Why Rajasthan is the best destination for the adventurous couple
Sonam Kapoor's bookmarked it for her wedding
As soon as you set foot into the royal state of Rajasthan, you’ll find yourself wanting to experience more of its medieval forts, breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage. You’ll give into the beat of its soothing, cultural music and the charm of its colourful bazaars where you can bargain your way to scoring traditional handcrafted goodies. But more than anything, it’s the history attached to the state and the guaranteed dose of adventure that make it a wholesome experience.
Tread along the enormous walls of Rajput palaces, drive through the dunes of the Thar Desert and dine at one of the luxurious heritage properties that hosts the grandest weddings in the country. When you’re looking to rekindle the romance, bookmark the princely state of Rajasthan as the perfect destination. Here’s why:
Switch on the romance
Upgrade from fine-dining restaurants to candlelight dinners — it’s your choice whether you enjoy one under the starlit deserts or by a heritage stepwell. But before you do that, take a romantic ride on camel-back at sunset to enjoy the rugged landscapes, best enjoyed at cities like Pushkar and Jaisalmer
Forget your diet
While you will find everything from cozy Italian cafes houses in fort walls to hip brunch spots like UPRE in Udaipur, your Rajasthan experience is incomplete without bingeing on the spicy street food. Add the traditional onion kachoris, flavoured kulhad chai and kadis to your must-have list.
Take a trip down memory lane
In Rajasthan, it’s the historic forts and palaces that draw your attention. Perched atop hills, with defensive walls and spiked doors scarred from battle, these monuments will be your first tryst with Indian royalty. Once inside, the century-old décor takes you back to what would’ve been an era of grandeur. Carved sandstone, marble and eye-catching mirrors decorate the interiors and courts of these grand forts. Don’t miss Jaisalmer’s desert outpost and Jodhpur’s imposing Mehrangarh fort for the best views.
Stay at a heritage property
To get the whole experience, pick a heritage property like the Ranbanka Palace in Jodhpur or Suryagarh in Jaisalmer that offer the luxury of the new along with the grandeur of the medieval culture. For a lofty price tag, you can also stay at Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur, a luxurious heritage property that’s home to one of the many royal families and also the slated venue for Sonam Kapoor’s wedding to her long-time boyfriend, Anand Ahuja.
Get an adrenaline rush
Little did you adventure junkies know that you could zipline across a heritage monument at Jodhpur, parasail your way across the depths of the Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer or go off-roading in the dunes of the Thar Desert to get your fix of fun. In winters, try glamping at one of the many camps that offer a full blown cultural experience with cozy rooms, traditional folk dances, colourful puppet shows and authentic thalis as meals.