Padharo Mhare Des
Blue City & Golden City
JODHPUR - JAISALMER
After months of planning and among many other canceled plans; I was finally all set for my Rajasthan vacation. It was a real quick vacation but definitely a memorable one. After taking so many tourists around the world, it was my first time to travel together with my girl gang.
The trip to Rajasthan had a 3-night stay at Marwad portion of the state. 1 night at each destination including the program of Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur. Yeah!!! This sounds really short and hectic as well. But the ones who have super short time for a vacation; this was probably the best way you could plan your itinerary.
A. Getting There
1. Reaching Jodhpur has got limited and costlier options when it comes to flights. Since there are not too many airlines which fly to Jodhpur; even if you are planning and booking well in advance, it is going to cost you a good amount.
2. If you are willing to experience Indian trains; then, of course, you got plenty, cheap and yet very good options from various destinations in India. You can check for trains which take you to Jodhpur Junction Station.
1. The best time to travel to Rajasthan is from December until February or sometimes even March when temperatures are the lowest and the most pleasant of the whole year.
2. April to June are the months of the Summer season; these months being the hottest of all. Monsoon season starts from July and it showers till September. October and November are the months of Autumn season making it not a bad season to travel to the state.
1. Rajasthani cuisine is one of the most famous cuisines of India. While you are roaming in various parts of the country; at some states you would even get to see restaurant specifically serving these Rajasthani Thalis which include some amazing varieties.
2. The most famous dish from Rajasthan itself among Non-Vegetarian dishes is the Laal Maas; literally meaning the red meat. The actual dish is made of Lamb and is made up of red curry. However, if you wish, you can have the same dish ordered in Chicken as well.
3. Rajasthan offers some outstanding variety of food for the vegetarian section; the most famous being the Daal Bhaati Churma, Gatte ki Sabji, Rajasthani Kadi and many other items.
1. Once you are in Rajasthan, you can have many options for your travel in between cities.
2. You can either choose to have your own vehicle or if you are looking for a cheaper option; you can also travel by local buses.
3. The distance of 290kms from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer and vice versa takes approximately 6 hours to travel including your halts.
1. Rajasthan is famous for its clothes of the Bandhani pattern as well as other accessories and dress materials.
2. You can either opt to shop in a proper shop or even some street side shopping can grab your attention.
1. After staying in star category hotels throughout my tours for my job purpose; this time I wanted to stay in a hotel which would actually give me the feel of the place.
2. I stayed at Om Heritage Hotel in Jodhpur. The hotel is not in the city and is actually located in the middle of the village. You might feel you have chosen the wrong hotel while you are on the way. But once you reach the hotel; you know that every penny is worth. The architecture of the hotel is superb and the best part was the view of the Mehrangarh fort from the rooftop restaurant of the hotel. I must add that the food was a disappointing part of the stay, but I loved the hotel so much that it did not really matter.
3. The only reason I wanted to visit Jaisalmer was to enjoy the tent stay and experience the Rajasthani lifestyle. I chose the Oasis Camp Sam Resort. The resort offered various activities like Camel Safari, Dunes Ride, Rajasthani Orchestra along with snacks, Night Safari (we did not opt for Night Safari as we were too tired) along with stay and food.
Best Places to visit in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer
If you have traveled to Rajasthan; you must be aware that every city in the state is distinguished by its own color. And the city of Jodhpur is called the Blue City of Rajasthan.
As you stroll through the villages of the city; you will see maximum numbers of houses are painted with blue color. However; some of them are now coming up with different color shades. But if you look at the city from a birds-eye view; you actually get to see the layer of blue colored houses.
A. Jaswant Thada
- This place was very close to my hotel and I reached there in almost 10 minutes time.
- It is a cenotaph built by Maharajah Sardar Singh located in Jodhpur. The place is very well maintained by the government and the tourism authority.
- Once you reach there; you need to buy an entry ticket of Rs. 30 and if you wish you can also hire a guide who will take you through the history of the place.
- You need at least 30 to 45 minutes to admire the beauty of this building and have some good photographs for yourself.
- At such sightseeing; you also get to see musicians playing a tune from a very famous Bollywood movie Gadar. And it surely is mesmerizing listening to that music while you are enjoying the place.
