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14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn‚Äôt love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss ūüėČ

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  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

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  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wells, Nawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

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  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

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  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

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  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least Рcapital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

 

 

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Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and¬†has been aptly dubbed as the ‚ÄėOpen Art Gallery‚Äô of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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  1. BHANGARH

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow¬†lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‚ÄėGarh Palace‚Äô. Garh Palace is host to ‚ÄėChitrashala‚Äô where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun¬†kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces¬†shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an¬†alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

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  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of¬†architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this ‚ÄúOpen Air Art Gallery‚ÄĚ you will¬†be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable m√©lange of Rajput and European architecture.

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  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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The Winter Festival Is Back With New Colors

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Mount Abu is known as the summer capital of Rajasthan as it the only hill station of Rajasthan located on the highest peak of the Aravallis. This Oasis of Rajasthan with its picturesque location and colorful culture is the main attraction to the Winter Festival.winter1

The Winter Festival takes place every year during the last week of December, and this year it is from 29th to 31st December 2015. This year the Mount Abu Festival has been reinvented with fluorescent golf balls to bring enthusiasm from the mundane Matka Race, Matka Phor, Tug of War, etc. The festival like every year is organized by Rajasthan Tourism and Municipal Board of Mount Abu, but this time the event is managed by a company- E Factor Entertainment which will add a lot of activities to the original events.

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So, mark your calendar as the three day carnival is all about fun, food and festivities.

 

Cycle ride for Tourists

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Rajasthan is a tourist centric state. It offers a wide range of tourism options to visiting tourist to choose from such as aqua tourism in Kota-Bundi region, wild life tourism in Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur regions.Desert safari in the desert areas of Jodhpur Barmer, Jaisalmer. Bird tourism in Bharatpur, Jaipur and Jodhpur regions. Winter tourism in Mount Abu and historical and heritage tourism in every corner of the State. There seems to be no other State in the country which offers such a variety package.

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Coming to Rajasthan! Wish to explore the state as per your itinerary. Then gear up yourself.  Wouldn’t it be a great fun to hop the ghats of Pushkar or snake the narrow lanes of Jaipur or wave the hilly slopes of Udaipur on cycle. The State Government has come out with a policy for promoting Eco-Tourism through cycle tourism. In the line with a similar policy of the Goa Government, rules have been made under which interested tourist can hire a cycle on rent

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Though the government intends to implement this plan in nine prominent tourist cities but initially four cities Ajmer-Pushkar, Kota Jaipur and Udaipur have been selected and very soon tourist coming to these cities will have a eco friendly transport mode taking them to places of their interest. The official formalities for the same have been completed and the implementation is in the offing.

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The company selected to provide bicycles in these cities will have to set up cycle stand at allotted spots and shall rent them @ Rs. 10 for one hour. The best part of the scheme is that the person taking cycle on rent need not return to the spot where he originally rented the vehicle, instead he can return the cycle at any of the company’s approved spot. The selected company will provide 500 cycles at Jaipur and 200 cycles each for rest of cities.

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This is a welcome initiative of State Government who is inclined to make tourism mainstay of State economy. Providing more options for the tourism will definitely attract new genre of tourists  to the state.

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A break from the smoldering summer blaze during Mount Abu Summer Festival!

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The infamous Indian summer is turning up the heat, making it the perfect time of year to head to the hills!

Mount Abu is a beautiful hill station in Rajasthan. The tourists and the native‚Äôs alike head here to take a break from the smoldering summer blaze. Mount Abu is probably one of the few places in the state of Rajasthan that endowed with lush foliage and a variety of flora and fauna. Besides being a summer getaway, every year ‘SUMMER FESTIVAL’ is celebrated in this mystifying and beautiful city, which is also known by names such as “Hill Of Wisdom”,Saint’s Pinnacle” and “Olympus Of Rajasthan“.

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Though the place can be visited at any given time of the year, but Summer or Winter Festival of Mount Abu has its own fascination.

Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, hosts the annual Summer Festival commencing from the day of Buddha Poornima. This year the 2 day festival starts from today that is 3rd and 4th of May, 2015

How to Reach:

Udaipur (185km) is the nearest airport while Mount Abu railway station is about 28 km from the city. Regular trains connect Mount Abu with cities such as Ahmadabad and Jaipur. Taxis, jeeps and excellent bus services connect the mountainous town with the rest of the state and cities in Gujarat.
The gorgeous setting of Mt. Abu with its rocky hills and placid lakes forms an apt venue for this exuberant show. In addition to the various performances, many competitions are also being held like Mataka Race, Tug of War Horse, Race,  tourists can enjoy the natural beauty of this hill station with its pleasant climate.

Refresh yourself in the tranquil surroundings of Nakki Lake and enjoy the summer festival a lovely harmony of color and rhythm in scenic environs.

Mount Abu Winter Festival

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The mountain calls again for the annual Winter Festival at Mount Abu! A magical hill station in the otherwise hot region of Rajasthan, Mount Abu celebrates Winter Festival ever year with gusto. Slated to be held from December 29 -31, 2014, Mount Abu celebrates the happiness and cheerfulness with the tourists and local dwellers of this picturesque hill station.

Tourists are welcomed here during the festival with great enthusiasm and they celebrate the festival with great joy and happiness.  It is a three day long festival that emphasizes on celebrating  the beauty of the hill station and the hospitable culture and tradition of the region.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

The celebrations generally begin with a ceremonial procession which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and proceeds further till the epicenter of the hill station i.e. shimmering Nakki Lake. The procession gets together and ends at Nakki Lake Chowk, this is followed by folk and dance performances by troupes from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and nearby states.

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The festival closes with a grand finale display of amazing fireworks. Three things have made this festival rise up to a world platform they are the hospitality, the colorful culture and the exotic location. Apart from these cultural activities, water sports, rowing competitions, cricket matches also add to the festivities of the festival.

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So if you want to take part in the lively and colorful festivities of Winter Festival at mount Abu, pack your bags and proceed for the wonderful celebrations!!

5 Long Weekend Destinations in Rajasthan

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The monsoon showers have deluged entire south, west and northern regions of India and this rejoicing weather is urging you¬†to go out and enjoy the monsoon showers with family and loved ones or may be with yourself ūüôā But the work is not allowing you to take days off. Right? Oh well well !! Here‚Äôs your chance to steal some fun moments from the calendar. This year, Independence Day is falling on Friday, which means you will be getting a three day weekend to enjoy a desirably satisfying small holiday and your share of Monsoon!!

In this post we would suggest you some quick getaways to Rajasthan!! Here’s a list of some stunning and awesome destinations to spoil you with compelling choices.  Go ahead and plan your extended weekend!

  1. Udaipur and Mount Abu

Plan a trip to Udaipur endearingly called ‚ÄúVenice of East‚ÄĚ for its mighty forts and palaces surrounded by shimmering lakes. The rustic hues of monsoon offer a marvelous experience of the royal city. Get awed by the beauty of Monsoon Palace, Lake Palace, Bagore Mansion, take a royal ride on horseback or indulge in city street shopping. If the city get a little too much urban, take a road trip to Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan complete with gushing waterfalls, melting sunset points and awe inspiring natural sceneries.

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Possible Itinerary:¬†Delhi ‚Äď Udaipur -Mount Abu ‚Äď Delhi:

14th August (Thursday night) Delhi to  Udaipur ( Friday Morning) by Chetak Express / Mewar Express or by bus.

15th August: (Friday) Spend the day in Udaipur

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the morning in Udaipur, leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Swarna J Raj Express or Ashram Express or by bus via Jodhpur or a direct taxi to Delhi

From Mumbai also you can travel the beautiful city Udaipur along with Mount Abu.

15th August, Friday: Reach Udaipur by Flight in the morning or by UDZ Superfast Express Train in the Afternoon.

15th August: Spend the evening in Udaipur.

16th August Saturday: Enjoy the morning in Udaipur leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening.

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to Udaipur and then flight back to Mumbai.

