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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
A royal start to your married life
Next morning I left for Jodhpur around 270kms from Udaipur . Reached jodhpur around 3pm I checked in to Patwa Haveli near sarafa Bazar which was quite close to other tourist spots .That day I visited the Kaylana lake , an artificial lake built by Maharana Pratap Singh in 1872 . I sat there with silence when the sun was about to set , the bird were sleeping , the wind was still and it looked like I was floating on glass and I was the one with nature flowing in its sedateness . Quite tired with day long labour , I preferred loitering around the bazaar , interactng with the locals and ending my day with a delicious Butter Chicken and Lachcha Parathe and a peaceful slumber .
Vlog 3: Sun City Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort:Mehrangarh Fort located in Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in India, You can see the fort from anywhere in the city. you have to cross seven gates to reach the fort. These gates still bears the marks of various battles fought especially the second gate which stands tall even after the canon ball hit. The fort contains huge palaces, courtyards, Galleries & Temples. you can also see the entire city from the top & wonder why these houses were painted blue & Why the city is called blue city.Jaswant Thada :A memorial for a father by son – No one heard right ? Jaswant Thada is one such white marble mausoleum built near to the fort by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father. This memorial is popularly called as “Tajmahal of Marwar”.This place contains the portraits of several rulers of Jodhpur dating back to 13th century.An interesting and unique aspect associated with the complex is a memorial to a peacock which is believed to have flown into a funeral pyre.Umaid Bhawan Palace:The Youngest Palace in India and the last royal palace built before the independence of India. This is one of the largest private residence in the world.The palace is now maintained by “The Taj Group”. Though only a small section is available to general public for museum , one can see through the luxury of the palace.Mandore Garden:Mandore was once a capital city before the king abandoned it and moved to Mehrangarh Fort. This place witnessed several invasions, it was believed that was the reason the capital is moved to mehrangarh fort as it gives better protection.you can see here the ruins of different sculptures. Those Structures were like beautiful temples with numerous carvings and a lush green garden also.
Day 9: September 25, 2015:I continued my journey towards Jaipur from Jodhpur. As the day started, I wanted to visit the Bullet Baba (aka Om Banna) Temple. It was pretty hard to find this small temple on the Pali Jodhpur highway. By the time I went to the temple to see the "Bullet" god, it was about 11 AM. It was time to leave to Jaipur.
Day 7: September 23, 2015:I headed towards Jaisalmer from Jodhpur, roughly 300 kms away. Just as the day began, I saw a mini-bus burning in the middle of the highway. Police were deviating vehicles to rejoin the highway on the other side, some distance away.Stopped at this war memorial, on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. There was a nice canteen, and it was lunch time.One guy offered me a stay at the San Sand Dunes, 40 kms away from Jaisalmer, into the Thar Desert. I didn't have sufficient money and needed internet access to break 2 of my recurring deposits. I had to stay at one of the hotels that had Wifi and use the internet that night.There wasn't much other than the historically designed buildings to see around town. The motorcycle and I needed some rest until we head to Longewala the next morning.Jodhpur - Pokhran - Jaisalmer.
Monsoon is a treat for bus journeys, you cross green fields with occasional drizzles in between. These showers become wilder as you move towards Kota. You know that you are in the heart of Aravalis. One can only imagine how Mount Abu would look amidst all the mist and clouds. The night I started for Kota, three direct buses for Mount Abu cancelled and I had to change my plans and I went to Bundi instead.When I reached Bundi, I was almost confused. For once I felt that somehow I am teleported back to Himachal. I was back between green mountains covered with clouds. This was a bluer city than what I saw in Jodhpur. For three days I stayed in Bundi, I kept wandering on the top of the fort to see clouds play hide and seek with the city below. For a traveller, Bundi is a mesmerizing place to be and during the monsoon the beauty simply multiplies.
