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Pushkar Fair And Festival

Pushkar is known as a holy place for those who have faith in God. Pushkar is a town in Ajmer district of Rajasthan which is about 15 kilometers from Ajmer city. Its popular for Brahma temple and holy lake. This lake is known as Pushkar Sarovar.

goniks pushkar lake view
Flames of faith in pushkar lake

People from various parts of India come here to pray god Brahma and also for the holy bath in months of 'Kartik' especially. This is a crater lake which is a Natural lake. There are many Ghats all around this lake. There are around 52 Ghats from them Gau ghat, and Brahma ghat are popular. Peoples come and ask Brahmin pandit's to pray for them to Lord Brahma. Kartik month is considered to be ideal for ladies and girls to pray to god and visit this lake.

pushkar lake view
Aerial view of pushkar lake

There are temples at these ghats and separate gates. The sound of bells in temples enchants the atmosphere all around this lake. This place is among one of the most popular spiritual travelers in Rajasthan. No photography is allowed at any of the ghats.

sunset at savitri temple
Sunset at pushkar

After this, it comes Brahma temple which is close to this lake. This temple is the most popular temple of Lord Brahma. The crowd at this temple is at peak mostly, but in months of Kartik(November-December)  crowd is more than I expected.

This town is highly commercialized because most of the foreign and Indian tourists come here. You can find rooms, bike and locals also sell herbal products like Gulkand(made of rose petals), green tea and many other antiques which are really attractive and not costly. Products are of good quality.
If you like to buy some clothes from the local market then it may be a nice place as many colorful clothes like printed t-shirts and pants are available at extremely low prices. If you can bargain then it may reduce your cost. Some shopkeepers don't allow bargaining.

market in pushkar
Local Market

Make Sure to
- take care of pickpocketers, and hiring fake guides offering tour packages without cross-checking. Some shopkeepers may ask extremely high prices, then move to next shop accordingly.
Also, see- Pushkar fair

Attractions in Pushkar:

  1. Puskar Lake
  2. Brahma Temple
  3. Pushkar Fair
  4. Camel Safari
  5. Savitri Temple
  6. Local Market
  7. Kids Zone(amusement)
Pushkar fair is literally a cattle fair which includes mostly Camels, horses and some other too. This fair is organized in the month of November-December. It was from 15-23rd of November in 2018. Animals can be bought by anyone in this fair. This fair is organized in sand-dunes of Pushkar which is near to the lake. This fair is organized by locals and sellers.

lassi in pushkar market
Lassi made of curd
No tickets are required for anything including the lake or any temples. 
Another blog - Savitri temple Pushkar


amusement for kids in pushkar
Amusement for kids
In this fair kids amusement is also available, but safety is a must. Stalls of food and beverages are available which gives some energy. Camel rides and buggy rides are good experiences for those who want some more than those markets and lake. It may cost about 300-400 for a ride which takes about an hour. campfire stays are also good options to experience the desert area in the night which includes all meals and sightseeing including camel safari but it costs a bit high, i.e. around 2500 rs for a day.

camel in pushkar fair
Camel in pushkar fair
Savitri temple is another place in this town which is at a height of about 800 feet from the ground. there are many steps if you choose to go on foot, but a ropeway ride is also available by paying 110 rupees and waiting for an hour everytime(up-down). We chose to go by stairs which is much better than any ropeway I think. It takes about 20-25 minutes to go to this temple at the peak.

savitri temple view
A view from savitri temple
This town is beautiful and very nice to visit. The peoples, places, food, and temples are must visit for those who want to get some peace and calm. Will definitely go by ropeway next time.
Other related blogs - Camel ride in Pushkar
                                     Brahma temple 

Don't Visit This City

This is the city is not good. It's more than that. Yes! I am talking about Udaipur, which is also called Lake city. As there are many lakes in this city which you will definitely love. Most of the lakes have landscapes nearby which make it magnificent. You will definitely adore by visiting this place.



If this city is too good then why I am saying not to visit. Wait! I have a reason behind this.
I went to this city a few days back and loved the many things, like peoples I met, places I have visited, and finally, those stunning landscapes which may change anything then You will never like to go back to home. that's why I am saying don't visit this city.



