Jodhpur & Jaisalmer: 4 things that will make you go crazy about these “winter paradise”.

by Ashvini Ghatikar

The land of Forts and Palaces, the state wherein every corner you get to explore the glory of its past and the richness of its royalty. The land of colours, the place with its age-old history in beautiful art and
culture ‘Rajasthan’, the birthplace of many brave warriors which saw the uprising and downfall of various gargantuan kingdoms.

Every street and lanes you walk through, you smell the history of opulent tradition and culture. You feel as if you have travelled back past where the kings ruled these places. You see age-old traditions still being practised, be it in their business or in their way of living. The delicacy of their food is to die for, the fineness and the aroma of spices and sweets will make you lick your fingers.

Jodhpur & Jaisalmer

1 The cold dusky dunes…

Jaisalmer
“Wanderlust and desert dust.”
Sam Sand dunes

A sharp cold breeze in the sand dunes making a whooshing sound passes by, touching your warm soul and making you feel cosy. The picturesque view of the sunset in Sam sand dunes is heart pleasing that it will make you forget all your worries and you feel peaceful and calm.

The Camel and Jeep safari in Sam dunes and the late evening folk program with the music and dance will leave you mesmerized that will make your heart dance with ecstasy. In the cold cozy weather, sitting around a bonfire with your loved ones, while watching a folk dance and enjoying your drinks … ah! Splendid isn’t it?

2 The Golden town…

Jaisalmer
All that glitters is not Gold!
City Palace

We all know that Jaipur is known as the pink city of India but, did you know that the beautiful town of Jaisalmer is called the Golden city?

Yes, when you visit this beautiful place you’ll find the architectural beauty where in the houses, hotels and of course the magnificent palaces and forts are built using the stones which are yellowish gold in color and this makes it more glowing and beautiful during the time of sunset and sunrise.

Literally, the view is so alluring that you feel as if the whole town has turned into gold. Indeed, a breathtaking sight it is.

Jaisalmer

3 The miraculous tale of 1965 and 1971 war…

Tannot
”It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”
Tannot

The Tannot village is located at some 122 km from the city of Jaisalmer. As per the oldest literature, Tannot Mata is a new clone of divine goddess Hinglaj Mata.

It is said that during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 the Pakistani army dropped over 3000 bombs targeting the temple but not even one exploded. In 1971 again when Pakistan and India went to war this area was again targeted by the Pakistani Tanks for 4 days but nothing could be destroyed.

Aftermath of War

After the war the temple management was handed over to Border Security Force of India on their request and to date the temple is maintained and manned by the BSF soldiers.

The temple has a museum which has collections of the unexploded bombs that were shot by Pakistani tanks.

This temple has protected the area that is only 10 km from the border outpost. Itis a very peaceful village with very little population. Yet, another wonderful place to visit.

The morning aarti performed wholly by BSF Jawans here, is one of the precious sight and the divine energy is so powerful which one can feel. (Well, One can’t afford to miss this opportunity to be able to attend the morning aarti).

4 The Blue city…

Jodhpur
Mehrangad Fort

Jodhpur, the blue city of India has one of the colossal forts The Mehrangarh Fort located on the top of the hill, looks like as if it is kissing the winsome blue sky. The glory of its past can be seen as we walk through. It feels like as if every stone, from which the fort has been built, got a story to tell. The scenic beauty of the city can be sighted from the top of the fort with all the hamlets down the castle colored in blue, will leave you awestruck.

While the Umaid Bhavan palace constructed in 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. The palace has around 347 rooms where the royal family of Jodhpur resides. Some part of the palace is converted into a museum.
You will also find various vintage cars owned by the royal family, kept for public display in the palace premises, which is indeed a delight for all the car lovers.

Jodhpur
Umaid Bhavan Palace

It is difficult to beat the heat and enjoy the trip in hot summers but it is truly pacifying in winters when the weather here is so romantic and comfy to experience the pleasure of life to the fullest.

While you traverse through these cities, you are definitely going to love its grandeur and royalty it has got to offer and the warmth of its people will fill your heart with the feeling of oneness. I can guarantee that you will feel like coming back here again and again.


The song of Rajasthan Tourism vis-à-vis,

Maati baandhe painjanee, Bangdi pehne baadli, Dedo dedo baavdo, Ghod-mathod baavdi…


Meaning,

The land is wearing anklets, The sky is wearing bangles, The clouds in a happy frenzy have taken different shapes, The beautiful revolving and rotund earth…

Rajasthan

Perfectly describes the place and its greatness; the land is so full of colours and joy that you are going to have one of your lifetime’s best experiences.
Since, I got to visit Rajasthan during Diwali vacation, when the cities are decked up with lights and everything around is in the festive spirit. It was out of the world experience for me, indeed a cherry on the cake.

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