Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Jodhpur- Acknowledged For Its Vibrant Culture

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After my lavish and pleasurable journey on the Palace on Wheels, I arrived at Jodhpur. It was my second visit to this enigmatic city of Rajasthan. Chayan, my friend, being very punctual, was waiting for me at the station. I hadn't met him for a couple of years, I guess. Being a bachelor, his flat in Jodhpur was actually disheveled and unkempt. Even so, I liked it, as it reflected the typical bachelor's freedom - to enjoy every bit of life.
Chayan's flat is close to the Polo Ground, which was hosting the three day International Desert Kite Festival. After a cool shower and a heavy breakfast, we moved on to the Polo Ground that was full of the kite flyers from India as well as all over the world. This International Kite Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January (on Makar Sankranti). People were gathered to reveal their kite flying skills with full enthusiasm and vigor. Air Force helicopters were also releasing a number of kites from the sky. The sky was full of kites and balloons of various designs and colors. The festival is truly a blend of enthusiasm, colours, brotherhood, entertainment and mouthwatering Rajasthani sweets like Phirni.
I was dying to pamper my taste buds with the fiery and aromatic Jodhpuri cuisine which is why we first drove to Jalori Gate by bike and ordered two plates of “Pyaz Ki Kachori” and a few red meat and white meat preparations along with the grilled Kebabs and Tikkas. Our meal ended with a glass full of Makhania Lassi made with saffron, yoghurt and sugar, at the Clock Tower. After a tiring day, we came back home and spent the peaceful evening while relaxing and playing cards on the terrace. A cook prepares food for Chayan at his place everyday. He came around 7:30 pm and prepared the traditional Dal Bati Churma, Bajre ki Roti, Besan k Gatte and Kair Sangri for dinner.
I had already visited the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Museum, Maha Mandir Temple etc. during my last trip to Jodhpur. Therefore I decided to devote my Sunday to another traditional fair. Chayan also insisted that I visit Nagaur town to see the Nagaur Fair (Cattle Fair) that lasts for eight days. The fair was simply a sea of animals trading over a lakh of lavishly decorated bullocks, camels and horses. We enjoyed watching sports like tug-of-war, camel races, bullock races and cock fights at the Nagaur town. After returning to Jodhpur, Chayan took me to the Girdikot and Sardar Market. The colourful Bazaar is situated near the Clock tower. Its narrow lanes are dotted with tiny shops selling exquisite Rajasthani silver jewelry, marble curios with inlay work, handicrafts, clay figurines of camels and elephants, Rajashani textiles, etc.
The short Safari to the nearby villages was simply amazing. I realized that a number of attractions were left untouched during my last visit. Chayan proved to be a good partner throughout the trip.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Relish The Lifestyle Of The Kings While Boarding The Palace On Wheels

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While I was exploring the sand dunes and enjoying the unique fairs at Jaisalmer, a friend of mine, who resides in Jodhpur, invited me to come to his place for a sightseeing trip over the weekend. I asked the manager of my hotel to book me a ticket for the royal train 'Palace On Wheels' to Jodhpur. It was Friday, 11:30 pm, when the royal train departured from Jaisalmer. I had already informed my friend to receive me at the Jodhpur Railway Station the next morning (Saturday) at 8 am.
Palace On Wheels is truly a journey worthy of Kings. The train offers a vibrant journey through the royal land of sand dunes and regal palaces. I was amazed by the intrinsic ambience in the train that goes perfectly well with the majestic charm and beauty spread so lavishly all over Rajasthan. Rated as one of the top ten luxury train journeys in the world, it offers you a fascinating trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in seven days, along with the royal history of Taj Mahal in Agra.
It was an eight hour night journey from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur. I, being very friendly, started a conversation with the lady, a local resident of Jodhpur, sitting next to me. She told me that the name “Palace On Wheels” was derived from the royal back-ground of the coaches. The train was first introduced in 1982 but was later replaced with a new meter gauge air conditioned one in 1990. That new Palace On Wheels had 13 Saloons, 2 Restaurant cum Kitchen cars, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 Service Cars. Today, it has been upgraded to 14 Saloons that are inter-connected, and the interiors are also refurbished to match the aesthetics of the royal states.
In the meantime, a waitor came round and took orders for dinner. After ordering our desired meals, the lady took me to the lounge, library, bar & dining cars. The compartments were extraordinarilly decorated like a seven star hotel. I also visited the 14 saloons, which are based on the princely states of Rajasthan - Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi, and Udaipur. Even the interiors, furniture, handicrafts, paintings, furnishings, coupes and the separate pantries are decorated according to the cultural ethos of the respective state.
While having a few Chinese and North-Indian dishes, the lady also told me about the royal services on board. The train was all about luxury and comfort. It was 2:30 am in the morning and Sushmita, my new friend, was very sleepy. Our chat was over, but the excitement was soaring high inside me. I was actually carried away by the Palace on Wheels into the royal world of the Maharajas, grand palaces, and majestic forts. With unmatched luxury and comforts, the train also offers several Khidmatgars (personal attendants) for excellent personalized services. Wall to wall carpeting, lounge, well stocked bars and huge dining cars were simply an out-of-the-world experience. I was highly impressed by the efforts of the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, Indian Railways, the State Government of Rajasthan, and the Government of India towards developing tourism in India. with these thoughts, I neared “Sun City”- Jodhpur, to hunt for a few more attractions.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Golden City Alive

