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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.
Start your Rajasthan itinerary with one of Rajasthan tourism's finest experiences. Gaze at the splendid Amer Fort from a Hot Air Balloon.Read 'How Jaipur Stole My Heart' by Abhigya
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.
Built over 8 decades ago, Amer Fort has gracefully stood the test of time and is still a hot-spot for locals and tourists alike! On a bright sunny day such as this, one would find several vendors selling authentic colourful Rajasthani handicrafts outside the Fort.
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 Udaipur. 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.
Our first destination was the Udaipur City Palace. We did not expect the Palace to be so "modernised" - the buildings were recently restored, tourists could purchase A/V guides and the Palace even had a beer cafe! We were also surprised to find the entire site clean with no litter/paan stains that mark many of our heritage sites.NOTE: 1. You are better off leaving your car at the hotel and navigating the city's roads by rick. 2. If you have at least 3 hours to spare here and if you do not trust the local guides, I would recommend that you purchase the Audio Guide. The Palace is so rich in history that it would be a shame to not learn of it!Day 4, 5:30 pm - After we completed our tour of the City Palace, we walked to the Ropeway station to board a cable car. The cable car ride gives an excellent view of the Lake Palace, especially after sunset. Mind you, the cars are a bit rustic and creaky, though the ride is pretty safe.
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Palace situated on the East bank of Pichola Lake is contribution of several Mewar Rulers. Construction of this palace was started in 1553 and took 400 years to complete.      One should have enough time to visit the palace minimum 3-4 hrs, and its better to hire a guide so can understand the history of palace.     We hired a guide who instructed us very nicely and it took around 1.30 to 2 hrs to visit whole palace. While returning he gave us exit from wrong way which saved our 1.30 hrs. From there we went to see Pichola Lake which is back side of Palace. We missed "Jag Mahal" which is an island in pichola lake, but heard its worth to visit once. The entry fee is ₹700 pp.     After visiting palace we went to SajjanGarh or Monsoon Palace, but one should keep in mind that rope way and sunset point is near to palace, but due to lack of information we reversed it.
After some rest and heavy breakfast, we started our sight seeing to City Palace. The weather in day time was hot though nights would get chilling. Check weather all the time. I had carried summer and winter, both season clothes for day and night respectively! Carry loads of sunscreen, hats, sunglasses for day time and socks and thermals for nights! Entry Tickets to this place is whopping 250rs for Indian National. 250rs for camera! Hire narrowcasters, a multilingual audio tour which we actually found out that it gave us more details about the history and geography of that certain place, than a normal guide would give. We would hire one device. One from the group would use headphones and other from the group would hear from device itself. The fort is a huge fort and you would end up spending more than 2 hours here. We had lunch at local small time restaurant right outside the entry of the palace.
City Palace is one of the major attractions in the city. City Palace, located on the banks of Pichola, is the home for Maharanas of Udaipur. The palace depicts the lifestyle of the kings, their queens and the courtiers. It consists of various structures inside the city palace complex like Durbar Hall, Fatehprakash Palace, Badi Mahal, Zeenana Mahal etc. The biggest attraction is the crystal display in Fatehprakash Palace. One will find beds, chairs, dining sets and other various items completely made of crystals. This was ordered by Maharana Sajjan Singh in late 20th century. Unfortunately, he had died even before it arrived in India from England.
Why did I chose Udaipur?Cause it's near to Ahmadabad.I got 15 days holidays from college and decided to go back home. But on the way I stopped at Udaipur.Now I reach Udaipur from Ahmadabad by a bus. It was a crowded bus and really shitty. But somehow I managed to survive for 5 hrs. Now I reach zostel at 5:45 am and slept in the common room. Woke up at about 8 o'clock and took a shower and played pool with a new friend from Germany. Now I needed to explore the city today so I went to city palace. It was an amazing experience, saw some really cool stuff.. After that I headed to the ropeway which takes you to the top of the hill and I decided to trek up the hill instead of taking the ropeway. The views were amazing from up there. Cane down by the cable rope.Now I just walked along the street and reached lake pichola. Hung around there for an hour and then headed back to zostel.Took a shower and then went up to the roof. There I met anna flood. She was an amazing person. Intelligent and smart. Had a long and meaningful conversation with her. Then we went for a walk and then came back to zostel. She had some other plans for dinner. Now I was back on the street making the most of it. Had some traditional Rajasthani food which was amazing. Headed back to zostel and had a muskmelon on the roof top and then went to sleep.
Spend a good time visiting the City Palace. It will provide amazing insights about the Wars that took place. The tickets are Rs 100 for students and Rs 300 otherwise. I joined a group of 9 people for a guided tour @300 Rs for 10 people. The guide told about how luxurious the life was of kings those days.Spend the night relaxing at lake side with the views of the city palace.
The City Palace of UdaipurThis was a major attraction of the city. It was very near to Zostle as well. I was overwhelmed by the size of the place and how well it was maintained. There were rooms after rooms of Rajputna Royalty embellishing the weapons, attires, furniture, vessels, utensils, music instruments paintings, et cetera. The place gives a touch how those Ranas would use to live a lavish and royal life style.
The construction of this magnificent palace was commissioned by Maharana Udai Sing II in 1553. Over the next 400 years, several rulers from the Mewar dynasty contributed to its completion. Overlooking Lake Pichola, the City Palace is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. From paintings, artifacts, antiques, furniture to exquisite glass and mirror work, every corner of the palace deserves special attention. It is also an architectural marvel. Built with granite and marble, this imposing structure houses a number of courtyards, terraces, balconies, handing gardens and stunning rooms.
The moment we stepped into the Palace, we were awe-inspired by its size and its gigantic three-arched gate. The main gate led us to a series of courtyards, corridors, terraces, hanging gardens, uncountable rooms and passages. The Palace houses a museum that showcases many historical articles, antiques, paintings, decorative furniture, swords and utensils from the royal era. We spent about 3 hours there: walking around the corridors, admiring the architecture, learning about its history, clicking pictures, posing vivaciously, and walking briskly near the lake. Despite gushing waves, it was still tranquil near the lake. Besides that, boating facility was also available at the Lake Pichola to visit the Jal Mahal or the Udai Vilas, or to just wait for sunset. But we didn't go for it because we were famished.
The City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. The balconies, cupolas, and towers of the palace give a wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding city.
2. When you finally realize Udaipur is actually “Venice of the East”
Even more beautiful than Venice
1. City PalaceThe ticket to City Palace is 300 per head and it would take around approx. 2.5 hours to cover the whole palace. Do hire a guide from the entrance of the palace or an audio tour to know about the history of the palace and the grandeur of the Kings of Rajasthan.
