Rajasthan is the kaleidoscope and to experience it to the fullest, you have to come out of your comfort zone. There is adventure waiting on each street and corner of Rajasthan and all you have to do is to look for it whole heartedly. Let me give you a head start, so you can decide well what your choices for activities in Rajasthan are.
Choki Dhani Ethnic Resort: Experience Authentic Rajasthani Hospitality– Hospitable… treat for gastronomists… heaven for luxury seekers… YES that’s Chokhi Dhani for you! If you are in Jaipur and you haven’t visited Chokhi Dhani then you are at a loss. This is one place that gives you the real idea of hospitality and culture in Rajasthan. Staying here or merely eating here is up to your budget, rest visiting here is a must! Serving the Rajasthani cuisine with incredibly warm heart and putting up the cultural show that will woo you in an instant… you just can’t help but fall in love with this place.
Camel Breeding Farm: Get Up Close to Ship of the Desert- OK, this is one of those offbeat activities in Rajasthan that I believe one must take up. You can visit this special Camel Breeding Farm situated near Bikaner, where research on camels takes place. This place is open for visitors between 10 AM to 5 PM everyday and one can enjoy camel ride and ice cream made of camel’s milk here. It is one of its kinds of experience and I recommend that you must go for it!
Dune Bashing: Let the Adrenaline Take Over- Aah! Just what you need in the great Thar Desert! Dune Bashing has become extremely popular in Rajasthan, especially in Jaisalmer. A revived form of adventure, where you get to seat yourself on a jeep and loiter through the rugged desert in order to destroy the sand dunes, it is indeed adventure at its best!
Gypsy Snake Dance: Get Jiggy with the Kalbeliyan Tribe- You are simply going to LOVE it! Visit Jodhpur and you shall come across this hypnotizing performance by the nomadic tribe of Rajasthan called Kalbeliya Tribe. Watch the brave Kalbeliya men who defang the snakes and watch the lovely Kalbeliya women dance to the tune of flute. Their rhythmically wriggling slender waists can compete to any of those international belly dancers… At Jodhpur you are certainly up for some memorable time!
Vintage Car Rally: Watch the Old Beauties Taking the Ramp Again- Just when you think that you have seen enough in Jaipur, you are again stung with a surprise. You shall be feeling enthralled if you have visited Rajasthan in January and February. The serpentine streets are taken over by the roars of Vintage cars at the Vintage Car Rally that is held annually about the same time. The royal march of cars will leave you awe-inspired for sure!
Abhaneri Step Well: Exalt the Marvel of Imperial Architecture: Similar to Rani ki Vav (Now UNESCO World Heritage Site in India), the Abhaneri Step Well or the Chand Baori in Dausa district is definitely a places to see. An ancient structure created in the 8th or 9th century to harvest rain water, it is something you must see in Rajasthan. You shall be impressed with the colossal size and architecture of this step well.
Royal Elephant Polo: An Experience of the Lifetime- Elephant rides are common in Rajasthan as it is a royal house of India BUT how about Royal Elephant Polo? Well, you can’t participate in the game for that matter but of course you can watch a lively game of Elephant Polo in Jaipur. An experience of its kind, you are promised a cheerful event!
Shilpgram Museum: Ethnicity Welcomes You- We all go to Rajasthan for authentic culture hunting isn’t it? Well, if that is the case then Shilpgram Museum near Udaipur has to be included in the list of places to see in Rajasthan. Exhibiting the lifestyle and culture of the state, Shilpgram Museum will be your guide to Rajasthan for sure. The museum is situated only 3kms from Udaipur and thus can be easily reached.
Speed Boating: An Adventure Ride that You Shall Cherish- It’s time for some fun AND speed boating in the Fateh Sagar Lake- an ideal activity to do in Rajasthan. In the hot climate of Udaipur, you shall love to get splashes of water over you while you ride a high speed boat. An absolute rejuvenation is guaranteed! The boat ride is available all year round between 8.00 AM to 4.30 PM.
Trekking in Alwar: Traverse through Distinct Rajasthan- Adventure enthusiasts! Here is something that you are going to enjoy to the core…Trekking in Alwar. Unlike any place in Rajasthan, Alwar is blessed with lush green hills and salubrious climate and trekking in Alwar during winters can be an ideal activity for all you adventure buffs. Sariska-Alwar-Amber is the popular trekking trail. However, if you are running short of time or looking for an easy trek then you can trek to Naldeshwar, where the famous Mahadeva temple resides.
Watch Puppet Show: Long Live the Traditional Entertainment Realm- This is one of those things that you cannot afford to miss out in Rajasthan AND if in case you are at Thar Heritage Museum in Jaisalmer, you must stop by to watch the Puppet Show in the evening. Also, make sure to visit this private museum where the owner takes you on tour of the same himself. You shall be extremely impressed for his love for Rajasthan and his knowledge about the same.
Zip Lining and Flying Fox: Swing in the Royal Air- Adventure comes handy in Rajasthan and I am sure you will be interested in taking activities like zip lining and flying fox here. There are basically two places that you can enjoy these activities in Rajasthan one at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and the other at Neemrana Fort, which is at a small distance from Delhi. Enjoy the splendid top view of the Chokelao garden and Rani Ser Lake while zip lining in Mehrangarh Fort.
