Last Updated on November 7, 2022
Do you want a taste of royalty? If yes then don’t worry we have got your back. It’s time to plan a desert vacation with your friends and family where you can explore palaces, forts, sand dunes, the life of locals in desert regions and much more.
Rajasthan “Land of Kingdoms” or “Land of Kings” is the largest state of India that has a lot to explore. It has sheltered a huge diversity of people with different attire, culture and cuisines. This huge state is divided into 9 different regions and all of them have a huge contribution to making this state a historical place.
A state rich in its culture, traditions and cuisines is much popular amongst the tourists and it’s for sure a place worth visiting. There are many spots and activities that are offered to you as a tourist and it’s so much different from any other state in India. Here you can witness a world heritage site, wildlife sanctuary and Tiger reserves like Ranthambore and Sariska. A lot of art and culture are also popular here due to the construction of epic forts, and palaces built by the rulers of Rajasthan. Many rulers have been seated on the throne like Prithviraj Chouhan, Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya, Maharana Udai Singh, Mughal emperor Akbar, Maharana Pratap, Raja Maan Singh and others.
After knowing so much about Rajasthan, who won’t be excited to visit this amazing location? Let’s help you figure out some of the best things you can do in Rajasthan while visiting it with your family and friends.
Here is a brief list of top things to do in Rajasthan:
Hot Air Balloon Ride
It’s a rare thing to experience in India but you can touch the sky in Rajasthan. This is a traveller’s favourite activity that can be experienced in Pushkar, Ranthambore and Jaipur too. The ride in the hot air balloon is thrilling and it offers an amazing scenic beauty as you rise to heights slowly.
This exciting experience is a must-try if you aren’t afraid of heights. There can be 4-5 people who can get into the hot air balloon. It’s safe and at all times under the supervision of experts.
The timings of the hot air balloon are: 10 am to 6:30 Pm. It can charge you around INR 7000 to 8000.
Parasailing at Kanoi
Fly high over the sand dunes and see the entire Jaisalmer. This is an exciting activity that can be experienced in Jaisalmer. One can lock the bird’s eye view and admire the entire place from the top. This sky-hugging experience is an amazing treat to your mind and body. If your age is above 5 then you are allowed to take up the activity. The entire activity might take you 20-25 minutes but the flight is shorter and lasts 4-5 minutes.
Timings: 9 Am to 5 Pm
This might charge you around INR 800.
Wildlife safaris are an all-time favourite of nature lovers. There are various popular national parks and tiger reserves that you can visit while exploring Rajasthan. Some of the popular ones are Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo National Park, Ranthambore National Park etc.
Many animals can be spotted here like Tigers, bears, wild boars, various unique birds etc.
In the midst of deserts, you get to experience very different flora too.
Timings: 7 Am to 3 Pm
Entry Fee: The entry fee is minimal and varies for all locations.
Zip lining, which is also popular as a flying fox, is a common activity that you can experience here between the hills or in the forts. This thrilling activity is a must-try if you aren’t scared of heights. Going flying from one cliff to another is not as easy as it sounds. It’s challenging and an act where you face your fears. Some forts where you can experience zip lining are Neemrana fort and Mehrangarh fort. If you are close to Delhi then Neemrana can be your choice of location. The timings are normally 9 am to 5 pm.
This is a must-try activity if you are on your way to Rajasthan.
Sand dunes Safari
Jaisalmer is famous for its unique safari that takes place in the Thar Desert. This sand dune safari takes place in the Sam sand dunes. It begins with a camel ride which is for about 90 minutes. On the way a few tourist attractions also take place. Here one of the tourist attractions is a place where local cuisine is served with a short Rajasthani dance performance. This is optional and another experience that can be chosen instead of this is a remote sand dune safari where you cross Khuri sand dunes for a more genuine desert experience.
The meal served here is simple local cuisine and at night you can stay here as the tents are good enough for you to sleep in. This is one of the best places for astronomy tourism too. You can be here in silence and simply fall on your back for star gazing.
Entry Fee: The sand dune safari prices depend on your selected package. It can vary from INR 500 to INR 2500.
Quad Biking in Sam Sand dunes
Quad biking is a must-try super thrilling activity you can choose. This dusty pool of dust can actually be a memorable event on your trip to Jaisalmer. Here you get to feel the desert from a very close angle on a sturdy monster bike. This is a must-try activity that can be experienced only in deserts. There is a guide at all times close to you who keeps helping you if needed. The entire activity of Quad biking is 25 minutes on the dunes.
This activity will cost you around INR 1700 and it’s around 45 km away from Jaisalmer.
Visit the Temples
Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu: A temple surrounded by Aravali ranges is a very popular place of worship. It is a group of five Jain temples. It’s one of the most popular pilgrim centres of Jains. The temple is constructed in the Maru-Gurjara style and it promotes the major principles of Jainism like frugality, non-violence, honesty, and non-possessiveness.
Karni Mata Temple, Bikaner: This mysterious temple is very popular as it shelters more than 25,000 rats on the temple premises. The rats eat the food and the same food is distributed amongst the devotees as prasad. This temple is also known as the Nari Mata temple. This temple is more than 600 years old and it is 30 km away from Bikaner. The rats that inhabited the temple are considered holy rats and are known as “Kabbas”. There are two popular legends about the rats of Karni Mata.
Taste the Divine
The cuisine available in Rajasthan is mainly vegetarian and it’s made after hours of preparation. The variety here is mouth-watering and you must try options. The rich in colour culture have some popular delicacies here like Dal Bati Churma, Ghevar, Rabdi, Moong Dal Ka Halwa etc. To try everything at once you must visit the fort restaurants here that offer amazing Thali so that you get to taste a little of everything here in one place. Visit Dana Choga in Rajasthan to live the royal Rajasthani culture in a limited space. It has all the cultural activities and traditions that you would love to experience. Try the cuisine here is also a very easy option as you will get to eat all the sweets, main course as well as the street food here in one place.
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