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  • Ajmer
    AjmerIn a picturesque valley ringed by the hills of the Aravali Range 131 kms, west of Jaipur , lies Ajmer. The city is said to have been founded by Maharaja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7 th century AD. He named the place ‘Ajaymeru ‘ ( The invincible hill ) from which the present name Ajmer is derived. Here , he built india’s first hill fort – Tarahagh.
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  • Alwar
    Alwar FortAlwar , amongst the rajput principalities was closest to imperial Delhi,influencing the people and history of the region , formerly known as Mewat, The People of Alwar developed a hardy , but carefee attitude to life. They did not submit to alien rule, and often rebelled. They were daring adventurers and marauders in the 12th and 13th centuries they banded together and raided Delhi at night...
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  • Banswara
    BanswaraBanswara was the eastern part of the territory known as Bagar… the western part being Dungarhpur. Varying accounts are available regarding the founding of the state. Samant Singh , the elder son of Rawal kshem Singh ruled over Mewar and he occupied the principality of Bagar around 1179 AD After Samant Singh there were several successors.
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  • Bharatpur
    BharatpurIn 1733 AD, Raja Badan Singh’s adopted son , Suraj Mal had shown signs of promise , when he captured the fort of bharatpur from Khemkaran, the rival chief , whom he killed and thus laid the foundation of Bharatpur City. Maharaja Suraj Mal displayed immense courage and carved a niche for himself in the midst of political disorder.
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  • Bikaner
    Bikaner FortRao Bikaji was the most enterprising amongst the sons of Rao Jodhaji , the ruler of Mewar. Realising that a struggle for his paternal inheritance was not likely to bear fruit, the prince was determined to chart out his own destiny. Rao Bika gathered a force of young warriors who were willing to take on the hazards of the desert.
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  • Bundi
    Bundi Bundi is situated 36 km from Kota and 206 km from Jaipur. It is located at 25.44° N 75.64° E and an average elevation of 268 metres (879 feet). The city lies near a narrow gorge, and is surrounded on three sides by hills of the Aravalli Range. A substantial wall with four gateways encircles the city.
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  • Barmer
    BarmerA city that traces its origins to the 12th century. Once you're mounted on the ancient camel route; adventurous barren land and rough terrain surrounding the town wait to the explored. Tiny yet lively town in sun-drenched sands, Barmer is a miniature Rajasthan with all its colour, warmth and tradition. According to history, the 13th century founder of the district,
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  • Chittaurgarh
    ChittaurgarhBappa Rawal, the legendary founder of the Sisodia dynasty conquered chittaur in the middle of the 8th century from the Maurya rulers. In the centuries that followed, his descendants rules over the state of Mewar – Sparwling from Gujarat to Ajmer.During this period chittaur , the independent capital of Mewar was sacked three times.
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  • Dungarpur
    DungarpurThe district is named after the capital of the former princely state of dungarpur. dungar means a hill or a mountain and pur means a town thus Dungarpur means a Hill Town. Rawal veer singh dev took over this part of the state from the Bhil chieftain dungaria and laid the foundation of the city as well as of the old palace on 14th oct 1282 ad The district is wild and rugged being situated ...
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  • Jaipur
    Nahargarh FortJaipur- the city of victory is a dream come true from the enlightened mind of city planner , diplomat , astronomer and king – Maharaja Sawai Jai singh II who built the city in 1727 AD> He carried out the total plan of Jaipur , initiating a new architecture. The city was divided into nine rectangular sections ( representing the nine divisions of the universe ).
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  • Jodhpur
    JodjpurAn ace warrior and chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs,Rao Jodha ( 1415 -1488 Ad) occupies a Special slot in the annals of Rajput history. After his coronation in 1458 AD at Mandore, he laid the founder of new city to the south and named it Jodhpur.Poised strategically on the east-West trading route between central Asia and China, Jodhpur, a city with numerous bastions and towers, is the second largest city of Rajasthan.
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  • Jaisalmer
    JaisalmerRawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput , laid the foundation of this city in 1156 AD. Trikuta hill was chosenfor the site of the new city and jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ladurva and established this new capital. The Bhati Rajputs of Jaiselmer were feudal chiefs who lived off the forced chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans that crossed their territory ebroute Delhi or Sind.
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  • Jhalawar
    JhalwarZalim Singh : Zalim Singh,one of the most remarkable personalities of his time was blessed with uncanny acumen and vision. During his era, Jhalawar was a part of Kota, even then he took a special interest in the area. Zalim Singh was a feared warrior, who died in 1824A.D. He made Jhalawar a lovable land of legends, folklore, natural beauty, temples and Buddist caves.
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  • Khimsar
    KhimsarKhimsar is a small desert town located in Rajasthan. It is located at 90 km away from Jodhpur (the second largest city of India) on the main Jodhpur – Bikaner Highway. Khimsar is beautiful with rugged landscapes, miles of desert, rippling sand dunes and a majestic fort called Khimsar Fort. Travellers from all over the world coming for Rajasthan tours visit Khimsar and explore magnificent and splendid Khimsar Fort.