The best things I like here in Udaipur is a lake called Fateh Sagar lake and a palace( A Museum) called City palace museum. This is wonderful places. Even in one or two days is enough but it will be great if we at least spend 3 days. one or two days are like being in a hurry, to know more about any place we have to spend some time there to know about culture, history and many things which are not possible.

A fish aquarium in front of this lake is also a good place, where I saw some beautiful fish and aquatic creatures. for all that, you have to take a ticket and you see transparent boxes with colorful fishes. After it, its time for breakfast. There is a fine restaurant which serves delicious food and snacks which may give extra energy in the summertime.


You can know more about this lake - Fateh Sagar lake

This lake has a Bluish color, especially in the evening around 4-5 which is calm and gives some good vibes. The boat ride is also available in this lake, where they have electric speed boats which take you near to this blue lake. Many street foods are also available there, but I didn't try any. I just bought a water bottle.

After a few steps, it comes to a statue of a legend, "Maharana Pratap" who was a brave warrior and ruler of this region, cannot be forgettable. Udaipur is a city with maximum reserved forests, that's why it's beautiful. One reserved area is near to this lake too which is in front of this lake.

Another one is City Palace, which is a museum with some antiques and a palace which gives a royal feeling being constructed by rulers of Mewar region rulers. After taking the tickets, which costs 300 rs. for Indian tourists, I headed forward where everything was arranged in a systematic manner same like a palace. Those fountains, big royal looking gates, and finally the architecture, everything have something attachment with history and heritage.

You can know more about this city in detail - Gulab Bagh Udaipur


As it was the time when there is a "the festival" which is mostly celebrated by peoples of Mewar region of Rajasthan was being celebrated. In this, women have something(pots) on their head and go to a temple. Its celebrated by devotees of God. It's a festival which only women celebrate.

The city is no doubt crowded like other cities of Rajasthan as there are tourists too. Udaipur city attracts many tourists, even some starts Udaipur as its well connected with all other cities of India and easy to reach here.

Accommodation: I will recommend a hotel, Backpacker Panda, personally. As it's not heavy on the pocket to stay here otherwise you can find many good deals at online bookings. It costs around 250 rs a night which is fine I think with ac rooms. (Afterall it's in front of the lake fs)

*accommodation is only based on personal experience, no affiliations.

There is a telescope in mid of this lake. The curves of the landscapes may attract. Visiting the same place at different timings is best for me. Especially if its a lake, then two timings are fine, like morning and evening which will give both the sides of a place.

This is all I had. If have any queries or something to share, comment below to let me know about your thoughts. 

Mouthwatering Street Food To Try In India

Indian food is rich in spices and have many different variety of flavours. In some dishes, its saucy and sometimes its spicy and sweet both. Here is a list of Street foods which are easily available in india


Pani Puri 



 This is favourite of many peoples from India. Its made of Maida(white flour), wheatflour and Suji too. This is a round shape hollow puri, which is served with spicy and salty water filled in side.
This is also called "Pani patasha"
1 plate = 20 rupees
Available almost every street corners


Kachori and Samosa

This is something which has outer layer of Maida (White flour). Kachori is filled with spicy Moong Dal(lentils) while a Samosa is filled with potato fried with spices. Then after it they fry it in oil. And you have a dish called Kachori and Samosa.


1 piece = 10 rs.

Vada Pav




This is a round shape bread filled with some spicy paste and sauces(Chutney). It is served with Namkeen(snacks). This is most popular in maharshatra state of india.
1 piece = 10-20 rs.  


Pav Bhaji 



A pav is nothing but a piece of bread. This bread is first fried with light flame in butter and then served with a Bhaji(a vegetable curry). Onion toppings and lemon increases its taste. 
1 plate = 30 rs.

Masala Dosa



A very thin layer of mashed potato fried with spices  is filled on this thin layer. Then served with chutney and sauces. Most delicious part of this dish is chutney, which is made of coconut, this is not spicy.
1 plate = 25-30 rs.


