Abhaneri is a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on
Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the amazing "Baoris"step wells
and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by
the King Raja Chand. Originally Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the
city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the
In the present day, this city of brightness is in ruins; still it attracts tourists
from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for Baoris, which are the unique invention
of the natives for harvesting rain water. Step wells are the unique concept of India.
These big tanks were used as cool places of resort and water reservoir in parched
days. It was a ritual to wash hands and feet before visiting the temple. Amongst
the other step wells, Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple are the most popular one.
Places of Interest: Chand Baori: This colossal step well is located
in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India's deepest and largest
step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings is certainly delightful to the
Harshat Mata Temple: Adjoining the Chand Baori, there is a temple, dedicated to
Harshat Mata. This temple serves as the other tourist attraction of Abhaneri. Raised
during the 10th century, the wrecks of the temple still boast of the architectural
and sculptural styles of ancient India.
Harshat Mata is considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness. As per the beliefs,
the goddess is always cheerful, who imparts her joy and happiness to the whole village.
The temple is worth visiting for its amazing architecture and that too, which belongs
to the medieval India. Abhaneri has a glorious past and this hoary magnetism of
the place, attracts tourists to its threshold, from all over the world.
Formerly known as Virata Nagar, Bairath lies between Jaipur and Alwar. This ancient
city is of great historical importance and even finds mention in the Mahabharata.
Bhandarej is a small village located around 62 kms away from the "Pink City"
of Jaipur in Rajasthan. With a colorful history dating back to the 11th century,
Bhandarej is also home to many temples and monuments dating back to the pre-medieval
Bhandarej is located in the Dausa district of Rajasthan, right on the Jaipur - Agra
highway. With many delightful sights and sounds surrounding it, Bhandarej is indeed
a delightful place to explore. The village also has a rich tribal presence that
is sure to fascinate any visitor. Meanwhile, Bhandarej is also an excellent gateway
to the wildlife sanctuaries of Bharatpur, Sariska and Ranthambore.
Located at a distance of around 80 kms from the main city of Alwar, Bhangarh is
a mysterious town for its visitors. Being an excavated town away from the bustling
city life, Bhangarh in Alwar is a favorite destination for the tourists arriving
in the city. The excavated city of Bhangarh is connected to Alwar via Sariska by
a road where you can savor nature's gift of beautiful surroundings.
There is no chronological evidences about the history of the town but it is said
that Bhangarh was earlier a flourishing city. The king of Sindh wanted to avenge
his embarrassment before the queen of Bhangarh. So he gave up his kingdom and started
practicing black magic and other similar acts in Bhangarh. Later the city was destroyed
in the conflict between the queen of Bhangarh and the erstwhile king of Sindh. It
is believed that the entire city was destroyed overnight after the king of Sindh
died cursing the city and its people. Bhangarh in Alwar is associated with a number
of myths. It was believed that black magic prevailed in the entire area and who
so ever went there did not come back. For this reason, the area was left barren
for a long time. After the area was excavated and the ruins of the ancient town
of Bhangarh emerged, the locals dropped the fear and started going to the place.
Still some people believe that evil spirits and ghosts inhabit the town
A number of temples belonging to various deities of Hindu religion are still located
in the excavated town of Bhangarh in Alwar. The main temples in the area belong
to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, Dev Narayan Ji, Bhairav Nath Ji, Someshwar Mahadev
and Gopinath temple. Apart from these temples, the place also has a shrine of a
Muslim saint called Sayeed Ji. The town also has sprawling gardens for its visitors.
Nowadays you can often see locals arriving to these gardens for a family picnic.
Auwa is a village in Marwar Junction tehsil of Pali district in Rajasthan state
of India. The village is situated 10 km from Marwar Junction railway station. The
place has an ancient temples of Lord Mahadeo on its outskirts, which is believed
to have been constructed in the 11th century AD.
