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291 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Udaipur beckons tourists from all over the world with its romantic landscapes and ethereal monuments. Bordered by the cr...
There I got to know that Famous "Karni Mata Mandir" is in Udaipur which is also famous as a Rat Temple. I have heared the stories and have watched some videos. Got really excited to see the place and headed towards Udaipur.
UdaipurWe stayed in a hotel and decided to go and eat pani poori! There we met an auto rikshaw driver who was ready to take us through all the important points in a day and in a very cheap price! We called him the next day and headed to complete our udaipur journey.
While Udaipur is well-known for its lakes, there is more to its beauty than meets the eye. With its charming forts, intriguing culture, and a hostel just like home, Udaipur is everything Rajasthan is about. And if it is still not on your bucket list, have you even visited Rajasthan?
Day 8: End your trip at UdaipurEnjoy a hearty breakfast at the resort, after which you can make your way to Udaipur which is a little over 2 hours away. Situated on the banks of the pretty Pichola lake, Udaipur is named after Maharana Udai Singh II who founded this city in 1559. Its name translates to “city of dawn”, but curiously, it springs to life at dusk.
The royalty of Udaipur oozes out of its architecture and people, as they religiously follow commandment of "atithi devo bhava".
This part of the journey was a, de-stress therapy, on top of the world, infinity pool, relaxing, gazing at the city, it looked like the city is floating on water. The city is full of beautiful lakes, but the best one had to be Pichola, where you can sit by the side of lake, roll a joint, and enjoy the view.
After our 2 Nights stay in Jaisalmer now it was time for City of Lakes…. UdaipurUdaipur - 2NightsUdaipur is known for its picturesque surroundings and its royal past annd yeesss beautiful lakes :)We visited - Lake Pichola,City Palace of Udaipur,Bagore Ki Haveli, Lake Fatehsagar Udaipur
192 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popular, colourful and culturally rich, Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities. It is also known as the Sun...
The blue city, welcomed us with some delicious “Dal Bhati”, it just added to the Rajasthani feels, blue Jodhpur was blending with sky, when you see it from 150ft high zip line, like a king from the Mehrangarh fort. The fact that the city is blessed with some good food is so true; the food was amazing, so if in Jodhpur, no worries about food.
JodhpurJodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The city is known as the "Blue City" because most of its houses in the old city are painted in Blue.We visited - Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace in JodhpurAfter our visit to Umaid Bhavan we started to Jaisalmer by Tempo TravelerStay in Jodhpur - The Umed Jodhpur (Good stay with good ambiance)Distance - From Jodhpur Station to Hotel is 11min(4.2km)(You can rent an OLA from station to hotel)
As soon as I reached I rushed to cover the 3 major places on my list - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, and Jaswant Thada. I covered everything in a rush before hitting the train for Jaisalmer.
Day 2 : Jaipur to Jodhpur (350 Kms app)We started in the morning after having breakfast covered the ride in around 7 hours. In the evening we roam across the streets and had local flavours of Jodhpur. Love for Food keep us going.
Don’t forget to try Kachoris and Mirchi Vada in Jodhpur. You can get street food anywhere in the city especially outside the fort.
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.
282 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - July,August,September,October
One of Gujarat's most beautiful places, Kutch is nature's masterpiece. The vast barren land with spurts of colour is an ...
We drove to Kutch from Ahmedabad, a journey that brought the realisation that there are few travel destinations that offer such a dramatic change in landscape all within a distance of a few hundred kilometres. Leaving behind the commercial humdrum of the city, we began to get closer to the desert, our path guided by wind turbines standing tall against the orange evening sky. Windmills are a characteristic part of the Kutch landscape, with the steady wind conditions through the day and night making it a perfect setting to harness energy.
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat (India – Pakistan)Rann of Kutch is located in the Kutch district of Gujarat. This seasonal white desert is open to the public from October to February. The desert connects India with Pakistan and this is your chance to experience the most scenic sight of white desert.
No doubt, Kutch is a nagging dream for everyone. Ever since people have seen those beautifully shot Amitabh Bachchan ads about Gujarat, the love for Kutch in particular, has been drawn more powerfully. Well, to tell you the truth, Kutch is gorgeous, and is famous for a few more things than one can imagine.
