Rajasthan – the land of breathtakingly beautiful palaces and forts, has always been a popular and a must visit desert destination for any visitor traveling to India. We have all heard of Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal, Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort, Junagarh Fort in Bikaner or the rustic lakes of Udaipur. Experiencing the essence of Rajasthan beyond the usual popular destinations and through these hidden gems shall constitute a journey gratifying every interest of the discerning traveller. A major advantage of visiting these places is that they are less crowded and chaotic as compared to the other popular destinations. Furthermore, these places have very little traces of anthropogenic footprints and are well-maintained.
Enlisting a few offbeat destinations of Rajasthan that are a must visit in the Indian itinerary:
Location: Residing at a distance of 180 kilometres from Jodhpur and 100 kilometers from Udaipur.
A fort of paramount significance and the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, this historic manor is the most formidable and almost invincible structure of the Mewar region. The fort was built in the fifteenth century and sits amidst 13 mountain peaks of the Aravali Hills. A wall stretching 36 kilometers surrounds the fort which is said to be second only to the Great Wall of China. This fort has never been conquered and the reason becomes obvious once you set eyes on it. This fort houses a whopping 360 number of temples. One can also visit the Kumbhalgarh sanctuary, which is home to many wildlife species like wolves, toddy cats, crocodiles panthers, leopards etc.
2. Ranakpur Jain Temple
Location: Located 91 kilometers from Udaipur and 164 kilometers from Jodhpur.
The enthralling architecture of Ranakpur Jain Temple popularly known as the ‘Chaumukha’ temple, a gorgeous white marble structure residing between Jodhpur and Udaipur, is a must see for every tourist visiting Rajasthan. A truly man made wonder this temple is one of a kind. The serenity of this 15th century temple can leave any traveller spellbound with its uncountable pillars and enticing ceilings. The temple honors Lord Adinath of Jain faith. This temple offers a respite from the maddening crowds of Udaipur and bedazzles you with its serenity and beauty. A highly recommended place for visitors for an experience to remember for lifetime.
3. Fort of Chittorgarh
Location: 112 kilometers from Udaipur, on a high hill near Gambheri River in Chittorgarh.
An epitome of Rajputana pride and valor the Chittorgarh Fort whispers tales of courage, romance and pride.This fort is credited to be the largest fort of India and has courageously witnessed three battles. The colossal fort is invincibly secured through seven huge gates (Pols), the foremost Pol being ‘Ram Pol’. On your way through this fort you will come across Padal pol, Bhairon Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jorla Pol, Lakshmal Pol and Hanuman Pol. The fort also boasts of palaces like Rana Kumbha Palace and Padmini’s Palace to name a few that are truly architecture marvels. A religious streak is witnessed at the fort through several temples with their intricate carvings and exquisite works. Sammidheshwara Temple, Jain Temple and Kalika Mata Temple are amongst the few ancient temples residing in the fort.
One cannot afford to miss visiting this fort of the fearless!
Location: 35 kilometers from Kota.
‘Jaipur Palace maybe called the Versailles of India…..Jodhpur’s house of strife, gray towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men.’
– Rudyard Kipling
An unexplored splendor and a less known town of Bundi has a lot to offer to the discerning traveller. Bundi is famously known for its palaces and Baoris. The palaces of this town echo stories through beautiful frescoes painted on their walls. Dotted with architectural marvels that reflect Rajput glory, it is the simple rural folk that lend Bundi its allure. While visiting Bundi – Taragarh Fort, Chitra Mahal, Phool Sagar Palace, Nagar Sagar Kund and Rani ki Baori are some of the few places that are worth visiting.
Location : A 95 Kilometers drive from Jaipur on the Jaipur – Agra Highway (NH – 11).
Founded by the legendary king Raja Chand of Gurjar kingdom, this town was originally named ‘Abha Nagri’ meaning ‘city of brightness’ which later morphed to Abhaneri. This village reflects exuberance with its two studded gems – Chand Baori and Harshat Mata temple.
Chand Baori is a step well prudently constructed for conserving water and is a visual treat with its intricate carvings. It is quite a deep step well having a depth of 20 meters with 13 levels. This step well reflects the grandeur and glory of those times and is famous for its unique architectural patters. An epitome of excellence with its majestic pattern of stairs woven together on the three sides of the step well. The Baori’s architecture is said to be influenced by the Dravid pattern of style.
Harshat Mata temple, as the name suggests is dedicated to Goddess Harshat Mata. It is believed that Harshat Mata is a cheerful Goddess and spreads joy and happiness. Although in ruins the beautiful craftsmanship at the temple can still be witnessed from its remnants. With its proximity to Jaipur and good connectivity, this little village is a must visit!
Rajasthan is a state of pomp and splendor and never fails to give innumerable experiences to cherish through its own diversity and colorful traditions. Capturing it into few pages of informations does not do it justice. One needs to visit it to experience it.
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