Adventure Sports in Rajasthan – New Things to Try in Rajasthan

The state of Rajasthan is distinguished by its fabulous monuments, all of which reflect the glory of the bygone age. Traditions, heritage and culture, all combine to lend this state a characteristic flavor of its own. No wonder, it witnesses a steady stream of visitors the year round.

The unique landscape and topography also lends itself to a variety of adventure sports. From jeep safari to paragliding, the opportunities for adventure abound here. Some of these activities also show you a completely different side of the state. This blog brings you a list of thrilling adventure sports in Rajasthan which you should try on your next visit to Rajasthan.

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Balloning in Rajasthan

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Hot air ballooning is one of the most popular sports in Rajasthan. A ride on a hot air balloon in the cities of Rajasthan provides an unforgettable experience. Gliding past the lakes, desert lands, forts and palaces provide a unique perspective of the state. The rides are arranged at dawn or dusk, depending largely on the weather conditions. However, October to April is the best time to partake in Hot Air Ballooning in Rajasthan. Also, do not forget to bring your camera along with you during the ride, as the views from above are truly captivating.

  • Places: Jaipur and Pushkar.
  • Best time: Either at dawn or dusk, depending on the wind, vertical currents and other related weather conditions.

Parasailing

Parasailing in Rajasthan

Parasailing, also called par ascending, is a sport which you must try out when you are in Rajasthan. With its vast, spacious and open countryside, it’s perfectly suited for this thrilling sport. It’s always advisable to try out this activity from a professionally guided gliding school. This will ensure that you enjoy the activity while being safe at the same time.

  • Places: Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur.
  • Best time: One can try out this activity during both summers and winners, with the exception of the monsoon season.

Paragliding

Paragliding in Rajasthan

Paragliding is still in its nascent stage in Rajasthan, but is gaining a rapid popularity with each passing day. The thrill and excitement associated with this sport make it one of the most exciting things to do in Rajasthan for adventure lovers. Soaring above the golden blanketed countryside of Rajasthan equips you with unforgettable memories. However, one can engage in this activity only through the operators who are armed with the necessary equipment.

  • Places: Jaisalmer, Jodhpur.
  • Best time: September to February.

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Zip Line

Zip Line in Rajasthan

As if zip lining wasn’t fun enough, now you get to glide past the colorful landscapes and get a magnificent view even as you feel a rush of adrenaline sweep through your body. Undoubtedly, zip lining is one of the most exciting adventure sports in Rajasthan. Whether it’s flying past a gigantic fort, desert lakes and fortresses or contrasting landscapes, thrill and adventure is your constant companion here.

  • Places: Jaipur, Jodhpur.
  • Best time: One can try zip lining throughout the year.

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Trekking

Trekking in Rajasthan

Trekking is something we would associate with hilly areas and mountain ranges. However, here in Rajasthan, trekking is also a highly sought after activity. The Aravalli range, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, offers great opportunities for trekking. You will find several hotels along the trekking route. However, it’s preferable to stay in a haveli to get the taste of the true culture of Rajasthan.

  • Places: You could choose to go trekking on the Sariska-Alwar-Amer belt or the Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh-Chittorgarh belt. Both of these routes provide an incredible trekking experience.
  • Best time: Winters, or the months between October to March, is the best time to go trekking. However, seasonal treks are also carried out throughout the year.

Cycling

Cycling in Rajasthan

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Ever heard of exploring Rajasthan on a bike? Cycling through the various destinations allows you to witness the geographical diversity of the state, the contrast in several cultures, lifestyles and so much more. Further, cycling itself is an enjoyable experience and the best part about it is the freedom to explore any given destination or location at your own leisure.

  • Places: Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur, Pushkar, Khejarla and Mount Abu, besides others.
  • Best time: Winters, or October to March is the best time for a cycling tour in Rajasthan, as the weather is extremely pleasant during this time.

Jeep Safari

Jeep Safari in Rajasthan

Of course, there is an undescribed thrill in sitting comfortably and watching the landscape fly by you as your jeep takes you to exotic locations in Rajasthan. A jeep safari is highly sought after because it takes you to unexplored destinations. One of the greatest advantages of a jeep safari is the option it provides in terms of altering one’s sightseeing requirements. Other than the rural areas, jeep safaris also let you visit historical forts & Palaces which are popular for architectural design and history importance.

  • Places: Jeep Safari is best experienced in places including Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Shekhawati and Bikaner. Jeep safaris can also be opted for exploring Ranthambore and Sariska National Parks.
  • Best time: For visiting places like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Shekhawati and Bikaner, the best time is October to March, when the weather is cool and comfortable.

