Experience Magical Rajasthan in Monsoons
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After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. Close your eyes and think of Rajasthan – deep beige sand dunes shimmering against a blue sky or golden fortresses bathed in sunshine will probably be the first frames to capture your imagination. It’s not only the brown surface that turns verdant green but also the joy on the face of the locals that touches your heart forever. No wonder, palaces have been built here to watch the dance of the clouds and songs have been written in the glory of the monsoons.
Why to go to Rajasthan in the Monsoons?
The rains in Rajasthan are not exactly torrential downpours we get to see in a Mumbai or a Kerala. It’s more like drizzles with the occasional heavy shower. So the possibility of getting your trip ruined due to rain is close to nil.
Beat the Crowds
Monsoons are not the obvious choice of season for many travelers. So if you want a bit of exclusivity in an extremely popular destination, go there during the off-season. For Rajasthan, it is the time when it rains.
It’s the time of fun and frolic for the people of Rajasthan. You can fancy a chance of witnessing the traditional Goths (picnics with cooking in the open). If you are lucky you might be invited to join in.
No trip to Rajasthan is complete without a stay in one of the heritage hotels made out of the palaces and Havelis of yesteryears. The monsoon season is a lean time for these hotels and The Royal Escape offer a good discount on the base tariffs – best time to find a deal without burning a hole in your pocket.
There's hardly a person alive who would not like to travel to Rajasthan. Well, it's just not heritage that attracts so many travellers to this colourful state. Rajasthan has a bit of everything--right from wildlife to hills to heritage. And trust us on this--monsoons are a great time to explore all of that. In fact, in a few places, it's even better than the winters, which is usually considered to be the peak season. After all, the dark clouds and the rain-soaked greenery gives a picturesque glow to the landscape.
Here are a few destinations in the state that you must visit this season.
1. BUNDI - The Queen of Hadoti
Monsoon in BUNDI, the season of rainbows and dancing peacocks, is certainly not to be wasted indoors. A special season of the year, it brings everything to you afresh. In Bundi, Rajathan, the rich flora is an example of nature's magnificence. It is a great holiday destination during this season. After a scorching, sultry summer, the rain brings hope and joy. The soothing showers make this place even more beautiful and gorgeous. The chain of small barren hills now dressed in green makes Bundi a special monsoon treat for the visitor. The palaces and their architectural glory reflect the aesthetic sense of the past rulers. The fortress, temples and baolis have about them a fairy tale touch. This is the land that inspired Rudyard Kipling and is also famous as Chhoti Kashi. Monsoon is more than just a downpour. It is the spell of rejuvenation, festivity and happiness. In the relatively dry climactic conditions of Rajasthan, rain is more precious than any gemstone and ornament. About 20 km from Bundi is Bhimlat, a perennial waterfall that is spread over an area of around six km. The water falls from a height of 60 meters, making it a fine tourist spot. The accumulation of the rainwater forms a pond below. The sound of the splashing water can be heard from quite a distance.
Distance Tips: . Bundi is about 194 KM by road from Jaipur, and 39 KM from Kota.
Things to do in Bundi:
- Perennial Waterfall of Bhimlat
- Garadia Mahadev Temple
- Gorges of Chambal River
- Pre-Historic stone age rock painting tour
- Archaeological Tour to visit magnificent Forts and Palaces of Bundi
- Visit to Mahakaleshwar Temple, Hazareshwar temple and Undeshwar Temple which depicts Khajuraho style and is estimated to be about 800 years old (12th Century)
- Visit to Rameshwaram Temple, the cave temple of Lord Shiva, and Keshoraipatan Temple, perched majestically on the bank of the river Chambal
- and the list continues ...
