Trips and Itineraries for Ambaji
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Hotels and Homestays in Ambaji 2 Hotels
Weekend Getaways from Ambaji
103 Kms from Ambaji
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Udaipur beckons tourists from all over the world with its romantic landscapes and ethereal monuments. Bordered by the crags of the hazy Aravallis, the city that was established in the 16th century by Maharaja Udai Singh, is now a major heritage tourism hotspot for India. With a seductive old-warm charm, opulent palaces and lively bazaars, tourists will never run out of places to visit in Udaipur. Some enchanting attractions in the city include the filigreed walls of Bada Mahal, the mountain pass of Haldighati, the lavish gardens of Saheliyon ki Bari and the placid waters of the Jaisamand Lake. The shimmering Lake Pichola hosts numerous things to do in Udaipur, such as a boat ride through the lake to the Jag Mandir Palace, from which you can witness the most stunning sunset. For those with a penchant for automobiles, the Vintage Car Museum in the Garden Hotel, hosts a fantastic exhibit of vintage vehicles. Udaipur's cuisine comprises of Rajasthani staples such as the flavoursome dal baati choorma and gatte ki sabzi. Popular eateries here include Chandni, Ambrai, Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, Lotus Cafe and Mayur Rooftop Cafe. Hotels are easily available in Udaipur, and several retain their old world feel. Read More
Day 2:Karni Mata Mandir:Had early breakfast and went straight down to Doodh Talai Lake. There is a connectivity to Karni Mata Temple from here . U can enjoy natural beauty and lighting from a top of ropeway sitting inside cable car. Visited temple and dargahs nearby. What a view of Lake pichola from height. From my side its highly recommended place to get beautiful view of Udaipur. Then we left for the vintage & classic car collection museum.
Day 1:We reached Udaipur late around 1 in the noon time as train from Jaipur got delayed by some 6 hours . We stayed at hotel Pichola Haveli , a budget hotel near Gangaur Ghat.It was nice and comfortable with beautiful view of lake Pichola. After check-in, took rest to freshen up . We hired a bike as only two of us were there and then drove to City Palace.City Palace:The star attraction of Udaipur is City Palace. Reached there ,hired a guide and took entry passes. Since being built in 1559 by Maharana Singh, eleven palaces have been added to this magnificent granite and marble building. It’s best to take a tour so they all can be explained to you and you can imagine what life would have been like in the hallowed halls of this amazing place. Visited the rooftop garden with its hanging gardens, fountains and terraces and fabulous view over the city. The Palace of Pearls, the Palace of Glass and the Peacock Garden all conjure images but you have to see for yourself the decorations that give each palace their name.After that we left for Fatehsagar Lake.
Beguiled by the enigma that the city besets you with, Udaipur is every traveller's delight. The city of Lakes, or the Venice of the East, is known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces. The palaces reflect the architectural grandeur that prevailed during the opulent period of Rajputs. The lakes add to its surreal beauty and the cultural heritage of the city is worthy of the view.Our first target was The City Palace. It is situated on the banks of Lake Pichola. We decided to walk from our hotel to the palace. While strolling around the streets, we came across many antique shops, emporium places, and eateries. A few times, we asked the locals, dressed in their traditional wears, for directions.
Hotel Anand BhawanThirty-second rundown: Built by the Maharana of Mewar nine decades ago to accommodate senior British and Indian officials, Hotel Anand Bhawan later became the official residence of Maharana of Mewar. Soon after India attained independence, it was converted into a state hotel. Perched on top of a hillock, Hotel Anand Bhawan overlooks the beautiful Fateh and Swaroop Sagar Lakes.
A 7 hour journey via train saw us in Udaipur, aka white city or Venice of the East. The narrow lanes, the view of the water and the ghats, lanes that elevate and dip down, tuk-tuks rushing about, temple towers peeking out from above tinier buildings - all this and more bowled me over. And what's more, I had to remind myself that we were indeed in Udaipur and not in Varanasi!
