Lunch at Highway Dhaba

Morning was nice as I had a nice desi breakfast. For lunch I discussed with Guddu ji – a friend where to take lunch?

His son suggested – Shiv Vatika Dhaba, National Highway 12.

Next day or maybe a day later I was at Shiv Vatika having Kadhi, Bhindi Pyaz, Tandoori Roti with butter and later tea. Food is indeed the best, but another the best I found is handmade manji (cot). Dhaba without manji is not a highway dhaba. Am I right?

I like such dhabas. To reach you have to come out of Bundi, turn towards Jaipur at National Highway 12 about 500 meters driving on the left hand side is Shiv Vatika Dhaba.

Menu + Bill I paid:

One Mineral Water Bottle – Rs. 15
One Kadhi – Rs. 40
One Bhindi – Rs. 40
Four Roti – Rs. 28
One Tea – Rs. 7
Total – Rs. 130

Variety of Sweets

Variety of Sweets

200 meters further driving after having Kachori at Chotulal Namkeen Center, Sadar Bazar we were at Suryamall Chauraha.

Shree Jodhpur Misthan Bhandhar

Rasmalai – The request.

One for self and one for Ashok ji.

To be honest I am a foodie person having sweet tooth and mostly homemade food I prefer. Few times it is not possible to stop self to eat out specially if the shop is locally famous in a smaller town and specially if it is a sweet shop.

Rasmalai – saffron I am sure is there. Very nice. Thank you – said I.

Pyaz ki Kachori for Breakfast

Rajasthan no doubt is having one of the best food in India. The day I reached Bundi, I was thinking about the same. The desire was passed to Ashok ji to guide to show the most famous eating joints in Bundi.

Early morning hours Ashok ji and I driving Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike towards Sadar Bazar.

Chotulal Namkeen Center

Pyaz Ki Kachori / Urad Dal Ki Kachori

Three types of chatni – Lahsun, Meethi, Teekhi

Rs. 10 paid for one Pyaz Ki Kachori. Lahsun ki chatni – preferred. Little spicy but khasta. 7:30 morning hours people were lined up to have one or two Kachori/s. One was not enough, I order for one more. If I remember correctly, this was the first time since I was born having Pyaz Kachori and with no doubt I have to say you should try the same. The taste is as fresh as it was – remembering while writing. If you are visiting Bundi, do not miss Pyaz Kachori. He also makes Udad Dal Ki Kachori. As the nashta was spicy tea or some sweet was necessary. Any good sweet shop – I question. The journey continues..

Fruit Salad with Curd and Honey for Breakfast

Out Of The Blue restaurant is run by one of my friend’s friend. He is also having one more restaurant at Pushkar. One day for breakfast I tried fruit Salad with Curd and Honey.

The best thing about this restaurant is the view. You can watch the whole town, peaceful surroundings as the restaurant is on the roof top. Behind the restaurant is Taragarh Fort. Night time the Fort is full of lights, it’s nice to watch while having dinner.

Dobra Mahadev Temple – A Naga Matha

Afternoon hours Ashok Ji and I drove towards Dobra Mahadev.

Dobra Mahadev is Lord Mahadev temple approx. 8 km far from Bundi situated behind Taragarh Fort little before Chamunda Mata Mandir within dense jungle.

Are there wild animals in the jungle close to temple area? – I question.

Ashok Ji – Do not be afraid.

No correct reply to the question. Anyways, the motorbike was leaving the main path and we follow the direction. The main path is surrounded by dense Babool, and Khejda trees. We now entering further inside the jungle. No other man was visible. 50 meters approx. driving within the rocky path I parked my motorbike. It was not possible to drive further as the path going downwards was very narrow surrounded by thorn trees. Ashok Ji also suggested the same. Walking is the only option.

I was following Ashok Ji. Dobra Mahadev temple (0747-2444688) is surrounded by the Aravalli mountain range from all sides – He said. Temple, Holy Kund, Cave I will show you all. And we reached the entrance. Shoes were opened, hands washed and I heard someone reciting Ramayana.

The priest is alone reciting Ramayana. Jaha Sumati Taha Sampatti Nana is written on top of the temple wall. Where there is wisdom, the prosperity of every kind reigns – The translation. We said Namaste with folded hands. Prayers in front of Lord Shiva, Hanuman Ji, and on the floor listening to Ramayana. After a few minutes of reciting was over. I was talking to a priest knowing the history of Dobra Mahadev.

Nowadays it is not that dense jungle but years ago about 700 years back there was a dense jungle. A saint used to meditate within the cave (still present) a little far from the temple area. In short 700 years old temple you can say. Swayambhu idol Hanuman Ji is the first deity of the temple. Mahadev Ji was installed by King Ram Singh Ji of Bundi Darbar. There is a kund within the temple area and the water was purified by Bundi Darbar by adding 24 tirth holy water. The holy water is known as Siddh Jal. Because the temple is surrounded by Aravalli Hills and is down below the hilly region the temple is known as Dobra Mahadev temple. It is a Naga Matha.