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  • Kota
    KotaOn the right bank of the chambal, at Akelgarh was the seat of power of the bhils who ruled over the adjacent area, particularly around the Mukandra Hills . There were frequent skirmishes between the Hadas of the newly acquired Bundi Principality and the Bhils. Jait singh the son of Samar Singh desired for himself a new principally and by deceit, Killed maybe Bils , kotya , the bhil , died fighting against Jait singh, the handa prince.
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  • Kumbalgarh
    KumbalgarhKumbhalgarh (Kumbhalmer) is a fortress in Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India. The fort has perimeter walls that extend 36 kilometres in length. Claimed to be the longest in the world after "The Great Wall of China". Over 360 temples are within the fort.
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  • Luni
    LuniLuni is situated 35 kms away from Jodhpur, it is a charming and cloistered village which reflects the royal past of Rajasthan. In Luni many artisans are still pursuing their ancestral profession of carving metal, clay or wood into intricate forms. Luni's Fort Chanwa is an outstanding piece of elegance and
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  • Mount Abu
    Mount AbuMount Abu is located in Sirohi district. The mountain forms a distinct rocky plateau 22km long by 9 km wide. The highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar, at 1722 meters above sea level. A pleasant retreat , set amidst lush forested hills, Mt. Abu is an oasis in the barren deserts cape of Rajasthan.
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  • Narlai
    NarlaiNarlai is ancient hilly district of Rajasthan. In this old city you can find 17th century old fort and various other heritage sites. Narlai has various old shops and markets from where one can buy hand crafted Rajasthani items. There is an opportunity of trekking in the parts of Aravali Hills during the visit of Narlai.
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  • Osiyan
    OsiyanOsian is an ancient village town known for its cluster of temples, located in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan, lying nearly 65 km away in the north of Jodhpur, on a diversion off the main Jodhpur - Bikaner Highway. Though a small village now, history confirms that Osian was once a large and prosperous city.
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  • Pushkar
    Culture of RajasthanThere is a general belief among Hindus that no pilgrimage to the four principal pilgrim centers, namely, Badrinath, Janannath, Rameshwaram and Dwarka would bear fruit unless one bathes in the holy water of Pushkar. Padma Purana, elaborately describes the origin and importance of this lake.
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  • Ranakpur
    RanakpurThis famous temple city in Rajasthan is known as a peaceful haven for followers of Jainism. In fact, it is one of the five most important Jain pilgrimage sites in the country. Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha, who had leased a huge amount of land to a Jain businessman for building of temples, way back in the 15th century. Ranakpur is renowned for its carved Jain temples in amber stone.
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  • Rohetgarh / Rohitgarh
    RohetgarhRohetgarh (Rohitgarh) in the north Indian state of Rajasthan was the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathores of the Champawat clan. Also known as the 'Evergreen Oasis in the Desert', Rohetgarh is located 40 Km from Jodhpur
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  • Ranthambore
    Ranthambhore National ParkRanthambore National park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day. Ranthambore is situated near Sawai Madhopur town in Rajasthan.
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  • Sam & Khuri
    Sam and KhuriThe rustic village of Khuri is located around 40 kms away from the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India. One of the best places to experience the magic of the Thar Desert, Khuri is visited many tourists every year. Visitors to Khuri can look forward to an experience that would remain in the portals of their memory for a long time. Campfires, live performances and camel rides / safaris - Khuri does have a lot to offer. The sun setting over the golden sand dunes of Khuri is something not to be missed.
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  • Jhunjhunu
    Sam and KhuriRAO – SHEKHAJI : Rao Shekhaji was the founder of the Shekhawati branch of the Kachhawahs.Shekhawati or the ‘ Garden of Shekha ‘ is named after Rao Shekha. A formidable warrior who ruled over his kingdom for a long time. His descendants ruled their small kingdom as vassals of the maharajas of Jaipur till India’s independence in 1947.
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  • Sawai Madhopur
    Sam and KhuriMaharaja Sawai Madho Singh To check the increasing incursions of the Marathas , Modho Singh the Ruler of Jaipur requested the imperial emperor for the grant of the fort of Ranthanbhore , but did not succeed. He therefore fortified sherpur and named is Sawai Madhopur, in 1765 AD. In the same year the empepror assigned the fort of Ranthambhor to the Jaipur Raja.
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  • Shekhawati
    NawalgarhShekhawati is a Desert area of Rajasthan has a special importance in the history of India. Shekhawati gets its name from the Rajput Kachhwaha chieftain Rao Shekha Ji. The descendants of Rao Shekha Ji are called Shekhawat. The story of Shekha's birth is rather interesting to understand the origin of Shekhawati. Shekhawati is limited to Jhunjhunu and Sikar districts only.
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  • Udaipur
    City Palace, Udaipur Struggle, Belief , A sense of timelessness. These were the factors that must have gone through the mind of Rana Udai Singh who founded udaipur in 1559 A.D. Driven from his citadel , besieged by the armies of Emperor Akbar , Rana rose again. He chose the fertile vally between chittaurgarh and Kumbhalgarh to build a new city, Udaipur , the city of Lakes.
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