Adventures & Sports
The lakes of Rajasthan are known for water sports. During the 1982
Asian games, rowing competitions were held at Ramgarh lake near
Jaipur. Ramgarh lake is a man-made reservoir around 4 kms. In length
and 2 kms in width.
Throughout the year, water sports of all kinds can be arranged
here. Facilities for swimming, boating etc. are available. Boating
is a regular feature, conducted by trained Rajasthan Tourism Development
Corporation staff. A fully equipped tourist village with 10 huts
is situated here.
Drive for about 10 kms fromAlwar and you enter dreamland. The undulating
hills flaming with bougainvillea and gulmohar cradle the majestic
Siliserh Lake. A beautiful Palace Hotel which is run by RTDC provides
Udaipur - the lake city of India, is also good for water sports
with boating being a regular feature. The ideal place for water
sports is Jaisamand Lake situated 50 kms south of Udiapur. This
lake is the second largest artificial lake in Asia (the water spread
area is 90 sq kms. ). Throughout the year, water sports of all kinds
can be arranged here.
The Chambal river offers the exhilaration of water rafting in the
Kota region. From Jawahar Sagar to Dholpur, the intricate network
of the Chambal river, flowing through rock gorges and forests, provides
ideal locales for the perfect water adventure. While traversing
the river by boat, one can see the gavia (crocodile)basking in the
sun on river banks. Plans are underway to introduce a ferry service
on the chambal river from Kota barrage upstream to Bhensordgarh
- a fine opportunity to ride on the gushing waters. Rajasthan also
offers angling sites. Bandh Baretha in Bharatpur, Siliserh and Jaisamand
in Alwar, Mansarover near Sariska, Kukas, Chhaparwara and Ramgarh
in Jaipur are an anglers paradise. However, the enthusiasts
are advised to carry their own equipment and obtain permission from
the Fisheries Department. Patience and perseverance in angling ,
as in life, has rich rewards.
Rajasthans lakes, ponds, marshlands and grasslands are a haven
for bird lovers. One can find around 550 species of birds and
most of these are residents. The best colony of birds in the world
is Kealodeo National Park situated in Bharatpur.It has more than
400 species of birds and more than 130 of them breed inside the
park. Being a unique bird place, the UNSECO has recognized it as
a world heritage site. It is truly a paradise of feathered life
which provides unlimited opportunities to bird watchers.
Various other lakes and ponds, spread over the state offer the
enthusiast an opportunity to watch the activities of the birds.
The major wetlands other than Bharatpur are Kukas, Kalah, Bund,
Buchora Chandi, Chhaparwara and Ramgarh in Jaipur, Silislerh Jaisamand
and Mansarover in Alwar, Ana Sagar and Faterhsagar in Ajmer, Jaisamand,Pichhola
and Badi ka Talab in Udaipur, Balsamand and Sardar Samand in Jodhpur,
Bassi Dam in Chittaurgarh and Meja Dam in Bhilwara.
The best season for bird watching starts with the onset of winter
marshlands and lakes are inhabited by migratory birds as well as
resident birds. In salt-water lakes, flamingos are also found, like
in Pachpadra near Barmer and Sambhar near Jaipur. Bird watching
is a hobby which has minimum requirements. All you need is a binocular.
Para Sailing and Balooning
The joy of being aloft in the wind and the thrill of defying the
elements is what parasailing and ballooning are all about. Unlike
other aerosports, in these, once off the ground, the sportsman is
on his own. Since the skies are an element foreign to us, it would
be judicious to take all precautions before indulging in the joy
afforded by the sports. Responsibility for the safety for the sportsman
depends to a large extent on the team helping out in this sport.
Ballooning on other hand,permits the balloonist to soar high in
the sky and drift over the picturesque terrain.
Parasailing and ballooning are annual events held in Jaipur, Jodhpur,
Jaisalmer and Pushkar and attract a large number of tourists and
The RTDC has set up an Adventure Cell in Jaipur from where you
can obtain assistance and information about different outlets the
adventure in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan - the land of the Rajputs, is known for its kings,
fearless warriors and beautiful women. Its also known for
its forts, palaces,
and temples which are a reminder of t he glorious past. Kingdoms
were carved and established by the Rajputs on horseback, while swords
were stained with enemy blood. Horses were highly priced and a Rajput
warrior would give anything to own a good horse. Great care was
taken to breed horses and to keepa clean and pure lineage. The result
of many years of dedication and hardwork helped create breeds like
the Marwari, Kathiawadi and the Sindhi, each having its own distinct
characteristics and bred solely for the purpose of war. These horses
were noted for their stamina and fierce loyalty to their masters.
With these gallant steeds, the Rajputs became famous worldwide.
There is an old saying:
"If God didnt create the horse, He wouldnt have
created the Rajputs.