1. City Palace:-Are you a history lover? Go for it! Situated on a hill-top, you can have a bird view of the alluring city from the jharokhas here. The architecture here is of typical Rajasthani and Mughal style. If you want to know each and every detail of the palace’s history, you can also hire a guide and he will take your family snaps too! Haha.Best time to visit the palace:- morning after 9:30 a.m! So that you can cover the palace till afternoon.Priority:- In case you are planning a quick trip and if you are a history lover. The palace awaits you. If you tend to fall for nature more, you can skip the palace! Big deal dude ????
It is pretty close to the Zostel. It is a massive structure built by the rulers of Mewar Dynasty. We took a tour of the entire palace having glimpses of the Indian history. It took us around 2 hours to cover the entire palace.It is enormously beautiful. You can see how luxuriously the royal family lived while they ruled India. You can hire a guide from outside starting from 200 bucks if you want to know the history in detail. Although, we did not.
From the art to the architecture, we walk further to the City Palace, just a wow construction. The palace still is the residence to the royal family with some of its part open for the tourists. Walking through, we reach the various level of the palace and learn that all the levels are steps up on a hill. The immense palace counts long on time with no realization of delay in lunch, but as the stomach hurts, we move back to the lunch place.
Mehrangarh Fort stands on a rocky hilltop which is about 125m 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"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 />
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.
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.
Next day morning we went to this fort which is huge ,young and almost in its original condition with huge musuems in it.
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, this palace is one of the largest private residences in the world with 347 rooms. The construction of palace started in 1929 and was completed in 1943 under the architectural plan of Henry Vaughan Lacchester. The construction of palace took place to generate employment for farmers who were hit by draught that time. The part of palace is now managed by Taj Hotels.Portraits of Jodhpur: people of this city are so warm and colorful, I could not stop myself from clicking these portraitsRepublic Day Celebration at a village school: we were in Jodhpur on Indian Republic Day (26th January), and our hotel arranged us a short visit to a nearby school to celebrate. We were also accompanied by an Australian couple who were also staying at the same hotel.I will try to post the pictures of beautiful Thar desert at Jaisalmer. Stay tuned for more to come.If you have enjoyed my post please post your comments, like, and share it on Facebook. This will keep me motivated for posting even more. You can also follow my Facebook Page and Instagram page on @travelshotsblog. Thanks????
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.
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!
Pride of Jodhpur- Mehrangarh FortBy the time we reached Jodhpur back it was already 5PM. Since we were leaving for Jaiselmerh the next day, we refused for not making a visit to Mehrangarh Fort.But our cabby had already promised for that he will help us see Mehrangarh at any cost. We were stopped by security personnel at the entry as closing time was over and people who are still inside awaited to move out. But very few people know that Mehrangarh Fort have a Durga Temple which is still available for visit as the evening arti was performed around 5:30. With the assurance of not clicking photographs (photography is a time taking skillset we got the permission to enter.It is perhaps the Best In Condition than any other forts in India. It is still owned by the Royal Family of Jodhpur and not by Govt. Of India. That's the reason why Christopher Nolan chose the same for Dark Night shoot. Very well maintenance of all antique pieces plus the perquisite view of the BLUE CITY. Even the sun set view is too good.After good 40 odd minutes, we left for our Kothi for fresh-up.
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.
As I reached close to the fort , I was amazed to see that the fort was built at a height and is surrounded by thick walls on all sides. One of the local told me that there are seven gates to enter the fort . As I moved in to the fort I was welcomed by long and narrow paths with symmetrical archways. Moving farther I found the terrace where one can spot cannons. The whole city can be viewed from the top. There is also a museum inside the fort which has palanquins in which the ladies of that period used to travel. The museum exhibit an array of armors, weapons and have a preserved collection of arts and paintings.
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.
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.
9 AM- EXPLORE MEHRANGARH FORTFounded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, this fort is the most glorious one in Jodhpur as well as in Rajasthan. It is very well maintained and takes a minimum of 2 hrs to explore this massive structure. Do hire a guide to know all the historical anecdotes and architectural details of the fort. The walk to reach the entry gate of the fort is quite a steep hike. So be prepared with a pair of comfortable shoes and a headgear to tae shelter from the scorching mid-day Sun!Opening Time: 9 am to 5 pm
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Abundant wildlife. Starkly beautiful landscape with surrounding Aravalli hills. Tiger sighting is an icing on the cake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read more about next day's safari and check out pictures:http://acuriousglance.com/ranthambore-an-encounter-with-the-tiger-or-not/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a royal hunting ground, Ranthambore is identified by the famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. A tiger haven, Ranthambore is extremely popular amongst wildlife enthusiasts who travel hundreds of miles for a single sight of a tiger.
It's the first L–O–N–G weekend of the new year and how you spend it will set the tone for the rest of your year. Don't jinx this year of travel because of your laziness and head straight to Nahargarh Palace for the Ranthambore Festival.
If going the wild route is on your mind, you would like to consider Ranthambore as an option. The city is around 380 kilometres away from Delhi and is known for the famous Ranthambore National Park. Tourists from all over the globe come in search of this place. Ranthambore is also home to some ancient ruins and thus adds a historical touch to one’s visit here. The best time to come on a vacation here would be from the month of October through to the month of March. The monsoon season is best avoided.
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
Haven't you heard of the majestic tigers loitering freely in the Ranthambore National Park? Well, this is the same place I'm talking about. And no, it won't be that hot here during Diwali even though it's in Rajasthan. Since it's located between the Aravallis and the Vindhyas, the weather during Diwali is pleasant for humans and all the lovely animals here to come out and play. Ranthambore may not be one of the quintessential places to visit during Diwali in India, but trust me it's worth it!Things to do: Tiger spotting and safari rides in the Ranthambore National Park. Visit the commodious Ranthambore Fort and learn about the rich heritage of the Rajasthanis.Food: You can go for the famous Rajasthani Thali at Chokhi Dani, or can relish the massive variety of sweets available at roadside dhabas.Weather: Average – 25 degrees Celsius. High – 33 degrees Celsius. Low – 20 degrees Celsius.Average Expenditure Per Head (excluding flights): Rs. 15,000 for 5 days.How to reach: The nearest airport is in Sanganer, but since it isn't directly connected to all major destinations, it's better to take a train till Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, which is just 10km away from the park.For an extended guide on Ranthambore, refer to this trip.
Monsoons travel to the far west and reach Ranthambore in July. Even though the Ranthambore National Park closes July onwards, the Ranthambore Fort and Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary are open for tourists. The rain comes as a relief to those who call this jungle their home, but becomes extremely humid for the ones who are simply visiting.Visit Ranthambore in December or January during winters, when the Ranthambore National Park is also open.
