Category Archives: Deserts

Gadsisar Lake- A marvelous mélange of lustrous water and picturesque sandstone architecture in Jaisalmer

Standard

Jaisalmer fort

Obtaining gleaming golden touch from its yellow sandstone architecture; the Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan is an aureate fantasy in the Thar Desert. The Sun City brings out the beauty of desert life, where sun shines the brightest, like no other. Known for its miniatures, architecture, bazaars and UNESCO’s world Heritage Site- Jaisalmer is a peaceful place in its solitude, where plains melt into banks of rising sand; trees shrink into shrubs and long thorn- cactus. The dreamy city with its sheer ruggedness always exemplifies sand and desert. But there is this shimmering oasis of water surrounded by marvelous temples and shrines called Gadsisar Lake, which is worth a visit in Jaisalmer!

Gadsisar 1

Brimming with water and mesmeric avian guests, Gadsisar Lake catches everyone’s fancy for its sheer beauty in the desert land. According to the legends, the Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Raja Jaisal built this lake, which was later revamped by his successor Maharawal Gadsi, who sensed and observed the agony and pain of his people to fetch drinking water from distant places. Hence, he got it redesigned into a rain water conservation lake in the 14th century. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days.

Towards the southern part of Jaisalmer city; the entrance to the Gadsisar Lake is the magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is called Tilon-Ki-Pol. Meticulously carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the Gadsisar Lake. One can enjoy sighting rare migratory birds that visit the Gadsisar Lake every year.

The marvelous mélange of lustrous water and the mellow yellow of the picturesque sandstone banks appear breathtaking in the desert land of Jaisalmer. A boat ride or a stroll through the ghats while watching the changing hues of ochre with the setting sun is a beautiful retreat for the tourists in Jaisalmer.

Gadsisar 2

Not to be missed, the serene Gadsisar Lake springs to vibrant colours of life during the annual Gangaur Festival when various cultural performances, food stalls and makeshift shops of nick- knack flock the area.

If you happen to be in Jaisalmer for its signature desert safari and want to break away from all the things called desert, dunes and sand, then visit the Gadsisar Lake for its breathtaking beauty in the Sun City of Jaisalmer!

Advertisements

Nagaur Cattle Fair 2017

Standard

 

The Nagaur Festival- 01-04  January 2017 is an attractive festival of cattle which is held every year in Nagaur district of Rajasthan. It is a joint venture between Dept of Animal Husbandry and Dept of Tourism, Govt of Rajasthan which is known to be the second largest cattle fair in India after the Pushkar Cattle Fair. The trading of cattle, bullocks, camels and horses etc. takes place here resulting in almost 78,000 exchanges each year.

Camelsdust

Image courtesy TheHinduBusiness

The famous and largest in India- Mirchi Bazaar is the highlight of this festival as it is believed that the best red pepper is traded during this fair.  The display of handcrafted wooden items, iron crafts, headgears, fabrics and leather accessories plus the musical performances in the night are the reasons why tourists from around the world travel to this place.

nagaur1

The sports and cultural activities to entertain the visitors and traders at Nagaur Fair have their own charm every year.  The sports ranging from tug-of-war, camel races to bullock races to cock fights offer a wonderful time spent at the fair. Nagaur fair is also famous for its jugglers, puppeteers, storytellers, etc. For further entertainment, there is the folk music of the Jodhpur echoing throughout the fair. Pack your bags for and enthralling Rajasthani experience from January 01-04, 2017 in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan 🙂 

Wildlife Safari to begin this week in Desert National Park, Jaisalmer

Standard

jaisalmer fort

The Golden City of Jaisalmer is popular for the yellow stone buildings giving it a distinctive golden glow. It is a tourist hotspot for its shimmering sand dunes, Sonar Quila (Jaisalmer fort), Tanot Mata temple and traditional Rajasthani architecture. Now the tourism department of the city brings to you an added adventure- A wildlife safari will be introduced at Jaisalmer’s famed Desert National Park this week to allow tourists to enjoy diverse wildlife that exists amid the Thar Desert besides boosting economy.

About the Park

desert-national-park-jaisalmer

The park is spread in an area of 3,000 sq km and formed of undulating sand dunes, jagged rocks, dense salt lake bottoms and inter-medial areas. Various species of animals such as black buck, chinkara, desert fox and cat, blue bull, desert gerbil, sand grouse and gecko, fringe-toed agama eagles inhabit the park.

