115 Kms from Takhatgarh
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.
The beautiful balconies and towers and jharokas of the city palace give a scenic view of the lake Pichola and the grand city of Udaipur. One of the architectural wonders of Rajasthan the city palace which was built by Maharana Udaisingh in the year 1559 and was continued by his successors till 18th century, boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The marvelous assortments of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens are a feast to the eyes.
A citadel of Rajasthani tradition and culture, Udaipur is studded with bewitching palaces, glistening lakes and countless narrow, serpentine lanes exploding with a myriad of colours. Tagged as one of the most romantic cities in India, Udaipur is truly a travelers delight in every sense. From shopping for colourful artisanry to clambering around mighty forts brimming with stories of the legends; Udaipur is timeless.
Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ and with a best tourist destination award to prove it, Udaipur sparkles in its completely natural setting of grandiose. Embellished with forts, palaces and temples this ancient city is a marvel. When you’re done taking in its architectural beauty take a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola or go hiking or trekking on its mountain ridges. In Udaipur you’ll never be lost for things to do. A break from the maddening crowd will do you some good. A visit to Udaipur is definitely worth the visit. It is not only the land of palaces and monuments but of unmatched beauty. A boat ride on Pinchola Lake is a relaxing adventure. The art scene and energy of the local bazaar is what will truly captivate you. Take a horseback ride through the countryside. This is one of the most romantic places all over the country and the world too. The beauty of this princely city can impress anyone. History buffs, nature lovers and peace seekers will have the best time of their life here and there is a lot of good news for the shoppers as well. The beautiful City Palace of Udaipur serves as a visual treat and exploring it feels like a tour of nothing less than a fairy land. Apart from this, the beauty of the Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar are worth mentioning as well. For a shopping spree, you should definitely check out the wooden toys, Raasthani handicrafts, clothing, paintings, lovely jewelry and antique pieces. It takes around 5 hours to reach Udaipur from Ahmedabad. Head on to neighbouring Rajasthan and get as close to beauty and grandiose as you possibly can when you visit the city of Udaipur. Udaipur has earned the distinction of being hailed as the best tourist destination in India. The city is a marvel dazzling with palaces, forts, and temples and there’s no place better than a sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola to soak in the city’s grand history and architecture. Widely acclaimed as the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’, the city of Udaipur is located at a convenient distance of 258 kms from Ahmedabad, thus making it a potential vacation getaway. With the natural grandeur and human maneuver, the city is more than splendid. Surrounded by forts, castles and lakes, it is over flowing with the monuments that our kings those days have left us. The structural design, details and construction are all eye-catching and will exceed your expectations. For a worth-while vacation without discomfiture to your pocket, start packing your bags today!Distance from Ahmadabad - 260 Km
9. Udaipur: Popularly known as the 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is a charming city home to the most sophisticatedly designed palaces, forts, buzzing streets, and beautiful lakes. Surrounded by Aravalli Hills, Udaipur also houses the Monsoon Palace, which was built by Maharana Sajjan Sing for keeping track of the movement of monsoon clouds. What makes Udaipur a monsoon destination in India is the enchanting bird’s-eye view of the city from the Monsoon Palace, which become even more magical after drenching in the rain. Other must visit destinations in the city include the elaborate City Palace, the Shilp Gram and the numerous lakes for which the city is famous.The lush greenery and the complimentary golden sunlight will surely fill your hearts with awe. Udaipur can be reached by road and trains, which are quite easily accessible
Day 9: Bhachau to Udaipur 165 KmsNext day was a pretty small journey but we were heading to one of the royal cities of Rajasthan. Udaipur a charming city with shimmering lakes, ancient architecture, grand mansions and plenty of folklore.The best thing happened with us in Rajasthan is Lake Pichola, We boated on Lake Picchola and marveled at the gorgeous landscape with grand palaces, mostly now heritage hotels, in all directions. Particularly spectacular was the lighted up Taj hotel in the shimmering waters of Lake Picchola. We did try street food and yes when in Rajasthan, eat like a royal. Every restaurant on the lake Pichola offered a roof top, open air spectacular scenic place for dinner. Shimmered lights, music, cold wind and smoked meat. It was the best way to welcome the new year.
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At 4:15pm bus arrived and we were happy that in spite of booking a normal sleeper bus, to our surprise we got an upgrade to Volvo AC Bus. After boarding that bus, we came to know that Volvo bus leisure was only till Ahmedabad and after that we have to switch bus from Volvo AC bus to Normal sleeper bus. As we approached Ahmedabad city, we were checked for the first time for an alcohol carriage (Gujarat being a dry state) and we were amused and that seemed funny to see our bags getting checked thoroughly. At Ahmedabad we switched the bus and that normal sleeper bus was horrible comparing to other sleeper bus(downgrade).
This city of lakes had some more to offer as we ate and shopped some trademark leather bags made of camel skin (though I was not sure leather was genuine or not but after 13 months bag quality is same till now). We were satisfied to see another city though for 5-6hours, but covering famous City Palace of Udaipur. At 3:15pm we booked auto and moved towards bus stand.
We reached Udaipur on 22nd December by 10:30 pm and reached hotel by auto. On reaching hotel we waited for an hour as our room was not ready, so we roamed places near our hotel as well as tried to capture terrace views of Udaipur from hotel. As my room was ready we got call from hotel and got fresh at hotel. I enquired about some famous places of Udaipur and found that City Palace of Udaipur was at walking distance from hotel. We clicked some pics of that Palace, as exploring those famous and huge Palaces of Rajasthan is out of the world feeling.
260 Kms from Takhatgarh
Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the cities in the state, it is situated on the banks of the famous Sabarmati River and happens to be the industrial and economic hub of the state. The Ahmedabad Stock Exchange is also the second oldest one in the country and the city second when it comes to cotton production. There are some very famous places like the Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake that one can visit when in Ahmedabad.Read More
Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the cities in the state, it is situated on the banks of the famous Sabarmati River and happens to be the industrial and economic hub of the state. The Ahmedabad Stock Exchange is also the second oldest one in the country and the city second when it comes to cotton production. There are some very famous places like the Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake that one can visit when in Ahmedabad.
The road from Ahmedabad to Kutch is filled with lot of fun and complimentary scenes which makes is a perfect road for going on a road trip. The road is complemented with some great sceneries and endless expanse of the white desert which is complimented by the colorful life of the local people of Kutch. The road is almost 381 kms long and a best one to go on a bike trip.
