“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into the unknown lands”. These simple words of Sir Richard Burton have a deeper echoing connotation. It is only when one descents into pure oblivion that one finds out the true self, the cacophony of the known lands of charted territories detain us from self-introspection and exploration of one’s true nature.
Traveling is beyond moments of leisure and languor, it has a deeper and broader purpose to it- to explore new lands, culture and people. To learn and to teach, to build a relationship with one’s true self, covered in the dust and bedlam of
Over the years, Rajasthan has emerged as the major attraction for tourist and travelites from all across the globe. However, most of these travellers are confined only to the cliché destinations, royal resorts and hyped of monuments and end up losing the oppturnity to discover the real soul of Rajasthan which is often hidden in remote hamlets and unheard of monuments. Away and aloof from the keen eyes of traveller, these are the real gems that most people visiting Rajasthan miss upon or overlook.
But, hey don’t you worry, we have sorted out for you the ten hidden gems of Rajasthan that would make your visit worth a while.
Bundi, famously known as the city that has never been conquered, holds within it some mind blowing magnificence of the Rajasthani History. Situated near Kota, Bundi has around fifty Baoris or step wells and innumerable havelis. It is a paradise for art lovers as the place has some of the most intricate cave paintings. It also has an enchanting waterfall, locally known as Bhimlat.
Kumbhalgarh the city built in 15th century by Rana Kumbha is known famously as the birthplace of the mighty
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chittorgarh has in store for you the real glimpse of Rajasthan and will leave you head over heels in love for the rich and exuberant culture of this land of Maharajas. The major attraction here is the Chittorgarh fort, which stands tall as a symbol of the Rajput fine architecture and reverberates tales of Rajputana valor and heroism. Other sites to visit are the Vijay Stambh or the victory tower that marked the victory of Chittorgarh over Mahmud Khilji. When in Chittorgarh one must definitely visit the Gau Mukh Kund and Kalika Mata Temple. The Bhainsrorgarh Wildlife Century is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers and a place that has to be in everyone’s list. Besides this Chittorgarh has innumerable temples and shrines with a intriguing history and legend behind each and every one of them.
Just 36 Kilometre off the bustling city of Udaipur is the real cradle of the Rajputana Royalty, once the hunting lodge of the Jodhpurs Royal family Rawla Narlai is bound to provide you a once in a lifetime opportunity to unwind like a true Royalty. This quaint little countryside of Narlai will leave you enthralled like nothing else in this world can. Surrounded by jungles of Aravalli Hills, the place provides a world class leopard safari experience. The Seli bandh dam is a host to some of the rarest bird species in winters and would leave you drooling over the wonder that is Narlai.
Sambhar is a home to India’s largest inland salt lake. Situated at helm of Jaipur city, around 80 kms away, the town of Sambhar is famous for its night skies that offer a jaw dropping view of the Milky Way. With its surreal landscape, it is a paradise for any lover of photography. Named after the regional deity, Shakambari Devi, the town also has a beautiful temple of the same goddess. The Devayani tank gives an aerial view of the land clad in white.
Referred to as the gateway of the Great Indian Desert, Churu is an illuminating land of glowing sand dunes that make you move to its rhythm. The town is crowded by shimmering and detailed havelis, built by the merchant community here namely the Kotharis. Malji Ka Kamra is the major tourist attraction here. Churu also has a traditionally designed reservoir known as Sethani Ka Johra. This reservoir is a host to many exotic bird species which make it a birdwatcher’s dreamland.
Once a hub of camel trade, the city today is a grail of rich craft and culture and a mesmerizing heritage. The major attraction is the Barmer fort built by Rawat Bhima, the fort sits atop a hillock surrounded by temples. Since it is situated in the Thar region, the town is a home to many sand dunes and the most amazing among all sand dunes is the Mahabar dunes. Besides this, there are many historical and architectural wonders that this town has to offer such as the Siwana Fort, Juna Ruins and others.
A major attraction of this quaint little town is the Alsisar Mahal. The best time to visit Alsisar is the month of December as the town hosts the annual Magnetic Fields Music Festival. The Alsisar Mahal is one of the best hosts in Rajasthan as the dedicated cadre of well trained staff helps in making your stay here a memorable one. Alsisar with its numerous rustic yet bewitching havelis and other architectural marvel gives an insight into the all new aura of Rajasthan’s Royalty.
The real seat of the Sisodiyas of Udaipur, Dungarpur is home to the Dev Somnath Mandir, Juna Mahal, Badal Mahal and many more. As a consequence of its rich history, the Archaeological Survey of India has set up a museum here. The city is also the host of the Annual Baneshwar Fair, held in February. Other must visit places are the Udai Bilas Palace with enchanting pillars with carvings, the lake Gaib Sagar provides a façade to this marble wonder. The city is reputed for its miniature art as well as amazing boating experiences.
Hidden among the foothills of the dense Aravalli, the town of Dera Amer provides an elephant camp, a rarity in world. Tourists here can have a memorable experience to live in the vicinity of the elephants. Located at a journey of only half an hour from Jaipur, the camp also organized exclusive treks to Amer Fort and Nahargarh National Park. What’s more? It also offers a plethora of options for bird watching.
What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and grab your camera to embark on the road less traveled.