Jaipur is blessed with awe-inspiring tourist places in India. When one has to take a break from their regular work and city life what can be a better place than heading out on weekends in Pink city. Jaipur happens to be the most popular destination to visit. Not only Jaipur but the places around the pink city are equally mesmerizing. A weekend trip to an adventure holiday or a short trip to a wildlife sanctuary or a beautiful lake can refresh up your mind and soul. We have sorted out some of the places that make an ideal weekend getaway.
Abhaneri village is about 90 km away from Jaipur at Jaipur-Agra highway. Abhaneri village of Dausa district that has been a popular tourist destination. The popularity is because of an incredible attraction nested in this village named Chand Baori. Chand Baori is a stone water stepwell often overlooked by tourists. It is India’s oldest, deepest and massive step well built by villagers that serve in rainwater harvesting. It is an important source of water for the entire village. The great architecture with geometric steps and beautiful carved pavilion of this photogenic step well will leave you impressed. It will take 2 hours drive to reach this well-known monument from Jaipur. Visiting this exquisite Chand Baori will take nearly 5 to 6 hours. It is about 100 feet deep having 13 floors with 3500 steps.
Opposite to it is located another attraction named Harshat Mata Temple which is a renowned historical sight one must pay a visit. The temple was partially ruined so work to restore this intricate place is on. It is a temple of Harshat Mata, who is believed to be the goddess of happiness and light. The village is said to be baptized by the goddess with light, peace and immense happiness which still prevail in this village.
Main Attractions: Chand Baori and Harshat Mata temple.
Visiting hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Photography allowed: Yes
How to reach: There is no direct transport from Jaipur to Abhaneri, thus booking an ola cab would be the most convenient option. If you can’t afford a cab you can reach there by bus and train as well but by interchanging the convenience.
Bhangarh Fort – A deserted town
Bhangarh is the most popular place on google but with some really scary reasons. Yes, you heard correct! Bhangarh is amongst the top haunted places in the world. Despite being the most spooky destination it is always crowded with national and international tourists as well as the locals but only during the day time. It’s better if you start early in the morning for your trip to Bhangarh as entry after sunset is restricted due to its ghostly stories. Built in the 17th century it is a beautiful fort that must not be missed! This enigmatic attraction is surrounded by the temples, greenery, picturesque mountains, water bodies and secluded chhatri which catches everyone’s attention. This fabled fort is super amazing creation but gives you anderline rush at the same time. Though many of its parts are ruined, the beauty of this splendid fort is still intact. This popular fort is also a famous picnic spot and a preferred weekend getaway from Jaipur.
If mysterious places and paranormal phenomenons capture your attention than Bhangarh should be the top place to visit in your list. It will take nearly 2 hours to reach the Bhangarh fort from Jaipur. You will need around 4 to 5 hours to completely explore the fort along with photography.
Visiting hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Photography allowed: Yes
How to reach: Bhangarh is about 83 km from Jaipur. You have to reach Dausa and then take a detour. A drive till Dausa is smooth but the road afterward is not good.
Sambhar lake also known as Shakambari lake is the
India’s largest inland saltwater body. It is located approx 96 km away at south from Jaipur. This vast oval shape lake is the main salt source as it is supplied all over Rajasthan. The scenery here seems like a heady cocktail with a blend of the glittering lake and blue sky. This region is popular worldwide as it has made its mark since it was mentioned in the great Indian epic tale Mahabharata. But what really draws tourists to this region is the lure of spotting various species of insects and thousands of migratory winged animals, especially the flamingos during monsoons. Sambhar is said to be the second home to these flamingoes where they breed. Along with the wonderful pink flamingos, one can witness storks, pelicans, redshanks, sandpipers, and dark winged stilts that are treat to watch. This saline lagoon is a famous camping spot as well. A weekend picnic will be a great idea to spend amidst nature and the stunning sight of wildlife. Pack your lunch and get ready for this short break with your family.
Main attractions: Sambhar lake, Shakambari Devi Temple, Devayani Tank
Visiting hours: It can be visited on all days 24*7.
