Major Tourist Destinations

India is a land that attracts tourists from far and away. India always warm and inviting, a place of infinite variety - one that favours you with different facets of its fascination every time you visit India. The exotic mix of tradition with trends, natural beauty and man made wonders makes tourism in India ever so popular. India is the birthplace of many religions and the cradle of ancient civilization. Pilgrimages, adventure spots, cultural destinations, beaches, deserts, backwaters, all make tourism of India an unforgettable experience. Discover the natural wealth of mountains, beaches, rivers and lakes in India. Explore the built heritages and historical monuments in India.

Delhi
India’s capital city, Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country. The remains of seven distinctive capital cities – among them Shahjahanabad and Qutab Minar – can be seen. Here, museums, art galleries and cultural centers attract the finest exhibitions and performances from India and abroad.

Major Attractions:
1. India Gate
2. Red Fort
3. Purana Qila (Old Fort)
4. Parliament House
5. Jantar Mantar, Delhi
6. Humayun's Tomb
7. Chandni Chowk
8. Akshardham Temple
9. Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple)
10. Rashtrapati Bhawan

How to reach:
Delhi is conveniently connected to all the major cities of the world with almost all the major airlines operating out of here. Delhi has two airports catering to domestic and international flights, located 4½ km apart in Palam. The international airport (known as Indira Gandhi International Airport) is situated 20 km from the city center. Taxis and coaches are available.
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Agra
Agra is known, to the world as the city of Taj Mahal. Agra has its roots, dating back to the time of Mahabaratha. Agra is situated on the west-bank of River Yamuna, 204 km south of Delhi. The old part of the town, north of the fort, is where the main market place is. The modern township is on the south. Agra has a magnificent fort and many other monuments from the Mughul era, not to mention the Taj Mahal, which are major attractions to the tourists.

Major Attractions:
1. Taj Mahal India
2. Agra Red Fort
3. Fatehpur Sikri
4. Akbar's Mausoleum, Sikandra
5. Jama Masjid Or Jami Masjid
6. Chini-Ka-Rauza
7. Dayal Bagh Temple
8. Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb
9. Mariyam Tomb
10. Ram Bagh

How to reach:
Agra airport is 7 km from the city center and 3 km from Idgah bus stand. There are daily tourist shuttle flights to Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi and back from Delhi. It only takes 40 minutes to reach Agra from Delhi by flight.
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Varanasi
Welcome at "THE HOLY CITY VARANASI". Varanasi, or Banaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrivalled. Mark Twain, the English author and literateur, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, once wrote : "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". According to the ‘Vamana Purana’, the Varuna and Assi rivers originated from the body of the primordial Person at the beginning of time itself. The tract of land lying between them is believed to be ‘Varanasi’, the holiest of all pilgrimages.

Major Attractions:
1. The Ghats
2. Vishwanath Temple
3. Benares Hindu University
4. Bharat Mata Temple
5. Sarnath
6. Kashi Vidya Peeth
7. Barat Kala Bhawan

How to reach:
Varanasi is well connected and accessible to major Indian cities and tourist spots. There are daily domestic flights to and from Varanasi to several cities in India. Varanasi is well connected with all major railway stations in India. There are two railheads nearby, namely Varanasi junction and the Kashi junction. Many express trains connect Varanasi with Delhi and Kolkata. State owned public bus services connect Varanasi with other holy cities in Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states.
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Jaipur
The Pink City of Jaipur enjoys a distinct place among the tourists interested in exploring the cultural and architectural heritage of Rajasthan. Reputed as the third corner of India's "Golden Triangle", it is a flamboyant showcase of Rajput architecture.

Major Attractions:
1. Amber Palace
2. City Palace
3. Hawa Mahal
4. Jantar Mantar
5. Jaigarh Fort
6. Nahargarh Fort
7. Jal Mahal
8. Birla Mandir

How to reach:
Regular flights and trains are available from all the major Indian cities. Buses and coaches are also available from Delhi, Agra, Jodhpur and other nearby cities.
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Ajmer (Pushkar)
Ajmer offers a unique blend of Hindu and Muslim harmony that makes it a distinct place in Rajasthan. Since the time immemorial, Ajmer has been an important place for Rajput warriors, Muslim rulers and the Marathas.

Major Attractions:
1. The Dargah
2. Ana Sagar Lake
3. The Museum
4. Pushkar

How to reach:
Buses and taxis are available from Jaipur, Kishangarh, Pushkar and all the other major cities of Rajasthan.
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Bikaner
This city lies on the northern point of the triangle of desert cities. Bikaner is another royal walled city dating back to 1486 AD. It was, however, a major trade centre as it stood on the ancient caravan route which linked central Asia and North India with the Gujarat seaports.

