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Bikaner Junagarh fort by a Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   16 July 2019  

It was such a tough decission to chose our next destination though we had not seen Jaipur fully. But it was decided that we will see other site in next winters. We were having 2 ways. Either go to Bikaner and from where we can go to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer OR go to Tonk and from their see Chittorgarh, Udaipur and reach to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
 
After much of discussion between Saurabh and me, we decided to take a longer route for Bikaner. It was decided because we were having limited time. 
 
Distance between Jaipur and Bikaner is roughly 350km and that means minimum 6 hrs journey. And so it took. Almost by evening we reached to Bikaner. Did little bit of sight seeing from our car for the city and then decided a hotel which was just a road cross from Bikaner fort (Junagarh fort) and we were allowed to access its roof top which was my priority to get some good clicks.

















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City Palace Jaipur by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   13 July 2019  
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and now here I am starting Chapter 3. A Little changes in writing this way (like writing for a day details) is because of the videos I am making and by doing this, I can also share a large no. of images with you all.
 
So without wasting the time, let's start...
 
After Nahargarh fort, Saurabh and I went to City Palace. City palace is beautiful. It was once the seat of kings as from here the city was used to ruled after the Royal family shifted from Amber fort. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in year 1700s. It have gardens, palace complex and museum. 

 
















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Nahargarh fort by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   11 July 2019  
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Day 2 and it was a lazy morning as I was quite tired from very first day of our trip. I never thought that I would be running here and there to see and capture everything. The main reason I feel that it's because of video part I started. Though it was fun.
 
So morning we reached to Nahargarh. It was hot even in January at Jaipur. 
Nahargarh fort open around 10 am and close at 5 pm and entry fee for Indians is Rs. 25/- and for foreigners it is somewhat around Rs. 200/-. Reaching to this place is easy. You can get taxi or even Auto and few local bus also go there.
 
Earlier Nahargarh was named Sudharshangarh but later it changed to Nahargarh which means abode of tigers. And there is history why the name changed to Nahagarh.
According to local people, the fort was named as Nahargarh due to the spirit of Nahar singh Rathore. During the construction of this fort, labors  found a starnge things started occuring again and again. Whatever they built in earlier day it get destroyed when they come back in morning. When Maharaja Jai singh discovered that this land is haunted by a spirit. They made a shrine where Nahar singh spirt could reside and hence the name changed to Nahargarh fort. After building the shrine, no such incidence ever happened.













 
 
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Jaigarh fort and Amber fort in Night

Posted Date :   08 July 2019  
"So Sir, what's the plan" Saurabh asked
"Plan ! the plan is that there is no plan actually" I Shrugged my shoulders with it and which is very much me.
I know, no matter how much he was ready to co-operate with me, but he was kind of surprised.
 
and as I noted his expressions, I told him, our first destination is Jaipur, only this much I know and what we are going to see there or what's our other destination, frankly, I do not have any idea about it. 
 
We left Agra on time as we desired, we get little bit of late as this going to be my first time to make videos of the places we will be visiting. Yes, it is difficult to make videos of your own especially if you are not planned for it. But, that's how life goes on. You make plan and then they get cancelled and then you feel bad or sad. So with life experiences I thought not to make any plans.
 
So we reached Jaipur quite late due to making of videos, booked a hotel and decided to go to Jaigarh fort first. I had visited Jaipur earlier also and saw most of the places but for Saurabh, it was all new. It was also new to me if I count myself in making videos. 
 
So let me tell you little about Jaigarh fort. It is big, I many very big. It is stretched like 3 km in length. You can bring your vehical inside the fort and that't the plus point of it, atleast one don't have to walk for this much. Car fees is like Rs. 50/- only. And the first thing I will suggest you to go and see the biggest Canon of that time ... "Jaivana" ...















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Stunning Star Trails Pictures

Posted Date :   03 August 2018  

Wonderful collection of Star Trails pictures by A MANGO TRAVELER

 


(Spiti Valley - Kee Monastary)

 


(Parashar lake)

 


(Kasol)

 


(Jaisalmer fort)

 


(Leh Palace, Leh)

 


(Barda bagh, Jaisalmer) 

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9 Great Black and White Photographs of Varanasi Ganga Aarti In Evening

Posted Date :   04 June 2017  

Watching Ganga Aarti was a Bliss for me. Few of the photographs i prepared in black and white. Hope you all like it to 


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The Oldest City of the World - Varanasi

Posted Date :   23 May 2017  

Though I had visited lots of places in India now, but first I am going to take you to Varanasi for many reasons, first  its an oldest inhabitant city in the world. The city which was found by Lord Rudra / Shiva. The city which was once witnessed Kabir daas innocence and Gautam Buddha with his first Sermons.

Much is been written for Varanasi and not much introduction is needed for this city. I will be focusing about my experiences and the photographs I clicked there.

First thing First, Since its an oldest city of the world, expect lot of crowd here. Traffic is difficult to get manage here. Though after the recent government under guidance honorable Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi (who is also MP of this city), much things are changed. Ghats(river side) are cleaner than earlier and lot of progress is done from past 2 years. Still lot more to happen.

If you are traveling by your own car, expect traffic on National highway also (either from Kolkata side or from Allahabad side) as it is in construction process, roads are getting broad, many flyovers are into making to pass all small villages which are near the road side. I am hoping things will get change a lot in next 2-3 years.

