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Nazish Khan Aug 28 2015

10 must dos in Rajasthan

Jigyasha Prasad Aug 28 2015
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With the monsoon season still in full swing in Rajasthan, it is one of the best time to visit this beautiful state. Don’t miss out these 10 must dos in Rajasthan which will make you believe that the city has a lot in store for you. Read on to find out more.

1. Experience the royal sojourn

How about pampering yourself like the royalty of Rajasthan? Well, if that is your idea of a vacation, we suggest you to take a trip to Udaipur for that complete experience.

Photo from official website of Taj Hotels

The town boasts of lakes, mansions and palaces turned into luxury heritage properties like Hotel Taj Lake Palace, Oberoi Udaivilas and Fateh Prakash Palace, which are some of the famous heritage hotels in India. The grounds, craftsmanship, and the airy feel of the buildings are all excellent, with the hotels consistently finding place in ‘top hotels of the world’ lists. Stay at these palaces to experience the royal feel!

Photo from official website of Oberoi Hotels

2. Shop till you drop

Want to indulge the shopper in you? Shopping in Jaipur is a pure delight with loads of options under the sun. Block-printed and tie-and-dye textiles, lightweight Jaipuri quilts, jewellery and jootis will probably top your list of must-buys in this shopping hub of Rajasthan.

For meenakari and traditional jewellery, visit Gopalji ka Raasta in Johari Bazaar as well as Amrapali and Gem Palace on MI Road. Be it bargain hunting or some lavish retail therapy, Jaipur is full of promises.

3. Opt for cycling tours

Exploring Rajasthan on a bicycle is a great way to see the cities and a fantastic workout as well! Opt for cycle tour across places like Rohet, Kherwa, Jojawar, Udaipur and the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort for an unforgettable experience.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Cycling tours are the best way to see offbeat places at a relaxed pace while you ride through the countryside and picturesque villages. Some of the famous local operators are Rajput Adventures, Rajasthan Cycling Tours and Art of Bicycle Trips.

Jain Temple in Kumbhalgarh Fort

4. Soak up architectural brilliance at Dilwara Temples

A trip to Rajasthan is not complete without visiting the world famous DilwaraTemples, located about 3 km from Mount Abu. From the outside, the complex looks plain. But this is before you actually step in. The temples are marvellous and boast of breathtaking sculptures with ornately carved pillars, arches, doorways, and even ceilings.

Dilwara Temples

5. Take a pilgrimage tour

Taking a trip to the pilgrimage cities like Ajmer and Pushkar is a must do when you are in Rajasthan. History and faith define the holy city of Ajmer. The town’s closest association is with the Dargah Sharif, the final resting place of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose disciples included many Mughal emperors. Devotees now visit this place from all over the world.

Ajmer Dargah by Shaane Khan

From Ajmer, head to Pushkar, a town famous for having a rare Brahma Temple in the country. A day trip would be enough to get a slice of these cities.

Pushkar city

6. Hot Air Balloon Rides

How about taking an aerial view of the Amber Fort in the morning or spotting some deer when you are flying over Ranthambhore? Well, if the idea excites you enough, you can always go for Hot Air Balloon Rides on your Rajasthan trip. Almost 3,000 ft from the ground, floating over the most picturesque views of Jaipur, Udaipur and Pushkar, the balloon rides are a must if you want to add a dash of adventure to your trip.

Opt for interesting tours by Sky Waltz, a government approved hot air balloon company which conducts tours in almost all major cities of Rajasthan.

7. Desert Safaris in Jaisalmer

Camel safaris come in many options and budgets. Either you can take a jeep to the Sam Sand Dunes, hop on to a camel for an hour around sunset and then get back to your comfortable hotel room or stay in a tent (all as part of a travel company package). Or, at the other end of the scale, you can ride for days with only a camel driver for company and the most basic provisions at hand. The best option for hardy travellers is a 2 day safari with a night spent under the desert sky.

Camel Safari

Ganesh Travels and Sahara Travels arefamous travel agencies for camel safaris in Jaisalmer and you can also contact the RTDC Tourist Centre for finding an agent to match your requirements and pocket.

8. Culinary Delights

Well, Rajasthan is not only about deserts, forts and palaces, it has its share of yummy dal bati churma, pyaaz kachoris, gatte ki sabzi and banjari gosht for your hunger pangs. Satiate your sweet cravings with churma ladoo, badam ka halwa, mawa kachori, ghewar and gujia to name a few. Pack some for your family and friends as well.

9. Bird Watching at Bharatpur

Want to have the best bird watching experience on your Rajasthan trip? Don’t miss visiting Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur for that complete experience. There are some 375 species within the park’s 29 sq km area, and with a little effort, you can see as many as 100 species in 24 hours. The sheer variety of birds in winter will surprise you. A favourite photo-opp for everyone is the vast number of waterbirds taking off in swirling flocks!

Photo by Krishna Kumar Mishra

10. Unique Stay Experiences

From luxurious swiss tents, to traditionally decorated Rajasthani set ups, the camping options this state has on offer are endless. Bask in royalty as you stay connected to your roots! These tents come with attached bathrooms, air-conditioners and all the luxuries of any other five star property!

Sujan Sher Bagh (from official website)

Places like Sujan in Ranthambhore, Manvar in the Thar Desert and Udaipur have loads of such options where you can plan a luxurious stay amidst nature.

Sujan Sher Bagh (from official website)

If you thought Rajasthan was all about palaces and forts, you got it all wrong! These 10 must dos in Rajasthan will make you realize that it has a lot more than that!

Jigyasha, your answers are always so elaborative! Nice one!
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