2016 Year End! We are all set for our trip to Rajasthan…
Day 1: The trip started from Bangalore when we were all excited for the travel. We reached the airport early in the morning to avoid last minute hurry as this was a trip after all to relax. But the flight got delayed due to bad weather, however, we reached Jodhpur by noon the same day. Jodhpur in my view was a clean and calm city. The roads were quite broad and well laid. After checking in into the hotel and refreshing, we headed to Jodhpur fort. The fort was really big, but was crowded which made sight seeing less enjoyable. The collection of weapons is definitely a great cultural heritage in our country. Close by the Jodhpur fort was Jaswant Thada, a clean and beautiful place. I had my time in peace and tried a bit of photography as well. The final place of visit in Jodhpur was Mandore garden, which I felt could have been maintained better to attract tourist. The garden had some architecturally well-built buildings and all-by-itself-grown bougainvilleas.
Day 2: We started from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. It was a long journey. Jaisalmer is one of the under-developed cities whose major source of living is tourism. We had a lunch and visited Gaddi Sagar lake. It was a pleasant lake for boating and it was a totally refreshing experience. It is a good place to shop, the lake had a few shops which had a good collection of dresses and Rajasthani stuff at reasonable prices. That evening we spent at sunset point. It was a breathtaking view of the sunset with a lot of photography explored.
Day 3: The most expected day of the trip. The day started in the War Museum, Jaisalmer. It is a tribute to all brave soldiers who lost their lives to save our country. Excellently maintained. After which we headed to Sam, on the way we visited Kuldara village, an abandoned village which looks haunted. We reached Sam. We visited Desert National Park, which in my view was a useless place visited during our whole trip. We did not even spot one desert animal. Next was the most exciting and thrilling jeep safari in the Sam Sand Dunes. Finally, we checked in into Desert Camp the most awaited part of the trip. It was a well spent evening with the sand dunes, sunset and Rajasthani folk dance.
Day 4: We started to Bikaner, which was again a long and tiring travel. We visited the Bikaner fort around noon. The fort was very well maintained. It had wonderful interior architecture and a large collection of weapons displayed at the museum. We checked in at the hotel and we need some rest so did not plan anything for the evening.
Day 6: The day started off with our visit to City Palace and Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar had awesome scientific astronomical instruments which were built in the 18th and 19th century. Next was our visit to Jaigarh fort from where we had a good aerial view of Amer fort. Close by was Nahargarh fort which had a wax museum of celebrities. The wax models were really good and looking real. ALL DONE for the trip! We had lunch and headed to Jaipur airport for our return to Bangalore.
December is the right time to visit Rajasthan. Hope this helps to plan your trip!!!
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