217 Kms from Jasol
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Udaipur was called the most romantic spot in India by Colonel James Tod, the East India Company’s first political agent here. And it remains the same today with its old world charm, stunning palaces, bustling bazaars and serene boat rides on Lake Pichola. Towering over this lake is the mighty City Palace, which is an amalgamation of Rajasthani, Mughal and medieval architectures. With its exquisite gardens and ancient white walls, this palace draws travellers from all over. Located right in the middle of Lake Pichola is the Jag Mandir Palace, from where you can see the beautiful sunset reflected in the water. If you have a thing for automobiles, the Vintage Car Museum will make your heart leap with joy. Located near the City Palace, this museum showcases a collection of spectacular vintage cars such as Cadillac, Chevrolet and Morris. Other attractions in the city include Bada Mahal, Haldighati, Saheliyon ki Bari and Jaisamand Lake. Udaipur's cuisine reflects its Rajasthani spirit. The famous dal baati choorma and gatte ki sabzi are definite must haves. Popular eateries here include Chandni, Ambrai, Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, Lotus Cafe and Mayur Rooftop Cafe. Hotels are easily available in Udaipur, and several retain their old world feel. Read More
Udaipur was called the most romantic spot in India by Colonel James Tod, the East India Company’s first political agent here. And it remains the same today with its old world charm, stunning palaces, bustling bazaars and serene boat rides on Lake Pichola. Towering over this lake is the mighty City Palace, which is an amalgamation of Rajasthani, Mughal and medieval architectures. With its exquisite gardens and ancient white walls, this palace draws travellers from all over. Located right in the middle of Lake Pichola is the Jag Mandir Palace, from where you can see the beautiful sunset reflected in the water. If you have a thing for automobiles, the Vintage Car Museum will make your heart leap with joy. Located near the City Palace, this museum showcases a collection of spectacular vintage cars such as Cadillac, Chevrolet and Morris. Other attractions in the city include Bada Mahal, Haldighati, Saheliyon ki Bari and Jaisamand Lake. Udaipur's cuisine reflects its Rajasthani spirit. The famous dal baati choorma and gatte ki sabzi are definite must haves. Popular eateries here include Chandni, Ambrai, Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, Lotus Cafe and Mayur Rooftop Cafe. Hotels are easily available in Udaipur, and several retain their old world feel.
Udaipur, city of lakes, you lay your eyes anywhere here and you will find beautiful dome like Palaces. The name in itself sounds nothing less than Royalty. Let me tell you, this was beyond Royalty. I was taken in by surprise by Beloved when I entered this Magnificent Historical City. He had discreetly checked me in at Taj Lake Palace.Udaipur, city of Lakes & Palaces has lot of palaces to see and their Current King living in City Palace (Part of it, rest have been converted into Museum). We had planned our trip for 2 days on my Birthday weekend.As soon as we stepped down from the car, we were warmly welcomed by Rose petals being showered over us with drum rolls and then leading our way to their Luxurious yacht-like Jetty.It truly is the "Venice of India". Most of it, the reason why I always visit a new place is my sheer love for food. Having said that, this is the first time after more than a decade I laid my hands on Lamb meat and oh boy their "Lal Maas" is to die for. Everything, right from the Ker Sangri(Local specialised sabzi), Dal Batti Churma to the Nalli Nihari I couldn't get my hands off (mind you, succulent pieces oozing out fiery flavour and cooked till melt-in-the-mouth-perfection).We checked in Taj Lake Palace (Previously known as Jag Niwas Palace and was used as Summer Palace). Pristine white and beautiful sight to behold. We stopped by for delectable dinner at Neel Kamal, where we opted for Royal Thali.Next morning, we headed out for our City Palace tour right beside our hotel. There is an entry ticket and you have to buy separate ticket to use Camera. The City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola is as historically beautiful as the Travel Magazines capture it. Those sturdy pillars adorned with decorative carvings, mirrored & ornamental tile bring back opulence of the era and not to forget, the Classic and Vintage CarCollection that Palace still baosts of. Their jewel in the collection is obviously their 1924 Rolls Royce 20 HP. The Palace has been now converted into museum and if you are into old artefacts then visit to City Palace,Udaipur is must.Our next stop was Saheliyo ki Bari, is a popular tourist attraction built by Rana Sanghram singh and was presented to his Queen, wherein the Queen can stroll and spend her time in leisure with her 48 maids. It is located at the Banks of Fateh Sagar Lake with beautiful Lotus pool & Marble Elephant Fountains.After our tiring tour, we relaxed ourselves to Jiva spa (tip: while vacationing a spa treatment adds zing to your short vacation) Next Day, we planned on knowing the place we were staying. Words short fall to describe Taj Lake Palace.Centrally located amidst Lake Pichola on the island of Jag Niwas, 360 degree view of lake, you cannot miss the sun rise while on sipping your hot cup of Masala Tea making you forget worldly ties & stress. The palace was constructed facing east, allowing its inhabitants to pray to Surya, the Hindu sun god, at the crack of dawn. The walls made of black and white marbles are adorned by semi-precious stones and ornamented niches. Gardens, fountains, pillared terraces and columns line its courtyardsIf you are in any part of Rajasthan, please do not miss on their flavourful Ghevar & Finni. I am die hard fan of their sweets too, dipped and dripping in pure Ghee..
The next day around mid afternoon we reached our destination. Now we reached but we don't no where to go, started asking people about the places, finally 1 auto guy told us about Jagdish temple. Reached the famous temple in Udaipur "The Jagdish temple. Searching for rooms,finally got 1. We left our bags in the room and headed towards the temple to know where we can celebrate the best Holi, got to know that the best place to celebrate Holi in Udaipur is near Jagdish temple. The function of Holika Dahan also Kamudu pyre is celebrated by burning Holika(the devil) was about to start at around 7.30 pm evening near the temple. We rushed to our hotel, got fresh and then rushed to the temple.
Udaipur-Day 1 Udaipur is famous for its lakes, palaces, forts, temples and gardens Its my birth place too :) The climate of Udaipur is tropical, with the mercury staying between a maximum of 45.0°C and a minimum of 28.8°C during summers. Winters are mild with the maximum temperature rising to 28.8°C and the minimum dipping to 2.5°C. The best time to visit is during September to March. Fateh Sagar Lake is my Favorite place in udaipur An artificial lake constructed by Maharana there is lots of activity to Boating, speed boat,motor boat,speed scooter also u can enjoy walk there with nice cool breeze.Even the fast food centres there have pav Bhaji and chinese joints. You can walk around this lake and spend your evening exploring it. Its best known for sun set view too. There are many budget hotels and hostel are available i will recommended to http://www.zostel.com/ and http://bit.ly/2quy64s
The beautiful balconies and towers and jharokas of the city palace give a scenic view of the lake Pichola and the grand city of Udaipur. One of the architectural wonders of Rajasthan the city palace which was built by Maharana Udaisingh in the year 1559 and was continued by his successors till 18th century, boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The marvelous assortments of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens are a feast to the eyes.
A citadel of Rajasthani tradition and culture, Udaipur is studded with bewitching palaces, glistening lakes and countless narrow, serpentine lanes exploding with a myriad of colours. Tagged as one of the most romantic cities in India, Udaipur is truly a travelers delight in every sense. From shopping for colourful artisanry to clambering around mighty forts brimming with stories of the legends; Udaipur is timeless.
Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ and with a best tourist destination award to prove it, Udaipur sparkles in its completely natural setting of grandiose. Embellished with forts, palaces and temples this ancient city is a marvel. When you’re done taking in its architectural beauty take a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola or go hiking or trekking on its mountain ridges. In Udaipur you’ll never be lost for things to do. A break from the maddening crowd will do you some good. A visit to Udaipur is definitely worth the visit. It is not only the land of palaces and monuments but of unmatched beauty. A boat ride on Pinchola Lake is a relaxing adventure. The art scene and energy of the local bazaar is what will truly captivate you. Take a horseback ride through the countryside. This is one of the most romantic places all over the country and the world too. The beauty of this princely city can impress anyone. History buffs, nature lovers and peace seekers will have the best time of their life here and there is a lot of good news for the shoppers as well. The beautiful City Palace of Udaipur serves as a visual treat and exploring it feels like a tour of nothing less than a fairy land. Apart from this, the beauty of the Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar are worth mentioning as well. For a shopping spree, you should definitely check out the wooden toys, Raasthani handicrafts, clothing, paintings, lovely jewelry and antique pieces. It takes around 5 hours to reach Udaipur from Ahmedabad. Head on to neighbouring Rajasthan and get as close to beauty and grandiose as you possibly can when you visit the city of Udaipur. Udaipur has earned the distinction of being hailed as the best tourist destination in India. The city is a marvel dazzling with palaces, forts, and temples and there’s no place better than a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola to soak in the city’s grand history and architecture. Widely acclaimed as the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’, the city of Udaipur is located at a convenient distance of 258 kms from Ahmedabad, thus making it a potential vacation getaway. With the natural grandeur and human maneuver, the city is more than splendid. Surrounded by forts, castles and lakes, it is over flowing with the monuments that our kings those days have left us. The structural design, details and construction are all eye-catching and will exceed your expectations. For a worth-while vacation without discomfiture to your pocket, start packing your bags today!Distance from Ahmadabad - 260 Km
9. Udaipur: Popularly known as the 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is a charming city home to the most sophisticatedly designed palaces, forts, buzzing streets, and beautiful lakes. Surrounded by Aravalli Hills, Udaipur also houses the Monsoon Palace, which was built by Maharana Sajjan Sing for keeping track of the movement of monsoon clouds. What makes Udaipur a monsoon destination in India is the enchanting bird’s-eye view of the city from the Monsoon Palace, which become even more magical after drenching in the rain. Other must visit destinations in the city include the elaborate City Palace, the Shilp Gram and the numerous lakes for which the city is famous.The lush greenery and the complimentary golden sunlight will surely fill your hearts with awe. Udaipur can be reached by road and trains, which are quite easily accessible
Day 9: Bhachau to Udaipur 165 KmsNext day was a pretty small journey but we were heading to one of the royal cities of Rajasthan. Udaipur a charming city with shimmering lakes, ancient architecture, grand mansions and plenty of folklore.The best thing happened with us in Rajasthan is Lake Pichola, We boated on Lake Picchola and marveled at the gorgeous landscape with grand palaces, mostly now heritage hotels, in all directions. Particularly spectacular was the lighted up Taj hotel in the shimmering waters of Lake Picchola. We did try street food and yes when in Rajasthan, eat like a royal. Every restaurant on the lake Pichola offered a roof top, open air spectacular scenic place for dinner. Shimmered lights, music, cold wind and smoked meat. It was the best way to welcome the new year.
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At 4:15pm bus arrived and we were happy that in spite of booking a normal sleeper bus, to our surprise we got an upgrade to Volvo AC Bus. After boarding that bus, we came to know that Volvo bus leisure was only till Ahmedabad and after that we have to switch bus from Volvo AC bus to Normal sleeper bus. As we approached Ahmedabad city, we were checked for the first time for an alcohol carriage (Gujarat being a dry state) and we were amused and that seemed funny to see our bags getting checked thoroughly. At Ahmedabad we switched the bus and that normal sleeper bus was horrible comparing to other sleeper bus(downgrade).
105 Kms from Jasol
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 City of India and is said to have been built in the 15th century by a Rao Jodha. This city was earlier known as Marwar and is currently the second largest city of Rajasthan. From the stunning Mehrangarh Fort (from where you can see the stunning blue city), Umaid Bhavan Palace to the bustling Sardar Market, there is tons to do and explore in this touristy city. If you like your holidays to be quiet and laidback, Jodhpur may not be for you – atleast for the first couple of days. There is too much to keep you busy. Like almost all cities in Rajasthan, there are historical forts and palaces to explore and admire. Do carry a scarf and water for your afternoon expeditions should the heat tire you out. There are also umpteen restaurants and small cafes in Jodhpur which offer you delicious food and are also very welcoming. Jodhpur is also a great place to meet like-minded travellers. Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities of the country via rail, road and air. Read More
Popular, colourful and culturally rich, Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities. It is also known as the Sun City of India and is said to have been built in the 15th century by a Rao Jodha. This city was earlier known as Marwar and is currently the second largest city of Rajasthan. From the stunning Mehrangarh Fort (from where you can see the stunning blue city), Umaid Bhavan Palace to the bustling Sardar Market, there is tons to do and explore in this touristy city. If you like your holidays to be quiet and laidback, Jodhpur may not be for you – atleast for the first couple of days. There is too much to keep you busy. Like almost all cities in Rajasthan, there are historical forts and palaces to explore and admire. Do carry a scarf and water for your afternoon expeditions should the heat tire you out. There are also umpteen restaurants and small cafes in Jodhpur which offer you delicious food and are also very welcoming. Jodhpur is also a great place to meet like-minded travellers. Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities of the country via rail, road and air.
Around 3 am the next night we reached Jodhpur. The next train to Jaisalmer was 5 hrs later, we had nothing to do so why not explore Jodhpur...yes so we emerged from the station, had some tea and with the avail of google map tried to plan our further trip.Early morning 6 am we were heading towards the famous Mehrangarh Fort, it is the largest fort in India. It is very near by to Jodhpur railway station, so if you wish to go ambulating you can. The fort is on the mountain peek, we can go ambulating and the vehicles to the fort start by 8 in the morning. We went ambulating because it was early in the morning and we couldn't find any vehicle.
When Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur built the Jaswant Thada in 1899, he could not have imagined the transformation it would go through a century later. At a short distance from the Mehrangarh Fort, the historical landmark has welcomed musicians from around the world to participate in its Sufiana music revelry for ten years.
Day 12 jodhpur After good sleep we woke up around 10am checkout from the hotel and headed to passport office. Jodhpur is a City and district in the Indian state of Rajasthan there is many place to visit in jodhpur the temp was very hot in the month of march Mehrangarh the Fort of Jodhpur crowns a rocky hill that rises 400 feet above the surrounding plain, and appears both to command and to meld with the landscape. One of the largest forts in Rajasthan, it contains some of the finest palaces and preserves in its museum many priceless relics of Indian courtly life. I suggest you to hire the guide. Umaid Bhawan Palace is King's palace build few km away from old city. Construction is huge and spread over a large area. Only some part of Bhawan is allowed to visit by tourist. You can view the history of King, palace information and Kings belongings. They also have small but good vintage car collection. Good to visit in morning and visit Fort during sunset. Around 3pm after lunch we left from jodhpur to udaipur the place from where we star our journey.
Day 2, In the early morning, I explored the blue city and had lunch at the roof top hotel under the Jodhpur fort.day 3, I woke up in the desert, Jaisalmer. I must say it is the golden city as the city is built with yellow stone and it too has a golden fort, just kidding.
From Ajmer, we left in the morning around 10 and it is almost 6~7 hrs journey by road to Jodhpur. We had taken a small package for our tour which included stay at several places and the commute by car.After a tiring journey, we reached Jodhpur at around 5 pm. I was very excited on entering this historical place.Most of the old Havelis here have been converted into Heritage hotels. We had booked one such hotel here. The environment inside this hotel was all royal and we felt like having descended from the royal family.
Padharo Mhare Des, because Rajasthan offers music festivals in the most surreal locations imaginable. Jodhpur is at the very heart of the action by hosting world-class festivals such as the World Sufi Spirit and the Rajasthan International Folk Festival. Even if you don't like the music, you can safely come here for the entire experience and you'll go back a richer person.Some Major Music Festivals Hosted: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (Folk) in October, World Sacred Spirit Festival (Sufi) in February.Read more about Jodhpur.
