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Places to visit in Barmer: Kiradu Temple, Barmer Fort and Garh Temple, Shri Nakoda Jain Temple, Chintamani Parasnath Jain Temple, Juna Fort and Temple HOW TO REACH BARMER By Air: The nearest airport is at Jodhpur around 220 km from Barmer....
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291 Kms from Barmer
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 city. 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 city, 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
Udaipur, the City of Lakes is one of the most beautiful cities in India. With its stunning lake, Heritage Resorts, Luxurious hotels and the traditional Rajasthani culture; Udaipur makes for the perfect travel destination. However, if you’re done exploring this gem, there are many places to visit near Udaipur.
Udaipur is rightly called the Venice of the East. There are so many luxurious heritage resorts in here that its tough to choose the best hotel for a stay! From havelis to grand palaces, to humble homestays; the options are many. Below are some of the best hotels in Udaipur!
Udaipur remains one of the best places in Rajasthan for a romantic escape. Fondly called the Venice of the East, Udaipur makes for a true luxury escape, with its beautiful properties, serene lanes and heritage palaces. The pristine Lake Pichola makes this city even more amazing. There’s only one palace located in the midst of Lake Pichola, which is Taj Lake Palace. The mesmerising resort is truly one of a kind! A perfect backdrop for royal weddings & magical honeymoons, the Taj Lake Palace is incomparable.
Udaipur, the city of lakes is yet another mystical place whose richness cannot be experienced through the obstructions of car windows. It is best to feel the royal air of Udaipur as you cycle along its historic lanes and roads.1. Lakecity Loop: 25km, 3 hoursThis tour is one that will introduce you to the most seminal locations of this historic capital city of Mewar. This bicycle tour will cover the Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, and Badi–the major attractions of Udaipur. You will ride through obscure hamlets, observe village-dwellers as they go about their daily chores and interact with their reality just by travelling on a bicycle. Cost: INR 2,000 (Gear and refreshments incl.)
Reached Udaipur on 5th September , I checked into Lake view guest house near lake Pichola . The guest offered a over the top scenic view of Lake Pichola and showed the exquisite vastness of Udaipur . All the tourist spots are near Lake Pichola so it is always better to get your lodging near it . I went to the footover bridge near Ganghor Ghat to get a glimpse of the Lake pichola and the vibrant appearance of its outskirts which was glimmering with the morning sun. Soon I started my ride to the Fateh Sagar lake around 5kms from there . And rightly called as City of Lakes , the water surrounding the beautiful Nehru Palace gushed outside the fences and wet my feet . Turning my back , my vision was framed by the picturesque lush green mountains that seemed not so far away with the sun's glare dazzling on the palace on the top of it .
Day 6: September 22, 2015:I had already travelled about 1800 kms and it was time to get the bike serviced. I woke up early to get the motorcycle serviced and went in search of the Royal Enfield Service Center, which was to open only at 9:30 AM. The break shoe had completely worn out and had to be changed. This was how my motorcycle was, after riding through all that rain and slush.When i left Udaipur towards Jodhpur, I had to travel via falna and the distance was about 260 kms in all. I met this young kid, 14 years old, named Laxman. He made some nice tea for me, in the middle of the Aravalli ranges, enroute to Jodhpur.Just as I touched the national highway (that leads to Jaipur) and stopped at a dhaba, I realised that one of my travel bags was missing. I rode back, 75 kms, until Falna to check if the bag had accidentally fallen off. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it and had to give up on it. When I reached Jodhpur it was almost 10:30 PM and I was desperate to find a hotel and settle down. Luckily, the hotel guys had couple of beer, which I badly needed at that hour.I had travelled about 420 kms, including the 150 kms that i had to ride back to Falna and back.
Udaipur! The name is so much linked to my heart and what can be better than writing about your own city. So I decided to pen down my first post dedicating it to ‘the City Of Lakes- UDAIPUR’ ????This city of romance is one of the most lovable and preferred places for most of the travelers.Well Well Well! Am not here to advertise my city ???? I would rather list down all the things that might assist you to explore the city in a better way. Rest assured, your comments after visiting the city would explain its beauty ????So let me tell you whether you are planning a school trip for children, or you wanna hang out with your college buds, or you want to book a destination wedding here, or you want to plan your special honeymoon, or you want to visit with your family in vacations, OR you want to travel here solo. The city will treat you with a gratifying pleasure ????Here are some of the jaw dropping places you must visit:
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.
