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Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur)

Rajasthan is like no other state in India. It is impossible to think of Rajasthan without evoking its magnificent palaces and forts and the amazing vibrant colors that permeate every scene of daily life and every picture you come back with.

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is often called "The Pink Cit" because many of its buildings are this color. This city is one of the most famous of India and its main highlights are the City Palace Museum, with its famous Observatory; Hawa Mahal (The Palace of the Winds) built in 1799 by Sawi Pratap Singh to allow his harem ladies to watch life in the city, and the magnificent Amber Fort.


Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name. Jodhpur is a popular destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples.

The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. The city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades.

Jodhpur is famous for its great festivals and its magnificent Mehrangarh Fort as well as Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, and Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower).


Udaipur

Udaipur is know as the City of Lakes. It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the Rajputana. It was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the capital of the Mewar Kingdom. The legend says Maharana Udai Singh II while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range came upon a hemit who blessed him and asked him to build a palace, assuring him it would be well protected. Udai Singh II consequently established a residence on the site. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured the fort of Chittor and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur.

Udaipur is also known for its Rajput palaces. The Lake Palace (now the Taj Lake Palace) covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Udaipur is often called the "Venice of the East" because of its beautiful Lake Pichola.

Visit the beautiful City Palace, a magnificent combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture, and the temples Eklingji, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Nagda (Temples of the Mother and Daughter-in-law), dedicated to Vishnu. These eleventh century temples are renowned for their magnificent sculptures depicting scenes from the Ramayana.


Antipodes recommends

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Umid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udapur
Taj Lake Palace, Udapur

 

Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur)