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Favorite thing: Laptops are one of the most common gadget you will find indian business travelers carrying with them. Yes people tend to loose them but I can tell you that its very safe to carry the laptops in this part of the country with a bit of caution. I belong to Rajasthan and knows this place good enough to pass this verdict.
As regards carrying it only for storing pictures, I think the idea suggested in the above tip makes lot of sense. You can also pick up a 8GB or 16GB pen drive as well. I would suggest you to carry the laptop only if you have problems accessing internet at the cafes, else no need to carry excess baggages. Further these cafes are also happily offering their services in writing a DVD or CD after downloading your pictures from the memory card.
Updated May 8, 2008
Favorite thing: Its not that bad as it sounds, I can safely say as I live in Northern India (Jaipur). Its bad on or around Mumbai. Delhi if it rains for few hours there is a water clogging on roads in old delhi areas. In Rajasthan its actually quite pleasant and September would be decent month to visit. Our tourist season starts from October in any case. August be prepared for some bad says as Monsoons across the world are highly unpredictable.
Trust me our life goes on normally.
Written Mar 24, 2008
Favorite thing: The Kuchaman Fort is situated on the top of a hill like an eagle's nest. It has many tales to tell. The Kuchaman City controlled the salt trade as far as back as 1250 years ago. For this purpose, Gujjar Pratihara Dynasty had constructed part of the Kuchaman Fort during 760 A.D. They controlled of the salt producing areas that starts from Kuchaman and extend up to the salt lake of Sambhar.
After the fall of the Gurjar Pratihara Dynasty in 960 A.D., the Chauhans ruled the area and were followed by the Gaur rulers.
After the fall of the Gaur rulers, the Rathores became the rulers of this area. Actually, the Rathores got possession of this area only after a war with the Gaurs. The Rathores ruled this area from 1724 A.D. onwards till independence of India and the merger of the erstwhile Princely States.
Fondest memory: Kuchaman Fort with its high and massive ramparts, 32 bastions, 10 gates and various defenses is a formidable Fort unique in its architecture. For its water management and storage schemes, Kuchaman Fort had several underground and over ground tanks that exist even today. The underground hideouts, secret escape routes, dungeons and the ancient flourmill are truly exceptional and can be seen only at this exquisite Fort of Kuchaman.
The Kuchaman Fort has been restored back to its past glory, thanks to the great efforts of the direct descendant of the former Rathore Rulers, Ranjit Singh Rathore. The restoration process required not only ample time and money, but also great precision and skill in planning, without disturbing the originality of this Ancient Architectural wonder. It required "travelling back in time", conceptualizing the ambience of the "havelies" and forts of those times. The work involved using the same ingredients that were used by the masons centuries ago. The descendants of the masons and artisans who had built the Kuchaman Fort still live in and around the city of Kuchaman and are known as "Kumawats". Due to lack of any demand for their skills and patronage in the few decades, they had to emigrate to other regions and change their profession for earning their bread and butter.
Written Feb 25, 2007
Favorite thing: The climate of Rajasthan can be divided into four seasons: Pre-Monsoons, Monsoon, Post-Monsoon and Winter.
Pre-monsoon, which extends from April to June, is the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32oC to 45oC. In western Rajasthan the temp may rise to 48C, particularly in May and June. At this time, Rajasthan only hill station, Mt Abu registers the lowest temperatures. In the desert regions, the temperatures drops in night. Prevailing winds are from the west and sometimes carry dust storms (we call them andhi).
The second season Monsoon extends from July to September, temp drops but humidity increases making it very un comfortable, even when there is slight drop in the temp (35oC to 40oC). We have about 90% of our rains in this period.
The Post-monsoon period is from Oct to December. The average maximum temperature is 33oC to 38oC, and the minimum is between 18oC and 20oC.
The fourth season is the winter or cold season, from January to March. There is a marked variation in maximum and minimum temperatures, and regional variations across the state. January is the coolest month of the year. And temp may drop to 0oC in some cities of Rajasthan, like Churu. There is slight precipitation in the north and north-eastern region of the state, and light winds, predominantly from the north and north-east. At this time, relative humidity ranges from 50% to 60% in the morning, and 25% to 35% in the afternoon.
Fondest memory: Temp & Rainfall
January to March 50oF - 80oF, 4MM - 7MM
April to June 75oF - 105oF, 11MM - 30MM
July to September 70oF - 95oF, 100MM - 165MM
October to December,55oF - 85oF, 3MM - 8MM
These are average temp and rainfall of Rajasthan, and may vary for each city. The temperature is in degrees Fahrenheit.
Written Aug 1, 2006
Favorite thing: Outlying countryside offers rich assortment of Wild Life.Grassy Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park, Keoladeo National Park, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary Bikaner, Machiya Safari Park Jodhpur, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary Udaipu,
Akal Fossil Park Jaisalmer.Which affords vistas over the Lake and Forested Hills beyond welty are main attractions.
Updated Feb 22, 2006
Favorite thing: Puris are delicious, fried wheat bubbles which have varied uses; as snacks, scoops for food and as a complement to hot spices. Family members typically sit on the floor and are served piping hot food by the lady of the houses.
Written May 4, 2005
Favorite thing: The chapatti is a flat, unleavened bread which serves almost as a spoon, for it is used as a scoop to transfer food to the mouth. It complements both the texture and flavor of the food it scoops up, absorbing runny sauces, balancing strong flavors and smoothness.
Written May 4, 2005
Favorite thing: Day 1 Jaipur Sight seen by Auto Rs300
City Palace, Jantar Mantar,Jal Mahal,Hawa Mahal,Jaigarh,Birla temple, Albert Hall Central Museum etc.
Day 2 Amber fort-palace
Day 3 Local Market in Jaipur
Day 3 Jaipur to Ajmer (4 hours)
Day 4 Ajmer Adhai din ka Jhonpra and Dargaha
Day 4 Pushkar by bus (1 hour) sight seen holy lake & temples.
Day 5 Back to Ajmer (1 hour) Brahma temple
Day 6 Ajmer to Udaipur (250 km)
Day 6 Udaipur Sight Seen (by Auto 300)
Day 6 Local market in Udaipur
Day 7 Udaipur to Chittor abut by bus in morning 3 hours
Day 8 Chitor to Udaipur
Day 9 Udaipur to Mt Abu By bus 6 hrs
DAy 8 Mt Abu Sight seen
Day 9 Mt Abu
Day 10 Mt Abu to Jodhpur 5 hrs by bus
Day 11 Jodhpur Sight seen
Day 12 Jodhpur to Jaislmer 8 hrs
Day 13 Jaislmer Sight Seen
Day 14 Jaislmer to Jodhpur back by bus
Written Feb 27, 2004
Favorite thing: If you are in Rajasthan and need any kind of help
Please email me or call me on my mobile
if you are planning to visit rajasthan please email me here or firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be pleased to help you if you are from Virtual tourist
Written Feb 23, 2004
Favorite thing: As I wandered the streets of Pushkar one afternoon I spotted this Clothes Iron across the street. Hmmmm....Looked like a cool photo opportunity! So I walked across the street focused and snap!! Well not 2 seconds later here comes an irate shop owner demanding payment for the photo!! LOL I couldn't believe it. I had been pressured for payment of people but it was the first time that it had happened for a clothes iron!! We talked back and forth and the guy finally realized that I wasn't going to pay him so he waved me away in disgust!!
The iron was very cool...It used fire red hot coals to heat it up! I don't think my wife would want one of these for an anniversary gift though!
Fondest memory: Maybe this should be under warnings and dangers for "Don't take pictures of clothes irons"!!
Written Jun 28, 2003
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