Hometown

Memories from past knockdown
on the doors of deep filled heart
after a long I visited my hometown
it feels like everyone is here to welcome
time never seemed to make its round
the city has changed its attire
however nothing much changed
since I’ve last around,

There is something so eerie about
an old empty playground once used to be alive
I can still feel faint whispers of the kids laughing from years before
Its not shiny & fun anymore,

I took a walk around on the famous streets
adjacent to a renovated building, once my school
I am trying to gather all fond memories
the narrow lanes are wide enough &
the shops are flaunting with modernity
yet the people are warm & hospitable
but I realised change is inevitable,

I left the city my city for self progression
for dreams with higher education
then distant far for disultory aspirations
although, I missed family, friends & fun
In order to get rid of my falsehood
I left everything for my own good,

When I let my thoughts to roam
I found myself far away from home
this only bringback sadness and pain
And then, I left my tears to drain
Now I left everything & back here
with a hope for magical rain.

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Everyday Mother’s Day❤

For the first love of every child…

Sweet, caring, always close to you and stood behind you with same devotion & love whether it’s thunderstorm of unbearable problems or showers of joy, lap wherein you’ll forget all pains and wake up to see her loving face…medicine of .every cause, MOTHER.
Make her feel special everyday because she is behind your existence and a step closer to feel god.

Mother’s love is unquestionably the most cherish emotion of life. Mother, the word itself get rid from all worldly pains and sufferings with injection of a soothing touch of relief.

Everyday Mother’s Day!!

Toiled day long, her magical embrace is boon

Wishing all the mothers here, a very happy mother’s day today & everyday because you all are holy blessed souls.

#mothersday #happymothersday #everydaymothersday

Keep Writing & Reading,

-prashantt

Bhangarh Trip..its not always scary!

Bhangarh, among one of the most haunted places in India as well as in world where the ruins of beautiful fort holds a disastrous past.

Rajasthan holds glorious history of its golden past hidden somewhere in walls of magnificent forts & castles in every nook & corner.

Nestled around the aravalis of Alwar district of Rajasthan, Bhangarh fort is at just 2 hrs drive away from Jaipur and popular as the most haunted place in India.Many researchers claimed the existence of supernatural powers & ghosts in and around Bhangarh even the entry is prohibited for anyone after & before the sunrise as a matter of precaution by Archeological society of India.

There are some popular stories behind the present conditions of deserted fort once was known for its magnificient aura however it is popular that a sorcerer named Singhia had an eye on the beautiful Princess Ratnavati as he knew that there was no chance of his match with her so he decided to entice her with his black magic powers however somehow Princess suspected his trick and the magic repelled to sorcerer and he died but he cursed that the fort and the people used to lived there were vanish soon and soon everything’s vanished along with Princess and locals believes this curse as the reason behind the exisence of ghosts & supernatural powers at Bhangarh.

Without engulfing deep into the stories of past, i will take you to one of my experience during one of my visits during my college days.I studied at Jaipur and the horrible stories of Bhangarh always remains the point of attraction.Me along with bunch of friends decided to step ahead towards Bhangarh after watching a night show of movie.It was 1 am and without any preparations we drove towards an adventurous excursion.

9 guys in two luxury sedans (WagonR) on the way to Bhangarh was itself a disastrous plan, we reached Dausa and asked a shopkeeper(Tea Stall) for the way to which he replied with unnecessarily spooky horrible stories that was enough for anyone to return back then we gathered courage only from that poor chap’s will power who was selling tea at wee hours of night without any fear on face.

The road linking to the fort was narrow and the dense trees with no source of a single ray of light except the headlights on bothways brought curiosity to next level & developed a feeling of encountering a spirit wrapped on a white saree as the nature around us is all dark as night & the sound we can hear coming from outside was only of air flowing with us and soon one of our friend kept quiet, closed his eyes for sometime and told us to move back as he saw someone following us and we all laughed hard on his logic behind the spirit view only to him( he has been told by his parents that he has Dev gan and he can see spirits)

Soon we all at fort and we entered in with some jugaad(adjustment).The fort is really huge with vast periphery, there was garden,temples & ruins reminds me of famous movie Karan Arjun the chudi bazaar shooted here only.

It was already more than 4 am and me alongwith one of my friend found a old man wrapped in white Kurta & dhoti moving towards us and for the first time we were sweating, trembling with fear stepping back slowly on guilt run of coming to this haunted place. He came near to us and enquired loudly ” What are you guys doing here at night” I heard my friend whispering to me try to look on his feets…We replied at one go the story behind our visit at night as my friend whispered again that his feets are alright. I tried to smile but the moment was not apt.He also advised us to not to move in on the tomb of fort adding his introduction as a villager came in as part of daily routine(freshen up) and we felt a sigh of relieve with doubt in mind.

Suddenly we heard loud wild voices as we enteted deep inside the periphery and unknown fear can be seen on each face however we all moved towards the voices and then we encountered evils scarier than ghosts human bieng, there few more students group came in for adventure like us.

The villager old man who was priest there met again and advised us to took a dio in pond near the temple before leaving the fort.We all took a dip though it was interesting that the pond has snakes that doesn’t harms anyone.We performed prayer and left the fort at morning.

“Biggest fear resides in our minds”

P.S. : The story does not encourage anyone to take up the challenge of spending a night at such places as may be you might not encounter a supernatural power but end up to an encounter with wild animals or more wild animals human biengs with dark minds that can harm your life.