192 Kms from Barmer
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
A royal start to your married life
Next morning I left for Jodhpur around 270kms from Udaipur . Reached jodhpur around 3pm I checked in to Patwa Haveli near sarafa Bazar which was quite close to other tourist spots .That day I visited the Kaylana lake , an artificial lake built by Maharana Pratap Singh in 1872 . I sat there with silence when the sun was about to set , the bird were sleeping , the wind was still and it looked like I was floating on glass and I was the one with nature flowing in its sedateness . Quite tired with day long labour , I preferred loitering around the bazaar , interactng with the locals and ending my day with a delicious Butter Chicken and Lachcha Parathe and a peaceful slumber .
Vlog 3: Sun City Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort:Mehrangarh Fort located in Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in India, You can see the fort from anywhere in the city. you have to cross seven gates to reach the fort. These gates still bears the marks of various battles fought especially the second gate which stands tall even after the canon ball hit. The fort contains huge palaces, courtyards, Galleries & Temples. you can also see the entire city from the top & wonder why these houses were painted blue & Why the city is called blue city.Jaswant Thada :A memorial for a father by son – No one heard right ? Jaswant Thada is one such white marble mausoleum built near to the fort by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father. This memorial is popularly called as “Tajmahal of Marwar”.This place contains the portraits of several rulers of Jodhpur dating back to 13th century.An interesting and unique aspect associated with the complex is a memorial to a peacock which is believed to have flown into a funeral pyre.Umaid Bhawan Palace:The Youngest Palace in India and the last royal palace built before the independence of India. This is one of the largest private residence in the world.The palace is now maintained by “The Taj Group”. Though only a small section is available to general public for museum , one can see through the luxury of the palace.Mandore Garden:Mandore was once a capital city before the king abandoned it and moved to Mehrangarh Fort. This place witnessed several invasions, it was believed that was the reason the capital is moved to mehrangarh fort as it gives better protection.you can see here the ruins of different sculptures. Those Structures were like beautiful temples with numerous carvings and a lush green garden also.
Day 9: September 25, 2015:I continued my journey towards Jaipur from Jodhpur. As the day started, I wanted to visit the Bullet Baba (aka Om Banna) Temple. It was pretty hard to find this small temple on the Pali Jodhpur highway. By the time I went to the temple to see the "Bullet" god, it was about 11 AM. It was time to leave to Jaipur.
Day 7: September 23, 2015:I headed towards Jaisalmer from Jodhpur, roughly 300 kms away. Just as the day began, I saw a mini-bus burning in the middle of the highway. Police were deviating vehicles to rejoin the highway on the other side, some distance away.Stopped at this war memorial, on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. There was a nice canteen, and it was lunch time.One guy offered me a stay at the San Sand Dunes, 40 kms away from Jaisalmer, into the Thar Desert. I didn't have sufficient money and needed internet access to break 2 of my recurring deposits. I had to stay at one of the hotels that had Wifi and use the internet that night.There wasn't much other than the historically designed buildings to see around town. The motorcycle and I needed some rest until we head to Longewala the next morning.Jodhpur - Pokhran - Jaisalmer.
Monsoon is a treat for bus journeys, you cross green fields with occasional drizzles in between. These showers become wilder as you move towards Kota. You know that you are in the heart of Aravalis. One can only imagine how Mount Abu would look amidst all the mist and clouds. The night I started for Kota, three direct buses for Mount Abu cancelled and I had to change my plans and I went to Bundi instead.When I reached Bundi, I was almost confused. For once I felt that somehow I am teleported back to Himachal. I was back between green mountains covered with clouds. This was a bluer city than what I saw in Jodhpur. For three days I stayed in Bundi, I kept wandering on the top of the fort to see clouds play hide and seek with the city below. For a traveller, Bundi is a mesmerizing place to be and during the monsoon the beauty simply multiplies.
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.
