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Rajasthan Wildlife Sanctuaries

When it comes to wildlife I think most of us love the experience of seeing the wild animals and birds in their natural surroundings. With due respect to their right of living in their own domain that is the real place where they should be and no amount of torture to them is a forgivable crime. Imagine seeing the king of the jungle relishing its prey after a fresh kill or experiencing the dance of a group of deer’s who make swift movements across the jungle or for that matter absorbing the little birds making a flight into the sky where they compete with each other trying to soar high and high into the deep blue sky.

So if you are the types who loves to be amidst nature then get set and pack your bags to come for a holiday spree in India where you will find exotic species of wildlife in these national parks that are a matter of pride to the country and almost all the states of the country houses a national park to protect the animals of the country and give them the life that they deserve. If you are planning to come to India for a holiday to visit the national parks then the right place is the state of Rajasthan.

When you think of Rajasthan all that comes to mind are the images of forts, palaces, lakes, colorful festivals and the mighty Thar Desert. The Thar Desert is the backbone of this sate. But the state of Rajasthan is not only the Thar Desert. The topography of Rajasthan ranges from the barren desert, scrub-thorn arid forests, rocks and ravines to wetlands and lush, green forests. Each of these areas is a haven for a wide spectrum of wildlife, bestowing the state with some of the most fascinating wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Ranthambore National Park 
The national park is located near the outer fringes or one can say the periphery of the Thar Desert that forms the most part of the state of Rajasthan.It is also surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravalli hill ranges. When it comes to visiting the best and the most well known national sanctuary of the state then the first park that comes to one’s mind as a traveler is the Ranthambore National Park which is Rajasthan’s most well-known tiger reserve under Project Tiger.

Sariska National Park 
Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the last sizable remnants of the dry hilly country, which once stretched across the length of the Aravalli hills. It is a huge national park but its population of tigers have depleted over the years as the jungle authorities have not been able to save them from the poachers who over the years have been successful in washing of the most endangered species of the tigers found here in this park. This hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Alwar was declared a sanctuary in 1955, and when Project Tiger was born in 1979, Sariska Sanctuary was merged into it.

Keoladeo National Park 
If you are bird lover and would love to come over to a paradise of these avian species welcome home to the Keoladeo National Park popularly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary that is one of the best waterfowl habitats in the World. Located at the distance of 180 kms from New Delhi Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is suitable for outing at the weekends. If you love adventure and likeness for birds than come to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Bhensrod Garh
A fairly new sanctuary, it was established in 1983 and covers a total area of 229 sq km of scrub and dry deciduous forest.Th edifferent species that one would find are the Leopards, chinkara, sloth bear can be spotted here if one is lucky. The best time to plan you safari in Bhensrod Garh Sanctuary is between October and May.

Darrah Sanctuary
This park was the royal hunting ground of the Maharaja of Kota, it is a thickly forested sanctuary lying along the southeastern border of Kota. This sanctuary has a lot of mountains and is very lofty the thick forest makes it one of the good parks to visit. The animals here include Wolf, Sloth Bear, Chinkara and Leopard. This sanctuary is stretched in the area of 250 sq Kms, almost 50 Kms from Kota. The best time to visit is between February and May.

Rajasthan Tribals

As this state is very popular for its rich cultural and traditional heritage,so also it is famous for its richness in ancient tribes.The population of this place includes many a tribes which today constitutes around 12% of the total population of the state.The main tribes of Rajasthan are the Bhils and the Minas that were the original inhabitants of the area now called Rajasthan. But they were forced into the Aravalli Range by the Aryan invasion. Smaller tribes include the Sahariyas, Garasias and the Gaduliya lohars. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Shopping

Rajasthan is the home of an astounding variety of traditional crafts. Century-old skills continue to produce some of the most artistic and exciting wares in Rajathan which are admired and collected not only by connoisseurs in India but are popular all across the world Rajasthan is a land of vibrant colours. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Pilgrim Places

TheLand of colour and vibrance – Rajasthan – resounds with the pure and beautiful melodies of hymns, sung with love and devotion. It is blessed with a rich tradition and a golden heritage that spreads all around. The sanctified pilgrim centres in Rajasthan are not only places of worship but also monuments of great artistic beauty. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Music

Musical Instruments
The famous music of this state also brings with it a lot of very famous and widely accepted musical instruments.The state of Rajasthan can’t be thought about without its folksongs and folkdances and to keep in tandem, A wide variety of musical instruments are used.

The musical instruments range from the soft tinklers to thunderous kettledrums; from simple, slender flutes to intriguing trumpets; and from the rustic looking resonators for basic rhythm to elegant and fully developed bowing or plucking devices. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Museums

The Royal State of Rajasthan is full of majestic palaces and marvellous high standing forts, temples, which are well known for their architecture and design. There are many museums in Rajasthan, which are treasure trove of ancient manuscripts, weapons. This heritage and culture is still alive in the state and is of most interest to all the tourists who viist this state in millions every year and try to take back these memories. These memories are kept in the musesum that throng the state and are highly appreciated. Some of the best Museums are:

Ajmer Government Museum 
The beautiful fort and palace built by the Mughal Emperor Jahagir in 1616 has been converted into this museum. What is today commonly known, as Magazine is the palace quarters where the emperors lived.After the British occupation in 1818 and during the First World War of Independence in 1857 the British that gave the name magazine used it as the Rajputana Arsenal.

