh Palace, Jaipur.- Former royal residence, today a hotel.
  • Seengh Sagar, Deogarh Madaria. Former hunting lodge of the rawat (landed noble) of Deogarh, today a hotel.
  • Sariska Palace, SariskaAlwar. Former royal hunting lodge, today a hotel.
  • Samode Haveli, Jaipur. Former residence of a prime minister of Jaipur, today a hotel.
  • Samode Palace, Jaipur. Former residence of the thakurs (landed noble) of Samode, today a hotel.
  • Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur. Former royal guesthouse, now a hotel.
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. Seat of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Part of the palace has been converted into a hotel.

Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan - India:


Become a Maharaja for the duration of your vacation, at Heritage Hotels of India. Ride an elephant into a grand courtyard, dine in a magnificent Durbar Hall, see folk dancers perform the traditional dances of India and stay in rooms furnished in opulent luxury, with turbaned bearers in attendance, at Heritage Hotels of India. Experience the royal lifestyle of the Maharajas of India, when you enjoy the luxurious ambience of the Heritage Hotels of India. Stay at a fairytale palace that rises like a marble vision from an azure lake. Live in a heritage fortress perched on a high to live like a King. For an unforgettable holiday in royal style, come and stay in Heritage Hotels of India. Visit the land of the proud Rajput kings and stay at the royal homes of these mighty rulers that have been converted into Heritage Hotels and experience Rajasthan. The Hotels in Rajasthan recreate medieval splendor in their d├ęcor, facilities and style of serving their guests. You feel transported to an era of kings and queens during your stay at the Hotels in Rajasthan, India. Partake of the excellent facilities offered at the majestic Rajasthan Hotels and get a glimpse of the scintillating and glamorous Rajasthan culture. The retainers and staff at the luxury Hotels of Rajasthan are specially trained to conduct themselves and serve in the manner of the retainers of the yore who served the kings and queens with utmost care. The management at these hotels is especially alert to your luxury holiday needs, thus making your stay a memorable one.

Heritage Hotels in Bikaner:


Hotel Basant Vihar Palace
Sri Ganganagar Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan INDIA

Hotel Lalgarh Palace
Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner, Rajasthan-334 001 INDIA

Bhanwar Niwas Palace
Rampuria Estate, Bikaner, Rajasthan, INDIA

The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
Dr. Karni Singh Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan-334001 INDIA

Bhairon Vilas
Next to Junagarh Fort Bikaner-334001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Bikaner:


Karni Bhawan Palace
Palace Road, Jodhour, Bikaner-342001, Rajasthan, INDIA


Maan Bilas Hotel
Lallgarh Palace Complex, Bikaner-334001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Gajner Palace Hotel
Tahshil Kolagat, Distt Bikaner, Rajasthan, INDIA

Jaswant Bhawan
Daudsar House, Alakh Sagar Road Bikaner-334001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Dundlod:


Dundlod Fort
P.O. Dundlod-333702 Distt. Jhunjhunu Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Jaipur:


Rambagh Palace
Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur - 302005, Rajasthan, INDIA

Hotel Diggi Palace
Shivaji Marg, C-Scheme Sawai Ram Singh Highway, Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Jai Mahal Palace Hotel
Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Kota:


Umed Bhawan Palace
Palace Road, Kota – 324001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Brijraj Bhavan Palace
Banks of the Chambal River, Kota–324001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Sukhdham
Civil Lines, Kota–324001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Palkiya Haveli
Kota – 324001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Khimsar:


Khimsar Fort
Khimsar Dist. Nagaur-341 025, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Samode:


Samode Bagh
Samode, Off. Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Hotel Samode Palace
Village Samode, Jaipur, Rajasthan-303806, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Pushkar:



Hotel Pushkar Palace
Distt. Ajmer, Rajasthan- 305022, INDIA

Jagat Palace Pushkar
Pushkar - 305022, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Udaipur:


