The largest state of India is not just large in are, but also in touristy places for one to spend a weekend or a longer vacation. The numerous marvels of the Rajasthan make it worth a long trip.
Known for its diverse flora and fauna, Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the major attractions of Bharatpur. You can hire a bike in Jaipur and visit the city of the most fascinating bird sanctuaries of India which a marsh spread in about 30 km (approx.) and is known to bird-watcher for spotting many migratory birds like ducks, geese, waders, raptors and flycatchers. It is a hub of keen ornithologists to spot and click pictures of the rare birds. If you’re a bird-watcher, you’ll fall head over heels for this beautiful marsh.
2. Thar Desert
Those of you who have fallen in love with Fatima from Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ will love spending a night or two under the starry sky of the Thar Desert. You’ll be able to see the trajectory of the moon and the North star, gaining a clear idea of how nomads used to travel at night, mapping the sky instead of the land. You can see hundreds of shooting starts and wish upon them to your heart’s content. The chilly nights and scorching heat of the day are two paradoxes that blend here. It’s better to come prepared. Lying at a distance of an hour and a half from Jaiselmer, you can book abike on rent in Jaisalmer and ride to the sand dunes all by yourself to spend a night worth retelling.
3. Kumbhagarh Fort
While we appreciate the Great Wall of China, most of the people do not know that the wall of the Kumbhagarh fort ranks as the second longest wall of the world, stretching for about 36 km. To visit Kumbhagarh fort, you can approach bike rentals in Jaipur and hire a bike in Jaipur. You’ll definitely appreciate the move once you see this seemingly never-ending wall. You can make good use of that bike to see the two ends of the fort from the outside.
4. Mount Abu
The only hill station in Rajasthan is one mesmerizing place. Gurushikhar, the highest point of Mt. Abu, is known for trekking. It is also home to India’s largest astronomical telescope set up in the Mt. Abu Infrared Observatory. Once you go up the hill you’ll be blown away by the lush green valleys, low floating clouds and a pleasant temperature that soothes your senses. Just a little far from Abu are the grand Dilwara Jain Temples, known around the world for their intricate carvings in marble and depiction of Jain and Hindu mythologies on the ceiling.
It is a beautiful oasis, as the name suggests and has a rich history, not unlike the rest of Rajasthan. It lies only 242 km from Jaisalmer, making it a convenient destination for a road trip with friends. You can get a bike on rent in Jaisalmer and visit Osian. Home to the Sun Temple and Sachiya Mata temple, it is one town that has a number if temples built in different periods. You can admire and study the architecture of the stone temples of Osian and let your jaws drop down to the floor.
If you love architecture, Baroli is waiting for you with open arms. You can hire a bike in Jaipur and drive your way to Baroli in about five hours along with your friends. The exquisite stone-cut temples built in the 10th century will leave you awe-struck. The Pratihara style of temple architecture is unique in its own way and the temple complex, well protected by Archaeological Survey of India make sure the stone temple stays clean and graffiti free. Ghateswar Shiva temple is the oldest temple in this complex.