Trekking in Mount Abu: To the Woods We Go!- This trek in Mount Abu is more like a wildlife exploration. Organized by a person called Charles, you can be a part of something unforgettable in Rajasthan. You have the choice here to decide which type of trek you want to opt as there are half day, full day and overnight treks available. Interact with the villagers while you choose for an overnight trek and if you are lucky you might be able to spot many wild species as well…All together a fabulous experience!
Enjoy the Nightlife at Klay Oven: Become the Creature of the Night- Although nightlife is not a very popular culture in Rajasthan, you will have a night of your life in Jodhpur! Take the night slow while you sit in this posh club Klay Oven that overlooks Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Enjoy some classy cocktails or two and try some great flavours of Hookah here along with losing yourself to some brilliant music! If you are looking for a place to party in Jodhpur, your search ends at Klay Oven!
Bicycle through Jaipur: Peddle on the Royal Pavements- One of the most wonderful experiences in Rajasthan or to be precise in Jaipur would be to bicycle around the city. There are many operators who tailor special interest bicycle tour in Rajasthan and trust me if you want to see the real Jaipur, there isn’t a better way than to bicycle your way around.
Pony Ride at Nakki Lake: Ride a Good Horse! It is indeed a great feeling to ride a pony to stroll along lakeside. It is in fact one of things that you must try in Rajasthan and the best place to do so would be Nakki Lake in Mount Abu. You can easily get a pony for a ride here that takes you from one end of the lake to the other. Also, you have the great opportunity to capture some of the best views of Rajasthan here.
Spend a Day with Elephants at Dera Amer: An Elephant’s Day Out! Have you ever thought of giving an elephant a shower or painting its trunk? Well, if you have and you have the desire to do so, Dera Amer is a place for you. Located near Jaipur, Dera Amer is a wonderful place to be at! Besides giving a bath to an elephant and painting its trunk, you can enjoy sumptuous meals here and can also take up trekking to the nearby forest.
Watch a Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema: Get Classy at Cinema- An opulent movie theatre, Raj Mandir is the major attraction in Rajasthan tourism. The meringue-style architecture keeps it class apart and you shall learn why once you get inside it (Although it is quite tough to get a ticket when a new movie is released). However, if you are adamant to see this place, you won’t be disappointed; our suggestion is to book a ticket well in advance!
Visit Bundi: Go Down Royal Memory Lanes- Wander through the serpentine alleys of this quaint-style city. A popular travel destination, Bundi will take you down royal memory lanes. Adding to this exciting visit is the view of the Bundi Palace that seem to protrude from chain of hills here… MAGNIFICENT view it has! 60 step well, lake and markets all add to your cherishable memories of Rajasthan.
Participate in the Kite Festival: Make a Rainbow of Your Own- Makar Sankranti is the time that you have chosen to go to Rajasthan, then you must visit Jodhpur, where the annual Kite Festival takes place. The view is surreal with thousands of small and big kites soaring up in the sky… it is a rainbow REDEFINED! This festival has gain international popularity as well, so don’t be surprised if you see many foreign tourists competing here.
Visit National Parks: Listen to the Wildlife Calling- There is always a wildlife calling in Rajasthan! Amongst many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, you are suggested to go to Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar and Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur. Enjoy jeep safari and spotting tigers like Machhli (Ranthambore) and several species of birds (Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) in these famous National Parks in Rajasthan.
CHave Lassi: Sip and Slurp the Indian Beverage- If you are in Jaipur and you haven’t tasted the special Lassi at Lassiwala then you are certainly missing on something great! I suggest you pay a visit to Lassiwala that stand opposite Niro’s and serve absolutely creamy Indian beverage. Do not be fooled, there are many Lassiwala shop in this area, but the real one is marked with the SHOP NO. 312.
Experience Hot-Air Ballooning: Soar Up in the Sky Keep the Eagle’s Eye! One of the most hair-raising experiences that one could come across is Hot-Air Ballooning. Soaring high in the sky and the view of the vista of the marvelous land of Rajasthan…what more could you wish for? You can try hot-air ballooning at Pushkar, Jaipur and Ranthambore. It is indeed one of the best experiences that you can avail yourself in Rajasthan.
Visit Bhangarh: Be Ready to be Thrilled- Looking for an extra dose of thrill? Then you must visit Bhangarh Fort in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The fort remains in ruins and is believed to be haunted and is in fact one of the proven most haunted places in India. You can visit this fort during the day time and listen to plethora of eerie stories from locals about how spooky this place is.
Ajmer Sharif: Let There be Showers of Blessings- The holy resting ground of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer Sharif has become one of the major attractions in Rajasthan. Situated in Ajmer, this sacred shrine is known for granting people their wishes. Well, reason may be any, but this is certainly one place that you must see in Rajasthan.
Visit Rural Rajasthan: Catch the Traditional Rajasthan Live- A tour to rural Rajasthan has become an essential part of state tourism. Considered an offbeat activity to do in Rajasthan, in which will take you on a graceful journey through the alleys of traditional Rajasthan. Visit the Bishnoi and Pali and get the taste of culturally rich state here.
Visit Anokhi Museum of Hand Painting: Marvel at the Rajasthani Skills- A museum well-maintained inside a restore Haveli, Anokhi Museum exhibits the brilliant skill of block printing. This three-storied museum also showcases exemplary collection of fabric and its print. It is one of those offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan that highly enlighten you about this much-skilled state.