20 Offbeat Places in Rajasthan 2021, That Are Worth A Visit

Offbeat Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Kumbhalgarh, Barmer, Karauli, Narlai, Deogarh, Alsisar, Kuldhara, Jhalawar, Kuchaman, Jawai, Khuri, Mandawa, Mahansar, Dungarpur, Dundlod Fort, and more.

Rajasthan is known for its cultural heritage and beauty to be witnessed by the tourists from around the country. Home to various offbeat places in Rajasthan, you will have the best vacation of your life here. A perfect blend of beauty, adventure and history, you cannot ask for anything more on your getaway with family, friends and partner.

Offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan include Barmer where you can experience the rich colours, village life and festivals including the Thar Festival, Banswara flanked with bamboo grooves where you can witness the Bhils community and Bundi to see the fort that has never been conquered. Some of the other offbeat places include Mandawa known as the Open Air Art Gallery because of the religious and historical paintings on the internal and external walls, Mahansar that is famous for the detailed gold leaf paintings on the havelis and Kuchaman for its collection of inlay gold work, precious stones and Jai Mahal.

There are also offbeat things to do in Rajasthan satiating your need for thrill and adventure and adding fun to your trip. You must visit the offbeat places mentioned below and make moments and stories to be nostalgic about later in life.

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Kumbhalgarh

Known for its magnificent historical places and monuments, beautiful royal chhatris and remarkably glorious palaces, Kumbhakgarh will never disappoint you. One of the best offbeat places in Rajasthan, Kumbhalgarh will narrate tales of the past and provide insights into the history of the city.

From the historical Kumbhalgarh Fort with intricate temples and beautiful artistry to the adventurous Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary where you can witness birds and animals, this place makes for a perfect getaway. It is also famous for being the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the king of Mewar who was one of the most important kings.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Kumbhalgarh Festival
- Kumbhalgarh Fort
- Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
02

Barmer

One of the famous offbeat places in Rajasthan, Barmer is a major part of Thar Desert. Home to numerous attractions of history, it has become a famous tourist destination and makes for a perfect vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

You will witness small villages, mud houses with folk motifs in Barmer which is also known for its rich culture, music and dance. The place owes its name to the ruler Bahado Rao Parmar who founded this town in the 13th century.

Best time to visit: November to February.

Highlights:
- Kiradu Temples
- Barmer Fort
- Mahabar Sand Dunes
- Safed Akhara.
03

Karauli

One of the most visited offbeat places in Rajasthan, Karauli is a popular tourist destination visited by people from around the country. The surroundings of the town are rich in history and offer a great many attractions including Kailadevi Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Mandrayal Fort and more.

There are also numerous luxurious places to relax and make the most of your vacation with your family, friends or partner. Karauli will offer you the experience of a lifetime and let you create moments to relish forever.

Best time to visit: June to September.

Highlights:
- Mehandipur Balaji Temple
- Timangarh Fort
- Karauli City Palace.
04

Narlai

Making for a perfect place to witness the countryside, this village is extremely intriguing and offers a lot to explore. Situated in the Aravalli Hills, Narlai is the one of the most beautiful looking rural locations and is an idyllic place to be with your family, friends or partner.

There is an opulent heritage hotel Rawa Narlai embracing charm and a huge luxurious pool where you can relax. Narlai also offers adventurous activities including horse safari allowing you to have a fun and thrilling time.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Rawa Narlai
- Narlai Horse Safari.
05

Deogarh

With numerous places to see and experience, Deogarh makes for a perfect destination for a vacation. Explore the place and witness the refreshing Pradhanpat waterfalls where you can click pictures and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

One of the most beautiful offbeat places in Rajasthan, Deogarh is famous for Deogarh Mahal that you can witness and understand the history of the same. You can also experience a palatial stay, make the most of the amenities and have a great time.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Pradhanpat Waterfalls
- Cave Temple
- Anjana Fort
- Deogarh Mahal.
06

Alsisar

Surrounded by desert, Alsisar is one of the best offbeat places in Rajasthan that you can explore while on a vacation to the historical state. Known for the Alsisar Mahal that takes you on a royal journey of enchanting Rajasthan and interesting festivals.

This palace possesses a significant history and splendour making it a famous tourist attraction. Soak in the serenity of the place along with the pastoral calmness of this mighty town. You will have a great time in this gorgeous town.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Alsisar Mahal
- Rani Sati Temple
- Sone Chandi ki Haveli.
07

Kuldhara

One of the famous offbeat places in Rajasthan, Kuldhara is known to be a haunted village in Rajasthan and offers the most intimidating experience. This place offers insights into the past of the people who inhabited the castles and forts that you will witness there.

There is an interesting story associated with the village and yet it retains a beautiful and eerie appearance. This place possesses stories of ghosts and paranormal activities and is drowned in an aura of mystery.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Kuldhara Village.
08

Jhalawar

Known for its flora and fauna, Jhalawar is one of the best offbeat places in Rajasthan and has a beautiful landscape. The sight of red poppy fields, orange orchards is a feast for your eyes and offers a vibrant look.

