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This is one of the most magnificent forts in not only Jaipur but in the entire state of Rajasthan. The main area of the fort is covered by a royal palace which is a mix of white marble, pink and pale yellow sandstone. The palace has four parts and each of them has their personal courtyard as well. You can easily consider taking an elephant ride up and down if the budget permits. Suraj Pol is the entry gate of the fort and the main courtyard is named as Jaleb Chowk. There is another gate here called the Chand Pol as well. For those who are a little religious do not forget to check out and pray at the Siladevi Temple within the fort. Overall, the place has a spectacular architecture and the planned structure will surely mesmerize you.
On the last day of my trip, I visited the Amber Fort which is located on a hill and overlooking Moata Lake. Also known as Amer Fort and Amer Palace, it is built with red sandstone and marble consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. Amber Fort is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements. It also has four courtyards each with its own entry gate. Elephant rides are also available upto the main gate of the fort.
Take the ride to Amer palace, which looks like a picture perfect set from a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. Located a little outside the bustling city, this labyrinth of a palace also houses the enchanting Sheesh Mahal or The palace of mirrors. Beautiful mirror work embedded on the walls and ceiling, sparkling in the sunlight is a sight you will rarely see in your lifetime, a glistening jewel if I may call it. Another spectacular structure is the beautiful and well manicured lawn placed in the middle of the lake that surrounds the palace. Walk around the palace, go trigger happy and avoid the so called tour guides. Thirsty from all that walking? The palace also has a coffee shop and a souvenir shop where you can grab a quick coffee and pick up a few souvenirs to remember your trip.
Day 4 Morning - WOW! Amber fort was the best... For some reason, I found it even more appealing than the Taj Mahal. I am not drawing comparisons of any sort, its just based in what I felt during the trip. Every window with a view of its own, a proud and magnificent fort atop the rocky hills overlooking the placid lake, the flocks of pigeons and people clad in their traditional dresses. The place is a time capsule in many senses, and hauntingly romantic. Weather was very pleasant even when Delhi was freezing at this time of the year. The only thing that might ruin your experience is the hawkers who wont let go of you once you have given even a glimpse at their goods. Especially near the place where you queue for the elephant ride. They ruined a good part of the ride for me. Avoid paying any attention or interest. You can do with the shopping after completing the fort. For bikers, go past the fort and palace entrance down the road for parking lot. Its just by the side of where you queue for elephant ride. The fort opens around 8 am and closes at 5pm. There are few hotels very close to the fort, Trident, Regenta and Lake View, in decreasing order of rental. I stayed one night at Lake View. You can keep your bikes in the porch here. Pretty safe.
Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Amber Fort, (11 km North of central Jaipur, local bus #5 from Hawa Mahal or New Gate), ☎ +91 14 1253 0293. 08:00-17:30. This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600-1727. The name has nothing to do with the rather pretty pastel yellow colour; instead, the fort is named after the town of Amber, in turn named after the goddess Amba. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. The fort/palace grounds are sprawling and the information panels (hindi/english) are somewhat limited, so it might be worth getting an audio guide or a real guide. It's a bit of a hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to hitch an elephant ride to the top (in order to get an elephant it is better to to arrive there in the morning, otherwise at midday the elephants are over. But the road that elephants pass is not so long).
The palce is located high on a hill, and is the most famous monument in Jaipur. The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas, and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh. Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. The fort also overlooks Maota Lake.
Best fort in Jaipur and one of the largest one of Rajasthan, Amer fort is a place must to visit. Home of Raja Sawai Jai Singh II who discovered Jaipur, and a fort protected by Jai Garh fort over it's top is one of the best destination in Jaipur. You can explore whole fort and have a look about garden, dark stairs, hidden paths and royal rooms made for the king. Amer is a place where you can experience the technically and beauty of construction all together and it will leave you speechless. You can also go for camel and jeep ride at Amer fort.
Places to visit: 1) Amer Fort: It is the most beautiful part of the city. Located on the outskirts, it is around 11km from the main city. It has a blend of the Rajput and the Mughal architecture. There is the Shila Mata Temple of the patron Goddess of the royal family, inside the fort. The best time to visit this place is in the evening. After sunset, there is an amazing light show inside of the fort.
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Day 7, 8 am - We drove to Amer Fort, one of the 3 Forts that are built on the hills surrounding Jaipur. The road leading to this Fort is not SUV-friendly, so you may want to park it in one of the parking lots at the foot of the hill and hire a ride to take you to the gate of the Fort. This is yet another expansive Fort, so make sure that you take the A/V guide only if you have the time! As we had a packed itinerary, we picked a local guide ... even though he could have had an easy way out (owing to our time-constraint), he insisted that we spend at least 2 hours touring this place!
The most famous of Jaipur’s heritage is perhaps the Amer fort. Its sandstone walls overlooking the lake stand tall and proud. The inside of the fort is as breath-taking as the outside, and the sheesh mahal and the well preserved abode of the royal family is enough to transport one back in time.
With our stomach full, we started with Amer fort. We spent almost 3 hours exploring the beauty of the fort. We had a good time admiring the palace and little bit sneak peek of the guides who were explaining (to the groups who hired them) the story of the Amer Palace and its history. So huge and marvelous it was, I wonder how the people used to spend their living in the palace. The fort area itself was like a city. 3 hours also were not enough to explore it completely. We burnt enough calories there in walking around. The Royal's indeed had a glory of time living there I believe.
Amer Fort: The Amer Fort is located in Amer and is one of the most famous tourist attractions. The fort is huge and extremely beautiful. Besides, it helps to know the history of the rulers who built this fort. The fort is built in red and white sandstones with carvings on the ceilings and paintings on the walls. The most important aspect of this fort is the sheesh mahal or mirror palace. This palace is shown in many movies and is a favorite for photography lovers. A light and sound show takes place here every evening that highlights the history of Jaipur. It takes about 2-3 hours to see the entire fort.There are vendors selling beautiful earrings inside the fort which can be purchased after bargaining. But it is worth the buy!
Magnificent fort located at 11 Km from Jaipur city built by Raja Man Singh. Amer fort is spread across 4 square Km area.The fort still stands as a grand example of ancient Indian architecture. It is known for its blend of Rajput and Hindu style of architecture and mixture of Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. The carvings on the ceiling and the walls are extraordinary features of this fort.Entry fees of Amer Fort also called as Amber Fort is Rs 100.It took us around 2 hours to explore the Fort.There is a tunnel in Amer fort which leads to .
You have not seen Jaipur properly if you have not visited the Amer Fort. One of the key things to do in Jaipur is a visit to this UNESCO heritage fort. Just outside the city. Amer Fort or Amber fort used to the powerhouse of the rulers before Jaipur became the capital. I was raring to go see it and would have done so possibly on the first day in Jaipur itself. However, having just reached Jaipur, we were not ready to start early. Amer Fort is quite well documented and me havingdevoured it all, was ready to see all that I had imagined. Here are few pics of the visit.
We stopped our car at the opulent palace, Amer Fort, an impressive stairway from Jalebi Chowk leads into the main palace grounds. This palace, along with Jaigarh Fort, is located immediately above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the same Aravalli range of hills. Here, at the entrance to the right of the stairway steps is the Sila Devi temple where the Rajput Maharajas worshiped. The building to the left of the entrance gate is called the Jai Mandir, which is exquisitely embellished with glass inlaid panels and multi-mirrored ceilings.
