The state of Rajasthan is the chosen destination of amongst the majority of tourists to India. Situated on India’s western boundary which is shared with Pakistan and lying towards the southwest of Delhi, Rajasthan is the land of chivalry and romance as well as of the legendary Rajput rulers, whose tales of courage, heroism, patriotism, valor and love have passed into folklore and are revered as legends. Tourists can hire cabs in Delhi for their travel to Rajasthan. Delhi cabs can be hired either at the airport or railway station as well as from anywhere within the city. Driving through the varying landscapes of Rajasthan is the best way to explore its awesome physical beauty and arresting contrast in the form of – verdant hills and placidly serene lakes, the ever shifting sand dunes, nomadic cattle herds with their camels. Sprinkled with Imposing forts, opulent palaces and spectacular ‘havelis’, Rajasthan beckons one and all from within the country as well as those from abroad, alike. There is a never ending list of things to see in Rajasthan. Visitors to the state would be spell bounded by the charms and hospitability of the place. It isn’t uncommon for visitors and tourists to spend an entire fortnight touring the state and still be left lusting for more. Generally tourists visiting India from abroad reach Delhi and after spending a day or two, travel to Rajasthan. Tourists reaching the state by airways or railways can hire prepaid airport taxi in Delhi to reach their destinations, at affordable and very economical taxi fares. Thanks to the advancement in technology, one has the option to book taxi in and around Delhi via an entry-level mobile smart-phone as well.
Adeptly gifted with natural beauty and a rich and colorful historical background, the flourishing tourism industry of Rajasthan attracts approximately 15 percent of the total visiting foreign population, which is the fourth highest amongst other Indian states. Ironically, Rajasthan – ‘the Land of Kings’ also ranks fourth in Domestic tourist visitors. Visitors and tourists would be enthralled by the charms of the palaces of Jaipur and Ajmer-Pushkar, the desert forts of Jodhpur, the lakes of Udaipur, Taragarh Fort in Bundi, and Bikaner and Jaisalmer, a myriad of ancient palaces and forts which were previously neglected, have been converted into heritage hotels today. It is advisable for tourists to hire cabs in Delhi for visiting the various places of interest in Rajasthan. Availing car rentals while travelling in Rajasthan is a good idea, as it makes the journey fast and comfortable. People can also hire the cabs for the entire duration of the trip so as to ensure that they always have a vehicle at their service, which makes travelling within the state at any point of time easy.
Rajasthani dialects are predominantly the preferred language of the state’s residents. Although, Hindi and sometimes broken English is also managed by and spoken by the locals. Guides trained in the languages of English and French can be hired at popular touristy spot such as Jaipur and Jodhpur. Having a driver who knows the way and the regional languages is always an added advantage, as it saves the traveler precious time and freedom from hassles such as asking for directions every now and then, and in understanding the locals.
Trekking is a thing which every adventurous person in this world loves doing and something which a normal man wants to do one or the other day. The visuals which strikes one’s mind while listening to the word ‘Trekking’ is a rope, a big trek bag, sports shoes, a man climbing a mountain, and most importantly a first aid kit etc.
Before we discuss further, let’s clear that trekking is different than mountaineering, it is a long journey undertaken on foot in areas where common means of transport is generally not available. So in case one is planning to hire cabs and reach to a place and start climbing a mountain it is not trekking.
It’s that time of year which holds nine consecutive nights of fun, frolic and endless dancing. The Navratris is one of the most looked forward to festivals of India where people from different parts of the country have a different way of celebrating it.
Famous by Durga Puja in West Bengal, Navratris in Gujarat and Maharashtra and Dusshera in other parts of the country, this festival is one which symbolizes the triumph of the good over evil. On every day, one of the nine forms of the Devi is worshipped. Usually, the first three days are dedicated to Godess Durga and her incarnations; the next three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the epitome of wealth and the last three days are devoted to Goddess Saraswati, the incarnation of knowledge. Continue reading
The Queen’s Necklace is how ‘The Marine Drive’ in Mumbai is often referred to becauseduring the night time from an elevated, the street lights along the coast seems like a string of pearls that resembles a necklace. The 3 kilometer long C-shaped stretch along the Arabian Ocean is one of the most sought after hangouts in the city of Mumbai. With the Chowpatty on the north end, the Marine Drive connects Nariman Point to Malabar Hills which is also known as the Beverly Hills of Bollywood. Continue reading
Mumbai formerly known as Bombay, is the richest city in India and is the capital of one of the biggest states on the western coast of India, Maharashtra. Mumbai caters to a population of approximately 20.5 million who are united by their undying spirit – the spirit of Mumbai. Situated across seven islands, Mumbai is the entertainment and the financial capital of India.
Mumbai is often referred to as the city that never sleeps and therefore, finding an empty street is considered nothing but a myth. The home to bollywood, the biggest film production hub in South Asia, there are many who come in from different parts of India and the world belonging to different backgrounds and cultures to try their luck in this ‘City of Dreams’. Continue reading
The rains have stretched over a bit more than usual this year in Maharashtra and the most blossoming places for a one-day short trip this season to forget the big city blues are Lonavla and Khandala. A one to one and a half drive from Mumbai, Lonavla and Khandala lies almost midway between the city and Pune. A beautiful long drive from Mumbai and Pune, Lonavla and Khandala can be accessed from the NH4 highway and makes one forget the fatigue of the journey. Continue reading
Travelling in Mumbai can be cumbersome but cannot be avoided. Every day, a more than a million people commute through the length and breadth of the city either for work or pleasure but it is the travel that one has to do from one part of the city to another that stresses out people at the very thought of it.
Mumbai has the best railway network in the country for local travel but travelling by car is what gives one the real flavour of the city. Along with the usual black and yellow taxis which are quite the usual in every Indian city, there are plenty of private cab companies that have opened up in the recent years that are trying to create personalized comfort for their customers as per their needs, through their services. The cabs are usually booked online through the companies’ website or via phone calls and the hire can last from a single hour to an entire day. Continue reading
Last time we told you about the places you could go to when in Mumbai. This time around we bring you a list of places you could shop at and a few markets you could visit.
For all you shopaholics here’s where you should be headed…
Well we know there are a gazillion lists that you can look up on the Internet to help you decide what you should do when in Mumbai, but this one here put together by a true mumbaikar , will not only tell you about the important touristic places to go to but also about the things you can do to truly experience the aamchi Mumbai flavour.
Lost and found
A friend of ours, Binalakshmi from Delhi along with her husband was visiting Mumbai for a two day conference. After the conference they decided to spend some time with us at home. They had to board the Rajdhani train to get back to Delhi. We hired a cab near our house and got to Bombay Central train station in good time. After paying the cab fare we walked to the platform and they boarded the train. As the train departed we said our goodbyes and returned home.