282 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - July,August,September,October
One of Gujarat's most beautiful places, Kutch is nature's masterpiece. The vast barren land with spurts of colour is an enchanting sight and the White Desert, as it's fondly called, is what travellers' dreams are made of. The Rann of Kutch is filled with sea water during monsoons and with salt water, immediately after. Only on a few islands will you find signs of vegetation enough to sustain the life here. The Rann is made of almost 16 tribes and most tribes have distinct cultures, different languages and a way of life that is drastically different. During your trip here, do make sure to spend time with the tribes here. Not only will you learn a little more about the locals here but the experience tends to become quite memorable. Do visit Aina Mahal, Bhuj Museum, Prag Mahal and Mandvi beach. For adventure enthusiasts, do try the camel safari, stay at the camps under the stars and experience everything one usually doesn't. Of course, a visit here during Rann Utsav is unmatched. For shopaholics, there is a plethora of goodies to take back home, including silver jewellery, handicrafts, bandhani and applique work. Do choose your stay option carefully since that will add to your experience here in Kutch. Numerous options have been added to this town's growing list of hotels and you can easily choose the kind of holiday you want.Read More
The white salt desert should be a major reason why you should visit this place. A trip during winter is recommended as the place comes alive. The Rann Festival which is organised during the months of December and February attracts huge crowds. However, if you want to avoid crowds, visit the place after the peak season. The area is known for various crafts, embroidery work as well as animal sanctuaries. You can also pay a visit to Bhuj before Kutch. The beautiful beach there is sure to be relaxing. The alleys with the typical houses and buildings are the best attractions. These have traditional Gujarati styles of architecture and designs on them which tell you a lot about their building styles and how it has evolved from the earlier days. This is no doubt one of the best weekend getaways from Ahmedabad. The whole town is built around the Bhuiyo Dungar Hill from where it derives the name. The other attractions here are the Aina Mahal, The Kutch Museum, which is known to be the oldest here and the bell tower in the Prag Mahal.Distance from Ahmadabad - 400 Km
6. Kutch: While talking about places to visit in the monsoon in India, one cannot forget the mesmerizing landscapes of Kutch. Deemed as the largest salt desert in India, the Great Rann of Kutch is a carpet of the crystal as far as the eyes can see. The region is inhabited by tribal communities, and their culture and traditions draw a large number of tourists to their land. Every year the Rann Mahotsav turns these barren lands to a myriad coloured kaleidoscope with its three month long festivities. In addition to its rich cultural diversity, Kutch is also a land of adventure. The very famous wildlife safaris, rappelling, and trekking are thrilling experiences to look out for. In order to reach Kutch, Kutch Express is available from Bombay via Ahmedabad to Gandhidham.
Kutch has always been known for its wealth of culture and handicrafts. And when you're here on a holiday, one thing that you really do not want to miss is exploring a few local art forms. Kutch produces some of the world's most unusual textile products, as well as intricately crafted metal works. In the book, Kachchh: The Last Frontier, author Tejinder Singh sums it up pretty well: "The intricate embroidery stems from the Kutchi lifestyle... One can see the influences of the Cretan stitch of Greece, surface interlacing stitches from Armenia and the French tambouring techniques. It is a reflection of their lifestyle... of camels, peacocks, parrots, flowers, trees and women churning milk. Each pattern tells a story." The best way to experience local art forms in Kutch, however, is by village hopping. As you pass through various artisan villages of the indigenous tribes that inhibit the district of Kutch, you find a striking contradiction. But one needs days to explore them all, or perhaps even a week. But those who have only one day in hand, can take a drive along the dusty road, and explore the humble village of Nirona.
One simple inspiration for people to visit Kutch, from as far as outside of India, is to explore its two natural landscapes: one is the While Desert, which comes with all those dramatic sunsets and full-moons we end up here looking for; and the other, the vast barren flatlands (or the crack-lands). During my 25 days of backpacking across Gujarat, out of which a fair share was spent in exploring the Great and Little Rann of Kutch, I found a few impressive and offbeat sites - that were far better than the Great Rann of Kutch located near the tent city of Dhordo. The White Rann near Dhordo, as I found out, was crowded and has been turned partially brown (from white) due to its overexposure to tourists. It was moreover impossible to hear the silence here and enjoy the moment on your own, as I apparently did in the more isolated and offbeat corners of White Rann.
Dropping at Bhuj, i got a car that took a thousand to my place of stay in Kutch, the Rann Homestay. Finalllyyy much awaited Kutch! Hell tired from the journey i dozed off to sleep. It was one in the afternoon when i woke up! The sun beaming high up in the sky, no sign of cool weather, the tents swaying to the tune of the wind, sight of arid spaces all around, but the best view out of my bhunga or hut was the lunch being laid out in buffet! chawal, roti, ghee, gur, two types of sabzi, daal and papad! Filling my tummy with as much food as possible, i got dressed to visit the white desert! since the home-stay was far, i had to avail some conveyance. at the site, one needs a permit from the tourist facilitation center and pay 100 per person to take you up to a certain spot from where again you got to walk or ride the camel/camel cart to view the white desert ultimately!
I and my 2 office friends started the trip from ahmedabad by our own car. We started our journey 8 am in morning towards MATA NO MADH a very famous temple of Ashapura mata in kutch. We riched there by 6pm and then we headed towrds NARAYAN SAROVAR which is 43km from mata no madh. NARAYAN sarovar is the last place before pakistan border and after narayan sarovar there is Arabian sea and from there pakistan border is just 40km. There is a KOTESHWAR temple also. Here you will find desert on the one side and arabian sea in the other side which is very amazing.
