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233 Kms from Gotan
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 ...
Before leaving, we visited a local market, and tried and bought different kinds of namkeens or savory snacks. A visit to Jaipur is incomplete without trying its namkeens. The name 'Pink City' for this city is justified as not only its houses are painted in pink but also one receives a warm welcome.Note: There were 8 people in total. We booked 3 rooms in a budget hotel for 2 days and 1 night, and a traveler for to-and-fro and visiting locales. Shortage of pictures is because of lack of interest in photography then.
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.
#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.
We boarded an overnight train from Bairagarh Raliway Station (near Bhopal) and reached Jaipur Railway Station by 9:30 am. The metro station is just nearby and we boarded the metro till Chandpole. We had a cup of tea just in front of the metro station and started searching for a room to freshen up. A cycle rickshaw driver took us to Simla Hotel which satisfied our needs as it was at a walkable distance from all the spots that we wanted to cover that day. We got two big rooms for quite reasonable price. After refreshing a bit, we entered into the sights of Jaipur.As soon as you will step into the streets of Jaipur, you will get to know why its called The Pink City. All the buildings across the street are painted in a terracotta “pink” colour which represents welcoming and hospitality. The paint was produced from a Calcium Oxide compound and is extremely durable in the arid conditions of Jaipur.
DAY 7 - JAIPUR - THE PINK CITY
Inside Akshardham there are lot of cafe and eateries , so we had nice food and finally headed to metro station and huuh we were damn tired and slept off , as we had to start our next day trip of golden triangle .Next day destination was Jaipur.We started from the hotel by 6.30 am our journey to Jaipur.We reached hotel in Jaipur around 12pm .We checked into the hotel.This hotel was near Amber area. The hotel also had some look of palace and big enough .This had a pool as well so since it was pretyy hot we just jumped into the pool .After pool we quickly ordered our food in the hotel only and everyone got ready .Our plan was to visit Jalmahal [ outside view ], Hawamahal , City Palace , Jantar mantar if possible and some shopping .Jal mahal street view has many people with the authentic Rajasthani dress which they provide for rent [50rs] and take the photo .There were many colorful umbrellas , very cute ones which you can buy for a bargain for 150rs. Then we headed towrds the city Palace ,it is a beautiful place giving the pink city view and finally we could visit only Hawa Mahal as they have entry timings which will be closed by 4.30,Plan accordingly as per your priorities.Finally after enquiring we found out GT towers is good place for shopping , we had some yummy lassi and started towards the GT towers .
THE INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL JAIPUR
Rajasthan, the desert state of India is a prime tourist destination in India. Studded with “must sees”, it can be difficult seeing it all in one go, especially if one is short on time.This is part one of the series where I try to complete most of the places in Jaipur considering I had just a day at hand. I managed to visit most of the tourist places mainly the Amer Fort, Jalmahal, Jantar Mantar, City Museum and the Hava mahal. Though most of the places were covered another trip to soak in the culture and hospitality of the Rajasthani's will be required.
229 Kms from Gotan
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...
The next day early morning, I took a bus to Udaipur. On reaching I was searching for a package tour to cover the places In limited time. But due to high prices, I decided to cover them on my own. I Covered Lake Palace, City Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Jagdish Temple, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Moti Magri, Sahelion ki Bari. Unfortunately, I missed out on my target list of places like Sajjangarh Palace, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ek Ling Nath Ji.
DAY 5 - UDAIPUR- THE VENICE OF EAST/ROMANTIC CITY
DAY 8 - Udaipur - the city of lakesIt is amazing how one can experience both sides of modern culture and history at the same time in this city. City Palace which is currently a museum gives you an insight to the rich history of the land. By nightfall, Lake Pichola is a man made beauty, the entire area is well lit by pink and yellow lights, it's a treat to the eyes. There are restaurants at the river front lit only with candles, one can enjoy a pleasant evening here, you can also go on a boat ride at sunset. Jagdish temple, Jag Mandir, Saheliyon ki Bari and Bagore-ki-Haveli are some of the other places to visit.
Day 1 - Bangalore to Mumbai to UdaipurThe journey started from Bangalore on a luxury sleeper bus (as the trip was planned last minute). You can also take a flight to Udaipur directly. I reached Mumbai after 16 hours. I had a couple of hours to spare before my bus to Udaipur, so I freshened up in a restaurant, filled up my stomach and took some snacks for the road. 750 kms and 13 hours later, I reached the city of lakes.
