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Rajasthan: Pushkar Fair and Forts of Rajput Kings

Tug of war, at Pushkar Fair, RajasthanIn the beginning of twentieth century, the international tourists have started to love Rajasthan and its exotic locations. They found this northern state of India an entertaining piece of land whose people are fond of camels, festivals and music.

Tug of War Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan

Those who visit Rajasthan are rewarded with pleasure and an unforgettable experience. They hardly miss to see the temples and lake of Pushkar. The tourists from western countries flock in during festival season of the fair. The event of Pushkar Fair at Ajmer, near Jaipur, has now become the single biggest draw for foreign tourists in India. The tourists would enjoy the vibrancy of natural living of the people who live in the imagination of their past and the music of present.

Best Time to Visit : Except the months of July and August when there would be rainy season in India, the tourist can enjoy their stay for the whole of the year. Pushkar Fair is held in the moth of October or November every year. This fare is regarded as one of the largest fair in Rajasthan. It is known for its trading of the camels, horses, cows and goats. It is a religious town and is one of the important pilgrimage centres for Hindus. This place is known for the 'Holy Lake' that is situated on a hill. There is a temple of Lord Brahma on the hill top, near the lake. Ajmer is also a holy place for the Muslims. The well-known sacred place the Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti is also here.

Known as Camel Fair, the yearly event in Pushkar is not about camels only. Here you would encounter the enchanting riot of colours. The visiting men wearing colourful turbans and women in pleated ghagaras (ankle-length skirts) of different hues: these are the some of the exotic attractions of the fair. The Village womenwould put on all the available ornaments and costumes of their choice. Every woman in the crowd would seem to be competing with each other in beauty and attraction.

Sporting Events

Sporting events are major attractions of this fair. Camel and horse races are organised for the enjoyment of the tourists coming from all over the world. The beautifully decked up camels are paraded. Among the camels participating in the race, the most beautiful decorated camel is selected. The owner of that camel would receive praise and prizes. Those who visit India for their leisure tour, they hardly miss to see the temples and lake of Pushkar.

The tourists from western countries flock in during festival season of the fair. The event of Pushkar Fair has become now the most favorable destination for foreign tourists in India. [Image courtesy By Sumith Meher from Sydney, Australia (Pushkar Uploaded by Ekabhishek) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], from Wikimedia Commons , Camel Fair By mantra_man (pushkar fair Uploaded by Ekabhishek) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)]

FORTS OF INDIA : Rajasthan Forts and Castles

India is a land of Forts and Castles, as it has faced several attacks from many aggressors.

Fort of Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. Painting By Marrianne Noth, 1878

After Queen Victoria had taken over the reins of India from East India Company in the year 1857, the British people had started respecting India as their second home. The tourists from other parts of the world have found the forts and castles of India as easily accessible remnants of the grand past of the country that is one of the oldest civilizations on the earth. Those who come from abroad to see the exotic locations in India, they would hardly miss to visit the state of Rajasthan. This area was formerly called Rajaputana, the land ofRajaput kings. As this area has always remained in frontline, the aggressors came here frequently. Thus we find many forts and castles in the state of Rajasthan, India. These are some of the forts the tourists would love to visit.

Fort of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Once a quiet desert and now a place bubbling with world tourists, Jaisalmer Fort, Built by Raja Jaisal in 1156 A.D., is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan, India.

Rajasthan: Jaisalmer Fort

Made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort of Jaisalmer is a nice looking structure in the midst of sands of Rajasthan desert. Covered by 30 feet high sandstone wall, the fort has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built in seventeenth century, between 1633 and 1647 AD. The Jisalmer for is also known as Sonar Quila, literally meaning the Fort of God or golden fort. The fort is also known as the. The name of this fort is so because it is standing against the backdrop of the desert with its golden sand. The fort looks straight out of a fairy tale.

How to Reach Jaisalmer

Being located in the heart of northern Indian state of Rajasthan, the fort of Jisalmer is well connected with rest of India by motorway and railways. If you wants to travel by air, book a ticket for Jodhpur (distance 285 km) and then proceed to Jaisalmer. To get accommodation would not be a problem here. You can find a hotel suitable to your packet. Hotels suitable for those who like cheap hotels would be an additional advantage of this place.

Jaisalmer: A Fort of Historical Events

As this fort is near to the traditional border of India with teh western nations like Iran, Afghanistan and so on, it has faced several attacks from the Muslim invades. But the Local Rajput kings had defeat almost all the attacks on the fort. During the British rule, the state of Jaisalmer had been a princely state under British Raj. (Image Courtesy By Adrian Sulc (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons)

Fort Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan

Kumbhalgarh Fort, built by Rajaput king Rana Kumbh, is as accessible today as it was inaccessible in sixteenth century.

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan, Western India

The great wall of this fort is believed to be second longest wall in the world, first being the wall of China. this has made the fort almost un-conquerable. Thus it would be a journey in the land of wonders and exotic location.

Mewar's rulers became patrons of all that was best in Indian martial Art and fine arts like miniature paintings and , architecture. Rajput King Rana Kumbh had designed and built 32 out of the 84 fortresses defending Mewar. The fort of Kumbhalgarh with its 36-km long wall and soaring towers is one of the most impressive tourist places in Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh stands on the site of an ancient citadel dating back to the time of Jain descendant of India's Mauryan emperors who ruled India in second century AD.

How to Reach Kumnbhalgarh

As the fort is located near to the famous city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, the tourists can book an air ticket for Udaipur and then go by motorway. At Udaipur there will be facilities to fly at Delhi, Jaipur and other important cities of India. The rail journey is also a wonderful experience in India.

In addition to the fort, Kumbhapgarh is home for a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. Here the tourists would catch the rare beauties of seeing the unmatched flora and fauna of the Rajasthan that is known as the land of Sun, sand and forts. (Image Courtesy By Honzasoukup (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons , Wikimedia Commons)

Amber Fort: This fort is very near to the city of Jaipur. The fort of Amber is very old. The present structure is built over the remnants of an earlier structure. This fort is well known for its unique artistic style. The forts in north India are built by using two main styles of architecture. One is Hindu style and another is Mughal style. This fort represents both the architectural styles.

Mehrangadh Fort: Located on a high hill, this fort is near to Jodhpur. It is one of the largest forts in India. Being one of the forts which have seen many battles, the outer wall of it bears witness of the same. The construction of this grand fort was started in the middle of fifteenth century. It was the period when the Mughals had not entered the land of India. But the aggressors coming from Afghanistan frequently attacked the area of Rajasthan.

Chitorgarh Fort: The fort of Chitorgarh is symbol of romance and spirit. It reminds us the history of Rajput heroism and sacrifice. The tales of unmatched heroism is told and sung by the local folk singers of Rajasthan. The main attraction for visiting this fort is its marvellous looks. The fort is on a picturesque hill top. This fort is like a mirror reflecting the lifestyle of people of India who lived there in medieval period.

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