2. TORDI - A Kaleidoscope of Sand Dunes, Lake, Ethnic Villages and Mountains
Tordi is truly the heart of Rajasthan located- just there- in the centre of the massive state. The village has everything that a discerning tourist expects in Rajasthan Proximity, Wilderness, Cultural experiences, unspoilt atmosphere, Hillocks, Dunes, Lakes, old step wells, Archageological sites, temples, Jeep, camel cart and horse rides are just to name a few. The village is almost equidistance from Jaipur, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur and Pushkar-Ajmer making it a perfect breakaway destination on any of the tour coming to the above cities.
Distance Tips: Tordi is a Village in Malpura Tehsil in Tonk District of Rajasthan State. By road it is just 130 kms from Jaipur or Ranthambhore.
Things to do in Tordi:
- Witness the rural ramble…at its best
- Visit to Tordisagar Lake - home to various local and migratory birds
- Visit to sand dunes to watch the lovely sun setting in
- Take a tour to 500 years old ethnic village consisting of double stories mud houses
- Excursion to Todarai Singh to see the Fort and Hada Rani ki Bawri (famous stepwell where Paheli movie was shot)
- Picnic trip to Bisalpur Lake for boating and to visit ancient Gokheneshwar Temple
- Tordi Sagar Lake & Sand Dunes
- Bird watching…follow your passion
- Camel Cart rides to the sand dunes
- English saddle horse riding
- Trekking through the hills
- And the hosts at the 400 year Palace await your presence with the best of age old hospitality
Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can add one more option to their list of holiday destinations this monsoon. The national parks in Rajasthan, which are usually closed for monsoon between July 1 and September 30, will be thrown open to the tourists’ jungle safari by the forest department.
During the last monsoon, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve had thrown open zones 6 to 10 for the public, where chances of tiger sightings were almost zero. But in a year, these have become popular zones of the critical tiger habitat, with reports good sightings of the big cat.
To add to your tour, the ultimate spot to enjoy a bit of serene tranquility, Pali Ghat Crocodile Park, situated at the banks of the Chambal River is a fascinating destination. Though abundant crocodiles and gharials (alligators) are visible to the naked eye, the shimmering waters of the river hide many more secrets within its depth. This riverside sanctuary is also an ideal place for bird watching and provides for interesting pictures of rare avifauna amidst a backdrop consisting of deep ravines interrupted by the steadily flowing river.
Distance Tip: 165 kms from Jaipur (3 hrs) and 390 kms (7 hrs) from Delhi
Recommended days of stay: 03
Things to do in Ranthambhore:
- Wild life safari by jeeps in Ranthambhore National Park
- Visit to Ranthambhore and the most revered temple of Lord Ganesh
- Pali Ghat (Chambal Bank) visit for nature appreciation
- Safari by motor boats in National Chambal Sanctuary to spot the gigantic and dreadful Crocodiles and Alligators
- Have a responsible shopping spree at “Dhonk” which is a social startup which aims at providing sustainable jobs to the ex-poachers families and village folks by giving them training in crafts and selling their produce though various outlets.
- Visit to the Khandar Fort - intelligently built fort with beautiful Architecture only for those with good health as one has to climb steep steps and walk to explore the fort.
To experience the magic of the monsoons, take a trip to Pushkar during Monsoon season the rainy season adds to the scenic beauty of Pushkar’s landscapes. There is greenery all around everyone enjoy it a lot as environment becomes so clear, cool and clean because of the fresh air and rainy water.
Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. Located to the northwest of Ajmer, the tranquil city of Pushkar is a favoured destination for thousands of tourists and devotees flocking to Rajasthan. Situated at a height of 510 metres, Pushkar is surrounded by hillocks on three sides. The ‘Nag Pahar’, literally meaning Snake Mountain forms a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar. Known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city.
Distance Tips: 145 kms from Jaipur
Things to do in Pushkar:
- Take the Camel Safari The dunes around Pushkar can be best explored on a camel.
- Spend a dazzling evening at Pushkar Lake.
- Jeep safari in Pushkar.Travellers with a penchant for adventure must try jeep safaris.
