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Feet in the sand : A journey through Rajasthan that will make you lose track of time
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141 Kms from Pokhran
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
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.
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.
113 Kms from Pokhran
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
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)
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.
274 Kms from Pokhran
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.
308 Kms from Pokhran
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
Visiting holy towns Ajmer & Pushkar was part of my Rajasthan trip. After spending two days in Jaipur with colors and culture it was time to be part of chaos, camels and two most sacred holy places for Hindu and Muslim religion. Ajmer is 150 km from Jaipur. My plan earlier was to go there by train but later I came to know that many tourist buses available for one day trip to Ajmer & Pushkar. I found it more convenient and hassle free. I woke up early, had heavy breakfast and then took auto from my hotel to reach bus stand. Bus timing was from 9 am and by the time I reach there, bus was almost ready to leave. It was mini bus and there were hardly 7-8 more traveller for Ajmer & Pushkar trip. I thought it would be nice and quiet. But to my surprise bus driver started taking daily commuter on the road and by the time we left Jaipur, bus was fully crowded. The drive there was only three hours from Jaipur and most of it on express highways. The journey therefore was not full of many sights, so spent most of time reading newspaper and listening songs. Reached Ajmer at around 12:30 pm and but instead of visiting Ajmer Sarif first, bus headed towards Pushkar, holy town in the desert in Rajasthan.
Vlog 8: When I visited Ajmer Sharif and Bhrama temple
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
298 Kms from Pokhran
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Pushkar is full of colour, culture, warmth and joy! The first thing that attracts one to Pushkar is perhaps the colourful streets lined with small shops and hopeful faces. The route from Ajmer to Pushkar is stunning and unlike any other route in Rajasthan. It's quite hilly and hence surprising. Pushkar is a very small town and its first glimpse is astonishing for first timers who are expecting a big town. The town is very famous for its numerous temples, serene lake and lovely market. Do visit Pushkar Lake during the evenings, since afternoons here are quite hot unless you are visiting during peak winters. There is also a small temple next to the lake and though the temple is beautiful, the priests here make it difficult to sit in peace. They constantly pester you to perform pujas and it's a little annoying when all you want is to enjoy a few moments of silence. The market next to the temple and lake is quite fun to explore and there is tons you can take back including bangles, bandhini sarees and dupattas, palazzos and stunning silver jewellery. Don't forget to have the kachoris next to the temple since they are perhaps the best you'll have in Pushkar. Reaching Pushkar is hassle-free since there are tons of buses plying from and to major cities and it would be best to combine Ajmer and Pushkar in one trip. Do choose a traditional homestay to spend your vacation in Pushkar and you'll have an unforgettable experience!Read More
Pushkar is hardly 16 km from Ajmer. The mountain range known as Nag Parbat ("snake mountain") separates the Pushkar valley from the city of Ajmer. The valley is formed between the two parallel ranges of the Aravalli hills. Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India.Though the current structure dates to the 14th century, the original temple is believed to be 2000 years and legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. Here is the religious myth associated with this place (source Wikipedia) "According to legend, Brahma was in search of a place for Mahayagna and he found this place suitable. After a long time, Brahma came to known that a demon, Vajranash, was killing people here so the Lord intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process the parts of flower fell on three places which were later known as Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. After this Brahma performed a yagna to protect this place from demons. The consort of Brahma, Saraswati, were needed to offer Ahuti for the yagna but she was not there that time so Gayatri, a Gurjar girl, was married to brahma and performned yagna. This act made first wife of Brahma, Saraswati, angry and she cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only"
7] Orchard Tents & Tranquility, PushkarFifteen well-designed and perfectly decorated tents situated amidst amla, orchard and rose gardens. The camp offers activities such as kite-flying lessons, archery, cycling tours, folk dances, puppet shows, magic shows etc. Dinners are around a bonfire with traditional Rajasthani dancers. Oh and their complimentary aromatherapy session is perfect to set your mood for the evening. Price range: ₹ 6,861 - ₹ 11,927
Hot Air Ballooning at Pushkar Fair, RajasthanPushkar Mela is by far the biggest & undoubtedly the most popular fair in Rajasthan. Its been traditionally a potpourri of various cultural, religious & trading activities retaining its old world magnificence & offering a captivating experience to tourists.Over the years, few very exciting “touristy” activities have come up in Pushkar, namely customized camel & jeep safari’s. Service providers are mostly professionally managed outfits and do manage to provide a wider perspective about the Pushkar hinterland to visiting tourists.The “must do” activity however is take a flight on board a hot air balloon.Yes, you read that right!! Pushkar Mela is the only festival of its kind which gives you an opportunity to fly aboard a hot air balloon. Pushkar has in fact also hosted two international hot air balloon festivals in 2013/14 attended and flown by pilots from various countries.Curated and managed by Jaipur based “Sky Waltz Balloon Safari” which is India’s first and largest commercial hot air ballooning company offers daily sunrise and afternoon flights on all seven days of the fair.The unique topography of the Pushkar countryside, vast fields, undulating sandy hillocks, hordes of camel and cattle, the distant view of the grand lake surrounded by numerous old temples, the rural children running below waving upwards in unabashed happiness makes up for a truly memorable experience.