Thanks You📝

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The idea of this post comes from the story posted by blogging bud https://twinklingwords.wordpress.com on her fears while watching horror movies.Visit her blog for more stories.Thank you Vageesha & the story is posted with pics👻😜

Rajasthan Safari -III (Enroute Ajmer- Pushkar Hues)

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If you are on a Jaipur visit then you can add two more worth visit places to your itinerary Ajmer & Pushkar,situated at proximal distance of 120 kms. from Jaipur.In recent years footfall of domestic and foreign visitors increased in this places due to divine pilgrimage importance and surreal enviroment that would left you awestruck.


Ajmer-Pushkar on History

Situated in the green oasis wrapped in barren rugged hills Ajmer has been witness to an interesting past.The historic city was founded by Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan in the 7th century A.D. and continued to be a major power centre of Chauhan dynasty..When Prithviraj Chauhan lost to Mohammad Ghauri leaving behind indelible marks of their cultures & traditions on the history of city,converting it to an amalgam of various cultures and a blend of Hinduism & Islam.

Ajmer is among one of the popular pilgrimage centre with the presence of the famous  dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti and people of all faith & religion visits here to take blessings from around the globe.

Pushkar is among one of the oldest cities of India lies on the shore of pristine blue Pushkar Lake at a distance of approx 40 kms. from Ajmer. The date of its actual origin is not known but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation.It is said that Lord Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have a glimpse of Lord Vishnu.It is often known as “Tirth Raj”(King of all pilgrimage sites) and the only Brahma Temple of world is based here.

Places to Visit

Dargah Sharif

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The Dargah Sharif is the final resting place of Great Sufi saint Moin-ud-Din Chishti and the primier landmark of the Ajmer city.People of all faiths & religion visit here to offer prayers and ask for his blessings,it is believed that no one returns empty handed from His divine abode.The way to entrance leads you through narrow lane of colorful shops selling variety of chaddars,flowers,incence sticks and mouthwatering delicacies.The entrance gate is huge and one can feel the spiritual aura of the place as soon as you are on entrance gate,the mesmerising fragrance of perfumed incence sticks,fresh flowers & sandalwood will welcome you to holy place.The cameras are not allowed inside the dargah and you will have to cover your head before entering the dargah.The compond where sufi saint is buried is furnish with splendid gold work on walls and people offer prayers & put chaddar on the tomb and the priest tap on head with feather fan as a form of blessing.The ambience is heartwarming outside in the compond with qawwals reciting paeans to the Saint.There are two enormous cauldrons kept in which pilgrims donate food products & money that later on distributed among poor.Pilgrims also tie sacred threads here when they wished something from Saint and untie it when it fulfills.

Altogether this divine place kept the people of all religion and faith in one knot and spread the message of unity and equality with one belief that God is one.

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra

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There were stories behind the name of this Indo-Islamic masterpiece structure.Some says the the structure was constructed in two and a half days whereas some says aayats from Kuraan incribed on the walls in two and a half day whereas it was origanilly a temple destroyed by Mohammad Ghauri and converted into mosque.The structure has beautiful architure & carvings  on the domes & pillars reflecting the influence of both indian and islamic styles.The main entrace has sanskrit incriptions whereas the mosque has design & architecture more like of temple.The old carved pillars,vaulted screens and a ruined temple converted into mosque makes it a must visit place in city.

 Soniji Ki Nasiyan

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This is a jain temple at th centre of which is not visited by many as the temple compound is restricted to visits of Jain’s however what makes its addition to the itinerary is its amazing mueseum and the mesmerising architectural work.The ground floor has temple whereas the other two floors are occupied with the attractive ‘Swarna Nagri’City of Gold where the miniatures of gold plated Palaces,armies,chariots,animals etc are kept on for display for all.

 AnaSagar Lake

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The scenic man-made lake Ana Sagar lake was constructed by Maharaja Arnoraja (1135-1150 AD), the grandfather of Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan.The Lake is delimited by five marble baradaris(pavillions) with picturesque Daulat Bagh Gardens and Khobra Behroon temple.

Festivals

Urs Festival

Urs Fair is celebrated every year in the holy city of Ajmer, Rajasthan.It is organized in honoring the death anniversary of the great Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at his Dargah.It is celebrated with great cheerfulness and dedication by mostly the Muslim pilgrims at Dargah Sharif.The six days long auspicious fair is celebrated with full passion by the followers of saint, which comes to an end on sixth Rajab, ‘Chati Sharif’. The whole city of Ajmer is beautifully decorated to celebrate this fair. During these six religious days, pilgrims gather and offer prayers on the Dargah for prosperity and peace in their lives.

Pushkar Lake

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 It is one of India’s holiest and oldest cities with the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country.The Pushkar Lake is the holiest lake in India  and the main attraction of Pushkar with 52 enchanted Ghats based here.Pilgrims visit here to take bathe in the holy water of lake and perform prayers & ritual activities to  cleanse thier sins.There are more than 400 small and big temples situated near the periphery of this lake.

Bramha Temple

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This is the most popular attraction of the Pushkar city as it is the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country associated with many with many legends & believes,the temple is located near to the Pushkar lake and also known as “Tirth Raj”(King of all pilgrimage sites).The temple is mainly built of marble and stone stab.It is visited by pilgrims, holy men and sages after taking a dip in the holy lake.On Kartik Poornima, a festival dedicated to Brahma is held when large number of pilgrims visit the temple, after bathing in the Pushkar lake.The temple holds images of Brahman, Gayatri, Brahma’s symbol of the goose.It is said that Lord Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have a glimpse of Lord Vishnu.

