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Things To Do In Rajasthan
Rajasthan’s landscape predominantly consists of an endless stretch of the ‘Thar’ desert and the ‘Aravalli’ mountain range, dividing the state diagonally from the north-east to the south-west. Despite the severe weather, Rajasthan brings in significant revenues through tourism, as the diversity in its heritage, architecture, and religious influences, has captivated many all over the world.
Rajasthan’s rich culture, flamboyant festivals and vibrant traditions, stand out so distinctly, that this destination holds a special place in the hearts of photographers. For decades now, film makers have been fascinated by Rajasthan, attempting to capture snippets of this majestic land on reel - Think Duvidha, Rudali, Paheli, Rang De Basanti and even The Dark Knight Rises!
So head to Rajasthan, you must and read below our pick of the top 5 must do things for every traveller going to Rajasthan.
Try Hot Air Balloon Rides
Remember Aladdin flying over Agrabah on his magic carpet? Think of the hot air balloon as your magic carpet, as it takes you across the palatial forts, the abundant lakes, and the smooth sandy deserts of Rajasthan. For tourists with kids, the Hot Air Balloon rides in Jaipur are a must do. Children will be mesmerized and are bound to love the adventure. Early mornings and late evenings are the ideal times for this activity as the sunrise and sunset will do wonders for the enchanting scenery.
Go Street Shopping
Better hone your bargaining skills before stepping into the jostling streets of Sadar Bazaar in Jaisalmer and Mahatma Gandhi Road in Bikaner, as they literally have too many things you can buy – intricate hand-loomed carpets, ornamental jewelries like mojris and bhandanis available in a variety of colours are just a few of them. Just a little negotiation will go a long way in securing a good deal. It is advisable to carry a large shopping bag, as it is very likely you will want to buy at least one of each of these unique artifacts as souvenirs.
Try Zip Lining
People with an adventurous spirit will definitely enjoy streaking across the glossy lakes towards the famous ‘Mehrangarh’ Fort in Jodhpur. On your way, you’ll also catch a glimpse of the bright Blue city in the valley. This is an adventure activity that also doubles up as a cultural ride, making a blur of vistas around you. When in Jodhpur, you definitely must try this.
Go On A Wildlife Safari
Home to numerous Wildlife Sanctuaries, Reserves, and National Parks, there are plenty of things to do for animal lovers, photographers and tourists. Sign up for a jeep or ‘Canter’ safari, and if you’re lucky you’ll spot some truly regal animals like the Royal Bengal tiger taking an afternoon stroll through the forest.
Grab A Bike And Squeeze In a Workout
It is understandable to miss your routine workouts when you’re travelling. For such people, here’s something you can do. Why not experience Kumbhalgarh, the birthplace of the famous Mewari King Maharana Pratap on a bicycle. Ride along town on a rented bike and indulge in the authentic feel of Rajasthan as you discover hidden corners of this small town.