“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land” –G.K. Chesterton
We all love to travel. And why not? The world is full of beautiful people, drool-worthy food and awe-inducing people. Yet why is it that some places just stick to you? Especially those college trips where you travel with your friends, meet people you thought you never would and eat food you never even knew existed! Well, here is one such college trip I too went on and would absolutely love to share with you! Read on to find out why Rajasthan is an awesome place to travel to:
The streets of Jaipur lined with scores and scores of shops calling out to you from a colourful cascade of shoes, clothes, jewellery, mementos will put any Sarojini Nagar of Delhi, Hill Road of Mumbai and Gariahat of Kolkata to shame! The volley of colours of the various merchandise coupled with attractive prices against the pink backdrop of the city will put even the most resilient shopper to shame.
The intricately designed Hawa Mahal boasts of 953 jharokas or windows that allowed the women of the royal family to witness day to day events and public processions on the roads without being seen.
Don’t forget to visit Chowkhidhani for its finger-licking food and the Amer Fort for its colossal beauty!
Want to go to a place where history was made? How does The Dark Knight Rises sound? Yes, this movie was shot in our very own Jodhpur also known as the Blue City. Within the vast expanse of the Mehrangarh Fort, lies this famous place. Add to that zip-lining and you have yourself an amazing adventure!
For those whose favourite colour out there is yellow, you are in for a treat. The dazzling yellow of the Jaisalmer Fort will leave you feeling awed. The best part? This is a living fort, which means that people actually stay here and even make a living by selling things inside the fort itself! In fact, the cheapest place to shop in Rajasthan is Jaisalmer itself!
Not a single stone in the city escapes the colour yellow! Don’t believe me? Check it out!
Don’t miss out the desert safari and definitely don’t miss out staying in a desert camp! If you have at least once been roaming in the middle of the Thar Desert at midnight on a full-moon night, you are doing it right. What it looks like? Just a little something like this:
After parading the streets of Jaipur, zooming across the zip-line in Jodhpur and riding on a camel on the scorching sands of Jaisalmer, it was time for a kick-ass ride across the hills. That’s right, we covered over 30 kilometres from the Dilwara Temple to Gurushikhar and the Sunset Point. To say it was great would be an insult. To say it was stupendous would still not cover it.
Yes, it is that awesome!
Also, a visit to the Dilwara Temple is a must! The intricate lace-like work on white marble is truly a sight that you cannot have enough of.
It was time to visit the City of Lakes, Udaipur. The City of Lakes it is rightfully called as the Lake Fateh Sagar will take your breath away! This massive artificial lake covers around four square kilometers of area!
The Lake Pichola, also another lake in Udaipur promises an astounding view from the City Palace of Udaipur, it also houses the Lake Palace where Ranbir romanced Deepika in Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani!
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get going!
Arjama Mukherjee is a would-be architect who shares her passion of writing along with dance, music and photography. She wants to change the world, whether through her writings, design or simply by being herself.