Tourism Places In baran

 Sitabari Fair , baran Sitabari Fair : The Sitabari Fair is held near village Kelwara in baran District. Sitabari is measured to be the place where Sita, the wife of Lord Ram, was left by Lakshman to serve the period of her banishment. Legend has it that a stream sprouted from the ground where Lakshman shot an arrow to fetch water for Sita. This stream is called 'Lakshman Babhuka'. People from all communities visit Sitabari to bathe in the tanks (kunds), which are always filled with clean, fresh water. The water of the 'kunds' is considered to be sacred and is believed to possess curative properties. Sitabari is a place with mythological importance. In 'Treta Yug' one Washer man ordered his wife that since she spent one night outside his house so he cannot keep her as Lord Ram kept his wife. On this statement Lord Ram Chander ordered his younger brother Laxman to leave Sitaji in forest. Although, Laxman made a good debate but in vain and ultimately he left Sitaji at this place. At Sita Bari Lav Kush were born, Balmikiji wrote Ramayana at this place, Lav Kush were educated, Ashwamegh horse was kept by Lav Kush, Chakrvarti Samrat Lord Ram Chander came here to take back Sita but Sita was so dejected that she asked her mother (Earth) to give her shelter and ultimately solitude within Prithvi at this place. This is the only place having the temple of Laxman, Lav and Kush in India. It also has ancient Balmiki temple.  Sitabari Fair , baran People visit the 'kunds' to take a holy dip for the purification of the body and soul and to perform oblations dedicated to the various deities whose images are installed here. The biggest water tank is the Lakshman Kund with one of its gates called 'Lakshman Darwaza' where an idol of Hanuman is installed. People bathe here and pay homage to the idol of Lakshman, erected beside the 'kund'. The pilgrims also pay respects to the wooden platform called 'Lakshman-Ka-Takhat' and the Tulsi plant in the shrine.

The Suraj Kund is surrounded by verandahs on all sides. Ashes of cremated people are immersed in the water flowing out of the 'kund' by those who cannot go to the Ganges for this ritual. Washing clothes or using soap is not allowed in it. This kund is named after the Sun God - Suraj Narain whose idol can be seen here. In one corner of the kund, the 'Linga' of Mahadevji is placed. The other two kunds are the Sita Kund and the Bharat Kund. People offer cash, grain, 'Batashas', jaggery, coconut etc. to the deities as a token of their devotion. Pilgrims also visit the Valmiki Ashram where, according to the Ramayana, the twin sons of Ram and Sita, Luv and Kush were born. It is a simple structure of one horizontal stone resting on two vertical stones.

Kanyadeah Bilas garh-Bilasgarh is situated about 45 Km. from baran in Kishanganj tehsil. Connecting road is from village 'faldi' between Kishanganj and Bhanwargarh. Bilasgarh was the big city during the Khechi kingdom which was destroyed to ruins by the order of Aurangazeb. The daughter of the king Khechi was very beautiful and for her Aurangazeb has send his force which has ruined the city Bilasgarh. The princess ends her life in the 'Bilasi' river, the spot is now known as Kanyadeah. The ruins of the Bilasgarh is still situated in the lonely place inside dense forest area.

 Brahmani Mataji Temple , baran Brahmani Mataji Temple The temple of Brahmani Mata is about 20 Km. from baran in the village Sorsan. The 'Akhand Jyoti' is continously flowing in the temple since last 400 years. The statue of Brahmani Mata is situated under the large natural rock in the cave. The fair is organised on Shiv Ratri every year.

 Nahargarh Fort , baran Nahargarh Fort An impressive structure in red stone, the fort is a fine example of the Mughal architecture.

 Kakoni , baran Kakoni Kakoni is situated about 85 Km. from baran district Headquarters in the Chhipabarod Tehsil. It is surrounded by the Mukundra mountain ranges and on the bank of Parwan river. It is said that the temples at Kakoni are built in 8th century. These are the remains of the 'Vaishnav', 'Shiv' and 'Jain' temples. About 60% statues of the Kakoni temples are kept in the Museums at Kota and Jhalawar districts. Archaeological department has announced the place as secure since 1970.

 Shergarh Fort , baran Shergarh Fort Named after Sher Shah Sur, the Sultan of Delhi in mid 16th century, Shergarh fort was built much earlier in the 10th century and was the site of religious fervour in the name of Lord Shiva the Destroyer. However, the fort was originally built as a form of defence against the rulers of Mewar who were bent upon attacking Bundi throughtout the 12th to the 17th centuries. Shergarh sanctuary has a lot of potential for rural tourism.

Shergarh Fort and Village
The Shergarh villages are situated in the compound wall of Garh. The Garh is old and covered with river from two sides. The whole area is rocky and the residence of Maharaja is worthwhile to see and still well maintained.

Shergarh Sanctuary
We tried to see the Dam and it was noticed that the dam is constructed by Irrigation Department, Government of Rajasthan that can be developed as good picnic spot. Just about 5 Kms from Shergarh village there is a �Majar� of Peer Baba and Annual Urs is organised on 13-15 April, 2006. The whole area is green and full of natural beauty, which may attract tourist.

 Shahabad Fort  , baran Shahabad Fort is located about 80 km from baran in Rajasthan. It was constructed by Chauhan Vanshi Dhandhel Rajput Mukutmani Dev in 1521. Situated amidst dense forest area, on the high mountain ranges, in baran District, the fort houses a Topkhana (artillery) and the Burudkhana Temple. Surrounded by Kundakoh valley on two sides, the fort had 18 cannons earlier and one of them had a length of 19 ft. A pond and high mountains cover the other two sides.

