Jawai Dam and Jawai Forests – Habitat for Crocodiles & Leopards

Jawai Dam and Forests are in Pali district in Rajasthan. These areas are famous for Crocodiles, Leopards and Migratory Birds.

Jawai damJawai dam

The dam across Jawai River is a Crocodile reserve for Indian Mugger Crocodiles. This reptile park has an estimated 288 crocodiles as per wildlife census of 2011.

The Jawai Bandh Leopard Conservation Reserve is a leopard habitat. (Bandh means dam, in Hindi Language.) The big cats roam freely in the Jawai leopard camp forests here. If you are lucky, you can see the Near Threatened or endangered leopards in these forests during day time. Many tourists have reportedly seen the Clouded leopards near the Devgiri Cave Temple. You can go for a Jungle Safari (Jeep Safari), to spot these wild cats.

The forests around the dam are home to many migratory birds during winter season.

The forests here have been accorded Conservation reserve status in 2011. See the full list of Conservation reserves in India.

The Dam is the biggest dam in Western Rajasthan. It was constructed by Jodhpur King, Umaid Singh. The Dam construction works were started in 1946 and was completed by 1957.

Devgiri Cave Temple is a beautiful temple inside a cave, on half-way to the hill top.

How Do I Go to Jawai?

Sumerpur town on the eastern side of the Thar Desert, is the nearest town to the Dam and surrounding forests, at around 15 kilometers distance. Sirohi Town is at around 53 kilometers distance from the Dam. Jodhpur is a major city at 165 kilometers distance from Jawai. Udaipur and Rajsamand are at around 120 kilometers distance from the dam. Bhilwara town and Chittorgarh town are at around 208 kilometers and 230 kilometers from the Dam respectively.

Ajmer Dargah

Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer

Ajmer is a Muslim pilgrimage city where Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is situated. Pushkar, where famous Brahma temple is situated, is at 11 kilometers away. This city is also the base camp for Pushkar, Hindu pilgrimage city.

Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at AjmerDargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer.

Ajmer Sharif Dargah Alias Ajmer Sharif, is an international waqf.

Moinuddin Chishti (1141 – 1236) was born in the area which is presently in Afghanistan and Iran. He established the Chishti Order of Sufism in the Indian subcontinent. As a child, he spent his time praying and meditating. He disposed of his properties and donated that to the poor. He is also known as Gharib Nawaz (Benefactor of the Poor).

Moinuddin Chishti has visited most of the Muslim places of culture, including Mecca and Medina. Later on, he reached this town and settled there. Chishti worked for Muslims and non-Muslim co-operation. Mughal emperors of India were followers of Chishti.

Chishti Order was established in the city of Chisht in present-day Afghanistan by Abu Ishaq Shami. Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti was his follower and established the Chishti Order of Sufism in India.

Syed Zainul Abedin, a direct descendant of Moinuddin Chishti (22nd generation) , currently heads Sharif Dargah. Being Dargah Dewan (Dewan of Dargah), he also heads Chishti order of Sufism.

How Do I Go to Ajmer?

Ajmer is at 135 kilometers distance from the state capital city, Jaipur. Bhilwara Town is at around 140 kilometers from the Dargah. Jodhpur is at around 200 kilometers distance. Udaipur is at around 260 kilometers distance from this world renowned Dargah.

Golden Triangle Tour Packages in India 

Golden triangle India tour package is the most popular tour package in India covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These 3 historical places are situated in the shape of a triangle and hence the package got that name.

Golden triangle tour packages in India covers many heritage sites in these historic places. These include UNESCO world heritage sites of Qutab Minar (Delhi), Red Fort (Delhi), Taj Mahal (agra), Red Fort (Agra), Fatehpur Sikri (Fatehpur near Agra), Amer Fort & Palace (Jaipur). Jantar Mandir (Jaipur).

Tajmahal Agra, Part of Golden Triangle India Tour Package

Golden Triangle Tour Package in India – Taj Mahal, The Main Attraction in the package

Golden Triangle India Tour Package  – Delhi Tourist Places

You can travel to India and land in Delhi, the capital city of India. Your Golden Triangle travel can be started from Delhi. Delhi has many historic places like Qutab Minar (The Tallest Brick Minaret in the World), Oldest Indian Mosque, Jama Masjid, Red Fort at Delhi (residence of the Mughal emperors for around 200 years from 1648 till 1857), Ashoka Pillar, etc, to name a few. There are a lot of other tourist attractions in Delhi. They include Lotus temple, Akshardham Temple & Swaminarayan Akshardham, India Gate, Teen Murthi Bhavan, etc.

Golden Triangle India Tour Package – Agra Tourist Places

Tow hours drive from Delhi takes you to Agra, where world famous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is situated. Red Fort (Agra) which is also known as Agra Fort , is another nearby historic place. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built Taj Mahal, was dethroned by his own son Emperor Aurangazeb and was confined to the nearby Agra Fort on the banks of the holy river Yamuna. Yamuna river is holy for Hindus.

Fatehpur Sikri is another historic place at around 37 kilometers from Agra on your way to Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1569 and was the Mughal Capital from 1571 to 1585 .