उदयपुर को दुनिया के सबसे रोमांटिक शहरों में से एक माना जाता है और इसे ठीक ही पूर्व के वेनिस का टैग मिला है। यह एक ऐतिहासिक रूप से महत्वपूर्ण स्थान है क्योंकि यह कई शताब्दियों से मेवाड़ की राजधानी बना हुआ है। शहर का मुख्य आकर्षण सिटी पैलेस और उछीपुर झील पैलेस है जो पिचोला झील के मध्य में स्थित है। उदयपुर की यात्रा के लिए सबसे अच्छा समय मानसून के मौसम में होगा क्योंकि आपको राजस्थान की छेदने वाली गर्मी से राहत मिलती है।कैसे पहुंचे - उदयपुर में अपना एक रेलवे स्टेशन है जहां पूरे भारतवर्ष से काफी गाड़ियां रोज़ आती हैं | महाराणा प्रताप एयरपोर्ट भी है उदयपुर में तो आप एयरोप्लेन से भी आ सकते हैं | और आप राजस्थान में से ही कही से आ रहे हैं तो अपनी कार से भी आ सकते हैं, सड़कें अच्छी हैं |कहाँ रहें - होटल आशिया हवेली में आप हर सुख सुविधा केवल 1,600 रुपये में पा सकते हैं | आप चाहें तो ये आप अभी ही ये होटल बुक कर सकते हैं बिना पैसे दिए, यहां क्लिक करें |3. चेर्रापुंजी
Udaipur, city of lakes, you lay your eyes anywhere here and you will find beautiful dome like Palaces. The name in itself sounds nothing less than Royalty. Let me tell you, this was beyond Royalty. I was taken in by surprise by Beloved when I entered this Magnificent Historical City. He had discreetly checked me in at Taj Lake Palace.Udaipur, city of Lakes & Palaces has lot of palaces to see and their Current King living in City Palace (Part of it, rest have been converted into Museum). We had planned our trip for 2 days on my Birthday weekend.As soon as we stepped down from the car, we were warmly welcomed by Rose petals being showered over us with drum rolls and then leading our way to their Luxurious yacht-like Jetty.It truly is the "Venice of India". Most of it, the reason why I always visit a new place is my sheer love for food. Having said that, this is the first time after more than a decade I laid my hands on Lamb meat and oh boy their "Lal Maas" is to die for. Everything, right from the Ker Sangri(Local specialised sabzi), Dal Batti Churma to the Nalli Nihari I couldn't get my hands off (mind you, succulent pieces oozing out fiery flavour and cooked till melt-in-the-mouth-perfection).We checked in Taj Lake Palace (Previously known as Jag Niwas Palace and was used as Summer Palace). Pristine white and beautiful sight to behold. We stopped by for delectable dinner at Neel Kamal, where we opted for Royal Thali.Next morning, we headed out for our City Palace tour right beside our hotel. There is an entry ticket and you have to buy separate ticket to use Camera. The City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola is as historically beautiful as the Travel Magazines capture it. Those sturdy pillars adorned with decorative carvings, mirrored & ornamental tile bring back opulence of the era and not to forget, the Classic and Vintage CarCollection that Palace still baosts of. Their jewel in the collection is obviously their 1924 Rolls Royce 20 HP. The Palace has been now converted into museum and if you are into old artefacts then visit to City Palace,Udaipur is must.Our next stop was Saheliyo ki Bari, is a popular tourist attraction built by Rana Sanghram singh and was presented to his Queen, wherein the Queen can stroll and spend her time in leisure with her 48 maids. It is located at the Banks of Fateh Sagar Lake with beautiful Lotus pool & Marble Elephant Fountains.After our tiring tour, we relaxed ourselves to Jiva spa (tip: while vacationing a spa treatment adds zing to your short vacation) Next Day, we planned on knowing the place we were staying. Words short fall to describe Taj Lake Palace.Centrally located amidst Lake Pichola on the island of Jag Niwas, 360 degree view of lake, you cannot miss the sun rise while on sipping your hot cup of Masala Tea making you forget worldly ties & stress. The palace was constructed facing east, allowing its inhabitants to pray to Surya, the Hindu sun god, at the crack of dawn. The walls made of black and white marbles are adorned by semi-precious stones and ornamented niches. Gardens, fountains, pillared terraces and columns line its courtyardsIf you are in any part of Rajasthan, please do not miss on their flavourful Ghevar & Finni. I am die hard fan of their sweets too, dipped and dripping in pure Ghee..
The next day around mid afternoon we reached our destination. Now we reached but we don't no where to go, started asking people about the places, finally 1 auto guy told us about Jagdish temple. Reached the famous temple in Udaipur "The Jagdish temple. Searching for rooms,finally got 1. We left our bags in the room and headed towards the temple to know where we can celebrate the best Holi, got to know that the best place to celebrate Holi in Udaipur is near Jagdish temple. The function of Holika Dahan also Kamudu pyre is celebrated by burning Holika(the devil) was about to start at around 7.30 pm evening near the temple. We rushed to our hotel, got fresh and then rushed to the temple.
148 Kms from Ambaji
Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the cities in the state, it is situated on the banks of the famous Sabarmati River and happens to be the industrial and economic hub of the state. The Ahmedabad Stock Exchange is also the second oldest one in the country and the city second when it comes to cotton production. There are some very famous places like the Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake that one can visit when in Ahmedabad.Read More
I started my trip from Ahmedabad, took a flight to Delhi. The adventure started from Ahmedabad itself as our flight got cancelled luckily we were able to book other flight on the same day thanks to GoAir. I with my friend reached New Delhi around 12 noon. Our bus to Manali from Delhi was at 22:30. We managed to book a hotel near airport where we passed our half day.The ISBT bus stop from airport is around 25kms, we took airport metro from Delhi Airport to reach ISBTReaching ISBT bus stop : For catching metro from airport one has to reach aerocity metro station which can be easily reached by shuttles operating at airport. Catch metro from Aerocity to New Delhi and change from New Delhi to ISBT. The bus stop is just outside the metro staion,you can reach easily as it is mentioned every where. We reached ISBT bus stop at around 21:00 hrs. where we met our second friend. We had our meal in McD and boarded our bus at 22:30 hrs. The bus was Tata Himgaurav HRTC which was not good as Volvo.