We reached at the Jaisalmer bus stand around 11 PM, and in about half hour, we boarded the bus for The Blue City, Jodhpur. It was a 4-hour journey. We reached there around 4 PM, had lunch at the restaurant named 'Gypsy'(Okay-ish), went to see the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, and bought some Ghevar (It's a must). We couldn't cover much of Jodhpur as it was already 7 PM, and we started inquiring about buses to Delhi. But unfortunately, there were none. So we boarded the only bus to Jaipur at 10 PM. We passed time by strolling aimlessly in the streets of a new city (It felt amazing not knowing where to go and just wandering). We didn't even realize, and the clock ticked 10, so we gathered our stuff, and boarded the bus to Jaipur. Next morning, at 6 AM, we embarked on the Haryana Roadways (Man, they drive swiftly!) and were here in Delhi at 11 AM.
Hotel GhoomarThirty-second rundown: Situated only 3km away from the railway and bus station, Hotel Ghoomar offers a comfortable and hygienic stay. The hotel restaurant serves a variety of cuisines such as Indian, Mughlai, Chinese, South Indian and other. If not the food, their well stocked bar will definitely impress you.
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
Day 3: Sand dunes, Kuldhara, Lodurva and Jaisalmer FortThe next morning we headed on to see the above three mentioned places, all in the same direction and really close to Jaisalmer.On your way, you can also do some paragliding. On reaching sam sand dunes, you'd be offered camel rides. The view here is mesmerizing. A film shoot here is not uncommon.
Known as the golden city of Rajasthan, the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer is one of the best places in India for desert safari.1. Situated 40km from main Jaisalmer city, Sam Sand Dunes in Sam village is a unique company that provides a resort stay amidst the desert, where you can enjoy desert safari on jeeps and camels. This is a special safari, as it will take you through the local villages situated in the desert, giving you a real experience of the local culture as you safari along the deserts.Cost: On Request | Contact: 97848 44524
Our road trip began at 7am morning from Udaipur. We had 2 cars wagonr and i20. We fueled our Animal Carts and accelerated the speed. Our first destination was Jaisalmer. The roads from Udaipur to Jaisalmer is quite good. It's not as bad as the other roads in Rajasthan. on The way to Jaisalmer, we had our lunch on a roadside Dhaba which offered us a very spicy yet delicious food. It offered taste of Rajasthan. There are so many dhabas who offer full fried veg., If you're going to Jaisalmer by own vehicle, you must taste food there.Om Banna Temple:On the way to Jaisalmer, there is a place called "Om Banna Temple". It is believed that every vehicle who passes from this highway has to stop here so we did too. You will find people worshipping a bullet bike which is kept in a framed box of glass. You can Google about this story.Touched the first Destination:We reached to Jaisalmer around 6PM in evening and the very first thing was we needed to have bath. We checked into Hotel Rana Villa (Booked already on OYO rooms) and dived into Pool. Though, diving is not allowed in hotel's swimming pools but who cares, we were there to have fun.After rejuvenate session, we were all set for drinks. 2 of us went to the local market and arranged booze for us as our hotel's bar was under construction. Our hotel was having a prominent view of Famous Jaisalmer fort.After drinks and dinner we moved to our rooms for sleep.
