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Jaipur in a day: Amber Fort and the charm of Sheesh Mahal

I was on a one day tour of Jaipur on my Rajasthan trip. The day started with Hawa Mahal and later Amber Fort. Hawa Mahal was a gorgeous to visit.  Masterji picked us from Hawa Mahal and left for Amber Fort rather Amer Fort as called by locals. The fort is a bit at a distance from the old city of Jaipur. Road leading to the fort is shaded with trees on both sides, nicely laid tarmac sort of a curvy hill road. Within half an hour we were at the base of Amber Fort. The fort has two options to arrive at the main entrance gate. One makes use of elephants and another one is for motorcars. People take the Elephant ride from the base to the entrance. The elephant walks up a narrow slope zig-zagging to the entrance. But it costs on the pocket. Masterji dropped us near the entry gate. Punched our composite ticket which we had purchased from Hawa Mahal. Took a guide to get the things explained. Right after the entry …

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Jaipur in a day: See the unseen at Hawa Mahal

If you happen to be in Jaipur, you cannot miss the Hawa Mahal. It is such a gorgeous place to visit in Rajasthan. A technical marvel and historic grandeur. This post is the continuation of my Rajasthan trip. My journey in Rajasthan started from the blue city of Jodhpur followed by a motorcycle ride in the desert of Jaisalmer district for 3 days and now I was in Jaipur. All I had was one day to tour Jaipur. Though my time was limited but I was determined. And luck was on my side. Hotel, car and a driver all in Rs. 800   We were late by 2 and half hours. The Jaisalmer to Jaipur train reached at 7:30 AM at Jaipur station. Just as we came out of the station, an auto driver reached us and asked ‘kidhar jaaoge?’ We said ‘kisi saste aur ache Dharamshala me lekar chalo? ‘Dharamshala me kya karoge ji, aap ko 500 me acha hotel aur 700 me Indica karwa deta hoon. Ek din me pura city ghuma dega?’ Seemed …

Jaisalmer fort traditional musician

Jaisalmer Fort and Bada Bagh – Rajasthan bike trip – 7

What a ride it was from Longewala border post to Jaisalmer. We reached Jaisalmer before evening. Sun was still in the sky. Jaisalmer Fort and Bada Bagh was on the list but only after we secure a room. You would like to read the first 6 parts of the Rajasthan bike trip Jodhpur – Part 1          Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer – Part 2         Kuldhara abandoned village – Part 3 Sam Sand dunes review – Part 4          Tanot border – Part 5        Longewala border post – Part 6 Hunted for rooms and finally moved inside Maheshwari Seva Sadan near Hanuman circle. Maheshwari Seva Sadan is a Dharamshala run by Maheshwari samaj trust. Rooms were quite cheap just Rs.75 per person. Rooms were okay but the water was yellow and hard. Who cares? Filled up a bucket full of yellow water and har har gange 🙂 Vyas Chhatri or Bada Bagh Next, we left for Vyas Chhatri. Vyas Chhatri also known as Bada Bagh is at …

Tanot Mata Temple to Longewala border post – Rajasthan Bike Trip – 6

After taking blessings from Tanot Mata, we continued our motorcycle trip to Longewala border post. The distance between Tanot and Longewala is not more than 35 km.   Longewala needs no introduction. It has been the battleground during 1971 India-Pakistan war. Bollywood movie Border is based on the 1971 war with Pakistan at Longewala. You can still find some captured-destroyed war materials at Longewala.     Tanot Mata Temple to Longewala: The ride was fantastic. It felt like we were the only soul in the endless arid desert. When we reached there, the soldiers asked us to park our bike outside a small room opposite to the war memorial. We also met a group of 4 bullet riders from Gujarat. A military police from Siliguri asked where were we from? He was excited to listen that we were from Mumbai. For the next one and half hour, we were talking about Mumbai. He shared how joyful were his youth days when he was positioned in Navy Nagar, Mumbai. It was really nice talking to him.   The surprise at …

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Ramgarh to Tanot Mata Temple – Rajasthan bike trip – 5

What a peaceful and calm night it was. Hundreds of kilometres away from the bustling city we were in the middle of the Thar desert in a tiny village of Ramgarh . Our journey started from Jaisalmer and today’s plan was to visit Tanot Mata Temple and Longewala border post on our motorcycle and finally return to Jaisalmer. Woke up at 5 in the morning, finished with morning chores, left Ramgarh at 6 AM. From the village of Ramgarh, we had two choices. One road goes to Longewala border post and straighter one goes to Tanot. We took the straight one and proceeded to Tanot Mandir. Ramgarh to Tanot Mata Temple: The distance between Ramgarh to Tanot is 75 KM. Road was extremely fantastic. Very nicely maintained by Border Roads Organisation. Riding on the road over rolling hills of sand is no less than a sense of absolute Freedom. The road appears straight and endless, literally. No sign of life except some military trucks and wild desert for 75km. This area is the core region of Desert National …

