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  TOP PICKS » MONUMENTS IN INDIA » RAJASTHAN  
  
     
 
Indian Monuments
 
     
 
  Hawa Mahal   Ajmer Sharif    Umaid Bhawan Palace  
             
  The Jaisalmer Fort   Jantar Mantar      
             
 
     
 
Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of the Wind is the most stunning sight in the city of Jaipurr, the capital Rajastan and a monument famous all over the world. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. It is made of red and pink sandstone and the outlines of white border and motif's are painted of quick lime. It has about 953 windows through which wind or (hawa) flows and keep the palace cool. It is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture and artistry.
 
 
 
     
 
Ajmer Sharif
Ajmer Sharif is the last resting place of the famous Muslim Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisthi and is situated in the famous city of Ajmer in Rajasthan. This marble vaulted mausleum is one of the most important shrines for Muslims in India is visited by the people of all religions. Legends says tha Akbar, the famous Mughal Emperor has visited this Shrine to meet the saint, in his mission of a boon for an heir.The major festivals celebrated in Ajmer Sharif is the Urs festivals, which is held in the month of May. The Urs festival in Ajmer Sharif attracts lakhs of Pilgrims from all over India. There is also a mosque within the Dargah, which was build by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Like all other Mughal buildings the Dargah is an architecturel marvel, which white marbles, narrow courtyard, ornate calligraphic inscriptions and beautiful carvings. Reaching this marvelous monument is not much difficult as Ajmer is well connected to the other cities by road and rail.
 
 
 
     
 
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The largest private residence of world, Umaid Bhawan Palace is an architectural masterpiece of Jodhpur. This opulent monument of golden-yellow color was built by Maharajah Umaid Singh as work-for-food programme.
 
 
 
     
 
The Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort is an antique Monument in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan and is a monument which is worth visiting while in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is an ancient city in Rajasthan which is well known for its superb heritage. The Jaisalmer Fort is a beatiful and ancient fort structure amidst the Thar Desert sands, made of sand stones and is locally known as Sonar Quila. The Jaisalmer fort is also one of the largest desert forts in the World. Due to its huge yellow sandstones and its shining appearances during the sunset, the fort is also known as "The Golden Fort". The fort was built in 1156 AD by the famous Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. The Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and is about two hundred and fifty feet tall.The fort is reinforced by imposing crenellated sandstone wall, which is 30 feet high.
 
 
 
     
 
Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is an astronoical observatory in Jaipur, which was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728. It is located near the gate of the City Palace and is considered to be the biggest stone observatory which is still running smoothly. 'Jantar' means 'instrument' and 'Mantar' means 'calculation' and hence Jantar Mantar means 'instrument for calculation'. This is one of the must to visit spot in Rajasthan, as it unveils a lots of interesting astronomical facts. It is also popular for its beautiful stone landscape and architecture. It is a place where you get an opportunity to learn something new and is also a place for having a bit of enjoyment. Each instrument in the Janta Mantar are builded in local stones and marbles and carries an astrnomical scale which is marked on the inner lining of the marble. Apart from being a major tourist attraction it is also used by the local astronomers and astronomy students to predict the weather and learn more of astronomy.