Tourists can also visit to some more prominent temples in the city namely Savitri temple,Vishnu Temple,Shiva Temple,Rangji Temple are popular among some big & small temples.

Pushkar Fair

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Pushkar fair is an experience of a lifetime that hovers on the mind of the travelers and leaves them craving for even more.Cattle fair is the highlight of the festival catching eyeballs of the travellers around the globe & portraying the marvelous cocktail of wonderful art,culture,tradition & celebration of colourful Rajasthan.It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock.It is a five days event celebrated on the eve of Kartik Shukal Ekadasi and falls in the month of October – November.It includes activities and various competitions with musical events,camel safaris,stays in camps and exhibitions.One another important factor that lures travelers into this charismatic fair is the camel competition.This is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.The camel which succeeds in accommodating the maximum number of people on its back, wins the competition.

Shopping & Food

The main road of Pushkar is the main market, littered with souvenir shops galore.Shop for embroidered fabrics such as wall hangings and shoulder bags, Rajasthani puppets and traditional music. You can buy these items from the Sarafa Bazaar, Bada Bazaar or Kedalganj Bazaar.

There is a huge footfall of foreign tourists seen in recent times that influenced a lot to restaurants present here.Authentic food of every cuisine is available with the ambience and language one speaks but lacks the original taste of Rajasthan.

Best time to visit

Ajmer & Pushkar has an extreme climate with summers have very hot days thogh nights can be cold so winters are the best time to visit(Sep-March) whereas Pushkar Fair falls in month of Oct-Nov that is treat for tourists.

Accessabilities:

Ajmer & Pushkar are very well connected from jaipur by road.Ajmer is 130 kms away from Jaipur and 30-40 mins drive from Ajmer will take to reach Pushkar.

Nearest railway station is Ajmer which is well connected to all major cities.There are trains like Shatabdi Expresswhich connects Ajmer with Delhi.

Jaipur is the nearest airport connected to Ajmer.

Thanks for reading!!

Prashantt📝

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Navaratris & Excursion to Dussehra at Delhi-6

So the winters are knocking with blues of festivity and as the nine days of Navratris knocked the preparations of celebrations begins with their own way in different parts of India with joy & happiness.

The post is all about the beauty of Navaratris & its way of celebrations in different parts of India with a glimpse of my Dussehra excursion(2014) in one of the most popular sights of Delhi-6(Red Fort).

Navaratri Celebrations

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India is a hub of cultures,diversity and so is its festivals.We welcome winters with the warmth of festivity commencing from Navratris,conjunction of two words “Nava” means Nine & “Ratri” means Nights so it is a celebration of nine days where hindu deity Durga and its incarnations are worshipped for nine days for health and prosperity.The festival is celebrated with sheer joy in traditional manner in different regions of India.Huge Pandals(Display of Idols) are the way of celebration of Navratri in West Bengal known as Durga Puja whereas Garbha Dance with dandiya sticks is popular in Gujrat so its all over celebrated with different form of joys in India.After the nine days of Navratris comes the Dashami, the tenth day, which is the day of the famous festival of Dussehra or Vijayadashami stands for Tenth day of Victory. This is the day Lord Rama had killed Ravana, symbolising the victory of good over evil.

Dussehra is celebrated to signify the victory of good over evil,the day when God Rama triumphed over Demon Ravana and gets back his wife Goddess Sita.Ravana kidnapped goddess Sita for revenge as God Rama and his brother Laxmana refused to get married to Shoorpnakha(sister of Ravana) and Laxmana axed her nose but with the help of God Hanuman and his monkey friends Lord Rama get back his wife goddess Sita after big battle in Lanka and so this day is celebrated as VijayaDashmi.

This festival has its own fun and charm to me since childhood as it welcomes to my favorite season winters and other charm is Ramlila.Ramlila is a shorter version of epic Ramayana depicted in many parts of India in nine nights before Dussehra although its is losing its charm in this modern era of technology and sudden change still it is popular in some parts of country.On the last day of Ramlila,the effigy of Ravana consigned to flames by Lord Rama.

My Excursion to Festival & Food…Delhi-6 Dussehra

Travelling goes in same page with sumptous food only and being a hotelier it is must for me.

Since i heard a lot about grand celebration of this festival at Red Fort and Old Delhi is always been my favourite spot to visit as many times as i can so I decided to stepped up for this venue with not to mention food kiosks were in mind.The place was crowded as expected but I reached well in time at evening.

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The place was bifurcated for two celebrations and atmosphere was full of life with rides,magic show,circus specially to gather children attention,what makes me excited was the USP of this place that is the food stalls.

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Giant Wheel the eye catcher for the kids

Popular food ventures and specialities of city gathered here for ten days to serve food delicacies under one place for every palette.I made my attempt at every stall as they kept the dignity of hygiene and cleanliness more to my expectations that I bother mostly when checking out street foods but that reminds me of initiative of our honourable PM’s initiative of “Swach Bharat”.

 

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Though it was hot during evening so I choose to start with two hands full chuski (Shaved/crushed ice served with different flavours of syrups).

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I love most Rajasthani stall serving Dal Baat and Churma(Traditional baked breads with lentils dal and sweet crush breads mixed with jiggery) ,the speciality food of Rajasthan whereas Chinese cuisine in indian style captured the most of the crowd but the most encountered stall for food remains winner The Chaat and Gol gappas as no one can compete with women empowerment for love of this delicacy in any part of India.

