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Best Places to Visit in Rajasthan in 2018

  • The state of Rajasthan is revered as the largest state in the country in terms of land area is located towards the north west of India. The presence of the Great Indian Thar Desert in the region of this state makes this state famous for desert safari’s and overnight camps. The state is bordered by the Sutlej-Indus river and covers nearly 10.4% of the area of the country.

    A large number of cities which are located in this state have been appreciated for their royalty and grandeur. Jaipur is one of the highly acclaimed cities of this state and is also the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan. The skies of this city are adorned with a large number of buildings which are done in the shades of pink. It is the land which has a number of forts such as Amer, Moti Doongari etc.

    The city of Udaipur is referred to as the lake city which harbours a large number of lakes, forts and palaces. The National zoo and the museum situated here also acts as a luring factor for the tourists. Some of the popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan are Pushkar, Ajmer, Udaipur and the popular hill station Mount Abu.

    The wildlife is one of the amazing aspects of the state of Rajasthan apart from its rich culture and History. The Ranthambore National Park located in this state, is certainly its alluring factor, attracting a large number of tourists throughout the year. The wildlife of the state comprises of the mammals, amphibians and reptiles etc. One can find animals such as deer, leopards, flying foxes, sloth bears etc.

    The flora and fauna of the region is one factor which keeps the tourists glued to the state. The best time to visit Rajasthan is between the months of September to March, though certain areas can be frighteningly cold during the winter months of November and December.

  • 01 Chittorgarh Fort

    Chittorgarh Fort
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    Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most important places to visit in Chittorgarh. This historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. 

    The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure which was first built in the 7th century and covers an area of approximately 700 acres. There are several grand sights to be seen inside the fort itself apart from the commanding views that can be seen of the environs of Chittorgarh.

    The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, of which 22 exist today. The Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera mandir and other consequential structures are also housed inside the formidable fort. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners 
    Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 02 Bala Quila Fort

    Bala Quila Fort
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    Also known as the Alwar Fort, the BalaQuila Fort is one of the most historic destinations in Alwar, and is one of the tourist attractions in Alwar that should not be missed when you are in the Rajasthani city. Extending over an area of 5 kilometres, the fort stands stern and forbidding at a height of 1000 feet with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry.

    It was first built by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1550, but has since seen various dynasties rule over it as Alwar passed into the hands of Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans and Jats. The fort still stands as imposing as ever, and is a great place to visit during an evening in the city. 

    Timings: 10 am to 5 pm 
    Location: Bala Quila   Rd, Near Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 03 Bhangarh fort

    Bhangarh fort
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    If you are looking for some thrills in Alwar, visiting its “most haunted place” is the best way to fulfil the desire. Bhangarh Fort, on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, has long held its spooky reputation. Though it is a well-preserved fort, the ‘supernatural’ occurrences that seem to occur within its premises tend to ward off many people.

    If you are eager to explore Alwar in all its facets, haunted and otherwise, a visit to this fort is a must. Do it while the light lasts, since ghosts are said to hang out here at night. Though spooky, Bhangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Alwar for some unique memories.  

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
    Location: Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410


  • 04 Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)

    Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)
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    The Kirti Stambha is a one of the lovely tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower stands as a monument to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Teerthankar.

    It is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects the cultural beliefs of the Digambars comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where views of the Chittorgarh environs can be taken in. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 05 Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)

    Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)
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    The Vijay Stambha stands tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort. Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji, this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite successfully.

    The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking- there are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 06 The Palace Museum

    The Palace Museum
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    The Palace Museum, also known as the Government Museum, is a worthwhile place to visit when in the city. There is a wonderful range of artefacts that are displayed in the museum that speak of the history of Rajasthan, and of Alwar in particular.

    The entire collection of the museum comes from the Royal families reserves and consists of 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts, 2270 arms & weapons and 1809 objects of local art, crafts and musical instruments. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is a good way to initiate yourself into the history of Alwar and take back memories of its unique culture and tradition. 

    Timings:10 am to 5 pm
    Location: City Palace, Alwar, India


  • 07 Siliserh Lake Palace

    Siliserh Lake Palace
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    Siliserh Lake Palace is an erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge located on the banks of the Siliserh Lake that has now been converted into a heritage hotel which is run by RTDC. The hotel makes for a perfect dropback to a romantic holiday because of the beauty of its exteriors and the simple elegance of its interiors.

