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A Colourful Journey with Pushkar Fair Tour with Golden Triangle- Part III

Posted on May 10th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

 Amber Fort Amber Fort

The day began and we left for Jaipur. This colourful city had always allured me with its heritage collection. Unlike the small houses and messy streets, the royal palaces had been the part of my dreams. Also known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is one of my dream lands that I always wanted to visit. As we entered the city, the aura made us realize as if we were in the city of kings.

Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728, the city still carries the charm of the golden vintage era. We had two days in hand to explore the city. So, we decided to take rest for some time in the hotel. After reaching the hotel, we ordered Rajasthani cuisine items for lunch. The food was delicious. The taste still lingers with our taste buds. After taking a short nap, we started exploring the region. Colourful markets of Jaipur were dipped in the culture and tradition. Each and every shop of these markets was speaking volume about the traditions of the land.

Till the time we were in Jaipur, we explored different regions and attractions including Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Each of these was amazing. No matter how hard we try to speak about the architecture, glory and grandeur of these attractions, a visit to these places will be more rewarding. We clicked numerous pictures to ensure that we would not miss any memorable moment we spent there.

Our next destination was Agra, the land of love. En-routing Agra, we visited Fatehpur Sikri. This land has the charm and the glory of the old era. Also known as the ‘Ghost Capital’, the land had served as the political capital of Mughal empire in India.

 Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri

A visit to Fatehpur Sikri ensured us that our remaining trip would be as interesting as we had imagined. After reaching Agra, we checked in the hotel and we must say that the tour operator did not ditch us anywhere. The hotel was meeting our expectations and the promises made by the tour operator. I and Jerry was craving, so we ordered Mughlai cuisines to taste the cuisines of the Mughal era. The dinner was tempting, we couldn’t resist ourselves to get overloaded. After a short walk, we went to the rooms and took off for the day.

With a wake up call from the Jerry, I opened up my eyes. He told me that we were already late for that day. I started my day in hurry and reached in lobby of the hotel in just 15 minutes. We had light dinner in the hotel restaurant and left to get the ultimate experience of Visiting Taj Mahal.

My wife, Jenelia had told me many times about her wish to visit that symbol of love and I always wondered that what is the special about Taj Mahal. Believe me, in pictures no one can guess the reason of its popularity. Even no one can describe Taj Mahal in the words. I and and Jerry, both were speechless while standing in front of this beautiful architecture. Built by Shahjahan in 1613, this architecture deserves a place in the Seven Wonders of the World.

We also visited Sikandara and Itmad–Ud–Daulah’s Tomb on the same day. After visiting all these places, I and Jerry were filled with royalty.

That night we did not sleep as in just few days we had collected the memories which needed to put into a series. I and Jerry always carry a memory book with us on every trip and try to collect every single shade of the experience in that book. That night was dedicated to that book.

Next morning, we left for Delhi and the journey was over but we were loaded with unforgettable memories and extraordinary ideas for the job.

A Colourful Journey with Pushkar Fair Tour with Golden Triangle- Part II

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

The moment we deboarded the train, the sacred aura of the city made us realize that we were in Ajmer. The place is an important destination for Hindus as well as for Muslims. The city famed for different reasons was always on my list of must visit places. Harmonious balance of people from different communities was the first reason that attracted me towards Ajmer. I must say, rich culture and sacred aura are the factors that are making Ajmer popular across the globe.

It was lunch time when we deboarded the train. From there, we drove to Pushkar, our destination.

This small town is frequently visited by the devotees from the nearby locations. It has many bathing ghats and temples but the major attraction is the grand ‘Pushkar Fair’.

The hotel was already booked by the tour operator. As we entered the room, we felt little relaxed. The room was well-decorated and was meeting the promised standards. As we were tired due to a long journey, we ordered some food in the room itself. After lunch, we had a nap.

After exploring the region for a couple of hours in evening, we were back in the hotel for the dinner. We ordered Rajasthani food. It was amazing. After having such mouthwatering Rajasthani cuisines, we decided to order only Rajasthani cuisine during our stay in the hotel. Dinner was over and the time was to enjoy the cozy bed

Next day was for Pushkar Fair, the fair that drew us to the incredible land called India. We got up early in the morning as we had only one day to collect the ideas for the job.

