Cycling is the most fun and cost-effective way to take in the rich landscape of Rajasthan. Bicycles can be hired almost anywhere, and are sturdy and unlikely to develop snags while riding. However, if you’re looking forward to doing some serious cycling in the state, opt for the inexpensive, geared bicycles that are easily available in all major towns. Bicycles are ideal for exploring villages that are close to big towns such as Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur, or for getting around the lush hills of places like Mount Abu.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
When it comes to exploring the beautiful landscape of Rajasthan, a hot air balloon ride is one of the best options. Soar above the vibrant Pushkar festival and treat yourself to breath-taking views. You can also enjoy the beauty of India’s ‘Pink City’, and absorb its colours, flavours and sounds as you take in magnificent forts, palaces and bewitching architecture that Jaipur is known for. Hot air balloon rides are available across the subject to prior booking.
Camping under the sparkling skies of Rajasthan allows you to feast your eyes on the unique view of celestial wonders at night. Camping is some sort of an art form here, with established campsites being set in several locations that would befit royalty. Camping expeditions in Rajasthan beautifully blend adventure with comfort and offer a truly one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Personalised tents equipped with a bedroom, cosy hallway or leisure area and an attached bath are also available for rent. Some tents even come with hand-block printed fabrics on their interiors. For the adventurous folk, the ideal time to head out for camping would be between October and March. One can set up tents at the welcoming Damodra Village, get pampered at The Serai in Jaisalmer or enjoy the contemporary camp sites at Sam village.
Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Jhalawar
Still in its initial stage, paragliding is a sport that must feature on your itinerary, regardless of whether you’re an adventure enthusiast or casual vacationer. Create unforgettable memories as you soar above the beautiful, crimson-sand countryside of Rajasthan. This activity is, so far, only offered by operators who have the requisite equipment with them.
One does not think of Rajasthan when it comes to water sports, but this desert paradise has something to offer on that front too. Rajasthan has no dearth of vast, blue lakes and water bodies where one can enjoy boating and other water sports.
Desert and Camel Safari
Life in the villages around Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur (Osian), Pushkar and Nagaur pulses to the sound of music and sways in a profusion of colours, where men with proud moustaches in elegant turbans, cheerful women in vivid ethnic attire and children, live life to the hilt. Summers here end in dancing, singing and festivities. However, that’s not all this enigmatic land has to offer. Thar Desert and its Camel Safari –a treat to tourists since 1998 – offers visitors a fun, vibrant and memorable experience. The Camel Safari gives you a glimpse into the rustic lifestyle of the desert villages and its people. Traverse through sand dunes, past ancient havelis, temples and even historic landmarks. What’s more? Treat your palate to delicious, authentic cuisine and traditional music at various stops on the safari tour.
Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Jodhpur
This may come as an unexpected surprise, but Rajasthan’s desert terrain is home to an enormous number of unique mammals, exotic birds and endangered species such as tigers. The sanctuaries in Rajasthan attract a variety of species as its vast size and latitudinal variations (1,700m above sea level) ensure a large assortment of flora and fauna. Treat yourself to the spectacular and vivid views that await you. Be it from Mount Abu’s semi-green forests to dry grasslands of the desert, or from the dry deciduous thorn forests of Aravali to the wetlands of Bharatpur, there’s something interesting for everyone.
Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Kota, Bundi
Discover new perspectives as you glide over the diverse landscape of the Pink City, Jaipur, suspended on nothing but a secure line. Fly high over the outer battlements of Jodhpur’s most regal fortress and desert lakes, and enjoy the one-of-a-kind view that awaits you.