Visiting the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur

Umaid Bhavan Palace jodhpur

Also known as the ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur is home to some of the most magnificent pieces of architecture. Nestled at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur was founded by Suryavanshi Rao Jodha in 1459. The city is guarded by mighty forts on both sides – Mehrangarh Fort on the west and Umaid Bhawan Palace on the east. Even as one marvels at the engineering genius…

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Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort inside out

I was on a solo trip to Agra and Jodhpur, when I found myself at the Agra Cantt railway station reading Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains. My own train to Jodhpur was delayed by four hours. By midnight, I had boarded the Howrah-Jodhpur Express and reached Jodhpur the following morning. One cannot visit Jodhpur and leave without checking the Mehrangarh fort. The monumental structure is Jodhpur’s identity and the highlight of your trip. Rao Jodha, founder…

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Rajput practice of Jauhar among women at Chittorgarh

[Last updated: 20 January 2018] On a morning in January 2016, a friend and I were touring one of India’s largest forts, Chittorgarh. Ambalal, our guide along with Mainuddin, our rickshaw wala toured us from point to point within the fort that consumed the entire day. We saw the Meera Bai temple, Bhimkund, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Karni Mata temple, Kirti Stambh, Vijay Stambh and other prominent ruins. But the story we took home from this…

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How I planned a trip to Udaipur in 8k

Much like the last year, I set out to visit a new city on the first day of 2016. Udaipur is one of the most popular getaways in India and rings a bell for luxurious travel. It’s a big wedding destination and honeymooners seem to love this place. I, on the other hand, had other plans. The more I was travelling, the better I was getting at planning my trips. Udaipur turned out to be…

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Royal Enfield Shrine at Om Banna Temple, Pali – Rajasthan

I might be a bike enthusiast but I never imagined a motorcycle deity at a temple. A small village in the Pali district of Rajasthan has a shrine where the deity is a Royal Enfield 350cc. Wonder how much pride the motorcycle brand must take! The Om Banna Temple was on my radar ever since I read about it on the World Wide Web. The opportunity to visit this strange temple came by earlier than…

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My Stay at Prince Desert Camp, Jaisalmer – In the Middle of Nowhere

Everything happens for the best. No really! Earlier this year, we planned a new year’s getaway to the Rann of Kutch to visit the famous Rann Utsav. Unfortunately our bookings, done by an online travel agent, got cancelled at the last moment. And with that our dreams of staying in tents and star gazing at midnight in the vast white desert of the Rann of Kutch were in shambles. But the travel enthusiasts that we…

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Eat like a Local in Jaisalmer

[Last updated: 29 October 2017] On the first day of January 2015, I set out to explore the desert city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer turned out to be just how it’s described in travel books and guides. The city is golden from sandstone structures, the culture and heritage is rich and the food is mouth wateringly delicious. In my 4 day trip, I was in the company of some hardcore foodies. Needless to say,…

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Marwari Tradition Of Lumba Rakhi for Women

I was back in office the next day after Raksha Bandhan. I noticed one of my female co-workers came in with multiple rakhis tied on her hand. Intrigued, I asked her why she had them on. The revealings were so interesting that I decided to write a post to let others unaware know of these unique festive traditions. Lumba Rakhi Tradition Lumba Rakhi is a traditional custom in the Marwari community, originally from Rajasthan. On the day of…

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An Adventurous Rickshaw ride to Ajmer Dargah

On our 3 day backpacking trip to Jaipur, we decided to quickly cover Ajmer Dargah. One, the Dargah is extremely popular; two, we could see a new city in Rajasthan; three, I had never been to a Dargah before. I will keep my spiritual experience of stepping inside a Dargah for another day. For now, I have a clip of our adventurous and amusing rickshaw ride to Ajmer Dargah. Most private vehicles don’t go right…

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Pushkar – My Experience with Priestly Thieves

Every city in Rajasthan has a tale to tell of its own, whether it is the blue houses of Jodhpur, the Golden city of Jaisalmer, Ajmer Dargah or Jaipur handicrafts. In one such city exploration in Rajasthan, we decided to cover temple city – Pushkar. Our research made note of the obvious Pushkar lake and the rare Brahma temple, considered to be among the few built in the world. The Pushkar lake especially is a beautiful sight…

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2 Nights 3 Cities in Rajasthan: The Jaipur-Ajmer-Pushkar Leg

Have a weekend coming up or looking for a small holiday with friends or by yourself. Here is one of the many options you could consider with a good time assured. Rajasthan is soaked in culture and history aplenty. Gigantic forts, opulent palaces, variety museums, religious temples and hospitable people, this state has got it all. No wonder Rajasthan has been on the must visit list of many international travelers. As the largest state in…

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