So I woke up to a very lazy morning and I went around walking to have some clicks of Hawa Mahal and the Jal Mahal also Jantar Mantar was on my list to visit which I did. I was busy at these places and it was Noon 01:00 PM. Now I headed towards a restaurant there and had my lunch, I ate as slow as a tortoise and then I proceeded to Amer Fort. I loved the history of it and my excitement was par high when I found a Cafe Coffee Day outlet here. I went into and quickly ordered my Espresso, I loved that and then I proceeded back to famous Chokhi Dhani ! I recommend each and every tourist to visit the Chokhi Dhani for sure.
Amber fort is around 11 km from Jaipur. The Fort is located on a hill. There are beautiful structures inside the fort complex. You can also enjoy Panoramic view of Maota lake. The main attraction in Amber fort is Elephant ride. Elephant will take you the main entrance of fort like Maharajas entered in old time.
You can not leave Jaipur without paying a visit to Amer Fort. It is like going to Agra and not visiting Taj Mahal. Just look at that! It is gorgeous beyond your imagination.It is a huge huge palace. Do not hurry. Not a bit. Just take your time and explore (not exploit) this beauty as much as you can. If an elephant ride is what you fancy, then drop by early in the morning and take a tour on royal elephants.
City Palace of Udaipur
City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Jaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
Easily one of the most well-kept palaces that I have visited. A part of the palace is still occupied by the royal family and the other part has been converted to a Museum. The catchy part is if you have enough cash stashed away under your mattress you can hire the lawns of the palace to have a private function or two.
The fort is so grand that you can’t just capture its beauty in a picture, you have to be there to understand its grandeur scale and its importance for the Mewar kings. There are various 5 star hotels in the lake’s vicinity and 2 of them, the most famous ones are built on islands in the lake.
Embodiment of Rajasthan's rich rajput past, this sprawling complex houses ancient swords, war armour, traditional paintings, artefacts, manicured gardens, flamboyant chandeliers and magnificent halls. A visit to this grand palace ensures a trip back to the era of the rajput maharajas.
City Palace is the gem in the peak of the Palaces of Rajasthan. Here you will come to know how Royals the Mewar were. And really you will get a feel for their culture. A majestic architectural marvel tower over the Lake Pichola on a mound surrounded by crenellated walls. The construction of the City palace started in 1559 then the construction was continued by various maharajas over four and a half centuries. In 1969, the palace was opened to the Public as the City Palace museum. Being the largest part of the Udaipur City Palace Complex, stretches 33 meters high, 333 meters long and 90 meters wide. It’s a must visit.
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To describe the City Palace of Udaipur in one word, I'd simply call it beauty. That's what it is. The mesmerizing beauty of the city palace is what makes it so enchanting, attracting a throng of tourists on a daily basis. Every nook and corner of the palace, be it the wonderful palace gardens and the water fountains or the beautiful palace windows or just the path walk leading to the palace gates, it is all just brimming with beauty. The moment you enter the main gate and start walking along the road to the palace gates, you are enchanted with the beauty of the Pichola Lake and the awe inspiring view of the lake palace and the terrace cafes from the palace. You won't be able to keep yourself from just standing there and admiring the view, just taking it all in. It is like a small town all on its own. With little streets lined with cute little shops selling ethnic clothes, handicraft items or pretty souvenirs. But, what I loved the most about the palace is the view. You can see entire Udaipur from up there. A medley of colors, that view just holds you there, in the moment. The architecture of the place, the Meenakari rooftops, the beautifully carved walls and windows and the décor of each room in general simply spell out royalty with all its grandeur. I spent almost three hours in and around the city palace, exploring. Even the surroundings of the City Palace are all worth visiting. The Tibetan Market, the Pichola Lake Gardens and of course, the astounding Lake Palace.
This is a typical rajasthani palace except it faces lake pichola. The palace complex has some nice littles shops as well and a very amazing eatery, palki khaana, which serves amazing pizzas. Also, this is the place from where you will need to buy tickets to your boat ride to lake pichola including a stop over at Jagmandir island.
City Palace was constructed in the year 1559 by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh. The palace is situated on the banks of Pichola Lake. The palace is a blend of European, Medieval and Chinese styles of architecture. City Palace houses 11 magnificent palaces and they were all constructed during various periods and by various rulers. The size of the palace is awe inspiring with the courtyards, terraces, pavilions, hanging gardens and a lot more. Everything about the palace is magnificent be it the architecture, the antiques inside and the exclusive paintings hanging on the walls.
The largest palace complex in Rajasthan and home to the Maharaja of Udaipur. It has been turned into a Heritage Museum and one can easily feel the royalty standing in the corridors of these halls. A magnificent view of the Palace can be captured from the lake Pichola as well describing its natural essence and beauty.
2. In the late morning, (Around 10 am) get ready for the city ride and first visit the beautiful City palace. Take a guide to know the historical background ( I can’t tell in two lines here :P) You may choose to take a boat ride from the bank of palace itself, but it will cost more so I would suggest to skip it, as you will get clot of boats, outside the palace at Pichola Lake.
Mehrangarh Fort stands on a rocky hilltop which is about 120 m from the ground. The fort is one of the most magnificent and biggest ones in the Indian sub-continent. Battlements of the fort is around 6m to about 36m in height. The fort is still maintained and run by a royal family of Jodhpur. The legend as well as history of the fort is not only interesting but enriched with battles, wars and more. The main entrance of the fort is from the northeast side and is called Jai Pol. There is a museum inside the fort that retains the antiques from the royal families as well as from the battles. The entry to the fort is free but there is a charge for the museum. You will have to walk around 300 m to reach the main entrance or take an autorickshaw for the same. Dodh Kangra Pol is the exit gate of the fort. There are other gates called Loha Pol and Suraj Pol as well.
2) Mehrangarh Fort:Does this fort even need introduction? Cannons on the roof, featured in hollywood flicks like Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, the fort's architecture is second to none.
We reached Jodhpur in morning from Mumbai by train and had a full day to explore the city. By chance, we came to know about retiring room facility on the station itself and we got one of their AC rooms. They were running full which was quite a surprise for me. The rooms were decent. We freshened up and left. Outside the station, there were zillions of auto rickshaw drivers who were offering us deals to cover all the important places of the city. (Bring up your negotiation skills). We booked one (Rs. 1200, a bit extra as Mandore Gardens is bit far) and started with Mehrangarh Fort. Though later I found that lanes in Jodhpur are particularly narrow and hence are best navigated by auto-rickshaws.
Reached the fort in half n hr and the view was just so astonishing to see. We can see the whole Jodhpur city from the top. The place was so well maintained till date, by seeing that it feels so good that our historic monuments so well taken care of. The Mehrangarh Museum is the place were we can actually feel the history. The Daulat Khana, cannons, The Turban Gallery, paintings, the war related things, the coins, Armoury (different types of swords) and many more.....you will live the history over here. Our site seeing continued with the local market down the streets. The best collection of antiques can be found there, the royalties can be seen in some shops.
After breakfast, we checked out and dumped our bags in car and left for majestic Mehrangarh Fort! Oh boy, what an enormous fort it was. So huge, so strong, so mighty! We took an audio tour guide. Audio tour guides are best thing to happen when you are in historical place. It gives you all minutest details which a guide would usually forget. It also shares you stories and everything related to that section of fort. This fort would take your 4-5 hours. We had planned to visit another fort which was just nearby but since we were tired with so much walking, we just skipped one more fort and instead we left for Bijolai. Yes, our night stay was booked in Bijolai Palace. Its a palace turned into resort. We booked it though MMT again and this was wonderful place with its own lake!
Let the magnificence of Rajput heritage waft over you at Mehrangarh Fort.If Christopher Nolan thinks the place is good enough for him to visit, it should be good enough for you too. Rajasthan contains the motherload of the monuments and history that make up some of the most interesting facts about the cultural history of India.
Next day morning we went to this fort which is huge ,young and almost in its original condition with huge musuems in it.
