It’s a beautiful quote on travel and it says that when a person wanders following his heart and desires then he becomes one with nature. The original harmony which once existed between man and the universe will again come into existence.
After exploring the rich heritage of India at two different places – Government museum and Mehrangarh fort, I arrived on the last lap of my journey. My roller coaster ride was about to end and I was going to go back to my hectic routine life. So, I decided to visit a place that will be a perfect ending for my adventurous trip.
My last but not the least destination was the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Rajasthan. Once a barren land and a wasteland, Rao Jodha Park is now lush green and occupies an area of about 70 hectares. Situated at the foot of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the park was created in 2006. Before its conception, the place had only thorny shrubs called Baavlia or Prosopis juliflora. Ecologists made up their minds and started creating a suitable habitat for native rock-loving plants and the result being the park.
There are several entries to the park, but I preferred the way leading from the Visitors Centre of the main gate of Mehrangarh. As I stepped inside, I couldn’t believe my eyes that a wasteland is now a beautiful lush green place. The crisscross paths were so intriguing that they connected me to the various parts of the park.
Another attraction that blew my mind was ‘The Gully’ which not only leads trails to explore the park, but also leads rainwater into the Dev Kund Lake. This lake is famous amongst the bird watchers as many come here only to get a glimpse of some migrating as well as local birds. I was lucky enough to sight some beautiful species of birds, butterflies and also reptiles.
The park remains open from morning 9:00 am to 5.15 pm in the evening. The entry fee for adults is Rs. 30 and for students is Rs. 10. The unique feature of this park is that you get to explore something different and unique in every season. With this, my enthralling and adventurous journey came to an end. Rich with culture and heritage, Rajasthan truly left me spellbound. I collected golden memories and precious moments that I will cherish my entire life!
Rajasthani Thali : Rajasthani Thali is very popular due to its varied items and great taste. My adventurous personality takes me to different corners of the country. I have had the privilege of gorging on the Rajasthani thali on one of my trips. The grand thali contains multiple spicy and mouth-watering dishes. If you wish to experience the greatness of the Rajasthani Thali, relish on one soon.
The state of Rajasthan is filled with insignia of the glorious past. One such emblem of regality is the Mehrangarh Fort. One of the largest forts in India, it was built by Rao Jodha in the year 1460. Mounted at a height of 120 meters from the city, it is guarded by thick walls from all sides which protect numerous palaces with sprawling courtyard. The fort is connected to the city through a winding road.
The fort has a number of gates. One such gate was built by Maharaja Man Singh who named it Jayapol to celebrate his victories in Jaipur and Bikaner. Another gate built by Maharaja Ajit Singh is known as Fattehpol which also means victory, to commemorate his victory over the Mughal armies.
As we walked passed these gates, I glanced through the humongous pile of stones that lay there. These are the witness of the victory, defeat, rise and fall of the empire. The blood wrath that used to be carried out for expansion of the territories, I thought!
Mehrangarh Fort houses one of the most exhaustive museums that exhibit royal palanquins, arms, armaments, royal costumes, paintings and decorated rooms. The museum also exhibits howdahs which are two compartment wooden seats used by the kings for traveling. These were tied up to the elephant’s back. The museum also houses the Daulat Khana, the treasures of the Mehrangarh Museum.
The armory section has some of the sword hilts made of jade, rhino horn, silver and gem studded shields. Swords of many emperors are on the display including that of Akbar and Timur. Walking past the museum was very enriching. Looking at the swords and other armories, it gives me shivers to imagine the bravery of the soldiers.
The royal families of Rajasthan have a special mention in history as they have always been on the forefront combating any encroachment into the country. They have given up their lives to save the country from enemy attach time and again. Taking a tour into the entire fort took us the entire day. As we walked out of the gates, the tales of bravery and gallantry kept echoing in our minds.
