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A well-kept cantonment area of Pauri Garhwal district, Lansdowne is a relatively virgin hill town of the otherwise thoroughly explored and crowded state of Uttarakhand. Lansdowne is located on the Kotdwar-Pauri road and its civic administration falls under the cantonment board, which explains the immaculate cleanliness and strict law abidance in the hill town. About […]

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A well-kept cantonment area of Pauri Garhwal district, Lansdowne is a relatively virgin hill town of the otherwise thoroughly explored and crowded state of Uttarakhand. Lansdowne is located on the Kotdwar-Pauri road and its civic administration falls under the cantonment board, which explains the immaculate cleanliness and strict law abidance in the hill town.

About Lansdowne

Located in the Shivalik hills of Garhwal region, Lansdowne was named after its founder Lord Lansdowne. The town was developed by the Britishers with the purpose of catering the recruits at the training center of the Garhwal Rifles. Thus, Lansdowne was a place of importance for freedom fighters from British Garhwal.
Given its history of being under the British influence, the most significant thing that one notices on entering Lansdowne is the elegant cantonment of Garhwal Rifles. Being under the civic administration of the cantonment board has prevented the hill town from becoming commercialized like its neighboring counterparts in the state.
The Garhwal Rifle board has made sure that there is minimum tampering with nature and that is one of the primary reasons why the flora and fauna of the area have been well-preserved. Several species of mountain animals and heavy vegetation of pine trees can be found in Lansdowne, making it a natural beauty that any nature lover must explore.

Location & How To Reach:

An unexpected turn on the Kotdwar-Pauri road will take you straight to the doors of the virgin hills of Lansdowne. At an elevation of 5,597ft, Lansdowne is located in the lap of Shivalik hills of the Garhwal region.

Nearest Railway Station: Kotdwar (40 km away)
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (145 km away)

Distance From Nearby Cities:

Lansdowne to Delhi: 287 km (7 hrs)
Lansdowne to Dehradun:159 km (5 hrs)
Lansdowne to Rishikesh: 125 km (4 hrs)
Lansdowne to Haridwar: 106 km (3 hrs)
Lansdowne to Srinagar (Uttarakhand): 114 km (4 hrs)
Lansdowne to Devprayag: 75 km (3 hrs)

Going around in the Town

Lansdowne has a local bus transport system. However, the low connectivity and frequency of the buses make private taxis a better mode of transport to go around in the town. Privately owned taxis, SUVs and minibusses are the most preferred mode of commuting by tourists visiting Lansdowne.

Things to See & Do In Lansdowne

Unlike other hill stations in the country that are brimming with fun activities and spots custom-made to attract more and more tourists, Lansdowne allures you with its natural beauty. With not much to do around the town, a trip to Lansdowne is more of a sensory experience that will rejuvenate you and let you feel at one with nature.

Bhulla Lake

The Bhulla lake in Lansdowne is a perfect example of how the good Samaritans of the town are dedicated to keeping their homeland clean and beautify it in every way possible. The lake was developed not only to give tourists an enjoyable experience of the town but also to harvest the rainwater. The lake is located near the Army School and is open for tourists from 9 am till 12 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm. Tourists can enjoy the lake by renting a boat for a nominal fee.

Image Source: Anubhav Kochhar (Flickr) 

Tiffin Top and Snow View Point

One thing that Lansdowne has in common with the other hill stations in the state is a breathtaking view of the snow-clad Himalayas. The Himalayan peaks of Chaukhamba and Trishul are visible from Tiffin Top and Snow View Point and it is an experience that can leave you mesmerized. These two are also good places for trekking enthusiasts.

Image Source: Bipender Singh (Flickr) 

Bhim Pakora

The most fascinating thing about this place is that it has very interesting folklore associated with it. According to a widely held belief, Bhim—one of the Pandvas—placed a small rock atop another small rock at this spot and since then, no one has been able to move the rocks. It is fascinating to push the top rock and see the huge thing move and yet not fall off the hill.

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Regimental Museum

Home to a plethora of artifacts belonging to the Garhwal Rifles, Regimental Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Lansdowne. Entry fee is Rs. 50 per person and the museum is open for tourists between 9am-12 pm and 3pm-6pm from Monday to Saturday.

St. John’s Church

St. John’s Church is the only running Church of Lansdowne. Dating back to 1936, the Roman Catholic Church boasts of beautiful interiors. It is located at the Mall Road and lures many tourists with its tranquility and beauty.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev

Considered to be one of the must-visit places in Lansdowne, the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple is approximately 35 km from the town and it takes about 1-2 hours to reach there. The 1600-year old temple is located right in the middle of a forest and reaching there can be a bit tricky for some tourists.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Lansdowne is between April and June. The weather is pleasant, and you can enjoy clear skies along with some trekking expeditions.
Monsoons in Lansdowne last from July to September. The sudden rain showers can obstruct the view from hilltops and can limit your excursions around the town.
Summers in Lansdowne start from the month of March and last till June, and it can get hot and humid during this time.
During winter, which lasts from December to February, the temperature can drop to 0 degrees and if you’re lucky, you can also experience snowfall.

Accommodation Options

The best luxury accommodations that Lansdowne offers are mostly 3-star properties and a night’s stay here can cost anywhere between Rs. 4-6,000.
Budget hotel options are also available in the town which can cost anywhere between Rs. 2-3,000 for a night’s stay.
Homestays are also available for travelers on a budget trip. A twin-sharing room at these homestays will cost somewhere between Rs. 1-2,000 a night with breakfast.

Where to Head Next? (Within 50-300 km)

Khisru

(91 km, 3 hrs)
Located at an altitude of 1700 meters from sea level, Khisru is a small hill town which is still away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. Khisru offers a breathtaking view of snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. The hill town is surrounded by Oak, Deodar and Apple Orchards that add to its splendid beauty.

Rishikesh

(125 km, 4 hrs)
After a tranquil experience in the beautiful hills of Lansdowne, you can head to Rishikesh for some adventure. Private buses and taxis are easily available for Rishikesh from Lansdowne.

