It’s close to 7 am. I wipe my sleepy eyes and peep out of the train window. The city of Mumbai is far behind me. Rugged, rocky terrain with sand dunes adorning the landscape, the view outside tells me I am very near to my destination. Well, where am I headed??
[ Sand Dunes with Rugged terrain - View from the train ]
The land of valiance and chivalry, deserts with the golden sand dunes, royal palaces, invincible castles and forts, latticed havelis, intricately carved temples… Padharo Mhare Desh… Welcome to Rajasthan, one the most fascinating lands of India.
[ Welcome to Rajasthan ]
As it is my native place, I have been here many times before. And even today, whenever I get a chance, I feel compelled to return again and again. The charm of the destination is such… the exuberant celebrations, unique festivities, busy towns and quiet villages, camel safaris, men and women in colorful turbans and lehengas, friendly people, bustling bazaars, rich arts and crafts, sumptuous cuisine…first timer or a seasoned visitor, a heady fusion of all these excites one and all!
Which is why, we didn’t think twice before extending my Dad’s official trip into a spiritual one as well. Thus, in the summer of 2010, I along with my family boarded the Garib Rath Express from Mumbai…
I love Rajasthan; and as the train screeched to a halt… I felt a rising excitement as to what lay ahead… So what are you waiting for? Do join me and get ready to explore a small piece of a huge canvas - This beautiful state of Rajathan!!