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MONUMENTS OF RAJASTHAN
The City Palace


In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and colored stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The retainers whose families have served generations of rulers serve as guides. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chased handles, some of them inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic,Persian,Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh II to study astronomy in detail.

 

Hawa Mahal


Built in 1799 A.D. the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is a major Rajput landmark. This five storey building along the main street of the old city is in pink splendor with semioctagonal and delicately honey combed sandstone windows. The monument was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions of the city.

 

Umaid Bhawan Palace


This palace is the only 20th century palace,and it was build under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. It took 16 whole year to get this palace completed. This palace is made out of a particular type of sandstone which does not weather away. It is still the residence of the former rulers , but a part of palace has been converted into a hotel and some remaining part serves as a museum.

 

Haveli of Devtaji


This beautiful Haveli of Devta Shridharji,which is located in the middle of the busy market is noted for its splendid frescoes and rooms decorated with lovely wall paintings.

 

Jag Nivas Palace


It is a palace on an island in the Pinchola lake. Its construction was started by Maharana Karan Singh, it gets it name from Maharana Jagat Singh who made several additions to the palace structure in 1757. Formerly the royal summer palace, today it is the ultimate in luxury hotels, with shady courtyards, fountains, lotus ponds and even a small mango-tree-shaded swimming pool. Hotel launches cross to the island from the city palace jetty. The principal building has three storeys and a round tower of yellow sandstones. Towards the southern end of the lake is Jag Mandir. Emperor Shah Jahan sought refuge here while planning a revolt against his father. It is said that Shah Jahan got ideas for the Taj Mahal after he stayed here.

 

The City Palace


The Maharana's palace built by successive rulers runs parellel to Lake Pichola. It is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The palace is a collection of buildings constructed by different Maharaja's during their reign,but inspite of that the whole complex has retained uniformity in design. The palace has octagonal towers surrounded by cupolas and inside the apartment there are mosaics of peacocks inlaid with tiles and mirrorwork and exquisite paintings. This part of the palace has been converted into a museum.The place where one sees these peacock mosaics is called the 'Mor Chowk'. Of the various Mahals, the Chini Mahal is covered with blue and white Chinese and Dutch ornamented tiles, while the Manak Mahal is full of glass and porcelain figures. The manak or Ruby Mahal has glass and porcelain figures while Krishna Vilas has a remarkable collection of miniatures. The Bari Mahal houses a fine central garden. In the Zanana Mahal,one can see nice paintings. The Moti Mahal has beautiful mirrorwork.

 

City Palace or Vinay Vilas Mahal


This 18th century palace beautifully blends the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. Altough the ground floors have been converted into government offices and district courts, the upper apartment is maintained as a museum.

 

Vijay Mandir Palace


This splendid palace is just 10 kms from Alwar.It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1918 A.D.It has a picturesque lake overlooking the palace which makes it a nice place to be. There is a nice Sita Ram Temple in the palace which attracts number of devotees,especially during Ramnavmi. But one needs to take prior permission from the secretary to visit the palace.

 

Lalgarh Palace


About three km north of the city centre, this red sandstone palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881-1942) in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh and displays a magnificent blend of Oriental and European style. Itís a grand building with overhanging balconies and delicate latticework. Its terraced lawns and the Bougainvillea bushes add beauty to the palace. Peacocks stroll around the palace which has been partly converted into a hotel. The palace museum, Shri Sadul Museum covers the entire first floor of the palace. It has an assortment of exhibits, including personal possessions of former Bikaner rulers, old photos depicting royal hunts, and an extraordinary collection of the former maharajaís personal possessions - golf tees, camera, clothes, books, earplugs and even his electric toothbrush. The library of the palace is supposed to have the largest collection of original Sanskrit manuscripts on parchments, copper and gold or silver plaques. The palace museum also displays well preserved hunting trophies and old photographs. The museum is open daily except Wednesdays from 10 am to 5 pm; entry is Rs.5. Photography is not allowed.

 

Havelis


The beautiful mansions or havelis,all intricately latticed which are all over Jaisalmer, are open to visitors from 10.30 a.m to 5.00 p.m

Nathmal-ki-Haveli

This is a 19th century haveli. The left and right wings of the mansion which were carved by two brothers are very similiar but not identical.

Patwon -ki-Haveli

The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the apartments of this five storey high haveli is painted with beautiful murals.

Salim Singh-ki-Haveli

This 300 year old haveli has beautifully carved arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of peacocks. This is a beautiful haveli to see.

 

The Taragarh Palace


The Taragarh palace is reached from the north-western end of the bazaar, through a huge wooden gateway. Only two parts of the palace, the Chitra Mahal and Ummed Mahal, are open to the public. Some of the famous Bundi murals can be seen on the upper level. Photography is prohibited.

Chhattar Mahal or Palace or Towers (Bundi)

Visiting this palace is worth it, for the Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousand, the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol with its old water clock and the Diwan-e-Aam.

Sukh Mahal (Bundi)

This is a magnificient summer palace on the Sukh Mahal Lake surrounded by lush beautiful gardens.It is believed that an underground tunnel runs from the Sukh Mahal to the old palace.

 

Padminiís Palace


Continuing south, you come to Padminiís palace, built beside a large pool with a pavilion in its centre. Legends relates that, as Padmini sat in this pavilion, Ala-ud-din was permitted to see her reflection in a mirror in the palace. This glimpse was the spark that convinced him to destroy Chittor in order to possess her. The Bronze gates in this pavilion were carried of by Akbar and can now be seen in the fort at Agra. Continuing round the circular road, you pass the deer park, the Bhimlat Tank, the Suraj Pol Gate and the temple of Neelkanth Mahadev, before reaching the Tower of Fame.

Fateh Prakash Palace (Chittorgarh)

Just beyond the Rana Kumbha palace, this palace is much more modern (Maharana Fateh Singh died in 1930). It houses a small and poorly lit museum, and the rest of the building is closed. The museum is open daily except Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Rana Kumbha Palace (Chittorgarh)

Entering the fort and turning right, you come almost immediately to the ruins of this palace. It contains elephant and horse stables and a Siva temple. One of the jauhars is said to have taken palace in a vaulted cellar. Right across the palace is the archaeological office and museum, and the treasury building or Nau Lakha Bhandar. The Singa Chowrl Temple is nearby.

 

The Palace


This royal edifice is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajpat architectural styles with magnificent apartments and intricately designed floor tiles having interesting patterns. One can marvel at the ancient exhibits displayed in the museum in the centeral part of the palace.

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