6. Kutch: While talking about places to visit in the monsoon in India, one cannot forget the mesmerizing landscapes of Kutch. Deemed as the largest salt desert in India, the Great Rann of Kutch is a carpet of the crystal as far as the eyes can see. The region is inhabited by tribal communities, and their culture and traditions draw a large number of tourists to their land. Every year the Rann Mahotsav turns these barren lands to a myriad coloured kaleidoscope with its three month long festivities. In addition to its rich cultural diversity, Kutch is also a land of adventure. The very famous wildlife safaris, rappelling, and trekking are thrilling experiences to look out for. In order to reach Kutch, Kutch Express is available from Bombay via Ahmedabad to Gandhidham.
Dropping at Bhuj, i got a car that took a thousand to my place of stay in Kutch, the Rann Homestay. Finalllyyy much awaited Kutch! Hell tired from the journey i dozed off to sleep. It was one in the afternoon when i woke up! The sun beaming high up in the sky, no sign of cool weather, the tents swaying to the tune of the wind, sight of arid spaces all around, but the best view out of my bhunga or hut was the lunch being laid out in buffet! chawal, roti, ghee, gur, two types of sabzi, daal and papad! Filling my tummy with as much food as possible, i got dressed to visit the white desert! since the home-stay was far, i had to avail some conveyance. at the site, one needs a permit from the tourist facilitation center and pay 100 per person to take you up to a certain spot from where again you got to walk or ride the camel/camel cart to view the white desert ultimately!
I and my 2 office friends started the trip from ahmedabad by our own car. We started our journey 8 am in morning towards MATA NO MADH a very famous temple of Ashapura mata in kutch. We riched there by 6pm and then we headed towrds NARAYAN SAROVAR which is 43km from mata no madh. NARAYAN sarovar is the last place before pakistan border and after narayan sarovar there is Arabian sea and from there pakistan border is just 40km. There is a KOTESHWAR temple also. Here you will find desert on the one side and arabian sea in the other side which is very amazing.
Kutch Bustard SanctuaryIf you’re trailing the Great Indian bustard, Lesser florican bustard, and Macqueen’s Bustard, you can’t miss this sanctuary. The two-square-kilometre area was declared a sanctuary for the Great Indian bustard in 1992 and it is the only place it is found.The Details: The nearest airport is Bhuj, 110 kilometres away; the railway station is Nalia, 20 kilometres. You can stay at Radisson Hotel Kandla (radisson. com) in Gandhidham. The entry to the sanctuary is free on all days.Watch out for the Great Indian Bustard at the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary.Flamingo CityThe world’s largest flamingo colony, Flamingo City is a lake in the desert where half a million flamingos fly to every year to nest. The best time to visit the area is in the winter months when it becomes the breeding ground for flamingos, pelicans, and avocets.The Details: You can only visit the area on a camel. The starting point is Khavda, 66 kilometres from Bhuj. You can take a flight from Mumbai to Bhuj or take the Bhuj Express or the Kutch Express from Ahmedabad. You can stay at City The VIllage Resort (citythevillage.com) in Bhuj.
Kutch is full of Culture,communicative people, mouth watering food and alluring places.There were so many attractive places in this district to visit which we had covered in 4 days.The "Bandhni" handicrafts works done by Gujarati People is a must buy item from Bhuj.Talking about Gujarati food we had tried from street foods to good restaurant of Bhuj,it was really tasteful and you should try it.The temperature is good between December and Feb so we had planned our trip during that time.I read somewhere that Bhuj is Jaisalmer of Gujarat ,after reaching there i found it was correct as the temperature and location at Indo-pakistan border is quite similar with Jaisalmer.
A must visit place especially during Rann of Kutch Utsav. Enjoy walking on the white desert, the culture of Kutch and the beauty of Tent City. One can shop for authentic craftswork and other items here at Hodka. try visiting this place during the full moon day to enjoy the safari in white desert twice.
141 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January- March and October- December
The name of the city means The Hill Fort of Jaisal. The Golden City of India is known mainly for the beautiful sand ...
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer - Jan 2018
Jodhpur sightseeing was done, and the roads were calling again, this time almost till Pakistan. Deserted single lane road, huge windmills camouflaging into the sky, and as we reached, the Jaisalmer fort was glowing, attracting all the eyes towards it. The fort is a cool and happening place, filled with shopping and food stalls, roof top restaurants, where you can just sit, relax have some bhang and trip on the golden city.