Jodhpur, 11:30 am: I got into an auto heading to Kesar Heritage home stay near clock tower. The room was well done in a true heritage manner and had a small balcony which had only views of next buildings. There was a rooftop restaurant with a view of the majestic Mehrangarh fort. Outside, the alleys were dirty and poorly maintained, garbage and faeces all along the way. Honestly, Jodhpur was nothing like I had imagined.Post lunch, I decided to explore the fort. Later, realized that it was a bad decision as the fort entry closes at 5:00PM sharp. An auto guy ditched and left me half way saying that the road is under renovation and took Rs.100 from me. From there I had to catch a share auto up the hill. As I reached just in time, the entry ticket was provided but I had to hurry because the guards kept on telling it was time to close the gates. I took some photographs in a hurry and spent ten minutes on top of the fort near the temple watching the sunset. Although its named as blue city, only some portion of the city is painted blue. The Umaid bhavan palace where the Jodhpur Royal family resides, was clearly visible at a far distance from the fort. On the way back to the homestay, I hired an auto for about Rs.200. He agreed to take me for sightseeing the next day for Rs.600. (Tip: if you are a solo female, make sure you reach back the city before dusk as the premises will be quite deserted after 6:00PM).On day 2 morning, I decided to explore a good hotel for breakfast. Unexpectedly, during that random walk, I found this awesome theme hotel named Nirvana. The ambiance was mind blowing and the Poori bhaji was just exceptional. This hotel also have a splendid rooftop restaurant arrangement with a great view of the fort. Please check http://www.nirvana-home.com/ for route and pictures. The restaurant downstairs was designed with colorful wall paintings from Ramayana. The staff was very friendly too.After breakfast I met the auto guy and started city tour in the following order:
Day 3 Jodhpur, Mehrangarh fort: After a long ride, the experience of being at the largest forts in India – standing tall on a high cliff above the skyline of Jodhpur – was something else to experience. One must not miss the camel ride around the fort which in itself was fun. How often does one get to sit on a camel in Delhi after all.After the camel rides and exploring the mesmerizing fort of Mehrangarh , Sonia set further to her journey to Jaisalmer. “I got my hands on to my most favorite Rajasathani food - Sangria Ki Sabzi with Dal Baati Churma – yum! My mouth still waters thinking about it” she gushes. “Interacting with the village kids and people whenever I’d park my bike and learning about their lives and daily routine are some good memories to cherish. I could see their faces beaming with amazement as to how a girl who looks Indian and speaks good Hindi, is happily chatting with the locals – rides such a big bike with no pillion rider. Especially the kids were overjoyed to see and meet me and kept asking me ‘ Didi humein bhi chalaney do , humko bhi ghoomna hai ’. I felt I did inspire a few of them to go beyond the conventions and to #LiveLife and #JustRide. Their smiles sure got me more kicked about what I was doing with my life and this journey “ expresses Sonia who feels that one can experience the real essence of Rajasthan and its true culture by interacting with the locals.Talking about the challenges she faces being a woman who rides a motorcycle, Sonia says that it takes a lot of convincing and assurance to friends & family. “I have to work really hard on my endurance and riding skills as compared to my male counterparts. Being a woman rider in India, I need to be extremely conscious about safety at all times because I know for a fact that I will not be able to ride for long if I am not safe and that’s a scenario I would never want to put myself into” states Sonia.
Jodhpur (Blue City)
190 Kms from Jasol
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 dunes, marvelous palaces and old bungalows, the tranquility of the Jain Temples and of course the view of the Thar Desert. The state is full of color and is enriched with the love of art and culture. Not just the camel safaris, but sitting with the folk singers and enjoying their music about everyday life in Rajasthan is sheer bliss. The music of Jaisalmer is a mixture of folk and Indian Classical. Their language is influenced from Sindh and is a bit different from typical Rajasthani. The Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer Fort and the Desert National Park are among the many attractions in the beautiful city. The climate is extreme so cover your body whenever you are out to escape from the heat of the sun. Read More
The name of the city means The Hill Fort of Jaisal. The Golden City of India is known mainly for the beautiful sand dunes, marvelous palaces and old bungalows, the tranquility of the Jain Temples and of course the view of the Thar Desert. The state is full of color and is enriched with the love of art and culture. Not just the camel safaris, but sitting with the folk singers and enjoying their music about everyday life in Rajasthan is sheer bliss. The music of Jaisalmer is a mixture of folk and Indian Classical. Their language is influenced from Sindh and is a bit different from typical Rajasthani. The Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer Fort and the Desert National Park are among the many attractions in the beautiful city. The climate is extreme so cover your body whenever you are out to escape from the heat of the sun.
Now it was around 2 pm and we left to Jaisalmer by bus. Now we went by bus because on the way view was genuinely worth going by bus. Reached our destination by 7 pm. We searched for a good place to stay. Now while searching for a hotel, you should always ask the local people over there, they can suggest better places to stay. We can stay in Jaisalmer fort, as the place has been converted into hotels. But we didn't got to stay over there because it was consummately booked. Determinately we got one good place to stay.
The next morning we planned to go to Tannot, 40 km from Jaisalmer, the place has a good history (The story of Tannot Temple is one such miraculous tale when the local deity Tannot Mata didn't let any Pakistani tank bomb explode in both 1965 as well as 1971 wars The legend say that in both wars more than 3,000 bombs were dropped either in the vicinity or while of the temple, but none exploded. And we can see some of those bombs in the Museum built by BSF inside the temple premises. Now the BSF has taken in charge of the temple).We hired a bike and left. The on the way view was something very different which can be seen only there. While on the way to Tannot, we get the "Gabbar ka illaka" Ramgarh, virtually 20 km from Jaisalmer. We took a break over there and again left, these places make us feel as if we our in still our past.
We traveled from Jodhpur to Jaiselmerh via Delhi-Jaiselmerh Exp. We reached Jaiselmerh around 12 PM where we have planned to head towards Sam Sand-Dunes. Our cabbie Jamserh suggested that we should visit Gadisar Lake and Patwao ki Haveli on our way.
In the middle of an arid desert around 900 years ago lived a village and all one can see now is ruins of houses that once made them home.The legend says that the king fell in love with the mukhya's daughter. Due to caste differences the marrraige was not a possibility. The king threatened the villagers , gave them 24 hours to let him marry her or they would have to leave the place. The next day when the king came to look for his love, all that was left was deserted houses and no sign of human. Its been more than 800 years and no one knows where did all this people go. It's impossible to track them now that its been all these years. Some say they died, some say they fled to Pakistan, but no one knows.To me its more than just a story of unaccomplished love, its a story of unity , its a story of a tribe leaving home for their love for each other. This unity will live in our minds only as a story for it died years ago in reality.
DAY 1 : When most of the people around me chose to celebrate their New Year’s Eve with even more people around them, I chose to be surrounded by deer and boars; at the heart of a freezing desert and under a sky full of stars. When the majority of the world was opening a bottle of champagne at 12 am, I was chasing wild animals in the back of a cruising jeep. Yes, you’re right. That’s Jaisalmer. During the day time, Jaisalmer is as one would expect it to be. Sand dunes, camels, tents and a lot of heat. But as the sun set, except for the dunes, the world out there for me changed.
Jaisalmer, a planned trip in the final semester of MA, with best friends will always be a memorable trip. The crazy time spent with five friends will be cherished in the Campus. Hats off to me who decided to drive day and night to these beautiful places and not to forget the complete guidance of another friend through Google Maps.Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". Its also nicknamed "The Golden City"( because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area) and is a world heritage site as well and lies in the heart of The Great Indian Desert "Thar Desert."
We readily agreed and with much difficulty managed to get on the camel. Even as the animal cautiously got up after it was instructed to do so by the handler, we felt as if someone has thrown us in the air for sometime. Uncomfortable for the first few minutes, the ride was breathtaking enough. Javed and his brother Akram took us to the spot where several bollywood films including the recent Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan was shot. We got down, felt the cool sand beneath our feet and soaked into its beauty. From there we witnessed the sun do down the horizon as keen visitors scampered to capture the moment through their lenses. Soon, the sky turned orange before twilight beckoned with stars.... It was time to leave and head back to the camp. As we slowly made our way, a cool gush of wind touched us... The hot and arid desert had gone cold and the stars were looking like small diamonds as they flickered in the night sky...
One such profound experience that I was fortunate enough to be a part of was my trip to Jaisalmer. I'd previously been to all the other major cities of Rajasthan and luckily my best friend, Abhishaik, and I had a long weekend at our disposal and decided to make the most of it. Taking a much needed break from the 9 to 5 rigmarole we had recently become a part of. We left from Delhi on a train to Bikaner, got there early morning. We werent exactly sure how long we wanted to spend in Bikaner since we weren't sure what it had to offer yet so we checked our bags into a cloak room and went about exploring the city. After covering the forts and going on a wild goose chase for the infamous kachori's we finally decided that Bikaner was checked off our list and made a move towards Jaisalmer.
