Rich Tradition of Rajasthan Travel Guide

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 07-11-2014

Before starting with our incredible interesting and charming Rajasthan Travel Trip, we knew just few important facts about the state. Few of these facts were that Rajasthan is one of the largest states in India and is known for its tourism industry. We had imagined old forts, lakes, palaces and temples while visualising the destinations of Rajasthan Tourism. Though, few of our guess works did serve right, but now, we are glad that we actually went ahead and explored the Rajasthan history, geography and culture in our own special way. Now, whenever we think about Rajasthan, it is the personal experiences that strike our mind, with the enhanced colours and charms.

Our first destination in the journey of Rajasthan Tourism was visiting the Albert Hall Museum. Lauded for being one of the oldest museums in Rajasthan, it is also currently functioning as the State Museum of Rajasthan. Its architecture signifies the exquisite and ethereal feel of the Indo- Saracenic revival architecture. Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob had designed this building, which is one of the exemplary instances of the intermingling of India, Islamic and Gothic style of architecture.

It is known for having a rich and varied collection of crystal works, metal and stone sculptures, carpets and ivory stones. After exploring this museum, we went ahead with Amber Fort. Raja Man Singh I had constructed this fort, which is now one of the main tourist attractions of Jaipur. The cobbled paths and high ramparts of the fort, which is perched on the hill, add more beauty to it. Its architecture includes several integral elements of Hindu style, which further promotes the nostalgic feel in the ambience of the fort. The rich texture of the marble and the red sandstone makes it even more of a delight.

To get a thrill of adventure, we geared on with exploring the Ranthambhore National Park, which is thronged in between the Vindhya Plateau and the Aravali Ranges. What really attracted us to it was that it was not very commercialised and in addition, it was is also known for preserving the high number of Royal Bengal Tigers. We also took the safari and explored the forts within the vicinity of this national park. At times, we swayed a little, while other times, we continued to strictly follow the do and the dont’s of the Rajasthan Travel Guide.

The entire experience was so unforgettable. After this adventurous steak, we also explored Rajasthan’s History by visiting the forts and palaces of the Udaipur and Jaipur which are so colossal and carry so much of the historical past of India. So, for everyone who wants to explore the historic side of India, which dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation and the Harappan Civilisation, it is a must to explore a unique Rajasthan Travel Trip.

The architectural marvels of Rajasthan Forts and Palaces

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Forts and Palaces | Posted on 07-11-2014

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Rajasthan Forts and Palaces? Well, it can be anything from royalty, grandness, resistance, valour to even survival. In one word- the Rajasthan Forts are truly majestic.  India is dotted with innumerable forts and palaces, but nothing beats Rajasthan. Believe me, you actually need to travel to Rajasthan to experience the magic of these forts and the way they make you feel.

Well our Rajasthan Palaces Tour started with exploring the Amer Fort. It is perched on the Aravali hills and its known for its picturesque landscapes. The serene wavelets of the Maota Lake is all that you can ask for. Inside the Amer Fort, you can feel blessed to watch the intricate metal, glass and marble work. Personally speaking, for me, it was simply so much of beauty around me.

I wonder how much strength and hardship it must have taken during the ancient and the royal times to create something as formidable and elegant as the palaces of Rajasthan. I could actually feel myself thanking Raja Man Singh for constructing this fort in 1592. And for those who are into photography and archtectural studies, Amer fort is a must visit. You should see for yourself how it blends both the Rajput and Muslim style of architecture.

Then we moved towards another tourist hotspot, the Jaisalmer Fort. It was constructed in the 12 century and is known for being one of the most elegant Rajasthan Forts and Palaces.  The use of yellow sandstone to make Jaisalmer Fort makes it look like a huge ship that is sailing on golden sand. Thus, it is also known as the Ship Fort. It was built by Bhati Rajput Ruler Rao Jaisal in 1156 AD. One of the reasons why Jaisalmer is different from other Rajasthan forts is that it provides the necessary shelter to the population of Jaisalmer.

In fact, the number is 4000. nteresting facts about this fort is that it is 250 feet high and perched on the 80 feet sandstone hillock. I also came to know that this architectural piece has even influenced arts and aesthetics. For example, famous Indian film maker Satyajit Ray wrote a novel in which this fort was depicted. Later, a movie with the name of ‘Sonar kella’ was also made.

And our journey did not end here. We explored many more forts in Rajasthan, especially the ones that have been included in the world heritage sites by UNSECO. It was certainly a very educational and interesting experience. And we would come back again to continue with the tour! Encore!

