Rajasthan â€“ the most vibrant state in the republic of India is dotted with majestic havelis and superb cultural heritage has many enchanting tourist places to Heat, dust and a riot of colours. Rajasthan has many faces. Consisting of the hilly and rugged south-eastern region and the barren north-western Thar Desert, Rajasthan shares the border with the neighbouring Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to south, MadhyaPradesh to east and Delhi to north. Rajasthan literally means the Land of Kings. This famed romantic state of Kings, warriors, forts and palaces casts a charm on everyone who visits it. Forts, palaces and temples built in sandstone and marble dot the landscape. The state seems to be right out of a fairy tale with caravans, brightly coloured costumes and deserts. Fine carvings on the majestic faÃ§ade, the palaces and temples with intricate filigreed work and some originally adorned with precious and semiprecious stones, the sights are mesmerizing. Today, more and more of the castles, forts and country estates are being converted into hotels making travel to the most inaccessible outposts easy. From the richly painted havelis (mansions) of Shekhawati in the north to the magnificent Jain temples of Mount Abu or Ranakpur in the south, the state's wealth of history and art provides a unique experience. history is entangled with real life stories of great warriors â€“ depicting the great example of conquest and sacrifices. The trails which takes a tourists on a path to explore the vividness of the vibrant Rajasthan is obviously more than what words can speak! Colorful festivals, art & culture, forts and palaces, winds of sand dunes, dance of enjoyments, camel safari etc. are the best showcase of Rajasthan glorious history.The world famous Palaces of Jaipur, vast desert and forts of Jodhpur, Lakes of Udaipur, and desert safari of Bikaner and Jaisalmer are among the frequently visited destination of many tourists, Indian as well as foreigners. Here is a list of some of the popular tourist places to visit in Rajasthan:.Rajasthan lies in the vast golden desert of Thar, in its majestic forts and romantic lakes. The intricately carved temples, and a charming mix of colours is what makes Rajasthan the most vibrant state of India!
Udaipur The Maharaja of Udaipur still rules the minds of the citizens of Udaipur. His magnificent City Palace forms the heart of the city of lakes. The Lake Palace appears to float on the water. Over 400 years, successive Maharajas have created an architectural gem in the City Palace, with the original structure overlaid with countless courtyards, balconies and halls. Udaipur is also known for its crafts, textiles and miniature paintings and one can strike good buys in Udaipurâ€™s stalls and shops.
Jaipur The Pink City of Jaipur is one of most known destinations in Rajasthan. Founded in 1727 by The Maharajahs of Jaipur, the city always spelt power and wealth. Palaces, temples, Jantar Mantar observatory are just few of the attractions here. Jantar mantar was built by Maharajah Jai Singh II, this celestial device is still accurate almost three hundred years on. The City Palace houses a magnificent museum of miniature paintings, textiles and costumes, weapons and musical instruments.The magnificent Amber Palace lies on top of a hill on the outskirts of the city, best climbed by elephant. Decorated impressive public rooms with marble, mirror work and mosaics, the palace is a visual treat. Jaipur is considered as a base to visitJodhpur or drive through the Shekahavati region to the city of Bikaner.
Jaisalmer It is just like Arabian Nights. The golden city of Jaisalmer looms into view suddenly amidst the flat expanses of the Thar Desert. Inside the fort is a maze of narrow streets lined with elaborately carved havelis and other buildings, and a walking tour gives an excellent insight into a way of life seemingly unchanged for centuries. The cries of hawkers sell vibrantly coloured Rajasthani wall hangings as their voice echoes through the fort. A camel ride under the desert stars is desert safari of the most romantic experiences.
Kumbalgarh Fort The drive to Kumbalgarh Fort is spectacular, winding through idyllic rural scenes where women dressed in colourful saris work the wheat fields or plough and draw water with oxen. The sprawling fort stands 1,100 metres up in the Aravalli Hills with 36 kilometres of walls encompassing 365 temples, palaces, gardens and 700 cannon bunkers. Built in the 15th century, the fort was only taken once by the Mughal Emperor Akbar who was himself forced to abandon it two days later. It can be visited as a day trip from Udaipur, Narlai or Jojawar
Ranthanbore Wildlife Reserve Pure tiger country, Ranthanbore is one of major Tiger reserves in India. The hunting grounds of erstwhile Maharaja of Jaipur, Ranthambhore derives its name from a 10th century fort that sits high on a craggy outcrop. In the early 1970s Ranthambhore was included in the first phase of Project Tiger by the government. Jingle safaris in jeeps and on elephants with forest guides gets one close to the forest. Other animals include deer, monkeys, peacocks, boar etc.
The Shekhavati Region, to the west of Jaipur, known for its architecture and history has plenty of temples and forts to be explored. A local highlight are the â€˜havelisâ€™ as the Marwari merchantsâ€™ homes are known which are protected by large wooden gates with walls frescoed with folk tales and local legends. Though some are in poor condition, their unique style makes them a great attraction. Many are still family-owned and you will be welcomed into private courtyards to view the designs. Horse and camel treks can be arranged from the hotels in the region.
