Jaipur has been the capital of erstwhile Jaipur estate since its inception in 1727 AD. It was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II, thereby the name. It is probably the first planned city of India.
In 1876, Jaipur dressed itself pink to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II, and thus the name “Pink City” stuck to it. Now the capital of the desert state of Rajasthan, it has the rightful blend of rich heritage monuments, palaces and lakes and gardens with the modern buildings and shopping arcades.
Jaipur is top of the list for international and domestic tourists. In tourist traffic it is next only to Agra. Because the city has something to welcome all types of tourists - Heritage, Adventure, Wildlife, Pilgrimage, etc. It interests the rich, the business traveller, the budget alas and the backpackers. And the city is able to provide for all of them - in hordes, year after year.
Jaipur falls in a rich mineral belt of marble, precious and semi-precious stones, which makes it a unique marketplace for both raw and finished products. Jewelry of precious and semi-precious stones is a strong attraction for tourists. Jaipur is also home to gold and silver jewelry made in the “Kundan” and “Meenakari” traditions, which are now world famous.
Udaipur District is a district of Rajasthan state in western India. The historic city of Udaipur is the administrative headquarters of the district.
Udaipur District bounded on the northwest by the Aravalli Range, across which lie the districts of Sirohi and Pali. It is bounded on the north by Rajsamand District, on the east by Chittaurgarh District, on the southeast by BanswaraDistrict, on the south by Dungarpur District, and on the southwest by the state of Gujarat. It is part of the Mewar region of Rajasthan.
The district is generally hilly. The western portion of the district is drained by the Sabarmati River, which originates in the Aravalli Range of Udaipur District flows south into Gujarat. The northern portion of the district is drained by tributaries of the Banas River, including the Ahar River, which flows through the City of Udaipur. The southern and central portion of the district is drained by tributaries of the Mahi River, including the Som and the Gomati. Dhebar Lake, also known as Jaisamand Lake, has an area of 50 km² (20 square miles) when full, and was created in the 17th century when Rana Jai Singh of Udaipur built a marble dam across the Gomati.
Jodhpur, the heart of Rajasthan and the majestic jewel of her eternal crown, illuminate the Thar, enriching the desert with entrepreneurship, scholarship and art.
According to Rathore tradition, the clan traces its origins back to the Hindu god, Rama, hero of the epic Ramayana, and thence to the sun. So the Rathore's belong to the Suryavansha (solar race) branch of the Kshatriyas, the warrior caste of Hindus. Later, breaking into historical reality, in 470 A.D. Nayal Pal conquered the kingdom of Kanauj, near modern Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The Rathor capital for seven centuries, Kanauj fell in 1193 to the Afghan invaders led by Muhammad Ghori.
The problem of places to stay in Jodhpur can be easily tackled. There are a number of Hotels in Jodhpur. Accommodation in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is available to suit tourists of every budget. Low budget accommodation is also easily available in Jodhpur.
Apart from these, there are a number of low budget hotels also for accommodation. Still other options for staying include Guest houses. Anywhere you stay in Jodhpur, you will always feel at home.
The fort & town of JAISALMER was founded by MaharawalJaisal in the year 1156 AD after having shifted his capital from Ludharva (18 Kms away from Jaisalmer) to a safer place. The ruling family of the erstwhile Jaisalmer State belongs to Bhati Clan of YaduRajputs of Chandrawasnshi (Lunar) race who claim descent from Lord Krishna,the defied hero who ruled at Dwarka. The historical origin of Bahttis can be inferred from the couplet which says that the YaduRajputs ruled and constructed Forst at Kashi,Madhura, Pragvad, Gajni,Bhatner,Digam,Dirwal,Lodurva and ninth in Jaisalmer. (Gajni is in Afganisthan and Dirawal is now in Pakistan).