After reaching that place I was quite taken aback by the hustle and bustle of the area. I expected it to be quiet and religious but it has every essence of being a charming market. You can spot different ages and cultures of people there. The shops were selling local jewelleries and shoes (made of camel leather as they claim). One can spot necklaces with colorful beads on it. I was amazed to see the colorful covers of the swords on display in the shops. You can also find some babas selling flowers and prashads for the temple. After my visit to the temple, I moved to the sacred pond where most of the people bath to clean their sins. The pond is well maintained and organized by the authorities. There are separate changing rooms available. Many people also perform pujas and rituals on the ghats. You will find many Indians having tarpans on the ghats.The only negative thing I witnessed was the bathing of people with soaps and even animals were finding their way in the ponds.
3. Explore the sacred land of Pushkar and AjmerTravelling from Delhi to Pushkar via public transport costs merely Rs 500. But the luxury of the whole affair awaits at the destination. The Pushkar Lake and the prominent Brahma Temple will leave you immensely awestruck and will prepare you for what is to come ahead. Staying at Ajmer will be a better option since it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic journey from Pushkar to Ajmer, while also finding a better deal for your stay.
Pushkar is only 11km from Ajmer, separated from it by rugged Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain). It was a hot day. On my way, A kid probably 9 year old had Vomiting. His Parents tried their best to control the situation but of no use. I always carry important medicines with me. So I offer him my water bottle and gave him medicine and advised to see a doctor when the bus arrive.After nearly half an hour, the bus reaches at Pushker. I had nimbu pani and rested for some time. It was not a good idea to go out in that hot weather. meanwhile, I talked to other people at the shop.
According to the Hindu scripture Padma Purana, Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha trying to kill his children and harassing people. He immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower. In this process, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating three lakes: the Pushkar Lake or Jyeshtha Pushkar (greatest or first Pushkar), the Madhya Pushkar (middle Pushkar) Lake, and Kanishtha Pushkar (lowest or youngest Pushkar) lake. When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place where the flower fell from Brahma's hand as "Pushkar". So here is a temple of Jagatpita Brahma. Food in Pushkar is delicious, you'll get authentic and western, depends on choice you want to eat.
Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples are not very old because many temples were destroyed during Muslim conquests in the area. Subsequently, the destroyed temples were rebuilt. The most famous among all is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century CE. Very few temples to Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world.
According to Hindu religion, after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for worship, then salvation is not achieved. According to the Hindu calendar Pushkar Fair commences in Nawami (ninth day of fortnightly phases of moon) and ends in Purnima (Full Moon) in the month of Kartika (October or November according to the lunar calendar). In Pushkar, one of the biggest Cattle Fair is also held for trading purposes and the best cattle in all categories are awarded. Countless people in their colourful attire gather to take a dip in the Holy Lake and pray to the deities. The whole town comes alive with vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional entertainment competitions. Pushkar, with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10–15 days duration is a year round destination. It is a mellow town by the great lake of Pushkar amidst the perfume of jasmine and rose flowers. About 4,000 to 6,000 visitors from all over the world come to Pushkar every day. Pushkar is also famous for its annual fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) held in November.
Pushkar fair continues for five days and these five days are a period of relaxation and merry-making for the villagers. This fair time is the most busy time for them, as this is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country. Animals, including over 50,000 camels, are brought from miles around to be traded and sold. Trading is brisk as several thousand heads of cattle exchange hands. All the camels are cleaned, washed, adorned, some are interestingly shorn to form patterns, and special stalls are set up selling finery and jewellery for the camels. Camels at the Pushkar fair are decorated with great care. They wear jewellery of silver and beads. There are silver bells and bangles around their ankles that jangle when they walk. An interesting ritual is the piercing of a camel's nose. It has more than 400 temples including the only one temple in India dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe.
