The treasure house of history, the land of numerous inciting traditions, home to the Rajput warriors, Rajasthan is definitely one of the finest states in the subcontinent that is wrapped in unmatched hospitality and culture.
Awash with gargantuan forts, grandiose palaces and numerous ancient vestiges, one can spend years trying to unearth the gems of this glorious land. However, most people, when visiting the royal state, restrict themselves to the most famous of its cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, only a handful choose to move beyond the touristy trash.
In this post, we’ll try and list some of the amazing places that are hidden in plain sight and are not known most of the tourists.
A picture perfect city, Bundi is dotted with blue houses, hills, bazaars and lakes. With a temple at every turn, Bundi can be summed up as a smaller but equally intriguing version of Jodhpur. Dating back to the 12th-century, Bundi is home to the magnificent Taragarh Fort, Bundi Palace and over 50 baolis.
Places to visit: Bundi Palace, Taragarh Fort, Jait Sagar Lake, Sukh Mahal, Kshar Bagh, etc.
Forming a part of the Thar Desert, Barmer is the 3rd largest district in Rajasthan and the 5th largest in the country. Previously known as Mallani, Barmer got its name from its founder and ruler Bar Rao Parmar. Barmer is known for its rich arts and crafts including pottery, wood carving, ajrak prints, embroidery, etc. Just like every other region in Rajasthan, Barmer is also known for its peculiar folk dances and music.
Places to visit: Vankal Mata Temple, Mahabar Sand Dunes, Barmer Fort, Kiradu Temple, Garh Temple, etc.
Right in the heart of Aravalli Hills, Narlai is a quaint, little settlement on a secluded spot between Udaipur and Jodhpur. Narlai was once home to a royal hunting lodge which has now been transformed into a stunning boutique resort which goes by the name of Rawla Narlaiand features all the modern amenities. You can also venture out for treks and safaris organize by the Jodhpur royalties who own and manage the resort.
Places to visit: Kumbhalgarh Fort, Chaturmukha Jain Temple, Sun Temple, Chardham of Narlai, etc.
Situated about 100 kilometers from the holy city of Pushkar, Kuchaman is another spot which has a lot of offer. Unlike most other cities, pollution has still not taken a toll and the tourists upon their visits are often bestowed with a clear, azure sky. The 1100 years old fort is the major highlight of the city. With a rich collection of inlay work in semi-precious stones and gold paint, the fort atop the cliff is a sight to marvel at.
Places to visit: Sambhar Salt Lake, Meera Mahal and Kuchaman Fort.