Chowmin and Manchurian 




This is a famous chineese dish. But in India, we make it with our own flavours and taste. It is usually spicy and saucy.It is made up of flour.  
Served with butter cream toppings. 
1 plate = 40-50 rs.


Bhelpuri



This is also a marathi dish. Bhel is made up of rice flour. It is mixed with onion, sauces(spicy chutney's), and spices according to needs. people mostly try this after meal. 
1 plate = 20 rs. 

Sandwich



No need to say anything about this. Everyone know whats this.
1 plate = 15-20 rs.

Ice-Cream



On street, Ice cream parlour and vans also attract to try one. Available in many flavours from chocolate to vanilla. 

Aloo Bada



This is a bit like samosa. But here outer layer is made of Besan(Pulse flour), and inner paste is same like samosa, which is made of mashed potato. 
1 plate = 10 rs.

This is all about Most Favourite all time food of Indians. If found it intresting, comment below to let me know about your views. 


A Trip to Indore Zoo

A Zoo represents how human survived, who were our ancestors and how we are preserving those species.                                                                              
~ Niks
indore zoo main gate

Zoo is one of the best places to visit in the city. In Indore City, Name of the zoo is "Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalaya", which is a good place to visit.

This is almost near to the city centre where you can reach easily. There are many kind of animals and birds in this zoo. When you see beautiful and colourful birds, it makes your day. If you are an animal lover then this is nice place to visit.

Personal Experiences : 

It was a Sunday evening. the day was a bit rainy but at the time we headed to destination, weather was clear. At first we took tickets, which were about 30 rupees per head i think. At entrance of this zoo there is a big gate with statues of animals of this zoo, which i found attractive for tourists.

indore zoo
Entry Gate of zoo

At first there, You will see a red coloured parrot which you will definitely like very much. I like birds specially but if that's about a coloured bird, we all are crazy for those colours. Right!

red colour parrot
Red parrot at zoo

 After few minutes raining started. As it was evening so weather became a bit cold. Though we continued this. Then you see some black bucks. These are one of the best things. Its black long horns make it more beautiful. In some parts of Rajasthan, Black bucks are worshipped by a particular religion. Why not! indeed they deserve.

black bucks at zoo
Black Bucks at zoo

Now after black bucks its turn for the biggest animal of Jungle. Its an Elephant. There were around 6-7 elephants at the zoo. all are Asian elephants. A natural atmosphere is given to these animals which is praiseworthy. This place is also good for kids as many of the animals and birds are new for them.

asian elephant at zoo
Kid watching giant elephants
After few minutes we were a bit tired as its a big zoo with many species including birds and animal kingdom. Now you see a peacock sharing his space with parrots. isn't it cool! This picture shows, like humans these birds also share their space with others. White feathers of this peacock is really very attractive.

white peacock with parrots
Parrots sharing meal with peacock
Parrots are busy now in their meal so we will talk about them later.
There was no gorilla at the zoo but i found one on a wall when we were taking a break.

gorilla painting
gorilla painting at zoo

Then the next one comes, White peacock. This is the best thing here in this zoo which i like most. I saw colourful peacocks many times, but white is unique and you can't find it everywhere. Even in most zoo its not found. These are called "White Pea foul". Indian Peafowl are common and these are also in abundance till now.


white peafowl
White Peafowl

white peafowl picture
Peacock at a tree

white peacock at a indore zoo
White peacock

There were many other animals but due low light and rain pictures are not clear. These are the best i had.

Tips :

  • Keep yourself away of cage as there are some species which may harm you.
  • Make sure to take water bottle, as this is a big zoo.
  • Follow instructions, already written near cage of wild animals. 
  • If going with kids, see everything from far.
  • Don't try to take selfie with animals , it may be fatal. 

Best time to go:

Anytime.
If weather is clear then its great.
3-4 pm is best for taking good pictures if its winter.

Time to visit : 

It will take around 2 hours to visit this zoo. Though it all depends up to you but at least you need 1 hour.

Attractions :

  • White peacock
  • Asian elephant 
  • Red parrots and many more. 