Pushkar Fair is one of the largest camel fairs in the world. It lasts for five days and is dedicated to camel and livestock. Different competitions organized in the fair were the attractions. The main attractions of the fair were Matka Phod, Longest Moustache and Bridal competitions. These three drew attention of many tourists. There we came to know that the visitors especially came to the town to participate as well as to enjoy these competitions from different locations across the globe. Traditionally dressed people and beautifully decorated camels made the environment colourful. The day got over and the time was to leave back to the hotel.

We were filled with the new ideas. Again we ordered the special Rajasthani food in the dinner and later we discussed highlights of the day.

Our next destination was Jaipur, the ‘Royal City’.

To be continued…

 

A Colourful Journey with Pushkar Fair Tour with Golden Triangle- Part I

Posted on April 19th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

I and Jerry work together for an event management company. We both work on incorporating new ideas and themes in our services. We have explored different regions across the globe to take out the best of the events and use the ideas, themes, trends and traditions to add a distinct flavour in the themes.

I and Jerry got a chance to visit India and that too, for experiencing the Indian tradition during Pushkar Fair. A package named Pushkar Fair Tour  with Golden Triangle was booked by our company. We just had to pack our bags and board the flight.

As it was November, we packed some woolen clothes as well. We landed at International airport in Delhi and were welcomed in a traditional way by the representative of the travel company. He helped us to check-in the hotel where rooms were already booked. The rooms were spacious and met our expectations as well as the promises of the tour organizing company. For that day, we took rest and planned to start afresh from the next morning. We had dinner in the hotel itself, the food was amazing. The taste, aroma and the presentation of food doubled our hunger and we had much more than our regular diet. After dinner, we left each other for a nap.

Our next day was dedicated to Delhi. The very first attraction we visited, was Raj Ghat. The memorial is dedicated to ‘Mahatma Gandhi’, the father of the nation. Set amidst the manicured garden, it is a platform made up of black marble that marks his cremation (on 31 January 1948). As it was Friday, we were the part of the weekly commemorative ceremony.

From there, we moved towards India Gate. It is an open architecture of 1931. Composed of granite and red and pale sandstone, it is known as ‘All India War Memorial’. The memorial is dedicated to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I & the Afghan Wars. Walls of this memorial are inscribed with the names of those soldiers. We saluted there to the brave soldiers and moved towards President’s House.

It is a beautiful architecture of 1931. Formerly known as ‘Viceroy’s House’, it is now the official residence of the President of India. With rich history, the architecture is standing gloriously. Completed in 19 years, the architecture is amazingly beautiful and is spread over a large area. All these attractions were in the vicinity to each other.

Our next target was Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1562, the architecture is the memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Listed in the world Heritage Sites, this tomb is first of its kind Mughal architecture in India. We also visited Qutub Minar, built by Qutub–ud–din Aibek in 1206. This is not only listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites but also is the tallest brick minaret on the world.

We were tired but the charm of Delhi did not allow us to move back to our hotel. After having a fight between our heart and body, we moved towards the hotel and took rest for the day. We had dinner in the room itself as we had clicked many pictures and we needed to work on them.

Next morning, we boarded the train to reach Ajmer with the help of our guide who was a genuine person and took extreme care of our comfort as if we were his personal guests. During journey, I and Jerry were really excited as in few hours we were about to reach the land of kings. Ajmer, the land that has great history and colourful culture is a sacred place.

To be  continued…

South India-The Land of Remarkable Temples Part-1

Posted on November 11th, 2011 by manish  |  Comments Off

I still remember the day when my father planned a South India tour. We, all five members of the family were really excited because for one or another reason, the tours earlier planned by us got limited to just planning only. It was for the first time when my whole family accompanied me on this 18 days tour.

Elephanta Cave Fort St. George

Well, we reached Chennai by flight from Delhi. On being reached and welcomed there in the evening, we were transferred to a good hotel. Believe me, staying out with your family is a wonderful experience. Next day, the tour started with morning city tour of Chennai.

While visiting the Fort St. George, we realized that we were in a new world. Beautifully surrounded by cannon-proof walls, the fort reminds one of old era. Within the fort, we came across little St Mary’s Church and Protestant church. The day was good and we returned to hotel in night.

Next day, we embarked on a full day sightseeing tour of two famous cities-Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. There we reached Kanchipuram, the Golden City of a Thousand Temples. I was too delighted as I love to explore religious spots and there I was.

