Rajasthan

The state of Rajasthan is a blend of the traditional and the modern, with somewhere a medieval ambience still lingering on. The heritage monuments and traditional costumes rub shoulders with modern infrastructure and luxuries. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is known as The Pink City and is a treasure house of palaces, fortresses, monuments, museums, temples and gardens. The lakeside city, Udaipur, set in a valley surrounded by lush hills, is famous as The Venice of the East. Jaisalmer situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, has a massive fort in yellow sandstone while Jodhpur lies at the foot of the soaring Mehrangarh fort. Jodhpur, Chittaurgarh, Bundi, Bikaner and Bharatpur all have a long and colourful history resounding with sagas of valour and heroism.
The Dargah of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, at Ajmer, Brahma Temple at Pushkar and the stunning Jain temples at Ranakpur and Mt. Abu are holy places in Rajasthan.
Rajasthans nature reserves cover a broad spectrum with habitats ranging from the verdant and hilly Mt. Abu to the arid desert wastes of Thar. Some of them are Sariska Tiger Reserve, Desert National Sanctuary, Sambhar Salt Lake, Ranthambhore National Park and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Rajasthan is well connected on the vast network of Indian railways and connected by well-maintained National Highways to its neighbouring states. The cities of a Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur have airports. The best time to visit Rajasthan is during the winter months from October to March.

Udaipur Diaries – The City of Lakes

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We left our home at around 11.20 p.m. and our first stop was “Mardeshwar Temple” , Palikhanda, a place  located adjacent to high way itself. We decided to take blessings of “Lord Shiva” to start the journey. It was around 1.15 pm we left for our next planned stop “Shamlaji Temple”. We were at “Shamlaji” around 2.50 pm. After having darshan in the temple, we took a bit longer break here for some refreshment. I am avoiding writing historical details of this two temples as authentic information is easily available on web and there is no point writing it again. We left shamlaji at around 3.30 curiously waiting to reach our final destination.

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Karni Mata temple – Not for the faint hearted

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Besides the religious significance, the Karni Mata Temple is also a significant piece of art. Built in the late 19th century and finished in the early 20th century, under the patronage of Maharaja Ganga Singh of Binaker, the temple architecture reflects the Mughal style of artistry.

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Bundi – A Hidden Gem in the Aravallis

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I am going to narrate my experience of staying at Bundi for a night. The town of Bundi is situated in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan, this place is less explored by the Indian tourists but we had the opportunity to be there and learn about the place and of its rich history.

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Best of Bikaner, Rajasthan

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You do not need to hire any guide. The palace tickets will include it all. Then the guide will roam you around the palace and will tell you all about the history etc. of this palace. Really this palace is unique in its own. The monuments and the historical things that has been preserved in this palace really stunning.

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Delhi -> Jodhpur ->Jaisalmer -> Bikaner Road Review

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A road trip starting from Delhi to Jodhpur, then over to Jaisalmer and a return back via Bikaner is an amazing experience. It is always advisable to start the journey at the break of dawn to avoid the rush hour. We started around 3:00 AM (did I say break of dawn?) and were in Jaipur by 7.00 AM. The Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH-8) is under construction for expansion. Be prepared to face a lot of mud & deep craters on the roads. We still managed to go maintain a speed of 60-70 Kmph and sometimes accelerated to about 110 kmph. Good facilities for breakfast and refreshments along the highway provided by Rajasthan Tourism & other privately held outlets make the journey comfortable.

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Sariska: Nature with Adventure

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After driving 40 more minutes, we took a sharp left from main Delhi-Jaipur Highway to Viraat Nagar State highway. Viraat Nagar is famous for the Mahabharata times as this is the place where pandava’s completed 1 year of secret exile.  Our resort (Gulmohar Sariska Resort) was situated on connecting road just 2KMS before the main city. It was a big resort with some spacious rooms with a big garden area which is room facing and a swimming pool too which is not quite big but good for group of 5-10 people.

