By DIVIJ PASRIJA
Rajasthan, with its many different colors, customs, and traditions, always make for an interesting destination. This desert state has several different experiences to offer to the keen traveler. From the royal to the rugged and everything in between, there is every kind of experience to be had in Rajasthan.
For those planning trip to this royal state of India, here are some pointers to the destination for a wholesome experience.
Visit Udaipur and Jaipur For Their Royal Heritage
If you plan to take such a tour, there is nothing better than a visit to the cities of Udaipur and Jaipur. Udaipur has often been voted as one of the most beautiful cities of India. It has many manmade lakes overlooking picturesque palaces and forts. Most of these palaces have been converted into heritage hotels, but you can still take a tour of these.
And then there is the capital city of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and several others, which give you a peek into times gone by.
More Rustic Experiences in Jaisalmer
Most of us have dreamt of having a quintessential desert experience, riding atop a camel and crossing sand dunes after sand dunes. Those dreams can come to life in the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The city was once an important royal kingdom of Rajasthan, the proof of which lies in the many forts and palaces of the region. Take a tour of these ancient forts and palaces, and take a camel safari, or an elephant safari, whatever pleases you most.
For Those with Valor, visit Bhangarh
If you have more than just an adventurous streak in you, visit Bhangarh in Rajasthan. This ancient city is believed to be haunted. In fact, visiting the city after dark is prohibited. Explore the many ruins of the city, and hear spooky folklores from the locals. If you are lucky enough (or unlucky), you may even come across a real ghost.
Wild Experiences in Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
If you thought Rajasthan is home to camels only, you are wrong. Rajasthan has its very own wildlife sanctuary by the name of Sariska wildlife reserve. The forest reserve is inhabited by tigers, elephants and several other species of animals. The reserve is frequented by tourists throughout the year. Take a jeep safari through the reserve. It always makes for a wild experience.
Villages For a Traditional Experience
The villages of India often give you a sneak peek into “real” India, as some prefer to call it. The villages of Rajasthan are no different. Take a tour of the villages of Rajasthan, including those of Mandawa and Bikaner. There are interesting havelis to explore in the villages of the state, apart from a chance to experience the lives of local people.
The above is just a pointer to royal Rajasthan. For a truly wholesome experience, be prepared to take unexplored routes in Rajasthan, and interact with locals to get an insight into the “real” Rajasthan.
Divij is an adventurer, a budding photographer and a writer. He has been to various trekking trails and to many offbeat destinations in India. His passion is to explore all the offbeat destinations in India. Currently, he writes articles on travel for www.Thrillophilia.com