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Camping

Camping in Rajasthan

Camping is one of the most special things to do in Rajasthan, which allows you to witness the culture of the state, in all its exciting and colorful avatar. Setting up a camp in the Thar desert of Rajasthan, gathering around a bonfire and enjoying the dance, music and folklore of the state is really an experience worth cherishing for a lifetime. It’s also the best way of connecting to the wilderness of the region. One can choose from a variety of accommodations depending on one’s budget. Apart from entertaining activities, one also get a taste of the wonderful cuisines of Rajasthan.

  • Places: Pushkar, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore National Park, Mandwa in Shekhawati.
  • Best time: Winters are the best time for camping in Rajasthan, particularly between the months of October to March.

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Wildlife Safari

wildlife safari in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is home to a number of wildlife sanctuaries which are home to various mammals, exotic birds and endangered species. One of these is Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, which is renowned for its tiger population. Then there is Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, which is home to about 379 floral species, 366 bird species and several animals.

In the Desert National Sanctuary, Jaisalmer, common sightings include Great Indian Bustard, sand grouse, kestrels, laggar falcons, spotted eagles. Apart from these, there are plenty of other sanctuaries which are famous for holding an exciting variety of wildlife. In all these sanctuaries, one can view the exotic wildlife through a jeep safari.

  • Places: Sawai Madhopur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh, Shekhawati, Udaipur, Kota, Bundi, Jodhpur, Karauli, Mount Abu.
  • Best time: October to March.

Camel Safari

Camel safari in Rajasthan

Where there is sand, there is a camel! When there are sand dunes, there is a camel safari! Camel safari is undoubtedly one of the most popular adventure activities in Rajasthan. Taking a camel ride enables one to discover the lifestyle and culture of the desert peoples. Other than that, one can get magnificent views of the sunrise and sunset. It’s a fascinating sight to see the camels adorned in colorful accessories of every kind, even as it gives you a gracious ride.

  • Places: Jaisalmer, Mandawa, Pushkar, Bikaner, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
  • Best time: The cooler drier months, lasting from September to March, are undoubtedly the best time for taking a camel safari.

Water Sports

Water Sports in Rajasthan

Water sports in Rajasthan? Sounds quite surprising, doesn’t it? However, despite being a primarily desert region, the state does have its fair share of water bodies in the form of vast lakes where one can enjoy various kinds of water sports. Be sure to try out some of these water sports in your next adventure tour to Rajasthan. Two of the most popular water based activities here are boating and gliding. Rafting too, is another sport which is quite popular here.

  • Places: Ramgarh Lake near Jaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur, rafting in the Gomati River, Sillserh Lake in Alwar.
  • Best time: The best time for visiting Rajasthan and trying out water sports are both summers, which last from April to June, and winters, which last from October to mid-March.

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A travel writer by profession possessing an avid interest in books, movies and music, Vishwajit Sharma believes that travelling is essentially discovering yourself. He hopes that, through his articles and write ups, the idea of travelling is aroused in everyone. Let the journey begin!

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8 Responses

  1. laura says:

    Hi I am laura and i am a traveler i read your blog. The stated facts and your experience about Rajasthan has made this blog literally amazing.the pictures are a total add on. Thanks for the blog and keep sharing.

    • Vishwajit Sharma says:

      Hey Laura. Its always great to receive such feedback. I am delighted that the blog aroused for interest. Yes, Rajasthan is such an incredible place, with a plethora of experiences to offer. There is so much to see, do and experience. Stay tuned for such blogs in the future.

      • Rajvinder says:

        Hi, I’m RJ

        I’m going to Rajasthan on 13 feb to visit Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur…. I’m here to get tips before landing there and I would try supports activity specially paragliding..!!
        Thanks for such important information and you are welcome is there anything you wanted to guide me.

        • Vishwajit Sharma says:

          Hi Rajvnder. I am happy that you found my blog to be so informational. Its great to know that you will be visiting Rajasthan on 13th Feb. There are a lot of places near Jaipur where you can try paragliding. I would love to guide you more on this, but, it would be best if you contact our experts for further tips and suggestions. You can send your queries at inquiry@indianholiday.com. All our experts would be happy to help you in any way. Enjoy your trip to Rajasthan and have a great time!

  2. frank f says:

    Nice article, i did not know that Rajasthan could be a good spot for paragliding ! Might be tempted to check it out!

    • Vishwajit Sharma says:

      Hello Frank F. Oh yes, Rajasthan offers you the chance to enjoy paragliding. The entire experience is incredible and you are treated to magnificent sights. Do let us know if you plan a trip to Rajasthan anytime soon. We would be happy to make your trip a memorable and exciting one!

  3. rubyjones says:

    Great article to read and I am so delighted to see this awesome post which I need to explore more. Thanks a lot sir for this kind information. thanks a lot

    • Vishwajit Sharma says:

      Hi Ruby Jones. I appreciate your kind words and am happy that you found the article to be so informative and helpful. Rajasthan is a fabulous state with a glorious past. Stay tuned for such articles in the future.

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