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307 Kms from Mehrangadh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Udaipur beckons tourists from all over the world with its romantic landscapes and ethereal monuments. Bordered by the cr...
Some call it the Venice of the East, while others consider it to be a glorious example of Rajasthan’s valour. Udaipur can mean a lot of things to a lot of people but in the end, it is just a city with a mysterious and infectious charm that stays with you long after you’ve left. And there's no surprise that hostels in Udaipur hold the same charismatic vibe as the city. With a huge influx of local as well as foreign nationals, Udaipur has been a hot tourist destination attracting family travellers, nature lovers as well as backpackers. Winding lanes filled with rooftop cafes and hotels, peace and calm in the air, tourist-friendly environment and a pristine lake that effortlessly binds an entire city together. Ask any backpacker what dreams are made of and I’m pretty sure this is the answer you’ll get. Being a backpacker’s paradise, Udaipur hostels are some of the best that you can rest in. The sudden upsurge in hostels that have become the best way to explore the city’s character, regardless of whether you’re travelling on a budget or not. Here are the best Udaipur hostels you should be putting up in on your next backpacking trip to the city. Here’s to a ton of stories, experiences and memories!
The next day early morning, I took a bus to Udaipur. On reaching I was searching for a package tour to cover the places In limited time. But due to high prices, I decided to cover them on my own. I Covered Lake Palace, City Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Jagdish Temple, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Moti Magri, Sahelion ki Bari. Unfortunately, I missed out on my target list of places like Sajjangarh Palace, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ek Ling Nath Ji.
The Royal Trip!The place which will make you fall in love at the very first sight and where even the air is tinted with royalty, the royal city of the country, Udaipur. This was my second visit to this romantic and whimsical city of lakes, previous one was 15 years back. And when I compared both the visits, I don't see much of a difference when it comes to culture, heritage or food. The way it has maintained that old royal charm is truly commendable and this is the thing that stands out. But one massive change I could make out is the popularity it has gained over the past decade and attracted tourists around the world. All thanks to the great job done by Rajasthan tourism and of course Bollywood for portraying its true colors through various movies. I always wanted to experience the royalty of Rajasthan, their heritage and cultural vibrance as an explorer more than just a tourist, and so I decided to take this trip again.
DAY 5 - UDAIPUR- THE VENICE OF EAST/ROMANTIC CITY
DAY 8 - Udaipur - the city of lakesIt is amazing how one can experience both sides of modern culture and history at the same time in this city. City Palace which is currently a museum gives you an insight to the rich history of the land. By nightfall, Lake Pichola is a man made beauty, the entire area is well lit by pink and yellow lights, it's a treat to the eyes. There are restaurants at the river front lit only with candles, one can enjoy a pleasant evening here, you can also go on a boat ride at sunset. Jagdish temple, Jag Mandir, Saheliyon ki Bari and Bagore-ki-Haveli are some of the other places to visit.
Day 1 - Bangalore to Mumbai to UdaipurThe journey started from Bangalore on a luxury sleeper bus (as the trip was planned last minute). You can also take a flight to Udaipur directly. I reached Mumbai after 16 hours. I had a couple of hours to spare before my bus to Udaipur, so I freshened up in a restaurant, filled up my stomach and took some snacks for the road. 750 kms and 13 hours later, I reached the city of lakes.
Udaipur, the City of Lakes is one of the most beautiful cities in India. With its stunning lake, Heritage Resorts, Luxurious hotels and the traditional Rajasthani culture; Udaipur makes for the perfect travel destination. However, if you’re done exploring this gem, there are many places to visit near Udaipur.
240 Kms from Mehrangadh
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popular, colourful and culturally rich, Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities. It is also known as the Sun...
As soon as I reached I rushed to cover the 3 major places on my list - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, and Jaswant Thada. I covered everything in a rush before hitting the train for Jaisalmer.
Don’t forget to try Kachoris and Mirchi Vada in Jodhpur. You can get street food anywhere in the city especially outside the fort.
Day 7 - Jodhpur - the Blue CityAlthough a city, Jodhpur still breathes the royalty that once existed. Right from the grand Mehrangarh fort to Umaid Bhavan, this city has contained its culture and tradition. Visit one of the roof top restaurants surrounding the fort for a spectacular night view of the fort on one side and the iconic Clock Tower on the other. Go zip lining from the fort which takes an hour, have delightful pani puris and go street shopping. The blue houses are extremely difficult to find, start walking the lanes around the fort and if you are in luck, you might find one.Jaswant Thada, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Pukhraj Durry Udhyog and Mandore Gardens are some places to visit. Circling back to the start, I headed to Udaipur in an overnight bus.
