Explore The Artistic Look Of Rai Ka Bag Palace Jodhpur!

What an amazing kick start to my day! After exploring and getting mesmerised by the beauty of Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, my heart started craving for more. I was so taken aback with the beauty of the architecture in Jodhpur that I wanted to explore more and thus I decided to visit another beauty.

Main Gate of Rai Ka Bag Palace Jodhpur

Main Gate of Rai Ka Bag Palace Jodhpur | Image Resource : panoramio.com

I quickly got hold of my gadget, surfed on the internet for some amazing places in the vicinity of Umaid Bhawan and circled upon Rai Ka Bag Palace. As this place is located just 5.5.kms from Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, it just took 15 minutes for me to reach there. On my way, I did a little research about the history of this place. This palace was basically built in 1663 by Queen Hadiji and is located near the railway station which goes by the same name.

Rai Ka Bag Palace Jodhpur

Rai Ka Bag Palace Jodhpur | jodhpuronline.in

This place was a favourite of King Jaswant Singh II and so he preferred to spend most of his time here at Rai Ka Bag Palace, Jodhpur. While exploring, I got an important piece of information that the renowned Hindu religious leader and founder of the Arya Samaj – Swami Dayanand Saraswati too had paid visits to Jodhpur in the late 19th century. He hasn’t only visited, but also gave sermons in the palace grounds. King Jaswant Singh too was supposed to be very much taken up by the preaching of Swami Dayanand.

However, at the present time, the palace now houses the income tax office of Jodhpur. I must admit Jodhpur boasts of palaces that have great architecture and the Rai Ka Bag Palace was no exception. The octagonal shape of the palace with an artistic look really blew my mind.

Rai Ka Bag Palace

Rai Ka Bag Palace | Image Resource : mustseeindia.com

My camera just couldn’t stop clicking while admiring the spectacular architecture. I went around the entire palace and was really awestruck by the art work on the walls. Being a government office, the place is crowded, but do not think of missing a great architecture.

The entry here is paid, but yet it is worth watching. My day ended in the lap of beautiful architecture and I felt happy to have visited here.

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Image of the Week : Jaswant Thada Rajasthan

Jaswant Thada Rajasthan

Jaswant Thada Rajasthan | Image Resource : skyscrapercity.com

Description : The heritage glory of Rajasthan always entwined me. That is why this year I planned for a very long vacation to this city. I didn’t want to miss even one place and I still remember the time spent at Jaswant Thada. This 19th century royal cenotaph attracted and captivated me with its marvelous architecture intricate with sheets of marble.

Magnificence Echoes In Every Corner Of Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum Jodhpur!

I was desperately waiting for the sun to rise because I was all set to explore the multi-faceted grandeur of Jodhpur. My morning was early because I was keen and excited to explore the architectural beauty of Jodhpur. My first stop in Jodhpur was the Umaid Bhawan Palace museum.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum Jodhpur | Image Resource : babitatours.com

From Ajmer, Jodhpur is almost 214 kms and so I decided to choose the roadway. So, one day prior I quickly booked a cab using my mobile. I started early in the morning and was amazed by the beautiful and well maintained roads of Jodhpur. As soon as started heading towards Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Jodhpur, my heart starting beating faster as I was going to unravel the Indian royalty.

Inside Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

Inside Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum | Image Resource : anukrishna.wordpress.com

The timings of this marvelous place are from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and the best part is it remains open the entire week. The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 30 per person, for foreign tourists is Rs. 100 and Rs. 10 for children who are between the age group of 5 to 11 years. As I started early, I reached on time at the museum. The art museum recollects the story of Maharaja Umaid Singh, who was so fond of Western architecture that he appointed a well known architect to create this spectacular place.

As I entered, I was left awestruck when I saw the elite collection of items that belonged to the Maharaja and his family. The most fascinating items that I came across were the weapons, stuffed leopards, rare antiques, artifacts and various trophies. It doesn’t end here, as there was a wide collection of crockery, cutlery, photographs which enthralled me to the core.

Remarkable Collection of Clock at Umaid Bhawan

Remarkable Collection of Clock at Umaid Bhawan | Image Resource : ixigo.com

There was also a huge banner that was presented by Queen Victoria which just grabbed everyone’s attention. I also witnessed some remarkable collection of clocks and how could I forget the vintage collection of cars! They were the icing on the cake. I felt like driving one of them!

Inside View of Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

Inside View of Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum | Image Resource : pinterest.com

There was also a small souvenir shop which helped me choose some of the best gifts for my friends and family. Bewildered and mesmerized my footsteps were clinging to the ground and not ready to turn back from this finest piece of architecture.

