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Indergarh

Indergarh

February 10, 2014 Comments Off

THIS SMALL TOWN, Founded by Raja Indrasal in 1605, lies huddled beneath the ramparts of a picturesque hill fort which is clearly visible from the flat rooftops of houses where, in summer, people sleep

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Sawai Madhopur

Sawai Madhopur

February 10, 2014 Comments Off

AN IMPORTANT railway junction and entry point to the Ranthambhore National Park, Sawai Madhopur is named after its founder Sawai Madho Singh I (r.1750-68). The historic 8th-century Ranthambhore Fort (now in die park), a

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Tonk

Tonk

February 10, 2014 Comments Off

THE SMALL. PRINCIPALITY of Tonk, the only Muslim kingdom in Rajasthan, was created by the British in the early 19th century to appease the powerful Pathan warlord, Air Khan, The legacy of its nawabs is

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chaksu

chaksu

February 10, 2014 Comments Off

THIS SLEEPY LITTLE village on the road from Jaipur towards Sawai Madhopur is known for its small white temple dedicated to Shitala Mata, the goddess who wards off disease, especially smallpox. A hundred steps

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Ajmer

Ajmer

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FAMOUS THROUGHOUT the subcontinent as the holiest Muslim pilgrim centre after Mecca, Ajmer’s prominence in history is connected to the dargale of a Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Mughals made Ajmer the provincial

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Pushkar

Pushkar

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A PEACEFUL PILGRIM TOWN Of lakes and 400 temples, Pushkar derives its name from pushup (flower) and kar (hand) after a legend that says that its lakes were created from the petals that fell

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Kishangarh

Kishangarh

February 10, 2014 Comments Off

OF ALL RAPUTANA states , this was the smallest. It was established in the early 17th century by Kisban Singh, a Rathore prince from Jodhpur, on lands near Ajmer. The king’s sister was one

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Rajgarh

Rajgarh

February 8, 2014 Comments Off

OVERLOOKING a picturesque valley with green fields and citrus groves is the  grand hilltop fort of Rajgarh, the old capital of the Alwar rulers. Built by the founder of the dynasty, Pratap Singh, in

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Siliserh

Siliserh

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THIS ENCHANTING SPOT 15  midway between Alwar and Sariska National Park. The 10.5 sq km (4 sq miles) Siliserh Lake, in a valley bounded in by low forested hills, is still the main reservoir

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Alwar Tourism

Alwar Tourism

February 8, 2014 Comments Off

SITUATED between Mughal and Rajputs territories, Alwar’s place in history was manipulated by its rulers who made shrewd aliances  to gain political leverage. Aiwar’s growth as a vassal state of the Kachhawaha kings to

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