Pauri

(83 km, 3hrs)
One of the most popular hill towns of the Garhwal region, Pauri is known for its natural beauty and rich culture. The town offers a panoramic view of many Himalayan peaks such as Neelkanth, Nandadevi, and Chaukamba.

Devprayag

(75 km, 3 hrs)
To witness the mesmerizing confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, head to Devprayag. This is the place where the two rivers meet and take the name, Ganga. Considered to be an important place of worship for Hindu pilgrims, Devprayag is one of the five sacred confluences of the hills.

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Mussoorie: The Queen of Hill Stations of Uttarakhand http://www.scrolldroll.com/mussoorie-the-queen-of-hill-stations-of-uttarakhand/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:31:53 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16596

Snuggled amidst the mighty Himalayas, Mussoorie, a breathtakingly beautiful hill town in Uttarakhand, is unquestionably the queen of hill stations. Located in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan range, Mussoorie offers a picturesque view of the Doon valley and a wide variety of flora and fauna. About Mussoorie Often referred to as the ‘queen of hill […]

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Snuggled amidst the mighty Himalayas, Mussoorie, a breathtakingly beautiful hill town in Uttarakhand, is unquestionably the queen of hill stations. Located in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan range, Mussoorie offers a picturesque view of the Doon valley and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

About Mussoorie

Often referred to as the ‘queen of hill stations’, Mussoorie is a well-liked holiday destination by the travelers of all tastes and preferences. Over the years, several hill stations in Uttarakhand have risen to prominence and attempted to dethrone the ‘queen of hill stations’. But, the British charm from yesteryears and spectacular locales of Mussoorie continue to attract tourist frenzy.

Located at the mid-altitude Himalayas, Mussoorie usually does not experience snowfall. However, the view of snow-clad mountain peaks around the hill town is exhilarating. The town sits on a 15-km long horseshoe-shaped ridge with Tehri Garhwal and the mighty Himalayas on its North, and Doon valley and Shivalik ranges on its South.

Once a superabundant forest, the fertile land of Mussoorie was home to lush green shrubs such as Oak, Rhododendron, and Deodar. In fact, the town of Mussoorie is named after a shrub called ‘Mansur’ which grew in abundance in the region.

The thick plantation of the area also provides habitat to a significantly heavy population of Himalayan birds, leopards, rabbits, deer, wild rodents and Himalayan black bears. The Benog Hilltop in Mussoorie, which is also popular for the Jawalaji Temple, provides a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and the presence of avifauna in abundance make it the perfect place for bird watching.

Location & How To Reach

At an altitude of 1,880 meters, Mussoorie is located at the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan range in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand.

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun (35 km away)
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (60 km away)

Distance from Nearby Cities

Mussoorie to Dehradun: 34 km (1 hr)
Mussoorie to Delhi: 308 km (7 hrs)
Mussoorie to Nainital: 317 km (8 hrs)
Mussoorie to Dhanaulti: 60 km (2hrs)

Getting around in the city

Just like most hill stations, Mussoorie is also best explored on foot. However, for longer distances, tourists can hire local taxis and autos. App-based taxi services are not available in the town.

Things to See & Do In Mussoorie (Within 50 km)

The small hill town is an ideal location to loosen up and rejuvenate your senses, and once the tranquility of Mussoorie has helped you de-stress, it is time for you to see and do things around the town. Although there is easy availability of different modes of travel, the town is best explored on foot.

The Mall Road

The colonial charm of Mussoorie will leave you spellbound when you visit the Mall Road. Decorated with lamp-posts and intricately designed benches, the Mall Road is a throwback to the period when India was under the British Raj. Interestingly, the Mall Road is located at the heart of the town which makes passing by the Mall Road area at least a few times a day unavoidable.

Kulri Bazaar

The Kulri Bazaar deserves as much attention as the Mall Road. Popular for its commercial, tourist and social activities, the Kulri Bazaar area gives you a unique shopping and entertainment experience. So, once you are done admiring the colonial charm of the Mall Road, get on the Gun Hill Ropeway and enter the Kulri Bazaar. You will come across variety of hotels and restaurants at the Bazaar where you can satiate your taste buds and a wide range of clothing and fashion outlets to give you a little retail therapy. For your little ones’ entertainment, head to any 1980s-style video game parlor or take them to the skating rink at the Silverton.

Gun Hill

Located 400 ft above the Mall Road, Gun Hill is the second highest peak of Mussoorie providing a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. To experience a breathtaking view of the hill town and the snow-clad mountain peaks surrounding it, hop on for a ropeway ride which will cost you Rs.55 for a round trip. At the top, there is an uncountable number of restaurants for you to enjoy a meal while you adore the natural beauty around. The visiting hours for Gun Hill are between 9 am and 10 pm.

Jharipani Falls

Around 6kms downhill from the main town of Mussoorie are located the beautiful Jharipani Falls. To reach Jharipani, you can take the St. George’s School road up to Jharipani main market. From this point, it will be a 30-minute and about a 1.5-km walk to the falls.

Trekking

Mussoorie offers several day treks to tourists. A hike to Pari Tibba, Hathipaon Estate, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Cloud’s End will give you an adrenaline rush. And, if you are an adrenaline junkie, take the longer trek to Nag Tibba.

Best Time to Visit

To witness the best climate of Mussoorie, plan a trip during Summer season which lasts from March to June or during the Autumn season which lasts from October to early December.
Skip visiting from June-end to September-mid to avoid rains.
Mussoorie winters are extremely cold and every 3-4 years, the town witnesses snowfall anytime between December and January.

Accommodation Options

Mussoorie has lodging options for every budget and need — luxurious 5-star stays and pocket-friendly budget hotels. A night at any 5-star property in Mussoorie will cost anywhere between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 20,000 (prices can vary depending on the tourist season).
Budget hotel chains OYO and Treebo also run several properties in the city. A stay at these budget hotels costs anywhere between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 3,000.
For travelers on a very tight budget, Mussoorie also has Bunk Hotels which offer a night’s stay under Rs. 1,000 in a shared room.

