First Destination: Delhi to Jaipur
Distance: 300 km
Approx time: 6 hours
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is blessed with a history of kings and queens, royal stay options, fantastic cuisine, and of course, some great shopping options. The place is also called the Pink City. Recently, the city was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. To reach Jaipur, hit the NH 48 for a smooth ride.
Things to do and see in Jaipur:
Amer Fort: Famous for its endearing mirror work, the fort and its history come alive with the evening light and sound show. The elephant rides uphill to the fort entrance and ‘Amber by night’ allows tourists to see the charmingly lit chowks and mahals.
Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal, famous as the palace of the winds, is one of the best places to see in Jaipur. The immensely breezy palace provides a spectacular view of the city below. The panoramic views of the palace and the shimmering city are a treat to the eyes.
Johari Bazaar: Famous for its amazing collection of precious gemstones, costume jewellery, bangles, traditional clothes, textiles and a lot more, Johari Bazaar and MI Road are among key tourist places in Jaipur.
Elefantastic: A major one among tourist attractions of Jaipur, Elefantastic famous for its unique concept of a small elephant farm in a village. Here people love elephants and are educated about their medicines, treatment, diet and so on. So, even the animal lovers can visit this place and show some affection to the tuskers. An Elephant safari is what you can’t miss here!
Second destination: Jaipur to Mount Abu
Distance: 500 km
Approx time: 10 hours
Located in the Sirohi district, Mount Abu is a popular tourist spot and is known for its scenic beauty and idyllic charm. It is the highest peak in the Aravalli mountain range.
Mount Abu is also known for its moderate climate. The weather remains pleasant all year. Being a popular hill station, Mount Abu draws hundreds of tourists. In addition to scenic beauty, there are also some historical and religious monuments in the area.
Things to do and see in Mount Abu:
Trek to Guru Shikhar: Guru Sikhar is the highest peak of Aravalli. It is at an elevation of 1,722 metres and a trek to this fascinating spot is among the most exciting activities in Mount Abu.
Adventure caving: If you love adventure and are in a dilemma about what to do in Mount Abu other than trekking, make sure you include spelunking or adventure caving in your list of activities. The place has many mountain caves like Champaa Caves and what’s better than engaging in a thrilling cave exploration trip.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary: Visiting Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary and spotting exotic wildlife and birds is a matter of delight and excitement for people of all age groups. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of endangered species of flora and fauna and makes a perfect paradise for bird and wildlife lovers.
Nakki Lake: Scenic Nakki Lake, the town’s focus, is one of Mount Abu’s biggest attractions. It’s so named because, according to legend, it was scooped out by a god using his nakh (nails). It’s a pleasant 45-minute stroll around the perimeter – the lake is surrounded by hills, parks and strange rock formations. The best known, Toad Rock, looks like a toad about to hop into the lake.A land of colour, culture and spectacular topography, Kutch with its rustic beauty is nothing less than a pictorial wonderland. Kutch, the land of the creators, myriad colors, and infinite variety, is the place where time has left its footprints.
Things to do and see in Kutch:
Rann of Kutch: With Thar Desert on one side and Arabian Sea on the other, Rann of Kutch is a spellbinding marvel of sand and salt. It is the most popular attraction of all tourist places in Kutch. The desert sparkles on full moon nights and offers a spectacular view.
Mandvi Beach: Mandvi is one of the most popular beach destinations of Kutch and offers an awesome view of the sea and the shoreline. The beach is clean and tranquil and makes for a perfect location for those long evening walks.
Siyot Caves: Siyot Caves are ancient caves that date back to the first century AD. The paintings and folklore of the cave carvings and sculptures depict historical events like Chinese migration to India. The place pulls history enthusiasts from all over the world to this little known place in Kutch.
Topansar Lake: Located at the heart of Mandvi city, the Topansar Lake is one of the mesmerising tourist places in Kutch. It is also a bird watcher’s paradise as numerous migratory birds are seen during winter.