The Walled City of Ahmedabad, founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the 15th century, has been declared India’s first World Heritage City. The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO announced it on Twitter on Saturday after a meeting in Krakow, Poland. Ahmedabad was in the race for the prestigious title with Delhi and Mumbai.This declaration was hailed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.
day 5 i woke up and look outside window then i found that we reached at Baroda. from Baroda Ahmadabad is 100 km so get up and waiting for home to come! and then we reached Ahmadabad at 9:00 am in morning. so i have not mentioned elephant point, table top etc because i was not gone there, also those places are worth to visit but better next time. life gives us opportunity but thing is that we are too busy with making money or something else, just grab opportunity to travel, to explore, to explore yourself! go out and see the world, it has so many things to offer you, it will give you good as well as bad experience just take it and go for another one!! i hope you guys enjoy reading this, and sorry for late post because i was busy with something! do comment your views and query, i wold like to answer you all. this is Akshay says bye for now i'll catch you in next one till then you take care and travel well!
so it was 8th January 2017 and i was all set to leave Ahmadabad, as we were traveling via bus so there was not a big problem to be on time. (*privet bus for travelers) and i decided to set in cabin as i want to enjoy scenery and explore the roads. so we left Ahmadabad around 2:00 pm, i know it's a bit awkward time to leave place but that's okay as we don't have any time issue. distance between Ahmadabad to Mahabaleshwar is 745 km via NH48 which also contains toll road, 823 km via NH60 and NH48 and 854 km from NE1, NH48 and NH60. we chose the shortest on 745 km via NH48.now those who had traveled to Gujarat knows that roads in Gujarat are absolutely amazing, just pull the throttle and live the moment! so it took us around 16 hours to reach Mahabaleshwar. our route was Ahmadabad-Baroda-Surat-Mumbai-Pune-Mahabaleshwar, we used both expressway to make journey comfortable and fast! (*Ahmadabad-Baroda expressway and Mumbai-Pune expressway) the one who love road trip will love this highway specially after Pune, as ghat section start. i had seen one of the best sunrise of my life on Mumbai-Pune expressway! just don't miss sunset and sunrise on this kind of roads!
The road from Ahmedabad to Kutch is filled with lot of fun and complimentary scenes which makes is a perfect road for going on a road trip. The road is complemented with some great sceneries and endless expanse of the white desert which is complimented by the colorful life of the local people of Kutch. The road is almost 381 kms long and a best one to go on a bike trip.
Started the engine at AhmedabadWe kick-started our bike from Ahmedabad on NH47 that took around three hours plus half an hour to reach Rajkot with a couple of halts to take some high-caffeine tea. The road is good and the food is available at many locations in between. If you start in the evening, you should stay in Rajkot for a night & continue your ride the following morning a little early because rides always make us tired out if we do not believe in rest. We did the same & check into a hotel named ‘Krishna Palace’. This budget hotel charged Rs.550 for a night.
I am a college student and I just want to find an excuse to escape my busy life and party and enjoy myself.This holi I couldn't go back to Delhi (home) cause of some reason.All my friends went back home and I was planning to just pack my bag and go for a solo trip. At first I decided to go to Mumbai for holi but eventually I decided to party in Goa.So zip zap zoom irctc got booked a train but I was still on the waiting list. I couldn't get a birth but I got on the train and when Ticket collector came I showed him the wait list on my phone. He thought that since I am showing on phone my ticket might be confirmed. Haha. It was a 18 he train from Ahmadabad to Goa, tiring but when I got there since my ticket wasn't confirmed,it got refunded. I reached Goa for free. Haha haha luck me. on my way met these amazing people who were also going to Goa . They were from Mumbai and I decided to stay with them for 1 night since I got booking at this hostel from 12 to 14.
Day 3, was spent in exploring Gandhinagar plant nurseries for work purposes and then relishing on amazing Jasuben Shah Old Pizza's followed by heavy shopping in Sanskruti Shop offering amazing clothing range of Gujarati culture and art and the in the evening we splurged on Swati Snacks. This place being very famous is a bit over-priced but offers excellent service.So, it was a wrap for Ahmedabad this time with a wish to explore it again and again.P.S. it would be a crime not to mention the amazing watermelon juice throughout the trip and blindly ask for sugarcane juice at any place and I bet it would be worth having. Also, splurge on some pineapples since these fruits are found everywhere in Gujarat. Also, do visit the Sahyog restaurant if you visit Mehsana and for your information it's just in front of the massive Amul Dairy factory.
The Sun Temple approx.100kms from city of Ahmedabad situated on the banks of Pushpavati river in Modhera Gujarat. If you are living in Ahmedabad or are visiting the city and have an extra day to make use of,then a quick day trip planed,area being easily accessible via road through public or private transport.
220 Kms from Ambaji
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popular, colourful and culturally rich, Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities. It is also known as the Sun City of India and is said to have been built in the 15th century by a Rao Jodha. This city was earlier known as Marwar and is currently the second largest city of Rajasthan. From the stunning Mehrangarh Fort (from where you can see the stunning blue city), Umaid Bhavan Palace to the bustling Sardar Market, there is tons to do and explore in this touristy city. If you like your holidays to be quiet and laidback, Jodhpur may not be for you – atleast for the first couple of days. There is too much to keep you busy. Like almost all cities in Rajasthan, there are historical forts and palaces to explore and admire. Do carry a scarf and water for your afternoon expeditions should the heat tire you out. There are also umpteen restaurants and small cafes in Jodhpur which offer you delicious food and are also very welcoming. Jodhpur is also a great place to meet like-minded travellers. Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities of the country via rail, road and air. Read More
We reached at the Jaisalmer bus stand around 11 PM, and in about half hour, we boarded the bus for The Blue City, Jodhpur. It was a 4-hour journey. We reached there around 4 PM, had lunch at the restaurant named 'Gypsy'(Okay-ish), went to see the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, and bought some Ghevar (It's a must). We couldn't cover much of Jodhpur as it was already 7 PM, and we started inquiring about buses to Delhi. But unfortunately, there were none. So we boarded the only bus to Jaipur at 10 PM. We passed time by strolling aimlessly in the streets of a new city (It felt amazing not knowing where to go and just wandering). We didn't even realize, and the clock ticked 10, so we gathered our stuff, and boarded the bus to Jaipur. Next morning, at 6 AM, we embarked on the Haryana Roadways (Man, they drive swiftly!) and were here in Delhi at 11 AM.