Where to Head Next? (Within 50-300 km)

Dhanaulti

(60 km, 2 hrs)
Its close proximity to the capital and several other towns in Uttarakhand has made Dhanaulti a popular destination among tourists. Located at an altitude of 2,286 meters above sea level, the small hill town offers a breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayas. Dhanaulti receives heavy snowfall during winters and that is the peak tourists season at the hill station.

Image Source – draskd (Flickr)

Kanatal

(49 km, 1-2hrs)
Located at an elevation of 8,500 ft above sea level, Kanatal remains a relatively less explored destination. The small hill town receives heavy rainfall during winters, which makes it a perfect destination for winter camps. The popular Surkanda Devi temple is also located at a very short distance from Kanatal.

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Rishikesh

(77 km, 2-3 hrs)
Located on the ghats of river Ganga, Rishikesh is the perfect destination for adventure activities and camping. From river rafting to cliff jumping, Rishikesh has a plethora of activities for adrenaline junkies. For tourists in search of some peace and quiet time, Rishikesh is home to several temples, yoga ashrams, and serene ghats.

Image Source – Alan Hilditch (Flickr)

 

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Nainital: The Lake Town of Uttarakhand http://www.scrolldroll.com/nainital-the-lake-town-of-uttarakhand/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:25:42 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16600

Based in the Naini Hills of Kumaon region, the Himalayan resort town of Uttarakhand is both picturesque and contemporary, unlike other destinations in the state. Nainital is surrounded by tall pine trees and is divided into two parts by the famous Naini lake—Tallital, the part that lies South of the lake and Mallital, the Northern […]

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Based in the Naini Hills of Kumaon region, the Himalayan resort town of Uttarakhand is both picturesque and contemporary, unlike other destinations in the state. Nainital is surrounded by tall pine trees and is divided into two parts by the famous Naini lake—Tallital, the part that lies South of the lake and Mallital, the Northern part of the lake.

 

About Nainital

Known for its breathtaking beauty, Nainital is one of the most popular destinations in Uttarakhand which attracts thousands of tourists every year. Set in the Naini hills, the lake resort of Himalayas is surrounded by tall pine trees on all sides. The famous Naini lake, which located in the heart of the landscape, and snow-capped Himalayan peaks, which are easily visible from the town, beautify Nainital to an extent that it can get really hard to blink.

Heavy vegetation of pine trees in Nainital offers beautiful forest trails which is a perfect place for lazy strolls and if lucky, spotting some rare birds. The dense forests of Nainital are home to Himalayan langur, barking deer, Indian porcupine, wild pig, and black-capped marten. Along with the pines, Nainital also has grooves of Sal, Buruns, Oak and Kaphal trees that grow as tall as 6000 ft.

 

Location & How To Reach:

Located in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas, Nainital is at an elevation of 6,538 ft from the sea level..

 

Nearest Railway Station:  Kathgodam (34 km away)

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar airport (68 km away)

Distance From Nearby Cities

Nainital to Delhi: 333 km (7 hrs)

Nainital to Haldwani: 41.2 km (1 hr)

Nainital to Kausani: 114 km (4 hrs)

Nainital to Almora: 62 km (2 hrs)

Nainital to Ranikhet: 56 km (2 hrs)

 

Getting around in the Town

Just like most hill towns, Nainital is also best explored on foot. However, to cover longer distances or to reach hilltops, taxis are easily available.

Some hilltops are enjoyed best when visited on a horse or on a ropeway. To go around the popular mall road, cycle rickshaws are the best option available.

 

Things to See & Do In Nainital

Although the beautiful Naini lake steals all the limelight, there are more than just a couple of other spots in Nainital that deserve attention.

 

Nainital Zoo

Almost every city or a well-established town in the country has a zoo. But what sets the Nainital Zoo apart from others is its spectacular quality of maintenance and location. The zoo is home to several interesting high-altitude birds and animals such as leopard, Himalayan black bear and steppe eagle. Located at height, there is a steep road to climb from the parking to reach the zoo. The entry fee is Rs. 30 for adults and Rs. 10 for children.

Image Source: Gurukul Events (Flickr)

Snow View

Get aboard an aerial ropeway to reach the top of Sher-ka-Danda Hill which is at a height of 7,448 ft and is popularly known as Snow View. The cable car ride is filled with opportunities to capture and witness the best of Nainital. A round trip to the snow view point on a ropeway will cost Rs. 150 and the timings are from 10 am to 5 pm.

Image Source: Nishant Verma (Instagram)

Tiffin Top

One of the many popular tourist spots in Nainital, Tiffin Top, also known as Dorothy’s seat, offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Tourists can either walk the rugged road to reach the top or take a horse ride to avoid fatigue.

Image Source: Siddhesh Pisal (Instagram)

 

Boating at Naini Lake

Boating and yachting on Naini Lake are the most popular activities amongst the tourists. While renting a rowboat can cost up to Rs. 130, a roundtrip on a yacht can go up to Rs. 270 per hour. Yachts can be rented from Nainital Boat House Club which is located on the bank of Naini lake.

Boating timings: 10 am to 4 pm

Image Source: yugantarora (Flickr)

Bhotia Market (Tibetan Market)

Adjacent to Naini lake is the famous Bhotia Market. Lip-smacking and authentic dishes of the hills such as Thukpa (dry noodles with soup) and Momos can be enjoyed here. Also, Bhotia Market is the perfect place to get woolens at dirt cheap prices.

 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Nainital is during the months of May and June.

Planning a trip during the monsoons, which start from July and last till September, should be avoided. Heavy rainfall and fog can obstruct the beautiful views and can make trotting through the town inconvenient.

Visit Nainital in January and you have a high chance of witnessing snowfall.

The lake district of Uttarakhand has a pleasant climate throughout the year.

Summers are moderately hot and during Monsoons, the town receives heavy rainfall.

Winter season begins with October and lasts till February.

 

Accommodation Options

Nainital has a couple of exotic and luxurious resorts available for tourists who wish to unwind in the lap of nature. The tariff of these luxurious accommodations can vary anywhere between Rs. 9-12,000 a night during peak season. (Note: The prices can change depending on the season).