This is all i know about this. If this is useful or you like this then make sure  to let me know by doing comment below or by sharing this with your friends.
If interested to know more about this city you can checkout other blog too Lal bagh palace, indore

Feel free to give your valuable feedback's.

Best Places To Visit In Jodhpur

         

          Jodhpur is a nice city in Rajasthan which shows some unique and attractive culture and Heritage. There are many places to visit in Jodhpur. More the time you have more places you can visit. Here's a list of places to visit in Jodhpur based on Priority and most popularity of tourists.

Best Places to Visit In Jodhpur : 


  1. Mehrangarh Fort
  2. Jaswant Thada
  3. Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
  4. Clock Tower
  5. Mandore Temples and Garden
  6.  Kaylana Lake
  7. Balsamand Lake

Let's Go!!

1. Mehrangarh Fort : 


        This is a fort in jodhpur located in almost mid of the city. This is one of the largest fort of India. It is surrounded with walls all over the city. The name Meharangarh came from Mihir + Garh . Here Mihir means Sun and Garh means Fort. earlier name was mihirgarh which was further changed to Mehrangarh. It was built 550 years ago on a hill.


History : 


                      This fort was made by a Ruler called Rao Jodha who belongs to Rathore clan of Marwar. Mandore was capital of Rathore clan but as it was not safe so Rao Jodha moved his capital to Jodhpur after he established Jodhpur. Marwar is an area which covers some cities of Rajasthan. This region is one of largest region of Rajasthan. Fort was made by Rao jodha around 1459-60 AD. Foundation stone of this fort was kept by Karni Mata.



This fort gives wide landscape and aerial views of the city which are most attractive part of this place.

Time to visit : 

It will take around 2-3 hours to visit this fort. Though it depends but it can be less than this time. This may be a tiring experience so be prepared before going this place.

Best time to visit : 

It will be best time to visit this at 9-10 AM. as it opens at 9 AM so you have to visit this after 9. As Jodhpur is a hot place so this is much better to avoid vising in afternoon.

Ticket : 

It will cost 100 Rs. for Indian tourist + 100 Rs. for Camera

Tip : 

  • Before visiting this take your breakfast and keep your napkin with you. 
  • Don't take selfie's as this is Risky so it is  not allowed  in fort. 

 2. Jaswant Thada : 

       This is a Royal cenotaph (empty tomb, a stone monument in memory of a person) of jodhpur Rathore Rulers who ruled in jodhpur or other parts of Marwar. This was made in memory of Maharaja jaswant singh.


History : 

This is named on Name of a ruler of Jodhpur " Jaswant Singh " so called Jaswant Thada. It was built by Maharaja Sardar singh in 1899 ad. This was built in Memory of his father Jaswant singh. There is a cremation ground nearby for royal families. 

About : 

      It is Mausoleum(a building housing a tomb) built with white sangmarmar stone. This is a thin layer of marble which glows and shines when sun rays are incident on it. 
There is a lake near to this cenotaph. You can enjoy some time in garden at this place. This is a very nice location for taking selfies and photography. Mehrangarh fort can be seen from this and there are also some landscape views through this location.

Ticket :

cost of ticket is 30 Rs. for Indian tourist.


 3. Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum : 

This is a museum on name of a ruler "Umaid singh" of Jodhpur. This was the residence of Royal family of Jodhpur. There also a hotel in one side of palace and on another side there is a museum for Public. Museum has antiques and things which were used by royal families. 


History : 



Jodhpur , a state of Marwar was facing drought due to which farmers could not do farming which caused unemployment. Then the former ruler of Jodhpur " Umaid singh"  decided to build a palace so that unemployment can be reduced. The palace then built is called Ummed palace.  

This palace was built by british architect as state was under British rule. Thus the design is indo-western architecture called Beaux-arts. This was made with Sandstone, Makrana marble and some wooden finishing. 

About Palace : 

It is one of the best Places of Jodhpur. This museum has many antiques and paintings. There is collection of armour , shields, antique clock, and many other beautiful architectures. All these gives a touch of history.
This palace can be viewed from Mehrangarh fort as it is located on a height from ground level. By visiting this museum you can know about life of royal families and the way they lived.