Hotel GhoomarThirty-second rundown: Situated only 3km away from the railway and bus station, Hotel Ghoomar offers a comfortable and hygienic stay. The hotel restaurant serves a variety of cuisines such as Indian, Mughlai, Chinese, South Indian and other. If not the food, their well stocked bar will definitely impress you.
Around 3 am the next night we reached Jodhpur. The next train to Jaisalmer was 5 hrs later, we had nothing to do so why not explore Jodhpur...yes so we emerged from the station, had some tea and with the avail of google map tried to plan our further trip.Early morning 6 am we were heading towards the famous Mehrangarh Fort, it is the largest fort in India. It is very near by to Jodhpur railway station, so if you wish to go ambulating you can. The fort is on the mountain peek, we can go ambulating and the vehicles to the fort start by 8 in the morning. We went ambulating because it was early in the morning and we couldn't find any vehicle.
When Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur built the Jaswant Thada in 1899, he could not have imagined the transformation it would go through a century later. At a short distance from the Mehrangarh Fort, the historical landmark has welcomed musicians from around the world to participate in its Sufiana music revelry for ten years.
Day 12 jodhpur After good sleep we woke up around 10am checkout from the hotel and headed to passport office. Jodhpur is a City and district in the Indian state of Rajasthan there is many place to visit in jodhpur the temp was very hot in the month of march Mehrangarh the Fort of Jodhpur crowns a rocky hill that rises 400 feet above the surrounding plain, and appears both to command and to meld with the landscape. One of the largest forts in Rajasthan, it contains some of the finest palaces and preserves in its museum many priceless relics of Indian courtly life. I suggest you to hire the guide. Umaid Bhawan Palace is King's palace build few km away from old city. Construction is huge and spread over a large area. Only some part of Bhawan is allowed to visit by tourist. You can view the history of King, palace information and Kings belongings. They also have small but good vintage car collection. Good to visit in morning and visit Fort during sunset. Around 3pm after lunch we left from jodhpur to udaipur the place from where we star our journey.
Day 2, In the early morning, I explored the blue city and had lunch at the roof top hotel under the Jodhpur fort.day 3, I woke up in the desert, Jaisalmer. I must say it is the golden city as the city is built with yellow stone and it too has a golden fort, just kidding.
From Ajmer, we left in the morning around 10 and it is almost 6~7 hrs journey by road to Jodhpur. We had taken a small package for our tour which included stay at several places and the commute by car.After a tiring journey, we reached Jodhpur at around 5 pm. I was very excited on entering this historical place.Most of the old Havelis here have been converted into Heritage hotels. We had booked one such hotel here. The environment inside this hotel was all royal and we felt like having descended from the royal family.
Padharo Mhare Des, because Rajasthan offers music festivals in the most surreal locations imaginable. Jodhpur is at the very heart of the action by hosting world-class festivals such as the World Sufi Spirit and the Rajasthan International Folk Festival. Even if you don't like the music, you can safely come here for the entire experience and you'll go back a richer person.Some Major Music Festivals Hosted: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (Folk) in October, World Sacred Spirit Festival (Sufi) in February.Read more about Jodhpur.
Jodhpur, 11:30 am: I got into an auto heading to Kesar Heritage home stay near clock tower. The room was well done in a true heritage manner and had a small balcony which had only views of next buildings. There was a rooftop restaurant with a view of the majestic Mehrangarh fort. Outside, the alleys were dirty and poorly maintained, garbage and faeces all along the way. Honestly, Jodhpur was nothing like I had imagined.Post lunch, I decided to explore the fort. Later, realized that it was a bad decision as the fort entry closes at 5:00PM sharp. An auto guy ditched and left me half way saying that the road is under renovation and took Rs.100 from me. From there I had to catch a share auto up the hill. As I reached just in time, the entry ticket was provided but I had to hurry because the guards kept on telling it was time to close the gates. I took some photographs in a hurry and spent ten minutes on top of the fort near the temple watching the sunset. Although its named as blue city, only some portion of the city is painted blue. The Umaid bhavan palace where the Jodhpur Royal family resides, was clearly visible at a far distance from the fort. On the way back to the homestay, I hired an auto for about Rs.200. He agreed to take me for sightseeing the next day for Rs.600. (Tip: if you are a solo female, make sure you reach back the city before dusk as the premises will be quite deserted after 6:00PM).On day 2 morning, I decided to explore a good hotel for breakfast. Unexpectedly, during that random walk, I found this awesome theme hotel named Nirvana. The ambiance was mind blowing and the Poori bhaji was just exceptional. This hotel also have a splendid rooftop restaurant arrangement with a great view of the fort. Please check http://www.nirvana-home.com/ for route and pictures. The restaurant downstairs was designed with colorful wall paintings from Ramayana. The staff was very friendly too.After breakfast I met the auto guy and started city tour in the following order:
228 Kms from Ambaji