Endangered Great Indian Bustard, one of the world’s heaviest flying birds, can also be seen in it. In winter, the park hosts an incredible variety of migratory raptors such Himalayan and Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Eastern Imperial Eagle and Saker Falcon. The safari at the park will add another feather to the Jaislamer trip’s cap.

About the Safari

Jaisalmer Deserts

A 12-km trail has been identified and tourists will be accompanied by registered guides. The vehicles used for safari were registered with the forest department and no other vehicles would be allowed inside.

jaisalmer-desert-camp-jaisalmer-desert-safari-desert-national-park-jaisalmer-desert-festival-1

If the initiative works then wildlife safari will also come in itinerary of tourist, which will extend their stay for a day. In addition to this, the move will provide livelihood to local residents as they are involved as guides and vehicles drivers.

Entry Tickets

An Indian tourist will be charged `50 as entry fee and a foreigner `300 along with `1,000 as safari vehicle fare.

 

 

Rajasthan Tourism introduces Desert Sports with Bikaner Desert Festival

Standard

1

It is so passé to say that you had to fly to Dubai to enjoy the adventurous sports of desert and a dune crossing. Rajasthan covers a vast desert and now offers to experience the best of desert adventure sports for the enthusiastic travelers.

Adventures in the Sam Dunes of Jaisalmer.Jaisalmer Deserts

It is that time of the year when desert cools down and opens up for adventurous activities, camping, camel rides, dunes fun and sports. It is definitely timely to pack your bags and head to Rajasthan’s desert as the tourism department has introduced the exciting desert sports this year!!

camel in the evening

A Desert Safari will be held in Bikaner in the month of November to delight the adventure junkies. Bikaner’s desert is in the heart of the Thar Desert which is approachable by four wheel drives. Recently during Dussehra Festival, Kota hosted an adventure festival which involved aero sports like para sailing, zorbing etc, while the upcoming Desert Festival is something to look forward to!!

Bikaner Camel Festival, Competitions and activities

So dear travelers, if winter spells adventurous outdoor activities for you, then you need not to hit overseas, just hitch a ride for one, closer home. From dune safaris, zip-lining to desert crossing,  Rajasthan has a lot to offer beyond the royal forts and palaces!

All you need to know about Pushkar Camel Fair of Rajasthan

Standard

Pushkar Camel Fair is a unique event. The fair is basically a market for animal trading but over the years it has turned into a cultural extravaganza. At Pushkar Fair, you not only get to see cattle and animal trading but witness the true colors of Rajasthan. Folk performances, markets for everything Rajasthani and delicious food add to the spectacle.

pushkar sunset

What to Expect at Pushkar Camel Fair

Expect lots of fun and amazement! As the name suggests, you will see thousands of camels at the fair area. The camels are beautifully decorated. They are brought here not only for trading but also for entertainment of the tourists. A camel ride is not to be missed. Camel decoration contests and races are held at the fair. Besides camels, you can enjoy horse-riding too.

IMG_0321-2

If you have an adventurous streak, taking a hot-air balloon ride over the bustling terrain has to be in your list. Seeing all the activities from top is amazing and you can take a chopper ride too.

IMG_3070

Musical performances by folk artists from all over Rajasthan are the major draws. Live dance and singing performances by talented performers make the time special. Besides music, you will also see acrobatics and comic performances at Pushkar Fair.

The famous longest-moustache competition manages to attract a lot of people every year. Besides witnessing the games, you can also participate in some of them like matka race, turban tying and kite flying.

shop-at-pushkar

Shopping is yet another attraction of this week-long fair. You can but Rajasthai prints and other art and crafts to take back with you. You will also see that decoration items for camels, cattle and women are sold side by side at the fair.

pushkar food

When it comes to eating, there is no food item that you can’t get here. From spicy street food to traditional food of Rajasthan, everything lures you.

Now the most important part, taking back memories! Carry a camera and keep clicking because the sights you will see here are unique to the place. It is important to enjoy the moments but the pictures will be with you whenever you want to refresh your memory.

 

The Beauty of Pushkar City

When you are at Pushkar Fair, you are not limited to enjoying just the fair but it is also a great time to see the holy Pushkar city at its best. There are very few Lord Brahma temples in the world and Pushkar has the most well-known of them all. When in Pushkar, you should visit the temple. Besides visiting the temple, taking a dip in the holy Pushkar Sarovar nearby is also part of the ritual.

pushkar-lake

To add to the experience, do not miss out on seeing the holy city glittering in the moonlight.