Mehrangarh fort is one of the exquisite yet underrated forts in India.Standing with aplomb on a plateau, overlooking the Blue city of Jodhpur, this majestic fort turned museum houses several period rooms, galleries and sprawling courtyards. Its intricate carvings are the perfect example of beautiful Rajasthani architecture.This is a must go place if you are interested in royal lifestyle of Indian kings & queens, their rich histories & stories of power, valor, victory & sacrifice. Don't forget to take an audio guide or a professional guide to get answers of all your queries.On your way back enjoy an expansive view of the blue city from the fort and wander into it's narrow alleys to have an up-close experience of Jodhpur.
Watch the sun sink behind the blue city from the vantage of the hills around the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Among Rajasthan tourism's most spoken about attractions.
"Travel brings Love and Power back to your life" ~ Rumi<br /><br />It all began one weekend, when all of us were fed up of the regular office politics and workload. One of my friends was serving her notice period and wanted a trip desperately. Since all of us were a ardent mountain lovers, we zeroed in a place in Uttrakhand. <br />Everything was set. Our bags were packed and buses booked. Our excitement level was at it it's highest peak. <br /><br />*Seven hours before our journey* <br />We get the news that there has been a cloudburst in Uttrakhand and it's going to rain continuously for two days. That news saddened us a little because we wanted this trip to happen. <br /><br />After lot of brainstorming, we decided to change our destination to Jodhpur (we were desperate to get out of Delhi). Initially, all were not in for this plan because people wanted to run away from the Delhi heat; but after lot of persuasion, we booked our tickets for Jodhpur (to a more hot place). <br /><br />We escaped the glass walls of our offices to begin this journey with the excitement level down to 30%. By evening, we boarded the local sleeper bus from Delhi to Jodhpur.<br /><br />After the tiring 14 hours journey, we finally reach Jodhpur. From here, our journey to The King's Landing began. <br />Though it was hot and humid, it didn't stop us from exploring places here in Jodhpur. The people and the food were amazing. Watching the sunset from our Hotel window, silhouette of the little blue houses and the grand Mehrangarh Fort was mesmerizing. <br /><br />We started the journey with little hope and took back home a bag full of memories. <br /><br />
One of the largest forts in India, it is well-maintained and the 'blue city' view from the fort is the best. On the way to the fort, you can witness locals dancing and singing. The entry and guide fee is high. The museum has a collection of paintings, palanquins, armoury etc. They do have an elevator facility for people who cannot climb much. Overall an impressive and must-visit place.
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest fort in India. There is a lot which can one can discover in the fort. It has a museum which consists of the outstanding collection of the applied arts during the Mughal period in the India history. It also has a professional museum shop. I loved the entire collection of art. It automatically makes you think about how the history would have been. The fort offers a paranomic view of the Blue city. Many events like the Rajasthan International Folk Festival takes place in the month of October. One can spend an entire day also exploring the beauty of the fort. The entry cost is 400 for foreigners and 60 rs for the Indians.
The 5 km long fort on the 125 m high mound is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. It was on my bucket list and I was very glad to go into it. It is made out of Red Sandstone. An audio guide is a must. Although invincible from outside the fort has four gates approached by a winding route. Since Rao Jodha decided to move his capital to the safer location of Jodhpur, this contributes to the existence of Mehrangarh. You will get to view the 360 degree aerial view of this Blue City of Rajasthan from the upper side of the fortress. Entrance fee: 60INR for Domestic tourist and 400INR for International Tourist. 170INR for Audio Guide and 100INR for Cameras. How to Reach: It is walking distance from the Clock Tower Recommended Length of Visit: 3-4 hours Tips: Go in the Morning
Stands tall on a hilltop, Meherangrah is a true beauty. It has that world famous well which was shot in Dark Knight Rises. The fort is also a museum which preserves all kingly items in a great manner. The rooms, armors, palanquins look not even a day old. The shops inside the fort are expensive but really rich in Jodhpuri culture, some money can be splurged.
It is a large fort and there is a lot to see, from a family of 3 singing rajasthani songs while their kid puts on a dance; puppet show; the sea of blue houses from the top of the fort; the museums displaying old artifacts, artillery, palanquins; basically you can spend a lot of time here.
Mehrangarh Fort boasts of one of the best museums in Rajasthan. It has ornaments from the house of royalty, medieval manuscripts and swords with marks of battles fought long ago still on them. Mehrangarh Fort has seen many battles but each time pushed back the attacking armies from Jaipur, Bikaner and even the Mughals. Cannon balls from the armies of Jaipur could not do more than making small pits of the size of a human palm in the walls of this fort. The marks can be clearly seen on outer walls.
Looking out over the city from a height of 300 feet, Mehrangarh Fort is an extraordinary achievement of beauty and architecture. The fort is home to a museum and several elegant palaces. Visit the Jaswant Thada cenotaph on the way up for a breathtaking view of the city.
This is an 800 year old fort and is also known as the Golden Fort of Rajasthan. This is one of the most magnificent fortifications of the state and is the second oldest also after the Chittorgarh Palace. The title given to this fairytale fort complex is because of its light color which almost merges with the color of the desert sand like a mirage coming out of it. Jaisalmer City is located in the interiors of the Thar Desert and the King Jaisal planned to make this place his capital. The intricate designs on the sandstone base of the fort buildings make them look even more heavenly. It is also the only living fort of the country. This means almost half of the whole city resides inside the fort complex even today. This includes rich merchants, artisans and other common people as well. Earlier, the whole population of the kingdom lived inside but a part had to move out given the constraint of increasing population. From earlier times onwards, Jaisalmer has been a very important trade connection especially with the Muslim kingdom. Till today you will find a number of Muslim merchants dwelling here. An interesting legend about the history of this fort complex says that Lord Krishna, the leader of the Yadav clan once dreamt of setting up his kingdom in this area and his wish was fulfilled by King Jaisal, who also belonged to the Yadav clan. The fort crowning the Trikut Hills looks no less than a dreamland. You can come here in the month of February and enjoy the famous Annual Camel Fair and other festivals too.
A guy from the ‘Desert Haveli Resort’ – the resort we booked for our stay, came to pick us on us in an auto from the rail station on time. Yes this is their business, they do it religiously. We saw the empty dark roads of Jaisalmer in the early morning. Our stay was inside the famous Jaisalmer fort , the Golden Fort (Sonar Killa). This is the only living fort n India. This fort is too huge and 1000 years old and has a big history. The fort stand on 250 feet above the surround. Solid blocks of stone have been used for a buttress wall, 15 feet high around the hill.The fort of Jaisalmer was founded by Maharawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D. The fort stands on the hill which overlooks the town from the south. The hill runs almost from south to North. It has four gates. There are five beautifully carved Raj Mahals inside the fort viz. Rang Mahal, Sarvottam Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Akhai Vilas and Moti Mahal.
Made of sand stone approximately 500 to 600 years ago and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and one of the largest forts in the world. The massive sandstone walls of the fort stand several feet high. What amazed me most was that even today, nearly one fourth of the old city's population resides within the fort. You can find restaurants, temples, shops, etc inside the fort. It was strange to see people following their daily routine living inside the fort. We also shopped for a while and visited the various preserved palaces and rooms inside the fort. It was so massive and we got some beautiful views of the golden city from the top.
It’s a must visit if you are in Jaisalmer. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, 250 ft. Tall and is reinforced by imposing perforated sandstone wall 30 ft. High. Even still today one fourth of the old city population resides within the fort. Its 80 meter high perch on the hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts. It has an enchanting cobweb of narrow dotted lines with some lovely havelis, temples and palaces. Also it has many roof top restaurants from where the whole city is visible. The fort is approached through four gateway- Ganesh, Akshay, Suraj and Hawa Pol.
