Ambaji is a town in the state of Gujarat which is located on the border of Gujarat and Rajasthan. It is around 65km from Palanpur and 45km from Mount Abu. Ambaji has a population of around 14000 people. Ambaji is well known for its marble and granite mines.
Places to Stay
There are a few hotels such as Hotel Banjara (Rs 1500), Hotel Apsara (Rs 1000) and Hotel Ambey Residency (Rs 1000) that offer accommodation to visitors.
A mela on BhadarviPoornima held in July is the major event of the year. Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Gujarati is the local language spoken in Ambaji. Hindi is commonly understood.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Ambaji are the Gabbar Hill, the Ambaji Mata Temple and Kailash Hill sunset. All these sights are located within 20 km.
How to Get There
At a distance of more than 80km Udaipur airport which offers limited connectivity is the closest. Flights to several major cities can be availed at Udaipur.
Abu Road Railway station is the closest at around 18km away. Trains Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pune, Ajmer, Bangalore, Kolkata and other major centres can be accessed at Abu Road Railway Station.
The RSRTC bus stand 32km away is the main bus stand. Palanpur, Baroda and Ahmedabad can be accessed by bus. The best bus operators that offer quality service include RSRTC buses and TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service, provides low price, high quality options for bus travellers. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.
Mokalsar is a small village in the Siwana Tehsil in Rajasthan. It is part of the Barmer District, Jodhpur (91km) being the nearest city. Jaiselmer, Pali and Pakistan to the west are its other neighbours. Mokalsar’s mud huts are a tourist’s visual delight. Locals are friendly and helpful. It is also known for its green granite stones.
Places to Stay
Although there no hotels in Mokalsar, Barmer has a number of good budget hotels to offer. These are Hotel Shubham Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000 and above), Hotel Kailash International (Tariff – Rs. 1000 and above) and Pawan Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 and above).
The official languages of Mokalsar are Rajasthani and Hindi. One can also hear English being spoken here.
Mokalsar is famous for its fairs, held mostly in Barmer. Noteworthy ones are Mallonath Fair, Chouthan Sai Jog or the Sanyashi Fair and the Tilwara Cattle fair.
Places of Interest
Mokalsar offers both historical as well as religious tourist attractions. Siwana Fortl, also called Gadh Siwana, is estimated to be more than thousand years old. There are many small temples in Mokalsar for the religious-minded.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mokalsar is in Jodhpur at a distance of 91 km.
Mokalsar is a small station and is connected to the rest of Rajasthan through Western Railway. The major stations include Jodhpur, Jaiselmer, Ahmedabad and others.
There are daily bus services to Surat, Ankleshwar, Baroda, Ahmedabad and Udaipur. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Shreenath Travellers, Shrinath Travel Agency, Rishabh Travels and others. Ticketgoose.com is one of the best portals from where you can book bus online.