In Rajasthan, the tourist can today have the pleasure of riding
through trails dotted and marked with cenotaphs and tombstones of
many brave and valiant. Rajput warriors. Trails which take them
through villages, pass huge and ancient forts and temples.Nights
can be spent in ancient palaces and Garhs(small forts) now owned
by the descendants of those glorious Rajput rulers. These palaces
not only provide modern amenities but cultural programmes and entertainment
is also available. Evenings are spent at campsites which are splashed
with colour in the form of local folk dance and music. Tourists
can have the pleasure of being escorted by a English speaking trial
Riders are advised to wear boots and a hard hat. Breeches or jeans
are comfortable. Evenings are cold and pullovers and jackets are
essential. Sun glasses are required to avoid the glare of the sun.
Beds, linen, towels etc. are all provided by the organisers. All
meals are inclusive in the package. This includes an English breakfast
and Indian lunch and dinner. Liquor or aerated soft drinks are chargeable
extra.In Jaipur, Horse Safari is organised by some private tour
operators. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation organises
a Safari on request which starts from Jaipur and the duration of
the safari is four days.
Rajasthan invites you to feel the adventure of a Camel Safari, which
takes you through the
golden sands of the vast Thar Desert. Like horse safaris, camel
safaris are also popular in Rajasthan. The camel, popularly known
as the ship of the desert, is not only common in the Thar desert,
but also the only means of transportation in remote areas.
Ride through sandy tracks, passing through remote villages. Pitch
your tent at a new place each night. Spend the evenings next to
the camp fire and dance to the folk music.
The safari is organised to take one through the golden sands of
the vast Thar desert and untamed countryside, enabling one to experience
the days gone by when time drifted at a leisurely pace. The rolling
landscape of the sand an shrub covered area is breathtakingly beautiful
and the range of flora and fauna surprisingly large for desert area.
The camel breeders of Raika are the best guides. They know every
pasture, waterhole and village of the region. One can ride or walk
along leisurely with the safari and the enjoy the desertscape. The
camel-carts are fully equipped and tourists need not bother about
comfort in the desert.
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation arranges the camel safari
on request from Delhi and Jaipur during Nagaur Fair and desert festival.
Lying in the west of India, the topography of Rajasthan varies from
sand-dunes of the desert to the lofty hill ranges of the Aravallis
which makes Rajasthan a trekkers paradise.
many beautiful meadows, dense forests,crystal lakes, waterfalls
and rivulets meandering through the countryside. One of the oldest
mountain ranges of the world, the Aravallis, extending from north-east
to south-west have some beautiful forest areas. Mount Abu, about
1300 mts. Above sea level is an ideal locale.
Kumbhalgarh is another area in the Aravllis which is also good for
trekking. Kumbhalgarh is just 90 kms from Udaipur off theUdiapur-Pali-Jodhpur
road. Trek upto the historic Kumbhalgarh fort. There is also a wildlife
sanctuary. The famous Jain temples of Ranakpur are close by. Trekking
routes in Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh and Rawali Tatgarh are not restricted
to any particular area.The entire mountain system offers exciting
trails which originate at starting points spread over the entire
length and breadth of the Aravallis. One can trek from Abu road
to Guru Shikhar( the highest peak of Aravalli), Thandi Beri to Kumbhalgarh
fort or Ranakpur to Rawali Tatgarh.
The best time for trekking in Rajasthan is from November to February.
But mid-September to end of October and March-April is also pleasant.
There is ample space for camping under starlit rights or in the
Dak Bungalow and Forest Rest House depending on the tourists preference.
Like Camel and Horse safaris, another popular form is the jeep safari.
The jeep safari not only refreshes and revitalises but one feels
close to nature while driving through the quiet and beautiful countryside.
Let your senses away to the romance of the surroundings as you pass
forts, palaces historical landmarks
and villages. The average daily move is about 150 kms. Consisting
of approximately five to six hours of jeep driving. Spend lazy evenings
in bed or swing to the folk dances.
Jeep safaris are organised in every part of Rajasthan, but safaris
organised to the Bishnoi village near Jodhpur have a special attraction
for tourists. Motorcycle and Bicycle safaris can also be done in
every part of Rajasthan. For those who want to turn cycling into
a keenly contested game, there is Cycle Polo too. This year cycle
polo was organised at Nawalgarh , Shekhawati.
Elephant Safaris are exciting for those in search of an experience
of a lifetime.Some tour operators organise elephant safaris between
Jaipur and Pushkar. An exciting sport is Elephant Polo which provides
a spectacle for the audience and enjoyment to the participants.
The bulky animals move around with surprisingly speed and poise.
The Jaipur Vintage Car Rally held annually in the month of January
has beocme a big draw for carl lovers, sports lovers, vintage beauty
lovers and tourists alike. A keenly contested event, this rally
is an inimitable display of well-maintained cars of yesteryears.Among
the vintage models which had come in from different cities of India
to take part in the 1997 Vintage Car Rally, one could spot the 1903
Humber, 1919 Fiat 501, 1923 rover, 1936 Mercedes Benz 170 V,1938
Morris 8, 1923 Austin and the 1926 Erskine. Some of these are available
on hire for pleasure rides and marriages.
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