Jhalawar is also famous for its cultural heritage, it is also home to various forts and palaces of the Rajput and Mughal Periods. Named after Jhala Zalim Singh, this place is one of the oldest and possesses temples and religious places.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Highlights:
- Government Museum
- Prithvi Vilas
- Bhawani Natyashala
- Garh Palace.
09

Dundlod Fort

Visiting Dundlod Fort is one of the great offbeat things to do in Rajasthan and makes for a great historical destination. Made with the European style, this fort has a library inside and has been converted into a hotel.

This historical architecture is intricate and you can witness frescoes and carvings. This fort allured tourists from around the country and showcases numerous royal items. A horse show which is organised here every year in Dundlod during March attracts the people who love horses and have an interest in attending the festival.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Frescoes
- Intricate Carvings
- European Architecture
- Library
- Horse Show.
10

Kuchaman

Famous for the grandeur of havelis, Kuchaman is one of the most popular offbeat places in Rajasthan. This city is home to a royal fortress and numerous havelis that have been built in the Shekhawati style.

Kuchaman Fort is a must visit in the city famous for its balconies, terraces and riveting viewing points. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations and makes for a perfect vacation with your family. The city is soaked in a spiritual aura and has several temples you can visit.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Kuchaman Fort
- Havelis
- Sambhar Salt Lake.
11

Jawai

Owing its name to river Jawai, this village attracts the tourists and is one of the most amazing offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan. Surrounded by granite rocks and hills, Jawai makes for a beautiful destination.

There are also sanctuaries where you can witness leopards, birds and crocodiles. Jawai is also renowned as the winter paradise for migratory birds and you can come across panthers, hyenas, chinkaras and more here. Visit this offbeat destination and make the most of your time while in Rajasthan.

Best time to visit: October to April.

Highlights:
- Jawai Dam
- Jawai Bandh
- Indian Leopards
- Dev Giri Temple.
12

Khuri

Known for its sand dunes, Khuri makes for one of the bewitching offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan. It is mostly crowded with tourists and offers a fun and thrilling experience leaving an indelible imprint in the hearts of the tourists.

Khuri is also famous for the camel and horse safaris and camel races can also be arranged for entertainment of the visitors. It is also a perfect place to witness birds and wildlife providing a delightful experience.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Khuri Sand Dunes
- Camel Races
- Horse Safari
- Sam Sand Dunes.
13

Mandawa

A quaint town, Mandawa is one of the most riveting offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan and is renowned as the Open Art Gallery. Brimming with paved archways and glorious havelis, this town will make its place into your heart as you step into it.

Adorned with palaces and mansions, you will get the regal vibe and experience the cultural environment of the past. Mandawa is also famous for being shot in various movies as it is one of the favourites among the directors.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Mandawa Fort
- Open Air Art Gallery
- Havelis
- Castle Mandawa.
14

Mahansar

Known for its rich cultural history and significant past, it is one of the famous offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan. One of the most popular attractions to visit in Mahansar is the Sone Chandi ki Dukan Haveli wherein the paintings made with gold leaf will delight you.

These paintings are expressive of the various scenes from the life of Krishna, Ramayana and Lord Vishnu. Mahansar is a must visit while you are in Rajasthan and lets you make memories that you can cherish for years to come.

Best time to visit: September to March.

Highlights:
- Raghunath Temple
- Sona ki Dukan Haveli
- Sahaj Ram Poddar Chhatri
- Mahansar Fort.
15

Dungarpur

Known for its green marble, Dungarpur is an exotic yet one of the significant offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan situated in the foothills of Aravalli range. The popular and remarkable architecture and palaces of the place makes it famous in the country making it a great tourist destination.

The royal residences and stone structures here are adorned with windows of the regal style. The town is also known for its lacquer painted toys and picture frame by the incredibly skilled silver and goldsmiths.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Highlights:
- Juna Mahal
- Old Palace
- Badal Mahal
- Shrinathji Mandir.
16

Ranakpur

This charming is located amidst the Aravalli Ranges and makes for one of the spectacular offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan. A significant destination for the Jain pilgrims, people travel here from around the country, with their hearts filled with spirituality and prayers.

A spectacle of lush greenery and aesthetic views, Ranakpur is soaked in culture and beauty. One of the perfect getaways, this place offers a mesmerizing vacation relaxing and rejuvenating your body, mind and soul.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Highlights:
- Ranakpur Jain Temple
- Surya Narayan Temple
- Muchhal Mahavir Temple
- Sadri.
17

Bundi

Replete with palaces and forts, Bundi is a perfect getaway from the chaos and monotony of city life. Encapsulated by orchards of guava, orange, mango trees and pomegranate nestled in the Aravalli range and covered by wheat, cotton and barley, Bundi is nothing less than a magical destination.

Although it is an old city yet it retains its medieval splendour making for a great vacation with your family, friends and partner. The architecture usually possesses a bluish hue here to keep the houses cool during the scorching heat of the summer.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Sukh Mahal
- Kshar Bagh
- Raniji ki Baori
- Dabhai Kund
- Jait Sagar Lake.
18

Jalore

Famous for the production of high and fine quality granite, Jalore is a perfect offbeat destination in Rajasthan. With the coming in of industrial growth, this town has grown tremendously in the present times and makes for a great tourist attraction.

Originally known as Swarngiri, owing its name to the foot of the hills where it is situated. The town is quite popular for the Sundha Mata Temple and the Topekhana that offers breathtaking views of the city.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Sundha Mata Temple
- Jalore Fort
- Topekhana
- Sirey Mandir.
19

Rajsamand

Rajsamand is one of the most popular offbeat places that you can witness in Rajasthan. It has become a quite famous place for destination weddings because of the beauty surrounding the town.

This place is renowned for the second largest man made lake i.e. Rajsamand Lake that people come to visit from far away places. Home to various temples, Rajsamand is visited by tourists as it holds tremendous religious significance. Marble craft is a thing here and it is also considered to be the only largest marble producing unit in the country.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Rajsamand Lake
- Haldi Ghati
- Dwarkadheesh Temple.
20

Dholpur

Known as the ‘Land of Red Stone’, Dholpur is a fun and adventurous offbeat place in Rajasthan. Brimming with cultural history and heritage, Dholpur is one of the most captivating regions that has seen the oldest civilizations.

The red sandstone in this district is popular and the Red Fort in Delhi has been built by the same. Originally known as Dhawalpuri in accordance with the famous ruler Raja Dhawal Deo but then was changed later.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Highlights:
- Royal Stepwell
- City Palace
- Nihal Temple
- Shergarh Fort
- Machkund.
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  1. Which are the best offbeat places to visit in Rajasthan with family?

    1. Chittorgarh: Renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this place is famous for possessing the largest fort complex. Witness the traces of bravery and valour of Rajputs resonating in the city with your family and learn about the past.

    2. Nagaur: An enchanting place to visit with family, Nagaur lets you visit the largest saltwater lake i.e. Sambhar Lake. You can also visit the spice markets, spiritual sites or just witness the old art and design of the city.

    3. Kumbhalgarh: A perfect place for the family outing, Kumbhalgarh lets you experience and behold the sights of the wildlife and birds including hyenas, panthers, leopards, sloth bears, chinkaras and more in the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Kumbhalgarh has also been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is immersed in beauty.

    4. Rajsamand: Visit this beautiful city with your family and make the most of your time at the Rajsamand Lake. You can take in the splendid views and relax forgetting about all the stress.
  2. Which are the famous offbeat places in Rajasthan for couples?

    1. Bundi: The land brimming with beautiful Baoris, this royal state offers plush stays making it a perfect destination for the couples. Embracing the essence and lifestyle of Rajasthan, Bundi is a must visit with your partner.

    2. Kota: Brimming with splendid places to witness, Kota is home to vibrant, colourful paintings and allows you to enjoy a boat ride on the serene waters of the Chambal River making it a perfect place for couples to spend time together.

    3. Churu: Marvel at the enticing splendour of havelis or lose yourself in the beauty of the city, Churu makes for an ideal romantic getaway.
  3. What are the famous offbeat things to do in Rajasthan?

    1. Witness Tribal Prayer Ceremony: This is one of the best offbeat things to do in Rajasthan as it is a lot of fun. Behold the sight of the red turbaned men playing unique musical instruments in a circle. The lead musician also spins in circles in between and it is a delight to experience.

    2. Sleeping on Sand Dunes: Amongst other significant offbeat things to do in Rajasthan, sleeping under the starlit sky on the sand dunes is one of a kind experience. It is a treat to wake up to the sunrise after you spend the night on sand dunes.

    3. Spend Time with Rabri Tribe: With a bohemian lifestyle and a distinct identity, spending time with this tribe is one of the best offbeat things to do in Rajasthan. Stay with them, eat, drink and converse to know more about this community.

    4. Live on an Organic Farm: Away from the crowds and into the silence, stayin on an organic farm is a once in a lifetime experience. You will wake up to the chirping of the birds, help with the farming work, cook food and bask in the afternoon sun.
  4. Which are the best offbeat places to stay in Rajasthan?

    1. Trees & Tigers Wildlife Resort, Sariska: Located amidst the gorgeous valley of Sariska, this resort is a perfect offbeat stay wherein you can commune with nature and take in the lush greenery around you.

    2. 1st Gate Home Fusion Hotel: Offering bewitching city views, this offbeat stay provides all the modern amenities infused with the beauty around. It is different from the normal hotels and lets you spend the day at leisure.

    3. Neemrana Fort Palace: This modern yet traditional stay is one of the best offbeat places to experience the history and comfort at once. Witness the regal corridors, stairways and take in the beauty of the sunset from here.

    4. Desert Springs Resort: Perfect for witnessing the Rajsthani folk culture, this offbeat stay allows you to experience the nomadic life in the desert. You can enjoy the enthralling views from the resort.
  5. What is the best time to visit Rajasthan?

    October to March is the best time to visit Rajasthan as you can escape the scorching heat of the summer and enjoy the pleasant weather. You can comfortably enjoy the sightseeing tour and engage in adventurous activities during this time.

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