Category: Rajasthan

Not to miss Great Wall of India_Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh is a secretly placed fort and worth visit for its solid battlement great wall. It is stated to be the second longest wall in the world, the first being ”the Great Wall of China”. The huge complex of the Fort has numerous palaces, temples and gardens making it more magnificent and thus indeed has been added to the list of Worlds Heritage sites. The architecture keeps you fascinated for hours and you wonder about the time and effort taken to build this mansion.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Though my journey had started, I was bit worried seemingly I had started late from the Ajmer and the fort closing time was 5:30 pm. It was almost 3:45pm; still one and half hour away from fort! My heart started racing fast as I really did not wanted to miss upon my adventure walk on the second longest wall in the world.

Kumbhalgarh fort wall

The moment I reached few kilometers before the fort, my all anxiety just snapped away. The curvy road leads you thru dense forest accompanying lakes and canyons taking you to the fort located on the peak of mountain. The Aravali range makes you journey pleasant. As you drive up to the mountain, clouds seems to start catching and chasing you in playful manner.

lake-kumbhalgarh

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As soon I approached the main gate of the fort that’s where my mind echoed Ahhaa!! Finally I am here. I grabbed my ticket and rushed inside without losing a minute.

Entry Point to Kumbhalgarh Fort

I never realized my fascination towards vintage and heritage sites until I visited Rajasthan. Every fort has its own flavor depicting its own story. Fort Kumbhalgarh is nestled into the Arawali range and proudly narrates the legacy of Kings of Mewar. The fort was built by Rana Kumbha who ruled the kingdom for the thirty five years. It took years of construction of this fort and it is located approximate 3600 ft above sea level.

Distant view from Kumbhalgarh fort

temple from Kumbhalgarh fort

Once upon a fort is now serves as great museum with more than 360 temples and palaces. The Fort is spread across 36 kilometers in length. The must visit points include Shiva temple and the “Badal palace”. The second one is accredited to be the birthplace of great warrior Maharana Pratap. The name “Badal” means Clouds and the palace looks like its standing in wonderland of the clouds.

templs in Kumbhalgarh fort

 

Palace in Kumbhalgarh fort

As I was late, I could not enjoy the panoramic view of the town down from the fort however I assumed it must be looking great in the broad day light. However in the evening one can enjoy light and sound music show (at 7.00 pm) which reveals the history of the fort. Nearby is a small snack center where one can indulge in delicious Rajasthani food items, sandwiches and tea/coffee.

clouds

Staying options: The Kumbha Bagh, Aodhi Hotel, Kumbhalgarh club Mahindra, Devi palace heritage Hotel

Visit duration: 2 – 3 hours

As staying options are expensive one can choose to travel back to Udaipur (80kms) or go to next destination; however if you wish to stay back for a day then the other option is to experience cultural programs back at these hotels.

Other point of attraction: KumbhalGarh Wildlife sanctuary

I enjoyed my time here and I hope this tourist attraction will be in your bucket list while your visit to Rajasthan.  Keep Smiling and Happy Travelling!!

P.s. (Image credits to internet)

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Abhaneri_ offbeat destination near Jaipur and Agra

From a tourist’s perspective; the state of Rajasthan, India is a complete package to indulge in. This place is filled with numerous points of attractions. From Royal palaces to strong forts, from beautiful lakes to deserted lands, from haunted stories to folk celebrations, whether you want to immerse yourself into the luxurious royal life or shop or eat or go for camel safari; this place has a unique thing to offer to an every individual visiting Rajasthan. However, among all these, Abhaneri village stands a bit aside! It is a beautiful small village located about 97 Kms away from the capital city Jaipur, more specifically on Jaipur- Agra road in Dausa district.

While I was on my way to Agra, I decided to visit Abhaneri for its famous stepwell “Chand Baori” (Baori means “Well”).  When I surfed more about this place and pictures, I realized that I have seen this place somewhere.  But where exactly that I was not remembering. I gave many guesses like I might have read it in a book, either in History chapters or in a Geography book.  And finally, after stressing my brain for a long, I remembered that I have seen this place in movie named “Paheli” directed by Amol Paleker.

It was long back when I was in my graduation, had booked movie tickets and there I was, in a cinema hall, totally confused with the movie story of a Ghost (Shaharukh Khan) falling in love with a pretty actress (Rani Mukherjee)! May be the story was so wired that I now remembered everything about it 😀  (Please excuse me, if you loved that movie. I have no intentions to hurt anyone’s sentiments). By the way, even Hollywood movies like The Dark knight Rises and The Fall have been shot at this place.

Okay, so let’s go back to our main motto of travelling! It was dark at 5 A.M. when I left Jaipur for Abhaneri, with maps and well placed direction boards reaching to this village was not a difficult task. It took one and half hour to touch this place. I could see smoke rising up to the sky, giving me indication that I was approaching village. I saw people sitting around small fireplace grabbing some warmth and chitchatting on a cold yet refreshing winter morning. Children were already on their way to schools and were looking happy in their blue and white uniforms.