Budget hotel chains such as OYO and Treebo also run properties in Nainital and a stay at these accommodations can cost anywhere between Rs. 2-4,000 a night.

 

Where to Head Next? (Within 50-300 km)

Kausani

(114 km, 3-4 hours)

Home to spectacular tea estates and breathtaking waterfalls, Kausani is one of the must-visit destinations of Uttarakhand. There are no direct buses or trains from Nainital. Thus, hiring a taxi to Kausani is the only way to reach. Also, for lesser transportation cost, hire a taxi to from Nainital to Almora and from there, take a state transport bus to Kausani.

Image Source: ᑌTTᗩᖇᗩKᕼᗩᑎᗪ (Instagram)

 

Almora

(63 km, 2 hours)

Almora, a small hill town in Uttarakhand, is home to picturesque hilltops that give a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Both state transport and private-owned buses ply regularly for Almora from Nainital. Also, shared taxis, which cost Rs. 250-300 per passenger, are easily available at Tallital in Nainital.

Image Source: thekurmanchalvillage (Instagram)

 

Jim Corbett

(151 km, 4 hours)

Known for being home to a wide range of flora and fauna, Jim Corbett attracts tourists and nature-lovers from all over the globe. The only convenient way to reach Jim Corbett from Nainital is to hire a taxi. No direct flights or trains run between these two towns.

Image Source: Corbett Aadil (Instagram)

Munsiyari

(258 km, 9 hours)

Nestled in the lap of beautiful Himalayan peaks, Munsiyari is the perfect getaway for tourists looking for some peace and quiet. Taxis are easily available for hire from Nainital. However, for a cheaper ride, regular buses are available for Munsiyari from Kathgodam, Almora, and Haldwani.

 

 

 

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Valley of Flowers: The alluring National Park of Uttarakhand http://www.scrolldroll.com/valley-of-flowers-the-alluring-national-park-of-uttarakhand/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:54:51 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16594

Pretty as a picture, Valley of Flowers is one of those destinations in India that give a stiff competition to many foreign places. Located in the West Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers National Park has a rich flora and is home to some rare animals. Decorated by hundreds of species of flowers, the high-altitude Himalayan […]

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Pretty as a picture, Valley of Flowers is one of those destinations in India that give a stiff competition to many foreign places. Located in the West Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers National Park has a rich flora and is home to some rare animals. Decorated by hundreds of species of flowers, the high-altitude Himalayan valley is a popular trekking destination amongst mountaineers and a treasure for botanists.

About Valley of Flowers

Nestled in the Bhyundar valley of Chamoli district, the Valley of Flowers has gained popularity for its breathtaking beauty and a moderately difficult trek. The valley has a plethora of flowers amongst which some of the most common ones are asters, inulas, Brahmakamal, Epilobium and rhododendrons. Flowers in the valley remain in full bloom for three months in a year and a new floral composition can be seen every couple of days.
While admiring nature in the valley, trekkers come across butterflies and if you’re lucky, you can also spot a musk deer, Himalayan mouse hare, snow leopard, blue sheep or a bear trotting their habitat. The valley is a haven for several species of birds, which makes it a perfect destination for bird-watching also.
The topography of the Valley is bound to leave every visitor speechless. While standing at the foot of the valley, you can watch the green meadows running through the division of an icy-cold stream. When you look around, you witness high-mountain slopes, layered in a thick blanket of snow, vanishing in the sky.

Location & How To Reach:

Reaching the Valley of Flowers can be a task for the faint-hearted. The nearest motorable road to the valley will take you till Govind Ghat, which is a 1-hour ride from Joshimath. From Govind Ghat, a 13-km long trek begins which will take you to Ghangaria. It usually takes 4-8 hours to trek the steep and narrow path. This should be your last check-point before reaching the valley. A 3-km trek from Ghangaria will take you straight to the lush green meadows of the Valley of Flowers.

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh (254 km away from Joshimath)
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (269 km away from Joshimath)

Climate

The weather conditions usually remain dry in the area, unless it is the monsoon season. Valley of Flowers receives heavy monsoon rainfall, making the soil appropriately moist for heavy vegetation. From April to June, the climate varies between moderate and cool. Late June marks the beginning of the monsoon, which lasts till September. Starting from late October to late March, the Valley receives heavy snowfall.

Things to See & Do In Chopta

All the fatigue after almost a 20-hour long journey, which includes a 13-km and a 3-km trek, looks all worth it when you reach the Valley of Flowers. The spectacular beauty of the valley leaves you speechless and once there, all there’s left to do is admire the nature and revitalize your senses.

Hemkund Sahib

At an altitude of 4,329 m above sea level, Hemkund Sahib is the highest Gurudwara in the world. The place is surrounded by snow-covered mountains known as the Hemkund Parvat. Trek to Valley of Flowers followed by a trek Hemkund Sahib is a popular holiday itinerary followed by tourists. Hemkund Sahib is a 15-km trek from Govind Ghat and nature has decorated the path with alpine flowers, rhododendron and wild roses.

Image Source: HIMALAYA TREKKERS (Instagram)

Pushpawati River

Another marvel of the nature that you get to witness at the Valley is Pushpawati river. The river rises at the base of Himalayas near East Kamet Glacier and flows Southwards, draining the Valley on its way. According to a popular legend, the Pandavas saw flowers floating down the river and named it Pushpawati.

Image Source: Santanu dey (Flickr)

Camping

Campers and trekkers visiting Valley of Flowers are always in for a treat. Spend a night camping in Ghangaria, which a 13-km trek from Valley of Flowers. Surrounded by lush green meadows and mountain peaks, Ghangaria is the perfect place to spend a night under the stars in a camp.

  Image Source: Sandip Rajguru (Instagram)

Best Time to Visit

To witness hundreds of species of flowers blooming at the same time, visit the Valley of Flowers between July and September. However, visiting the Valley during the winter season should be avoided completely. The lush green meadows and the colorful national park gets completely blanketed by snow during the winter season, hence defeating the purpose of your visit.

