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Rajasthan Tour with Taj Mahal

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Being a resident of Delhi and working with Alluring for 3 years, I decided to tour the most famous tourist circuit in India in 2017.

It usually starts with Delhi, but I started with Agra. Below is a diary of my journey of Rajasthan with ‘Taj Mahal’.

 

CHAITANYA

Destination One : Agra

The city of the Taj, as it is called, Agra made me realize why it is one of the most touristic destinations in India. The magical allure of the Taj Mahal attracts tourists to this wonderful city like a moth to a flame.

Agra, with its laid – back lifestyle and its immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewelery, is amongst the most remarkable city of the world. In terms of ambiance it is still associated with its Mughal period led by Babur, who arrived in 1526.

Exploring the chambers of this royal residence, the Agra Fort, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb was a chilling experience.

More chilling was realizing the fact that, the Shah spent his final years gazing at the tomb he had commissioned for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal from his prison in Agra Fort.

 

The next day started with an overland journey to Jaipur. En route I visited the ghost fortress of Fatehpur Sikri, the site of the mausoleum of Salim Chisti (a medieval Muslim saint). It is said if you make a wish at his tomb, he still grants the prayers of the pure hearted. It is not hard to imagine, what the court must have been in the days of its grandeur.

Destination Two : Jaipur

 

The famous pink city, sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenelated walls.

I have visited this city several times, and this buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes.

Starting a day by visiting the Amber Fort, the magnificent example of Rajput Fort building in its best. Fortified by hills and a succession of gates, the fort contains dramatic Halls of Public Audience opposite a beautifully pained Ganesh Pole.

Another attraction in the city of Jaipur is the City Palace, home to an impressive collection of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal artwork, jewels, textiles and arms.

Also, the Palace of Winds, the ‘Hawa Mahal’; a thousand windows, behind which the royal ladies once took the air in privacy.

 

Destination Three : Jodhpur

 

If you plan to drive from Jaipur to Jodhpur, the drive approximately takes 6 hours.

Jodhpur’s history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore Clan, is credited with the origins go Jodhpur.

One of the most picturesque, magnificent and heritage rich city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is one city that can make you fall in love at first sight. The streets reveal one of the most vibrant and colourful cities in Rajasthan; where the bazaars sell all manner of goods, with locally made specialities including tie-dye fabrics, puppets, and lacquered jewellery.

The main attraction of this city is the Mehrangarh Fort, which is one of the largest fortresses in India. Located in the centre of the city, the fort spreads over three miles.

Also, visiting the Bishnoi Villages is an experience one cannot afford to miss. The Bishnoi were the protectors of nature for five centuries and arguably the world’s first ecologists, responsible for the survival of species like the black-buck antelope.

 

Destination Four : Udaipur

 

Udaipur, the city combines real beauty with a picturesque association of a glorious past.

It stands in a valley amidst green hills on the banks of Lake Pichola. On the islands in the lake, from the water’s edge, rise marble palaces that glisten like fairy castles. Crowning the ridge in which the city clusters, along the shore of the lake is the palace of Maharana.

Possibly no city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as Udaipur and is replete with fantastic hill top fortresses, exotic fairy tale palaces and gripping legends of medieval chivalry and heroism.

 

A boat ride in Lake Pichola is a must! The main attractions of the city are, Saheliyon ki Bari - the spectacular garden displaying the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies who once lived in the palaces.

The City Palace - The largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Through it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords fine views of the lake and the city from upper terraces.

 

From Udaipur one can take a direct flight to Delhi and complete the entire circuit.

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