Started the engine at AhmedabadWe kick-started our bike from Ahmedabad on NH47 that took around three hours plus half an hour to reach Rajkot with a couple of halts to take some high-caffeine tea. The road is good and the food is available at many locations in between. If you start in the evening, you should stay in Rajkot for a night & continue your ride the following morning a little early because rides always make us tired out if we do not believe in rest. We did the same & check into a hotel named ‘Krishna Palace’. This budget hotel charged Rs.550 for a night.
I am a college student and I just want to find an excuse to escape my busy life and party and enjoy myself.This holi I couldn't go back to Delhi (home) cause of some reason.All my friends went back home and I was planning to just pack my bag and go for a solo trip. At first I decided to go to Mumbai for holi but eventually I decided to party in Goa.So zip zap zoom irctc got booked a train but I was still on the waiting list. I couldn't get a birth but I got on the train and when Ticket collector came I showed him the wait list on my phone. He thought that since I am showing on phone my ticket might be confirmed. Haha. It was a 18 he train from Ahmadabad to Goa, tiring but when I got there since my ticket wasn't confirmed,it got refunded. I reached Goa for free. Haha haha luck me. on my way met these amazing people who were also going to Goa . They were from Mumbai and I decided to stay with them for 1 night since I got booking at this hostel from 12 to 14.
Day 3, was spent in exploring Gandhinagar plant nurseries for work purposes and then relishing on amazing Jasuben Shah Old Pizza's followed by heavy shopping in Sanskruti Shop offering amazing clothing range of Gujarati culture and art and the in the evening we splurged on Swati Snacks. This place being very famous is a bit over-priced but offers excellent service.So, it was a wrap for Ahmedabad this time with a wish to explore it again and again.P.S. it would be a crime not to mention the amazing watermelon juice throughout the trip and blindly ask for sugarcane juice at any place and I bet it would be worth having. Also, splurge on some pineapples since these fruits are found everywhere in Gujarat. Also, do visit the Sahyog restaurant if you visit Mehsana and for your information it's just in front of the massive Amul Dairy factory.
The Sun Temple approx.100kms from city of Ahmedabad situated on the banks of Pushpavati river in Modhera Gujarat. If you are living in Ahmedabad or are visiting the city and have an extra day to make use of,then a quick day trip planed,area being easily accessible via road through public or private transport.
I headed to Ahmedabad, not because it was a logical destination for backpackers. The French haveli I was going to stay was in fact the fascination. I mean the idea of staying in a 150-year-old (though now artistically restored) tradition Gujarati haveli, would interest anyone, and I was no different. Then later I found that French Haveli was located in a 400-year-old walled community of Dhal ni Pol, which only added to the charm of staying in the old city of Ahmedabad. It brought me back to the age when Ahmedabad was known as the Manchester of India.
The next morning we woke up in the metro city of Amdavad and the first thing we had in the morning was Bun Maska with Chai. They dont heat the Bun, and the butter melts in your mouth once you dip it in hot chai. It was a short stopover in Amdavad before we could take our flight to Delhi in the evening. What We hated the most about this city is the fact that nobody follows red light here. Its like red light doesn't stand to its stature, neither anyone wears a helmet. Sadly, there is no driving sense at all.
Early morning (~4 am), we reached Ahmedabad and after came out from station I booked a car from OLA. We rest for some hours and then see place around in Ahmedabad. Also, travel using OLA was cost effective. For more detail about around places please refer here. In evening, we visit the Kankaria Lake (recommended).Full Journey map on Google Map.
The next heritage walk happened in the city of Ahmedabad. I feel the best way to understand the culture, city pattern, lifestyle, architecture of a city, you must do a heritage walk. So remember to look up for city walks when you are venturing a new city next time :). This was organized by an NGO in association with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. It is conducted on all days of the year, commences from the holy Swami Narayan Mandir in the city. They start off with a video projector of images of ancient city and the various landmarks. And the walk started off with blessings and aarti. We walked through the various pols of the ancient city, understood the concept of a pol and the various forms of architecture, the significance of the forms, the bird feeders, the earthquake resistant structures, the old stock exchange, the confluence of different styles of architecture, the Jain temples, rain water harvesting forms. The guide explained us the significance and reason of an M.G. Road in every city near the station, the Gandhi Bridge, the difference between pir, dargah, maqbara, etc. It finally ended at Jami Masjid, which is why they call this walk, "From Mandir to Masjid". It was a really informative walk.
108 Kms from Takhatgarh
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 2, In the early morning, I explored the blue city and had lunch at the roof top hotel under the Jodhpur fort.day 3, I woke up in the desert, Jaisalmer. I must say it is the golden city as the city is built with yellow stone and it too has a golden fort, just kidding.
From Ajmer, we left in the morning around 10 and it is almost 6~7 hrs journey by road to Jodhpur. We had taken a small package for our tour which included stay at several places and the commute by car.After a tiring journey, we reached Jodhpur at around 5 pm. I was very excited on entering this historical place.Most of the old Havelis here have been converted into Heritage hotels. We had booked one such hotel here. The environment inside this hotel was all royal and we felt like having descended from the royal family.
Padharo Mhare Des, because Rajasthan offers music festivals in the most surreal locations imaginable. Jodhpur is at the very heart of the action by hosting world-class festivals such as the World Sufi Spirit and the Rajasthan International Folk Festival. Even if you don't like the music, you can safely come here for the entire experience and you'll go back a richer person.Some Major Music Festivals Hosted: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (Folk) in October, World Sacred Spirit Festival (Sufi) in February.Read more about Jodhpur.