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Pushkar: The Holy Town of Rajasthan http://www.scrolldroll.com/pushkar-the-holy-town-of-rajasthan/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:47:54 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16592

Set on the banks of a beautiful lake, Pushkar is a small town located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. A special place of worship for Hindu and Sikh devotees, the small town of Pushkar sees a variety of tourists. From Hindu pilgrims to foreigners who come in search of peace, Pushkar hosts a large […]

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Set on the banks of a beautiful lake, Pushkar is a small town located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. A special place of worship for Hindu and Sikh devotees, the small town of Pushkar sees a variety of tourists. From Hindu pilgrims to foreigners who come in search of peace, Pushkar hosts a large variety of tourists comfortably every year.

About Pushkar

Popular as a pilgrim site for Hindu devotees, Pushkar attracts tourists from all over the globe every year. Home to several temples and ghats, Pushkar is a pilgrim site for the Hindus. Also known for its Gurudwaras dedicated to Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh, Pushkar also becomes host to many Sikh devotees every year.
Just the idea of being a pilgrim site can sketch a dull picture of a place. However, when it comes to Pushkar, things are way more vibrant and colorful than any other pilgrim site in the country. And, how so? Pushkar is a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world. Israeli, British, American and Korean tourists can be seen trotting the streets of Pushkar every year. The chants of ‘Om Shanti’ accompanied by Shiva tattoos and messy hairstyles of religious hippies is what sets Pushkar apart from all the other pilgrim sites in the country.
The holy city, where consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian dishes is strictly prohibited, is divided into Basti Basti and Choti Basti. The major religious and tourist attraction of the town is the Pushkar lake aka Sarovar. The lake is surrounded by 52 ghats, mainly on the eastern and the northern side. The main markets and temples are located at a walking distance from all the major ghats.

Location & How To Reach:

Located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, Pushkar is barely 10 km northwest of Ajmer city and around 150 km southwest of Jaipur. From Delhi, the holy city of Pushkar is about 415 km and takes around 7-8 hours to reach.

Nearest Railway Station: Pushkar Terminus railway station, Pushkar
Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport, Jaipur (152 km away)

Climate

A little less dry and arid than most parts of Rajasthan, Pushkar still experiences very hot summers. The temperature during the summer season ranges anywhere between 25 and 45 degrees. During the winter season, the mercury fluctuates between 8 and 22 degrees. The town receives rainfall in abundance during the monsoon season.

Things to See & Do In Pushkar

Taking holy dips at the ghats and offering prayers at various temples is the main attraction for tourists and devotees. Besides, you can also enjoy local delicacies, witness the magnificent sunset from ghats and take an adventurous camel ride in the town.

Pushkar Lake

While beautifying the holy town of Pushkar, the lake becomes the main attraction for every visitor. There’s a legend associated with the lake that makes it a sanctum for Hindu devotees. It is believed that Lord Brahma created the lake by combining the waters of four sacred places—Badrinath, Jagannath, Rameshwaram, and Dwarka. In total, there are 52 ghats surrounding the lake which are adorned by numerous small temples. Besides, the sunset view from these ghats is one of the most unmissable things in this town. Head for Kishangarh ghat in the evening and enjoy the serenity while watching the sunset.

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Pushkar Fair

Every year, between October and November the otherwise calm and peaceful town enters a state of hubbub. The streets are flooded with animals decorated with colorful accessories and travelers who come to witness the festival. During the week-long festival, camels, snake-charmers, magicians, monkey trainers and all sorts of entertainers became a part of the fair to entertain the tourists.

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Camel Safari

Visiting the sand dunes in the outskirts of Pushkar, which are also the venue for the famous Pushkar Mela, is a good excursion from the town. Camel safaris, which are arranged by many popular hotels in the town, give an unforgettable ride and experience to the visitors. The safari includes a camel-pulled cart which is equipped with comfortable mattresses and bolsters to give the tourists a royal experience.

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Best Time to Visit

Undoubtedly, the best time to visit Pushkar is during the fair. However, if you cannot plan a trip around the mela, the weather between November and March makes it the best time to visit Pushkar.

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Jaipur: The Vibrant City of Rajasthan http://www.scrolldroll.com/jaipur-the-vibrant-city-of-rajasthan/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:11:50 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16576

Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, lies on the edge of the Thar desert and is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. Unarguably one of the most beautiful ancient cities of India, Jaipur was built with such scrupulous planning that its architecture can give any modern-day engineering marvel a […]

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Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, lies on the edge of the Thar desert and is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. Unarguably one of the most beautiful ancient cities of India, Jaipur was built with such scrupulous planning that its architecture can give any modern-day engineering marvel a run for its money. Tourist-Friendly city is a perfect example of how heritage and modern can coexist together. While on one hand there are 18th-century architectural marvels that leave the tourists enchanted, on the other hand, the city is equipped with a plethora of shopping malls arcades and markets to give the tourists all the retail therapy they need.

About Jaipur

The history of Jaipur is as interesting as the city itself. Jaipur became the first planned city of India when its king Sawai Jai Singh II, who ruled the princely state of Jaipur from 1699-1744, built it in 1727. During the initial few years of his rule, Maharaja used Amber as his capital and fortress. However, the growth in the human population and a decrease in water supply made the king feel the need of moving his capital to Jaipur.
A looming threat to the throne from enemies compelled Jai Singh to focus more on the security aspect of his new capital city. As a result, a Brahmin scholar from Bengal, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya was roped in by the king to plan the city’s architecture of the city. The scholar put his knowledge of Shilpa Shastra (the science of Indian architecture) to use and planned the city with Jai Singh. It is believed that the foundation of Jaipur city was laid down on 18th November 1727, after which it took 4 years and a massive amount of meticulous architectural planning to make the city what it is today.

Location & How To Reach:

The cultural richness of the city attracts tourists from all over the world. Its heritage and warm hospitality make Jaipur a difficult-to-miss place from their travel itinerary. Jaipur has excellent connectivity with major cities of the country via road, rail, and air. Located at a distance of 268 km from Delhi, it barely takes 4-5 hours to get to Jaipur via NH48. From Chandigarh, it is 528 km and takes about 8-9 hours to get there.

