238 Kms from Khimsar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The Pink City, as Jaipur is fondly called, is thronged by tourists almost all year round. And why not, with it being home to majestic palaces and forts like the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace and Sisodia Rani Garden – some of the most beautiful architectural wonders you'll ever set your eyes upon. Galtaji temple, also called the Monkey Temple, is another must visit. If your eyes just can't get enough, visit Amber Fort, which has its own 600-year-old story to narrate, through its spectacular light and sound shows, cultural performances and folk music. Rajasthani tailored clothes, jewellery and handicrafts are a huge hit as souvenirs, for their exquisite mirror work, embroidery, leather and splashes of colour. Some famous places this illustrious workmanship can be bought from are Rajasthali, Anokhi, Johari bazaar and Sireh Deori Bazaar, but remember to bargain. Central Museum and Albert Hall museum are great places to learn about Rajasthan's rich history and culture and also to buy handicrafts. The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literature festival, is dear to almost every bibliophile around the globe. Here one can enjoy literature and music, amidst the likes of William Dalrymple, Stephen Fry and many other renowned writers and personalities. The 5-day festival is hosted in Diggi Palace, which gives people around the world an insight into Rajasthan's captivating cultural heritage. For those interested in pampering their palates with the flavourful Rajasthani cuisine against the backdrop of a picturesque village should visit Chokhni Dani. For a regal experience, a stay at the Suvarna Mahal is a must visit. Read More
The Pink City, as Jaipur is fondly called, is thronged by tourists almost all year round. And why not, with it being home to majestic palaces and forts like the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace and Sisodia Rani Garden – some of the most beautiful architectural wonders you'll ever set your eyes upon. Galtaji temple, also called the Monkey Temple, is another must visit. If your eyes just can't get enough, visit Amber Fort, which has its own 600-year-old story to narrate, through its spectacular light and sound shows, cultural performances and folk music. Rajasthani tailored clothes, jewellery and handicrafts are a huge hit as souvenirs, for their exquisite mirror work, embroidery, leather and splashes of colour. Some famous places this illustrious workmanship can be bought from are Rajasthali, Anokhi, Johari bazaar and Sireh Deori Bazaar, but remember to bargain. Central Museum and Albert Hall museum are great places to learn about Rajasthan's rich history and culture and also to buy handicrafts. The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literature festival, is dear to almost every bibliophile around the globe. Here one can enjoy literature and music, amidst the likes of William Dalrymple, Stephen Fry and many other renowned writers and personalities. The 5-day festival is hosted in Diggi Palace, which gives people around the world an insight into Rajasthan's captivating cultural heritage. For those interested in pampering their palates with the flavourful Rajasthani cuisine against the backdrop of a picturesque village should visit Chokhni Dani. For a regal experience, a stay at the Suvarna Mahal is a must visit.
Situated 275 kilometres away from Delhi, the city in Jaipur is a natural winner when it comes to being a weekend getaways from Delhi. Within 300 kms from Delhi, this heritage city is home to three famous forts – Amber, Jaigarh and Nahargarh. Jaipur is a splendid option to take off to during the weekend to spend some time with the family. Hop around incredible heritage spots to dive into a cultural extravaganza that is a defining feature of Jaipur. The Rajasthani cuisine, especially the thali and ‘dal, bati, churma,’ add to your experience when in Jaipur.
Day 2 6:00 AM, Jaipur: Pit stop Jaipur, Sonia picks up the much awaited Triumph Tiger to continue her journey further. Setting forth towards Pushkar, Sonia was joined by the Triumph team to accompany her for a breakfast run “With fellow like-minded riders along with two Triumph Tigers- it was a perfect pack to cruise on the beautiful roads and with no traffic, the real limits of the motorcycles were put to test and were well enjoyed at the same time” says Sonia.An early morning long ride, coupled with invigorating breeze, scenic landscapes and the very sound of Truimph Tiger was such bliss that she missed the sign boards leading to Pushkar - only to realize that Jodhpur was only 100 km ahead. “Having had a hectic ride on Day 1 and completing a 21-km Airtel Delhi Half Marathon a day before, I rather had a stiff start to this journey and then this happens!” shares Sonia “. But being the traveler that she is – instead of getting back to Pushkar, she decided to continue towards Jodhpur - which seemingly was not something that she had planned in her itinerary earlier. And as they say- “Unplanned journeys are always better than the planned ones” – Keeping this spirit in mind, Sonia sets forward to Jodhpur.
When in doubt, head to Jaipur! The Pink City is the answer to every Delhiite's question "Where do I go this weekend?". Fancy palaces, colourful markets and a culture as old as time, Jaipur is a city that you can never get enough of.
McIlroy was to Tee off at 3.20 PM and we knew he would be practicing at this hour. So, we straight went for the practice range where he and Yang were honing their Drivers. He looked like a school boy practicing as his father and the coach stood by him. Chinky got fascinated by the club cover, a soft toy, he had. The weather had suddenly warmed up and beer with its froth and chill looked very tempting. Yuvraj joined the queue to fetch some and I continued watching “The Man” and his power full swing observing the extended follow-through and copy book finish. Yang, on the other hand looked like a more seasoned pro with an improvised swing. We moved to Tee No 1 and saw Jacobson and Gariggus, Westwood and Day, Garcia and Kuchhar , McIlroy and Yang teeing off. It was not possible to be everywhere on the course and neither my health permitted me to run around. Luckily, American Express, one of the sponsors, had given us radio ear plugs free of cost which broadcasted the running commentary. That kept us well informed all along. Sunita and I settled down for the grand stand overlooking Hole No 15, while young Vidushi and Yuvraj went about chasing players.The Open was being played on the Blue course, and the club has another one, called Gold. The terrain is hilly and engulfs natural water bodies strategically incorporated in to the course. Almost a century old, towering and magnificent Club House on a hillock, overlooks 10th and 18th Greens separated by a water line. The picturesque course is a Golf-dream for anyone; its membership is for almost 100 thousand dollars and waiting period is 8-9 years. The course is in its best shape and Greens are wearing Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua). At 4 mm cut they are lightning fast.Watching any sport on TV is very edifying but unless there in the middle, you miss out totally the real touch and feel of the milieu. Your own arcs of sights are your own and not of the camera men. You see what you want to see and not what they show you. Also, you lend up seeing what you actually never wanted to see. We could hear more and see less of the prize distribution and closing ceremony. McIlroy won at 16 under par with 8 stroke lead.The very long day ended at 4.00AM in the morning when we reached home dead tired and hit the bed straight. Mr Dhameja came to look me up in the morning and said “for you it looks like a pilgrimage.” I think that sums up.( PS: no cameras/mobiles were permitted on the course so could not click any.)
