By Somya Poddar
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost
Rajasthan has a plethora of beautiful destinations for small vacations. Few are more popular and more commercialized than others. Nevertheless, the lesser-known places have a lot to offer. Just need to explore them as much.
Don’t the same places like Pushkar or Udaipur bore you? So, drive down to these 10 underrated weekend getaways in Rajasthan.
In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies this beautiful small town. First of all, the structures of this place reminds one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be. In addition, the beautiful havelis and baolis with coloured painting adorning their walls are hard to miss. You would be surprised to see how much this small town has to offer!
Places to Visit: Murmuria Haveli, Harlalka Well, Binsidhar Nevatia Haveli
Best Hotels: Vivaana, Castle Mandawa Hotel, Desert Resort, Udai Vilas Palace
View of Samode/tripzuki.com
Another destination in the Shekhawati region, Samode famous for its fort and haveli. Unlike other havelis of Rajasthan, the Samode Palace does not belong to any royal family but a family of noblemen. And this four hundred years old palace is the best place to stay. During the day, a camel ride is a good idea. Not visiting this place would be a huge mistake!
Places to Visit: Samode Palace, Samode Fort, Main Bazaar, Samode Bagh
Best Hotel: Samode Palace
Osian Desert/Bhuvan Gaur
This village in Jodhpur district in Rajasthan is a delight for those who love historical architecture. The fact that you get to see all of it in the Thar Desert makes it a double whammy. Also, the 8th to 11th century temples there make this village a must-visit destination. Most of all, don’t forget to book Camel Safari in the sand dunes.
Places to Visit: Shree Osian Mata ji Temple, Jain Temples, Desert Experience
Best Hotels: The Sand Dune Resort, Camp Oasis, Camp Thar
A place with spectacular world of fascinating hand painted havelis with legendary stories. Rajasthan embraces the semi arid village of Alsisar within itself. Rather exceptional for the array of colours it garners deep inside the heart of its rustic desert. Most noteworthy place in this village is the 17th century battle hardened Alsisar Mahal. Therefore, it stands tall with its fabulous grandeur and exudes a glorious history.
Places to Visit: Rani Sati Mandir, Shivalaya, Badal Garh Fort
Best Hotels: Indra Vilas, Alsisar Mahal, Alsisar Haveli
kiradu temples, barmer
Starry Night around Kiradu Temples/ Bhuvan Gaur
The Kiradu Temples can be located about 35 kms away from Barmer district in Rajasthan. There are five temples in all and most remarkable of them is Someshvara Temple. These temples feature impressive sculpture and a Chaulukya style of architecture. Moreover, they are known as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan” due to its erotic architecture.
Places to Visit: Someshvara Temple, Safed Akhara, Nakoda Jain Temple
Best Hotels: Hotel Kailash International, Hotel Kalinga Palace
View of the Neemrana Fort/ omgdelhi.com
Located in the heart of the ‘golden triangle’. Neemrana is almost equidistant from Agra, Delhi and Jaipur. While the Baori and the Sariska Tiger Reserve too are hard to miss if you’re around. Also, the Neemrana Fort will leave you startled and intoxicated with its grandeur.
Places to Visit: Neemrana Fort, Zip Lining, Baori
Best Hotels: Neemrana Fort-Palace, Ramada, Golden Tulip
Image: Waterfall at Bijolia/Bhuvan Gaur
This small village in Bhilwara district, famous for Hajareshwara temple which dates back to 10th century. However, the town denotes the cultural and architectural heritage with quaint housing. In addition to numerous temples, the Bijolia Fort, Rock Inscriptions and Mandakini Baori are the other places worth visiting. Also, the rock inscriptions dating back to 12 century AD is a major draw for the few visitors this place receives.
Places to Visit: Hajareshwara Temple, Waterfall
Best Hotels: Bhainsrorgarh Fort Hotel, Fort Begu
Located 84 kms north of Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh is one of the most important citadel in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges, the Kumbalgarh Fort is included in World Heritage Sites. There is a magnificent array of temples built inside. And the fort’s large compound has very interesting ruins. So this hilly fort is a sight you can’t miss!
Places to Visit: Kumbalgarh Fort, Badal Mahal, Neelkanth Mahadev
Best Hotels: Forest Retreat, Aodhi Hotel, Dera Kumbalgarh
The city of Bundi
Finally, the town of Bundi which is nestled in the cleft of the Aravali hills. Furthermore, has a special medieval flavor quite untouched by time. A captivating town with narrow lanes of Brahmin-blue houses, lakes, hills, bazaars, and a temple at every turn. In addition, the fantastical palace of faded parchment cupolas and loggias rising from the hillside above the town. Hence, one of the places in Rajasthan retaining so much of the magical atmosphere of centuries past.
Places to Visit: Garh Palace, Raniji ki Baori, Cave Paintings
Best Hotels: Kasera Heritage View, Bundi Vilas, Hotel Bundi Haveli
Featured Image: Rajasthan Tourism