I was a good friend on this wonderful island. We had a great time with inhabitants we met. The beautiful beaches with the clear ocean!
I traveled 200 km from Jaipur and my pal traveled 150 km from Delhi to explore this 16th century baoli (Stepwell) build under the Mughal empire. It look us time to find as the roads were not in a good condition and thus when we reached there by created a small video as there is none on this attraction. Have a look:
Video Link - Mukendpura Baoli (Youtube)
Jaisalmer, or as one says, the Golden city of India, is a desert city on the western borders of India. The city is famous for its Rajputi heritage as since 11th century, Jaisalmer has been ruled and build by Rajput rulers who have not just created this incredible city but protected it for more than 1000 years.
So below I have shared or plan to, a list of attractions which one must visit to explore the ancient beauty of India's golden city.
1. Jaisalmer Fort
Rated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Jaisalmer fort is a massive castle which once covered the entire city as a medium of protection. Even today, more than 25% of Jaisalmer population lives inside the Jaisalmer fort,
At the fort, one can visit the palace of the Rajput rulers, Jain & Hindu temples which have some unusual stone architecture and also enjoy the markets which offer some rare handicrafts and provide taste local cuisine.
2. Gadisar Lake
As Jaisalmer is and always has been a desert town, so the shortage of water has always been a problem for the local rulers. So in the 14th century, Maharwal Gadsi Singh sanctioned an artificial lake to store rainwater or any water reserve.
Today the city have water pipelines but Gadisar Lake has become a popular tourist site which welcomes travelers to attend evening musical & puppet show and enjoy a peaceful twilight with friends & family.
3. Sam sand dune
Just 45 km from Jaisalmer city center, we have the sand dunes of Sam which are the biggest in India and offer a fantastic view which one can only experience here. At Sam, travelers arrive to enjoy the desert safari, camping experience at dozens of camp resorts built next to dunes and enjoy a musical night at these camps.
Pius at Sam, one cal also visit the haunted town of Kuldhara and the desert national park which offers a rare view of India dinosaurs.
4. Kuldhara Haunted Village
There was recently a small documentary on haunted tourist sites in India, and Kuldhara was rated in top five. But in India, travelers love to visit such site, might be because they want to get in touch with the sprites from the other side or just want to collect some great holiday memories.
Well what ever may be the reason, Kuldhara is a must see tourist sites and number four on this list. There are some more sites, which I will soon add here for sure. Till then, keep traveling.
Recently I plan to travel from Jaipur to Udaipur by road and plan was to just visit Udaipur attractions. But after checking google maps for some hours, I came to know that there are some amazing places which I can see as I am traveling in a taxi, not a train.
While both Jaipur and Udaipur have several interesting tourist places worth exploring, if you are looking for different tourist places to visit that are not frequented by the frequent travelers, then you should visit the below locations in the state of Rajasthan for a complete feel of a memorable trip.
Here is a quick look at some of the places where you can plan a quick get down for exploring the areas and the cities that will surely melt your heart away with their look and feel.
Ajmer along with Jaipur & Pushkar
The city of Ajmer in Rajasthan is an important pilgrimage center of India. The city is surrounded by the mountain ranges of Aravalli and is known for the shrine of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is also the base for the city of Pushkar. The shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is located at the foothill of the Taragah Hill and is built with marbles around two courtyards. Pilgrims from India and abroad, regardless of their religions visit Ajmer to pray at the shrine.
Just 40 km from Ajmer, we have Pushkar which is a Hindu holy site but with a twist. The small city is full of hippies, hebrews and rooftop cafe. its more like the last destination of 80's and thanks to the locals who have maintained it.
And finally along with Ajmer and Pushkar, one must drive 150 km east to visit Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur has been in limelight since the 18th century, when the king of Amer develop this city to create a stronghold in Rajasthan.
Today the city is famous for its palaces, havelis, forts and bazaars. Most travelers who visit Jaipur are interested in shopping and dinning, and the ink city dose not disappointment them. You can check this jaipur tour package itinerary for more details.
Deogarh is a city located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. It is a very popular tourist destination as there are several luxurious and heritage resorts which are visited by domestic and international travelers. One such famous heritage hotel is the Deogarh Palace, which is a five-star luxury heritage hotel frequented by international travelers. There is also the Kunjbihari temple which is known for the resident bats that made the temple their home during the day time.
Via Deogarh one can also visit Jaisalmer, which is as awesome as Udaipur and attracts global travelers. Jaisalmer is just 2-3 hours distance from Doagarh and here one can visit sites like Jaisalmer fort, Gadisar lake and the best one, which is Sam sand dunes. The biggest desert dune area in Rajasthan and India.
One can hire a Jaisalmer desert tents at sam sand dune and enjoy many outdoor activities like jeep and camel desert safari at jaisalmer, plus taste the local cuisne prepated at these Jaisalmer desert camps at sam sand dune.
Located in a quaint little town of Nathdwara, on the Aravalli mountains, is located the Shrinathji Temple. Temples of Nathdwara was built in the 17th century and is home to the deity of Lord Krishna, which originated in Vrindavan. People flock to this small town to visit the temple which is known to grant wishes to the devotees.
Also have a look at this rajasthan tour package itinerary where you can visit almost every major tourist site of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Udaipur, etc.
The Eklingji temple is yet another temple complex located in the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan. It is believed to be the ruling deity of the princely state of Mewar. The temple was built by the Guhila dynasty king of Mewar. The deity is that of Lord Shiva, and the temple complex has 108 temples within the premises. View this Udaipur tour package itinerary for more details on Udaipur tourist sites and accommodation options which one can visit after a trip to Eklingji temple.
Located on the banks of Berach River is the city of Chittorgarh. It is the administrative headquarters of the district of the same name and is also a former capital of Mewar. Interesting location for a visit in Chittorgarh includes the Chittorgarh Fort, which was under siege three times by the Mughals. The Fort was also the citadel for several great Indian warriors like Rana Kumbha and Maharana Pratap etc.