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Rajasthan Yet AgainDelhi - Sambhar lake, Ajmer, Pushkar, Osian (Jodhpur), JaisalmerTotal No of days - 6Dated - Jan 2011

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Route to Delhi to Sambar lake

Sambhar is famous for the largest saline lake in India. Sambhar is a small town, located at a distance of 60 kms in the west of Jaipur. It is also the largest salt lake of India and producing thousand tones of salt every year. In the present day, it is managed by Sambhar Salts Limited, owned by of Hindustan Salts and the Government of Rajasthan.

Temp The summers can be very hot in summers crossing 45C, whereas winters are also chilly, temperature fall below 6C and the icy winds chill you down . You can spot flamingos here after their favored habitat The Rann Of Kutch. The Naliasar Pond, just 4 km is has fresh water and homes lots of birds.

Route After crossing Jaipur, look for Dudu. There is a flyover at the Dudu intersection(NH8) and underneath the flyover turning right takes you on the Dudu Sambhar Road (SH - State Highway). Along the route you can spot nilgais, spotted deers on either side. Keep your cameras ready. 30 kms this road takes you to Sambhar lake. A small village turns up and then ask anybody for the path to the lake.

To the localities ask 'Jheel' as you ask sambar lake and they are blank. You can take your car to the salt beds. Be careful to follow the tracks of the car or tractors, so that the wheels do not get stuck. Big trucks with salt can block your way once out of the lake so be careful. Alternatively, one can take NH 8 to Malhan and then ask for Phulera, which is just short of Sambhar.

Ajmeri Sharif

  • Sambhar lake to Ajmeri Sharif is 80 kms away. The road is single paved. Route taken is Rupangarh - Sursura - Kishangarh - Ajmer.
  • Ajmer is famous for metalware like pitchers and urns, cane chairs and moodahs are found at a bargain price.
  • But look out for a bottle of attar and personalise one for yourself from the markets here.
  • In the lanes of dargah you get tasty biriyanis, outside the dargah is Jannat Hotel - good food. featured in NDTV.
  • Honey dew restaurant on the station road was established in 1962 and says to be the 1st air conditioned restaurant in Rajasthan.
  • Tandoor restaurant on Jaipur road is famous for all tandoor food.
  • You can offer virtual offerings to the dargah at http://www.dargahajmer.com
  • Take an auto from the hotel to the dargah as the galis are very narrow and there is no parking.
  • You have to cover your head while entering so carry the necessary shawl or cap to enter.

  • Osian Jodhpur

  • Ajmer to Osian in Jodhpur is 220 kms and takes 4-5 hours
  • The route goes through Ajmer - Beawar - Barr - Khania - Kaparda - Dangiawas - Osian
  • The stay here is in tents with all facilities.
  • In winters days are warm and sunny but mornings are evenings are cold and windy. So heavy woolens are reqd.
  • Activities to do here include camel safari, jeep safari, campfire with music and dance, visit Keechan village (60 kms away) to view the migratory bird Demoiselle Crane.
  • Also you can visit sanchiya mata temple and the Jain temple here.
  • Take a visit to the local village and have a talk with them, they are very helpful.
  • Around 4-5 kms drive inwards to the dunes, or you can take a jeep safari.

  • Jaisalmer

  • Osian to Jaisalmer is 241 kms and the roads are very good. The route was Osian - Lohawat - Phalodi - Ramdevra - Pokhran - Chandan - Jaisalmer.
  • The ideal time to visit Jaisalmer is from October to March.
  • Jaisalmer fort is the main attraction here.
  • Shop for mirror work embroidery, handloom products, carved wooden boxes, silver trinkets, etc
  • Trio at Gandhi Chowk serves authentic Rajasthani cuisine, Chokhi Dhani also gives you a feel of the local cuisine. Also worth a try are Saffron and Natraj Restaurant. There are all major fast food outlets too.

  • Pushkar

  • Pushkar is 15kms away from Ajmer
  • Sixth Sense in Inn Seventh heaven is a good choice for food here
  • Street foods are in plenty in the narrow bylanes
  • Pushkar is a holy place hence non veg food will be difficult to get
  • Hotel Navarattan is just at walkable distance from Brahma temple.

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