The village is known for siege of the Auwa fort by British forces in 1857. Various
Thakurs of Pali region under the stewardship of Thakur Kushal Singh of Auwa confronted
the British. Auwa fort was surrounded by the British army and the conflict lasted
many days. The fort and village still carry the scars of that siege. Captain Mason's
is shot dead on his way towards Auwa and his cut head is hanged at the fort gate.
His cenotaph stands where he fell in battle. The fort has now been converted into
a hotel.The British destroyed the fort and the palace. Even temples and their idols
were not spared. The statue of goddess Mahakali brought to Ajmer is still kept in
the Ajmer Museum
The origins of the region around Badnore go back to the ancient times. A more than
2,000 years old inscription has been found near the village, proving the strategic
location of this region on an ancient trade route. The engraved letters on the rock
are written in Brahmi script, which was prevalent around the 3rd century BC during
the time of the great Mauryan ruler, King Ashoka. According to a legend, the village
of Badnore was named after a local ruler by the name of Badna. However, some ancient
texts point out to the fact that Raja Harshavardhan of Kannauj founded the village
and the fort within it.
The majestic seven-storied Badnore fort is built atop a hill and commands a view
of the Badnore village below. Looming large, the garh (fort) seems a perfect blend
of strength and beauty, bearing the indisputable mantle of pride. The Badnore fort
can be entered through a gateway, known as the Bada Darwaza (big gate), which has
two ancient temples on both the sides. The fort has stables, an ancient temple and
a prison inside it, apart from the main palace. This mammoth bastion that could
house an entire battalion still has over 130 rooms that can be used. The rugged
yet delicately portioned stories, indicate the architectural skill of a genre where
imagination was the only source of aesthetics. The quaint balconies and the countless
domed jharokhas (balcony) that previously offered ventilation, now offer a peep
into the lifestyle of a bygone era, and the sublime past seems encapsulated in the
ambience even today. The architecture of the buildings within the fortifications
conforms to the traditional Rajasthani style of architecture. The Badnore fort is
surrounded by ten beautiful lakes, which enhance its splendor. The water from these
lakes served as a source of drinking water for the troops living within the Badnore
fort. On the banks of Vinodsagar, one of the lakes is the Jalmahal or the water
palace. Below the Jalmahal is the Grishma Niwas or the Summer House, overlooking
a huge garden. In its midst is a step-well-a rarity in this region. Thakur Govind
Singh, who was the occupant of the fort at the time, had the step-well constructed
in 1897. The step-well comprises a square enclosure that has steps leading right
down to the water on three sides and an eight-pillared balcony extending on the
The history of the Badnore fort is full of the stories of the successes and failures
of its occupants. The fort was a part of the erstwhile princely state of Mewar and
witnessed a lot of conflict. The fort was a bone of contention between various Rajput
kingdoms, which constantly fought with each other to gain control over it. The reins
of this fort thus kept passing from the hands of one kingdom to another till the
Mughals finally captured it. Badnore does not have an airport of its own and the
nearest airports are in Udaipur, 190 km away and Jaipur, which is 130 km from Ajmer,
which in turn is a little more than 50 km from Badnore. Badnore does not have a
railway station and the nearest one is in the small town of Beawar, adjacent to
which Badnore is located. Badnore is well connected by road with the important centers
in the Indian state of Rajasthan as it is near the national highway that connects
the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur.
Historical records confirm the fact that Osian was a flourishing trade center and
a great city under the reign of the Pratihara dynasty, though today Osian has been
reduced to a mere desert oasis. You'll feel a haunting desert charm that envelops
this quite village and get the distinct impression of having being transported back
in time. Visit the Sun Temple, Sachia Mata Temple, Harihara I Temple, Kali Temple
and the grand Jain temples that add to the historic flavor of your Osian tour with
The Harihara I Temple enchants you with its exquisite sculptures and frescoes depicting
Lord Krishna frolicking with Radha.
