Rajasthan is home to some of the most spectacular tourist spots in India. From magnificent historical monuments to breathtaking natural landscapes, the state has it all. Winter is the best time to visit this alluring state located in northwest India. From November to February, Rajasthan transforms into a delightful abode of natural beauty. It is also the best time to go sight-seeing and explore the humongous forts, palaces and sand dunes of the state. While many popular places like Jaipur and Udaipur are thronged by tourists during winter, there are some places in Rajasthan which lie off the beaten path and are visited only by those with a liking for something different than the usual. If you are one of those, here are some offbeat places in Rajasthan that are not to be missed. Also Read - Thrashing of Dalits: Rahul Calls it ‘Horrific,’ Rajasthan Govt Says ‘Nobody Will be Spared’
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While the forts of Mehrangarh and Amer are quite popular, there are some other forts in Rajasthan which are lesser known but every bit as majestic as the famous ones. One such fort is Kumbhalgarh fort located amidst the Aravalli Hills at a distance of just 80 km from Udaipur. With stone walls stretching over 36 km, Kumbhalgarh is home to Indias Great Wall of China. Their width is such that 8 horses can ride side by side on them. Also Read - NHRC condemns Pak prisoner's killing; issues notice to Raj govt, prison authorities
Rawla Narlai is a 17th century fortress in southern Rajasthan which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. It was once the hunting lodge of the Jodhpur family. Today, Rawla Narlai stands testimony to the grand and elegant Rajputi architectural style. It is surrounded by beautiful hillocks and lovely temples making it an alluring spot to visit.
While Jaisalmer is extremely famous for its majestic living fort and great deseet landscapes, the little village of Khuri located 50 km from it is fast-becoming an alluring camping spot for tourists. It is the best place to get a taste of rural life in Rajasthan and also ideal for those looking for a quiet desert safari and chilly night under the stars. Places like Badal House offer amazing experiences in the desert which includes catching the marvelous sunset, local food prepared right before you and warm rugs and mattresses to spend the night.
One of the most prominent places for Jain devotees, Ranakpur temple is a must-visit for its magnificent architecture and scenic views all around. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur and makes for a scenic drive.
Known for its temples, this little ancient town in the Jodhpur district is called the Khajuraho of Rajasthan. The Brahmanical and Jain temples located in Osian date back to the 8th and 11th centuries making Osian a delight for archaeology and history buffs. Osian is located around 69 km from Jodhpur and is a must-visit for its Sachiya Mata temple and Mahavira temple.
Bharatpur-Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Keoladeo National Park near Fatehpur Sikri
Rajasthan has a distinct and rich natural beauty in its wilderness which is worth checking out. One of the places you can explore the nature and raw wilderness of this region is Bharatpur. Located between Agra and Jaipur, Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary called the Keoladeo National Park. The park is home to around 380 species of indigenous birds. Migratory birds like ducks, geese, waders, and flycatchers are also found in abundance.
So, the next time you visit Rajasthan, give the clichéd tourist spots a miss and visit these amazing offbeat destinations instead.