Jaisalmer - 2NightsWe reached Jaisalmer around 2200hrs, distance from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (7hours - 280km approx)Jaisalmer is basically called as the Golden City . This is also a part of the famous Silk RouteWe visited - Jaisalmer Fort and Tanot Mata( Jaisalmer Border)
Day 7 - Radhanpur,Gujrat to Jaisalmer(410 Kms)From Radhanpur we started early in the morning around 4 am so that we can get ample time in Jaisalemer. Too our bad the road condition was very pathetic for stretch of around first 100 Kms. We reached Jaisalmer and were settled in hotel by 2 pm. Then we rested for couple of hours and in the evening headed to the Sam sand dunes(around 50 Kms from city) to enjoy the desert.
A camp with attached bath, delicious delicacies, walking on a million golden pearls, warm winter breeze in your hair and billions of stars above. Would you want to live here for a very affordable price? Doesn't this seem like a place one would not want to check-out of? If you would like to just sit back and relax, detox yourself from the race of life and enjoy a flavorsome Rajasthani meal, or if you are just an adventure enthusiast, this is the perfect weekend getaway. Read on to know more!Rajasthan being the largest state in our country, offers colorful festivals, soulful music and harmonious diversity. This state is a travelers paradise; it has plenty to offer to different masses. While Rajasthan is known for its forts, palaces, stepwell reservoirs and uni colored cities, one cannot ignore the most visited city, Jaisalmer."The Golden City" present at the heart of the Thar desert is the most known destination for tourists around the world. It is noted for its Golden fort and havelis. Hidden under the popularity of Thar is a desert dune site called Sam Sand Dunes. If you want to avoid the infinite number of tourists but also want to experience the desert, Sam is the place to be.
I reached late at night in Jaisalmer and stayed the night in the station. Early morning I went to Gadisar lake to enjoy the sunrise before venturing into the desert. I covered Jaisalmer Fort, Bara Bagh, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Nathmal-ki-Haveli, Jain Temple, and Salim Singh Ki Haveli. Near Jaisalmer Fort, after rigorous bargaining, I booked a safari @ 1500. In the afternoon I caught the taxi which was to take us to the campsite. It included some spots in between and a camel ride during sunset. On reaching the campsite, we were welcomed grandiosely and then went on to see a live performance of some belly dancers while enjoying the buffet. After returning from the safari, I caught the train back to Jaipur.
197 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan. Among forts and palaces, this quiet hill station is quit...
I absolutely fell in Love with Roads, Curves, Hush Green Environment. Was feeling so fresh out there. The most famous place is Nakki Lake. We headed towards there and spent some good time there.
Mount Abu, the 1st destination of the journey, at the lake, it was cold and beautiful. Dogs, streetlights, benches, water and stars. The lake is lifeline of the city, for stoners, loners, families, and ice cream parties, full with people, bubbles flowing around and the market filled with fancy Rajasthani art and crafts.
I started off from Nagpur in train to Ahmedabad, then onto Abu road. From Abu road, I took a shared taxi directly to Mount Abu. On reaching, I enquired about the rates to cover the places and was delighted to know of a package, which covered 8 major points before dropping back at Nakki lake. I covered Dilwara temple, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh village, Toad rock, Arbuda Devi, Somnath temple, Shooting point, Honeymoon point, Om Shanti Bhawan/ Pandav Bhawan, before being dropped off at Nakki Lake to enjoy the fireworks [I had been on Diwali]. I missed out on Trevors Tank in Abu.
Day 3 - Jodhpur to Mount Abu (270 Kms)On the third day we were excited to reach to another amazing halt of the trip. Like Jodhpur, Mount Abu was also crowded as it was extended weekend. So we spent evening at Nakki Lake and then headed to Achaleshwar(10 kms from Mount Abu).https://www.facebook.com/nvn92/videos/pcb.10211315573264884/10211315570544816/?type=3&theater
MOUNT ABU WINTER FESTIVALMoving a bit earlier won’t cost you much. Let’s start with the end of December celebrating the grand New Year at the small hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The winter fest is a tribute to the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. The two to three days event in Mount Abu invites the folk performers and other artists from every part of India.The vibrancy of culture, aromatic taste of food and the folk art lures the heart of every passerby, creating magic in the scenic ambiance. Not only the cultural events, but many sports event such as cricket matches, kite flying and rowing competitions are also organized during the festival.
