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.

Jaipur Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is an astronomical observation site, which is classified as a UNESCO world Heritage site, in the capital of Rajasthan state in India.

Jaipur Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar at Jaipur

This Mantar at Jaipur was designed for observing the astronomical positions with the naked eye. This Astronomical Observation Mantar is one among five such Mantars built by Prince Jai Singh II of Jaipur. Each Mandir has a collection of astronomical instruments. Largest stone in the world, sundial, is at Jaipur Jantar Mantar.

The Astronomical Observation Center at Jaipur is considered as the largest and the best among historic observatories in India. Others are at New Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain and Varanasi, all in North India. All are believed to be built in the 17th or 18th century during the last periods of Moughal dynasty in India.

Time measuring instrument at Jantar MantarTime measuring instruments at Jantar Mantar – Image courtesy (Mrs. Moni Cherian)

This Mantar measures time, accurate to half a second. It also helps in observing the sun and other heavenly bodies.

How many instruments are there in Jaipur Jantar Mantar?

Time measuring instrument at Jantar MantarTime measuring instrument at Jantar Mantar – Image courtesy (Mrs. Moni Cherian)
There are fourteen major geometric instruments in Jaipur Astronomical Observation Center.

Each of these astronomical instruments at Jaipur Astronomical Observation Center is made from locally available stone and marble (for which Jaipur is very famous), in huge structures. This is one of the main the reasons for the accuracy of the instruments. Each instrument has an astronomical scale, which is generally on the inner side of the marble lining.

How Do I Go to Jantar Mantar, Jaipur?

Jaipur is well connected by flights , train and roads to other parts of India. There is a major railway station at Jaipur. International Airport is also there in Jaipur. Jaipur city is part of Golden Triangle Tour Packages in India. Contact your travel agent for details on golden triangle tour package price.

What are the Visiting Hours at Jaipur Jantar Mantar?

Jaipur Jantar Mantar is open to tourists / visitors from 9.00 a.m. 4.30 p.m.

How Much is the Entry Fee at Jaipur Jantar Mantar?

As at the time of writing, the entry fee to the Jaipur Jantar Mantar is INR 15 for Indian students and INR 100 for foreign students. For non-students, the entry fee is INR 40 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners.

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.