On this chilly morning in Delhi, a thought came to travel the Golden City Of India - JAISALMER to celebrate this new year.Jaisalmer is 750 kms from Delhi. We started our journey from dhaula kuan, Delhi in a sleeper bus to Jaipur. On reaching Jaipur, we took another bus to Jaisalmer which took 8 hours to reach there.Jaisalmer is located close to Pakistan border and in close proximity to Thar Desert. This place main landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila. The other attractions one can find are Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmal ji ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake and the Sam sand dunes.Day 1 started with exploring the Jaisalmer city. It was 3 PM and was a bright sunny day in December, although the evenings are cold. We first went to Patwon ki Haveli. It is the largest and most elaborately carved havelis in jaisalmer, this dive storey structure sits in a narrow street. You can find the paintings, old antiques, archaeological items and mirror work in some of the walls. The entrance fees for this is Rs 100.Next close to this was Nathumal ki Haveli. Minituare style paintings, tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone are the main attractions of this haveli. Later we proceeded to Salim Singh ki Haveli. This haveli is still occupied by the descendants of the original resident. The high arched roof is supported by carved brackets designed in the shape of peacocks. It had two additional wooden storeys to match the Maharaja's palace in height.Later in the evening, we went to Gadisar Lake. Our driver cum guide explained the history and story revolving around this lake. It was originally conceived as a water conservation tank to fulfil the water requirements of this city. Considering its importance, many small temples and strikes were constructed around it transforming it into pilgrimage centre. This place is famous for celebrating the Gangour festival on a larger scale. Though it no longer serves the historic purpose of serving water to the city, but is a picnic spot and can enjoy boating in the lake. Also the locals sell the breads to feed the catfish in the lake.Near the lake is the Desert Cultural Center and a museum made from the collections of a teacher Mr N.K. Sharma. The centre runs the puppet show in the morning and evening. The tickets costs for Rs 200. The show is worth watching and it's the pure talent to the people performing. It's a must watch if you what to know the cutlure of Rajasthan.After having local rajasthani good, we checked into our hotel to explore the second day in the Desert.
Jaisalmer is effortlessly beautiful. Though I rest my case here :) but am going to write more ;)Jaisalmer, also called the “Golden City” of India, is an enchanting and exotic little fort-town of Rajasthan. It is a city of culture, food, ancient sand castle forts, stunning Jain temples, pigeons, sand dunes, sun and camel!What I especially loved was that it was so tiny that I could just walk around the whole city. Half of the city was actually inside the massive sandcastle fort of Jaisalmer!We arrived in Jaisalmer late evening on 27th Dec, after a 5 hour long bus journey from Jodhpur. We reached quite tired after a rather rock ‘n’ roll bus ride & wished to retire in our hotel.As soon as we de-boarded the bus the autowallahs literally jumped on us! We were suddenly surrounded by hundreds of them (I don’t know where they all came from … From inside the bus the bus junction looked quite deserted!). We were treated like celebrities, & I felt grateful for that, only that I did not enjoy the attention so much! One of the autowallahs actually picked up our bag & rushed with it towards his auto! We ran after him, with the rest of the autowallahs running behind us! It was bizarre! I haven’t described the scene too well I know, but it was a moment when I wanted to cry & also laugh!So, anyways … we were practically ‘forced’ to sit in his auto. The driver told us that our hotel was only about 5 minutes away from the bus junction which made me very happy, only to realize later that everything in Jaisalmer was about 5 minutes away from wherever we were!Our hotel – ‘Nirmal Haveli’ – was lovely. It actually looked like a haveli! & our room was beautifully lit up in colorful lights & the sunrays coming through the curtains gave varied colors to the room & its sandstone walls. We loved it – highly recommended to all travelers.
148 Kms from Jasol
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 quite popular with local tourists as well as visitors from across the country. A place of great religious reverence to the Jain community, the Dilwara Jain Temple is a set of five temples, all belonging to a different century. The temples are carved out of white marble and depict scenes of Gods and Goddesses and are a must visit for their architectural brilliance. You can also spend a day at Nakki Lake. Lying in the hills, this lovely lake offers boating opportunities to visitors. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is another wonderful way to spend your time on this hill station and can take up your entire day, so do keep yourself free. For trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, the Guru Shikhar is the highest peak in the region and trekking here is a memorable and adventurous experience, though if you aren't an experienced trekker, you may need a little help! There are numerous hotels and guesthouses here, though depending on the type of traveller you are, it might be a good idea to do a little bit of research before settling on a place to stay.Read More
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan. Among forts and palaces, this quiet hill station is quite popular with local tourists as well as visitors from across the country. A place of great religious reverence to the Jain community, the Dilwara Jain Temple is a set of five temples, all belonging to a different century. The temples are carved out of white marble and depict scenes of Gods and Goddesses and are a must visit for their architectural brilliance. You can also spend a day at Nakki Lake. Lying in the hills, this lovely lake offers boating opportunities to visitors. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is another wonderful way to spend your time on this hill station and can take up your entire day, so do keep yourself free. For trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, the Guru Shikhar is the highest peak in the region and trekking here is a memorable and adventurous experience, though if you aren't an experienced trekker, you may need a little help! There are numerous hotels and guesthouses here, though depending on the type of traveller you are, it might be a good idea to do a little bit of research before settling on a place to stay.
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
Day 8: Bhachau to Mt Abu 365 km
Next morning we left for Mount Abu after having a short visit to the new palace of Jodhpur. It was a long drive and we reached Mt. Abu quite late in the evening.Being so tired, we all went to sleep quickly after dinner. With the rising sun, we went to see the Dilwara temples. These are very beautiful jain temples with beautiful carvings on stones which cannot be described in words and one must see themselves.We also went to Mount Abu lake.With this our Rajasthan trip came to an end and we came back to Pune with lots of wonderful memories and of course tons of captures in our camera ☺We could not include Udaipur in this trip but that's an excuse which we have, to return to this mesmerizing state of palaces and royalities ☺This post was originally published on Mind Uncovered.
On our daughters birthday, We visited Mount Abu, A beautiful hill station located at Gujarat -Rajasthan border. Though our trip was advance planned but all preparation was last minute. The nearest Railway station of Mount Abu is Abu Road, Next day morning we arrived at Abu Road and booked the taxi to reach our destination, after one hour driving from Abu road to Mount Abu, we reached our venue located on hills of Mount Abu, A beautiful place to stay #hotelmanekmanor.The property was amazing, services were good. We took rest, freshened up and all set to explore Mount Abu, The best part was in Mount Abu one can get Two wheeler with very nominal price and explore the city for full day.We also opted for same.
We purchased our ticket for JAIPUR and encountered with one strange, annoying and frustrated govt employee in the form of ticket handler sitting on the ticketing window aging somewhere in his 40s. He was really an annoying personality, who got mood swings with almost every passenger requesting him for the ticket. He would find some nooks in reservation form or notes every time with perfection. He even abused some but in the very next moment he was acting sober. This gave us a reason to laugh for hours to give us an unforgettable memory from MOUNT ABU. As the trains for Jaipur from Abu Road station was at 1 hour interval and last train was at 11pm and we departed by last train and there was no place to sit in any trains which passed earlier. So we had to compromise on resting our tired bumps on floor to reach our next destination. Believe me this was one of the scariest hours spent in a journey.
I had one interview for an opportunity from Bangalore and I found it too difficult to find a place from where I can take a telephonic call avoiding the hustle and chants coming from temples but somehow managed in one of the Jain temples around. I was advanced to another round after this interview to be scheduled in a week’s time. After visiting all the famous places of MOUNT ABU, we took bus back for ABU ROAD station. We had dinner at one of the famous local Dal Baati serving restaurant in market close to the proximity of railway station. After thinking of another route for future, we found out that while reaching AMRITSAR we must pass through another famous city i.e. JAIPUR as this city is approx. 5-6hrs of distance from MOUNT ABU by train. This time we were not lucky enough to seal the reserved train seats and so we decided to go without reservation on general train ticket as the distance was 5-6hrs and we had no choice.