Vlog 4; Golden City Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer:The next morning, I checked out from my hotel & took a bus to Jaisalmer from the Bombay motor circle where managed to find intrastate buses, but still its crowded not proper maintenance is done. I would have took a train to Jaisalmer but i wanted to travel by road and it cost me around 7 hrs of travel. I have reached around 5 Pm and it started raining immediately. So I just spent my evenings in my hostel’s rooftop enjoying the panoramic views of the city & the fortJaisalmers Fort:Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world. Unlike other forts where the forts are only preserved as a museum here one can see the entire city living the palace along with the kings families, for them a small portion is allocated. Here the families who were living 500 years back still living the same place in the fort.Bada Bagh:Bada Bagh is a garden complex which is located outside the city consist of number of tombs which where build by the kings for their grandfathers. One can see two different architecture in the construction of those tombs which where Hindu & Muslim architecture. It also describe about the death of the kings whether he died in a battle or a natural death. Its not a crowded places. Often you can find yourself as the only one out there but its totally worth visiting the place.Kuldhara Village:Abandoned and Cursed for Over 200 Years, The story goes like this,Some 300 years ago, it used to be a prosperous village of Paliwal Brahmins under the state of Jaisalmer. According to the legend, the evil eyes of Salim Singh, the powerful and debauched prime minister of the state, fell on the daughter of the village head and he desired to marry her by force. He threatened the village with grave consequences if they did not adhere to his wish. Instead of submitting to the order of the tyrant, the Paliwals held a council and people of 85 villages left their ancestral homes and vanished. But this was not all; before leaving, they put a curse on Kuldhara that no one will ever be able to settle in their village thereafter. To this date, the village remains barren; left almost the same as its inhabitants had left it centuries ago. It is also said that people who have tried to stay there at night have been chased away by strange paranormal phenomenon.Sam Sand Dunes:The band of dunes is about 2km long and is undeniably one of the most picturesque in the region. you have to take a two wheeler or a vehicle for hire to reach sam village. where you can negotiate with various tour operators to give camel & jeep safari with cultural dance,dinner and one night stay in tent near dunes.But these places were much crowded. If you want to explore offbeat sand dunes ask for camel rides & night stay in dunes not many people will go for that. But a camel safari in sand dunes & the view of sunset is a must to witness.Jaipur:
Day 8: September 24, 2015:Since I had to head back to Jodhpur on the 24th, I decided to leave Jaisalmer early in the morning. I left the hotel at around 5:30 AM towards longewala. I took about 2 hours to cover the 130 kms distance.I stopped to take a visit of the war memorial at longewala check post. Beyond the check post, aother 10 kms and it was the Indo-Pak border. Since vehicles weren't permitted beyond, i spent about 30 minutes and left the check post towards Jaisalmer and Jodhpur by around 8:30 AM. I wanted to go to the Tanot Mata temple which was about 30 kms away from longewala but wasn't sure if enough fuel will be available to reach Jaisalmer, where the next petrol bunk was available.I gave up on the idea of going to the Tanot Mata temple and headed towards Jodhpur. Around 1:30 PM, I stopped at a small fort converted hotel to have lunch, 100 kms before Jodhpur.I reached Jodhpur, and saw the half "burnt" bus that I had seen the day before. The place was deserted. I called up a friend (Srinath Nair) and checked into a hotel. Met him for dinner and had a good chat before he headed back home.Totally 560 kms travelled in the whole day.
4] Serai, JaisalmerAway from the hustle bustle, situated on 30 acres of desert scrub, Serai has 21 large canvas tents built on the base of Jaisalmer stone. Each tent is over a thousand square feet in size and has a covered sitting room, a relaxing area, a spacious bedroom with an attached bathroom. Serai Desert Camp and Spa will undoubtadley make your camping experience totally glamorous!Price range: ₹ 48,221 - ₹ 54,761