    The lake is perfect for fishing, sailing and boating. It is also a wonderful budget option for those who wish to enjoy luxury but do not wish to burn a hole in their pocket for the experience. The in-house restaurant offers a great range of Indian and Continental cuisines that are soul-satisfying and filling. 

    Price: 2000- 3000 INR/ 50- 80 USD per night approx.
    Location:Siliserh Circle, Alwar 301001, India


  • 08 Padmini's Palace

    Padmini's Palace
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    Loacted inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Padmani Palace has a unique history attached to it making it one of the must-visit attractions in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for the battle betweenAla-ud-din Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Ala-ud-din Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall.

    Allured by her beauty, Ala-ud-din Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions. The palace overlooks a lovely pool, and the views from inside are delightful.
     
    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 09 Rana Kumbha Palace

    Rana Kumbha Palace
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    Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive proportions of the ruined edifice of the palace reveal what an imposing structure it was in the height of its glory. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, Princess Meera Bai among others.

    Legend of Panna Dhai, who saved infant Udai Singh with the heart-breaking sacrifice of her infant son, is also associated with this palace. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmani and the other women of the palace committed Johar. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 10 Hill Fort Kesroli

    Hill Fort Kesroli
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    Ancient fort turned heritage hotel, Hill Fort Kesroli is a magnificent place to indulge yourself in when on vacation in Alwar. It is a beautiful structure to look upon, and just as gorgeous to inhabit. The décor is in keeping with the traditional image of the fort, and history still has a presence in the long glossy halls of the hotel.

    A stay in this fort allows you to escape the everyday bustle of Alwar while letting you immerse yourself in its culture and tradition as you rest your body in relaxation. 

    Price: 5000- 8000 INR/ 70- 100 USD per night approx. 
    Location: Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Kesroli


  • 11 Sariska Palace

    Sariska Palace
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    This luxurious resort near the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary offers you the indulgence of a luxury hotel at the rate of a budget accommodation. Staying in this Palace during your stay in Alwar will allow you to experience the best of Alwar’s wild scenery, decadent luxury, and gracious courtesy.

    The palace is located close to the sanctuary and the haunted fort, thereby offering its guests some of the best sights and sounds to be had in Alwar. 

    Price: 1500- 2000 INR/ 30- 50 USD per night approx. 
    Location: Near Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Alwar, Sariska, Rajasthan 301022


  • 12 Kalika Mata Temple

    Kalika Mata Temple
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    Built originally in the 8th century, this serene temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god before it was converted into a shrine for Kalika, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, in the 14th century. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage attractions in Chittorgarh, and should not be missed when touring the grounds of the Chittorgarh fort.

    The architecture of the temple reflects the devotion of its builders- a lot of hard work has been put into the intricate carvings and embellishments that adorn the ancient walls of the temple. Even though it is partially in ruins now, the beauty of the temple still shines through. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 13 City Palace Alwar

    City Palace Alwar
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    The City Palace of Alwar is actually a fort that is located right below the Alwar Fort in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges.  Built in the 18th century, this fort reflects its rich cultural heritage in its blend of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.

    Though it mainly houses government offices today; the City palace is one of the best places to visit in Alwar. The Palace houses an artificial lake inside its premises as well as a museum that is one of the best in the state. A visit to the City palace will allow you to experience the best of Alwar in a comprehensive way. 

    Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
    Location: City Palace, Alwar


  • 14 Sanwariaji Temple

    Sanwariaji Temple
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    Sanwariaji Temple is one of the most renowned places to visit in Chittorgarh. The massive temple complex is considered second in religious importance only to the Krishna Temple in Nathdwara, and is a popular pilgrimage shrine in Rajasthan. Located approximately 40 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, this temple is a lovely place to spend a couple of pious hours in.

    Serenity and positivity enrich the ambience of the temple, and the sacrosanct halls make for a peaceful place to mediate and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visiting the temple as soon as dawn breaks is a pleasant way to experience the solitude and quiet that the temple offers.
     
    Timings: 5 am to 12 pm; 2.30 pm to 11 pm
    Price: Free entry 
    Location: Bhadsoda and Mandphiya village, Dist. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, Bhadsora, Rajasthan 312024


  • 15 Sathis Deori Temple

    Sathis Deori Temple
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    Located inside the Chittorgarh fort, close to Fateh Prakash Palace, this temple is one of the best sacred places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The temple forms a part of the Jain temple complex, and is the largest amongst them. This massive Shwetamber Jain Temple was built in the 11th century and celebrates the life and virtues of Bhagawan Adinatha. 


