Rajasthan, the dream vacation destination for many, lives up to its name as the most diverse and exciting places to visit. If the grand palaces and forts have a certain allure, it is the rustic feel of the towns, the deserts and the natural sanctuaries which beckon many a traveller. The sandy deserts, the high mountains in the Aravali ranges, and the lush green foreststhat make up the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, and Sariska Tiger Reserve offer a number of options for those with adrenalin to burn off their calories and get back to life even more energized. Here are some of the adventure activities that you can try out while in Rajasthan:
Jeep Safari with Desert Camping in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is a rare jewel in Rajasthan that is brash in its weather, yet welcoming to any visitor. Its proximity to the Thardesert makes it ideal for certain adventure activities such as jeep safaris across the sand dunes, camel safaris and desert camping. Driving across the soft sands in a jeep with the warm air brushing over the skin, the endless miles of sand dunes, and finally the air-conditioned tents with modern facilities right in the middle of the desert are what adventures are made of. Bonfires in the evening followed by cultural programs and a scrumptious Rajasthani dinner are the perfect way to end the day. The sunrise and the sunset against the sandy backdrop is something that cannot be seen anywhere else. There are desert safaris in Bikaner as well.
Jaisalmer Tour Packages
Hot Air Ballooning in Puskhar
This amazing ballooning tour can be taken either at 5:00 in the morning or at 4:30 or 5:00 in the evening to catch the brilliant sunrise or the sunset as your drift over the city. The tour lasts for an hour with a balloon that goes up to 1,200 feet high in the air, depending on the weather conditions.
Pushkar Tour Packages
Camel Safari in Pushkar
Riding on a camel or inside a camel cart is the best way to experience rural life in Rajasthan. Riding across the sand dunes, watching the Aravali ranges in the distance, one cannot help but feel a sense of relaxation and surrender to the elements. Starting at the Pushkar Fairground, on the way, one can see the traditional villages inhibited by the Kalbeliyatribe people.
Zip lining in Jodhpur Fort
Ziplining is a must-try activity while in Jodhpur. Tired of walking through those vast fortresses? Then zipline across- the fun way to visit this blue city. Jodhpur has six ziplines: Rohetgarh Fort, UmaidBhawan Palace, JaswantThada, Balasamand Lake, Chokelao Garden and Mandore Garden. The ziplining within Mehrangarh Fort takes 2 hours.
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Dune Bashing in Jaisalmer
Feel the mighty desert give in as you ride across it. See the sand rise in reverence as you sail over those dunes. Get your adrenalin rushing as the jeep bounces off the dunes but never leaves them, sending you up into the air with each hit and bounce. Dune bashing is popular near Sam Village near Jaisalmer and is usually offered as part of desert safari and camping tours.
Night Walking Tour in Udaipur
The heritage city of Udaipur is one of the most charming cities in Rajasthan but the nights are just captivating! The lights reflecting off the lakes bring out the beauty in its monuments, temples and even the shopping centers that continue to bustle with activity. There are tour companies that arrange 2-3 hours walking tours in this historic city, covering some of the main temples, the Hall of Fame Museum, and the MaharanaPratap Statue. So even if you have visited these attractions during the day, make sure that you catch them in a new light with this night walking tour with a knowledgeable guide who will tell captivating stories while enjoying masala tea along the way!
Udaipur Tour Packages
Parasailing in Jaisalmer
Fly like a bird over the sands of the Thardesert. Parasailing has become hugely popular in Jaisalmer because of the desert winds which make it even more enjoyable. The parachutes are tied to jeeps which drag them through the desert- a truly thrilling ride!
Jaisalmer Tour Packages
Jungle Safari in Ranthambore National Park
Wantto watch wildlife up close? Love to learn about the biodiversity in nature? Head to SawaiMadhopur in Rajasthan which is the gateway to the Ranthambore National Park. Named after the fort inside, this national park was once a hunting ground for the Rajasthani Royals but is now a protected reserve for rare species of animals and birds. Nestled between the Vindhya plateaus and the Aravalimountains, and flanked by the Banas River and the Chambal River, this tiger reserve also includes the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Kaldevi Sanctuary. Ride into the wilderness in an open top jeep while scouring the area for tigers and leopards.
Hiking to Nahargarh Fort
Hiking through the roughage surrounding the majestic Nahargarh fort is one of the popular adventure activities in Jaipur. Starting from the foothills of the fort, it is a 2-km stone path to the top of the hill where the fort starts. On the way, you have breathtaking views of the hills around and the vast fort wall that stretches almost across the mountain. You can also visit the Garh Ganesh temple and CharanMandir on your way up.
Jaipur Tour Packages
Adventure Activities in Pushkar: Quad biking, Rocket ejector, Zip lining and Zorbing
Xcapada Adventure Park in Pushkar is a haven for adventure seekers. Built over 7 acres, this park has several activities such as quad biking, zorbing, bungee trampoline, Army obstacle course, paintball, archery, body zorbing, rocket ejector, rock climbing, rapelling, and dune bashing.
Old City Cycling Tour in Udaipur
Cycling is one of the best ways to explore Udaipur. The winding streets, the narrows roads with shops on either side, and the busy, vibrant markets and the hustle and bustle of the old city can be experienced in all their splendor while biking slowly.