Rajasthan is one of the best places in India that every traveller must visit at least once in their life. You will definitely be spoiled for choices on your trip to the royal Rajasthan. Right from living in palaces, to experiencing the vibrant Rajasthani food and culture, to camping and going on desert safaris, to witnessing the rich wildlife, there's so much to do and see in Rajasthan.
If you are in Jaipur, you can explore a new destination every weekend and have an ultimate weekend getaway experience each time. Choose from adventure, leisure, wildlife, heritage and more amazing destinations to explore, travel, refresh and rejuvenate.
1. Pushkar And Ajmer
Distance from Jaipur: 148 km
Bordering the Thar Desert, Pushkar is a famous pilgrimage site in the state of Rajasthan. Known for the holy Pushkar Lake and the Brahma Temple - one of the very few ones existing in the world. The famous Pushkar Mela or the Pushkar Camel Fair held here annually, draws many travellers from across the globe. Pushkar is located at a distance of 148 km from Jaipur.
Ajmer on the other hand is a historical city famous for the Ajmer Sharif Dargah - the holy shrine of a Sufi saint. The distance between Ajmer and Pushkar is about 15 km.
2. Sawai Madhopur
Distance from Jaipur: 148 km
The city of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan is popular for its proximity to the famous Ranthambore National Park and Ranthambore Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national park and the fort within its premises are located at a distance of 17 km from Sawai Madhopur.
The forest was once a hunting ground for the maharajas of Jaipur. Famous for its high density of the royal Bengal tigers, Ranthambore is a place where one can almost always spot the majestic animal, with a little luck.
Distance from Jaipur: 162 km
Alwar is one such destination in Rajasthan which has something for every kind of traveller. Right from forts to lakes to forests and wildlife, Alwar is a bustling hub of tourism in Rajasthan. The most famous tourist attractions in and around Alwar are Bala Quila, Bhangarh Fort and Sariska Tiger Reserve.
Built in the 17th century, the Bhangarh Fort is known to be the most haunted place in India, so do go to Bhangarh when in Alwar, if you think you have got what it takes to visit an eerie place.
Distance from Jaipur: 165 km
Quite an offbeat yet the very interesting town of Narnaul is located in the Mahendragarh district of Haryana and at a distance of 165 km from Jaipur. It is this historical town where the ferocious Battle of Narnaul - which is also known to be the first war of Independence - was fought.
Apart from its historical significance, Narnaul is also known for its rich mineral resources like iron, copper, quartz and more.
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Distance from Jaipur: 169 km
The ornate town of Mandawa is located in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan and is a part of the Shekhawati region which is very well known for its majestic forts and palaces. Dotted with stunning havelis or mansions, the entire Shekhawati region is often referred as an "open art gallery of Rajasthan" and if you are to visit the town of Mandawa, you would know why.
Distance from Jaipur: 177 km
The town of Karauli, located in the state of Rajasthan, was the former capital of the erstwhile princely state of Karauli and came into independent existence after its separation from Sawai Madhopur in 1997. One can, therefore, still see the interesting and beautifully constructed heritage buildings and structures strewn across the town.
Some of the famous tourist attractions are the Maharaja's Palace, the Jain pilgrimage site of Sri Mahavirji and Kaila Devi Temple.
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Distance from Jaipur: 187 km
Situated in the eastern Rajasthan, Bharatpur is one of the top tourist places in the state. This beautiful place is home to one of the most famous bird sanctuaries & wetlands, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. As the city lies on the popular Golden Triangle route of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra, Bharatpur sees a lot of tourists and travellers every year.
Must-visit places when in Bharatpur are Keoladeo Ghana National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bharatpur Palace and Fort, Lohagarh Fort, Moti Mahal and Laxmi Vilas Palace.
8. Fatehpur Sikri
Distance from Jaipur: 207 km
Founded as a capital of the Mughal Empire in the 1500s, Fatehpur Sikri is a town near Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The historical town is a treasure trove for history, art and architecture enthusiasts.
The Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khaas and numerous other incredible monuments and structures can be explored and photographed when in Fatehpur Sikri.
