Not only is Jaipur the brand ambassador of royal history, it offers everything a traveler can ever seek. Apart from the forts and legacies that define Rajasthani culture so well, it serves as a gateway to the intangible and tangible beauties of the state. If it ever crosses your fancy to explore Rajasthan, book your stay at one of the many luxury hotels in Jaipur and choose from the choicest of locations within 500 kilometers of the Pink City, which should be your first destination.

Chittorgarh

Just the name and the associated history of the place bring a set of chivalric tales of Rajput Dynasty in mind. Chittorgarh is home to some of very intriguing temples, forts, and palaces that showcase the valor of the Rajput Kingdom in their very sand and stone. Just over 300 kilometers from Jaipur, your excursions must begin with the Fort of Chittorgarh, which is one of the largest forts in India, around 40% of which is covered with water bodies. While you’re there, you may visit a few of the many famous temples and the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary.  

Ranthambore

Wildlife is an integral part of Rajasthan and take it from us, your schedule should accommodate a considerable part in its exploration. The sprawling national park of Ranthambore is around 162 kilometers from Jaipur and known across the country for the majestic animal – the Tiger. A gypsy safari will change the way you look at animals, as they say.

Moreover, a creation that dates to the 10th century – Ranthambore Fort is something you shouldn’t miss if you want perceptive on the elusive nature of time. It is home to a couple of Hindu temples and Padam Talao – the largest pond in the park.

Pushkar

The mythological significance of Pushkar is extremely alluring. The religious town is situated at around 140 KMs from Jaipur; a 3-4-hour drive. Its expanse is rather humble as opposed to the stature of the Brahma Temple, which entices pilgrims from international waters. Moreover, Pushkar offers you camel riding in its desert and a market that offers products unique to the state. October and November are considered the best months to visit the town since it’s the time when the Camel Fair is held where you can see natives and foreigners mingling.

Jaisalmer

One of the farthest places from Jaipur – Jaisalmer is over 570 kilometers from the city. It takes about 9-10 hours to reach there, which might sound tiring but when you reach to the sight of seasoned havelis, sand dunes and lakes, desperation turns into delight. The Thar desert and the old forts of the Rajput dynasty that speak tales of chivalry with their poise must be visited once in life. The Jaisalmer Fort is known to resemble Gold itself. You can go for long camel rides into the desert or visit the Gadisar Lake.

Gwalior

At a moderate distance of 325 kilometers from Jaipur lies a perfect weekend getaway – Gwalior. The Gwalior Fort on the Vindhaya Mountain is one of the most well-maintained forts that define the attractions of central India. The Fort encapsulates temples, museums that must be visited. Besides Gwalior is famous for Gujari Mahal, Chaturbhuj Mandir, Jas Vilas Palace, Mausoleums of Mohammed Ghaus and Tansen, among many other attractions.

The Tree of Life Resorts is one of the best resorts in Jaipur that is a good place to start your journey into the depths of Rajasthan. The portals from Jaipur open to various places in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and even Uttarakhand.

 

Published by Sumity Paul