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popularly known as Baroda, Vadodara is great travel destination for history buffs and art enthusiasts. The town is known for the grand Laxmi Vilas Palace and the Fatehsingh Museum (both located in the same premises). Do keep aside an entire day if you are fond or art and culture since the palace is huge and deserves that kind of time. You can also visit Sayaji Baug, a lush, refreshing garden in the middle of the city. It is the perfect place to visit if you are travelling with children since it has a small kid's zone, a cafeteria, a small museum and a zoo. If you are in the city for more than a day, do visit Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum since it houses numerous rare and beautiful paintings, sculptures and murals from all over the world, collected by the royal family. Vadodara may not be a traveller's perfect destination, but it does have its fair share of history, culture and art. Read More
We had a plan to halt again at Ahmedabad, but "We the Riders" aren't only riders, we are "Super Riders". We had started from Bhuj at 8 am. Our breaks were scheduled after every 100 kms, But the exciting part was that we were very close to Ahmedabad in the afternoon itself, we had covered almost 75% of the target destination....."Hmm that's exciting, we can cover 100 kms more, so that we would be close to Mumbai and the next day ride wouldn't be hectic"...Chalo let's cover 100kms more and halt at Vadodara, we decided while resting under a tree. In the evening, we had reached Vadodara to find there was heavy traffic in the city, we were dying to get a hotel. Finally we got one at the Airport....the name itself was Hotel Airport. The stay was luxurious and the comforts were much needed after this long ride. We had stayed there for a night.Day 7 - Vadodara to Mumbai
Best mong places to visit near Ahmedabad within 100 kms is the teeming city of Vadodara which offers a refreshing change of scenery. Palaces, historical monuments, museums and beautiful gardens are the city’s pride. A road trip is the perfect way to set about this journey when the weekend comes calling.Distance from Ahmadabad - 111 KmPlaces to Visit near Ahmadabad Within 200 Kms
Important Information:1. Travel:Car Rental: My Choize cars: https://mychoize.comRent: Rs 2200 per day plus Fuel2. Stay:Day 1: Gopnath Bungalow : http://www.gujarattourism.com/hotel/details/340 (Recommended)Day 2: Hotel Anil FarmHouse: http://www.girjungleresort.com/ Day 3: Pride Biznotel Vadodara ( Check MakeMyTrip for options)Acknowledgements:I would like to thank Ishita Bhowmik (https://www.tripoto.com/profile/ishitabhowmik) for the photographs which I feel has made the article come alive
The false grave in the tomb chamber the real one is underground
Now it was time for us to head back to Mumbai. We started riding back and at Bhuj we got our bike serviced and by night we could reach Vadodara.Next day we again started early with a motive to reach Mumbai by night. We could reach Daman by evening and again it being a union territory we had some good beers to charge ourselves for the one final time for the trip.
Early morning, the next day we were headed back to Mumbai which is nearly 800 Kms away. We did a stop-over at Vadodara, for the night, where we enjoyed the street food, before proceeding to Mumbai. Having visited both the Legends, at Dandi, and the Lions, at Gir, we brought our road trip through Saurashtra to a successful end.
It took us a lifetime to plan, cancel, re-plan and then reschedule the most cliched yet epic journey to the mountains of the Ladakh range.12 long days of mesmerizing ever changing landscapes . Mountains left us awestruck. Enormous rivers followed us everywhere.It is one of those amazingly beautiful places I believe where even the simplest of the camera can give you a pro-level splendid nature photo.Sit back , relax and enjoy Ladakh through my lens.
On day 9 morning made visit to City Palace and Monsoon Palace and then started my return journey to Pune through Vadodara. Reached Vadodara by 09:30 PM and settled in a hotel near the city. On day 10 started my ride towards Pune from Vadodara and reached Pune at 09:30 PM.
309 Kms from Ambaji
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Surrounded by the enchanting Aravali hills, Ajmer is a medieval city most popular for the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Once ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan, the city is a treasure house of Rajput and Islamic architecture. Ajmer, which is located in the heart of Rajasthan, also serves as the base for Pushkar, which is just 11km away. The magnificent Taragarh fort situated on the summit of the Taragarh Hill is an unmissable site for its view of the city. At the foot of this hill is the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. The large pillars or Kose that you’ll see here actually run till Agra from where Akbar and his queen visited this sanctum. You can also visit the Akbar Fort and Museum for its collection of medieval armour and sculptures. There are several other sites of Hindu, Islamic and Jain religious importance that you can look out for while taking a ride through the city on the horse-drawn tongas. Fill up on delicacies such as the Kesarganj gol chakkar, chaat and kachori at the Pandit Restaurant opposite Daulat Bagh. The women’s market is a hub of traditional lehengas and odhnis. Amidst the old-fashioned and charming city of Ajmer, Ambassador and Hotel Mansingh Palace offer two of the most conventional and luxurious stays. Read More
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. It is a pilgrimage centre for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km), an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, famous for the temple of Brahma. Ajmer has been selected as one of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.
The city was established by a Shakambhari Chahamana (Chauhan) ruler, either Ajayaraja I or Ajayaraja II, and served as the Chahamana capital until the 12th century CE. After the defeat of Prithviraja lll in 1192 CE, the city came under Muslim rule.
Ajmer is one of the major cities in the Indian state of Rajasthan and is the centre of the eponymous Ajmer District. According to the 2011 census, Ajmer has a population of around 551,360 in its urban agglomeration and 542,580 in the city. The city is located at a distance of 135 km from the state capital Jaipur and 391 km from the national capital New Delhi.
