Planning a roadtrip around Jaipur? Here are some happening spots!
1. Pushkar 146 kms from Jaipur
The city of Pushkar assumes subtle grandeur given the rare temples of Lord Brahma, a camel festival and a legend it owes its existence to.
Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India and is one of the five sacred dhams for devout Hindus. It has one of the very few existing devoted temples to Lord Brahma. Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Camel Fair, held in the month of November. This is one of very few places in Rajasthan you would find which isn’t famous because of a fort. This holy city attracts tourists from far and wide for its many temples. It is also famous for its Pushkar Lake, Brahma temples and a number of other temples. However, one has to be a little sensitive towards the its religious and spiritual significance, respect local norms and keep from consuming meat products or liquor in and a little around Pushkar.
2. Alwar 163 kms from Jaipur
Alwar has a unique recognition because of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bala-Quila, Bhangarh Fort, Pandu Pol and other temples and its importance of the food map because of the heavenly Kalakand.
Surrounded by Aravali hills, Alwar is a pretty city of rich culture and heritage. Not very famous among tourists, Alwar has retained its charm from the past. The majestic fort, beautiful City Palace and the colorful markets make Alwar one of the most interesting cities in Rajasthan. Alwar has been one of the oldest of Rajasthani Kingdoms and one of the first Rajput states to align itself with the British empire. Alwar is most famous for two things – its milkcake (‘Alwar ka mawa’) and its fort. The city comes under the NCR region and forms for a great weekend getaway from New Delhi – as Alwar is a small beautiful and peaceful place with no pollution. Among other reasons to Alwar is to visit the Sariska Tiger Reserve and the mysterious Bhangarh Fort.”
3. Rathambore 169 kms from Jaipur
This is one of the best tiger reserves of the country, known to have “friendly” tigers and chances of sighting one here is reasonably better than many other tiger reserves of India. Along with this Ranthambore has one of the richest flora and fauna making it an absolutely must visit area especially for those interested in wildlife.”
4. Shekhawati 115 kms from Jaipur
Shekhawati is a semi-arid getaway full of open air galleries, enchanting havelis & palaces and legendary forts. This region has been recognised as the open art gallery of Rajasthan having the largest concentration of frescos in the world.
Shekhawati has a history similar to that of Nawalgarh where in the Marwari men went to cities like Bombay and Calcutta in search of work and the time they found success and their businesses flourished, that is exactly when these plush havelis emanated. One businessman competed with the other in showing off his wealth, this continued on and on and finally, what the business families of Shekhawati got was an affluent city to live in. The inhabitants of Shekhawati are considered brave, sacrificing and hard working people. The region provides one of the highest number of people to the Indian Army. Hence, this location makes up for a dreamscape for all those wishing to get a blast from the past.
5. Ajmer 134 kms from Jaipur
Surrounded by Aravali ranges, the city of Ajmer is most famous for its Dargah Sharif of Saint Moinuddin Chishti.
Located almost in the center of Rajasthan, Ajmer is brimming with natural beauty and is a renowned religious spot for Hindus and Muslims alike and it receives thousands of visitors every year. During the festival of Urs, the festival commemorating the death anniversary of Saint Moinuddin Chishti, believers from across the globe throng the city. With many famous temples also present here, the city is a renowned religious spot for Hindus and Jains alike. A lot of travelers visiting Pushkar stop by Ajmer and make a day trip to Ajmer.”