Photography allowed: Yes
How to reach: You can get many public modes of transport to reach this beautiful lake. The bus from Jaipur leaves you just 5 kms away from the main attraction. By train, Ramganj Mandi railway station is the nearest.
Pushkar – the city with a holy Lake
Situated in Ajmer district and 144 km away from Jaipur, Pushkar is a holy town which should be the at the top of your wish list. Here you will find various lakes and temples with beautiful surroundings and picturesque locations. At Pushkar, the energetic attractions make you fall in love with this city. You will be welcomed with its refreshing lakes filled with stirring water or the pristine white Brahma Temple which is the only of its kinds in India. Pushkar lake is believed to be the most sacred pilgrimage for the Hindus. Here every religious soul dips into the water to wash out all their sins. This lake is fenced around 52 ghats that spellbound you with its mesmerizing beauty. This lake surrounds various temples and even a camel fair is celebrated at the banks of this lake.
If you want to witness the colors of this city it is best to visit at the end of the year at the time of Pushkar fair. This annual religious fiesta is a popular tourists attraction which is held every year between October and November. Every year thousands of tourists and pilgrims from around the world come to this mystical land to witness this spectacular event of five days. If looking for a relaxed excursion to an idyllic location, visit Pushkar. It is the best destination for a day trip out from Jaipur.
Main Attractions: Pushkar Lake, Brahma’s Temple, Savitri Temple, Varaha Temple, Sri Sawai Bhoj temple, Atpateshwar Temple.
Visiting Hours: Though you can visit anytime of the year, the best time to visit is between October and February
Photography Allowed: Yes
How to reach: A short drive of around 3 to 4 hours is enough to take you to the ever-alluring city of Pushkar. It is around 144 km from Jaipur if you are driving via NH8.
This place is the love of wildlife explorers and those who are inspired by nature. Spread over 800 sq km area surrounded by Aravalli hills Sariska National park is located in Alwar district at a distance of 110 km from Jaipur. The Sariska tiger reserve is the famous National park which offers you a wide variety of many wildlife species. At this National park, you can have a glimpse of tigers, leopards, jackal, hyena, jungle cat, elephants, four-horned deer, wild boar, langur, caracal, sambar, chital, etc. People can also enjoy the treat of watching several species of birds like tree pie, sand grouse, grey partridge, peafowl, Indian horned owls, bush quail, and crested serpent eagle. Sariska is the perfect destination for those who love to explore the mesmerizing beauty of the wildlife and thrilling experience of jeep safari. You can also explore the various temples, lakes, and forts with simple architecture and peaceful surroundings. The majestic park with low hills, wide valleys, and hilly plateaus makes Sariska heaven for adventure lovers. If you are looking for a day trip out from Jaipur than mark this place for having the ultimate joy and fun. This place is an ideal destination for people admire the natural surroundings and architectural grandeur.
Main Attractions: Neelkanth Temple, The ruins of Bhartrihari Temples, The Naldeshwar Temple, Kankwari fort, Sariska Palace
Visiting Hours: This park is open to the public from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. It is closed on National holidays and in the rainy season. They take a safari in two slots that is morning and evening.
Photography allowed: Yes, you have to pay the charges.
How to reach: It’s a three-hour drive from Jaipur. Reserve buses are available from Alwar and Jaipur. The roads from Alwar are well connected with this National park. You can also reach via the closest railway station at Alwar which is just 40 kilometers away
Alwar city is situated 271 meters above sea level and just 152 km from Jaipur, which makes it the best destination for a day trip. It is a popular weekend getaway for people who are looking to escape from the daily bustling life. This place replete with spots one can visit to refresh with their friends and family. The beautiful lakes, forts, palaces, picturesque locations, gardens temples, etc. draws major visitors to this city. Alwar offers a fusion of ancient beauty and joy of festivities. Some of the joyful activities that attract the tourists are boating in the sparkling lakes of Alwar, exploring the royal edifices, relaxing in the landscaped gardens. The place is blessed with many monuments and forts with the beguiling Mughal architecture. Alwar poses multiple shrines and historical landscapes that draw major of the visitors to this alluring city. Another highlight that is a major attraction of this city is Matsya festival. Though Sariska Alwar can be visited on a day trip we would suggest you plan a separate trip to explore them properly.
Main Attraction: Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, Vinay Vilas Palace, Bala Quila (Vijay Mandir Palace), The Government Museum, Tomb of Fateh Jang, Purjan Vihar Garden.
Visiting time: You can best visit Alwar during winters or rainy season when it is not too hot.
Photography allowed: Yes
How to Reach: Alwar is well connected with all road, railway, and airport. You can the city with 2-3 hours from Jaipur if travel by cab or your own car
168 km away from Jaipur in jhunjhunu district is located, Mandawa. It is famous for its breathtaking havelis which are the major attraction of this place. It is undoubtedly the best city when it comes to architectural brilliance. Witness the elegance and grandeur of jaw-dropping murals, intricate paintings, and detailed interiors at Mandawa. If you are a history buff palatial mansions and paved archways will surely impress you. This place houses majestic old monuments that still holds an old world charm with artistic work etched on the walls and ceilings that looks brilliant. The rich cultural heritage of this place will take you back in the past and capture your heart and senses. Take a break from the routine life and plan a day trip to tempting destination Mandawa. It is not so far from Jaipur and can be reached within a few hours of journey.
Main attractions: Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, Mandawa Fort, Main Bazaar, Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Thakurji Temple, Murmuria Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Goenka Chattri
Visiting time: the Best time is to visit in the winter season.
Photography allowed: Yes
How to reach: Jhunjhunu is the nearest railway connection to Mandawa. You can reach here by taking a train from Jaipur to Jhunjhunu. It is also easily accessible by cabs.
Bagru and Sanganer – Textile & Leather Work Village
If you are a person who has an inclination towards art and textile then Bagru is definitely the place for you. Art lovers can spend their entire day overlooking the work of artisans and different handicrafts. Bagru is only 32 km away from Jaipur and is the best place for a day trip. Nestled amidst the natural beauty the place reflects the traditional spirit of the place. You will get to explore high-quality printed clothes along with gaining knowledge about the techniques of antique cloth printing. All the avid artists should spare some time from your schedule and head for a day trip to explore the beauty of Bagru village. Sanganer is another popular village for its traditional artifacts.
Bagru and Sanganer are the similar villages engaged in hand printing but with distinct styles. Bagru is famous for colorful Juttis or bags made with leather While Sanganer is famous for Sanganeri block Prints and handmade paper. Both are well renowned Jaipur Souvenirs. At Sanganer, you will also find the many ancient Jain temple alike Ranakpur and Dilwara Temples with intricate carvings in Red sandstone.
We would advise you to combine your trip to Bagru with paying a visit to Sanganer as well.
Neemrana fort turned into a heritage resort makes your day trip a royal and rejuvenating one. The heritage resort expresses the charming Rajputana architecture showcasing a beautiful blend of history and modern era. One can look forward to spend some a momentous time at this majestic fort. It has 12 levels with seven palace wings overlooking the awestruck skyline of the city. You can enjoy leisure time having numerous experiences. This resort awaits you to engulf in its various activities like watching cultural events, enjoying a spa and ayurvedic massage, diving in a pool, camel riding, zip line tour, and a vintage car ride. Each of the experience will leave you wanting for more. It would become hard to realize when your day came to an end. A visit to this place with your family, friends or the loved one will be the one to cherish lifelong.
They charge you 1900 rs per person which includes the lunch as well. Avoid carrying food packed from your home as they do not allow it.
If you have planned your trip just for a day make sure you start early in the morning and leave before the sun sets.
Visiting Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, the best time to visit is between July and March.
How to reach: It takes nearly 2.5 to 3 hours to reach Neemrana from Jaipur.