Sawan Ki Pratham Ashtami there is a huge festival all around the temple area and near Chamunda Devi temple.

Do you stay in this jungle area within the temple? – I question.

Yes, said the priest since 23 years. Earlier uncle Shri Rameshwar Das Ji lived here meditating and taking care of the temple. Later I joined but since childhood, I visit the temple.

Do any wild animals visit this location?

Yes, panther sometimes is seen but in earlier times tiger also used to visit.

Om Prakash Ji – The priest requested Ashok Ji to show us the cave and we after saying Dhanyavad walked further down towards the cave.

The cave is approx. 50 meters from Dobra Mahadev temple but not visible. One has to walk further down to reach. The guide is always the best option to reach the temple as well as Cave. We sat down close to the cave for minutes. As late evening time was approaching fast I decided to move and we both walked towards the parked motorbike area. An old path towards Bundi Ashok Ji said. Maybe will walk one day together.

While walking we saw Parrot, Squirrel, Teetar all having food together. The location is perfect. One should visit if visiting Bundi but a guide is required. Temple, Cave, Holy Kund, Saints Foot-Prints, Dhuni, and much more within the temple area far away from the city – peaceful. The evening sunlight is amazing. Babool trees join together from both sides of the path and we towards Bundi. The journey continues…

Bhimlat Waterfall – Created Due to 8th-Century Earthquake

Road to Bhimlat Waterfall

Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike was ready as well as Ashok Ji – The guide and we drove towards Bhimlat Waterfall via Khooni Chauraha, Ramnagar, Neem Ka Kheda, Gudda, and Jhopadia villages.

Because there are numerous accidents that happened past Chittor Road Chauraha is locally named Khooni Chauraha. Anyways, while passing through not that good road condition but not that bad too crossing railway gate and railway line once by motorbike and once walking we reach Bhimlat Waterfall.

In short, after crossing Chittor road chauraha approx. 34 km you have to drive straight. Once between you have to cross a railway gate and then a few km drive and a display board on the right side indicating a right turn for another final 2 km for the waterfall.

There is a railway line just before the waterfall the same one that you crossed during your journey. Either you stop your motorbike/vehicle before the railway line and cross and walk to reach Bhimlat Waterfall or there is one more left side concrete road that reaches across the railway line but again after crossing the railway line you have to drive the vehicle within the rocky path to reach the waterfall. It is up to you. I guess four-wheeler driving after the crossing is not that possible. You know I have been to Bhimlat Waterfall twice. Once I parked the motorbike just before the railway line but next time when I was there I follow the left side road to cross the railway line to reach the waterfall.

Taxi/own vehicle is the only option to reach Bhimlat Waterfall. And not to forget there are approx. 220 stairs downwards to reach the waterfall.

I started the Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike from Bundi at 1:20 afternoon hours and reached Bhimlat Waterfall at 14:30. That means Bundi to Bhimlat Waterfall is approx. one hour journey. Yes, I have to stop at the railway crossing for a few minutes because it was closed. Road condition OK.

Bundi to Bhimlat Waterfall Distance by Road is approx. 38 km.

It is said that Bhimlat Waterfall was created by Bhim – Pandav’s brother. Once Kunti – Pandav’s mother felt thirst at this location. His son Bhim hit the earth with his leg with such force that the earth divided into two parts and water came out.

If you remember before the Bhimlat Waterfall visit I visited Shri Durgaprasad Mathur Ji – Historian to know more about Bundi as well as the waterfalls around Bundi. I was told Bhimlat, as well as Menal waterfall, happened due to 8th-century earthquake. Bhimlat is about 100 feet deep from the land area and Menal approx. 150 feet. Menal is approx. 70 km from Bundi. There is 8th Century temple at Menal. It is said earlier tigers used to walk within Bhimlat area and people watch from the top as the tiger was not able to come on top. Then later stairs were made and now tourists and locals visit.

And Lord Shiva temple. Shivling is said to be since Pandav’s era as told by Shri Kanhaiya Lal – Bhimlat temple priest. Water directly from the mountain reaches Shivling via Gaumukh built a few years ago. Earlier there was only Shivling and four pillar Chhatri.

Twice I am watching this only within Bundi. At Rameshwar and now Bhimlat. Amazing. Prayers.

Wheat Kernels were given to Ashok Ji by the priest. Ashok Ji closed his eyes for prayers and after a few minutes watching how many wheat kernels were in hand. Upon query, knowledge was enhanced by the priest – 5/7/9/11 wheat kernels if in hands considered as auspicious and wishes will be fulfilled – old saying.

