Rajasthan, literally, means place of Rajas or Royals and entire Rajasthan still exhume the aroma of medieval period. Every town and village of Rajasthan is studded with amazing assortment of heritage, history, culture, traditions, folk music and colorful folk life. For a self drive aficionado like me, after having driven in deadly mountain roads in Himalayan state of Himachal and Uttaranchal, next call for actions was reverberating from golden sand dunes of Great Indian Desert of Thar spread in the Rajasthan state of India and some part in Pakistan as well.
Once in Rajasthan, you have a wide range of things to cover. Formidable and magnificent forts, tale of legends, mesmerizing havelis/mansions of Baniya traders, folk deities, varied landscape comprises of golden sand dunes, lush green forest and blue water lakes. It has something for everyone and it is impossible to return without being affected by the mysterious charm of royal land.
My idea of exploring Rajasthan, however, was to drive thru desert in Jaisalmer, go deep in desert riding on a camel in Bikaner to experience the arid yet serene vastness of nature, appreciate the architectural marvelous of havelis/mansions in Mandawa, Bikaner and Jaisalmer, get mesmerized by ever revered rats of the Karni Mata Temple, spend a day in the only living forts of the world i.e. Golden Fort of Jaisalmer, pay my tribute to the Tanot Mata at border location in Jaisalmer and last but not the least see the art of concocting the Bhujia in Bikaner.
So in a nut-shell Rajasthan offers everything that can satiate my yearning for travel, capturing photographs of natural beauty and architectural grandeur, and relish much talk about food of Rajasthan,
Let’s have a quick view of self drive road trip to Bikaner and Jaisalmer
So in five days I did multitude of things and most of them qualifies for first time in life experience.
*I did a Camel Ride and fed the camel
*I spent a night in 12 KM deep in Desert
*I witnessed Sun Set and Sun rise in a Desert
*I drove thru Desert Road from Bikaner to Jaiselmer to Tanot
*I lived in a fort enjoyed roof top food from a 800 years old fort
*I fed to world’s most revered rats at Karni Mata Temple
*I captured most amazingly crafted doors in the world in Havelis and forts
*I interacted with Bhujia Maker while he was frying the famous Bikaneri Bhujia
*And at last did a 900 KM Self drive from Jaisalmer to Delhi in straight 12 hours.
Will I go back? Absolutely and very soon as everything about Rajasthan is off-beat and adventurous.
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