Capital Jaipur Population ('000s in 1991)
('000 sq. km)
per 1000 males (1991)
of urban population (1991)
Domestic Product (Rs. million at current prices
(Rs. million at current prices in 1992-93) 229,360
Capita Income (Rs. at current prices in 1992-93)
is a land of Maharaja's, splendid palaces and magnificent
forts. Rajasthan is famous for its romantic ruins and its
enchanting art and craft.
Rajasthan is a treasure house of tourist places. Jaipur Jodhpur,
Udaipur, Bikaner, Mount Abu, Sariska tiger sanctuary, Ajmer,
Jaisalmer, Chittaurgarh and Bharatpur are main attractions.
The capital city, Jaipur, also known as pink city houses three
hill forts and a plethora of palaces.
Rajasthan comprises of the Aravalli Range of hills running
south west to north east. The harsh and arid southern part
is the Thar desert, which houses Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur,
all forming a picturesque view of the deserts. Mehrangarh
is Rajasthan's greatest hill top fort, which lies in Jodhpur.
From here the onlooker can view the spectacular palace of
Umaid Bhawan built of Golden sandstone in the early part of
20th century. The Fort of Jaisalmer, with its four gateway,
is the heart of the city. Pathways paved with cobbles and
hairpin bends together formed a defensive ground against enemies.
This golden stoned fort is one of the chief attraction of
these desert. The elaborately sculptured Jain Temples, the
fine work on stones on facades of private houses are an amazing
view. Bikaner also holds its medieval charm with it's spectacular
display of sand stone palaces, temples and cenotaphs.
The frescoes in the deserted mansions of local merchants depict
a range of subjects and a variety of style. These are located
in the northern parts of Rajasthan. Even the rough-hewn forts
of Dundlod and Mandawa, is a major tourist attraction, especially
now due to its conversion into hotels. These hotels have a
unique touch of the ancient times.
The Dara wildlife sanctuary in the south west of Rajasthan
houses a range of animals, from tigers, bears, spotted deer,
and wild boars. These lush green jungles are a major attraction
for animal lovers. Bundi, Kota and Jhalawar are known for
the abundance of exquisite palaces, galleries with exotic
wall paintings and the astounding temples.
Amongst the most popular Pilgrimage places is 'Pushkar' located
14 kms from Ajmer. Thousands of pilgrims from all over India,come
to bathe in the sacred lake, on the 'Purnima' day in November.
The largest cattle fairs are also held during this occassion.
Ajmer is the most sacred sites of Muslim Pilgrimage.
Udaipur has been the former royal house of Mewar. Lavished
with palaces, lakes, cenotaphs and temples, it provides many
interesting places to see, like the City Palace, Pichola Lake,
Jag Niwas, Jagdish Temple, Eklingji Temple, Nathdwara, Rajsamand
and Jaisamand. Chittor, Kumbalgarh and Mandalgarh.
Mount Abu, located 1200 meters above sea level on an isolated
plateau is one of the chief attractions of Rajasthan. In summer
as well as winter it is flooded with tourists. The Jain temples
display intricate designs. Especially Adinath and Neminath
of the Dilwara Jain temples display exquisite carvings in