||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 - 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 -
(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 - (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 - (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
(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