Jodhpur, 11:30 am: I got into an auto heading to Kesar Heritage home stay near clock tower. The room was well done in a true heritage manner and had a small balcony which had only views of next buildings. There was a rooftop restaurant with a view of the majestic Mehrangarh fort. Outside, the alleys were dirty and poorly maintained, garbage and faeces all along the way. Honestly, Jodhpur was nothing like I had imagined.Post lunch, I decided to explore the fort. Later, realized that it was a bad decision as the fort entry closes at 5:00PM sharp. An auto guy ditched and left me half way saying that the road is under renovation and took Rs.100 from me. From there I had to catch a share auto up the hill. As I reached just in time, the entry ticket was provided but I had to hurry because the guards kept on telling it was time to close the gates. I took some photographs in a hurry and spent ten minutes on top of the fort near the temple watching the sunset. Although its named as blue city, only some portion of the city is painted blue. The Umaid bhavan palace where the Jodhpur Royal family resides, was clearly visible at a far distance from the fort. On the way back to the homestay, I hired an auto for about Rs.200. He agreed to take me for sightseeing the next day for Rs.600. (Tip: if you are a solo female, make sure you reach back the city before dusk as the premises will be quite deserted after 6:00PM).On day 2 morning, I decided to explore a good hotel for breakfast. Unexpectedly, during that random walk, I found this awesome theme hotel named Nirvana. The ambiance was mind blowing and the Poori bhaji was just exceptional. This hotel also have a splendid rooftop restaurant arrangement with a great view of the fort. Please check http://www.nirvana-home.com/ for route and pictures. The restaurant downstairs was designed with colorful wall paintings from Ramayana. The staff was very friendly too.After breakfast I met the auto guy and started city tour in the following order:
Day 3 Jodhpur, Mehrangarh fort: After a long ride, the experience of being at the largest forts in India – standing tall on a high cliff above the skyline of Jodhpur – was something else to experience. One must not miss the camel ride around the fort which in itself was fun. How often does one get to sit on a camel in Delhi after all.After the camel rides and exploring the mesmerizing fort of Mehrangarh , Sonia set further to her journey to Jaisalmer. “I got my hands on to my most favorite Rajasathani food - Sangria Ki Sabzi with Dal Baati Churma – yum! My mouth still waters thinking about it” she gushes. “Interacting with the village kids and people whenever I’d park my bike and learning about their lives and daily routine are some good memories to cherish. I could see their faces beaming with amazement as to how a girl who looks Indian and speaks good Hindi, is happily chatting with the locals – rides such a big bike with no pillion rider. Especially the kids were overjoyed to see and meet me and kept asking me ‘ Didi humein bhi chalaney do , humko bhi ghoomna hai ’. I felt I did inspire a few of them to go beyond the conventions and to #LiveLife and #JustRide. Their smiles sure got me more kicked about what I was doing with my life and this journey “ expresses Sonia who feels that one can experience the real essence of Rajasthan and its true culture by interacting with the locals.Talking about the challenges she faces being a woman who rides a motorcycle, Sonia says that it takes a lot of convincing and assurance to friends & family. “I have to work really hard on my endurance and riding skills as compared to my male counterparts. Being a woman rider in India, I need to be extremely conscious about safety at all times because I know for a fact that I will not be able to ride for long if I am not safe and that’s a scenario I would never want to put myself into” states Sonia.
Jodhpur (Blue City)
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.
294 Kms from Takhatgarh
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.
In the middle of an arid desert around 900 years ago lived a village and all one can see now is ruins of houses that once made them home.The legend says that the king fell in love with the mukhya's daughter. Due to caste differences the marrraige was not a possibility. The king threatened the villagers , gave them 24 hours to let him marry her or they would have to leave the place. The next day when the king came to look for his love, all that was left was deserted houses and no sign of human. Its been more than 800 years and no one knows where did all this people go. It's impossible to track them now that its been all these years. Some say they died, some say they fled to Pakistan, but no one knows.To me its more than just a story of unaccomplished love, its a story of unity , its a story of a tribe leaving home for their love for each other. This unity will live in our minds only as a story for it died years ago in reality.
DAY 1 : When most of the people around me chose to celebrate their New Year’s Eve with even more people around them, I chose to be surrounded by deer and boars; at the heart of a freezing desert and under a sky full of stars. When the majority of the world was opening a bottle of champagne at 12 am, I was chasing wild animals in the back of a cruising jeep. Yes, you’re right. That’s Jaisalmer. During the day time, Jaisalmer is as one would expect it to be. Sand dunes, camels, tents and a lot of heat. But as the sun set, except for the dunes, the world out there for me changed.
Jaisalmer, a planned trip in the final semester of MA, with best friends will always be a memorable trip. The crazy time spent with five friends will be cherished in the Campus. Hats off to me who decided to drive day and night to these beautiful places and not to forget the complete guidance of another friend through Google Maps.Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". Its also nicknamed "The Golden City"( because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area) and is a world heritage site as well and lies in the heart of The Great Indian Desert "Thar Desert."
We readily agreed and with much difficulty managed to get on the camel. Even as the animal cautiously got up after it was instructed to do so by the handler, we felt as if someone has thrown us in the air for sometime. Uncomfortable for the first few minutes, the ride was breathtaking enough. Javed and his brother Akram took us to the spot where several bollywood films including the recent Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan was shot. We got down, felt the cool sand beneath our feet and soaked into its beauty. From there we witnessed the sun do down the horizon as keen visitors scampered to capture the moment through their lenses. Soon, the sky turned orange before twilight beckoned with stars.... It was time to leave and head back to the camp. As we slowly made our way, a cool gush of wind touched us... The hot and arid desert had gone cold and the stars were looking like small diamonds as they flickered in the night sky...
One such profound experience that I was fortunate enough to be a part of was my trip to Jaisalmer. I'd previously been to all the other major cities of Rajasthan and luckily my best friend, Abhishaik, and I had a long weekend at our disposal and decided to make the most of it. Taking a much needed break from the 9 to 5 rigmarole we had recently become a part of. We left from Delhi on a train to Bikaner, got there early morning. We werent exactly sure how long we wanted to spend in Bikaner since we weren't sure what it had to offer yet so we checked our bags into a cloak room and went about exploring the city. After covering the forts and going on a wild goose chase for the infamous kachori's we finally decided that Bikaner was checked off our list and made a move towards Jaisalmer.