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind
As one of the most distinctive part of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal located amidst the busy streets is something that cannot be missed. The grandeur of the place surely catches the attention of each one passing by. The structure is made from pink sandstone and has a honey-comb like shape that makes it all the more interesting. There are 5 storey in the monument and surely looks extraordinary. The place was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 to help the ladies watch all the happenings on the streets including the processions that took place from time to time. From the extreme top of the Mahal, you can have a spectacular view of the Jantar Mantar as well as City Palace. For those interested in exhibits, the good news comes in the form of a small museum within the mahal that has great paintings, ceremonial armours as well as rich relics. For the entry, move to the backside of the complex.
Hawa Mahal was one of the highlights of the trip. Popularly known as the 'Palace of Winds', it is a beautiful five-storey palace built of red and pink sandstone. It is a pyramid-like structure with some intricate designs. As the name suggests, I felt the calm wind and coolness everywhere in the palace. It has only slopes and no stairs to connect each storey. I got an excellent view of the city from the top of the palace. It also has an archaeological museum.
It gets its name as the mahal has around 953 small windows which aided cross winds.
Our Jaipur journey began with the landmark of the city, the Hawa Mahal , an imposing structure. The name literally means Palace of winds or Palace of the Breeze. Built 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta it depicts the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. The pyramidal shape combined with the numerous screened windows makes the structure look like a giant honeycomb. This 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument has 953 small windows called jharokhas, decorated with intrinsic lattice work and is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. The latticed windows allowed the royal ladies to view the everyday life in the street below from the palace without being seen. The beauty of the Hawa Mahal lies in its fragile appearance, which belies its strength. The interiors are connected by ramps and there are no stairs to reach the upper floors. A unique feature of the building is that it remains cool even during the harsh summers. This is due to the excellent ventilation that allows cool air to freely flow throughout the building. Situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre, in the middle of the bustling Johari Bazaar, near the Badi Chaupad (the big square), this palace rises to a height of 50 feet. It is built of red and pink sandstone and forms a part of the City Palace, which was our next stop.
The Rajput ruler made this beautiful five storeyed palace in the heart of the city and which is also popularly known as the Palace of the Winds. The Palace is said to have 953 “Jharokas” and in the shape crown of Lord Krishna. This was made to facilitate an airy palace for the women.
Hawa mahal which means the Palace of Winds, is situated just at a 5 minutes walk from the exit of the city palace. This mahal consists of many windows so that the queens of the olden days could witness all the street festivals going on in the city without having the need to show their faces ( Old tradition in India). It is situated right in the market area. another palace to visit.
Hawa Mahal is the landmark of Jaipur, it was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable the ladies of the Royal Household to be able to see all the Royal Processions happening in the city, it has a museum in it too depicting the royal clothes, armours, ammunition.
After a lesson in astronomy, history proved to provide an interesting insight whilst at my next stop Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds", an intimidating pyramidal, honeycombed wall, serving the purpose of a five storey high screen for the royal women, the Pardeh-Giyan or "the veiled ones". A practice that resonated between the Rajput and the Mughal courts, from the time of Akbar. The detailed latticework as it happened to be, conditioned the air, rendering the palace its name.
Day 6, 5:30 pm - There was little to see here, so we just explored this place by ourselves.
The next spot on the itinerary is the iconic Hawa Mahal. It’s outer wall lined with dozens of windows makes it to almost every tourist guide of Jaipur city. One can choose to climb up the ramp to witness the view of Jaipur from one of those tiny windows. But I didn’t find the effort to be worthwhile.
We started off with Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar Mantar. While Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar were touch and go for us, we took our own sweet time to see the city palace. One of the reasons would be that the Palace had so many spots for Mini to take pictures and for me to pose ????
Hawa Mahal: The 'Palace of the Winds' or 'Hawa Mahal' is located in the old city and is of prominent importance. The palace was built in red and pink sandstone and is now used as an office. Tourists can visit the palace and can head up to a few floors. From the top, one can see the busy lanes of the old city which are now crowded by various shops selling handicrafts, apparel and gems.
Hawa Mahal : My last visit list was Hawa Mahal, Just besides the Jantar Mantar. No wonder this is the most distinctive landmarks of Jaipur and I visited it in last. Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. The top offers stunning views over Jantar Mantar and the City Palace. You wait there till dark to see the Hawa Mahal in night from outside.
Did you know that there is more to the Hawa Mahal than its facade? At least until this visit, I did not! The whole structure was constructed to represent the crown of Lord Krishna, the favourite God of the Royals of Jaipur. The seemingly single block structure of the facade represents the jewelled front part of the crown while in the rear it has a courtyard where guests of the erstwhile Kings used to be entertained during Holi celebrations. It is complete with a water bath which has now been converted to a fountain display. On three sides, the courtyard is surrounded by corridors/ assembly areas and on the fourth side (rear of the facade), there are rooms with a purpose. The entry to each level is through a special gateway called pol and each level is accessed through a ramp. The main reason for constructing the Hawa Mahal was to allow the Royal ladies to view processions while still maintaining purdah. The entire structure incorporates hundreds of Jharokas which provide superb cross-ventilation and air conditioning. The lowest level is where the Royal ladies of bygone times "window shopped". The upper levels house rooms meant for grooming and private religious ceremonies. The last two levels are open to the sky and are called the Prakash Mahal which was meant for use during winters when light and warmth were scarce. The monument also includes strategically placed surveillance towers. In addition, a secret passageway connects the Hawa Mahal to the residential area of the City Palace. Quite obviously, the passageway is not accessible to the public. All windows placed in the facade wall offer a semi-panoramic view of the street below. Window panes are coloured to allow for play of light as well as to block views of the bygone royal goings-on from prying eyes.
Hawa Mahal:Entry Cost: Rs 50 for Indians & Rs 200 for Foreign TouristsDuration of Opening: 9 AM to 4:30 PMHawa Mahal ("Palace of winds" or "Palace of the Breeze") is named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside.So much for privacy back in those days :P
1) Hawa Mahal:Entry Cost: Rs 50/- (Indians) & Rs 200/- (Foreigners)Entry Time: 9.00 AM -4:30 PM
HaWa Mahal : 'Palace Of The Winds' is the major attraction this city..It is located in the heart of the city , it is beautiful five-storey palace built by Maharaja Sawai pratap singh who belonged to Rajput dynasty . The main architect of this palace is believed to have constructed in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna. The main intention behind the construction of the mahal was to facilitate the royal women and and provide them a view of everyday life through windows , as they never appeared in public. WE loved the architecture, It was designed as a beehive castle with small windows . This palace is actually famous for its windows or 'Jharokas' which enable circulation of air within the structure . We had an excellent view of the city from this palace.
