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7 Places to Go Soul Searching in The Desert

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The thar desert on the white salt flats of the rann are lands where colours, the desert, forts, camels, traditional food and folk music conspire to make a traveller its own. HolidayIQ reviewers give you 7 pitstops while your out on a solo soul searching jouney through the land of the Thar. 

1. Jaisalmer

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Fort | Desert | Safari | Village
HolidayIQ Reviewer Asraf says, “Feel the THAR Desert- The land of Golden Sand...Feel the THAR Desert- The land of Golden Sand In a word, it's beautiful, picturesque, a large Sand dunes without any vegetation at Sam Village - land of golden colour fine and supreme quality Sand. But don't expect the desert feel without any vegetation miles after miles, only sand and sand as we used to see in movie. The reality is individual long Sand dunes are there with small or without vegetation but not like the filmy one (that type of desert are might be protected by Govt. And not accessible/ allowed to the common tourists without permit).” Read Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer ABHINAV Kumar adds, “The dunes Though the Jaisalmer region is full of such dunes, but Sam Sand dunes is quite famous among the tourists. For the majestic view of sunset and sunrise and moonlit view of night must stay here. The Dune is located near Sam village is one hour drive from Jaisalmer. ” Read Full Review

2. Pushkar

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Temple | Desert | Peaceful | Safari
HolidayIQ Reviewer Trevor Saldanha says, “There are several Temples all over the place and it is also very popular with foreigners. There are stalls selling local Rajasthani Handicrafts and Leather items all over along with food stalls and Tea vendors as well. The Malpua made here in the sweet shops is supposed to be very famous. The special Tea with spices brewed and served in mud cups (khullars) is also very popular. There are plenty of camels all around as Pushkar hosts the largest camel Fair in the world. On the way, you will see hordes of Monkeys too, who wait at certain spots on the side of the road for motorists to stop and feed them. A Holy and Interesting place to visit.” Read Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Rajat Chandani shares, “The trek to this temple is totally worth it After a tiring trek, you get to this temple. It's a small place, but once you have done the trek, you will be so happy to see this temple. There is a small point inside the temple, where you can just sit and relax, see the life go on down the mountain. You can even go further above on the mountain, which is an awesome experience.” Read Full Review

3. Bikaner

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Fort | History | Desert | Palace
HolidayIQ Reviewer PRITVI KANCHI shares, “Bikaner is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Rajasthan. The must-visit attractions around Rajasthan include the iconic Junagarh Fort, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary and the popular Jain Temple. The Junagarh Fort was constructed by Raja Rai Singh in the year 1593. ” Read Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Traveler InMe adds, “It was fun watching the huge number of camels in a place. Pretty quiet and peaceful lot. There was a separate enclosure for the males, females and calves while the aggressive and sick have special enclosures. There are guides to show you around though I think they need to share and show more for what they charge.” Read Full Review

4. Bhuj

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Desert | Village | Culture | Serene
HolidayIQ Reviewer Prashanth Dsouza adds, “Will leave your mind comfortably Numb We saw this place at sunrise, then at sunset and finally on a full moon night. Each of the experience is unique and awe inspiring. The first time we went was during the sunset on a camel cart ride. This is actually a true way to experience the traditional mode of travel on the ship of the desert. We were dropped just at the edge of the white salt desert.” Read Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Vasu k shares, “White crystalline blanket over sand We recently visited Ran of Kutch. It is definitely nature's wonder in all sense. It is approx. 70 km from Bhuj. The road from Bhuj to Ran of Kutch is all empty and barren. No hotels or shops are there in the surrounding. You need to take a permit for entering in Ran of Kutch. From there you can take your vehicle to a tower-like structure from where the actual ran starts. From that point, you need to take camel cart safari to enter in the desert.” Read Full Review

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5. Jodhpur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta says, “nvincible and mighty Fort The name Mehrangarh began to appear in chronicles and poems. Mehra is a Rajasthani word for the Sun and it is not at all unlikely that the Suryavanshi Rathores (Sun Dynasty) would name their first citadel in their mythological ancestors honor. ” Read Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Shaifali Mishra adds, “Among the best forts in Rajasthan Its among the best forts in Rajasthan, and trust me I have visited enough to know which ones are best taken care of. It's got the best view of Jodhpur, though the climb up to the fort is a bit tiring. The blue city is beautifully spread below this magnificent architecture....It's also got a temple on one corner where many worshipers come everyday. The bus parking is bit away from the fort, you can either walk or take a jeep to the entry gate of the fort. It's also got camel and elephant rides to the entry gate. ” Read Full Review

6. Kuldhara

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HolidayIQ reviewer Anushweta says, "Kuldhara is a supposedly a haunted village where one surely feels the sadness of once lively town with barren roads and devastated surroundings. Although not sure if it really is haunted or not but one can surely feel the negativity in the air." 

HolidayIQ reviewer Suhani says, "A village known as Kuldhara Village about 20 kms from Jaisalmer is an abandoned and cursed village and it has a story to tell. About 200 years ago, Kuldhara was the home to Paludal Brahmins. During that time, Salim Singh was the Diwan of Jaisalmer who was known for dissipation. He set eyes on the beautiful daughter of the chief of the village. He was so adamant in having her that he warned every villagers if they didn't give him the girl he will burdened them with heavy taxes. Brahmins were very staunch towards their principles. Fearing the Salim Singh, instead of giving their daughter, the villagers left their homes and their belongings and ran away to a place which no one knows till date. But before leaving, they cursed the place- that no one would be able to live there again."

7. Bundi

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HolidayIQ reviewerTraveller Inme says, "In ancient times Bundi and its surrounding places was inhabited by many local tribes, of which the Meena tribe was the most prominent... Explore Bundi The city retains its old world charm, simplicity and slow pace. Narrow lanes, blue houses, colorful turbans and bright attires of women adding splashes of colors here and there. It is a less visited place by the domestic tourists (unlike to a few predictable places of Rajasthan) though quite popular with the foreign tourists."

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