Kutch Bustard SanctuaryIf you’re trailing the Great Indian bustard, Lesser florican bustard, and Macqueen’s Bustard, you can’t miss this sanctuary. The two-square-kilometre area was declared a sanctuary for the Great Indian bustard in 1992 and it is the only place it is found.The Details: The nearest airport is Bhuj, 110 kilometres away; the railway station is Nalia, 20 kilometres. You can stay at Radisson Hotel Kandla (radisson. com) in Gandhidham. The entry to the sanctuary is free on all days.Watch out for the Great Indian Bustard at the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary.Flamingo CityThe world’s largest flamingo colony, Flamingo City is a lake in the desert where half a million flamingos fly to every year to nest. The best time to visit the area is in the winter months when it becomes the breeding ground for flamingos, pelicans, and avocets.The Details: You can only visit the area on a camel. The starting point is Khavda, 66 kilometres from Bhuj. You can take a flight from Mumbai to Bhuj or take the Bhuj Express or the Kutch Express from Ahmedabad. You can stay at City The VIllage Resort (citythevillage.com) in Bhuj.
Kutch is full of Culture,communicative people, mouth watering food and alluring places.There were so many attractive places in this district to visit which we had covered in 4 days.The "Bandhni" handicrafts works done by Gujarati People is a must buy item from Bhuj.Talking about Gujarati food we had tried from street foods to good restaurant of Bhuj,it was really tasteful and you should try it.The temperature is good between December and Feb so we had planned our trip during that time.I read somewhere that Bhuj is Jaisalmer of Gujarat ,after reaching there i found it was correct as the temperature and location at Indo-pakistan border is quite similar with Jaisalmer.
A must visit place especially during Rann of Kutch Utsav. Enjoy walking on the white desert, the culture of Kutch and the beauty of Tent City. One can shop for authentic craftswork and other items here at Hodka. try visiting this place during the full moon day to enjoy the safari in white desert twice.
141 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January- March and October- December
The name of the city means The Hill Fort of Jaisal. The Golden City of India is known mainly for the beautiful sand dunes, marvelous palaces and old bungalows, the tranquility of the Jain Temples and of course the view of the Thar Desert. The state is full of color and is enriched with the love of art and culture. Not just the camel safaris, but sitting with the folk singers and enjoying their music about everyday life in Rajasthan is sheer bliss. The music of Jaisalmer is a mixture of folk and Indian Classical. Their language is influenced from Sindh and is a bit different from typical Rajasthani. The Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer Fort and the Desert National Park are among the many attractions in the beautiful city. The climate is extreme so cover your body whenever you are out to escape from the heat of the sun. Read More
Day 3: Sand dunes, Kuldhara, Lodurva and Jaisalmer FortThe next morning we headed on to see the above three mentioned places, all in the same direction and really close to Jaisalmer.On your way, you can also do some paragliding. On reaching sam sand dunes, you'd be offered camel rides. The view here is mesmerizing. A film shoot here is not uncommon.
Known as the golden city of Rajasthan, the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer is one of the best places in India for desert safari.1. Situated 40km from main Jaisalmer city, Sam Sand Dunes in Sam village is a unique company that provides a resort stay amidst the desert, where you can enjoy desert safari on jeeps and camels. This is a special safari, as it will take you through the local villages situated in the desert, giving you a real experience of the local culture as you safari along the deserts.Cost: On Request | Contact: 97848 44524
Our road trip began at 7am morning from Udaipur. We had 2 cars wagonr and i20. We fueled our Animal Carts and accelerated the speed. Our first destination was Jaisalmer. The roads from Udaipur to Jaisalmer is quite good. It's not as bad as the other roads in Rajasthan. on The way to Jaisalmer, we had our lunch on a roadside Dhaba which offered us a very spicy yet delicious food. It offered taste of Rajasthan. There are so many dhabas who offer full fried veg., If you're going to Jaisalmer by own vehicle, you must taste food there.Om Banna Temple:On the way to Jaisalmer, there is a place called "Om Banna Temple". It is believed that every vehicle who passes from this highway has to stop here so we did too. You will find people worshipping a bullet bike which is kept in a framed box of glass. You can Google about this story.Touched the first Destination:We reached to Jaisalmer around 6PM in evening and the very first thing was we needed to have bath. We checked into Hotel Rana Villa (Booked already on OYO rooms) and dived into Pool. Though, diving is not allowed in hotel's swimming pools but who cares, we were there to have fun.After rejuvenate session, we were all set for drinks. 2 of us went to the local market and arranged booze for us as our hotel's bar was under construction. Our hotel was having a prominent view of Famous Jaisalmer fort.After drinks and dinner we moved to our rooms for sleep.
