While most tourists arriving into the enriching state of Rajasthan choose to explore its magnificent highlights, this tourist wonder has a lot more to offer than the more famous Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and Lake Palaces of Udaipur.
For travelers who are willing to experiment and expand their horizons, this desert state offers a variety of lesser known destinations which provide charming exposure into offbeat lands.
This district in Rajasthan offers unique experiences in the form of friendly locals, age old traditions and rich and vibrant colors. Founded by Bahada Rao, this region comes with a history that goes back 800 years. Formerly known as Mallani, this region as we know it today was formed 2 years after India attained freedom from the British Raj in 1947. This district is perfect for those who would like to explore local craft works in the form of embroidery, carpet works and wooden carvings. The ideal time to visit here is during March when the Barmer festival is held.
This tribal district is essentially inhabited by the Bhils and is renowned for its bamboo groves. Located between Udaipur and Chittaurgarh, this district is also home to an ancient city that is today found in ruins. Reminiscent of the majestic royalty that once ruled this region, visitors are welcomed with daunting stone walls and a gorgeous palace. Make it a point to visit the city palace that highlights typical Rajput construction and architecture techniques, the artificial lake of Anand Sagar and the grand temple of Lord Shiva, Madareshwar.
Located 100 kilometers from Pushkar, this region was founded in the late 18th century by Thakur Zalim Singh. Essentially a small village, this area is home to an awe-inspiring fort that has been able to retain a lot of its grandeur and charm untouched from modern day commercialization. The rural environment makes it an ideal getaway when you are looking for a break from city life. The natural beauty around the fort is relaxing and the historic significance of this region is enough to keep an idle mind busy. While visiting, make it a point to visit the Sheesh Mahal that is located inside the fort. The bazaar that sits right below the daunting fort is an excellent place to shop for exquisite trinkets and souvenirs to take back home with you. The ideal time to visit here is during the Pushkar Camel Festival that attracts thousands of tourists from the world over during a 5 day celebration.
Located in Shekhawati, this charming little town too was established in the late 18th century. Located about an hour away from Jhunjhunu, the charm of this town is sure to make you swoon. Best known for its exquisite paintings and intricate artwork, walking on the streets of Mahansar is a memorable experience. The title for the most popular attraction here goes to the Sone Chand ki Dukan that is almost as old as the tow itself. the tree vaulted ceilings in the famous Haveli provide paintings that depict scenes from the Ramayana and life of Lord Krishna.
In addition to this, charming experiences awaits in Rawla Narlai, located in Southern Rajasthan and home to a 17th century fortress built beneath a giant rock that is 350 feet high. With a host of charming and lesser known destinations worth exploring, it is possible to pursue an extremely enriching travel experience while in the historic desert state of Rajasthan.