Encounter the beauty of Wildlife Rajasthan Tour

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Wildlife | Posted on 08-10-2014

Do not let it just be a dream to explore the rich diversity and beauty of the Wildlife Rajasthan Tour. You might wonder why Rajasthan then in particular because India is known for several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. So, lets start with the main factual information. Firstly, the vegetation in Rajasthan has a very rustic feel to it, especially due to its ephemeral natural type of vegetation which occurs only due to the monsoon season. Secondly,  be it camel safari, elephant safari or even the Jeep rides, Rajasthan wildlife Safari is a class apart. Wildlife lovers also enjoy the wildlife of Rajasthan as they can spot few indigenous and rare species of fauna, mainly birds and animals. Well, you don’t have to even imagine what this place means for the wildlife photographers. Yes, it is nothing less than a paradise for them.

The flora of Rajasthan basically includes trees like Kejri, Ker, thor, akaro, anwal and babul. The exquisite lifestyle of Rajasthan also includes animals such as boars, monkeys, bisons, tigers, deers, panthers, wolves and Bengal Tigers. The lively and engaging twitter of several birds in the various sanctuaries in Rajasthan makes it even more of a splendour. There are several famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Rajasthan, which includes the Ranthambhore National Park, the Sariska Wildlife National park, the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and others.

The spectrum of wildlife that can be explored through the wildlife Rajasthan Tour is simply irresistible. Wetlands, ravines, rocks, scrub thorn arid forests and barren desert make most of the topography of Rajasthan. Each of this distinct topography is known for protecting varied and quite specific kinds of birds and animals, which grow in that respective niche only. Few of the migratory birds, for example, include pelicans, coots, ducks and even the very rare Siberian cranes. We were very impressed to explore the distinct differences between say, Ranthambhore national park and the Sariska National park. Those who love photography, well then, nothing can be a better paradise for them.

Rather than choosing to travel on our own, we decided to opt for the knowledgeable travel agents that informed us about every little detail of the Wildlife Rajasthan Tour. It turned out to be the right choice because it was cost effective. Also, we came to know about the history of various quaint towns and cities of Rajasthan, along with the forts and palaces. It all made our journey very exciting. The rustic and virgin beauty of the land of Rajasthan gets even more special because most of the land is not commercially used, and hence, is there by able to preserve its untouched identity. The next time you do engage in wildlife Rajasthan tour, do plan and select the best offers in advance.

The Mesmerising journey through Pushkar Tourism

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Pushkar Fair | Posted on 01-09-2014

Before starting off with a personal journey to religiously important locations such as Pushkar, it is quite natural to be overwhelmed. Located in the north-western part of Rajasthan, around 11 km away from Ajmer, this little sleepy town is nestled near the foothills of the Aravali mountains and is considered as the King of Hindu Pilgrimages. But more than anything else, what attracted us to Pushkar Tourism was the fact that this charming small city somehow transports you back in time where you experience the bygone days, the culture and the romanticism of it. And to add to it, the Pushkar Tour could definitely not be ruled out, especially if one loves natural and wildlife photography. Its only through Pushkar Travel that you attain a certain value of self realisation and have the power to look at things in a spiritual manner.

What touched my heart, as soon as I slowly saw the Naag Parbat descending and the little city of Pushkar evolving- the enrapturing beauty of serenity in the location. I had initially heard a lot about the Pushkar Fair being the main identity of Pushkar Tourism. The cattle and the religious fair are known for their enticing fervours, with the cattle fair lauded for being the largest one of its kind spectacle. The full moon phase during October and November is known for the religious and divine atmosphere which is further enhanced with the picturesque desert scenery.

Few of the important attractions of Pushkar Tourism included the Yoga garden, Lord Brahma’s Temple, Aptaeshwar Temple, Varaha Temple, Atmeshwar Temple, Mahadeva Temple and others. The camel safari in the sand dunes was definitely worth the time. Also, I noticed that each and every temple in Pushkar had a long history and a lot of belief system nestled behind the establishment, thus, making every sacred structure inundated with a lot of hope and faith. There are few things, though, which every traveller must keep in mind before travelling to Pushkar.

To start with, the best months for Pushkar Travel are from October to March. Secondly, its is safer to book your accommodations in advance before making the choice. Also, you will definitely hit the jackpot of cultural utopia if you choose Pushkar Tour during the months of Pushkar Fair. The entire ambience will be coloured with the joy and festivity of the fair, music, camel parades and even the best of camel and horse races that will simply entice you.

