Article Summary: Being a blogger and a backpacker, I always look out for hidden and offbeat destinations. And today with this article, I am going to share with you 08 hidden places in Rajasthan. This list has been created by Krati Agarwal: A Fashion, Motivation and a lifestyle writer. She has a keen interest in creating new content and loves experimenting with new things. She is an engineer by profession but a writer by passion. Follow her journey on Instagram @boldblushblog
Seeped in culture and glorifying history, the state has forts with untold stories, cities with different colors. Rajasthan truly is a magnificent place with the pink city as its capital (Jaipur) and the blue city as its heart (Jodhpur). And of course the lake city (Udaipur) with its royalty. Rajasthan is a perfect tourist destination for someone who is seeking history and fun at a time. But there are many offbeat places in Rajasthan which show its true colors and are not very popular. For what is referred to as a desert, Rajasthan is amazingly populated: its landscape scattered with a number of villages and hamlets, tell-tale signs of tree groves and populations of cattle being the only indication that there is such a settlement in close proximity. The true beauty of the royal state is hidden beneath, So here is a list of few undiscovered & hidden destinations in Rajasthan.
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Bundi is a town in the Hadot region of Rajasthan. Located around thirty-six kilometers from Kota is scattered with palaces and forts. The place has a fairy tale perspective about it. Flanked by the Aravalli range and rivers, it is a charming location. Situated far from the crowds, it is the simple rural lineage that lends Bundi its glamour and an undiscovered region.
The architecture of Bundi is also blessed with an eye-catching bluish hue, designed to keep houses cool during hot summer, in the intricately carved sandbags and pillars. The remarkable tourist attraction includes Taragarh Fort or Star Fort. It is the most impressive of the city’s structures. It was constructed in 1354 on the top of a steep hillside overlooking the city. The fort is a popular tourist viewpoint of the city below. The fort contains three tanks which never dry up. The technique with which they were built has been long since lost but the tanks survive as a testament to the advanced methods of construction and engineering in medieval India. Other splendid spots are Bundi Palace, Nawal Sagar, Sukh Mahal, Baoris & Tanks, Eighty Four Pillared Cenotaphs, Kshar Bag, Dabhai Kund, Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary & many more.
The second in this list of top 08 undetected / unseen places in Rajasthan is Garadia Mahadev in Kota.
The place seems like gifted by the mighty Shiva himself. Garadia Mahadev Temple is featured in the official advertisement of Rajasthan tourism by the state government, it is a total hidden gem offering a panoramic view of the beautiful Chambal River with Gigantic cliffs lie on either side of the gorge, The place is picture perfect like a painting made by God himself. You can actually realize the bliss of solitude by sitting here for some time.
Other major attractions in Kota are the beautiful Jag Mandir, Umaid Bhavan Palace of Kota & other splendid locations. Even being a popular city some of its ancient heritages are still unnoticed and undetected from tourist footsteps.
Built in traditional style, Lakshman Sagar is our third hidden destination in Pali It offers elegantly designed individual cottages with lake view. It is spread over 32 acres and is a representation of a quaint 19th-century hunting lodge & features an outdoor swimming pool. It is 2 km from Marwar Bus Station. The resort, set around a private lake and a 19th-century hunting lodge, is just off the NH65A and 2.9 km from Haripur train station. Featuring colorful, locally inspired decor and furnishing, the upscale cottages come with TVs, minibars, and fireplaces, as well as private plunge pools and ceiling fans (no air-conditioning). Offering a beautiful view with a location in the middle of nowhere, far from all the city crowd. The resort is a great place to enjoy the company of oneself.
Lakshman Sagar is located 6 km from the ancient Raipur Fort and is still undetected from travelers. The Todgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is 35 km away while the beautiful Bagri Fort is 45 km away from the property. The Ajmer Railway Station is 100 km and Jodhpur Airport is 134 km.
In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful undiscovered small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. Mandawa has unofficially became a hot spot for the Bollywood film industry. Movies like Jab we met, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, PK, Shudh Desi Romance, Mirziya, Ae Dil-e-Mushkil has shot here. The structures of this place reminds one of the cultures this place was used to be in the bygone era.