Then I visited to the place where effigies of Ravana,Kumbhkarana and Megnath kept as the attraction of the place is also its fireworks and it was awesome indeed though its very hard manage my position in crowd still I captured some pictures and videos as souvenir of memory.

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So i hope you like reading this and will recommend you to plan your next year Dussehra for this venue…its all about fun,food & celebrations & that’s how we enjoy life!!🙂

Thanks For Reading

Happy Travelling

Prashantt

Rajasthan Safari(Exploring Pink in Sandstones:Jaipur II)

re In my last post Rajasthan Safari(Jaipur-I) i present a glimplse of Jaipur and its facts with a brief of on its culture,places of tourism interests,festivals and the best time to visit.This post will feature details of major tourist places,festivals and it colourful bazaars(Markets).

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“Jaipur”the capital of Rajastan and well known as “Pink City” is famous for its royal hospitality,cultures,festivity & charming architecture of forts & palaces constructed with sandstones although most of the tourist attraction places are situated at “Old City” and this walled area of the city is popularly called as The Pink city among the locals.

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City Palace

Spreads over several acres of land The City Palace is situated in the centre of heart of Pink City holding the majestic glorious history of Rajputs in every nook and corner of numerous edifices,gardens & colossal courtyards.It was constructed during the rule of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II(1699-1744) and it took three years(1729-1732) to be completed.It reflects a blend of Mughal,European & indian culture in its architecture.

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There are three richly decorated entrances to City Palace namely Virendra Pol,Tripolia Pol,Udai Pol & Jaleb Chowk.The palace has various structures namely Mubarak Mahal(Reception complex) & ChandraMahal(Now Mueseum) covered the major portion of palace complex ,Diwan-E-Aam(meant for the meetings & gatherings) now turned as art gallery,Diwaan-E-Khaas is an open complex from all four sided where two pure silvered vessels with capacity of 4000 Ltrs are placed,Maharani Palace(Palace of Queen),Baggi Khaana(Place of royal palanquins & carriages), & Govindji temple(Lord Krishna Temple) Every structure is adorned with royal architecture,design & culture giving a insight into rich heritage bygone era.

Hawa Mahal

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Whenever someone talks about Pink city,most of the times its image of Hawa Mahal strikes first in front of eyes.Hawa Mahal well known as Palace of  the Winds constructed during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 and Lal chand Ustad was the  architect behind this beautiful structure and the most fascinating fact behind this crown shaped structure is that it is a building without any foundation.It is situated next to The City Palace this five storey remarkable pink sandstone pyramid shaped structure has 953 windows meant for the purdah clads or royal ladies to facilitate them with the view of city as it is based in the heart of the old city that one can cherish beautiful views of bazaars,the palace & jantar mantar from here.

Amber Fort

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Amber(spell as Amer) once was the capital of the state and one of the most popular fort among others in Rajasthan,a must visit sight in Jaipur itinerary.This majestic fort located on picturesque rugged hills of aravalis  is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture,built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh.The Fort was built in red sandstone and white marble.The fort has breathtaking view of Maota lake in its frontground and prominent structures such as Diwan-E-Aam(Public hall),the Ganesh Pole, Jai Mandir(Victory Temple), Splendorous Sheesh Mahal(Hall of Mirrors) leads you awestruck from its art & aura of architectural work wheras Sukh Niwas Palace is a live example of creating air conditioning effect from naturally flowing water then the map of fort in shape of sprawling garden,the walls of the palace expressing paintings formed with elegant work of carving on precious stones and mirrors is beyond explanation of words.Visitors have the option of enjoying the elephant ride up the ramps and into the fort through Surajpole gate that opens into the courtyard known as Jaleb Chowk.

For best experience of history,culture,traditions and heritage of place attend the dazzling light & sound show with backdrop of Amber fort,one of the fascinating attraction of Amber fort.The narration of fort’s saga is itself in legendary voice of Amitabh Bachchan.

Amber Fort Light and Sound Show Timings: English- 7:30 P.M & Hindi- 8:30 P.M

Photography charges: Indian Rs.100, Foreigner Rs.200

Show charges: Hindi Rs.100, English Rs.200

Jaigarh Fort

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Jaigarh Fort

This is another giant fort situated near to Amber Fort on high point of pictureque aravalis known as “Cheel ka Teela”built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1726 also known as Victory Fort.It was used to store arms & ammunition and one of the main canon foundery of that era since it was located on the high altitude the entire jaipur city can be seen from this fort and one of the world’s largest canon on the wheels”Jaibaan”weighing over 50 tons kept here.

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Jaiban Canon

This huge fort is made up of red sandstone and apart from its armory importance the highlight of the fort is its rain water harvesting system,there are three water tanks in which water collects strategically from the canals in hills.The fort complex is divided into an armory,canon foundry,reservoirs,vintage temples,mueseum and rest houses of the for the members of royal family(Aram Mandir,Laxmi Vilas,Lalit Mandir & Vilas Mandir) .One can view beautiful landscapes around the place with adjoining amber fort from the centre of the watch tower.Its is said that there is secret subterranean passage that connects Jaigarh Fort to Amber Fort serves as emergency escape during wars.