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Tourist season was at its peak. Jaisalmer was now packed with tourists crazy for forts, festivals, feasts and safaris. I headed towards the Sand Dunes to explore the captivating beauty and lifestyle of the interiors of Jaisalmer in a closer way. Infact, to be part of the Desert Festival was perhaps the major reason, which could not be fulfilled on my last trip. I could devote another one day for the purpose. All the hotels were already booked, but luckily I got a small room in a budget hotel. The hotel, its services and amenities were not up to the mark, but the tariff was hefty, probably because of the season. The food was undoubtedly delicious. The essence of Rajasthani food itself makes it out of the world. Extra-ordinarily flavoursome!
In the evening, I asked the manager to arrange a camel ride for me along with a guide. The guide took me to a small market area where several local people were shouting in high notes beckoning tourists to have a camel ride with them, quite similar to the rickshaw-walas in urban areas. One of them asked for Rs. 50 for a ride, which was quite affordable. But my guide, being a local person, immediately bargained and surprisingly fixed the same ride for me at just Rs. 20. It is quite surprising how those sand dunes were made just by the forceful winds, naturally! That camel safari was amongst the most adventurous things I have ever done.
At sunset, people started preparing themselves for night camping and folk art performances. I also joined a group of tourists and enjoyed the musical evening with dance performances, camp-fire and light snacks. It was getting cold and I preferred moving back to my “luxurious” hotel. Thankfully my room was warm and cozy.
I had already planned not to miss the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer on this trip. So the very next morning, I moved towards the fair. The festival is known for various cultural as well as fun activities such as camel races, folk dances, Mr. Desert contest and the interesting Turban tying contest. Being much excited, I too participated in the camel race and turban tying contest. As predicted, none of the two contests could bring me any prize. The celebration area was heavily crowded, but cheerful. The city became alive with the colourful ambience, cultural acts, traditional music, folk art-dance performances, and art & craft stalls. I bought a few special handicrafts for my mother and friends.
As I had enough of food specialties in the fair, I did not order anything for dinner. At this point of time, after exploring enough of the Golden City, I was planning to grab a luxurious seat in the royal train 'The Palace on Wheels' to reach my next destination.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Redefining Journey...Explore Something More Than Pink

