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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer April 9th 2020

Tour to Jaisalmer was the best part of our journey to Rajasthan. Our quest for Golden Fort (Sonar Kella) We (myself and my wife) planned for two days at Jaisalmer i.e. from the early morning of day 1 to the midnight of day 2 with night halt at Sam Sand Dunes, around 40 Kms from the city. Nevertheless every moment of our stay was worth remembering, be it the sunset view of the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer or at Sam Sand Dunes, Camel and Jeep safari of Thar desert, mysterious ghost village of Kuldhara, and last but not the least, varieties of local cuisines. City in deep sleep, when we arrived Contrary to expectation, our train from Jaipur (Leelan Express) arrived before time at Jaisalmer Railway Station. It was five’o clock in the morning. City was ... read more
Sunrise at Gadisar Lake
Sonar Killa -Golden Fort Jaisalmer
A street singer - Jaisalmer Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Ranthambhore National Park March 26th 2020

Mission Ranthambore - Day 1 Our plan was to reach Jaipur by early morning flight from Bengaluru (6 AM) and rush to Sawai Madhopur directly, to attend the Afternoon jeep safari at Ranthambore National Park, same day. Reporting time for safari was 2 PM, very tight schedule. Any delay in between would jeopardize our program. There were repeated news of early morning flight delays during immediately preceding days due to fog and technical issues. It was a risk but re-arrangement of our booking would have been costlier. Both (Myself and my wife) of us could not sleep the previous night in excitement. Keeping our fingers crossed we reached the Bengaluru Airport departure gate. Flight departed in time. A sigh of relief. Fortunately flight landed at Jaipur on time also (around 8.45 AM). First encounter with early ... read more
Sambar Deer
Rofous Treepie (Common name Harichacha)
Noorie - the tigress at last

Asia » India » Rajasthan March 13th 2020

Jaisalmer Another 4 Hr drive to our next stop, Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert. Once a flourishing trade centre on the busy caravan trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia, the early traders grew very rich and competed with each other to beautify their austere desert surroundings with splendid palaces and havelis (houses) Made in the local golden sandstone. The fort is unlike any other that we have seen so far and it is very like a sand castle ! There are plenty of roof top bars and cafes to sit and watch..... It's Holi festival time and people are getting ready by buying the colourful powders to smear people with or just throw it about....our driver said that we'd miss this as we'd be in the car driving to our next destination, a Desert Camp ... read more
Havelis
Fresh chick peas.. delicious fresh
Jain temple

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur March 13th 2020

Blogs of Rajasthan are plenty in the net, covering almost all well known places. I will add one more with a different perspective. I searched elaborately thru internet for appropriate inputs, to finalize the logistics of a weeklong tour program covering important historical places, wildlife of Ranthambore and of course the desert of Jaisalmer. But I did not get it in a nutshell and had to pick and choose from various sources. In this blog I attempted to summarize our overall experience, program, means of transport, accommodation arrangements etc. sharing our feelings, advantages and pitfalls as felt by us, to facilitate planning of an overall tour schedule by future travelers of Rajasthan. I also narrated detailed description of my location wise experience in detail, thru separate blogs. OUR PROGRAM Rajasthan is one of the most popular ... read more
Ghoomar folk dance
Shadow of a tiger
CAMEL RIDE , SAM DUNES

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur March 8th 2020

Udaipur to Jodhpur We had about a 2 hour drive through interesting countryside this morning, through small villages, and busy people about their daily lives. Lots going on with animals and harvesting. Also plenty of marble cutting factories and lorries piled high with all shapes and sizes of marble.A bit further was the sand stone cutting factories and mines, this is were all the Indian patio slabs come from. Stone is used for everything, even fence posts around animals. Wood is very scarce. Set in the lush green valley of the Aravalli mountain is the Ranakpur Jain Temple, which is one of the biggest and most important Jain Temple complexes with 28 halls, 80 domes supported by the 1444 marble columns, no two alike. The carvings were beautiful. Unfortunately I didn’t pay for a camera permit ... read more
Dining like a Maharani....well a drink it was chilly!
Step well
Step well

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur March 2nd 2020

We are now on stage 2 of our trip. Vejay came to our BnB yesterday with all the paperwork for the next 16 days. And for us to pay the final balance... that's involved numerous trips to the ATM as you can't get much out each day ...and David has been spending money on getting a new suit made! So far all going to plan. He sent a photo of the car and driver and Mr Rahul arrived 9am Mon morning. Said our goodbyes to Elaine and Kevin, who are going to look for more Tigers. We are on our way to Udaipur, the White City, or the one famous for being in The James Bond film Octopussy. ... read more
Nice gate to a hotel
Gate
Us

Asia » India » Rajasthan March 1st 2020

The Grand Floral Affair We had to be at the show by 7.45, typically the Uber that we booked that was just 3mins away from picking us up, cancelled, so we had to book another one that was 6 minutes away... luckily we’d given ourselves a bit of wiggle room and got there in time. We found our space and pleased to see that we were in a corner, so more moving around space and not so much bumping into other competitors. There was a big brown box some sticks and a bucket of flowers.....we weren’t very impressed with the flowers...a bunch of gyp, yellow chrysanthemum, some dead looking grasses, 2 strelizia,and some reeds. The box held a metal stand, lots of different strings, jute, wire, different types of spheres and glass tubes . Quite a ... read more
Finished exhibit
Janta manta
Man washing

Asia » India » Rajasthan February 25th 2020

Jaipur So having walked about a mile along the platform, we eventually found our carriage and settled in for the 5hr.journey to Jaipur. The Pink City. The train took off exactly on time but some how we ended up being 45 minutes late arriving at Jaipur. The first hour was mostly traveling alongside various rubbish dumps and shantytowns which was really very surreal and unbelievable that people lived in those conditions. We shared our compartment with an other couple, who where doing an organised tour....their luggage was following the train with their driver, who then met them on the station platform!!...why?!! Anyway we are now in Jaipur for a full week and even though there’s still lots of traffic and horns blowing, it feels very different to Delhi. Met up with Kevin and Elaine at the ... read more
Elephant
Amer fort
Amer Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer February 23rd 2020

Firstly I need to apologise for the sudden absence of blogs. On the last night that we were in Jodhpur I developed a problem with my eye and wasn't able to use my smartphone for more than a few minutes at a time. Hence no blogs for a while. Update: We're back in England thankfully, we managed to escape the shutdowns and flight cancelations everywhere, due to the corona virus, by the skin of our teeth. I have now been seen by an eye consultant at our local hospital and been given the all clear to use my smartphone. All be it in small doses and am in a ' wait and see how it goes' situation So, to back-track a few weeks. February 17th We were dropped off at the station in Jodhpur at the ... read more
A view of the fort from our guesthouse rooftop
our room
colourful dolls for sale inside the fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur February 16th 2020

Time to move on from Agra and explore Rajasthan, known as the Golden Triangle. We boarded the train at 2.30 in the afternoon and just like before it left bang on time at 2.50pm. Could teach British Rail a thing or two! Out seat numbers were 34 and 35 so we thought they'd be together but the weren't. A group of Americans got on and their seats were all over the place but in the same area too as was another English couple's seats. Between us we rearranged things so we were sat with our respective partners. When the ticket man came along to check tickets he was totally confused and finally gave up and let us stay where we were sat. Each time we stopped at a station and more passengers got on we pretended ... read more
Elephants carry people up to the fort. We walked
Inside the fort
Amber fort




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