Udaipur, the City of Lakes is one of the most beautiful cities in India. With its stunning lake, Heritage Resorts, Luxurious hotels and the traditional Rajasthani culture; Udaipur makes for the perfect travel destination. However, if you’re done exploring this gem, there are many places to visit near Udaipur.
Udaipur is rightly called the Venice of the East. There are so many luxurious heritage resorts in here that its tough to choose the best hotel for a stay! From havelis to grand palaces, to humble homestays; the options are many. Below are some of the best hotels in Udaipur!
Udaipur remains one of the best places in Rajasthan for a romantic escape. Fondly called the Venice of the East, Udaipur makes for a true luxury escape, with its beautiful properties, serene lanes and heritage palaces. The pristine Lake Pichola makes this city even more amazing. There’s only one palace located in the midst of Lake Pichola, which is Taj Lake Palace. The mesmerising resort is truly one of a kind! A perfect backdrop for royal weddings & magical honeymoons, the Taj Lake Palace is incomparable.
Lakes, palaces, forts, temples and romantic backdrops frame the beautiful city of Udaipur. The tranquility of boat rides in its many lakes, the colourful ancient bazaars, the old-world feel of its hotels and homestays and spectacular countryside makes Udaipur one of the most beautiful destination in Rajasthan. A favourite among travellers from India and abroad, Udaipur has served as a backdrop for many films as well, from Ye Jawani Hai Deewani to the James Bond film, Octopussy.What to see1. No visit to Udaipur is complete without a visit to the City Palace. The white marbled structure rises above the shimmering Lake Pichola and is one of the best places for an unobtrusive view of the white city. The entrance fee is ₹250 and the camera fee is another ₹250.2. Inside the City Palace complex are many small and big palaces, museums and gardens, all encompassing a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, medieval, European and Chinese architecture. Do visit the Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal, Krishna Vilas, Durbar Hall, Manak Mahal, Peacock Square and Sheesh Mahal among others.3. Head down to Lake Pichola and spend a leisurely evening on its banks. You can also take a boat ride on the lake and admire the many havelis, now converted into hotels, on its banks. The cost of a regular boat ride is ₹325 per person. However, you can also take a private boat tour for up to six people, which costs around ₹3,000.4. After you are done with Lake Pichola, head to 1559AD, a beautiful rooftop restaurant on the edges of the lake and have a tasty dinner while you enjoy the lit up lake and the palaces all around.
90 Kms from Gotan
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...
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.
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.
DAY 4 - JODHPUR - THE BLUE CITY
A royal start to your married life
A sea of blue rooftops, Jodhpur is magnificent. The second largest city in Rajasthan, the blue city takes your breath away with every corner. The domineering Mehrangarh Fort sits atop the city and frames the city skyline with pride. At the base of the fort lie blue houses in all shapes and sizes in a tangle of winding, glittering, medieval streets. Jodhpur is endearing and intimidating at the same time and no trip to Rajasthan is complete without visiting this rare gem!What to see1. Start with a visit to Jodhpur's robust Mehrangarh Fort. A magnificent spectacle and an architectural masterpiece, the fort gives you a glimpse into the luxe lifestyle of the kings and queens of bygone eras. The timings to visit the fort are between 9am to 5pm. The entrance fees is ₹100. Still camera fees is also ₹100 while video camera fees is ₹200.2. Visit five uniquely different areas of the fort, Moti Mahal (pearl-coloured), Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors), Phool Mahal (hall of flowers), Zenana Deodi (the queen's chambers) and Chamunda Mataji Temple (the temple of the queen's favourite goddess).3. Jaswant Thada, royal cenotaphs built in marble are just a kilometre walk from the fort. You can visit the picturesque location by paying a mere ₹30 as entrance fees. Camera fees is ₹25 and it is open from 8am to 6pm.
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.
316 Kms from Gotan
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 ...
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.
