Everything about the city of Jaipur is opulent and grand in nature. Maharaja Ram Singh painted the city “Pink” in honor of the Prince of Wales in 18th Century, thus making it the Pink City. The grandiose architecture and rich history of Jaipur attract travelers from across the country and abroad. While there is a lot to do in Jaipur, you might also want to check out some of these amazing places to visit near Jaipur. From wildlife enthusiasts and nature-lovers to history-buffs and the spiritually-inclined, weekend getaways from Jaipur have something for everyone.
With spirituality in its air, Ajmer is a place of faith and hope for millions of visitors. Home to the Ajmer Sharif Dargah and the Nareli Jain temple, Ajmer is definitely high on the list of divine places to visit near Jaipur. Visit Taragarh Fort, Adhai Dhin ka Jhonpda and remember to get photographed on the Baradari(pavilions) on the Anasagar Lake. Ajmer is also a better base city if you are visiting nearby Pushkar.
At a distance of just 161 km, Pushkar is a favorite weekend getaway from Jaipur. The Pushkar cattle fair is one of the biggest livestock trading event and a popular October-November event. Rajasthani folk performances, local markets, and the beautiful Pushkar Lake attract traders and tourists alike. The Brahma temple in the city is the only temple dedicated to God in India. In fact, it is believed the Pushkar Lake was created when a lotus fell here from Lord Brahma’s hand.
The Sariska-Ranthambore-Bharatpur wildlife circuit have some of the prominent places to visit near Jaipur, excellent for a winter break in Rajasthan. Take a jeep ride through the jungles for the much-anticipated sightings of the tigers, migratory birds and other animals. Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Sariska Tiger Reserve is actually the erstwhile hunting preserve for the state of Alwar. When in Alwar, do pop in the to eerie Bhangarh Fort and the beautiful Sariska Palace where many Bollywood movies have been shot. Do check out the Sariska Camping Experience to have a one-of-a-kind vacation in the Great Outdoors.
Have you watched the not-so-famous movie Kaal? It features in our list of Bollywood Road Trip movies & gives a breathtaking, albeit scary, tour of the Ranthambore National Park. If you are a wildlife enthusiast/photographer, then this must be in your list of places to visit near Jaipur. Besides the wildlife park, you can also visit the Ranthambore fort as well as local temples and lakes.
Bharatpur is located on the Golden Tourism Triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra and sees visitors from all these places, especially road trippers from Delhi. At 180 km, it is an excellent road trip destination for weekend getaways from Jaipur. Bharatpur is famous for the Keoladeo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site nesting the rarest species of birds. Once a habitat of the Siberian Crane, the birds are now rarely seen in the park. Hopeful ornithologists from around the world still visit the bird sanctuary in anticipation.
The Taj Mahal at Agra is a one of the seven wonders of the world and is on every traveler’s must-visit list. The city is a great roadtrip destination from Delhi and even at 243 km, one of the popular weekend getaways from Jaipur. Besides the Taj Mahal, there are many other awe-inspiring monuments of the Mughal Era that you must visit. Also, you can spend time on the banks of the Yamuna or sample the yummy parathas and chaats on the street. Don’t forget to have Agra ka Petha, the one-of-its-kind local dessert.
These are some of the major places to visit near Jaipur that should be on your road trip itinerary.
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