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Khimsar was left miles behind, but the sands are unaffected of borders. I stepped in Pokhran, the renowned spot for Nuclear Experiments and was welcomed with full “warmth” by the desert. The sun was about to set down when I arrived Pokhran, so atmosphere was not too warm but I knew it was going to be cold in night. Pokhran is located around 112 km. from the main Jaisalmer city. I remember the telecast of extreme Nuclear tests/explosions of May 1974 and May 1998 on television which drew international attention towards this small town. The town falls in the midway of triangular route between Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner. I stayed in a guest house in the night and enjoyed the traditional teekha & chatpata (spicy) Rajasthani food. The local people in the guest house told me about the legendary tale behind the formation of these deserts. According to the myths, Lord Rama once wished to dry up the ocean of Sri Lanka to get a way to reach there. But when the king of that ocean prayed him for not to do so, Rama fired his arrow into river Saraswati which flowed here. The river dried up by the heat of the arrow and the place turned to a barren desert.
I found accommodation, transport and meals at a very reasonable prices. I was ready in the morning after a heavy breakfast to explore forts, palaces and havelis. I first moved towards Pokhran Fort , famous for its world class traditional architecture, art and design. Built in yellow sandstone, the fort has a Durga temple. I was simply surprised by the pattern of construction, which is more than 400 years old. Wooden doors and windows were decorated by the designs of elephants, parrots and peacocks. The designs, paintings and carvings (nakkashi) were truly amazing. A local guide asked me to visit Pokhran Museum also. It is inside the premises of the fort and consists of antique weapons, paintings, pottery and the costumes which the Maharajas (ancient kings) wore.
I walked along the street of Gandhi Chowk, which is famous for its vegetable market. Women, wearing traditional Rajasthani outfits, handle all the shops there.
As I came to know that Pokhran owns some enchanting palaces as well, I moved towards Phool Niwas (Flower Palace), Mangal Niwas, Rani Mahal and Hawa Mahal (a copy of Jaipur's Hawa Mahal). I stopped at the Ramdev Temple for about half an hour to have my lunch. The temple is popular for a fair in the honour of Baba Ramdev. The priest there told me that the fair is held twice a year, in August and February and lasts for 11 days.
Lastly, in the evening, I visited Chhatris, a memorial to the kings who died during wars and the queens who committed sati (burnt theirselves with the dead bodies of their husbands). While approaching my guest house I also visited the nuclear test/explosion sites. It took me a whole day to visit the major attractions of Pokhran. But I quite liked the place, its tradition and hospitality.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Into the Heart of Rajasthan

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 Early in the morning I headed out for Ranakpur. A cup of tea en-route took away all my inactiveness. Far from the hustle bustle of the city, the rural regalia of the place was enchanting. Surrounded by hills, Ranakpur was cooler as compared to other of the cities of Rajasthan.

Evenings were extremely pleasurable here. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is the major draw for the tourists here. Built in white marble, the temple was probably the most spectacular structure I had seen till date. I was impressed to see the exterior of the temple whose charm could bowl over even the most seasoned traveller. I walked up the stairs and believe me when I say that the interiors were
irresistibly splendid.

Over 1400 pillars in white marble dot the interiors of the massive temple. What was even more amazing was the fact that every marble pillar was carved unlike the other. These carvings were so unique and so beautiful. Words fall short to describe its matchless glory and photographs are not enough to display its splendour. It is purely white everywhere with sun rays entering in through spaces and settling gingerly over the gleaming floor. The temple was magnetic enough to allow a visitor sit and keep looking for hours, I bet.

I captured the beauty of the temple with endless clicks of my camera though photographing the religious idols was strictly prohibited. The temple visit had immensely impressed me.

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I had lunch and decided to move on to the next destination Khimsar. Right after reaching Khimsar I began to look for a hotel. There's no better option than Khimsar Fort Hotel. I must add that the staff at the hotel was extremely amiable. Dinners outdoor under the starlit sky were romantic. Rajasthani dance and music was an added attraction.

The vast stretches of sand in Khimsar are ideal for sand play. Jeep safari was the best way out to explore the wilderness in Khimsar. I opted for a jeep safari then. It was the best way to catch glimpses of animals like deer, sambhar and some snakes. Jeep safari was truly an unmatched experience. One of its own kind!

Now I opted for some adventure amidst the sands. You will have to believe me when I say that messing with sands in Rajasthan is great fun. I started off my adventure in Khimsar with a jeep safari. I saw deer, sambhar and a couple of snakes too. The charm associated with a jeep safari amidst the desert landscape was one of its own kind.

In order to taste the true essence of desert and explore the dune decked terrain further, I had to hire a camel who was my companion for the rest of the journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the camel ride into the sunset. Watching the sunset from an elevated sand dune hypnotized me. I felt as if transported to another world altogether. Hot tea and sandwiches, what more could I have asked for? Nothing but sand could only be seen for miles. Nowhere can the sands be as spellbinding as they are in Rajasthan, I exclaimed.

