Posted by: getaway2india | October 29, 2009

Rajasthan – The Golden Destination of India

Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destination of India. It is included in the “Golden Triangle” Tour. Delhi – Agra – Jaipur. Every third foreign tourist visiting India also travel to Rajasthan.

Map of Rajasthan, India

Map of Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan is the largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area. It encompasses most of the area of the large, inhospitable Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert), which has an edge paralleling the Sutlej-Indus river valley along its border with Pakistan. The state borders Pakistan to the west. The state capital is Jaipur.  The archaeological ruins at Kalibanga, are the oldest in the subcontinent discovered so far. One of the world’s oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Range, cradles the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, and its world-famous Dilwara Temples, a sacred pilgrimage for Jains. Eastern Rajasthan has two national tiger reserves, Ranthambore and Sariska.

Jaisalmer – The Golden City of India

Where would you go if you wanted to see sand, desert and sand dunes in India?

The answer is Jaisalmer – in the middle of Thar Desert in Rajasthan. The small town of Jaisalmer, nicknamed “The Golden City” – because this is what the town looks like – stands on a ridge of yellow sandstone on top of the Trikuta Hill.

Jaisalmer

The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are beautifully sculptured. Even today, a fourth of the population live within the Fort.

GPS:

Jaisalmer is located at 26°55′N 70°54′E / 26.92°N 70.9°E / 26.92; 70.9.[2] It has an average elevation of 229 metres (751 feet).

History

According to legend, Lord Krishna told Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav clan would build his kingdom on top of Trikuta Hill.

In keeping with this prophesy, Rawal Jaisal, a descendant of Yadav clan, founded Jaisalmer in 1156.

Deoraj, a famous prince of the family known as ‘Bhati’ family, is considered to be real founder of the Jaisalmer dynasty. He adopted the title of Rawal. Rawal Jaisal, the sixth in succession from Deoraj, founded the fort and city of Jaisalmer in 1156. Jaisalmer, means “the Hill Fort of Jaisal”, was named after him.

Jaisalmer was strategically positioned as a halting point along a traditional trade route used by camel caravans commuting between Indian and Asian markets. The main source of income of Jaisalmer was the levies on the caravans. However, the importance of Jaisalmer declined when Bombay emerged as a port, and sea trade replaced the traditional land routes. The partition of India in 1947 led to the closing of all trade routes through the Indo-Pak border.

The skirmishes between India and Pakistan gave Jaisalmer a strategic importance and it became an army supply depot. Later, the Rajasthan Canal revived the surrounding desert areas. And the Government built roads and railways, knitting the remote Jaisalmer with the rest of Rajasthan.

What to see:

  • Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

From its 250 feet high vantage point on the hill, the Fort stands vigil over the surrounding desert.
Its massive walls follow the contours of the hills. The Fort has five interconnected palaces with intricate ‘jaali’ screens and beautiful ‘jharokhas’. Steep cobblestone pathways passing through the four gates lead to the royal palace. The sharp twists and turns make the fort invincible.

Site & Architecture of Jaisalmer Fort
The soft yellow Jurassic sandstone makes up every part of the Jaisalmer Fort, from its outer walls to the palace, temples and houses within. The fort is 250 feet tall and from it, one can also see almost every part of the town that has narrow winding streets and barrel-sided bastions. The fort is reinforced by an imposing crenellated sandstone wall, which is 30 feet high. It has as many as 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647 to be used as gun platforms. There are four huge gateways that wind up to the fort. These gateways could be approached by walking through the narrow lanes. These gateways were named as Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. There was a death well”, where traitors and criminals were thrown into by the second gate. The road to the main Chowk is by the fourth gateway, where many acts of Johar have taken place. This is also the historic spot known as the Satiyon-Ka-Pagthiya (step of the Sati).

While the city was built, there exist many beautiful havelis and a group of Jain temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. These temples are dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Sambhavanthji. There are thousands of carved deities and dancing figures housed here. Inside the temple there is a Gyan Bhandar (Jain Library). It contains more than 1000 old manuscripts- some of them from the 12th century and written on palm leaf. It has also a collection of Jain, Pre-Mogul and Rajput paintings.

Out of these, the old palace of the Maharawal is dominating the Chauhata chowk, and it is a five-storey palace that displays some of the finest masonry in Jaisalmer. Since, leading up to them is a flight of marble steps topped by the Maharawal`s marble throne. Nearby lay the five-storeyed Tazia (metal) Tower, constructed by Muslim craftsmen who worked on the building with ornate architecture and Bengali-style roofs. One more palace is the Juna Mahal (Old Palace), which is a seven-storied building. It stands under a vast umbrella of metal that is mounted on a stone shaft.

