Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a luxury train tour that takes you on an eight day journey throughout Rajasthan plus visits to Agra and Varanasi. Departing from Delhi, you are taken on a journey to see some of the most incredible sights, to taste some delicious foods, to experience traditional arts and crafts and to meet some of the friendliest people.
During your journey you are treated very well. The train arranges for transportation, meals, visitations, and entrance fees. You are virtually just along for the ride. We never felt rushed or short changed when it came to visiting a location (my complaint with many other tours).
The staff of the train are incredible. Everyone was helpful and friendly and went out of their way to take care of your every need. They make the trip special when you are on-board.
Meals on the train are delightful - the kitchen sent out some mighty tasty food each day. Each meal would include a combination of Indian food and Continental food. There was also a lounge car for those who wanted to have a drink and compare notes from the days travels.Related to:
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A day at Jaipur the Pink City of Rajasthan, India
The City of Jaipur is the gateway to the state of Rajasthan, the land of Kings.
I have visited this city twice and felt that there's nothing much to see so I asked a local auto-rickshaw to give me tour whole day. We started off inside the "Pink City" the walls were painted terracotta pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876. Old and new buildings are painted in the same colour which is almost orange not really pink (must be due to weather conditions) that is considered to be the colour of hospitality. Next stop was a local shop that sells antiques and paintings. I bought several small hand painted elephants, horses and camels on cloth which would be beautiful on frames mounted on walls. We also visited a shop that sells sarees and wall decorations. It was very interesting to see beautiful souvenirs for sale and how the shop keepers could convince me with their salesmanship. Obviously the driver was trying to lure us to several shops so he could also make some profit with the shop owners. I was amazed with the architecture and colourful surroundings of Rajasthan. Women wore very bright coloured sarees of fuchsia, yellow, orange and red. As we rode along the streets of Jaipur I took pictures of Jaipur's impressive gates and walls. We stopped at "Hawa Mahal" that means Air Palace or Palace of Winds. Why its called that? Maybe because it has over 900 small windows that cools the Palace. Indeed a beautiful structure of five stories it is said that Hawa Mahal was build for the women inside the palace. With these small windows and screened balconies they could enjoy watching the processions below without anyone noticing them, looking from above. Afterwards we set off for Amber Fort, built on top of a mountain. I didnt really wana go up the top of the mountain as that would take time so I just took pictures from afar which still looks amazing with its marble and red stone colour combination, and the lake that is below that makes it more fascinating. Further more we moved to the Palace at the lake and Albert Hall for some more picture taking. This tour trip was very short and I wanted to see more but didnt have enough time as we were just passing by and need to catch our train. I promised myself I shall return. Truly Rajasthan has lots to offer and just a few days wont be enough even a month!Related to:
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Jaipur's Choki Dhani
Have dinner at Choki Dhani its 20mins from central jaipur. Youll get to feel the Rajasthani village life. Pay 600-800 rupees at the entrance this is consumable at the restaurant for dinner (ask them which restaurant coz there are 3). There are various performances in an open air area with rajasthani theme. You can also check in their rooms. Be there at 7-8pm or earlier as u can have more time to roam,they close at 11pm. Better hire an auto rickshaw to take and pick u up, I paid 300 rupees. By daytime walk around the pink city,take snaps at lake palace, hawa mahal, amber fort and albert hall. You can ask an autorickshaw to take u around for 400 rupees. Udaipur is also a lovely place but you have to take another bus/train ride. I visited mt.abu which is also in rajasthan, 10hours by bus and another 3hours to Udaipur. Happy travelling!Related to:
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Rajasthan State Archives
Rajasthan State Archives: This Directorate is located in Bikaner.The archives have in their custody some very precious administrative record of Mughal period like Persian Farmans, Nishans, Manshurs, Akbarat, Vakil Report, Arzdasht, Khatoot and the record created during administration of the Princely states of Rajasthan such as Bahiat, Pattas, Parwanas, Rukkas, Chithiat etc. Because of this exceptional collection of records the archives is of immense value to researchers all over the world. Facilities like microfilming, reference library and research rooms are also available to researchers. .A record gallery has been set up for the tourists too which displays important documents of administrative, social, economical and historical value.Related to:
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Sariska Tiger Reserve Park
Sariska Tiger Reserve park is situated only 35 km from Alwar. Sariska Tiger Reserve park is well nestled in the Aravali Hills covering 800 sq km area divided into the grasslands, dry deciduous forests, sheer cliffs and rocky landscape.Sariska National Park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on an abundance of prey species such as Sambar, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found in large numbers around Talvriksh.
