Saturday, October 11, 2014

Before You Go

Do a hotel research on the net looking not only for the cheapest rates but also considering the amenities and services provided, location, possible references from other people. Travel guidebooks can also be very helpful for choosing the hotel that suits you best. Be as much flexible with your trip schedule as possible.

As soon as you reserved the room(s) online, document all information about the hotel(s). The easiest way is to print out the whole page off your computer screen so you will have a clear statement that you can use as evidence in case of misplacing or incorrectly entering your information by a hotel clerk. Take a copy with you, make another one for your relatives so they will know when and where you are going to stay so they can contact you in emergency cases.


Learn the proper check-in and check-out times. Confirm the amenities and services the hotel provides. Ask for directions, a local map. Get a card with the hotel's name, address and phone number so you can show it to a taxi driver or a passer-by in the street if you get lost.

Some hotels may provide extra services that you may not know about unless you ask for it:

- laundry service, - hair dryers, - voltage-converters/ adaptors, - newspaper service, - complementary meals, - access to fax machine, copier, printer, computer, Internet connection, - cable TV, rental movies, video games, - portable beds, baby cribs, - complementary shuttle service to airport, - rental safe for your money, jewellery, documents, - telephone access charges, - fees for using mini-bar, - guided tours, excursions.


Safety should be a priority for everybody and you have to take some precautions. We devoted a whole separate page to travel safety including hotel safety measures so we will skip this part here. When you go out for the day, leave your key at the reception desk. Confirm closing time. Some hotels do lock up at night and you're expected to keep the key if you stay out late.


Check out your room for left-behind items. If you need extra time for staying over the regular check-out time (usually it ranges from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m), make a request in advance or the hotel may charge you an additional night.

Review the hotel bill making sure that all charges are accurate.

We wish you a successful and safe trip!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Five Great Travel Survival Tips

In one way or another, traveling is known to be one outlet for the adventurous aspect of a lot of people. Sure, traveling can be one heck of a fun activity. However, one is never sure on what untoward incident that can be encountered while enjoying the sights and scenes during the trip.

To avoid getting caught off guard while traveling, here are a few tips to ensure survival while traveling:

1. Know your water.

Ever heard of the traveler's diarrhea? This condition is caused by contaminated water that a foreigner has drunk. Aside from that diarrhea, a list of diseases abounds due to contaminated water. To prevent getting any of those water-borne diseases, make sure you boil your drinking water for at least 10 minutes.

2. Milk will do.

Remember that thing they say regarding milk as the complete food? It still is true. As long as you boil it for at least 10 minutes too, like how you should have your water, it will serve as one of your best sources of nutrition. Local processed milk products may not be safe for your tummy, better opt for a more popular brand of milk product.

3. Vitamins Schmitamins.

Bringing vitamins will help in warding off many of the diseases that an unguarded (with resistance-building supplements) person may be so prone to. Multivitamins can be more convenient to bring than separate vitamins for various needs.

4. Battling extreme temperatures.

Doing one's homework before going to any foreign country will save one from a lot of trouble. These troubles may include temperature or weather induced inconveniences. An online consultation will inform one what to bring to gear up against any problem that may be caused by the weather or temperature.

If you are to go to one hot spot of the world, your luggage will benefit a lot since you don't have to bring a heavy and thick wardrobes. Now if you are about to visit a place like Antarctica, one tip is to choose well your clothes so as not to stock up much on those that you will not be using that much.

5. Taking care of your skin.

Don't forget your bottle of moisturizer if you're going somewhere cold. A sunscreen will be very indispensable too. A lotion or anything that will ward off insects is one must-have that should never be overlooked either. One best advice that is applicable too even when you're not traveling that much is to avoid getting sun exposure as much as possible.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


The ancient stepwell at Abhaneri as Chand Baoli, is approximately 65 feet deep, with 3500 steep steps making up 13 levels-much like an inverted pyramid.  The isolated and historic location of Abhaneri village, about 100 km from Jaipur, was probably once a great center of arts, as suggested by its sculpture and architecture.  Most of the areas monuments have fallen victim to ravages of time, but just across the stepwell lies the 7th century Harshat Mata temple.  Its elaborate carvings evocative of the temples of Kajuraho.  However, Abhaneri is worth visiting the Chand Baoli alone.  The many baolis of Rajasthan once functioned as community centers, and are all impressive architectural structures.  Abhaneri’s stepwall is no exception; it is a huge, awesome construction inset with fine decorative panels and carved pillars.  Several balconies at various levels are set around the stepwall and you can almost hear the long-gone echoes of villagers gathered around the pool of water at the base.  Adjoining the Chand Baori, there is a temple, dedicated to Harshat Mata. This temple serves as the other tourist attraction of Abhaneri. Raised during the 10th century, the wrecks of the temple still boast of the architectural and sculptural styles of ancient India. Harshat Mata is considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness. The temple is worth visiting for its amazing architecture, which belongs to the medieval India. Abhaneri has a glorious past and, attracts tourists to its threshold, from all over the world.


