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Khimsar: A touch of Rajasthan
Ol' herder at Khimsar Way to the dunes of Khimsar Khimsar Dunes Village Oasis The shades of the Khimsar fort continued to linger on my mind as I experienced the last few days of 2015 spent in Rajasthan through my lens....
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268 Kms from Khimsar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Rajasthan’s opulent capital is a magical land brimming with desert camps and lakeside palaces. Sitting on the edge of the Thar desert and surrounded by the Aravali hills, the Pink City boasts of hilltop forts, bustling bazaars and the best pyaaz kachoris you’ll ever taste. Among the places to visit in Jaipur, the grandiose pink sandstone Palace of Winds, or Hawa Mahal, towering over the hustling streetscapes and the majestic City Palace are the ones attracting the most tourists. The 18th century old astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is a UNESCO world heritage site and a major tourist attraction. Perched proudly on the top of a hill is Amber Fort, dating back to the 16th century. The red sandstone structure houses palaces, temples, gardens and a lake inside its premises. One of the most favoured things to do in Jaipur is to walk through the lively Bapu Bazaar, and come out with bags stocked with bandhani-printed sarees, lac bangles, meenakari trinkets and blue pottery. And while you’re at it, shop for some string puppets or kathputlis that make for some excellent souvenirs. Galtaji temple, also called the Monkey Temple, is another must visit. If your eyes just can't get enough, visit Amber Fort, which has its own 600-year-old story to narrate, through its spectacular light and sound shows, cultural performances and folk music. Rajasthani tailored clothes, jewellery and handicrafts are a huge hit as souvenirs, for their exquisite mirror work, embroidery, leather and splashes of colour. Some famous places this illustrious workmanship can be bought from are Rajasthali, Anokhi, Johari bazaar and Sireh Deori Bazaar, but remember to bargain. Central Museum and Albert Hall museum are great places to learn about Rajasthan's rich history and culture and also to buy handicrafts. The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literature festival, is dear to almost every bibliophile around the globe. Here, enjoy literature and music, amidst the likes of William Dalrymple, Stephen Fry and many other renowned writers and personalities. The 5-day festival is hosted in Diggi Palace, which gives people around the world an insight into Rajasthan's captivating cultural heritage. For those interested in pampering their palates with the flavourful Rajasthani cuisine against the backdrop of a picturesque village should visit Chokhni Dani. For a regal experience, a stay at the Suvarna Mahal is a must visit. Read More
Hotel GangaurThirty-second rundown: Known as the gateway to India's most flamboyant state, Jaipur is a must-visit if you're looking for a vacation that will culturally enlighten you. Book a room at Hotel Gangaur to enjoy the cultural side of Jaipur with their traditional food and decor.
While at Jaipur, we visited Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh, Nahargarh, Amber Palace, Isar Lat, Bhangarh and Chand Bawri in Abhaneri village. What stood out for me were the visits to Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh and Chand Bawri. Although the internet has detailed information about the significance of each of these places, we did hire the service of a guide in most of these places. With no exception, all guides will take you to the local handicraft emporium which sell artifacts made by local artisans. Heavy on the pockets but worth visiting at least one emporium, even if you do not intend to purchase anything.
Much like most of my other trips, my trip to Rajasthan wasn't very extensively planned. We had barely 20 days before the famous Thar Desert Festival and Desert Trek when we decided to just hop on a flight and head to the land of the Royals.We boarded our early morning flight (6AM kinda early) from Bangalore to Jaipur.
Soon we speak of elephants, a picture of majestic wild animal with a swinging long trunk with a happy face and two big white tusks emerges our memory. If you’re adventurous and had heard elephant stories, you may also think of a gigantic animal gushing towards you with all his power and speed to chase you off. However, in India, things are slightly different. If you’re an Indian, or have visited India few times, you can also think about a Hindu God resembling elephant face being worshiped in a larger than life manner. Worshiping the elephant-faced, lord Ganesha almost in every house, across entire India.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is one of the most historically preserved cities in India. The royal palaces, lip-smacking food, Rajasthani culture, fascinating history and the modernity of Jaipur making it the famous city among Indians as well as foreign visitors. The 'Pink City' as it is famously known never disappoints anyone giving a visit. It did not disappoint me as well. This city proved to be more beautiful than what is shown in photos.The Amer Fort; magnificent fort to pay a visit. This huge and incredible palace is one of the best forts I have ever been to. The size, the architecture and the beauty of the palace spell such a charm on one’s mind leaving an impression forever. Visiting this fort gives a glimpse of the rich Rajputana history.