 

Pushkar Fair Programme Details

Pushkar Camel Fair will begin on 8th November this year and will conclude on 14th November on the occasion of Kartik Purnima.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10 am Nagada Vadan & Pooja & Flag Hoisting at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
10:30 am Mandana Competion,Camel Decoration Vyayam Pradarshan at Mela Ground
11:30 am Football Match with foreigners at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Inaugration of Shilgram Handicrafts Bazar
5:00 pm Deepdan, Rangoli, Maha Arti & Pushkar Abhishek at Pushkar Sarovar
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Advaita Live at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Odissi dance by Tejaswani Roy

 

Wednesday, 9th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:00 am Heritage walk at Pushkar Circuit
10:00 am Langri Taang with foreigners at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
10:30 am Satolia Match at Mela Ground
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 am Camel Decoration Contest at Mela Ground
12:00 pm Camel Dance Contest at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Voice of Pushkar
9:30 pm Folk Entertainment

 

Thursday, 10th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 am Kabbadi at Mela ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 am Horse Dance Contest at Mela Ground
1:00 pm Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground (Rassa Kashi, Volleyball, Kabaddi
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Prem Joshua Live at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Voice of Pushkar – To be continued

 

Friday, 11th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:00 am Yoga at Mela Ground
9:30 am Spiritual Walk from Gurudwara to Mela Ground
10:30 am  Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 am Pushkar ki Patang – Kite flying competition & contest
1:00 pm Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:30 pm Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Best of Rajasthan Live at Mela Ground

 

Saturday, 12th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 am  “Lagaan” style cricket match at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 am Moustache Competition at Mela Ground
11:30 am Turban Tying & Tilak Contest
11:30 am Kite Flying at Mela Ground
4:30 pm  Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:30 pm Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Indian dance performances by foreigners

 

Sunday, 13th November 2016

6:00 am Harmony Marathon from Ajmer Sharif to Brahma Temple
6:00 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 am Matka Race at Mela ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Horse & Camel Competition
11:30 am Musical Chair Race
1:00 pm Exhibition Kabaddi Match
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:00 pm Indian Groom & Bride Contest at Mela Ground
8:00 pm Roots of Pushkar at Mela Ground

 

Monday, 14th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 am Mega Cultural Event & Closing Ceremony
9:00 am Camel Race, Matka Race, Tug of War, Group Dance,Kala Jattha & other Local Performances
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:45 pm Maha Arti at Pushkar Sarovar
8:00 pm Fireworks at the High Level Bridge

 

How to Reach Pushkar Camel Fair

IMG_9924

Pushkar has no airport and the nearest airport is the Sanganer International Airport at Jaipur. From Jaipur you can reach Pushkar by road or by train in 2 hours.

Pushkar is well connected by train and by road from many other cities of Rajasthan so reaching here is easy.

With all this information at your hands so early, there is no way that you should miss this beautiful event!

Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

Standard
  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

Alsisar 10 copy

  1. BHANGARH

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

Bhangarh 10 copy

  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

Bundi 10 copy

  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

Deeg 10 copy

  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

Jodhpur 10 copy

  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

Mt Abu 10 copy

  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

Nawalgarh 10  copy

  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

Pushkar 10  copy

  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

Ranthambhore 10  copy

  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

Shahpura 10  copy

 

 

The Musical Extravaganza Starts Tomorrow

Standard

Are you all set to dance under the sparkling bed of stars at the Magnetic Field Festival 2015?

MFF

Magnetic Fields Festival is a magical 3 day music carnival set within one of the world’s most beautiful venue of 17th Century, Alsisar Mahal which was earlier the residence of the Thakur of Alsisar.

AM

MFF Alsisar

Magnetic Fields is not only music from dawn to dusk, it’s so much more than this with kite flying, disco in the middle of the desert, yoga and camping. Great artists of India and International are ready to make your trip unforgettable with grandeur, awesome food and crazy moments under the backdrop of the royal setting.

MFF Nights

So, pack your bags and let yourself lose in the Bedouin dens of Magnetic Fields 2015. For more details visit : http://www.alsisar.com/ and http://magneticfields.in/ or drop in @Alsisar Mahal, Alsisar,Jhunjunu, Rajasthan. Contact us – Tel.no. 01595-245 271, 01595-245 272, Fax No.01595-275260(INDIA)