The experience was enthralling. Changing colours of the sun over the desert horizon, moonlit flooded over desert landscape are sights not to be missed. Days drenched in sun and crisp nights... It will not be easy for me to stem out from the fond memories of Khimsar Tour.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Fashionably luxurious desert

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Tracing steps forward, I headed for a drive to Luni. Ramesh, my driver, proved to be a real blessing. He was my sole entertainer while I hopped places in Rajasthan. On my way to Luni, I was greeted by kids waving goodbye with big smiles on their faces. The horns blown by a never ending stream of buses passing by made the highway too chaotic to hear the music being played in the taxi.
Continuing through Luni, I reached its most striking sight – Fort Chanwa. I decided not to stay overnight at the fort, now a luxury hotel. But I wanted to see every inch of this refined marvel of Indian architecture. So I decided to stay there till the evening. Carved in red sandstone of Jodhpur, the fort was massive. Immaculate paintings that adorned its walls transported me into the bygone era. I spent an hour at the beautiful garden. Yet another mesmerizing sight, yet another picturesque setting and yet another perfect sunset marked the end of my tour to Luni.
After spending a relaxed evening at this peaceful haven, I was scheduled to visit the most enigmatic city of Rajasthan – Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan Palace was my home during this Jodhpur holiday. Every corner of the hotel was immersed in sheer elegance. It charmed my soul in the very first glimpse.
I dumped my bags in the hotel room and headed out for a guided tour to see the major attractions that dot the blue city. Blue is the colour dominating the city cape. We were a bunch of tourists visiting the Mehrangarh Fort situated on a hilltop. As we walked up, we realized how huge the structure actually was. We were told by the guide that despite several efforts of the enemies this imposing fort had never been attacked. Other palaces that the fort houses Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Phool Mahal were ultimate delights. Paintings and carvings that embellished the walls were exquisite. An audio played in all the chambers informed us of the brief history linked with the fort.
We then proceeded towards the museum packed with loads of regal charm. The royal cradles, miniature paintings, howdas, music instruments, palanquins brought alive the bygone era before my eyes. Swords in silver and jade, shields with rubies and pearls engraved and barrels with gold and silver work were objects rarest of all. Incredibly luxurious ! This was probably one of the finest forts I had seen during my trip so far.
Later in the evening, we were taken into the old city. Far from the hustle bustle of the modern city, I spent the evening at a desired pace here. Really a nice and peaceful place. My camera worked breathlessly to capture all that was beautiful. I am enjoying so much so that I myself do not know when will I be moving to another destination. I simply love the colours of this desert.

Jodhpur,Sheesh Mahal,Phool Mahal,Mehrangarh Fort,Fort Chanwa

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Mount Abu - In sync with nature

From Kota I traveled along a bumpy road to reach Mount Abu. Friendly locals, cool climate and greenery in abundance are marked features of Mount Abu. My hotel, Lake View offered a matchless view of the serene Nakki Lake. I could see several holiday makers enjoying a boat ride amidst the azure waters of the lake.

Sagar, the guide for the tour took a group of tourists for spectacular sightseeing around the mountains. We were first of all taken to a cave amidst the mountains. I was shocked to know that we had to crawl through this narrow cave. I wiggled upto 10 meters in the darkness of the cave. The experience was exciting as well as frightening. There were bats flying past in the pitch dark. Further, we visited Gaumukh Temple.

Our next halt was the far famed Dilwara Jain Temples. All the five temples in the complex are extraordinary in architecture. The stunning beauty of the intricate carvings in white marble overwhelmed me. And the most amazing thing was that each of these carvings were distinct. I felt bad to know the fact that photography was prohibited inside the temple. Eventually, I was unfortunate not being able to capture the magnificence of the temple in my camera. I would not exaggerate when I saw Dilwara Temples are a dream in marble.

Later, we climbed over a high rock mountain. The view of the farmlands from the mountain top was spectacular. I saw a beautiful play of colours from Toad Rock while the sunset. The group tour ended here and I headed to spend the evening at Nakki Lake. The pleasing weather prompted me to walk around the lake with cool breeze playing with my hair. It felt as if stress had vanished off. The market area of the city sprang to life with an array of colorful little shops. While scanning the market I picked up a colourful bed cover and some bangles.

