Hadoti, is a special monsoon destination of Rajasthan owing to its picturesque natural beauty and the mesmerizing waterfalls. The scenic beauty of the falls lays its hand on the treasure of watercourse. The sharp gush of water spurts and shines through the veil of mist and the green meadows. The conception of beauty of landscape and its details is surpassing. The countryside flora goes beyond with the nature's ample magnificience here.
Monsoon is more than just a season for the Hadoti region of Rajasthan comprising of Kota, Jhalawar, Bundi & Baran. It is the spell of rejuvenation, festivity and rejoicement. From the poor farmer to the little ones to the old, the faces brighten up, and from animals to the dust covered trees, everybody look forward to passionately welcome the cool caressing dews of the monsoon. The jubilant temperament of the weather evokes a romantic and elevating feeling. Come Sunday or a holiday and the places are all full with picnic lovers enjoying the natural beauty and grandeur of nature.
The beautiful Geparnath, Chattaneshwar Mahadev, Abheda , Alaniya Dam, Rana Pratap Sagar Dam ,Bardha Baandh ,Sawan Bhadon, Karneshwar Mahadev ,Parajhar , Chambal barrage (all near Kota), are crowded with tourists both domestic and foreign . The dams, reservoirs, tanks and rivers of Hadoti offer some great venues for a wonderful monsoon outing in the rains.
At the Bhimlat the water falls below to about 60 metres making it a fine tourist spot. The accumulation of the rainwater takes the shape of a pond below. The sound of the splashing water is audible from quite a distance. A no. of raw steps take you down to the base of the falls. The lush green valley is full of trees & plants and the serene music of the falling water ignites a special soothing feeling. People come to this splendid location and take back memories of a wonderful sojourn.
Guesthouses are also available for the visitors wanting to stay back and enjoy. The safari to this rather remote landscape is equally adventurous and pleasant. The zig zag roads and the green countryside view along with the flocks of cattle present a green kaleidoscope.
Another popular tourist spot is ‘Rameshwar Mahadev’ around 20 kms from Bundi city. Its major attraction is a waterfall falling on the Shiv Linga present below. The cave temple of Lord Shiva is surrounded by Aravali ranges. It looks like an eternal spot adorned by natural surroundings. The big steps to the fall never looked tiring while the naughty monkeys kept us amusing. Interestingly all these falls have temples of "Mahadev”. Visitors thus get the joy of a religious tour and picnic simultaneously. Tourists equally enjoy the Goth, the Malpuas (Flour pancakes), Bhutta etc. A local delicacy Kuttha Baati made up of roasted wheat balls soaked in ghee is also quite popular in the season. It is served with a special curry and garlic sauce.
An attractive excursion of Hadoti is the famous "Menal" water falls around 70 kms away in the adjacent Bhilwara district. A place famous for natural beauty and its history, Menal is known for its ancient Shiva temples, erotic sculpture and the magnificent waterfalls covered with the lush green dense forests.
The word Menal has been derived from ‘mahanal’, a great chasm or cleft. The magnificent temple of Mahanal Dev, named after this place was built in around 10th A.D. and is famous for its architecture. It is a hot spot in the monsoons and that too on holidays, a unique location with combination of history, architecture and the profusion of water.
The main festival Teej, essentially a ladies festival, dedicated to Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva is celebrated with full regional fervour. The Shravani Teej and the Bahdon ki Teej are celebrated with same enthusiasm as during the celebration of local Kajli Teej. The festival here is celebrated on the third day of Bhadra whereas it is celebrated on the third day of Shravana in other places. The festival begins with the traditional procession of Teej Mata in a decorated palanquin passing through the main bazaar and streets. The procession has decorated elephants, camels’ bands, artists and cultural groups representing the place. A local fair is also held on this occasion exhibiting handicraft items including kataar, paintings and bangles etc. Both the urban and the rural folks celebrate it with gusto.
A drive into the countryside all flooded with the water streams crossing at innumerable places, camels’ grazing the green pastures and the peacocks hopping around makes it a special monsoon visit. Various reservoirs near the district headquarters overflow, converting it into a fine picnic spot. The rainwater slowly trickling down the fissures from the different hills makes a beautiful view. The lakes are huge wetlands that support a healthy population of resident and migratory birds. Some very special locations like the Dobra Mahadev, Gararda (with rock painting caves), and the scenic Gararia Mahadev on the banks of majestic Chambal are the places to visit in monsoons if you are looking for some adventure.