Kanika Chopra

Kanika Chopra

Writer - Travel and Social Media at Adventure Nation
Kanika is a passionate traveler. She has traveled across India to some of the exotic places like Andaman, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and many offbeat places in the Himalayas. Her wanderlust takes her to unexplored places. She wishes to experience the magic of Northern lights in Iceland. A keen reader, she is inspired by Ibn Batuta's famous lines- "Travelling leaves you speechless; then turns you into a storyteller".
Kanika Chopra

Wander through the Royal Ruins! Rajasthan is the life of India, essence of our country. The colorful, lively and traditional state of India has rich culture and history. Rajasthan has more history than the rest of India put together. There is a reason it’s called the “Land of Kings”, it is indeed a fabulous realm of maharajas and their majestic forts and lavish palaces. It has a romantic past which reminds us of heroism, honor and chivalry. Legend says that Rajasthan is home to Rajputs who have ruled Rajasthan for 1000 years and the fascinating part is that they claim to have originated from the sun, moon and fire. The Mughal Empire faced a lot of difficulty in controlling this part of India. Hence, they gave up and Rajasthan was ruled by its kings until the British Raj.

Amber Fort in Jaipur
Amber Fort in Jaipur

The mighty Thar Desert, the adventurous wild forests, camel safari and glimpse of tigers, shimmering jewels, traditional delicious cuisines, flamboyant art and vibrant culture, famous colourful fairs and festivals – You name it and Rajasthan has it!. The dazzling fairs and festivals in Rajasthan will give you a chance to explore the art, culture, traditions, history and people. The most famous ones are Pushkar fair and Jaisalmer Desert festival.

Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer with cenotaphs in the backdrop
Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer with cenotaphs in the backdrop

In the month of January and February Jaisalmer is at its best, with a 3 day show on sand dunes, desert blooms with the riotous colours, the traditional folk dance and music. The amusing turban tying competition, Mr. Desert contest coupled with camel race and acrobatics add a touch of excitement to the celebrations. Taking a camel ride with a view of mesmerising sunset and the background music will take you on a euphoric trip.

Traditional dancers at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Traditional dancers at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival

The Pushkar fair takes place between the months of October and November. It is a traditional event in Rajasthan with activities such as musical events and cultural activities, thrilling camel safari tours and staying in the traditional camps. Pushkar has the only Brahma temple in the world. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy lake of Pushkar washes away all your sins. Blend in the culture of Rajasthan and witness the unique rituals, it’s a fascinating and peculiar sight. The fair’s sole aim is to trade cattle like cows, goats, sheep, camels etc. Once the trading is completed, they deck up the animals with dazzling ornaments and beautiful clothes for public display.

Camel Race
Camel Race

The famous cities of Rajasthan are worth a visit. Jaipur, the City of Victory also known as the Pink City is famous for its hilltop forts, glittering bazaars and glorious palaces. You would not want to miss the Lake Palace and City Palace of Udaipur. It’s called the Venice of the East. Well, it should be! The place looks like a wonderland, like from those romantic fairytales. While in Udaipur, don’t miss the Great wall of India – Kumbhalgarh Fort. The thick wall encompassing the fort stretches around 36 KM and is wide enough to take eight horses abreast. The fort offers some of the stunning views of surrounding areas.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Said to be right out of an Arabian Nights’ fable, Jaisalmer and Bikaner, are remarkable sandstone cities that rise magically from the sand dunes of the Rajasthan Desert. Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan is worth your time. Enjoying the bird’s eye view from the mighty Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur will make you realise the city is literally blue!

Blue City - Jodhpur
Blue City – Jodhpur

Ranthambore National Park is full of history, having witnessed many battles played out on its land, and the rise and fall of many rulers. The chances of spotting a tiger in the wild at Ranthambore are amongst the best in India. The place is a paradise for a wildlife lover.

It will be thrilling to explore Rajasthan in different and adventurous ways!

Hot Air Ballooning: Feel the calmness and excitement at the same time! Fly over the magnificent forts and palaces and enjoy the bird’s eye view of Rajasthan! Take some of the amazing shots from your camera to cherish them later. Flying high with the beautiful view of colourful Rajasthan will be one of the most enchanting experiences of your life. Go Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur with us

Jaipur Hot Air Ballooning
Jaipur Hot Air Ballooning

Self-Drive Tours: Traverse Rajasthan on your own terms. The biggest advantage of a self-drive tour is that you can wander on your own with your choice of car or motorbike and take in the beauty of the place with all the time you need. Dune bashing will be a thrilling experience in the Thar Desert at Jaisalmer. Explore Self-drives and Jeep Safaris

Cycling: Cycle through the vast deserted landscapes and pass through small undiscovered villages. Sign-up for cycling tours in the most beautiful places like Udaipur and Kumbalgarh and cycle along the sturdy Aravalli mountain range. Explore Rajasthan on a cycle

Desert/Camel Safari: Don’t miss to hop on the Ship of the Desert. Camel Safari will be a life time experience for you. The desert safari will take you to some of the unexplored and remote places of Rajasthan. Explore the ruins and listen to the fascinating stories by locals. Explore more

Jaisalmer Camel Safari
Jaisalmer Camel Safari

Elephant Ride: The most breathtaking way of taking a tour of Rajasthan is by Elephant Ride. Do as the Royals do it!

Wildlife Safari: Wildlife photographers will fall in love with the wild side of Rajasthan! You could get lucky and spot the majestic tigers on a wildlife safari.

Leopard Safari in Rajasthan
Leopard Safari in Rajasthan

You would want to travel here time and again, exploring this magnificent state by all these means and still you would not get enough of Rajasthan!

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Kanika Chopra
Kanika is a passionate traveler. She has traveled across India to some of the exotic places like Andaman, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and many offbeat places in the Himalayas. Her wanderlust takes her to unexplored places. She wishes to experience the magic of Northern lights in Iceland. A keen reader, she is inspired by Ibn Batuta's famous lines- "Travelling leaves you speechless; then turns you into a storyteller".

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