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Amber Palace - RajasthanAny visitor may get amazed with the mixture and brilliance of Rajasthan's architectural heritage. Spectacular palaces, mighty forts, intricately carved temples and havelis (meaning mansion) and even step well make Rajasthan an architectural paradise. All these edifices, in fact, carry the grandeur of bygone era. The state was on the centrestage for centuries in medieval era. These architectural masterpieces either played a crucial role or witnessed the history in the making. This desert state is a land of extremes and irony. Vibrant and striking region of Rajasthan is home to Rajput warrior clans who ruled Rajasthan for many years. Some of the most romantic cities of India are located in Rajasthan. Rajputs were prolific builders who dotted the arid Aravali landscape with their legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent forts and palaces throughout the world. Some of the most illuminating examples of Rajasthan's heritage are mentioned below.

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Historical Heritage in Rajasthan

The forts and palaces in Rajasthan are a perfect mirror to the architectural heritage of Rajasthan. From one corner to the other, the state of Rajasthan remains dotted with wonderful forts and palaces that apart from featuring the Rajput architecture also unfold many legends connecting to the maharajas of Rajasthan.

City Palace, Udaipur
Towering over the Pichola Lake, City Palace was built by Maharana Uday Singh. He initiated in the construction of the palace but succeeding Maharanas added several palaces and structures. But the complex still retains a surprising uniformity to the design. Main entry to the palace is from Hati Pol, the Elephant gate. Bari Pol or Big gate brings us to Tripolia, the Triple gate.

City Palace, Jaipur
Set in the heart of the walled city, City Palace Complex makes us to appreciate the far sightedness of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. A legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture, art and craft structure were left behind the city. He built the outer walls of the palace but many of its buildings were built later, even in the twentieth century too.

Lake Palace, Udaipur
Located on the Jag Niwas Island, Lake Palace covers the whole of 1.5 hectare of island in the middle of Pichola Lake. Maharana Jagat Singh built it as a royal summer palace in 1743 which now got converted into a five star palace hotel.

Umaid Bhawan - RajasthanUmaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
This masterpiece was built by Maharaja Umaid Singhji who fascinated with western lifestyles. He marshalled the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester. This creditable equal of Edward Lutyens (architect of New Delhi) constructed a three hundred and forty seven roomed Umaid Palace.

Fateh Prakash Palace, Chittorgarh
A massive structure of Chittorgarh Fort is with a 1 kilometre zigzag accent to it. This road leads through seven gates to its main gate Rampol (meaning Gate of Ram). You see two Chattris cenotaphs on the climb between the second and third gate. These were built to honour Jaimull and Kulla heroes of 1568 siege by Emperor Akbar.

Taragarh Palace, Bundi
Built in 1345, Taragarh Palace in Bundi is great ramble around at leisure. More or less a ramshackle fort has its overgrown vegetation. Having a view over the town and surrounding countryside from the top is simply magical, especially at sun set. Huge reservoirs have been carved out of solid rock inside the ramparts. Bhim Burj is the largest of the battle- fields, a famous cannon is mounted there.

Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner
This architectural masterwork in red sandstone was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji in 1902. This oriental fantasy was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob. It represents a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture. It's exterior contrasts dramatically with oriental interiors and amenities. Beautiful latticework and filigree work are the hallmarks of its great craftsmanship.

Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan

Many of the wonderful royal palaces and havelis in Rajasthan today serve as heritage hotels bringing back the glories of the past to visitors from across the world. It's interesting to know that many of this palaces in Rajasthan are still occupied by royal families and visitors are welcomed by these Rajput lords themselves. The heritage hotels in Rajasthan feature all the modern amenities keeping the Rajput culture and tradition alive. Some famous heritage hotels in Rajasthan are as follows.
» Raj Mahal alace, Jaipur
» Balsamand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
» Hotel Devigarh Fort, Udaipur
» Gajner Palace, Bikaner
» Hotels Castle, Mandawa
» Roop Niwas Palace, Mandawa
» Jawahar Niwas Palace, Jaisalmer

Cultural Heritage in Rajasthan

Not only for its historical monuments, but Rajasthan is also loved for its exotic culture. Visitors to Rajasthan can very well experience the cultural richness in the customs and traditions Rajasthanis follow, in the music and folk dance forms that Rajasthani people carry on, in the art and craft and of course in the ethnic cuisines that have been handed down from generation to generation.

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