B. Mehrangarh Fort
- This mighty fort stands a 100 feet tall on a perpendicular wall. The skyline of the Jodhpur city can be viewed the best way possible from this fort.
- The entry ticket costs Rs. 100 for Indian tourists and Rs. 600 for international tourists.
- The fort is divided into different levels and they have given you the option of going to the topmost level by the elevator of which one-way ticket costs you another Rs. 50. There are separate charges if you are planning to do photography with your DSLRs.
- The elevator takes you on the topmost floor; which gives you an aerial view of the city and from there you can start your way down.
- Each level has its own beauty with different architecture, different rooms and different artifacts and paintings kept in various places.
- At one of the level; you can also see the demonstration of how the famous Rajasthani turban is tied. It costs you Rs. 100 to see 1 demonstration.
- Be ready to walk if you are willing to see the whole fort properly and nicely admiring the beauty of the fort.
- It will take at least an hour and a half to visit the whole fort. Pick up and drop is provided right in front of the fort itself.
C. Umaid Bhavan Palace
- Umaid Bhavan Palace; of which part is also managed by Taj Hotels. It is the World's largest private residential palace.
- The entry ticket to the palace and museum together costs Rs. 55 for Indian tourists and Rs. 150 for international tourists
- It also is converted into a museum, where you get to see stuffed leopards, a large symbolic flag, a collection of clocks, and many other photographs.
- Darbar Hall of the palace which also is the part of the museum is the best part of the museum which houses elegant murals, paintings, and armors.
The city also called the Golden city and the famous Thar desert that you see in Rajasthan promotional videos belong to this beautiful city. The city is known by the golden color mainly because of it's Golden Fort which looks over the whole city.
A. Jaisalmer Fort
- Your vehicle can drop you till parking and from their, you need to hire the auto which will bring you to the fort and other areas. The auto charges can vary from Rs. 250 to 300 and 1 auto can carry at least 5 people.
- A local guide can also be hired if you are not willing to get lost in the huge area and are willing to know the history of the region.
- The fort area is divided into various entrance and exits and includes many other small parts which include a temple and a shopping market as well.
- This is one of that fort where people still reside in the forts.
- The beautiful fort is made up of yellow sandstone and the outer look is flaunted by the huge security wall of the fort.
B. Gadi Sagar Lake
- Gadi Sagar lake is located on a short walk from Jaisalmer Fort. Tourists are mostly fascinated to this place since it is very much picturesque.
- You can either have a walk on the banks of the lake or you can choose to have a boating in the lake.
C. Patwa ki Haveli
- The most beautiful building architecture I have seen till now in Rajasthan. The intricate architecture that takes you on a journey of the rich and lavish lifestyle of the Royals back then.
- This surely is the must place to visit when you are in Jaisalmer. The entry tickets cost you Rs. 50 and you can do all the photography you want once you are inside.
- Haveli is 5 levels and each level has its own significance and beauty. The best part of the haveli was the room where the walls are covered with the glass art and the interior rooms are painted in various designs.
- You will need at least an hour to visit the haveli and surrounding area.
D. Sam Sand Dunes and Camel Safari
- This was one of the most exciting and fun parts of my whole tour. I was eagerly waiting for this part of the tour.
- There are two villages where you can stay intent; and I chose to stay in Sam village. Another one is named as Khudi.
- Once we checked into our tents; we were all set for the sand dunes ride.
- The open jeep took us to an area designated for Camel Safari and Dunes Ride. This was the best dunes ride I had until today. The driver was kind enough to stop at a point and click some good photos for us.
- This was the first time I sat on Camel in my whole life and tried a Camel safari. I must say; climbing on a Camel is not as easy as it looks. All of it was a lot of fun though.
- The caretaker of the Camel gave us a ride of 15 minutes and we had the view of the beautiful sunset in the Thar desert.
E. Jaisalmer War Museum
- You can actually visit this museum while you are on the way to Jaisalmer. Since it is located on the Jodhpur - Jaisalmer highway.
- This museum is constructed by the Desert cops of the Indian Army.
- The museum also has a mini theater which shows a documentary movie about the war situations.
- There are a lot of equipment kept in the museum which is used in the war.
- The museum actually glorifies the courage of the Indian army, and if you are an Indian; you surely are going to be touched once you visit this museum.
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