Nahargarh Fort

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Amber Fort was used as residential and Jaigarh Fort was meant for the protection purpose of royal families whereas Nahargarh was used for hunting of the game or for recretion of royal families and also known as “Hunting Fort”.Stand tall amidst the rugged aravalis,it is one of the most popular fort of Pink City built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734.Most of the structure of fort is in ruin state though Madhvendra Bhawan,a two storey structure has of 9 residences for 9 queens known as “Zenana” reflects the rajputana art and culture through carvings & paintings on the ceilings & walls.Another attraction of the fort is Nahargarh biological park with presence of lions & leopards.The baawdi(reservoir) located in front of entrance is very popular among the youth due to its picturisation in the movies and you can also find a restaurant here in this fort resembling recreation purpose of fort.

Jal Mahal

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The most serene structure stands proudly amidst the chaos of the city in the middle of sparkling blue man made lake (Man Sagar Lake) is alluring Jal Mahal or The Water Palace.It was constructed by Maharaja Madho Singh for his duck hunting only then earlier in 18th century Maharaja Madho Singh II enhanced the palace further. This five storey edifice was constructed from pink sandstone and reflects a fusion of mughal & rajput architure from its built.Most of the tourists visit here during thier way to Amber Fort as it falls in middle of the way and a visit here will take 30 minutes maximum.

Jantar Mantar

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Neighbouring the city palace in the heart of the city is Jantar Mantar(Yantar as instuments & Mantar as notations),one of largest astronomical observatories among five others in country used to calculate the time,movement of celestial bodies,prediction of eclipses and other astronomical observations constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II.It has 14 types of instruments for all those mentioned astronomical observations and the highlight of the observatory is its Sun Dial which is 90 ft.high.The observatory was declared as a national monument in 1948.

Albert Hall Museum

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The story of Pink colour of pink city and Albert Hall is linked together as this beautiful Indo-Saracenic structure was built by Maharaja Ram Singh to ensure the visit of Prince Albert of Britain during his visit to India in 1876 and the city was coloured pink reflecting traditional warm welcome to him.The Mueseum is named in honour of Prince Albert and located next to Ram Niwas garden in Jaipur.The museum exhibits a rare collection of ancient stuffs from Jaipur’s royalty stuffs including miniature paintings,artifacts,carpets & woodcrafts.

Galtaji Temple

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Galtaji is a temple complex situated amidst utter surroundings near to beautiful Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is getting popular as tourists attraction of the city and popularly known as The Monkey Temple due to the large number of presence of monleys here.The highlight of the temple is is its natural is its natural spring that fills seven large pools,pilgrims used to come here and took a dip in water to get rid over from sins and the sunset point at sun temple,a part of temple complex.

There are few more other attractions of the city namely The Birla Temple,Rajmandir Cinema,Kanak Vrindavan and Ishwari laat.If time permits do visit to these attractions also.

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Kite Festival

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Every year on the auspicious eve of Makar Sakranti(14th January) Jaipur celebrates Kite Festival and paint the canvas of sky with colorful kites.Kite flying competitions are organize everywhere in Jaipur on this particular day.State govt organize International Kite Festival wherein people from various parts of world actively participate and enhance the charm of this auspicious day.

Gangaur Festival

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Gangaur festival is celebrated in reverence to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as the words ‘Gan’ stands for Lord Shiva and ‘Gauri’ for Goddess Parvati.The festival centres around women and all the rituals to be followed are observed by them.The festival rituals commence the day after Holi.The festival celebrates the union of Shiva and Parvati which gives young girls and boys an occasion to interact with each other. It is an elaborate occasion and there are several rituals associated with it.During this festival in Jaipur, a popular sweet dish called ‘Ghewar’ is distributed between families, relatives and friends.

Teej Festival

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Teej celebrates the arrival of the monsoon after hot summers. The festival is a three day celebration which includes both rigid fasting and scrumptious feasting.This festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and celebrates her return to Lord Shiva.Colourful fairs are the prime highlights of the festival, which are frequented by women, both married and unmarried who are dressed in colorful clothes and jewellery. The fairs comprises of swings,singing, dancing, devotional music,mehandi design competitions and performances by folk artists.

Elephant Festival

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Holi is more colourful for visitors with the celebrations of elephant festival.The festival begins with the procession of royal elephants painted with numerous patterns and designs,decorated with beautiful clothing,adorned with jewelries and anklets with ringing bells.Elephant polo,Tug of war,Elephant race,Sprinkle of colourful water on visitors and Gaj Sringar Exhibition are the attractions of festival.

Shopping and Food

Jaipur is a vibrant and beautiful city, filled with bazaars and a trip without shopping here is incomplete when it is known for its handicrafts,jewelries & gems,quilts,fabrics. Bapu Bazaar,M I Road,Johari Bazaar,Badi Choupar,Choti Choupar & Kishanpole Bazaar are some main markets and all these are situated in old city.

Daal Baati Churma is traditional rajasthani meal includes Dal lentil curry served with Baati roundel of stuffed flour that’s baked in a charcoal fire or oven. Choorma is a sweet crushed stuffed flour with jaggery and ghee available at almost every major food joint of jaipur.

Kachori(Dal,Pyaaz & Mawa) round flatten baked or fried flour balls stuffed with lentils/onion/mawa & sugar syrup.Recommended to try at Rawat sweets,near bus stand & LMB,Johari bazaar.

Ghewar a deep fried sweet dish,mostly available during festivals such as Gangaur and Teej. It comes in varieties such as plain & mawa.Recommended to try at Rawat sweets,near bus stand & LMB,Johari bazaar.