Amer Fort & Town
Why look out for other places for a day trip when there is a super amazing place itself in your city. The very popular Amber fort or Amer Fort is the best place to spend your day. Amer is not about just the fort it has much more than this. Amber Fort, a creation of the 16th century, enclosed in a town also houses a couple of temples, gardens, a palace, and a museum. The fort’s artistic blends incorporate both Mughal and Hindu touches and an eternal reminder of glamorous lives of royals. The fort lays alongside the Maota Lake attracts many tourists from around the world. The Amer town at jagged hillside is equally captivating and bounds to catch the eye. Walk to the cityside through the ramp or elephant ferry for an exceptional experience. Booking a guide would be a good choice for properly exploring the legendary town. It is said that there are 365 temples of each day of the year. Another attraction to enjoy at this fort is the light and sound show at the fort which documents its curious stories interspersed with folk music and surrounded by pitch darkness. Amidst the streets of Amer, there is a Chanvar Palki Walon ki Haveli home to Anokhi Museum that showcases the textile tradition of Rajasthan. A day trip to this fort and town will be fun-filled and exciting.
Main Attractions: Amer Palace, Anokhi Museum, Amer Fort, Amer town, Temples, etc.
Photography allowed: Yes
How to Reach: It is situated just 10 km away from Jaipur and easy to reach via cab and local buses.
Rajasthani culture and food at Chokhi Dhani
Looking for a perfect family outing plan, Chokhi Dhani is the incredible resort with a village theme to give a try. Spread over 22 acres of the area this resort has been quite popular since it came into existence. The totally different atmosphere, lots of activities, a simply delicious meal and look that represent village is the reason behind its popularity. Dive in the lifestyle, traditions, history, and culture of true Rajasthan. This ethnic resort is quite spacious and an interesting picnic spot that keeps you busy the entire day with different activities such as camel riding, tattoo art, Mehendi art, magic show, puppet show, shopping, etc. It amazes you with its paintings, Bani Thani art, the wall decorations, cultural performances. The most important part an individual look forward to is the Manuhar, a Rajasthani etiquette. They make you eat till you are full to mouth by requesting you with true friendliness and smiles. Feel the fresh air away from the crowded city in the midst the scenic view of nature and Rajasthani rustic village. It is a highly acclaimed tourists spot for a day trip.
Visiting Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Entry Fees: Rs. 700 to Rs. 1100 for adults and Rs. 400 to Rs. 700 for children.
Photography allowed: Yes
How to Reach: You can reach Chokhi Dhani by cab or taxi. The drive will charge you 900 rs. -1200 rs. for a round trip.
Samode Palace is situated in Samode village famous for its rich tradition and distinct culture. It is a paradise housing palace, fort, temples, and gardens that let you enjoy exotic activities and sightseeing. You get a list of activities to do in and around Samode palace. Be it the magnificent view from Samode fort or picturesque backdrop of Samode palace with the beauty of motifs and designs in its halls, you are going to experience each and every bit dwelled in true Rajasthani royal culture. A day trip to such an alluring place will let you explore the best of the architectural and luxurious beauty. The Samode Palace with its beautiful gardens, courtyard, Haveli, dining area has always won the heart of the visitors. This palace also offers an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi if you want to spend some peaceful and refreshing time. You can wander through gorgeous countryside enjoy the animal safari, hot air balloon ride that will make your day. This destination is a must visit if you ever plan for a day trip in Jaipur.
Main Attractions: Samode Palace, Samode fort, Samode Bagh, Govind Devji Temple, Samode Haveli, Sultan Mahal, Mahadev temple, Hanuman Temple.
Visiting time: The best time to visit is between October and March.
Photography allowed: Yes
How to Reach: It is 42 km away from Jaipur falls en route to Shekhavati village. You can either drive on your own or hire a cab. A cab will charge approx 500 rs to Samode. You can also reach there via local buses. The local buses to Samode from Jaipur runs every 20 minutes with tickets approx ₹22 – ₹35. The journey takes nearly 2 hours to reach the destination.