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An adventurous spirit is never satisfied with meagre travel experiences. When one has a desire to travel for experience and learn about the varied cultures and rich history the world has to offer, they will not be able to stop at one destination and forbid themselves to explore the surroundings. And India has uncountable cultural experiences to offer. We have some of the oldest civilizations of the entire world and archives full of vibrant, brutal and invigorating historical happenings. One such city that offers these precious peeks into the past is Jaipur. But this blog is not about Jaipur. This blog is for the travellers whose thirst for exploration cannot be stopped at a base city. After all, when in Jaipur – why not experience the glamorous royal heritage and picturesque beauty of all the places to visit near Jaipur? Here are 5 amazing plans for a road trip from Jaipur to elate the innate explorer in you.
Famous for the Pushkar camel fair, this holy city is a pilgrimage site for millions across the country. The sacred shores of the Pushkar lake and the numerous artistically built temples provide religious relief to many, making it one of the places to visit near Jaipur with the heaviest footfall. The Brahma temple is the most well known Brahma temple in all of India and is said to be at least 2000 years old. A very tragic yet interesting thing about Pushkar’s temples is that most of them were destroyed by Muslim conquests in and around the area. These temples were then partially or fully rebuilt by Hindu rulers years later.
Being one of the oldest known cities in India, Pushkar has an air of mystic calmness and devotion surrounding it. Out of respect – alcohol, meat and eggs are prohibited in the entire city. If you are looking for a road trip from Jaipur that will stir something within your own faith, then Pushkar is the place to be. And if you are around town during the late October/early November period, then you must visit the grand Pushkar camel fair. It is India’s biggest cattle festival and a true melting pot of Rajasthani food, culture and people.
Distance from Jaipur – 147 km.
Special Feature – Pushkar Camel Fair.
Must See –
- Pushkar Lake
- Brahma Temple
- Varaha Temple
Ghosthunting may have been made popular by Ghostbusters but the adrenaline rush of being on the hunt of a supernatural being is an ancient attraction. And for many seeking the magnetic forces of the paranormal, Bhangarh Fort is a lucrative road trip from Jaipur.
Built in the 17th century this fort complex is shrouded in ghost stories of babies crying, women screaming, noises of drums, ladies dressed in white and several ghostly orbs and shadows. Legend says that when Princess Ratnavati of Bhangarh saw through a sorcerer’s ploy to slip her a love potion, it resulted in his death. Before his death, he cursed the entire town and soon the Mughals conquered Bhangarh and killed everyone living in it – even the Princess. Ever since then their souls roam around the vicinity in unrest.
Infrastructurally the complex contains the Chhatri of Singhia; several temples including a Gopinath temple, Hanuman temple, Mangla Devi temple, Purohit Ji Ki Haveli, Nachan Ki Haveli and a royal palace that contains the ruins of Princess Ratnavati’s bedroom. If you are up for some spine-chilling adventure amongst hauntingly beautiful ruins of a 17th-century palace then Bhangarh fort should definitely be on your checklist of places to visit near Jaipur.
Distance from Jaipur – 83 km.
Special Feature – Most haunted place in India.
Must See –
- Ruins of Princess Ratnavati’s room
- Gopinath Temple
- Purohit Ji Ki Haveli
Sariska National Park
Covering an extensive area of 800 sq. kilometres, the Sariska National Park is one of the most diverse and vibrant in terms of flora and fauna. Adding to its versatility the park has open green grasslands, dry deciduous forests, crumbly rocky landscape, some stiff cliffs and even the ruins of ancient forts and temples of the 11th/12th century. It circles the giant Silsereh and Jai Samand and holds the ruins of temple Garh-Rajor in it.
The fauna of the national park holds many surprises in it and some of the animals most commonly spotted are jaguars, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, wild boars, porcupines, Chausingha, leopards, langurs etc. The park also boasts of housing more than 225 different varieties of birds including Bush Quail, Grey Partridge, Sand Grouse, Crested Serpent Eagle and Horned Owl.
An early morning jeep safari suits the nature of this destination and is recommended by the forest administration. Out of all the places to visit near Jaipur, this is the one that can productively utilize an idle morning. Whether you are a nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast, this short and sweet road trip from Jaipur is the best reason to get up early for a day.
Distance from Jaipur – 107 km.
Special Feature – More than 225 species of birds.
Must See –
- Garh-Rajor temple ruins
- Kankwari hilltop
- Chausingha (4 horned antelope)
Located extremely close to the city of Jaipur is India’s largest inland salt lake producing 9% of India’s salt every single year. The lake is situated ten kilometres away from the Sambhar Town is a mesmerizing destination. Surrounded by the Aravalli hills on every side the Sambhar lake spreads over mind-blowing 24000 hectares. The Sambhar lake was named a Ramsar site in 1990 because of the migration of thousands of flamingos and other birds to these wetlands every year.
The neighbouring Sambhar Wildlife Sanctuary is also the home to several animals like Nilgai, foxes and various species of deer. Within the area itself, the Hindustan Salt Limited factory exists. Here one can take a tour of the entire factory and learn of the salt refining process – that too on a trolly! This experience costs about INR 500 but is certainly worth it. Another invigorating experience in the lake is camping and paragliding.
Several travellers report that camping in the salt bed on a full-moon night is an extraordinary experience. Sambhar Lake might not have mighty palaces but it is definitely one of the most unique places to visit near Jaipur and in Rajasthan.
Distance from Jaipur – 90 km.
Special Feature – India’s largest inland salt lake.
Must See –
- Sambhar Lake
- Narrow-gauge train tracks
- Hindustan Salt Limited factory
It might be a little bit further than the rest of the places, but Udaipur is one destination you should not miss if you are planning to come to Jaipur and explore around. Not only is it world famous as the ‘City of Lakes’, it is also popular as India’s most romantic destination. You might already know that some pretty high profile weddings have happened here; including Katy Perry and Russel Brand’s engagement party. What can we say? Love awakens in this city it seems.
The city is also privé to some of the most beautiful and painstakingly created palaces, gardens, museums and temples. The artistic creativity of these places mixed with the calm vibe of the city and the wondrous stories of the royals of the past adds to it’s romantic aura. The places that cannot be missed on your getaway here are City Palace, Jag Mandir, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Kesariyaji Temple, Sajjangarh Moonsoon Palace, Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Lake Pichola and the Insta famous Pratap Park.
So whether it is with your special someone, your parents or your crazy gang of friends – Udaipur is a city that has something for any kinda getaway. The city is also littered with picturesque eateries and lakeside restaurants that will not only blow your mind with their awesome food but also with their awesome views. And for the best options of stay, chuck the thought of Udaipur hotels – choose a backpacker hostel this time.
Distance from Jaipur – 394 km.
Special Feature – India’s famous ‘City of Lakes’
Must See –
- City Palace
- Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace
- Lake Pichola boat ride
So then… that was quite an extensive list of all places to visit near Jaipur. The unending vastness of the desert, the palatial ruins of royal eras gone by, beautiful wildlife surrounded by forests, haunted forts housing many myths and innumerable cultural experiences await for you on a road trip from Jaipur. So why not take a chance this winter season and head out to this beautiful city? Not only do you get the richness it as to offer but you can also choose to explore so many of the places to visit near Jaipur. And you can plan a road trip from Jaipur too on a budget! And you don’t even have to stay in shady cheap Udaipur hotels. How do you ask? Just click here to know and save major bucks!