Mirchi Bada green chillies dunked in besan then deep fried served with chutneys.

so these are few of delicacies you should try out here whereas there are few more traditional dishes left that i will share in other cities of Rajasthan.

Best Time to visit

Jaipur enjoys the moderate type of climate,summers are very hot with maximum temprature reaches upto 43-45 degree Celsius and mimimum 34-36 degree Celcius whereas winters are cool & pleasant with maximum temprature of 26-28 degree Celcius and minimum 15-18 degree Celcius,therefore best timevto visit Jaipur is October-February.

 How to Reach Jaipur

By Air: The Jaipur Airport is situated at Sanganer and it connects the city to all the major parts of India as well as some of the major overseas countries.

By Train: Jaipur is well connected to almost every part of India through the means of Indian Railways. There are several trains which connect this city to all major metro cities.

By Road: Jaipur, the pink city is linked with the all the major cities of India through the network of National Highways 8, 11 and 12 to name a few. There’s also a very good bus service between Jaipur and Delhi provided by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation and it is well linked with Agra.

Next post of this series will take you to holy cities of Ajmer & Pushkar.

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Rajasthan Safari(Exploring Pink in Sandstones:Jaipur-I)

Oops this is not Pink..but it reminds me of my best unforgettable days & memories in this wonderful city.Warm welcome in my style with a traditional greeting “Khama Gadi”(Greeting of the day)

Khama Gadi

Before falling into the details (posting soon on next post)i will be throwing light on some interesting facts about Jaipur,an overwiew on its culture,places of tourist interests,festivals & best seasons to visit in brief.

Picturesque Pink City

Interesting Facts

The picturesque capital of Rajasthan,Jaipur reflects its Rajput culture associated with warm hospitality from its Pink colour at every nook & corner of the charming palaces & havelis constructed with sandstone.
In 1876,the sandstones were coloured pink on the visit of Prince of Wales & Queen Victoria to celebrate the warmth of Rajputana hospitality and from that moment onwards it became famous as”Pink City”.

This is the only planned city of its time in India constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in year 7727 and the city is encircled by comforting wall & architectured by bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya.

The city has so many tales to tell behind every fascinating craft of Palace,Fort,Museum, Garden & monument.

Located at about 260kms. from New Delhi and 240kms. from Agra,Jaipur forms the third point of the Golden Triangle after Delhi and Agra(Popular tourist attractions in northern India).

Apart from delightful architecture of historic beauty of forts & palaces the city is popular for its timeless appeal of colourful Gems,handicrafts and jaipuri quilts.

Places of Tourist Interest

Apart from above mentioned places the city has more places to discover with colourful bazaars(markets) offering best of Rajasthani handicrafts,gems,food & enthralling experience that will be feature in next detailed post of Jaipur tourism interest places.

Festivals

The mesmersing colourful sky with no escape to fly among the different shape & sized kites,slumbering & staggering dancing people all around,beautifully decorated elephants marching on city streets or the marriage procession of gods are the glimpses of Jaipur which makes the city a must visit destination during festival celebration.

Although each & every festival is celebrated here with equal enthusiasm but some festivals have thier own charm of celebration in Pink City.

Best Time to visit

Jaipur enjoys the moderate type of climate,summers are very hot with maximum temprature reaches upto 43-45 degree Celsius and mimimum 34-36 degree Celcius whereas winters are cool & pleasant with maximum temprature of 26-28 degree Celcius and minimum 15-18 degree Celcius,therefore best timevto visit Jaipur is October-February.

Details of tourism interest places with festivals,food and culture will be in next post.

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(Gokarna-III) Beach Trekking

Gokarna located on the western coast of India is one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers in India. Gokarna is famous for its beaches and shrines. Known for its unspoiled and rustic nature led us plan a trek along the Arabian Sea.


Trek from Kudle Beach to OM Beach
 

Beautiful Kudle Beach

We were staying near to Om Beach so the idea is to initiate trekking from Kudle beach.We decided to a take a ferry from the OM Beach to the Kudle Beach and tread on foot from the Kudle Beach. However, to our dimay there was no ferry in views so without any further delay we started treading from Kudle beach. 

Hill terrain along kudle beach

We made our way through a hilly terrain to reach the Kudle beach. We took our route through the hills to reach the next beach. One must watch out for the rocky beach path. It was a small trek on a muddy rocky path to reach the OM Beach.  

Arial view of Om Beach(3 or ऊ shape is visible clearly)

As one approaches the OM Beach through the rocky terrain you will find a staircase that leads down to the OM Beach. The OM Beach looked like ‘3 or ऊ shape’ from top to bottom. However, the beach names ‘OM’ has been kept after the hindu sacred incantation ‘AUM or OM’. 

The beach is very popular among tourists and offers many water sports here with this we find the famous Namaste Cafe that is serving mouthwatering cuisine here & we took our energy bites here.
The beach was so soft that it felt like we were walking on a layer of unhardened chocolate. As we sauntered by the beach. To lighten up the situation I came up with the idea of trying some sand writing and the writing has to be completed without the waves came again & washed your litrature over sand turf.

Namaste Cafe


Trek  from OM Beach to Half Moon Beach

Half moon Beach

This trek is adventourous bedded with rocks. Up the cliff, the path to Half Moon beach is not very clearly marked. The forest is thicker and walking paths can only be recognized by the usage. We took the rocky path adjacent to the sea, walking on the barren hill can be tough and adventurous. After the long and tiring walk we reached the Half Moon Beach. Half Moon beach is named after its shaped which resembles a half cut moon. 

