A land of colours, incredible architecture, diversity, and culture, Rajasthan can enthral your senses as you can never imagine. If you are craving to see the royal palaces, astounding forts, and have incredible experiences, then plan a visit to this beautiful land located at the edge of the golden Thar Desert, with heaving Aravalis. You can discover this breathtakingly beautiful landscape, as you zip across the splendour of its lively capital, and travel to the witness the sand dunes of the Great Thar Desert.
Did you know that Rajasthan is also a land of thrilling adventures? To experience this kaleidoscope to the utmost, you must try something unusual and leave the mostly done itineraries. So next time when you are planning a holiday or a trip to Rajasthan, step out of your comfort zone and try some exciting activities which promise you for a big dose of adrenaline and discovery. So here’s giving you a head start to the thrilling adventures you can try when you visit Rajasthan. Take a break from the usual sightseeing and bask in the indulgent hospitality and try out these five best exciting adventures in Rajasthan.
1. Dune Bashing
Imagine the adrenaline taking over and getting a heart in your mouth feeling! Yes, when you are in the seemingly endless Thar Desert, you just can’t miss Dune Bashing, which is an extremely popular activity in Rajasthan, especially when you are in the spectacular city of Jaisalmer. In this adventure, you sit in a jeep and go around the rugged desert to annihilate the sand dunes. Yes, it is indeed an electrifying adventure at its best, and you should not miss it for anything in the world.
2. Forest Bathing
The term ‘Forest-bathing’ emerged in Japan in the 1980s as a physiological and psychological exercise called “shinrin-yoku” meaning “forest bathing”. Forest bathing is not just meant for the wilderness-lover; it is as simple as walking in any natural environment and consciously connecting with the nature around. Forest bathing has proven to lower stress levels, blood pressure and boost one’s immune system. There are many green zones in Rajasthan where you can experience real forest bathing. With more than 50 per cent covered by forest, Rajasthan is a forest bathing paradise.
So if you wish to go for a walk in a forest trail, listen to the rustling of leaves, or see wildlife, then plan a visit to either Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park, Jhalana Safari Park, or Lion Safari at Nahargarh Biological Park, which are some of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in this state. Ranthambore is well known for tigers and other species like the sloth bear, leopard, the chital deer, and wild boar. But if you want to see crocodiles, then head to the banks of the Siliserh Lake at the Sariska National Park, which is also home to the ruins of medieval temples and a spectacular 17th Century castle. Pick any type of safari as you fancy and explore the forest by jeep, or camel if you want to take a closer look at the incredible wildlife in Rajasthan.
3. Touch the clouds on a hot air balloon
How about this high-flying adventure that lets you take a bird’s-eye view of this beautiful landscape? Glide serenely through the blue sky in a hot air balloon and get an experience of a lifetime. Not only is this ride adventurous, but if you go for it with your partner, then it’s truly romantic too. Imagine soaring above the colourful sceneries and treat your eyes to the breath-taking views of the sunset. You cannot afford to miss this hair-raising experience of flying high in the sky and viewing the panorama of the grand and historic land of Rajasthan. So try out exciting hot-air ballooning at Jaipur, Pushkar, and Ranthambore and rest assured that this would be one of your best experiences in Rajasthan.
4. Sleeping under the starlit sky
Want to enjoy a mystical evening under the beautiful and vast starlit skies? Why choose a five-star hotel when you can sleep under a thousand-star sky. Plan to stay in a Rajasthan camp, sleep under the starlit skies and wake up to beautiful mornings while viewing the sunrise over the sand dunes. A camping trip amid the desert will change the definition of adventure for you. Along with it, plan a camel safari and discover the vast sand dunes of the Thar desert. However, remember that the nights in the desert are always colder and the days are hot and dry, so pack up adequate clothing and things with you.
5. Royal Elephant Polo
Though an elephant ride is a common sight in Rajasthan as the royals of India used these animals a lot for travelling, have you heard of the Royal Elephant Polo? An experience of a lifetime, though you cannot participate in this royal game, but watching an exciting game of Elephant Polo in Jaipur is a great idea to experience adventure.