Who says there is no water in Rajasthan? Just visit the Garadia Mahadev near Kota
It's been a while since I posted my last blog. Well, the wait is over now! I wanted to tell you about a beautiful place I visited during my trip to Rajasthan in December 2020.
It was the third day of my trip when I reached Kota, Rajasthan. I was coming from Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) where I couldn't spot a tiger during my safari. In Kota, I didn't do a lot of research to find all the places to visit. While looking for the main tourist attractions, I came across the name Garadia Mahadev temple. The place is around 30 km from the city. Most of the places to visit were inside the city so I planned to visit the Garadia Mahadev early morning and then come back to the city.
When I misunderstood a village name with a famous tourist place
Actually, there is a funny story about visiting Kota. I was looking for Stepwells to visit and then came up with the name of the world's famous stepwell - "Chand Baori". Somehow my Google maps showed this to me near Kota. But when I reached the place, it wasn't the actual stepwell but a remote village with the same name. Silly me didn't check properly.
Let's come back to Garadia Mahadev. So I started the journey in the morning around 10 AM from my Hotel. I had a cup of tea and planned to get some breakfast on my way to Garadia Mahadev. But who wants to stop on the way when you are so much excited to visit a place.
After a ride of 25 km on the Udaipur highway, I took a cut to the left towards the village area. The village road was very deserted and I was a little scared of getting robbed. After moving forward for another 4 km, I reached the police checkpoint. There were a couple of policemen posted there who were guarding the place and giving entry tickets to the Garadia Mahadev viewpoint. The price of the entry ticket was different for types of vehicles. I don't remember the exact amount but I paid around INR 120 for a two-wheeler. There were only two more tourist vehicles due to the weekday and COVID-19. The guard told us that the place becomes very crowded during the weekends. I was still unaware of the actual view and just had a look over the Internet.
As I was moving forward to the last kilometer, my excitement was getting more and more. Finally, I reached there and the first thing I noticed was the peace. The place was empty and it was just the joy and the view.
I parked my motorcycle on a rock and walked towards the view. Woah! that was mesmerizing, astonishing, beautiful, and whatever you can think for the best views. Never had seen such a beautiful, and peaceful place in my life.
|Bike parking at Garadia Mahadev|
It was indeed the "Grand Canyon of India". The Chambal river comes from the North and flows to the Southwest to Gujrat and takes a U-shaped turn at the place. The place was soo beautiful that you can simply sit there for hours without noticing anything else. The high rocks on both sides of the river give it a view like a Canyon. If you bring binoculars, you can see the dense forest on the other side of the rock.
See the photos below of that mesmerizing beauty! I would encourage you to visit the place at least once in a lifetime.
|Garadia Mahadev Viewpoint|
|Garadia Mahadev, Kota|
|Selfie at the Garadia Mahadev viewpoint|
The Garadia Mahadev Temple
After spending around half n hour at the view, taking a lot of pictures, and showing it to my mother on a video call, I went to the Garadia Mahadev temple by going through the stairs to the bottom of the cliff. There was a small temple with two Shivlings and a beautiful structure of flowing water.
|Garadia Mahadev temple|
Overall, it was one of the best places that I visited. I feel fortunate to find such places during my travel even though I didn't plan. After visiting, I was starving and stopped at a very small local Dhaba and had Rajasthan's famous food Daal Bati in desi style.
|Broken Bati with Daal and Chutney|
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