Wish to explore the rustic mystique of Rajasthan? All you have to do is to give over the set practice of visiting Jaipur, Jodhpur or Udaipur, next time you are in the “Land of Maharajas”. The best option is to explore offbeat heritage in Rajasthan.
A historic destination which gets skipped from travel itinerary of visitors is Kumbhalgarh Fort nestled at a height of 1100 meters above mean sea level. Located in Aravali hill ranges, 80 km from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh has seen many bloody battles but never fell in the hands of enemies. The reason is not difficult to understand. It has a 36 km long wall, second next to Great Wall of China which offered it a natural protection. A unique offbeat heritage in Rajasthan, the Kumbhalgarh fort will surprise you with its rustic look.
Kuchaman, a city located around 140 km from Jaipur is home to a hill top fort and heritage havelis build in Shekhawati style. It is among the lesser known destinations in Rajasthan and is a stop for passengers of Palace on Wheels and should ideally be on your wish list, whenever you are in Rajasthan.
If you are even remotely interested in exploring historic relics, Osian a small city, 65 km from Jodhpur, this place should be on your travel list. Famous for having the maximum number of temples, some ranging back to 8th century, Osian is also one among the lesser known destinations in Rajasthan. Osian was also the capital of Marwar kingdom. Sachiya Mata and the Sun temple are the prominent temples one can explore.
Situated in Jhunjhunu district, Mahansar is a small village popular for its unique havelis, including the one known as Sone-Chandi ki dukan. The intricate paintings made of gold leaf are worth watching here.
Rajasthan is an oasis in the desert. All you need is a will to go beyond the ordinary and don the hat of a true explorer. The aura of the place will surely leave you awestruck!