DAY 4 - JODHPUR - THE BLUE CITY
A royal start to your married life
A sea of blue rooftops, Jodhpur is magnificent. The second largest city in Rajasthan, the blue city takes your breath away with every corner. The domineering Mehrangarh Fort sits atop the city and frames the city skyline with pride. At the base of the fort lie blue houses in all shapes and sizes in a tangle of winding, glittering, medieval streets. Jodhpur is endearing and intimidating at the same time and no trip to Rajasthan is complete without visiting this rare gem!What to see1. Start with a visit to Jodhpur's robust Mehrangarh Fort. A magnificent spectacle and an architectural masterpiece, the fort gives you a glimpse into the luxe lifestyle of the kings and queens of bygone eras. The timings to visit the fort are between 9am to 5pm. The entrance fees is ₹100. Still camera fees is also ₹100 while video camera fees is ₹200.2. Visit five uniquely different areas of the fort, Moti Mahal (pearl-coloured), Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors), Phool Mahal (hall of flowers), Zenana Deodi (the queen's chambers) and Chamunda Mataji Temple (the temple of the queen's favourite goddess).3. Jaswant Thada, royal cenotaphs built in marble are just a kilometre walk from the fort. You can visit the picturesque location by paying a mere ₹30 as entrance fees. Camera fees is ₹25 and it is open from 8am to 6pm.
Next morning I left for Jodhpur around 270kms from Udaipur . Reached jodhpur around 3pm I checked in to Patwa Haveli near sarafa Bazar which was quite close to other tourist spots .That day I visited the Kaylana lake , an artificial lake built by Maharana Pratap Singh in 1872 . I sat there with silence when the sun was about to set , the bird were sleeping , the wind was still and it looked like I was floating on glass and I was the one with nature flowing in its sedateness . Quite tired with day long labour , I preferred loitering around the bazaar , interactng with the locals and ending my day with a delicious Butter Chicken and Lachcha Parathe and a peaceful slumber .
Vlog 3: Sun City Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort:Mehrangarh Fort located in Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in India, You can see the fort from anywhere in the city. you have to cross seven gates to reach the fort. These gates still bears the marks of various battles fought especially the second gate which stands tall even after the canon ball hit. The fort contains huge palaces, courtyards, Galleries & Temples. you can also see the entire city from the top & wonder why these houses were painted blue & Why the city is called blue city.Jaswant Thada :A memorial for a father by son – No one heard right ? Jaswant Thada is one such white marble mausoleum built near to the fort by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father. This memorial is popularly called as “Tajmahal of Marwar”.This place contains the portraits of several rulers of Jodhpur dating back to 13th century.An interesting and unique aspect associated with the complex is a memorial to a peacock which is believed to have flown into a funeral pyre.Umaid Bhawan Palace:The Youngest Palace in India and the last royal palace built before the independence of India. This is one of the largest private residence in the world.The palace is now maintained by “The Taj Group”. Though only a small section is available to general public for museum , one can see through the luxury of the palace.Mandore Garden:Mandore was once a capital city before the king abandoned it and moved to Mehrangarh Fort. This place witnessed several invasions, it was believed that was the reason the capital is moved to mehrangarh fort as it gives better protection.you can see here the ruins of different sculptures. Those Structures were like beautiful temples with numerous carvings and a lush green garden also.
227 Kms from Mehrangadh
Best time to visit - July,August,September,October
One of Gujarat's most beautiful places, Kutch is nature's masterpiece. The vast barren land with spurts of colour is an ...
No doubt, Kutch is a nagging dream for everyone. Ever since people have seen those beautifully shot Amitabh Bachchan ads about Gujarat, the love for Kutch in particular, has been drawn more powerfully. Well, to tell you the truth, Kutch is gorgeous, and is famous for a few more things than one can imagine.