Mt.Abu decides to show us some Rain and Cold in the morning, we start early, back to Ahmedabad where we are supposed to meet up Shreejith. It’s a 250+ km drive back to Ahmedabad, Mt.Abu brings in a lot of crowd across the state border for obvious reasons, since Gujarat is a dry State. All along the trip, the NHAI and the required authorities deserve a clap, since the Tarmac is really commendable and we are rethinking and missing our Motorcycles which are resting back at home.
Again, the photo-frenzy begins, with wide-angles, macro, PhotoSpheres, mono, panoramas not to belittle the unprecedented DPs !! While the hunger hit us as we had missed our breakfast( lets not count the 400gms worth Paapdi which was had at a road-side dhaba at 5am) we were driving towards Mt.Abu our destination for the day. The Aravalli’s had arrived, the flat landscape of Gujrat gave way to the Northward and the Oldest Mountain Ranges (of India )standing tall boasting its Basaltic ( subject to correction ) surfaces and ginormous rocks. A small glitch as Kantibhai had some trouble entering the Rajasthan Border due to some paperwork for the vehicle getting misplaced. A few phone calls, A fine and we were through. Next stop was for some internal cooling for both the men (Shikanzi water) and the machine before the 30 odd km upwards ghat drive to Mt. Abu. A mad number of motorcycle devotees descending the ghats, with their flashy flags, chanting, not-following a number of rules of the road and with minimal road sense crossed us while we ascended ever-watchful of the recent landslides due to rains which had drained some dangerous sections of asphalt. Mt.Abu welcomes us with a nice greys, some much awaited cloud cover after a Sunny Gujarat. The temperature was pleasant, the entry to the hill station easy, considering this is the highest in the Aravallis ( Guru Shikhar being the tallest peak, approx. 1722 m. above MSL). With the N-number of devices on-charge back in our hotel room, we hog at Jodhpur Bhojanalay, a local joint, which was recommended to us by one of our contacts in Mt. Abu who also got us a good deal for our accommodation at Hotel Aravalli. The food some of us enjoyed, the DaalBati, a local delicacy, is a personal choice, some of us did not enjoy it including me. Raw Balls of Wheat!! We decide to give Kantibhai a break and leave for a short tour of Mt.Abu to check out the Dilwara Temples, but the site is a typical Tourist/Devotees mad house with a trust (with our experience of such trusts only ruining the character of these places with a host of shops, a lot of worthless memorabilia that gets the locals some chance to make quick bucks, which can be invested in producing unique goods, which may not necessarily be useful to the tourists, anyway that’s a totally different topic). So we decided not to visit the temple premise, and head back via Nakki Lake and other local hotspots back to our hotel for a quick powernap. The powernap ends up in a set of long discussions while few of us are lost in slumber, some food, some music and off to sleep for a long day ahead. We sleep early and we plan to start early.
Talking about the boarding cost, it is a little dearer as compared to the places of Himachal or call it just the long weekend be the reason for the tariffs soaring up. Also, this is the only hill station nearing the cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat which might be keeping the cost escalated. Leave the cost aside, we had real tough time nestling at the place as there were very few rooms at Abu due to sudden rush of long weekend. After relentless hunting for 1 hours in two groups we finally managed to get a decent accommodation. Talking about the amenities of the property, our hotel had a balcony, a beautiful lawn area and a lovely pet- Stella! We got ready in no time and had the mouth watering Shev bhaji, what’s kind of a synonym of food in Rajasthan for me. We have only this day for visiting places and had only half of it left after lunch. We hurried to the top most peak of the place, which they call Guru shikhar and spent some half an hour there by clicking amazing photographs.
After this we went to Mount Abu. It’s around 3 hour ride from Udaipur. We had hired a cab online for the entire mount Abu Trip at 4000 bucks and we were very fortunate to have got a really nice and chill driver who even gave us his car to drive. We left from Udaipur at 2 in the noon and reached Mount Abu at around 5.
287 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The small city of Nathdwara on the banks of Banas river in Rajasthan is full of religious sentiment. Cuddled in the Arav...
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.
254 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Kumbhalgarh, located about 105 km from Udaipur, is most famous for its brilliant Kumbhalgarh Fort, which is a UNESCO Wor...