Day 3: Jaipur: Resplendent in the hues of its noble and magnificent past, the historic city of Jaipur stands out as one of the most spectacular and culturally vibrant destinations in the world. Jaipur Palace, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Raj Mandir and the most importantly Jaipur Market, all we covered on Day 3 and in the evening we had to leave the beautiful city to get back to Delhi.
Day 10: Udaipur to Jaipur 400 Kms
The most popular tourist destinations in Jaipur can be divided into two groups. City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Albert Hall are at a stone's throw away from each other. At the other end of the city lie the Jal Mahal, Amer fort, Jaigarh fort and Nahargarh fort which can be covered together.
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268 Kms from Khimsar
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.
88 Kms from Khimsar
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:
278 Kms from Khimsar
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
After disembarking the bus, we took a cab, and the cab driver named Poonam Singh (a loquacious person) had links with one of the hotels and camp sites. So, we stayed in their hotel and choose Mika Rai Desert Safari Camp for the overnight stay. The package included sightseeing in Jaisalmer, overnight stay at the campsite, camel ride, desert safari, and meals (Total: 2300 per head).
4) Jaipur and Jaisalmer Those saffron-red sky, that golden sand. Nothing can be much soothing than watching the sun setting in front your eyes sitting on the desert sand. Visit the pink city to see the Raw Rajasthani culture. Feel the temperature changing in the desert as the night sets and let the blanket of stars cover you completely. Eat the traditional food that will make you go wow all the way.
Hotel MoomalThirty-second rundown: Named after the love story of prince Mahendra and princess Moomal, the story of this hotel is etched in history. You can get an excellent view of the Jaisalmer Fort from Hotel Moomal, while enjoying some delicious Rajasthani cuisine from its restaurant.
If you have watched the movie Border, you must be aware of the temple depicted in flick which was remained un-harmed by the numerous bombarding which happened across the LOC during 1971 war. This makes the temple special and encourages the belief in God. The drive from Jaisalmer to the temple is an experience in itself and is completely through the desert on both the sides. The seldom sight of other vehicles on the road adds to the fun in driving and instigates you to capture some pictures as well.We reached Tanot after a drive of some 2 hours from the Golden city as the distance is anywhere between 115-120 kms. The temple and a Mazaar is amalgamated together which is quite an uncommon symbol of communal harmony (Pic below). Just to add, all the cellular networks, excepting BSNL are lost when you are at distance of some 25-30 kms from Tanot. We had an important professional assignment to do for which we required internet connectivity, and we had to take a drive back for finishing the task before we could drive ahead on our itinerary.
Now it was around 2 pm and we left to Jaisalmer by bus. Now we went by bus because on the way view was genuinely worth going by bus. Reached our destination by 7 pm. We searched for a good place to stay. Now while searching for a hotel, you should always ask the local people over there, they can suggest better places to stay. We can stay in Jaisalmer fort, as the place has been converted into hotels. But we didn't got to stay over there because it was consummately booked. Determinately we got one good place to stay.
The next morning we planned to go to Tannot, 40 km from Jaisalmer, the place has a good history (The story of Tannot Temple is one such miraculous tale when the local deity Tannot Mata didn't let any Pakistani tank bomb explode in both 1965 as well as 1971 wars The legend say that in both wars more than 3,000 bombs were dropped either in the vicinity or while of the temple, but none exploded. And we can see some of those bombs in the Museum built by BSF inside the temple premises. Now the BSF has taken in charge of the temple).We hired a bike and left. The on the way view was something very different which can be seen only there. While on the way to Tannot, we get the "Gabbar ka illaka" Ramgarh, virtually 20 km from Jaisalmer. We took a break over there and again left, these places make us feel as if we our in still our past.
We traveled from Jodhpur to Jaiselmerh via Delhi-Jaiselmerh Exp. We reached Jaiselmerh around 12 PM where we have planned to head towards Sam Sand-Dunes. Our cabbie Jamserh suggested that we should visit Gadisar Lake and Patwao ki Haveli on our way.
