Jaisalmer- The cultural hub of Rajasthan!

The most magnificent city I have ever visited in my lifetime is Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. A place rich in culture in the Royal state invites you to enjoy cultural performances, distinctive meal characteristic of Rajasthan, camel ride, sunset point, grand architecture and much more. The history of Rajasthan reveals the life of noble people who lived through ups and downs still maintaining their dignity.

5 main tourist attractions in the Golden city

It was a couple tour arranged by a trip advisor who organized everything from hotel to guide to make the journey hassle free as he provided us with the best Jaisalmer package. The four nights five days expedition was awe-inspiring as we explored the nook and corners of the city of Jaisalmer. The trip was grand and entirely organized by the conveners. If we planned it for ourselves, we should have paid an arm and a leg.

Jaisalmer palaces

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

One of the best tourist attractions in Jaisalmer are the palaces; many of which converted into hotels. We landed in one of these lodgings on dawn after traveling the whole night. The hospitality shown by the hotel authorities in the elegant palace exhausted half of our fatigue.

The atmosphere was calm enough to feel fresh and rejuvenated.
We moved to our rooms to take rest for a short while then invited for refreshment typical of Rajasthan. Many items along with the onion kachori made us salivate.

The palace was big enough to take a walk after a meal. The magnificence of the hotel provided evidence of the splendid life of the kings and queens in the previous time. The architect worked wholeheartedly to make this masterpiece. Many of these palaces are converted into hotels with few modifications. The other untouched mansions are still present in the city to admire the original art of the artisans.

Patwon ki haveli

Patwon ki Haweli, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Patwon ki Haweli, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

The tour began with a visit to an exceptional piece of art-Patwon ki haveli. The building is a combination of five havelis, each with unique architecture- a part of India’s rich heritage! I have a keen interest in discovering the ancient sites and history of a place to admire the flair of the designers.

The haveli had a museum displaying various work of art and craft. The carvings, mirror work, paintings amazingly decorated the masterpiece. It is also called ‘Mansion of Brocade merchants’as the dealers used it for trading purposes.

Patwon ki Haweli at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Patwon ki Haweli at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

You can walk the narrow streets with comfortable footwear to avoid foot sores and back pain. We had the trip in February, so the weather was friendly but if you are planning in summers, I suggest taking sunglasses, and sunscreen with hat to avoid scorching heat and harmful rays of the sun. Keep yourself hydrated!

Jaisalmer forts

Jaisalmer forts
Jaisalmer forts

Our troop moved to Jaisalmer fort to see the artistic architecture characteristic of Rajasthan. UNESCO has declared the Jaisalmer fort as the world heritage site. It is the largest fort in Rajasthan and is the tourist attraction for all who are fond of art and architecture or discovering the history of India.
We were taken by bus to the famous site, and a guide made us reconnoiter the citadel. The fort was golden thus deriving its popular name –‘sone ka quila’.The guide told us that a Rajput ruler had built this fort which survived many attacks in the past.

It was a pleasant experience as I am fond of exploring the history of my country and yes I have physical fitness to move around to see various palaces and temples inside the fort. The excitement makes me forget the weariness. I recommend the use of sports shoes and comfortable clothing to enjoy the real tour by walking.

The typical meal of Rajasthan- Alas! We were tired and hungry after this historical site visit and thanks to the trip organizers who arranged the delectable meal-spicy and mouthwatering- Gatte ki sabzi made from gram flour, Dal Bati Churma, kalmi vada, and Ghevar in sweets made us salivate at the sight of food. Being a food addict and fan of spicy meals, I ate till my tummy allowed me. If you are fond of Indian cuisine that is spicy and tasty, then I recommend this meal otherwise you can opt for a lighter one.

Camel ride

Desert of Jaisalmer
Desert of Jaisalmer

The most exciting feature of the princely state is the Jaisalmer desert and the king of the sands, camel. At dusk, when the sun is waiting to complete its day journey, all the couples were set to go for watching the sunset on the back of the camel.

An impressive scene of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is where sands are scattered all over with camels decorated with colorful clothing and accessories. All the couples got ready for the exciting ride to reach the sunset point.

We crossed the desert with the animal showing its proficiency in walking through the soft sands. It was the first time I experienced a ride on the back of the camel. Now, comes the point when the sky turned red depicting the end of the sun’s trek which is waiting to set in the west to rest for a while. The scene was picturesque and engaging.

Sunset in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sunset in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

We waited until the sun reached home then the organizer instructed the riders to move back to reach the other end. A surprise was waiting for us as we were going to dwell in tents for the whole night.

It was in February, and the weather was cold enough to feel algidity. At first, we were upset at the idea of spending the whole night in a tent, but soon the fear went away with the wind. A planning authorities arranged the whole programme in the open with bonfires served with soft drinks and eatables. The star of the show was a dancer who was ready with typical dress and accessories to display a cultural presentation.

Cultural performances in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Cultural performance in Jaisalmer
Cultural performance in Jaisalmer

The most characteristic feature of Rajasthan is its culture that is depicted in costumes, dances, festival celebration and artistic taste of the people. The organizers properly arranged the trip and we did not miss a single event in the arty city.