Reception staff at hotel suggested us that there are some fixed famous points to visit in MOUNT ABU instead of hiring private taxi better go from bus as that was cheap and convenient to reach MOUNT ABU. On reaching MOUNT ABU we took fixed taxi to visit fixed places as proposed by taxi union. We visited Adhar Devi Temple, Nakki lake, Sunset point, Honeymoon Point, Dilwara Jain Temple and one another temple, where we can feed wheat dough to fishes in a lake which was really funny though. I observed their appetite to be more than mine. Adhar Devi Temple’s history was interesting as to see devi’s idol we have to go through narrow passage and there were monkeys around the temple.
280 Kms from Jasol
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 Chisti. Once ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan, the city is a treasure house of Rajput and Islamic architecture. Ajmer, which is located in the heart of Rajasthan, also serves as the base for Pushkar, which is just 11km away. The magnificent Taragarh fort situated on the summit of the Taragarh Hill is an unmissable site for its view of the city. At the foot of this hill is the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. The large pillars or Kose that you’ll see here actually run till Agra from where Akbar and his queen visited this sanctum. You can also visit the Akbar Fort and Museum for its collection of medieval armour and sculptures. There are several other sites of Hindu, Islamic and Jain religious importance that you can look out for while taking a ride through the city on the horse-drawn tongas. Fill up on delicacies such as the Kesarganj gol chakkar, chaat and kachori at the Pandit Restaurant opposite Daulat Bagh. The women’s market is a hub of traditional lehengas and odhnis. Amidst the old-fashioned and charming city of Ajmer, Ambassador and Hotel Mansingh Palace offer two of the most conventional and luxurious stays. Read More
Surrounded by the enchanting Aravali hills, Ajmer is a medieval city most popular for the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Once ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan, the city is a treasure house of Rajput and Islamic architecture. Ajmer, which is located in the heart of Rajasthan, also serves as the base for Pushkar, which is just 11km away. The magnificent Taragarh fort situated on the summit of the Taragarh Hill is an unmissable site for its view of the city. At the foot of this hill is the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. The large pillars or Kose that you’ll see here actually run till Agra from where Akbar and his queen visited this sanctum. You can also visit the Akbar Fort and Museum for its collection of medieval armour and sculptures. There are several other sites of Hindu, Islamic and Jain religious importance that you can look out for while taking a ride through the city on the horse-drawn tongas. Fill up on delicacies such as the Kesarganj gol chakkar, chaat and kachori at the Pandit Restaurant opposite Daulat Bagh. The women’s market is a hub of traditional lehengas and odhnis. Amidst the old-fashioned and charming city of Ajmer, Ambassador and Hotel Mansingh Palace offer two of the most conventional and luxurious stays.
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.
The main place to visit at Ajmer is the dargah of "Ajmer Sharif". This we did not go in this trip but I've been there twice earlier. It's a very different experience. In the dargah, one feels very calm and with oneself. Almost from a kilometer, we feel like having entered a sacred domain. Lots of shops selling "Chaadar" and garland are seen hanging on both sides of the street.This monument is a sufi shrine of sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti.The very moment one enters the dargah, one feels like having engulfed in that sacred atmosphere. It is believed that at this place if we wish for something with a pure heart, the wish is fulfilled.
Day 3: Ajmer and PushkarI had pre-booked a hotel through GoIbibo. I reached Ajmer at around 10.30 am and headed to the Hotel Vega. The view from the hotel was quite scenic giving a view of the hills surrounding this small city. The hotel room was quite good. I dumped my stuff and slept off. I got up around 1 pm and then quickly washed up. I decided to walk to Ajmeri Sheriff. It was a bit far but still thought of just walking to the place. I had read somewhere that you might try biryani at Dargah bazaar but I would recommend against it. I tried at a place and it was pathetic. There, I was in the lane leading to the famous Shrine. Quickly, I left my stuff at a shop where I bought Chaadar and prayer stuff. I didn’t have much idea on to-do’s here. And thus, the commercialization affair started. Every other person was trying to bait me, forcing to give money. I sat down peacefully for some time and then the Darbar opened. I just prayed and left. Then, I hired an auto to Pushkar.
Oct 8th, seven in the morning, I started my ride from Delhi en route Ajmer. The distance is about 400 km. Every 50 mins once I used to break and I maintained it as a standard protocol. The highway NH 8 was splendid and I loved riding on it. I could cover 40 - 45 km in a single stretch. Even though I was not thirsty, to avoid dehydration I forcefully kept drinking 300 ml of water after every stretch. By 3 pm, I reached Ajmer and checked into a hotel, had lunch and rested for as couple of hours. By evening I went to Dargah sharif, offered prayers and found some inner peace
Station par hotel ki gadi lene aa gai thi. Hotel pahuch kar khana khaya, aur fr kuch der araam kiya. Shaam ko khwaja moinuddin chishti ki dargah-Ajmer sharif ke liye nikle. Khwaja garib nawaz ko Muhammad ka hi vanshaj mana jaata hai. Maante hai ki khwaja garib nawaz ke dar se koi khali haath nahin jaata aur isiliye hazaron log roz yahan ziyarat karne aate hain. Humne bhi khwaja ji ki mazar par chadar chadhai aur fr bahar aakar baith gaye. Itni bheed main bhi ek ajeeb sa sukoon ek ajeeb si shanti mahsoos kar rahe the. Tabhi namaz ka samay ho gaya jiske paschat qawwali shuru ho gai. Allah hu, bhar do jholi jaisi qawwaliyan sunkar anand aa gaya aur khwaja ji se aman aur shanti ki dua maangte huye hum bahar aa gaye. Vahan se ajmer ka bazaar ghumne nikle aur mango masala hotel main swadisht khana kha kar hotel vapis laut aaye.Agle din subah nashta karke ajmer shahr dekhne nikal gaye. sabse pahle sai mandir gaye. Subah subah sai baba ke darshan kiye aur aage ghumne chal diye. Prthiviraj chauhan smarak dekha. Ye smarak us vir yodha ki Muhammad ghori ke oopar viajay ka prateek hai. Smarak ke peeche pahadi par taragrh kila dikhai deta hai jo smarak ki shobha aur badha deta hai. Vahan ki mati chum kar us veer yoddha ko salaam karte huye adhai din ka jhonpra dekhne nikal gaye. Qutub-ud-din-aibak dwara banai gai ye masjid kahte hain dhai din main tyyar ho gai thi aur ek mandir ki jagah bani thi isilye mandir ki bhi jhalak dikhai deti hai.Vahan se akbar ka qila dekhne nikle. Mughal samrajya ki top, banduke, bhale,talwar aur bahut si cheezen sangrahalya main rakhin hain aur mughal samrajya ke bare main jankari de rahin hain. Fr soniji ki nasiyan dekhne gaye. Ye ek jain mandir hai jo apni swarn nagri ke liye mashhoor hai. Mandir ke peeche ek bade hall main swarn nagri bani hai jo bahut sailniyon ko akarshit karti hai. Sonyji ki nasiya ke baad annasagar jheel dekhi. Maharaja Annaji dwara banai gai ye adbuth jheel lagbhag 13km main faili hai. Is khubasurat jheel ke paas thodi der tahal kar hum pushkar ke liye nikal gaye..Pushkar ajmer se 14-15 km ki doori par hi hai. Arvalli pahadiyon se hote huye dopahar tak pushkar pahuche. Resort pahuch kar khana khaya, thodi der araam kiya aur fr shaam ko brahma ji ke mandir ke liye nikle. Pushkar isi mandir ke liye jana jaata hai. Ye mandir jagat pita brahmaji ke kuch hi mandiro main se ek hai aur isi mandir ki vajah se pushkar ko paanch dharmik sthano main se ek maana jaata hai. 2000 saal purane is mandir ki vastu kala dekhne yogya hai. Om brahmadevay namah, brahmaji ke darshn kiye, mandir main chandi ka kachua bana hai uske darshan kiye aur fr bahar aa gaye. Mandir ke paas hi dharmik pushkar jheel hai. Maana jaata hai brahma ji ke kamal ki kuch pankhudiya girne se ye jheel bani thi. Aur isiliye shahar ka naam pushkar(pushp) pada tha. Jheel ke paas thodi der baithe aur fr pushkar ka bazaar dekhne nikal gaye. Rajsthani vastuyon aur videshi sailaniyo se bhara pushkar ka bazaar dekhne yogya tha. Humne ek scooty le li thi. Ab raat ho