Top 5 Destinations To Catch The Monsoon Vibe In Rajasthan
There really is something ethereal about being in the midst of a desert during the monsoons. When it rains in Rajasthan, it means that the sands settle and the air smells of fresh, wet mud, a scent so beautifully recognisable. Peacocks dance, trees breathe a sigh of relief and the rain touched harsh terrain brings out its hidden tenderness. Still wondering what the monsoon in Rajasthan look like? Read on.
During monsoon in Rajasthan, the region’s inherent royalty and charm sparkles with a squeaky shine, and there is just so much you can explore, taking advantage of the respite from the scorching summer heat. This monsoon season, step away from the usual, and discover the hidden gems of Rajasthan’s offbeat destinations.
5 Destinations To Visit This Monsoon In Rajasthan
1. Watch the Sunset at Sajjan Garh Palace in Udaipur
The Monsoon Palace of Udaipur is the perfect spot to catch the verdant vistas of Udaipur city. One of the best places to visit in Udaipur, this elevated palace was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar kingdom. As the name suggests, the palace was built as a monsoon retreat for the royal family, and offers some of the most stunning views of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. Take a tour of the beautiful Udaipur palace, and end the tour with the stunning vistas of the sun setting on the lake. Udaipur is known to the oasis of the desert, and is blessed with multiple water bodies and lakes, making it a real gem in the monsoons. The beautiful gardens smell of freshly watered flowers. The majestic City Palace, all washed up, is a sight to see with its evening Light and Sound show, though the show itself might be cancelled due to rain. Enjoy a lakeside meal in the evening, a boat ride during the day or a cultural performance at the Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur tourist places are endless. Adding a splash of rain, this is a truly mesmerising experience.
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2. Go Bird Watching at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, is located not very far from New Delhi, and is an ideal monsoon weekend getaway. The sanctuary has been renamed as the Keoladeo National Park, and is a delight for bird watchers and photographers. As the rain soaked leaves rustle in the breeze, hundreds of bird species make their way around the park. With hundreds of species of flora and fauna, the Keoladeo Bird Park is one of the best in the world. Some common sights are that of the Indian Roller, Kingfisher, the Egret, the Glassy Ibis, and many others. Apart from the birds, there are hundreds of species of land and water animals, which are protected under the national park as well. Photographers will go wild (pun not intended) at this treasure chest of nature.
3. Visit the Stepwells and Havelis of Bundi
Being a desert state, Rajasthan celebrates the monsoons, and welcomes the relief from the cruel dry heat. One such place, where you can witness the manifestations of these celebrations is Bundi. Everywhere, from the narrow winding lanes to the gorgeous lakes, from the multiple stepwells, to the heritage havelis, they all brighten up to the prospect of rain. The blue homes surrounding the Nawal Sagar lake take on a welcoming hue in the rain-kissed skies, so do the pitter-pattering baolis, that fill to their brim with rain water. You must also make your way up to the Taragarh fort, for the breathtaking panoramic views of the quaint little town – it’s worth the arduous climb! You must visit this lesser known gem in Rajasthan
While Pushkar is widely known for its annual fair, where beautifully coloured camels, local handicrafts, and the rich culture of Rajasthan is proudly exhibited, in the monsoon season this little town carries a whole new vibe altogether. Surrounded by the stunning Aravalli mountain ranges, Pushkar is known for its multiple ancient temples, and where Lord Brahma is revered. The tiny place is completely vegetarian, due to its rich religious influence. Take a temple tour of the city and visit the beautiful Brahma Temple, Apteshwar Temple, Savitri Temple, Raghunath Temple, among others. Not only will Pushkar leave you spiritually uplifted, it’ll also satiate the nature lover in you, and you’ll be coming back for more.
5. Navigate Through the Blue City of Jodhpur
When one thinks of Jodhpur, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, which overlooks the stunning Blue City of Rajasthan, and is one of the largest forts in India. A stunning relic of Mewar’s staggering grandeur and power, the Mehrangarh fort represents and protects Jodhpur city with utmost accuracy. Historically, Jodhpur lies in the center of the Mewar region, and is rich in culture and heritage. Havelis, found in the narrow lanes of the city, are reminiscent of the glory the region once enjoyed. The rain soaked blue houses are welcoming, and every little nook and corner holds a story to tell. One can also take a camel safari in the desert, a truly Rajasthani experience, that is a big hit with the kids!
Monsoons are a special time for Rajasthan, and for most of India too. The hues of the region get coloured in a cloud-covered blanket, and they embrace you with their tender breeze. Before the winter crowds hit Rajasthan, monsoons are a great time visit this incredible state. Which place would you like to visit first for celebrating monsoon in Rajasthan?
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Neha Mathur loves to explore the stories behind places and people. She believes travel is the best form of education, and loses no opportunity to visit a new place. Neha writes to express stories that touch her heart or entice her mind. She’s a foodie and nothing gives her more happiness than delicious local food! She has a deep love for poetry and music, and swears by the artistic genius of Mirza Ghalib and R.D. Burman.