The left of the palace entrance is the place where the monarch would address his troops and issue orders from his throne. The interior, painted and tiled in typical Rajput style, has been converted into a museum. It encompasses details of the Maharaja`s 21 different wives and their respective lineages. One can also see an assortment of royal garbs, weapons thrones, and most curiously, the British era royal stamps. The zenana (women`s) quarter known as Rani Ka Mahal was recently reopened due to the restoration made by the Jaisalmer`s government.

The fort hold many temples dedicated to Surya, Lakshmi, Ganesh, Vishnu and Shiva, but none of them is as impressive as the complex of Jain temples. Built between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries n the familiar Jurassic sandstone, with yellow and white marble shrines and exquisite sculpted motifs covering the walls, ceilings and pillars, the temples are connected by small corridors and stairways. In a vault beneath the Sambhavnath temple, the Gyan Bhandar contains Jain manuscripts, paintings and astrological charts dating back to the eleventh century. Also contained is one of India`s oldest surviving palm-leaf books, a copy of the Dronacharya`s Oghaniryaktivritti (1060).

The fort also has a peculiar gadget hoisted on top of its ramparts. Since Met departments were in short supply in those days, this was used to forecast the weather. Every year in April a flag would be placed in its centre and, based on the direction in which it blew, the weather for the entire year was forecast. If it blew northwards it indicated famine, and if it went westwards, the citizenry could be rest assured that a fine monsoon was in the offing. May seem a bit primitive today but the system was probably just as accurate or inaccurate as the Met office nowadays.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Participate in the famous Desert Festival of the amber-hued city of Jaisalmer. Some of the delights of the festival are snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers but the center of attraction is of course the Ship of the Desert, Camel. There are many unique events for camels that are held here such as camel dances, camel races, camel polo and the camel beauty contests, where the best bedecked camel wins. There are tourist dances, the turban tying and Mr. Desert contest, where the man with the longest moustache wins.

Amber Fort
Amber Fort Jaipur

About Amber Fort

At a distance of around 11 kms from the city of Jaipur, on the Aravalli hills is located the famous Amber Fort. The construction of the fort was initiated by Raja Man Singh I, however, additions and modification were made later by Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Raja Jai Singh as well. The Rajput rulers operated from this very fort till the time the capital was shifted to Jaipur.

The fort is an ideal example of Rajput passion for grandeur and their patriotism. For visiting tourists, the Amber fort holds forth numerous attractions in form of palaces, temples and gardens. Infact, reaching Amber Fort itself is a wonderful experience. Sitting on the back of an elephant, tourists feel themselves like a king or queen of the Rajput clan. It is because of this reason that though walking up the fort is also an option, yet tourists prefer to take a ride on the back of an elephant. But once up dont forget to take your Elephant “Driver’s ” contacts else you will have to walk down with the Elephants coming down behind you… quite scary indeed! Also in the Rajput architecture dont be surprised if you come across a door made of Sandalwood, Ivory or even Silver. Rajputana (Rajhasthan) is all about grandeur. To “experience” Rajhasthan you have to live like a King… at least for a day. After all Rajputana means born of a King.

Inside the Amber Fort

The architecture of the Amber Fort is a wonderful example of the Rajput and Mughal style. The fort is built in red sandstone and white marble. The entrance to the fort is through the Suraj Pol which opens into the Jaleb Chowk, the main courtyard.

Amongst the most prominent structures inside the fort is the Diwan-i-Aam or the Hall of Public Audience. The hall is adorned with latticed galleries and double row of columns. The top of the columns are each shaped like an elephant. There is also the Ganesh Pol with beautiful painted image of Lord Ganesh and jaliwork.

The Diwan-i-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience was a special place where the king met and discussed important issues with respected dignataries from his court and outside. The grace of the hall is enhanced by the mirrorwork that adorn the ceiling.

Sheesh Mahal means Palace of Mirror/Glass

The mirror work is extraordinary in the Sheesh Mahal which according to its name glows with thousands of pieces of mirror. The moment a ray of sun or moon falls on these mirrors, the entire palace begins to radiate.

