Mount Abu: The Only Hill Station In The Desert State Of India

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Mount Abu: The Only Hill Station In The Desert State Of India

The cool breeze brushing across my face was an indication that we were soon approaching our destination. And this transition was not only a treat for the tactile senses, but also for the visual senses, as I witness a backdrop of rocky cliffs interspersed with colorful bouts of bougainvillea in all imaginable hues of the rainbow. It’s hard to take your eyes off the window, I wonder. So when we finally reached Mount Abu and checked into our hotel room, my heart was itching to go out and explore. Accompanied by good walking shoes and a hungry tummy, we set forward to explore what this place has to offer.




With plenty of time at hand and plentiful of new roads to be discovered, we decided to walk our way upto Nakki lake and Sunset Point (which we later realise is not the ‘main’ one!). And being a hard-core foodie, here comes my favourite part-the route is studded with all sorts of shops and ‘thelas’ selling everything right from Chana Zor Garam to sinfully delicious Rabdi (Ah!). Stocking up on our energy levels with these delectable treats is a requisite, as what awaits us is hours of nonstop walking, coupled with soaking in the cool air of Mount Abu and taking in the scenery that looks straight out of a fairy tale. All geared up, we tread upon these new roads, frequently lose our way, ask for directions, whine at the seemingly never-ending distance yet happily take in the breathtaking views, and ultimately reach the spot. Only after coming back to the hotel room do we realise that we have been walking continuously for almost five hours! Time for some replenishment!

At Mount Abu, you have fancy dining options and various thalis on offer, such as Rajasthani Thali, Gujarati Thali, etc. which are slightly pricey. But if you are like me and prefer hearty meals for fewer bucks, I would suggest the Abu Bhojanalya, a modest dhaba that serves filling thalis for just 80 bucks! The tamatar sev, a tangy preparation of tomatoes and a namkeen called Sev is a must-have for all the spice lovers. And continuing our walking expedition, we go out looking for some meetha paan to end our meal!

Mount Abu has something to appeal to the unique traveller in you. With a plethora of awe-inspiring landscapes and scenic roads it is pure bliss for nature enthusiasts and family vacationers alike. If an adrenaline rush is what you need, you could go trekking or hiking here. For all the foodies out there who crave for local treats, you could go food-hunting just like I did. And if you are a divinity seeker, you can visit the various temples here-like the Dilwara Jain Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, and Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple. Perhaps a moment of solitude drowned in the varying colours of the sunset at Sunset Point is what your heart longs for. There is something for everyone here!




This is one trip that will remain close to my heart, for it has shown me the true essence of travel. Travel is not about checking off things from a list, but about letting ourselves meander through strange nooks and paths, and in the process absorbing new experiences that come our way. Travel, in short, is all about losing and finding yourself, all over again!

-Written By Vinita Srinivasan

 

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Jodhpur Itinerary | Things To Do | Rajasthan

There comes a time when everyone gets so excited. A trip with friends and teachers in the final year of graduation – the much awaited COLLEGE TRIP. It all began by looking for places to go having a budget of INR 5000. Not to forget, it had to be an educational trip. After considering a bundle of places, we landed up in the blue city: Jodhpur which is also called as the ‘Sun city’.

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Being students of sociology, we had to examine tourist practices and how they are shaped and made meaningful within a social context. We investigated why people travel, how they travel, and what they do while they are “on the road”, we saw that tourism is not on the margins of the social world, but rather deeply interconnected with everyday social life, from the personal to the global.

To explore this city you just need 3 days or maximum 4 as there is not much to see but those few places are undeniably worth seeing. Beginning with the itinerary:

Day 1: Mehrangarh Fort

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We had fallen for this 5 km long fort which could be seen from the terrace of our hotel. Hence, the Mehrangarh Fort was marked as number one in our itinerary. The fort is one of the largest forts in India that was built by Rao Jodha. A magnificent and well maintained property giving a sneak peek into the lives of the royalty. The fort comprises of a vast interconnected network of palaces, museums, courtyards and halls. Also, A winding road leads to and from the city below.

The museum in Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. It has a magnificent collection of the maharaja’s memorabilia which is superbly maintained and presented. This museum houses a collection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. The Paintings gallery displays colours of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings.

Here is a quote on Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur that best sums it up. 

I have just seen the eighth wonder of the world.– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis




Day 2: Bishnoi Village Safari

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A tour to Bishnoi Village in Jodhpur is a must. Located just at a distance of 22 km from Jodhpur city, the villagers of Bishnoi are basically hardcore worshippers of nature. On Bishnoi Village Safari, one gets more than a glimpse of amazing cultural life of Marwar – the original community of Rajasthan. To get an experience of tribal India, Bishnoi Village safari is an attraction around Jodhpur best for you. 

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Bishnoi village of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is scenic beauty marked with Khejri trees and deer. Also in the village is the Guda Bishnoi Lake. It is a natural lake, perfect as a picnic spot. A person interested in exotic wild life & nature should definitely visit this village. Around the Guda Bishnoi Lake, you can see numerous migratory birds like domicile Cranes etc, blackbucks and chinkaras. This pond is drinking point for antelopes black bucks of near by area.

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Apart from this, we got to see the potter’s family, weaver’s family, farmer’s family, bishnoi family etc.

Salawas (Weavers village): This is the place where the weavers work together to create the ‘magic carpets’, locally referred as “durry”.

Singhasni: Some of the finest works of pottery can be seen on a tour to this location.

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Hand block printing: The technique involves the use of wooden blocks with nails projecting from them.

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One place that was added to this day’s itinerary was JASWANT THADA-A cenotaph is an empty tomb which is built in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

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p class=”para-active” style=”text-align: left;”>It serves as a burial gound for the rulers of Marwar. Definitely worth a visit. You can see folk artist playing traditional local music which is pretty soothing. A beautiful setting with a magnificent edifice made of solid marble. Superb architecture with Mughal inspired gardens.

Day 3: Umaid Bhawan Palace

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It is one of the largest private residences in the world a part of which is managed by Taj Hotels. It is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. It has 347 rooms and a part of the palace also houses a museum. It basically serves as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family.The palace is divided into 3 parts: the residence of the royal family, a luxury Taj Palace Hotel and a museum. Not much is there to see as the hotel entry is restricted to the guests only. You are not allowed to go inside the residence. So what you’ll be able to explore is the magnificent museum full of information about the royal family.




The only thing that comes to people’s mind while thinking of Rajasthan is Jaipur. One must go beyond Jaipur to discover the essence of Rajasthani culture. Until now Sociology did not seem so interesting. Interacting and exploring won the race against reading and grasping Sociology from a 400gm text book which took the last position. Reading about patriarchy and witnessing the same in a face to face situation are two things entirely different. Observing people bound by the restrictions of caste and kinship goes beyond studying the same in the text book. At times college studies can be made fun and relishable too  😀

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-Written By Neha Parti

Photo courtesy: Camera Maverick


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