Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye!

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27th Jan 2019
Photo of Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye! by Samruddhi Bhaid
Day 1

Started out from Delhi and as we entered Rajasthan, we were greeted by graceful winged hosts of Bharatpur. To our surprise, the forest peeped through its foggy blanket to unveil its raw beauty!

Water Turkey

Photo of Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye! by Samruddhi Bhaid

Tiger Bird / Rufous Treepie

Photo of Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye! by Samruddhi Bhaid

Fogg chal raha hai ;)

Photo of Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye! by Samruddhi Bhaid

Water Turkey / American Darter

Photo of Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye! by Samruddhi Bhaid

Bharatpur is one of the most coveted birding destinations in the country. Best time to visit is during winters for migrant birds and from March-October for watching resident birds.

Day 2

Next on our route, close to Bharatpur is a Lake Palace called Deeg Jal Mahal. Flanked by 3 lakes on its 3 sides, the Deeg Palace is a complex of several smaller palaces and gardens. The Palace is worth visiting, especially if you are around in February first week to watch the artificial rain and thunder show, which is the key attraction of the the palace.

Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Deeg Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

They say, whenever there was a drought in Rajasthan, the Jatt Kings rested at the Deeg Bhavan to enjoy a virtual show of rain and thunderstorm, which is an architectural marvel of this palace.

Day 3

The Dadhikar fort of Alwar is another secluded, yet royal experience to look forward to when in Rajasthan. Our day on dadhikar was a rather short one, but one can indulge into a luxurious getaway by staying at the Dadhikar fort hotel.

Photo of Alwar, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Alwar, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Alwar, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Alwar, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Alwar, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Day 4

Through the narrow gullies of Jodhpur and funny rickshaws, we reached the place that gives the best view of the blue city, Mehrangarh. After seeing the fort, museum and collecting some souvenirs, we went to Mandore Garden, known to be Mandodari's (Ravana's wife) native home. It is also known for its Godless Temples and their architectural beauty. Why the temples have become deviod of God Idols, remains a mystery surrounded by a fog of conspiracy theories!
Our overnight stay was at the Bal Samandh Lake Palace Hotel, which is one of the exquisite royal experiences one would yearn for!
The evening of Jodhpur entertained us with an explosion of flavours and colours of spices at the clock tower spice market.
One of the best days of the RJ trip!

Majestic Mehrangarh

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Jodhpur Spice Market

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Bal Samandh Lake Palace - British Style Restaurant

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Mandore Garden- The Godless Temple Complex

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Clock Tower Spice Market -Jodhpur

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Mandore Garden

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Mandore Garden Temple

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Mehrangarh's swagger dagger

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Sheesh Mahal/Mirror Palace- Mehrangarh

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Hotel Bal Samandh Lake Palace

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Room

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Mehrangarh- A living Past

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Day 5

After waking up early next morning and reaching Udaipur by afternoon, we spent the rest of our day at the City Palace and Jag Mandir. This too, was a short stay since we had to catch a flight the next morning. But if in  Udaipur, never miss Lake Pichola. If you have a couple of days extra, you must visit Kumbhalgarh, that boasts the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. So is Chittorgarh, a fort that has been standing tall and glorious for over 1500 years now! The fort where Rani Padmavati performed her jauhar. Other attractions in the city are the Monsoon and Summer Palace, Jag Mandir, Hot chocolate by Lake Fateh Sagar and the air of the Lake city!
For me, the trip was serendipitous as it was my birthday and I ran into two old friends who also happened to visit the city on the same day! Truly, Jaane kya dikh jaaye!!

Water Front of Udai Bhawan Palace

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Oberoi Udaivilas

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Giant Gong of the Jag Mandir

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Ghat Pichola

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Sunny side up at the City Palace

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

In the Darbar

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid
Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

We're all smiles on the oitskirts of the lake city!

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Ambrosial legacy of Indian kitchen at display in the Udaibhawan Palace

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Antiquities

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

RJ's ninja technique of quenching royal wanderlust

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

Local Hand-crafted lampshades at Shilpgram fest

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samruddhi Bhaid

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