Jaisalmer Fort(Sonar Qila or the Golden Fort) is one beautiful fort where around 25% of the population still lives in its walls. Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort. There are shops, hotels and age old havelis (homes) inside the fort area where families have lived for generations. The massive expanse of the fort has shops crammed in a line on the streets where ofcourse one can get beautiful souvenirs.
A World Heritage Site and the largest fortifications in the world, with about 3000 people residing within its walls. The fort is marked by narrow lanes, large handicraft shops, temples and massive gates. We also visited the Jain Temple. With growing population, the fort needs to be cleaned up, water and sanitation issues need to be addressed soon.
The beautiful Golden Fort, immortalized as "Sonar Kella" by the ace Filmmaker Satyajit Ray stands as a tribute to Rajput Architecture. Built by Raja Jaisal over the Trikuta Hill, the sandy coloured fort is a living fort, now classified as a UNESCO world Heritage site under "Hill Forts of Rajasthan"
Loacated on the Thar desert, this fort was built in 1156 A.D by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Constructed from yellow sandstones, the massive fortress glinted off the sunlight offering a visual treat. However, the fort was too crowded for our liking with two wheelers relentlessly racing past us. Finding a place to park our car in the congested city lanes was a big task. Finally trusting the handbrake, we were able to park on a steep slope nearby.
Its an experience to explore the fort and city around it. For the explorer, walking around the city, interacting with the locals especially the elderly who give a glimpse of how life used to be when they were young is so interesting. Jaisalmer has had a rich royal past - literally. The stories of Rajasthani valour and affluence add to the aura of the place.
8. Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan – A magestic structure struggling with modernityOne of the largest fortifications in the world, the Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan is a pride of the Rajputs in India. Amazingly, several families still live within the premises of the fort and it is also a major tourist attraction. Due to rising population and the introduction of modern plumbing (something that could not have been taken into account when the fort was built in the 12th century), the fort is deteriorating. And yes, this too is on that WMF watch list.
This beautiful fort is made of yellow colored stones .So when there is sunrise sunrays light up this fort it looks as if fort is made up of golden so its also called golden Fort.
Featured in Satyajit Ray's Bengali classic, Sonar Kella, the Jaisalmer Fort is an ethereal urban centre with around 3000 residents even today. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler, Rawal Jaisal, from who the city gets its name. You enter the fort near the Gopa Chowk and make your way around its winding lanes, temples, handicraft shops, eateries and even guesthouses! The fort walls are made of red sandstone, which change colour depending on the position of the sun. The fort is open from 9am to 6pm.Once you've had your fill of the golden fort, make your way to the Sam Sand Dunes for a stunning view of the sunset. Located around 40km away from Jaisalmer, spend the evening touring the dunes on a jeep and then settle down at a camp to enjoy some classical music and the golden sand.
Take in the glory of the Jaisalmer Fort by day, and indulge in some Sam Dune bashing at night
Next day, after our complimentary delectable breakfast at the hotel we set out to explore the city & the first place we destined towards was the ever famous Golden fort of Jaisalmer – the living fort!The beautiful yellow-golden colored Jaisalmer fort is a wonder in itself.
Jaisalmer fort is a like a kingdom in a fort itself! Its so huge that there are almost 10000 people residing in the fort, 30-40 hotels, 7-8 restaurants and just small part of fort is open for public for sight seeing! We hired a guide who was very informative. He went an extra mile and also escorted us to the Gadisar Lake and Rajputana Hotel.
Nostaljia at Sonar Kella (Jaiselmerh Fort)For any bong movie freak, Satyajit Ray is god and Jaiselmerh Fort has a special place due to the same. So we were super excited for the same. The fort is build up over a mountain and has the main Jaiselmerh city within. Everything outside the fort wall is the result of modern development.Will not share much about the structure or architecture of the fort as it is quite similar to others, but it consist of very well guided and tagging of each place to look-around which make very easy to maneuver. The view from the roof is outstanding. One can see the hole city from it.Later after completion, we moved to a Govt. store for some shopping. One can get to buy the yellow stone materials such as glass to drink water, curd making plates, etc. It is the similar stone which is used in the Golden Fort.
The city stands on the ridge of a yellowish sandstone, crowned by the fort, which contains a palace and several Jain temples. Its massive sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets. The Fort houses many museums that showcase its history.
Jaisalmer, the gateway to the Thar Desert and a popular tourist destination in India that is notable for its incredible yellow stone architecture. We arrived Jaisalmer from Jodhpur in morning (overnight journey). We were staying in a hotel (The Royale). The hotel staff did let us do early check-in. Jaisalmer fort could be seen from their restaurant. We stayed there for 1 night. We had booked a cab for 2 days to explore the city (Rs 3500 for 2 days).Our cab picked us and we started for Jaisalmer Fort which stands tall and proud displaying the Rajasthani architecture. Though I was surprised to see people still living inside. It is honeycombed with narrow winding lanes, lined with houses and temples along with a large no.of handicrafts shops, guesthouses and restaurants. Cleanliness and maintenance is at all time low. Do not miss the Jain Temple inside the fort.
Jaisalmer Fort built in 1156 AD by Rawal Jaisal, a Rajput ruler, is one of the largest fully preserved fortified Fort in World. Like Hampi in Karnataka, this is also a World Heritage Site. This Fort majestically stands on the Trikuta Hill overlooking the vast expanse of the sands of the Thar Desert. This Fort is also called as the Golden Fort, because the walls built with the sandstone change colors during the day and turn golden honey during the sunset, which camouflages the Fort.
Next I headed to the India only living and the largest fort , Jaisalmer Fort with around 3000 people residing in it . Also declared as the World Heritage Site and rightly so ; this ' Sonar Quila" is the centre of attraction of the city .
Ranthambore National Park
This is the main attraction of the Sawai Madhopur District and a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Tigers are the main attraction in this park and it is also a part of the Project Tiger. This is more of a forest covering a large area where tigers are left to roam around at their own will. There are instructions instead for tourists and not the animals at all. Forest safaris are the best thing you can enjoy here and the tigers hunting by themselves in full view looks like a rare view. The Ranthambore Fort is like a watch tower on top of a hill inside the national park anf you can do a lot of photography from here. There are other animals found here in this forest too.
Chances of Tiger sightings are higher in Zone 2, 3, 4 & 5.There are two safaris a day and you could choose either.The hotter it gets, the more the sightings so the best time to go is in summer.A few hotels do manage to book you on a Gypsy safari but at exorbitant prices. Be ready to shell out anything from INR 15,000 to INR 50,000
Ranthambore is one of the largest national parks in India, and the best to spot tigers in their natural jungle habitat. You can easily see tigers here, even during the day time. Located in Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, the park is divided into 10 safari zones. Every zone has good tiger spotting territories and brilliant views. You can only choose your preferred zone up to 90 days before you want to do the safari, but after that the safari zones and vehicles are subject to availability. Besides tigers, the park is home to a variety of birds, reptiles, trees and plants.