A walk through Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur is like a walk thorugh history with its various power struggles and intrigues.  Ahhichatragarh Fort lies in the town of Nagaur, which is at one end of the Thar Desert midway between the cities of Jodhpur and Bikaner.  Built between 1119 and 1121, the fort was a much coveted prize for rulers as Nagaur was a stragetic trade center. Successive maharajas and sultans battled for control and each king made additions to the fort.  The fort’s strategic location made it a very important possession and several battles were fought as a series of rulers attempted to retain supremacy.  The Ahhichatragarh Fort has two temples; one is devoted to Krishna and the other to Ganesha.  Emporer Shah Jahan built a mosque inside the fort complex, when it was under the control of Mughals.  The visitor can see the Rajput and Mughal influenced palaces and buildings, temples, and mosques along with carved baoris, gardens, and a much admired water system, which used to recycle every drop of water and it is in the shadow of this impressive fort that the annual Nagaur Cattle Fair is held.  Reputed to be second largest cattle fair in India, the Nagaur Fair sees camel races, tug-of-war, and folk music and dance, apart from main business of cattle trade.  The nearest airport is at Jodhpur 137 km from Nagaur.  Nagaur is well connected by railways from major Rajasthan cities.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


This is a home stay with former nobility-high points are the outdoor activities, great food, and relaxed fun.  It is an ideal rest-stop for tourists on a whistle-stop tour of Rajasthan.  It should also be a great weekend destination for people wondering where to take/send their tired relatives.  The things to see and do are row on Khirsagar lake and look at birds and flowering lotuses.  Cycle along the Nahar Sagar reservoir embankment and picnic at the farm.  Visit the Joshi family in Shahpura, acclaimed painters of phad (epic scrolls).  Ramble through the kitchen garden identifying vegetables and herbs (for a pair of neurotic pair of geesel).  Wander through the Shahpura bazaar and buy a pair of mojaris (Rajasthani shoes).  Sit in the sun with chai or a beer and a good book and find youself snoozing.  Soak in the bathtub with the bath salts provided and a glass of wine on hand.

GETTING THERE by road Shahpura is 220 km from Jaipur or Udaipur about four hours on excellent uncongested roads.  If you are driving from Delhi, turn off NH79 just short of Ajmer, at Nasirabad.  Drive on and again turn of the highway at Gulabpura for the last 40 Km.  You could drive the full eight hours straight from Delhi.  By train Ajmer (120km) is the nearest station.  CONTACT:  Sat Singh 9828122012, Maya Singh 9828122013,

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Crafts In Barmer

This arid desert town in western Rajasthan, with just a handful of ruins, does not seem to have anything that will interest a visitor. But there is beauty even in this wasteland. Beautiful block-printed fabrics, delicate handcrafted wood furniture, pottery, carpets, and fine embroidery add colour to this otherwise monochromatic town. Even the houses here are decorated with pictures and motifs. These crafts are the lifeline in a region where almost nothing grows. Anad its not just crafts that draw people to this town; the songs of the Bhopas or priest singers and the music of the Musline dholis are also famous. Visitors can start craft-hunting in the tiny shops that crowd Sadar Bazaar. But don't restrict youself to the bazaar-there are artisons at work in almost every bylane in the town.

Barmer is 153km south of Jaisalmer and 224km west of Jodhpur.
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Trek Along Kumbhalgarh

Much of Rajasthan is pretty, almost ephemeral in its dependence on light and hue for its attraction. The massive 600-year-old ramparts of Kumbalgarh Fort offer altogether more immense substance. The sheer size of it makes one want to believe the local legend that the fortress was impregnable, though it was actually taken once, by a powerful army of Emperor Akbar's Mughal-Rajput alliance. Its walls snake over the rolling Aravalli hills for 36km, like some gargatuan shone python. Its one of teh longest walls anywhere on earth outside China's Great Wall, and if you are feeling adventurous, try hiking along the periphery. It's a two-day trek, and the only places you can stay the night are in some of the many temples along your route. you won't need a guide, but the men selling entry tickets at the fort entrance will find you someone who can cook and lug your load for you, at about Rs 300-400 a day. You will need to haggle, of course. But what price the awesome beauty of that rugged landscape?

Kumbhalgarh is 84km north of Udaipur.