We all visited some temples of 7th and 8th centuries like the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, Ekambareshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple and Kailashnath Temple. My father who has a great interest in exploring new places, shared his knowledge with us about the temples. It reminded me of my childhood days when we all siblings used to sit beside my father and heard many religious stories.

Well, we moved ahead and shop around Kanchipuram. Embellished with striking patterns there are fine silk saris and my mother could not help herself buying one.

At Mahabalipuram, we came across several attractions related to Mahabharata age. There is exquisitely rock cut temple, known as Five Rathas, dedicated to Pandavas and Draupadi. We also saw ‘Arjuna Penance’, which is a group of elephants.

Next day, we headed towards Pondicherry. This union territory is situated within the state of Tamil Nadu.
Based on our experience, I can say that the city is like a living monument of French culture in India.

We got an opportunity to visit The Aurobindo Ashram, where we meditated for some time. It was a great experience. The tranquil ambience of the Ashram fills your heart with calmness and peace. ‘Auroville‘, the international township was also became a part of my exploration.

Our enjoyment, and curiosity was piqued with each passing day. The next day started with paying a visit to Tanjore, where we visited a big temple, dedicated to lord Shiva. Another attraction which we visited there was Tanjore museum. It houses a beautiful collection of South Indian sculptures and paintings.

Sri Ranganathaswami Temple Sri Ranganathaswami Temple

In Trichy, we came across several worth-admiring temples. Located on 83 m long rock outcrop,  Rock Fort Temple, showcasing the finest example of architecture.

We also visited Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, which is 7 km from Trichy. It is said to be the abode of Sri Ranganatha. It is said to be the largest temple in India. Visiting temple was already a great delight and moreover, the magnificence of temples just left us amazed.

To be continued…

Rajasthan Desert Tour with Ahmadabad- Part 2

Posted on October 20th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

Next morning, we started our journey to Jodhpur. This colourful city of Rajasthan is famous for its magnificent forts, places, temples and landscapes. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, it was once the capital of Marwar. Jodhpur is popularly referred as the Sun City. We got an opportunity to visit the famous Mehrangarh Fort during our trip to Rajasthan. It is a fabulous place and is among the largest forts of the country. Located on a steep 125 m high hillock, it is overlooking the city. There are seven splendid gates to enter the fort. We came across various wonderful palaces like the Phool Mahal, the Moti Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.

Pooja asked us to go to Museum which was a great experience. We also visited Umaid Bhawan Palace, the major landmark of Jodhpur. One could imagine the royal splendor of bygone era after visiting the magnificent place. Built out of the impressive red sandstone and marble, the palace has become a heritage hotel now, housing a museum.

Sakshi and I bought embroidered jutis from the local market. On being asked about the famous attractions of Jodhpur, we came to known as Marwar Festival, which is held in October every year. During the festival, the city becomes more vibrant with colourful crafts, bejeweled women and turbaned men. Other popular festivals include Desert Kite Festival and Nagaur Fair.

Udaipur, the land of architectural marvel, was our next destination. Here we visited City Palace, which is a wonderful place and an assortment of courtyards, terraces, pavilions, rooms, corridors and hanging gardens.

The other tourist attraction of Udaipur, where we went was, Saheliyon-ki-Bari. It is a small ornamental garden which used to be a famous relaxing spot for royal women. It’s beautiful fountains and marble elephants still attract tourists from far and wide.

We three were so delighted to visit the beautiful places that we felt like exploring the more. Our guide told us about Ahmedabad and we went to explore the place as well. Situated on the bank of Sabarmati river, it is the capital city of Guajrat.

There we enjoyed afternoon local sightseeing. We also went to Gandhi Ashram, which is on the banks of Sabarmati river. It is a tranquil place where Mahatma Gandhi spent most of his time during freedom struggle.

Our Rajasthan Desert Tour ended with lots of pleasurable memories that still revive in our mind

Rajasthan Desert Tour – The Best Way to Explore Rippling Sand Dunes – Part 1

Posted on October 14th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Rajasthan is a pulsating destination, which is known as the land of royal kings. It has so many attractions that simply draw my attention towards this beautiful desert land. Recently, I planned to visit this princely state with my two friends, Sakshi and Pooja. We all managed to take leave for around 18 days and left for a relaxing break.

We decided to go for a Rajasthan Desert Tour and started from New Delhi, we left for Mandawa. We were transported to our Hotel Castle Mandawa which was already booked by our tour operator. Then, we relaxed in the hotel for sometime and left for Bikaner.