So, opt for Pushkar Tourism this year and get lost in the magical journey towards spirituality and religious fervour. This King of All Pilgrimages of Hinduism would definitely create an indelible memory.

Mesmerise yourself in the Elephant Festival of Jaipur

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Jaipur Tourism | Posted on 05-08-2014

Attending the Elephant Festival in Jaipur was perhaps the best decision that we took us during our travel to India. Our choice to travel to Jaipur was because we had heard so much about its forts, palaces, tempting cuisines and religious aura. It always felt as if, travelling to India, would remain incomplete in our journey and memory if Jaipur is not a part of it. So, we thought no further and booked our travel schedule, especially in the month of March, with the anticipation of Holi celebration intoxicating the environment, all around.

It was indeed a surprise that awaited us. Not only did we see the parade of elephants, but we were quite enthralled by the battery of camels and horses that followed them. Each and every caparisoned elephant looked so beautiful with its decorated attires and stylish look. The festivity was further added in its momentum with the feet tapping music and lip smacking cuisines available to be devoured. We could even gather than few elephants had names and every time, two sturdy elephants were involved in a tug-of-war, the assembled crowd shouted their respective names, adding more power to the thrill.

In addition to it, we got to see the Elephant polo, pageants, dress competitions and what not. It was also one of the best chances to photograph these beautiful creatures, who with their majestic presence can energise any space, especially with so many of them present in the space. The enthralling starting of the elephant festival itself is so intoxicating. So many people, from different parts of the world, intermingling and creating this infectious magic for the elephant festival is definitely one of the best times to experience the aura of Jaipur. Our stay in Jaipur also revealed how the elephants are revered in the Indian mythology and are even worshipped. In addition to it, we also got to know how the royal Rajputs of Rajasthan used to take pride in their elephants, with the stronger ones having more elephants in their gallantry in wars. Later, we went ahead and enjoyed the Holi festivity in the pink city, creating more indelible memories for us.

Later, we went ahead with our travel to Jaipur plans and visited other sightseeing places and exotic locations, like the Jantar Mantar, the temples, the forts and the Hawa Mahal. All in all, the entire experience was more like a life long learning chance to know different parts of Rajasthan and India on the whole.

Personal Journey weaved by Jaipur Tourism

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Jaipur Tourism | Posted on 21-07-2014

No matter what all you have seen in India, if it does not include a fun filled and adventurous Jaipur sightseeing tour, its not worth it. For many of the tourists, imagining the desert state of India-Rajasthan, along with the very best of intermingling of art, culture, history and architecture is definitely a very difficult task to do. There are so many ‘must sees,’ especially in the pink city that one might not even know how the time flies by and the beautiful memories and longings that further emerge from the interesting stories of Jaipur Tourism.

Rebooting and packing our bags, we started off with experiencing the magical ambience of the Govind Dev Ji temple, that was built by Maharaj Sawai Pratap Singh in 1735. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this temple is known for having the widest view of the RCC flat roof, which makes it easier for the thousands of devotees to catch a glimpse of the deity. Then we moved on to Jantar Mantar which is even now lauded for being the oldest astronomical observatory in India. It was constructed by King Jai Singh II and is even now used for predicting auspicious timing for weddings and other sacred rituals in the state, making it a very important part of the religion in Rajasthan. What intrigued us even more was the faith and commitment in preserving the beauty of this observatory, which is also modelled after the Jantar Mantar based in New Delhi.

Along with these beautiful and enrapturing locations, the latticed windows and huge structure of the Hawa Mahal was definitely a delight for us, especially because we had never seen anything faintly similar to it. Later we came to know that it was especially built for the royal women so that they could peek out and see the festivities that were going on. Its interesting to know that in the Mughal period, the royal women could not be openly seen by the local people and hence, it was a custom to protect and safeguard them. Definitely sounds royal!