Distance from Jaipur: 217 km
The charming town of Bundi in Rajasthan is an interesting place to visit. It is popular for its ornate palaces, forts and stepwells called the baoris. Taragarh Fort, Sukh Mahal, Bundi Palace, Nawal Sagar Lake and Raniji ki Baori are amongst the must-visit places when in Bundi.
One may also find it interesting that a number of tools dating back to the Stone Age and some fascinating rock art structures were also recovered in Bundi.
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Distance from Jaipur: 223 km
The small town of Pilani is located in the Jhunjhunu district, which is a Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Pilani is most famous for being home to the renowned University of BITS Pilani - Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
So visit Pilani for a leisurely drive or to get some offbeat experiences by visiting the Khetri Fort - which is known to be a haunted place - Surajgarh Fort or go hiking to the nearby hills and also visit the ornate havelis.
Distance from Jaipur: 224 km
Known to be one of the most sacred places in India, the city of Mathura is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage, Mathura is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Many visitors travelling to Agra, often plan a visit to Mathura, its twin city Vrindavan, Nandgaon and Barsana - few other places associated with the legends of Lord Krishna & Radha. Mathura is famous for its dairy products & sweets, especially the Mathura Pedha.
Distance from Jaipur: 240 km
Located on the banks of river Yamuna, Agra has made its way to the world map by being home to the iconic marble monument Taj Mahal. With a great influx of tourists each year, Agra is one of the most important citie in India, especially from the tourism point of view. While Taj Mahal may be the prime attraction of Agra, however, there are a number of other amazing places for a true explorer to explore in Agra. Also, do try the famous sweet Petha, when in Agra.
Distance from Jaipur: 253 km
The city of Bhilwara is located in the Mewar district of Rajasthan. It is well known for its textile industries and hence is also called "Vastranagri" or the textile city of India. Beautiful lakes, forts, cenotaphs, temples and other heritage monuments can be visited in Bhilwara and of course, as mentioned earlier it is a great place for shopping.
Distance from Jaipur: 271 km
The capital city of India needs no introduction. With a number of tourist attractions, there will be something to be visited and explored every time you visit the city. Tempting food and shopping choices, Delhi is heaven for foodies and those constantly on a shopping spree. Experience the chilly winter or insane festival seasons, Delhi will offer something new each time to you.
Distance from Jaipur: 334 km
This second largest city of Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Jodhpur is known as the gateway to Thar desert, as it is located at the edge of the great desert. Another distinct characteristic of the city is its unmistakable shade of blue. All the houses and structures here are painted in shades of blue, earning it yet another nickname - the Blue City.
Distance from Jaipur: 335 km
Located 335 km from Jaipur, the city of Bikaner is located in the northwest region of Rajasthan. Skirted with sand dunes, the city is fondly nicknamed as the Camel city and is famous for its camel festival. Karni Mata Mandir, Laxmi Niwas Palace and Junagarh Fort are some of the many tourist attractions that one must visit when in Bikaner. Foodies must, especially try the authentic Rajasthani food here.
Distance from Jaipur: 350 km
The town of Nathdwara is located in the Aravalli hills in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage as it is home to the famous Shrinathji Temple, who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Apart from this, Nathdwara is also famous for Pichhwai paintings - a unique form of painting that narrates the stories and legends of Lord Krishna through pictures, ivory articles, and handmade terracottas.
Distance from Jaipur: 393 km
Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is yet another popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, so much so that it is titled as the most romantic spot in India. Another nickname it has been awarded with, is "city of lakes" given the numerous beautiful lakes that are strewn across the city. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Swaroop Sagar are some of the famous lakes in Udaipur. Apart from the lakes, Udaipur is famous for its massive forts and grand palaces, beautiful temples, and many vibrant traditional fairs & festivals.
19. Mount Abu
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Distance from Jaipur: 495 km
The popular tourist destination of Mount Abu is the only hill station in the state of Rajasthan. Nestled in the Aravalli range and blessed with numerous lakes, rivers and evergreen forests, Mount Abu is also called "an oasis in the desert". The highest peak is named Guru Shikhar, after Dattatreya who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The magnificent Jain Temples of Dilwara, Achalgarh Fort, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the places to visit when in Mount Abu.
So where will you be heading to this weekend? Take your pick and do let us know by dropping a comment below.
Happy Weekend. Happy Travel!!