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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…..

India Wildlife Tour

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by Sanjog  |  Comments Off

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The fascination of my heart towards wildlife made me plan India wildlife tour. I along with some of my friends decided to cover some of the National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India. We short listed the following wildlife destinations- Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Panna National Park and Sundarbans wildlife sanctuary.

Since we were going to some of the finest and popular wildlife destinations of India I had high expectations. I had always cherished a desire to visit all the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of India and here was my chance to visit at least a few.

Well, almost all our wildlife safaris went great and we could sight a wide variety of wildlife species such as lion, leopard, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, crocodile, wolf, wild dog, caracal, hyena, Chinkara and nilgai. The guides were also good and experienced and acquainted us with valuable information about the wildlife destinations and their enchanting creatures. In all the wildlife destinations we were booked in the guest houses inside the forests which in itself was a great experience.  We got perfect opportunity to experience the wilderness.

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

It is the only natural habitat of the pure Asiatic Lions and was established to protect the last wild population of Lion outside the African regions. Located in Gujarat, this Park boasts of around 300 Asiatic lions. It also has around 210 leopards. Its landscape is also picturesque. It has three water reserves where a variety of water birds can be sighted.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

This national park is famous for its Royal Bengal Tigers. Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, this park is known for housing the highest tiger population in India. At present the park has around 50 tigers and a variety of other wildlife species. Bandhavgarh is also known as the White Tiger Jungle as white tigers were discovered in the jungles of Bandhavgarh. However in the last 50 years no white tiger has been spotted here. The park also has an ancient fort which is worth a visit.

Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh

It is another famous wildlife destination of Madhya Pradesh. It is a Tiger Reserve attracting tourists from far and wide. Panna is the district in which Panna National Park is located. This place is also known for its diamonds. There are around 200 bird species found inside this park.

Sundarbans wildlife sanctuary

It is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Sundarbans delta in the state of West Bengal. The region of this park is densely covered by mangrove forests. It provides shelter to a variety of animals, birds, reptiles and salt water crocodile. It boasts of around 200 Royal Bengal Tigers.

A visit to all these wildlife destinations was an overwhelming experience for us. I came back home with my own record of golden memories which I will cherish for the rest of my life. Each of the above wildlife destinations had its own wonderful attractions to offer. I was overwhelmed, overwhelmed to the hilt.