Looking for a relief from the rain, I decided to go to the desert city of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer. Surprisingly I was not spared by the monsoon here too. Although the rain felt kind of different over here. Jaisalmer is known to be one of the hottest towns in India. The road becomes so hot that it is known to melt rubber slippers. When it rained, the streets of Jaisalmer were filled with water. The cold water evaporated as it ran across the hot road. At first I enjoyed the sight of steam forming on the road but suddenly I realized that the hot surface has turned the water hot too. My feet started burning. I had to take cover in a safe spot.Jaisalmer fort is a mighty structure. It gives you the sight of entire Jaisalmer City and Sam Dunes. I stood on the top of the fort. At a distance I could see raining in the middle of the desert.Next evening I took a bus for Jaipur, I didn’t expect a rainfall this heavy while I was travelling from Jaisalmer. I saw multiple lightening strikes in the middle of the desert but it did.Rajasthan is a dream monsoon destination. The washed up forts, beautiful monuments and the beautiful Arawalis makes it a perfect place for a road trip. Other than the places mentioned above, there is a lot one can explore here. Although I got drenched multiple times and ended up with a running nose and cough later but the trip was worth it.Travel tip – If you are travelling multiple destinations in Rajasthan in one go, never opt for a journey that is longer than six hours. The bad condition of road is enough to break your back and dim you unwell for further journey.Best Itinerary for Rajasthan – Jaipur –Jodhpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Bundi – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Jaipur (you can mix Deeg, Shekhawati, Ajmer and Pushkar in this itinerary as per the distance and travelling time)
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
Mt.Abu decides to show us some Rain and Cold in the morning, we start early, back to Ahmedabad where we are supposed to meet up Shreejith. It’s a 250+ km drive back to Ahmedabad, Mt.Abu brings in a lot of crowd across the state border for obvious reasons, since Gujarat is a dry State. All along the trip, the NHAI and the required authorities deserve a clap, since the Tarmac is really commendable and we are rethinking and missing our Motorcycles which are resting back at home.
Again, the photo-frenzy begins, with wide-angles, macro, PhotoSpheres, mono, panoramas not to belittle the unprecedented DPs !! While the hunger hit us as we had missed our breakfast( lets not count the 400gms worth Paapdi which was had at a road-side dhaba at 5am) we were driving towards Mt.Abu our destination for the day. The Aravalli’s had arrived, the flat landscape of Gujrat gave way to the Northward and the Oldest Mountain Ranges (of India )standing tall boasting its Basaltic ( subject to correction ) surfaces and ginormous rocks. A small glitch as Kantibhai had some trouble entering the Rajasthan Border due to some paperwork for the vehicle getting misplaced. A few phone calls, A fine and we were through. Next stop was for some internal cooling for both the men (Shikanzi water) and the machine before the 30 odd km upwards ghat drive to Mt. Abu. A mad number of motorcycle devotees descending the ghats, with their flashy flags, chanting, not-following a number of rules of the road and with minimal road sense crossed us while we ascended ever-watchful of the recent landslides due to rains which had drained some dangerous sections of asphalt. Mt.Abu welcomes us with a nice greys, some much awaited cloud cover after a Sunny Gujarat. The temperature was pleasant, the entry to the hill station easy, considering this is the highest in the Aravallis ( Guru Shikhar being the tallest peak, approx. 1722 m. above MSL). With the N-number of devices on-charge back in our hotel room, we hog at Jodhpur Bhojanalay, a local joint, which was recommended to us by one of our contacts in Mt. Abu who also got us a good deal for our accommodation at Hotel Aravalli. The food some of us enjoyed, the DaalBati, a local delicacy, is a personal choice, some of us did not enjoy it including me. Raw Balls of Wheat!! We decide to give Kantibhai a break and leave for a short tour of Mt.Abu to check out the Dilwara Temples, but the site is a typical Tourist/Devotees mad house with a trust (with our experience of such trusts only ruining the character of these places with a host of shops, a lot of worthless memorabilia that gets the locals some chance to make quick bucks, which can be invested in producing unique goods, which may not necessarily be useful to the tourists, anyway that’s a totally different topic). So we decided not to visit the temple premise, and head back via Nakki Lake and other local hotspots back to our hotel for a quick powernap. The powernap ends up in a set of long discussions while few of us are lost in slumber, some food, some music and off to sleep for a long day ahead. We sleep early and we plan to start early.