Discover marvellous Jaipur this January, and experience an enchanting winter exploring the streets and corners that most tourists miss out on. January is the best time to visit Jaipur because it is during this month that the Jaipur Literature Festival is held here. Renowned authors and speakers from all over the world come to attend and be a part of this festival. This is a fantastic opportunity for all reading buffs to meet their favourite authors. Besides this, Jaipur has rambling markets that sell some exquisite traditional goods. Visit the Amer Fort for the Lights and Sound show, which will leave you speechless!Read: Jaipur Literature Festival 2017: A Guide To Having The Best Of Literature And Jaipur In Three Days by Sreshti VermaHow To Reach: Jaipur has its own airport and is well connected by both rail and road.
I Uber’ed to the starting point and then met with my fellow cyclers. One was a British lady from London, 44 years old. And the other one was a French lady around 50 years old. The trip organizer was Eleanor and there was a local guide too who was a native of Rajasthan. We got warming up and started with our bikes wearing the helmet. Eleanor informed us about the 12 km circuit and major halt points. . We moved through lanes and bylanes of the city crossing the fruit and vegetable market, bazaars and halted at many points, devouring the history of the place. Infact, Eleanor guided us up to a café infront of Hawa Mahal to get a closer view and a far better picture against the palace. We had mouth watering lassi, hot chai and kachoris on our way. Then, a reporter from DNA, Niharika, was covering us for her newspaper. Eleanor pointed out herein that Indians generally like to move around in SUV’s and don’t come out for bicycle or walking tours. She exclaimed that I was her second guest from Mumbai in the last 2 years . Niharika also wanted to understand what made me come for a solo trip being an Indian female. After the gyaan session, we cycled through other major points and then went ahead to have an authentic Rajathani cuisine called “Dal Baati Churma” at a haveli of a lower middle class family. We were welcomed there by Srishti, a Dachshund dog. All of us really enjoyed having it served hot and with a lot of chit-chat over various cities and spicy Indian food. Post this, we also stopped at an ancient Shiva temple for worship after which we went to the marble carver’s district and checked out the craftsmanship. . Our cycle trip soon ended at the starting point and we relaxed with a cup of coffee. And then I got some tips on the food joints, bars and shopping areas.
Day 1: It was a Saturday. I boarded the 5.40 am flight to Jaipur. I landed at Jaipur at around 7.30 am and then Uber’ed to Kumbha Marg. Jaipur is Anumeha’s home. So she had offered me to stay at her house in Jaipur where her family lived. That was so sweet of her. She messaged me her address and told me that her house is close to airport. I happily chose to stay at her home. I had never met her parents. I was so sleepy that I entered the wrong plot number in the Uber destination address and then there was fun :). We went around searching the house. Then, I called up Anumeha’s father and finally reached her house after lot of goofing up. I was welcomed warmly by uncle offering me chai, poha, bread butter toast, pyaaz kachori and dalia :)..And there, I had my encounter with the first pet in the trip, a big Labrador named ”Toffee”. She came up all over me and I gladly allowed so. But she didn’t get wary of me and continued to drool around me. After an hour or so of chit-chat with uncle, I headed off to the city which was quite far. I took the city bus and got down at the Ajmeri Gate. All the while, I kept asking co-passengers to let me know when Ajmeri stop comes by. Everybody was quite helpful. The bus was not that great, decent enough. I alighted at the Ajmeri Gate and took a rickshaw to the City Palace. The city palace was quite splendid.It was around 2.30 pm. Then, I walked towards the place where I could find a bus to Amer Fort. On the way, an auto-rickshaw guy came upto me and convinced me to make a tour of the three forts. I then went ahead with this rickshaw and started chatting with this fellow who rode upto Nahargarh Fort. It was an exquisite view of the Pink City from the top of the Fort and probably the highest point of Jaipur. Public transport buses don’t ply upto this fort however, the tourist ones and private vehicles do. This is one of the best places in Jaipur to enjoy sunset. You can have a spectacular view of the city from the restaurant. I then moved to the step well on the way back. The step wells are famous because of the “falling in the water” stunt scene of Aamir from Rang De Basanti movie. This was highlighted by my rickshaw turned guide :). And then as we drove down towards the Amer Fort, the aerial view of Jal Mahal was amazing. Due to lack of time, I asked the guy to head towards Amer instead of Jaigarh Fort. As I reached Amer, I was surrounded by guides and I did take up one and he did a good job explaining the intricacies and history and clicking my photos :). He also showed me around Mirabai’s temple and then led me to a handicraft shop. Yes, I tried best to avoid buying but then ended up buying a necklace in Minakari art. Then, I headed towards the city stopping by at the Jal Mahal and catching a view of the lighted up water palace. The Jal Mahal is 5 storeyed palace in the lake with waters upto the 3rd level. There was no way to get into the palace. The guide then took me around few other places by the road and I enjoyed the night view of all decked-up and multi-color tinted Hawa Mahal and Alber Hall museum. The rickshaw then dropped me at Ajmeri bus stop and assured me that I will get a bus to Kumbha Marg. It was around 6.30 pm. I got the right bus after some time and then boarded the bus to Anumeha’s place. It took around one and a half hours to get back home. It was a bit marooned area at that hour. So, I decided to get back early the next day. As I reached home, I met Anumeha’s mom. She was busy making dinner. I was completely exhausted. I had a sumptuous dinner and then went to sleep.
