25 Best Things to-do In Rajasthan in 2020
Rajasthan, the Land of Royals, is truly a royal state in every sense. It is one of the most historical lore and culture-rich states in India. People from all across the globe come to experience the royal lifestyles, vibrant festivals, exciting camel races, desert camping, dune bashing, and so much more. Rajasthan apart from its rich heritage, colorful streets, and fascinating festivals, also has many offbeat things to do as well. Experience the most exotic and traditional Rajasthani royal lifestyle. Here are the Best 25 things to do in Rajasthan and reveal its true magic:
- Overnight camel safari in majestic Bikaner
- Desert Camping in Rajasthan
- Watch the Pink city from above on Hot Air Balloon Safari
- Visit the colorful streets in Jodhpur
- Watch the sunset on camelback in Jaisalmer
- Go on Paragliding and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Jaipur
- Tour like a royal king on an Elephant safari in Jaipur, The Pink City
- Parasailing – In the Sands of Jaisalmer
- Enjoy Jeep Safari in Ranthambore National Park
- Zip Lining in Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
- See the color-changing city from the top of Nahargarh Fort
- Go for bird-watching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
- Sleep under the sky full of the stars in the Thar Desert
- Fly a kite higher in Pushkar
- Go on a romantic boat ride at Jal Mahal
- Shop antique artefacts in Rajasthan city markets
- Watch a sunset from Lake Pichola
- Hiking in the hills of Mount Abu
- Dune Bashing – An offbeat thing to do in Thar Desert
- Dinner date topped with customary royal cuisine.
- Say your prayers at Ajmer Sharif
- Visit the most haunted place of Rajasthan – Bhangarh Fort
- Visit the oldest and only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma.
- Visit prehistoric museums
- A cultural stay in the village resorts
1. Camel Safari In Bikaner Desert
Ride on camelback and visit the most rustic villages in Rajasthan. Camel Safari is must to do thing in Bikaner. Witness the true beauty of a desert on camel. To have more fun, stay overnight at a campsite in Bikaner in the middle of the desert. Enjoy Rajasthani platter and folk music by a bonfire at night.
2. Desert Camping in Rajasthan amid Thar Desert
Watch the majestic sunrise and splendid sunset in the Thar Desert. Camp at night in the middle of sand dunes. Enjoy mouth-watering traditional cuisine by a bonfire. Spend your night gazing stars at the celestial galaxies. Most Popular places for Desert Camping in Rajasthan are Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Pushkar, Sambhar Lake and Mount Abu.
3. Hot Air Balloon ride in Pink City, Jaipur
As exciting as it sounds, Hot Air Balloon Safari in Jaipur is the best thing to do in Rajasthan. Fly over the city and catch the bird’s eye view of the entire region. Evening Safari is the best way to watch the sun disappearing in the dunes.
4. Stroll in colourful streets of Jodhpur - The Blue City
Stroll in the city streets colored vibrantly. Try to capture the blue shades of an old city in Jodhpur, and soak yourself into the blue hues of of old city houses. Watching a sunset from the city walls will leave you startled. You can also enjoy paragliding there in Chopasani.
5. Watch the sunset on camelback in Jaisalmer
Go on to ride the whole city on camelback. Contact the tour operator or any agency that provides a camelback safari package for a whole day. You can also opt for an overnight camelback safari in Jaisalmer. Watch the sand turning blood red during the sunset and silver-dust at night.
6. Go on Paragliding and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Jaipur
How about watching the Pink City from the air? Enthralling, right! Get the panoramic view of old forts, ancient palaces, and temples by opting for Paragliding in Jaipur. Run your eyes all around and catch the incredible view of the sand dunes.
7. Tour like a royal on an elephant safari in Jaipur
A Big Surprise! An Elephant Safari! If you want to feel how Maharajas did while taking a tour of his citizenry, then elephant safari is one of the offbeat things to do in Rajasthan. Make your tour memorable with the unbelievable elephant safari in the different parts of the city and to the Naila Hawa Mahal for majestic landscapes.