Talking about the boarding cost, it is a little dearer as compared to the places of Himachal or call it just the long weekend be the reason for the tariffs soaring up. Also, this is the only hill station nearing the cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat which might be keeping the cost escalated. Leave the cost aside, we had real tough time nestling at the place as there were very few rooms at Abu due to sudden rush of long weekend. After relentless hunting for 1 hours in two groups we finally managed to get a decent accommodation. Talking about the amenities of the property, our hotel had a balcony, a beautiful lawn area and a lovely pet- Stella! We got ready in no time and had the mouth watering Shev bhaji, what’s kind of a synonym of food in Rajasthan for me. We have only this day for visiting places and had only half of it left after lunch. We hurried to the top most peak of the place, which they call Guru shikhar and spent some half an hour there by clicking amazing photographs.
After this we went to Mount Abu. It’s around 3 hour ride from Udaipur. We had hired a cab online for the entire mount Abu Trip at 4000 bucks and we were very fortunate to have got a really nice and chill driver who even gave us his car to drive. We left from Udaipur at 2 in the noon and reached Mount Abu at around 5.
On the first day we explored the local markets and checked out some jewelry shops that were actually cool, please do bargain as the locals here are always ready to rip you off. In the evening you can visit the famous Nakki Lake, and while you are there please do try out the soft serve ice cream cone shops that you can find almost everywhere in the market area. It is a heaven for ice-cream fanatics like myself, you can find a variety of flavours and even larger variety of toppings there.
Day 1 Mount AbuMount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan situated at an average height of 1,219 mtr's above sea level is the oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan The famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan The nearest railhead is Abu Road, about 25 kms away, in the lowlands. Abu Road is on the railway line from Ahmedabad to Marwar Junction. 9am we reached to mount abu it was very difficult to drive in the city because of too much fog we can’t see anything but keep moving slowly and reached to hotel dumped the bags and rushed to get fresh there is lots of budget hotels and guest house is available in mount abu. Mount abu is not much developed as compare to mahableswar and Panchgani. After getting fresh we headed to Guru Shikar. Guru Shikhar, a peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan, is the highest point of the Aravalli Range Located at a height of 1,722 metres, it has some 300-400 steps, to the top, which is a bit tough, but the views from the top are just awesome. The views makes it worth climbing those steps. There’s also a Dattatreya temple at the top from the top you can see the whole Abu Road you can click the picture there is also shop and tea stalls easily u can get the water, juice and snacks. You can reach Guru Shikhar by bike or Car (Note: please be careful while riding on this road its narrow and zigzag road rainy season it’s became worst) after Guru shikar we headed to Dilwara temple.
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is one of the ideal places to visit in India in May. Mount Abu is perched atop a peak made of granite and is wrapped around a lush green forests of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with a rich reserve of exotic flora and fauna. The hill town is a refreshing rescue from the scorching summer sun of the dry north-west India and also is quite popular with foreign travelers. Harboring over 80 intricately carved ancient temples, along with the admirable Jain temples of Delwara, Mount Abu is a holy place for the Jains as well as the Hindus. The Nakki Lake adds an aesthetic charm to the place.How to get there: Abu Road is the nearest railway station. It is well-connected by roads with state transport buses at regular intervals.