Pleasant..away from rush half moon beach

Half Moon beach is a virgin beach and less popular with a majority of travelers. This beach is a perfect spot for peace and nature lovers. 

Trek from Half Moon Beach to Paradise Beach

Paradise or Full Moon Beach surrounded by rocks

With no designed trail to reach the next stop, we ventured further with our trekking. The path to Paradise beach is surrounded by the rocks. After the brief walk amidst the rocks we reached the Paradise Beach. 

The distance from the Half Moon Beach to Paradise beach was not much. This is small but beautiful beach.

Trekkers along the paradise beach

The beach is enveloped by natural beauty and the best is to enjoy swim and sunbathe there. Marking an end of our trek, we plunged into the beach and rejuvenated on the sand and relaxed.  

We took on delectable aroma floating from the kitchen of Namaste Cafe as we walked back from enthralling trek experience.

At Gokarna you cannot expect to have branded stores lying on streets but some local shopping is always good when travelling around any place.The market in Gokarna means a street with several colorful shops selling religious & spirituals souveniers like Trishuls, Mythological books, artifacts, brass lamps etc. and really nice decorative items made of seashells.I bought Kallusakkare, a kind of local sugar candy & mini trishul which is best for this memorable day spent in Gokarna. 

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“We must travel out to learn,experience & find the real adventure of life”

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this series of Gokarna.

Let’s experience some warmth of hospitality,heritage & culture somewhere in reminiscences of forts,palaces & people of Rajasthan in next series.(Rajasthan Safari)

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-Prashantt

(Gokarna-II)Exploring Murudeshwar..A paradise

Gokarna is remote holy town known for its temples and shrines. While at Gokarna I learnt that India’s first tallest statues of Shiva, is located at Murudeshwar, an hour’s distance from Gokarna.  It is said that while at Gokarna one must visit Murudeshwar. The tallest Shiva Statue is also known as Shiva of Murudeshwar. The statue is 123 feet tall. The Shiva of Murudeshwar is located in town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district. The name Murudeshwar is another name of the Hindu Lord Shiva. 
With this I packed to explore Murudeshwar. It is an hour’s drive to reach Murudeswar from Gokarna, as one nears; the tallest statue of Lord Shiva starts to become visible. Murudeshwar, is the temple town with a vibrant beauty and golden history, located on the Arabian seafront in  Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka and is well connected by roads and railway. Nearest airport is located 127 kms in Manglore.

Once at Murudeshwar, to my awe the place left me spellbound with its lush green landscapes, the spectacular Shiva statue, bordering it was the expansive three side Arabian Sea, an exotic and a remote location. The place had lots for me to explore: 

This magnificent Murudeshwar Temple is built on Kanduka Hills surrounded on three sides by the water of the Arabian Sea. The view has its own beauty and is majestic by all means. One can also get a panoramic view of the statue from the lift in 20-storied Gopura the temple authorities have built. A Gopura, is a gateway usually built, at the entrance of any temple, especially in Southern India.

The Rajagopura near the statue at the entrance of the Temple is the world’s tallest gopura and is 249 feet., this mammoth structure is addition to wonderful experience of tourist. The Gopura has 20 floors fitted with elevators to reach the top from where the tourist can have a panaromic view of place and admire the beauty of crafts and nature. The temple is designed like a cave. The main deity of temple is Sri Mridesa Linga, also called Murudeswara. The linga is believed to be a piece of the original Atma Linga and is about two feet grounded.
The Murudeshwar beach is just opposite to the temple. The scenic beauty of this coastal town has a lot to relax, rejuvenate and unwind. I spent an hour at beach as I wanted to see the sunset at the Arbian Sea. There is a natural stroll along the seaside pathway with green landscape on one side and the sea on the other. The place has a wavepool and waterpark for the kids. At the wavepool one will find the best sunset point. A perfect way to end an day at Murudeshwar is to see the sun sinking in the Arabian Sea. 

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year, the weather is pleasant in the months of November to February.

Gokarna:Mesmerising hidden treasure of liesure-1(Waterfalls)

​Gokarna, a beautiful town located western coast of India in the Uttara Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka is famous for its beautiful streches of beaches and spiritual aura of temples.There is lot more hidden treasure for backpackers & tourists to explore near Gokarna, The mesmering eye arresting beauty of falls situated near Gokarna.Praise the undiscovered beauty of hills in lap of nature at Uttara Kannad region while you make a visit to Gokarna.

Lalguli Falls

Lalguli Falls situated 113 kms away from Gokarna is gaining popularity as a sightseeing spot. The view of the Kali river rolling down from a height of about 250 ft into numerous steps is as amazing  & breathtaking as its sound.The sound of the gushing waterfall nerves you out with excitement and take you close to nature.The waterfalls dazzles in the presence of sunshine & fragrance of flora and fauna will take you to another world.Enjoy the scenic beauty while spending a day out here with sumptous feast  The place also offers you  some opportunities of adventure and trekking around the area with exotic pleasant atmosphere and lovely walking trails for bird watching enthusiasts. This place is famous for practicising adventure sports activities like trekking & river rafting and a perfect hub of family picnic visit.This is a perfect vacation spot enhanced by the rocky hills and lush greenery that bring you close to call of nature.
Best time to visit: Although the beauty of this fall can be seen in any season besides monsoon as the area is prone to lanslides but winters are considered as the ideal time to visit and enjoy the beauty of this place.