On this chilly morning in Delhi, a thought came to travel the Golden City Of India - JAISALMER to celebrate this new year.Jaisalmer is 750 kms from Delhi. We started our journey from dhaula kuan, Delhi in a sleeper bus to Jaipur. On reaching Jaipur, we took another bus to Jaisalmer which took 8 hours to reach there.Jaisalmer is located close to Pakistan border and in close proximity to Thar Desert. This place main landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila. The other attractions one can find are Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmal ji ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake and the Sam sand dunes.Day 1 started with exploring the Jaisalmer city. It was 3 PM and was a bright sunny day in December, although the evenings are cold. We first went to Patwon ki Haveli. It is the largest and most elaborately carved havelis in jaisalmer, this dive storey structure sits in a narrow street. You can find the paintings, old antiques, archaeological items and mirror work in some of the walls. The entrance fees for this is Rs 100.Next close to this was Nathumal ki Haveli. Minituare style paintings, tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone are the main attractions of this haveli. Later we proceeded to Salim Singh ki Haveli. This haveli is still occupied by the descendants of the original resident. The high arched roof is supported by carved brackets designed in the shape of peacocks. It had two additional wooden storeys to match the Maharaja's palace in height.Later in the evening, we went to Gadisar Lake. Our driver cum guide explained the history and story revolving around this lake. It was originally conceived as a water conservation tank to fulfil the water requirements of this city. Considering its importance, many small temples and strikes were constructed around it transforming it into pilgrimage centre. This place is famous for celebrating the Gangour festival on a larger scale. Though it no longer serves the historic purpose of serving water to the city, but is a picnic spot and can enjoy boating in the lake. Also the locals sell the breads to feed the catfish in the lake.Near the lake is the Desert Cultural Center and a museum made from the collections of a teacher Mr N.K. Sharma. The centre runs the puppet show in the morning and evening. The tickets costs for Rs 200. The show is worth watching and it's the pure talent to the people performing. It's a must watch if you what to know the cutlure of Rajasthan.After having local rajasthani good, we checked into our hotel to explore the second day in the Desert.
Jaisalmer is effortlessly beautiful. Though I rest my case here :) but am going to write more ;)Jaisalmer, also called the “Golden City” of India, is an enchanting and exotic little fort-town of Rajasthan. It is a city of culture, food, ancient sand castle forts, stunning Jain temples, pigeons, sand dunes, sun and camel!What I especially loved was that it was so tiny that I could just walk around the whole city. Half of the city was actually inside the massive sandcastle fort of Jaisalmer!We arrived in Jaisalmer late evening on 27th Dec, after a 5 hour long bus journey from Jodhpur. We reached quite tired after a rather rock ‘n’ roll bus ride & wished to retire in our hotel.As soon as we de-boarded the bus the autowallahs literally jumped on us! We were suddenly surrounded by hundreds of them (I don’t know where they all came from … From inside the bus the bus junction looked quite deserted!). We were treated like celebrities, & I felt grateful for that, only that I did not enjoy the attention so much! One of the autowallahs actually picked up our bag & rushed with it towards his auto! We ran after him, with the rest of the autowallahs running behind us! It was bizarre! I haven’t described the scene too well I know, but it was a moment when I wanted to cry & also laugh!So, anyways … we were practically ‘forced’ to sit in his auto. The driver told us that our hotel was only about 5 minutes away from the bus junction which made me very happy, only to realize later that everything in Jaisalmer was about 5 minutes away from wherever we were!Our hotel – ‘Nirmal Haveli’ – was lovely. It actually looked like a haveli! & our room was beautifully lit up in colorful lights & the sunrays coming through the curtains gave varied colors to the room & its sandstone walls. We loved it – highly recommended to all travelers.
While we were laying on our beds and were repenting about not being able to travel for the new year which was long due ...suddenly out of nowhere we thought we can still travel to a place nearby .The thought itself was enough for us to actually be at our toes and we started thinking about different options and we decided on Jaisalmer.At 12 o clock we started driving towards Jaisalmer from Udaipur.We realized that this impromptu plan must have been amazing had it been any other day then new year because Jaisalmer is the hot destination for the same.We achieved Jaisalmer the following day around 12 and we began looking for lodgings and the hotels were giving the rooms at triple the first prizes . I took a full breath and told my folks that we ought not take any lodging at a very high prize . While searching we came across a place which was exceptionally uncommon . We got into it and there we were at the place we were bound to be . It was an impeccable place to spend our new year . We were in wonderment of the customary cottages we just observed and quickly chose to stay there.
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.
88 Kms from Takhatgarh
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.
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.
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.
Just 5 hours away is Rajasthan’s only and popular hill station offering a pleasant retreat from the heat. Rolling hills dotted with several hindu temples and set amidst flowing rivers and lakes, cascading waterfalls and evergreen forests is enough to take your breath away. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Ahmedabad, Amount Abu is the place to be. Situated at an altitude of around 4000 ft and surrounded by the beautiful Nakki Lake, Mount Abu should definitely feature on the list of best places to visit near Ahmedabad. Since it is Rajasthan’s lone hill station, it definitely has a lot to offer. If you want to get away from the sweltering heat of the city, a weekend trip to Mount Abu should be high on your list. This favourite tourist hotspot has a number of famous landmarks like Sunset Point to keep you enthralled, and relaxed. This is the only hill station of Raasthan and it takes about 5 hours to reach Mount Abu from Gujarat. The main attractions here are the pleasant climatic conditions, the scenic beauty and the lakes. You can also shop for traditional Rajasthani handicrafts out here. The other popular attractions here are the Dilwara group of temples, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park and the Nakki Lake. Mount Abu is a renowned hill station that offers you and the family the chance to escape from the city. The hill station is known for its natural beauty, green hills, serene lakes, beautiful temples and other religious places of worship. The Jain community consider it an important pilgrimage site. It might be cold here but who minds a little winter chill? Tripoto recommends you visit some of the well-known places here like Nakki Lake, the Sunset Point and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, among a host of other places. If you are a history buff, pay a visit to Dilwara Jain Temples, the Adhar Devi Temple, and Achalgarh Fort. Mount Abu features on most people’s list of best places to visit near Ahmedabad within 300 kms. If the hills are your haven, Mount Abu in nearby Rajasthan is where you should be. Hills dotted with Hindu temples and surrounded by evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls and gushing rivers and lakes is what makes Mount Abu one of the prime weekend getaways from Ahmedabad.Distance from Ahmadabad - 235 Km
Day 8: Bhachau to Mt Abu 365 km
Next morning we left for Mount Abu after having a short visit to the new palace of Jodhpur. It was a long drive and we reached Mt. Abu quite late in the evening.Being so tired, we all went to sleep quickly after dinner. With the rising sun, we went to see the Dilwara temples. These are very beautiful jain temples with beautiful carvings on stones which cannot be described in words and one must see themselves.We also went to Mount Abu lake.With this our Rajasthan trip came to an end and we came back to Pune with lots of wonderful memories and of course tons of captures in our camera ☺We could not include Udaipur in this trip but that's an excuse which we have, to return to this mesmerizing state of palaces and royalities ☺This post was originally published on Mind Uncovered.