The beautiful city of Bikaner is in the northwestern part of Rajasthan. We all were excited to visit the most famous tourist attractions here and finally we were there only to admire the architectural beauty of Junagarh Fort, which is also known as Bikaner Fort.

The Camel Breeding Farm is also another major tourist attraction here where we went. Sakshi was very excited  when she saw the baby camels . She also clicked some pictures of young camels.

We also visited Lalgarh Palace and visiting the palace is like a learning experience about the royal family. This huge palace is built of red sandstones and is beautifully embellished with exquisite filigree work. Pooja has a great interest in exploring arts and crafts so she insisted us to visit the museum as well. We got to know the timings of the museum which was from 10 am to 4:30 pm, but it remains closed on Fridays. As it was just 2 o’clock by then, we had ample time to explore the Lalgarh Museum, which was right across from the palace.

We came across some marvelous miniature paintings of Bikaner school, terracotta wares, armors, manuscripts and armaments in the museum. I am a passionate reader felt great to see the largest collection of original Sanskrit manuscripts on copper, parchments and gold or silver plaque in the library of the palace. We came back and stayed overnight at hotel.

Next morning, after having delicious breakfast in our hotel, we left for next destination of Rajasthan Desert Tour, which was Jaisalmer.

This exhilarating destination of desert land is known as the Golden City. When we reached there, we felt delighted to view the sand dunes, magnificent forts, beautiful temples and majestic havelis. In our morning sightseeing of Fort and Jain Temples, we could catch the glimpses of whole Jaisalmer city from the top of the Fort. Then, we left to explore the famous havelis of the city like Patwon Ki Haveli and Nath Ji Mal Ki Haveli. Outstanding work of architecture, exquisite craftsmanship and the royal feeling … this is what I could say about the marvelous havelis of Jaisalmer.

After this wonderful experience, we were all set to experience the Camel Safari, another popular tourist attraction of Rajasthan. Based on my experience, I must say that safari is the best way to explore the rippling sand dunes of the desert land. This fun-filled adventure allowed us to see the rural desert life.

We came back to the hotel and had a sound sleep.

To be continued……

Tajmahal Agra Tour – Admire the Architectural Brilliance

Posted on September 8th, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off

My curiosity to see Taj Mahal took me to Agra last month. The city which truly reflects an affluent cultural of the glorious past of India simply fascinated me. Located on the banks of Yamuna river, Agra is famous for its outstanding monuments.

One of the most famous monuments of Agra is Tajmahal. The name ‘Taj Mahal’ itself describes its grandeur. I was really willing to catch the beauty of Taj Mahal since my teenage years. So, it was the most-awaited time for me when my wish got fulfilled by visiting Agra. On being reached there, I was enthralled by the charm of this architectural wonder. The mysterious appeal of this famous monument really mesmerized me during my Taj Mahal Tour.

This white marble made wonder changes its expression with each passing hour. While blazing brightly in the sunlight, Taj Mahal offers a truly memorable sight in the night. I forgot all the tiredness as I felt the romantic ambience of Taj Mahal.

History of  Tajmahal

The knowledgeable guide told me about this wonderful monument, which is known as the epitome of love. This spectacular building was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. The construction of this gorgeous monument took 20 years to complete.

I also visited the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, located about one and half kms from Taj Mahal. It was another example of finest architecture of olden times.

Agra Fort

After seeing Taj Mahal, I went for another tourist destination Agra Fort (Also known as the Red Fort). Built by Akbar in 1565, this fort is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture style. Inside this massive fort, you can see various buildings like Pearl Mosque, Jehangir’s Palace, the Diwan-E-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace), Khaas Mahal and Musamman Burj.

It remains open for tourists from 7:00 a.m in the morning till 6 o’clock in the evening.

Fatehpur Sikri

I wanted to explore more, so headed towards another famous monument Fatehpur Sikri, situated about 37 kms from Agra. It houses the shrine of revered Sufi Saint Saleem Chisti.

When you visit all these monuments you will realize how exceptional skills of the workers of that time had even when there were not much facilities like today. Even though, the outstanding architecture of the old monuments will not let you believe it.

I also paid a short visit Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra, at a short distance of 4 kms from Agra. The tomb comprises the characteristics of airy tiered pavilions of the Agra Fort.

All the monuments I visited in Agra was created so heartedly that their architectural beauty simply touched my soul!

Rajasthan Heritage Tour-Explore the Royal Splendor!

