207 Kms from Shri Mohangarh
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.
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.
Located approximately in the centre of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is frequented by many foreign tourists and is a preferred location amongst them. The beauty of this amazing city is rustic as well as regal at the same time. Such opulence and magnificence may be akin to the entire Rajasthan but the royalty of Jodhpur will only fill you with awe and admiration.The Mehrangarh Fort.I have not seen so much opulence in one place. This towering fort perched atop a hill is a spectacle to watch from the city as well as perfect to catch a glimpse of the blue walled city down below. The fort possesses an imposing beauty that can leave you baffled. Within the high walls of the fort are a series of museums that display the plethora of royal artifacts and commodities that were once used by the royal families who resided here.
This happened about three years back in December. My parents and I had gone to celebrate my birthday as well as the new year in Jodhpur. Since we had come here for the first time (and I was with family :D), we did the normal tourist routine- took a cab and saw all the famous places and palaces and got our pics clicked- the typical sightseers.Now, December is apparently the grand polo season in Jodhpur. None of us had ever attended a polo match before that. My dad got wind of this exhibition match that was going to take place while we were there, and was also open to the general public (polo matches generally are a private and posh affair). So, excited, he directed our cab driver of the day to take us there after lunch.
Another shade of Rajasthan, distinctively painted through the cityscape in a brilliant hue, Jodhpur is a joy to behold. Descend into the blue maze and discover the life lurking within the brilliant labyrinth.
Then, we headed to Jodhpur. A 4 hr journey from Jaisalmer, with good roads and a lot of goats coming in the mid of the way, we reached Jodhpur. We visited the fort first, the Meherangarh Fort. The fort is not at all small. Its huge, its steep, its giant. Amazing thing is it has a chargeable lift too. Meherangarh has lots and lots of royal acquisitions in the museum. It took about an hr and a half for the fort to complete. Then ofcourse we had the sunset time. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Then we headed to Kalinga hotel, best budget hotel in Jodhpur. Okay, the truth is the google map showed the narrow lane road wherein we were moving only Bhagwan Bharose. The local people were looking as we were terrorists, but finally when we completed the lane, it was a relief as if we thought this was never ending and we wont be able to even reverse the car.The next day, after the awesome breakfast we went to the Umaid Bhavan Palace. The Palace was built, between 1928 and 1943, for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh ji, Grand Father of our present Maharaja, who had benevolently commissioned a new palace in 1923 to replace Mehrangarh Fort as the symbol of a new Jodhpur and to give employment to the people of Marwar during the period's great droughts and famines.The view of the palace itself puts you in a WOWW situation. There is a small museum inside it wherein the best segment was of the royal crockery and royal clocks.
52 Kms from Shri Mohangarh
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.
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.
If you have never tasted the best 'mirchi pakodas' in your life, then I think it is time you explore Jaisalmer. However, Jaisalmer is not just about lip-smacking local food. It is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in our country. For all photography enthusiasts, Jaisalmer is a must go destination. The lakes, sand dunes and forts will fulfil all your dreams of capturing culture on lens, and when you see the starry sky at night amongst the dunes, you will never want to leave. The Jaisalmer Fort still stands proud in the centre of the city, enduring the wrath of tourists. This December, explore a prettier side of the Thar Desert.How to reach Jaisalmer:The best way to reach Jaisalmer is by taking the overnight train. You can also reach Jaisalmer by road, however the journey becomes too long and tiring.
Quadbiking: Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you. Not fond of the mundane desert safaris? Go dunebashing in the first self-driven adventure action of Jaisalmer in quadbikes! Get on the four wheelers and accelerate through endless stretches on sand to the horizons and rocky lands and back. The Golden Camp, well-known for their luxury camps offer day rides along with the room packages. thegoldencamp.comDesert Kiosks that Accept Credit Cards: Driving through deserts in the night safari, you’ll come across beautiful performing artists singing and playing musical instruments like the Raavanhatha, Kamaicha, Nagara, and the Morsing; watch the banjaras circling bonfires and doing the Ghoomar. They also sell the most fascinating intricate silver anklets and surprisingly, most of them accept credit cards!
First living fort i have been to. Burdtlingbwith with activities. Museum was fully crowded , not felt like being there. streets are very beautiful. you can bargain and buy in the never ending shops. best time to go is early morning just before sunrise and walk along the streets before the rush and the honking motor bikes rules the streets. out side the fort entrance don't forget to buy "FATEH KACHORI" (up to11 am only) and the famous "Gottuwa" and Pyas KACHORI ftom Dhanraj Bhati shop. best, delicious, economic food you can have from FOOD PLAZA , five minutes walk from fort near Maru Plaza.for desert tours you can go to YOKOSO Thar Desert Tours, down stairs of FOOD PLAZA. Yokoso is very economical and in a serene place in the sand dumes ( other camps are crowded). Their offer includes an hour Camel Safari and watching deser sunset sitting in the Camel with 3 hrs non stop Rajasthani folk songs in the evening and food prepared by Camel drivers.
