Though Jaipur is a lively and fascinating city, a weekend break away can provide an opportunity to hike through spectacular nature reserves, experience rural Rajasthani culture, and go beyond flashy historical sites (we're looking at you, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort ). Here's our pick of the best weekend getaways from Jaipur.
A trip to Ajmer is a guaranteed trip down the history of Rajasthan, and its pristine nature doubles up the fun. Located around 132 km from Jaipur, extensive ruins and panoramic views greet you in this historic village. Ajmer has the ancient site of the Chauhan kingdom. You can wander through the heritage sites or the holy Ajmer Sharif and Adhai Din Ka Jhopra Mosque.
Ranthambore National Park
A true retreat is the one in nature's lap. Situated just 167 km from Jaipur is a 1334 square km sprawling tiger forest reserve. Home to the rare exotic tigers, the location is also an excellent bird watching site. While here, hike through the sanctuary with the help of a local guide and relax amidst refreshing greenery. Don't miss out on animal sightings with a safari trip into the park.
Ever-alluring city of Pushkar is 144Km away from Jaipur, a short drive of around 3 to 4 hours. With a myriad number of tourist attractions in Pushkar, it entertains tourists from all walks of life. Scour the market of Pushkar or go camel riding in the vast extended desert. If you want to see the most animated face of this city, try to visit the place in November and attend Pushkar Fair - a carnival-like no other.
Another ideal destination to choose for a weekend getaway from Jaipur is Mandawa. Located in the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan, Mandawa is 168 km from the Pink City. This lesser-known place hosts a couple of historic palaces that are ornamented with eye-catching architecture and murals. The intricate work of art engraved on the walls and ceilings of these Havelis are awe-inspiring. Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, and Goenka Chattri are a few significant attractions in Mandawa.
Bharatpur is well-known for Keoladeo National Park which is popular for showcasing a wide variety of birds. The beauty of Bharatpur bird sanctuary can be better enjoyed only when seen directly, so head to this place directly from Jaipur to see the chirping birds, and mesmerizing sunset beauty, spend some time cycling and enjoy the side roads. Bharatpur is also a heritage city that is oblivious to tourists. Located 184km away, it does not take more than 4 to 5 hours from Jaipur. Other than bird watching you can get a glimpse of Deeg Palace's fascinating architecture or plan to visit Loha Garh where you get to see entire collections of exceptional and antique artefacts and archaeological resources in the nearby Government museum. You can also visit Fatehpur Sikri. It is located 26km away from Bharatpur. so, depending on your schedule, you can plan a trip here.
Popularly known as the gateway of Rajasthan, Alwar is one of the best weekend getaways from Jaipur. Alwar is renowned among tourists for its awe-inspiring regal edifices, parks, fortresses, lakes and temples. Unlike other tourist destinations in Rajasthan, where you can see Hindu temples, Alwar hosts many temples earmarked to the Jaina Tirthankaras. Built at the foothills of a mountain, the city palace of Alwar is the most beguiling creative monument. A proper blend of the Rajput building style and Mughal architecture can be observed in this site.