Time to visit : 

It will take about an hour to visit this palace. Best time to visit this palace is afternoon or evening.

How to reach : 


You have to either book a taxi or hire an auto to reach here because no route auto or bus is available for this palace.


Ticket : 


Ticket for this museum is 30 Rs. for Indian Tourist.

4. Clock Tower : 

Clock Tower also known as Ghanta Gar is located in middle of the city. This is near to fort and market. There is a clock placed on top of a tower.


Attractions : 


  • Nearby Market - This is a cloth and household item market.
  • View of Mehrangarh fort from tower

Ticket : 

Ticket for visiting this tower is 10 Rs. You can go on the top and see a beautiful view of jodhpur and fort from top.

Time to visit : 

It will take half an hour to visit this place and its near to city so its worth going here.

5. Mandore temples and Garden : 



Mandore is a town which is 9-10 km far from Jodhpur city.There are many temples built in mandore. These have beautiful architecture. It is surrounded with garden which makes it a peaceful place to visit. Both Temples and cenotaphs of royal rathore families are there in mandore. This is a must visit place in Jodhpur if you want to know history and heritage.

History : 

 Mandore was capital of Rathore clan of Jodhpur But due to foreign invasions Rao jodha established Jodhpur and shifted capital to Jodhpur for security reasons. As it was capital of state so mandore was separated with thick walls to prevent attack from enemy.

Attractions : 

  • Garden - You can sit and relax in garden near temples
  • Temples - temples and cenotaphs are there in mandore which shows some ancient architecture. 
  • Museum - It was closed when i visited as it was under maintenance. 

Time Taken : 

It will take about 2 hours to visit this place as there are many temples and cenotaphs here.

To know more about jodhpur city you can visit Colors of Jodhpur


Colors Of Jodhpur

         Jodhpur is a city in Rajasthan located in of India. This is a city from which Thar desert starts in western Rajasthan.It is the actual rajasthan for tourists because they can only have a Rajasthani feel here as this city shows both Rajasthani culture and desert areas.


Jodhpur city

    Jodhpur is also known as Sun city and Blue city. Sun city as it have sunny and hot weather whole year and Blue city as most of the house are painted Blue which keeps cool and protect from hot weather.

History : 


                Jodhpur was named after a ruler from "Marwar" called 'Rao Jodha' in 1459 AD. Marwar kingdom was established was Rathore clan. Rao jodha after estblishing jodhpur ruled over neighbouring states thus the area was then known as Marwar. Earlier Mandore was capital further on it shifted to Jodhpur. Most powerful rulers of Marwar were Gurjar pratihar, Rao Jodha , Rao Chandrasen, Maharaja Jaswant Singh, Ajit Singh etc.

Rao Jodha's Statue


Personal Experiences : 


 Visiting Jodhpur is a bit different from any other cities of Rajasthan as it shows some uniqueness. As this is one of most populated cities and there are many tourist places in this city so it takes some time to visit this. This is famous for its food, culture and heritage. The taste of food is very different i.e. it is spicy and different in flavour.

A lake near Jodhpur

A view from Mehrangarh Fort


Culture : 


As time is changing culture and dresses are also changing though we can see it in villages or those who are still stick to this culture and there customs. Rajasthani dress is very beautiful.
I think this is a priority of tourist to visit this city after Jaipur as i found many tourists which shows this is an attractive city.

Market near clock tower


Time to spend :


It will take at least 3-4 days to visit this city. You have to spend 3 days to visit 4-5 places in Jodhpur.

Best time to visit : 


Winter is best to visit Jodhpur as it is hot and temperature is high in summer season which may affect you skin problem or heat sickness. Avoid these by using proper precautions.

Accomodation :


 Many hotels and hostels are available in jodhpur for stay. It may cost you 150 Rs. to as much you can afford. At least it will cost 150 per night. You can find hotel near to fort or any tourist place in affordable prices.

What To Do :



Ummed palace Museum

A view from Jaswant Thada

Mandore Temple and Garden


There are historical places,Camel safari, Thar Desert, and lakes in Jodhpur so it totally depends up to you to choose which one is preferable for you but for experiencing all these you need at least 7-8 days and keep your wallet loose. To know places to visit in Jodhpur Checkout my next Blog.