The present district is largely composed of the former JAISALMER state, which was among the Rajputana States to go under British protection. The treaty between MaharawalMoolraj-II and the British government of 12th December 1818 guaranteed to the ruler and his posterity the principality of Jaisalmer. Under this treaty the ruler of the State was required to act in subordinate cooperation with the British Government. At the time of Afgan War in 1938-39 the then ruler of the state MaharawalGajsingh made excellent fool-proof arrangements for transportation of british troops for which British Government felt grateful to the ruler for timely help and cooperation. In 1844, after the British annexed Sind, The Forts of Shahgarh and Ghotaru, which are formerly belonged to JAISALMER, were restored to the State. In 1949 when Jaisalmer was merged into the state of Rajasthan, there was no important change in the area of the state.On October 6,1949,the region was given the status of an independent district in Jodhpur division.
City, north-central Rajasthan state, northwestern India. It lies 240 miles (386 km) west of Delhi.The city was the capital of the former princely state of Bikaner. About 1465 Bika, a Rajput chieftain of the Rathor clan, began to conquer the area from other Rajput clans. In 1488 he began building the city of Bikaner (“the settlement of Bika”). He died in 1504, and his successors gradually extended their possessions. The state adhered loyally to the Mughal emperors, who ruled in Delhi from 1526 to 1857. Rai Singh, who succeeded as chieftain of Bikaner in 1571, became one of the emperor Akbar's most distinguished generals and was named the first raja of Bikaner. As Mughal dominance ebbed, wars between Bikaner and the princely state of Jodhpur raged intermittently in the 18th century. A treaty establishing British paramountcy was concluded in 1818, and order was restored in the country by British troops. The rebellious behaviour of the local thakurs, or subsidiary chiefs, continued, however, until the princely state was made subject to the Rajputana agency in 1883. The state's military force included the Bikaner Camel Corps, which gained renown in China during the Boxer Rebellion (1900) and in the Middle East during World War I. In 1949 Bikaner, which by then totaled more than 23,000 square miles (60,000 square km) in area, became part of the Indian state of Rajasthan and was divided into three districts.
Bikaner's history dates back to 1488 AD when a Rajput prince RaoBikaji a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD).,RaoJodhaJi established his kingdom here. BikaJi chose a barren land called "Jungladesh" and shaped it into an impressive city, called Bikaner after the founder's name. Archeological surveys and excavations have established beyond doubt that civilization flourished here even before the Harappa period .Excavated statues, coins and carvings of stones and clay stands as testimony to this fact. Ever since the foundation of Bikaner till its accession into Indian Union in 1947 A.D. and there after it's integration in Rajasthan state in 30-3-1949 A.D., Bikaner has played a notable role in the history of the country.
Devigarh Fort Palace of Rajasthan is situated at a distance of approximately 28 km from Udaipur. It serves as one of the three corridors that lead to the city of lakes, Udaipur. Dating back to the 18th century, this fort palace stands enveloped by the massive Aravalli range of Rajasthan. This important principality was bestowed to Sajja Singh of Gujarat in recognition for his valiance and loyalty. He stood by MaharanaPratap Singh against the Mughal emperor Akbar, at the battle of Haldighati (1576) and was honored by the award of Devigarh. However, the construction work on the fort palace got underway only in the 1760s, under Raghudev Singh II.
After the initial construction, successive rulers made many additions to the Devigarh Fort Palace. After merging into the state of Rajasthan in the 1960s, the palace was later abandoned. However, after years of restoration and reconstruction, it has now been converted into the Devigarh Palace Heritage Hotel, near Udaipur. The mingling of the modern design with the age-old heritage, gives a special touch to the palace hotel. Devigarh Palace Hotel of Rajasthan is a unique all-suite boutique hotel. A stay in this heritage hotel will bring you all the comforts of a hotel, while, at the same time, giving a taste of the rich royal legacy of the state.
Devigarh, is ready for visitors after years of restoration and rebuilding. The Fort palace was conceived as a place where the past meets the future.This all suite luxury hotel comprising of 39 suites with an emphasis on design and detail, using local marbles and semi-precious stones.The contemporary design showcased within this spectacular heritage property, complemented by personalised and intimate service, creates a new image of India for the 21st century.