8. Parasailing - In the Sands of Jaisalmer
Enjoy a parasailing ride over the desert and get aerial glimpses of fort, ancient ruins and man-made lakes. Parasailing in Jaisalmer is the best offbeat adventure to do in Rajasthan. Also Witness the sun setting behind sand dunes.
9. Jeep Safari in Ranthambore National Park
Located in Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore is one of the greatest national parks in India. You can easily spot a tiger here. The park is home to many kinds of reptiles, birds, animals, trees, and plants. Hire an operator and get on to your Jeep Safari in Ranthambore amid the wild jungle and feel close to nature and its habitats. Jeep Safari is the most popular thing to do in Rajasthan.
10. Zip Lining In Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Swinging through a zipline from one cliff to another. Zipline in Mehrangarh fort is a popular adventure to experience in Rajasthan. The Zipline activity involves gliding through the two desert lakes and Rao Jodha eco-park. Witness some of the majestic view of Blue City, Jodhpur.
The Cost is Rs 1800/ person. Book your zipline adventure here!
Timings: 9:00 am -5:30 pm
11. See the color-changing city from the top of Nahargarh Fort
Watch the sunset from the top walls of Nahargarh Fort. Catch the incredible view of the city changing colors each time a day. Take your dear ones on dinner at the rooftop restaurant near the fort, and enjoy the view of the city glittering in different illuminating lights.
12. Bird-watching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
If you are a bird lover, then a bird sanctuary in Bharatpur is the place for you. Relish the bird-watching time where you can encounter more than 200 different species of birds, colorful and lively. The best time to visit the sanctuary is in winter when hundreds of birds migrate to the region.
13. Sleep under the sky full of the stars in Thar Desert
If you have ever imagined yourself lying under the dark sky full of stars and different galaxies, then the Thar Desert is one of the unique places for such a thing to do in Rajasthan. Dig your camps on the campsite, have a taste of traditional food along with the folk music by the bonfire, and listen to the old tales.
14. Fly a kite higher in Pushkar
Although traditional fairs and events that made the history of India are dying across the country, it is still celebrated in Pushkar with the same enthusiasm and tradition. Thousands of colorful kites of different shapes and sizes fly in the sky every year. Take part in the kite flying competition, watch bullfights and old Kushti sport, eat snacks and sweets on the stalls, and connect with locals. The best time to witness the flabbergasting festival is in October and November.
15. Go on a romantic boat ride at Jal Mahal
A boat ride to the palace at sunset is the most romantic thing for the couple to do at Jal Mahal in Jaipur. Explore the history behind the palace, watch the picturesque view of the palace standing on a huge lake covered with the beautiful garden. Watching the reflection of the palace making a smudged painting of Jal Mahal in golden over the water is a sight to behold.
16. Shop the antique artifacts in Rajasthan city markets
Shop for antiques, pottery, silk scarfs, mirror-worked Dupattas and skirts, handcrafted rugs and blankets, Rajasthani jootis, and much more in the old markets of Rajasthan. Complete your Rajasthani-look with traditional lac jewelry and take a sip or two of “masala chai” or “lassi” at the corner shop in the main market.
17. Watch a sunset from Lake Pichola
Lake Pichola is one of the oldest lakes in Udaipur- City of Lakes and is a major tourist attraction for its infamous boat ride during sunset. The lake is surrounded by mesmerizing landscapes, palaces, and temples on one side, and sand dunes on the other.
- Entry Fees – Free
- Boat Riding price – Rs 400/ person and 200/ children.
- And evening boat ride during sunset would cost Rs 700.
18. Hike in the hills of Mount Abu
Mount Abu is the paradise for everyone who loves to spend time amid the forests surrounded by the hills and gardens for a peaceful time. The best time to hike to Mount Abu, situated in the lap of Aravalli Hills is in winter, from November to February when the temperature is between 23℃-25℃. With hiking Mount Abu also offers adventure camping experience.