I was tired after traveling overnight 14 hrs bus journey from Jhansi but my excitement took over tiredness. By 11 AM I was ready to explore the pink city. The moment I came out of hotel, 2-3 auto drivers rushed to me and offered me Jaipur sightseeing for one day at 650 rs.I knew that some of places were very near to my hotel, Bani park area. So I ignored all of them and took another running auto, cost me 50 rs to reach Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind)Stylistic and artistic, these were my two words when I saw Hawa Mahal. Designed in the form of the crown of Krishna. Its unique five-storey exterior, similar to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas. Hawa Mahal was constructed so that the palace women trapped in purdah, could watch the street life. Entry fee was 10 rs there but I bought one composite entry pass for 70 rs. It was valid for two days and you can use it for visiting 5 places(Amber palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, Nahargarh fort, Hawa mahal). Interior of Hawa Mahal is artistic but I really liked the exterior. This architecture is showcased whenever Jaipur is talked about on the touring map.
Starting early, we head towards the Amber Fort, which happened to be around 10 kms from our stay making a drive of 30-45 minutes, where we reached by 9 AM. But before reaching the fort, we have quick stop at the Hawa Mahal to learn some bits and capture some poses.
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.
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.Since we were heading to Mumbai on same night, we reached Gadisar lake after it was dark. We couldnt figure out what it was like but the gate and all were so intricate that we were tempted to stay back and enjoy the view in daytime.We reached Mumbai at 7pm in evening after we started at 11pm previous night. We only stopped in between for pee, poo's and food!
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 .
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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
Day1 : Delhi to BhuntarTickets were booked by bhai already, we reached R.K Ashram and boarded our Volvo bus and the journey started around 6:30 in the evening. Talking about various topics regarding life and philosophy, ya mostly joking about it, whenever we are together we can laugh at any topic. In between we had dinner in Punjabi Dhaba after which we slept in the Bus.
Delhi to Dhanbad on a motorcycle.Caution: Long Travelogue ahead.Me: Hi, Can you advise me a reliable hotel for a nights stay in Banaras?Friend: Banaras for a night?Me: Yes, and I need a covered parking for my Bike.Friend: You going to Banaras on bike???Me: No, I am going to Dhanbad on my bike and will stop for a night at Banaras.Friend: Are you Crazy?Me: Yes.Friend: Are you going alone?Me: Yes.Friend: I am sure you are crazy.Thus started my long awaited wish to ride from Noida to Dhanbad my hometown. It was an unfulfilled wish since 2007 when I migrated to the national capital region in search of a job. And ever since it was all about day dreaming with no concrete plan.Then I met a colleague turned friend in 2010 who till then had ridden to places like Kolkata, Ladakh, various places in Rajasthan, many places in Himachal and Uttarakhand. It all started since then and till now I have ridden to some places in Rajasthan (Jaipur, Ajmer,Bharatpur, and Bhangarh), Uttarakhand (Couple of rides to Rishikesh and Nainital) and a couple of places in Himachal and UP. However, all these were group rides except one to Agra. Hence I was skeptical about a solo ride of 1200Kms and that too when you talk about riding through Bihar & U.P. and finishing at Jharkhand a good feedback was difficult to find. I was a little concerned about it.Then there were few unfortunate people around me who had no idea about the pleasure of riding but always there to give their expert opinion about how bad the roads and people are in UP and Bihar. It wasn't an easy job to convince myself and stay motivated. I realized then how important it is to speak to the right people about the right things. And who would be better than my office cab drivers who spend almost 18 hours a day on the road. Then there were friends who have spent lacs of kilometers on the highway.I tried to search for travelogues on the internet and was surprised to see the number of people who did the Golden Quadrilateral in record time. And my route was a small part of their rides. After going through all these blogs, I finally made up my mind that this is the right time to do it or else I will never be able to do it at all. 10th Oct15 Friday: After cancelling my return tickets to Dhanbad. Called my parents and told them I will be travelling to home with a friend in his car this Durga Puja (If I did not lie I would not have been able to do it at all). After spending the entire week reading travelogues on sites like Teambhp.com, xbhp.com, BCMTouring and so on. I kept preparing for the ride, like servicing the bike and adding various accessories like reflectors, gloves, saddle bag etc. And eagerly waited for the D-day. Each passing day felt like a month, it was unbearable to stay focused at work for the entire week. 17th Oct'15 Saturday: Reached home from office at 5AM. Plan was to sleep for the entire day and start the next day early morning at 3 AM. As you will know about sleep, you never get it when you need the most, and especially before a ride. It never showed up. Spent the entire day on the couch fighting with the butterflies in my stomach. Kept getting calls from some good friends who were backing me to do it. This list includes my wife who was nervous like hell but still put up a brave face in front of me and always backed me. 18th Oct'15 Sunday: Woke up at 1:00AM, I was bit annoyed by the fact that I did not get enough sleep for the ride but now it was too late to think about it, so started packing up. Within 30mins I was done with the packing my Viaterra claw (it was a amazing bag i must say) and now with nothing to do but wait for the right time I was becoming impatient. I took my bath and tried to sleep for some time but it never worked. The thought of leaving at 2AM also crossed my mind but my better half wanted me to stay back till 4AM (I could read in her eyes that she wanted me to stay back so I could help with her nervousness, but I was fighting the same devil within me as well). So I asked her to cook something for me and she agreed. We had our share of Aloo k parathey and Curd and while doing that I told her about the people who have ridden to these places and there is nothing to worry. By now she was somewhat convinced and so was I. The clock stuck 4 and I pressed the ignition button on my CBR 250R. The destination was very clear in my mind (Dhanbad it was!). Its all going to happen finally. Its amazing how all the clutter in your mind disappears once you are on the saddle. After the customary five minutes of idling and some sips of water I was feeling like Valentino Rossi waiting for that green light to turn on. One peck of good bye kiss and I was on my way to 1200kms of date with myself. I have always found riding to be an alternative of meditation, an activity that allows you to spend lot of time with yourself and get your thoughts together. I hit the Yamuna Expressway at 4:30 AM. It was still dark and I promised myself not to go beyond 100Kmph which I was able to sustain for the next 35kms. The speed kept increasing with every passing moment and before I realized it was above the permissible limits. With the early start, high average speed and no stops I managed to save a lot of time and before I realized the expressway was over. By 6:30 AM I ended up on NH2/AH1. The bike was performing well, it was smooth and subtle. By now I was growing in confidence and started calculating my average speed and time to reach the next planned halt at Kanpur. As this was a long ride I planned