Alwar Alwar is actually a city in northern Rajasthan. However, it lies relatively undiscovered to tourism on the road between Jaipur and Delhi. This image is of Moosi Maharani Chhatri a memorial to a former maharaja. Other highlights include the City Palace and Bala Qila fort. Bishnoi Villages The arid country side south of Jodhpur is dotted with villages, the mud and thatch huts inhabited by the 450 year old Bishnoi tribe with its distinctive way of life. The villagers practice many traditional crafts including pottery and weaving (using cotton or camel hair).They are environmentalists in the fundamental sense, preserving the wildlife in scientific and logical routines evolved over the centuries of living with nature. Dausa Situated away from the bustling cities, the town of Dausa offers an authentic rural experience in Rajasthan. Dausa is a small ancient town named after a Sanskrit word Dhau-sa meaning Beautiful like Heaven. Located around 55 km from Jaipur, it has many ancient buildings including the above image of the magnificent Chand Baori Stepwell a few miles from the city, on the road to Agra. Nimaj Nimaj is a 120Km drive from Jodhpur and an idea place to experience not only typical village and farming life, but also pristine wetlands, scrub forests and grasslands, making the area a haven for birds. Leopards are also often spotted in the areas basking on rocks. Rohet On the scenic road between Jodhpur and Udaipur, the village of Rohet is a convenient place to stop. The Bishnoi’s settled this area around a lake which now has a 16th century castle and attracts numerous migrating birds. Shahpura Shahpura is about a 2 hour drive north from Udiapur and a great place to experience the authentic rural life in Rajasthan. You will see schools, bazars, traditional farming life, local temples, etc. Shekhawati Shekhawati is a semi-arid and historical region located in the northeast part of Rajasthan. It is notable for its heveli’s (mansions) adorned with frescos Thar desert The Thar desert, which covers western Rajasthan, was once ruled by the three kindoms of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner.