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Less Obvious India

India conjures up images of tigers, the Taj Mahal and hustle and bustle on the banks of the Ganges River, and though Rajasthan is filled with jewel-like palaces, spice scented cities and beautiful, slow-paced countrysides, there’s even more to discover if you dig a little deeper. These are Asia Travel Expert, Louise’s top ten ways to uncover the unknown side of Rajasthan, off the beaten track and away from the crowds. 

1. Horse Riding
Rajasthan is known for their ‘Marwari’ horses, getting out on horseback is one of the best ways to see local villages and markets.

2. Meena Tribal Walk
Learn about these fascinating people and their culture directly from the source.

3. Vintage Car Ride Around Udaipur
After a day of exploring Udaipur, enjoy dinner at the Open Terrace Restaurant at Chunda Palace, which has some of the best views down into Udaipur and the Lake Palace.

4. Stepwells
Visit the intriguing architecture of a stepwell and try and take a snap before security sees you. One of our favorites for an incredibly Instagramable shot is Chand Baori .

5. Walk in the Footsteps of Ancient Astronomers
Visit the Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur which is home to the world’s largest sundial and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1734. The sundial is so big that it is accurate to 20 seconds.

6. Cocktails in the Most Unbelievable Setting
Have sun downers on a private fort and listen to the sound of prayer at sunset to feel the real magic of India.

7. Fun and Games
Have a go at ‘kite fighting’ on the rooftops of Delhi, then let your guide show you how it’s really done.

8. Travel With Purpose
Make a charitable contribution- spend some time volunteering and get know how the locals really live in the Rajasthan countryside. One of our personal favorites in India is Me to We Lodge: Araveli.

9. Learn a Lost Art
In Udaipur, meet the last water artist in India. He’ll teach you the ancient art of using powder paints derived from turmeric, mango leaves and other plants.

10. Tea Country
Try an Indian afternoon tea in a Haveli in the heart of old Delhi. Enjoy a cup of deliciously delicate Assam or Darjeeling complimented with authentic Indian teatime treats like’Bombay Aloo Bonda Pav’ – a crisp spiced potato croquette with layers of sweet and spicy chutneys, sandwiched between a pillowy bun.

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