Tapasviyo ki Bagechi
Tapasviyo ki Bagechi is a favorite tourist spot situated a kilometer from Shahabad, in baran District, Rajasthan. Major point of attraction here is the large statues of Shivling and Nadiya. The place is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is rich in natural beauty. The place was once used for betel farming, whose remains can still be seen here.

Bhand Devra-Ramgarh-Bhand Devra temples are situated about 40 Km. from baran. The Shiv Mandir of Ramgarh was built in 10th century and are based on the Khujraho style. Due to the Maithun Statues, the place is named as Bhand Devra. This temple is situated on the bank of pond and now under the Archaeological department. This temple is known as Rajasthan's mini Khujraho.On the top of the Ramgarh hill, Kisnai and Annapurna Devi temples are situated in the natural cave. About 750 stairs were constructed by Jhala Jalim Singh for reaching the temple on the hill top. The main speciality of this temple is that one Devi is worshiped with Meva and another is with Mas-Madira. At the time of Parshad, curtain is raised between the two Devis. Fair is also organised during Kartik Purnima.

 Manihara Mahadevji Mandir Manihara Mahadevji Mandir Manihara Mahadev Mandir is a tourist destination, at a distance of about 3 km from baran, in the baran District of Rajasthan. Inside the mandir, there are two famous and ancient temples of Mahadevji and Hanumanji. The temple has a known history of about 600 years. The place is of great religious importance. It is surrounded by green trees and ponds. Every year, during Shivaratri festival, a fair is conducted in the temple.

Jain Statues
Shergarh also has traces of Jainism as it has Rock carved statues, two of them intact and one partly destroyed. There is a deep sitting Place, which was used by Munis for Tapsya/Sadhna in this Gufa. It seems that the carving is about 300 years old.

Bhand Devra Ramgarh
 Bhand Devra Ramgarh There is again a monument, which has been taken over by State Archaeology Department, which also belongs to 10th Century. This temple is having a very good carving. Some statues are copy of Khajuraho. If somebody visits this place, he has to sit there for 5-10 minutes and will say wonderful! It was informed that budget allocation has been made and the renovation work will start very soon. The road will also be constructed. Mountains surround Water body. At top of mountains one beautiful Kund is there. One Durga temple is situated at the top of the mountain and about 50000 pilgrims visited this place on the eve of Kartik Purnima. Saint Kelpuria Maharaj was successful in getting one branch of Pushkar at this place and people take holy bath at this spot. This place is the best location to be developed as Picnic spot and proper Dhaba restaurants can be developed.

 Kanyadash  Vilasgarh , baran Kanyadash Vilasgarh 1200 statues have been preserved by Central Archaeology Department at one place and 16 other monuments spread in a radius of 2-3 Km. For Jhula, a big platform was built on which four pillars were constructed for Jhula. Jain temple, Shiv Dher, Chowki Dher, Hanuman Mandir, Sat Okhli, Khai ka Dher are some of the other important monuments having tourist importance. The stone carving is so beautiful that even artisans of modern era cannot copy these designs. These monuments are not well connected with the proper roads. But it was told that necessary budget allocation has been made and in next 6-7 months proper roads will be constructed. There is a perennial river having crocodiles. Old monuments Vilasgarh has beautiful, scenery, which cannot be described in words. Ancient Hanuman temple is also situated.

This place is the copy of Galtaji (Jaipur). Good mountains, river and continuous flow of water throughout the year and about 50,000 pilgrims' people take holy bath on the even of Kartik Purnima. This place can also be developed as a picnic spot and proper restaurants etc can be developed. Remaining three spots could not be visited due to shortage of time. Some photographs are also available which are being sent separately.

Although we have entered into 21st Century with computerised mechanism and very hi-fi technology but the trend today is going back to the Nature. People prefer to use natural, safe and effective products for holistic health. The use of herbal remedies and beauty aids is an ancient Indian tradition and a part of Indian culture. You will be glad to know that Aloe Vera can be produced in Rajasthan only and its products are so famous that the Aloe Vera Gel is used as cosmetic as well as painkiller and for overall health. In Goa we could visit two nurseries viz. Tropical Spice Plantation, Arla-Keri and another Sahakari Spice Farm, Curti, Ponda. Both the nurseries were having natural beauty and most of the visitors were foreigners. They were charging Rs 300-350 per person per day, which includes visit of nursery, breakfast and lunch and some products are sold on counter. In a tourist season, which starts from October to June, around 25-30000 foreign tourists visit the nursery. About 17 spices are products and Herbs namely Brahmi, Jamun, Shtawari, Shankhpushpi, Guggel, Gurnar and in fruits Citrus, Lemon, Banana, Chickoo, Mango and Pineapple etc are produced. About Rs 7-8 Lac were invested in a nursery.

Rajasthan is known for Ayurvedic knowledge and lot of herbs are produced in Rajasthan due to its different climatic condition. baran is having hilly area, sandy area and is having so much water bodies that it can be chosen for herbal plants nursery and after its success the plants can also be sold to the farmers for getting better produce and the same may also be replicated in other districts also.

The plants can be chosen as under baran:
Kakoni - Chhippa Barod tehsil, 85 kms from baran
Ramgarh - 40 km from baran , 10th century (Bhand Devra )
Anta - Nagda temple
Atru - Chhaniyari Mahadeva Temple
Atru - Mahakalesvara Temple
baran - manihara mahadev
Muchchhkund - 8kms from Shergarh fort, Dholapur, 65 km from baran
shahabad - hongunta - lingaya temple
shahabad - Tapasviyo ki bagechi, 1 km from Shahabad