Even though the place was burnt down thrice, Rajwada stands to testify about a city that was super rich during its times. This structure is so grand in its construction and is highlights the influence made by the Holkar Dynasty. The place is filled with gardens and flowing fountains and even an artificial waterfall that lures both local and as well as foreign tourists. This palace is around 200 years old and is a sight that one is sure to remember for a long time.
Popularly known as Baroda, Vadodara is great travel destination for history buffs and art enthusiasts. The town is known for the grand Laxmi Vilas Palace and the Fatehsingh Museum (both located in the same premises). Do keep aside an entire day if you are fond or art and culture since the palace is huge and deserves that kind of time. You can also visit Sayaji Baug, a lush, refreshing garden in the middle of the city. It is the perfect place to visit if you are travelling with children since it has a small kid's zone, a cafeteria, a small museum and a zoo. If you are in the city for more than a day, do visit Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum since it houses numerous rare and beautiful paintings, sculptures and murals from all over the world, collected by the royal family. Vadodara may not be a traveller's perfect destination, but it does have its fair share of history, culture and art.
Considered to be one of the greenest cities in the country, Bhopal, is a place that one cannot afford to leave off their tourist trail. Adorned by many natural and as well as manmade lakes and water bodies, Bhopal is often referred to as the City of Lakes. The city is home to a number institutions and places that are of great national importance. The city houses ISROs Master Control Facility and the famous National Institute of Technical Training and Research (NITTTR), AIIMS and BHEL. The city has a number of attractions that lure many a tourist to tread along its roads. If one does plan a visit to this city, do not forget to pay a visit to the Bhimbetka Rock Caves, the superb artificial Upper Lake, try out the food at the historic Lazeez Hakeem Restaurant and visit the many mosques here. An unfortunate incident in December 1984 propelled Bhopal into the international arena. The case of the Union Carbide India Limited, a plant that manufactured pesticide, saw the leakage of a poisonous mixture of gases, especially methyl isocyanate that lead to the great disaster. Nevertheless, the city is clean now and promises one a great visit.
Located on the banks of the river Shipra, Ujjain is a city famous for its many temples and religious centres. The Ram Mandir Ghat of Ujjain is the site for the world renowned Kumbh Mela, which is one of the largest peace gatherings to take place in the country. The calm and cool waters of this ghat are believed to cleanse those who take a dip of their sins. The most famous temple is the Mahakaleshwar Temple, which is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of India. The intricate construction of the temple is an architectural marvel in itself. Considered to be the most important among the eight Bhairavas of Lord Shiva, the Kal Bhairav temple is also situated here. Perhaps the most important educational destination of ancient Ujjain would be the Ved Shala Observatory, where scholars and astronomers would convene and unravel the many mysteries of their disciplines. Relatively simple in architecture, this spot is a must visit. The cuisine is predominantly Indian with Punjabi cuisine and Rajasthani thalis being a favourite amongst a majority of tourists. Popular restaurants here are New Sudama, Shivam Restaurant and Aarti Restaurant. Hotels are very easily available here, and you can easily find one which suits your budget and taste. The aura of the city is sure to engulf you. Visit Ujjain to delve into and experience the sanctity of India.
We've all heard and seen this beautiful hill station in umpteen Bollywood flicks! Enveloped by the Satpura hills, Panchmari is tucked into a corner of Madhya Pradesh. It is also prominently known as 'Satpura ki Rani'. Pachmarhi has a list of attractions that will make any tourist super happy. As for travellers, you can head to any corner of the hamlet to discover its many treasures. From viewpoints to rock cut caves, from lush green forests to cascading waterfalls, wildlife to extensive water bodies, there is no dearth of places to visit. Sunder Kund, Pandav Caves, Catholic Church and Satpura National Park are to name a few. The cave shelters at Mahadeo Hills are wondrous works that depict love tales and scenes through rock paintings. Cave paintings, as old as 10,000 years, exist in the forests of Pachmarhi. The spectacular Jamuna Prapat works as the water supplier for the hill station and you will see it a number of times while making your way through this hill station. The meandering roads through the groves will effortlessly take you through the picturesque spaces, old cottages, and gardens which have an air of tranquillity and old world essence about it. There are a number of places to stay here, from budget to luxurious hotels. And foodies don't have to worry about their quota of delicious food. There are various restaurants that serve a plethora of cuisines and local delicacies.
True to Rajasthan's colourful culture and charming people, Kota is a lovely place for a rejuvenating holiday. The people are welcoming and quite helpful so if it's your first visit here, you can trust the locals to show your their proud tourist spots. Among the popular places, Jagmandir Palace, Kishore Sagar, Chambal Gardens and Gaipernath Waterfalls should definitely be part of your itinerary. The Seven Wonders Park is home to all the replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pyramids of Egypt. The lake situated behind the structures simply adds to the charm of the touristy spot and is the perfect way to spend your evening. Do include a foodie tour of the city lest you miss out on some of the yummiest delicacies of Rajasthan. Dal bhatti churma, pyaas ki kachori and Kota kachori are some of the must try dishes and you'll find them in every nook and corner of the city. Homestays and guesthouses are slowly coming up in Kota and you'll be spoilt for choices. You should choose a hotel, which is a little further from the city centre for a quieter vacation.
Chittorgarh, the erstwhile capital of Mewar under the Rajputs, is an extremely popular tourist destination for history buffs, photographers and those who enjoy a peek into history. The most famous tourist spot here is the grand Chittorgarh fort. Situated on a hill, the fort is also fondly known as the Water Fort. The fort encompasses water bodies, towers, temples and palaces and is considered to be one of the strongest forts in India. Keep aside at least half a day to explore this lovely architectural site lest you miss out on one of Rajasthan's most treasured spots. If you are in Chittorgarh around the festival of Jauhar Mela, you will witness the enthusiasm and excitement of the local people and will also get a sneak peek into the simple way of life here. Do also visit Gaumukh Reservoir, Meera Temple and the popular Jain temples. For those who are particular about where they stay during their holidays, Chittorgarh has tons of fantastic choices including guesthouses and luxurious hotels.
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