Although Ghanerao is an offbeat destination, it is a great base to explore places like Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh, while staying away from touristy crowds. Spend your morning at the Kumbhalgarh Fort, which according to local guides is the second longest, continuous fort in the world, after the Great Wall of China. This fort is also the same place where prince Udai was smuggled to in 1535. Prince Udai who later become the successor to the throne, also founded the city of Udaipur. One of the most flamboyantly built fort, the entire area encompasses more than 360 intact and ruined temples, (some of which go back as far as the 2nd century BC when the Mauryan empire ruled India), along with palaces, gardens and stepwells and close to 700 cannon bunkers. There is also a wildlife sanctuary inside the fort, which you can visit in the afternoon.After visiting Kumbhalgarh, you can spend the evenings with the nearby local communities, many of whom are still traditional craftsmen and artisans. Whether it is the potter community or the shoe-makers, a personal interaction with the local community is a great way to add a unique touch to your travel diaries. Highly recommended!Guide
Kumbhalgarh, the jewel of Mewar, is situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. History, royalty, power and culture are all packed in this place. It is a treat for the human eyes and mind. There is a magnificent array of temples built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the Badal Mahal or the palace of the clouds. The fort's massive wall stretches some 36 km with a width enough to take eight horses abreast and is fondly called the 'Great Wall of India'. The fort accommodates 360 temples, out of which, 300 are Jain temples and the remaining 60 are Hindu temples. One can enjoy an entertaining and informative sound and light show that happens every day at 6pm and costs only ₹100 per person. For those who wish to explore further, you can check out the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the Indian wolf, sloth bear, striped hyena and more.Entry fee: ₹15 for Indians and SAARC country tourists, ₹200 for others.Opening hours: 9am to 5pmBest time to visit: October – MarchNearest railway station: Falna railway station is the nearest Railway station situated at a distance of 84km from Kumbhalgarh and is well connected to many major cities. The other railway station is Udaipur, 105km away.
After staying overnight at strangers place at Kumbhalgarh, I woke up early as I have to travel the whole day to Mount Abu.My morning starts with morning tea and breakfast served by my host. Heartily gratified with each gestures of his and his family since last night.I won't forget him till too late in my life.So, got fresh and bid good-bye to my host, I started with exploring Kumbhalgarh Fort (birth place of Maharana Pratap)
Kumbhalgarh Fort & SanctuaryKumbhalgarh Fort is world heritage site and birth place of Maharana Pratap. It is built by Rana Kumbha during the course of the 15th century. With a wall over 38 km long, the fort is the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China.Kumbhalgarh is quite unique and interesting destination not only because of the fort but also for its massive citadel built 1443 A.D. and the wildlife sanctuary nearby. This sanctuary inhabits more than forty wolves in number. In the summers, one can easily find pack of wolves strolling around water sources in the sanctuary.
Then again I have to hitchhike till Kumbhalgarh from Kelwara as the bus have to go on the different route from there.But nevertheless, I have covered a considerable distance.Then that's where something unexpected happened.While riding with this person, I asked in general about stay facility(like dorms or rooms) at Kumbhalgarh, but after chatting a lot he asked me to stay with him for the night. What?!I was awestruck by that proposal. For a while, I doubted him as of how could a person be so kind that he is inviting a stranger to share his home?How come a person in the world of manipulation, cheat and greed happens to be so nice that he's willing to share his home with me!?Well, this kind of people in the world will give you an experience worth a million.And that's one of the major reason why I love to travel as it leads me to connect with such a humble and genuine creatures of the world.I went for light and sound show at Kumbhalgarh Fort.And later that night spent telling my story and listening to theirs, having dinner and with a smile of relief acknowledging that there's more to the world than greed and money.Unforgettable and rare experience I had.
While you walk past the never ending walls of the Kumbhalgarh fort, not only you would glance upon the horizon from the top, but you would also appreciate the fact that the wall is next only to the Great Wall of China in terms of its length!
Kumbhalgarh is the birth place of Maharana Pratap. Kumbalgarh is situated 82 km northwest of Udaipur by road. It is the most important fort in Mewar after Chittaurgarh and also a world heritage site. Road is single lane via Nathdwara. The place can be reached via NH 76 till Gogunda and again single lane road. The great battle between Rana pratap and Akbar was fought at the Ground of Haldighati which is a place near Gogunda The Kumbhalgarh fort has perimeter walls that extend 36 kilometers, it is the second longest wall in the world. The frontal walls are fifteen feet thick. Kumbhalgarh has seven fortified gateways. There are over 360 temples within the fort, 300 ancient Jain and the rest Hindu. From the palace top, it is possible to see kilometres into the Aravalli Range. The sand dunes of the Thar Desert can also be seen from the fort walls.