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off

Rajasthan is one such place that has always been my center of attraction. The land of raja-maharajas takes me to the memories of royal past. Assailed by my desire to explore this wonderful destination, we, a group of four friends, embarked on Rajasthan Heritage Tour.

The peaceful destination of India with rippling sand dunes, vibrant culture, majestic forts, heritage palace and varied wild life make Rajasthan altogether a place to visit. As we were moving ahead to visit some magnificent palaces of Rajasthan, we felt ourselves going back in time of Kings.

The wonderful architecture, the beautiful interior of the massive forts reflect the great architectural heritage. Different types of carving, paintings and inscriptions are the real wealth of this princely state. Our Rajasthan Heritage Tour took us to explore the ruins of the desert land of Rajasthan. All the regions have several magnificent forts and palaces.

During my tour, following forts and palaces became a part of my exploration in Rajasthan:

Amber Fort (Jaipur):

This sprawling fort in Jaipur is a classic example of Rajput architecture style. The stern exterior, mighty gates, huge ornate halls, well-built pavilions and beautiful gardens, this is what Amber Fort is all about. The most exciting thing that we enjoyed there was, Elephant Ride.

Hawa Mahal (Jaipur):

This pyramid-shaped monument is popularly known as ‘Palace of Winds.’ There are 953 small windows in which the gentle wind circulates and that is the reason behind it is given the name. Climbing to the top of Hawa Mahal offers an excellent view of the city.

City Palace (Udaipur):

Built by Maharaja Udai Singh, City Palace is situated in Udaipur. There are varied massive gates to lead the palace through elephant gate or hathi pol. From the balcony of this fort, Jag Niwas can be seen. Owing to its cultural and natural beauty, this palace is famous across the country.

Umaid Bhawan Palace (Jodhpur):

Located on Chittar hill, this palace has been constructed with sandstone. Some part of Umaid Bhawan has also changed into museum and hotels. The influence of western and eastern architecture can be seen in the architecture of this palace.

Chittorgarh Fort (Chittorgarh):

Located on a high hill near the Gambheri river, this massive fort covers an area of 700 acres. Its well-built palaces, huge towers and majestic cenotaphs add to the beauty of this palace. Having a colossal structure, the fort boasts a long story of courage, chivalry, romance and sacrifice.

Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur):

It is one of the largest forts of India, boasting of its imposing structure with massive walls which still stand undeterred. Located at a staggering height of 400 feet on a high hill, this amazing fort is really an architectural wonder.

The unmatched beauty, elegance and royal structures of these monuments of Rajasthan make it a place worth to visit.

Rajasthan is a land suitable for all types of tour prorgarmme. If you wish to go for adventure tour and wildlife, it has options like Ranthambhore National Park and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Enriched with historical palaces, Rajasthan has too many options to go for a historic Rajasthan tour.

Last but not the least, Romantic Rajasthan Tour takes you to the most exotic destinations for a truly romantic experience. You can visit Chokhi Dhani which is an ethnic village resort offers you to stay in a traditional Rajasthani style amidst all the modern amenities. Staying in heritage hotels and spending the whole day with your beloved amidst luxury and comfort will be a unique experience.

At last, we decided to go for a camel safari. It’s the best way to explore Rajasthan. After spending quality time in the wonderful Rajasthan, we came back to Delhi with delightful memories of the tour.

My Last Day Tour on Palace on Wheels

Posted on August 19th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Day 5 – Jaisalmer, A Sandy Desert

Our next halt was in Jaisalmer, which lies in the heart of  Thar desert. It was founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. Traveling by palace-on-wheels enabled us to admire the majestic forts, the  ancient havelis and the rich culture of Jaisalmer.

Our first stoppage was made at the massive Jaisalmer fort. This fort is  renowned for being the second largest fort in Rajasthan. Beautifully adorned with exquisite architecture, the fort offers a spectacular view of the desert below.

After that, we got to see some of the finest examples of stone architecture through The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Salim Singh-ki-haveli and Patwon-ki-haveli. All of them showcase the outstanding craftsmanship of the skilled stone carvers.

Nearby there is a Government-run emporium where we stopped for some shopping. This emporium has something for everyone. We had our lunch and rest for sometime, while some tourists enjoyed shopping. The popular shopping items include pattu shawls, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery, mirror work and embroidered articles.