Alwar Government Museum 
The Alwar Museum is situated in the old city areand it has different unique collection of arms, bidri work acquered and ivory work, musical instruments, stuffed animals, beautiful brass and pottery works from Jaipur, Multan, Bengal and Ceylon, miniature paintings and Persian and Sanskrit manuscripts. The paintings have been further divided into various sub-styles. The third section of the museum contains the armoury of State rulers. Various kinds of shiedls, swords, pistols, rifles, daggers and other items are on display.

Bikaner Fort Museum 
Ganga Mahal, is one of the special halls taken over by Maharaja Ganga Singh, now it is the Fort Museum.This museum like all museums in the state have a very mind blowing and a fine collection of antique Rajput weaponry, jade handle daggers, camel hide dhals (shiedls) and inliad handguns and camel guns.The furniture that were used then by thes rulers are also asved here for public viewing and the jewellery studded in these artifacts and furniture just leaves you gaping and wanting to see more and more of these very preciuos and priceless belongings.

The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum 
The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum is another feather in the cap of the State that has got this museum to its credit, as this museum in Rajasthan is considered to be very important. A fine collection of the heritage of Rajasthan, this museum in Bikaner has some principal sections like the History, Sculpture, Terracotta, Maharaja Ganga Singh Memorial, local Arts and Crafts section, Miniature Paintings, Folk-Arts section and Bronzes Armory.

Fateh Prakash Palace Museum 
Another very important and prominent museum in Rajasthan is the Fateh Prakash Palace Museum in Chittaurgarh.As we know Chittaurgarh is known for its special fort that represents the culture of this small city of Rajasthan.However a small portion of this palace is given for the purpose of keeping the heritage and culture of Rajasthan alive. This museum basically keeps a treasure trove of sculptures. Amongst the important ones are Ganpati from Pangarh along with Indra and Jain Ambica statues from Rashmi village of Podt medieval period. Also on display in the museum are many weapons, daggers, and armory.

Virat Nagar Museum 
Virat Nagar museum is in the capital city of Jaipur.It was also the cpita place of the legendary Matsayadesh. Frequent refences of Matsayadesh have been made in the Indian epic- the Mahabharat. In the period of these maharajas and maharani rule, the area around the district of Jaipur, Alwar and Bharatpur came to be known as Matsayadesh with Virat Nagar as its capital. The museum has a speciality and that is it is not very big in mits appearance as compared to the other museums but the best part is that it is one museum that has the riches collection of artifacts and sculptures that are stored here in this museum. The excavated pikkins old coins, seals, metallic pieces, weaponos and statues have been exhibited here.

Amer (Jaipur) Archaeological Museum 
Located in the Dil-e-A-aram Gardens, of Amer, the ancient capital of Jaipur, and established in 1949. Before the collections of all the excvated materials from Rairh, Bairat, Sambhar, Nagar etc. and the sculptures and epigraphs collected from various sites in the erstwhile Jaipur State were housed at Vidyadhar Gardens in Purana Ghat.

Rajasthan Information

The Country of Temples and Monuments, country having a rich tradition and culture and a country with a lot of diversity, that’s what INDIA is.

A country so different from the rest in the world, a country which is blessed with Nature and a country which can boast of a lot of peace and tranquility entices every single individual in the world to pay a visit to this wonderful Mystical and Mesmerizing place. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Gems & Jewelery

The people of Rajasthan, are said to be crazy about jewellery , gems and diamonds and this was also the scene years back when the men and women traditionally wore necklaces, armlets, anklets, earings and rings.

With the advent of the Mughal Empire, Rajasthan became a major centre for production of the finest kind of jewellery. It was a true blend of the Mughal with the Rajasthani craftsmanship. The Mughals were instrumental in bringing sophisticated designs and technical know-how of the Persian with them when they entered India. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Fairs & Festivals

Jaipur Elephant Festival : Time – March 
Celebrated also in March around Holi (festival of colors) is the Elephant Festival of the capital Jaipur, a tourists’ delight. The mighty mammals claim center stage and stride majestically parading their decorated trunks and tusks. The festival begins with a procession of elephants, camels and horses followed by folk dancers at their entertaining best. The god worshiped on the occasion, Ganesh or Ganapati, is the elephant son of Shiva and Parvati. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Adventure

The spirit of adventure and bravery has always been a prominent part of life. in the days of yore, hunting was the major source of excitement for the people. Pitting their wits against the most ferocious of animals was considered a challenge.

Wrestling was yet another outlet for those seeking a show of strength. Today times have changed but the search for adventure still remains. So if you’re driven by the call of adventure, come to Rajasthan. Rajasthan – a land blessed with golden sands, meandering Chambal and Banas rivers, Aravalli hills, forests and rolling meadows, cascading water falls and hospitable people, steeped in a rich culture. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Dances

Fire Dance: This form of dance is very captivating nad needs the heroics of the performer.This dance form is all about the valour of the people of this land. The Jasnathis of Bikaner and Chum are renowned for their tantric powers and this dance is in keeping with their lifestyle. Read Full Post…

Rajasthan Culture

The Fairs and festivals of this state add a lot of colour and life into the lives of these hard-working desert people. Holi the festival of colours,brings forth the joyous, lively rhythms of the change and dhamal songs Marriage ,childbirth ,the visit of the son-in-law, all call for song and music. Read Full Post…