gai thi, Hazaron café se bhara Pushkar shakahariyon ka jannat kaha jaata hai. Humne funkymonkey café pe khaya aur resort laut aaye. Agle din suryauday dekhne savitri mandir jaana tha isliye jaldi so gaye.Agle din subah jaldi uth kar tyyar huye aur 5 baje savitri mandir ke liye nikal gaye. Brahmaji ki pahli patni savitri ji ka yah mandir ratnagiri pahadi par bana hai. Kahte hain brahmaji se naraz hokar savitriji yahan aa kar baith gait hi. Lagbhag 5:30 baje chadhai shuru ki aur aadhe ghante main oopar pahuch gaye. Subah subah pahadi par chadhna bhi alag hi anubhav tha. Jab oopar pahuche to aarti shuru hui thi. Pahle aarti ki aur fr bahar surya uday dekhne ke liye ek chabootra bana tha vahan aakar baith gaye. Chai peete peete aravali ki pahadiyon main se nikalta hua suryauday dekha. Adbhut,apoorv,alaukik har shabd us khoobsurat drishya ke liye kam tha. Suryauday dekh kar vapas niche aa gaye. Aakar nashta kiya ek baar fr brahma mandir darshan karne chale gaye. Thodi der mandir main hi baithe aur fr scooty se lambi sair pr nikal gaye. Lautte huye ek dhabe par rajasthan ka prasidhdh dal bati churma khaya. Swadisht dal baati kha kar resort laut aaye. Shaam ko nikle aur bazaar hote huye ek ghaat par suryaast dekhne baith gaye. Aravali main Chupta hua suraj aur jheel main padti uski parchai dekhne yogya thi. Kuch log sitar jaisa koi vadya yantra pr rajasthani lok geet baja rahe the. Poori shaam vahin baitha raha aur us khoobsurat drishya ko dekhta raha. Raat ko khana khaya fr puskar ke mashhoor malpuye khaye aur resort aa gaye.Agle din vapis delhi ke liye nikalna tha. Subah uth kar resort main hi araam kiya. Alag alag chidiyon ki awaaz bahut meethi lag rahin thi. Resort se nikal kar sabse pahle scooty vapis ki. Pushkar se ajmer aaye aur delhi ke liye fr shatabdi pakdi. Raat tak main rajsthan ki khoobsurti sanskriti aur paripati ko man main basaye delhi aa gaya tha.Jab pushkar gaya tha tab pushkar mele ke bare main bahut suna tha parantu dekh nahin paaya tha. Pushkar jaisi jagah main baar baar ja sakta hun aur agar mauka prasiddh mele ko dekhne ka mile to baat hi kuch aur hai. Jo suna aur jaana hai use jeena chahta hun.
AJMER(2 days)From udaipur i made my way to ajmer (city of khawaja moinuddin chisti). Ajmer is one of the most famous and the oldest city of rajasthan built by ajaymeru chauhan later the throne was passed to prithviraj chahuan (last hindu ruler of india). This place is surrounded by the aravali ranges from all the sides and it encapsulates some marvels between them.
272 Kms from Jasol
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 colourful streets lined with small shops and hopeful faces. The route from Ajmer to Pushkar is stunning and unlike any other route in Rajasthan. It's quite hilly and hence surprising. Pushkar is a very small town and its first glimpse is astonishing for first timers who are expecting a big town. The town is very famous for its numerous temples, serene lake and lovely market. Do visit Pushkar Lake during the evenings, since afternoons here are quite hot unless you are visiting during peak winters. There is also a small temple next to the lake and though the temple is beautiful, the priests here make it difficult to sit in peace. They constantly pester you to perform pujas and it's a little annoying when all you want is to enjoy a few moments of silence. The market next to the temple and lake is quite fun to explore and there is tons you can take back including bangles, bandhini sarees and dupattas, palazzos and stunning silver jewellery. Don't forget to have the kachoris next to the temple since they are perhaps the best you'll have in Pushkar. Reaching Pushkar is hassle-free since there are tons of buses plying from and to major cities and it would be best to combine Ajmer and Pushkar in one trip. Do choose a traditional homestay to spend your vacation in Pushkar and you'll have an unforgettable experience!Read More
Pushkar is full of colour, culture, warmth and joy! The first thing that attracts one to Pushkar is perhaps the colourful streets lined with small shops and hopeful faces. The route from Ajmer to Pushkar is stunning and unlike any other route in Rajasthan. It's quite hilly and hence surprising. Pushkar is a very small town and its first glimpse is astonishing for first timers who are expecting a big town. The town is very famous for its numerous temples, serene lake and lovely market. Do visit Pushkar Lake during the evenings, since afternoons here are quite hot unless you are visiting during peak winters. There is also a small temple next to the lake and though the temple is beautiful, the priests here make it difficult to sit in peace. They constantly pester you to perform pujas and it's a little annoying when all you want is to enjoy a few moments of silence. The market next to the temple and lake is quite fun to explore and there is tons you can take back including bangles, bandhini sarees and dupattas, palazzos and stunning silver jewellery. Don't forget to have the kachoris next to the temple since they are perhaps the best you'll have in Pushkar. Reaching Pushkar is hassle-free since there are tons of buses plying from and to major cities and it would be best to combine Ajmer and Pushkar in one trip. Do choose a traditional homestay to spend your vacation in Pushkar and you'll have an unforgettable experience!
After reaching that place I was quite taken aback by the hustle and bustle of the area. I expected it to be quiet and religious but it has every essence of being a charming market. You can spot different ages and cultures of people there. The shops were selling local jewelleries and shoes (made of camel leather as they claim). One can spot necklaces with colorful beads on it. I was amazed to see the colorful covers of the swords on display in the shops. You can also find some babas selling flowers and prashads for the temple. After my visit to the temple, I moved to the sacred pond where most of the people bath to clean their sins. The pond is well maintained and organized by the authorities. There are separate changing rooms available. Many people also perform pujas and rituals on the ghats. You will find many Indians having tarpans on the ghats.The only negative thing I witnessed was the bathing of people with soaps and even animals were finding their way in the ponds.
3. Explore the sacred land of Pushkar and AjmerTravelling from Delhi to Pushkar via public transport costs merely Rs 500. But the luxury of the whole affair awaits at the destination. The Pushkar Lake and the prominent Brahma Temple will leave you immensely awestruck and will prepare you for what is to come ahead. Staying at Ajmer will be a better option since it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic journey from Pushkar to Ajmer, while also finding a better deal for your stay.
Pushkar is only 11km from Ajmer, separated from it by rugged Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain). It was a hot day. On my way, A kid probably 9 year old had Vomiting. His Parents tried their best to control the situation but of no use. I always carry important medicines with me. So I offer him my water bottle and gave him medicine and advised to see a doctor when the bus arrive.After nearly half an hour, the bus reaches at Pushker. I had nimbu pani and rested for some time. It was not a good idea to go out in that hot weather. meanwhile, I talked to other people at the shop.
According to the Hindu scripture Padma Purana, Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha trying to kill his children and harassing people. He immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower. In this process, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating three lakes: the Pushkar Lake or Jyeshtha Pushkar (greatest or first Pushkar), the Madhya Pushkar (middle Pushkar) Lake, and Kanishtha Pushkar (lowest or youngest Pushkar) lake. When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place where the flower fell from Brahma's hand as "Pushkar". So here is a temple of Jagatpita Brahma. Food in Pushkar is delicious, you'll get authentic and western, depends on choice you want to eat.
Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples are not very old because many temples were destroyed during Muslim conquests in the area. Subsequently, the destroyed temples were rebuilt. The most famous among all is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century CE. Very few temples to Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world.