to stop only at major cities (Kanpur, Allahabad, Banaras, Sasaram, Aurangabad and Dhanbad was my plan). There were no plans for even short breaks in between (This was a mistake I realized soon). The Yamuna Expressway ends at Kuberpur, and the road from there till Firozabad was a regular Indian highway with broken tarmac, hawkers and truckers all over the place and at timesdriving on the wrong side of the road. I decided to ride slow, 80-85 Kmph was the average speed I did till Auraiya. A small tea break of 10 mins and I was off to Kanpur here the road condition improved so did my average speed Reached Kanpur by 10:30AM as its the birth place of my love so had to take a pic of the highway signboard. The ride was very uneventful till Fatehpur where I stopped for lunch. And then it stuck me. The sleep that gave me a slip the other day was back to haunt me. The needle on the odometer went down to 20-25Kmph. It felt like I was possessed. I was desperately looking for a Dhaba so that I could rest for some time. But couldn't find one. A stop was inevitable as I was barely able to keep my eye lids open and control the handle bars. As far as I could see it was only farm lands all around me. Finally I decided to stop and sleep on one of those paddy fields under a tree to avoid slipping on the asphalt under some heavy moving vehicle. A farmer was working in the field and I asked him if he could look after my belongings while I take a nap and he agreed. I had learnt the art of power nap from one of my rider buddies and it was time to use it. A count to five was good enough to put me off. The bike was hidden between the bushes to avoid any unwanted circumstances. It was an amazing feeling sleeping beside a highway. If you are a motor enthusiast you would love the idea of passing vehicles playing a humming music and putting you to sleep. The earth beneath was indeed feeling like mothers lap and the sky above reassuring me to take a good relaxed nap. It was a good 45 mins sleep and I woke up completely fresh and looked at the time it was 3:30 PM. It was time to decide whether I should stop at Allahabad for the day or should I ride till Banaras to save some time next day. Called a friend who did Delhi to Kolkata in 2010 for the Rider Mania. It has been my experience or rather his experience that his advice about a ride has never gone wrong. So the decision was made, night halt at Allahabad was final. I was cruising slowly around 40 kms before Allahabad when unexpectedly I saw a sign board. Take left for Banaras. You take a slight left turn and an entire new world opens up to you. I read about it in the travelogues however never expected a brand new expressway with amazing greenery all around and a magnificent highway. Standing at the crossroad between Allahabad and Banaras, I quickly did a search for Varanasi on google maps and it showed 140 odd kilometers. It was 4:30 PM. At 70kmph I could do this stretch in two hours. And on top of that this was as expressway. A change in plan was evident. I took the left turn and it felt like home away from home, with the views similar to the Yamuna Expressway. It was time to test the top speed of my baby CBR. Wish I could disclose the speed on the open forum. It was another Valentino Rossi moment and I was elated to say the least. And then a thought crossed my mind (High-speed = Less Mileage). I felt like looking at the Fuel Gauge and it showed just two bars. Calculations started again and the top speed came down to 80Kmph. But wait NHAI is there to take care of your highway worries. There was a petrol pump on the expressway and that too was visible and easily accessible unlike the ones on the Yamuna Expressway where you have to keep an eye for it. A quick fill up and I was back on track gunning for Banaras. My ride was slowed down at the end of the expressway which ends at Handia and from there it was more of a state highway. With only two lanes and vehicles from Delhi and other nearby places trying to reach the holy city on a weekend it was jam packed. I lost quite some time on this stretch with the backlog of travelling whole day I was feeling tired by now and was desperate to reach the city as soon as possible. The route to Banaras is a tiresome 10 Kms detour from the highway and I reached Banaras by 7:30 PM. A quick browsing through some hotels I finally stayed at an under construction hotel named Swastik near Dasaswamegh ghat. Submitted some ID cards and Rs 500, some quick phone calls to home (my parents still knew I was travelling by car.) I quickly took out the riding gears and crashed on the bed and was gone for good five and half hours. 19th Oct15 Monday: After waking up at 1:30AM feeling completely fresh, I took a bath and decided to roam around the city. It was a pleasant ride through the vacant roads and alleys of Banaras. I went to the ghats and some temples. There were only police personnel and parking attendants along with some tea sellers all around the city. After roaming around for good two hours and couple of kulhar teas with famous Banarasi Mathis I left for NH2 at 4AM.
Lots of planning involved, Purchasing riding gears (Mostly Online), a new wind-shield for my Avy 220, convincing friends from another city, researching on routes and pit-stops, browsing different websites for better leads, Finally its the day we are on for our bike tour-o-parashar lake.3 bikes, 3 riders and 1 pillion. I think sometime its less the people more the quality memories and matching the mind-sets of all. We were on our avengers 220 from delhi to Parashar lake with a stay at Mandi (72 kms before Parashar Lake).The day of Ride:It was a hot day we started our journey to the secluded Parashar Lake in Himachal Pradesh (Indian State). We started from Noida around 02.00 pm and was at Amrik Sukhdev Eatery for our first pitstop where 2 of the riders met and continued from there onward. We started from the first pit-stop at 03.30 pm and reached Ambala City by 06.10 pm. From Ambala joined our 3 rider, with a small refreshing stop at Ambala we started our journey on for Mandi City around 07.00 pm. From there we took the route Ambala-Banur-Kharar-Ropar(Rupnagar)-Kiratpur. A beautiful highway and the sun was down, it was a blissfull ride till kiratpur. Now from Kiratpur we have to take the Manali Route till Mandi City. Its was 10.00 pm when we stopped for a tea break around Kiratpur. From then the route was Kiratpur-Bilaspur-Sundarnagar-Mandi. We had our dinner near Bilaspur at around 11.30 pm. Then on finally decided to check with someone for a hotel to stay in Mandi. Got a stock info from the Dhaba Owner that Mandi city will not entertain us during that wee hours, and suggested to stay 10 kms before that, at Ner Chowk. Finally reached Ner Chowk at around 02.00 am at called it a day around 04.00 am with 2 pegs of Old Monk.Day 02 - Ner Chowk (Mandi) - Parasher Lake
After buying a bunch of things, we proceeded to the bus stop from where we were to catch an overnight bus to Delhi which was costing us INR1,300 per person. Don’t worry it’s safe, filled with families and the quickest mode of transportation. In fact, I’d suggest you’ll to go for buses and not hire a cab for such trips. Although never, I repeat, NEVER settle for seats in the last row. You won’t be able to stretch your legs or the recliners might not work (as mine) which is basically a nightmare on a 12 hour overnight journey. But all’s well that ends well. So after reaching Panipat, I stayed at a friend’s place as I had a flight in the evening. Well, I basically slept for an hour, had a pizza and then again slept for a few hours, woke up and rushed to the airport. By the time I reached the boarding gate it was shut. Yes, again. I pleaded a little and an empty air bus escorted me to the plane. I’ve never had a peaceful boarding experience at airports till date. I don’t know why and how I’m always on the verge of missing my flights. The Jaipur trip was an exception.
