Adventure Tourism

Rajasthan has ample amount of activities to offer to adventure buffs. The state has always been active in various types of traditional sports and games. And with some fantastic wildlife sanctuaries and parks. Safaris such as Camel Safari, Horse Safari, Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari can be experienced by travelers for having a fun filled adventure tour in Rajasthan. Apart from these sports such as Golf, Horse riding, Kite Flying, Horse and Camel Polo, Bicycling, Ballooning and Gliding can also be taken up by adventure lovers during their travel in Rajasthan. Treks through picturesque hills and deserts of Rajasthan are very unique and simply astonishing.

polo1.jpgFortunately, one can choose from a number of adventure sports options. Relax with golf, go vintage, or practice archery, go boating - in the Chambal river through the gorges of the Vindhayan plateau of Hadoti, or, go up in the air, for a bit of aerial sightseeing over heritage cities by small aircraft or in hot air balloons. The terrain in Rajasthan is tailor-made for most adventure sports, what with its Aravalli and Vindhayan hills, the open desert tracts, the vast lakes and rivers, the wildlife parks, and little villages abandoned by the march of civilization as is known, but no less hospitable for it. And threading these together, a landscape where the paths and trails weave through a history rich with forts and palaces, mansions and cenotaphs. And a culture that binds these together into a fascinating journey. Just spot and sport it ou​t.

golf.jpgThe Gentleman's Sport The aristocracy were enamoured of the gentlemen's game that was so popular in British India. Unfortunately, the weather did not permit them the indulgence of creating golf courses in this arid wilderness, and it was only in Jaipur, as a part of the large scale palace renovations undertaken by Maharaja Man Singh that a course was added to the city. That 18-hole course is still the only one in Jaipur and, in fact, in Rajasthan, and though it is not a professional course, it is good for a round of golf in what are picturesque surroundings: a palace next door, and peacocks on the hazards.

Vintage Cars
car.jpgWhen the first motorcars started coming to India, Rajasthan's princes and aristocracy were among the earliest to order them. These, in turn, have become the venue for various rallies. Vintage car rally: an annual event, the Jaipur Vintage Car Rally has become an important one on the Indian social calendar. Held in January, and keenly contested, it invites prestigious entries. Since some of the aristocratic families have still kept their vintage cars in their garages, the turnout too is impressive, with some cars dating back to the very early years of the turn of the century. However, if you are a vintage car buff, and are likely to miss the rally, you will find it heartening to note that many of these beauties are still in peak running condition, and are also hired out for special occasions, rides, incentive parties, or marriages.

Kite Flying
kite.jpg The people of Rajasthan have adopted different sporting events over the years, and these have provided a great deal of variety to their lives. Interestingly, there is an eclectic quality to these sporting events that can range from more sophisticated sports such as golf to the well-known Rajasthani's passion for kite-flying. The passion for kite-flying in Jaipur is legendary, and every city has community clubs where the sport is ardently practiced. Every city skyline is alive with kites during the early morning and evening, and sometimes even during the day. Children gather at rooftops to compete both their prowess as well as the resilience of their strings. Makar Sankranti on 14th of January is when the sport of kite flying is almost endemic, with an International Kite Flying Competition in Jaipur and Jodhpur, while the monsoon period is another favourite. However, but for a brief spell during the peak months of summer, kite flying continues throughout the year. Visitors can participate through the simple process of buying colourful kites and string inexpensively for only a few rupees and joining the Rajasthani people at what could almost qualify as the state festival.

bicycle.jpgOne can see tourist exploring tourist sites at many destinations on bicycle. Traveling on a bicycle is almost therapeutic, it provides exercise without being exhausting, and is certainly inexpensive. Bicycles can be hired almost anywhere in Rajasthan. Though the bikes tend to be basic, they are foolproof and unlikely to develop major snags. The period of hire can range from a few hours to a few days. However, those looking forward to doing some serious biking in the state should opt for buying racing, gear bicycles that are available in all major towns, and are not expensive. However it has to be kept in mind that there are no dedicated cycling tracks anywhere in Rajasthan. At the end of the trip, such bikes can either be sold or simply gifted away. Obviously, bikes are ideal when exploring the countryside where towns are in close proximity (Shekhawati, for example) or for getting around the hilly places such as Mount Abu.

tracking.jpgThe hilly areas of Rajasthan provide several days of ideal trekking opportunities. The Mewar belt with the Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh-Chittaur combine, or the area around Mount Abu, or the Sariska-Alwar-Amber belt is best for trekking. Winter is the best time for trekking, though the monsoon months provide romantic, green getaways. It is best to trek in a small group, and carry only basic necessities, since provisions can be bought along the way, but do ensure a supply of bottled water. Trekkers can choose a camp in the open countryside, though there are likely to be quaint, personalised hotels available in most areas. Trekking can be along established routes, though a more exciting option may simply be to chart one's own trails, moving practically as one likes.

camping.jpgCamping is a fine art in Rajasthan with established camps in set locations that would be fit for royalty. Especially created tents include those with bedrooms, a small hallway or leisure area, and attached bath. some of these tents use hand-block printed fabrics within the interiors, to create a rich ambience. Such tented camps can be found at places like Samode Bagh, an hour's journey outside Jaipur, or at Pushkar for the duration of the fair in November. However, such tents can also be hired, and agents use them to create temporary camping sites wherever required; or for moving visitors to different places, where these tents are pegged each night. Such camping expeditions bring the outdoors alive, albeit in style. From the food to the entertainment, everything takes on a more exciting edge while at camp

1ballooning.jpgVisitors can travel short distances between towns or historic resorts in these hot air balloons. The best, of course, is to coast over fairs such as Pushkar in a hot-air-balloon. Jaipur is now a popular centre for ballooning.

para.jpgA sport that is begging to be tried out in Rajasthan, with its open, sandy countryside, this has so far only been offered by operators who have brought in their equipment with them.

Water Sports
1water.jpgWater sports may appear an alien concept in Rajasthan but the presence of large lakes has actually made the development of such sports possible. Even though they are not popular yet, the opportunities exist, a fact that was brought home when the water games during the prestigious Asian Games in 1982 were held at Jamua Ramgarh on the outskirts of Jaipur.

STEAMER RIDES: Facilities like Kayaking and water scooter, etc. can be made available. Please contact Tourist Reception Centre, Kota for details. Phone: 07442327695.

BOATING: Regular boating is offered at several places in Rajasthan, whether on the lakes in Udaipur, or at places such as Siliserh near Alwar. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation has made paddle boats available at a number of lakes.

WATER- SKIING: This is a new sport in the arena. An upcoming added sport for visitors.

ANGLING: For the angler, Rajasthan's lakes and streams teem with game fish. The fishing expeditions can be undertaken with appropriate licenses in most of the lakes in Rajasthan. Expensive angling equipment is difficult to hire locally, and thus is recommended to carry your own rod.

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