Indian Rs 60/
Forginer Rs 450/
Jeep charg up to 6 persons Rs 1260/
Jeep entrance Rs 250/
Guide charg Rs 250/
Move camera Rs 400/Related to:
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Bala Quila (Fort) Alwar
Bala Quila (Fort):- This huge fort with its ramparts stretching 5 kms from North to south and 1.6 kms from east to west stands 304 meters above the city and 595 meters above the sea level.
It is belived to have been constructed by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1492.It then passed into the Jats and Mughals.A fortress built by Alaghu Rai in 1049 A.D. is also located here.
Babar had spend a night of this fort and took away the hidden treasures to gift to his son Humayun.Akbar's son Jhangir also stayed here for some time during his exile.The place where he stayed is called Salim Mahal.
The fort was finally annexed by Maharaja Pratap Singh from Jaipur in 1775 A.D.
It is a forbidding structure with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry, alongwith 8 huge towers encompassing it.
The fort has several gates-jai pol, suraj pol, laxman pol, chand pol, kishan pol and Andheri gate.Also there are remains of Jal Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar, suraj kund and many temples.Related to:
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Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri Alwar
Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri is the royal cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh and his Queen Rani Moosi. This striking monument is placed out side the main palace building. Based on a pillared sand stone, this double storied structure was built by Vinay Singh, which presents an eye catching spectacle to the viewer with its elephant structural design.
The upper story is build up of marble stones and it houses rounded roofs and striking bends. Highly ornamented interiors with marvelous wall paintings are worn out by lack of proper maintenance. Besides an architectural grandeur, this chhatri is placed in a picturesque location that is full of lush foliage and thriving flowers.Related to:
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Sagar Lake Alwar
Sagar Lake located just behind the City Palace, Sagar lake was constructed in 1815 AD by Maharaja Vinay Singh. Formerly used as a holy bathing ghat, Sagar lake has been able to withstand the beatings of time. Over centuries, people has been following the sacred tradition of feeding the pigeons. It is this lovely pond that separates the City Palace from the surrounding pebbly hills. The local belief is that water in the pond is bestowed with some therapeutic tendencies.
This beautiful lake houses some marvelous shrines and an array of gorgeous cenotaphs on its banks. These monuments along with the glittering waters of the lake present a rejuvenating environment to the spectatorRelated to:
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City Palace Museum Alwar
Most alluring attraction in this palace complex is the exquisitely carved Durbar hall, which welcomes the visitors to this former citadel of Alwar kings.Divided in to three sections, the City Palace Museum displays royal treasures of the erstwhile Alwar rulers. This encompasses one of the superb compilations of Rajput and Mughal paintings and objects made from ivory, jade, and silver. These artifacts are the true testimonials of the prosperity of Alwar kings.
The objects on display includes a silver dining table with lion’s legs and ivory, Brass and pottery sections presents finest artistic talents from Multan, Srilanka, Jaipur and Bengal. Armory collections in the museum exhibit some of the precious artifacts like the sword of Akbar, Sultan Mohammad Ghori and Aurangzeb. Superb assortment of Rajput weapons is another attraction in the Museum.
Besides the arms and ammunition sections, this museum displays a peacock shaped sitar, ancient manuscripts and sculptures. Among the various objects on display, the Mahabharata description on a huge scroll and the manuscript of Shahnama and Gulistan needs special rendering.
Public can have the glimpse of the artifacts in the museum on all days except on Monday and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm.Related to:
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Ranakpur vs Delwara
Since they both are Jain temples with high marble craftsmanship, not too far from each other, and completed around the same time more than 500 years ago, it will be good to know how they both differ.
Delwara at Mount Abu
5 temples. Most have very high intricacy on white marble that looks only 20 years old. Quite visited (crowded) with high security and surveillance cameras. You can easily spend hours noticing the details. [More in Mt. Abu post.]