Lake Palace Udaipur
Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Fateh Prakash Palace
City Palace, Udaipur–313001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Shiv Niwas Palace
City Palace, Udaipur-313001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Sawai Madhopur:


Sawai Madhopur Lodge
Ranthambore National Park Road, Sawai Madhopur-322001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Bhanwar Vilas Palace
Karauli House Tonk, Karauli, Rajasthan, INDIA

Nahargarh,Sawai Madhopur
off Sawai Madhopur Road, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Chittorgarh:


Bassi Fort Palace
Bassi, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, INDIA

Castle Bijapur
V.P.O, Bijaipur, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur


Ajit Bhawan Hotel
Near Circuit House, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Balsamand Lake Palace
Mandore Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Hotel Jhalamand Garh
Mandore Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Ghanerao:


Ghanerao Royal Castle
Post-Ghanerao-306704 Dist. Pali, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Mount Abu:


Palace Hotel (Bikaner House)
Bikarner House, Delwara Road Mount Abu-307501, Rajasthan, INDIA


Cama Rajputana Club Resort
Adhar Devi Road, Mount Abu-307501, Rajasthan, INDIA

Connaught House
Rajendra Marg, Mount Abu-307501, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Jaisalmer:


Narayan Niwas Palace
Jaisalmer, 345 001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Jawahar Niwas Palace
Near Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer-345001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Fort Rajwada Jaisalmer
1, Hotel Complex, Jodhpur-Barmer Link Road, Jaisalmer-345001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Dungarpur:


Udai Bilas Palace
Dungarpur-314001, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Tonk:


Castle Awan
Tonk, Rajasthan, INDIA

Rajmahal Palace Hotel & Resort
Jaipur-Kota highway, Tonk, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Alwar:


Hill Fort Kesroli
Near M.I.A P.O-Bahala Alwar-301030, Rajasthan, INDIA

Hotel Sarsika Palace
Alwar-301030, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Pali:


Jagram Durg
Nimaj village, Pali-306103, Rajasthan, INDIA

Maharani Bagh Orchard and Retreat
Ranakpur, Pali-306103 , Rajasthan, INDIA

Karni Kot
Sodawas Village, Pali-306103, Rajasthan, INDIA

Heritage Hotels in Jhunjhunu:


Heritage Mandawa
P.O. Mandawa, Distt. Jhunjhunu–333704, Rajasthan, INDIA

Singhasan Haveli
Goenka Chowk, Mandawa Shekhawati, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, INDIA

More Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan:


Bhadrawati Palace
Village Bhandarej, Dist.-Dausa, Rajasthan-303501, Rajasthan, INDIA

Rajasthan Culture:


Rajasthan Dance and Music
Rajasthan is culturally rich and has artistic and cultural traditions which reflect the ancient Indian way of life. There is rich and varied folk culture from villages which is often depicted and is symbolic of the state. Highly cultivated classical music and dance with its own distinct style is part of the cultural tradition of Rajasthan. The music is uncomplicated and songs depict day-to-day relationships and chores, more often focused around fetching water from wells or ponds.

The Ghoomar dance from Udaipur and Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer have gained international recognition. Folk music is a vital part of Rajasthani culture. Kathputli, Bhopa, Chang, Teratali, Ghindar, Kachchhighori, Tejaji etc. are the examples of the traditional Rajasthani culture. Folk songs are commonly ballads which relate heroic deeds and love stories; and religious or devotional songs known as bhajans and banis (often accompanied by musical instruments like dholak, sitar, sarangi etc.) are also sung.

Rajasthan is known for its traditional, colorful art. The block prints, tie and dye prints, Bagaru prints, Sanganer prints, and Zari embroidery are major export products from Rajasthan. Handicraft items like wooden furniture and handicrafts, carpets, and blue pottery are some of the things commonly found here. Rajasthan is a shoppers' paradise, with beautiful goods found at low prices. Reflecting the colorful Rajasthani culture, Rajasthani clothes have a lot of mirror-work and embroidery. A Rajasthani traditional dress for females comprises an ankle length skirt and a short top, also known as a lehenga or a chaniya choli. A piece of cloth is used to cover the head, both for protection from heat and maintenance of modesty. Rajasthani dresses are usually designed in bright colours like blue, yellow and orange.

