Padharo Mhare Desh..... Rajasthan

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27th Dec 2016
Photo of Padharo Mhare Desh..... Rajasthan by Khilna Haria

Rajasthan has always been in my bucket list from long time to explore the land of Raja Maharaja which carry a lovely Indian culture and tradition as its own beauty.

A long time waiting came to an end after me and my friend Mittal planned this trip to Rajasthan. It was our long time dream to go together which came true after cancellation of Darjelling & Sikkim trip 2014.

We started planning and booking of our trip in November 2016 and we decided to go in Christmas Vacation after my cousin's wedding. Our trip was of 6N/7D and we covered Udaipur with near by places such as Falna,Ranakpur,Kumbhagarh Fort,Pavapuri,Bherutarak,Jerawala & Mount Abu.

Day 1

     We departed from Borivali@ 2.00pm from Suryanagri express12480 and reached Falna@ midnight 3.00am.

Photo of Borivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Borivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Khilna Haria
Day 2

     Midnight 1.30 am had yummy rabdi @ mount abu station.

Photo of Abu Road, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     After reaching falna station@ 3.30am we stayed at dharamshala of Swarna Mandir, Jain temple of Parshvanath Bhagwan and slept.Its just 5 mins walking distance from station.

Photo of Falna, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Falna, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Falna, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     In morning after darshan we left for Ranakpur Jain Tirth. Its around 35 kms from falna. The speciality of this temple is that its made of 1,444 pillars and when u stand between any 4 pillars we can see all the idols of god(left right front and back). We hired a guide who explained us the history and it took around 2-3 hours to explore whole temple. After that we went Kumbhalgarh Fort which is around 33 kms from Ranakpur.

Photo of Ranakpur Jain Temple, Sadri, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Ranakpur Jain Temple, Sadri, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     We reached around 5pm at fort and was feeling great to watch "World's second longest wall" after Wall of China. The wall is 36 kms long and fort is birth place of "Maharana Pratap". The fort was well maintained cleanliness wise , was very big with many broken walls too. I don't know about all but I loved the place and heritage lovers will definitely love the place. After exploring the fort for 2 hours we left for Udaipur @ around 7.30 and reached @around 9.30 pm. Its 85kms from Kumbhalgarh fort to Udaipur. We checked in our pre booked Hotel "Raj Darshan" and relaxed.

Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Qila Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Qila Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Qila Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Qila Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Qila Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Day 3

     Its was our 1std day in Udaipur and v started our city tour with Jagdish Temple. We reached around 11.30 but didn't got darshan as it was "Bhog" time. So one should avoid going between 11 to 12 as they wont get darshan. The carving of temple was superb. After spending some time outside temple we went to "City Palace" which is 5 mins walking distance from temple.

Photo of Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan State Highway 50, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan State Highway 50, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     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.

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     It got its name from Sajjangarh after the Maharaj Sajjan Singh built this palace for his resident in 1884. It has a beautiful panoramic view of whole Udaipur. Back side it has an scenic mountain view which gives internal peace to soul.
     Its just 9 kms from City palace and takes around 30 mins to reach there. At entrance there is biological garden and zoo for kids were one can get golf car to visit inside zoo.
One can enjoy sunset point and one should plan as such that they reach at sunset time.
     We enjoyed the panoramic view and peace of the place but missed the sunset view. But no regrets as all things cant be completed in one time. After that we left for ropeway, which is near to City Palace.

Photo of Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace), Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     Karni mata Temple is located on hill were one can go through RopeWay. Being on height it has its own beauty of panoramic and Sunset views.
     After reaching there we took tickets and waited in queue for around 1/2 hour and every thing was systematically arranged for to and fro movement of people.
     It was post sunset we reached there so was bit dark but enjoyed the beauty of lighting of Udaipur. After that we left for our Hotel.

Photo of Ropeway To Karni Mata Temple, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Ropeway To Karni Mata Temple, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Ropeway To Karni Mata Temple, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Day 4

     Second Day in Udaipur. Our plan was to visit Chittorghar Fort but due to long traveling and tiredness of earlier day, we cancelled the plan and decided to stay in Hotel and relax. Post Breakfast around 11.am we left to meet my friend who was here at her mom's place for vacation.

Photo of Hotel Rajdarshan, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

Her Mom's place was just next lane to  Sahelion ke bari. We both spend good time  and then left for Shopping @ Hathi pol. Its nice place for Shopping and should get good deal there. We had Gujrati Thali @ Kanak Dinning Hall and after that we went  Fateh Sagar Lake.

Photo of Sahelion Ki Bari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     An artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh which was constructed in 1680.
Its unbelievable that a huge lake is been constructed and it is one of the four lake after Lake Pichola, Lake Udai Sagar & Lake Dhebar. There is an island Nehru park inside the lake which is a tourist attraction.
     We  had a speed boat ride in lake followed by camel ride and then went to Shilpgram.

