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Rajasthan - Pushkar Tourists

Pushkar - Just 11 km from Ajmer, Pushkar has a lake which is believed to have been created by Pushkar Fair, Visit Pushkar, Camel FairLord Brahma and has the same sanctity for the Hindus as the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. Today there are 400 temples in this small city, the most famous being the Brahma Temple, and the lake is girdled with 52 ghats built by different kings and princes. Hindus are supposed to visit Pushkar at least once in their lifetime.

Most foreign tourists visit Pushkar at the time of the cattle fair (famous as the Pushkar Fair) in November. Thousands of animals and visitors take over the city and when one is not haggling over the price of a camel or a cow, it is time for fun and frolic. One of the sports is to see which camel can carry the most passengers. Twenty or thirty people mount the camel, some hanging on to its tail and others to its underside! It is a comic sight as the colourfully turbaned peasants slither and fall off. However, it is not so funny for the camel.

Ranakpur - some 90 km from Udaipur, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jains. The 500-year old Ranakpur temple complex has been preserved in near perfect condition. Its main shrine, the three story high Chaumukha Temple dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain saint, has 80 domes, and 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars! Covered with the most intricate carvings, no two pillars of the temple are alike.Ranakpur Jain Temple, Chaumukha Temple

Images of 24 tirthankaras are carved on the 'mandaps' or porticoes in a corridor around the shrine with each mandap having a 'shikhar' or spire adorned with little bells on the top. The gentle breeze wafting through the corridors move the bells creating celestial music all around the complex. Rising in three storeys, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spires supported by 420 columns.

Two temples, dedicated to the Jain saints - Parsvanath and Neminath, face the main temple. The temples have beautiful carvings similar to that of Khajuraho.

Another temple worth visiting is the nearby Sun Temple, an 8th century A.D. temple dedicated to the Sun god. The temple has polygonal walls, richly embellised with carvings of warriors, horses and solar deities riding splendid chariots.

Deeg The summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur, it is known for its Jat architecture and for the coloured fountains and pleasure pavilions that are contained within a fortified environment.

DUNGARPUR A Bhil stronghold in the foothills of the Aravallis, this fertile region was created into a state in the 13th century. Since the natural protection afforded it isolation, a highly decorative style of architecture developed.

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