Solo Trip, why? Well, I am an avid traveler by choice. My parents don’t like to travel and hence I don’t have much travel stories from childhood. Neither is my sister fond of travelling and exploring as much as I do. Making travel plans with friends does happen but does not necessarily fructify at the right time. Few ditch. Few friends do come along but that is becoming a rarity these days. Or maybe I am not fortunate enough. And being bitten by the travel bug, I just can’t restrict my instincts to travel, explore and enjoy experiences even if it means solo. For me, life is all about living it up come what may. Being a solo Indian female backpacker/traveler is a bit uncommon, though it is gradually picking up. And yes, somebody did inspire me to go ahead and go solo. That’s my friend, Anumeha. Now, why did I choose Rajasthan for a solo trip? Well, my probation period of 6 months was about to complete. And I would be finally eligible to take leaves. So, I decided to do a trip. But then, at the same time, my friend and ex-colleague, Mohit was getting married in Jodhpur. And so I decided to explore Rajasthan, it being the month of November and winter would have comfortably set in the desert. As usual, I asked few friends who would be interested in tripping along but there were no hits. So, I went ahead and booked my return tickets. And, thus, it became a solo sojourn :).Well, I am a planner by nature. But this time, the enthusiasm had drooped to extremely low levels, don’t know why. And perhaps, I wanted to just go with the flow and explore the city around. So, I had just booked my onward and return tickets for the trip without even having asked boss about leaves :P (I did ask for it though when it was about time!). So, this was a brief background of my travel plan. Well, I have a habit of talking about actual things by first describing the context that led to the situation. So, you’ll have to bear with it. However, there was a little bit of planning involved too. I had managed to do few hotel bookings and inter-city bus travel (Not that lazy also :P). And when the dates came closer, the demonetization happened. Oh, what an unexpected event! What a mess it could create for travelers and tourists specifically. I had to queue up at ATM’s to collect as much cash as possible. I had not disclosed to my family folks that I am travelling alone. But yeah, you must inform your folks. I did too but with a bit of manipulation.
This day, we started for Jaipur. We checked-in to Umaid Bhavan palace. Hotel was not that great. It was built in a very small place and a lot of rooms. But yeah it was beautiful in its way. Food was worst here. We started to City palace . Jaipur is called pink city for a reason. Large part was painted with reddish pink color with white drawings on it. It was beautiful. We reached City palace and at entrance , I noticed a puppet show. We asked them to play the show and it was awesome. I recommend to see one puppet show when in Jaipur. Then we went inside City palace with an open cab. It was very clean to our surprise. Maintainance was very good. Some parts were converted into shops. One part was converted into museum. It displayed a giant horse , all guns and bullets used at that time, swords, all types of weapons. Then there was display of same set up of king and people sitting in one hall. There were pictures of all kings through the wall. Amazing place. Then we had our lunch and went to Amber/Amer fort. It was on a hill and there were elephants to take to fort. But we preferred our car. This was very huge fort of all. We heard about seesh mahal and were told no one is allowed inside. Then we saw all parts of fort, a garden. Then we did some shopping , went back to hotel , had our dinner and awaited for a long day tomorrow.
266 Kms from Khimsar
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.
Aren't souvenirs more memorable when they are handmade? And imagine the joy of possessing a handmade souvenir, sculpted not by any artist, but by yourself.In Udaipur, you can learn how to make miniature Mughal paintings, one of the city's most well-known art forms, with artist Lala who has been painting for more than 21 years now.He conducts classes on a regular basis from 12 noon to 4pm. The classes incorporate lessons on the most proficient method to draw, blend paints and complete a piece. The art requires a touch of perseverance, but it's definitely worth it.Price: ₹700 – ₹1000 for a four-hour class.Contact details: 3 Bhattiyani Chohatta Market, near City Palace gate, Udaipur | Number: 09413467718 | Email: email@example.com
• Paint a miniature and make your own souvenir in Udaipur
Udaipur (Lake City)
Situated by Lake Pichola, Udaipur is touted as the most romantic city of Rajasthan. If you are a honeymoon couple, then be assured that the fantastical palaces, serene lakes and colourful lakes will make you fall in love all over again.
'The City Of Lakes' as it is popularly known, is a spectacular option to pick from this list out of the places to visit in January. Because it will not be hot at all during this month of the year and you can easily do all your sightseeing without sweating a drop of sweat. Udaipur is a fantastic place to visit in January in India because if you do not want to be completely involved in the traditional culture, you can always enjoy the European culture that has developed because of the increasing foreign tourists here. Pick a pretty rooftop cafe, bask in the sun and drink a hot cuppa coffee!How To Reach: Udaipur has an airport, which is just 22km away and is well connected by both rail and road.
Start your day with ropeway at karni Mata temple (cable car ride to temple) . Temple is currently being renovated ,yet it is one of the best places to get a hilltop view of the city of lakes.after this head to lake pichhola for boating and soak in the beauty of the place. take a cab to shilpgram .A colourful and vibrant place (similar to Delhi haat or surajkund Mela) .enjoy lunch at shilpgram dhaba (inside shilpgram),do try local curries like tomato sec,papad ki sabzi ,besan ke gatte etc .Check out their local performances of folk dance from Rajasthan and Gujarat . Visit various local stalls for souvenirs and adventure park for some fun.Take an auto/cab and proceed to fateh sagar lake .Relax in a boat or get into a speed boat and shake the lake .Check out Maharana pratap memorial and then enjoy some snacking by the lakeside.On the way back enjoy dinner at Nataraj Dining hall (station road).Amazing food and a good variety to choose from.