According to Hindu religion, after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for worship, then salvation is not achieved. According to the Hindu calendar Pushkar Fair commences in Nawami (ninth day of fortnightly phases of moon) and ends in Purnima (Full Moon) in the month of Kartika (October or November according to the lunar calendar). In Pushkar, one of the biggest Cattle Fair is also held for trading purposes and the best cattle in all categories are awarded. Countless people in their colourful attire gather to take a dip in the Holy Lake and pray to the deities. The whole town comes alive with vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional entertainment competitions. Pushkar, with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10–15 days duration is a year round destination. It is a mellow town by the great lake of Pushkar amidst the perfume of jasmine and rose flowers. About 4,000 to 6,000 visitors from all over the world come to Pushkar every day. Pushkar is also famous for its annual fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) held in November.
Pushkar fair continues for five days and these five days are a period of relaxation and merry-making for the villagers. This fair time is the most busy time for them, as this is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country. Animals, including over 50,000 camels, are brought from miles around to be traded and sold. Trading is brisk as several thousand heads of cattle exchange hands. All the camels are cleaned, washed, adorned, some are interestingly shorn to form patterns, and special stalls are set up selling finery and jewellery for the camels. Camels at the Pushkar fair are decorated with great care. They wear jewellery of silver and beads. There are silver bells and bangles around their ankles that jangle when they walk. An interesting ritual is the piercing of a camel's nose. It has more than 400 temples including the only one temple in India dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe.
Tourists can explore the rugged terrain of the Great Indian Desert of Thar using camels. The Aravalli Range here is one of the world's oldest mountain ranges, and has sandy fields, small dunes, beautiful hills and mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets. The camel safaris in Pushkar will take tourists to destinations where they will witnesses small villages along the way and during crop harvesting, the views are exceptionally enticing. Ghats at Pushkar lake. Ajmer is the nearest tourist attraction that lies outside the city boundaries of Pushkar.
According to legend, Brahma was in search of a place for Mahayagna and he found this place suitable. After a long time, Brahma came to known that a demon, Vajranash, was killing people here so the Lord intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process the parts of flower fell on three places which were later known as Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. After this Brahma performed a yagna to protect this place from demons. The consort of Brahma, Savitri, were needed to offer Ahuti for the yagna but she was not there that time so Gayatri, a local girl, was married to brahma and performed yagna. This act made first wife of Brahma, Savitri, angry and she cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only.
Pushkar is connected with Ajmer by Pushkar road which goes through aravalli range. The mountain portion road which separate Pushkar from Ajmer City is locally known as Pushkar Ghati. Pushkar is 11 km (6.8 mi) from Ajmer. The govt. transportation commonly controlled by Rajasthan Roadways, however the significant share of the transportation is controlled by private transportation services
289 Kms from Jasol
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Chittorgarh, the erstwhile capital of Mewar under the Rajputs, is an extremely popular tourist destination for history buffs, photographers and those who enjoy a peek into history. The most famous tourist spot here is the grand Chittorgarh fort. Situated on a hill, the fort is also fondly known as the Water Fort. The fort encompasses water bodies, towers, temples and palaces and is considered to be one of the strongest forts in India. Keep aside at least half a day to explore this lovely architectural site lest you miss out on one of Rajasthan's most treasured spots. If you are in Chittorgarh around the festival of Jauhar Mela, you will witness the enthusiasm and excitement of the local people and will also get a sneak peek into the simple way of life here. Do also visit Gaumukh Reservoir, Meera Temple and the popular Jain temples. For those who are particular about where they stay during their holidays, Chittorgarh has tons of fantastic choices including guesthouses and luxurious hotels.Read More
Chittorgarh, the erstwhile capital of Mewar under the Rajputs, is an extremely popular tourist destination for history buffs, photographers and those who enjoy a peek into history. The most famous tourist spot here is the grand Chittorgarh fort. Situated on a hill, the fort is also fondly known as the Water Fort. The fort encompasses water bodies, towers, temples and palaces and is considered to be one of the strongest forts in India. Keep aside at least half a day to explore this lovely architectural site lest you miss out on one of Rajasthan's most treasured spots. If you are in Chittorgarh around the festival of Jauhar Mela, you will witness the enthusiasm and excitement of the local people and will also get a sneak peek into the simple way of life here. Do also visit Gaumukh Reservoir, Meera Temple and the popular Jain temples. For those who are particular about where they stay during their holidays, Chittorgarh has tons of fantastic choices including guesthouses and luxurious hotels.
Chittor Fort or ChittorgarhThe Chittor Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It is a World Heritage Site, it was the capital of Mewar. The fort precinct has several historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. Chittorgarh remains replete with historic associations and holds a very special place in the hearts of Rajputs. The fort is famous for historical wars, seige and famous act of Jauhar performed by rajput queens preferring death to abduction and dishonour and committed (an act of self immolation by leaping into a large fire). Being most significant fort to Rajput state, it was attacked thrice by muslim rulers. Chittorgarh is also famous for its association with Meera Bai, the most famous female Hindu spiritual poetess.
Finally at dusk we started for Chittorgarh and after around 100 km took a halt for some good food at a dhaba and after that rode again and we were able to complete the ride in one piece and still managed to find a cheap guesthouse for a healthy and sound sleep.
We visited the Chitttorgarh fort in the morning and meanwhile got our bikes checked and done with some minor repairing. The story of how the Rajputs fought bravely and jauhar committed by ladies and children throws a light about the importance of pride and fearless life. The sacrifice given by them can never go unnoticed.
ChittorgarhThe very essence due to which the princely state of Rajasthan has been in talks is due to the valiance of the king Maharana Pratap. It is the birth place of this great king who had not only ruled the place but also the hearts of the courtiers of his palace.The Fort of Chittorgarh is the place of birth of King Maharana Pratap. His ancestors reigned the place up to many generations. The fort has been structured in such a manner that there was a separate place of living, place of worship, royal bath and a lot more. The highlights of the fort remains the Vijay Stambh till date.
Then we left for Chittorgarh. Yes, google maps again sent us to a short cut wherein my car went into the gutter lines. We reached Rnb 1589. Next day we went for the Chittod Fort, India’s no.1 fort. Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It is a World Heritage Site. The fort, popularly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and is today situated in Chittorgarh. It was initially ruled by Guhilot and later by Sisodias, the Suryavanshi clans of Chattari Rajputs, from the 7th century, until it was finally abandoned in 1568 after the siege by Emperor Akbar in 1567. The fort was sacked three times between the 15th and 16th centuries; in 1303 Allauddin Khilji defeated Rana Ratan Singh, in 1535 Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat defeated Bikramjeet Singh and in 1567 Akbar defeated Maharana Udai Singh II who left the fort and founded Udaipur. Each time the men fought bravely rushing out of the fort walls charging the enemy but lost every time. Following these defeats, Jauhar was committed thrice by more than 13,000 ladies and children of the Rajput heroes who laid their lives in battles at Chittorgarh Fort, first led by Rani Padmini wife of Rana Rattan Singh who was killed in the battle in 1303, and later by Rani Karnavati in 1537 AD Padmini's Palace or Rani Padmini's Palace is a white building and a three storied structure (a 19th-century reconstruction of the original). It is located in the southern part of the fort. Chhatris (pavilions) crown the palace roofs and a water moat surrounds the palace. This style of palace became the forerunner of other palaces built in the state with the concept of Jal Mahal (palace surrounded by water). It is at this Palace where Alauddin was permitted to glimpse the mirror image of Rani Padmini, wife of Maharana Rattan Singh. It is widely believed that this glimpse of Padmini's beauty besotted him and convinced him to destroy Chittor in order to possess her. Then back to Ahmedabad.
The historic capital of the Mewar rulers, it is one of the largest forts that you can find in India. While you walk past the fort and its remains, you will read about the chivalrous deeds of the Mewar rulers and experience the battles from that time rekindle your imagination.
