5 ways to explore Rajasthan this Monsoon

Aug 8, 2015

Rajasthan or the land of magnificent forts, the Aravali Range, and the great Thar Desert is never short of surprises. In fact, every season shows a different picture of Rajasthan. While it’s hot and humid in summers, winters are chilly yet pleasant.

The best time, however, to visit this magnificent land is during the monsoon. You may have visited it in summers or probably winters, but monsoon shows a completely different picture of Rajasthan./p>

The otherwise dry, barren Rajasthan possess a very different colour during this season. Watch the dry brown surface turning into plush green as the monsoon progresses.

Although every place has a unique splendidness in the rainy season, there are a few closer to my heart.

1. Keoladeo National Park—a treat for bird watchers

Keoladeo National Park (erstwhile Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) is home to 350 species of birds. Many of these are migratory birds that migrate here during the monsoon. The best part is the sanctuary is only 200 KMs from the National Capital.

While a daylong trip should be worthwhile, we still recommend you a weekend trip. Make sure you pre-book your stay, as Keoladeo is pretty packed on weekends.

One of the best place to stay is Bharatpur Forest Lodge, a forest lodge situated inside the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary at a distance of 1.5 kms from the main entry gate of the bird sanctuary.

2. The Hindu festival of Teej

Monsoon is celebrated in different ways across India. Rajasthan is no different. Teej festival is one such celebration in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The festival is marked by fasting of women who pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati seeking their blessings for marital bliss.

The women dress in ethnic wears and jewelleries with henna decorated hands, singing the Teej Song.

3. The lakes of Udaipur

Udaipur is the home to one and only Monsoon palace in Rajasthan. Built by Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar dynasty in 1884, The Sajjangarh Palace or the monsoon palace on the top of the Aravalli Hills imparts a breathtakingly panoramic view of the city during the monsoon.

The lakes also come to life during the monsoon, making monsoon the best time to visit the city.

4. Bhainsrorgarh Fort—the jewel of the Chambal

An ancient fort near Kota, Bhainsrorgarh Fort lies in Chittorgarh and is an hour drive (50 Kms) from Kota. The fort is also a heritage boutique hotel hanging on a cliff watching the Chambal River.

Lookout the rain clouds linger around the green forests of Chambal as you swallow tea lazing on one of the palace verandas.

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