Mandawa is referred to as the “open art gallery” of Rajasthan because of its fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls. Mandawa has quite an impressive number of havelis located like the famous Sewaram Saraf Haveli and others famous havelis being Ram Pratap Nemani Haveli, Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli& many more.
Osian (Osiyan) is an ancient town located in the Jodhpur District and is one of the most offbeat and unseen places in Rajasthan. It is an oasis in the Thar Desert and has been known as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan” for its temples. An important trading center on the ancient Silk Route from the 8th to the 12th century AD. It is a famous pilgrimage site of the Oswal Jain community, most of the shrines and temples in Osian lay in ruins today. Among the most famous tourist attractions of the village are the 16 temples that include Sachiya Mata temple, Sun temple, Mahaveera Jain temple, etc dating back to the 8th to the 11th century. The most wonderful aspect of the richly chiseled temples at Osian is the fact that no two temples are the same with respect to architectural style. A profusion of delicately painted figures gives you a fair glimpse of the lavish life of the Gujara Pratiharas, their beliefs, and customs.
The small town of Osian has multiple major tourist offerings like the Sun Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavir stand out in their grace and architecture. Apart from the temples, Osian is also popular for camel safaris.
The origins of the region around Badnore go back to the ancient times. A more than 2,000 years old inscription has been found near the village, proving the strategic location of this region on an ancient trade route. The majestic seven-storied Badnore fort is built atop a hill and commands a view of the Badnore village below. Looming large, the garh (fort) seems a perfect blend of strength and beauty, bearing the indisputable mantle of pride. The Badnore fort can be entered through a gateway, known as the Bada Darwaza (big gate), which has two ancient temples on both the sides. Badnore Fort is an excellent example of medieval Indian military style of architecture.
Although Badnore Fort Bhilwara is in a state of decay presently, it represents the glory and architectural splendor of the erstwhile Rajput rulers of Rajasthan. The strategic location of the fort increased its significance, and the fort has served as a mute witness to a lot of strife in its earlier days.
This superb “Fortress of the Sun” overlooks the Thar Desert, lies right in the heart of Rajasthan. Yet another fort that gets not as much attention as it deserves and in one of the most underrated and hidden destinations in Rajasthan. It is located 6 kilometers away from the city of Jodhpur. A medieval castle fortified in a desert terrain provides an excellent picturesque setting. Enjoy a romantic sunset from the terrace balcony, in the comfort of your accommodation, as the orange hues of the sky will create a memorable evening on your travels.
This place isn’t just a hotel. It is a sanctuary. Quiet, peaceful, and luxurious. From village safaris to royal picnics, from the novel experience of riding some of the finest specimens of horses, to watching an antelope prance past, or simply gazing at the magnificent night sky after a Shikar Dinner, Mihir Garh will keep you yearning for more. And just when you feel you have experienced everything there was to experience, it may surprise you with something… something new to wonder upon.
Kumbhalgarh fort is a Mewar fortress lies on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of the legendary Maharana Pratap. Its strategic position atop a high ridge camouflaged by the surrounding peaks has made it one of the most important and probably the only impregnable fort of the state. Though never conquered in battle, it was captured only once by the Mughal army by deceit when they poisoned the water supply of the fort.
A less known fact about the fort is that it has India’s longest wall and world’s second longest wall after the Great Wall of China i.e. 36KMs.
So here was the list of top undiscovered / less known / hidden places in Rajasthan. So if you are planning to visit this Indian state do create an itinerary including this list.
Just for your information, the best time to visit Rajasthan is between the months of October and February. The weather here cools down considerably in the months which increase the joy of sightseeing. All major cities have air and railway connectivity. The international connectivity is limited to Jaipur Airport only.
At last but not the least, Rajasthan is the jewel in India’s crown. From fairy-tale palaces and epic forts to colorful festivals and wildlife encounters, this is India at its vibrant best. So, enjoy your stay and do share your experience as the Rajasthan tourism add says “Jaane Kya Dikh Jaaye ! “.
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