Hope this post may help you know about Jodhpur. If have any queries let me know. Thanks.

Gulab Bagh In Udaipur

Gulab Bagh (Rose garden) is a garden in Udaipur, The city of Lakes in Rajasthan. This is a Garden which covers large area of land and its a beautiful and peaceful place which you can visit anytime. 


History :

Gulab bagh was built by Maharaja Sajjan singh in 1881 so it is also known as Sajjan Niwas Garden. It is expanded in over 100 acre of land area. Later Maharana Fateh singh organised a Flower and Vegetable shows here in this garden.



Further on A Museum was made inside this garden (Victoria Museum), which was first museum of Rajasthan but it was then shifted to City palace.

About Garden :



This is a garden with different kind of trees and flowers. There are many trees in this garden like Arjun trees, mango trees,  guava , banana and many other.



In this garden there is a wide variety of Roses that's why its called rose garden. In this garden Red and White rose are common.

Attractions :

  • Toy Train : Toy train rail was made in this garden.

  • Rose Garden : This garden is mainly known because of variety of Rose's. Mostly white and red rose are grown here. Though there is some other flowers also grown.


  • Victoria Museum : This is a museum which was built by a former ruler of Udaipur. But now in present it is shifted to city palace museum. so now its just a building. 


My Experiences :

As it was a Sunday when i visited so it was a bit crowded. It was a peaceful morning to spend time in this garden. Birds were chirping and blowing air makes it much pleasing. Its a nice feeling to keep in touch with this natural beauty. 




There were many Black Plum (Jamun) trees so some kids were throwing pebbles to get some jamun's. But i didn't like this as it may harm anyone visiting garden. but, who cares.
After all it was a nice visit. I am impressed with care taking and maintenance of such large garden as it is not easy to keep up maintenance.




How to reach : 
Distance from udaipur railway station is about 1 km so its easy to reach.
After entrance gate go straight and then turn left to see rose garden and museum.

Time Taken : 
It will take around 1-2 hour as it is a wide spreaded garden so it totally depends upto time you have.


Camel Ride At Pushkar In Ajmer

Pushkar is known for Camel fair and its rich culture. This fair is generally organised in months of november. Riding a camel maybe a great experience in Pushkar. 


Camel Ride is one of the best experiences i had. There is a large difference between riding a motor bike or a luxury car And riding a camel. I don't have much words to experience this.

Camel is mostly found in Rajasthan. Around 70 Percent of camels are found in Rajasthan in total camel of Rajasthan. So You can found camels easily in almost all tourist cities of rajasthan.  Rajasthan is a home of Camels.

When i headed to Pushkar i didn't thought of this but when i saw someone riding it, i felt something to have this feel. that's the only reason i did this.

When i sat on its back, i felt good as it was in sitting position. But when it stood up it made me feeling nervous as it bent too much in forward side. After this it started walking on the way. It was good at starting but after a few minutes it started running and the caretaker of this camel was a kid (around 13) who was going away of it, so it felt me a bit worried.

As it crossed nearby areas and then comes a sand areas so it was very nice to ride it there. This is the only animal which can run on sand without getting much tired.

Horses are also available for ride in pushkar so its up to you what is preferable. Though you can take pictures.





Which Places I Visited during this Ride:

Rose farms, A Haveli (Used for a bollywood film shooting- Karan Arjun) , and A desert.

There are rose farms in Pushkar so next time whenever you go there you can buy Gulkand(made of Rose petals) from pushkar market. You can also take some great shots and selfies in desert sand areas of Pushkar during your camel ride, as its a bit far from pushkar town. This desert sand area gives you a feel like Thar Desert of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.

Cost of Ride:

Its cost depends up to time you visit. I visited this in month of January. It cost me around 300 Rupees for a 20-25 minute ride. This may vary accordingly so don't bargain much.

Best time to Visit:

I will prefer to visit this place in either start of winter or start of summer. i.e. months of September-October or January-February. But its up to you, as suitable.

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