In the abode of royalty: How to explore the best of Rajasthan in Monsoon
Monsoon helps give the Indian state of Rajasthan the freshness of air that is much awaited after the scorching desert summer of the year. Temperature dips to a comfortable cool pleasant degree and it is time to enjoy the Rajasthan attractions of the rainy season.
Monsoon showers a new breath of life to royal forts and palaces. It is the time when you can get some solace visiting the popular tourist attractions which remain suffocating and over-crowded with curious tourists during the other peak tourist seasons. The rain-washed monuments seem to get a fresh lease of life too. The opportunity for photography is seemingly incredible.Monsoons in Rajasthanshowers light and sporadic rainfall.
Thus, rainfall is never detrimental to sightseeing. At the same time, the showers cause the countryside to don a fresh green hue and make the environs very picturesque.
Monsoon Festivals of Rajasthan
The Monsoon season in Rajasthan brings in the glamour and richness of the gorgeous North Indian festivalssuch asTeej, KaljiTeej and Abhaneri Festival. Thus, the tourists from far and near get an opportunity to know about the rich culture and traditions of Rajasthan and India as a whole. Monsoon season is the time to book a tour in Rajasthan and enjoy the lavish treasures of this historic state of India at peace.
Best places to visit in the monsoons
Jodhpur: This is the famous “Blue City of India” and beckons a large number of tourists with the lure of its immaculate palaces, forts and temples. The historically acclaimed monuments featureexquisite architectural beauty set against the sandy folds of the great Indian Thar Desert.
Jaipur: The immensely popular “Pink City of India” is a widely acclaimed destination of North India and is a coveted place for thousands of foreign tourists due to its proximity from the capital of India.
Funded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is also the gateway to other important destinations of Rajasthan such as Udaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Jaisalmer, etc.
Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer, “The Queen of Thar” is a ravishing desert beauty with surreal camel safaris, intricate art and architecture, royal Rajasthani cuisine and unparallel hospitality.
Udaipur: The “City of lakes” is a neat and picturesque town located in the southern slopes of Aravallis and portray a captivating charm of magnificent lakes, lush green forests and palaces of superior stature.
Shekhawati: The ancient seat of art and architecture Shekhawati welcomes tourists with open arms to enjoy the ethnic charm of the numerous forts, palaces and haveli of yore.
Mount Abu: Mount Abu will never cease to awe the tourists as it has a rich treasure of interesting legacy of natural beauty, man-made marvels, ancient heritage, religious hot seats and fun and excitement at every corner. The major tourist attractions of Mount Abu are the brilliantly carved Dilwara Jain Temples, serene Nakki Lake, AchalGarh, Guru Shikhar, Adhar Devi, Sunset Point, Trevor’s crocodile Park, Wildlife Sanctuary and Gaumukh.
Ajmer: Ajmer is located on the ‘Ajay Meru’ or the ‘Invincible Mountain’ and is a refreshing bowl of green amidst the rugged brown Aravalli Ranges. It is heritage tourist destination of Rajasthan and is known for the attractions of Ajmer Sharif and Adhai Din kaJhonpra.
Alwar: Alwar is complete with ancient forts, palaces, temples and many other vivid attractions. The city has numerous palaces to boast of such as BalaQila, City Palace, Tomb of Fateh Jung, PurjanVihar and Vijay Mandir Palace. Among the notable temples or shrines there are the Tijara Jain Temple, Neelkanth Temple, Bhartrihari Temple and Narayani Mata Temple.
Bikaner: A quiet beauty of the mighty Thar, Bikaner has magnificent and spectacular forts. See the desert colours at its best along with enjoyable desert safaris and a cuisine to die for.
Bharatpur: This small but famous city is the eastern Gateway to the state of monsoon Rajasthan. Its nearness to the capital makes it a very accessible destination. Bharatpur was founded in the year 1733 by Maharaja Suraj Mal. It is exceptionally famous for its 364 species of migratory birds from distant Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia.Bharatpur is indeed a bird lover’s paradise and is excellent for photography.
Bundi: Bundi is a beautiful narrow valley in the Aravallis. The romanticism of the desert town has been depicted is several movies of the great authors such as Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Nakalgarh’, Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Kim’ and Satyajit Ray’s ‘ShonarKella’.
Chittorgarh: Chittorgarh is replete with the valour and stories of Rajput heroism and its impregnable fort surrounded by cliffs and the palaces, temples and gardens are alluring to tourists globally.
Dungarpur: This town carries a rich heritage nestled at the foothills of Aravallis and is known for its tribal fairs of the Bhil and Dungarias communities and also noted for green marbles.
Jhalawar: Jhalawar is a lesser trodden tourist attraction and has to portray palaces, temples and forts both from Rajput and Mughal legacy. It also has fields covered with pink and white poppy cultivation and orange orchards to boast of.
Kota: Kota the land of Chambal River has a rich association with grandeur and Rajput valour. Madho Sigh the prince of Kota has taken it to the highest stature of gallantry showcased by Rajputs.
Pushkar: The 400 blue-white temples of Pushkar as a pilgrimage site along with the innumerable bathing ghats have lend Pushkar its appeal to the outside world. It is a happy tourist destination with air filled by chanting of prayers, sound of gongs and drums.The Nag Pahar or hill separates Pushkar from another equally famous tourist attraction, Ajmer. Pushkar is also very famous for the camel fair that attracts thousands of curious travellers from all corners of the globe.
Ranakpur: Ranakpur, situated in a remote valley, 96 kilometres away from the magnificent tourist destination of Udaipur, is an important pilgrimage site and has quite a few revered and beautiful temples of Western India.