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. 


Highlights of Rajasthan

The name Rajasthan came from Raj + Sthan , which means the place where Rajput lives. Here "Raj" means rajput caste which literally belongs to this area.This is located in North-West region of India.  

Rajasthan is famous for heritage and culture. It attracts peoples of all around the globe with its rich history and interesting culture.



Peoples choose this state for tourism as there are many things to do here. From Thar deserts to Ranthambore wildlife parks, this state has many uniqueness. From deserts to green grass lands everything is different here.



              If we talk about Northern Rajasthan, its near to Punjab, which rich in agriculture as there are some canals which supplies enough water. Agriculture is good in rajasthan. You can see some agriculture farms and visit some safari's which are easily available in Western part of Rajasthan. One of the safari is machia safari which is a desert safari in Jodhpur.





If you like to know about history then you can know by visiting places like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and many other cities too. There are also some holy places in Rajasthan which may attract you if  you are spiritual. There are places like Pushkar in Ajmer, Khwaja Moinuddin chishti Dargah in ajmer, Galta in Jaipur and some other temples like shreenathji, and Ramdevra in Jaisalmer.



Most of the travellers like forts and heritage. Right! I know. Forts and palaces shows how the royal families lived in past. What was the lifestyle of king and how they Ruled. Some of the rulers from Rajasthan were brave and did not accepted to be under someone's rule. Palace's gives a wide view of livings of kings and shows royalty. If you want to know this then you can visit places like City Palace in Udaipur, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur (also a hotel chain by itc) , City Palace Jaipur and many other too which will definitely going to give you a royal experience.



If You like Adventures then you have options from camel safari in Pushkar (and even horse ride is also available) , Holi festival in pushkar, Brij festival at Bharatpur , and can enjoy some Ropeways in Udaipur and also available in Pushkar. But for joining these festivals you need to checkout calender of these festivals and events as the date is fixed every year by Rajasthan tourism department and other organisations. so make sure to know about this.





I think this post gives highlights of Rajasthan and give you some inspiration to know about these places, festivals and enlighten some spirituality.

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Jodhpur City Photo Blog Post


Last time when i visited Jodhpur city, it was a great experience to know about this city and its culture. I spent around four days in the city which were sufficient to explore this city. Here in this post i am sharing some of the memories i have from there. 

umaid bhawan palace jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Jodhpur


mehrangarh fort jodhpur
A view from Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

karni mata temple in mehrangarh fort jodhpur
Karni Mata Temple Jodhpur


clock tower jodhpur
City from Clock Tower Jodhpur


aerial view from mehrangarh fort jodhpur
Aerial view from Mehrangarh fort

mawa kachori jodhpur
Mawa Kachori from Jodhpur


lake near jaswant thada in jodhpur
A Lake near a tourist spot

These pictures are combination of different spots in the city. If you like to know more then you can also read other posts from this city 
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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

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Visit to Lal Bagh Palace, Indore


Lal Bagh Palace, Indore

Palace and museum show history, ancient culture, and it also represents the way people lived. A Palace mostly shows luxury lives of those rich and well established families and rulers of that time.

Recently it was a visit to a palace called, Lal Bagh Palace in Indore. Its architecture outside is common, not much attractive from outside like other place's and museum's But Architecture inside the palace is really beautiful.

Side view of the Palace

The palace is sign of Holkar rulers who ruled this region. It was built by Tukoji rao and shivaji rao belongs to holkar dynasty. Its construction started 1844 and end upto 1903 ad.

After taking tickets we headed inside.The palace has big entry gates.  At the entry gate we have to put our mobile and camera, as camera and cellphones are not allowed inside the palace. Its well finished palace and it gives a royal look. Walls are painted with bright colours. after a few footsteps, it was a Dining hall, where one thing i found attractive was paintings at ceilings which was reflecting on a table on the floor. Some paintings depicts royal families portraits and queen which catches eyes of everyone. There are beautiful carvings on the walls which makes it different.

Another view

After this , another thing you will definitely like here is Statue's of tigers which looks like real. The skin of tiger was used to make these. The sharp teeth's and the skin fills it with reality. Though these are enclosed in a glass box for protection. If you are going there with kids, then they will surely like it. Length of the tiger is almost 6 feet or even more.
(no pictures)

Then when you will go up stairs, there are some other statues, antiques and different clocks. there were some meeting rooms and guest rooms which shows occasional gatherings of palace.

It takes about an hour maximum to visit the palace. Though there is a garden when you come out of the palace. This garden is filled with trees, and the statues of British rulers can be a good place to take selfie's. Here you can take pictures.

Statue in garden at lal bagh palace

As it was a Sunday, noise of children's playing cricket was encouraging me to play with them, as the palace is next to a ground. Maybe Next time!

Visiting time of this palace is 10 am to 5 pm and its closed on Monday.
You can know more about this city at 3 days in indore blog. If you like this post then make sure to comment below. If have any questions or want to know more feel free to keep in touch.

3 Days in Indore

Indore is one of the cleanest and nice city of India. It comes in Madhya pradesh state of India. As this state is in almost middle of the country so its called "Madhya Pradesh". This state is famous for its art and culture.

Visiting Indore may also be good for food lovers who can have some tasty and spicy street foods. I visited some tourist places in indore in these two days. If you have less time then you can atleast visit places nearby to city.

Day 1

my first day in indore was very lazy. I tried poha this day. It was very spicy unlike other places i had ever tried. it was served with spicy pulses. if you want some spicy then it is the best thing. I spent my whole day at our stay. There is a market and streets famous for street food ,mostly spicy.


Day 2

This day i visited a palace and a zoo in indore which was a bit far from our stay. The Palce was Lal Bagh Palace which is a museum with antiques and was a residential palace of royal families of earlier period.

Lal Bagh Palace view

Another view of the palace

After this we headed to a zoo in indore city which was almost near to the palace. I found that this zoo is different from other one's i have visited because it gives much space to birds and animals which is very essential for them. It gives them a natural atmosphere, which is very nice.

White peacock

Elephant at the zoo

Red Parrot

There were many animals and some beautiful birds too. If you love birds and animals then this may be a nice place to visit in the city. The best thing i like here is white color peacock whose voice attracted me towards them.

Day 3

This day i came back to my hometown in evening. It was really very nice to be there. There are many places you can visit in the city but its all about time you can spend.

If you like this post then feel free to comment below

Food To Try In Jodhpur Rajasthan

Food in Jodhpur is spicy and very tasty for food lovers. Its flavours are delicious. When i visited this  city i knew that its different in taste. As i heard that its too much spicy and some other kind of dishes. But In Jodhpur its very easy to find food popular in other places too. 

Food to try in Jodhpur


1. Mawa Kachori
This is a Kachori in which Mawa (Khoya) is filled inside and outer layer is made of Maida (Wheat flour ) . This is dipped in syrup which makes it much tasty but 1 kachori is enough for 2 persons. As i was alone there so it was too much for me.

Mawa Kachori


2. Ker Sangari
This is a eatable in Rajasthan, mostly western Rajasthan of Thar desert areas. This is grown in desert areas of Rajasthan. It has ker berry and sangri beans. This is a bit of spicy and unique dish which you can try in Jodhpur.

3. Lahsun Kofta (Garlic Kofta)
This is a kofta made of garlic. It has too much garlic. This is nice for breakfast if you want to have some spicy brunch.
sorry i forgot to take picture as it was too tasty.


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.

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