Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary

p>Black Buck Antilope cervicapra at Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary
Black Buck Antilope cervicapra at Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is in Churu district of Rajasthan State in India at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan state, on the Ratangarh – Sujangarh Highway.

If you are thinking of visiting Rajasthan, a trip to Chhapar is worth considering to know more about India and its Dessert Wildlife and migratory birds.

You can find a large number of Black Buck in Tal Chhapar Wildlife Park.

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is on the border area of the Great Indian Desert. Tal means plain areas. Chhapar is the village name which is part of the sanctuary. Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is made up of open grasslands with Prosopis and Acacia trees, making the park a tropical forest.

There are very few trees in the park. Many migratory birds pass through this park in September. Harriers is the major migratory bird among them which flies in distinct groups of male, female and immature.

‘Mothiya’, with sweet seeds, is a type of grass seen in this part of the park. Mothiya is the food for black bucks and migratory birds. Local people also eat this seed.

How Do I Go to Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary


Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary- a pair of blackbuck at tal chhapar
A pair of blackbuck at tal chhapar

85 kilometers from the district headquarters of Churu, lies the Tal Chhapar Wildlife Park, on the Nokha to Sujangarh state Highway. Bikaner in Rajasthan is at 132 kilometers distance from the Wildlife Park .

‘Chappar’ is the nearest railway station on the Degana – Churu – Rewari railway line. It is a meter gauge railway line. ‘Sekhawat’ railway station on the broad gauge railway line also serves as a link to Chhapar Park (Tourist Train ‘Palace on wheels‘ stops here). Pink city of Jaipur has the nearest airport to Tal Chhapar Wild life Park.

India’s capital city of New Delhi is at around 350 kilometers from the Chhapar Park.

Bhangarh – The Haunted Historical City

Gopinath Temple at Bhangar
Gopinath Temple at Bhangarh

Bhangarh, The Haunted Historical City, an old city with haunted houses and palaces is in the Alwar district of Rajasthan state in India.

Bhangarh, the Haunted Historical City,  is famous for its historical ruined buildings and haunted houses. It has a population of around 1300 people, as per last available data. The city was established in 1573 by Raja Bhagwant Das. The city was abandoned due to mysterious reasons. Bhangarh is said to be having the maximum of Indian haunted houses, haunted because of cursing as believed by a section of historians.

If you plan to travel to India and know about India, and is in search of  the haunted houses in the world, Bhangarh is one among the such place in India.

There are a few majestic temples, mosques, shops and a palace among the ruins. Several havelis (historical private mansions) also exists here. City’s town planning, market system, castle hierarchy, etc, are noteworthy.

Bhangarh entry is allowed only during day time. Entry in between sunset and sunrise is prohibited by law. It is believed that those who go there in night, will never see the light of the day. Local villagers claim that whenever a house is built there, its roof collapses.  Bhangarh is a mysterious haunted city! You can play scary games and tell ghost stories to your friends and colleges after a tour of these haunted houses. Are you felling scary now?

Ramparts with 5 gates separates the town from the plains. There are two theories that revolve around this town.

One version goes like this.  Bhangarh is cursed by Guru Balu Nath, the person who sanctioned the construction of the town. He set a condition. If the shadows of the palaces touch me, the city shall be no more. Once a princess extended the height and thus the city was devastated.

There is a second story which goes like this. A tantrik called Singhia (Magician specialized in black magic) who fell in love with the beautiful Princess of Ratnavati of Bhangarh. He came to know that the princess is showered with marriage offers.Knowing that it is becoming impossible to marry the princess, he tried his black magic on the oil, that the princess’ maid purchased from the market. The plan was that the princess would surrender herself to him after touching the oil. Princess Ratnavati somehow realized the plan. She spoiled the plan of the tantrik by pouring the oil in the ground. The oil while touching the ground had transformed into a boulder and killed the tantrik. Dying tantrik had cursed that whoever dwelt in the palace will not stay alive.

How Do I Go to Bhangarh, The Haunted Historical City?

Bhangarh is in between Jaipur and New Delhi in Alwar district of Rajasthan, at around 75 kilometers away from Jaipur.

Where Do I Stay in Bhangarh, The Haunted Historical City?

There are many hotels offering online booking systems at Sariska, at 36 kilometers distance from the haunted houses of Bhangarh. It is better to stay a little away from haunted houses! Isn’t it?

Sariska is famous for the Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Sariska Palace hotel is a luxury business class hotel costing INR 8400 onwards. Sariska Tiger Heaven costs a maximum of INR 6500. Gulmohar Sariska is a good economical resort which costs from INR 2800 to 4400.

Ranthambore National Park

About Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is in the ‘Sawai Madhopur’ district of Rajasthan, 130 kilometers away from the capital city of Jaipur.

Ranthambore National Park
3 year-old male named Baccha (Hindi: Child) residing in Ranthambore tiger reserve, Rajasthan.

This National Park was started as a game conserve in the mid 50’s and was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1973. It was declared as a National Park of India in 1980.  This National Park is regarded as one of the largest National parks in the whole of North India.

A significant feature of this park is the ‘Great Boundary Fault’, wherein, the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range.

This wildlife sanctuary is rich for its Tiger reserve and you may spot them even in day time here. This wildlife sanctuary has many other beasts of the jungle including leopard, bear, etc. It is rich in flora also.

Ranthambhore National Park is home to many reptiles, mammals,etc. 270 different species of birds are found here in the National park.

