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7 Lesser Known Places to Visit in Rajasthan

  • Rohit Agarwal
Dec 29, 2016

Rajasthan also known as Rajputana, the Land of Kings is the most prominent tourist attraction. It goes without saying that its sumptuous beauty and rich heritage attracts tourists all over the world. Known for its various dynasties, forts, temples and exquisite havelis, this place can steal anyone’s heart with flawless architecture and designs.

In addition to trying the famed, delicious Rajasthani cuisine, one can explore endless kinds of traditions and culture hidden in this historical place.

1. Kumbhalgarh Fort

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This magnificent fort, although a bit less popular compared to other forts in Rajasthan, was built by Maharana Pratap and belongs to the Rajput reign. It has a wall comparable to The Great Wall of China and is  36 kilometres long. It is protected by the Aravali Mountains and has brilliant architecture. Upon visiting this fort, you can also take a jeep safari to explore the fauna of this place. Various species of leopards, boars, wolves and panthers are found near Kumbhalgarh Fort. Don’t miss the light and fountain show that takes place inside!

2. Narlai

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Narlai is a small village in the hills of Aravali, Rajasthan. Though it’s not necessarily a top tourist attraction, there is a lot to explore in this place. You can learn all about the local inhabitants of Narlai, their culture, and traditions. Additionally, you must try the Rajasthani cuisine from Narlai. This place is home to many eminent Hindu and Jain temples. Lord Shiva temples are also quite well-known in this region. 

3. Bundi

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Bundi is generally an over-looked place in Rajasthan, but you don’t have to make the mistake of missing this exceptional place. Bundi offers beautiful architecture and frescoes for you to visit and capture photos on your DSLR. One can explore the local markets and hunt for miniature paintings and mirrors or simply spend a day visiting forts and beautiful waterfalls.

4. Mandawa

Haveli, Photo by Dhirad, CC BY-SA 2.5

Historically known for its famous Silk Route to China, Mandawa has some of the most exquisite paintings and havelis. If you are fond of traditional art forms, you must visit the famous art galleries of Mandawa. Known as the Open-Air Art Gallery, Mandawa is also home to amazing havelis that have now been turned into hotels and resorts. They are endowed with white marble, frescoes and unique infrastructure where you cannot find two rooms alike.


5. Kuchaman

The city of Kuchaman is a wonderful place to discover the heritage and rich culture of Rajasthan. This place has a lot to offer, particularly the original inlay work in precious stones like gold and glass, and a visit to Sheesh Mahal to see this is a must. It is most popular for the Meera Mahal, a palace which portrays the devotion of saint-poet Meera Bai to Lord Krishna in the form of miniature paintings and murals that are displayed on the walls of the palace. 

6. Osian

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Known as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan”, Osian is a small historical town located near Jodhpur and is home to a lot of temples and prominent pilgrimage sites that date back to the 8th-9th centuries. The temples of Osian are known for their intricate architecture and carvings. When in Rajasthan, you cannot end your trip without a camel safari. You can find these in Osian.


7. Jojawar

If you wish to simply take a small voyage wanderlusting on the roads of local cities, meeting nomads and taking train excursions or even jeep safaris, then you must take a casual tour to Jojawar. This place is quiet, relaxing and seldom visited by travellers, and you have ample chances to see peacocks, monkeys, and even camels.

Apart from all the renowned places in Rajasthan that  have already been much explored by the tourists, you may consider using your next trip to discover the hidden jewels of this historical area. Every lesser known city has abundant things to offer and sights to see, from unique architecture, paintings, frescoes and cuisine to historical temples. These places are generally less commercial and less crowded and give you the opportunity to experience the real essence of Rajasthan closely.

The most sought after places of Rajasthan include Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, and Jodhpur; however, there are several lesser known places which you can also enjoy discovering.


Author Bio:

Rohit Agarwal, a traveller and blogger in search of fascinating tourist sites, loves exploring different places across India. His blogs at are full of such interesting stories about various places and cuisines.

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