Sheesh Mahal - Intricate art work - Close up

There is another structure, Jai Mandir, which appears brilliant with its exquisite mirror work. The Sukh Niwas stands right infront of the Jai Mandir and has doors made up of sandalwoods. Within the palace are the channels that permit the flow of water. These channels were earlier meant to allow passage of cold water which in turn helped to keep the atmosphere inside the palace cool and pleasant….Airconditioner of pre-electricity days!!!

Cool Passageways

There are two temples in the fort complex too. The first one of these, a small Kali temple is the place where Maharaja Man Singh prayed before he left for any war. The temple has huge silver doors which still have the shinning charm intact to a great extent. The second temple, Shila Mata Temple is dedicated to the clan goddess of the Kachhawas rulers. According to beliefs, the deity that is placed in the temple was brought specially by Raja Man Singh from Jessore in East Bengal (now Bangladesh).

Those Domes serve a purpose - they were used as Water Tank

There are two worth seeing garden in the fort complex as well. The Dil-i-Aaram Garden is located very close to the entrance while the Kesar Kyari garden is located in the Lake Maota. The Dil-i- Aaram Garden also houses the Archaeological Museum of Amer. The Museum was inaugurated in the year 1949. The museum is divided into three section – archaeological, sculpture and epigraphy. There is also an art gallery in the fort complex.

  • Jain Temples

Inside the fort, there are four Jain temples, dedicated to Rishabdevji Sambhavnathji and Parshvanathji. The Parshvanathji Temple is the oldest and the most beautiful of all. Human and animal figures are carved on the walls of its sanctum. The dome or ’shikhar’ is crowned by an amalak and a water pot containing a lotus flower.

  • Gyan Bhandar or Library
    The Jain temples have a library containing some of the oldest manuscripts of India.
  • Gadsisar Lake
Ghadisar Lake Rajasthan

Ghadisar Lake Rajasthan

Excavated in 1367 by Rawal Gadsi Singh, the Gadsisar is a scenic rainwater lake surrounded by small temples and shrines. The lake has a beautiful arched gateway. It is a good picnic and boating spot.

Jal Maha, Jaipur - 4 Levels below water, only the top level is visible!

  • HavelisThere are a number of beautiful Havelis in Jaisalmer.
  • Salim Singh-ki-Haveli – This was once the residence of the Mohta family, ministers of Jaisalmer rulers.
Salim Singh Haveli

Salim Singh Haveli

  • Patwon-ki-Haveli – This five haveli wonder is the grandest mansion in Jaisalmer. Its ceilings are supported by exquisitely carved pillars and the balconies are delicately chiselled.
  • Nathmalji-ki-Haveli – This was carved by two brothers. One worked from the right side and the other from the left. But the entire construction is harmonious.
  • Haveli Shreenath : Prime Minister House Of Jaisalmer This beautiful 450-year-old haveli was once inhabited by the prime minister under the maharaja. the gorgeous archways, alluring alcoves, sizable rooms opening onto small balconies and rich ambiance must have been grand back in the old days. SHREE NATH PALACE FORT JAISALMER Heritage Haveli Hotel in Jaisalmer Shree Nath Palace is a wonderful example of an old Rajasthani haveli, set in the golden fort of Jaisalmer.
  • Mehra haveli: Built by Gopikishan Mehra ,Mayor of Jaisalmer city.He named haveli after his grandmother Parwati davi Parwati Sadan

Places to see around Jaisalmer:

Lodurva (16 kms)

Lodurva

Lodurva

The former capital of Jaisalmer rulers is an  important pilgrimage centre  for Jains. An architectural masterpiece of Lodurava is the ‘Toran’ or ornate arch at the main entrance with its exquisite carvings.
‘Kalpatru’, or the divine tree, is another great attraction.

Sam Sand Dunes (42 kms)

Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer

Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer

The not to be missed thing to see in Jaisalmer are the sand dunes. The shifting ripples on the sand dunes, caused by the wind, some as high as 150 feet, constantly create and recreate new designs.
They are the photographer’s delight. Various cultural programs are organized against the backdrop of these fascinating dunes. A lot of Hindi films are shot around the sand dunes. If you are fond of adventure, you can go out on a camel safari – in the desert on camel back.

Choki Dhani Tents located on Sam Road nearly 45 kms away from Jaisalmer city. This place is very close to the famous Sam Sand dunes and is one of the best tented accommodations available in Jaisalmer. It provides a rustic yet comfortable stay with all modern amenities. It has the set up of a Rajasthani traditional village with beautiful decoration and in the evenings have entertainment in the form of puppet show, magic show, folk dances, giant wheels and ethnic food and drinks. A trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete without a stay in the tents which bring you very close to the desert.

