Last week, I went on a trip to the capital of Rajasthan and which is also known as Pink City. Popularly known to many as Land of the Kings, Rajasthan is famous for its historical monuments, history, colorful dresses, and desserts. It is the land of maharajas and medieval forts, palaces and tigers, and kaleidoscopic festivals.
Our first destination was Asia’s most haunted place i.e Bhangarh Fort. Bhangarh is situated at the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Rajgarh municipality of the Alwar district. It is famous for its historical ruins and this place is not for the faint-hearted. It is forbidden to enter the premises of the haunted Bhangarh Fort before sunrise and after sunset by ASI.
HARSHAT MATA TEMPLE (ABHANERI)
Next, we headed towards Abhaneri which is famous for Harshad Mata Temple & Chand Baori. The temple is adjoining the Baori and was built between the 7th-8th centuries, but was destroyed and damaged by Mahmud Ghazni. The temple was dedicated to Harshat Mata, believed to be the goddess of happiness and joy. That is why this village was called the Abhanagri (city of brightness), which over the centuries has become Abhaneri.
CHAND BAORI STEP WELL (ABHANERI)
Abhaneri Chand Baori is one of the largest step wells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones. It is an architectural marvel of carved and embellished inner walls that are 13 stories deep and has 3500 symmetrical narrow steps going down.
GATORE KI CHHATRIYAN
Gatore Ki Chhatriyan is a complex of temples and tombs in the foothills of the Nahargarh (Tiger) Fort. It was the royal crematorium for the majestic rulers of Rajasthan. This place was chosen by the founder of Jaipur in the 18th century for cremating the members of the royal family. Engraved with beautiful Rajasthani carvings, the cenotaphs are one of the major attractions of the place. The cenotaphs are shaped like umbrellas (chhatris) and hence the place is called Gatore Ki Chhatriyan.
Amer fort or Amber fort is located 11 km away from the main city of Jaipur. It is an important tourist destination in this city. Maharaja Man Singh I, who led Mughal Emperor Akbar’s army, commenced its construction in 1592 on the remains of an 11th-century fort. The fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013, as part of a group of six hill forts in Rajasthan. Its architecture is a noteworthy fusion of Rajput (Hindu) and Mughal (Islamic) styles.
Garh Ganesh Temple
The main fact about this place is that it has 365 steps, each step denotes a day in the year. Lord Ganesha is present in the temple in the form of a small child – Purushakriti. The temple is adjacent to Gatore Ki Chhatriyan, so one cannot miss visiting this temple. However, reaching the top is a task.
JAL MAHAL MARKET
Jal Mahal is one another haunted place of Rajasthan. This palace is in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur and was constructed by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The most striking feature of this palace is that while only one storey that appears above the water level, there are 4 storeys submerged underneath.
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