The main religious festivals are Deepawali, Holi, Gangaur, Teej, Gogaji, Shri Devnarayan Jayanti, Makar Sankranti and Janmashtami, as the main religion is Hinduism. Rajasthan's desert festival is celebrated with great zest and zeal. This festival is held once a year during winter. Dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the people of the desert dance and sing haunting ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. There are fairs with snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels, of course, play a stellar role in this festival.

Flora and fauna of Rajasthan:


Flora and Fauna of Rajasthan
Though a large percentage of the total area is desert, and even though there is little forest cover, Rajasthan has a rich and varied flora and fauna. The natural vegetation is classed as Northern Desert Thorn Forest (Champion 1936). These occur in small clumps scattered in a more or less open forms. Density and size of patches increase from west to east following the increase in rainfall.

Some wildlife species, which are fast vanishing in other parts of India, are found in the desert in large numbers such as the Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps), the Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), the Indian Gazelle (Gazella bennettii) and the Indian Wild Ass.

The Desert National Park, Jaisalmer, spread over an area of 3162 km², is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert, and its diverse fauna. Great Indian Bustard, Blackbuck, chinkara, desert fox, Bengal fox, wolf, desert cat etc. can be easily seen here. Seashells and massive fossilized tree trunks in this park record the geological history of the desert. The region is a haven for migratory and resident birds of the desert. One can see many eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel and vultures. Short-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus), Tawny Eagles (Aquila rapax), Spotted Eagles (Aquila clanga), Laggar Falcons (Falco jugger) and kestrels are the commonest of these.

Flora and Fauna of Rajasthan, India
The Ranthambore National Park located in Sawai Madhopur, is one of the finest Tiger Reserves in the Country which became a part of Project Tiger in 1973.

The Sariska Tiger Reserve located in Alwar district, 200 km from Delhi and 107 km from Jaipur covers an area of approximately 800 km2.The area was declared a National Park in 1979.

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is a very small sanctuary in Sujangarh , Churu District, 210 km from Jaipur, in the Shekhawati region. This sanctuary is home to a large population of graceful Blackbuck. Desert Fox and desert cat can also be spotted along with typical avifauna such as partridge and sand grouse.

Wildlife of Rajasthan:


Wildlife Rajasthan
Rajasthan is also noted for National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. There are four national park and wildlife sanctuaries named the Keoladeo National Park of Bharatpur, Sariska Tiger Reserve of Alwar, Ranthambore National Park of Sawai Madhopur, and Desert National Park of Jaisalmer.

Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary both are known worldwide for their tiger population and considered by both wild lovers and photographers as the best places in India to spot tigers.some time before due to poaching and negligence tiger became extinct here, but recently 5 tigers have been shifted here to make them inhabit here. Besides, it houses several small wildlife sanctuaries and eco-tourism parks . Prominent among them are Mount Abu Sanctuary, Bhensrod Garh Sanctuary, Darrah Sanctuary, Jaisamand Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Jawahar Sagar sanctuary and Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary.

There are a variety of wildlife species in Rajasthan, notably including the apex predator Caracal, Caracal caracal.

Districts of Rajasthan:


Rajasthan is divided into 33 districts and seven divisions:

  • Ajmer Division: Ajmer, Bhilwara, Nagaur, Tonk.
  • Bharatpur Division: Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur.
  • Bikaner Division: Bikaner, Churu, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh.
  • Jaipur Division: Jaipur, Alwar, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Dausa.
  • Jodhpur Division: Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Pali, Sirohi.
  • Kota Division: Baran, Bundi, Jhalawar, Kota.
  • Udaipur Division: Banswara, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Dungarpur, Udaipur, Rajsamand

Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Ajmer Sarif, Ajmer

Ajmer:


120 km (78 miles) west of Jaipur, was founded by great Raja Prithviraj Chauhan in 7th century. Ajmer is known for Dargah of Khwaja Mu'in-ud-din Chisti (1142-1236) and Ana Sagar Lake. Also known for the famous boarding schools Sophia college (Girls) and Mayo college (Boys).

