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My Last Day Tour on Palace on Wheels

Posted on August 19th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on My Last Day Tour on Palace on Wheels

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.

Jaisalmer Attractions- Extraordinary Repertoire of Delights!

Posted on January 6th, 2010 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Jaisalmer Attractions- Extraordinary Repertoire of Delights!

I wonder what sinister forces combined and I got stuck in a terrible traffic

jam. My heart was gripped with the fear of missing the train to Jaisalmer but suppressing my despair I kept chanting God’s name to reach on time. Finally the ordeal got over and somehow I could manage to board the train, which had almost started from the station. This time I was traveling alone but this hardly matters to me as I am too fond of traveling to think about company. On the night train I spent half the night chatting with my fellow travelers, a group of youngsters. They were also going to Jaisalmer for holidays.

Jaisalmer is one of the most enchanting cities of Rajasthan where you can experience royalty, luxury, natural beauty and arduous desert life at the same time. Aptly called the Golden City, it was founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. According to its glorious history it was an important part of a trade route connecting India to Egypt. The charm of Jaisalmer attractions attracts tourists from across the globe.

Jaisalmer Fort or the Sonar Quila( the golden fort) dominating the landscape of the city was the first attraction on my itinerary. Perched on Trikuta Hill, the fort is truly a jewel of the desert. Embraced by the sun rays, the fort was shining like gold. Once the abode of the Rajputs, it is among the largest forts and the second oldest in Rajasthan. It was named after its founder, the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal.

Towering to a height of two hundred and fifty feet, the fort is fortified by a sandstone wall, which is thirty feet high. My guide Rajeev told me that it has ninety-nine bastions and there are three layers of walls( constructed for the purpose of defense). The Rajput warriors used to throw boiling water and oil and huge rocks as missiles on their enemies. The perfect blend of the Rajput and Mughal architectural style is one of the striking features of the fort.

The fort is a lively and bustling place as it is still inhabited by a huge chunk of the population of the city. There are shops, hotels and havelis within the boundary of the fort. The bitter history linked to the fort is that it was attacked by Ala-ud-Din Khilji and sieged for nine years, in the 13 century. The women of the Fort finally committed Jauhar (self immolation) so that they would not be captured alive by their enemy.

I also visited the exquisitely carved Jain temples, dating back to the period between 12th and 15th century, inside the fort. All the temples are connected by walkways and corridors. Standing at the fort I enjoyed panoramic views of the surroundings. The desert ambiance, the golden fort and the glorious history- all this reminded me of my favorite stories of Alladin.

Contented, my heart was full of joy but my empty stomach was begging me to pamper it. My guide took me to the desert roof top restaurant, located inside the fort, where I had a hearty meal and also enjoyed beautiful views of the city.