On our daughters birthday, We visited Mount Abu, A beautiful hill station located at Gujarat -Rajasthan border. Though our trip was advance planned but all preparation was last minute. The nearest Railway station of Mount Abu is Abu Road, Next day morning we arrived at Abu Road and booked the taxi to reach our destination, after one hour driving from Abu road to Mount Abu, we reached our venue located on hills of Mount Abu, A beautiful place to stay #hotelmanekmanor.The property was amazing, services were good. We took rest, freshened up and all set to explore Mount Abu, The best part was in Mount Abu one can get Two wheeler with very nominal price and explore the city for full day.We also opted for same.
We purchased our ticket for JAIPUR and encountered with one strange, annoying and frustrated govt employee in the form of ticket handler sitting on the ticketing window aging somewhere in his 40s. He was really an annoying personality, who got mood swings with almost every passenger requesting him for the ticket. He would find some nooks in reservation form or notes every time with perfection. He even abused some but in the very next moment he was acting sober. This gave us a reason to laugh for hours to give us an unforgettable memory from MOUNT ABU. As the trains for Jaipur from Abu Road station was at 1 hour interval and last train was at 11pm and we departed by last train and there was no place to sit in any trains which passed earlier. So we had to compromise on resting our tired bumps on floor to reach our next destination. Believe me this was one of the scariest hours spent in a journey.
I had one interview for an opportunity from Bangalore and I found it too difficult to find a place from where I can take a telephonic call avoiding the hustle and chants coming from temples but somehow managed in one of the Jain temples around. I was advanced to another round after this interview to be scheduled in a week’s time. After visiting all the famous places of MOUNT ABU, we took bus back for ABU ROAD station. We had dinner at one of the famous local Dal Baati serving restaurant in market close to the proximity of railway station. After thinking of another route for future, we found out that while reaching AMRITSAR we must pass through another famous city i.e. JAIPUR as this city is approx. 5-6hrs of distance from MOUNT ABU by train. This time we were not lucky enough to seal the reserved train seats and so we decided to go without reservation on general train ticket as the distance was 5-6hrs and we had no choice.
Reception staff at hotel suggested us that there are some fixed famous points to visit in MOUNT ABU instead of hiring private taxi better go from bus as that was cheap and convenient to reach MOUNT ABU. On reaching MOUNT ABU we took fixed taxi to visit fixed places as proposed by taxi union. We visited Adhar Devi Temple, Nakki lake, Sunset point, Honeymoon Point, Dilwara Jain Temple and one another temple, where we can feed wheat dough to fishes in a lake which was really funny though. I observed their appetite to be more than mine. Adhar Devi Temple’s history was interesting as to see devi’s idol we have to go through narrow passage and there were monkeys around the temple.
Finally, we reached our destination - ABU ROAD on 17th December around at 12-12:30 midnight to greet us with chills, new city and new people. That was amazing feeling wandering the deserted, scary roads with the help of google maps, avoiding those scary glares with stray dogs. We found out our hotel and on reaching our hotel at walking distance from station we took it as one of the takeaway - Always book your hotel at walking distance from station when visiting new city at night. As we checked-in late we got extra 1 hour for checkout and by the time we planned to explore MOUNT ABU, we planned how to reach AMRITSAR.
221 Kms from Takhatgarh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Surrounded by the enchanting Aravali hills, Ajmer is a medieval city most popular for the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Once ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan, the city is a treasure house of Rajput and Islamic architecture. Ajmer, which is located in the heart of Rajasthan, also serves as the base for Pushkar, which is just 11km away. The magnificent Taragarh fort situated on the summit of the Taragarh Hill is an unmissable site for its view of the city. At the foot of this hill is the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. The large pillars or Kose that you’ll see here actually run till Agra from where Akbar and his queen visited this sanctum. You can also visit the Akbar Fort and Museum for its collection of medieval armour and sculptures. There are several other sites of Hindu, Islamic and Jain religious importance that you can look out for while taking a ride through the city on the horse-drawn tongas. Fill up on delicacies such as the Kesarganj gol chakkar, chaat and kachori at the Pandit Restaurant opposite Daulat Bagh. The women’s market is a hub of traditional lehengas and odhnis. Amidst the old-fashioned and charming city of Ajmer, Ambassador and Hotel Mansingh Palace offer two of the most conventional and luxurious stays. Read More
Surrounded by the enchanting Aravali hills, Ajmer is a medieval city most popular for the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Once ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan, the city is a treasure house of Rajput and Islamic architecture. Ajmer, which is located in the heart of Rajasthan, also serves as the base for Pushkar, which is just 11km away. The magnificent Taragarh fort situated on the summit of the Taragarh Hill is an unmissable site for its view of the city. At the foot of this hill is the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. The large pillars or Kose that you’ll see here actually run till Agra from where Akbar and his queen visited this sanctum. You can also visit the Akbar Fort and Museum for its collection of medieval armour and sculptures. There are several other sites of Hindu, Islamic and Jain religious importance that you can look out for while taking a ride through the city on the horse-drawn tongas. Fill up on delicacies such as the Kesarganj gol chakkar, chaat and kachori at the Pandit Restaurant opposite Daulat Bagh. The women’s market is a hub of traditional lehengas and odhnis. Amidst the old-fashioned and charming city of Ajmer, Ambassador and Hotel Mansingh Palace offer two of the most conventional and luxurious stays.
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. It is a pilgrimage centre for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km), an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, famous for the temple of Brahma. Ajmer has been selected as one of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.
The city was established by a Shakambhari Chahamana (Chauhan) ruler, either Ajayaraja I or Ajayaraja II, and served as the Chahamana capital until the 12th century CE. After the defeat of Prithviraja lll in 1192 CE, the city came under Muslim rule.
Ajmer is one of the major cities in the Indian state of Rajasthan and is the centre of the eponymous Ajmer District. According to the 2011 census, Ajmer has a population of around 551,360 in its urban agglomeration and 542,580 in the city. The city is located at a distance of 135 km from the state capital Jaipur and 391 km from the national capital New Delhi.