Alwar:


143 km from Jaipur and 164 km from Delhi, Alwar is a beautiful city.

Banswara:


527 km from Jaipur & 160 kms from Udaipur, Banswara is a small town famous for Baneshwar Festival.

Bharatpur:


175 km from Jaipur & 185 km from Delhi, is know for the Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bird Sanctuary) and also a halting place on the way from Agra (55 km). The only city that was ruled by Jats. And you can also see the old fort and museum.

Bikaner:


In route on your way from Jaipur (330 km) to Jaisalmer (320 km) was founded in 15th century by Rao Bika. Known for durries, carpets, hand painted lamp shades, and mojari slippers. Also for the camel safari and Junagarh Fort.

Bundi:


206 km from Jaipur and 40 km from Kota, Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways.

Chittaurgarh:


110 km from Udaipur and 300 km from Jaipur was founded by Bappa Rawal in 8th century. Known for the massive fort 3 mile long and 495 feet high. Mirabai, 16th century poet and saint was from here. Also known fro Vijaystambha, Kirtistambha (Tower of Victory), and Rani Padmini.

Dungarpur:


Situated about 110 km south of Udaipur, Dungarpur, or the City of Hills, was founded in the 13ht century. You can visit the Juna Mahal which is adorned with beautiful frescoes, paintings, mirror work and glass inlays; the well maintained Government run Rajmata Devendra Kanwar Museum and the beautiful Deo Somnath Temple.

Jaipur:


Capital city of Rajasthan also known as "Pink City" is about 250 km from Delhi, and your starting point for Rajasthan. Founded by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 is famous for Amber Fort, jantar mantar, hawa mahal, city palace & Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. Also for the textile block prints, semi precious jewelry, handicraft items and Raj Mandhir (Movie theater).

Jodhpur:


250 km from Jaipur, also called "Blue City" is second city of Rajasthan. Founded by Rao Jodha is famous for Mehrangarh Fort, Umed Bhawan Palace, museum and handicrafts.

Jaisalmer:


275 Kms from Jodhpur, also called "Golden City" was founded by Rao Jaisal. Famous for the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, sand dunes, and ideal for camel rides and safaris.

Jhalawar:


335 km from Jaipur, 87 km from Kota, the princely state of the Jhalas, Jhalawar was created in 1838 A.D.

Kota:


240 km from Jaipur, 131 km from Ajmer, Kota is famous for Dussehra Mela.

Kumbhalgarh:


85 km from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh is famous for Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mount Abu:


190 Kms from Udaipur & 27 Km from Abu, is the only hill resort of Rajasthan. Famous for Dilwara Temples, Guru Shikar, and Nakki Lake. You can know much about Mount Abu Sightseeing at http://mountabusightseeing.blogspot.com/

Nathdwara / Shrinathji:


48 km from Udaipur in Rajasthan lies the popular relegious place, Nathdwara.

Pushkar:


14 km from Ajmer, is famous for the Pushkar Fair and Brahma Temple and beautiful view of desert at sunset.

Ranakpur:


Ranakpur is amongst 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.

Rohet:


160 km from Udaipur,212 km from Indore, Rohet is famous for its local cultures and traditions.

Sariska:


110 km from Jaipur and 35 km from Alwar is famous for the Tiger Reserve Sanctuary.

Ranthambore:


135 km from Jaipur and 11 km from Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambhore, is famous for the Ranthambore National Park, Tiger Reserve Project.

Politics in Rajasthan:


The Political life of Rajasthan is dominated by two major parties Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Indian National Congress.