Major Attractions:
1. Junagarh Fort
2. Lalgadh Palace
3. The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
4. Deshnoke Temple
5. The Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
6. Camel Breeding Farm

How to reach:
Buses and taxis are available from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Mumbai and all the other major cities of Rajasthan.
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Jaisalmer
The deserted town of Jaisalmer has a distinct charm associated that makes. Its sand-yellow ramparts rising out of the arid Thar present a mesmerizing picture.

Major Attractions:
1. Jaisalmer Fort
2. Gadi Sagar Tank and the Folklore Museum
3. Tazia Tower
4. Gadsisar Lake
5. Jain Temples
6. Havelis
7. Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli
8. Patwon-Ki-Haveli
9. Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli

How to reach:
Jaisalmer is well connected by air and rail to all the major Indian cities.
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Jodhpur
Jodhpur is at the edge of the Thar desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is dominated by a massive fort, topping a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores.

Major Attractions:
1. Mehrangarh Fort
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace
3. Jaswant Thada
4. Clock Tower & Sadar Market
5. Government Museum
6. Mahamandir Temple
7. Kailana Lake

How to reach:
Jodhpur is well connected by air,buses and rail from Jodhpur to Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
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Udaipur
The city of dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. Udaipur is better known as the city of lakes. It was founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II.

Major Attractions:
1. Lake Pichola
2. Lake Fateh Sagar
3. City Palace
4. Lake Palace
5. Shaelion-Ki-Bari
6. Moti Magri
7. Shilpgram
8. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
9. Jagdish Temple
10. Sajjan Garh

How to reach:
Udaipur is well connected by air, land and rail to all the major Indian cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi
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Mount Abu
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is more than just a summer retreat. Its stunning array of exquisite Delwara Jain Temples, dating back 11th- 13th centuries, make it a popular pilgrimage centre.

Major Attractions:
1. Dilwara Temple
2. Kesar Bhawan Palace
3. Sunrise Palace
4. Vimala Vashi Temple
5. Jain Community
6. Luna Vashi Temple
7. Nakki Lake
8. Gomukh Temple
9. Connaught House
10. Achalgarh Fort
11. Guru Shikar
12. Adhar Devi Temple

How to reach:
There are many trains and deluxe buses operating from Mount Abu to Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad.
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Chittorgarh
110 km from Udaipur and 300 km from Jaipur was founded by Bappa Rawal in 8th century. Known for the massive fort 3 mile long and 495 feet high. Mirabai, 16th century poet and saint was from here.

Major Attractions:
1. The Fort
2. Vijay Stambh(Victory Tower)
3. Padmini Palace
4. Kirti Stambh(Tower of Fame)
5. Meera & Kumbha Shyam Temple
6. Kalika Mata Mandir

How to reach:
Chittorgarh has buses and train links with Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kota and Delhi.
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Kota
Kota serves as an army headquarters. It is also Rajasthan's industrial centre (mainly chemicals), powered by the hydroelectric plants on the Chambal river - the only permanent river in the state - and the nearby nuclear plant. Kota is strung out along the east bank of the Chambal river. The train station is well to the north.

Major Attractions:
1. Brijraj Bhawan Palace
2. Umed Bhawan Palace
3. Chambel Garden
4. Maharao Madho Singh Museum

How to reach:
There are many trains and buses operating from Kota to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Jodhpur.
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Bharatpur
175 km from Jaipur & 185 km from Delhi, is know for the Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bird Sanctuary) and also a halting place on the way from Agra (55 km). The only city that was ruled by Jats. And you can also see the old fort and museum. Bharatpur

Major Attractions:
1. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
2. Keoladeo Ghana National Park
3. Bharatpur Govenment Museum
4. Bharatpur Palace
5. Lohagarh Fort
6. Deeg Palace

How to reach:
The nearest airport, Agra is 54 kms. However, convenient airports from Bombay are Jaipur (174 km) and Delhi (182 km) since there are no direct flights to Agra from Mumbay. Bharatpur is on Bombay-Delhi sector of Western Rly. Good motorable roads connect Alwar with all the major cities of India.
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Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore)
135 km from Jaipur and 27 km from Sawai Madhopur is famous for the Ranthambore National Park, Tiger Reserve Project. Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur attracts tourists in plenty who come from different parts of the world to witness the incredible beauty of wildlife in its natural habitat. Situated at a distance of 11 km from Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore National Park is famous the world over for its ferocious tiger besides being home to nearly 300 different species of birds and animals.

Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) Major Attractions:
1. Amreshwar Mahadev
2. Mahavirji
3. Kela Devi
4. Shivad
5. Khandar
6. Rameshwaram

How to reach:
Nearest airport is Jaipur (175 kms). Nearest railhead is Sawai-Madhopur (12 kms) which is on the Bombay-Delhi section of Western Railway. Ranthambore is connected by regular bus service to Sawai-Madhopur and Indian roads.
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Alwar (Sariska)
Alwar with its historic fort, palaces & beautiful gardens offers an unforgettable experience. The medieval fort crowning a scarped hill. Over looks the town below. Alwar was founded by Rao Pratap Singh in 1775 A.D. Sariska National Park is situated only 200 km from Delhi and 107 kms from Jaipur. Although larger than Ranthambor, it is less commercialised and has less tigers but a similar topography.

Alwar (Sariska) Major Attractions
1. Sariska National Park:
2. Sariska Palace
3. Siliserh
4. The Kankwari Fort

How to reach:
The nearest airport is Jaipur (143 km). Alwar is connected by rail with all the major cities of India. Good motorable roads connect Alwar with all the major cities of India.
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Mandawa
Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. It is part of Shekhawati region. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis. The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads.

Major Attractions
1. Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
2. Goenka Double Haveli
3. Murmuria Haveli
4. Jhunjhunwala Haveli
5. Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli

How to reach:
Jaipur is the nearest airport from Mandawa and is about 168 Km away. You can reach Jaipur from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Udaipur. A network of roads connects Mandawa with other parts of Rajasthan and North India. You may reach Mandawa from Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. Jhunjhunu is the nearest railhead from Mandawa. The station is linked to major cities like, Delhi, Bikaner and Jaipur.
Nawalgarh
Nawalgarh is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. It is part of the Shekhawati region and is midway between Jhunjhunu and Sikar. It is 30 km from Sikar and 39 km from Jhunjhunu. Nawalgarh is famous for its fresco and havelis and considered as Golden City of Rajasthan. It is also the motherland of some great business families of India.

Major Attractions
1. Nawalgarh Fort (Bala Kila Fort)
2. Roop Niwas Palace
3. Anandi Lal Podar Haveli
4. Sheesh Mahal

How to reach:
Jaipur is the nearest airport from Nawalgarh. Regular flights of several airlines connect Jaipur.  Jaipur and Bikaner both provide easy access to Nawalgarh by road. An extensive network of National Highways and state highways and several other metalled roads link Nawalgarh with Jaipur, Bikaner, Delhi, Agra, Jaisalmer and many other cities. The city has a railway station of its own. Regular trains from cities like: Delhi, Jaipur connect Nawalgarh making the place easily accessible by railways.
Samode
Samode Palace, Samode Haveli and Samode Bagh (Garden) are heritage monuments and structures built by the noble feudatory with the hereditary title of 'Maha Rawal' or 'Maha Saheb’ of the Amber and Jaipur principality in Rajasthan, India. All three have rich history of several hundred years and display a fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani art and architecture.

Major Attractions
1. Samode Palace
2. Samode Haveli
3. Samode bagh

How to reach:
The closest international airport is located in the city of Jaipur which is situated around 42 km from the town. Buses are available from the city of Jaipur to the town.
Bundi
Bundi is a city in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan state in northwest India. It is of particular architectural note for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris.

Major Attractions
1. Bundi Palace
2. Nawal Sagar
3. Sukh Mahal
4. Jait Sagar Lake
5. Phool Sagar
6. Kshar Bagh

How to reach:
The nearest airport to Bundi is the Sanganer Airport located at Jaipur, which is about 215 km from Bundi. Jaipur airport is connected to metro cities Mumbai and Delhi. Foreign travelers can take connection flights from Delhi and Mumbai.
Sambhar Lake
The Sambhar Salt Lake, India's largest inland salt lake,a bowl shape lake encircles historical Sambhar Lake Town located 96 km south west of the city of Jaipur (Northwest India) and 64 km north east of Ajmer along National Highway 8 in Rajasthan.

Major Attractions
1. Sambhar Salt Museum
2. Salt Lake

How to reach:
Nearest airport to Sambhar Lake is Indira Gandhi Intl Airport, Delhi (298 km). Jaipur (Rajasthan) to Sambhar Lake (Jharkhand) is 71 km. Time by road is 1 hr, 10 mins.
Kuchaman City
Kuchaman City is a city and a municipality in Nagaur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The city includes a few Havelis in the Shekhawati style and a fort overlooking the city. The fort is about 1100 years old and was built in the 9th century, by the [Rathore] ruler, Zalim Singh. One can also find fresco painting here on variable subjects such as flowers, motifs, and Hindu Mythology.