We started early the next day for Monsoon palace. We had a quick breakfast at a street side place. The samosa, poha and chai was good. We booked an Uber till Monsoon palace. The Monsoon palace looks like a castle amidst the Aravalli ranges. The view of the lake city from this palace is breathtaking. Pre-wedding photography shoots were going on. We then headed towards Moti Magri. Had a glimpse of the Chetak Smarak, the museum which showcased models of Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh forts and Battle of Haldighati. History, read in the childhood, came alive. We had an awesome masala chaas at the restaurant there. The guy sold me the masala too :). I asked the uncle about the best place for sweets and snacks and he recommended JMB (Jagdish Misthan Bhandar). We then Uber’ed to JMB near Suryapole. We packed quite some stuff there and also tasted pyaaz ki kachori and ghota. Both were really tasty. So, I packed Pyaaz Kachori for home and further travel. From there, we moved to Hotel Amrai for lunch by the lake side and I must tell you, you cannot ignore it while in Udaipur. I enjoyed a pint of beer along with chicken. It is again a heritage hotel where you can even book suites/room with lake view. Post that, we walked to Zostel and left to catch bus for Ahmedabad. You could very well take a flight to Mumbai from Udaipur. But, there was significant savings in taking a bus to Ahmedabad and taking an overnight Duronto to Mumbai. So, I did it :).
Day 8: UdaipurThe bus reached the last stop at around 5 am i.e one hour before time :O. It was quite cold. Nevertheless, I booked an Uber to Zostel. The Zostel was up on a hill this time. I don’t know how I managed to drag my trolley up the hill in the dark. It was 5.30 am. The Zostelier at the reception was sleeping. I was lucky that I had taken the mobile number of the Zostelier the other day. I called him up and then somebody opened the door. There was no space anywhere around not even in the common room. Everybody was sleeping. I managed to sit on a chair. As it dawned, I went outside to see the sun rise. It was chilling outside, almost 11 degrees. Here, a friend of mine was joining me. The friend reached Udaipur and reported at Zostel at around 7 am. Neither of us got a dorm by then. We would get it by 10 am. Here, I came across a pet pug named “Baadshah” who was cosily sleeping on one of the cots. I like pugs. So, I went upto her and picked her up. And she was damn light and cute :).
Day 4, 10-ish am - A new day and we were excited to begin our tour of Rajasthan, notwithstanding the arduous driving throughout the previous days. It was a 3-hour drive to Udaipur, the City of Lakes. The roads were well-maintained and hardly had any traffic (except for the occasional camel cart), so it was a smooth cruise to Udaipur. We even had the luxury of stopping on the way to have an impromptu photo-shoot!
85 Kms from Khimsar
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.
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)
Next morning, I got up and had a heavy breakfast at the hotel. And then, I left for the Mehrangarh Fort by Uber. The view of the blue city from the top of the fort was mesmerizing. There is zip lining activity also over there. But I didn’t go for it. Quite a lot of foreigners frequented there. Then, I left for Umaid Bhawan Palace. Uber is quite handy in this city. Here, there is the vintage car collection and museum exhibiting heritage collections. Later on, I left for Janta Sweet Home, near station. I had Mirchi Vada, Mawa Kachori, Pyaaz Kachori, one gulab jamun and one lassi. These were the recommended ones. But since I am not a sweet-tooth person, I did not like the Mawa kachori. Others were really tasty. Then, I headed to buy Lehria sarees and Rajai and headed back to the hotel.
Day 4 and 5: JodhpurI checked out and left for Ajmer Bus depot. I took a Volvo bus to Jodhpur by getting rid of my sole Rs 500 note. The bus was quite okay. My neighbour was quite chirpy and she was from Ajmer actually. We chit chatted a lot and she talked about the Mayo college as we crossed it. She was a fashion designer based out of Delhi. A freebie like me, she too loved travelling. She was heading to Umaid Bhawan Palace for her cousin’s wedding. I was heading for my friend, Mohit’s wedding at Indana Palace. The RSRTC bus took around 4.5 hours to reach Jodhpur. On the way, it stopped at a RSRTC resort which was quite clean. The bus took the route via Beawar. I reached Jodhpur at around 1 pm. I then uber’ed my way to Hotel Niky International, my stop for the next two days at Jodhpur. The event manager welcomed me and guided me to my room. I learnt that the functions would be held at Hotel Shree International and Indana Palace. I relaxed a bit and then headed for lunch to the other hotel and met my friend, Mohit. The functions had begun. In the evening, I enjoyed at the Sangeet, it being a big fat Marwari wedding. I didn’t know anybody there nor did I get introduced to any of Mohit’s friends. So, it got a bit boring all alone. However, there were two sweet sister-in-law’s of Mohit whom he had introduced to me. While I was sitting with them, one of them, who would be around 9 years old, asked me a very smart question, “Agar aap Mohit jiju ke best friend ho, toh woh aapse kyun shaadi nahin kar rahe”. I was taken aback by this question. That was smart. Little did I know that Mohit had told them that I was his best friend. I corrected her that I was the best friend in office :).The Sangeet was splendid with dance performances by the kith and kin and the lovely couple. They had shot a short movie which was showcased and was quite well played. Later on, I just left for the hotel.
