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Experience Real Rajasthan At Narlai

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If you are planning for a weekend getaway or a trip to royal Rajasthan – Narlai is the right place of which you might not be aware of.
Narlai is a small village surrounded by the oldest Aravalli range in Pali district, Rajasthan. It lies in between Udaipur and Jodhpur. Narlai is a perfect holiday destination to enjoy and experience a Rajasthani village life with the best equestrian Marwari horses and its splendid folk tales. This 17th century village gives a perception of the rural Rajasthan and the visit to this small hamlet would surely leave you spellbound.

Although Narlai is a small village, there are many places one could visit. Narlai is well known for its old temples, step wells and marble archways. The most famous of all Jain temples is Adinath Jain Temple which is situated at the main entrance of the village.  There are other Jain temples which have historical importance and are also known for their archaeological structures and ancient scripts. A 15 day festival on Holi every year is a significant feature at the Ai Mata Ka Mandir, which is a popular temple among the Hindus.

Narlai has other significant places like Ghoradara Dam, which is situated at a distance of approximately 3 km. As Narlai lies between Jodhpur and Udaipur, the district of Pali has a small town of Ranakpur, which has the Surya Narayan Temple as its main tourist attraction.IMG_1647 copy

So if you are ready to experience the real rural Rajasthan and want to bask in its beauty, Narlai is the right place to taste the true flavor of Rajasthan and relish its hospitality.

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Trip to Incredible Rajasthan, the Best Weekend Getaway Option

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The month February is ending on a good note. How? Didn’t you take a note of long weekend ? On Thursday 27th Feb, the Mahashivratri is falling, followed by a weekend on 1st and 2nd March. We know you can manage a leave on 28th February. Hereby comes four consecutive days of no work and complete fun in your kitty. 

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Weekends are precious and you deserve to make the most of them. Aren’t you? Since a long weekend is on the cards, don’t let it fizzle out. Make this upcoming weekend awesome by heading for a short and sweet trip. Now the question is where to go. You may plan your journey to India’s most visited tourist destination, none other than culturally rich and vibrant Rajasthan. Weather is also in favor.

Start your journey from the lake city Udaipur. Located at the base of Aravalli Hills, the city is full of royal surprises. Boat ride on the Lake Pichola and admiring the pleasing view of sunrise while sipping a hot cup of tea from the city’s multitude rooftop café are strictly NOT TO MISS. We also recommend a quick jaunt to its colorful bazaars.

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Serene Lake Pichola of Udaipur

Next day, after breakfast proceed for you next destination i.e. Kumbalgarh. Located at 101 kms, it is easily accessible via road within less than 2 hrs from Udaipur. The Kumbalgarh Fort, the birth place of the legendary warrior Rana Pratap is the main attraction of the place. The 36 km long Wall of the fort that claims to be the 2nd longest wall after the Great Wall of China will mesmerize you. Other attractions include- Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Vedi temple, Haldi Ghati and the Badal Mahal.

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Wall of Kumbalgarh Fort

If you enjoy architecture and heritage, you would love visiting Ranakpur. Distanced 50 kms from Kumbhalgarh, this pilgrimage town is famous for its beautiful sculptured Jain temples. The nearby ‘Sun Temple’ dedicated to the Sun God is another worth visiting site in the town.

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Ranakpur Jain temple

Last destination of the journey would be picturesque Mount Abu. The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mt. Abu is home to several tourist attractions from natural beauty to architectural and historical places. Intricately carved with superb marble artwork, Dilwara temples of Mount Abu have their own uniqueness to speak of.

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Dilwara Jain Temple

In Mt. Abu, you would enjoy sitting by the banks of its beautiful Nakki Lake and taking boat rides on it. Sit atop of toad looking like rock for a while and enjoy splendorous view of the enchanting Nakki lake and the city. Go for a romantic walk up to Honeymoon Point and enjoy amazing view of stunning sunset. If you’re an adventure lover, exploring Mount Abu on bike would be a superb idea.

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   Nakki Lake of Mount Abu (Image via Google)

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Toad Rock, Mount Abu (Image via Google)

With this, fabulous journey ends and so the weekend. Hope you have great time. Happy long weekend !

Mt. Abu Rajasthan- Take a break from the smoldering summer blaze!

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The infamous Indian summer is turning up the heat, making it the perfect time of year to head to the hills!

Mount Abu is a beautiful hill station in Rajasthan. The tourists and the native’s alike head here to take a break from the smoldering summer blaze.

Mt. Abu

Mount Abu is probably one of the few places in the state of Rajasthan that endowed with lush foliage and a variety of flora and fauna. Besides being a summer getaway, Mount Abu is also a sacred pilgrimage spot. Revered sacred by the Hindus and the Jains, Mount Abu is associated with a number of shrines and the religious legends attached to this city.

The mystifying and beautiful city is known by many names such as “Hill Of Wisdom”,Saint’s Pinnacle” and “Olympus Of Rajasthan“.

Mt Abu

Places worth visiting in Mount Abu are:

  • Dilwara Jain Temples
  • Nakki Lake
  • Toad Roak
  • Gau Mukh temple
  • Sunset Point
  • Honeymoon Point
  • Government Museum And Art Gallery
  • Om Shanti Bhawan Or Universal Peace Hall
  • Adhar Devi Or Arbuda Devi Temple
  • Mount Abu Sanctuary

Though the place can be visited at any given time of the year but Summer or Winter Festival of Mount Abu has its own fascination.

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Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, hosts the annual Summer Festival that lasts for 3 days, commencing from the day of Buddha Poornima. This year it will be held between 23-25th May, 2013

Traditions 

The festival begins with a ceremonial procession, which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and gather at the Nakki Lake Chowk followed by folk performances of Rajasthan & Gujrat states. The grand finale of the Festival a display of dazzling fire works all three days. This three day colourful festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism, Municipal Board, Mt.Abu & District Administration.

The second and third day of the festival is more interesting because of various competitions that take place the whole day. Skating Race, skater’s Show, CRPF Band Show, Boat Race, Horse Race, Tug of War, Panihari Matka Race and Deepdan add to the excitements of the celebration.

How to Reach:

 Udaipur (185km) is the nearest airport while Mount Abu railway station is about 28 km from the city. Regular trains connect Mount Abu with cities such as Ahmadabad and Jaipur. Taxis, jeeps and excellent bus services connect the mountainous town with the rest of the state and cities in Gujarat.

The gorgeous setting of Mt. Abu with its rocky hills and placid lakes forms an apt venue for this exuberant show. In addition to the various performances, tourists can enjoy the natural beauty of this hill station with its pleasant climate.