DESERT FESTIVAL JAISALMER
Jailsalmer--The Golden City of India. Place of palaces, rajputs, dunes and yellowish sand stones. This yellowish sand stones used in every architecture of the city gives a golden shades to the city and its surroundings.For Bengalis, Jaisalmer is the native place of Mukul- the central character of the famous film Director Satyajit Ray's movie Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress). Let's explore some of the places of the famous Golden city
Day 5 - Jaisalmer - The Golden cityThe bus stops a kilometer away from Jaisalmer fort at the outskirts of the city. I freshened up in one of the restaurants, had the best poha for breakfast and headed towards the fort. The city fort is the only inhabited fort with about 3000 people residing within the walls. From the top of the fort, one can see the golden city at its glory. 15 minutes from here is this gorgeous set of 5 palaces known as Patwon ki haveli. A narrow lane takes you to this yellow sandstone palace. Opposite to the haveli are some great cafes and restaurants. I enjoyed a lavish Rajasthani and Marwadi thali for 300 INR whilst adoring the gorgeous heritage site.Bada Bagh, Thar heritage museum, Nathmal ki haveli, Gadisar lake are some other places you can visit. Next stop was tiny mounts of brown pearls: Sam sand dunes which is 40 kms from the city. You can go there in shared taxi but I rented a bike for 500 INR as I was planning to stay at Sam for the night.
Day 3: Sand dunes, Kuldhara, Lodurva and Jaisalmer FortThe next morning we headed on to see the above three mentioned places, all in the same direction and really close to Jaisalmer.On your way, you can also do some paragliding. On reaching sam sand dunes, you'd be offered camel rides. The view here is mesmerizing. A film shoot here is not uncommon.
DAY 3 - JAISALMER - THE GOLDEN CITY
Known as the golden city of Rajasthan, the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer is one of the best places in India for desert safari.1. Situated 40km from main Jaisalmer city, Sam Sand Dunes in Sam village is a unique company that provides a resort stay amidst the desert, where you can enjoy desert safari on jeeps and camels. This is a special safari, as it will take you through the local villages situated in the desert, giving you a real experience of the local culture as you safari along the deserts.Cost: On Request | Contact: 97848 44524
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan's Golden City, evokes the imagery of the exotic camel ruled villages and ancient trade routes. Shrouded in the golden hue of the adjacent Thar Desert and the high-rise fort, Jaisalmer truly is a city that will leave you reliving the bygone era. It is not just the Jaisalmer Fort that is built using the golden-honey sandstone, but every haveli in town, big or small, is made from the same material, washing the entire city with a mellowed, yellowed tinge. Here you feel like you are forever in the 'sepia' filter! Reach Jaisalmer by lunch, and start your siesta with the city after some rest.What to see1. Start your exploration of Jaisalmer with a visit to Gadisar Lake. A 650-years-old lake, it is still the major source of water for the city. Entry is free, but the boat rides are chargeable at ₹10, ₹50 and ₹100 for a row boat, a paddle boat and a shikara respectively. You can visit the lake from 8am to 8pm.2. Explore the narrow streets with renovated houses and havelis, all sporting intricately carved front doors and windows.
257 Kms from Gotan
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 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.
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.
On the first day we explored the local markets and checked out some jewelry shops that were actually cool, please do bargain as the locals here are always ready to rip you off. In the evening you can visit the famous Nakki Lake, and while you are there please do try out the soft serve ice cream cone shops that you can find almost everywhere in the market area. It is a heaven for ice-cream fanatics like myself, you can find a variety of flavours and even larger variety of toppings there.
Day 1 Mount AbuMount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan situated at an average height of 1,219 mtr's above sea level is the oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan The famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan The nearest railhead is Abu Road, about 25 kms away, in the lowlands. Abu Road is on the railway line from Ahmedabad to Marwar Junction. 9am we reached to mount abu it was very difficult to drive in the city because of too much fog we can’t see anything but keep moving slowly and reached to hotel dumped the bags and rushed to get fresh there is lots of budget hotels and guest house is available in mount abu. Mount abu is not much developed as compare to mahableswar and Panchgani. After getting fresh we headed to Guru Shikar. Guru Shikhar, a peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan, is the highest point of the Aravalli Range Located at a height of 1,722 metres, it has some 300-400 steps, to the top, which is a bit tough, but the views from the top are just awesome. The views makes it worth climbing those steps. There’s also a Dattatreya temple at the top from the top you can see the whole Abu Road you can click the picture there is also shop and tea stalls easily u can get the water, juice and snacks. You can reach Guru Shikhar by bike or Car (Note: please be careful while riding on this road its narrow and zigzag road rainy season it’s became worst) after Guru shikar we headed to Dilwara temple.