The most wonderful aspect of the richly chiseled temples at Osian is the fact that
no two temples are the same with respect to architectural style. A profusion of
delicately painted figures give you a fair glimpse of the lavish life of the Gujara
Pratiharas, their beliefs and customs.
Sam Desert Sand Dunes
The Great Indian Desert or Thar Desert is generally known, is a fascinating area.
It has taken its name from the word Tahl that in local dialect is the term for the
sandy ridges of the dunes. The Thar Desert in spite of the inhospitable climate
is not an endless stretch of sand, devoid of life and vegetarian. It is a living
and dynamic eco-system. It is actually one of the most populous deserts of the world.
In order to preserve its geo-morphological features, fauna and flora and to continuously
study and understand their ecology under undisturbed desert conditions, an area
of about 3,126 sq. kilometers.
The plants in the desert also have to adopt various strategies to endure the intense
heat, bitter cold and long dry spells. To reduce the water by evaporation the leaves
of these plants are reduced in size, as is the case of khejri (Prosopis cinerara)
with relatively few stomataon them. Some species like kair (Cappairs dedicua) and
phog (Calligonum polkygonides) do away with the leaves altogether and develop stomata
on the green stems which perform the work of photosynthesis. Sevan is one of the
hardiest plants to grow in the Thar Desert. This perennial grass can stand long
periods of drought.
Wildlife In Thar Desert
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, the black buck,
the Indian gazelle, and the wild ass in the Rann of Kutch. How these animals and
insects survive in these harsh conditions, under such high temperature and without
drinking water and green vegetation is amazing. They have evolved excellent survival
strategies, their size is smaller than other similar animals living in different
conditions, and they are mainly nocturnal. There are certain other factors responsible
for the survival of these animals in the desert. Due to the lack of water in this
region, transformation of the grasslands into cropland has been very slow.The protection
provided to them by a local community, the Bishnois is also a factor.
Nothing can prepare the visitor for the sheer magic and brilliance of these desert
cities. The camel rides on the sand dunes are an unforgettable experience as are
the sunsets. These places boast of some very fine reminders of the glorious past
- palaces, forts, temples and other elegant monuments of architectural and historical
value and unforgettable treat for any visitor taking this route.
The Thar’s geological history; based on the study of fossils found in the
area is interesting. The area has been in and out of sea at least four times during
the last two hundred and eighty million years. It appears that this area was under
sea in the early Triassic period. The sea withdrew after twenty five million years
and the sediments were uplifted animal fossils of that period are found in the rocks
in many areas.
Built since 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is among India's oldest heritage resorts.
Neemrana became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III,
who was killed in battle by Mohammad Ghori in 1192 AD. This picturesque site was
chosen by Raja Rajdeo and Neemrana derived its name from a brave local chieftain
Nimola Meo, who when defeated by the Chauhans, pleaded that his name be given to
his lost kingdom.
It is Rajasthan's closest palace from New Delhi, situated at 122 kms. on the Delhi-Jaipur
highway - only 100 kms from Delhi's international airport. Sited on a majestic plateau,
concealed in a horseshoe formation of the billion year old Aravalli ranges.
Indar garh is one among the most beautiful Goddess or Mata Ji Temple in Rajasthan.It
is located on the hill top and really shares the real beauty of nature.It is located
at a distance of around 333 kms from Jaipur.This place has its own unique charm
and very less people are aware of this place.
Deshnok (Karni Mata-The Rat Temple)
The Karni Mata temple at Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in its present form was completed
in the early 20th century in the late Mughal style by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner.
The temple was further enhanced by Kundanlal Verma of Hyderabad-based Karni Jewellers
in 1999. The huge silver gates to the temple, and the marble carvings were also
donated by him.
Throughout the year pilgrims from around India come to pay religious tribute to
Karni Mata at the Deshnok temple. Outside Rajasthan she is respected and loved in
areas like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana. During Navratri thousands come
to the temple on foot. If one of the rats is killed, it must be replaced with one
made of solid gold. Sighting a white rat amidst hordes of black rats is considered