Climate

Located on the edge of the Thar Desert in East Rajasthan, Jaipur has a significantly hot and dry climate during the major part of the year. The climate during summer and winter season varies between extremely hot and harshly cold. The summer season starts from April and lasts till end-June. During May and June, it gets unbearably hot and the mercury climbs to 47 degrees on some days. Monsoon showers, which start from mid-July and last till September, bring relief from the heat and the temperature then starts to dip. October and November are satisfactorily pleasant and December marks the beginning of winter season, which lasts till March.

Things to See & Do In Jaipur

Give credit to Sawai Jai Singh’s futuristic planning and development that has made Jaipur stand tall against the test of time and nature. The heritage buildings, which include palaces, forts, and bazaars, have been sturdy as a rock for centuries, still alluring tourists from all over the globe.

Hawa Mahal

The five-story structure which stands in the heart of the city and watches over its habitants day and night is one of the most popular monuments of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal, also known as Palace of Winds, was built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh for royal women to watch the daily activities on the streets of Jaipur. A very nominal amount is charged from the tourists who wish to see the monument closely from inside. Timings to visit the monument are between 9 am and 4.30pm.

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Bazaars

It isn’t just the heritage buildings of the city that attract tourists. The vibrant and colorful bazaars of Jaipur also work as a magnet for visitors. Bapu Bazaar, one of the most popular marketplaces of Jaipur, is a sight to behold for the tourists. From colorful traditional jewelry to hand-printed bandhani stoles and dupattas, Bapu Bazaar is an opportunity for every tourist to take a memorable piece of Rajasthan with them.


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City Palace

The magnum opus built by Sawai Jai Singh II is a perfect example of the ruler’s penchant for finesse. The breathtaking architecture of the palace gives the tourists a sneak peek into the royal lives of the king and his family. In the current day, a part of the palace is occupied by the present-day king and his family and the remaining area is open for tourists. A nominal entry fee n entry fee of Rs. 10 is charged from the tourists to take a closer look at the architectural wonder of the Rajputs.

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Nahargarh Fort

The mighty fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh II as a part of his foolproof defense mechanism against the enemies. One of the most happening spots for local youngsters now, Nahargarh gives a panoramic view of the city.
Entry fee: Rs. 5
Timings: 10am to 10pm
Vehicle entry fee: Rs. 5

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Amer Fort

One of the most popular tourist destinations of the city, the sandstone marvel is located about 11 km in the outskirts of Jaipur. The fort is located on a hilltop and has a smooth and easy slope built for the tourists. While there’s an unwrinkled slope for a comfortable drive to the fort, elephant rides are also available at the base for tourists to enjoy the breathtaking view. The palatial fort is spread across 4 floors and each floor has a courtyard. Now a famous tourist spot, this archeological wonder served as the residence for many Rajput kings and their families back in time.

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Best Time to Visit

Just like other major parts of the state, Jaipur also experiences extreme climates. Therefore, the winter season, which lasts from November to February, is undoubtedly the best time to visit Jaipur.

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Alwar: The Hidden Gem of Rajasthan http://www.scrolldroll.com/alwar-the-hidden-gem-of-rajasthan/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:02:36 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16587

About 150 km south from Delhi is the city of Alwar, which without any doubt can be called the hidden gem of Rajasthan. Most travelers have known the city for being home to Bhangarh, one of the most haunted places in the country. But, what Alwar has to offer to its tourists is way more […]

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About 150 km south from Delhi is the city of Alwar, which without any doubt can be called the hidden gem of Rajasthan. Most travelers have known the city for being home to Bhangarh, one of the most haunted places in the country. But, what Alwar has to offer to its tourists is way more than just a spooky fort.

About Alwar

Formerly known as Matsyanagar, Alwar was the capital of the princely state of Alwar during the British rule in India. Cradled in the Aravali Hills, Alwar has gained popularity over the years for being home to Sariska Tiger Reserve and the haunted Bhangarh Fort.
Surrounded by forests on all sides makes the city is a sight to behold for the tourists during the rainy season. Built in 1775, Alwar was the youngest kingdom of the Rajputana. Therefore, to make a position for their kingdom amongst all the older kingdoms, the rulers built 52 forts and countless palaces under their rule which lasted for 175 years.
Alwar is home to a rich heritage. But despite that, for most visitors, Alwar is the city which must be bypassed to reach Sariska and other popular adjoining places. It is only after one has trotted through the streets of Alwar that you get to know about its rich heritage that makes it worth a visit.

Location & How To Reach:

Located about 150 km from Delhi and Jaipur, Alwar has good connectivity via road and rail. All the major cities of Rajasthan are connected to Alwar via well-constructed roads. It just takes about 3-4 hours to reach Alwar from Delhi and Jaipur.

Nearest Railway Station: Alwar Junction railway station, Alwar
Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport, Jaipur (162 km away)

Climate

The grassy plain land makes Alwar a city with a temperate climate—the climate that lies between tropic and polar regions. Thus, Alwar has warm summers and cold winters. The city receives less than average rainfall and June is the warmest month of the year. January can be considered the coldest month with an average temperature of 14 degrees.

Things to See & Do In Alwar

Despite almost no attempts to uplift tourism of the city, Alwar has a charm that does not fade away. A 1-day trip should suffice to do all the sightseeing and visit the heritage properties of the city.

City Palace

Built in the late 18th century by Raja Bakhtawar Singh, Alwar’s City Palace has a charming architecture. However, sadly, the beautiful building now serves as an office to many government-run departments. What’s left for the visitors is the museum at the top of the building. The artifacts arranged perfectly in three sections of the museum give the tourists a closer look into the life of the royals who once ruled the city. The museum remains closed on Fridays. On all the other remaining days, the tourists can visit between 10 am and 5 pm and are charged a very nominal fee.

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Vijay Mandir Lake Palace

Built in the year 1918, the royal palace was the residence of Maharaja Jai Singh. The palace is also home to a beautiful Ram temple. However, due to several disputes, the palace now remains closed to the visitors. It is difficult to get a front view of the palace, but you can manage to get a glimpse from the shore of the lake which is right behind it.

