Deogarh, India

Not yet as well-known as tourist hubs like Bengaluru and Mumbai, Deogarh (sometimes called Devgarh) is a centuries-old city with a rich history and wildlife-filled surroundings. Hop on a jeep safari to spot leopards and exotic birds in the wilderness, or catch the tiny local train up to Meethari Marwar, a traditional Mewar village nestled in the hills of Kali Ghati. The journey there is half the experience; the scenic route twists and turns through old bridges, tunnels and hidden passages – the vestiges of British rule. It’s worth planning trips a few hours’ drive outside Deogarh, too; head west to the Anjaneshwar Mahadev Temple, which is hidden in the cave of a rocky mountain; head south to the historic town of Nathdwara; and go north to Ajmer, a holy pilgrimage spot on the road to Jaipur.

When to go

Avoid visiting during the summer months, as that’s Rajasthan’s rainy season. In February and March, you can expect balmy temperatures of around 25°C and mostly dry days.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest airport is in Udaipur, which is two hours’ drive. The easiest way to get there is via a connecting flight from Delhi or Mumbai. Most international carriers – including British Airways – fly to both.
  • Trains

    Deogarh is only served by a small, metre-gauge railway, which trundles to nearby mountain towns like Marwar and Phulad.
  • Automobiles

    As trains are thin on the ground, it’s worth hiring a set of wheels from one of the airport booths.