Dinner was taken at Arbuda Restaurant. All my thoughts of dieting went to drain. After the lip-smacking delicacies, I had a sizzling brownie at Cafe Coffee Day. Satiated and happy, I went back to my hotel room.

Nowhere in Rajasthan natural beauty exists in a better form than in Mount Abu. Packed with multifaceted attractions, Mount Abu is indeed a perfect holiday destination. With lingering memories of Mount Abu tour, I moved on to yet another spellbinding city of Rajasthan – Jodhpur.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tour to twin cities – Kota and Bundi

A comfortable 150 kilometers journey from Ajmer brought me to Bundi – the desert's undiscovered gem. It seemed as if time had come to a halt as Bundi till date retains its traditional flavour. I saw a young man by the street side, unmindful of the world around him. I stopped to stare. His sporting long moustaches and bright turban made me think that he was a local. I moved on to explore the least explored town of Rajasthan – Bundi.

It was early morning time when I drove into the town. Bundi had not even woken up properly. Most of the shops were unopened, some gradually coming awake with owners raising their shutters, making a creaking sound that disturbed the tranquility flowing within the aura of the town. Signs of life could only be observed around the Bundi Palace.

The view of the Bundi Palace that I caught from the window of the taxi seemed massive. I stepped out the taxi and entered the palace. The interiors of the palace transported me to another age and presented before my eyes another life altogether. Unfortunately, the whole of the palace is not open to the public.

I kick started watching the fascinating murals that adorned the walls, pillars and ceiling of the fort. I was lucky enough to see a room in the palace which usually remains locked. The colours of its walls had faded over the years. Flash photography was prohibited here. Chitra Shala, a portion of the palace, bowled me over with its beauty beyond compare. Traditional murals depicting scenes from Krishna raas-leela, hunting scenes and court life adorned the walls and ceiling of this palace of paintings.

I would have loved spending hours there capturing the beautiful memories in my camera. But I had to reach Kota before nightfall. I had to leave from Bundi without seeing the far famed Taragarh Fort and other places worth seeing. It was approximately a 40 minutes drive from Bundi to its twin city Kota. My overnight stay immersed in sinful luxury at the Umed Bhawan Palace in Kota was memorable.

Kota, the industrial heartland of the rustic desert, is packed with a series of delightful discoveries. Shopping was what I chose to indulge in. I could discover a unique spontaneity attached with the distinctive paintings are calligraphic of Kota. Remarkable shading and a blend of the Rajput with the Mughal style of painting made them a must buy. Thereafter, I laid hands on a unique product of this area, Kota Doria (sari).

Later in the evening, my taxi drove towards the famous Jag Mandir. Amidst Kishore Sagar lake stood Jag Mandir. The beauty of this structure in red sandstone was enhanced by the azure waters of the lake. A boat ride in the lake was the perfect way to end the Kota tour. While walking towards the taxi, I kept on stopping to admire the colourful small houses adorning the streets of Kota. I turned back for one last glimpse and promised myself to come back to this place.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Discover The Wilderness Of Nature!

After experiencing the royalty of the princely city Jaipur, I was scheduled to experience the wilderness of the world famous Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary and Ranthambore National Park. Thoughts of wildlife started racing through my mind when I started my journey to Sariska National Park. Known for a wide variety of wildlife, Sariska is one of the must-see destination of Rajasthan for wildlife enthusiasts. Tucked away in the beautiful Aravalli hills, Sariska was once the hunting ground of the Alwar Royals. It is not only famous for its wildlife but also for its ancient temples reflecting the rich architectural heritage of Rajasthan.

Sweet aroma of wild flora, beautiful hills with thick towering bamboo trees, a feeling of venturing into the unknown and ample opportunities of sightseeing—this is what Sariska greets you with. I opted for Jeep safari and embarked on the adventurous journey into the fascinating world of jungle with the guide named Shankar. He acquainted me with some information on Sariska. Sariska was established as a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Spreading over an area of 429 sq km, Sariska is a home to a rich variety of wildlife such as Tiger, Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Wild Boar, Nilgai, Barasingha(antelope), Langur, Jungle Cat. Besides these animals, the Park boasts of a colourful avian world— Crested Serpent Eagle, Great Indian Horned Owl, Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Golden Back Woodpecker and lot more.