  1. Jodhpur Jaisalmer from Delhi

The rambling desert land of Jaisalmer covers itself up in shades of green during the monsoons while Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan accentuates its colors in the rains. These rain washed cities look picturesque dotted with ancient forts like Mehrangarh Fort or Jaisalmer Fort; Palaces like Patwon ki Haveli and Umaid Bhavan Palace are just some of the many culturally and historically significant sites to see.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi ‚Äď Jaisalmer ‚Äď Jaipur ‚Äď Delhi:

14th August Thursday Board a delhi Jaisalmer express train on Thursday to reach Jaisalmer on Friday Morning or take a taxi/bus.

15th August: (Friday) Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, Explore Sand dunes nearby and the Golden Fort

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, leave for Jodhpur in the evening by a bus or by a cab or by Jaisalmer Delhi express, reach Jodhpur by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing + Food tour +Shopping in Jodhpur

17th August (Sunday night): Jodhpur to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Mandor Express by bus/taxi

  1. Ranakpur Kumbhalgarh

Ranakpur is a marvelous epitome of nature’s beauty and fabulous marble architecture. Mainly a Jain pilgrimage, Ranakpur would offer you a delighting monsoon experience amid the lush Aravalli ranges. Followed by the sculptured temple sighting tour you can head to a trip to the mesmerizing Kumbhalgarh fort by road. With seven fortified gateways, Kumbhalgarh Fort is famous for its longest wall in after the Great Wall of China.

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Possible Itinerary Delhi-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Delhi

14th August Thursday: Take HW ADI Mail and reach Falna station on 15th August Friday Morning. Take Taxi/Bus to Ranakpur.

15th August Friday: Sightseeing, Shopping and Photography in Ranakpur.

16th August Saturday: Afternoon 45 minutes drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort and then reach Udaipur.

17th Sunday Udaipur sightseeing and Journey back to Delhi by Train/Bus.

 

  1. Ajmer Pushkar

The holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer together house two of the most revered holy sites in India. The 14 century Temple dedicated to Brahma is surrounded by numerous ghats and the Pushkar Lake which owes its existence to a legend. Ajmer on the other hand is known for the Shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chistri, Ajmer’s Dargah Shariff is an important pilgrimage site. Akbar Fort Museum in Ajmer is another place to visit or you can also go shopping in the small colorful markets of Pushkar for handicrafts.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi ‚Äď Ajmer¬†– Pushkar ‚Äď Delhi:

15th August (morning) Delhi to  Ajmer ( Friday afternoon) by Ajmer Shatabdi or by a taxi/bus, spend the day in Ajmer

16th August (Saturday): Visit Pushkar by a cab/bus and enjoy the day in Pushkar

17th August (Sunday): Relax in Pushkar in the lake side cafes; go back to Ajmer by evening

17th August (Sunday night): Ajmer to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Chetak Express by bus/taxi

  1. Mandawa Nawalgarh Shekhawati

Walk through the painted frescoes of Mandawa and Nawalgarh ‚Äď the story book town of Shekhawati. ¬†Famous for its magnificently painted havelis and frescoed walls, mandawa is a small town and Nawalgarh is an absolute retreat for those who admire art. The land of great business families of India depicts stupendous history through it intricate paintings and ancient havelis. The famous ones are Poddar Haveli, Morarka Haveli and Aath Haveli in Nawalgarh and Mandawa haveli. ¬†Also don‚Äôt miss to check out the colorful bazaars of the town.

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Possible Itinerary  Jaipur- Mandawa- Nawalgarh

15th August Friday: Take a bus/taxi from Jaipur and Reach Nawalgarh in 3- 4 hours.

15th August : visit Havelis like Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli till evening Dinner at Hotel and retire for Night.

16th August Saturday: Breakfast in the hotel, check out from Hotel and drive to Nawalgarh. Enjoy the fresco trail route of painted walls on the streets of Nawalgarh followed by a Rajasthani style dinner and entertainment at the hotel.

17th Route back to Jaipur with splendid views of lush green Aravalli ranges and roads washed with monsoon showers.