The main place to visit at Ajmer is the dargah of "Ajmer Sharif". This we did not go in this trip but I've been there twice earlier. It's a very different experience. In the dargah, one feels very calm and with oneself. Almost from a kilometer, we feel like having entered a sacred domain. Lots of shops selling "Chaadar" and garland are seen hanging on both sides of the street.This monument is a sufi shrine of sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti.The very moment one enters the dargah, one feels like having engulfed in that sacred atmosphere. It is believed that at this place if we wish for something with a pure heart, the wish is fulfilled.
Day 3: Ajmer and PushkarI had pre-booked a hotel through GoIbibo. I reached Ajmer at around 10.30 am and headed to the Hotel Vega. The view from the hotel was quite scenic giving a view of the hills surrounding this small city. The hotel room was quite good. I dumped my stuff and slept off. I got up around 1 pm and then quickly washed up. I decided to walk to Ajmeri Sheriff. It was a bit far but still thought of just walking to the place. I had read somewhere that you might try biryani at Dargah bazaar but I would recommend against it. I tried at a place and it was pathetic. There, I was in the lane leading to the famous Shrine. Quickly, I left my stuff at a shop where I bought Chaadar and prayer stuff. I didn’t have much idea on to-do’s here. And thus, the commercialization affair started. Every other person was trying to bait me, forcing to give money. I sat down peacefully for some time and then the Darbar opened. I just prayed and left. Then, I hired an auto to Pushkar.
Oct 8th, seven in the morning, I started my ride from Delhi en route Ajmer. The distance is about 400 km. Every 50 mins once I used to break and I maintained it as a standard protocol. The highway NH 8 was splendid and I loved riding on it. I could cover 40 - 45 km in a single stretch. Even though I was not thirsty, to avoid dehydration I forcefully kept drinking 300 ml of water after every stretch. By 3 pm, I reached Ajmer and checked into a hotel, had lunch and rested for as couple of hours. By evening I went to Dargah sharif, offered prayers and found some inner peace
Station par hotel ki gadi lene aa gai thi. Hotel pahuch kar khana khaya, aur fr kuch der araam kiya. Shaam ko khwaja moinuddin chishti ki dargah-Ajmer sharif ke liye nikle. Khwaja garib nawaz ko Muhammad ka hi vanshaj mana jaata hai. Maante hai ki khwaja garib nawaz ke dar se koi khali haath nahin jaata aur isiliye hazaron log roz yahan ziyarat karne aate hain. Humne bhi khwaja ji ki mazar par chadar chadhai aur fr bahar aakar baith gaye. Itni bheed main bhi ek ajeeb sa sukoon ek ajeeb si shanti mahsoos kar rahe the. Tabhi namaz ka samay ho gaya jiske paschat qawwali shuru ho gai. Allah hu, bhar do jholi jaisi qawwaliyan sunkar anand aa gaya aur khwaja ji se aman aur shanti ki dua maangte huye hum bahar aa gaye. Vahan se ajmer ka bazaar ghumne nikle aur mango masala hotel main swadisht khana kha kar hotel vapis laut aaye.Agle din subah nashta karke ajmer shahr dekhne nikal gaye. sabse pahle sai mandir gaye. Subah subah sai baba ke darshan kiye aur aage ghumne chal diye. Prthiviraj chauhan smarak dekha. Ye smarak us vir yodha ki Muhammad ghori ke oopar viajay ka prateek hai. Smarak ke peeche pahadi par taragrh kila dikhai deta hai jo smarak ki shobha aur badha deta hai. Vahan ki mati chum kar us veer yoddha ko salaam karte huye adhai din ka jhonpra dekhne nikal gaye. Qutub-ud-din-aibak dwara banai gai ye masjid kahte hain dhai din main tyyar ho gai thi aur ek mandir ki jagah bani thi isilye mandir ki bhi jhalak dikhai deti hai.Vahan se akbar ka qila dekhne nikle. Mughal samrajya ki top, banduke, bhale,talwar aur bahut si cheezen sangrahalya main rakhin hain aur mughal samrajya ke bare main jankari de rahin hain. Fr soniji ki nasiyan dekhne gaye. Ye ek jain mandir hai jo apni swarn nagri ke liye mashhoor hai. Mandir ke peeche ek bade hall main swarn nagri bani hai jo bahut sailniyon ko akarshit karti hai. Sonyji ki nasiya ke baad annasagar jheel dekhi. Maharaja Annaji dwara banai gai ye adbuth jheel lagbhag 13km main faili hai. Is khubasurat jheel ke paas thodi der tahal kar hum pushkar ke liye nikal gaye..Pushkar ajmer se 14-15 km ki doori par hi hai. Arvalli pahadiyon se hote huye dopahar tak pushkar pahuche. Resort pahuch kar khana khaya, thodi der araam kiya aur fr shaam ko brahma ji ke mandir ke liye nikle. Pushkar isi mandir ke liye jana jaata hai. Ye mandir jagat pita brahmaji ke kuch hi mandiro main se ek hai aur isi mandir ki vajah se pushkar ko paanch dharmik sthano main se ek maana jaata hai. 2000 saal purane is mandir ki vastu kala dekhne yogya hai. Om brahmadevay namah, brahmaji ke darshn kiye, mandir main chandi ka kachua bana hai uske darshan kiye aur fr bahar aa gaye. Mandir ke paas hi dharmik pushkar jheel hai. Maana jaata hai brahma ji ke kamal ki kuch pankhudiya girne se ye jheel bani thi. Aur isiliye shahar ka naam pushkar(pushp) pada tha. Jheel ke paas thodi der baithe aur fr pushkar ka bazaar dekhne nikal gaye. Rajsthani vastuyon aur videshi sailaniyo se bhara pushkar ka bazaar dekhne yogya tha. Humne ek scooty le li thi. Ab raat ho gai thi, Hazaron café se bhara Pushkar shakahariyon ka jannat kaha jaata hai. Humne funkymonkey café pe khaya aur resort laut aaye. Agle din suryauday dekhne savitri mandir jaana tha isliye jaldi so gaye.Agle din subah jaldi uth kar tyyar huye aur 5 baje savitri mandir ke liye nikal gaye. Brahmaji ki pahli patni savitri ji ka yah mandir ratnagiri pahadi par bana hai. Kahte hain brahmaji se naraz hokar savitriji yahan aa kar baith gait hi. Lagbhag 5:30 baje chadhai shuru ki aur aadhe ghante main oopar pahuch gaye. Subah subah pahadi par chadhna bhi alag hi anubhav tha. Jab oopar pahuche to aarti shuru hui thi. Pahle aarti ki aur fr bahar surya uday dekhne ke liye ek chabootra bana tha vahan aakar baith gaye. Chai peete peete aravali ki pahadiyon main se nikalta hua suryauday dekha. Adbhut,apoorv,alaukik har shabd us khoobsurat drishya ke liye kam tha. Suryauday dekh kar vapas niche aa gaye. Aakar nashta kiya ek baar fr brahma mandir darshan karne chale gaye. Thodi der mandir main hi baithe aur fr scooty se lambi sair pr nikal gaye. Lautte huye ek dhabe par rajasthan ka prasidhdh dal bati churma khaya. Swadisht dal baati kha kar resort laut aaye. Shaam ko nikle aur bazaar hote huye ek ghaat par suryaast dekhne baith gaye. Aravali main Chupta hua suraj aur jheel main padti uski parchai dekhne yogya thi. Kuch log sitar jaisa koi vadya yantra pr rajasthani lok geet baja rahe the. Poori shaam vahin baitha raha aur us khoobsurat drishya ko dekhta raha. Raat ko khana khaya fr puskar ke mashhoor malpuye khaye aur resort aa gaye.Agle din vapis delhi ke liye nikalna tha. Subah uth kar resort main hi araam kiya. Alag alag chidiyon ki awaaz bahut meethi lag rahin thi. Resort se nikal kar sabse pahle scooty vapis ki. Pushkar se ajmer aaye aur delhi ke liye fr shatabdi pakdi. Raat tak main rajsthan ki khoobsurti sanskriti aur paripati ko man main basaye delhi aa gaya tha.Jab pushkar gaya tha tab pushkar mele ke bare main bahut suna tha parantu dekh nahin paaya tha. Pushkar jaisi jagah main baar baar ja sakta hun aur agar mauka prasiddh mele ko dekhne ka mile to baat hi kuch aur hai. Jo suna aur jaana hai use jeena chahta hun.