6. Kutch: While talking about places to visit in the monsoon in India, one cannot forget the mesmerizing landscapes of Kutch. Deemed as the largest salt desert in India, the Great Rann of Kutch is a carpet of the crystal as far as the eyes can see. The region is inhabited by tribal communities, and their culture and traditions draw a large number of tourists to their land. Every year the Rann Mahotsav turns these barren lands to a myriad coloured kaleidoscope with its three month long festivities. In addition to its rich cultural diversity, Kutch is also a land of adventure. The very famous wildlife safaris, rappelling, and trekking are thrilling experiences to look out for. In order to reach Kutch, Kutch Express is available from Bombay via Ahmedabad to Gandhidham.
Dropping at Bhuj, i got a car that took a thousand to my place of stay in Kutch, the Rann Homestay. Finalllyyy much awaited Kutch! Hell tired from the journey i dozed off to sleep. It was one in the afternoon when i woke up! The sun beaming high up in the sky, no sign of cool weather, the tents swaying to the tune of the wind, sight of arid spaces all around, but the best view out of my bhunga or hut was the lunch being laid out in buffet! chawal, roti, ghee, gur, two types of sabzi, daal and papad! Filling my tummy with as much food as possible, i got dressed to visit the white desert! since the home-stay was far, i had to avail some conveyance. at the site, one needs a permit from the tourist facilitation center and pay 100 per person to take you up to a certain spot from where again you got to walk or ride the camel/camel cart to view the white desert ultimately!
I and my 2 office friends started the trip from ahmedabad by our own car. We started our journey 8 am in morning towards MATA NO MADH a very famous temple of Ashapura mata in kutch. We riched there by 6pm and then we headed towrds NARAYAN SAROVAR which is 43km from mata no madh. NARAYAN sarovar is the last place before pakistan border and after narayan sarovar there is Arabian sea and from there pakistan border is just 40km. There is a KOTESHWAR temple also. Here you will find desert on the one side and arabian sea in the other side which is very amazing.
Kutch Bustard SanctuaryIf you’re trailing the Great Indian bustard, Lesser florican bustard, and Macqueen’s Bustard, you can’t miss this sanctuary. The two-square-kilometre area was declared a sanctuary for the Great Indian bustard in 1992 and it is the only place it is found.The Details: The nearest airport is Bhuj, 110 kilometres away; the railway station is Nalia, 20 kilometres. You can stay at Radisson Hotel Kandla (radisson. com) in Gandhidham. The entry to the sanctuary is free on all days.Watch out for the Great Indian Bustard at the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary.Flamingo CityThe world’s largest flamingo colony, Flamingo City is a lake in the desert where half a million flamingos fly to every year to nest. The best time to visit the area is in the winter months when it becomes the breeding ground for flamingos, pelicans, and avocets.The Details: You can only visit the area on a camel. The starting point is Khavda, 66 kilometres from Bhuj. You can take a flight from Mumbai to Bhuj or take the Bhuj Express or the Kutch Express from Ahmedabad. You can stay at City The VIllage Resort (citythevillage.com) in Bhuj.
Kutch is full of Culture,communicative people, mouth watering food and alluring places.There were so many attractive places in this district to visit which we had covered in 4 days.The "Bandhni" handicrafts works done by Gujarati People is a must buy item from Bhuj.Talking about Gujarati food we had tried from street foods to good restaurant of Bhuj,it was really tasteful and you should try it.The temperature is good between December and Feb so we had planned our trip during that time.I read somewhere that Bhuj is Jaisalmer of Gujarat ,after reaching there i found it was correct as the temperature and location at Indo-pakistan border is quite similar with Jaisalmer.
A must visit place especially during Rann of Kutch Utsav. Enjoy walking on the white desert, the culture of Kutch and the beauty of Tent City. One can shop for authentic craftswork and other items here at Hodka. try visiting this place during the full moon day to enjoy the safari in white desert twice.
Once an arm of the Arabian Sea, it's an unique landscapes which has become a plain area encrusted with salt after it got separated by the sea by geological forces. It is a home to many endangered species and has become a favorite spot for solo travelers. The best time to visit this place is during the Rann Utsav to know about the culture of the people of the Kutch.
175 Kms from Mehrangadh
Best time to visit - January- March and October- December
The name of the city means The Hill Fort of Jaisal. The Golden City of India is known mainly for the beautiful sand ...