The main place to visit at Ajmer is the dargah of "Ajmer Sharif". This we did not go in this trip but I've been there twice earlier. It's a very different experience. In the dargah, one feels very calm and with oneself. Almost from a kilometer, we feel like having entered a sacred domain. Lots of shops selling "Chaadar" and garland are seen hanging on both sides of the street.This monument is a sufi shrine of sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti.The very moment one enters the dargah, one feels like having engulfed in that sacred atmosphere. It is believed that at this place if we wish for something with a pure heart, the wish is fulfilled.
Day 3: Ajmer and PushkarI had pre-booked a hotel through GoIbibo. I reached Ajmer at around 10.30 am and headed to the Hotel Vega. The view from the hotel was quite scenic giving a view of the hills surrounding this small city. The hotel room was quite good. I dumped my stuff and slept off. I got up around 1 pm and then quickly washed up. I decided to walk to Ajmeri Sheriff. It was a bit far but still thought of just walking to the place. I had read somewhere that you might try biryani at Dargah bazaar but I would recommend against it. I tried at a place and it was pathetic. There, I was in the lane leading to the famous Shrine. Quickly, I left my stuff at a shop where I bought Chaadar and prayer stuff. I didn’t have much idea on to-do’s here. And thus, the commercialization affair started. Every other person was trying to bait me, forcing to give money. I sat down peacefully for some time and then the Darbar opened. I just prayed and left. Then, I hired an auto to Pushkar.
Oct 8th, seven in the morning, I started my ride from Delhi en route Ajmer. The distance is about 400 km. Every 50 mins once I used to break and I maintained it as a standard protocol. The highway NH 8 was splendid and I loved riding on it. I could cover 40 - 45 km in a single stretch. Even though I was not thirsty, to avoid dehydration I forcefully kept drinking 300 ml of water after every stretch. By 3 pm, I reached Ajmer and checked into a hotel, had lunch and rested for as couple of hours. By evening I went to Dargah sharif, offered prayers and found some inner peace
Station par hotel ki gadi lene aa gai thi. Hotel pahuch kar khana khaya, aur fr kuch der araam kiya. Shaam ko khwaja moinuddin chishti ki dargah-Ajmer sharif ke liye nikle. Khwaja garib nawaz ko Muhammad ka hi vanshaj mana jaata hai. Maante hai ki khwaja garib nawaz ke dar se koi khali haath nahin jaata aur isiliye hazaron log roz yahan ziyarat karne aate hain. Humne bhi khwaja ji ki mazar par chadar chadhai aur fr bahar aakar baith gaye. Itni bheed main bhi ek ajeeb sa sukoon ek ajeeb si shanti mahsoos kar rahe the. Tabhi namaz ka samay ho gaya jiske paschat qawwali shuru ho gai. Allah hu, bhar do jholi jaisi qawwaliyan sunkar anand aa gaya aur khwaja ji se aman aur shanti ki dua maangte huye hum bahar aa gaye. Vahan se ajmer ka bazaar ghumne nikle aur mango masala hotel main swadisht khana kha kar hotel vapis laut aaye.Agle din subah nashta karke ajmer shahr dekhne nikal gaye. sabse pahle sai mandir gaye. Subah subah sai baba ke darshan kiye aur aage ghumne chal diye. Prthiviraj chauhan smarak dekha. Ye smarak us vir yodha ki Muhammad ghori ke oopar viajay ka prateek hai. Smarak ke peeche pahadi par taragrh kila dikhai deta hai jo smarak ki shobha aur badha deta hai. Vahan ki mati chum kar us veer yoddha ko salaam karte huye adhai din ka jhonpra dekhne nikal gaye. Qutub-ud-din-aibak dwara banai gai ye masjid kahte hain dhai din main tyyar ho gai thi aur ek mandir ki jagah bani thi isilye mandir ki bhi jhalak dikhai deti hai.Vahan se akbar ka qila dekhne nikle. Mughal samrajya ki top, banduke, bhale,talwar aur bahut si cheezen sangrahalya main rakhin hain aur mughal samrajya ke bare main jankari de rahin hain. Fr soniji ki nasiyan dekhne gaye. Ye ek jain mandir hai jo apni swarn nagri ke liye mashhoor hai. Mandir ke peeche ek bade hall main swarn nagri bani hai jo bahut sailniyon ko akarshit karti hai. Sonyji ki nasiya ke baad annasagar jheel dekhi. Maharaja Annaji dwara banai gai ye adbuth jheel lagbhag 13km main faili hai. Is khubasurat jheel ke paas thodi der tahal kar hum pushkar ke liye nikal gaye..Pushkar ajmer se 14-15 km ki doori par hi hai. Arvalli pahadiyon se hote huye dopahar tak pushkar pahuche. Resort pahuch kar khana khaya, thodi der araam kiya aur fr shaam ko brahma ji ke mandir ke liye nikle. Pushkar isi mandir ke liye jana jaata hai. Ye mandir jagat pita brahmaji ke kuch hi mandiro main se ek hai aur isi mandir ki vajah se pushkar ko paanch dharmik sthano main se ek maana jaata hai. 2000 saal purane is mandir ki vastu kala dekhne yogya hai. Om brahmadevay namah, brahmaji ke darshn kiye, mandir main chandi ka kachua bana hai uske darshan kiye aur fr bahar aa gaye. Mandir ke paas hi dharmik pushkar jheel hai. Maana jaata hai brahma ji ke kamal ki kuch pankhudiya girne se ye jheel bani thi. Aur isiliye shahar ka naam pushkar(pushp) pada tha. Jheel ke paas thodi der baithe aur fr pushkar ka bazaar dekhne nikal gaye. Rajsthani vastuyon aur videshi sailaniyo se bhara pushkar ka bazaar dekhne yogya tha. Humne ek scooty le li thi. Ab raat ho gai thi, Hazaron café se bhara Pushkar shakahariyon ka jannat kaha jaata hai. Humne funkymonkey café pe khaya aur resort