AJMER(2 days)From udaipur i made my way to ajmer (city of khawaja moinuddin chisti). Ajmer is one of the most famous and the oldest city of rajasthan built by ajaymeru chauhan later the throne was passed to prithviraj chahuan (last hindu ruler of india). This place is surrounded by the aravali ranges from all the sides and it encapsulates some marvels between them.
216 Kms from Takhatgarh
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!
Pushkar is only 11km from Ajmer, separated from it by rugged Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain). It was a hot day. On my way, A kid probably 9 year old had Vomiting. His Parents tried their best to control the situation but of no use. I always carry important medicines with me. So I offer him my water bottle and gave him medicine and advised to see a doctor when the bus arrive.After nearly half an hour, the bus reaches at Pushker. I had nimbu pani and rested for some time. It was not a good idea to go out in that hot weather. meanwhile, I talked to other people at the shop.
According to the Hindu scripture Padma Purana, Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha trying to kill his children and harassing people. He immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower. In this process, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating three lakes: the Pushkar Lake or Jyeshtha Pushkar (greatest or first Pushkar), the Madhya Pushkar (middle Pushkar) Lake, and Kanishtha Pushkar (lowest or youngest Pushkar) lake. When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place where the flower fell from Brahma's hand as "Pushkar". So here is a temple of Jagatpita Brahma. Food in Pushkar is delicious, you'll get authentic and western, depends on choice you want to eat.
Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples are not very old because many temples were destroyed during Muslim conquests in the area. Subsequently, the destroyed temples were rebuilt. The most famous among all is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century CE. Very few temples to Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world.
According to Hindu religion, after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for worship, then salvation is not achieved. According to the Hindu calendar Pushkar Fair commences in Nawami (ninth day of fortnightly phases of moon) and ends in Purnima (Full Moon) in the month of Kartika (October or November according to the lunar calendar). In Pushkar, one of the biggest Cattle Fair is also held for trading purposes and the best cattle in all categories are awarded. Countless people in their colourful attire gather to take a dip in the Holy Lake and pray to the deities. The whole town comes alive with vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional entertainment competitions. Pushkar, with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10–15 days duration is a year round destination. It is a mellow town by the great lake of Pushkar amidst the perfume of jasmine and rose flowers. About 4,000 to 6,000 visitors from all over the world come to Pushkar every day. Pushkar is also famous for its annual fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) held in November.
Pushkar fair continues for five days and these five days are a period of relaxation and merry-making for the villagers. This fair time is the most busy time for them, as this is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country. Animals, including over 50,000 camels, are brought from miles around to be traded and sold. Trading is brisk as several thousand heads of cattle exchange hands. All the camels are cleaned, washed, adorned, some are interestingly shorn to form patterns, and special stalls are set up selling finery and jewellery for the camels. Camels at the Pushkar fair are decorated with great care. They wear jewellery of silver and beads. There are silver bells and bangles around their ankles that jangle when they walk. An interesting ritual is the piercing of a camel's nose. It has more than 400 temples including the only one temple in India dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe.
Tourists can explore the rugged terrain of the Great Indian Desert of Thar using camels. The Aravalli Range here is one of the world's oldest mountain ranges, and has sandy fields, small dunes, beautiful hills and mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets. The camel safaris in Pushkar will take tourists to destinations where they will witnesses small villages along the way and during crop harvesting, the views are exceptionally enticing. Ghats at Pushkar lake. Ajmer is the nearest tourist attraction that lies outside the city boundaries of Pushkar.
According to legend, Brahma was in search of a place for Mahayagna and he found this place suitable. After a long time, Brahma came to known that a demon, Vajranash, was killing people here so the Lord intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process the parts of flower fell on three places which were later known as Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. After this Brahma performed a yagna to protect this place from demons. The consort of Brahma, Savitri, were needed to offer Ahuti for the yagna but she was not there that time so Gayatri, a local girl, was married to brahma and performed yagna. This act made first wife of Brahma, Savitri, angry and she cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only.