After lunch, we decided to go for camel ride on the sand dunes of amazing Sam. It was really exciting and enjoyable too. We enjoyed the dinner with the cultural porgramme and at night, the train left for Jodhpur.

 

Day 6 – Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan

Next morning, we were in Jodhpur, the sun city of Rajasthan. We were amazed to see the mesmerizing landscapes and magnificent monuments. As we entered the Mehrangarh Fort, we could realize how rich India was in its architecture. The guide told us that it was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. We visited the palaces, museum and galleries of this majestic fort. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are some remarkable examples of architectural excellence.

Near the fort, Jaswant Thada lies with a group of royal cenotaphs, carved out of white marble.

We relished our lunch at Palace hotel and then planned for shopping. While shopping in Jodhpur, we come across some exquisite handicraft items such as metal curios, silverware, paintings, embroidered shoes and tie and dye fabrics. Thinking of the marvel of architecture that we saw in Jodhpur, we returned to the train.

 

Day 7 – Bharatpur / Agra

Bharatpur – A Beautiful City

After bidding good-bye to Jodhpur,  the Palace on Wheels arrived at Bharatpur in the morning. The city is an avian paradise. We heard a lot about the bird sanctuary in Bharatpur and after breakfast, we were there. Known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the sanctuary is a nesting place for thousands of Egrets, migratory Water Fowl, Siberian Cranes and many other species of birds.

We also had enjoyed there the park trails by walk and then left for Bharatpur Palace.

Bharatpur Palace is the another attraction of the city. This palace is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajput art which has now become a museum presenting collections dating back to the second century AD. We had our lunch and headed towards Agra.

Agra- The City of Architectural Marvel

Upon arrival, we left for the famous Agra Fort. We all were eagerly waiting to visit  Taj Mahal which is known as one of the seven wonders of the world. It was as marvellous as we had heard. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is truly an architectural wonder. Agra is also known for its outstanding marble inlay work such as the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewellery items.

Day 8: Back to Delhi

In the late evening we left for Delhi. Upon arrival at Safdarjung Railway station, we had breakfast on board. Collecting the pleasant memories of the wonderful week, we came back. It was indeed a lifetime experience.

Day 3: Sawai Madhopur Experience with palace on wheel train tour…

Posted on August 4th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Next day, we reached in Sawai Madhopur where one can sense a life of the wilderness. This city was named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh. We had our breakfast and moved towards Ranthambhor National Park. Here we saw some of the ruins of a 10th century fort.

This wildlife century is best for closely observing the activities of the tiger. Sprawled across an area of 392 sq. km the park is home to around 300 species of birds. We got to see tiger, hyena, jackal, fox and other many carnivorous here. My wife is fond of photography, so she could not help herself and took some photographers of tigers.

After taking our lunch on Palace-on-Wheels, we left for Chittorgarh. We were delighted to watch the colourful countryside of the place. Then we saw the Chittorgarh fort, which is witness of the  valour and chivalry of the warriors during battles. We also visited palaces like

Fateh Prakash Palace, Queen Padmini’s Palace and Rana Kumbha Palace which were within the fort. The fort also houses the popular Kirti Stambh and the Vijay Stambh. In Chittorgarh, we also came across some shopping items like tie & dye sarees, lac work articles & bangles and leather & embroidered shoes.

 

Keeping in mind the memories of Chittorgarh, we reached back to the train and had our dinner while discussing about the place. Thinking of the legends of  honour and pride of Udaipur, we went to bed.

 

Day 4: Visiting Udaipur, Jewel of Mewar

The day began with Udaipur, where we reached after having our breakfast. Udaipur is also popularly known as the Lake City. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar. We were excited to see the dream palaces- the Jag Niwas and the Jag Mandir, which were built of marble.

These beautiful palaces seem to rise from the water of Pichhola lake.

After having our lunch, a visit was arranged to the City Palace. The palace was enriched with aesthetic and visionary work of art miniature paintings. These represent the lavish lifestyle of the ancient rulers.

Other attractions of Udaipur which we visited include Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, Jagdish Temple and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir. Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is a small ornamental garden which has many fountains, lotus pools and marble elephants.

Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, the Jagdish Temple is the largest temple here. It houses a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and an image of Garuda which is made up of brass.

While visiting this Indian folk arts museum, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, we got to catch some interesting exhibits. These include folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks and folk musical instruments. After enjoying amazing puppet show here, we came back to the train.

 

To be continued…..