Tendu, Charel, Gular, Arjun Ka Ped waterfall is surrounded by lush green trees. There is a dam close to Bhimlat Waterfall. A huge natural lake close to the waterfall and the lake water reaches Bhimlat via Dam. Swimming or entering the lake is strictly prohibited because crocodile and many other water animals are inside the lake.

Famous Historian in Bundi

Bundi Utsav 2011 was from 14th-16th November 2011. Man Mohak: Folk Dazzle of India programme was at 84 Pillared Cenotaph at 8:30 pm. I along with Ashok ji – The guide was present at the venue a little early. The programme was yet to start, Ashok ji saw someone far. He requested to follow.

Shri Durgaprasad Mathur ji – scholar of history.

Namaste – said I.

If you want to know the history of Bundi, Mathur ji is one of the right person – Ashok ji said.

An appointment was fixed. I was ready for the next meet.

Before leaving for Bhimlat Waterfall, I and Ashok ji had a meeting with Mathur ji.  The query to know more about Suraj Chhatri was existing since the day I reached there to watch Sunrise. I requested Mathur ji to share knowledge about Suraj Chhatri. He presented us hand written history of Suraj Chhatri. That was amazing. Thank you – said I.

Below is the summary of the narration about Suraj Chhatri by Shri Durgaprasad Mathur ji:

Northern Aravalli range of Bundi, Western mountain top near Taragarh Fort is a Chhatri named as Suraj Chhatri. King of Bundi, Shri Shatrushalya princess Shyam Kanwari ji constructed this Chhatri in the year 1674 (samvat 1730).

It is situated on top of 11.8 feet platform. One can reach the platform after climbing 12 stairs.

Sun God idol is installed on top of the platform. Sun God is sitting in Padmasana within the chariot of seven horses run by a charioteer and having a lotus in one hand . Devlok Ki Pariya is also present within the sky.

Chhatri is supported by 16 pillars measuring 7.8 feet. The total height of Chhatri is 19.3 feet and circumference is 120 feet. Khagolshastri believes Chhatri is situated at a location where morning Sun rays reaches first.

Yes. We were there early in the morning to watch Sunrise – said I. It is indeed a beautiful location.

Bundi Rajya Ka Sampoorna Itihas – Shri Durgaprasad Mathur ji showed us the new book written by him. I purchased the book to read to know more about Bundi.

Bundi ki Sthapana, Bundi Rajya Ka Shaskiye Itihaas, 1242-1948 Development, History of 15 smaller States, 21 Stepwell existence within Bundi town and many many more within various tehsil well-defined with name, length, width, deepness, number of steps, village name etc. and many other important history written.

Thank you – said I.

Later after tea we saw a collection of various articles written by Mathur ji for various newspapers.

And at the end of the book I read more about Mathur ji.

District Education Officer, Principal of college, District Head of Rajasthan Pensioner Samaaj and many more qualifications, designation – currently, previously.

I am greatful to Ashok  ji who introduced me to respected Shri Durgaprasad Mathur ji.

We need permission to leave – said I. Namaste and Thank you while reading Bichiya Baaje, Mund Mani, Adbhut Sainani, Toot Pada Aakash and many more written by him mentioned within the purchased book.

I started motorbike towards Bimlat Waterfall. Driving thinking about Mathur ji’s effort to collect thousands of years of history and later writing a book. Incredible – said I. The journey continues..

How to Reach Kota Railway Station from Bundi

There was no sharing auto available for Bundi Bus Depot from Taragarh Fort. I paid Rs. 20 for solo travel. The distance is 1.5 km approx.

Bundi to Kota Railway Station distance is 35 km approx.

Recently I did the journey to Kota from Bundi Bus Depot (0747-2445422) by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation bus. The bus will drop you at Central Bus Depot, Kota after crossing the Chambal River. Autos are available outside the bus depot for Kota Railway Station or if you want sharing auto service, you have to walk a little approx. half km to reach Nayapura Chowk.

Bundi Bus Depot to Central Bus Depot, Kota Rs. 27 the fare. Total journey hours 50 minutes approx. because National Highway 12 widening work is going on.

Central Bus Depot, Kota to Kota Railway Station is approx. 5 km. I paid Rs. 50 auto fare, but if you are hiring sharing auto service from Nayapura Chowk Rs. 10 the fare.

Total travel time starting from Bundi city to Kota Railway Station was one hour thirty minutes.

Re.: Kota Railway Station to Bundi

You do not have to worry because autos are available outside Kota Railway Station ready to drop you at Kota Central Bus Depot. And from Kota Central Bus Depot many buses are available for Bundi. The journey continues..