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Rajasthan - Udaipur

Udaipur - Shiv Niwas PalaceUdaipur, better known as the City of Lakes, is the most romantic city of Rajasthan. Built as a city of pleasure by Maharana Udai Singh, the City Palace, with its carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, is a major attraction. Close to the palace is the temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. With pretty gardens, museums and a picture postcard setting on the hillside, Udaipur attracts a lot of tourists.

A good place to stay is Shiv Niwas Palace, run by the erstwhile rulers of Udaipur and providing five facilities. It is one of the most exotic palaces of Udaipur and you can live in it like royalty.

Lying 48 kms north of Udaipur is Nathdwara, a renowned centre of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Krishna and Vishnu. It is said that when the statue of Shrinath (Krishna) was being moved to a safer place to escape the wrath of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, the wheels of the chariot carrying the statue got stuck in the mud. Taking this as a divine message that Lord Krishna wished to live there, a temple was erected and the holy township grew around it. The cloth paintings, or Pichhawais, of Nathdwara are famous and even today artists can be seen making them.

Ranthambhor - The fort of Ranthambhor has been abandoned to nature for in this national park, the tiger has right of stay. One of the country's finest tiger reserves, its topography of low hills and large lakes provides a tranquil idyll.Tigers at Sariska Tiger Reserve

Sariska - A tiger reserve, Sariska is densely wooded, making sightings difficult, though the picturesque park is also home to deer, langurs and avifauna.

Shekhawati - A region of small towns, Shekhawati is primarily known for its havelis or mansions richly ornamented with frescos that, over time, ranged from the sacred to the secular, and from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Siliserh - Just 13 kms on the road to Jaipur, has become a popular picnic spot. Built as a summer retreat, it is a delightful little place overlooking a lake and has an abundance of wild life. In fact, with Alwar and Siliserh you can take in the wildlife sanctuary and tiger reserve, Sariska. You could stay at the Sariska Palace, just outside the Park. Once a royal hunting lodge, today it is a well run heritage hotel. The sanctuary has several archaeological features and there is a constant procession of pilgrims to the old temple of Nilkanth Mahadev.

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