Spot a tiger at the Ranthambore National Park
I gave the money to release my ticket to the hotel owner, he took Rs 150.00 more than the canter fee. On 1st Nov I went to Zone 6,  we have seen the pug mark,  so everyone one was quite excited that  we might get the view of tiger. But we were not that much lucky. I had to return hotel from safari only photographing beautiful landscape with deers grazing on grassland. As i was sitting in the front seat so had a conversation with the driver.  He told Zone 3 is best as it is haing 3 lakes which all make it most scenic zone too. Crocodiles and Tigers can be spotted in that zone very easily. One of the fellow from my same hotel went to Zone 8, he got the view of tiger from odd 10meter distance. So basically people created zones but tiger doesn't know any zone. So it takes a long permutation and combination to spot a tiger. I returned by 10:30am and i was having my train from sawai madhopur at 15:15pm so went to Ranthambore fort. You will be amazed by the architecture and the view from the top of the fort. There is a famous Ganapati temple on the fort. There are 2 temples for Lord Shiva. One Jain temple is there too. So basically you can spend 2/3 hour of your time with ease. I took a shared jeep from fort to Sawai Madhopur railway station for INR 30.00 only. This how my Ranthambore journey ends. Tips: If you can't book your tickets in gypsy but you want to do safari in gypsy, don't worry. If you are ready to give extra bucks to the hotel owners,  they will book your ticket on arrival. But, if you are a budget traveler like me,  then simply book a hotel near ticket booking office (there are ample option for accommodation, so don't worry about that part). You will find Shakil uncle and his 2 brothers outside the booking office. Ask them to accommodate you in a gypsy. They will charge you INR 900.00 (depending on your bargain capabilities) There was another uncle named Manahar, a localite who owns two gypsy, gave me his  contact number. He would book tickets in gypsy for INR 800.00 without prior booking through internet. For contact details for local guide, feel free to mail me at email@example.com.
Read more about next day's safari and check out pictures:http://acuriousglance.com/ranthambore-an-encounter-with-the-tiger-or-not/
An oasis in the desert state, Ranthambore is where tigers roam free. Spend a night with India's big cats and the best of India's natural heritage.A Day In RanthamboreThe drive from Udaipur takes around seven hours, so leave very early in the morning to enjoy the afternoon in Ranthambore.
Today we reached booking counter on time at collected our ticket for the safari by showing the online pass. We thought to bring one bike so I rode the bike and followed the canter on our way towards the Ranthambore National park from Sawai Madhopur. We collected some other tourist from the nearby hotel and we were good to go. On reaching I parked the bike at the gate and joined others in the canteen to begin with the safari. Luckily we spotted two tigers in what was my maiden safari.
The 4X4 SUV was cruising at breakneck speed on the Delhi-Agra highway. My smartphone battery was still at 70% even after three days of use. I was relishing the sights and sounds of the fascinating Rajasthan. But all this happened because of my digital detoxification drive. Without thinking much I packed my bags and left for an impromptu road-trip. Rajasthan, the land of Maharajas, where you see the colourful melange of massive forts, stunning palaces, delectable cuisines and royal hospitality was my companion in my quest to travel, see and write about unique experiences. The trip turned out to be gold for my wanderlust. I had the luxury to be with the Maharaja of the Jungle for hours in Ranthambore. The Chand Baori at Abhaneri village left me awestruck with its architectural wonder. But there was more to the trip than only the above two.
It was a long journey where we reached Tiger Machan Resort by 8 pm. The resort was amazing. There were tents standing on a platform and the wooden washroom and bedroom were beautiful. At night, there was a folk show in the resort. The next day we had booked the safari in the early morning. Unluckily we got the 8th route where we did not find the tiger. But, the safari was awesome. Very good experience.After breakfast, we went to Ranthambore Fort. One can reach the fort in car but yes, on weekends the parking is very difficult and as it has hilly single lane roads, it is advisable that one parks car before. The fort is too big and tiring. There are hundreds of temples once you reach the fort top. The fort is 2nd in India. The Ganesh Temple is very famous.
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.Spread across an area of 392 sq kms, Ranthambore National Park is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest and famous National Parks in India. Once known as the hunting base for Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park today is a major tourist destination. Ranthambore National Park is very famous for its tiger population. Tigers are often seen during the day, going about their regular chores. This national park is flanked by two sanctuaries namely Kaila Devi Sanctuary and the Mansingh Sanctuary. The park is also considered as a heritage site and has been home to many species of plants, reptiles and birds. It is also a place where some of the largest banyan trees in India are found. This national park has several lakes within its premises. The park draws lot of wildlife enthusiasts and photographers from all over the world.
Ranthambore National Park is one of India's oldest and largest national park, internationally famous for its wonderful tiger sightings. Located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, this was originally the hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur. With wildlife protection coming under the radar of Indian Government and establishment of Project Tiger, today this stands as a safe haven for wild species ranging from the tiger, leopards, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, jungle cats etc.
Situated in Rajasthan, this park is famous for its variety of animals, especially the tiger. A former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today it is known for its tourism. Another name which is linked with Ranthambore is Machali – the oldest and the most revered tigress in the park. We had been here for four days and had not seen a tiger. I was not very keen on seeing a tiger, but somewhere in my mind was... no tiger? The last ride was rewarding. This pic was taken on that ride.
Tiger safari timings are starts from 6.30 am and 14.00 hrs in afternoon there are only two slots. You can choose jeep or cantor for the safari. Tiger safaris are divided into 7 different routes. Honestly, if your lucky you'll site tiger on your very first safari visit. We visited in month of Feb and it was very cold in ranthamore, hence would advice you to please carry jackets and monkey cap. Some resorts will provide you with blankets. Tiger sighting is more on route no. 3, 4 and 5. Tiger sighting is less on route no. 6&7 as these routes are closer to villages. You are required to provide your all your details along with identity proof to safari organizer night prior to your safari visit, as all details are to be given to forest officers before the visit. It is advisable to give all details in advance otherwise your safari tour will get delayed. In case, of foreigners you are required to give your passport details. Our first safari was early in morning we started at 6.30 am but due to some goof up from organizers side our tour got delayed and we missed on tiger sighting. As the sun rises they venture deeper into the jungle. Tiger sighting is more prominent early in the morning. Sighting is based on tiger call which sambar or spotted deer give to each other when they sense danger. During your jungle safari if you see lot of deer and sambar around then please be assured you won’t find any tiger in that location. We were very disappointed on our first visit as we didnt see any tiger. We again for went for safari in the afternoon on route no. 4 we spotted different animals/birds crocodile who were busy sunbathing, Brown fish owl & wild boar. For two hours we kept roaming and didn’t spot any tiger as tiger calling was happening in route no. 5. I was very disappointed had lost all hopes of sighting any tiger and then suddenly out of nowhere we saw tiger crossing the road. Tiger sighting is very rare without any call. I was flabbergasted at seeing this majestic wild cat in open right in front of me. It is very advisable to keep calm otherwise it will distract this wild animal or piss them off. Small piece of advice when you go for safari please ensure your source of information for tiger sighting is reliable otherwise you will end up paying lot of money and come back disappointment. Not everyone is lucky to site a tiger.
After reaching sawai madhopur in after we checked into our resort and then left for ranthambore fort. We hired private jeep and reached around 5 pm at the fort. Be careful there are lots of monkeys outside the fort, ensure you keep your stuff with you. Guides are available outside the fort if you wish you can hire one , they will take through the entire fort and tell you the history of the fort. Charge approx. 700 rs. Ranthambore reserve view from top of the fort is very beautiful. On top of the mountain there is small ganesh temple do visit the same it is very beautiful. Lot of ppl from local villages visits this temple. On your way towards this temple you will find lot of small houses made of stones, it is believed that those who visit this temple wish to build their own houses. Hence, they build these stone made houses. By 7pm fort closes and on our way back we saw panther walking on the cliff of the mountain. Very rarely do you find such sighting.
The best part about the place is that it's very unpredictable. The jungle is divided into various zones. You can plan your visit in different zones in different times of the day. There are two ways of exploring the jungle. One is in cant where you accompany other 19 people. And the other way is an open jeep. Out of these two, jeep is more better option because it can take you to the interiors of the jungle.