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Thar desert at its best in Sam Sand dunes – Rajasthan bike trip – 4

We had just left the lonely village of Kuldhara. Our next destination was Sam Sand dunes. Babaji of Kuldhara suggested us to visit Khuri Sand dunes instead of Sam. Khuri was another 45 Km from Kuldhara but in the opposite direction to Sam. Standing on the T-road we were thinking if we should go to Khuri dunes or shall we stick to our plan. Considering the route ahead and the time we had we could not afford Khuri although we wanted to see it badly. From Kuldhara, the distance of Sam Sand dunes was not more than 35 km. Sun was shining high but clean Tar road made the journey comfortable. Sam Sand Dunes – Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes or Sam ke dhibbe as called locally are a major tourist attraction in Jaisalmer rather Rajasthan. If you are going to Thar desert you cannot afford to miss a desert safari. Sitting on the Camel in the middle of dunes and looking at the vast expanse of Thar is no less than a great feeling. Other exciting activities which …

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Towards the cursed village of Kuldhara – Rajasthan bike trip – 3

It was 10 AM, Vishwanath and I was lucky enough to have Hero Impulse with us. Our day in Jaisalmer started silky smooth. Gadisar Lake was worth spending time. Now it was the time to head towards the cursed and haunted village of Kuldhara. Before leaving Jaisalmer, we made sure that the bike is working fine. Later tied our luggage and went to Petrol Pump. Fueled it and started towards Kuldhara. The distance between Kuldhara and Jaisalmer is nearly 18 km. The landscape changed in around 15 minutes, we were out of the Jaisalmer city. Splendid roads and views greeted us. Road was smooth featuring newly laid tar. Vehicles movement was next to nothing. Took the left turn after 14 Km and rode another 4 Km on the single lane road for Kuldhara entrance. Please take care while riding on this 4 km road stretch. You can encounter sand stretch on the road. And mind it, it comes as a surprise. In case you are caught, do not brake front wheel. Press rear brakes. And …

Sadhu with Transistor in Rajasthan

A morning at Gadisar lake Jaisalmer – Rajasthan bike trip – 2

We were in the Golden City of Jaisalmer rather Sonar Killa of Satyajit Ray and our next destination was the quiet stairs of Gadisar Lake. Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by Train:   Train journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer was good although electricity supply was not available throughout the journey. Later we came to know that Staff forgot to link the electricity wire of the coach. Nonetheless, we were saved as the whole of journey was in night and it was cool enough. Had it been Summer, we would have roasted completely. We had planned the Train journey from Mumbai to Jaisalmer in such a way that we could witness the Sunrise at Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer.  Reached Jaisalmer railway station around 6 AM, actual arrival timing of train 14810 at Jaisalmer is at 5:25 AM. As planned, took an auto rickshaw from Jaisalmer railway station to Gadisar Lake. The distance is not more than 1.5 Km. Auto rickshaw charged Rs 10 for each of us.   A pleasant morning at Gadisar Lake: Rickshaw dropped us on …

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Exploring the blue city of Jodhpur – Rajasthan bike trip – 1

Incredible India and Rajasthan tourism advertisements were so lucrative to hold back. A long research of the must visit tourist and offbeat places in Rajasthan helped me finalizing my trip to Rajasthan. The tour covered the blue city Jodhpur, heritage city Jaipur, Golden city Jaisalmer and Indo-Pak border in Tanot and Longewala. This is the first travel blog post from the 7 days tour of Rajasthan. I was accompanied by my friend Vishwanath. We used public transport for a major portion of our travel except in Jaisalmer. In Jaisalmer, we rented a Hero Impulse motorcycle for three days to tour in and around Jaisalmer. Here is the plan we chalked out: Day 1: Mumbai to Jodhpur [Overnight journey by train] Day 2: Jodhpur to Jaisalmer [Overnight journey by train] Day 3: Kuldhara, Sam Sand dunes and stay somewhere en-route Tanot [Touring on motorcycle] Day 4: Tanot, Longewala and back to Jaisalmer [Touring on motorcycle] Day 5: Explore Jaisalmer Fort and city [Touring on motorcycle] Day 6: Jaipur in a Day [Rented a cheap combo of …