    The name of the temple signifies that at some point in history, there were twenty-seven temples inside this temple alone. Though no trace of these monuments remains, the SathisDeori Temple is a grand sight to behold in and of itself. The architecture is to be marvelled at for its intricate detailing and awe-inspiring domes. Sitting quietly in the temple allows you to immerse yourself in its ancient solitude.

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 16 Vijay Mandir Palce

    Vijay Mandir Palce
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    One of the most famous tourist attractions in Alwar, the Vijay Mandir Palace is one destination you simply cannot miss while touring the city. It is located 10 kilometres away from the main city and is spread over a vast area of land.

    The imposing structure attracts the eye from far off, and reflects its grandeur in the best possible way. The picturesque image is magnified in beauty by the reflection which sparkles in the lake below. An hour spent roaming the halls and grounds of this Palace will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated, and you will return to Alwar armed with many Instagram-worthy images too. 

    Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
    Price: Free 
    Location: Alwar District, Near Vijay Sagar Lake, Alwar, India


  • 17 Neelkant Mahdev temple

    Neelkant Mahdev temple
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    Located deep inside the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the Neelkant Mahadev Temple in Alwar is one of the best places to visit in Alwar. A rocky and tenuous path leads up to the ancient temple that was built in the 10th century as a shrine for the worship of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

    Time stands still within the temple- the bulky ancient stones cast still shadow over the interiors and the thick forest looms silently over the temple. Only the Shiva shrine is open; both the Brahma and Vishnu shrines have been locked up. An expedition to this temple can be carried out either on foot or by vehicle though the roads for vehicles are very rocky.
     
    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
    Price: Free
    Location:SariskaTIger Reserve, Alwar, Rajasthan


  • 18 Ratan Singh Palace

    Ratan Singh Palace
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    The “Winter Palace” of the royal family, Ratan Singh Palace is a scenic palace in the massive grounds of the Chittorgarh fort. Though the palace wears a rundown look today, it has played a significant part in the history of Chittorgarh in its heyday.

    It was used for great ceremonies and functions by the royal family, and has a beautiful architectural style made up of towering domes, sculpted pillars, embellished walls and more. The palace is located along the Ratneshwar Talab, and thereby offers pleasant views of the fort grounds. The beautifully carved Ratneshwar Mahadeva Temple is also located in the palace grounds. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: Rs. 15 for Indians and Rs. 200 for Foreigners
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 19 Government Museum Bharatpur

    Government Museum Bharatpur
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    The Government Museum of Bharatpur is located in the theLohargarh fort. It is a strong reflection of the culture of the area, and contains a lot of interesting artefacts relating to the art, history, and traditions of Bharatpur. The main attractions of the museum consist of the stone sculptures, inscriptions, terracotta items, metallic objects, coins, weapons, miniature paintings and local artthat are housed there.

    The art gallery, which contain miniature paintings on leaves of peepal tree, mica and old litho papers, inside the museum is also open to public viewing. Spending a couple of hours here, admiring the artefacts and the grand views, is a good way to spend time in Bharatpur. 

    Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs 20 per person
    Location: Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur, India


  • 20 Samadhisvara Temple

    Samadhisvara Temple
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    Samadhisvara Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva originally built BhojaParmara in early 11th century AD but later on renovated by Mokalin 1428. Apart from the grandiose image of lord Shivaenshrined in the heart of the temple, it also consists of garbhagriha, an antarala and a gudha-mandapa with mukhmandapa (entrance porch) on all the three faces, i.e., northern, western and southern sides. The temple too lies inside the Chittorgarh Fort and is among the most popular attraction with tourists in Chittorgarh. 
     
    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 21 Bharatpur Palace and Museum

    Bharatpur Palace and Museum
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    An elegant and imposing structure, the Bharatpur Palace is one of the best places to visit in Bharatpur. It is a reflection of the culture and heritage of this old Rajasthani city, and offers an interesting insight into Bharatpur’s lifestyle.

    The structure fuses the Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture, creating a unique style of monument. Richly patterned flooring and decorated walls add glamour to the palatial apartments. The palace also contains the Kamra Khas, a museum that contains a vast number of antiques, over 581 stone sculptures, 861 local art and craft wares and ancient scriptures that depict the art and culture typical of Bharatpur.