No body knows when was this fort built. It is sprawled across 75 kms and has an ancient Ganesh temple in its premises. Our friendly staff at Taj Vivanta also told us that is we are lucky and we go to the fort at 6 am in the morning, we might be able to spot some tigers & leopard on the way.
Abundant wildlife. Starkly beautiful landscape with surrounding Aravalli hills. Tiger sighting is an icing on the cake.
There came a point where we just put down our cameras and just enjoyed the sight. If this was not enough, what happened next is something we will never forget. After relaxing for a good 10-15 minutes, the tiger got up, walked right passed our Gypsy. That moment where the tiger was just a couple of meters away from us. We were scared and super happy! This surely is one moment which will remain with us for a long long time, probably forever.
A tiger lover paradise, the Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in northern India. This approximately 400 sq km forest is said to have housed around 50 Tigers once, however, that number is lower now due to poaching - an activity witnessed in almost all big and small forests in our country. Not just the density of tigers, but this park is also known for housing some of the most ferocious wild cats, that have fancy names and even more interesting stories. For instance, one of most recited stories of this park is how Machali (T-16), the royal tigress, fought with a 14 foot long crocodile. And mind you, this is not the only story that you will hear about Machali or the tiger reverse.
Day 6: After the birds, it will be the turn of tigers to vie for your attention, as you wind your way through the picturesque countryside, chequered with mustard fields and millet farms. Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan & a favourite haunt of wildlife buffs & professional wildlife photographers from around the world. The park is famous for its tigers, one of the most magnificent animals of India. Day 7: We spend a day searching for tigers (optional).
We cycle through stunning countryside dotted with small villages to Ranthambore National Park famous for its tigers and one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. One of the largest National Parks in the country, Ranthambore is an adventure of its own. Apart from sighting the Tiger, which is the best aspect of the park, you can also come close to seeing various other species of flora and fauna. Early in the morning we go for a jeep safari inside the National Park in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the elusive tiger and other wildlife of the park. Riding in open jeeps with a Naturalist, the safari lasts for 3-4 hours. In the afternoon we cycle in the periphery of the Reserve forest.
A good guide can elevate a safari into a wondrous journey of discovery. At the Ranthambore National Park, book your tours with Shyamji, Salim or Pankaj. Mention Tripoto, they'll be more than happy to show you that there's even more to the jungle than brilliant tiger spotting.
The majestic enigma of Ranthambore didn't end with the sighting of a tiger. Rather, a steep climb up the hill surrounding the National Park, gave us the opportunity to visit the great Ranthambore Fort (or Qila). While a guide equipped us with enough historical significance of this Fort, but the vultures and bird watching along with the overview of the Ranthambore National Park is a sight that cannot be explained in words. So don't forget your camera and binoculars!
We left for the Safari and tour of the Ranthambore National Park, post lunch. The weather was pleasant, as it was breezy despite the hot desert sun. A jeep was hired and the grand safari commenced at 2pm. In the wait of seeing the great striped animal, my enthusiasm had built beyond expectations, yet futile for the first kilometer of the ride. But then we began to spot numerous animals, ranging from spotted and Sambar deer, to Nilgai, the Indian Flying Fox to gerbilles and mongoose, reptiles to hyenas, and then the much awaited moment arrived. We finally say a Tiger, and then two more. The beautiful majestic striped animals were basking in the sun as they were seen taking a dip in the nearby ponds.
I devoted a day exploring Ranthambore National Park, home to one of India’s largest tiger populations and a host of other rare wildlife. A thrilling early morning game drive in an open-top canter gave me the opportunity to look for the park’s 270-plus species of bird, as well as leopard, langur, sloth bear and crocodile. Unfortunately, I could not spot the elusive Bengal tiger.
Jal Mahal also known as Water Palace in English is yet again one of the things to do in Jaipur. It is located in the heart of the famous Man Sagar Lake and near the cenotaphs of royal ladies and Maharanis of the city in the earlier times. Madho Singh was the one behind the formation of the Jal Mahal in the same year as that of Hawa Mahal- 1799. The idea was to get a summer resort made for the royal family. The place was also used for hunting ducks during the warm season. Under the Jal Tarang project going on currently, this place is closed for restoration.
Visitors entry to Jal Mahal is limited and booking has to be done in advance. Most tourists view Jal mahal from the long promenade adjoining the main road. The view is amazing of a standalone palace in the middle of the Man Sagar lake
Same scenario as Udaipur most of the forts will close down by early evening. Jal mahal is again a hangout spot for families. Calm place where one can enjoy some street food with excellent view of Jal Mahal. I decided to commute by bike instead of public transport. One thing I noticed in Jaipur is the crazy traffic, not just the quantity but the way people drive. Believe me I have seen Bangalore, Delhi traffic but Jaipur that day I can't forget. May be It was that for past couple of days It was first time I have entered such kinda city. But still crazy traffic all around is all what I would say. I came back early ordered Dinner from the restaurant below, food was good. Watched an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S on TV. Set up the alarm for 5 AM and decide to call it a day.
Who can come to Jaipur and not take a view of the beautiful Jal Mahal. Located in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. The mahal actually appears as if its simply floating on the serene waters. Sadly they have stopped tours of the palace a few years back.
The most popular attraction of Jaipur, Jalmahal left us surprised with the way it is expressing its glory in the terms of gorgeous lights. A huge crowd is gathered here to witness this amazing beauty of the Pink City on the night of Festival of light.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace), (On the way to Amber Fort). A Rajput style architectured palace sits in the center of the Man Sagar lake. The lake is often dry in the winter, but summer monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths. Free on the 18th of May, as well as the Observatory and wind palace.
A place where you can lost all track of time, It is basicall a summer resort for the royal family..in the middle of artificially created reservoir "Man Sagar" made in reign of Madho Singh, the place is so beautiful and serene that you can look at it for hours and still want to be there for couple of more hours. One can not enter the Mahal but can see it from far, Well it is Jaipur's own Marine Drive.
These days they have closed Jal mahal, you can just have its view from some distance. Some local told me its closed, as there are many crocodiles in the river surrounding jal mahal. But still you can admire its beauty from distance, got some pics click. Also, can buy some craft stuff from there as reasonable cost.
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Jal Mahal- Water PalaceShimmering in glory like a jewel, standing in the middle of Man Singh Lake, Jal Mahal captures an eye-popping makeover during the night. Enclosed by Aravalli hills from three sides and the fourth side comprising of intensely inhabited plains, the architectural beauty of the Mughal and Rajputana styles of construction upstands with its five floors.The 255 year old palace, built in red sandstone, showcases only its first floor with remaining four floors under water. The scenic beauty of the palace comes alive at the onset of evening when bathed with lights.
Any trip to Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to Jaipur’s forts and palaces. They are located within close vicinity of each other and are best visited by hiring a vehicle for the day, which gives the flexibility to move at one’s own pace. On the way, is Jal Mahal, which looks really beautiful sitting in the midst of a vast expanse of water. It can be photographed from afar but entry inside is not permitted.
Jal Mahal: Jal Mahal or the Water Palace is located on the Man Sagar Lake. It is an astonishing palace which has five floors, and four of them remain underwater. The entry inside the palace is restricted, but if you are a bird lover or a photography enthusiast, you may stay there for a while and enjoy the view from the pathway outside the palace.
5)Jal Mahal: Located at the center of Mansagar Lake, this five storeyed palace is for floors under water when the lake is full. Due to its cooling architecture, it was used during summers. This palace is closed for tourists and can be seen only from a distance.