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is one of the ideal places to visit in India in May. Mount Abu is perched atop a peak made of granite and is wrapped around a lush green forests of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with a rich reserve of exotic flora and fauna. The hill town is a refreshing rescue from the scorching summer sun of the dry north-west India and also is quite popular with foreign travelers. Harboring over 80 intricately carved ancient temples, along with the admirable Jain temples of Delwara, Mount Abu is a holy place for the Jains as well as the Hindus. The Nakki Lake adds an aesthetic charm to the place.How to get there: Abu Road is the nearest railway station. It is well-connected by roads with state transport buses at regular intervals.
Just 5 hours away is Rajasthan’s only and popular hill station offering a pleasant retreat from the heat. Rolling hills dotted with several hindu temples and set amidst flowing rivers and lakes, cascading waterfalls and evergreen forests is enough to take your breath away. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Ahmedabad, Amount Abu is the place to be. Situated at an altitude of around 4000 ft and surrounded by the beautiful Nakki Lake, Mount Abu should definitely feature on the list of best places to visit near Ahmedabad. Since it is Rajasthan’s lone hill station, it definitely has a lot to offer. If you want to get away from the sweltering heat of the city, a weekend trip to Mount Abu should be high on your list. This favourite tourist hotspot has a number of famous landmarks like Sunset Point to keep you enthralled, and relaxed. This is the only hill station of Raasthan and it takes about 5 hours to reach Mount Abu from Gujarat. The main attractions here are the pleasant climatic conditions, the scenic beauty and the lakes. You can also shop for traditional Rajasthani handicrafts out here. The other popular attractions here are the Dilwara group of temples, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park and the Nakki Lake. Mount Abu is a renowned hill station that offers you and the family the chance to escape from the city. The hill station is known for its natural beauty, green hills, serene lakes, beautiful temples and other religious places of worship. The Jain community consider it an important pilgrimage site. It might be cold here but who minds a little winter chill? Tripoto recommends you visit some of the well-known places here like Nakki Lake, the Sunset Point and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, among a host of other places. If you are a history buff, pay a visit to Dilwara Jain Temples, the Adhar Devi Temple, and Achalgarh Fort. Mount Abu features on most people’s list of best places to visit near Ahmedabad within 300 kms. If the hills are your haven, Mount Abu in nearby Rajasthan is where you should be. Hills dotted with Hindu temples and surrounded by evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls and gushing rivers and lakes is what makes Mount Abu one of the prime weekend getaways from Ahmedabad.Distance from Ahmadabad - 235 Km
104 Kms from Gotan
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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.
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.
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.
93 Kms from Gotan
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Pushkar is full of colour, culture, warmth and joy! The first thing that attracts one to Pushkar is perhaps the colourfu...
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.
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.)
252 Kms from Gotan
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The City of Rajputs, Bundi, maybe not as popular as other cities in Rajasthan, but nevertheless is no less captivating. ...
DAY 02 - JAIT SAGAR LAKE, SUKH MAHAL, MEERA SAHAB DARGAH=> On the second day, after breakfast, take a leisurely stroll around the old quarters of Bundi to explore this vibrant blue city of Rajasthan! The local life, street life along with beautifully colored and decorated houses are great to explore.
DAY 01 - GARH PALACE, TARAGARH FORT, STEPWELLS, NAWAL SAGAR=> Start the day early with a heavy breakfast as you would be going to explore two most elaborate and historically important landmarks of the Bundi town.=> First, visit Garh Palace or Bundi Palace, which should not take more than 1.5hrs. Bundi Palace is famous for its lavishly drawn frescos and murals on the walls. The best part of the palace is the Chitrashala or the Umeed Mahal which has magnificent frescos drawn over the walls, from floor to ceiling. This is a UNESCO world heritage part of the palace and is unparalleled to anything else in Rajasthan.
