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……