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303 Kms from Bikaner
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Rajasthan’s opulent capital is a magical land brimming with desert camps and lakeside palaces. Sitting on the edge of ...
One of the most colourful cities in the country, Jaipur offers an insight into the royal era along with providing all the advantages of a metropolis. Despite being the capital of the state, the city offer peace and relaxation to locals as well as tourists. Founded in 1727, Jaipur is also called the ‘Pink City’ for its trademark building colour. One of the three corners of the Golden Triangle that include Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the bustling city is a perfect weekend getaway.
Day 1: Gurugram to Jaipur drive. We left around noon and drove through NH 48. We On our way we stopped at a road-side dhaba to much on some tasty ‘aloo-paratha’ with home-made white butter and ‘chaach’ (buttermilk). The drive was smooth through small towns like Bawal, Behror, Kotputli; large industrial areas near Neemrana; the infamous Hero MotoCorp plant at Dharuhera; and the semi-arid topology. We reached by evening and checked-in to our hotel. It was located on M.I. Road, close to Jayanti market and Raj Mandir Cinema, and bustled with tourists till night. We walked the areas nearby, collected a map and Jaipur city guide to plan our itinerary, gorged on authentic Rajasthani cuisine and called the day-off.
We started at 10:30, my uncle and me after a scrumptious breakfast. We first took to the places where a traveller would go. The beautiful route had a cherry topping added to it with the stories my travel partner told me, he showed me the place where he camped in his school time and why the government banned the place.
a. On reaching Jaipur, immediately went to cover the places on my list. I covered Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Birla temple and Chand Baori. All along I commuted through Metro or local bus. On finishing the tour, I went to catch the train to Delhi and then to Nagpur.
After exploring Pushkar enough, we took a train to the city of Forts, Jaipur. Again it was my second time in Jaipur but this time managed to explore more places which made me nostalgic all over again. That beauty of Hawa Mahal in the evening, magical Jantar mantar and range of forts made us wonder on how they created all these miracles.
#Jaipur, the pink city of beautiful state Rajasthan is a sign of magnificence and vividness. It is a first planned city of India and largest city of Rajasthan. However, state Rajasthan is a complete place for its visitors as the beauty and essence of rich traditional culture can be found in each and every corner of the state. But Jaipur established its recognition as a versatile tourist destination as it offers superb fortresses, serene temples, amazing havelis and royal palaces. If you are a lover of culture and architecture, like me then you would surely love this royal place. Jaipur is also well-known for its handicrafts and the amazing collection of jewelleries. This fabulous landscape is a perfect blend of palaces, art, culture, and rich Indian tradition. Jaipur is the right place for photographers to capture the beauty & culture of this historical city. If you really want to know about the roots of Indian culture and tradition, then you must visit this place.#How to reach Jaipur:Jaipur can be reached from anywhere in India due to its good connectivity. Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities of India; you can either go by train, by air or by airways.>>>Through Train:You can easily get various trains for Jaipur from Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Patna, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kota and many other popular cities of India. Jaipur has three railway stations, Jaipur Junction, Durgapura and Gandhinagar. Jaipur Junction is a main stoppage of all trains and few trains also stop at other two stations as well.>>>Through Airways:Jaipur airport, situated at Sanganer offers frequent flights to and from many major cities of India, including the national capital Delhi.>>>Through Road or Buses:Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation offers excellent bus services for Jaipur to Delhi. You can easily get many A/C and non A/C buses on every half an hour. Apart from Delhi, many express buses are also available to and from Jaipur. Jaipur has a good and well-connected highway so you can go by car or taxi as well.#Places to visit in Jaipur:I have visited this royal city before 2 months and really this was my most memorable experience of touring Jaipur. Jaipur city has beautiful historical palaces and forts which gives the glimpse of old Indian Architecture design. Here I have listed some of the most important charms of Jaipur, that can’t be missed if visit jaipur.>>>Amer Fort: Amer Fort is one of the prime attractions of Jaipur and located 11 kilometers from Jaipur. This fort is also called as Amber Fort; a beautiful fort is well-known for its majestic surroundings and spectacular palaces. If you like to experience the Hindu and Muslim architecture together, then you would surely love it. The red sandstone and white marble pavilions are the most delightful experience of this fort.>>>Jaigarh Fort: This beautiful creation of Maharaja Jai Singh is just located at around 900 meters from the Amber Fort. This spectacular fort is standing on the hilltop so you can explore the entire city of Jaipur from its top. The panoramic views of the pink city can be best seen from this fort. Jaigarh Fort is also called as Victory Fort.