Vlog 4; Golden City Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer:The next morning, I checked out from my hotel & took a bus to Jaisalmer from the Bombay motor circle where managed to find intrastate buses, but still its crowded not proper maintenance is done. I would have took a train to Jaisalmer but i wanted to travel by road and it cost me around 7 hrs of travel. I have reached around 5 Pm and it started raining immediately. So I just spent my evenings in my hostel’s rooftop enjoying the panoramic views of the city & the fortJaisalmers Fort:Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world. Unlike other forts where the forts are only preserved as a museum here one can see the entire city living the palace along with the kings families, for them a small portion is allocated. Here the families who were living 500 years back still living the same place in the fort.Bada Bagh:Bada Bagh is a garden complex which is located outside the city consist of number of tombs which where build by the kings for their grandfathers. One can see two different architecture in the construction of those tombs which where Hindu & Muslim architecture. It also describe about the death of the kings whether he died in a battle or a natural death. Its not a crowded places. Often you can find yourself as the only one out there but its totally worth visiting the place.Kuldhara Village:Abandoned and Cursed for Over 200 Years, The story goes like this,Some 300 years ago, it used to be a prosperous village of Paliwal Brahmins under the state of Jaisalmer. According to the legend, the evil eyes of Salim Singh, the powerful and debauched prime minister of the state, fell on the daughter of the village head and he desired to marry her by force. He threatened the village with grave consequences if they did not adhere to his wish. Instead of submitting to the order of the tyrant, the Paliwals held a council and people of 85 villages left their ancestral homes and vanished. But this was not all; before leaving, they put a curse on Kuldhara that no one will ever be able to settle in their village thereafter. To this date, the village remains barren; left almost the same as its inhabitants had left it centuries ago. It is also said that people who have tried to stay there at night have been chased away by strange paranormal phenomenon.Sam Sand Dunes:The band of dunes is about 2km long and is undeniably one of the most picturesque in the region. you have to take a two wheeler or a vehicle for hire to reach sam village. where you can negotiate with various tour operators to give camel & jeep safari with cultural dance,dinner and one night stay in tent near dunes.But these places were much crowded. If you want to explore offbeat sand dunes ask for camel rides & night stay in dunes not many people will go for that. But a camel safari in sand dunes & the view of sunset is a must to witness.Jaipur:
Day 8: September 24, 2015:Since I had to head back to Jodhpur on the 24th, I decided to leave Jaisalmer early in the morning. I left the hotel at around 5:30 AM towards longewala. I took about 2 hours to cover the 130 kms distance.I stopped to take a visit of the war memorial at longewala check post. Beyond the check post, aother 10 kms and it was the Indo-Pak border. Since vehicles weren't permitted beyond, i spent about 30 minutes and left the check post towards Jaisalmer and Jodhpur by around 8:30 AM. I wanted to go to the Tanot Mata temple which was about 30 kms away from longewala but wasn't sure if enough fuel will be available to reach Jaisalmer, where the next petrol bunk was available.I gave up on the idea of going to the Tanot Mata temple and headed towards Jodhpur. Around 1:30 PM, I stopped at a small fort converted hotel to have lunch, 100 kms before Jodhpur.I reached Jodhpur, and saw the half "burnt" bus that I had seen the day before. The place was deserted. I called up a friend (Srinath Nair) and checked into a hotel. Met him for dinner and had a good chat before he headed back home.Totally 560 kms travelled in the whole day.
4] Serai, JaisalmerAway from the hustle bustle, situated on 30 acres of desert scrub, Serai has 21 large canvas tents built on the base of Jaisalmer stone. Each tent is over a thousand square feet in size and has a covered sitting room, a relaxing area, a spacious bedroom with an attached bathroom. Serai Desert Camp and Spa will undoubtadley make your camping experience totally glamorous!Price range: ₹ 48,221 - ₹ 54,761
Looking for a relief from the rain, I decided to go to the desert city of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer. Surprisingly I was not spared by the monsoon here too. Although the rain felt kind of different over here. Jaisalmer is known to be one of the hottest towns in India. The road becomes so hot that it is known to melt rubber slippers. When it rained, the streets of Jaisalmer were filled with water. The cold water evaporated as it ran across the hot road. At first I enjoyed the sight of steam forming on the road but suddenly I realized that the hot surface has turned the water hot too. My feet started burning. I had to take cover in a safe spot.Jaisalmer fort is a mighty structure. It gives you the sight of entire Jaisalmer City and Sam Dunes. I stood on the top of the fort. At a distance I could see raining in the middle of the desert.Next evening I took a bus for Jaipur, I didn’t expect a rainfall this heavy while I was travelling from Jaisalmer. I saw multiple lightening strikes in the middle of the desert but it did.Rajasthan is a dream monsoon destination. The washed up forts, beautiful monuments and the beautiful Arawalis makes it a perfect place for a road trip. Other than the places mentioned above, there is a lot one can explore here. Although I got drenched multiple times and ended up with a running nose and cough later but the trip was worth it.Travel tip – If you are travelling multiple destinations in Rajasthan in one go, never opt for a journey that is longer than six hours. The bad condition of road is enough to break your back and dim you unwell for further journey.Best Itinerary for Rajasthan – Jaipur –Jodhpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Bundi – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Jaipur (you can mix Deeg, Shekhawati, Ajmer and Pushkar in this itinerary as per the distance and travelling time)
