This is a part of our main article “Bangalore to Ladakh by Road with Family“.
After leaving Vadodara, we were so excited to enter Rajasthan. Beginning we only had a plan of visiting Dargah at Ajmer, but later we extended it to few spots at Jaipur too.
Natural Fence were looking Beautiful.
Stopped at Hotel Radha Krishna for Lunch. Food was tasty here.
A boy at billing section made sure that we were happy and satisfied with their food.
Dusty wind on the way. Was not able to get through it. Felt like vehicle itself was shaking.
We reached Ajmer by evening on 16th May. We checked into Hotel Royal Melenge and enquired at the reception about visiting the Dargah. The Hotel staffs gave a clear information and told us that they have their own people to leave us there and return us back to the hotel. They also told us that it is not possible to take our vehicle.
But their people can take us right in front of the door in rickshaw and you have to pay for it. So we thought that will be the right option. It was really difficult to take the vehicle at Ajmer and Jaipur due to rush in the town areas and no one seems to be much cared about lane discipline here. But we could find that the people were much friendly and helpful among each other. But as an outsider it was difficult for us to bring out our vehicle from the huge traffic in the market areas and town without a scratch.
The hotel staffs informed us not to take valuables and should be very careful about your belongings. They also had dress code to allow us to enter the Dargah. The rickshaw guy came by evening. There were 2 people, the one who is driving and the other to guide us. The way to Dargah was so congested that even the rickshaw was not able to pass through. Only two wheelers can go through that place and was crowded too with shops on either side or houses sometimes. Two vehicles cannot pass through the place without scratches and the same was happening to the rickshaw we were moving and the two wheelers passing by. That was real rickshaw experience at Ajmer for us. At last we reached in front of the Dargah.
Dargah was crowded but there was no queue to enter inside. The man who was guiding us gave some more information and left us inside freely. He told to meet him at the end in the same place. So we just had a round at the Dargah. On one side many of them were sitting and praying. There were lots of shops including flower to buy for entering inside Dargah. Only if we buy anything as offering, we are allowed to enter the main entrance. Otherwise we are supposed to stand outside. We bought few flowers and entered inside. Did not stand for much time inside, the people standing inside will get the flowers from us and throw it there. They will chant prayer and we can come out.
We returned to the guide and he took us back to the hotel. While returning, we did not get a rickshaw very quickly. The one we got became repaired in between and changed. Anyway they took us back to the hotel safely. The guide left us before reaching the hotel. These are situations we are much worried while travelling. But thanks to Google Map, I always had it in my hand while in auto and was confirming the rickshaw people was taking us in the direction of hotel.
Next day early morning we left the place before traffic started. Passed through Sangeneri Gate. We wend directly to Hawa Mahal. Clicked some photos from there. Thought of visiting Jantar Mantar but our got stuck in the middle of the market area and we were not even able to move an inch. Somehow escaped from the place got the car parked and thought of walking to the sight seeing area. But walking for a few distance, we returned back as we were not much confident of the market place were we have parked our vehicle. When it comes to road trip, it is all about vehicle.
We turned towards Jal Mahal. Had breakfast from the nearby hotel and came to know that Jal Mahal can only be viewed from a distance. There is a small park or area nearby the highway and we should click photos from there. It was too hot and we were not able to stand there for long.
This is the only view we can get of Jal Mahal
There was only few distance from Hawa Mahal to Ajmer Fort. And I missed to wear the seat belt where we had to pay the money for not following the rules. There were many cops standing in front of the Fort. Those cops doesn’t look like, they were someone who were standing for our security. Guides were keeping on following and disturbing all the way. We kept avoiding and ignoring them as they were giving wrong information and trying to loot money.
Ajmer Fort was very beautiful and worth visiting. There were lot of Elephants over there which take us to the fort. You can do Elephant Safari there.
We did not spend much time there as was much disappointed with many guides, cops and traffic. We felt like leaving Rajasthan quickly. It was very hot too. We took the highway and started towards Amritsar.
It was already afternoon and was sure that we cannot reach Amritsar before 8PM. So we thought to halt at Ambala and started searching the hotels.