>>>Hawa Mahal: This is a most important attraction of Jaipur, located on the southern part of the city. This amazing five storied building contains a well designed museum, depicting the past and present of Jaipur. The stunning Hawa Mahal can be best visited at the morning time when the golden rays of sun touches to it. Hawa Mahal is also known as the Palace of Winds.>>>Nahargarh Fort: This glorious fort is located on the edge of Aravalli Hills. Nahargarh depicts the royal legacy of Rajasthan. If you are a wildlife lover, then you must visit this place while touring Jaipur. It is believed that this fort was considered as a hunting residence of the kings.>>>Jantar Mantar: This is one of the most beautiful places of Jaipur, crafted with marble and local stone. Jantar Mantar is declared as a national monument where you can explore a vast collection of astronomical devices that help to foresee eclipse, find earth orbits, track stars and much more.After exploring these magnificent places, don’t forget to visit other beautiful charms of the city like City Palace, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall, Govind Devji Temple, Raj Mandir Cinema, Laxmi Narayan Temple and so on.#Nearby Places to visit:>>Bagru: This is just around 28 km away from Jaipur, located at the southern part of Jaipur. This place is mainly known for its hand printed cloth industry.>>Sanganer: This is located at a distance of 15 kms from Jaipur. Sanganer is well-known for its traditional crafts. You should also visit a beautiful temple of Lord Parshwanath.>>Ramgarh Lake: This Lake is found at the 35 km north east of Jaipur. It is a good picnic spot for tourists.>>Samod: It is situated at the 40 km northwest of Jaipur. It is an old place where you can experience the great Rajput haveli architecture.Ranthambore and Sariska are the renowned wildlife sanctuaries situated near to Jaipur. All the nearby places can be easily reached from Jaipur either by bus or taxi.#Place to Stay in Jaipur:There are many option to stay in Jaipur, you can pick any of the option as per your budget. You can choose 5 star hotel, 4 star hotel, 3 star hotel, 2 star hotel, Budget hotel, Guesthouse, Apartment and so on. All the hotels are quite luxurious and provide all essential amenities, depending on their charges.The Raj Palace is a most luxurious 5 star hotel of Jaipur but quite expensive as well. If you can afford this, then you must stay over there to live royal life. Hotel Meghniwas, Clarks Amer, Hotel Bissau Palace, Dera Rawatsar, Saba Haveli, Hotel Om Tower, Hotel Mansingh, Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur Inn, and many more are the budgeted options to stay in Jaipur.My visit to Jaipur was amazing and I am sure you will also equally enjoy this place as I did. Make sure you don’t miss the must seen places of Jaipur. Shopping was the other most interesting part of my visit; in fact it was a real treat for me. There are many fabulous places that offer many high quality items. You can visit Anokhi, Kripal Kumbh, Art Chill, Gem Palace, and Hot Pink. These are the best places to shop. So, plan your trip to Jaipur and enjoy thoroughly. But yeah i would suggest you to stay at Zostel Jaipur. It's a nice and big property, beautiful location with everything just minutes away. The common room and everything are beautifully equipped and the best part is the kitchen and the coffee machine. Terrace is nice, but would have been nice if decorated like Rishikesh zostel.Zostel is India’s first chain of backpackers’ hostels. Hostels for travellers are a popular concept across Europe (not to be confused with school/college hostels). They are budget accommodations which are perfect for people travelling on a shoe-string budget. They go beyond accommodation and focus on travel as a lifestyle. Zostel is a facilitator that helps people gather new experiences and to #LiveItNow.PS: This is not an advertisement for Zostel. I just loved staying with them. Hence sharing the experience.
197 Kms from Bikaner
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.
297 Kms from Bikaner
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 ...
Generally, I do not prefer packages, but this one was worth it. Checkout DDS Holidays for more details on there packages. Our package cost us about 13K approximately for the both of us which was a very good deal.P.S - The reason why the trip cost us on the higher side is because all our bookings were last minute. Inlcuding a cab ride from Delhi-Jaipur which was 3.5K, which could have been easily avoided. I am confident this can be done under 10k with proper and advanced planning. And, I am always up for helping out fellow travellers, so please touch base with me on my insta handle @musingsofmywanderlust.**Disclaimer - All the IP Rights in all the pictures uploaded are owned by me and must not be reproduced without my prior consent.
Adios Jaisalmer, untill next time!After an epic night, I missed out on the sunrise which I had planned to watch. After having our breakfast at the Camp we headed out for Jaisalmer. We had a late evening train and the package included dropping us off at the station. We planned to while away our time in some cafe till evening and it was Mr. Bhati who was driving us back. He came to our rescue again!! Took us to his uncle's hotel, Hotel Desert Palace, which has newly opened up and arranged our lunch as well. we whiled our time at that hotel itself and he dropped us off in the evening for our train. Throughout the trip I was constantly reminded why they say that Rajasthan is very tourist friendly. Truly living up to the tag line.
