Day 15: (01 Feb 2015) Continued...
(If you have come to this page while searching for any comparison or difference between Konark , Modhera or other Sun Temples, then you may skip all the details about Gujarat, and directly go here.
And if you are interested about our Gujarat tour, I suggest you start from Page 1 of this travelogue)
Some 'Vaaaaav' places of Incredible India from my List:
Before I tell you about Rani Ki Vav, and you say ‘Rani Ki Vaaaaaaaaav’; I must take you around India, to few of the rarely-seen-places. I say rarely seen places, because I consider these places as some of the best places that I have seen; but they don’t fall in popular regular tourist circuit. There are many other beautiful places, but they generally fall in the popular-and-visited-tourist-places.
Lonar Crater, Maharshtra (Pic taken in 2009):
This is one of it’s kind in the country. The best season to visit is after the rainy season. (We got time to visit it during the month of April).
Lonar Crater Lake has a mean diameter of 1.2 kilometres and is about 449 ft below the crater rim. The meteor crater rim is about 1.8 kilometres in diameter. The circular depression bears a saline water lake in its central portion. The crater's age is usually estimated to be 52,000 ± 6,000 years (Pleistocene), although a study published in 2010 gives an age of 570,000 ± 47,000 years.
For more details - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonar_crater_lake
Mud Volcano, Andaman (Pic taken in 2009):
This is also a unique place like Lonar Crater. Many people visit Andaman but they fail to visit this place. This may not be a great place you might say; but it is a unique place in India.
Frozen Water Fall, Zanskar River, Chadar Trek (Pic taken in 2012):
There is only one major winter trek in the Himalayas, and it is the Chadar Trek or the Frozen River Trek. I went there during Jan 2012 along with my friend Manish Lakhani from Vadodara. Oh, it is -40 degrees in the night. And it is white, white and simply white every where. One will start admiring God’s creation and beauty after visiting such places. The high point of the trek is this Frozen Water Fall.
For more details - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chadar_Trek
Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gupha, Chhattisgarh (Pic taken in 2008):
I have seen most of the famous Caves through out India; in Andaman, Andhra, Chhattisgarh, Jammu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya etc.
Chhattisgarh is not in most of the tourists’ visiting list. I guarantee you; you can spend a week in this state. Nice state, .. and it was still unspoiled when I visited it in 2008, along with my family. There are two out-of-the-world caves here. They are Eastman Color caves where as most of the other caves are Black-and-White caves.
In case if you want to see the best caves, nice forests, Chitrakoot Water Falls etc, then let it be your next destination.
Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya (Pic taken in 2011):
Our dirty politicians are best suited to divide the people. During 'Ram Sethu' controversy, one such dirty leader said ‘from which university your Ram got his Engineering Degree?’
And when I saw this DDLRB, I shouted ‘can your so called Engineers even think of this kind of a bridge?’
When Man joins hands with Nature, then God will be in his side. This is a true example of this. It is in the beautiful land of the Meghalaya. It is a tough trek of few thousand steps. But don’t worry, it is a ‘full paisa vasool’
Phutkal Gompa, Zanskar, Ladakh (Pic taken in 2010):
Who says that these types of Gompas can be seen only in Tibet and Bhutan. This is very much in India. However it is a tough trek either from Padum or from Palmo. All your hardships will vanish in a second, the moment you see this wonderful place.
For more details - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phugtal_Monastery
Drang Drung Glacier, Padum (Pic taken in 2010):
Thought that this is a ‘Concrete Road’?. No, this is a Glacier.
But to see this Concrete Road, you will have to travel in ‘one of the worst roads in India’.
On the way to Padum from Kargil, you get this lovely place.
For more details - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drang-Drung_Glacier
Moon Land View, Srinagar-Leh Road (Pic taken in 2010):
If you have traveled by road from Srinagar to Leh, then you can’t miss this. This is really ‘Moon Land’. I never thought that God can create so much of beauty in a plain Sandy Land.
In fact I have seen such formations during my road journey from Pokhra to Muktinath in Nepal also.
Valley Of Flowers, Sikkim (Pic taken in 2010):
Most of us know only VOF in Uttarakhand. Very few have heard about a VOF in Sikkim. The best season here is April - May. Lakhs and Lakhs of Rhododendron flowers, in five-six colors, bloom here during this time. You can go here by any vehicle.
Let this be your next Honeymoon destination.
For more details -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yumthang_Valley
During my many tours covering length and breadth of Mother India, these are some of the rare few places that I have come across. I treat them as special places, which should not be missed by any true traveler. They are both God made as well as Man made.
And why am I telling you all these now?
Because, when people talk about tourist places in Gujarat, most of the people are ignorant about this Rani ki Vav.
No, I know... that you know about it.
But if you are a non-Gujarati and if you book a Gujarat tour from your local tour operator; then most likely he will be skipping this place.
Whether you are on a religious tour, or on a jolly tour, a visit to this Temple-Well is a must....