201 Kms from Pokhran
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Bikaner is said to be the most colourful of all the cities of Rajasthan. It is not as developed as the other touristy places and that's probably why it still holds the Rajasthani spirit in its true form and colour. A maze of narrow streets, fort walls and fine old Havelis outline this medieval city. The Karni Mata Temple is believed to be the holiest temple in all of the city. Thousands of rats, who are considered pious, flock and run about the temple and are protected, worshipped and even fed. Rajput art and architecture shines in all its glory in this desert city with forts, palaces and temples modelled with red and yellow sandstone. Most of the palaces, such as the Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lallgarh Palace have been turned into heritage hotels, where you may consider staying. Amongst all others, the colossal that stands out is the Junagarh Fort. The many palaces, temples in the premises are now preserved as museums and upholds the grandiose lifestyle of the past Maharanas. There are also a couple of notable Jain temples, the famous most being Jain Temple Bhandasar. Starting from Kalbeliya and Ghoomar dances to the taste and aroma of Dal Baati Churma, lehsun ki chutney and the sweetness of ghevar and halwa, from camel rides to sand dune camping, Bikaner is an array of experiences.Read More
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The next morning, hotel guy dropped us till railway station. There was no direct train from Jaisalmer, so we had to go to Bikaner. Reached Bikaner afternoon 2 pm, we explored the locals market over there and had some famous bikaner sweets and namkeens.If planning for a bike trip then do experience the ride from Jaisalmer to Tannot, I am sure you will definitely love that moment.This trip was something very different from all my trips till now, i experienced faith, the belief, the pride of our Indian Army, the Dessert life,the scare..........i missed the pictures of my trip so couldn't share.“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else - above all, a travel bureau - arrange everything before-hand?” ― Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero
If you have been to too many hill stations how about the sandy landscape for a change? Bikaner lies 451 kilometres and seven and a half hours away from Delhi. The city is famous for its art and culture, adventure filled activities like hiking, wildlife safari trips and majestic forts. Locate in the north western part of Rajasthan, this place was established by Rao Bikaji in the year 1488 and is resplendent with ancient palaces, temples and mysterious landscape. Bikaner is a great way to unwind and one can opt for a ride on the back of a camel. The best time to be here would be during the winter months of October through March. Do carry lots of sunscreen if you decide to pay Bikaner a visit.
Day 5, Bikaner: “Having to ride 400 odd kms, I started early morning and covered good 200kms non stop through some of the best scenic roads cutting through the desert. At the pitstop, I came across this Fanta looking like local drink in a coke bottle. Some times on the road we need to take chances and I did try it. It was good but still I don’t know what it actually was. Reaching Bikaner in the evening I visited the oldest market near the kote gate, tried some Bajre ki roti desi ghee, ghud and churma desert. This was my last night in Rajasthan and being a little nostalgic I got reminded of dad who use to make me churma always whenever I didn’t like the food prepared at home”.Day 6, Back to Delhi via Haryana: Sonia says many thoughts were running on her mind with the amazing time and experiences she had. “I realized that in our country, every 100 kms things are different and beautiful. The food, the language, people, perceptions and almost every other thing. When I entered Haryana, I found cucumber which I didn’t find in the entire state of Rajasthan. I didn’t see any flies in Rajasthan and 3km Haryana stretch was filled with flies.Fitting luggage on the speed triple where my saddle bag was burnt a little, managing cash during this demonetization time, riding through some harsh weather conditions all only added to my experience of Rajasthan and with the names like pink city, golden city, blue city.. Yes! All of this made it a colorful ride indeed. I am back in the city and I am already planning my next travel plans and adventures. When you’re back home thinking about having lived a life you had always wanted, you say it to yourself- Yes I did #LiveLifeTo other women of this country, Sonia says “There is a lot of perseverance, hard work, consistency and patience behind every picture or a video I captured on this journey. I had my own ups and downs to overcome and accomplish this road trip where I brought Rajasthan through my eyes riding a motorcycle. Working daily for hours and sometimes into the nights, sending mails or making calls it took a lot to ride my dream super bike for 6 days and I did it. If I could, anyone else could excel in their fields or go beyond conventions to live a life they always wanted to”.