Kota Famous for its sarees, Kota was the main industrial centre since it was founded in 1264. Today its focus has switched to education and coaching institutes for engineering, medical and scientific research, but the scientific temperament remains. Kota is not congested like the other north Indian towns. Built around the Jag Madir Lake and by the banks of the Chambal River, the city is a good base from which to visit numerous surrounding sights of interest such as the forts at Bundi, Bhainsrorgarh, Jhalwar and Gagron or the temples at Jhalarapatan, Menal and Baroli. Other places of interest include the City Palace which houses the impressive Maharao Madho Singh Museum, the cenotaphs and the bird-watching boat rides on Chambal, where you may see gharial (narrow snouted crocodile).
Osian One of the final provisioning stops for travellers crossing the Thar Desert by camel, Osian is a frontier town. But the frontier town of Osian is very unlike any frontier outposts. It boasts 23 temples - Hindu and Jain. The Jain temples built between the eighth and 10th centuries are still in use. A Hindu temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun) stand magnificent against the desert. Of note is the Golden Durga in one of the Jain temples. And here is the icing on the cake - in this wild, remote location, you find a luxurious camel camp atop a privately owned dune with a private swimming pool. Unbelievable, but true!
Luni If handicrafts attract you, walk into the busy little village of Luni. It is full of artisans working with metal clay or wood. You can actually see and enjoy hoe things are made. Located beneath the walls of Chanwa Fort, a converted heritage hotel, Luni has generations of these artisans living and working here. While the old sit and gossip under the shade of a tree in the midday Sun, the kids play in the dust. Women in bright saris with water pots on their heads bring home the dear stuff- water. Be there to experience it.
Pushkar Famous for its annual â€˜Mela â€˜or festival, Pushkar is one of the few places in India with a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Every November in accordance with the lunar cycle, the normally tranquil lakeside town of Pushkar changes as thousands of colourful Rajasthanis come to trade and race camels or to enjoy the annual celebrations as the desert transforms into a huge tented city. The festivities are concentrated during a one week period but the days preceeding the fair are just as exciting as the participants arrive from all corners of Rajasthan. At other times of the year the character is very different when the small town welcomes pilgrims who come to pay their respects by the sacred lake at the heart of the town, reputed to have been formed by a lotus thrown by the god Brahma.
Langkawi is a beautiful island in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia; many people describe the island as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The island is not (yet) spoiled by tourists, which makes it a perfect holiday destination for travelers. Accommodation is affordable on the island. You can stay in a resort for a mere $30 a night, but also for $3000 for a single night. The island is especially renowned for the many great attractions. Besides that you can shop at some of the shopping malls, you can have splendid dinners at one of the many hawkers, or you can rent a motorcycle (moped) to explore the island (RM40 for 24h). The island is easy accessible from Kuala Lumpur or the neighboring island of Penang.
Genting Highlands otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort in Malaysia developed by Genting Group.The hill resort is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres (5,710 ft) within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia. Resorts World Genting is operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Resorts World Bhd), which also operates Awana chain of resorts & hotels. It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway, which at its opening was the world's fastest and South East Asia's longest gondola lift.The comprehensive indoor and outdoor theme-park was promoted as the destination for "Fun at The Peak". The entire resort was subsequently billed; "The City of Entertainment".Resorts World Genting is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group.
Tung Choi Street is a street situated between south of Sai Yeung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is one of the most well-known street markets in Hong Kong. Its southern section, popularly known as Ladies' Market or Ladies' Street sells various, low-priced products for women and also other general merchandise. Its northern section not far above Bute Street, has a wide variety of affordable plants, pet supplies and animals especially goldfish since it is also known as "Goldfish Street".
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Tsz), located Po Fook Hill at Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin in the New Territories is one of Hong Kongâ€™s most famous Buddhist temples and popular tourist attractions. The temple was founded in 1949 by the Reverend Yuet Kai and completed in 1957. The monastery is not residential and is managed by lay-persons. It should not be confused with the Po Fook Hill Ancestral Halls which lie directly below it. The monastery, which occupies over 8 hectares, is made up of two groups of architectural structures at lower and higher levels respectively. There is a pagoda, a hall, two pavilions and a tower in the architectural structure at the lower level. There are four halls in another structure at the higher level. The five halls in the monastery are used to house the statues of Buddhas. The main journey up to the monastery is an attraction itself, as the path is lined on both sides with golden Buddhas, each unique and in different poses.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon. The architecture is the traditional Chinese temple style with grand red pillars, a golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework, and multi-coloured carvings. Aside from the Daxiong-baodian or Grand Hall, Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish Garden are also worth seeing. The temple grounds also feature three memorial archways. The first one stands outside the temple and is carved with the name of the temple. If you walk past the soothsayers and the fortune-telling stalls, you can see another memorial archway. And if you continue further along the third memorial archway standing before you.
Standing 44-metres tall, the old Clock Tower was erected in 1915 as part of the Kowloonâ€“Canton Railway terminus. The once-bustling station is long gone, but this red brick and granite tower, now preserved as a Declared Monument, survives as an elegant reminder of the Age of Steam. It has also been a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives not just in Hong Kong, but in other parts of the world via the cityâ€™s harbour.
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. One of the five large Buddha statues in China, it is enthroned on a lotus on top of a three-platform altar. Surrounding it are six smaller bronze statues known as "The Offering of the Six Devas" that are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha. These symbolise the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, all of which are necessary for enlightenment