This is another stretch of NH 76 which connects Rajasthan to MP and UP via Kota, Shivpuri , and Jhansi. Udaipur to Chittorgarh is approx 120 Km and can be reached in less than 2 hours. The road is well maintained and in good condition. There are some good spots for break and photography in this stretch as well, as Aravalli extends to the outskirts of Udaipur. Chittorgarh has a very rich history from Rajputana dynasty. The fort is the largest in India and holds a very special place in hearts of Rajputs. The warrior King of Mewar, Maharana Pratap took an oath to spend his life living in the jungles and fighting until he could realize his dream of reconquering Chittorgarh from Akbar (and thus reclaiming the glory of Mewar). It has also been a land of worship for Meera. And don't forget to stop at SHARMA's restaurant on the way to have scrumptious desi ghee Dal Baati and Churma.
277 Kms from Jasol
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Bikaner is said to be the most colourful of all the cities of Rajasthan. It is not as developed as the other touristy places and that's probably why it still holds the Rajasthani spirit in its true form and colour. A maze of narrow streets, fort walls and fine old Havelis outline this medieval city. The Karni Mata Temple is believed to be the holiest temple in all of the city. Thousands of rats, who are considered pious, flock and run about the temple and are protected, worshipped and even fed. Rajput art and architecture shines in all its glory in this desert city with forts, palaces and temples modelled with red and yellow sandstone. Most of the palaces, such as the Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lallgarh Palace have been turned into heritage hotels, where you may consider staying. Amongst all others, the colossal that stands out is the Junagarh Fort. The many palaces, temples in the premises are now preserved as museums and upholds the grandiose lifestyle of the past Maharanas. There are also a couple of notable Jain temples, the famous most being Jain Temple Bhandasar. Starting from Kalbeliya and Ghoomar dances to the taste and aroma of Dal Baati Churma, lehsun ki chutney and the sweetness of ghevar and halwa, from camel rides to sand dune camping, Bikaner is an array of experiences.Read More
Bikaner is said to be the most colourful of all the cities of Rajasthan. It is not as developed as the other touristy places and that's probably why it still holds the Rajasthani spirit in its true form and colour. A maze of narrow streets, fort walls and fine old Havelis outline this medieval city. The Karni Mata Temple is believed to be the holiest temple in all of the city. Thousands of rats, who are considered pious, flock and run about the temple and are protected, worshipped and even fed. Rajput art and architecture shines in all its glory in this desert city with forts, palaces and temples modelled with red and yellow sandstone. Most of the palaces, such as the Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lallgarh Palace have been turned into heritage hotels, where you may consider staying. Amongst all others, the colossal that stands out is the Junagarh Fort. The many palaces, temples in the premises are now preserved as museums and upholds the grandiose lifestyle of the past Maharanas. There are also a couple of notable Jain temples, the famous most being Jain Temple Bhandasar. Starting from Kalbeliya and Ghoomar dances to the taste and aroma of Dal Baati Churma, lehsun ki chutney and the sweetness of ghevar and halwa, from camel rides to sand dune camping, Bikaner is an array of experiences.
The next morning, hotel guy dropped us till railway station. There was no direct train from Jaisalmer, so we had to go to Bikaner. Reached Bikaner afternoon 2 pm, we explored the locals market over there and had some famous bikaner sweets and namkeens.If planning for a bike trip then do experience the ride from Jaisalmer to Tannot, I am sure you will definitely love that moment.This trip was something very different from all my trips till now, i experienced faith, the belief, the pride of our Indian Army, the Dessert life,the scare..........i missed the pictures of my trip so couldn't share.“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else - above all, a travel bureau - arrange everything before-hand?” ― Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero
If you have been to too many hill stations how about the sandy landscape for a change? Bikaner lies 451 kilometres and seven and a half hours away from Delhi. The city is famous for its art and culture, adventure filled activities like hiking, wildlife safari trips and majestic forts. Locate in the north western part of Rajasthan, this place was established by Rao Bikaji in the year 1488 and is resplendent with ancient palaces, temples and mysterious landscape. Bikaner is a great way to unwind and one can opt for a ride on the back of a camel. The best time to be here would be during the winter months of October through March. Do carry lots of sunscreen if you decide to pay Bikaner a visit.
Day 5, Bikaner: “Having to ride 400 odd kms, I started early morning and covered good 200kms non stop through some of the best scenic roads cutting through the desert. At the pitstop, I came across this Fanta looking like local drink in a coke bottle. Some times on the road we need to take chances and I did try it. It was good but still I don’t know what it actually was. Reaching Bikaner in the evening I visited the oldest market near the kote gate, tried some Bajre ki roti desi ghee, ghud and churma desert. This was my last night in Rajasthan and being a little nostalgic I got reminded of dad who use to make me churma always whenever I didn’t like the food prepared at home”.Day 6, Back to Delhi via Haryana: Sonia says many thoughts were running on her mind with the amazing time and experiences she had. “I realized that in our country, every 100 kms things are different and beautiful. The food, the language, people, perceptions and almost every other thing. When I entered Haryana, I found cucumber which I didn’t find in the entire state of Rajasthan. I didn’t see any flies in Rajasthan and 3km Haryana stretch was filled with flies.Fitting luggage on the speed triple where my saddle bag was burnt a little, managing cash during this demonetization time, riding through some harsh weather conditions all only added to my experience of Rajasthan and with the names like pink city, golden city, blue city.. Yes! All of this made it a colorful ride indeed. I am back in the city and I am already planning my next travel plans and adventures. When you’re back home thinking about having lived a life you had always wanted, you say it to yourself- Yes I did #LiveLifeTo other women of this country, Sonia says “There is a lot of perseverance, hard work, consistency and patience behind every picture or a video I captured on this journey. I had my own ups and downs to overcome and accomplish this road trip where I brought Rajasthan through my eyes riding a motorcycle. Working daily for hours and sometimes into the nights, sending mails or making calls it took a lot to ride my dream super bike for 6 days and I did it. If I could, anyone else could excel in their fields or go beyond conventions to live a life they always wanted to”.
Our day started at 7.30 am with a heavy breakfast and a quick briefing. The cool morning air was pleasant and rewarding as we rode through the interiors towards Churu. Additional prize was being greeted by peacocks who strolled the villages like poultry. The sunrise here was beautiful and comforting while we rode further towards Ratangarh. Although, Ratangarh did have a straight highway that lead to our destination – Bikaner; we didn’t the ride to end so soon. So, we took a detour further to Chhapar, riding to Bidasar. The route from Bidasar to Shri Dungargarh had a very bad broken patch of 20 odd kms but surprisingly The Himalayan spared me the worry of riding slow. It conquered the potholes and every rough patch like a boss. I loved standing on the footpegs and jumping over the potholes like it was nobody’s business. Shri Dungargarh to Bikaner is a National Highway which lead us straight to our resort Marudyan, which was just 4-5 kms before the Bikaner city. Marudyan was wonderful with it’s well maintained lawn and friendly pets and livestocks. The peacocks strolling the property added a natural wild beauty to the property.Route of the day – Mahansar – Churu – Ratangarh – Chhapar – Bidasar – Shri Dungargarh – Bikaner.
Experience the expansive magnificence of the Thar desert, engulfing the gilded outposts of Bikaner. Away from the characteristic bustle of Rajasthani streets, Bikaner is where the pace slows down to the undulating gait of camels and their herders that wander the streets and the deserts beyond.Two Days In BikanerLate Afternoon is the best time to head to the outposts of Bikaner from Jaipur. Taxis, coaches and Rajasthan tourism local buses will get you there in around 6 hours.Two Amazing Things to Do in Bikaner
Ahmedabad to Bikaner (Gujarat to Rajasthan)I came from Mumbai to Ahmedabad by train on morning, and my friend took me from railway station as we started our journey towards Great Himalayas at 7 am in Innova car. During our Lunch time we already crossed the Gujarat Rajasthan border through mount Abu. We took lunch on the way and head towards Bikaner city. We passed by jodhpur to reach Bikaner in night around 9 pm. By now I was travelling for 24 hrs from Mumbai to Ahmedabad to Bikaner. So I was very much tired on first day of journey. We took hotel for 1200 for 3 people. We covered about 800 kms today.
Bikaner does not have many places to see..Its more known for the 'namkeen' and 'rasgullas'. On the outskirts of the city is the Karni Mata Temple.In this temple rats are considered holy and u can see millions of them running all around. You are considered lucky if you spot a white one! Dont miss the namkeen and rasgullas and ghewar from 'Chotu Motu'.