197 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan. Among forts and palaces, this quiet hill station is quite popular with local tourists as well as visitors from across the country. A place of great religious reverence to the Jain community, the Dilwara Jain Temple is a set of five temples, all belonging to a different century. The temples are carved out of white marble and depict scenes of Gods and Goddesses and are a must visit for their architectural brilliance. You can also spend a day at Nakki Lake. Lying in the hills, this lovely lake offers boating opportunities to visitors. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is another wonderful way to spend your time on this hill station and can take up your entire day, so do keep yourself free. For trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, the Guru Shikhar is the highest peak in the region and trekking here is a memorable and adventurous experience, though if you aren't an experienced trekker, you may need a little help! There are numerous hotels and guesthouses here, though depending on the type of traveller you are, it might be a good idea to do a little bit of research before settling on a place to stay.Read More
Mt.Abu decides to show us some Rain and Cold in the morning, we start early, back to Ahmedabad where we are supposed to meet up Shreejith. It’s a 250+ km drive back to Ahmedabad, Mt.Abu brings in a lot of crowd across the state border for obvious reasons, since Gujarat is a dry State. All along the trip, the NHAI and the required authorities deserve a clap, since the Tarmac is really commendable and we are rethinking and missing our Motorcycles which are resting back at home.
Again, the photo-frenzy begins, with wide-angles, macro, PhotoSpheres, mono, panoramas not to belittle the unprecedented DPs !! While the hunger hit us as we had missed our breakfast( lets not count the 400gms worth Paapdi which was had at a road-side dhaba at 5am) we were driving towards Mt.Abu our destination for the day. The Aravalli’s had arrived, the flat landscape of Gujrat gave way to the Northward and the Oldest Mountain Ranges (of India )standing tall boasting its Basaltic ( subject to correction ) surfaces and ginormous rocks. A small glitch as Kantibhai had some trouble entering the Rajasthan Border due to some paperwork for the vehicle getting misplaced. A few phone calls, A fine and we were through. Next stop was for some internal cooling for both the men (Shikanzi water) and the machine before the 30 odd km upwards ghat drive to Mt. Abu. A mad number of motorcycle devotees descending the ghats, with their flashy flags, chanting, not-following a number of rules of the road and with minimal road sense crossed us while we ascended ever-watchful of the recent landslides due to rains which had drained some dangerous sections of asphalt. Mt.Abu welcomes us with a nice greys, some much awaited cloud cover after a Sunny Gujarat. The temperature was pleasant, the entry to the hill station easy, considering this is the highest in the Aravallis ( Guru Shikhar being the tallest peak, approx. 1722 m. above MSL). With the N-number of devices on-charge back in our hotel room, we hog at Jodhpur Bhojanalay, a local joint, which was recommended to us by one of our contacts in Mt. Abu who also got us a good deal for our accommodation at Hotel Aravalli. The food some of us enjoyed, the DaalBati, a local delicacy, is a personal choice, some of us did not enjoy it including me. Raw Balls of Wheat!! We decide to give Kantibhai a break and leave for a short tour of Mt.Abu to check out the Dilwara Temples, but the site is a typical Tourist/Devotees mad house with a trust (with our experience of such trusts only ruining the character of these places with a host of shops, a lot of worthless memorabilia that gets the locals some chance to make quick bucks, which can be invested in producing unique goods, which may not necessarily be useful to the tourists, anyway that’s a totally different topic). So we decided not to visit the temple premise, and head back via Nakki Lake and other local hotspots back to our hotel for a quick powernap. The powernap ends up in a set of long discussions while few of us are lost in slumber, some food, some music and off to sleep for a long day ahead. We sleep early and we plan to start early.
Talking about the boarding cost, it is a little dearer as compared to the places of Himachal or call it just the long weekend be the reason for the tariffs soaring up. Also, this is the only hill station nearing the cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat which might be keeping the cost escalated. Leave the cost aside, we had real tough time nestling at the place as there were very few rooms at Abu due to sudden rush of long weekend. After relentless hunting for 1 hours in two groups we finally managed to get a decent accommodation. Talking about the amenities of the property, our hotel had a balcony, a beautiful lawn area and a lovely pet- Stella! We got ready in no time and had the mouth watering Shev bhaji, what’s kind of a synonym of food in Rajasthan for me. We have only this day for visiting places and had only half of it left after lunch. We hurried to the top most peak of the place, which they call Guru shikhar and spent some half an hour there by clicking amazing photographs.