    Timings: 9 am to 5.30 pm
    Location: Bharatpur Palace, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 


  • 22 Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri

    Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri
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    Cenotaphs are a hallmark of royal Rajasthani architecture, and Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri is one of the best cenotaphs in Alwar district. Situated outside the main palace of Alwar, Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri was built by Vinay Singh in the memory of Alwar’s ruler, Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh and his queen, Rani Moosi who committed ‘sati’ on her husband’s pyre.

    The tombs of the king and queen are sheltered in the cenotaph. Mythological carvings that adorn the walls of the structure are interesting to behold while the marble-covered floor on the top of the cenotaph stuns the beholder with its austere magnificence. 
     
    Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
    Location: City Palace Rd, Mohalla Ladiya, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 23 Fateh Jung Gumbad

    Fateh Jung Gumbad
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    This five-storeyed tomb is a lasting legacy from the 18th century when it was commissioned by Shahajahan in the memory of Fateh Jung, a worker in the court of that Mughal ruler. The tomb is a classic structure which features a unique blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.

    Intricate carvings, immense domes, high minarets, and the warm colours of rich sandstone suffuse the tomb with the brilliance that was characteristic of the monuments Shahajahan built. Fateh Jung Gumbad is one of the best tourist attractions in Alwar, and should definitely be visited when you are in this heritage city. 

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
    Price: Free 
    Location: Bharatpur Road, Near Railway Line, Alwar, Rajasthan 


  • 24 Meera Temple

    Meera Temple
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    The Meera Temple is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Chittorgarh, reflecting as it does the beautiful history of devotion played out in the story of the Rajputani princess, Meera and her Lord Krishna.

    The temple, with its Indo-Aryan architecture, is located inside Chittorgarh Fort, has several intricately carved idols that adorn its sanctum sanctorum. A small temple dedicated to lord Krishna can also be found inside. The history and culture of the age can be understood comprehensively when you pay a visit to this temple. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 25 Bankey Bihari Temple

    Bankey Bihari Temple
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    Built during the Mughal rule in Bharatpur, the Bankey Bihari temple in Bharatpur is a delightful temple inside the Lohagarh Fort. The spot is pleasant to look upon and perfect to revive yourself in.

    The peace and silence that hang around the temple, as well as the soothing gongs that reverberate the still air inside the temple, make for an auspicious and serene atmosphere.  The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and houses several idols celebrating his power and virtue. This temple is one of the best places to visit in Bharatpur. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs. 20 per person
    Location: Lohagarh Fort, Gopalgarh, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001


  • 26 Purjan Vihar

    Purjan Vihar
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    Alwar is a wonderful, historic city, but like all other cities of Rajasthan, it is rather prone to be faced with the scorching sun. What better way to avoid the heat and the sunburns than to visit Alwar’s own private “Shimla”. PurjanVihar, also known as the Company Garden or Shimla, is one of the best places to visit in Alwar.

    The cool winds that rustle through the ancient trees in this garden bring about a feeling of peace and relaxation to those who visit it, and the long avenues are perfect for long and leisurely walks.

    Timings: 4 am to 10 pm
    Price: Free
    Location: Sector 7, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 27 Gaumukh Reservoir

    Gaumukh Reservoir
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    One of the most important water tanks in the Chittorgarh Fort, the Gaumukh Reservoir is a sacred site in the Hindu religion, so much so that a tour of sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites is considered incomplete without a visit to this reservoir.

    Water from a natural spring constantly flows from the “cow mouth” into the reservoir. A shiva-linga and an icon of Goddess Lakshmi adorn the base of the Gaumukh where the water falls. A popular activity indulged in by visittors to the reservoir is the feeding of the fishes that dwell there. The Samadheswar Temple is located close at hand and provides a lovely complement to the holy reservoir. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 28 Keoladeo Ghana National Partk

    Keoladeo Ghana National Partk
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    This place is the reason Bharatpur is so well-known all over India. Keoladeo Ghana National Park, more commonly known as Bharatpur Bird sanctuary, is one of the must-vist tourist attractions in Bharatpur, and for good reason. The intensity of wildlife that one can experience in Bharatpur is startling.  Though most well-known for the hordes of birds that its hosts ear-round, the sanctuary also has a rich variety of flora and fauna, all of which makes the sanctuary a wildly active place throughout the year.