Major Attractions
1. Kuchaman Fort
2. Meera Mahal
3. Jal Mahal
4. Sabha Prakash
5. Lok Dev Temple
6. China Pole
7. Ganesh Dungri
8. Shakambhri Hill

How to reach:
Sanganer Airport located at Jaipur is nearly 145 km from the Kuchaman, Jaipur airport is connected to metro cities Mumbai and Delhi. Foreign travelers can take connection flights from Delhi international airport, which is nearly 440 km away. State buses of Rajasthan Road Transport Corporation connect Kuchaman to all cities in Rajasthan. Buses connecting to Bikaner (115 km), Jaipur (145 km), Jodhpur (250 km), Ajmer (90 km) and Delhi (440 km) are available daily and at regular intervals from Kuchaman.
Roopangarh
Roopangarh Fort in Roopangarh is a former fortress and palace in the town of Roopangarh, Rajastan, India that is today a hotel. The fortress was originally built by, and named after, Maharaja Roop Singh of Kishangarh in 1648.

Major Attractions
1. Roopangarh Fort

How to reach:
Nearest airport Jaipur - 125 kms. Nearest Railway Station Kishanagar - 25 kms., 50 kms. from Ajmer and 60 Kms. from Pushkar. By Road: It is connected to Kishangarh, Ajmer and Pushkar.
Nagaur
Nagaur is a city in the state of Rajasthan in India. It is the administrative headquarters of Nagaur District. The Nagaur city lies about midway between Jodhpur and Bikaner.

Major Attractions
1. Nagaur Fort
2. Tarkeen Dargah
3. Jain Temple in Glass
4. Saiji ka Tanka

How to reach:
One can travel by air, rail or bus to Nagaur district. The airport in Jodhpur is the closet airport to this district. Jodhpur is about 135 kilometers from Nagaur district. The International airport located close to Nagaur district is the Jaipur airport (293 kilometers).
Ranakpur
Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in western India. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur. Ranakpur is one among the most famous places to visit in Pali, Rajasthan.

Major Attractions
1. The Jain temple
2. Maharani Bagh Orchard
3. Aravali

How to reach:
The nearest airport is Maharana Pratap Airport at Dabok, Udaipur. The nearest Railway station is Falna, which is 35 kms away from Ranakpur. The Railway station here is well connected by trains between major ciites like Mumbai, Ahmendabad and Delhi.
Rohetgarh
Rohet Garh is situated on the banks of a lake in Rohet village. The residence of the rulers of Rohet is now turned up into a heritage hotel offers peacefull & soothing stay. Rohetgarh is beautifully restored & landscaped with colourful flowers & rare plants & trees. It is indeed a perfect place for nature lovers, honeymooners & horse riders.

Major Attractions
1. Rohetgarh Fort
2. Safaris

How to reach:
Rohet is just 40 kms away from Jodhpur, the nearest city which is well connected to all major cities by all possible means.
Kumbalgarh
Kumbhalgarh is a Mewar fortress in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India. Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, and enlarged through the 19th century, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar.

Major Attractions
1. Kumbhalgarh Fort
2. Safaris

How to reach:
Nearest airport to Kumbalgarh is Udaipur, which is about 84 km from the city. Udaipur is connected by air to Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur. Nearest railhead is Falna, a junction railway station, which is well connected to Mumbai, Ajmer , Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur. Rajasthan State Government Roadways ordinary and deluxe buses have stop at Kumbhalgarh. It is connected to Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Pushkar by the state buses.
Deogarh
Deogarh is located in Rajsamand district, in Rajasthan in western India. It is on the border of Marwar, Mewar and Merwara, 280 kms south-west of Jaipur and 135 kms north-east of Udaipur.

Major Attractions
1. Deogarh Mahal
2. Dashavatar Temple
3. Manastambha

How to reach:
The nearest airport is at Udaipur (135 KM). Deogarh is on the Western railway route and between Udaipur and Marwar Junction.Deogarh is well connected and easily accessible by road, and there are regular buses from Chittaurgarh 140 Kms; Udaipur 135 Kms; Jaipur 280 kms; Jodhpur 170 Kms.
Khimsar
Introduction of Khimsar Khimsar is a small village situated around 92 km on the highway from Jodhpur to Bikaner in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Khimsar is part of the Nagaur District that is located between Bikaner and Jodhpur.

Major Attractions
1. Sand Dunes Village
2. Village Temple
3. Khimsar Fort

How to reach:
The nearest airport is Jodhpur, around 92 km away and which is connected by regular flights with Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur.The major railway junction for Khimsar is Jodhpur on the Western Railway broad-gauge network.There are good road connections from Khimsar to other important tourist destinationsin the region including Jodhpur, Bikaner, and Nagaur