Jal Mahal : Soon after I leave for Jal Mahal. When I reach here, It was early evening. It is a delighted spot to spend a good evening. Jal Mahal is made of red stone and is 5 stories high. The 4 floors of the palace stay under the water and it is only the 5th floor that is visible. Visitors are only allowed to see the Jal Mahal Palace from a distance. Entry is not allowed in the palace. So I did not a chance to go inside. Someday, I hope that I get a chance to see what inside the royal palace and this marvellous architecture. I enjoy having a sip of tea while watching the Sun going down. I brought few Rajasthani gifts for my little sister from the footpath/roadside small shops. Remember - bargaining is the key but don't do too much. they are very poor people.
Once you complete these two masterpieces there is just another one waiting for you 10 mins away – Jal mahal. It is another exquisite piece of work with the backdrop of mountains in the middle of water. One can witness some excellent sunsets in this place. One can amuse oneself wearing local dresses and clicking pictures. There is a large area where you can relax and plan your next day schedule.
4) Jal Mahal:Also known as "Water Palace" it is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake.
While I was coming back from Amber fort, I also stopped by a place from where I could see Jal Mahal. Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake.
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The capital city of India is a glorious concoction of the old and the new. Temples that are centuries old, archaic Muslim quarters, and modern residencies, all exist alongside each other. Home to over a crore people, Delhi’s tourism is a treasure trove of historic gems, gardens, museums and a thriving food culture. Travel to the metropolis for the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk that give way to Lutyens’ New Delhi, that is the pulse of the city. Among the numerous places to visit in Delhi city, for an insight into the magnificent Mughal era, go to the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, the towering sandstone mosque of Jama Masjid, and experience the sound and light show at Red Fort. Tourists can spend mornings at the extravagant Akshardham Temple and evenings at the Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah (shrine) that boasts of sufi music and delicious kebabs. Another popular attraction of Delhi city is its pulsating markets that from baubles to handicrafts, sell everything you can possibly think of. Those who have travelled to Delhi for its particular brand of food, won’t be disappointed. From hole-in-the-wall eateries and local student cafes in North Delhi to lavish restaurants and bars in South Delhi, there is no dish or cuisine you won’t find here. A huge incentive for Delhi’s tourism is its variety of public transport, wherein the Delhi Metro is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the city. Read More
All that was left was to reach delhi in one piece & today after making few stops we made it.Fun Fact: I did this trip in 11kWhat is your excuse for not going to Ladakh?Tell me in the comments section below.Join me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more offbeat travel itineraries.
Delhi encompasses a major part of India’s history in its evergreen monuments. This one face of Delhi wants you to know more about the city’s past. But this capital city not only enshrines a remarkable history but also flourishes in the beauty of the present! While walking inside the majestic Red Fort, me and my friends could imagine how the paths that we were taking now would have been walked by the kings and their ministers in the remote past. While taking a stroll around the passage from Lahori Gate in Red Fort, small handicrafts shops seemed enticing to us and that was a reminder that we cannot miss the amazing local and wholesale markets in Delhi - a paradise for shopping in Delhi - which are a perfect amalgamation of a variety of people, authentic food and current fashion trends that too without a pinch in the pocket.So if you have travel plans for Delhi and you wish to savor the ‘beauty of its present’ then do squeeze in the five most amazing and ‘fairly cheap’ places to shop in Delhi.
(26th December, 2016): We decided to head from our respective destinations and meet up in Delhi, before taking a bus to Mcleodganj. His flight was delayed so, I decided I will head to the bus station and wait for him there. It was late evening so the bus station felt the safest. I was so excited to meet him that I kept looking at the entrance of the bus station. The moment he entered, all I could see was a big, fat guy, who had gained a ton of weight. I had my share of laughs. So, we greeted each other and had a cigarette (Smoking is injurious to health) each before heading onto the bus. The bus we had booked was a Volvo, so I was pretty chilled to travel overnight. But, my calmness turned to horror when I entered the bus. I will give you all a tip, in Himachal Volvo doesn’t mean the comfortable and posh Volvo that we are used to. It was like a city bus with zero level of comfort. This was the scenario in and around Himachal. So, if you are travelling in a Volvo in Himachal, make sure you are used to travelling in buses ;).
The mountains were calling, and I had to go.Maybe it was all the biking chronicles that had inspired me, if travelling from Delhi to any hill station it must be on two wheels. It was the 12th of August when we started our trip for the first ever trek of our lives. Being working professionals, we always bore in mind to save up time here and there. Hence, we decided to board a volvo from Delhi to Chandigarh in the morning hours (0530 IST), and thereafter rent a bike in Chandigarh for the further journey.
Our trip to Rishikesh began with confusion. I said, "We would have a gala girls' night out there. Sitting around the bonfire at the riverside camp; humming a soft tune; strumming the guitar with some new-found friend; grilling chicken legs in the bonfire ...". ''Ahem, non-veg is available nowhere in Rishikesh. So maybe a less grand plan will do," my friend reminded me sternly. Now, I am a foodie and an idle fellow and non-veg is my life. So even before we set out on our trip to Rishikesh, my heart sank not a little. But who would have thought that Rishikesh may have so much in store even for non-believers like us!
Delhi is a cultural hub that makes for a great vacation destination. However, surrounded with concrete buildings, highways and malls, one may foolishly wonder where Delhi's beauty lies. Let me tell you, Delhi's gems are its carefully decorated spaces whose artistry helps you escape its noisy traffic and chaos. So, next time you're heading to Delhi for work or a vacation, instead of a boring hotel, book a getaway! Add a splash of color to your stay and stay at the charming haven of peace, Scarlette Guest House located in the posh neighborhood of Safdarjung Enclave.
But this time I wanted to explore in style and Tripver as usual delivered. I chose to travel "Gold Class".
Beginning of the Bro-trip:Being a Saturday night, the radio was quite a thumping affair and helped us dance inside the car. After losing the frequency we switched to our own kinky collection and that was even too much fun. After the three tolls, we took right towards Manali from Ambala and we were into a sole car running for tranquility on the roads. At around 2, we found a halt and broke for some refreshment, for the roads ahead had be to a bit deserted and rarely one can find a better place to snack on. A crisp break of 30 minutes buoyed us up and we were again towards the hill. The valley started in a while and the drive was slow due the condition of the roads there.However, the roads are always an issue in the few initial kms but adding to the miseries, there was rain that just preceded us reaching there. Following some bad patches, the way ahead was smooth again. We broke the dawn amidst mountains and the beauty was surreal (Pic Below). We reached Mandi at around 9 in the morning and started enquiring about the way further. There were rumours that due to a massive landslide, the main highway has been closed down and debris is being cleared out. The so called incident was still rumoured to be some 30-40 kms from Mandi. Keeping our fingers crossed, we forged ahead. Some said that the landslide has happened in Hanogi which was particularly on the route of Jibhi and had nothing to do with Manali. We called up our college buddy who already reached there a day before. We asked him for the flow of traffic on the route and he signalled us green.
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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
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.
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.
248 Kms from Rajasthan
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Home to the grandiose Taj Mahal, Agra’s city echoes of its bygone Mughal era days. Located in Uttar Pradesh, tourists from across the world flock to Agra all year round. Boasting of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Agra Fort in the city,the white marble architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal and the nearby Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is also dotted with numerous tombs and buildings that have been left behind by the Mughal empire. Agra’s tourism can also be credited to its sweeping gardens of Soami Bagh, Ram Bagh and the most beautiful of them all, Mehtab Bagh. Agra city is also swarmed by a multitude of temples that add to Agra’s vibrant character. The Balkeshwar and Kailash temple on Yamuna’s banks worship Lord Shiva, while the Mankameshwar Temple is loved by the locals for it mellifluous aarti. And while you are in Agra, you should definitely incorporate Sikandra in your itinerary. Akbar’s tomb, or Sikandra lies north to the city, and takes about thirty minutes from Agra. Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, fondly referred to as the Baby Taj is another must visit. Read More
Start your trip in Agra by visiting the Taj Mahal. An ivory-white marble mausoleum, a symbol of love and commitment, Taj Mahal is also one of the seven wonders of the world. Also check out Fatehpur Sikri, located at an hour's drive away from Agra and the Agra Fort.