Our day started at 7.30 am with a heavy breakfast and a quick briefing. The cool morning air was pleasant and rewarding as we rode through the interiors towards Churu. Additional prize was being greeted by peacocks who strolled the villages like poultry. The sunrise here was beautiful and comforting while we rode further towards Ratangarh. Although, Ratangarh did have a straight highway that lead to our destination – Bikaner; we didn’t the ride to end so soon. So, we took a detour further to Chhapar, riding to Bidasar. The route from Bidasar to Shri Dungargarh had a very bad broken patch of 20 odd kms but surprisingly The Himalayan spared me the worry of riding slow. It conquered the potholes and every rough patch like a boss. I loved standing on the footpegs and jumping over the potholes like it was nobody’s business. Shri Dungargarh to Bikaner is a National Highway which lead us straight to our resort Marudyan, which was just 4-5 kms before the Bikaner city. Marudyan was wonderful with it’s well maintained lawn and friendly pets and livestocks. The peacocks strolling the property added a natural wild beauty to the property.Route of the day – Mahansar – Churu – Ratangarh – Chhapar – Bidasar – Shri Dungargarh – Bikaner.
Experience the expansive magnificence of the Thar desert, engulfing the gilded outposts of Bikaner. Away from the characteristic bustle of Rajasthani streets, Bikaner is where the pace slows down to the undulating gait of camels and their herders that wander the streets and the deserts beyond.Two Days In BikanerLate Afternoon is the best time to head to the outposts of Bikaner from Jaipur. Taxis, coaches and Rajasthan tourism local buses will get you there in around 6 hours.Two Amazing Things to Do in Bikaner
Ahmedabad to Bikaner (Gujarat to Rajasthan)I came from Mumbai to Ahmedabad by train on morning, and my friend took me from railway station as we started our journey towards Great Himalayas at 7 am in Innova car. During our Lunch time we already crossed the Gujarat Rajasthan border through mount Abu. We took lunch on the way and head towards Bikaner city. We passed by jodhpur to reach Bikaner in night around 9 pm. By now I was travelling for 24 hrs from Mumbai to Ahmedabad to Bikaner. So I was very much tired on first day of journey. We took hotel for 1200 for 3 people. We covered about 800 kms today.
The Indian Army’s generosity and hospitality are legendary and were no different in my case. In Jaisalmer, I met Major Beniwal, who offered me my first decent meal and a place to rest for a few hours as I was to head back to Pokhran the same evening. Back at Pokhran that evening, Major Vithun offered me food and shelter. It was an overwhelming feeling when I got a whole day to spend with our brave soldiers. They were very kind and during dinner that night and breakfast next morning, we exchanged stories of our life experiences. I spent some unforgettable moments with those soldiers, and I will be forever grateful to them for their generosity. Read More
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The Indian Army’s generosity and hospitality are legendary and were no different in my case. In Jaisalmer, I met Major Beniwal, who offered me my first decent meal and a place to rest for a few hours as I was to head back to Pokhran the same evening. Back at Pokhran that evening, Major Vithun offered me food and shelter. It was an overwhelming feeling when I got a whole day to spend with our brave soldiers. They were very kind and during dinner that night and breakfast next morning, we exchanged stories of our life experiences. I spent some unforgettable moments with those soldiers, and I will be forever grateful to them for their generosity.
Pokhran But what's a road trip without a road trip dance? We matched our steps to "Lean on" next to the highway. Check out the video above. :P It was a smooth ride between Jaipur and Udaipur. A little ahead, one of the tyres got stuck in the sand. But the friendly passers-by advised us to put the car onto the second gear and we proceeded on our journey without encountering any more hassles.
From Jodhpur, I travelled on to Pokhran, site of the famous nuclear bomb tests conducted in ‘98. Not much to see here except the fort, really. I wanted to see the crater that the nuclear tests left but that is very far away from the actual town and cordoned off for fear of stray radioactivity. I was fortunate enough to be travelling with a family friend who happened to somehow know the present crown prince of Pokhran through a chain of mutual friends that he tried to describe to us on multiple occasions and we nodded along, pretending to register the sequence. The most royal lunch I’ve ever been to then proceeded to commence, with the quintessential long dinner table that and the subdued manners that we knew royals across the world have but had never seen firsthand. A guided tour of the palace followed the sumptuous lunch and along with it came, for me, for the first time ever, a history lesson in the first person. “Our Great Grandfather did this, Our Grandfather did that.” and a plethora of anecdotes that had us all ears for the good part of a couple of hours. The DNA of almost all of the forts in Rajasthan is very much the same and this was no exception. Pokhran had never been a Rajput powerhouse and hadn't waged any war with any neighbouring kingdoms on its own. This docile nature is reflected in the subtle modesty and the dignified minimalism of the fort itself and in the humility of the royal family too.