Choki Dhani

Choki Dhani

http://www.chokhidhani.com/home.html

Wood Fossil Park (17 kms) is an archeologist’s delight. It has some wonderful specimens of the times when Thar desert was submerged in the sea including the fossil that is 180 million years old!

This park, on the Barmer Road, takes  you back to the Jurassic period. You can see 180 million year old fossilized trees.

Desert National Park
This 3162 Sq. Kms. vast Biosphere Reserve lies to the south-west of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest National Parks in India, but very different from the ones we are accustomed to. Here you can see sand dunes. You can see the Indian Gazelle, Chinkara and a lot of birds.

Chinkara

Chinkara

Caution: Don’t even think about hunting them…you will get the full wrath of the villagers….The “Bishnoi” community traditionally protect wildlife in the state of Rajasthan….one famous Indian Movie Super star, Salman Khan got in very big trouble because he tried to hunt a Chinkara.

You can see the rare and endangered Great Indian Bustard in relatively large numbers. This bird migrates locally in different seasons. There are a lot of other migratory and resident birds – eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel and vultures. Short-toed Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Spotted Eagles, Laggar Falcons and Kestrels.

You can see the Sand grouse near small ponds or lakes. The best time to visit the wild life is between November and January. However, the three day Desert Festival in February is unique. You can see and hear folk dancers swing to the enchanting folk music under the full moon. You can watch the unique turban tying contest and the Mr. Desert contest.

Food – The Jaisal Treet ( A Multi Cusine Restaurant)

Near Hanuman Circle, Geeta Ashram Road (+91 9414206055)

This is a Multicuisine Restaurant. If you want to have Best meal in your entire tour then go for This Restaurant. They have Full Fort view (Especially at Dinner time Fort covered with Lighting) with candle light. They have best wine (SULA) white & red both are available. Specially Rajasthani food : In Non vegetarian – Lal Maas, Tandoori Chicken, & Non Veg. Platter And in Vegetarian – Gatta Jaisalmeri, Ker Sangri, Kadhi Pakora. They Have Special Bread named Jangi Paratha.

Typical Rajasthani Thali Typical Rajasthani "Thali"...or multi-course meal

Baba Ramdevji or Ram Dev Pir

He is considered to be the 72nd descendant of the Pandav King Arjun.

Muslims venerate Ramdevji as ‘Ramshah Pir’. He was said to have had miraculous powers, and his fame reached far and wide. Legend has it that five Pirs (saints) from Mecca came to test Ramdevji’s powers. After being convinced of his abilities, they paid their homage to him. Since then he is venerated by Muslims also as Ram Shah Pir or Rama Peer.

Mystical festival “Mandap”

Apart from Rajasthan, Baba Ramdevji or Ram Dev Pir has a strong Hindu following in Kathiawar, Gujarat. There are many temples dedicated to him. People from all stratas of society worship him. A mystical festival, called Mandap, is also held in villages across Kathiawar to worship him. The whole affair is funded by the villagers. The highlight of the festival is an event in which a long (almost 60 feet or more in height) wooden log, called the Sthambh, is decorated and laid on the ground with a loose base, with eight ropes tied to it from eight directions. Several rites and rituals are performed for about a month. At a certain time and date, the Sthambh stands up. Very mysteriously and strangely, the Sthambh stands up on its own, without any support. The eight ropes are loosely tied in eight nails that are driven in the ground. Lakhs of devotees flock this mandap to have a darshan of the event. The Sthambh stand errect for exactly a day, and returns back to its position 24 hours later in the same fashion. It is believed that RamDev Pir himself appears in the Sthambh.

To See:

  • Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Amber Fort

    Amber Fort

Amber Fort - Sunshade

Amber Fort - Sunshade - Keeps out the Harsh Light, allows in air & diffused light.

Jantar Mantar

 

Jantar Mantar – Sawai Jai Singh set up Jantar Mantar as an astronomical observatory.

Astronomical Clock for track planetary movements. This was used for making birth charts.

