Driving to Garadia Mahadev / Photo Story

January 2016

Rajasthan Tourism started with a new advertising campaign this year in January with an intent of attracting young and new age travelers and to change the perception of the state. There were a series of new advertisements & videos  being run on television and the internet – Merasthan/ Janesthan. Aryasthan…..Jaane Kya Dikh Jaye! O&M, India’s leading advertisement agency  created this new advertisement campaign.

In one of its advertisements, I saw the following picture.

janesthan advertisement garadia mahadev

Although I knew that this picture has been digitally enhanced given its unnatural colors, but it did attract me for its beauty & views. So this place ended up on my list of places to explore in Rajasthan. It’s called Garadia Mahadev & is in Hadoti region of Rajasthan, near Kota city.

Garadia Mahadev is named after the Lord Shiva  temple called Garadia Mahadev Temple on the banks of Chambal river. The beauty of this place is that Chambal river takes a U-turn providing a panoramic view of the gorge (also called horse shoe-bend)

October 2016 

On a clear sunny day, we were driving on NH-52 to Garadia Mahadev from Jaipur covering  a distance of 260 Km, one way. The 6 lane highway is absolutely fantastic, with very less vehicular  traffic as compared to other national highways like NH8. The toll on NH-52 is one of the highest, though.

Here are pictures from this drive!

Once the concrete structures of the city are left behind, this is the kind of landscape one gets to see on NH-52.

Leaving Jaipur behind, the landscape around on Jaipur to Kota highway.

Acasia  or Babool  is a common tree dotting the landscape around Jaipur.

The ubiquitous Acasia Tree of Rajasthan.  Driving to Garadia Mahadev

Some pictures of the highway through which we were cruising.

Burning the Tarmac on NH-52

When we started, it was all bright and sunny.

Hills run parallel to the highway till Tonk on NH-52

The Aravali hills range is omnipresent till Tonk town


The highway is beautiful  with landscaped median-divider; it’s a joy to drive


Approaching Bundi city.

Bundi is “Exotic Rajasthan”, popular among the foreign tourists from Germany, China, Japan and France. It’s famous for Bundi style miniature paintings.

Approaching Bundi on Jaipur- Kota highway. Driving to Garadia Mahadev

While it was warm &  sunny when we started from Jaipur, the weather changed once we crossed Bundi. It started raining. Rains in October is not usual!

The weather changes its “mood”. Drive to Garadia Mahadev on NH-52
Enjoying the drive on Jaipur-Kota highway. Drive to Garadia Mahadev 

We took a pit stop at a huge farm. The entire farm was under the turmeric cultivation.

The turmeric plants on a farm on NH-52, Jaipur-Kota highway

We were told that the crop is going bad because of the change in weather.

Farmer with a turmeric plant.

Kota bypass section of the highway has miles and miles of barren land on either side. Kota sandstone is a very popular variety of stone mined in this region, most popular being the Bijolia

Love the landscape on this section of Jaipur-Kota Highay

Finally,taking a detour from the highway towards Garadia Mahadev.

Branching off from the highway towards the Garadia Mahadev temple
Bad & desolate Road!! Drive to Garadia Mahadev

The road is in a bad condition with no markers to guide at the intersections.

No sign boards at intersection coupled with bad roads. Driving to Garadia Mahadev

The first glimpse of Garadia Mahadev. (Someone is lucky to be sleeping here at this chabootra!! …what a bliss )

Expansive views of Garadia Mahadev

And quietly the Chambal flows! The belt around this river is the famed National Chambal Sanctuary. The river is home to the famous Chambal Gharials or crocodiles.

Chambal river at Garadia Mahadev

The weather was turning bad with the occasional sound of  loud thunder. It started drizzling, very soon. The below picture is not clear because of the mist in the air.


I could only manage one panoramic shot with a  super wide lens because it started pouring. Here is a view of Chambal at Garadia Mahadev with extra wide angle lens – 11 mm!


I’ll let the picture do the explaining.


With a heavy downpour, we had to abandon our plans to visit the Garadia Mahadev temple nearby. With a long distance to cover on our return, we made a hasty retreat!