Image of the Week : Apnayt Villa – A Luxury Homestay Jodhpur

Apnayt Villa - A Luxury Homestay Jodhpur

Apnayt Villa – A Luxury Homestay Jodhpur | Image Resource : cleartrip.com

Apnayt Villa – A Luxury Homestay Jodhpur : I had never been to such a sublime place. Jodhpur surely had a sublime soul and the Apnayt Villa where we stayed was artfully designed in a traditional Rajasthani style. The prestigious hotel served us with extra-ordinary services. I especially loved tasting their Rajasthani cuisine. The taste still lingers in my mouth.

A Visit To Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra Mosque, Ajmer Is To Cherish Forever!

After a beautiful outing in the picturesque walls of Akbar Palace, I definitely had enough time to explore some more places. So I decided to explore the outskirts of Ajmer and circled upon my next destination – Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra Mosque Ajmer. Located in the outskirts I quickly took an auto to get there and he smartly dropped me to the right place.

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra in Ajmer

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra in Ajmer | Image Resource : ixigo.com

Once I reached my destination, I was overwhelmed to see an amazing example of Indo- Islamic architecture. Having very little information, I used my gadget and quickly researched few things about this place. The mosque was designed by Abu Bakr of Herat, and it is believed to have been built in two and a half days and hence has derived the name Adhai-din. There is one more story that I heard which states that the name comes from a two and a half day fair that is held every year. This mosque is located in the outskirts of Ajmer and in vicinity of Dargah of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti.

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra Mosque

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra Mosque | Image Resource : tybarchhistory.weebly.com

As the legends goes, which dates back in the 12th century, this monument was once a flourishing Sanskrit college, which imparted best knowledge. However, Mohammad Ghori, a Muslim king destroyed it to construct a mosque. As the construction was done hurriedly, the remains of the nearby temples were utilised to build this monument.

Many believe that almost 30 pillars have been used from other temples. The carved pillars, with ruined minarets make this place one of the best work of art I have ever come across. The place definitely needs restoration, but its architecture is a remarkable one, especially the domes, pillars, the arched screen and also the yellow limestone on the main front wall of the entrance.

Ancient Mosque Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra

Stone Carving in Ancient Mosque Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra | Image Resource : ixigo.com

The intriguing rectangular panels which are beautifully and artistically carved give a feel of Persian mosques. It is a real treat for architecture buffs. Though the place looks incomplete, but still it gives an aura of elegance. Unlike other tourist attractions, this place does not charge any type of entry fee. I was so satisfied because my day ended after exploring the rich heritage of our country.

Embrace The Rich Heritage At Akbar Palace Ajmer!

After visiting the legendary Ajmer Jain temple I was ready to take my next leap. I was all set to embrace the elegance and rich history of Ajmer and so I slipped myself in the soothing ambience of my hotel. I was done for the day and started planning my next day.

Akbar Palace Ajmer

Akbar Place Ajmer | Image Resource : ixigo.com

Being a lover of historical places, I was very excited for the next destination and it was none other than Akbar Palace. Ajmer has many forts and palaces but this palace is one of the most fascinating ones. I woke up with the planning going on in my head.

As I was getting ready to move out my hotel, my excitement level had reached new heights. Akbar Palace Ajmer is the blend of brilliant artwork and skill. This beautiful palace was built in 1570 AD by the great emperor Akbar. It was built to serve Akbar during his visits to Ajmer.

Akbar Palace

Akbar Palace | Image Resource : ixigo.com

This palace holds a special place in history, as it conducted the legendary meeting of Emperor Jehangir and Sir Thomas Roe of British East India Company. In 1908, a portion of this palace was converted into a museum that boasts of excellent armor and weapons. The palace also boasts of a beautiful black marble idol of Goddess Kali.

Beautiful sculptures at Akbar Palace Ajmer

Beautiful sculptures at Akbar Palace Ajmer | Image Resource : flickr.com

The art in this palace is itself a masterpiece with beautiful rooms decorated in the best way. The palace also has some amazing collection of stone sculptures along with beautiful and eye pleasing miniature paintings. My day was made when I got a chance to explore some unique relics which were prehistoric. Most of the sculptures that are kept here for display are quite old and dates way back in the ancient Gupta dynasty. The palace remains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days of week except Monday. For Indian tourists the entry fee is Rs. 10 whereas for foreign tourists it is Rs. 50.

Decorated rooms of Akbar Palace

Decorated rooms of Akbar Palace | Image Resource : zipmytravel.com

Having a wonderful start to my journey, by spending days in the lap of history, I was now excited for my next destinations. I was just craving for more!

