Hidden Charms and Destinations to Experience Rajasthan in Monsoons

Sindhu Murthy

The royal state of Rajasthan in India known for its intriguing tales of chivalry and romance is a destination popular among domestic and international travels alike. Monsoons in Rajasthan offer aΒ pleasant experience as the temperatures tend to drop across the state and the occasional showers transform the arid landscape of Rajasthan giving a new lease of life. No wonder, monsoon palaces have been built by the kings to witness the dance of the clouds and songs have been written praising the beauty of rain. The best part about visiting Rajasthan in monsoons- along with some amazing experiences, you also get showered with the best of discounts for both hotel and flight bookings.

Monsoon palaces have been built by the kings to witness the dance of the clouds and songs have been written praising the beauty of rain in Rajasthan.

 

Monsoon in Rajasthan does not encompass torrential downpours like in many other states of India. It is more like drizzles with the occasional downpour lasting for a couple of hours. For the same reason, the possibility of getting your trip ruined due to rain is almost impossible in Rajasthan. Β Now that I have convinced you that Rajasthan is best explored during monsoons, I would like to share with you a few hidden charms and offbeat destinations where you can experience the best of monsoons in Rajasthan. Including the likes of trekking in lush forests covering the oldest mountain ranges of India and witnessing the incredulous grandeur of the grand canyon of Rajasthan, here are 5 offbeat monsoon experiences in Rajasthan you should not miss.

Step back in time in the Quaint little town of Bundi
Located at a distance of a little over 200 Km from Jaipur in Rajasthan, the quaint little town of Bundi is nestled amidst the lush green hills of Aravallis. Very few places in Rajasthan have been able to retain the charming atmosphere of the olden days and Bundi is undoubtedly one among the best.The Taragarh Fort encompassing the Bundi Palace perched on the slope of the hills stand guard to the numerous ancient Havelis lining the alleys of the old town. With the electric blue Brahmin homes surrounding the Nawal Sagar Lake present in the center of the town, Bundi gives a close competition to Jodhpur in claiming the title The blue city. While you are in Bundi there is no dearth of activities to keep you occupied. You can visit the Bundi Palace to appreciate the murals and fresco paintings of Chitrashala, climb the arduous path to Taragarh Fort to get a panoramic view of the town, explore the numerous lakes and step-wells surrounding the town, drive to the nearby caves to wonder at the prehistoric rock paintings, take a peaceful walk around the Nawal Sagar lake in the evenings enjoying the view of the illuminated palace and its reflection in the lake or just stay at a Haveli and experience the warm hospitality.

Step back in time in the Quaint little town of Bundi

Experience a Rendevous with Nature and Architecture at Menal
Menal is a complex of Shiva temples built with red stone dating back to the 11th Century. The main shiva temple in the complex built in Bhiumja style of architecture has detailed carvings of various animals and deities. While the temple complex with its beautiful carvings makes Menal an architectural marvel, the stream that plunges into a narrow gorge from a rocky cliff which is about 100mts high right next to the temple complex makes it a natural splendor. When the water level rises in the stream during monsoon, the reverberating sound of the waterfall plunging into the gorge can be heard all across the temple complex. As the water level in the stream subsides post monsoons, one can cross over to the other side of the stream to explore more temples and ancient structures. Menal with its magnificent water falls, deep gorges, dense forest, and ancient temples is a testimony to a beautiful symphony of architecture with nature.

waterfall at Menal with the Temple

Experience a Rendevous with Nature and Architecture at Menal

Get mesmerized by the thunderous water fall at Bhimlat
The thunderous waterfalls of Bhimlat plunging from a height of over 60mts into a deep pool of water amidst the lush greens is a seasonal splendor which comes to life during monsoons. Located at about 210km from Jaipur, this splendid waterfall is sure to break your perception of Rajasthan being synonymous to deserts and dunes. The lush green surroundings of the waterfall attract various species of migratory birds making it a paradise for ornithologists during monsoons and a few following months. Not just the waterfall, even the route leading to the waterfall is breathtaking. The country road meanders along seasonal streams, plateaus, lush green fields, lakes, tunnels and even crosses railway tracks in the most picturesque environs of western Rajasthan.

Bhimlat Waterfall, Rajasthan

Get mesmerized by the thunderous water fall at Bhimlat

Marvel at the incredulous beauty of the Chambal valley at Garadia Mahadev
Garadia Mahadev located near Kota in Rajasthan is popular among the locals for its shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. However, what makes it a monsoon paradise is the view of the canyon formed by the serpentine Chambal river. To reach Garadia Mahadev, you will have to take a detour from NH76 into the vast plateau that is believed to be formed by erosion of sediments and by the deposition of magma caused by volcanic eruptions dating back to a few hundred million years. The aqua green colored Chambal river flows in a deep canyon as if dissecting the plateau strewn with thorns and bushes and takes a U turn offering a breathtaking view of the walls of the canyon and the lands beyond. The deep orange colored rocks towering high from the lush green foliage on the banks of Chambal river in the canyon set a striking contrast against the blue sky making it a delightful sight. The almost deserted plateau which was once famous for being home to many dacoits and bandits is slowly gaining popularity among tourists after being featured in the recent ads by Rajasthan Tourism Board. visit Garadia Mahadev during the monsoons and be treated with numerous tiny water falls plunging into the Chambal river along the rocky walls of the canyon.

Garadia Mahadev, Rajasthan

Marvel at the incredulous beauty of the Chambal valley at Garadia Mahadev

Embark on a monsoon trek in Aravallis and walk along the great wall of India at Kumbhalgarh
Famed as the oldest mountain range in India, the Aravallis rise high in the north western part of India dividing the Thar desert in Rajasthan from its planes and plateaus. The semi dry deciduous forests that cover the Aravalli hills get a new lease of life during the monsoons turning the entire area of over 600 sq km into a lush green paradise. Fortuitously, the Aravallis are also home to the Kumbhalgarh Fort which is famous for its long wall known as the great wall of India and as the 2nd longest wall in the world next to the Great Wall of China. The trekking trail to the Kumbhalgarh fort starts at a jungle lodge located near a village named Ghanerao which is located on the foothill of the Aravallis and goes through the thick deciduous forests of the Kumbhalgarh National Park. You can even plan a stay at the royal castle of Ghanerao or at the royal hunting lodge in the secluded fringes of the Kumbhalgarh National Park.

Great wall of India, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan

Embark on a monsoon trek in Aravallis and walk along the great wall of India at Kumbhalgarh

 

have you visited any of these destinations of Rajasthan in monsoons? Or, do you know of any other hidden charms in Rajasthan which you would want to share? Do let me know your thoughts.

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