Sathodi Falls 

Sathodi Falls is located in the Kallaramarane Ghat near the town of Yellapur about 32km from town and about 112 kms. away from Gokarna is popularly known as Mini Niagara Falls.The falls are about nearly 15 mts. in hieght, there are many streams that join together in the Kallaramane Ghat and mingles into this mesmering Sathodi falls.After flowing from falls further the stream joins into the backwaters of the Kodasalli Dam into the Kali River. This fall forms a part of the Ganeshgudi forest range.  It is advised to take look of waterfall from far since it may be risky to take a close look. The way to the falls stepped with slippery rocks, leeches and prickly shrubs. The area around the falls is unexplored and offers you handful opportunity to take a lovely walk down to the lush green grass land to admire the beauty of place. There is a beautiful picnic area near the the falls where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of waterfall with food.A perfect spot of visit for nature lovers embibed with enchanting beauty.
Best Time To Visit: Late monsoon and winters are preferred to visit the aura of this place.

Unchalli Falls

Unchalali Falls which is also called Lushington Falls is among most beautiful waterfalls is located at a distance of 25 km from Sirsi in Uttara Kannada district and is 78 kms. Away from Gokarna, is named after a District Collector, J D Lushington, who discovered the falls in 1845.The waterfall is situated in amidst of Sahyadri hills & formed by a fall of river Aghanashini with thuderstormic sound that breaks the peace of forest ranges. From the viewpoint the falls is visible at a distance. Steps have been built from this point to connect to another viewpoint still down the valley which is built directly opposite the waterfall. The water flows comes down at a great force rising up a cloud of water drops that could easily drench anyone at the viewpoint though it is not easy to reach the base of the waterfall from this viewpoint easily. These is a perfect spot of trekking in the woods and enjoy the everlasting natural flora & fauna, deep down gorges, cool breeze and the water cascading down the rocks of moutains.A perfect delight for sightseeing spot of naturure embibed with scenic exotic waterfall.
Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year

Jog Falls

Jog Falls or Gerosoppa Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India located in Sagara Taluk(Shimoga Distt.) of Karnataka is major attraction of tourist with distance of  118 kms. away from Gokarna town .This is one of the major tourist attractions that come alive during the monsoons. River Sharavathi plunges down about 830ft. into four segments to merge this magnificent beauty. These different cascades of waterfall known locally as Raja, Rani, Rocket. &Rover. The waterfall is locally also known as Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi and ‘Jog’ is a Kannada word, meaning falls & is derived from the word Javalu, which means water coming out forming wetlands.

The volume of falling water is so huge that even a single picture shot is not easy to make with continuous water sprays. The beauty of water fall is enhanced in the presence of lush green & alive flora & fauna that also embark this place a wonderful scenic ambience.
Unlike all waterfalls it does not stream down the rocks in a common tiered way but the water thunders down the slope losing contact with the rocks which makes it the tallest untiered waterfall in the India. 

There are several view points of Jog Falls but two most popular are Watkins Platform & near Bombay Bunglow.One is near the bus stand with small market and other steps downhill reaching to bottom of fall. The place is perfect for some adventure stuffs like trekking near falls area and to hike down to base of fall to take plunge in water. There are several beautiful spots to visit near Jog falls for the visitors are Shravathi Valley,Swarna River Bank 

Jog fall are at best and full swing in monsoon season, hence it is advised as best season to captivate the most from this giant fall. Visitors feel like stopping every now and then to get lost in nature beauty in monsoon. Its mist, rain and lush green forest covered with green trees & cloud covered mountains at horizon.  

So whenever you will plan to visit Western Ghats do not miss the chance to witness the handful of natural beauty of beautiful & mesmerizing falls that you remember for life long.og Falls or Gerosoppa Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India located in Sagara Taluk(Shimoga Distt.) of Karnataka is major attraction of tourist with distance of  118 kms. away from Gokarna town .This is one of the major tourist attractions that come alive during the monsoons. River Sharavathi plunges down about 830ft. into four segments to merge this magnificent beauty. These different cascades of waterfall known locally as Raja, Rani, Rocket. &Rover. The waterfall is locally also known as Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi and ‘Jog’ is a Kannada word, meaning falls & is derived from the word Javalu, which means water coming out forming wetlands.

The volume of falling water is so huge that even a single picture shot is not easy to make with continuous water sprays. The beauty of water fall is enhanced in the presence of lush green & alive flora & fauna that also embark this place a wonderful scenic ambience.

Unlike all waterfalls it does not stream down the rocks in a common tiered way but the water thunders down the slope losing contact with the rocks which makes it the tallest untiered waterfall in the India. 

There are several view points of Jog Falls but two most popular are Watkins Platform & near Bombay Bunglow.One is near the bus stand with small market and other steps downhill reaching to bottom of fall. The place is perfect for some adventure stuffs like trekking near falls area and to hike down to base of fall to take plunge in water. There are several beautiful spots to visit near Jog falls for the visitors are Shravathi Valley,Swarna River Bank 

Jog fall are at best and full swing in monsoon season, hence it is advised as best season to captivate the most from this giant fall. Visitors feel like stopping every now and then to get lost in nature beauty in monsoon. Its mist, rain and lush green forest covered with green trees & cloud covered mountains at horizon.  

So whenever you will plan to visit Western Ghats do not miss the chance to witness the handful of natural beauty of beautiful & mesmerizing falls that you remember for life long.

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