So I woke up on time, all excited about my trip, took a cab to the airport and should have easily made it before time but blame my drowsy eyes or my Ola driver, I ended up at the wrong airport. YES. Can you imagine the rate at which my heart went wild? In panic, we took a u-turn and thankfully I did not miss my flight. I met my friends in Delhi and after offering them and their families a parcel of vada-pavs from Mumbai as demanded, we set off to Chandigarh. We were 6 in total, occupying two cabs, arrived at Hyatt Regency – Chandigarh and were welcomed by complimentary shots of flavoured water. The beds were too cozy to not jump-in so after a few minutes of curling up, my friends decided to explore the mall right next to the hotel and grab a bite. I wasn’t as hungry and repelled by the idea of even having to look at a mall on a trip, I chose to do what I love about 5 star hotels the most – a refreshing 2 hours long hot tub bath. And I’m not exaggerating, I guess I even had a tub nap. Out of the tub, into the pool – is what happened next. With some Jacob’s Creek by the pool, we watched the sun set.
I took an overnight train and got to my friends place in Delhi the next day and sorted the plan out. We booked our return flights from kolkata to Bangkok and sorted a place to live in Bangkok for a day. That was all the plan we made and rest we will figure out once we reach Bangkok as we always like to be spontaneous. This is how our party scene started. We also booked our flights from Delhi to kolkata as train was not an option because we were flying the next day. My other friend was meeting us in Kolkata, so he was sorting out his tickets. All we have got was a backpack, passport and some money.
Your train will return to Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by 5:30am.Meals: Early morning breakfast (around 6:30am to 7am).Tour tariffFor October 2017 to March 2018.Occupancy type: Single, Double and Super Deluxe (SUITE).Cost (per person/night): Single costs ₹51,900; Double costs ₹39,000; Super Deluxe or the most luxurious suite costs ₹1,08,000.Total cost for 8 days per person: Single costs ₹4,15,200; Double costs ₹3,12,000; Super Deluxe (SUITE) costs ₹8,64,000Departure Dates For October 2017 to March 2018October 25; November (1, 8, 15, 22, 29); December (6, 13, 20, 27); January (3, 10, 17, 24); February (7, 14, 21, 28); March (7, 14, 21, 28).Have you travelled on a luxury train? Tell us about it on Tripoto!
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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
Day 7 - Jodhpur - the Blue CityAlthough a city, Jodhpur still breathes the royalty that once existed. Right from the grand Mehrangarh fort to Umaid Bhavan, this city has contained its culture and tradition. Visit one of the roof top restaurants surrounding the fort for a spectacular night view of the fort on one side and the iconic Clock Tower on the other. Go zip lining from the fort which takes an hour, have delightful pani puris and go street shopping. The blue houses are extremely difficult to find, start walking the lanes around the fort and if you are in luck, you might find one.Jaswant Thada, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Pukhraj Durry Udhyog and Mandore Gardens are some places to visit. Circling back to the start, I headed to Udaipur in an overnight bus.
A royal start to your married life
Next morning I left for Jodhpur around 270kms from Udaipur . Reached jodhpur around 3pm I checked in to Patwa Haveli near sarafa Bazar which was quite close to other tourist spots .That day I visited the Kaylana lake , an artificial lake built by Maharana Pratap Singh in 1872 . I sat there with silence when the sun was about to set , the bird were sleeping , the wind was still and it looked like I was floating on glass and I was the one with nature flowing in its sedateness . Quite tired with day long labour , I preferred loitering around the bazaar , interactng with the locals and ending my day with a delicious Butter Chicken and Lachcha Parathe and a peaceful slumber .
Vlog 3: Sun City Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort:Mehrangarh Fort located in Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in India, You can see the fort from anywhere in the city. you have to cross seven gates to reach the fort. These gates still bears the marks of various battles fought especially the second gate which stands tall even after the canon ball hit. The fort contains huge palaces, courtyards, Galleries & Temples. you can also see the entire city from the top & wonder why these houses were painted blue & Why the city is called blue city.Jaswant Thada :A memorial for a father by son – No one heard right ? Jaswant Thada is one such white marble mausoleum built near to the fort by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father. This memorial is popularly called as “Tajmahal of Marwar”.This place contains the portraits of several rulers of Jodhpur dating back to 13th century.An interesting and unique aspect associated with the complex is a memorial to a peacock which is believed to have flown into a funeral pyre.Umaid Bhawan Palace:The Youngest Palace in India and the last royal palace built before the independence of India. This is one of the largest private residence in the world.The palace is now maintained by “The Taj Group”. Though only a small section is available to general public for museum , one can see through the luxury of the palace.Mandore Garden:Mandore was once a capital city before the king abandoned it and moved to Mehrangarh Fort. This place witnessed several invasions, it was believed that was the reason the capital is moved to mehrangarh fort as it gives better protection.you can see here the ruins of different sculptures. Those Structures were like beautiful temples with numerous carvings and a lush green garden also.
Day 9: September 25, 2015:I continued my journey towards Jaipur from Jodhpur. As the day started, I wanted to visit the Bullet Baba (aka Om Banna) Temple. It was pretty hard to find this small temple on the Pali Jodhpur highway. By the time I went to the temple to see the "Bullet" god, it was about 11 AM. It was time to leave to Jaipur.
Day 7: September 23, 2015:I headed towards Jaisalmer from Jodhpur, roughly 300 kms away. Just as the day began, I saw a mini-bus burning in the middle of the highway. Police were deviating vehicles to rejoin the highway on the other side, some distance away.Stopped at this war memorial, on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. There was a nice canteen, and it was lunch time.One guy offered me a stay at the San Sand Dunes, 40 kms away from Jaisalmer, into the Thar Desert. I didn't have sufficient money and needed internet access to break 2 of my recurring deposits. I had to stay at one of the hotels that had Wifi and use the internet that night.There wasn't much other than the historically designed buildings to see around town. The motorcycle and I needed some rest until we head to Longewala the next morning.Jodhpur - Pokhran - Jaisalmer.
Monsoon is a treat for bus journeys, you cross green fields with occasional drizzles in between. These showers become wilder as you move towards Kota. You know that you are in the heart of Aravalis. One can only imagine how Mount Abu would look amidst all the mist and clouds. The night I started for Kota, three direct buses for Mount Abu cancelled and I had to change my plans and I went to Bundi instead.When I reached Bundi, I was almost confused. For once I felt that somehow I am teleported back to Himachal. I was back between green mountains covered with clouds. This was a bluer city than what I saw in Jodhpur. For three days I stayed in Bundi, I kept wandering on the top of the fort to see clouds play hide and seek with the city below. For a traveller, Bundi is a mesmerizing place to be and during the monsoon the beauty simply multiplies.