Dancers and musicians performed the two cultural enactments that made our trip memorable.

Folk dance of Jaisalmer
Folk dance of Jaisalmer

The combined effect of the troop was marvelous as they were excellent in combination with each other. The vesture of the dancers was typical Rajasthani, and the performance was just brilliant.

The planners arranged the first performance for the day of arrival. When we came back after a hectic day, the tour planners arranged a breath-taking programme for us. It was excellent refreshment that rejuvenated our mind and soul. The culture of the golden state is the major tourist attraction that fascinates foreigners to visit India.

We attended the second programme on the last night, when we had to return to hometown the next morning. An open ground was selected for the performance beside the tents where we were intended to stay at night.

Jaisalmer is the cultural hub of Rajasthan; a city full of colors, art, and architecture! I suggest you to research about the city before beginning your excursion to take full benefit of the journey time. Never miss the magnificence of the site, or you will rue until you get a second chance!

Dubai tour- Plan for a marvelous trek!

Whenever I plan to travel, I think about fun and excitement at the peak. This time it’s Dubai- a city on my list of 5 top exotic destinations in the world. The grand architecture and sparkling nightlife allures visitors to plan a Dubai tour.

Dubai attractions

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Dubai tour
Burj Khalifa, Dubai

It is the tallest building in UAE with a total height of 829.8 meters. A masterpiece and a must see the place in Dubai is Burj Khalifa that created records in tallest service elevator in the world, the highest occupied floor in the world and the highest number of storeys in the world. You can experience yourself at sky heights by the use of elevator from where you can look down to see the human-made wonders.

Buy tickets to view from 125th and 148th floors as the view is spectacular. You can satisfy your hunger on the 122nd floor with a variety of food items available.

• Miracle garden, Dubai

Miracle garden, Dubai
Dubai tour
Miracle garden, Dubai
Dubai tour

14th February is celebrated in the world as the day for lovers. Miracle garden was launched in Dubai on this day. A typical garden with millions of flower varieties to allure visitors and setting up a romantic atmosphere is a speciality of this place. The flowers are organized in the form of different structures like Airbus A380 finding a place in Guinness world record.

The amenities to facilitate tourist visit to the garden include toilets, security rooms, open parking, prayer room, VIP parking and more. The flower garden made up of 9 domes in 1800 square meters area sufficient for 300 persons is a 3D butterfly garden.

The garden is formed with greenery and colourful flowers, but this is an exceptional piece of art to be appreciated by all.

The closing time for the garden is in the summers when the area is being renovated.

• Ferrari world

Ferrari world in Dubai
Dubai attractions

An easy way to Ferrari world is through E11 highway. A nice place in Abu Dhabi for kids to enjoy is Ferrari world. If you love adventures, this world’s largest theme park is worth visiting. It includes gaming attractions like Racing Legends and Tyre twist and adventures like Fiorano GT challenge; Formula Rossa is there for endless fun.

The theme park is one of the major Dubai tourist attractions with engaging activities to thrill. The faster roller-coaster in the world is Formula Rossa. Imagine the fun in Ferrari world!

The opening hours are- 11:00 AM to 20:00 PM every day. Outside food, smoking and pets are not allowed.

Palm Atlantis

Palm Atlantis, Dubai
Dubai tour

A human-made island in the heart of Dubai is Palm Atlantis that is being crowded with luxurious resorts, hotels and restaurants. Adventurous trip of the area includes activities like skydive above the island and sailing around in a speedboat. The spot is not only beautiful but provides a wonderful experience with fantastic views of Arabian Gulf and Burj Khalifa.

The island is built in the shape of a palm tree exquisitely embedded in the waters providing the exclusive view of the beautiful isle.

Dubai Frame

Dubai frame
Dubai tour

An architectural splendour in Dubai is Dubai frame made of glass, steel, aluminium and concrete and designed in such a way that the older parts of the city are visible at one side and representative landmarks are on the other. It is considered as ‘the biggest picture frame on the planet’.

An attraction for the tourists and visitors, Dubai frame, has been built at the cost of 250 million dollars. The two glass towers of 150 meters height connected by 93 meters bridge at the top. The 3D pictures in the frame depict the past, present and stages of development of the city of Dubai. The frame is now open to the public from January 2018 as a New Year gift.

Dubai Aquarium

Dubai is popular for aquariums and underwater zoo. We watched one of the aquariums in Palm Atlantis Hotel situated on the human-made island of the same name. A variety of fishes including big ones like sharks were visible. The view was awesome for all of us as millions of species in vibrant colours were present in the water.

The beauty of life was admired in the transparent waters by adults and kids alike. Another attraction was the underwater zoo in the Dubai Mall, third floor. It was home to a large number of marine species, open to swimming with an oxygen tank.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Get the experience of iconic Dubai in one the five most famous hotels- Burj Al Arab. Grand interior, splendid lifestyle, superior suites, luxurious dining marks the extravagant living in Burj. It is the third tallest hotel in the world constructed on an artificial island and is connected to the land with a curving bridge. The shape resembles the sail of a ship, and the hotel is one of the best in Dubai. Although it is meant for riches yet is a major attraction in the city.