 

What one should not do if traveling alone in this city...

1.       Weed –  Since it’s a city of Lord Shiva, Weed and all sorts are natural dopes are easily available here. Do not try this until you are in group or you are super adventurous. However, my personal advice is not to have it at all, whether you are with group or travelling alone. Also please note that it is not legally allowed to have it and it also injurious to your health. If you traveling single in this city, never ever try it. When alone never give any positive signal to unknown fellow who claim that he will guide you and make everything available to you.

2.       If you are traveling alone with your own car (which I did) do not take your 4 wheel to Ghats sides like Assi ghat and Dashashwamedha Ghat.  These are the oldest part of the city. You are going to stuck in traffic and rarely you get any parking there. I too got stuck here and to get a parking, I had to stay in local hotel in this area and the parking I got was somewhere I never dream to park. I was constantly worried for my car.

3.       Better to book hotel, prior to your visit. I personally had a bad experience while searching the hotel near the Ghats. I was been rejected since I was traveling Single and i was almost missed the Ganga aarti due to this.

 

What one should do in Varanasi -

1.       Talking about where to go in Varanasi. First thing First. Watch Ganga Aarti in evening. One of the wonderful activity going on here from Ages. It is said that this Aarti (prayer to river Ganga) was started by King Dashrath (father of lord Rama). Now a days, they had made 2 points of Ganga Aarti. First point is same with 5 priests (the oldest known) and the other point is with 7 priest, started in 1980s. 2 points are made because so many people come to watch it daily. Yes Both are at the same Dashashwamedha Ghat. There is no fees to watch Ganga Aarti. You can watch Aarti from both Gath (from the ground) and from the standing boats on the river. Boat may charge you with Rs. 20-50/- per head. To get the nearest place to watch Aarti is like first come first basis. However, at the end you can donate to the NGO running this Ganga Aarti continuously 365 days a year.
Ganga Aarti start around 6 pm and its better to reach around 5 pm to get the nearest place to sit or if you want to click some good photographs, come around 4.30 pm.

 

 
 (Everyday Ghats were cleaned up for Ganga Aarti)

 



(After Cleaning the Ghat, staging is done for priest to perform the prayers)

 


(During Ganga Aarti, Priests among all other people offering their prayers)

 

2.       Second important thing at Dashashwamedha Ghat is Vishwanath temple. Ask anybody there for Vishwanath Gali and you will reach there. Temple normally opens at 4 am and remain open till 11 pm. There is no fees for its entry.

3.       If you want to explore Ghats, there is no use of taking local guides which are roaming around there on ghats or roads. While walking in the narrow pathways of Varanasi, keep your eyes open for Monkeys too. Yes there are lot of monkeys in this place. Which are actually master in stealing anything hanging around you. They can even bite you if you resist. Be careful.


(The Prince looking from his Royal window for best opportunity :D)
 

4.       Visit the old Narrow paths of Varanasi. These narrow paths seems endless with numerous turns and twist. Old houses, small markets in there, coffee shops etc. As a traveler you will surely love it.

 
(Narrow streets of Varanasi. Father helping his son to ride a bicycle)

                            

 
(Small markets of these streets and there are numerous of them like this)

 


(Old buildings and some unknown stories behind them)

5.       Do not sleep in morning here or you will miss something great. Rise early and reach to Dashashwamedha ghat before sunrise. Witness beautiful sunrise from here. You can have a boat ride in morning. Boat price can vary depending upon how you want to go. I taken a personal boat which charged me around 800/- and took me from Dashashwamedha ghat to almost 2 km towards Assi Ghat  and then back to Manikarnika Ghat and again to Dashashwamedha Ghat. If you going in group, you can get in Rs. 100/-300/- per head. Bargain well here. Lots of boats are available.

 
(Morning Ganga Aarti)

 

 
(Enjoy the morning boat ride)


 
(Yes Morning at Varanasi Ghats are too early. Normal routine work for Priests and devotees)


 
(Take a bath in most sacred river of India - Maa Ganga)
 

6.       What is real truth of Life. Some will say “Death” is the real truth. Yes it is one of the real truth of Life. I am saying one of the real truth as life cannot be contained in single dimesion. If you too agree, then visit Manikarnika Ghat. It is said who dies in Varanasi, straight go to God’s abode. In India, devotees of Shiva desire to die in Varanasi. Manikarnika Ghat is for all the ones who died in Varanasi. Dead bodies get burn here, with all the auspicious Vedic mantras chanted by priests.

 
(A View of Manikarnika Ghat from the boat)


(Manikarnika Ghat. Photo credits Shubham Keshari)

 

7.       Best time to visit Varanasi I personally feel is from November to March. When little bit of winters start here. You can also visit Varanasi at dev depawali (oct. / Nov.). In Dev depawali, all ghats of Varanasi (around 80+) were lit with thousands of earth lamps. And at Maha-shivratri when Naga babas also visit here (around feb. / March). But remember and be sure there will be a large crowd on these days.
if you love to click photographs, you can also come in January when Fog engulf northern India and you can get some timeless photos of devotees here.


(Spotted a Naga baba)



(Varanasi Ghats in Winters - Photo credits 
Shubham Keshari)
 

8.       Apart from all this, just 10-15 km from the main city you can visit Sarnath, where Gautam Buddha given his first sermons, but I will talk about this later.
 

If you really love to visit historical places. Visit Varanasi.
 

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