MotorBike Tour Rajasthan
Jaipur City in India Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex. With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence.Across from the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an open-air astronomical observatory from the early 18th century. Also nearby is the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), a former cloister for royal women fronted by a rippling 5-story screen of pink sandstone. Several kilometers outside the city center, elephants carry visitors uphill to the imposing Amer Fort, which features elaborate wall carvings and paintings. On the way to the fort, many visitors stop on the banks of Man Sagar Lake to photograph Jal Mahal, a partially submerged palace that famously reflects in the water.
Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics.Lake Pichola boat tours take visitors past the 18th-century, white-marble Lake Palace, which covers an entire island and is now a hotel. Another island contains the domed Jagmandir Palace, former summer resort of the Maharanas, mostly constructed in the 17th century. Elsewhere, in Udaipur’s sprawling old city, is towering Jagdish Temple, completed in 1651 and dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum of regional folk art is known for its traditional puppet shows, while the hilltop Monsoon Palace offers sweeping views of the city and the surrounding ridges.
Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue. Northeast of the fort is the Jaswant Thada, a white marble mausoleum in a lakeside setting. On a hilltop to the southeast, the domed, marble Umaid Bhawan Palace is the residence of Jodhpur’s maharaja. It has gardens, a public museum filled with furniture, weapons and china, a display of classic cars and a luxury hotel. The old city, the area around the iconic Ghanta Ghar clock tower, is home to a market where stallholders sell spices, food, clothing and jewelry. The city’s well-known annual Gangaur Festival focuses on women’s rituals.
Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.On the edge of Pushkar, the Savriti temple sits on a hilltop overlooking the lake and the desert, and Gayatri temple is renowned for its sunrise views. Camel safaris visit nearby desert villages. It’s possible to study yoga, and to explore the surrounding desert on hiking, hot-air ballooning, horse-riding or motorbike trips. Bazaars sell leather goods, traditional embroidered Rajasthani clothing and jewelry. The annual Pushkar Fair is a huge camel market that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. It incorporates bathing on the ghats, races and folkloric performances.
Bikaner is a city in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, east of the border with Pakistan. It’s surrounded by the Thar Desert. The city is known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls. Within the fort, the Prachina Museum displays traditional textiles and royal portraits. Nearby, the Karni Mata Temple is home to many rats considered sacred by Hindu devotees.To the west is the 16th-century Shri Laxminath Temple, built of marble and red stone. Close by, the Jain Temple Bhandasar features an intricately carved tower and colorful murals. In the city center, the Ganga Government Museum exhibits clay pottery, old coins and Rajput weapons. Devi Kund Sagar, east of Bikaner, is lined with grand memorials dedicated to rulers of the Bikaji dynasty, who were cremated at this site. Also on the outskirts of the city, the National Research Centre on Camel is a breeding center with a museum documenting the important role of camels in the desert.
Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and a princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja’s Palace and intricately carved Jain temples.Narrow alleys connect the fort’s many shops, restaurants and hotels. Dotting the town below are a number of “havelis,” or traditional Rajasthani mansions. The Patwon Ki Haveli is a notable example, adorned with carved balconies and arches. The Desert Culture Centre contains historic Rajasthani relics, while the Thar Heritage Museum focuses more generally on the region’s history. Gadsisar Lake is surrounded by small temples and the Folklore Museum, a trove of local arts and crafts. The city is also a hub for scenic camel safaris through the nearby sand dunes.
Chittorgarh is a city and municipality in Rajasthan, northwest India. It’s known for the honey-colored, 7th-century Chittorgarh Fort, a vast hilltop complex with the remains of many temples and monuments. The 15th-century, 9-story Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory) is built from red sandstone and white marble. It offers city views from the top, and it is lit up at night. Nearby is the Rajput-style Fateh Prakash Palace.The palace now houses the Government Museum, displaying regional sculptures and art, including terracotta figures and ancient coins, plus a large collection of traditional woodcraft and weaponry. Also inside the fort are 6 Jain temples, the largest of which is Bhagawan Adinatha. Gaumukh Kund is a sacred reservoir where spring water emerges from a rock resembling a cow’s mouth. Northeast of Chittorgarh, the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is home to animals such as panthers and antelope, plus migratory birds.
Kumbhalgarh fort is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha.
The Sambhar Salt Lake, India’s largest inland salt lake, is located 96 km southwest of the city of Jaipur and 64 km northeast of Ajmer along National Highway 8 in Rajasthan. it surrounds the historical Sambhar Lake Town
The Sambhar lake basin is divided by a 5.1 km long dam made of sandstone. After the salt water reaches a certain concentration, it is released from the west side to the east side by lifting dam gates. To the east of the dam are salt evaporation ponds where salt has been farmed for a thousand years. This eastern area is 80 square km and comprises salt reservoirs, canals and salt pans separated by narrow ridges. To the east of the dam is also a railroad, built by the British (before India’s independence) to provide access from Sambhar Lake City to the salt works.