Rajasthan Government:


The current government in Rajasthan is that of Indian National Congress. The current Chief Minister is Ashok Gehlot.

The Government of Rajasthan also known as the State Government of Rajasthan, or locally as State Government, is the supreme governing authority of the Indian state of Rajasthan and its 30 districts. It consists of an executive, led by the Governor of Rajasthan, a judiciary and a legislative.

Like other states in India, the head of state of Rajasthan is the Governor, appointed by the President of India on the advice of the Central government. His or her post is largely ceremonial. The Chief Minister is the head of government and is vested with most of the executive powers. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, and houses the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) and the secretariat . The Rajasthan High Court is located in Jodhpur, which has jurisdiction over the whole of Rajasthan. The present Legislature of Rajasthan is unicameral, consisting of Legislative Assembly, which consists of 200 M.L.A. Its term is 5 years, unless sooner dissolved.

List of ministers in Government of Rajasthan:


Chief Minister - Sri Ashok Gehlot- Chief Minister

Cabinet Ministers:


  • Narpat Singh - Medical & Health, Family Welfare, Ayurveda, Health Education
  • Bharat Singh- Rural Development & Panchayati Raj
  • Usha Puniya- Woman & Child Development, Tourism, Art & Culture, Archeology, Printing & Stationery
  • [[Younes khan]- Transport, Sanskrit Education, Language & Linguistic Minorities, Devsthan (Addl. Charge)
  • Harji Ram Burdak- Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries
  • Hema Ram Chaudhary- Revenue, Colonisation & Soldier Welfare
  • Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya- Tribal Area Development, Technical, Public Grievance & Engineering Education (Addl. Charge)
  • Rajendra Singh Rathore- Water Resources, Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojna, PHED, Ground Water, CAD
  • Ghanshyam Tiwari- Primary & Secondary Education, Labour & Employment
  • Madan Dilawar- Co-operative, Small Savings & State Lottery, Home & Civil Defense
  • Bhawar lal Sharma- Home, Law & Justice, Parliamentary Affairs, UDH (Addl. Charge), Local Self Government (Addl. Charge)
  • Jitendra Singh - Energy, Non Conventional Energy Resources, Information Technology, Disaster Management (Addl. Charge), Higher Education (Addl. Charge)
  • Rajendra Pareek- Industry, NRIs, Public Undertaking, Economics & Statistics, Excise (Addl. Charge)

State Ministers:


  • Ramkishore Saini- Jail (Ind. Charge), Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Smt. Golma Devi- Khadi, Rural Industries, Home & Civil Defense
  • Ameen Khan- Waqf (Ind. Charge), Rural Development & Panchayati Raj
  • Ashok Bairwa- Information & Public Relations (Ind. Charge), State Insurance (Ind. Charge), Elections (Ind. Charge),Transport, Sanskrit Education, Language & Linguistic Minorities, Devsthan
  • Babu Lal Nagar- Food & Civil Supply, Dairy, Tech. Education (Agriculture) (Addl. Charge)
  • Bharosi Lal Jatav- Estate (Ind. Charge), Motor Garage (Ind. Charge), Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries
  • Gurmeet Singh Kunnar- Agriculture Marketing (Ind. Charge), Water Resources, Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojna, PHED, Ground Water, CAD
  • Mangi Lal Garasia- Youth Affairs & Sports (Ind. Charge), Primary & Secondary Education, Labour & Employment
  • Pramod Jain 'Bhaya'- PWD, Science & Technology (Addl. Charge)
  • Ram Lal Jat Forest & Environment, Mines (Addl. Charge)

Rajasthan Photo Gallery:

Chittod, Rajasthan































Rajasthan Map:











Rajasthan, Hotels Rajasthan, Map of Rajasthan, Rajasthan Roadways, Rajasthan Government, Rajasthan University, Rajasthan Map, Rajasthan Tourism, Rajasthan Photo Gallery, places to visit in rajasthan, Rajasthan Tourist Places and more

96RRKXU6W5AV