Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Driving on the Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer Highway

On Monday I planned to go to Jaipur for some work and took the NH 8, Delhi-Jaipur Highway early morning. It was wonderful travelling on this wonderful highway as we made it to Jaipur with in 4 hours, but for entering main Jaipur, we took the Jaipur-Ajmer bypass and it was simply wonderful and even better than the Delhi-Jaipur leg. We travelled about 30 km on it and the part of the highway which passed through JAIPUR was on an elevated road passing through one side of the city giveing one a beautiful view of the pink city. Though we had work in Jaipur but the highway being so good we really felt like going all the way to Ajmer. Both sides are covered by a railing and there are no frquent gaps in the road giving a smooth and fast drive.

By the way if you want to have some stay options in Jaipur you can look here Jaipur Hotels & Resorts.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sariska,Rajasthan-Tigers are back

Continuning from where I left from last time about Wildlife resorts around Delhi. Went to Sariska, near Alwar on 2nd weekend of October as one of my clients Mr. Minood was doing a workshop at Sarisaka Palace on 'Rebirthing'. Sariska is a cool 3 1/2 hours drive from Delhi via Alwar(190k). Sariska is famous for it's Tiger Wild life sanctuary. Sariska and gone out of favour of wild life lovers as Sariska had lost all it's tigers to poachers and other risk fastors. It was only recently in September that a Tiger and a tigeress were airlifted from Ranthambhore, another tiger sanctuary and relocated to Sariska. That has brought life back to this Sanctuary after a long time, making it the closest place to watch Tigers Delhi. So in a way it is 'Rebirthing' for this almost dead Tiger Sanctuary. Though there are only two tigers at Sariska, people have already had sightings and close to the metalled road for that. So does't matter if you only have two days with you, start on Saturday morning from Delhi or Jaipur and stay for only one night and go watch the jungle and be back on Sunday to face the World, afresh. As far as stay is concerned, Sariska doen't give you too may options. The only worthwhile place to stay is Sariska Palace, a heritage property now converted into a hotel. It is all of 100 acres and beautiful lawns are really inviting with great rooms and food. It is a little on the costly side but look from some great offers from us at www.AroundDelhi.com. Though we did not have enough luch this time but still we saw lots of neel gai, spotted dear, langurs, monitor lizard, wild boar and lots of birds too. So I feel Sariska is one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi and Jaipur. For bookings contact us at Around Delhi-Sariska Bookings
Bye for now.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Wild Life Spots around Delhi

Staying in Delhi give you a chance to have a look at lot of wildlife options not too far from Delhi. In August on the Independence Day weekend we visited the Bhartpur Bid Sanctuary and just last week to Sariska.( Guess what am visiting Corbett in month end, lucky me).
Both the wild life and bird sanctuary we recently visited have seen revival of resorts this year. Bharatpurt or Ghana or Keoleaodeo Bird Sanctuary as it is called was almost bereft of water, swamps and birds for the last few years because of deficient rains. The migratory birds had almost stopped visiting the park and started looking at other options for nesting and laying eggs. On visiting this year it was heartening to see the park full of water and more of it still coming. We were told that they are going to start boating soon in the park, after a gap of 4-5 years. August is an early time of migration of birds but I was surprised to see the bird colonies of Painted storks, Ibis and other birds in large numbers. There were loas and oads of them and the cackle of the young ones was almost deafening. There were also other birds like kingfisher, snake bird etc. I am sure by ealry winter we will have the park full of different birds including coots, pintails and so on and maybe the elusive Siberian crane.

I would love to talk about Sariska Tiger and Sariska Palace,but it is time for dinner and I am feeling quiet hungry(less than my wife though on this Karva Chauth day). Catch you later.

For staying options at Bharatpur, follow this link-Bharatpur Hotels & Resorts


Bye,
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