With offbeat travel getting famous amongst everyone, it will be unfair if no one told you about the lesser-known places in Rajasthan giving a genuine essence of the place, its past, art and culture. Here are our top 5 favorite offbeat picks of historical getaways in Rajasthan that are worth a trip.
Well-known for its crumbling forts and Havelis, this city is more than often described to as the “open art gallery of Rajasthan” for the whole town treasures mansions with gorgeous wall paintings and antiques. Hark Back to Tharki Chokro from PK? Well, that has been shot here, and all the time since then it has got fame amongst the travellers!
- Pro Tip: Go haveli hopping, visit Castle Mandawa and don’t forget to relish a camel ride!
- How to Get There: The closest railway station would be Jhunjhunu, from where Mandawa is another 30 km. Best way to get here would be to take a cab.
Dundlod is one more small town, in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan and is 30 kms away from Mandawa (you can visit the two of them at the same time). Get here to make the most of the greatest well-preserved history of the Rajput and the Mughal era. Their art and architecture of mirror work, glass windows and excellent antiques is sure to leave you mesmerized.
- Pro Tip: This place has some fantastic stories. Chit chat with the sociable locals who are similarly passionate to share their stories. Dundlod is well recognized for Marwari horses so if you’re a rider, undertake a horse safari!
- How to Get There: The closest railway station is Jhunjhunu. Transportation is easily available to get to Dundlod from the station.
Well-known for its folk dance and music, Dausa is the place to be if you want to encounter the true flavour of Rajasthan. You will also be surprised by the spectacular stone carvings found everywhere in the city. Head to the popular Mehandipur Balaji Temple where you can go through some live exorcism.
- Pro Tip : The best time to visit would be throughout Basant Panchami & Holi. The rural form of amusement is surely worth experiencing as is the exclusive way Holi is celebrated here.
- How to Get There : Take the Ashram Express to reach Dausa in roughly 3.5 hours
Did you know the major fort in India is here! Surprised? Well, so were we! And to add to that, it is assumed that it was created by Bheem of the Pandavas. Apart from the fort, numerous temples and mansions will certainly intrigue you to settle into the history of the Rajput Dynasty.
- Pro Tip: This is one of the best destinations for portraits so keep your DSLR’s charged! Do visit Hotel Right Choice for a good meal.
- How to Get There: Buses and trains are simply available; the journey will take roughly 10-12 hours
Narrow down blue streets, ornate forts with wealthy architecture, palaces with remarkable sculptures, step-wells & lakes, that’s Bundi for you in a nutshell. The wonderfully designed place and its rich tradition are sure to tempt the history enthusiast in you!
- Pro Tip: The place is not very commercial, though kind and comforting hospitality is at its best here!
- How To Get There: Trains and buses are easily accessible and the gap is roughly 500 km
Kumbhalgarh is Rajasthan’s most invincible fort with 25 miles of wall, the second-longest constant wall in the world after The Great Wall of China. It is a massive center with 360 temples, 700 canon bunkers, a fort, and a village. There is a lot for the traveler in you to unravel.
- Pro Tip : Plan a visit during September – March, as the weather conditions is enjoyable and you’ll have a magnificent time exploring the heritage.
- How to Get Here: The closest airport to Kumbhalgarh is Udaipur. This is the main domestic airport, 85 km from Udaipur city, which is operated by regular flights from several airlines from Delhi.