A camp with attached bath, delicious delicacies, walking on a million golden pearls, warm winter breeze in your hair and billions of stars above. Would you want to live here for a very affordable price? Doesn't this seem like a place one would not want to check-out of? If you would like to just sit back and relax, detox yourself from the race of life and enjoy a flavorsome Rajasthani meal, or if you are just an adventure enthusiast, this is the perfect weekend getaway. Read on to know more!Rajasthan being the largest state in our country, offers colorful festivals, soulful music and harmonious diversity. This state is a travelers paradise; it has plenty to offer to different masses. While Rajasthan is known for its forts, palaces, stepwell reservoirs and uni colored cities, one cannot ignore the most visited city, Jaisalmer."The Golden City" present at the heart of the Thar desert is the most known destination for tourists around the world. It is noted for its Golden fort and havelis. Hidden under the popularity of Thar is a desert dune site called Sam Sand Dunes. If you want to avoid the infinite number of tourists but also want to experience the desert, Sam is the place to be.
I reached late at night in Jaisalmer and stayed the night in the station. Early morning I went to Gadisar lake to enjoy the sunrise before venturing into the desert. I covered Jaisalmer Fort, Bara Bagh, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Nathmal-ki-Haveli, Jain Temple, and Salim Singh Ki Haveli. Near Jaisalmer Fort, after rigorous bargaining, I booked a safari @ 1500. In the afternoon I caught the taxi which was to take us to the campsite. It included some spots in between and a camel ride during sunset. On reaching the campsite, we were welcomed grandiosely and then went on to see a live performance of some belly dancers while enjoying the buffet. After returning from the safari, I caught the train back to Jaipur.
DESERT FESTIVAL JAISALMER
Jailsalmer--The Golden City of India. Place of palaces, rajputs, dunes and yellowish sand stones. This yellowish sand stones used in every architecture of the city gives a golden shades to the city and its surroundings.For Bengalis, Jaisalmer is the native place of Mukul- the central character of the famous film Director Satyajit Ray's movie Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress). Let's explore some of the places of the famous Golden city
Day 5 - Jaisalmer - The Golden cityThe bus stops a kilometer away from Jaisalmer fort at the outskirts of the city. I freshened up in one of the restaurants, had the best poha for breakfast and headed towards the fort. The city fort is the only inhabited fort with about 3000 people residing within the walls. From the top of the fort, one can see the golden city at its glory. 15 minutes from here is this gorgeous set of 5 palaces known as Patwon ki haveli. A narrow lane takes you to this yellow sandstone palace. Opposite to the haveli are some great cafes and restaurants. I enjoyed a lavish Rajasthani and Marwadi thali for 300 INR whilst adoring the gorgeous heritage site.Bada Bagh, Thar heritage museum, Nathmal ki haveli, Gadisar lake are some other places you can visit. Next stop was tiny mounts of brown pearls: Sam sand dunes which is 40 kms from the city. You can go there in shared taxi but I rented a bike for 500 INR as I was planning to stay at Sam for the night.
Day 3: Sand dunes, Kuldhara, Lodurva and Jaisalmer FortThe next morning we headed on to see the above three mentioned places, all in the same direction and really close to Jaisalmer.On your way, you can also do some paragliding. On reaching sam sand dunes, you'd be offered camel rides. The view here is mesmerizing. A film shoot here is not uncommon.
DAY 3 - JAISALMER - THE GOLDEN CITY
Known as the golden city of Rajasthan, the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer is one of the best places in India for desert safari.1. Situated 40km from main Jaisalmer city, Sam Sand Dunes in Sam village is a unique company that provides a resort stay amidst the desert, where you can enjoy desert safari on jeeps and camels. This is a special safari, as it will take you through the local villages situated in the desert, giving you a real experience of the local culture as you safari along the deserts.Cost: On Request | Contact: 97848 44524
202 Kms from Mehrangadh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan. Among forts and palaces, this quiet hill station is quit...
I started off from Nagpur in train to Ahmedabad, then onto Abu road. From Abu road, I took a shared taxi directly to Mount Abu. On reaching, I enquired about the rates to cover the places and was delighted to know of a package, which covered 8 major points before dropping back at Nakki lake. I covered Dilwara temple, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh village, Toad rock, Arbuda Devi, Somnath temple, Shooting point, Honeymoon point, Om Shanti Bhawan/ Pandav Bhawan, before being dropped off at Nakki Lake to enjoy the fireworks [I had been on Diwali]. I missed out on Trevors Tank in Abu.
