Rajasthan is a magnificent state that shines with the tales of a royal past. With a name that literally translates to "Land of Kings", Rajasthan is dotted with palaces and forts, set against the backdrop of a rugged and golden desert. Your vacation is bound to be filled with the aroma of Rajasthani cuisine, clinking of Rajasthani-style trinkets, camel rides and the Rajasthani folk music played by locals.
With cities like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, etc. all having a story of their own to narrate, visiting places in Rajasthan by foot is a completely different experience. You can walk the streets that have a royal history, explore every nook and corner and every tiny detail of these monuments and buildings that are spread all over the state.
Here are the heritage walks that you must plan for at Rajasthan.
Walking through the streets of the Pink City, Jaipur, will get you acquainted to the ways and lifestyle of the old Jaipur. If you want to have an experience beyond the customized travel through the Pink City, make sure you plan for a heritage walk.
You can begin slowly by exploring the bazaars of Jaipur. Trinkets, bags, clothes and more, that are made in authentic Rajasthani style, will be available which you can shop.
Next, you can continue by walking through the secluded, ancient Havelis that are spread all over the city. Vibrant paintings, exquisite and orginal work of art on the walls of these Havelis will give you a wholesome experience of understanding its royal past.
Explore the many monuments and palaces like the famous Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, etc., the stars of your trip to Jaipur. A lot of customised walking tours are conducted based on your preference. Heritage walk through forts, temples, museums, art and culture are all separately available.
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Walking through the enchanting City of Lakes, Udaipur, will take an entire day. Starting from the temples surrounding Lake Pichola and the popular Lake Palace, you can proceed by visiting the stepwells, Gangaur Ghat and then walk towards the heart of the city.
Some places that you might come across in the walk are the Ahar Museum, Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace, Jagdish Temple and Bagori Ki Haveli, to name a few.
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While you're at it, don't miss out on the vibrant jewellery that you can find on the streets for reasonable prices.
Rajasthani artisans will leave you in awe with their handicrafts, copper or silver wares. You can buy these artifacts while observing the lifestyle of the locals, in the streets of the city. You can even indulge in pottery or witness how bamboo products are made in some of the street shops.
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Founded by Rao Jodha of Rathore clan in the mid-1400s, Jodhpur is another beautiful city of Rajasthan that gives you the essence of their lifestyle.
Jodhpur is popularly known as the Blue City since most of the houses are painted blue, to protect them from heating up during the scorching heat of summer.
Begin the walk from Chandpole Gate, then through the lanes filled with blue houses and spiritually rejuvenate by visiting the Krishna Temple located at the centre of Jodhpur.
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Continue to view ancient wells, that have been playing a major role in the lives of the locals from ages.
You can finish the walk by savouring popular Rajasthani dishes like dal baati churma or sweets like mawa kachori, besan ki barfi, etc. prepared by local food stalls found on the streets of Jodhpur.
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Most of Jaisalmer's heritage sites are located within a radius of 5 km. Since the streets of Jaisalmer are quite narrow, the best way to visit places here is through a heritage walk. You can visit the Jaislamer Fort first, the most popular attraction of the city.
Explore the Jain temples, museums and palaces of the fort. Move on to the many Havelis that crowd the city such as Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, Patwa Haveli, etc.
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The old city of Bikaner will give you the most real and traditionally rooted image of Rajasthan. Jain Bhandasar Temple will give you a magnificent, panoramic view of the entire city of Bikaner.
Continue walking through the colourful bazaars that have distinguished markets for spices, bangles, vegetables and a separate lane for having the best tea. While you're exploring these bazaars, you can even witness the beautiful redstone Havelis. However some of these havelis are now turned into heritage hotels.
Bikaner is so popular for its sweets that outlets all across India can be found selling Bikaner sweets. So you must definitely not miss out on sweets on your visit to Bikaner.
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