    The best season to visit this sanctuary is around October- November. Most migratory birds have arrived by then and the chirp and bustle of the place is magnificent. The summer months, when the cranes have begun their beautiful courtship dances, are also interesting months to visit the sanctuary in. There are accommodations inside the sanctuary if you wish to explore the place at all hours. This is definitely one of the necessary places to visit in Bharatpur. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs. 50 per person for Indians; Rs. 400 per person for foreign tourists; Rs. 100 for rickshaw ride
    Location: Agra-Jaipur Highway, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 302001


  • 29 Lohagarh Fort

    Lohagarh Fort
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    Lohagarh Fort, or Iron Fort, is one of the strongest structures in Rajasthan, and a must-visit attraction in Bharatpur. It is its unassailable defence quality that gave it its powerful name when it was built in the early 18th century by Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal. The fort is austere and imposing, and its air of unperturbed strength is what attracts hundreds of tourists to its grounds yearly.

    The fort also houses a museum in its arena- the Government Museum. The museum is a good place to learn about the arts of war employed by the rulers of Bharatpur and take a look at the various war related artefacts that were used for defence in the past. The fort also commands grand views of the region, so visiting it is also a visual treat. 

    Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
    Price: Rs. 20 per person
    Location: Lohagarh Fort, Gopalgarh, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001



  • 30 Pandu Pol

    Pandu Pol
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    Pandu Pol is a scenic tourist spot in the Sariska Tiger Reserve which is very popular with tourists. The spot is also sacred to the Hindu religion because of the mythical connotations regarding the Pandava brothers attached to it.

    A hanuman temple has also been constructed over here. Situated in the middle of dense forest groves, this spot offers tourists a chance to immerse themselves in the natural harmony that flows all around. The beauty of the setting along with the sanctity attached to the spot make it a good tourist spot to visit in Alwar. You can simply visit it when on a tour of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. 

    Timings: All day long
    Price: Free
    Location: Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar District, Rajasthan


  • 31 Shyam Temple

    Shyam Temple
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    Names after one of its feistiest rulers, Rana Kumbha, this temple is a magnificent place to visit in Chittorgarh. The temple was built by Rana Kumbha in an Indo-Aryan architectural style, and is dedicated to Varaha, an incarnation of Vishnu. Apart from being a holy shrine, the temple is also a great place to understand the artistic taste of rana Kumbha.

    The temple is decorated with holy artworks chosen by the king, and its domes, pillars and idols are mesmerising. The dominating pyramidical roof of the temple captures the eye long before the temple is reached, and once inside, the carvings on the walls keep one in a constant state of fascination. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 32 Neemrana Fort

    Neemrana Fort
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    Constructed in the 15th century, the Neemrana Fort Palace has recently been turned into a luxurious heritage hotel. It features glorious views of the neighbouring wilderness and offers a scenic getaway from the hectic life of the cities. Staying in this palatial retreat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that no one who has experienced it can forget.

    The structure comprises of seven palace wings built over 14 layers tiered into a hill across 6 acres of garden-palace. Hanging gardens, two outdoor pools, an Ayurvedic spa, and India’s first zip-line are other unique offerings that make a visit to this destination a memorable way to spend a quiet and indulgent vacation. 

    Price: 5000- 7000 INR/ 75- 120 USD per night approx. 
    Location: 122nd Milestone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Alwar, Neemrana, Rajasthan 301705


  • 33 Chawad Devi Temple

    Chawad Devi Temple
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    Chawad Devi Temple is a lovely tourist attraction in Bharatpur because it stands as a token to the history, culture and traditions of the region. A visit to the peaceful temple allows visitors to relax and rejuvenate in the peace and serenity that pervades the air.

    The temple is seldom populated, which allows you to immerse yourself in solitude while you revive your drained energy. Visiting the temple early in the morning is a magical experience. 

    Timings:  Open 24 hours
    Price: Free Entry


  • 34 Sariska Wildlife Santuary

    Sariska Wildlife Santuary
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    Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Alwar. Spread over an area of more than 800 square kilometres, this sanctuary offers a safe haven to the majestic Royal Bengal tigers of Alwar. The sanctuary is made up of grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs and rocky terrains. A host of birds and animals inhabit the sanctuary including Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Sambar, Chinkara, Four-Horned Antelope, Hanuman Langur, and Rhesus Monkeys.