227 Kms from Barmer
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The town of Patan will set you in a time warp. The city is shielded by the fort walls and gates, which prevents the ance...
From Modhera we hitchhiked till Patan, which houses the most intricately detailed step well I have ever seen. Carved during the 11th century, it still remains a marvel. It is one of the biggest step wells in India and its sculptures are detailed to a very minute extent.It is sure to leave you in awe. Those intricate carvings need so much patience and hard work and we came back with new respect for our ancestors.We sat around the step-well, looking at this marvel and trying to learn as much as we could of the architecture on display in front of our eyes.
Patan (70 km)The 8th to 14th century capital of Gujarat, Patan is famous for its Double Ikat Saree and the exquisitely sculptured Rani ki Vav (stepwell). Leading down seven storeys to the water level, the steps are string-coursed by sculpture depicting the avatars of lord Vishnu, Hindu Goddesses, Jain idols and beautiful apsaras. Behind the water is a beautiful sculpture of Lord Vishnu reclining on a serpent.Jhinjhwada (19 km)Jhinjhwada has the remains of an old fort. Its huge gateway has superb sandstone carvings.
A recent entrant into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, the intricately sculptured Rani ki Vav is a major attraction for History enthusiasts in Patan. The fortified town of Patan has lot more to offer apart from the step well, in the form of forts, Hindu and Jain temples, and the exquisite hand woven Patola sarees. Passed along generations as a tradition, there’s only one family that weaves these highly priced sarees in Sadvi Vada today, where one can watch the intricate weaving in person. This otherwise hot and dry region remains pleasant in October, and hence remains one of the best places to visit in October in India.
The day 5 was the day to move to south of Rajasthan – Barmer to be precise. Instead of taking the National Highway 68 we rode to Barmer through core Marwar region. We took the road through the Desert National Park paying a fee of Rs. 70 and crossing over to the other side towards Khuri (Khuhdi). The ride through the Desert National park was pure bliss. The deers, foxes and a few desert birds were indeed great company. The sight of untouched dunes in the middle of the road encompassed in pin drop silence was overwhelming. The road in the Desert National Park had sudden dips and jumps - roller coaster anyone? After Khuri we headed towards Chelak, Jhinjhinyali, Mungeriya, Naand, Bishala and Barmer. The entire route neither had traffic nor human population. However the sudden appearance of cattle, camels & horses did manage to scare me. The stay for the night was held at Sanchal Fort, this is a 4 star hotel that looks like a palatial fort set on the outskirts of Barmer city towards Sanchore.Route :- Sam – Khuri – Chelak – Jhinjhinyali – Mungeriya – Naand – Bishala – Barmer.
If you consider deserts as one of the least amusing destinations in India, hold on a second!! We bet this would change your mind in a matter of minutes. Yes, riding via a desert could be a bit daunting, perhaps, it would generate thoughts about the damn hot weather. But, just stop thinking about the above factors for a moment. A bike trip in a desert will let you experience the rural culture of our country. Besides, at the end of the day, you'll feel like the ride was so serene and calm owing to the lack of population. Barmer-Bikaner highway is a free and uncongested route to be easily covered via a standard bike.Bewitching Factor: Indian Thar DesertGuwahati-Khasi Hills
SHEO/SHIV, BARMERCamp Bliss: Still unknown to many, this village hosts an array of restored residential palaces that you can tour while you stay in luxury camps constructed over sand dunes. The tents are spacious and welcome you with the comfort and style of a 5-star hotel. Camp Bliss is one such company that takes their caravan to Shiv during the months of January and February. The best part is that you don’t have to go anywhere seeking Rajasthan’s natural and cultural colours. Everything comes to you outside your porch. Expect beautiful sunsets, menus that feature local delicacies, live performances b Manganiyars and folk dancers. If you still want to venture out, you can arrange for guides to take you to the nearby villages that specialise in crafts, shop great for souvenirs and a deeper experience of village life. campbliss.in
Barmer is a peaceful place wherein one can sit and relax. We had booked the Rishab Club and Resort. A wonderful place to stay.As there are very few places to see in Barmer, we first visited the Kiradu Temple. The temples are of 6th and 8th centuries with traces of the Gupta period found in the Shiva temple