Day 3 Continued: Distance between Sawai Madhopur and Kota is around 135 kms. Road is in good condition and TD enjoyed the drive. We drove non-stop as the plan was to reach Garadia Mahadev directly bypassing the city of Kota. The last 5 kms drive is in the middle of nowhere, broken narrow road and completely barren land. For once, we even thought of turning back as it came into our mind that the place may not be safe.
However we spotted few cars coming from the opposite direction and decided to continue. We could see a dead-end at the far point but as we approached the dead-end, the road slightly turned right and sloped down. And dramatically the scenic beauty suddenly started to unfold as the huge Chambal canyon slowly became visible.
This time, I do agree with the Rajasthan tourism tag line – “Jaane Kya Dikh Jaaye!”
This place is such a hidden gem of natural beauty. The sheer grandness and the calmness of the place cannot be described in words and can only be felt. We were truly mesmerized by now. For the next 30 minutes, we just sat down on the edge of the rocky surface and stared at the gorge feeling the cool gentle breeze.
We visited the Shiva temple for which one has to descend about 20 stairs below the rocky surface. The temple is in a partial cave like structure surrounded by dense forest due to which the atmosphere here is colder than the area above. Adjacent to the temple, there is a small reservoir with a stream of water trickling down in the reservoir.
We left the place around 3:30 pm and reached our accommodation in Kota called Sukhdham Kothi at 4:30 pm. By now we were quite tired and decided to just relax in this heritage abode of ours for the remaining day. We purposely chose this 150 year old heritage Kothi as we wanted to experience the royalness of Rajasthan. The heritage is well preserved and the place feels nothing less than a historical museum. We proceeded to the pool side cafe for the dinner. It was very cold and hence the dishes ordered were Maggie, Paneer pakoras and Aloo parathas.
Day 4: We met the owner of the kothi the next day during breakfast. He told us that the other way of visiting Garadia Mahadev is through boat. The ride of about 12 kms begins from Chambal garden takes about three hours and one can experience the heritage properties built alongside the Chambal river. One may also get a chance to see wild life like Bears, Panthers, Crocodiles and lots of various species of birds. Since we were running out of time, we decided to skip this boat ride. However, Kota itself has very rich cultural heritage like Taragarh Fort, Jagmandir Palace, Sukh Mahal, City Fort palace and some Havelis. Kota is also known for a very special fabric called the Kota Saree and a special cuisine called Kota kachori.
We missed out on too many things this time and hence would definitely plan to visit Kota again in the future. We left at around 11 am and reached Jaipur by 7 pm. Here we stayed at my in-laws place and left for Gurgaon the next day.
The second road trip of Rajasthan was done and dusted leaving us with more memories to cherish and another travel goal. We now plan to do the third road trip covering the south west of Rajasthan which includes Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Mount Abu and Kumbhalgarh!
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