Just 5 hours away is Rajasthan’s only and popular hill station offering a pleasant retreat from the heat. Rolling hills dotted with several hindu temples and set amidst flowing rivers and lakes, cascading waterfalls and evergreen forests is enough to take your breath away. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Ahmedabad, Amount Abu is the place to be. Situated at an altitude of around 4000 ft and surrounded by the beautiful Nakki Lake, Mount Abu should definitely feature on the list of best places to visit near Ahmedabad. Since it is Rajasthan’s lone hill station, it definitely has a lot to offer. If you want to get away from the sweltering heat of the city, a weekend trip to Mount Abu should be high on your list. This favourite tourist hotspot has a number of famous landmarks like Sunset Point to keep you enthralled, and relaxed. This is the only hill station of Raasthan and it takes about 5 hours to reach Mount Abu from Gujarat. The main attractions here are the pleasant climatic conditions, the scenic beauty and the lakes. You can also shop for traditional Rajasthani handicrafts out here. The other popular attractions here are the Dilwara group of temples, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park and the Nakki Lake. Mount Abu is a renowned hill station that offers you and the family the chance to escape from the city. The hill station is known for its natural beauty, green hills, serene lakes, beautiful temples and other religious places of worship. The Jain community consider it an important pilgrimage site. It might be cold here but who minds a little winter chill? Tripoto recommends you visit some of the well-known places here like Nakki Lake, the Sunset Point and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, among a host of other places. If you are a history buff, pay a visit to Dilwara Jain Temples, the Adhar Devi Temple, and Achalgarh Fort. Mount Abu features on most people’s list of best places to visit near Ahmedabad within 300 kms. If the hills are your haven, Mount Abu in nearby Rajasthan is where you should be. Hills dotted with Hindu temples and surrounded by evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls and gushing rivers and lakes is what makes Mount Abu one of the prime weekend getaways from Ahmedabad.Distance from Ahmadabad - 235 Km
Day 8: Bhachau to Mt Abu 365 km
Next morning we left for Mount Abu after having a short visit to the new palace of Jodhpur. It was a long drive and we reached Mt. Abu quite late in the evening.Being so tired, we all went to sleep quickly after dinner. With the rising sun, we went to see the Dilwara temples. These are very beautiful jain temples with beautiful carvings on stones which cannot be described in words and one must see themselves.We also went to Mount Abu lake.With this our Rajasthan trip came to an end and we came back to Pune with lots of wonderful memories and of course tons of captures in our camera ☺We could not include Udaipur in this trip but that's an excuse which we have, to return to this mesmerizing state of palaces and royalities ☺This post was originally published on Mind Uncovered.
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
Pushkar to Ajmer and DelhiMy Pushkar tour came to an end all with beautiful memories to take back. Pushkar is so beautiful and peaceful to visit once in the lifetime. Ok, some may find it a bit tedious during the tour, but the calmness of the place has a magic that will keep triggering you after your visit. So colorful, so religious and so close to the tradition, Pushkar is the best offbeat destination of Rajasthan to find the new way of exploring.What not to miss in PushkarThis was my first trip, so I missed out a lot of things.• The morning Ghat arti with the sunset view can make your day. I couldn’t experience, but what as per the experience of my co-travelers and tour compions, I got to know what I missed.• Get up early and run to see the hot air balloon flight. You can even have balloon ride. The big colourful hot air balloons are best to observe the entire Pushkar. That must be beautiful and I regretted it later because the tiring day couldn’t let me wake up early.• Cultural shows are the lifeline and luckily I attended one. The gracious Kalbelia dance, folk music, camel art, everything makes the Pushkar fair more amazing.• Be prepared to enjoy every ride, from camel to the Giant wheel. Adding fun and thrill is really important.Key points for a happy tour• • Don’t expect any nonvegetarian food or alcohol for the entire Pushkar tour. Being a holy place it’s better to be away from these eatables and drinks.• • You will be on target for all the children, beggars and pandits. They will ask you for money but better to avoid them.• • Bargain if you have a plan to shop. The prices will be high and your bargaining skills will help you a lot.• • Be polite, happy and yes friendly with the local people. People of Pushkar are lovable and exchanging few words with them will make you feel more comfortable and easy.• • Special attention to your attire. Be in loose comfortable and yes full clothes. If not because of the public, then for yourself. The sand, sun, and dust may leave you all tanned and mess up by the trip ends. So better be in cool loose fitted clothes with sneakers.• • For a good budget trip, get your hotels book in advance. Try dwelling at Pushkar to enjoy every program. Residing at a distant place, you have to leave early for safety issues.• • Be ready to click every moment as you never know what interesting you find at this Pushkar Camel Fair.
