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Jaipur Excursions

Sambhar SAMBHAR - Famous for the country’s largest inland salt lake, is an ancient city. It was the first capital of the Chauhan dynasty. Sakambhari, as it was founded near the temple of Goddess Sakambhari, famous for its holy Devyani tank, the palace and the nearby Naliasar: where the 3rd century onwards sculptures and terracottas were found in excavation. This place is situated on the Sambhar-Naraina Road.
Viratnagar VIRATNAGAR - 86 K.m. on the Shahpura-Alwar road, The site of ancient Viratnagar is of great antiquity. It contains the relics and structures of Mauryan, Mugal and Rajput periods.
Ramgarh Lake RAMGARH LAKE - (28 Kms) the huge artificial lake, a popular picnic spot. The ruins of the old fort and the temple of Jamwa Mata indicate that it was the seat of power of the Kachhawahas before they moved to Amer.
samode SAMODE - (40 kms) a quaint village amidst the hills, the Samode palace set in fairy tale surrounding, has beautiful wall paintings & mirror works, now this is a heritage hotel.
Bagru BAGRU - (35 Kms.) the village on the Ajmer road, is known for its hand block printing, the characteristic prints are called as Bagru prints. The fort here is still in a good condition.

SANGANER - (16 Kms.) another centre of hand block printed textile and hand made paper. The town is entered through the ruins of two Tripolias (Triple Gateways) The town is an important centre for crafts industry and produces some of the finest hand printed textiles from units of block and screen printers. This textile is popular all over country and abroad.

Tonk - (96 kms.) This little town of Tonk is also known as the "Lucknow of Rajasthan" due to its elegance. Tonk is popular among tourists for its magnificent mosques, mansions and havelis. In the ancient times, Tonk was ruled by the tribes of 'Pathans' from Afghanistan. The old town boasts of the architecture prevalent in Mughal era. The highlight of Tonk is the Sunehri Kothi, the Golden Mansion.

Sunheri Kothi is situated near Bada Kua on Najar Bagh road in Tonk City. On looking the exteriors of Golden Mansion, you will find it like any other ordinary monument, but from inside, the fort is stunning with lavish interiors. The walls of the mansion are golden polished, which looks fascinating. The mansion has a big hall, which is known as 'Shishmahal'. The walls of the hall are decorated with glass work, flower paintings, mother-of-pearl and the exquisite work of 'Pachhikari' & 'Meenakari'.

Bairath - (86 Kms.) Bairath is said to have existed from the times of Mahabharata. In that period, Bairath was known as Virata Nagar. It used to be the capital of Abhimanyu's (Arjuna's son) father-in-law. After getting exile, Pandavas are believed to spend one year in Bairath. Excavations expose the fact that Bairath used to be the part of Mauryan Empire and thrived as a Buddhist establishment.

Bairath still has the periodical remnants of Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput structural designs. It is also acknowledged for the ruins of a circular Buddhist temple, the earliest structural temple in India. The Mughal Emperor, Akbar, built a mint in Bairath. A beautiful Mughal garden too occupies the lands of Bairath. Jahangir, son of Akbar, constructed a significant monument with painted 'chattris'. All these archeological revelations are the cursors to the ancient Bairath.

Karauli - (182 kms.) Founded in 1348, Karauli is well-known for its Madan Mohanji Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Initially, the town was known as Kalyanpuri, which was named after the local deity Kalyanji. The fortified city of Karauli is surrounded by Red sandstone walls with bastions for security. In the present day, these fortifications are in wrecks, yet it boast of the six gates and eleven posterns.

Karauli also possesses a 600 years old Fort. This Fort makes the highlight of Karauli. Until 1950, this Fort was used as a residence by the Royal family. The Fort has been deserted by them since that time. Today, it serves as a shelter for monkeys and geese. In the old days, the geese were used a warning system against any intruders. It seems that still geese are doing their duty. The large mansion by the name of Bhawar Vilas Palace still belongs to the successors of the Royal family. However, the Palace has been converted into a Hotel to serve the current visitors.

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