19. Dune Bashing in Thar Desert
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What good than riding in the high speed 4*4 SUV in the sands of desert. Dune Bashing is an adventurous activity in which one have to ride in the high powered SUV in sand dunes. It is offbeat kind of adventure to enjoy in the desert. And it is also popular among young souls.
20. Dinner date topped with customary royal cuisine
Complete your trip by getting a breath of air at a rooftop restaurant in Rajasthan. There are many exciting themed restaurants where you can enjoy the soul-satisfying food along with folk music while watching the sunset and the whole city under your feet.
21. Say your prayers at Ajmer Shareef
The most praised pilgrimage in Rajasthan, Ajmer Sharif Dargah is known to be a resting place of Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti. Situated at the Taragarh Hill, the architecture is decorated with white marbles and ancient paintings. People from all the religions come here to seek blessings from him.
22. Visit the most haunted place of Rajasthan - Bhangarh Fort
Do you love to experience some thrills and electrifying activities that may give you goosebumps? Then, visit the most haunted ruin in Rajasthan- Bhangarh Fort. The place is closed before it gets dark as the tales one hears are not so blissful. Have a visit to the Bhangarh Fort during the day and hear spooky stories from the locals and care-takers of the place.
23. Visit the oldest Brahma Temple In Pushkar
While planning a trip to Rajasthan, make sure to mark the only temple of Lord Brahma in Pushkar. Seek the blessings from the creator of the universe and pay homage by staying a night at the temple. You can also go for night desert camping at the near campsite and have some delicious food by the bonfire followed by the folk performances.
24. Visit prehistoric museums
Visit the oldest museums of Rajasthan and sight the ancient weapons, and historic artifacts, and even Egyptian mummy. It is one of the ultimate ways to get to know about the history of the royal families and the wars between them, and culture during the time of Mughals and Rajputs.
25. A cultural stay in the village resorts
Feel close to the lives of locals and stay at one of the resorts in a village in Rajasthan. One of the best things to do while you are in Rajasthan is to sleep under the starry sky amid the desert away from the commercial life. Listen to the old stories and eat delicious traditional food and dance on the beats of folk music.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Rajasthan
Ans. There are plenty of things that you can do in Rajasthan. Some of the famous activities are:
- Camelback ride in the desert
- Hot Air Balloon Safari over the city
- Experience wildlife in Ranthambore National Park
- Visit palaces, forts, museums, and temples, and visit traditional fairs of Rajasthan
- Desert camping in Thar desert
Ans. Rajasthan is famous for its cultural fairs and traditional festivals. Hence, December is the perfect time to do unique things in Rajasthan.
- Kumbhalgarh festival of Mewar
- Attend 3-days musical Magnetic Fields Festival in Jaipur
- Take part in the traditional Winter Festive of Mount Abu
- Go for bird-watching at Keoladeo National Park to watch migratory birds
- Rest the days in the core of lakes and gaze at the giant galaxies in the Thar Desert
Ans. Undoubtedly, Rajasthan is extremely hot during summers, but the beauty it possesses in winter when the streets go vibrant with the pastel colors. Shop at old Bazaars in Jaipur and Jaisalmer, go for desert camping, hot air balloon safari, and parasailing.
Ans. The top things to do in February in Rajasthan:
- A cultural stay at Chokhi Dhani, a 10 acres vast village decorated in Rajasthani arts and customs.
- Take the blessing from Ajmer Sharif Dargah
- Get on to the Jeep Safari to experience the wildlife at Ranthambore National Park.
Ans. The winters are the perfect time to explore all the forts, palaces, temples, colorful streets, and lively old Bazaars. As the temperature remains pleasantly warm during the day and cold at night, therefore, October is the best month to visit Rajasthan.
Visit Sam Sand Dunes for the desert camping at night, and climb over the hill in Mount Abu. Stroll in the streets of cities and explore the enthralling experiences to do in Rajasthan.
Ans. Kota is not only famous among competitive exam aspirants, but it is a major tourist attraction as well for
- Seven Wonders Park
- Jagmandir Palace
- City Mall
- Garadia Mahadev Temple
- Chambal Gardens