Real Desert Man Safari – Jaisalmer

Real Desert Man Safari is the best in Jaisalmer. I say this considering several aspects.

1) Safety for Female Travellers –
We were two females who opted for their safari. Also to mention that we opted for the one “Under the Stars” and not the tent. We were well taken care off right from the start at Savai’s office. Not only that, he was willing to make arrangements to take us to the tent in the middle of the night if a situation arised that we couldn’t stay in the desert.

2) Experience – It was magical. I wanted a longer camel ride and Savai made sure I get the best experience at no extra cost. He appointed a good camel guide for me. Khaitan, my camel guide was knowledgeable and made all efforts to get me the best possible experience throughout. The dunes that we were taken to for sunset was a private one with no crowd and hence we got the opportunity to have some peaceful time watching the sunset.

The cultural program at the camp was amazing with some local musicians singing and dancing to authentic rajasthani numbers.

The food spread was tasty and pentiful. We were given some starters (chips and pakodas) in the beginning to start with, followed by a buffet for dinner. All this while we were enjoying the cultural program. These guys also have a stall put up at the camp where you can buy alcohol, soft drinks and hookah. No need to carry it along.

3) Customized – I wanted a camel safari and my friend din’t want to take a camel ride. However, we both wanted to enjoy the rest of the experience. Savai was considerate enough to this request and made an arrangement for a jeep to take my friend to the dunes for sunset while i reached there on the camel.

The basis necessities such as bottled water,extra blankets etc. will all be available at the venue.

I also happened to check out their tents and those were spacious with comfortable beds and clean

Birla Mandir – Hyderabad

Business of Spirituality

Visited this place with my Mom in the end of May. We reached this place around 9.00am and it was already hot. We were asked to remove our shoes and keep it on the shelves allocated there. Mind you when you return to get them, those watching them expect and insist that you tip them. Next is that you handover your mobile phones and cameras. Why? Because they do not want you to click pictures inside, may be because the tourists may not visit if they have seen the pictures. Loss in business you see!
The area around the temple is huge, however the main temple itself is small from inside. You need to take several stairs to reach the main temple. There are other smaller temples before you reach the main one.
One big draw back for elders is that the stairs are huge. There is a lift that goes upto the 1st level which is locked and you have to request the security to open it. Even then you need to take the stairs to reach the second level where the main Krishna temple is.
After all the short trek when you final reach up there you end up in a queue and aren’t allowed to hang around and neither is there any space to sit inside and pray or just absorb the positive energy.The point i am trying to make here is, the plot has been wasted on making this place look grand with several stairs but the purpose is not fulfilled after all the efforts since you cannot really spend some time inside.
At the top, the only good view you get is of the Husain Sagar lake.
After you get down, even when you are out of the temple on the ground the security will not allow you to take pictures closer to the temple.
If you are looking for a peaceful experience then this is not the place.