But before packing the bags for Jaipur travel, the tourists must know that the ideal time to visit the ‘Pink City’ is in between October to March. The climate is soothing at that point in time and hence, you can experiment, travel and explore a lot. And everyone should, in fact, must eat Dal-bati-churma, mishri mawa and ghevar when you are in Jaipur. Also, travel light and do not forget to click a lot of pictures while starting your Jaipur Tour. Enjoy

King of Sacred Place Pushkar

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Pushkar Fair | Posted on 10-10-2013

The land of landscapes, epitome of divinity, spirituality and confluence of nature’s diversity are all contained in holy Pushkar. This small pretty town situated just 13km from Ajmer is one of the most visited pilgrimage place in India. The town is host to the annual Pushkar fair which is the largest cattle and cultural fair. For a Hindu devout like me, a pilgrimage tour would not be complete without Pushkar. Various colors reflecting in every phase, vibrantly dressed men and women and decorated camels welcomed me to the holy town. Pushkar is also known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’ because of its fragrant roses whose essence is exported all over the world. The sacred Pushkar Lake, the 52 Ghats and 500 temples are the mythical charms of the place making Pushkar tour a favorite pilgrimage.

Pushkar Tourism covers Pushkar Fair, Pushkar Lake and various Pushkar Temples.

Pushkar Lake: According to Hindu mythology, at the time of beginning of Universe a lotus flower sprang from the navel of lord Vishnu and Brahma took birth from the said lotus. Brahma then threw a lotus flower to select suitable spot for the sacrifice. Lotus struck at particular place and water spurted from there giving it a shape of pious Pushkar Lake; which is revered as the supreme place of pilgrimage. The water of the lake is believed to be purifying and healing. The lake is hugged by 52 Ghats some of which are 300 years old and have innumerable small temples. The pilgrims take holy dip for salvation.

Pushkar Brahma Temple: Built in 14th century with marble and decorated with silver coin, the temple is identified with a red spire and image of Hans. There is a silver turtle on the floor of the temple. The Brahma idol is housed in the sanctum. It is customary for pilgrims to stand on the steps and put coins to mark the deaths and births of their loved ones.

Pushkar Fair held each November is the most colorful event, a time when the whole town comes alive. In the fair different specious of cattle Bulls, Horse, Camel, Donkey, etc. brought in from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, etc. and good trading take place. The fair starts a week before the Karthik Poonam and ends on the full moon night.

With this my much awaited and sacred tour to Pushkar came to a calming and holy end leaving me feeling pious.

Rajasthan the Grandeur of the Maharajas

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 21-09-2013

Rajasthan, a land whose sheer size and diversity, innumerous forts and palaces, scores of temples and colorful culture all woven into one gigantic quilt. This makes it an attracting tourist destination. Hearing about its charming mix of color and exotic aura, I planned for a short tour to Rajasthan. As soon as I landed in Rajasthan, I could experience the unconventional beauty and a vibrant presence.

The first place in my itinerary was Udaipur- also known as the City of Lakes. The City Palace is the major landmark here- a sprawling complex with an outstanding Rajput style architecture lined with huge courtyards and intricate carvings. The cultural marvel of the City is the Lake Palace in the middle of the Pichola Lake which was glorious. Next visit was to Jagmandir, a beautiful island palace. After touring Udaipur, I planned for Jaipur, the boisterous pink city with the stunning backdrops of forts and monuments.

City Palace located in the heart of the city caught my hold with its grand structure and a royal touch. For some leisure one can visit the gardens. Other Rajasthan attractions worth sightseeing are Jaigarh fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal and the famous Laxmi Narayan Temple. Next enchanting place was Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan. The cool climate and scenic landscapes are enough to capture one’s attention. Dilwara Jain temples are the most famous and beautifully carved temples here. Nakki Lake is a major attraction where one can enjoy a boat ride; one must also not miss Guru Shikhar, the highest point of Mount Abu.

Last day of my Rajasthan Tour included the Ajmer City – a perfect blend of religion, history and modernity. Dargah e Sharif is a must religious visit that depicts the mystifying Mughal Art. The exquisite Taragarh Fort marvels tourists with its grandiose. Other attractions are Adhai Din Ka Jhopda, Foy Sagar Lake and the famous Pushkar town. These historic destinations of Rajasthan served as a treat for Culture fetish. The varied landscapes, a great history, huge forts and palaces, Lakes makes you want to Travel the enchanting land of Rajasthan and get soaked in its culture.

Visit Rajasthan Forts to view the Living Testimony of Valiant History

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Rajasthan Forts and Palaces | Posted on 08-05-2013

Think of Rajasthan and the images of rugged forts, high walls and majestic ruins are sure to flash in front of your eyes! I have always been impressed by the ancient architecture these rocky buildings have. Since my teenage, I had always wished to visit Rajasthan to view closely the remarkable architecture of the forts in Rajasthan. My wish came true a couple of months back when Alex, my best buddy approached me with an idea of Rajasthan visit.