We reached at the Jaisalmer bus stand around 11 PM, and in about half hour, we boarded the bus for The Blue City, Jodhpur. It was a 4-hour journey. We reached there around 4 PM, had lunch at the restaurant named 'Gypsy'(Okay-ish), went to see the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, and bought some Ghevar (It's a must). We couldn't cover much of Jodhpur as it was already 7 PM, and we started inquiring about buses to Delhi. But unfortunately, there were none. So we boarded the only bus to Jaipur at 10 PM. We passed time by strolling aimlessly in the streets of a new city (It felt amazing not knowing where to go and just wandering). We didn't even realize, and the clock ticked 10, so we gathered our stuff, and boarded the bus to Jaipur. Next morning, at 6 AM, we embarked on the Haryana Roadways (Man, they drive swiftly!) and were here in Delhi at 11 AM.
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
It was 14th August , the day of the week when most of the people are hit with Monday Morning blues (sometimes I do too) and the next day being 15th August was holiday .As usual , I had nothing to do other than to lie on bed lazily the whole day . Suddenly it occured to me that I should visit Agra . I never have had any chance to visit Agra previously . Agra is just 230 kms from Gurgaon and around 4 hours drive . I geared up and quickly booked an Activa online for 2 days . I cost me 650/- INR excluding fuel . I left the office early and picked up my ride from Wheelstreet (online bike renting plattform) . I reached my place , took a quick shower , packed the necessary items for two days and started my solo - road trip to Agra . If you go on a bike , road trip do not forget your powerbank , face mask , driving gloves , and arm sleeves . One thing to note here that if you are going to Agra on a road trip on 2-wheelers , do not take the Yamuna Expressway . Instead opt for the Palwal highway which is pretty good .In my case , I did the same opted for the latter , which is comparatively safer . I left Gurgaon at 7.30 pm after having some evening snacks .Google Map was of great help and the connectivity throughout the journey was good.I had a pit stop at one of the dhabhas along the way . The food was yum and the price reasonable . I passed through the famous towns such Gokul , Vrindavan and Mathura . Even at around 12 o'clock at night , these towns were lively and jubiliant as the next day was Janmashmi . The celebrations of this festival was in full swing and most of the relevant shops were open . At around 1 AM , I was on my bed at my Hotel Room . I had not booked it earlier , so I had to pay a little extra which I regretted . After 4 hours drive , I needed rest and I dozed off as soon as I hit the bed .So friends please , book your rooms beforehand or be ready to make a good bargain .
Sharp a 2 hour journey and at 8, we got off at the Agra Cantt Railway Station and headed towards the hotel in our pre-booked vehicle.A quick check-in, we drop our luggage and move further to have the first WOW experience, it's the Agra fort. Beautiful architecture and amazing history, we see, click, listen, learn and come out full of stories and pictures.
If you have visited Taj Mahal a thousand times and have come to believe that that there's nothing more to discover, wait till you see Mehtab Bagh on a moonlit night. Tourist guides and popular travel books will rarely tell you about this hidden treasure of Agra, simply because it's difficult to locate among the winding by-lanes of the city. But once you find it, you get a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Shah Jehan's beloved Taj Mahal.'Wah Taj!', you will say to yourself.
The trend of backpacker's hostels has finally come to India. And who's complaining. Zostels are like the travel hostels we have all seen in the movie Queen. Clean, cheap, centrally located and secure.In addition you get to meet loads of new people waiting to be your friends. Zostel is expanding rapidly by the day. Presently, there are around 20 Zostels in India and one in Nepal.Currently, Zostel is offering a volunteer Programme where you can be at their front desk. In return they offer you free accommodation. Cool, Isn't it.Volunteer to Travel :I have been a huge fan of long trips. I barely plan 2 day trips. Short trips are for tourists, vacations are for travelers. Don't get me wrong here. But how can you capture the essence of a place, visit the offbeat places, do what the locals do in 3 days. You barely have time to rush to all the touristy places. Isliye, I volunteer. This provides you a change to contribute in your own little way during traveling and gives you an immense sense of satisfaction.Here are few of my favorite volunteer organisations:
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.
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
DAY 3 - Ajmer amidst Aravalli MountainsOvernight bus to Ajmer takes 5 hours to cover 270 kms. Since I reached at 4.00 am, I rented a room, slept for a couple of hours and headed out to explore the city. The cheapest way to commute within the city is to hire a rickshaw for half a day, which will cost you ~500 INR. Dargah Sharif, Ana Sagar Lake, Mayo College, Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra, Akbars Palace are some places to visit. Taragarh; is ruins of a fort which is situated uphill, the entire city surrounded by the Aravalli mountains can be viewed from here.
Pushkar to Ajmer and DelhiMy Pushkar tour came to an end all with beautiful memories to take back. Pushkar is so beautiful and peaceful to visit once in the lifetime. Ok, some may find it a bit tedious during the tour, but the calmness of the place has a magic that will keep triggering you after your visit. So colorful, so religious and so close to the tradition, Pushkar is the best offbeat destination of Rajasthan to find the new way of exploring.What not to miss in PushkarThis was my first trip, so I missed out a lot of things.• The morning Ghat arti with the sunset view can make your day. I couldn’t experience, but what as per the experience of my co-travelers and tour compions, I got to know what I missed.• Get up early and run to see the hot air balloon flight. You can even have balloon ride. The big colourful hot air balloons are best to observe the entire Pushkar. That must be beautiful and I regretted it later because the tiring day couldn’t let me wake up early.• Cultural shows are the lifeline and luckily I attended one. The gracious Kalbelia dance, folk music, camel art, everything makes the Pushkar fair more amazing.• Be prepared to enjoy every ride, from camel to the Giant wheel. Adding fun and thrill is really important.Key points for a happy tour• • Don’t expect any nonvegetarian food or alcohol for the entire Pushkar tour. Being a holy place it’s better to be away from these eatables and drinks.• • You will be on target for all the children, beggars and pandits. They will ask you for money but better to avoid them.• • Bargain if you have a plan to shop. The prices will be high and your bargaining skills will help you a lot.• • Be polite, happy and yes friendly with the local people. People of Pushkar are lovable and exchanging few words with them will make you feel more comfortable and easy.• • Special attention to your attire. Be in loose comfortable and yes full clothes. If not because of the public, then for yourself. The sand, sun, and dust may leave you all tanned and mess up by the trip ends. So better be in cool loose fitted clothes with sneakers.• • For a good budget trip, get your hotels book in advance. Try dwelling at Pushkar to enjoy every program. Residing at a distant place, you have to leave early for safety issues.• • Be ready to click every moment as you never know what interesting you find at this Pushkar Camel Fair.
Next Morning , I check out from the hotel ,and headed towards Ajmer Sharif Dargah . The biggest mistake I did was to take my scooty there . I was caught in the crowd which was far more dense than a Mumbai local train . Somehow I navigated through the crowd and parked my scooty there . Unfortunately I could not take any pictures . It was hell of a crowd & there was not even a place to stand there . So if you go there , brace yourself and good luck !!Beside Ajmer Sharif Dargah , there is Adhai Din ka Jhopra built by Qutubbudin Aibek .