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मेरी पुष्कर यात्रा – पुष्कर मेला 2017

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पर्यटकों को लुभाने वाली तमाम जगहों से भरी राजस्थान की धरती में पुष्कर का एक अलग स्थान है, क्योंकि बाकी जगहों की तरह यहाँ कोई रेगिस्तान, महल या किला नहीं है, पुष्कर पूरे विश्व में अपनी पहचान रखता है अपनी धार्मिक और सांस्कृतिक विरासत के लिए I पूरे विश्व में ब्रह्मा जी का अकेला मंदिर पुष्कर में ही है, इस कारण हिन्दू धर्म में पुष्कर का एक बहुत ख़ास स्थान तो है ही पर उसके अलावा पुष्कर की इस विश्व स्तरीय पहचान के पीछे, हर साल कार्तिक के महीने में आयोजित होने वाले पुष्कर मेले की अहम् भूमिका है I साल के वो आठ दिन जब ये मेला चलता है, तो पुष्कर देश ही नहीं पूरी दुनिया के मानचित्र में होता है I

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Chittorgarh- The pride of Sisodia clan

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By the evening it is time for the light and sound show in the precincts of the fort. The starry evening sky with the stories told through light and sound across various towers and buildings in the fort make the entire history come alive. A must watch for any tourist. A fascinating experience that will take one to edge of their chairs and marvel at the fate of dauntless men, women and children, who lived and thrived here ages ago, thus ended our trip to mystical city of Chittorgarh.

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Trip to the magnificent city of lakes- Udaipur

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Rajasthan with its rich culture, grand palaces and forts has always been one of the most coveted regions aspired by Mughals and later by British. The story of Udaipur and Chittorgarh are no less. Udaipur was built by the valiant Sisodia king of the Rajputs, Maharana Udaisingh in 1553. It was the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar. Udaipur succeeded Chittorgarh which was besieged and taken over by the Mughals. After 1818 it became a British princely state. Udaipur is popularly known as the “City of Lakes” with its numerous lakes major ones being the Fateh Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Rang Sagar Lake and Doodh Talai Lake besides others. The city is flanked with ethereal gardens and mountain ranges.

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Udaipur Diaries Continues …Part-2

Udaipur Diaries Continues …Part-2

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We left “Sajjangarh” at around 2.15 p.m. for “City Palace”. On the way we wanted taste rajasthan variety snack and ballubhai rightly stopped and one of very famous food chain joint JBM. Never forget to try Dal Kachori and Pyaj Kachori here, it’s affordable with great taste. At around 3.15 we were at “City Palace”. Entry tickets for city palace is Rs.330/- (which includes entry for must recommended visit to museum). Believe me at first sight I was wondering why to pay so much for palace, but once we were inside felt it’s worth.

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मेरी पुष्कर यात्रा – पुष्कर मेला 2017

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पर्यटकों को लुभाने वाली तमाम जगहों से भरी राजस्थान की धरती में पुष्कर का एक अलग स्थान है, क्योंकि बाकी जगहों की तरह यहाँ कोई रेगिस्तान, महल या किला नहीं है, पुष्कर पूरे विश्व में अपनी पहचान रखता है अपनी धार्मिक और सांस्कृतिक विरासत के लिए I पूरे विश्व में ब्रह्मा जी का अकेला मंदिर पुष्कर में ही है, इस कारण हिन्दू धर्म में पुष्कर का एक बहुत ख़ास स्थान तो है ही पर उसके अलावा पुष्कर की इस विश्व स्तरीय पहचान के पीछे, हर साल कार्तिक के महीने में आयोजित होने वाले पुष्कर मेले की अहम् भूमिका है I साल के वो आठ दिन जब ये मेला चलता है, तो पुष्कर देश ही नहीं पूरी दुनिया के मानचित्र में होता है I

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