We didnot prebook a hotel in Jodhpur as Ratan Vilas was full that day. We came to Jodhpur and found Indana Palace just to stay that night. It was very huge . Room was great . But there was a wedding on that night which we didnt know caused some disturbance. Then all others went to shopping but I was least interested so stayed at hotel.
Paragliding: If you’ve already enjoyed everything a desert safari can offer, it’s time you try the air safari in Jodhpur. It’s a motorised paraglider that brings you an exceptional view of the terrain, a chance to try aerial photography and capture some gram-worthy pictures, and you can cross off another name on the adventure sports bucket-list. For bookings, get in touch with Flyboy Aviation, experts in the sport and winner of the Best Air Adventure by the Indian government. Actors Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, and Randeep Hooda have only good things to say: ‘It’s like flying a chair’ and ‘The closest you get to growing your own wings’. flyboy.inMaharajah’s Pavilion at the Raj Palace: One would think in-room dining is a luxury but wait till you book a stay at one of the poshest suites in the world. To begin with, isn’t quite a suite. Spread over 16,000 square feet, The Pavillion as it is also called, is a four-story apartment with private elevators. You’ll start feeling the enormity of it all from the entrance through Charbagh and victory corridor that leads up to the four bedrooms. The first floor houses a private secretarial area and an extra baggage store leading up to a colossal private lounge and bar.The second floor of the Pavilion overlooks the inner courts of the palaces, and the Charbagh gardens. It comprises a double-height reception room with vaulted apartments intended for private use. It was a sleeping chamber for the Thakur Sahib and its luxurious ornamentation includes Gold-leafed painted walls, detailed with stucco, and mirror work. The furniture is in gold and silver. As if this wasn’t enough, a private passage connects the different pavilions to the private in-room museum that displays the Old Throne and bolsters of Maharaja Thakur Sahib. The third floor comprises a library with restored literary texts, a lavish dining area, and the suite kitchen. Moving on higher, the fourth floor has a private roof top terrace, another library, a spa, a jacuzzi, a study area, a private seating lounge, on-call butler service, and a panoramic view of the city. This Pleasure Pavillion houses rich ivory and gold furniture and two luxurious bathrooms.
That night I rested in a small Choti Khatu restaurant. The next day I cycled for 195km to Jodhpur via Nagaur. That night I rested in Jodhpur in a guest house after a well-deserved hot water bath. Rejuvenated, the next 192 km leg to Pokhran via Osian, Phalodi, and Ramdevra was a breeze. However, the last 104km from Pokhran to Jaisalmer was a little different with plummeting temperatures and an overcast sky. By afternoon, as it became hotter, I had to battle strong headwinds through the desert. The difficult terrain, accompanied by the lack of easy availability of water and food, was tough to navigate, as a rider needs plenty of water to avoid dehydration. However, I had to ward off hunger and thirst for what seemed to be an eternal wait. Battling these demons I finally I reached Jaisalmer at around 2.30 pm.
I love being outdoors.I have always felt that travel is the only thing which always makes us feel alive.This was my first ever journey..A grand adventure was about to begin..We arrived in Jodhpur after a very enjoyable train journey. We found a tuk tuk without muchdifficulty and were greeted by a lovely man who showed us one of the best hotels in jodhpur.Jodhpur is at the heart of Rajasthan and is no less than a majestic jewel adorning an eternal crown.Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is sometimes called the "Sun City" for its consistently bright, sunny climate, or the Blue City because of the plethora of vivid blue coloured houses spread around the fort. This Blue colour in addition to giving the city analias, also serves a crucial purpose. In summer, the blue colour keeps the scorching heatoutside from raising the temperature levels within the houses, thereby helping maintainTemperature within manageable limits. The main languages spoken here are Hindi, Marwari and Rajasthani.1)Ghanta ghar a big Clock Tower and Sardar Market: A prime attraction of the city, is the Clock Tower. This is the oldest tower in India. It is a magnificent tower with an old clock. ThisClock is unique. It is from London, manufactured by the same clock company, whomanufactured the clock for the London Clock Tower. This place is a center point for thenearby villagers who come here for shopping. The colourful Sardar Market is also quitepopular among the locals. Narrow alleys lead to quaint bazaars where one can find textiles, antiques, silverware, handicrafts among other things.If you want to discover the Blue City, this is where you might want to start.2)Umaid bhavan palaceOne among the numerous fascinating palaces of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan palace.Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. The Umaid Bhavan palace wasconverted into a heritage hotel in 1977.A part of this palace even today serves as the residence to the royal family of Jodhpur.The Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum is divided into three functional parts a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, the residence of the owner's royal family, and a Museum focusing on the 20thcentury history of the Jodhpur Royal Family. Located at the top of a hill, the Umaid BhawanPalace museum (ticket for INR 30 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners) is very well maintained, displaying an exclusive range of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royalfamily. It displays a range of items ranging from weapons to an array of stuffed leopards toantiques to some fascinating crockery and an amazing collection of clocks and trophies.Apart from this, one will also visit Royal Jodhpur Shops for small Rajasthani souvenirs.3) MEHRANGARH FORT :The older historic section of the city of Jodhpur is located around the grand Mehrangarh Fortwhich is bounded by a wall and several gates. It is situated on a 150 metre high hill and wasfounded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The weather there was just perfect! The gentle winter sunallowed me to walk around and explore the magnificent fort even at 2 pm. The ticket costsINR 60.The air carried an exotic aura of the beautiful folk songs which were being played bystreet musicians in the backdrop. The fort of Mehrangarh portrays its own architectural features, such as narrow staircases leading to the royal residence, carved panels andornately decorated walls.Yet again the views from the ramparts were amazing you really could see why it is calledthe blue city, all the houses were painted blue! The rooms inside the palace were extremelygrand. Within the fort there is also a museum holding various objects from India's royalhistory, including some of the seats that were used by the Maharajas on top of theirelephants, various Rajput and Mughal weapons and armoury, intricate miniature paintingsand costumes worn by the occupants of the various palaces.I loved the feeling of being anonymous in a city I've never been before.I simply could not get over how warm, welcoming, and accommodating everyone in thiscity is. It took us half an hour to leave the hotel that night because the owner kept talkingand telling us every single thing there is to see and do in Jodhpur. This was end of mybeautiful journey.The graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historicgrandeur of this city. Lending a romantic aura to Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folkdances, folk music and the brightly attired people.With their sweet smiles and warm hospitality, they win the hearts of the tourists.DONT SETTELE DOWN AND SIT IN ONE PLACE MOVE AROUND BE NOMADIC MAKE EACH DAY A NEW HORIZONpushkar mela is very famous fair of Rajasthan and all over the India. I have Always wanted to experience the rich heritage and culture of our country. pushkar has a magnetism all of its own and is quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. I want to go there Simply because it is one of the largest livestock fair in the world. Pushkar is a foodie’s heaven. This is definitely the chance to savor the rich taste of Rajasthan and get familiar with their cuisine. Last but not the least, want to hike till the Savitri temple and Tilla nearby to get a wonderful view of the whole fair. also sun setting which is just mesmerizing! Moreover, Pushkar Mela is, in the end, a religious event where people from all across India come to take a dip in the waters of Lake Pushkar to redeem themselves. Pushkar will always be on top in my bucket list.