laut aaye. Agle din suryauday dekhne savitri mandir jaana tha isliye jaldi so gaye.Agle din subah jaldi uth kar tyyar huye aur 5 baje savitri mandir ke liye nikal gaye. Brahmaji ki pahli patni savitri ji ka yah mandir ratnagiri pahadi par bana hai. Kahte hain brahmaji se naraz hokar savitriji yahan aa kar baith gait hi. Lagbhag 5:30 baje chadhai shuru ki aur aadhe ghante main oopar pahuch gaye. Subah subah pahadi par chadhna bhi alag hi anubhav tha. Jab oopar pahuche to aarti shuru hui thi. Pahle aarti ki aur fr bahar surya uday dekhne ke liye ek chabootra bana tha vahan aakar baith gaye. Chai peete peete aravali ki pahadiyon main se nikalta hua suryauday dekha. Adbhut,apoorv,alaukik har shabd us khoobsurat drishya ke liye kam tha. Suryauday dekh kar vapas niche aa gaye. Aakar nashta kiya ek baar fr brahma mandir darshan karne chale gaye. Thodi der mandir main hi baithe aur fr scooty se lambi sair pr nikal gaye. Lautte huye ek dhabe par rajasthan ka prasidhdh dal bati churma khaya. Swadisht dal baati kha kar resort laut aaye. Shaam ko nikle aur bazaar hote huye ek ghaat par suryaast dekhne baith gaye. Aravali main Chupta hua suraj aur jheel main padti uski parchai dekhne yogya thi. Kuch log sitar jaisa koi vadya yantra pr rajasthani lok geet baja rahe the. Poori shaam vahin baitha raha aur us khoobsurat drishya ko dekhta raha. Raat ko khana khaya fr puskar ke mashhoor malpuye khaye aur resort aa gaye.Agle din vapis delhi ke liye nikalna tha. Subah uth kar resort main hi araam kiya. Alag alag chidiyon ki awaaz bahut meethi lag rahin thi. Resort se nikal kar sabse pahle scooty vapis ki. Pushkar se ajmer aaye aur delhi ke liye fr shatabdi pakdi. Raat tak main rajsthan ki khoobsurti sanskriti aur paripati ko man main basaye delhi aa gaya tha.Jab pushkar gaya tha tab pushkar mele ke bare main bahut suna tha parantu dekh nahin paaya tha. Pushkar jaisi jagah main baar baar ja sakta hun aur agar mauka prasiddh mele ko dekhne ka mile to baat hi kuch aur hai. Jo suna aur jaana hai use jeena chahta hun.
AJMER(2 days)From udaipur i made my way to ajmer (city of khawaja moinuddin chisti). Ajmer is one of the most famous and the oldest city of rajasthan built by ajaymeru chauhan later the throne was passed to prithviraj chahuan (last hindu ruler of india). This place is surrounded by the aravali ranges from all the sides and it encapsulates some marvels between them.
306 Kms from Ambaji
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Pushkar is full of colour, culture, warmth and joy! The first thing that attracts one to Pushkar is perhaps the colourful streets lined with small shops and hopeful faces. The route from Ajmer to Pushkar is stunning and unlike any other route in Rajasthan. It's quite hilly and hence surprising. Pushkar is a very small town and its first glimpse is astonishing for first timers who are expecting a big town. The town is very famous for its numerous temples, serene lake and lovely market. Do visit Pushkar Lake during the evenings, since afternoons here are quite hot unless you are visiting during peak winters. There is also a small temple next to the lake and though the temple is beautiful, the priests here make it difficult to sit in peace. They constantly pester you to perform pujas and it's a little annoying when all you want is to enjoy a few moments of silence. The market next to the temple and lake is quite fun to explore and there is tons you can take back including bangles, bandhini sarees and dupattas, palazzos and stunning silver jewellery. Don't forget to have the kachoris next to the temple since they are perhaps the best you'll have in Pushkar. Reaching Pushkar is hassle-free since there are tons of buses plying from and to major cities and it would be best to combine Ajmer and Pushkar in one trip. Do choose a traditional homestay to spend your vacation in Pushkar and you'll have an unforgettable experience!Read More
Hot Air Ballooning at Pushkar Fair, RajasthanPushkar Mela is by far the biggest & undoubtedly the most popular fair in Rajasthan. Its been traditionally a potpourri of various cultural, religious & trading activities retaining its old world magnificence & offering a captivating experience to tourists.Over the years, few very exciting “touristy” activities have come up in Pushkar, namely customized camel & jeep safari’s. Service providers are mostly professionally managed outfits and do manage to provide a wider perspective about the Pushkar hinterland to visiting tourists.The “must do” activity however is take a flight on board a hot air balloon.Yes, you read that right!! Pushkar Mela is the only festival of its kind which gives you an opportunity to fly aboard a hot air balloon. Pushkar has in fact also hosted two international hot air balloon festivals in 2013/14 attended and flown by pilots from various countries.Curated and managed by Jaipur based “Sky Waltz Balloon Safari” which is India’s first and largest commercial hot air ballooning company offers daily sunrise and afternoon flights on all seven days of the fair.The unique topography of the Pushkar countryside, vast fields, undulating sandy hillocks, hordes of camel and cattle, the distant view of the grand lake surrounded by numerous old temples, the rural children running below waving upwards in unabashed happiness makes up for a truly memorable experience.