Essence of a Trip to Garadia Mahadev

The drive to Garadia Mahadev  is fantastic. If you love driving, this is a highway to enjoy the drive! The views from Garadia Mahadev Temple of the surroundings is enthralling. It’s not a regular touristy place which is teeming with the people or hawkers which pester you no end. On the contrary, it’s  quiet and serene place. Garadia Mahadev is a treat for every nature lover. You can sit here for hours and enjoy the serenity of this place.

This is how Garadia Mahadev will stay in my memory.


Though I wouldn’t say these are issues or problems, rather I feel it’s a blessing in disguise on a personal level, otherwise it’s serenity will be lost!! But following are essential to know  before visiting Garadia Mahadev Temple.

  • Even though the place is beautiful, it’s not as depicted in the advertisement. The colors in the advertisement are digitally altered and enhanced. If you are getting lured by these “highly saturated colors” of the advertisement , be advised!
  • Once the road  branches off from the National Highway, it’s in terrible condition. There are no signboards at the intersection and no one around to guide you.
  • Garadia Mahadev is a desolate place with no settlements in the vicinity. When we visited, there was hardly anyone around. In case of any emergency, there’s no one to help you.
  • There are no mobile signals once you branch off the highway to the connecting road which leads to the Garadia Mahadev. Even services of the most widely available mobile  networks in the country – Airtel and BSNL is not available in many sections. However, the mobile network is available at Garadia Mahadev.
  • There are no eateries or shacks. Fill up before you head to the Garadia Mahadev or carry your own munch!
  • This place is best visited in Monsoon when it comes alive with greenery around.

What are your views about Garadia Mahadev? Don’t forget to share in below comments section.

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43 thoughts on “Driving to Garadia Mahadev / Photo Story

  1. Nice reading about the place. I would have though the weather turned better with rains around, providing a better view of the scenery.

    The bend of river looks like horse-shoe bend…at a place around Grand Canyon in the US.


    1. I’ll agree with the weather part, I mentioned bad because there was no cover and it forced us to end the trip earlier than we had planned. As you already know rain in India is a good omen unlike west where rain is associated with the bad weather. you are right about horse shoebend

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    1. Thank You Monika for checking out this post. Framers are always fighting a battle. With crop failure they lose, even with a bumper crop the prices nose dive with more framers in the market! sad situation! 😦

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    1. You must!! All advertisements undergo “photoshop” quite like botox treatement or silicon implants, but I’m sure we are all smart enough to understand this! 🙂
      I’ll suggest post monsoon visit because every year, Kota receives huge amount of rains, which at times creates problem. Post Monsoon would be perfect! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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  2. The Chambal definitely looks like a peaceful and serene spot amongst the flat and rocky terrain. I’m a wildlife lover and would love to explore the area around the river some day. Enjoyed your pictures and review!

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    1. Certainly its a great spot to sit and enjoy the views. If you love wildlife then this is a great place for you. Crocodiles are home to Chambal as are other birds and animals.
      Happy to hear that you liked this post and pictures.

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  3. When I first saw this place in the advertisement, I was wondering about the super green vegetation that is shown…. but that was Photoshop effect I was sure….. but your review reveals it all… such a beautiful place…. Rajasthan tourism should do something to develop this……

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    1. On the contrary, Sudhir..I feel that we should let some places be as they are. Crowd and tourist will spoil its serenity. This is exactly what is happening in Himalayas where youth is heading in big numbers. They get lured by social media images but have no manners and concern for environment and other travelers. Kasol, Malana, Tosh all are good examples of how beautiful places can be ruined in matter of months!

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  4. Very nice info with pictures! Couple of questions –
    1. About how long is the bad road, that leads to here?
    2. And, at the place where the road splits, with no signboards, should we go left or right? 🙂

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  5. it’s a nature’s art, creation, miracle. So theTourist ,they love from nature and interested to see it’s miracle …………they all will find it their most lovable tourist destination.They will fully satisfied with their trip to Garadia Mahadev….


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