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     An Art and craft  festival held ever year between 21stDecember to 31stDecember in Shipagram  rural art craft complex.Its a art & craft mela along with traditional folk dances.
     We went through google maps and found back gate of Shilpgram so missed the traditional folk dance, and was too crowded so left within half an hour from there. From there had dinner and spent some time in terrace of hotel .

Photo of Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shilpgram, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Day 5

     Trip of Udaipur is incomplete without visiting Haldghati.An unforgettable history was created at Haldighati when there was war between Maharana Pratap and King Akbar,  where 20,000 soliders were killed in war of 7hours and  after rains the blood of soliders created a lake of Red colour which is now know as Rakt Talai.
     In museum they show 5 mins short film in theater which is followed by light and musical show on life history of Maharana pratap. One should reach in early morning by 9am to avoid the rush of visitors.
     After checkout from hotel we directly went to Museum and were lucky to get chance in 1st time to see the movie. After watching whole story we took exit and went to Rakta Talai. Now government has made Garden in that land in memory of soliders so that the local village people can't accommodate that place.
    

Photo of Haldighati Museum, Balicha, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Haldighati Museum, Balicha, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Haldighati Museum, Balicha, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Haldighati Museum, Balicha, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Haldighati Museum, Balicha, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     Again with the help of google went nathdwara and entered from back gate of temple, but was lucky this time too,that we reached just before Bhog time of Srinathji, so they took us in very fast without making different queue of Ladies and Gents. After darshan we visited whole temple and then had famous Phudina Tea.
     Then we left for Pavapuri which is around 155 kms from nathdwara.
We had prebooked rooms at pavapuri dharamshala, as they are not giving walk in entry.

Photo of Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     Shree Pavapuri Tirth Jeev Maitri Dham is a holy and sacred place of Jain religion.The sculpture Lord Mahavir is placed by group of K.P Sanghvi for worship.Rather then temple there is Art Gallery and Library with many Granth which spread the knowledge of Jainsim among all. There is around 6,000 cows and other cattle who are been taken care by the employees. Fan has been place for cows and  Navkar Mantra is played whole day in their shelter. All cattles are fed according to Navkasi and Chauvihar(Breakfast & dinner) timings only.
     We reached at around 9pm and directly went for darshan and enjoying bhavana going there till around 10pm. After that we were alloted the rooms were we played sequence in silent mode🤣.

Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Day 6

n morning after doing pooja we had navkashi and directly went to art gallery as closing time is around 12 pm. After that went for lunch as it was less crowded and then took a golf car ride which is of around 10 mins ride and shows the complete property.In between we stoped at  Gaushala were we feeded milk to small calf with milk bottle. Wowww what an experience it was😀. After that kids enjoyed camel ride and we relaxed there till around 4pm.

Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Shree Pavapuri Tirth - Jeev Maitridham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

After that we went Bheru Tarak Tirth which is around 18kms from pavapuri were our 6th night was booked. After reaching in room we just relaxed and had lot of gossip.
     For dinner we came back to dhaba which was oppositie to Pavapuri tirth. What a yummy Palak panner it was, still cant forget the taste. Here ends our day in full of relaxing mode.

Photo of Bheru Tarak Dham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Day 7

     Bherutarak is also a big tirth build by T.C Sanghvi brother of K.P Sanghvi. It has a fabulous entrance gate and temple is covered by mountain which increase the beauty of temple.
     7th and last day of our trip. After navkasi did pooja and then took lots of photographs in the jharokha of entrance gate. From there went to Jeerawala tirth which is around 27 kms from bherutarak.
 

Photo of Bheru Tarak Dham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Bheru Tarak Dham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Bheru Tarak Dham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Bheru Tarak Dham, Sirohi, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     Huge property of tirth and palace style dharamshal was still under construction. After darshan and lunch we left for Mount Abu which is around 67 kms from jeerawala.

Photo of Jeerawal, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

     Mount Abu the onlyhill station in rajasthan. After reaching there first went to Dilwara Derasar which inside itself has 5 other temple.There are fix guide who explain whole story abt temple and the carving of temple will definitely keep u speechless.
     After visiting temple went to Nakki lake were did boating, had maggi and then kids did aqua zorbing with chirag. Mean while I and mittal did shopping, how can we miss that😄. After that had famous softy icecream and left from Abu to abu roadStation to catch the train.
     We left from abu in 12215 Dee Bdts G Rath at 9pm with full of wonderful and lovely memorable trip.

Photo of Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
Photo of Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria

Last pic of the trip

Photo of Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India by Khilna Haria
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