MOUNT ABU WINTER FESTIVALMoving a bit earlier won’t cost you much. Let’s start with the end of December celebrating the grand New Year at the small hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The winter fest is a tribute to the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. The two to three days event in Mount Abu invites the folk performers and other artists from every part of India.The vibrancy of culture, aromatic taste of food and the folk art lures the heart of every passerby, creating magic in the scenic ambiance. Not only the cultural events, but many sports event such as cricket matches, kite flying and rowing competitions are also organized during the festival.
Mt.Abu decides to show us some Rain and Cold in the morning, we start early, back to Ahmedabad where we are supposed to meet up Shreejith. It’s a 250+ km drive back to Ahmedabad, Mt.Abu brings in a lot of crowd across the state border for obvious reasons, since Gujarat is a dry State. All along the trip, the NHAI and the required authorities deserve a clap, since the Tarmac is really commendable and we are rethinking and missing our Motorcycles which are resting back at home.
Again, the photo-frenzy begins, with wide-angles, macro, PhotoSpheres, mono, panoramas not to belittle the unprecedented DPs !! While the hunger hit us as we had missed our breakfast( lets not count the 400gms worth Paapdi which was had at a road-side dhaba at 5am) we were driving towards Mt.Abu our destination for the day. The Aravalli’s had arrived, the flat landscape of Gujrat gave way to the Northward and the Oldest Mountain Ranges (of India )standing tall boasting its Basaltic ( subject to correction ) surfaces and ginormous rocks. A small glitch as Kantibhai had some trouble entering the Rajasthan Border due to some paperwork for the vehicle getting misplaced. A few phone calls, A fine and we were through. Next stop was for some internal cooling for both the men (Shikanzi water) and the machine before the 30 odd km upwards ghat drive to Mt. Abu. A mad number of motorcycle devotees descending the ghats, with their flashy flags, chanting, not-following a number of rules of the road and with minimal road sense crossed us while we ascended ever-watchful of the recent landslides due to rains which had drained some dangerous sections of asphalt. Mt.Abu welcomes us with a nice greys, some much awaited cloud cover after a Sunny Gujarat. The temperature was pleasant, the entry to the hill station easy, considering this is the highest in the Aravallis ( Guru Shikhar being the tallest peak, approx. 1722 m. above MSL). With the N-number of devices on-charge back in our hotel room, we hog at Jodhpur Bhojanalay, a local joint, which was recommended to us by one of our contacts in Mt. Abu who also got us a good deal for our accommodation at Hotel Aravalli. The food some of us enjoyed, the DaalBati, a local delicacy, is a personal choice, some of us did not enjoy it including me. Raw Balls of Wheat!! We decide to give Kantibhai a break and leave for a short tour of Mt.Abu to check out the Dilwara Temples, but the site is a typical Tourist/Devotees mad house with a trust (with our experience of such trusts only ruining the character of these places with a host of shops, a lot of worthless memorabilia that gets the locals some chance to make quick bucks, which can be invested in producing unique goods, which may not necessarily be useful to the tourists, anyway that’s a totally different topic). So we decided not to visit the temple premise, and head back via Nakki Lake and other local hotspots back to our hotel for a quick powernap. The powernap ends up in a set of long discussions while few of us are lost in slumber, some food, some music and off to sleep for a long day ahead. We sleep early and we plan to start early.
Talking about the boarding cost, it is a little dearer as compared to the places of Himachal or call it just the long weekend be the reason for the tariffs soaring up. Also, this is the only hill station nearing the cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat which might be keeping the cost escalated. Leave the cost aside, we had real tough time nestling at the place as there were very few rooms at Abu due to sudden rush of long weekend. After relentless hunting for 1 hours in two groups we finally managed to get a decent accommodation. Talking about the amenities of the property, our hotel had a balcony, a beautiful lawn area and a lovely pet- Stella! We got ready in no time and had the mouth watering Shev bhaji, what’s kind of a synonym of food in Rajasthan for me. We have only this day for visiting places and had only half of it left after lunch. We hurried to the top most peak of the place, which they call Guru shikhar and spent some half an hour there by clicking amazing photographs.
After this we went to Mount Abu. It’s around 3 hour ride from Udaipur. We had hired a cab online for the entire mount Abu Trip at 4000 bucks and we were very fortunate to have got a really nice and chill driver who even gave us his car to drive. We left from Udaipur at 2 in the noon and reached Mount Abu at around 5.