Golden Triangle India Tour Package – Jaipur India

3 hours drive from Fatehpur Sikri takes you to the pink city, Jaipur India. Some of the main Heritage sites are Amer Fort and Palace, Jaipur water palace, Jaipur City Palace & attached Museum, Jaipur Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observation site with the World’s Largest Stone Sundial ), Hawa Mahal Palace, etc.

How Much is the Golden Triangle Tour Package Price in India?

Golden triangle tour package price in India varies from tour operator to operator. Please check the current rates with your travel agent.

Udaipur

Udaipur – The City of Lakes & Palaces And It’s Culture & Heritage

Udaipur is historic capital city of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar. The city is dotted with a large number of artificial lakes and hence known as “Lake City”. This historic city is best known for its culture, history, palaces and scenic locations. The city is located at an altitude of 1,962 feet or 598.00 meters.

Udaipur Palace at nightUdaipur Palace at night

Maharana Udai Singh, King of Mewar, founded this city in the year 1553. He shifted the capital of his Kingdom of Mewar from Chittorgarh to Udaipur. king also made a city wall extending six kilometers in length, with 7 gates and is known as the walled city or old city.

There are a large number of lakes, all of which are interlinked. This helps in recharging ground water levels of city’s water resources. Lakes in the city are Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Rang Sagar, Kumharia Talab, Swaroop Sagar, Goverdhan Sagar. There are three lakes on the upper basin of the city and one lake on the lower basin. Ahar River feeds these lakes.

Taj Lake Palace. Palace Hotel

The city palace, one of the most important historical places, is situated alongside Lake Pichola. Now it has been converted into a heritage hotel, Taj Lake Palace Hotel. This Hotel Palace, situated in Lake Pichola, is considered as one of the most romantic hotels in the world.

What are the Leading Udaipur Hotels?

This city is blessed with lot of High end Luxury hotels, comparable to the best in the world. Other than Taj Lake Palace hotel, The Oberoi Udaivilas is a leading hotel and was rated as world’s No 1 Hotel in 2015. Oberoi Udaivilas hotel is on the banks of Lake Pichola over 50 acres of land, which were the hunting grounds of Maharana of Mewar. The Hotel property includes 20 acres of wildlife sanctuary for Deer & wild Boar. The Oberoi Udaivilas itself is designed to look like city of Udaipur, with its seven lakes linked by canals. Leela palace Udaipur is another leading hotel from Leela group of hotels, a leading luxary hotel chain in India.

Other than the three above mentioned 5 star hotels, there are many budget hotels also, suiting the budget of all kinds of tourists.

Bagheri ka Naka Dam

Bagheri ka Naka Dam is situated at around 50 kilometers distance from Udaipur. It is well known picnic spot for people of nearby cities. The Dam overflows during  rainy season, and hundreds of people take bath in the overflown waters. The dam is named after the village, Bagheri.

How Do I Go to Udaipur?

This historic city is located 403 kilometers south-west of Jaipur, the capital of the State. If you are coming from Ahmedabad city, Udaipur is 250 kilometers north-east from Ahmedabad.

Udaipur city railway station with station code UDZ, is the major railway station in Udaipur. Maharana Pratap International Airport or Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport is nearest airport, at 22 kilometers East of Udaipur City.

Mount Abu – Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station

Mount Abu or mt Abu is Rajesthan’s Lone Hill Station is in Sirohi District, on the state border with Gujarat state, in India. Mt Abu is a 22 kilometer by 9 kilometer rocky plateau (length and breadth). The highest peak is at around 5,650 ft (or 1722 meters) above sea level.

Mt Abu is believed to be the original abode of Gurjars, a pastoral ethnic group of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

There are rivers, waterfalls, lakes and forests in this Mount. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with an area of 290 square kilometers, was created in the year 1960.

Nakki Lake in Mount AbuNakki Lake in Mount Abu

Adhar Devi Temple, which is carved out of solid rock, is a major tourist attraction here. There are many other Hindu and Jain temples in Mount Abu. Dilwara temple is one among them, made of white marble, constructed in between the 11th and 13th centuries A.D.

The Achalgarh fort of 14th century A.D. in Nakki Lake (a very ancient sacred Lake for Hindus) is another major tourist destination in this Mount. There is the Rock on a hill near the Nakki lake, which looks like a Toad and hence called “Toad Rock” (can be seen in the above picture), which is about to jump into the lake. India’s ‘Father of Nation’, Mahatma Gandi’s ashes were immersed here in the Nakki Lake. There is a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, called “Gandhi Ghat “.

A little away from Mount Abu lies the Durga temple and Ambika Mata Temple, in a cleft of rock in Jagat.

How Do I Go to Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station?

Mount Abu railway station is the nearest rail-head at around 26 kilometers from the hill station. Maharana Pratap Udaipur Airport at Udaipur is at around 200 kilometers distance to Mt Abu.

Ahmedabad is at 220 kilometers distance, Jodhpur at 270 kilometers and Jaipur is at 500 kilometers away from Mt Abu, Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station.

Can you Name a Few Mount Abu Hotels?

Hotel Hillock and Hotel Karnavati are 4 star Mount Abu hotels. The Colonial Hotels, Hotel Chanakya, Hotel Hilltone, Chacha Inn & Hotel Banjara are 3 star Mt Abu hotels. Hotel Maganji’s, Hotel Aradhana by Ashoka & Palanpur Palace Hotel are 2 star Mount Abu hotels.