After this we went to Mount Abu. It’s around 3 hour ride from Udaipur. We had hired a cab online for the entire mount Abu Trip at 4000 bucks and we were very fortunate to have got a really nice and chill driver who even gave us his car to drive. We left from Udaipur at 2 in the noon and reached Mount Abu at around 5.
On the first day we explored the local markets and checked out some jewelry shops that were actually cool, please do bargain as the locals here are always ready to rip you off. In the evening you can visit the famous Nakki Lake, and while you are there please do try out the soft serve ice cream cone shops that you can find almost everywhere in the market area. It is a heaven for ice-cream fanatics like myself, you can find a variety of flavours and even larger variety of toppings there.
Day 1 Mount AbuMount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan situated at an average height of 1,219 mtr's above sea level is the oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan The famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan The nearest railhead is Abu Road, about 25 kms away, in the lowlands. Abu Road is on the railway line from Ahmedabad to Marwar Junction. 9am we reached to mount abu it was very difficult to drive in the city because of too much fog we can’t see anything but keep moving slowly and reached to hotel dumped the bags and rushed to get fresh there is lots of budget hotels and guest house is available in mount abu. Mount abu is not much developed as compare to mahableswar and Panchgani. After getting fresh we headed to Guru Shikar. Guru Shikhar, a peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan, is the highest point of the Aravalli Range Located at a height of 1,722 metres, it has some 300-400 steps, to the top, which is a bit tough, but the views from the top are just awesome. The views makes it worth climbing those steps. There’s also a Dattatreya temple at the top from the top you can see the whole Abu Road you can click the picture there is also shop and tea stalls easily u can get the water, juice and snacks. You can reach Guru Shikhar by bike or Car (Note: please be careful while riding on this road its narrow and zigzag road rainy season it’s became worst) after Guru shikar we headed to Dilwara temple.
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is one of the ideal places to visit in India in May. Mount Abu is perched atop a peak made of granite and is wrapped around a lush green forests of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with a rich reserve of exotic flora and fauna. The hill town is a refreshing rescue from the scorching summer sun of the dry north-west India and also is quite popular with foreign travelers. Harboring over 80 intricately carved ancient temples, along with the admirable Jain temples of Delwara, Mount Abu is a holy place for the Jains as well as the Hindus. The Nakki Lake adds an aesthetic charm to the place.How to get there: Abu Road is the nearest railway station. It is well-connected by roads with state transport buses at regular intervals.
Just 5 hours away is Rajasthan’s only and popular hill station offering a pleasant retreat from the heat. Rolling hills dotted with several hindu temples and set amidst flowing rivers and lakes, cascading waterfalls and evergreen forests is enough to take your breath away. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Ahmedabad, Amount Abu is the place to be. Situated at an altitude of around 4000 ft and surrounded by the beautiful Nakki Lake, Mount Abu should definitely feature on the list of best places to visit near Ahmedabad. Since it is Rajasthan’s lone hill station, it definitely has a lot to offer. If you want to get away from the sweltering heat of the city, a weekend trip to Mount Abu should be high on your list. This favourite tourist hotspot has a number of famous landmarks like Sunset Point to keep you enthralled, and relaxed. This is the only hill station of Raasthan and it takes about 5 hours to reach Mount Abu from Gujarat. The main attractions here are the pleasant climatic conditions, the scenic beauty and the lakes. You can also shop for traditional Rajasthani handicrafts out here. The other popular attractions here are the Dilwara group of temples, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park and the Nakki Lake. Mount Abu is a renowned hill station that offers you and the family the chance to escape from the city. The hill station is known for its natural beauty, green hills, serene lakes, beautiful temples and other religious places of worship. The Jain community consider it an important pilgrimage site. It might be cold here but who minds a little winter chill? Tripoto recommends you visit some of the well-known places here like Nakki Lake, the Sunset Point and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, among a host of other places. If you are a history buff, pay a visit to Dilwara Jain Temples, the Adhar Devi Temple, and Achalgarh Fort. Mount Abu features on most people’s list of best places to visit near Ahmedabad within 300 kms. If the hills are your haven, Mount Abu in nearby Rajasthan is where you should be. Hills dotted with Hindu temples and surrounded by evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls and gushing rivers and lakes is what makes Mount Abu one of the prime weekend getaways from Ahmedabad.Distance from Ahmadabad - 235 Km
Day 8: Bhachau to Mt Abu 365 km
Next morning we left for Mount Abu after having a short visit to the new palace of Jodhpur. It was a long drive and we reached Mt. Abu quite late in the evening.Being so tired, we all went to sleep quickly after dinner. With the rising sun, we went to see the Dilwara temples. These are very beautiful jain temples with beautiful carvings on stones which cannot be described in words and one must see themselves.We also went to Mount Abu lake.With this our Rajasthan trip came to an end and we came back to Pune with lots of wonderful memories and of course tons of captures in our camera ☺We could not include Udaipur in this trip but that's an excuse which we have, to return to this mesmerizing state of palaces and royalities ☺This post was originally published on Mind Uncovered.