  • Camel fair in Pushkar
  • Chittorgarh Fort – A massive structure with numerous gateways, the fort is an outstanding example of Mauryan architecture.
  • Mehrangarh Fort – Located in Jodhpur. Set on the hill top, Mehrangarh Fort is a humongous royal mansion.
  • Junagarh Fort in Bikaner
  • Pichola Lake in Udaipur
  • Bundi Fort in Bundi
  • Jaisalmer Fort – Located in Jaisalmer. This fort is constructed with sand stones and is an important landmark of Jaisalmer city.
  • The Desert landscape in Jaisalmer
  • Jal Mahal in Jaipur
  • The Pink City in Jaipur
  • Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur
  • Khejarla Fort in Jodhpur
  • Wildlife Sanctuary in Ranthambhore National Park Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary was established in 1957. In 1974 this park came under the campaign of “Tiger Reserve”. Visitors can easily see many water bodies, everywhere inside the park, which is the perfect destination to relax during the summer for the wildlife animals. is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country, is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. It also contains abandoned fortress and lakes. Its ‘friendly’ tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. One can site a large numbers of Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of birds.

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is open from 1st October to 30th June (July – September closed to visitors). A good time to visit is between November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common.

Tourists should always carry the cloths according to the season, they are visiting the Ranthambore National Park as summers are very hot and winters are very cold.

In summer time tourists should always expect a hot day out in Ranthambore Park as the day temperature can soar in between 35 to 47 degree centigrade. Tourists can expect this temperature, if they are visiting this park in the month of April and June.

Winter season is totally opposite to the summer time. Winter season, especially from November to February, morning drives in the park can be very freezing and even if you wear many layers of cloths, they can be insufficient for you. Day time remain pleasant during winters and you can even enjoy the outing in thin layer t-shirts but again in the evening it starts freezing cold.

Staying at Rathambore Forest:

  • Ranthambhore Forest Resort http://www.ranthambhorforestresort.com
  • Friendly and welcoming, it is efficiently run and a very pleasant place to stay. The restaurant provides good Indian food, and there is a shop on-site. Wi-fi is available in and around the reception area.
  • Hammir Resort. The manager is very attentive to the guests from outside India and does his best to flannel them. There are luxury rooms in a separate building and standard rooms in the main building. If you travel in winter it is better to choose standard rooms. Although there is much more noise there and these rooms are smaller and a bit more dirty, but it is warm inside, while in the luxury rooms the warming of conditioner is switched off and it is impossible to be inside the rooms during the night.
  • The Pugmark Resort [3]The Pugmark wildlife resort is located near the Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur. This resort is spread over the area of 5 acres and situated at the edge of the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan.
  • http://www.thepugmark.net/
  • Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu
  • Dilwara Temple

    Dilwara Temple

Jain Temples of Ranakpur

Do

  • Many of the cities and towns in Rajasthan offer a chance to do a camel safari.
  • Another great experience is to explore Rajasthan on horseback. Beginners can go on shorter rides while experienced riders can join horseback safaris running from a couple of days up to 3 weeks. http://www.princesstrails.com/
  • Lady travelers can get brilliant, intricate henna patterns done on their hands and/or feet.
  • Visit the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur and the wildlife park at Ranthambore. Make sure you take the tiger safari at Ranthambore.
  • Travel in Palace on Wheels– Palace on wheels is one of most luxurious train in the world, equipped with all sort of luxurious comfort. This train is the most memorable and pleasing way to explore the beauty of Rajasthan. This train has exact replica of almost everything as kings used to have in their palaces. This train covers the area of Jaipur also known as Pink City, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambhore National Park, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Agra before ending its Journey to Delhi.
  • Shop at the bazaars (local markets) located in most cities in narrow alleys and lanes. You can pick up traditional puppets, tie-and-dye clothes/apparel, kota(also a place) textiles, accessories. Pick up excellent and beautifully done block print textiles from where it originates. The art has been initiated by the villagers of Pipar Village.
  • Visit fairs arranged for traditional festivals, where you get to see the locals in traditional finery;watch camel races;enjoy traditional folk music.
  • Go on a jeep safari, night safari or a nature hike in the Aravalli Mountains visiting some of the interesting wildlife sanctuaries there such as Sita-Mata, Kumbhalgarh or Jaisamand.
  • Hot Air Ballooning, http://www.skywaltz.com a breath taking experience of hot air ballooning over the heritage sites and seing a totally different perspective of Jaipur.Mesmerising should be the word for the entire 3 hour experience. You just can’t have anything better to than Hot Air Ballooning at Jaipur… A MUST DO !!!
  • Explore Camels and Castles in Rajasthan, [3]. Haggle for silks in Jaipur, plod off on a camel in Pushkar, watch the fairytale castle rise out of the desert in Jaisalmer and visit the floating Lake Palace in Udaipur. Explore Rajasthan by private car, travelling to the palaces and spice markets of India’s most iconic cities.