On the first day we explored the local markets and checked out some jewelry shops that were actually cool, please do bargain as the locals here are always ready to rip you off. In the evening you can visit the famous Nakki Lake, and while you are there please do try out the soft serve ice cream cone shops that you can find almost everywhere in the market area. It is a heaven for ice-cream fanatics like myself, you can find a variety of flavours and even larger variety of toppings there.
Day 1 Mount AbuMount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan situated at an average height of 1,219 mtr's above sea level is the oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan The famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan The nearest railhead is Abu Road, about 25 kms away, in the lowlands. Abu Road is on the railway line from Ahmedabad to Marwar Junction. 9am we reached to mount abu it was very difficult to drive in the city because of too much fog we can’t see anything but keep moving slowly and reached to hotel dumped the bags and rushed to get fresh there is lots of budget hotels and guest house is available in mount abu. Mount abu is not much developed as compare to mahableswar and Panchgani. After getting fresh we headed to Guru Shikar. Guru Shikhar, a peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan, is the highest point of the Aravalli Range Located at a height of 1,722 metres, it has some 300-400 steps, to the top, which is a bit tough, but the views from the top are just awesome. The views makes it worth climbing those steps. There’s also a Dattatreya temple at the top from the top you can see the whole Abu Road you can click the picture there is also shop and tea stalls easily u can get the water, juice and snacks. You can reach Guru Shikhar by bike or Car (Note: please be careful while riding on this road its narrow and zigzag road rainy season it’s became worst) after Guru shikar we headed to Dilwara temple.
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is one of the ideal places to visit in India in May. Mount Abu is perched atop a peak made of granite and is wrapped around a lush green forests of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with a rich reserve of exotic flora and fauna. The hill town is a refreshing rescue from the scorching summer sun of the dry north-west India and also is quite popular with foreign travelers. Harboring over 80 intricately carved ancient temples, along with the admirable Jain temples of Delwara, Mount Abu is a holy place for the Jains as well as the Hindus. The Nakki Lake adds an aesthetic charm to the place.How to get there: Abu Road is the nearest railway station. It is well-connected by roads with state transport buses at regular intervals.
Day 8: Bhachau to Mt Abu 365 km
275 Kms from Mehrangadh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
One of the most visited cities in Gujarat, Bhuj is home to a number of historical monuments, a lively culture and a hist...
By Train - A train from Ahmedabad to Bhuj. There are 3 express trains on weekdays and 4 on weekends. Except during Rann Utsav, you can get your tickets at the current booking counter in the Ahmedabad Railway Station.
There are some cottages and guest houses near Dholavira but staying there is not recommended as getting food and medical aid during emergency will be a problem as there is hardly any local transport. So it is best to stay at Bhuj and visit Dholavira.
This day was going to be hectic. as we have to cover around 350-400 kms in one day. So we left our hotel by 8 am. We took the same driver and we settled for INR 3200 for Bhuj--> Mata no Madh-->Lakhpat Fort-->Narayan Sarovar-->Koteshwar Mahadev-->Mandvi-->Bhuj.
Upon Reaching Bhuj, we talked to some local people and enquired about places to explore. Feedback that we received for Home cottages at Rann(Dhordo Village) was not so good. So we decided to have stay at Bhuj only. Then we went(by running autos-INR 10/head) to taxi Union at Juna Bus Stand where we enquired for Taxi as syncing with bus is very difficult there. It was 2200 for "Bhuj-->Rann of Kutch , Kalo Dungar , India Bridge-->Bhuj". He told INR 2500 but upon negotiation we settle for 2200 INR. You guys can use your negotiation skills for better deal. After having some snacks as Breakfast (Gujarati-Jalebi-Fafda, Dhokla) we left for Kutch at 10:00 am.
Around 80km and an hour and a half away from the Rann of Kutch is the town of Bhuj. Bhuj came into the headlines after the 2001 earthquake, when almost the entire city was flattened to the ground. There are some buildings that survived the earthquake, such as Aina Mahl and Prag Mahal, which are must visits. Apart from these, you can visit Bhujodi, a modernised village with decorated huts – each of them housing a different handicraft from Kutch and other areas of Gujarat. This is a great place for some authentic handicraft shopping.