Kaylana Lake Rajasthan : Romancing with Rajasthan was the top priority in my list this spring. Amongst all that I enjoyed here, I should mention time spent at Kaylana Lake. The pleasantness here was far-fetched and it gave me a state of relaxation. It was a sunny day, nevertheless the place offered an ideal set-up for spending some leisure moments.
After getting mesmerized by the royalty and breathtaking architecture of Umaid Bhavan and Rai ka Bag Palace, I knew that I cannot explore the entire set of palaces and forts on one single day. I was enthusiastic but my body was tired. It needed some rest and break from the 3 hour long journey.
I also needed a break from my previous hotel so I started hunting for another decent hotel and I stumbled upon the Paradizzo Resort. This magnificent resort is located on Ajmer-Jaipur highway and was a 20 minute drive from my previous hotel. After stepping inside this resort, I thought I was in a dream location.
Based on the lap of Aravalli ranges, Paradizzo Resort Ajmer has the best of modern facilities. As the name goes, the resort is truly a paradise which offers the best of amenities. Upon arrival, I was welcomed with utmost respect and was served a refreshing drink. My room was very spacious and was well equipped with all necessary facilities. The staff was courteous and guided me well with a smiling face. The room was so cozy and the amenities were so thoughtfully designed that I literally felt that I was in a paradise.
After an action packed day, I was in need of serenity and so without wasting any time I took a dip in the swimming pool. The lagoon shaped pool was not only marvelous, but also very clean and well maintained. An hour in the swimming pool washed away the fatigue that was tingling in my body. After a nice dip, I relished some amazing cuisine in the resort. The best part was the paan that was served in the end. Its taste is still lingering on my tongue. Another addition to awesomeness was that I could access Wi-Fi and so I was very well connected on apps installed on my gadgets.
I also took a nice stroll after dinner in the garden. It was not only a soothing experience, but I was happy to the core of my heart for choosing this resort. I made up my mind that next morning I am definitely going to explore each and every corner of this paradise.
Mandore Garden Temple Rajasthan : When I landed at Rajasthan, I felt like leaving my world behind and landed on a fantasy. I, especially loved spending time at the Mandore Garden Temple. Looked like a bygone setting in a natural environment. The turquoise waters of the pool surrounded with greenish meadows made me wonder if Rajasthan really is a dessert region!
Finally, my body and soul were at peace in the beautiful surroundings of Paradise Resort. The next morning in the resort was so beautiful and tranquil that I will always treasure these precious moment. The early morning walk in the garden of the resort was very refreshing and eye pleasing.
So, after a refreshing kick start, I started planning my next lap of journey. Being an avid fan of historical places, Jodhpur was always on my mind.
I did not think for a second and planned a Jodhpur trip yet again. I booked a cab and literally fled to Jodhpur and reached the Government Museum, Jodhpur. This museum also goes by the name of the Sardar Government Museum as it is derived after Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur. The museum is considered to be the most famous museums in Rajasthan. As I have a special interest in historical places, this museum turned out to be the best reason to travel to Jodhpur.
I was left spellbound after I explored the exhibits like weaponry, miniature paintings, inscriptions, terracotta, metallic items, arms, coins and art & craft. The more I explored the more I was awestruck. The museum also boasts about 4000 miscellaneous objects in various sections like – historical, armory, art & craft and Archaeology. The museum also holds a military section which exhibits amazing collection of battleship and aircrafts.
I was equally mesmerized by the painting of the rulers and also Jain Tirthankars. Every stroke in the painting enthralled me to the core. As this museum lies in the premises of Umaid Gardens, it also boasts of a public library and a zoo. The museum is flooded with children and off course it will be because it is the best way to get a peek in the history of our country. The museum opens at 10:00 am in the morning and serves till 5:00 pm in the evening. The entry fee for an Indian is Rs. 5 and for foreigner is Rs. 50. Just like the kids, I also felt the same excitement and zeal while peeping in the rich heritage of my country!