Image of the Week : Prithviraj Smarak Monument Ajmer

Prithviraj Smarak Monument Ajmer

Prithviraj Smarak Monument Ajmer | Image Resource : ajmertaxiservices9.blogspot.com

Description : It was completely a glorious vacation overall. Not only the palaces at Ajmer had a way of attracting people, but even small monuments like Prithviraj Smarak was well-built and maintained. There was a park surrounding the monument and I saw some people relaxing. I took some nice snaps of the city from this place.

Enjoy The Golden Encounters At Ajmer Jain Temple!

Located in the midst of Rajasthan, Ajmer has to be arid but it’s enriching past is what makes it more intriguing. There is a lot of hustling and bustling of both Hindu as well as Muslim pilgrims to offer their prayers to the deity.

Soniji Ki Nasiyan

Soniji Ki Nasiyan | Image Resource : herenow4u.net

So, after a 22 hour long journey, I finally arrived in Ajmer in the night at around 8:20 pm. I was tired, but yet enthusiastic to start the journey of exploration the next day. My itinerary was fixed and my destination was also finalized, so I had to just find a good hotel to rest. I got various options like Haveli Heritage Inn, Deluxe Golden Hotel, Bhola Hotel, Hotel Ajmer Inn, Hotel RK, etc. However, I finalized upon Hotel RK as is boasts simple decor with a soothing ambience.

Ajmer Jain Temple

Ajmer Jain Temple | Image Resource : herenow4u.net

Next day, I was up early and the plan was to visit the famous Ajmer Jain Temple which was close to my hotel. Rich in architecture, this double storey Jain temple is also fondly called as Soniji Ki Nasiyan. As the entrance gate is made up of red sandstone, it is also known as ‘Red Temple’.

Built in the late nineteenth century, the main chamber has several gold-plated wooden figures that depict several important figures of the Jain religion. As it is gold, it is also known as the Swarna Nagari or ‘City of Gold’. Not only this, but this hall is painted in multi-color and the walls and ceilings are covered with glass. The temple is open for all between 8.30 am to 5.30 pm with a small entry fee of Rs. 10.

Jain Temple Ajmer

Jain Temple Ajmer | Image Resource : wikimapia.org

Once you enter the temple you get a chance to view the beautiful 82 feet high Manastambha. The central image is of Lord Rishabhdev who imparts true knowledge of life and humanity. It’s an icing on the cake for people who love art and architecture as the hall is also decorated with gold, silver and precious stones. To get in-depth knowledge, I also picked up a booklet which explained the entire place and cost just Rs. 15. Being a lover of historical places, this was one of the best places I visited!

Image of the Week : Ana Sagar Lake Ajmer

Ana Sagar Lake Ajmer

Ana Sagar Lake Ajmer | Image Resource : rajasthantourismajmer.blogspot.in

Ana Sagar Lake Ajmer : It was a breathtaking view at the Ana Sagar Lake. I am always crazy after cultural and heritage places. I never imagined there would be such a beautiful lake amidst the scrubby dessert. But, here I was spending a whole evening relaxing under the crimson dawn. One of the best evenings of my trip.

My Train Travel From Patna To Ajmer To Unravel The Rich History!

Being an avid lover of travelling, I was very much excited to explore my journey from Patna to Ajmer. I have travelled a lot in the past, but that was for professional reasons, but this was a leisurely trip which made it more exhilarating.

Apart from being the 5th largest city in Rajasthan and wrapped by Aravalli ranges, Ajmer is visited by various people across the globe. Ajmer derived its name from ‘Ajay Meru’ which means invincible hill and the main attraction is the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Another tourist attraction in the midst of Ajmer district is Pushkar which boasts of the famous temple of Hindu creator Lord Brahma – very few existing temples that is dedicated to him. With so many specialties in one district, who would want to miss this journey!

Ananya Express

Ananya Express | Image Resource : youtube.com

Well, I opted for a rail journey to Ajmer because I thought it was the best way to cherish the adventurous journey at every step. I had several options to choose from Patna Ajmer Trains like Ziyarat Express, Garib Nawaj Express but I finalized upon Ananya Express which operates only on Thursday. So, my journey kick started from Patna junction and I boarded the train in the night at 9:50 pm and was expected to reach the next day in the evening at 8:20 pm – almost 22 hours journey.

It was a long journey, but the comfort in the train was simply awesome. I got a golden opportunity to have brief encounters at stations – Mughal Sarai, Allahabad, Kanpur, Agra Fort, Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur. I also got a chance to munch on some delicious food items that were available at the railway stations.

The best part of travelling by train is that you wake up with the tempting aroma of snacks or with the sound of the tea vendors. Gone are the days, when trains were boring with fewer amenities because I could literally charge my mobile phone at the plug point that was right near my seat. I really got a chance to discover the diversity of our rich country. I patted my own back for choosing railways or else I would have missed all the fun!