287 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The small city of Nathdwara on the banks of Banas river in Rajasthan is full of religious sentiment. Cuddled in the Aravalli hills, it is popular for being home to Shrinathji, an incarnated idol of infant Lord Krishna. Largely a faithful city, almost everything about this place is in some way or the other associated with the temple. Even their music, Haveli, is a devotional genre. The Shrinathji Temple draws pilgrims plenty but very few tourists. It is also called the Haveli of Shrinathji. The temple is very simple and non-fancy. What is captivating is the idol of Lord Krishna in an avatar where he is lifting the Govardhana Hill. Out of a large black stone is carve out the figurine of the lord with his left hand raised and the right one fisted. Aartis and shringars of the idol are performed in such fashion that it seems that the idol is indeed living. Pilgrims wait to get a glimpse of the lord when the curtain is removed. The mysticism of the idol is enigmatic for reasons unknown. Pichwai paintings are something to look out for here. The bright paintings on hand-spun fabric often depict tales from the Raas-Leela. Complete your getaway with sumptuous and delicious street food such as khaman and fafda along with piping hot masala tea.Read More
Again with the help of google went nathdwara and entered from back gate of temple, but was lucky this time too,that we reached just before Bhog time of Srinathji, so they took us in very fast without making different queue of Ladies and Gents. After darshan we visited whole temple and then had famous Phudina Tea. Then we left for Pavapuri which is around 155 kms from nathdwara.We had prebooked rooms at pavapuri dharamshala, as they are not giving walk in entry.
The day 5 was the day to move to south of Rajasthan – Barmer to be precise. Instead of taking the National Highway 68 we rode to Barmer through core Marwar region. We took the road through the Desert National Park paying a fee of Rs. 70 and crossing over to the other side towards Khuri (Khuhdi). The ride through the Desert National park was pure bliss. The deers, foxes and a few desert birds were indeed great company. The sight of untouched dunes in the middle of the road encompassed in pin drop silence was overwhelming. The road in the Desert National Park had sudden dips and jumps - roller coaster anyone? After Khuri we headed towards Chelak, Jhinjhinyali, Mungeriya, Naand, Bishala and Barmer. The entire route neither had traffic nor human population. However the sudden appearance of cattle, camels & horses did manage to scare me. The stay for the night was held at Sanchal Fort, this is a 4 star hotel that looks like a palatial fort set on the outskirts of Barmer city towards Sanchore.Route :- Sam – Khuri – Chelak – Jhinjhinyali – Mungeriya – Naand – Bishala – Barmer. Read More
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The day 5 was the day to move to south of Rajasthan – Barmer to be precise. Instead of taking the National Highway 68 we rode to Barmer through core Marwar region. We took the road through the Desert National Park paying a fee of Rs. 70 and crossing over to the other side towards Khuri (Khuhdi). The ride through the Desert National park was pure bliss. The deers, foxes and a few desert birds were indeed great company. The sight of untouched dunes in the middle of the road encompassed in pin drop silence was overwhelming. The road in the Desert National Park had sudden dips and jumps - roller coaster anyone? After Khuri we headed towards Chelak, Jhinjhinyali, Mungeriya, Naand, Bishala and Barmer. The entire route neither had traffic nor human population. However the sudden appearance of cattle, camels & horses did manage to scare me. The stay for the night was held at Sanchal Fort, this is a 4 star hotel that looks like a palatial fort set on the outskirts of Barmer city towards Sanchore.Route :- Sam – Khuri – Chelak – Jhinjhinyali – Mungeriya – Naand – Bishala – Barmer.
SHEO/SHIV, BARMERCamp Bliss: Still unknown to many, this village hosts an array of restored residential palaces that you can tour while you stay in luxury camps constructed over sand dunes. The tents are spacious and welcome you with the comfort and style of a 5-star hotel. Camp Bliss is one such company that takes their caravan to Shiv during the months of January and February. The best part is that you don’t have to go anywhere seeking Rajasthan’s natural and cultural colours. Everything comes to you outside your porch. Expect beautiful sunsets, menus that feature local delicacies, live performances b Manganiyars and folk dancers. If you still want to venture out, you can arrange for guides to take you to the nearby villages that specialise in crafts, shop great for souvenirs and a deeper experience of village life. campbliss.in
Barmer is a peaceful place wherein one can sit and relax. We had booked the Rishab Club and Resort. A wonderful place to stay.As there are very few places to see in Barmer, we first visited the Kiradu Temple. The temples are of 6th and 8th centuries with traces of the Gupta period found in the Shiva temple