Nimaj village is a part of Jaitaran tehsil in the district Pali of Rajasthan. It is 130km from the tourist hub of Jodhpur. This village is home to Nimaj Palace, which is now being run as a wonderful luxury hotel. The palace has towering gates and its facade is carved in red sandstone and is a marvel of Indian architecture. Nimaj is home to rich wildlife, temples, and mosques and offers a chance to explore tribal settlements such as those of Gujjars, Kalbelias, Dhanis and Bishnois, and hamlets in the village.
How can you be a responsible traveller in Nimaj?
– Take jeep safaris to the tribal settlements and take a peek into their life. This will also act as a sustainable source of income for them
– Be sensitive with your selfies and respect people no matter how poor or rich
– Take tours to these tribal settlements only with travel agencies such as Responsible Travel that follow sustainable travel practices
Nawalgarh, a town in the Jhunjhunu district, is one of the busiest in the Shekhawati region. Located about 100km from Jaipur, the town is recognised as the 'open art gallery of Rajasthan', as it has the largest concentration of frescoes in the world. It is also noted for its painted havelis, exquisite temples, palaces and the beautiful Nawalgarh Fort, where several movies such as Paheli, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and other. This place is famous for the Sheesh Mahal, Aath Haveli, Morarka Haveli, Saraogi Haveli, Sheksaria Haveli, Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli, Roop Niwas Palace. Most of these havelis have been converted into heritage hotels to give travellers a unique experience.
How can you be a responsible traveller in Nawalgarh?
– Attend workshops for bangle making run by the people of the village
– Learn the art of tie and dye
– Avoid taking elephant rides in the forts and other tourist places