In the middle of an arid desert around 900 years ago lived a village and all one can see now is ruins of houses that once made them home.The legend says that the king fell in love with the mukhya's daughter. Due to caste differences the marrraige was not a possibility. The king threatened the villagers , gave them 24 hours to let him marry her or they would have to leave the place. The next day when the king came to look for his love, all that was left was deserted houses and no sign of human. Its been more than 800 years and no one knows where did all this people go. It's impossible to track them now that its been all these years. Some say they died, some say they fled to Pakistan, but no one knows.To me its more than just a story of unaccomplished love, its a story of unity , its a story of a tribe leaving home for their love for each other. This unity will live in our minds only as a story for it died years ago in reality.
DAY 1 : When most of the people around me chose to celebrate their New Year’s Eve with even more people around them, I chose to be surrounded by deer and boars; at the heart of a freezing desert and under a sky full of stars. When the majority of the world was opening a bottle of champagne at 12 am, I was chasing wild animals in the back of a cruising jeep. Yes, you’re right. That’s Jaisalmer. During the day time, Jaisalmer is as one would expect it to be. Sand dunes, camels, tents and a lot of heat. But as the sun set, except for the dunes, the world out there for me changed.
Jaisalmer, a planned trip in the final semester of MA, with best friends will always be a memorable trip. The crazy time spent with five friends will be cherished in the Campus. Hats off to me who decided to drive day and night to these beautiful places and not to forget the complete guidance of another friend through Google Maps.Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". Its also nicknamed "The Golden City"( because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area) and is a world heritage site as well and lies in the heart of The Great Indian Desert "Thar Desert."
277 Kms from Khimsar
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
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.
On our daughters birthday, We visited Mount Abu, A beautiful hill station located at Gujarat -Rajasthan border. Though our trip was advance planned but all preparation was last minute. The nearest Railway station of Mount Abu is Abu Road, Next day morning we arrived at Abu Road and booked the taxi to reach our destination, after one hour driving from Abu road to Mount Abu, we reached our venue located on hills of Mount Abu, A beautiful place to stay #hotelmanekmanor.The property was amazing, services were good. We took rest, freshened up and all set to explore Mount Abu, The best part was in Mount Abu one can get Two wheeler with very nominal price and explore the city for full day.We also opted for same.
We purchased our ticket for JAIPUR and encountered with one strange, annoying and frustrated govt employee in the form of ticket handler sitting on the ticketing window aging somewhere in his 40s. He was really an annoying personality, who got mood swings with almost every passenger requesting him for the ticket. He would find some nooks in reservation form or notes every time with perfection. He even abused some but in the very next moment he was acting sober. This gave us a reason to laugh for hours to give us an unforgettable memory from MOUNT ABU. As the trains for Jaipur from Abu Road station was at 1 hour interval and last train was at 11pm and we departed by last train and there was no place to sit in any trains which passed earlier. So we had to compromise on resting our tired bumps on floor to reach our next destination. Believe me this was one of the scariest hours spent in a journey.
I had one interview for an opportunity from Bangalore and I found it too difficult to find a place from where I can take a telephonic call avoiding the hustle and chants coming from temples but somehow managed in one of the Jain temples around. I was advanced to another round after this interview to be scheduled in a week’s time. After visiting all the famous places of MOUNT ABU, we took bus back for ABU ROAD station. We had dinner at one of the famous local Dal Baati serving restaurant in market close to the proximity of railway station. After thinking of another route for future, we found out that while reaching AMRITSAR we must pass through another famous city i.e. JAIPUR as this city is approx. 5-6hrs of distance from MOUNT ABU by train. This time we were not lucky enough to seal the reserved train seats and so we decided to go without reservation on general train ticket as the distance was 5-6hrs and we had no choice.
Reception staff at hotel suggested us that there are some fixed famous points to visit in MOUNT ABU instead of hiring private taxi better go from bus as that was cheap and convenient to reach MOUNT ABU. On reaching MOUNT ABU we took fixed taxi to visit fixed places as proposed by taxi union. We visited Adhar Devi Temple, Nakki lake, Sunset point, Honeymoon Point, Dilwara Jain Temple and one another temple, where we can feed wheat dough to fishes in a lake which was really funny though. I observed their appetite to be more than mine. Adhar Devi Temple’s history was interesting as to see devi’s idol we have to go through narrow passage and there were monkeys around the temple.
150 Kms from Khimsar
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.