That is how our trip to Rajasthan took place. As Alex proposed me for Rajasthan tour, he contacted a reputed tour operator in Delhi, India and got the tour arrangements done. We reached Delhi in late evening and left for the state to see  monuments in Rajasthan in early morning next day.

Following Rajasthan Forts were on my list but I could visit few of them:

  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
  • Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
  • Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
  • Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
  • Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

The very moment we landed in the royal state, the rugged structure, the vibrantly attired people and the rural charm grabbed our attention. We took rest at a hotel in Rajasthan and left to see the Bikaner Fort. Also known as Junagarh Fort in Rajasthan, it was sprawling in a huge area and was enveloped by 986 m long wall. We could see the highlights of the fort including Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas and Rang Mahal. There are many Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tours available from which you can choose as per your interest and preferences. The courtyards, kiosks, balconies and windows everything about the fort was simply amazing.

Next was Mehrangarh Fort on our Rajasthan Forts tour. Constructed on a hillock, the fort is over 500 yards long. The imposing fort dominates the landscape. The majestic construction immediately insists you to stop at once.

Enveloping many palaces, renowned for their intricately carved beauty, the fort is among the largest forts in the country. Proclaiming an epic of splendour, the fort was built by adept statue carvers of Jodhpur. The fort marks many sieges and gates of the fort are still robust.

After visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, we headed towards the hotel we stayed in. We relished typical Rajasthani recipes including Gatte ki Sabji, Pyaz Kachori, Laddu and other various items. Though the food was a bit spicy yet we were delighted to enjoy a different taste. Jaisalmer Fort was another attraction in Rajasthan that we visited at the end of our tour. Set deep amidst the Thar Desert, the fortress speaks volume of being the last royal fortifications in the area.

Rugged structure, enchanting frescoes and excellent craftsmanship, is what we could elaborate about the famous Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan. It serves as an ideal amalgamation of Rajput and Islamic styles of architecture. After visiting Hawa Pol, Akshya Pol and Ganesha Pol of the Fort, I felt as if I was re-living the history.

Based on my experience, I would recommend Rajasthan Forts tour as it offers a lifetime experience to tourists, having inclination towards history.

An Odyssey of Solace with Bikaner Tourism

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Bikaner tourism | Posted on 12-03-2013

Bikaner was the last destination on our Rajasthan tour, we embarked on recently. Reason being to visit Bikaner was to find solace during vacation, which could be easily found in the desert areas of Rajasthan.  However, forts and other historical monuments of the place could not take a back seat on my Bikaner travel. Two of my colleagues, Richard and Shadrach accompanied me.

We started turning the pages of history with a visit to Junagarh Fort in Bikaner. Built by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is indeed a spectacular sight and thus, reserves its place in the list of famous tourist attractions in Bikaner

On moving ahead, we got to know that the fort houses a 986 m long wall along with 37 bastions and two entrances. We entered through the Suraj Pole or Sun Gate. The very sight of the fort transported us to a different world of royalty. The other attractions we came across were Hawa Mahal, Phool Mahal, Ganga Mahal, Badal Mahal and Diwan-e-Khas.

Next, we moved on to Lalgarh Palace, an inseparable part of Bikaner Tourism, which was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the year 1902. He built the palace in the loving remembrance of his father. On going ahead, we got to know the architecture of the palace. Designed by Sir Switon Jacob, the palace speaks volume about its stunning architecture and intricate craftsmanship. Exquisitely adorned with the latticework and filigree work in sandstones, the palace also conjoins the architectural work of Mughal, Rajput and European styles.

How could we skip the famous Karni Mata Temple? It is also known as Rats Temple. Dedicated to Karni Mata who was an incarnation of Durga, the temple lies en route to Bikaner in Deshnoke. The rodents trotting around the premises are the highlights of the temple. Regarded sacred, these rodents are also fed by the devotees. If they touch the pilgrims, it is considered an auspicious sign. On our Bikaner travel, we were flabbergasted to know that the temple dates back to 600 years. The crowd, trying to feed the rats were enough to make you believe the legends related to that sacred site.

We happened to observe the sight of an interesting Camel Breeding Farm at the end of our Bikaner trip. It boasts of being among the largest camel breeding farms in Asia. Lying 8 km from the main city, it is a Government museum, which is sprawled around 2,000 acres of semi arid land. The centre is engaged in breeding and training of camels, which was exciting to see. I had never come across such wonderful sights of camels where they were privileged like humans.

Though our Bikaner trip was hectic one yet it left us with a wonderful experience.

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