136 Kms from Khimsar
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.
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.
Your spot checklist for Ajmer: Ajmer is a common pilgrimage destination for many who arrive here to visit the Tomb of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti's. But the cultural abundance of this place is reflected in the multiple ancient temple places and forts in this small city. When in Ajmer visit Adhai-din ka Jhonpra Mosque, Nasiyan Jain Temple, Ana Sagar Lake and also, Brahma Temple in Pushkar, which is 14km away from Ajmer.Best picks for budget hotels in Ajmer under INR 2000.OYO Rooms NH 8 AjmerAddress: Gegal, AjmerHotel Price: INR 1749Click here to book now.
The market area, from this side you can walk all the way up to Dargah in ajmer, must try is Chicken Biriyani at Sahansha. Mutton variety is also splendid. For sweet lovers, Sohan Halwa. Well, from here we were heading to a nearby city "Pushkar."
During morning on day 7 visited Jodhpur city and palaces and after that started my ride to Ajmer. Reached Ajmer by evening and visited Ajmer Shariif Dargah.
247 Kms from Khimsar
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.
The endless sand dunes of Thar have attracted travellers to Jaisalmer for centuries. From havelis that have stood the test of time, to traditions that date back centuries, Jaisalmer is the ideal place to get away from the humdrum of city life.
One of the best place to visit in India in January, Jaisalmer should be on top of your list if you want to experience true Rajasthani magic! The Jaisalmer Fort stands proud in the middle of this sprawling town and has some of the most amazing attractions hidden inside it. The fort in itself is like a maze where one turn will take you through tiny settlements with pink and blue walls. Typically every house is painted in a bright colour, which makes exploring the fort extremely fascinating. Jaisalmer is home to the Sam Sand Dunes, where you can camp and witness an exquisite night sky in the middle of the dessert! Apt for being called one of the best places to visit in India in January.How To Reach: The best way to reach Jaisalmer is to take an overnight train to Jaisalmer. The other way to reach Jaisalmer is by road. The nearest airport is in Jodhpur, 275km away.
#TripotoTakeMeToBrahmatal :-So this is how it begins- that was the first time when i put my hands on Royal Enfield and it happened on a trip to Jaisalmer. In late August of 2015, i was on a solo trip to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. When i was wandering around the city in the early morning, i came across a shop who was for renting Bikes for a day to drive around the city. Somehow the owner of shop convinced me to rent a bike to visit the border area and the bike that he gave to me was the Brand New ROYAL ENFIELD 350 CLASSIC. So i took the bike and after getting disappeared from his eye, i learnt the Gear system of the bike, haha, and i did that within 5 minutes. Then the journey begins on Royal Enfield. It was a hell of a hot around the border area around that time and mostly in the day.So i drove up to Tanot, 120 Kms. from Jaisalmer and then i was on my way to Longewala, but suddenly one of the fuses of power supply blowed away and the bike stopped right there, which i didn't know at the time as it was my first time on RE. Then i tried everything i could do to start it again but all in vain.Then i started to push it by myself, because that was the only thing to do at that moment as there was not a single person on border area far far away, approximately 18-20 Kms. After pulling it for 500 meters, i saw a few vehicles coming from the front. When the came nearly i noticed that those were Army Vehicles. They stopped near to me and asked me what's the problem ? Then they started to investigate about the fault in the bike and after around half an hour they got the main issue. So they changed the fuse with the supplement one and they told me that they are from ARMY POLICE. They took my number to be in touch and they're in touch with me even till now. Then i kept continue the journey ahead and that was my journey. A journey of True Adventure. :)Thank You :))
Royal and majestic, this destination in Rajasthan always manages to get a shout out when it comes to listing extraordinary places to be in India. A night in a tent by the bonfire against the stark colour of the Thar Desert, it is truly magical to have experienced India’s Arabian nights.
