Favorite Hill Station in India – Mount Abu

Mount Abu, a tiny hill station in Rajasthan, and also is one of the sensational hill stations of India. This beautiful town is the only hill place in the state, and is situated in the lap of the Aravali mountain range. It is spread over an area of 22-26 km and located an altitude of approx 1215 meters above the sea levels. Mount Abu is filled with outstanding lakes, sunset & sunrise points, waterfalls, temples, rivers and dense forests. For these amazing attractions, it is popular among tourists.

mount abu Often, large numbers of tourists or visitors come here from Gujarat, Delhi, and nearby parts of Rajasthan to get relief from summer heat, and enjoying the pleasant weather and cool climate of the place. It is mainly renowned for internationally acclaimed Dilwara Temples, which are a group of Jain temples made from white marble. These temples were built during 11th and 13th century AD. Another popular attraction here is Achalgargh fort that is an old fort, and built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar in the 14th century, is a must visit spot here. Other exquisite and top-notch tourist’s attractions here are Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Nakki Lake, Gaumukh Temple, Guru Shikhar (highest peak on the Mount Abu), Trevors Tank, Adhar Devi Temple, etc; don’t forget to explore these places during your Mount Abu Tour.

In transportation area, Maharana Pratap Udaipur Airport, Dabok (Udaipur) is the closest airport to this hill station. While, the nearest railway station is Abu Road, just 30 km away from Mount Abu. It is also well connected to all major places by bus, and regular buses travel to this beautiful hill station of Rajasthan from Jaipur, Udaipur and Ahmedabad. Unmetered taxis are the main transportation within the town. There are several affordable resorts and hotels to suit every pocket can be obtained in Mount Abu.

Best time to visit – people love to visit here in summer.

 

Enjoy Camel Safari in Rajasthan

Camel the “Ship of the desert is known as the lifeline for the desert people in Rajasthan. They are also the major mode of transportation in deserts like The Thar of the state, while riding on a camel is one of the most staggering activities for tourists and travelers. Exploring and discovering the desert on sitting back of a camel is truly an amazing experience, will leave you dumb with striking landscapes around once you entered inside it.

rajasthan-desert-safari-tourEnjoying several vibrant destinations and locations of the state through a camel safari is an ultimate experience. The camel safari travel includes some of the popular places like small rural villages (Hansua Village, Bhoo Village), temples, colossal fort, etc. In the rural villages, you can meet regional people, and will come to know more about their culture, living styles, local food and many more other things. Sleeping under the glimmering stars is another marvelous experience during camel safari.

The camel tour of Rajasthan starts from Jaisalmer, which Situated in the middle of the vast Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is well connected by Road, train and air to other major cities of India. Other major safari destinations in the state are Jodhpur, Bikaner, Khimsar and Osian, which are well connected by road transport to Jaipur.

Some Important Camel Safari Tips: We know that the climate of Rajasthan is quite hot, so few things that one should keep in mind before starting the camel safari tour:

  • Booked a camel safari tour in the Thar with prior reservations
  • It is a good idea to check them before going for your desert safari trip.
  • Carry plenty of portable water bottles to avoid dehydration, goggles, sunscreen and a first-aid kit.
  • Wear shoes and cotton clothes, loose fitting specially.
  • Wear Head cap or turban for head protection.

Mukundra Hills Sanctuary – Rajasthan’s Third & Newest Tiger Reserve

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Mukundra Hills Sanctuary – Rajasthan’s Third & Newest Tiger Reserve

One of the leisure pursuits of the super rich Maharajas and the British Officials in India was the Tiger Hunting. It meant to be the Manly sport, though driven by elephants and hordes of the villagers, the Maharajas got trophies to adorn their Palatial Mansions which we call the Palaces.

 Tiger in Rajasthan - Mukundra Hill Sanctury

The Tiger hunting was an elaborate affair with huge retinue collected days before the tiger hunt. At times the entire household would participate and thus arrangements were made to transport the entire seraglio to the hunting grounds. These Hunting grounds are today’s Tiger Reserves, Sanctuaries and National Parks.

10th May, 2013; the Government of Rajasthan notified one such erstwhile Hunting Grounds of Tigers, Mukundra Hills. This has become the third tiger reserve in the state of Rajasthan.

Aproximatley 759 sq Km spread over four of the 31 districts would namely Kota, Bundi, Jhalawar and Chittorgarh now forms the Reserve Area. Of which 417 sq km have been is the  core habitat area of The Tiger and  342.82 sq km is the buffer zone. The existing tiger reserves of Ranthambore and Sariska have a core area nearly thrice the size of Mukundra Tiger Reserve.

With the density of Tiger population increasing in Ranthambhore National Park led to territorial fights in the recent past. The creation of this reserve would thus ease off the situation as with the relocation of the Tigers from Ranthambhore National Park. It would take another year for the relocation to happen.