Making our way into the deeper side of the jungle we spotted Peafowl,Wild Boar, Crested Serpent Eagle and Nilgai. The Park has an applaudable population of langurs. Flocking from tree to tree they were showing us their jumping skills. What a fitness freak they are! My jaded eyes were still longing for something special—tiger. I kept asking my guide,” when will we sight a tiger” and he kept encouraging me by saying “soon”. I kept my fingers crossed and kept praying for my desire to be fulfilled. After moving a little ahead our fortune favoured us and we saw not only one but two tigers busy relishing their prey from close quarters. What a sight! I captured that moment in my camera and moved ahead. Then we saw the historic Kanwari Fort and the ruins of ancient temples of Garh-Rajor. This was another treat for our eyes.

Next morning we embarked on another wildlife journey. This time our destination was Ranthambhore National Park—the abode of Royal Bengal Tigers. It is a Project Tiger Reserve bounded by Banas River, the Chambal River, hills of Aravalli range and a plateau on its four sides. Enveloped with some greed, my heart again longed for a sight of tiger. Ranthambhore is a storehouse of wild flora and fauna. During the first hour of our safari we saw wild pig, sambar, nilgai, chital. I think it was quite an achievement. Not satisfied with our achievement we kept moving ahead in search of leopard and tiger. During our search for wildlife we saw Ranthambhore Fort which is the oldest fort in Rajasthan. When our morning safari was about to come to an end, the guide showed us the pugmarks of tiger. We stopped or Jeep there and started looking for tiger and fortunately got a glimpse of it. I thought to myself “something is better than nothing” and traced our steps back to our hotel near the Park.

Mystified by what I had seen and experienced during my visit to Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary and Ranthambhore National Park, I with my treasured memories of wildlife made a move towards my next destination—Jaisalmer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Uniquely Rajasthan

Bags packed and I was all set for my Rajasthan tour. The flight from Delhi was pretty comfortable. On reaching the outskirts of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, I hired a taxi in order to reach the city centre. It was dusk by the time I reached the Jaisalmer City. I was fortunate to gaze at the sun go down, casting an ember glow over the desert horizon. As I stepped over the vast stretch of the gilded sands of Jaisalmer, my senses lay settled amidst the stillness of the place. It was as if I had entered a state of timelessness. The wind blowing away the flakes of golden sands unfolded the royalty and chivalry of the erstwhile Rajputs and brought alive the rich history of Rajasthan.

During the night, I set out for shopping in the streets of Jaisalmer. Amazing artifacts in gold are something no tourist can miss to take along. Another shopping bag in my hand held some Rajasthani fabrics picked from Rajmahal. These were embellished with mirror work and some embroidery as well.

I boarded a luxury bus so as to move on towards the city of lakes – Udaipur. I could feel a bizarre aroma of enchantment intermixed impeccably in the air. The magnificent forts usually constructed on hill tops invite you whole heartedly to appreciate their craftsmanship. A boat cruise on the clear blue waters of Lake Pichola was my pick. The glance of the Lake Palace amidst the lake left me speechless. The beautiful paintings and traditional furniture that bedecked the interiors of the palace transported me to an entirely different world of Rajasthani grandeur. My stay at this fort turned into a heritage hotel was undoubtedly princely.

Along with a new day, I set out for a new destination. Ajmer, an important pilgrimage town of Rajasthan was the destination to be explored. The moment I stepped in Ajmer, I entered a slender lane to have the famous kachoris and biryanis. Biryani was immensely mouth-watering. In order to satiate my sweet tooth, I landed up at the much hyped Halwai Ki Gali. It would not exaggerate when I say that the taste of its malpuas and jalebis is unforgettable.

With my stomach full uptill the brim, I rushed to hire a taxi so as to reach Pushkar. An hour later, I was a part of the world's largest camel fair – Pushkar Fair. I was actually drowned in the excitement the stunningly colourful fair offered. Buying and selling of decorated camels, parading them, Pushkar has all this and much more too. It was truly an unmatched experience to spend a fortnight at this magical fair.. The next morning, I paid homage to Lord Brahma at the only Brahma Temple in the world. Truly, culture and religion are perfectly interwoven in Ajmer City, Rajasthan.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Wonders of Rajasthan

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