Cities of Rajasthan
pleasant retreat set amidst the lush forested hills, Mt. Abu is a green oasis
in the barren desertscape that's Rajasthan. Situated at the southern tip of
the Aravali range the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering
the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. The
road leading to Mount Abu is a curved one characterized by arid region dotted
with huge rocks in weird shapes and high velocity winds. The only hill station
in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is more than just a summer retreat. Its stunning array
of exquisite Dilwara Jain Temples, dating back 11th- 13th centuries, make it
a popular pilgrimage centre. Abu according to a legend stands for
the son of Himalayan, deriving its name from Arbuada, the powerful serpent who
rescued Nandi, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva, from a chasm.
Mount Abu has been home to many sages and saints. Most famous of them was
Sage Vashishtha who is believed to have created four agnikula Rajput clans
from a fire-pit by performing a yagna or fire sacrifice, to protect
the earth from the demons.
The Yagna was performed besides a natural spring situated below Abu, emerging
from a rock shaped like a cows head and hence the site was called Gaumukh.
» Air :
Nearest airports are Udaipur and Ahmedabad.
Nearest railhead is Abu Road (27 kms).
By road Mount Abu to Ahmedabad, Bombay, Delhi, Jaipur,
Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ranakpur.
What to see
Gaumukh Temple, Dilwara Jain Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, Honeymoon Point, Museum
and Art Gallery.
Trevors Tank , Achalgarh, Guru Shikhar.
Bharatpur is considered as the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan. Bharatpur is popular
for its bird sanctuary-the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - finest in Asia rich
avian variety. Every year the rare Siberian cranes come to spend the winter
in the warmer climate of Bharatpur.
Of the remnants of the royal past remains the marvellous Bharatpur Palace
housing a rich repository of a large number of ancient exhibit that date back
to the early 15th century.
» Air :
The nearest airport, Agra is 54 kms
» Rail :
Bharatpur is on Bombay-Delhi sector of Western Rly.
» Road :
Bharatpur is well connected by good motorable roads to
Agra (54 km), Delhi (182 km), Fatehpur Sikri (20 km), Jaipur (174 km), Mathura
(36 km) and Sariska (130 km).
What to see
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Lying on the main Delhi-Mumbai railway line, Swai Madhopur is the gateway to
the world renowned Ranthambhor National Park- the famous Tiger Reserve , just
12 km away from here. Ranthambhor has been a witness to the raise and fall of
many rulers and a series of battle scenes. In the 13th century A.D. Govinda,
the grandson of Prithviraj Chauhan took over the reign of the land. Later his
successor Vagabhatta, beautified the city and built a noteworthy temple at Jhain.In
the middle of the 15th century A.D. Rana Kumbha captured the fort and gifted
it to his son to be occupied later by the Hada Rajputs of Bundi and Mughal Emperors
Akbar and Aurangazeb. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Maharaja Sawai Madho
Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 and since then it was maintained as the hunting preserve
of the Maharaja. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were part of the
royal hunting who stayed here.
» Air :
Nearest airport is Jaipur (175 kms).
Nearest railhead is Sawai-Madhopur which is on the Bombay-Delhi
section of Western Railway.
Ranthambore is connected by regular bus service to Sawai-Madhopur
12 km, Agra 226 km, Bharatpur 166 km, Delhi 434 km, Kota 217 km, Jaipur 180
What to see
The Fort Ranthambhor, Ranthambhor National Park.
The best time to visit is between November and April. Jeeps are available
to take you around the park.
Amreshwar Mahadev 8 kms, Mahavirji 110 kms, Kela Devi 125 kms, Shivad 30 kms,
Khandar 60 kms, Rameshwaram 90 kms in Khandar Area.
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