Rajasthan is one of the most visited places in India with its alluring and unearthly cardboard like castles, pretty forts, almost-out-of-a-fairytale palaces and subtle yet charming mahals. However, there exist quite a few number of villages that have remained unexplored, unseen and unvisited by many tourists, and even by most residents of Rajasthan.
Around the most glorified cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and many others, you can find rustic, but beautifully built and maintained villages that just aren’t appreciated enough, but unarguably belong in the spotlight.
Surrounding Jodhpur, lie a cluster of villages like Bishnoi, Osian, Khimsar, Dechoo and Rohet. Every village is very different than the other, yet one thing common among all is the untouched beauty.
Bishnoi village and its people are known for their love for nature and all things in consonance with the earth while allowing the travellers to traverse the rich cultural beauty exhibiting the ancestral village customs.
Osian village is best for its sanctity. Surround yourself with nothing but peace and positive vibes here, in the presence of a growing number of Hindu and Jain temples, and the glorious history behind them all. Here, excursions can be carried out with utmost ease. Experimental retreats like camel riding, overnight safaris, and dune camping are common in the Village
Perched on the zenith of Thar desert, in the heart of Jodhpur city, Khimsar Village offers a remote access which makes it only more rural, but romantic. The village exhibits an extraordinarily eccentric fort, The Khimsar Fort that does not fail at providing the tourists with a remarkable experience which will make it all the more difficult for you to leave the place. The golden hour is more golden here. The sunrises and the sunsets are to die for, and oh, the night sky, it’s like boundless stars blinking altruistically down at you.
Dechoo, enriched with the presence of beautiful Havelis, exhibits diverse hotels and resorts. The aged wells and the sand dunes serve as the perfect tourist attractions, while must-visit places in Dechoo include the Salim Singh Haveli, Pokhran Fort, and Baba Ramdev Temple.
Rohet village is a tranquil and a pleasant place to relax. The main attractions include the lake, which invites numerous migratory birds, every winter, and a castle built in the 16th century, called Rohet Garh which reflects the long worshipped heritage of the village in its entirety. It is regarded as a nirvana for numerous traditions and customs, and for manoeuvring the techniques of long-established farming.
The ghost village, Kuldhara, has been lying abandoned since the past few centuries. Located close to the city of Jaisalmer, Kuldhara is a mysteriously beguiling village. It is a long debated subject whether the village is cursed or haunted, but it sure has an intriguing past and the calm, still and quiet presence of only the beautiful abandoned houses and architecture, does not fail to live up to its reputation.
Around Jaipur, lies the village of Sambhar which offers various adventurous activities like ATV’s, rock climbing, archery and gives the enthralling pleasure of bird watching in it’s beautiful Sambhar Lake, which is a great delight for Bird and nature lovers. It also has the most stunning night sky.
Narlai, an exquisite village proffers a Village walk which is an expedition into the village to look at the conventional way that people live in even today. The villagers of Narlai are a very close-knit community and each individual seems quite happy and contented with leading their simple lives and the community they live in.
If you are planning on taking a solo trip to Rajasthan, you must definitely bookmark these underappreciated but beautiful villages and capture the memories in a camera. We’d love to hear about your solo travelling experience in the comments below.