2 weeks family trip to explore Sekhawati,Marwar & Mewar straying off the beaten track

#1 Mar 27th, 2014, 01:25
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A kid , in 6th standard, walked the streets of Marwar , trekked the Sabitri Hill, and was fascinated to see the royal state with parents & toddler brother, pledged to come back to this land. After 18 years and two months he achieved that target. This time with one more member in his family, his better half. That kid was of course, yours truly.
So, the plan started almost 10months back, slowly. In between there were several weekend trips most of which were reported in IM, though briefly. During planning and fixing the itinerary and must go places , Aarosh & Vaibhav Arora was instrumental, saying mere thanks would be injustice to their effort. One of my principal approaches was to use the public transport heavily which actually reduced the total cost. In some places hiring a car was inevitable.
Being in a dry & temperate zone, it was necessary to choose a favourable weather condition for my parents. Adding to that a favourable time window to take break from office for both of us ( a bit tricky as we work in same department of same office ) and that too which does not coincide with my brother’s exam or important semester assignments. Taking consideration of these initially I thought of december, right after the exams are over. But in recent years the Christmas-new year week has become the busiest time in travel sector making high booking prices and lower availability. Spring & autumn was completely ruled out. I chose January just after new year rush. But that season is still popular among foreign tourists,mainly for two reasons the colder climate and festivals. Many of my friends warned me about bitter cold in rajasthan but I made up my mind. I kept the itinerary in counter-clockwise motion with Bikaner eyed as festival spot – the Camel festival.

Day 0 10-Jan-14 Start by Sealdah Rajdhani at 16.50.
Day 1 11-Jan-14 Reach New Delhi (10.20), Go to Old Delhi to board Ashram exp (15.20 ) to Jaipur(20.30)
Day 2 12-Jan-14 Jaipur Full Day
Day 3 13-Jan-14 Morning train 52085 ( at 6.15 )Jaipur - Sikar. Sikar to Nawalgarh . Sekhawati region.
Day 4 14-Jan-14 Sekhawati region full day based on Mandawa
Day 5 15-Jan-14 Bus from fatehpur/ Mandawa to Bikaner
Day 6 16-Jan-14 Night bus (21.30/22.00) journey to Jaisalmer(330 km)
Day 7 17-Jan-14 Reach Jaisalmer at 5.30,full day havelis , Evening Khuri
Day 8 18-Jan-14 Jaisalmer 1st half, 2nd half in Sam
Day 9 19-Jan-14 Return from Sam. Visit Tanot-BP609-Longewala.From Jaisalmer Night train 14809(23.30) towards Jodhpur
Day 10 20-Jan-14 Reach Jodhpur at 05.20
Day 11 21-Jan-14 Jodhpur – Phalodi-Khichan- Osiyan-Jodhpur
Day 12 22-Jan-14 From Jodhpur - Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh fort & then towards Nathdwara ( total ~ 250 km)
Day 13 23-Jan-14 Nathdwara to Chittorgarh , then Udaypur (225 km)
Day 14 24-Jan-14 From Udaipur(20:00)-Shalimar Express
Day 15 25-Jan-14 In train
Day 16 26-Jan-14 Reach Kolkata

During the tour due to some reason I had to change the plan for Day12/13 slightly, that I shall tell you later on.

Enough text for a photologue, time for some photos to show highlights

Jaipur City Palace

Inside Nahargarh fort, remember Rang De Basanti movie?

Amber or Amer lit up during blue hour

Frescoes at Ramnath A. Podar Haveli , Nawalgarh, Sekhwati

Frecoes with gold painting in a Haveli,Mahansar

Camel fur cutting competition , Bikaner

A Curious onlooker

Amar Sagar Temple, Jaisalmer outskirts

Folk Dance performance at Camp site, Sam

Khuri Sand dunes

Entrance of Jain temple inside Jaisalmer Fort

Colors of Thar on way to Tanot

Sand storm at Sadewala

Beauty of Thar , between Sadewala to Longewala

Demoiselle Cranes

One of the largest congregation of the winter migrant Demoiselle Cranes from central Eurasia, thanks to the generous feeding programme of Khichan

These ducks and waders were completely outnumbered by the cranes and took refuge at second waterbody (or Talao in local language).They are also migratory in nature - Common Shelduck,Northern Shoveler,Common Teal,Black winged Stilt &Ruff.

Sculpture at Osiyan

Clock tower in the main market area of Jodhpur
Paren Asola Gue Leh Ajmer Gurudongmar Hogennakkal Orchha Raiganj Agartala

Phadamchen AritarTop Gnathang Lunghtu Akpa Gramphoo Hee Osiyan Rampur Attargo
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#2 Mar 27th, 2014, 05:15
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Great shots paglaghora. Waiting for more.
#3 Mar 27th, 2014, 11:39
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the photo-sculptor is back......
If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it cant be solved, worrying will do no good ~ H.H
#4 Mar 27th, 2014, 12:12
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Very beautiful clicks Subhajit. You've managed to make a few of the places appear more welcoming than they normally are! Great job.
#5 Mar 27th, 2014, 12:24
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post Great shots paglaghora. Waiting for more.
Thank you Govindpuri. Photos will come in installments.Bear with me. But the astonishing fact was the time of your post! What kept you awake at 04.15, am curious.

Originally Posted by Legless soul View Post the photo-sculptor is back......
LLS, yes it was indeed a long break after I came into IM. Three months was too long. Will try to finish the log as soon as I can . There is always a trip or at least planning phase keeps me busy .

Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Very beautiful clicks Subhajit. You've managed to make a few of the places appear more welcoming than they normally are! Great job.
Thanks for the compliments Vaibhav. Those clicks might not happen without your inputs before the journey .

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