The core area of the Mukundra reserve currently has six villages, two of which are uninhabited. Eventually all these villages will have to be relocated funded by the NTCA. The sanctuary currently has wolves, sloth bear, chinkaras and leopards.

The Mukundra hill sanctuary already declared as the satellite core area of Ranthambore reserve by the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority). It was natural and logical step by the conservation body to link the area as Tigers often strayed into Mukundra area to breed.

The proposed Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve constitutes three wildlife sanctuaries including Darrah, Jawahar Sagar and Chambal. This hilly sanctuary with thick forests is worth a visit. The animals here include Wolf, Sloth Bear, Chinkara and Leopard. This sanctuary is stretched in the area of 250 sq Km, around 50 Km from Kota.

It is to be noted that the approval was accorded by the National Tiger Conservation Authority for creation of five tiger reserves in India, which namely are:

  1. Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh)
  2. Ratapani (Madhya Pradesh)
  3. Sunabeda (Odisha)
  4. Mukundara Hills (Rajasthan)
  5. Satyamangalam (Tamil Nadu)

As the frequent traveler to Rajasthan Wild Life Circuits or any National Park knows the National Parks are open to the public from the 1st of October till 30th of June every year. IN the monsoon especially the core areas are closed as it is the breeding time too for these magnificent beasts.

The best time is the winter seasons but the months of April to June increase the sighting chances with loss of foliage cover in the Parks for this King of the Jungle.

Bundi, Rajasthan, India to Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India – Google Maps

Gangaur and Mewar Festivals of Rajasthan

Two most popular and important colorful festivals of Rajasthan are Mewar Festival and Gangaur Festival, which are celebrated in the month of March / April. In 2013, Mewar festival of Rajasthan is going to celebrate on 13th April to 15th April for three days in Udaipur. However, Gangaur festival will be celebrated on Ail 13-14 for two days in throughout Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Nathdwara Jaisalmer and Bikaner,

Gangaur-festivalGangaur Festival: It celebrated all over Rajasthan in honoring the goddess Gauri (A manifestation of Parvati), who represents purity and austerity. The word Gangaur is made up of two words, ‘Gan’ and ‘Gaur’, where ‘Gan’ means Lord Shiva and ‘Gaur’ which stands for Gauri (Parvati). This festival is also celebrated in different cities with the Mewar festival. Predominantly, the festival is for women, particularly unmarried girl, who dress up in their finest costumes, and pray for a good spouse of their choice, while the married women pray for the long life and welfare of their husbands. A colorful procession of decorated images of the goddess Gauri is organized during the festival, and idols of Gauri are circulated all over cities with huge fanfare. These idols are immersed in a lake on the last day of the festival.

Mewar Festival: This festival is celebrated at the beautiful Lake Pichhola of Udaipur with full zest and devotion. The idols of Isar and Gangaur are circulated in a procession through every part of the city. During this festival, women of Rajasthan dress up in their finest multicolored clothes and participate in colorful procession carrying images of Goddess Gauri. Rajasthani folk songs, firework, music and dances are other highlights of the festivals. Sweets are also prepared and offered to Goddess Parvati. Ghewar is the most popular sweet and made throughout the city. Gifts and boxes of Ghewar are also exchanges among relatives and friends during the festival. During the festival, various hotels, especially heritage hotels of rajasthan provide best accommodation with delicious foods.

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2013 Kaila Devi Fair Karauli,Rajasthan

Rajasthan, known for its multicolored fair and festivals, and the fair of Kaila Devi is one such colorful festival of the state.  This religious fair usually falls between the months of March to April. However, in this year, it is going to be held at the Kaila village in Karauli District, Rajasthan on April 7th.  Kaila village, a holy place is located on the banks of the Kalisil River. The temple of Kaila Devi is dedicated to Kaila Devi, and it is believed that she is an incarnation of the Goddess Mahalaksmi and Chamunda and the goddess of wealth.

 kaila-devi-fair-2013Every Year, more than 2 lack pilgrims (not only from the home state but also from another state as like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, etc.,) flocks to Kaila village during this fair. The ritual of Kanak-Dandotis is followed by devotee’s especially staunch devotees. They cover approx 15-20 kilometers distance to reach the Kailadevi temple. The most difficult side about this 15 to 20 km distance is that the distance is not covered on food, but by lying on the ground. During covering this distance, they draw lines by joining their hands in the direction of the temple.

The Kaila Devi fair is celebrated with full enjoy that people expect from a Rajasthani festival. Devotees offer coconut, vermilion, sweets, bangles and Kajal to Kaila Devi, and animals are also sacrificed outside the temple to appease Kaila Devi. Most of the devotees enjoy the journey without eating and resting, while some eat food and take rest during the journey. You can also explore few other famous places like Bhairon Temple, City Palace and Bhanwar Niwas Palace. Kaila Village which is just 2 km away from Kaila Devi Temple can be a good place to know more about the rustic life of Rajasthan.