9] Ummaid Bagh, Bundi The Ummaid Bagh Resorts is a farm situated on the banks of lake Jait Sagar. The resort is just 2km away from Bundi city and it is surrounded by mountains and a lake on all three sides. It is home to many migratory birds in winter. You will find a beautiful garden and BBQ facilities along with car rental facility. Guests can enjoy traditional Rajasthani cuisines at The Lake View Restaurant and room service is also available for those who prefer to dine in privacy.Price range: ₹ 3,463 - ₹ 5,515
I had no expected to see waterfalls in Bundi, but I saw one. Ramgarh is 50 kilometers away from Bundi and the manager of my guest house was nice enough to help me reach that place. His friend took me to the Ramgarh waterfall. The cascade is a gorgeous mighty sight to behold, as it rains the water level on the top of the mountain increases and the volume of the waterfall increases. This waterfall is known to be an adventure spot as it makes a perfect plunge pool. If you know swimming, you can jump from the top and dive straight in the water. I saw a couple of foreigners making the jump, I decided to enjoy the view from a corner. Although you cannot do it in your swimming costumes, the locals are not that open minded. :P
Renowned across Rajasthan as the city that has never been conquered, Bundi is a hidden gem of the glorious state. Hiding in plain sight near Kota, travellers passing through Bundi will be surprised to see the well-preserved historical and architectural sites here.With over 50 baoris (step wells), innumerable havelis, cave paintings and a beautiful waterfall (Bhimlat), Bundi has something to amuse every traveller. Every corner of Bundi holds a surprise, but places such as the Bundi Palace, Chitrashala, Taragarh Fort, Rani ji ki Baori, Dabhai ka Kund, Nawal Sagar, Sukh Mahal and Shikhar Burj, will especially blow your mind.
Gleaming panels of Tikri—the Indian word for mosaic work, where, using scalpels, hand-cut pieces of mirrors are inlayed into frescos on the ceiling and the walls. Even the fl oors narrate the story of crusading elephants in tempered red, black, and white, the art style called izara. Poet Rudyard Kipling mentioned in his Letters of Marque published in 1899, “...but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams—the work of goblins rather than of men.” A great medieval fortifi cation snakes across the hill sides, indigo and white houses spill across the ground, and water reservoirs glisten in the afternoon sun.
Explore BundiThe city retains its old world charm, simplicity and slow pace. Narrow lanes, blue houses, colorful turbans and bright attires of women adding splashes of colors here and there. It is a less visited place by the domestic tourists (unlike to a few predictable places of Rajasthan) though quite popular with the foreign tourists.The place has some fantastic architectural as well as artistic delights like the Garh or Bundi Palace; Chitrashala; Taragarh Fort; over 50 baoris or step well among which Rani ji ki baori is the most well maintained and visited; Dabhai ka Kund. Other attractions are the Nawal & Jait sagar; Sukh Mahal & Museum; 84 pillared centopah and some other monuments like Phool Sagar, Kshar Bagh & Shikhar Burj which are personal property of the descendants of the royal family thus out of touristy domain.Garh or Bundi Palace, is built over a side of the hill. If you see it from the fort (higher above) it seems like it is hanging. Rudyard Kipling described it as ‘the work of goblins rather than of men’
Ten second takeaway: Bundi is a town that you might have a picture of in your head, but often struggle to place in the real world. Dotted with blue houses, lakes, hills, bazaars and a temple at every turn, Bundi is straight out of a fairy tale.It is believed that Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling penned part of his famous novel Kim in Bundi and this is what he had to say about the Bundi palace,‘Jaipur Palace may be called the 'Versailles of India'. Jodhpur’s House of strife, gray towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men.’Places to visit in Bundi: Sukh Mahal, Kshar Bag, Dabhai Kund, Raniji Ki Baori, Taragarh Fort, Lake Jait Sagar.HOW TO REACH BUNDIBy Air: The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur which is about 206 kms away.By Road: Buses to Bundi are available at regular intervals from Ajmer, Bijolia, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur.By Train: There is a small railway station in Bundi that is located about 4 kilometres south of the old city. To reach Bundi by train, you will have to change trains at Chittorgarh, which is connected to all major cities in India.Barmer
Bundi is a city in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan state in northwest India. It is of particular architectural note for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris. The town of Bundi is situated 35 km from Kota and 210 km from Jaipur. The city lies near a narrow gorge, and is surrounded on three sides by hills of the Aravalli Range. A substantial wall with four gateways encircles the city. The town of Indragarh and nearby places are famous for the renowned temples of Bijasan Mata and Kamleshwar. The Indargarh step well is considered as one of the most attractive places in the Bundi district, especially during the rainy season.