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Starting its splendid journey from Delhi, the Palace on Wheels covers many fascinating tourist destinations on its way to Agra.
The Capital city of India, Delhi is one of the well known historical cities of the world. Its history is probably about 5000 years old. But no body really knows when Delhi first came into being. There are many fascinating tourists spots in and around Delhi. Noted among them are the 11th century victory tower Qutab Minar, the famous Red Fort and Jama Masjid built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan, Purana Qila or Fort built by Sher Shah, the Lotus temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan and the India Gate.
The first halt of the Palace on Wheels is Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan. Also known as 'Pink city' Jaipur is known for its colorful culture, handicrafts and tourist spots. Major tourist attractions of Jaipur are the Hawa Mahal Palace, the Amber Fort, the Jantar Mantar astronomical instruments and the palace hotels. Jaipur also provides you a great opportunity for shopping. You can Shop for Jaipur's famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets, blue pottery and textiles.
Known as 'the jewel of the desert 'Jaisalmer is situated near the Thar Desert and is the next stop on the Palace on Wheels Tour. Popular for its ancient sandstone "Havelis" (mansions) the 12th century city comprise of monuments that have retained their age-old style and character. The 'Patwon ki Haveli' is the most magnificent mansion, famous for its windy windows and balconies. In the heart of the city is situated the Gadsisar Sagar Tank famous for its scenic beauty. You can also enjoy the view of the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer. The architectures of the city are made from amber-colored sandstone, giving it distinctly golden hue.
The second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. Jodhpur is famous for its strong Mehrangarh Fort. It is encircled by a ten kilometer long wall having seven gates that serve as entrances. Inside the Mehrangarh Fort are the magnificent palaces, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh khana and Daulat khana. Jodhpur also offers you a great shopping experience. You can shop for handcrafted including famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, painting and tie and dye fabrics.
Ranthambore National Park
The next destination of the Palace of the Wheels after Jodhpur is the world famous Ranthambore National Park, the tiger reserve. Other than famous Royal Bengal Tigers, the reserve is the home of wide varieties of wildlife like hyena, nilgai, deer, monkeys, wild boar, fox and many species of birds including the beautiful peacock. You can also visit the ruins of the 10th century fort better known as the Ranthambore Fort.
Chittorgarh is known as the city of bravery and romance. Many legends and tales associated with heroism and sacrifices of the passionate men and women of Chittorgarh make it a wonderful place to visit. The 7th century Chittorgarh Fort, has witnessed many wars fought over to protect the dignity and the respect of the beautiful queen, Padmini. Her Palace is also situated in the fort. You can also visit the Vijay Stambh (Tower of Victory) and the Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame). Besieged thrice by conquerors the city is an example of the tremendous sacrifice of the residents of Chittorgarh.
The next destination of the Palace on Wheels after Chittorgarh is Udaipur, known as the desert oasis. Udaipur is also regarded as the ' Venice of the East'. Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar laid its foundation in 1559AD. The two most beautiful tourist spots of Udaipur are the Lake Palace and the Jag Temple. Situated in the heart of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace provides you with a picturesque view. You can also explore the City Palace and 'Sahelion ki Bari' in Udaipur.
Better known as the 'bird watcher's paradise' and the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal, Bharatpur is world famous for its Bird Sanctuary and Keoladeo Ghana National Park. A home to excellent and rare varieties of birds, the sanctuary also provides you an opportunity to see many species of the migratory birds including Siberian cranes that arrive from Central Asia and Russia.
Perhaps the most popular tourists destination of the world, the city of Agra houses the most magnificent monument of the world ' The Taj Mahal' one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A symbol of eternal love the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz. A miracle in white marble on the banks of the Yamuna River it is a wonderful example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Besides the Taj, you can also visit the Agra Fort built by Akbar the great.
Here the journey of a lifetime on the magnificent Palace on Wheels reaches its final destination and you return back to Delhi.
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