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Rajasthan has always fasinated people from all over the world with the grandeur of its forts, palaces and architecture of its havelis. It is the place with rich culture, Rajasthan has evrything under the sun except for beaches and snow-clad mountains. On the other hand, there is the vast expanse of the Thar desert and sand dunes in the west and on the other there are the lakes, hills and greenry around Udaipur.

A drive almost anywhere in Rajasthan will punctuated by fort on distant ridge or a pavilion next to a seasonal pool. The loccal women wear colourful cotton lenghas(skirts) or saris, the men magnificient turbans.
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Kota Travel Guide


Along the eastern bank of the Chamabal river lies Kota- an amazing juxtapostition of majestic medievalage and modern industrialisation. While its untouched wealth of impressive Forts, opulent Palaces and splendid temples dating back over several centuries retain the past glory. The history of the city back to the 12 century when the Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Later in the early 17th century during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the ruler of Bundi - rao ratan singh gave the smaller principality of Kota to his son Madho Singh. Since then Kota became a hallmark of the Rajput gallantry and culture. Kota is an offshot of the kingdom of Bundi. The huge Fort at Kota with itsDurbar Hall is ornate with beautiful mirrror work and has ebony and ivory doors. Exquisite miniatures of the Kota school are housed within the hall. Other noteworthy edifices of the bygone era are Brijraj Bhawan Place, Umed Bhawan Palace, Jag Mandir - an Island Palace, a splendid haveli (mansion) with beautiful frescoes and the royal cenotaphs.

Place to Visit

Maharao Madho Singh Museum

Situated in the old Palace, the museum has superb collection of Rajput miniature paintings of the Kota School, eqxuisite sculptures, frescoes and armoury. The museum also houses a rich reposistory of artistic items used by the Kota rulers.

The Goverment museum
Housed in the Brijvilas Bhawan Palace near the Kishore Sagar, the museum displays a rich collection of rare coins, manuscripts and a representative selection of Hadoti sculpture. specially noteworthy is an exquisite sculptured statue brought here from Baroli. Jag Mandir, Kota Travels

Jag Mandir
Amid the picturesque artificial Lake of Kishore Sagar constructed in 1346 by prince Dher Deh of Bundi, stands the enchanting little Palace of Jag mandir. The azure waters around the red sandstone monument. The Keshar Bagh famous for its royal cenotaphs lies in the vicinity.

Haveli Devtaji
The beautiful haveli of Devta Shridharji is located in the middle of the busy market. The haveli is noted for its splendid frescoes and rooms ornate with lovely wall paintings.

Chambal Garden
A beautifully landscaped garden at the Amar Niwas. Its lush surroundings make it a popular, offering enjoyable boat rides.

Kansua Temple
A rare four faced Shivlinga is installed here Other places to see Mathuradheesh temple, Bhitria Kund, Adhar Shila, traffic Park, Adhar Shila and Budh Singh Bafna Haveli are worth seeing.

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Bundi Travel Guide


36 kms from Kota is tiny picturesque town Bundi. One of the unexplored cities with a rich historical wealth. once a part of Kota, it was ruled by the Hada Chauhans - an offshot of the famous Chauhans clan who ruled Delhi and Ajmer. 1193 when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by sultan Mohammad Ghauri, some Chauhan nobles seked shelter in Mewar and become alies to the Rana while other young warriors moved towards Chambal valley and overpowered the Meena and Bhil tribals - thus establishing their own kingdom of Hadoti. Later two branches of Hadas formed two seprate states of Kota and bundi. on either side of the River Chambal. Bundi is surrounded by the Aravali hills on three sides and is circumscribed by massive wall with four gateways.

Interesting monument including impressive medieval Forts, palaces, Havelis Temples with beautiful stone and chhatris with carved pillars, along with a picturesque lake in the heart of the town, add to its charm. Bundi is very famous for its intricate carvings and murals.

Place to Visit

Taragarh or Star FortTaragarh Fort, Bundi Travel Guide
Built in 1354 AD, the fort is one of the mostr impressive forts of Rajasthan. Perched on a thickly wooded hill is a marvellous white fort wih a huge reservior which once supplied water to the Palace. The view over the town and surrounding countryside from the top are magical, especially at sun set.Inside the ramparts are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock, and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battle- fields, on which there is mounted a famous cannon. Taragarh is reached by steep road leading up the hillside to its enormous gateway. Take a path up behind the chitra Shala, go east along the inside of the ramparts then left up the steep stone ramp just before the Dudha Mahal, a small disused building 200m from the palace.

The Plaace
This magnificent edifice is a fine example of the Rajput architecture, housing some of the superb Bundi murals.

Chhattar Mahal or Palace of Towers
A steep, paved carraife way is the only way to reach the monument. In Palace is the Hazari Pol or gate of the thousand, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with old water clock and the Diwan-e-Aam.

A fascinating pavilion and a gallery of miniature murals embellish the Palace. Elaborate colourful paintings on the wall depict scenes from the 'Ragamala' and 'Raaslila' the Radha-Krishna story.

Sukh Mahal
A magnificent summer Palace on the Sukh Sagar lake amid the lush suroundings of beautiful garden.

Phool Sagar
The 20th century Palace with artifical tank and picturesque gardens. Presently residence of former ruler.

Shikar Burj
The royal hunting lodge set amdist the lush surroundings.

Kshar Bagh
An ancient garden near the Shikar Burj with beautiful chhattris of the Bundi rulers and their queens.

Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaph
An amazing magnificent memorail with 84 pillars in a single cenotaph along with shiva lingam.

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