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Ethnic stay at Bishnoi Village...

We have stayed in Jodhpur and visited Bishnoi Area for one day. However on visiting the Bishnoi region we realised that we should have stayed in Bishnoi region and should have visited Jodhpur for a day's trip, as all the attractions in Jodhpur can be done in one day trip. Staying at Bishnoi region will also give a chance to experience Bishnoi culture and life in desert. But where to stay in Bishnoi region, we got our answer in Bishnoi Village (www.bishnoivillage.com), situated amidst Bishnoi villages, about 22 K.M. from Jodhpur city on the route of Jodhpur to Udaipur.

Bishnoi village is an ethnic resort designed in traditional Bishnoi spirit of living. The Resort consists of comfortable huts with thatched roof and attached bath room providing running hot and cold water. Huts are made of eco friendly local materials and plastered with cow-dung. The cow-dung is traditionally used as an antiseptic and insecticide. The huts are beautifully painted in traditional style by local women artisans. Its elegantly appointed rooms have their own individual character and furnishings.
Camp Site Tent (Activities):- The camp is exclusive, consisting of 10 deluxe tents tastefully decorated with attached bathrooms providing running hot and cold water. The Tents are beautifully decorated in traditional style by local artisans.  
Lots of activity is arranged in the resort itself which can be enjoyed/ indulged by the visitors. Likewise Camel riding, birds' watching, spending time with Bishnoi families... 
  
One can also enjoy the local fairs in its most original form. Local artists with their traditions and culture will surely enrich your memories. Resort organises safari (to villages Guda Bishnoiyan, kakani, khejarli)wherein one can see local craftsmen on work, shepherds, farmers and most important Black bucks and chinkaras roaming freely in their natural habitat.


Finding black bucks is very common in Bishnoi region, due to fact Black buck is protected and preserved by Bishnoi people. During the village safari, one can see the Bishnoi way of living very closely and spot Black bucks and even Siberian cranes (winter times) in the water bodies. Black buck fighting is very common in this area, but can be seen only for 2 months during their mating season (month of October and November)
Most important the FOOD, be assured to enjoy authentic Rajasthani meal like Ker sangari ki sabji, kadhi bajare ki roti, dal bati.... Will suggest to try Dal Bati, it is very different from what you will get in other cities, you will fall in love with. Enjoy the food...
One can easily plan a 2 night or 3 night stay at this resort. Resort can arrange a pick-up and drop facility to Jodhpur railway station.
Will recommend to try this version of Jodhpur travel itinerary, you will surely feel the difference. Travel Diaries readers are entitled to a 10% discount on their stay at Bishnoi Village. Use the code "Travel-Diaries" while booking directly through the website or by E-Mail for your amazing stay at Bishnoi Village. Contact details are as follows:
Bishnoi Village: http://bishnoivillage.com/
Phone : +91 94141 29233
Keep travelling Guys...





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Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex...

Apart from the beaches, ports, steel plant and refinery the place Vizag has been once a flourishing centre for Buddhist culture. It was a surprise for me too till I actually reached this place called “Thotlakonda Caves”.  As I always say Travellers never think of themselves as foreigners, whatever time I could have managed from my schedule I stepped out to relish the soothing ambience at Thotlakonda.
It is believed that Vizag had been once a part of legendary Kalinga Empire and Buddhism flourished here under the patronage of rulers of Kalinga. The place must have been  flourishing centre around 200 BC  - 200 AD.
Thotlakaonda is around 15 Km. from Vizag enroute to Bheemlipatnam. Way to Thotlakonda will be at your left hand side, please be vigilant or ask the locales. Situated atop a hill, Thotlakonda caves make a picturesque site for the visitors and archaeologists too. Caves were discovered during an aerial survey by Indian Navy in 1970's.




Mounds, Stupas, Chaitya grihas and pillared halls indicate that this place must have been a Buddhist monastery/ university for primary students. Check out the largest of the existing Stupa:

Going by the layout of this place, around 150 monks used to stay and study here. Proximity to sea and harbours must have allowed scholars from across the world to travel to this place and vice versa. Monks from countries like Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka were regular visitors here.
The well defined lay out of the rooms is like a hostel and size of the rooms which is pretty small can accommodate no more than 2 students of age group 10-12 years. 




A well equipped kitchen to cater to needs of students and visiting scholars was also operating in this campus.




The set-up here must have been a self sustained one as there are also some rock-cut cisterns meant for rain water preserving.








A Giant Stupa...












Layout of the premises with self explanatory mark up boards...






Some excavated structures.....








There are a few guides also at this place who can explain the various structures and significance of each of these. Good part they do not bargain for fees and accept whatever you will give, but please be reasonable enough as it is their only means of livelihood.
Thotlakonda in Telugu means "Eagle had shaped Hill". One can also enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the nearby beaches an landscapes. To reach Thotlakonda, Bheemunipatnam from Vizag railway station.


Drive on the beautiful Beach Road is really enriching, you will enjoy every moment of it. Take whatever time you get from your busy schedules to savour such delicacies, Keep travelling Guys...



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Where to book premium budget hotels in India...

Whether it is a quick weekend trip to local destinations or going to some of the unexplored destinations, traveling in India is one such activity that every single person craves for. But you should also remember that there is certain expense you need to spend in order to have a memorable trip. But you can definitely save some penny for yourself by choosing some of the premium budget hotels in India. These are the places where you can book them:

Oyo Rooms:
They have the largest network of all budget hotels in India. You can find excellent cheap price hotels at convenient locations like Delhi, Goa, Bangalore and 100 more places. Though these are budget hotels, you can still find some of the facilities like AC rooms with TV, complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi and best hygienic washrooms. Choosing your favourite hotels is just simple with oyo. You just have to choose the destination, check-in and check-out dates, number of people going to stay and the number of rooms required and the list of the budget hotels will be right in front of you.

Zo Rooms:
Zo Rooms are the best premium budget hotel chain that most visitors have chosen. They have a good connect of more than 500 hotels and 5600 more hotel rooms. Also, they offer friendly, secure and affordable rooms to their customers. They promise to offer similar experience with all the rooms, no matter which city it is.

Goibibo:
The Goibibo is a famous name amongst most of the travel freaks. In fact they rank top amongst the notch online travel services. You can get up to 67% discount on the hotels. Also they have a lot of budget hotels in busy places like Goa, Munnar, Manali and many more. The best part about the website is they have 50% off during the end of month, and one should not miss this at all.

Yatra:
It is a great travel search engine and an Indian online travel agency with best budget hotels. You can opt to choose from a wide array of budget hotels across any destination in India. By staying in these budget hotels you can really figure out the real value of money as long as you stay. It is an ideal retreat for budget travelers as well as contemporary business travelers.

Hotels.com:
As the name suggests, Hotels.com is meant for booking the best hotels online. They deal with all kind of hotels which range from the international chains, resorts to domestic budget hotels. You can actually refer to them as new age budget stay brand. You have all the information needed about the hotels to book a perfect stay.
You can enjoy the holiday tours with your friends and family by opting out for the best and suitable budget hotels at your selective destinations from any of these online travel portals. Along with hotels you can also look for airline ticket booking, restaurants, rental cars and much more at affordable prices. It is better to keep yourself updated about the latest offers so you can make your trip cheap and memorable too.

Contributed by Shahid Ali...




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