Decide your favourite colour and pick a city to
match, Rajasthan's kaleidoscope of colours covers all.
Bastions of history, bristling with memories,
these splendid treasures stand battling the vageries of time.
The City Palace, Jaipur
Wind Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
The desert sands shimmer and pulsate with an
energy and a spirit of festivity permeates the air, every season
provides many reasons to celebrate.
Ride a camel over the dunes or horses through
the hillside, speed ahead in a jeep and camp under open skies.
A delicate ecosystem, part desert part marshy
lands and even a small section of lush water filled valleys, sports a
wildlife rich in variety.
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Rajasthan Tours Travel » Sacred Places &
Sacred Places & Shrines
Across the stillness and silence of the desert, temple bells chime and
their peals resound even in the most deserted valleys and hills. A deeply
religious people, the Rajasthanis have created magnificent temples and
monuments to celebrate the spirit of their faith. Every home has its
deities and every village its temples, every faith has its gods - whether
Hindu, Islamic, or Jain, in the nature of gurus or as the cosmos itself
and each of these is celebrated and revered in equal measure. The
religious kaleidoscope adds an immense depth to this already vibrant
culture, the chanting of Jain hymns and their observance of strict
austerities is at stark contrast with the Bhil zest for ritual
festivities, the Rajput exuberance in their faith and the Muslim month of
mourning and fasting. Entirely different yet they co-exist in peaceful
harmony and are havens of spiritual solace for legions of visitors.
The mausoleum of a Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is a shrine with a
formidable following and not only among Muslims, people of all faiths
congregate here to pay obeisance to the saint. The annual urs festival is
the most popular time to visit here as this is the time when consecrated
food is cooked in huge cauldrons served to the devotees.
Located in an ancient Mango grove in the only hill resort in Rajasthan,
the Dilwara temples house the shrines of the Jain tirthankaras or
teachers. In these profusely carved temples the sculptor's art is as much
a dedication to the gods as a repository of the stone - carver's skill,
enshrined here forever.
The Jains were the rich traders and an important and influential
community in the Rajput kingdoms, therefore its not unusual to see
magnificent Jain temples such as those at Ranakpur in Rajasthan.
Mata Temple - Bikaner
In the rustic town of Deshnoke, a temple dedicated to a goddess and to
rats has been attracting devotees for over 600 years, it truly is a living
breathing monument of an era that continues to live on in a very unique
Temple - Udaipur
According to legend, the Eklingi temple was built after the king was
visited by lord Shiva in a dream. Dedicated to this deity this mammoth
temple complex consists of 108 temples, coinciding with the number of
beads in the sacred rudraksh necklace, which is worn by priests, saints
and devotees to balance their energies.
Only Brahma Temple
In this land steeped in spirituality, lies the only abode of Brahma and
the sole temple anywhere in the world that harbours and propitiates the
Jaisalmer lies in the interiors of the Thar desert, in a remote corner of
Rajasthan. This desert jewel has a rich historical legacy and an unchanged
medieval aura. In ancient times Jaisalmer was on the land route linking
India to the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe.