Adventures in Rajasthan
Adventures in Rajasthan
in the west of India, the topography of Rajasthan varies from sand-dunes of
the desert to the lofty hill ranges of the Aravallis which makes Rajasthan a
There are many beautiful meadows, dense forests, crystal lakes, waterfalls
and rivulets meandering through the countryside. One of the old eat mountain
ranges of the world, the Aravallis, extending from northeast to south-west
have some beautiful forest areas. Mount Abu, about 1300 mts. above sea level
is an ideal locale.
Kumbhalgarh is another area in the Aravallis which is also good for trekking.
Kumbhalgarh is just 90 kms from Udaipur off the Udaipur-Pali- Jodhpur Road.
Trek upto the historic Kumbhatgarh fort. There is also a wildlife sanctuary.
The famous Jain temples of Ranakpur are close-by.
Trekking routes in Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh and Rawali Tatgarh are not restricted
to any particular area. The entire mountain system offers exciting trails
which originate at starting points spread over the entire length and breadth
of the Aravallis. OneCan trek from Abu Road to Guru Shikhar (highest peak
of Aravali),Thandi Beri to Kumbhalgarh fort
lakes of Rajasthan are known for water sports. During the 1982 Asian games,
rowing competitions were held at Ramgarh lake near Jaipur. Ramgarh lake is a
man-made reservoir around 4 kms. in length and 2 kms in width.
Throughout the year, water sports of all kinds can be arranged here. Facilities
for swimming, boating etc. are available. Boating is a regular feature, conducted
by trained Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation staff. A fully equipped
tourist village with 10 huts is situated here.
Drive for about 10 kms from Alwar and you enter dreamland. The undulating
hills flaming with bougainvillea and gulmohar cradle the majestic Silliserh
Lake. A beautiful Palace Hotel which is run by Rajasthan Tourism Development
Corporation provides all facilities.
Udaipur - the lake city of India, is also good for water sports with boating
being a regular feature. The ideal place for water sports is Jaisamand Lake
situated 50 kms south of Udaipur. This lake is the second largest artificial
lake in Asia (the water spread area is 90 sq kms.). Throughout the year, water
sports of all kinds can be arranged here.
The Chambal river offers the exhilaration of water rafting in the Kota region.
From Jawahar Sagar to Dholpur, the intricate network of the Chambal river,
flowing through rocky gorges and forests, provides ideal locales for the perfect
water adventure. While traversing the river by boat, one Jjcan see the gavial
(crocodile) basking in the sun on river banks. Plans are underway to introduce
a ferry service on the Chambal river from Kota barrage upstream to Bhensrodgarh
- a fine opportunity to ride on the gushing waters. Rajasthan also offers
angling sites. Bandh Baretha in Bharatpur, Siliserh and Jaisamand in Atwar,
Mansarover near Sariska, Kukas, Chhaparwara and Ramgarh in Jaipur are an angler's
paradise. However, the enthusiasts are advised to carry their own eaubment
and obtain permission from the Fisheries Department, Patience and perseverance
in angling, as in life, has rich rewards.
Camel and Horse safaris, another popular form is the Jeep Safari. The Jeep Safari
not only refreshes and revitalises but one feels close to nature while driving
through the quiet and beautiful countryside.
Let your senses sway to the romance of the surroundings as you pass forts,
palaces, historical landmarks and villages. The average daily move is about
150 kms. consisting of approximately five to six hours of jeep-driving. Spend
lazy evenings in bed or swing to the folk dances.
Jeep safaris are organised in every part of Rajasthan, but safaris organised
to the Bishnoi village near Jodhpur have a special attraction for tourists.
Motorcycle and Bicycle safaris can also be done in every part of Rajasthan.
For those who want to turn cycling into a keenly contested game, there is
Cycle Polo too. This year cycle polo was organised at Nawalgarh, Shekhawati.
Elephant Safaris are exciting for those in search of an experience of a lifetime.
Some tour operators organise elephant safaris between Jaipur and Pushkar.
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