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India is one

Hanumangarh was the first city from where I left at the earliest during this whole journey, i.e., at 5:50 am as I had Bathinda as my destination and I was pretty excited about it. Very soon I crossed Rajasthan and entered Haryana, the state where I was born. But my stint in Haryana was for just 40 km, after which I entered Punjab. I was in Rajasthan for 17 days, which is the longest I [...]

Ride in desert

I left the gurudwara at 6:35 a.m. and again got on road. There was desert on both sides, but it was not for long, as after 50 km of cycling, my time in the desert was over when I entered the Suratgarh city. After I crossed the city, I found the striking contrast between the both ends of the city: on the side from which I entered was desert and the side I exited from [...]

April 20, 2014
Front view of the fort

I have not come across such a huge and complex structure of a fort so far during my cycling journey. I have been to many forts in South India and other parts but the Junagrah Fort is what actually impressed me with its structure, the way it was built, and how it has been well maintained with all the royal heritage excellently preserved. The Junagarh Fort is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan [...]

At the entrance of the temple

Famously known for rats in its premises, the Karni Mata temple is situated 30 km south of Bikaner at Deshnoke. Had I not located it beforehand on my GPS, I would have missed it and reached Bikaner because I had it in my mind that this temple of rats was in Bikaner. So I visited it during my day cycling trip before reaching Bikaner. Not many people passing through this town of Deshnoke on the [...]

Geared up to save myself from heat

While cycling from Nagaur to Bikaner, I felt the real desert heat as I was heading towards the desert city of Bikaner. Sand beside long, lonely roads has its own beauty and I was quite mesmerised by it. The scorching heat of sun was felt less as I was completely involved in the surroundings and in the excitement of reaching Bikaner. I have been hearing about this beautiful city a lot from an Army officer [...]

Health care center for cows

Bidding goodbye to the Blue City, I left for Nagaur. My timing was good from the very start, and I covered 65 km in the first three hours. My friend’s mom packed some food for my journey. I came across a hospital for cows and other animals, which is quite famous in the whole of Jodhpur and Bikaner district. It was a very happening day, filling me with the thrill of anticipating the unknown. I [...]

Turbans

Jodhpur, formerly known as Marwar, the capital of the Rajput rulers, has long history of various traditions which are followed till date. I too wanted to have a glimpse into it, so went around exploring with another friend. In earlier times, cities like Bikaner, Jalore, Pali, Nagaur, Jodhpur, etc., were united and known as Marwar. They later on got their own identity and now, Marwar is no longer used for the name of any city. [...]

April 9, 2014
Mehrangarh Fort

The imposing structure of the Mehrangarh Fort, spread across 5 km on a hilltop, can be seen from all over Jodhpur. The foundation stone of this fort was laid in 1459 by Rao Jodha as he felt that his thousand-year-old fort at Mandore was too weak to provide security to the family. This fort is at an elevation of 122 metres from the Jodhpur city and offers a very beautiful view of the “Blue City”. [...]

Jaswant Thada Mausoleum

A magnificent example of Indian architectural expertise, the Jaswant Thada is a white marble mausoleum (made of very thin sheets) built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singhji II of Jodhpur. It was built by his son Maharaja Sardar Singhji in 1899 and was completed in 1906. It is often called as  the “Taj Mahal of Marwar”. The thin marble sheets have been so that when the sun’s rays fall on the stone, it appears [...]