Rajasthan is one of those stunning places that have myriad vistas and jaw-dropping natural beauty. In the milieu of the many sights and popular touristy attractions many of the hidden gems go undiscovered and are easily overlooked. These places have a mystical charm that go unheard of and so if you are planning a trip to Rajasthan, we bring to you one such amazing gem that will make your trip complete and memorable.
Auwa is a quaint little village that is seemingly protected by the mighty Aravalis and Fort Auwa. This Fort and the palaces date as far back as 1555AD and were established by Rao Jassaji Champawat. It is famous due to being the battleground for the war between the army of Thakur Kushal Singh Champawat and the British army. This battle marked the beginning of the historic 1857 Sepoy Mutiny and was also the kick-start to the fight for independence. The Thakur and his son Devi Singh survived the 6 months long siege the British laid on this fort. Fort Auwa has now been refurbished and is a grand heritage resort managed by V Resorts. The family of the Thakurs still reside in one part of this grand fort.
Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple
This avant-garde tourist place has the 9th Century Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple and also Kundal Sarovar that are unknown and therefore still undisturbed and alluring. A jeep tour gets you to these landmarks and also takes you on a visit to the Relics Museum which has classic pieces from the war of 1857. Gain first hand insights and understand more about these places and the history of Auwa when you visit the village. The friendly yet reticent villagers are hospitable and will first offer you a steaming cup of tea and a delish snack freshly prepared in their home hearths. After a session of folklore and treats, try your hand at pottery making – you will be learning directly from the masters of this art. The village men indulge mainly in this activity as livelihood.
Next on the list of exciting things to do is the train safari from Khamblighat to the Phullad Dam. Auburn sunlight dances on the tracks as they await the arrival of the lumbering meter gauge train. There is a circular iron piece, fashioned as a bell and attached to a pole – rung to announce the arrival of the train. Hop on and take an hour’s journey through the jaded Aravali range and also through a number of verdant grasslands and dizzy valleys and past the very scenic KamlaNala. The Phullad Dam sparkles under the noon sun like tiny epaulettes of a clumsily made necklace. Uplifting and soothing
This visit is incomplete without the wildlife safari at the Bera Sanctuary that is probably the best place to catch sight of the elusive yet stunning leopard. This place is a haven for this big cat and a number of other wild animals, birds and lush thick vegetation. It remains peaceful and still largely undisturbed by urban crowds. The River Jawai that runs by the side of this forest is inundated by some of the largest species of crocodiles and is truly a humbling yet jaw-dropping experience.
Discover why Auwa is the perfect offbeat destination first-hand and make your own reasons to visit this rich heritage site.