After reaching that place I was quite taken aback by the hustle and bustle of the area. I expected it to be quiet and religious but it has every essence of being a charming market. You can spot different ages and cultures of people there. The shops were selling local jewelleries and shoes (made of camel leather as they claim). One can spot necklaces with colorful beads on it. I was amazed to see the colorful covers of the swords on display in the shops. You can also find some babas selling flowers and prashads for the temple. After my visit to the temple, I moved to the sacred pond where most of the people bath to clean their sins. The pond is well maintained and organized by the authorities. There are separate changing rooms available. Many people also perform pujas and rituals on the ghats. You will find many Indians having tarpans on the ghats.The only negative thing I witnessed was the bathing of people with soaps and even animals were finding their way in the ponds.
3. Explore the sacred land of Pushkar and AjmerTravelling from Delhi to Pushkar via public transport costs merely Rs 500. But the luxury of the whole affair awaits at the destination. The Pushkar Lake and the prominent Brahma Temple will leave you immensely awestruck and will prepare you for what is to come ahead. Staying at Ajmer will be a better option since it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic journey from Pushkar to Ajmer, while also finding a better deal for your stay.
Pushkar is only 11km from Ajmer, separated from it by rugged Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain). It was a hot day. On my way, A kid probably 9 year old had Vomiting. His Parents tried their best to control the situation but of no use. I always carry important medicines with me. So I offer him my water bottle and gave him medicine and advised to see a doctor when the bus arrive.After nearly half an hour, the bus reaches at Pushker. I had nimbu pani and rested for some time. It was not a good idea to go out in that hot weather. meanwhile, I talked to other people at the shop.
According to the Hindu scripture Padma Purana, Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha trying to kill his children and harassing people. He immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower. In this process, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating three lakes: the Pushkar Lake or Jyeshtha Pushkar (greatest or first Pushkar), the Madhya Pushkar (middle Pushkar) Lake, and Kanishtha Pushkar (lowest or youngest Pushkar) lake. When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place where the flower fell from Brahma's hand as "Pushkar". So here is a temple of Jagatpita Brahma. Food in Pushkar is delicious, you'll get authentic and western, depends on choice you want to eat.
Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples are not very old because many temples were destroyed during Muslim conquests in the area. Subsequently, the destroyed temples were rebuilt. The most famous among all is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century CE. Very few temples to Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world.
According to Hindu religion, after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for worship, then salvation is not achieved. According to the Hindu calendar Pushkar Fair commences in Nawami (ninth day of fortnightly phases of moon) and ends in Purnima (Full Moon) in the month of Kartika (October or November according to the lunar calendar). In Pushkar, one of the biggest Cattle Fair is also held for trading purposes and the best cattle in all categories are awarded. Countless people in their colourful attire gather to take a dip in the Holy Lake and pray to the deities. The whole town comes alive with vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional entertainment competitions. Pushkar, with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10–15 days duration is a year round destination. It is a mellow town by the great lake of Pushkar amidst the perfume of jasmine and rose flowers. About 4,000 to 6,000 visitors from all over the world come to Pushkar every day. Pushkar is also famous for its annual fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) held in November.
Pushkar fair continues for five days and these five days are a period of relaxation and merry-making for the villagers. This fair time is the most busy time for them, as this is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country. Animals, including over 50,000 camels, are brought from miles around to be traded and sold. Trading is brisk as several thousand heads of cattle exchange hands. All the camels are cleaned, washed, adorned, some are interestingly shorn to form patterns, and special stalls are set up selling finery and jewellery for the camels. Camels at the Pushkar fair are decorated with great care. They wear jewellery of silver and beads. There are silver bells and bangles around their ankles that jangle when they walk. An interesting ritual is the piercing of a camel's nose. It has more than 400 temples including the only one temple in India dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe.
Tourists can explore the rugged terrain of the Great Indian Desert of Thar using camels. The Aravalli Range here is one of the world's oldest mountain ranges, and has sandy fields, small dunes, beautiful hills and mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets. The camel safaris in Pushkar will take tourists to destinations where they will witnesses small villages along the way and during crop harvesting, the views are exceptionally enticing. Ghats at Pushkar lake. Ajmer is the nearest tourist attraction that lies outside the city boundaries of Pushkar.
According to legend, Brahma was in search of a place for Mahayagna and he found this place suitable. After a long time, Brahma came to known that a demon, Vajranash, was killing people here so the Lord intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process the parts of flower fell on three places which were later known as Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. After this Brahma performed a yagna to protect this place from demons. The consort of Brahma, Savitri, were needed to offer Ahuti for the yagna but she was not there that time so Gayatri, a local girl, was married to brahma and performed yagna. This act made first wife of Brahma, Savitri, angry and she cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only.