What to see at Abhaneri, Rajasthan:

This step-well lies just at the beginning of a village and very easy to locate. Chand Baori is the most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan built by King Chanda between 800 and 900 AD. It is believed to be one of the oldest stepwells in Rajasthan. When the construction was completed, King dedicated this Step-well to Harshat Mata (Goddess of Joy and Happiness). Rajasthan is arid region and dedication of the step-well was a faith of King that Goddess will shower her blessings in the form of rain.

Stepwell 1

The architecture of this well is super precise and totally serves the purpose for conserving water. The 3,500 steps create wonderful artistic patterns on the wall and climbing up and down these steps looked to me a great fun. But, when you look down at the center of this well, you might feel little dizzy (Vertigo effect) due the 12 storeyed descending patterns of these steps.

This stepwell has steps on three sides, while on one side there is a special arrangement to sit for Royal families. The area around well is quite big and this very same place was in use for community gatherings. At present, this well is not active and has been barricaded from all the sides.

stepwell down view

The floor surrounding to this well has many small compartments which house idols of Hindu God and Goddesses. You will also notice many stone pillars carved marvelously in the premises. Some of these carvings also show resemblance to Khajuraho Temple figures stipulating that art was traveled from Madhya Pradesh to all the way to Rajasthan.

When asked to caretaker about these rock cut outs, he informed that, there is a temple of Harshat Mata and once upon time, these cuttings were the part of this temple. Many villagers come to this temple for the blessing of this Goddess.

Hashat Mata temple

Erotic figure

Sun was totally out by this time. I looked around and in a view; there were beautiful landscapes of green fields. Village was becoming more alive with buzzing market. The outskirt of “Chand Baori” is surrounded by many small shops, tea stalls and vegetable market.

Being a tea lover, I automatically started walking towards tea stall but I was hold back by a potter, who was making cups on a clay wheel. For an instance, I felt an urge to try my hands of wheels and surprisingly potter allowed it with a big smile. He also guided me on the speed of wheel, position of hands and the pressure to put on the clay. After two attempts I could make one cup which was looking more like a pot rather than cup. 😀 I had little chitchat with potter and his wife and then headed towards first TEA of the day!

hands on training on wheels

furnacing of cups

What to eat for breakfast :

In breakfast, most famous items include Kachori (fried Puri) and Jalebi (Sweets). We all know about Kachori chat which comes with spicy green chutney, sweet red chutney and curd; however Kachori with Kadhi was something new for me and I bet you will also enjoy it thoroughly.

Frying Kachori

yummy

Kadhi Kachori

Where to stay in Rajasthan while you visit Abhaneri:

As this place is near to Jaipur-Agra, you can choose between these two cities. Other option includes Abhaneri Camp Safari resort, which is just 1 or 2 kms away from step well. This place is peaceful and can be enjoyed better if you come in group.

For many tour operators Abhaneri is a stopover journey point, a good place for that little break from the forts and palaces. People from Abhaneri village are warm-hearted and very generous to make sure that you feel welcomed and that what adds more authenticity to your trip to Rajasthan.

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Get some Haunted experience at Bhangarh fort ! _Truth behind the scene

The day had come when I was just few kilometers away from this Haunted place and my heart was pounding faster than time. I made sure that I reach this village during the sunrise as I did not wanted to take a chance of anything going wrong.

Rajasthan is well known for its grand forts, palaces and Royal lifestyle; however, it is equally famous for folk stories especially those of haunted places.  For a second, I was scared a bit at my thought of visiting “Bhangarh Fort” built in 17th century which was once upon a time a glorious town but now known for its ghostly stories.

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Bollywood Punch_ Travel in Filmy ishtyle!!!

When I started my travel blog, I got to hear from many people that “You are very lucky that you can follow your passion, “ we also wish to travel but just don’t get enough of time or something always comes up in the middle of the plan and or for whatever XYZ reason it never turns to the reality!” So for such people, I have made a list of locations from India where Bollywood movies have captured the various colors of Incredible India, which they can enjoy simply sitting at home.  I believe that Indian film makers have taken immense efforts to show us many beautiful parts of India through their Camera lenses and I really admire them for doing so.  Though the actual feel of being at that very place is surely 1000 times better than simply watching it over television but you never know what may trigger your thirst for travel and to see the world out there and you may land up at the place of your choice! Continue reading

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Deeg Palace- The Vacation palace of Maharajahs!!

OMG! Can you imagine the Rajahs and the Maharajahs going on a vacation? I bet you can’t. Okay, try recollecting history chapters we read in school. They were almost always about wars and battles; they either won or lost but we never heard of them going on a vacation. But hey, wait a minute! The fact is, they along-with their family use to go on royal vacations and here, I would like to share my experience about one such place in Rajasthan known as “Deeg Palace”- a vacation palace built in 1772 by the Jat King Badan Singh.

In reality, this palace is a fusion of fort and palace. It was built at a prime location from the political aspect and thus suffered many attacks from Mughals; so later on SurajMal- the son of Badan Singh decided to build a fort wall around this palace. It’s very interesting to know that there was one marble palace already built in Delhi and when SurajMal captured Delhi, he dismantled it and got restructured at Deeg palace (Today known as SurajMal Bhawan). The entire fort is elegant in its style however still appears strong in its architecture. Continue reading

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