Getting In:

Air – The nearest airport is Jodhpur (285 kms).

Rajasthan is one of the larger Indian states and distances are long, making planes a fairly good option for getting in. Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur all have airports with direct links to many major cities, though if coming from a smaller city, one has to go via Delhi.

By train

Overnight trains from Delhi and Mumbai reach most of Rajasthan’s major cities. For points further out, like Jaisalmer, you’ll be looking at a second day on the train as well. The Shatabdi and Rajdhani express are excellent trains and have excellent service.

Another option is Palace on Wheels which is a week long luxury train ride through Rajasthan.

Rail – Jaisalmer has a railway station and is connected with Jodhpur by night train.

Road -The National Highway 8 which runs through Rajasthan is excellent and connects Delhi to Mumbai. Though Mumbai may be too far away, this is the most popular way to travel to Jaipur from Delhi as the road is in excellent condition and the drive can easily be completed in under 4hrs.

Distances

Ahmedabad (626 kms)
Bikaner 325 km Pokaran (112 kms)
Jaipur (558 kms)
Jodhpur (285 kms Via Pokaran)
Mumbai (1177 kms)
New Delhi (864 kms)

Recommendation:

Driving Direction 0 Jaipur to Jaisalmer – 615 km aprox. 12.3 hours by car.

START at Jaipur 27 km NH-8

Start from Jaipur city and take Ajmer Road NH 8

Bagru 78 km

Continue on NH 8 via Dudu, Tiloniya

Kishangarh 28 km

Go Straight on NH 8

Ajmer 51 km

Go on NH 8

Beawar 38 km NH-14

At Beawar, Change to NH 14

Bar 47 km NH-112

At Bar, Change to NH 112

Bilara 79 km

Continue on NH 112 via Kaparda, Banar

Jodhpur 160 km NH-114

At Jodhpur, Change to NH 114

Pokhran 107 km NH-15

At Pokhran, Change to NH 15

END at Jaisalmer

Nearby Destinations:

  • Karauli
  • Osiyan
  • Mount Abu is a pleasant retreat and green oasis in Rajasthan in western India is the only hill station in the desert scape of Rajasthan. Set amidst the lush forested hills at the southern tip of the Aravalli range, the hill station has a cool climate because of rich flora that covers the hills. Situated at a height of 1220 meters above sea level, the 22 km long hill station has many tourist attractions like the famous Dilwara temples carved in white marble, Nakki Lake and a big bird sanctuary. Mount Abu has a pleasant weather that suits the traveler. In summer, the maximum temperature is around 33ºC and the minimum is around 23ºC. Ins winter the temperature ranges from 0ºC to 20ºC. Best time to visit Mount Abu is from February to June. September and December also are some suitable months for a visit.

It also has the Worlds Biggest Solar Kitchen!!! Academy for a Better World on Mount Abu,1,300 metres above sea level, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. On days of peak solar radiation the system can apparently cope with 38,500 meals per day. It is a combined project of the Brahma Kumaris India, and Solare-Bruecke, Germany (amongst others).

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/03/worlds_biggest.php

Satyajit Ray, the famous Indian film director, wrote a detective novel based on this fort. He later made it into the film – Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress).
Every house in Jaisalmer is exquisitely carved, having filigree work all over. Most of the houses date back to the 12th to 15th centuries. And hence, Jaisalmer is also called ‘the Museum city’. Surrounded by desert, sand and sand dunes, Jaisalmer is truly a different experience.

Rajasthan’f Official Tourism Site:

http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in/

Hotel Rang Mahal

http://www.jaisalmerhotels.com/hotel-rang-mahal.html#contact-us

Hotel Banwar Niwas, Bikaner

http://www.bhanwarniwas.com/

Mandwa Fort Palace - now hotel

Mandwa Fort Palace

Lalghar Palace - Now Hotel

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Responses

  1. RAJASTAN IS THE ONE OF BEAUTYFUL CULTURAL PLACE OF INDIA. I LOVE RAJASTANI PAINTING, FOOD, PEOPLE, AND RAJASTANI GAGRA.

  2. Yeah Daksha….Rajasthan is so colourful and beautiful…..each place has its own unique beauty…..that way India is blessed….it has so much to offer!


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