Ranakpur near Falna or Udaipur
1 gigantic 3 story temple (you can visit each floor). Less relative intricacy on yellowish pink marble which looks rustic. Not very visited. Has 1444 pillars and around 330 statues of Jain deities of which each gets full ablutions and adornment every morning. Less visitors and less security. You can easily lose yourself in the scale of the craftsmanship.Related to:
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Pushkar Camel Festival
The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the largest in India and the only one of its kind in the entire world. During the fair, Lakhs of people from rural India flock to Pushkar, along with Camel and Cattle for several days of live stock trading, horse dealing, pilgrimage and religious festival.
This small town, becomes a cultural phenomenon when colourfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, sadhus and tourists reach here during Pushkar fair. According to Hindu chronology, it takes place in the month of Kartika (October or November) beginning on ashtmi 8th day of Lunar Calendar and continues till full moon (Poornima). The Camel and Cattle trading is at its peak during the first half of festival period. During the later half, religious activities dominate the scenario. Devotees take dips in the holy "Sarovar" lake, as the sacred water is known to bestow salvation.
This small town is transformed into a spectacular fair ground, as rows of make shift stalls display an entire range of objects of art to daily utility stuff. Decoration items for Cattle, Camel and women, everything is sold together. Small handicraft items are the best bargain for buying souvenir. The Camel and Horse races have crowds to cheer. Camel judging competitions are Quite popular with animal lovers. Each evening brings different folk dances and music of Rajasthan, performers delivering live shows to the roaring and applauding crowds.Related to:
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This eight days fair held every year during the month of Jan-Feb, is popularly known as the Cattle fair and is the second largest in Rajasthan. Nagaur Town is the most picturesque of Rajput townships. Nagaur is a sea of animals, trading over 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses every year. The bullocks are known for their fleetness. Not only are the animals lavishly decorated, even their owners flaunt wearing colourful turbans and long moustaches.
Shearing sheep, handsome marwari horses to spices all compiled in one fair. Attractions include the mirchi bazaar (largest red-chilly market of India), wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories.
Sports like tug-of-war, camel races, bullock races and cock fights; jugglers; puppeteers, story-tellers; and exciting campfire evenings are held to entertain the tourists. Folk music of the Jodhpur variation echoes the tranquil desert sand.Related to:
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Mount Abu - The Hill station
Rajasthan only has one Hill-station, but I was very grateful of it's existence during a particularly swealtering July some years ago.
Rajasthan is course 'Tourist central' when it comes to exporing the sub-continent, but this laid-back collection of lakes, hotels and temples means you can plan a break into your schedule. Not only is it a few degrees cooler, but the tourist frenzy of the big cities of the Golden Triangle can also be left to stew for a few days.
The transport around the small town is one of the charmingly eccentric features of the place. The 'baba gaadi' is a kind of adult pram with bicycle wheels. They operate like rickshaws - so be sure to negotiate on the short distances involved. The last time that I was in a pram I seem to remember that involved a bonnet, a dummy and some old bat saying 'isn't he a coochie, coo ?". You will still look ridiculously silly - but what the hell.
I also remember watching the sunset from a point just out from the town was one of the finest I have ever seen, as most of Rajasthan is desert plain it looks all the dramatic.
The temples may well have been fine creations, but I was all 'templed out' by then to bother investigating further.
Jaiselmer - desert time
Jaiselmer is a somewhat remote city, near the India-Pakistan border. Up until quite modern times is derived it's wealth from being a staging post on the 'caravan routes' of vast lines of camels transporting goods. The development of ports such as Bombay and the partition of 1947 meants that its use as a transporation hub became very limited. The state goverment has therefore tried hard to encourage tourism to keep this fine historic town viable.
The ancient sandstone fort is the main attraction, and you can stay within it's wall. There are also a selection of Havelli's or merchant houses. Some of these provide accommodation.
Jaiselmer is also a great place to take a good Camel ride. this can be an overnight affair with a night spent under the stars in a desert that comes straight out of any child's sterotyped idea of a sany desert.
The only real downside to the town are the carpet salesmen. I remember one lad inparticular when I was there. He couldn't have been more that 12 years old (he probably has a chain of shops by now), who had an impressive mathematical gift. If he gave you a price of a carpet, he would tell you the price in any currency you could name to two decimal place. We started him off converting the rupee price to pounds sterling and dollars. I had foolishly promised to buy a carpet off him, if I could catch him out. I was very relieved that after going through Roubles , Italian Lira (even that maths was easy for him), Bolivian Paesos and Swiss Francs that he was stumped by a simple Vietnamese Dong.
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