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Shopping

The big bazaars in Alwar are one of the main tourist attractions of the city. Churi Bazaar lures tourists with its vibrant extremely cheap bangles. The famous milk cake of Alwar is recommended a must for every tourist. Shops are lined up near the Clock Tower and sell the famous sweet for Rs. 100 per kg. Workshops selling marble sculptors are located at Pier Ka Chauraha. There are about a dozen shops in the area selling sculptors made of stone mined from Pratapgarh district.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Alwar is during the winter season which lasts from October to March. The temperature during the winter months remains comfortable which makes it easier to step out for sightseeing.

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Jaisalmer: The Golden City of Rajasthan http://www.scrolldroll.com/jaisalmer-the-golden-city-of-rajasthan/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 06:48:01 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16583

Named after its founder king Jaisal Singh, Jaisalmer is a small town located in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. The town of Jaisalmer has been built to the East and the North of the famous Jaisalmer fort which crowns the city. Jaisalmer Fort, the Yellowstone marvel, sits on the top of a […]

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Named after its founder king Jaisal Singh, Jaisalmer is a small town located in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. The town of Jaisalmer has been built to the East and the North of the famous Jaisalmer fort which crowns the city. Jaisalmer Fort, the Yellowstone marvel, sits on the top of a small hill called Trikuta and is the soul of the city.

About Jaisalmer

A few miles to the west of Rajasthan-Pakistan border lies the town of Jaisalmer. It was named after the Yadav king, Jaisal Singh who founded it in 1156 AD. Jaisalmer is also called the ‘Golden City’ because of the Yellowstone which is the most common material once can find in the architecture of this city.
The largest district of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer shares its borders with Pakistan on the West and on the South-West. Adorned by several Jain temples which are inside the fort, Jaisalmer is a World Heritage Site. Many of houses of the city and the fort have been built using sandstone. This is how the city looks golden under the sunlight.
The small town of Jaisalmer can be easily covered on foot. Its culturally rich gullies give the tourist a sneak peek into the real Rajasthan. The lanes adorned with musicians, dancers, and vendors dressed in colorful and vibrant attires, leave you enchanted.

Location & How To Reach:

One of the popular tourist locations of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer has decent connectivity with the rest of the state through road and rail. Trains run regularly between Jaisalmer and Jaipur, which connects it with other nearby states such as Delhi. From the capital, Jaisalmer is at about 13 hours and takes an overnight journey to reach. The airport in Jaisalmer is not functional. Thus, making it a city poorly connected via air.

Nearest Railway Station: Jaisalmer railway station, Jaisalmer
Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Airport, Jodhpur (285 km away)

Climate

Located in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer experiences extreme climatic temperatures. There is a dramatic switch between the temperature during the daytime and during the night. In summer, while the mercury climbs up to 49 degrees during the daytime, it drops of 25 degrees at night. During the winter season, the temperature during the day is usually around 23 degrees and the nights can get older as the mercury drops to 5 degrees.

Things to See & Do In Jaisalmer

A 3-day visit to Jaisalmer should be more than enough to cover all the major tourist attractions of the city. All the forts, temples and local sightseeing can be covered in 3 days. However, if you wish to experience a night under the stars while camping in the Thar desert or a camel safari, you should add some more days to your trip.

Jaisalmer Fort

Located on top of a hill, the Jaisalmer fort is a witness of many battles fought over the years on the Rajasthani soil. It is majestic to watch the fort change its color to orangish-brown during the day and become a little golden-ish at sunset. The fort is still home to a quarter of Jaisalmer’s total population. Inside the fort, the main tourist attractions include the royal palace, the Jain temples, and the Laxminath temple.

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Jain Temples

The Jain community has adorned the city with its beautiful architecture over the years. Built in the 15th and 16th century and carved out on yellow sandstone, the seven Jain temples inside Jaisalmer fort are a visual treat for the tourists. Amongst these seven temples, Paraswanath Temple is the biggest. Beautiful carvings on yellow sandstone in these temples makes these temples a must-visit.

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Gadisar

Not far from the town is the Gadisar tank, which is the main source of water for Jaisalmer. Built by Rawal Gadsi in the 14th century with an aim of collecting rainwater, the tank is now a popular spot amongst tourists. The Indira Gandhi Canal supplies water to the tank now thus, it is never dry. Tourists come to the lake to enjoy the cool breeze and boating and to feed the catfish in the pond.

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Best Time to Visit

The winter season, which lasts from November to March, is the best time to visit Jaisalmer. The temperature stays under 24 degrees during this time and tourists can enjoy sightseeing and some additional activities in the desert, which isn’t possible during summer.

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Chittorgarh: The Land of Valor http://www.scrolldroll.com/chittorgarh-the-land-of-valor/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 06:35:27 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16579

On the banks of river Berach lies the Chittorgarh city of Rajasthan that has been an epitome of valor and courage since time immemorial. Home to the gigantic Chittorgarh Fort, the city has been named after its most striking structure. The city served as the capital for Sisodia clan of Rajputs for many years and […]

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On the banks of river Berach lies the Chittorgarh city of Rajasthan that has been an epitome of valor and courage since time immemorial. Home to the gigantic Chittorgarh Fort, the city has been named after its most striking structure. The city served as the capital for Sisodia clan of Rajputs for many years and has many legendary tales up its sleeves.

About Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh city and its mighty fort are the exemplifications of Rajput bravery, courage, and sacrifice. The magnificent Chittorgarh fort, which is spread in an area of 700 acres, watches over the city. Not only is the fort the most noticeable feature of the city, the most popular legends associated with the city are about the fort.
Built between the 5th and the 8th century by the Mauryas, Chittorgarh fort was conquered by Bappa Rawal in 734. This conquest was followed by a series of Rajput and Gujarati rulers coming and going for the next eight centuries. Also, the regular attacks by Muslim rulers on the fort cannot be forgotten. The effect of being under the rule of numerous rulers is very evident in the architecture of the fort. A mix of Hindu, Muslim and Jain construction can be found at various places in the building.

