This is a guest post by the wonderful Rashmi and Chalukya who are couple travel bloggers traveling as a family with their daughter. They blog over at GoBeyondBounds and have traveled through 18 countries with their daughter who joined their travel trails at the early age of 6 months.
Rajasthan, the elite state of India, with its vibrant culture, well-preserved heritage and the magnificent forts is aptly called the ‘Land of Kings’. The exceptional architecture of palaces and delectable local cuisine offers its visitors a rich experience. Here we list down the top ten experiences in Rajasthan, which are definitely unmissable.
Table of Content
- 1 Unmissable Experiences in the Land of Kings
- 1.1 1. Folk program at Bagore Ki Haveli
- 1.2 2. Explore the Havelis and Forts
- 1.3 3. Visit the Haunted Places of Rajasthan
- 1.4 4. Stay at Desert Camp
- 1.5 5. Zip lining at Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
- 1.6 6. Visit the Temples
- 1.7 7. Wildlife Safari
- 1.8 8. Stay in one of the Heritage Buildings
- 1.9 9. Indulge in Local Cuisine
- 1.10 10. Shop for Handicrafts
Unmissable Experiences in the Land of Kings
1. Folk program at Bagore Ki Haveli
Rajasthan is well known for its rich culture and colorful traditions. The folk music and the traditional dances are an essence of the Rajasthani culture and heritage. While desert camps in Rajasthan and Shilpagram in Udaipur offers these folk programs, the Dharohar folk dance program at Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur is one of its kind offering its guest with several folk dances, puppet shows, and musical programs amidst the enchanting ambiance of the palatial Haveli of Bagore.
2. Explore the Havelis and Forts
Havelis are the traditional mansions owned by the wealthy merchants and rulers of the bygone era. The Havelis and Forts in Rajasthan feature intricate designs incorporating Rajasthani culture and ornately embellished interiors and are an epitome of the lavish and sumptuous lifestyle of the royal Rajput family. Take a guided tour of the remarkable architecture and the museums housed in the Havelis and forts for an insight of the spellbound history.
3. Visit the Haunted Places of Rajasthan
The past of the land of Rajasthan is weaved of stories of valor of the Rajputs, the colorful festivals, and sumptuous heritage. The same past also holds quirky stories of desolate villages and forts where one is not allowed to visit after dark. Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer, Bhangarh Fort in Alwar and the haunted temples of Kiradu in Barmer are some of the abandoned sites in Rajasthan which have equally spooky stories associated with them. If this interests you, then pay a visit to one of these eerie places and explore its past through the horrific tales with reliable and trusted Rajasthan Tour Packages.
4. Stay at Desert Camp
The golden expanse of Thar Desert in Jaisalmer offers its visitors with a quintessential desert experience. Stay at one of the glamping tents that offer its guests with luxury and comfort amidst the rustic arid terrain. The desert camps serve authentic Rajasthani cuisine and host a range of folk programs and traditional dance shows showcasing Rajasthani culture. Partake in desert activities at Sam sand dunes like camel riding, dune bashing, jeep safaris and end your day with the famed sunset over the sand dunes.
5. Zip lining at Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
Up for some adventure? Then do not miss the adrenaline rushing experience of Zip lining at Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur. Sweep the lakes and battlements of the majestic fort of Jodhpur as you fly through the zips ranging from 70m to 300m. The fly offers the best panoramic vistas of the Mehrangarh fort and the Blue City of Jodhpur.
6. Visit the Temples
Rajasthan is home to some of the magnificent temples and pilgrim sites. The Dilwara Jain Temples of Mt Abu, Ranakpur Jain Temple or the Jain temples in Jaisalmer fort are architectural masterpieces with beautiful carvings and sculptures adorning the pillars and walls of the temples. Rajasthan is also home to ancient temples like Pushkar, Adishwar Temple Pali, Nathdwara Temple, Eklingji Temple a few to name all of which are several hundred years old.
7. Wildlife Safari
Ranthambore National Park, Bharatpur National Park, Sariska National Park are some of the famous wildlife destinations in Rajasthan which beckon the wildlife enthusiasts. The national parks are home to some of the exotic and rare species of animals and birds. Hop onto a wildlife safari and explore the raw wildlife of Rajasthan.
8. Stay in one of the Heritage Buildings
Several of the heritage buildings, palaces, and Havelis of Rajasthan have been converted into hotels and guest homes, which offer its guests with a palatial experience. These accommodations, which are hundreds of years old, are decorated with antique furniture, paintings and offer high-class comfort and luxury and serve authentic local cuisines that make for a great experience.
9. Indulge in Local Cuisine
Just like the rich vibrant cultural heritage, the cuisine of Rajasthan is rich and apt for a royal platter. The combo meal with a variety of vegetables, curry, roti, and desserts is one of the signature dishes of Rajasthan. The decadent cuisine also consists of a variety of mouthwatering sweets, desserts, and snacks. The Rajasthani cuisine is mostly vegetarian but the spicy delicious non-vegetarian cuisine is also unparalleled in its taste and flavor.
10. Shop for Handicrafts
Rajasthan is a shopper’s paradise – that’s no secret. From bright colorful handicrafts to garments, fabrics, carpets, bedsheets and quilts, Rajasthan offers a wide range of local products. Above that, every city in Rajasthan has its own exquisite style and designs that make for a rich shopping experience. These local handicrafts also make great souvenirs and gifts.