Next morning, I got up at around 6 am and took a bath. It was cold :P. After some time, I went ahead to see the sun rise and had a cup of chai. In an hour or so, the breakfast was ready. Hot water supply started. I packed my stuff and had a good breakfast. My bag was kept in the car and then we left. Maule Khan asked me to give a review on GoIbibio which I instantly did. I was dropped off at Hanuman Chowk. From there, I walked to Zostel, around a km away. And then, I packed my stuff and checked out. The luggage was kept in the common room. I then headed to the Fort on foot. It was again around 1 km away or more. I took a guide there and headed up. Jaisalmer fort is a living fort. Even the Chittorgarh one is. The view of the Golden city was amazing from the top. There are lot of hotels and guest houses in the Fort itself. You must have the Kanchan Icecream’s Makhaniya lassi there. I had googled up on the must-eats in Jaislamer based on which I headed to the Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia sweets place. It is near the Fort only in the lanes. The guide walked me through it. I tasted the recommended Ghotua and Panchdhari ladoos there. Also, I ate a Pyaaz Kachori. Each was equally tasty. Then, the guide took me through the lanes upto Patwon ki Haveli and another Haveli nearby explaining things along. Also, he cited about the various film shootings here and there, specifically, Sarfarosh. Then, we also went to the Heritage hotel and the victory tower. I had a cursory look.
Day 6 and 7: JaisalmerI had pre-booked the Laxmi Travel bus for Jaisalmer. I checked out at 6.30 am for the bus stop. I could see just 5 other tourists travelling to Jaisalmer and the rest were locals. Out of 5, two were female foreigners. The bus was a passenger one and kept stopping here and there. The bus had stopped for midway break at Pokharan at a very lame place. There were no toilets around. I managed to spot a toilet in the corners and it was locked. I managed to get it unlocked and heaved a sigh of relief. The journey was for 5 hours. The roads were deserted as we were heading towards the western part of Rajasthan which is actually a desert. I alighted at the bus stop and called up the Zostel guy to pick me up. A Zostelier turned up on a Royal Enfield to my utmost surprise given that I had a trolley and a backpack. But I love Enfield ride :). I managed to sit at the back with such luggage. It was just 1.5 kms to the Zostel.
After our desert ride, which lasted for at least a couple of hours and ended with tea, we returned to Jasmin Home. We had our last Rajasthani meal and immediately started for Chennai. After 9 days away from home, we were homesick and craved the comfort of our beds!
This day, we started after our breakfast , headed to an abandoned village , KULDHARA. There is a story that there was a curse for this village which made it abandoned. Cars are allowed inside . All houses were broken . There was a one storey building which was broken too. We can climb on it and view whole Kuldhara. It takes just half hour. From there we headed to oasis named JASSIE OASIS. It was a pretty oasis. We spent some time there and headed back to Jodhpur.
We started for Jaisalmer early . We booked for Damodra resort which had 10 tents. This was 50 kms from Jaisalmer. After a while we started from Jodhpur started sand dunes which were very lovely to see. We crossed Jaisalmer at 2pm and had our lunch at Surya garh fort. This place was very special. It was a very huge fort very well maintained. They grow their own vegetables and fruits to prepare foos. We saw their garden, ate food(which was very very costly for us) then reached Damodra resort. We relaxed for some time and went to their private sand dunes. This was a very special place away from all the crowd as it was private. Only we were there on the dunes. Camels took us to dunes. We enjoyed sunset at dunes. Our children extremely enjoyed this place. They were rolling our the dunes up and down. I went so far to see sunset . We were at peace with no person bugging us for rides. After sunset , we returned to resort. We were greeted here with drums and tilaks to our surprise. They gave us time to relax for sometime. Cultural programs started at 7pm and this part made our whole trip. We were sitting under stars on sofas. They actually created a place in between all tents for cultural program. There was stage and all sofas were set in a circle. They started singing live with instruments. We enjoyed and we asked sime gazals which they did perform. 2 girls were dancing extremely well. All the singing and dancing entertained us. They even showed us some local instruments and asked us to try them out. They invited us to dance at end and we danced like hell. There was a puppet show at the end. It was a 3 hour program and everything was worth it. I strongly recommend Damodra resort. Then we had our dinner and I was star gazing for some time. There was a star gazing place too here.
273 Kms from Khimsar
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.
6. Mount Abu, RajasthanBeing the only hill town of Rajasthan, Mount Abu naturally invites curiosity and much awe when finally seen. This oasis retreat is a pleasant cool-off from the sweltering heat of an otherwise temperate state. It is the pick for nature walks and less demanding treks. You shall be treated to unending view of sky high mountains and green forest cover. This is infact thus one of the most preferred place to visit in August in India in the plains of the country.
Day 6 was another good day. The highway leading towards Sanchore had good stretches of road with few patches undergoing widening work. Reaching Sanchore we headed east to ride towards Raniwara. The road got narrower after Raniwara, however the patch had much more vehicular movement than other State Highway we have been riding on. A couple of errant bus drivers managed to take us off the road when they recklessly drove on the wrong lane trying to overtake. Being a rider is tough at times. No consideration, neither respect is given to your right of road. You get off the tarmac and ride on the mud till the bus crosses you. Perils of being on the smallest vehicle. Raniwara to Mandar to Revdar continued to be the same. The highlight of the day was the winding curvy roads from Abu Road to Mount Abu. 28 kms of good tarmac with proper banking all throughout, gave us the liberty to lean the self and the motorcycle to enjoy the pure fantasy of biking. Ascending the Mount, we were lead to Kesar Bhavan palace where our stay for the night was arranged.Route:- Barmer – Sanchore – Raniwara – Mandar – Revdar - Abu road - Mount Abu.
Day 3, 7 pm - The sun had already set by the time we reached Mount Abu, so the road to the summit had closed. There was little else to do other than to enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant and later check-in to our hotel. The accommodation was scrappy, but we stayed there anyway.
Located at an elevation of 1220m, Mount Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan. Due to its pleasant weather it has been the popular retreat of the people of Rajasthan, Gujarat and other parts of the country.
