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.Read More
Jaisalmer is a breathtaking heritage city that lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Surrounded by sand dunes, the city has the spectacular golden Jaisalmer Fort towering over it and apparently rising out of the desert haze. Made of yellow sandstone, Jaisalmer Fort, Havelis, Palace of the Maharawal, several Hindu temples, exquisitely sculpted trio of Jain temples and Gadsisar Lake are the places that are not to be missed out on your trip to this beautiful city.
The most famous havelis are Nathmalji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and the Patwon ki Haveli. The Desert Culture Centre and Museum is a place which gives visitors an inside view of Jaisalmer, with its extensive collection of old coins, textile, weaponry, traditional Rajasthani musical instruments and fossils found in the desert. The Gadsisar Lake is an artificial water body that stores rainwater. In the harsh desert landscape, it becomes a major attraction and a favourite picnic spot. Including a desert safari during a visit here would also prove to be an unforgettable experience. The city is well connected by air, road and railways.
Best time to visit: October to February
Languages spoken: Rajasthani, Hindi, Urdu
Climate: Very hot summers and cold winters
Heritage sites: Jaisalmer Fort, Palace of the Maharawal, Nathmalji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli.
Holy places: Several Hindu and Jain Temples
Activities: Desert Safari
Places to visit: Desert Culture Centre and Museum, Gadsisar Lake
Located 18 km away from Jaisalmer, the way to desert Kuldhara village is known as the ghost village. Lying abandoned from the past few centuries, this village has no signs of human life and is also known as one of the haunted places in Rajasthan. A clan of eighty-five villages, Kuldhara was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, but due to some adverse happenings, the natives evacuated the village within a night. It is also said that while leaving the village, the villagers put a curse on it.Read More
After breakfast, we left Jaisalmer at around 7.30 am and took the Bikaner route to reach Delhi. The road upto Pokran is same and from Pokran, it is a different road to Bikaner. This road was even better and emptier with absolutely no traffic.Read More
तनोट से 52 किमी दूर लोंगेवाला जाने का सौभाग्य मिला जिसका सर्वश्रेष्ठ फिल्मांकन “बॉर्डर” सिनेमा में देखा था
ये वही जगह है जहा मात्र 120 सैनिको के पाकिस्तान के 2000 की फ़ौज और 100 से अधिक टैंक को सारी रात रोका और फ़ौज को जैसलमेर तक पहुचने से रोका था,यहाँ उन वीरो का स्मारक भी बना है और जब्त किये पाक टैंक भी…देशभक्ति से दिल भर गया यहाँ आकर…उन वीरो को श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित कर वही साथ मिले लंच पैकेट से लंच कर हम लोग वापस कैंप में लौट आये.
Mr. Polu, fifteen years ago, was an auto driver who helped the tourists around the Jaisalmer town. His warm and helpful nature always made the tourists stay with him. During off-season, one French couple visited Jaisalmer and he chauffeured them. They asked him, what would be his plan for the future? His simple answer was that ‘I want to own and run a hotel’. That couple didn’t buy a property for him, but searched a guest house for him. Gave $2000 as a security deposit for that property and asked Mr.Polu to run that and asked him to carry on his friendly nature.Read More
Still we had enough time so gave a thought for Udaipur now in evening. Everyone suggested for planning during food intake. Ultimately this was saving some time for us.
we wasted 20-25 mins in search of a good restaurant in city than decided that we will have food on the way .Just 10 mins later found a restaurant luckily. We were having our lunch cum dinner @ 6:30 PM. We hadn’t booked our hotel anywhere in the trip so tried to book hotel in Udaipur. Another 5-6hrs journey was still pending & it was a big risk to search hotel in midnight with family. When inquired in 5-6 hotels none of a single room was available. Local contacts tried but all went in vain.
Oh God….left the luck behind!! was everyone celebrating independence day in Udaipur or everyone was utilizing this weekend with another holiday of 15th Aug. By the way it was 8 ‘o clock & we were still in Jodhpur.
Avoiding risk of late night journey & no hotel availability in Udaipur we decided to stay in Jodhpur & depart for Udaipur in early morning. It was a hotel’s restaurant, got 2 rooms easily .We had enough spare time now, so utilized for our party.Read More
Childhood memories coming back… in those early days like every other child, I used to love crime fiction and there is a great tradition of detective fiction in Bengal…those month long Summer and Puja breaks were spent mostly reading Tenida, Ghanada, Kakababu, Bomkesh, Pandob Goenda, Feluda Series*. These stories were written mostly for kids and we enjoyed reading them a lot. Sometimes our wait for the next issue to come, would have been a month or even a year. Would we mind? No, not at all. Those were the perfect gifts for kids to inculcate reading habit.Read More
Jaisalmer was our next destination and on our return journey we planned to cover Bikaner. We decided to start after getting fresh in early morning so that we do not end up wasting time in Jaisalmer. We reached Jaisalmer by around 8:30 AM, luckily found a local guide and took some guidance from him and by 10 we were in the Jaisalmer fort. Took a guide (he was just hovering around there) there and started the fort visit. We booked the tickets for the Swiss camp in the Sam sand dunes from the fort only.Read More
Since quite some time I have been thinking “what an amazing experience it will be drive through the Rajasthan deserts and barren lands”. I have only seen those in movies but to do it on my own is something I have always been dreaming for. Unfortunately because of our professional life, it is not always an easy job to plan such kind of trips. But then you get a chance and you have to reap the advantages then and there on. Exactly that is what I did, and made a quick plan of visiting Jodhpur, Jaisalmer during the republic day leave on 2012. Took two additional days leave and planned the whole trip. And as we found out later, it was not a bad decision at all. Here’s a small description on the entire trip that I had and I hope this will be really helpful to those who are actually planning for such trips. Although 5 days is a bit tight for visiting these places, I tried to cover the maximum things that can be visited within this schedule.Read More
…A distance of 1 km appeared to take eons and finally we touched the foot of the grand Thar Desert. The majesty and the beauty are breath taking. On the horizon the sun was setting spilling thousand colors of oranges and yellows on the shimmering sand dunes…Read More
The hour and a half that you spend on the train on that stretch is filled with varying emotions….and then suddenly you enter the Jaisalmer station….it just crops up from nowhere……and I guess that’s the best way to end a journey which has been full of colour, emotions, questions and surprises.Read More
Jaisalmer had been on my wish list for a very long time. Having seeing beaches, backwaters, historical places, hill stations and mountains, the desert still remained to be explored. Finally the call came from the desert and one fine day we found ourselves on board the train to Jaisalmer – The Golden City of forts, havelis and the magnificent Thar. It was the cold and foggy winter evening of January 22 this year when we took the ‘DLI JSM Express’ from Gurgaon railway station. This is the only train that goes directly to Jaisalmer from Delhi via Gurgaon, Jaipur and Jodhpur. It is a sixteen hour journey.Read More