    The sanctuary also houses the rare Indian Eagle-Owl. But the sanctuary is not just famous for its flora and fauna. A number of historical temples can be found inside the sanctuary, that add further mystery and majesty to the place. Trekking through the wildlife sanctuary is a great experience. 

    Timings:6:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Price: 
    Indians: INR 60, 
    Foreign Nationals: INR 450,
    Vehicles: INR 250
    Location: Subhash Chowk Station road malakhera, Alwar, Rajasthan 301406


  • 35 Mahanal Temple

    Mahanal Temple
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    Approximately 80 kilometres from Chittorgarh lies one of the best places to visit in Chittorgarh- Mahanal Temples and Math. The temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also houses some other deities. Though partially in ruins, it is nonetheless a scenic place to visit.

    Not only is the complex architecture of the complex still awe-inspiring, there is also a lovely waterfall nearby that adds grace and charm to the location. Spending a couple of hours leisurely exploring the temple complex and the waterfall is a beautiful and serene way to pass some time. A day-trip from Chittorgarh to the temple is a good idea- the drive is delightful and the destination exclusive.

    Timings: Open 24 hours 
    Price: Free entry
    Location: Mahanal Temples and Math, Menal, Chittorgarh, India


  • 36 Bhartrihari Temple

    Bhartrihari Temple
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    30 kilometres from the city of Alwar, near the Sariska National Park, stands the majestic Bhatrihari Temple. This temple is one of the most important tourist attractions in Alwar, as well as one of its most sacred spots. Named after the ruler of Ujjain, Bhartrihari Baba, this temple offers devotees a chance to experience some quiet time away from the chaotic attractions of the city.

    It is built in classic Rajasthani style, with floral designed columns of shikharas and mandaps decorating its wide galleries. A visit to this temple is said to be a powerful experience and you might even find your deepest wishes granted by saint Bhartrihari. However, regardless of your faith, a visit to this spot should definitely be included in your itinerary, if only for the views and the architectural beauty of the temple.

    Timings: 6 am to 7 pm
    Price: Free
    Location: Alwar - Jaipur Road, Alwar District, Indok, Rajasthan 30100


  • 37 Laxman Mandir

    Laxman Mandir
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    Intricately carved doors, embellished walls, grandiose arches, and imposing idols- all these make Laxman Mandir one of the best tourist attractions in Bharatpur. There is a wealth of history and culture inscribed within the halls of this temple. Built in order to pay tribute to the brotherly virtues of Laxman, brother of Lord Ram, the temple contains statues of Lord Laxman and his wife Urmila, as well as smaller statues of Hanuman, Shtrughan, Bharat and Ram.

    These staues are particularly renowned for the unique combination of 8 metals, “Ashtdhaatu”, that they are made of. A visit to this beautiful Rajasthani style temple will allow you to experience the beauty of Rajasthan’s culture in a different way.

    Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
    Price: Free Entry
    Location: Tara Mahendra Colony, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001


  • 38 Fateh Prakash Palace

    Fateh Prakash Palace
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    The Fateh Singh Palace inside the Chittorgarh Fort is a striking structure. Its chief attraction, and one that distinguishes it from the other buildings of the fort, is that it is built is a markedly modern fashion as opposed to the other structures. The palace was built by Maharana Pratap Singh, and is named after him.

    A big Ganesh idol, a fountain, manifold crystal objects, and different frescoes decorate the grounds of this palace and make it a sight worth seeing. Today, the palace houses a museum which is a good place to comprehensively understand the history of the palace, fort, and Chittorgarh city. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 39 Seetharam Temple

    Seetharam Temple
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    A small but scenic place, the Seetharam Temple, is a beautiful place to catch up on some healing solitude and serenity. Located deep within the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, this temple is a lovely place close to the natural bounty of nature.

    The call of birds and the play of monkeys are the only things that disturb your mediations in the shrine. Another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located close by. Legend has it that the lingum in the temple originated from the earth some 300 years ago, which makes the temple a truly holy spot. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Free Entry into temple
    Location: Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, India


  • 40 Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the loveliest places to visit in Chittorgarh. This wildlife sanctuary is a place where nature works its wonders in the form of teak, bamboo, tendu, amla and salar forests, the Jakham and Karmoi rivers, and the countless birds and animals that inhabit it.