Mount Abu :- Mount Abu is a place where one can find peace, with lots of greenery and cold winds as it is a hill station. Mt.Abu is at 1219 meters above sea level. You can find a lot of temples at Mt.Abu, its actually a place to rest and enjoy the weather but if you want to roam around you can visit Achalgarh fort in Mount Abu and also Nakki lake and there is a toad rock on a hill near the lake which is worth visiting
3. Mount Abu -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 weekend getaways from Ahmedabad. 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.
25. The welcome retreat of Mount AbuRajasthan’s only hill station is also one of the top 10 beautiful hill stations in India. It lies snug within the confines of the Aravalli range and is a welcome retreat from the sweltering heat of the desert.
Though it would have taken time to reach Abu being on a steep path, but thanks to the running we reached very soon! Now with very little cash, enought to pay the guide and return back to pawapuri via bus this time, we decided to walk to abu market. We were sooo exhausted. That guide knew the shop keepers in Mount Abu. He told all of them our story. Everyone was so shocked! They were like “How can girls come from this route?” They scolded the guide for bringing us through that way.The people were so kind that when we told them we just have enough cash to take a bus to pawapuri, they gave us food to eat and drink for free and dropped us till the bus stop:)We returned back finally and requested the booking uncle to give us a better room this time in minimal amount to which he agreed. He offered to take us to his home but we denied! Not to trust anyone so easily again????Next day we did some time pass there, packed and left again for Jodhpur, but did not feel like going back at all. So we visited 3-4 more places enroute???? After withdrawing the cash from Sirohi ATM ofcourse!That day and this, all memories still fresh. Now we just laugh while telling others what happened but that moment up there..I had never been so scared in my entire life before and after! Though things have changed now. Been to Pawapuri many times after that but did not bother to find out about that route!????Wish to go on more such trips with you bestie:) Love you:)
126 Kms from Khimsar
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 Pushkar lake, we moved to Camel Safari ride. It is unimaginable to skip the thrill of Camel safari in the majestic state of Rajasthan.Pushkar is second only to Jaisalmer, another city of Rajasthan, in it’s wide array of local camel safari operators. Booking a camel safari in Pushkar has become streamlined.So we booked a Camel Baggi which is 1500rs per baggi.You can also ride on a camel for 1000rs for 1 hour 30 mins similar for Baggi rideWe were entertained by a 12 yr old guide Ajay Singh with his camel named krishna.He took us through the desert, some Bollywood shooting spots, Rose garden, AmalaGarden and local folk music through the desert.
Pushkar is one of the oldest city in India.Located to the northwest of Ajmer, the tranquil city of Pushkar is a favoured destination for thousands of tourists and devotees flocking to Rajasthan. We reached at Pushkar around 12 in the Afternoon and our first destination was the Pushkar lake. A hindu pandit stands infront of the lake explaining you the story behind the place..According to legends, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground leading to the immediate creation of a lake. He then decided to name the place after the flower, and thus the name, Pushkar. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. The pandit also explained that brahma was cursed you his wife(Savitri) that he would never be worshipped but then reduced the curse permitting the worship in Pushkar.( The reason his wife cursed because brahma remarried another woman and named her Gayatri) Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation.
The ancient town of Pushkar is a site of holy pilgrimage for Hindus all over the world. Lately this small city has become a hub for international and national tourists travelling on a budget. With affordable cafes and accommodation, Pushkar should be on every shoestring traveller's bucket list.
Day 7 – 17th December, 201617th was the longest ride. We started at 7 in the morning from Mount Abu after a very early breakfast at 6 am. We planned to reach Pushkar through the 4 lane highways of Rajasthan. The 4 lane highways of Rajasthan are in top notch condition which enables a biker to rip the vehicles at 120-130 kmph continuously. Descending down Mount Abu, we took the road towards Sirohi. Having a small halt for tea and snacks and quick fuel up at Sirohi, we rode out of Sirohi and hit the 4 lane highways again that further lead to Pali, Beawar and Ajmer. The entire road was plain & straight akin to a runway so having no other options to experiment, we continued to rip on full maintaining a speed of 120-125 kmph. Ascending and descending over the Pushkar Ghati, we reached Pushkar which is barely 8kms from Ajmer city. Reaching Pushkar at 5 pm, we covered a distance of more than 375+ kms to finally rest our butts at the Pushkar Baug Resort.Route:- Mount Abu – Abu Road – Sirohi – Pali – Beawar – Ajmer – Pushkar.
This tiny town and the serene lake here shine like a pearl in Rajasthan's crown. Make sure to get a glimpse of the sun setting behind the Pushkar Lake, making it look golden with its last rays.
Travelling 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.
Probably the hippie capital of the western part of our country, Pushkar needs to be visited to be believed. With a lot of babas and sadhus along the ghats, you won't have a dearth of whatever you are looking for in order to find a good time. This is also the only place in the world with a Brahma Temple.Must do while here: Visit Brahma Temple. Take a hot air balloon ride.For more details, read this.
The Hot Air Balloon ride was scheduled early in the morning for us. I woke up at 4:30 am, which I never do but the idea of being able to see the sunrise from up above the sky was very magnetic and I would never miss that for anything. We were taken to the ground where the balloon was set to take flight from. A brief about the Hot Air Balloon flight with Mr Paul Macpherson (Chief of Operations) was informative though I was half asleep the whole time (I am Sorry).However, it was the sight of Hot Air Balloons getting readied for the flight that put me back into my senses.
Pushkar was crazy when I reached on 10th November 2016, the Mela, the camels, the people, the colours and the dust everything about Pushkar was maddening yet alluring. Thankfully, the camp was set a little away from the whole chaos of the Fair. After a long long drive from Delhi, the camp looked like heaven to me.
117 Kms from Khimsar
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.
HAPPY TRAVELLING!Monika Ohson / TravelerInMeThis post was first published on my blog travelerinme
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'.