Desert Safari

If you are searching for some fun and adventure, then opt for desert safari! It is one of the popular activities of Dubai. They are well-planned by the event planners and include entertainment along with Arabian cuisine while travelling through the sand.

The experiences of riding on camel or hummer are different, and you can select according to your convenience. You will get barbeque dinner, and skiing, sand boarding, a view of Dubai sunset, a taste of Arabian coffee, exotic dates, sheesha and more.

Jumeirah Beach

The magnificent Jumeirah beach with white sands is another Dubai tourist attraction. It welcomes you to relax, take sunbath during daytime or put your back against the mat when the sun is setting. The entry is free, but you need to hire beds and umbrellas during the day. The area is flooded with restaurants and cafes with well-maintained surroundings.

A portion of the beach is reserved for the guests of Burj Al Arab while remaining is open to the public. A jogging track is available for visitors with other water sports for fun. Do not forget to take sunblock to keep you safe against the scorching heat of the sun.

Best time to visit Dubai

My favourite time to visit any place is when the atmosphere is favourable. In Dubai, the season is friendly from October to March. In January, the temperature falls to as low as 15 degrees. You can choose festive seasons to enjoy in Dubai during this period. The Dubai world cup horse race is organised from March to April; the Dubai shopping festival from January to February, Dubai Tennis championship and Dubai International Jazz festival during February and March and International film festival is celebrated from November to December.

Now, what are you waiting for, get your bags packed and get, set, go for a Dubai tour!

10 best travel tips

Being a travel addict, I have gained vast experience in tourism. Here, I am providing the top travel tips for a comfortable journey. Plan your vacation with our travel advice and have a great time ahead!

1. Selection of the destination

The first step towards traveling is the choice of the location. We suggest to properly inquiring about the place before starting packing. The weather, local conditions, mode of transport, sights to visit, things to do, food courts, hotels, and more must be well-known in advance to avoid any mishaps or inconvenience. Plan your vacation wisely to make it a memorable one.

2. Travel packing tips

The next step is to pack the bags. Make a list of all necessary things with medicines, paper napkins, chargers, lotions, make-up kits, sunscreens, goggles, and electronics. Try to make fewer packages and carry a bag along with you with all essential belongings to be used while traveling.

3. Always carry an extra

Pre-plan the outfits but don’t forget to take one or two other get-ups. In the same manner, pack an extra pair of socks, undergarments, handkerchiefs, shoes, spectacles, toothbrush, undergarments, batteries for mobile and camera, and toothbrush.

4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

If you are carrying credit/debit card along with cash, then we advise you to put them at different places of your packages.

5. Personal bag

Take a personal bag along with you while traveling either by train or plane. If you need to deposit your bags at the airport to be taken back to your destination, you might not face difficulties for necessary things. Carry essential medicines, hankey, some sweets, paper napkins, etc. in your carry bag.

6. Take care of your health issues

A few folks feel uncomfortable in the icy cold, but they dare to travel in snowy areas. At this time, it becomes indispensable that you not only carry your medicines but also inform your family doctor about your visit so that he may advise you to take necessary precautions. In the same manner, if you cannot tolerate harsh hot weather, plan your trip when the season is friendly.

7. Documents

Don’t forget to take a copy of every certificate to be carried while traveling. Keep the soft copy of your ids in your mail. Besides taking documents in the carry bag, put the prints in another package so that you may not face any problem in case of any mishap. Alternatively, you can scan and mail yourself to be taken out any time.

8. Stay stylish

As said earlier, it is sensible to carry lightweight to enjoy the trip, but it is wiser to carry a few fashionable attires along with basics to let you stay gorgeous during the tour. The most common lower are black and blue jeans; all tops match with these. Some swim fits, exclusive scarfs, casual one-piece, a few colorful outfits, a short skirt, cardigan are some other clothes that will make you fashionable during the journey. Footwears are another significant things that complement the dress-up. A few colorful shoes with some elegant ones will be enough. The daily wear slipper must be unique to walk the street.

9. Choose your travel destinations wisely

It is advisable to select the places to visit during the trip to avoid any discrepancy during traveling and save time. Try to spend more time at one place rather than traveling in haste from one place to another. You can enjoy every place by spending time with friends and family.

10. Travelling with kids

Now, it makes a whole new point when you are going with kids you need to care a lot about unexpected things or mishaps. Take a first-aid box along with you so to face any accident during traveling. Enquire about the weather condition at the location where you are planning to visit. Take clothes accordingly and put some extras. Pack some travel books, stuffed toys, and other indoor games along with your luggage for kids to enjoy while residing in. Spare time to rest during the tour to avoid weariness. When you are moving to see any destination, don’t forget to take some snacks with you.

I provided you with top travel tips to help you enjoy a hassle-free trip alone or with your nears and dears.