Introducing Eastern Rajasthan
The cities and sites of eastern Rajasthan are easily accessible from Jaipur and the other axes of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Agra and Delhi. For immersion in history, see Alwar and Deeg’s evocative palaces, and magnificent forts at Bharatpur and Ranthambhore.
Wildlife enthusiasts will relish opportunities at the national parks of Ranthambhore, Sariska Tiger Reserve and Keoladeo Ghana. Tiger-spotting is unsurpassed at Ranthambhore, which has provided the tigers to repopulate Sariska. India’s premier bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana, hosts an astonishing population of resident and migratory birds in a picturesque wetland setting.
Travellers of all description are drawn to Pushkar, a pale blue town that hosts an extravagant, internationally renowned camel fair. While Pushkar is a Hindu pilgrimage and a legendary travellers’ halt to chill and shop, nearby Ajmer hosts the extraordinary dargah (shrine or place of burial of a Muslim saint) of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, India’s most important Muslim pilgrimage site.
Pushkar has a magnetism all of its own, and is quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. It’s a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and devout Hindus should visit at least once in their lifetime. The town curls around a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It also has one of the world’s few Brahma temples.