There are three big lakes inside the reserve; There is a a tenth century fort, Ranthambore Fort, inside the Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary.

The Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History

The Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History is the fourth such museum in India. It was established in 2008. this natural history museum is at about 9 kilometers from SawaiMadhopur.

Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum is spread over 7.2 acres of land. There is a library here, which has got a good collection of books on wildlife, biodiversity, and flora and fauna of Rajasthan.

Museum of Natural History is conceived as an informal center for environmental education and to create awareness among general public on conservation of nature and natural resources.

How Do I Go to Ranthambore National Park?

The nearest city and railway station is Sawai Madhopur Junction railway station, about 11 kilometers away, on New Delhi–Mumbai main line. This railway station is the ‘First Heritage Railway Station’ in India. It is a major railway station and almost all trains stops here. The luxury tourist trains like “Palace on Wheels”, operating on this route, also stops here.

Kota is a  major railway station at about 110 kilometers north east of the National Park. Many trains stops at Kota.

The capital city of Jaipur is also conveniently located at 130 kilometers distance. Jaipur has the International Airport connecting the rest of the world with Rajasthan.

What are the Timings of Ranthambore National Park?

This National Park strictly follows the timing of opening its gates half hour before sunrise and closing the gates half hour after sunset.  The park is closed during the months of July, August and September.

Accommodation Near Ranthambore National Park

There are good facilities to stay near to the wildlife sanctuary and National Park.

Amer Fort & Palace- The King of All Forts in India & The Queen is Jal Mahal Palace

Amer Fort or Amber Fort and Amer Palace situated on a hilltop in Amer, at a distance of around 11 kilometers from Jaipur pink city, Rajasthan state, India. Amber Fort is one among the Hill Forts of Rajasthan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jaipur Amer Fort or Amber Fort and Amer Palace,
Panoramic view of the Amer Fort or Amber Fort and Amer Palace in Jaipur.

Palace & Forts in Jaipur

Amber Fort & Palace

Jaipur Amer Fort  is also known as ‘Amer ka kila’ in Hindi language. The fort was constructed by Raja Man Singh I. It is the biggest tourist attraction in Jaipur and is part of Golden Triangle India Tour Package covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Jaipur Amber Fort & Palace overlooks a lake on one side. Jaipur Amer Fort is an opulent multistory palace complex built with red sandstone and Rajasthan marbles with magnificent ramparts, cobbled paths, small steps leading to different rooms and floors,  water cascade within the palace through which water flows to make the palace cool, roof top garden, etc, which makes it a wonderful tourist spot in Jaipur. The palace has 4 courtyards.

Jaigarh fort is a nearby fort, which is connected to Amber fort by an underground passage, which was used primarily as an escape route in times of war.

Amber fort India protects the Amber palace from enemies. A small road connects the palace and the fort to the main road.

You can enter the palace from Ganesh Gate. A temple is there which is dedicated to Sila Devi, goddess of the Chaitanya cult. The palace and nearby hills are surrounded by the magnificent fort, which is a delight to your eyes.

Jal Mahal Palace

Before the Amber fort’s main entry arch gate, is the Jal Mahal meaning water palace. This palace is situated on the Man Sagar Lake. The five storied palace built with built red sandstone in Rajput style of architecture, has its bottom floors submerged in water. Few floors stands above water. When the lake becomes full to its capacity, only the top floor (5th Floor) stands above water. There is a roof top garden on the terrace. This palace was used by the kings during summer months, to escape from the heat waves of Rajasthan.

City Palace & Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum

City Palace where the Erstwhile Royal family currently resides and the adjoining  Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum are worth visiting. This museum gives you an idea of the past, when the kingdom was ruled by Royals. Durbar Hall with painting, Throne room, Royal Vintage Cars, Armory including Cannons, Massive Jars used to carry water on the ship when king went on a voyage to England and may other royal belongings are on display here. Pportraits  of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II to Maharaja Jagat Singh, successive Maharajas of Jaipur kingdom are on display here.

Jaipur Archeology Sites and Museums Tickets

Jaipur Archeology Sites and Museums issue tickets for each destination at the entry gates. If you plan to visit any of these hangout places in Jaipur , it may be cost-effective to buy the composite tickets, which is valid for 2 days.

How Do I Go to Jaipur Amer Fort?

Jaipur is well connected by roads, train and flights to the rest of the country. The Amer Fort and Palace is just 20 minutes drive from the city center. Cabs are available at Jaipur which takes you to the fort. There is a small entry fee of Rs 50, to enter the palace. Amer town is having an area of approximately 4 square kilometers.

Is There Good Hotels in Jaipur?

There are many good hotels in Jaipur, which caters to the large number of tourists to the Pink city. There are many star rated hotels. Hotel Sarang Palace, Heritage hotel and a 3 star hotel, is a leading hotel in Jaipur offering best hotel deals at a distance of 1 kilometer from the Jaipur central bus stand and the Jaipur railway station. Cheap hotels are also there in the city, for those who are budget conscious.

There is a haunted city which was once famous for the  Indian culture and heritage, near to Jaipur, at 75 kilometers distance in Alwar district.

Annapurna Rasoi Scheme – Cheap Food from Goverment

Goverment of Rajasthan has launched a scheme  to provide cheap and quality food at subsidized rates to the general public. Its available on Mobile Kitchen Vans, parked near to hospitals, railway station, bus stations, etc. Breakfast is priced at just Rs.5 and Lunch and dinner costs rupees 8 each. Annapurna Rasoi Scheme was launched in 12 districts of the state in December 2016.