- Attend the evening aarti at Varah Ghat. Evening aarti is a not-to-miss experience for everyone, believer or non-believer.
- Hike to Ratnagiri hill. Do hike up the Ratnagiri hill in south-west of the lake if you have time.
- Shop in Pushkar market. Go for a good retail therapy session once you are done with all other planned activities.
- Go on a food trail. Pushkar is heaven for foodies with a range of roadside restaurants, rooftop cafes and eateries serving a wide variety of food.
- Appreciate heritage at the Collector’s paradise museum and gallery.
- The best way to unwind after a fun filled day is to enjoy the Kalbelia dance performance.
Geejgarh has something for everyone. If you are interested in a trek, you can trek the hills to reach the magnificent Geejgarh Fort, which is now in ruins. For the ones who love Birdwatching, there is no other place to be during monsoons, as you can see wide varieties of birds.
One can also take a bicycle on rent and roam around in the Geejgarh, where you can meet the most friendly locals, who would love to tell you wonderful stories about their village and would also like to hear yours. Also, at the resort there are provisions to play sports like badminton, football (soccer) and cricket.
The Chand Baori is a stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest stepwells in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones. It was built during the 8th and 9th centuries and has 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry, which descend 20m to the bottom of the well.
Distance Tip: 220 kilometers from Delhi , 90 kilometers from Jaipur, 85 kilometers from Alwar
Things to do in Geejgarh:
- Cooking Classes
- Visit to the Organic farm
- Village or Country side tour.
- Visit to Abhaneri step well - 7th century monument.
- Interaction with local people, one can also visit the Khadi Gram Udhyog & local school.
- Camel or Camel Cart ride.
- Evening Bon Fire with Rajasthani Dances ( Dances on request at extra cost )
- Morning Yoga classes - on request for groups
- Nature Walk
7. SARISKA & SILISERH
In order to promote ecotourism, the officials in Sariska Tiger Reserve will initiate jungle safari in its buffer zone from July 1.
It is indeed a good news for wildlife lovers as Sariska has come up with the safaris during the monsoon season, when most of the wildlife reserves in India close down. According to the authorities, the safaris will not focus on tiger sightings but to educate people about the richness of Sariska Forest. The reserve authorities have also registered 20 petrol vehicles and are in process of training nearly 30 nature guides who will assist in the buffer zone safaris.
Siliserh Lake is situated just 13 Kms from Alwar city and also can be used as stop over before you move on Sariska Tiger Reserve / Sariska National Park, Lake is that beautiful that every one want to stay for some more time, Lovely Siliserh Lake Palace provides option for stay with a breath taking view of 10.5 Kms lake, Beautiful back drops of Aravali hills adds it beauty , One can spend many hours by just having a look of the lake from Terrace of Lake Palace Siliserh.
Distance Tip: 110 kms from Jaipur, 207 kms from Delhi
Things to do in Sariska & Siliserh:
- See the Wildlife. Sariska is best known for its wildlife sanctuary, which is spread over an area of 800 sq km.
- Indulge in Bird Watching. Apart from a large variety of wild animals, Sariska also offers you a rich variety of birds, resident as well as migratory.
- Explore the Heritage. In the past, Sariska served as the home of the rulers of Alwar and has witnessed some royal times.
- Enjoy the Jeep Safari. One of the best ways to explore the wildlife at Sariska is by taking a jeep safari.
8. RAJMAHAL ... on the Banks of Banas River
Distance Tip: 150 kms from Jaipur; 03 hrs driving time; Heritage Castle perched next to Banas River; Bisalpur reservoir is just 4 kms from this place.
Things to do in Rajmahal:
- See the Wildlife. Sariska is best know
- Nature Appreciation
- Hill trekking
- Beach Volleyball at Banas River sand beach.
- Visit to Bilaspur Dam and ancient Gokheneshwar Temple
- Boat rides at Banas river
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