So yes we are back from an amazing Rajasthan trip and I must say I was never this awestruck ed with any other place as much I am this time. Maybe it is my lack of awareness about the cultural heritage of Rajasthan that i didn't expect it to be so awesome. And in a way you cannot blame me, because from our school days we have been shown pictures of Rajasthan in association with a desert, all dried up patch of land on earth. I agree it was wrong on my part to have never tried and studied a bit about the place on my own.
I must say, if you have a same image about Rajasthan, you are sure going to get a surprise. A very pleasant one at that.
Now about this trip: This was a round trip from Mumbai without flight, covering all the major cities in Rajasthan. Mumbai-Mt. Abu-Udaipur-Ajmer-Pushkar-Jaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Mumbai. All these place were cover by either travelling by train or bus, for intercity commute.
Rajasthan as we found it to be: A city with an illustrate list of palaces, lakes, deserts, temples and what not. Palaces here are definitely going to make your mouth go wide open in admiration. I have seen palaces before but in the state of Maharashtra and Karnataka, but the ones which you find here are far different in terms of architecture, maintenance, how it is celebrated as a part of the cosmopolitan city instead of treating it has a ruin.
It is really a commendable effort at display by the government, archaeological department and the royal family, to maintain the glory of the Palaces from centuries. These Palaces are so enormous that sometimes it gets difficult for the mind to comprehend if this is a reality or a fairy-tale land. And mind you i am not exaggerating even a bit. Such is the grandeur and glory of the cultural heritage at display in Rajasthan.
Now let us dive deep into how this trip unfolded for us, our day-wise encounters, our personal favorites and the out right avoidable spots. This trip was very different from the ones we are used to taking. Here nothing was pre-booked apart from the train from Mumbai -> Mount Abu(Aravali Express-19707). This was an over night train journey and took 12 hours to reach Mount Abu.