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)
219 Kms from Bikaner
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 colourfu...
The ancient town of Pushkar is a site of holy pilgrimage for Hindus all over the world. Lately this small city has become a hub for international and national tourists travelling on a budget. With affordable cafes and accommodation, Pushkar should be on every shoestring traveller's bucket list.Best things to do: Visit Pushkar Lake, Brahma Mandir, Savitri Temple, Varaha TempleWhere to stay: Ananta Spa & Resorts, Hotel Shankar PalaceHow to reach: One can either board a train to reach Pushkar or catch a bus from DelhiDelhi to Pushkar distance: 402km
That is a cattle fair held in Pushkar Rajasthan throughout the Kartik Poornima full moon in November, and the attention is naturally, on the Camel; to a lesser extent, you'll see sheep, goats, and cows.It continues for 5 days, where you may observe camels shaved and decorated; they're paraded and entered in races, games and beauty competitions. Farmers and traders haggle and bargain, and trade livestock.A plethora of musicians, dancers, acrobats, and magicians entertain people, that may also select up curious, clothes, footwear and other knick-knacks in the numerous stalls which are set up.Bani Festival:
Backpackers from across the world throng to the city to relax and revive in the peaceful surroundings. Considering the huge influx of young generation travellers, couples, foreign nationals and energetic groups, the city invited a number of hostels to offer comfortable and affordable stay to its guests. While hotels and resorts are a good choice for a royal stay, there is no other way to touch the rustic charm of the city than staying in a hostel with a bunch of travel geeks.Here are the best Pushkar hostels you should be putting up in on your next backpacking trip to the city.
On reaching Pushkar Bus stand, I started off walking to the World’s Only temple of Lord Brahma. In between, I covered many temples of Old Rangji Temple, Apteshwar Temple, Paap Mochini Temple, Raghunath Temple, Atmeshwar Temple, Mahadeva Temple, Mai Gou Ghat, Siddhi Vinayak temple, Vishnu Temple, and Anasagar lake. I covered Pushkar Mela area, Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Savitri Mandir by going in a ropeway to get a glimpse of the desert from above. I enjoyed the famous Malpua of Pushkar and made that my lunch. I finished Pushkar by afternoon and went off to Jodhpur.
Next day we left for Pushkar, a hidden city with an easy going vibe where traditional meets hippies in the dessert state. Pushkar is one of India's holiest and oldest cities with the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country, from among a handful in the world. Best time to visit Pushkar is during the camel festival. Unfortunately we missed it by a week's time. Nevertheless, visiting Pushkar lake, Pushkar Market, Camel Safari, Sand dunes and blissful evening in the village was definitely highlight of this trip.
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.
229 Kms from Bikaner
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 Chi...
That night I boarded a late train to kill the need to book a room and have early morning prayer at Dargah. On reaching Ajmer, I immediately took a bath in the Railway station and went to Dargah Sharif to offer prayers. After touching Allah, I went to Ana Sagar Lake. I decided to skip any other places and went to pay homage at Pushkar to the creator.
After memorable time in Udaipur, we headed to Ajmer. I always wanted to visit Ajmer Sharif Dargah and It was in my long pending wish list but was never fortunate enough to go here despite my couple of visits to Rajasthan. As old saying says, "You cannot plan a visit to a holy place, you need to be called" and finally I was summoned this year. Irrespective of what religion you belong to, you must visit this place at least once in your lifetime and seek blessings.
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.
Day-2 Godhra- Ajmer: Early Morning escape through the city kept us away from the public's attention heading towards our next destination Ajmer specially known for Darga Sharif. Refueling our machines at first petrol pump in Rajastan,we continued, the roads were pit hole free but full of cattle's which made the day a bit hectic. Evening we visited "Darga Sharif", & the day ended with Dinner with Rajastani touch.
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.
157 Kms from Bikaner
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The first rays of the sun in the morning begin an enthralling melody at the desert village of Khuri. The sun-kissed sand...
A walk through KhuriWhizzing past the golden city, my guide and I took off in a jeep to reach the point from where our camel ride began. On our way, as we travelled through the interiors of Rajasthan I realised that there is another India that exists, which is neither posh nor polished but a one that’s craving for basic necessities of life. There exists a different world within the desert and no one here is bothered about what is happening on the world outside theirs. The most treasured gem for the villagers here is water and a walk of 5-6 kms everyday is what it demands from them!
The desert camping at night with the camel safari was one of my favorite thing that I have done so far .