Pushkar is connected with Ajmer by Pushkar road which goes through aravalli range. The mountain portion road which separate Pushkar from Ajmer City is locally known as Pushkar Ghati. Pushkar is 11 km (6.8 mi) from Ajmer. The govt. transportation commonly controlled by Rajasthan Roadways, however the significant share of the transportation is controlled by private transportation services
294 Kms from Takhatgarh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,August,September,October,November,December
The City of Rajputs, Bundi, maybe not as popular as other cities in Rajasthan, but nevertheless is no less captivating. The city is cloaked by hills on three sides and is home to a number of palaces and forts. It is believed to have got its name from a tribal head Bundi who called it ‘bunda ka nal’, which means narrow way. A monumental prodigy that has stood the test of time is the Garh Palace. The walls with contemporary paintings and manicured gardens make the palace or fort a spectacle in itself. The many stepwells or baoris inside display the strong engineering skills from centuries ago. The riveting wells go very deep and are considered to the primary form of harvesting rainwater. Raniji ki Baori is one of them with elegant tall pillars and beautiful carvings. The Taragarh Fort or the Star Fort is a colossal that has been stunning people with its architecture since the ancient past. Alongside the fort is the Bundi Palace that houses the many murals and frescoes. Hadoti Palace or Nawal Sagar Palace are perfect if you want a royal stay at Bundi. Neither are the streets of Bundi as choked as the other cities nor are the attractions crowded with tourists, making it just the quaint town you want for a relaxing trip. Namaste Cafe, Lakha and Kipling Cafe promise delectable meals to satiate your palate.Read More
The City of Rajputs, Bundi, maybe not as popular as other cities in Rajasthan, but nevertheless is no less captivating. The city is cloaked by hills on three sides and is home to a number of palaces and forts. It is believed to have got its name from a tribal head Bundi who called it ‘bunda ka nal’, which means narrow way. A monumental prodigy that has stood the test of time is the Garh Palace. The walls with contemporary paintings and manicured gardens make the palace or fort a spectacle in itself. The many stepwells or baoris inside display the strong engineering skills from centuries ago. The riveting wells go very deep and are considered to the primary form of harvesting rainwater. Raniji ki Baori is one of them with elegant tall pillars and beautiful carvings. The Taragarh Fort or the Star Fort is a colossal that has been stunning people with its architecture since the ancient past. Alongside the fort is the Bundi Palace that houses the many murals and frescoes. Hadoti Palace or Nawal Sagar Palace are perfect if you want a royal stay at Bundi. Neither are the streets of Bundi as choked as the other cities nor are the attractions crowded with tourists, making it just the quaint town you want for a relaxing trip. Namaste Cafe, Lakha and Kipling Cafe promise delectable meals to satiate your palate.
Gleaming panels of Tikri—the Indian word for mosaic work, where, using scalpels, hand-cut pieces of mirrors are inlayed into frescos on the ceiling and the walls. Even the fl oors narrate the story of crusading elephants in tempered red, black, and white, the art style called izara. Poet Rudyard Kipling mentioned in his Letters of Marque published in 1899, “...but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams—the work of goblins rather than of men.” A great medieval fortifi cation snakes across the hill sides, indigo and white houses spill across the ground, and water reservoirs glisten in the afternoon sun.
Explore BundiThe city retains its old world charm, simplicity and slow pace. Narrow lanes, blue houses, colorful turbans and bright attires of women adding splashes of colors here and there. It is a less visited place by the domestic tourists (unlike to a few predictable places of Rajasthan) though quite popular with the foreign tourists.The place has some fantastic architectural as well as artistic delights like the Garh or Bundi Palace; Chitrashala; Taragarh Fort; over 50 baoris or step well among which Rani ji ki baori is the most well maintained and visited; Dabhai ka Kund. Other attractions are the Nawal & Jait sagar; Sukh Mahal & Museum; 84 pillared centopah and some other monuments like Phool Sagar, Kshar Bagh & Shikhar Burj which are personal property of the descendants of the royal family thus out of touristy domain.Garh or Bundi Palace, is built over a side of the hill. If you see it from the fort (higher above) it seems like it is hanging. Rudyard Kipling described it as ‘the work of goblins rather than of men’
Ten second takeaway: Bundi is a town that you might have a picture of in your head, but often struggle to place in the real world. Dotted with blue houses, lakes, hills, bazaars and a temple at every turn, Bundi is straight out of a fairy tale.It is believed that Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling penned part of his famous novel Kim in Bundi and this is what he had to say about the Bundi palace,‘Jaipur Palace may be called the 'Versailles of India'. Jodhpur’s House of strife, gray towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men.’Places to visit in Bundi: Sukh Mahal, Kshar Bag, Dabhai Kund, Raniji Ki Baori, Taragarh Fort, Lake Jait Sagar.HOW TO REACH BUNDIBy Air: The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur which is about 206 kms away.By Road: Buses to Bundi are available at regular intervals from Ajmer, Bijolia, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur.By Train: There is a small railway station in Bundi that is located about 4 kilometres south of the old city. To reach Bundi by train, you will have to change trains at Chittorgarh, which is connected to all major cities in India.
Bundi is a city in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan state in northwest India. It is of particular architectural note for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris. The town of Bundi is situated 35 km from Kota and 210 km from Jaipur. The city lies near a narrow gorge, and is surrounded on three sides by hills of the Aravalli Range. A substantial wall with four gateways encircles the city. The town of Indragarh and nearby places are famous for the renowned temples of Bijasan Mata and Kamleshwar. The Indargarh step well is considered as one of the most attractive places in the Bundi district, especially during the rainy season.
Our chronicles from Bundi start with a misty morning. It has rained all night. Remnant drops of water which have been clinging to the leaves of the trees all night are now falling. Slight mist has descended upon Bundi neither completely revealing nor concealing its charms. The Bundi palace as seen from our roof top restaurant stands as a guardian on the hillside. The old town of Bundi and its narrow lanes meandering through the rustic houses is worth simply walking around and exploring. You may come across children playing in their backyard or group of old men gathered around a 'Chai wala' (Tea shop) blowing steam off the tea cups and engulfed in conversations and cheerful laughter. The walls of houses are painted with images of warriors on their horses, peacocks and damsels with their melting features.
Inhabited by local tribes, this princely town is a guided stop for anyone who wants to come closer to the history and culture of this place. We part drive / cycle to Bundi through beautiful villages and Aravali hills. In the evening walk up the majestic Bundi fort using stone steps and ramps which were built for horsemen and chariots. Adorned with narrow lanes and blue lakes, this little town reminds of the past glory of Rajasthan. Bundi doesn't attract a lot of crowd like Udaipur and Jaipur does, it is a haven for adventurists and explorers to capture the true spirit of Rajasthan.