    The forest takes its name from the legend of Sita attached to it. Sita, the wife of Lord Ram of Ayodhya, is said to have inhabited the ashram of Saint Valmiki in this forest dring her separation from Lord Ram. Animals like the flying squirrel, spotted deer, wild bear, four horned antelope, nilgai, jungle cat, jackal, hyena, caracal wild boar, leopards, wild pangolin can be spotted here. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs 10 for Indians adults; Rs 2 for Indian students; Rs 80 for foreigners
    Location: Pratapgarh, Rajasthan 


  • 41 Garbhaji Water Fall

    Garbhaji Water Fall
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    On the route to Siliserh lake, you will come across one of the most beautiful spots in Alwar. The Garbhaji Water Falls are one of the few waterfalls in the desert state of Rajasthan, and make for one of the prettiest places to visit in Alwar. Surrounded by grooves of trees filled with chattering birds, these waterfalls are a sight to behold in the monsoon season.

    The water comes gushing down the rocks, spraying the trees and shrubs with moisture. Climbing up a steep set of stairs will take you up to the spot from where the water falls, and you will be presented with a grand view of the surrounding hills and valleys from the top. The panoramic views and rich colours that are to be found here are a photographer’s delight. While the rains do intensify all the beauty, they also make navigating the terrain more difficult, so a steady step is crucial. 
     
    Timings: All day long
    Price: Free 
    Location: Garbhaji Falls, Alwar, India


  • 42 Ganga Mandir

    Ganga Mandir
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    Constructed in 1845, the Ganga Mandir is a popular tourist attraction in Bharatpur because of its unique history. The construction of the temple took almost 90 years, and the result is a beautiful and immaculate structure in the heart of the busy city.

    Several striking idols adorn the halls of the temple, the most awe-inspiring being the statue of Ganga Maharaj. It is made entirely in marble and stands imposingly in the temple. The 4 feet statue of King Bhagiratha is another marvellous sight that the temple boats of. The Ganga Mandir, with its deep connotations of purity and divinity, should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Bharatpur. 

    Timings: 5 am to 9 pm 
    Price: Free entry
    Location: Pai Bagh, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001



  • 43 Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
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    This beautiful and diverse sanctuary 25 kilometres away from Chittorgarh city, is home to trees like Dhok, Salar, Churel, Butea; and also shelters animals like Panthers, Chitals, Wild Boars, Hyenas, Jackals, Four Horned Antelopesamong others. The footfall in the sanctuary is usually on the lower side, so a visit to this location ensures solitude and peace, perforated only by the soothing sounds of nature.

    There are two viewpoints inside the sanctuary from where one can get a birds-eye view of the entire forest. The Bassi Dam close by is another attraction. The sanctuary is open to tourists all-round the year, though it flourishes into extradordinary beauty in the autumnal months of October and November. 

    Timings:8 am to 6 pm
    Price:Rs 10 for Indians adults; Rs 2 for Indian students; Rs 80 for foreigners 
    Vehicle Fee: Rs. 100 (bus); Rs. 65 (car); Rs. 10 (two-wheeler)
    Location:Bassi, Chittorgarh district, Rajasthan, India


  • 44 Naraini Mata

    Naraini Mata
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    The only temple of SainSamaj in India, Naraini Mata is a place rift with history, culture, traditions, and old-fashioned beauty. This is believed to be the place where Narayani Mata is the place where the incident of first sati (immolation by fire) took place prior to Rani Sati first took place.

    The destination close to the Sarsika Wildlife Sanctuary is scenic, so a trip to the temple offers a blend of peace and relaxation. A small spring near the temple adds further charm to the beauty of the spot.

    Timings: All Day Long   
    Price: Free
    Location: Near Sariska National Park., Alwar, Rajasthan 


  • 45 Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the prettiest places to visit near Chittorgarh, the Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction nestled in the lap of the Aravalli ranges. The sanctuary is situated near the impenetrableBhainsrodgarh fort, and makes for a unique outing rich in both natural beauty and history.

    The Chambal and Brahmani rivers flow nearby and the entire area has a stillness and calm that few places can match. A visit to this sanctuary is an excellent way of viewing wild boars, four horned antelopes, deer, jackals, panthers, foxes, chinkaras and hyenas. Many migratory birds are also to be found here. Several small waterfalls add further relish to the pretty spectacle. 

    Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
    Location: Bhainsrorgarh, Via Kota, Bhainsrorgarh, Rajasthan 323304


  • 46 Deeg

    Deeg
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    Deeg is a small but interesting town located in the Bharapur district. If you wish to explore the region around Bharatpur thoroughly, make sure you visit this town. Two of the best attractions of Deeg are its Palace complex and the three-day Deeg festival held in the month of September. The Deeg palace is an imposing structure wrought in traditional Rajasthani style.

    It is made up in a unique manner consisting of countless water gardens and palaces, interwoven within a series of charbaghs. Roaming the grounds of the palace is a magnificent way to spend a couple of hours in Deeg. The Deeg Fort, also known as Jal Mahal, is another site that adds character to the region with its intricate and pleasant architecture. 

    Location: Approx. 32 kilometres north of Bharatpur 



  • 47 Mandalgarh Fort

    Mandalgarh Fort
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    The Mandalgarh Fort is an ancient fort located 54 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, and is one of the grandest tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Considered to be the oldest fort in Rajasthan, Mandalgarh has been the site for many historical battles.

    The fort was built by Rana Kumbha and has features typical of the architectural style of that ruler. A Shiva Temple is also housed inside the fort. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 5 pm
    Location: Mandalgarh Fort, Rajasthan 311604



  • 48 Dholpur Palace

    Dholpur Palace
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    One of the best places to visit in Bharatpur, the glamorous Dholpur Palace, also known as Raj Niwas Palace, is a sight to behold. Built in the early 19th century with red sandstone, the attractive palace catches the eye from afar. The intricate architecture adds depth and meaning to the structure, and makes it interesting to gaze upon.

    Walking through the red sandstone halls is a unique experience. Spending an hour here is a good way to enjoy your time in Bharatpur. Evening is a particularly fantastic time to view the Dholpur Palace because the mellowing sun adds a magical quality to the structure. 

    Timings: 6 am to 7 pm
    Price: Free Entry
    Location: Nihal Ganj, Dholpur, Rajasthan 328001



  • 49 Band Baretha

    Band Baretha
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    Band Baretha is a large town located in the district of Bharatpur. The place is one of the best places to visit in the Bharatpur district because of the various attractions to be seen in its environs.

    The town has a long history of Mughal rule, and the heritage and influence of this past can be seen in its manifold monuments. The Old Fort and the BarahKhambonki Chhatri are some of the most popular historic attractions in Band Baretha. The dam on the Kakund River is a great spot to visit for some picnicking and frolicking. 

    Location: Approx. 45 kilometres from Bharatpur 



  • 50 Tulja Bhawani Temple

    Tulja Bhawani Temple
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    An ancient temple with roots going deep down into the culture and traditions of Chittorgarh, the Tulja Bhawani Temple, located west of the fort of Chittorgarh, is a shrine dedicated to the worship of local goddess Tulja Bhavani.

    The temple is adorned with various idols celebrating the greatness of the goodness, and the architecture with its delicate carvings and embellishments, is typical of the 16th century Rajasthani architecture. A visit to this temple should definitely be included within the tour of the Chittorgarh fort complex. 

    Timings: Open 24 hours
    Price: Free entry
    Location: Near Ram Pol, Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 51 Jagannath Ji Temple

    Jagannath Ji Temple
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    One of the most popular places to visit in Alwar, the Jagannath Ji Temple is a pilgrimage spot dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Apart from the sacrosanct value the temple holds in religious mythology, the temple is also renowned for its grandiose and awe-inspiring architecture.

    Beautiful statues of Lord Jagannath of Puri, Laxmi, and SitaramJi, the Shaligram maharaja reside in the sanctum, and rare floral motifs adorn its walls and pillars. A visit to this auspicious temple is a wonderful way to commemorate your visit to Alwar. 

    Timings: 7 am - 8:30 pm
    Price: Free 
    Location: Jagnnath Mandir, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 52 Naldeshwar Shrine

    Naldeshwar Shrine
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    Naldeshwar Shrine is a small cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It features a small shiva-linga that has been there for several centuries. In the 18th century, a temple was built in order to protect the shiva-linga, and the place was named as the Naldeshwar Shrine.

    It is one of the most renowned spots in Alwar, and should definitely feature in your list of places to visit in Alwar. Two naturally formed ponds with water running from the hills add grace to the setting. Spending some time in this solitary location brings peace and energy to your being. 

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
    Price: Free 
    Location: Pratapgarh-BurjaTiraha Rd, Mayur Vihar, Malviya Nagar, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001