Next Morning , I check out from the hotel ,and headed towards Ajmer Sharif Dargah . The biggest mistake I did was to take my scooty there . I was caught in the crowd which was far more dense than a Mumbai local train . Somehow I navigated through the crowd and parked my scooty there . Unfortunately I could not take any pictures . It was hell of a crowd & there was not even a place to stand there . So if you go there , brace yourself and good luck !!Beside Ajmer Sharif Dargah , there is Adhai Din ka Jhopra built by Qutubbudin Aibek .
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.
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
Don’t know why I added this day to the tour. The Pushkar camel care can be easily explored within the maximum of two to three days. I had nothing to do. So I wasted my morning and afternoon, and in the evening I head out to the fairground with my new DSLR. The day was over and over crowded. I could hardly move a bit. After a long struggle, I reached my destination, the Pushkar camel ground.
All ready to leave Pushkar, I again started the bus journey to Pushkar. The bus fares are ordinary; government buses charge 13-15 whereas the private buses charge 20 INR.I reached Pushkar around 1 pm that was not the good time to roam. The daytime is all lazy, you can hardly spot anyone out. This was the festive season so few foreigners were there, shopping and eating. Even I went out to shop and eat in the afternoon. The vibrant marketplace, the home decor accessories, handicrafts, outfits, the traditional jewelry and attires, no one can stop themselves from having a look at them. And being a shopping addict I couldn’t stop myself from buying few. The wall hangings, traditionally styled home decors were stealing the glance of every passerby.
On reaching Pushkar , I parked the scooty 1 km way from Brahma Temple . For that 1 km , I came across various shops which were selling Rajasthani attires , colorful dresses & hand-made artifacts .Seeing those colorful dresses , one can never deny that Rajasthan is not a colourful stateNearby is the Pushkar lake and Gau Ghat (ghat for cows)
Pushkar, a small town located near Jaipur is known as the point where the universe took birth. A typical Rajasthani town which has not yet been tainted by excess modernisation, Pushkar is a delight to visit and must top your cycling tours list!1. Desert Sunset Tour: 15km, 3-4 hrsThis is a one of a kind cycling experience where you will cross the mighty deserts of Rajasthan on state-of-the-art desert bicycles. The highlights of this tour are the hidden rose fields that will come right before you hit the desert. Again, these are secluded and hence, unknown to tourists who visit Pushkar. Next up is the desert where it'll be just you and your group, cycling along the sands and spotting desert cattle and village dwellers. Cost: INR 2,000 (Gear and breakfast incl.)
Other Places to see in Pushkar: Paap Mochani Gayatri : Presided by the deity Ekadashi Mata, the Pap Mochini temple is believed to provide respite to followers from their cardinal sins.Atpateshvar Mahadev: This beautiful 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has an underground component.Savitri temple: Dedicated to Lord Brahma's first wife, Goddess Savitri, this temple is situated on a hillock right behind the Brahma templeTemple of Rangji (New and Old) or Shri Vaikunthnathji: The influence of South Indian style, Rajput style and Mughal style in the temple's architecture is highly noticeableMan Mahal: Built as a guest house of Raja Man SinghGurudwara Singh Sabha: was built in the beginning of the 19th century to commemorate the visits of the first and the 10th gurus - Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Govind Singh.108 Mahadev Mandir: it has a very beautiful inner sanctum having lord shiva's idol similar to pashupatinath temple. the inner sanctum is surrounded by 108 small shiva idols.Varah Temple: This temple is to God Vishnu. It is one of the most visited temples in Pushkar city. It is said that Lord Vishnu gave a visit to this area to kill an atrocious demon Hirnayaksha.One More Big Attraction in Pushkar is "Pushkar Fair" The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) or Pushkar Mela, as it is locally known as, is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair held in the city between the months of "October and November". It is one of the world's largest camel fairs. Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, it has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the 'matka phod', 'longest moustache' and 'bridal competition' are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists.
Next Day we gone to visit Brahma Temple (history attached with this temple)
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.
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
Vlog 6: When I had Camel Milk
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.