Visiting holy towns Ajmer & Pushkar was part of my Rajasthan trip. After spending two days in Jaipur with colors and culture it was time to be part of chaos, camels and two most sacred holy places for Hindu and Muslim religion. Ajmer is 150 km from Jaipur. My plan earlier was to go there by train but later I came to know that many tourist buses available for one day trip to Ajmer & Pushkar. I found it more convenient and hassle free. I woke up early, had heavy breakfast and then took auto from my hotel to reach bus stand. Bus timing was from 9 am and by the time I reach there, bus was almost ready to leave. It was mini bus and there were hardly 7-8 more traveller for Ajmer & Pushkar trip. I thought it would be nice and quiet. But to my surprise bus driver started taking daily commuter on the road and by the time we left Jaipur, bus was fully crowded. The drive there was only three hours from Jaipur and most of it on express highways. The journey therefore was not full of many sights, so spent most of time reading newspaper and listening songs. Reached Ajmer at around 12:30 pm and but instead of visiting Ajmer Sarif first, bus headed towards Pushkar, holy town in the desert in Rajasthan.
Vlog 8: When I visited Ajmer Sharif and Bhrama temple
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. It is a pilgrimage centre for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km), an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, famous for the temple of Brahma. Ajmer has been selected as one of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.
The city was established by a Shakambhari Chahamana (Chauhan) ruler, either Ajayaraja I or Ajayaraja II, and served as the Chahamana capital until the 12th century CE. After the defeat of Prithviraja lll in 1192 CE, the city came under Muslim rule.
Ajmer is one of the major cities in the Indian state of Rajasthan and is the centre of the eponymous Ajmer District. According to the 2011 census, Ajmer has a population of around 551,360 in its urban agglomeration and 542,580 in the city. The city is located at a distance of 135 km from the state capital Jaipur and 391 km from the national capital New Delhi.
The main place to visit at Ajmer is the dargah of "Ajmer Sharif". This we did not go in this trip but I've been there twice earlier. It's a very different experience. In the dargah, one feels very calm and with oneself. Almost from a kilometer, we feel like having entered a sacred domain. Lots of shops selling "Chaadar" and garland are seen hanging on both sides of the street.This monument is a sufi shrine of sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti.The very moment one enters the dargah, one feels like having engulfed in that sacred atmosphere. It is believed that at this place if we wish for something with a pure heart, the wish is fulfilled.
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
Pushkar -The blue lotus flower - At noon take a local bus to Pushkar for 16 INR (12 INR for women). The drive takes you across the mountains on rocky, dry and dusty roads. In an hour you will reach Pushkar. It is one of the oldest towns in India and the only place which has a temple dedicated to lord Brahma. With a very low population, Pushkar is absolutely stunning and off beat. There are many roof top cafes, where you can relax and spend the day with good Israeli food. The sunset view from Pushkar ghat is quite known among tourists. You will also find a couple of cafes here serving delicious snacks and beverages.The distance between Pushkar and Jaipur can be covered in 2 and half hours on a local bus. Once the sun set, I boarded the bus at 7.00 pm and reached Jaipur by 10.30 pm.
Don’t know why I added this day to the tour. The Pushkar camel care can be easily explored within the maximum of two to three days. I had nothing to do. So I wasted my morning and afternoon, and in the evening I head out to the fairground with my new DSLR. The day was over and over crowded. I could hardly move a bit. After a long struggle, I reached my destination, the Pushkar camel ground.
All ready to leave Pushkar, I again started the bus journey to Pushkar. The bus fares are ordinary; government buses charge 13-15 whereas the private buses charge 20 INR.I reached Pushkar around 1 pm that was not the good time to roam. The daytime is all lazy, you can hardly spot anyone out. This was the festive season so few foreigners were there, shopping and eating. Even I went out to shop and eat in the afternoon. The vibrant marketplace, the home decor accessories, handicrafts, outfits, the traditional jewelry and attires, no one can stop themselves from having a look at them. And being a shopping addict I couldn’t stop myself from buying few. The wall hangings, traditionally styled home decors were stealing the glance of every passerby.
On reaching Pushkar , I parked the scooty 1 km way from Brahma Temple . For that 1 km , I came across various shops which were selling Rajasthani attires , colorful dresses & hand-made artifacts .Seeing those colorful dresses , one can never deny that Rajasthan is not a colourful stateNearby is the Pushkar lake and Gau Ghat (ghat for cows)
Pushkar, a small town located near Jaipur is known as the point where the universe took birth. A typical Rajasthani town which has not yet been tainted by excess modernisation, Pushkar is a delight to visit and must top your cycling tours list!1. Desert Sunset Tour: 15km, 3-4 hrsThis is a one of a kind cycling experience where you will cross the mighty deserts of Rajasthan on state-of-the-art desert bicycles. The highlights of this tour are the hidden rose fields that will come right before you hit the desert. Again, these are secluded and hence, unknown to tourists who visit Pushkar. Next up is the desert where it'll be just you and your group, cycling along the sands and spotting desert cattle and village dwellers. Cost: INR 2,000 (Gear and breakfast incl.)
Other Places to see in Pushkar: Paap Mochani Gayatri : Presided by the deity Ekadashi Mata, the Pap Mochini temple is believed to provide respite to followers from their cardinal sins.Atpateshvar Mahadev: This beautiful 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has an underground component.Savitri temple: Dedicated to Lord Brahma's first wife, Goddess Savitri, this temple is situated on a hillock right behind the Brahma templeTemple of Rangji (New and Old) or Shri Vaikunthnathji: The influence of South Indian style, Rajput style and Mughal style in the temple's architecture is highly noticeableMan Mahal: Built as a guest house of Raja Man SinghGurudwara Singh Sabha: was built in the beginning of the 19th century to commemorate the visits of the first and the 10th gurus - Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Govind Singh.108 Mahadev Mandir: it has a very beautiful inner sanctum having lord shiva's idol similar to pashupatinath temple. the inner sanctum is surrounded by 108 small shiva idols.Varah Temple: This temple is to God Vishnu. It is one of the most visited temples in Pushkar city. It is said that Lord Vishnu gave a visit to this area to kill an atrocious demon Hirnayaksha.One More Big Attraction in Pushkar is "Pushkar Fair" The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) or Pushkar Mela, as it is locally known as, is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair held in the city between the months of "October and November". It is one of the world's largest camel fairs. Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, it has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the 'matka phod', 'longest moustache' and 'bridal competition' are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists.
Next Day we gone to visit Brahma Temple (history attached with this temple)
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