My bus dropped me at airforce circle of Jaisalmer .The wonderful city with all houses in golden color and many ancient history to be known.
The familiar sight of people, tourists and eateries were enough to invigorate even the most famished soul. As you approach Jaisalmer, there is a War Museum where the army displays its lethal arsenal for public viewing. The proud Indian flag greets all visitors to the museum. The sight of the flag made my chest swell up with pride and made me determined more than ever to finish what had started as a lark. I kept watching that flag with my eyes stuck to it for a few moments.
Jaisalmer :-Jaisalmer the Golden city is an amazing caravan city. This is a golden city because it is surrounded by sand dunes and even have sand colored forts and palaces which are unbreakable and cannot be captured. It resides in the heart of the desert area. In Jaisalmer the food is exquisite and the people are very receptive. Places to visit in Jaisalmer are Jaisalmer fort, Museums- Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, Government Museum, Jaisalmer Fort palace museum.
Jaisalmer or usually referred to as the golden city of Rajasthan. Kilometres of barren land and never ending stretch of straight roads on the drive to this desert town.This is a place worth visiting for all those who admire the vibrant culture of this Royal state, having diverse culture and exquisite food.Only recommended to visit this place is during the peak winter months from December to January, as during these times of the year temperature is touching 38-40 degrees centigrade, and you can enjoy this place in shorts. So you can very well imagine what would be the weather the rest of the year.Nights are cold and pleasant.One night stay in Sam dunes is highly recommended and experiencing the kalibelia traditional dance is an experience hard to forget.We started in a short planned trip to this city from Jaipur the capital at 1pm and it took us straight 7.3 hours to cover those 650kms(including two 15 minutes halts). The roads are amazing, needles to say about the highways of Rajasthan.Take the Jaipur-naguar-phalodi-pokhran-jaisalmer route as this is less crowded and you can cover good distance in considerable time. A full tank of diesel can get you to jaisalmer from jaipur, if you are having a good fuel economy hatchback or sedan. My Chevrolet beat easily did it in a tank cruising at an average speed of 110-130 kmph.There are a lot of hotels to stay and most are in traditional architecture, if you can find a good deal so try booking online.Jaisalmer fort is one of is kind in India, as this has the only forty where people are still living and families are doing business. There are private properties which have been converted to hotels and provide accommodations.Next day you can visit Sam dunes and enjoy the sunset and on the way is Kuldhara the haunted village which got evacuated just over night.A three to four day trip is all it takes to explore this city. While returning, do stop at the jaisalmer war memorial of the indian army.It has the memories of 1971 india pakistan battle of Longewala(shown in border movie). The glorious victory of Indian army, how the post was held and protected. Longewala border is around 130 kms from jaisalmer, so i had kept it for my wish list for next time.Enjoy the trip friends and drive safe.
221 Kms from Shri Mohangarh
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.
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.
26. Bikaner –If you have been to too many hill stations how about the sandy landscape? No we aren’t talking about any beach here but he place called Bikaner that lies 451 kilometres and seven and a half hours away from Delhi. This place 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.
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'.
After a very uncomfortable overnight bus journey, I finally reached Bikaner, only to find that even half a day of sight seeing was a little too much! But Bikaner was definitely a foodie’s paradise, with its mouth watering savouries and sweets! Post lunch, I was already on my way to Jaisalmer.
The town of Bikaner is most notable for the nearby Karni Mata Rat Temple, the strangest sight I had come across in my journey thus far. Thousands of rats occupy the temple and worshipers come there to feed them. You're told to watch out as not to step on any of the holy rats, and it is considered good luck if one crosses over your feet. You are required to remove your shoes upon entering temples, so this is not a sight for the squeamish. Bikaner also has some fine attractions, most notably the glorious Junagarh Fort, that warrant more than just a fleeting visit. Bikaner's Junagarh Fort is one of Rajasthan's most remarkable fort complexes, with almost 40 bastions punctuating its ramparts. The complex is made up of a number of palaces that include the Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds) and Phool Mahal (Palace of Flowers). Also worth a look in Bikaner is the red-sandstone Lalgarh Palace, which has a museum containing some truly intriguing pieces of royal paraphernalia, such as a former maharaja's roller skates!