Rajasthan- wandering in the desert state…

At 6:00 am, the Jaipur Express, chugged into Durgapura station, a small- two platform station just before Jaipur. I got down on the platform no. 2 where a friend of mine came to receive and we headed to his home. Touring a place is a lot more fun and easier if you have some one known there. I could have the luxury to just intuitively wander and not worry about what, where and how to see the places around. I went with a blank canvas and in just two days as things fell in to place very timely, it got painted with vibrant & everlasting memories in hue of a pink tint.

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One of the four gates leading into the city of Jaipur

I had roughly around 48 hours in Rajasthan so the travel was streamlined. The itinerary included visit to the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Albert Museum on Day-1 and  Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake, Ajmer Sharif on Day-2. The Ajmer Sharif dargha was the main highlight of the trip. All these places hold a lot of cultural & historic significance and are picturesque as well.

Ajmer

Ajmer Sharif is the tomb of the sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. People from across the world, irrespective of any religion, culture, faith or geographic boundaries, flock here to ask for the sufi saint’s blessings and wish for their mannat. Ones you are inside the premise of the dargah you would see a lot of- people offering namazoffering cloth & flowers to be placed on the tomb, tying knots of a red thread as a mark of their respective mannats and the khwajas blessing the seekers. It has mystical vibe all over the place.

There is a Delhi gate, were we reached at 4 p.m. and walked along with a host of other seekers towards the dargha to meet the khawaja. All along the way, the street was crowded with people walking in unison; both to and from the dargha and innumerable shops parallelly on both sides of the congested road. The khwaja- Sahibzada Syed Solat Hussain Chishty (contact number- +91-9982785110) guided us in and around the dargah, told us about certain historic facts, took us to buy the material to be offered to the tomb, blessed and conducted the actual offering on the shrine.

If you plan to visit this place, heres a bit of caution that you should keep in mind. If you happen to discuss with any local people that you are planning to visit the dargah, you’d be warned of several practical problems that one may unfortunately face as there had been such instances. Be cautious about pick pocketers, keep all your belongings like wallets, phones etc. literally strapped to you or if possible don’t carry it at all. There will people directing you to put money here and there at certain places, just remember- Don’t put any money by their coercive insistence. Just pay your respects and offerings to the tomb, spend some time inside the courtyard (pic below), you can reward the khwaja ji  with some money if you desire and then walk out with a cleansed & positive feeling with the mystic aura of the place.

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Inside Ajmer Sharif

Jaipur

On Day 1, we kicked off in the afternoon and while driving to our first stop, I could only have a passing glimpse of the Hawa Mahal as we travelled to and fro through the city. The unique structure stands out from the adjoining buildings, its right in the middle of a busy market area.

Hawa Mahal

Jal Mahal it’s a vintage structure the top of which is protruding out of the Man Sagar Lake, in backdrop of the Aravalli hills.

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A picturesque view of Jal Mahal
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Ariel view of Jal Mahal, on the way back from Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort

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Inside Jaigarh Fort, a panoramic view

Pushkar

Brahma Temple– If you are keen on visiting the temple, just a little heads up, the temple is closed between 01:30 pm to 3:00 pm. We reached at approx. 01:45 pm and were not aware of these timings.

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Steps leading up to the Brahma Temple. P.S. Read the close time in red ink

Pushkar Lake

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In case you want to take a Holy dip- Pushkar Lake

Pushkar mela’s gate

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Gate of the famous- Pushkar Mela

Now, If you happen to be someone in awe of ‘nature’, do watch the video on my YouTube channel below- ‘Nature in its full glory at Jal Mahal, Jaipur’. Its a slo-mo video of a kit of pigeons, quiet a view. Recommended video quality setting – 720p HD 🐦


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The food that one can savour in Rajasthan

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