At 4:00am the cab has arrived- our ride for next 3 days. We had completed our journey from Ahmedabad to Bhuj in 5 hours at around 09:00 am in the morning. I would really appreciate such well-maintained roads which made the journey extremely smooth and comfortable.After reaching Bhuj we proceeded to our Hotel – Ilark where the hotel staff was really kind to provide us early Check In since we haven’t made any request for early Check while booking the hotel. We wanted to start the exploration as soon as possible so we just got ready as quick as we could and began with the landmarks of city.1) Prag Mahal & Aina Mahal– It’s a a 19th-century palace located next to the Aina Mahal Aina Mahal and is named after is named after Rao Pragmalji II. The place has been highly affected by the 2001 earthquake although once can still see mirrored ceiling, ivory gates, decorated walls, stain glass paintings from those time which till speaks about the richness of the culture.2) Big Ben Replication – It’s 45 foot high tower with a clock, from where entire Bhuj city is visible and can definitely give you some beautiful pics to cherish from the trip.3) Bhujodi Village - It is a major textile centre of Kutch and once can find shawls, mud work paintings, jutti's, and various other handicraft goods. Here you can meet weavers who are kind enough to let you see them work and explain the process. It was astonishing for us to know that a hand woven shawl may take 6 months to complete. It was an experience to learn about the kindness and talent of these weavers who had curated raw materials into absolute beauty. Girls it’s a must visit place for some traditional as well as extremely vibrant & lively addition to your wardrobe.Bhuj is an ideal springboard for visits to the surrounding villages which offers the Pandora of beautiful handcrafted articles. The local vegetable market in Bhuj would take you down the memory lanes of childhood and if you had not experienced it in childhood it will be an experience away from the Metro city stores to the freshness of garden.
Day 4 - Bhuj: One can hire a rickshaw or taxi to see around Bhuj and Mandavi for 1500 INR. Bhuj was nearly flattened by the devastating earthquake in 2001 but has bounced back beautifully. One can still feel the wreckage and the strength it has brought along. Prag Mahal, Aaina Mahal, Royal Tombs or the Chattris and Hamirsar Lake are some of the places you can see in Bhuj. Turn off your hygiene instincts and taste the chats and icy kulfi in the street market.
On our Last day we decided to explore Bhuj, a city which was ravaged by an Earthquake back in 2001 but has managed to get up on it’s feet and how?! Home to a number of small scale industries,Bhuj has become an important destination for Business over the years. We visited the famous Prag Mahal & Aina Mahal, both important tourist attractions in Bhuj.They have been featured in Multiple Bollywood and Gujarati Movies as well.
288 Kms from Mehrangadh
Day 1 Gandhinagar to Udaipur 240On the 11th of April I left early in the morning. I left at 5 AM cause I did not wanted ...
Day 1 Gandhinagar to Udaipur 240On the 11th of April I left early in the morning. I left at 5 AM cause I did not wanted to be roasted by sun in the process. I estimated to reach the lake city 10 AM. I also planned to some of the major tourist spots the same day as well.The ride to Udaipur went without a glitch, as I reached Udaipur I had booked Zostle in Chandpole for my stay. As I got to Zostle, I was warmly greeted by the Manager there and he handed me a city map and the major tourist attractions of the city.
Day 1 started at 03:30 am with my phone vibrating and alarm blaring at full volume from under my pillow. After a cup of coffee and a quick shower, we set out for Mount Abu taking the Kalol-Mehsana Highway at 4:30am. Maintaining average speed of 100-110 km/h and without taking any stops we reached Abu at 7 am. Let me tell you, within the second of reaching there we were instantly recharged. The fresh air away from the pollution, the greenery that was a treat to the eyes and the foggy morning; perfect. So the first thing we did was to find our hotel (booked through OYO) and dropped our luggage there and took to the streets of Abu to find a decent place for a cuppa of tea and some breakfast.
Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat, was the first planned city in Gujarat. It is neatly divided into sectors making it easy to navigate. Planned tree plantations throughout the city give it a cooler feel than Ahmedabad. At 27km, it is one of the closest places near Ahmedabad.
309 Kms from Mehrangadh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The small city of Nathdwara on the banks of Banas river in Rajasthan is full of religious sentiment. Cuddled in the Arav...
Again with the help of google went nathdwara and entered from back gate of temple, but was lucky this time too,that we reached just before Bhog time of Srinathji, so they took us in very fast without making different queue of Ladies and Gents. After darshan we visited whole temple and then had famous Phudina Tea. Then we left for Pavapuri which is around 155 kms from nathdwara.We had prebooked rooms at pavapuri dharamshala, as they are not giving walk in entry.