Location & How To Reach:

Located in the Mewar region of Rajasthan, Chittorgarh has good connectivity with other major cities of the state. From Jaipur, Chittorgarh is about 309 km and it takes about 5 hours to reach. From Udaipur, it is about a 100-km ride and it takes about 2 hours to reach there.

Nearest Railway Station: Chittorgarh Junction, Chittorgarh
Nearest Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur (95 km away)

Climate

A part of the desert state of India, Chittorgarh also experiences a dry and arid climate during the major part of the year. Summer, which lasts from April to June, are extremely hot. The average temperature during these months varies between 23 and 43 degrees. The winter season starts from October and lasts till February. The temperature during this season varies between 11 and 28 degrees. During the monsoon months—June to August—the city receives moderate rainfall.

Things to See & Do In Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh is all about sightseeing. A day-trip from Udaipur is enough to cover all the important locations in the city. Once in Chittorgarh, it is an easy drive to the fort. You can also hire an auto from the market which will cost anywhere between Rs. 150 and Rs. 200 for 3 hours of sightseeing. For the less bumpy ride, hire a taxi which will cost about Rs. 1200 for 3 hours.

Chittorgarh Fort

The fort has many legends associated with it. One of the most popular amongst them is of Rani Padmavati, who chose Jauhar (self-immolation) over being held captive by Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji. Rani Padmini’s palace finds a very special in the fort. Placed right in the middle of a lotus pond, the palace was built in such a way that the queen could feel cool during summers. According to widespread belief, this is the place where Alauddin Khilji saw the reflection of Padmavati in a mirror, after which he decided to invade the fort, defeat her husband Ratan Singh and win Rani Padmavati. Despite all the finesse with the architecture, there is a perpetual sadness that can be felt in the fort. Considering its gory past, some people also believe that the fort is haunted by the spirits of the women who performed self-immolation there.

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Dargah Sharif Hazrat Kazichalphir Shah

The modern side of Chittorgarh has no places that can attract tourists, except for this Dargah. The 85-year old marble structure located right in the center of the main market attracts several tourists. Its tranquility and calmness make the Dargah worth a visit.

Best Time to Visit

It is always recommended that you plan a trip to these parts of Rajasthan only when the weather is right. To make the most of your trip, during the monsoon or during the winter season. Anytime between October and February is great to plan a trip. Summer months should be avoided completely.

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Bikaner: The Sandstone Jewel of Rajasthan http://www.scrolldroll.com/bikaner-the-sandstone-jewel-of-rajasthan/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:47:53 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=16574

Bikaner, the fourth largest city of Rajasthan, is located in the northwest of the state. It is at the apex of the triangle which it forms with other two desert cities of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, and Jodhpur. Founded and built by the Rathores, Bikaner has gained popularity over the years for three things– its quality of […]

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Bikaner, the fourth largest city of Rajasthan, is located in the northwest of the state. It is at the apex of the triangle which it forms with other two desert cities of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, and Jodhpur. Founded and built by the Rathores, Bikaner has gained popularity over the years for three things– its quality of construction, arid climatic conditions, and its savories.

About Bikaner

Its hostile climatic conditions make Bikaner a relatively less popular tourist destination. However, despite all the reluctance, its architectural wonders make Bikaner a hidden sandstone gem of the state.
Earlier known as Jangladesh, the city of Bikaner was built by Rao Bika, the hostile firstborn of Maharaja of Jodhpur Rao Jodha. Being the eldest son of Jodhpur’s ruler and founder, Bika wished to have a kingdom of his own to rule. Thus, he set on a journey. It took him 30 years of wandering around Rajasthan before he found Bikaner in Jangladesh area of the state.
About a century after Bikaner was founded, the sixth ruler, Rai Singh with his exemplary political moves made the city flourish like never before. His close ties with Mughals gave him a high rank in the army in the court of Emperor Akbar and his son Jahangir. Impressed by his land military tactics, which won him half of Mewar, the Mughals presented him with lands in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. These gifts gave Rai Singh financial resources in abundance, which he used to build the Junagarh fort and many other monuments.

Location & How To Reach:

Located in the Northwest of Rajasthan, Bikaner is about 500 km and an 8-hour drive from Delhi. The city has considerably good connectivity via road, rail, and air. From Jaipur, the state capital, Bikaner is about 335 km.

Nearest Railway Station: Bikaner Junction railway station
Nearest Airport: Nal Airport, Nal (13 km away)

Climate

Located in the middle of the Thar Desert, Bikaner experiences extreme climatic conditions. While during the Summer season it can get unbearably hot and dry, the Winter season might witness a mercury drop below freezing. There’s very little rainfall and the mercury climbs up to 45 degrees during Summer season.

Things to See & Do In Bikaner

The not-so-favorable climatic conditions of Bikaner make it a destination not many travelers look forward to. However, if you like to walk the road less traveled, Bikaner’s magnificent forts, havelis, and forts will make your trip worth it. Two days are more than enough to trot the locales and visit all the heritage sites in the city.

Junagarh Fort

Originally called Chintamani, Junagarh fort is one of the major forts of the state that isn’t located on a hilltop. The fort was built under the rule of Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner. Adorned with palaces and temples, the Junagarh fort is spread in an area of 5.28 hectares. According to popular legends, the mighty fort came under the attack of enemies more than just a couple of times. However, no one was ever able to barge into the fort.

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Karni Mata Temple

Located 30 km away from Bikaner, Karni Mata or the Rat Temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of goddess Durga. While intriguing for some, there are a substantial number of devotees who flock the temple every year to offer their prayers and feed the rats of the temple.

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Gajner Lake

Once a summer holiday home of royals, Gajner Lake now is a spectacular tourist destination which is now a part of a luxury hotel. Tourists can enjoy boating at the lake in solar-powered boats. Hundreds of migratory birds of varied species flock the lake during the winter season.

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Best Time to Visit

Bikaner is a city with extreme climatic conditions. However, the months between October and March remain considerably cool and pleasant making it the best time to visit Bikaner.

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