…in continuation with Roadtrip to Resurgent Rajasthan – I
On 7th July– We started at 7.30 AM, had Jodhpur’s famous Mirchi vada for breakfast on the way to Osian.
We reached Osian, which is 65 KM from Jodhpur. Guess what…in the parking area saw 3 peacocks.
Osian is famous for temple of Sachiya Mata. It is an oasis in the Thar Desert. Desert camp safaris are arranged here as well. But we had plan for desert camp safari at Sam dunes.
After visiting Osian we left for Jaisalmer, on the way to Jaisalmer we visited Pokran fort. Nothing much to see in this fort. POKARAN means “the place of five mirages”. Some part of the fort is converted to hotel and is looked by present Thakur. Inside the fort there is museum of arms,weapons,royal clothes, garments and paintings. Also there are some stories and beliefs…our guide told us about it.
On the way from Pokran to Jaisalmer..saw group of peacocks (there were 4 to 5). After some minutes drive saw deer on the road side. Roads in rajasthan are too good….and less traffic…Abhijeet was really enjoying driving.
We reached Jaisalmer at 2.30 PM. Beware of Jaisalmer bike riders, they will catch you 4 to 5 km before city for hotels and camel safari…don’t go with them. We did a mistake and had to pay double for the camel safari which we realized later. I am referring to Abu Safari worst exp. Beware of these cheats. We took most expensive package which included camel safari at Sam dunes, welcome drink, traditional songs/dance and dinner and stay at huts in desert-3 star service and all – but there was nothing as he told…3rd grade service was given.
As per royal package that we took we started for Sam dunes which was 40 KM from Jaisalmer at 4.30 PM. Reached Sam, Camels were waiting for us…we took camel cart for my in-laws and Saee.We were there for an hour…Saee was enjoying playing in sand.
We enjoyed a lot the camel safari and sunset from Sam dunes. After safari, reached hotel in Sam where they served us welcome drink and snacks (cup of tea, poha) as a part of our package. While we were having snacks, traditional dance programme was started. Enjoyed folk songs..folk dances, Saee got excited…and even she started dancing with them. After this cultural programme…we were invited for dinner. In dinner we had rajasthan’s famous dal, bhatti, churma which was not well prepared.
Huts in the Sam desert were not so good, so we requested for night stay at hotel in the city. They tooks us to few of the hotels which were not good at all then finally after arguing they took us to Gorakh Haveli (heritage hotel), which was good one. They arranged for other hotel only because – we paid him only some advance…so to get full payment he took us to the good hotel.
8th July– In the morning we started for sightseeing in Jaisalmer.
First we visited Sonar Fort– Uniqueness of this fort is that it is made of yellow sand stones. Nice one it’s the second oldest in Rajasthan. People live in this fort. It is located in the middle of city. You can see whole city from this fort. Jain temple is near to fort.
Next we visited Patwon ki Haveli- Nice haveli. It was the first haveli erected in Jaisalmer and second that it is not a single haveli but a group of 5 small havelis. It was built by Patwa and it is believed that Patwa was a rich man and was a renowned trader of his time. He was the diwan. He could afford and thus ordered the construction of separate stories for each of his 5 sons. These were completed in the span of 50 years. One is open for tourists, two were purchased by Indira Gandhi’s government for Rs.80, 000 and 3 are private. Few scenes from film “Sarfarosh” were shooted here.
After haveli we visited Gadisar lake- It was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer. In the later years Maharaja Gadisisar Singh rebuilt and revamped the lake. We took a boat ride…there were so many ducks in the lake. Enjoyed boat ride…as the atmosphere was pleasant.
We left jaisalmer at 12.15 in the noon, our next destination was Mount Abu (440 KM). For Mount abu we had to go by barmer-sanchore road.
On the way to Barmer again we saw group of peacocks, group of deers…when we took reverse to get some clicks but as they saw us..they ran away. After going few KM…saw a deer crossing the road and Abhijeet had to apply urgent brake.
We had lunch at Hotel Kailash in Barmer.
We reached Mount Abu at 8.30 PM and stayed at Hotel Sheratone. Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan.
9th July– At 9.00 we started sightseeing at Mount Abu.
First we visited Nakki lake, this lake was dugg by Gods using their nails that’s why the name Nakki Lake. Nice spot…lake surrounded by hills. Boat ride was enjoyable.
We had breakfast and did some shopping near the lake.
Then we visited Dilwara temples. The beautiful green hills surrounding the temple give a very pleasant feeling. The ornamental detail of marble stone carvings is amazing. These temples were built at the time when no transport or roads were available at a height of 1200+ Mtrs in Mount Abu, Huge blocks of marble stones were transported on elephant backs from the Arasoori Hills at Ambaji to this remote hilly region of Mount Abu. There are five temples….and the cost of construction of each temple was in crores..the main temple construction cost was Rs.18 crores. Must visit. No photography is allowed in the temples.
After visiting Dilwara Temples we left Mount abu…, ghat is so beautiful…just like amboli ghat in Maharashtra.
On Abu road after lunch my mother-in-law visited Bramha Kumari spiritual center and we had some time to relax in the car.
We left for Vadodra at 2.30 PM, reached Vadodra at 8.30PM, and stayed at Hotel Kalyan in Sayyajiganj.
10th July– After breakfast we left for Pune at 10.00 AM. Had lunch at Dairyland which is few km after crossing Gujarat border. Dairyland is very famous for dairy products…and they serve organic foods from their farms.
And finally we reached home safely at 8.00PM…thanks to Abhijeet and his Tata Safari… for such a wonderful trip!