29 November 2017
Rajasthan ‘Land of Kings’ is located in the arid west of India and home to major historical sites and ancient wonders. The state’s capital, Jaipur is a vibrant historical city, founded by a famous warrior and astronomer in the 16th century. Embark on a time travelling escapade, and wander through the large Amber Fort boasting beautiful city views, learn about Rajasthani architecture at the magnificent royal City Palace, and discover the many unique temples that stand nearby.
Visit Jaipur’s bazaar, an animated hub of activity with a flowing atmosphere of food, flowers, trinkets and music - it is also common to be invited back to locals’ parties too. Not far from Jaipur is the Dausa District, where travellers will find the mazelike imperial structure of the Abhaneri Step Well that was used to harvest rainwater in ancient times. The Dausa District is where the city of Jodhpur lies, where bazaars selling textiles, leather goods, carpets and antiques are intertwined around the palaces, temples and forts.
Set on the shores of the sparkling Lake Pichola is the romantic city of Udaipur. The culturally rich city is home to markets, festivals, temples and luscious gardens. Feast on the local cuisine to the backdrop of beautiful sunsets of the lake, and for the adventurous kind, rent a boat and explore beyond the majestic coastline.
To fuel your adrenalin, Rajasthan offers a range of adventurous activities. Head to the desert for camel rides and sand dune bashing. For a desert night experience, stay at one of the few camping sites that offer glamping tents, authentic meals, and the opportunity to see incredible stars. During winter, trekking is a popular activity. Trek through the stunning Alwar hills and Mount Abu. Stay in Alwar to go zip lining from the city’s Neemrana and Mehrangarh Forts.
For a thrilling experience, hop in a hot air balloon and soar through the Rajasthan skies to get a unique perspective of the buildings that lie beneath. Hot air ballooning is available in Pushkar, Jaipur and Ranthambore. While you are in Alwar, embark on the region’s wildlife highlight of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The exciting safari takes travellers through the dense park in search of tigers and other exotic animals like peacocks and monkeys.
Perfect for the adventurous souls, but also the cultural explorers, Rajasthan is a unique place offering an experience that takes travellers into the realms of the nation’s vibrant history through its festivals, temples, and nature’s many excitements.
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