Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically made up the region.
In its capital, Jaipur the “Pink City”, are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal, a former cloister for royal women, fronted by a 5-story pink-sandstone screen. Amer Fort, atop a nearby hill, was built by a Rajput prince in the early 1600s.
Other forts include massive Chittogarh, occupied from the 7th to 16th centuries. Mehrangarh Fort has imposing walls overlooking Jodhpur, the “Blue City” in the Thar Desert, which covers much of Rajasthan and Udaipur is home to the monumental granite-and-marble City Palace, on the banks of scenic Lake Pichola. Bikaner and Shekwati, renowned for the mural covered haveli are a little more off the beaten track and Jaisalmer boasts the most impressive sandstone carved haveli and sunsets across the nearby dunes.
Around Mount Abu are dozens of shrines and temples, notably five ornate marble Dilwara Jain temples and the Jain temples at Ranakpur are marvels of the stone carvers art.
Nature sanctuaries include Ranthambhore National Park, a reserve for Bengal tigers; Keoladeo National Park, renowned for its diverse migratory bird population and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, home to leopards and wolves.
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