It might sound silly, but India is vast and unlike most countries that match or exceed it in land mass, there’s a lot to see. Most travellers stick to the golden triangle of Rajasthan, however there’s so much more to this area of India than the Taj Mahal, the Pink City and James Bond Island.
This oasis near Jaipur hosts the world’s largest camel festival in October. However, if nomads and farmers from across Asia and Africa or street parties and fairs aren’t your thing, there’s a ghat where Brahma was born. The village is spiritual and because of that it’s dry and vegetarian.
A forgotten Royal city near Kota is a beautiful and derelict testament to India’s own imperial past. The palace is in major need of maintenance but its majesty is still intact. The sleepy blue town has plenty of converted havelis, and even the old royal elephant stables, to stay in.
Visiting a desert palace is a must. This city is a breath-taking example of Hindu art and culture. It’s not as bustling as Rajasthan’s main cities, but that makes it the perfect escape from the intensity of Indian travel and lifestyle.
The fifth largest city in Rajasthan tends to be part of the tourist trail, but not really on anyone’s to-do list. It marries India’s terrain with the Aravalli Mountains enveloping a city with years of colonialism from the Turkic’s to the British and its architecture is a perfect blend of these influences.
Just an overnight bus ride from Delhi takes you to the foothills of the Himalayas. There sits an old hill station that has become home to many exiled Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama. You can visit his residence and explore the artisan monasteries of McLeodGanj to see how Buddhist art is made.