Day 13We reached Agra in morning and checked in Big Brothers hostel, A very cheap AC paying guest facility with free breakfast.We Started our day with the Taj Mahal. Both of us had thought of Taj Mahal few times before, but never had the chance. Then to went to Agra Fort, then by afternoon had lunch and returned to hostel.
If you haven't seen this wonder of the world despite living in India. Stop thinking to tour the world and come right here. I am talking non other than but a wonder of world - Taj Mahal. And where is it? Agra ! No word can describe the beauty of our Taj until you see it. The lovely city of Agra where lies the beauty is itself a lovely place.Agra is almost 235 km from Delhi and reaching there isn't a tough job, no matter where you come from. Agra being a popular city can be easily reached by various trains and buses from different states. The bus stop is 13Km away from Taj Mahal. Railway station is pretty close to Taj Mahal at around 6-7Km. For people travelling from a near by place like Delhi can take their own car which would take just 4 hours via the Yamuna Expressway.
we had lunch in between in a Highway Hotel, which was an average Food, then started and reached Agra.
8. Wonder awaits you at AgraThe most wondrous of the seven wonders, Taj Mahal can be your call for a sweet weekend getaway. A train from Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra is a joyride for less than 3 hours. Spend, spend, spend and act touristy as you get clicked holding the Taj dome, dance around Mehtab Bagh and visit the Agra Fort. Your minimum travelling expenses leave you with a heavy pocket to enjoy a grand Mughlai lunch. Frequent trains to Agra are always available, which make it the best budget place to visit near Delhi.
Here are some interesting facts about the fort, which I recently visited with my parents and our guide was highly helpful in making us go through the history of the fort and its facts and figures.1. The strategic location of the fort was of vital importance to every dynasty that decided to take control of Agra. It was Babur, who first captured the city and built the fort. After he lost his battle with Sher Shah Suri, the fort was taken over by the Suri dynasty who ruled till 1555 AD and finally was taken back by Akbar and he made it redesigned using red sandstone. So in a period reigning from 1526 to 1556, three dynasties took control of the fort.2. Most part of the fort is made of red sandstone. It was Akbar who had a fantasy for red walls and architectures made of sandstone. He brought some 4000 plus premium sandstone from the quarries spread across northern India to build the fort as he wanted.3. Upon entering the fort from the southern gate, visitors can see a 60-degree inclined walkway to move up to the main complex of the fort. However, it was made 60 degrees inclined so that during the siege the enemy elephants and horses can’t climb with great efficiency. Moreover, super heated oil used to be poured down so that the entrance gets jammed. This indicated brilliant usage of science and architecture of those times.
Just back from a solo tour, all tanned! & the tan keeps reminding me of the magnificence of the tour the knowledge i gathered and people i metOn the very first day I started my journey with a cup of tea on the roof of my hotel enjoying the glittering Taj
Majesty of TajIt wouldn't be incorrect to say that it's only the grandeur of the Taj Mahal–a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World–that draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame.
141 Kms from Rajasthan
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
217 Kms from Rajasthan
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The melodious chorus of temple bells, the sweet fragrance of incense and the positive energy in Mathura city all come together to offer you an experience unlike another. The most popular temple in the birthplace of Shri Krishna is the Dwarkadesh Temple, which is home to a lovely shrine of Lord Krishna and Radha among other deities. And if you happen to visit the temple during the festivals of Janmashtami, Diwali and Holi, you'll be in for a huge surprise. The energy of the temple and the city will take you by storm and you will fall in love with the small energetic town. The culture of Mathura is perhaps what attracts people to this lovely town rather than its mythological importance, though one can't deny or undermine its mythological significance. Among other places to visit, you can head to Vishram Ghat, Rangji temple and Govind Deo temple. Sacred for both Jains and Buddhists, Mathura sees people from across the world. A meeting point for people from all cultures, there is much to learn and explore in this lovely city. Finding a place to to stay here is not a problem at all since there are a number of small dharamshalas as well as luxurious resorts.Read More
Mathura the land of Lord Krishna it is En Route between Agra and Delhi on NH2 it is also oriented or one day excursion point For few Golden triangle travellers. Though the city has its own potential to get more than 5 lakh tourist annually but its not a place just for one day. If you are coming to Mathura and you really want to have a totally different experience & know it then at least live in this for a week. Lord Krishna spent his infant - child and teenage here and this place is full of proof and sources of ultimate joy and happiness. the level of spirituality in locals and connection with their lord is what makes Mathura different. When you travel to Agra from Delhi via NH2 near Mathura the "Jai Gurudev temple" is like a reminder that you are really near to Taj Mahal in Agra.the Jai Gurudev temple is a good place to have a hault and fresh n up yourself as the place is surrounded by a lot of dhabas, motels and sanitation points. if you visit the temple and get in, it takes hardly 30 minutes to cover it all if you do not choose to sit down for a meditation and dhyan. The architecture of Jai Gurudev Temple matches with the Taj Mahal as it is made up of pure white marble and have four pillars at each corner, with a big dome in the centre, which makes it more like a pop up that you are just 60 KMS. away from Taj Mahal in Agra. it's a temple worth visiting and a good place force stop over during your journey towards Agra or Delhi. #Rohantherover #incredibleindia #Mathura #minitaj
5. Enjoy a unique cultural trip through Mathura and VrindavanThese two religious hubs in Uttar Pradesh have a vibrant culture that reflect what India is all about. Delhi to Vrindavan via Mathura is a short road trip for a getaway from Delhi. It takes just about 3 hours to reach Vrindavan via the Yamuna Expressway. The first pitstop on this route, Mathura, is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and the temples and the Vishram Ghat echoing with the Radhe Radhe chant sure make for a surreal experience. On reaching Vrindavan, spend a morning at the Yamuna Kali Ghat and Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan. Later, head to the adjacent gully to enjoy some delicious hot savouries.
Popularly known as Lord Krishna’s birthplace, this religious town makes for a great weekend escape. At a distance of 141 km from Delhi, the destination easily makes for a great weekend getaway from Delhi within 200 km. Mathura is representative of more than 3000 year culture and civilization of India that promises absolute spiritual rejuvenation on your visit. Throngs of pilgrims visit Mathrua every year. Apart from Hindu devotees, people from different faiths visit the town, including Buddhists and Brahmanical Jains.
After sleeping well that night and spending some quality time with the students of PMV college Mathura which reminded me much of my school life and college. Next day, I started early and visited some of the religious places around and headed towards my friend's village via Aligarh and Atrauli to Sirauli
I was supposed to reach Mathura by 18.45 but my train was late by 2 hours as expected from Indian Railways. At the station I did expedited the process of claiming my bike at parcel office by spending few extra bucks (off the record) and suddenly I was treated as a VIP and looking at the no. of VIP India has it was not astonishing.I had planned this trip with a friend from UP (Siroli Village). He had already left from Mumbai a week earlier and was in his village spending some quality time of love with his family. His juniors from Diploma College PMV Mathura came to pick me up at the station and I halted the night in Mathura.
Mathura is commonly known as Janma Bhumi i.e. place of birth of Lord Krishna. Temple is very beautiful and you can visit the caves inside temple. You can recreate prison where Lord Krishna was born and scriptures on the walls are very attractive and beautiful. This place is a must visit and we started with our journey from here only.
149 Kms from Rajasthan
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
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.
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.
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