Whether you wish to visit ancient fortresses, divine temples, peaceful lakes, colorful gardens or vibrant bazaars. There are a number of places in Rajasthan that will inspire you to leave the comfort of your homes and to different parts of the state which will help you to come closer to the lively culture and rich history of Rajasthan.
Here is a list of places near Jaipur that attracts a number of tourists all year around.
Tonk- From 1817 to 1947 Tonk served as the capital of the eponymous princely state of British India. It is situated 102.7km south of Jaipur, near the right bank of Banas River. Also known as the ‘Lucknow of Rajasthan’, Tonk is packed with mansions and mosques with ‘Sunehri Kothi’ or ‘Mansion of Gold’ being a major tourist attraction. While in Tonk, you can spend the day admiring the vintage architecture and marvelous artwork of gorgeous temples and mosques or relaxing by the adjacent lake area. Old Baoris, Bilaspur Dam, Shivaji Garden, Rasiya ke Tekri, Bisaldeo Temple, Raja Rai Singh Mahal, Jama Masjid and Kalyanji Temple are some of the major tourist attractions in Tonk.
How to Reach- There are 9 direct trains from Jaipur to Tonk. You can take Bhagat ki Kothi-Visakhapatnam Express (18574) which departs from Jaipur Jn at 08:25 pm and reaches Banasthali Niwai at 09:22 pm or you can take Ranthambore SF Express(12466) Which departs from Jaipur Jn at 11:05 am and reaches Banasthali Niwai at 11:54 am. Bhagat ki Kothi-Visakhapatnam Express runs on Saturdays and Ranthambore SF Express runs daily. You can take a cab from Banasthali Niwai to Tonk. Regular Non-A/C Seater/ Sleeper and A/C Sleeper buses run from Jaipur to Tonk with prices starting from Rs. 200. It would take 2h to reach Tonk by bus. You can also embark on a road trip to Tonk it would take 1hrs 46 mins to reach Tonk via NH52.
Sariska- If you are a wildlife lover or a wanderlust seeker then this place is a must for you. About 133Km from Jaipur, Sariska is famous for its Tiger Reserve, beautiful Sariska Lake and palace, Bhartrihari Temple and ruins of famous Kankwari Fort. Situated in the Alwar district, Sariska has dry deciduous forests, grasslands, and rocky hills. The hills offer beautiful views of soaring vultures and eagles. Sariska National Park’s entry fee is around Rs. 80/- for Indians and Rs. 470/- for foreigners. You would have to pay Rs. 400 if you want to take your camera with you. The park offers thrilling jeep safaris. The trips are approximately 3hrs for 6 people. Jeep safaris are best for wildlife photographers as if offers perfect opportunities to click beautiful pictures of Royal Tiger. Other than Jeeps, Canter also offers safaris. These are open vans that allow 20 people at a time and travels in zones. Safaris take place in two shifts, from 6 am to 10 am in the morning and from 2 pm to 6 pm in the afternoon. If you wish to visit the park in winter season then it will be advisable to book it in advance as the demand for safaris is pretty high during the peak season.
How to Reach- The nearest airport is the ‘Jaipur International Airport’ which is situated at a distance of 110Kms. One can take a cab from the airport to the national park. Alwar Railway Station is the nearest railhead it is situated at a distance of 38km from Sariska National Park. A number of trains run between Jaipur Junction and Alwar Station. Traveling via train takes 1hrs 48mins. One can also travel via NH21 from Jaipur. It takes 2hrs 27mins to reach Sariska National Park from this route. One can also travel via bus from Jaipur to Sariska National Park.
Alwar- Situated 150Km North of Jaipur, Alwar is a perfect place for people who love Mughal architecture. Nestled in between the green hills of the Aravalli range, Alwar houses beautiful places and forts from the bygone era. The thick forest covers are home to many bird species such as grey partridge, white-throated kingfisher, and animals such as Bengal Tiger and Golden Jackal. Alwar which is one of the oldest cities in the northwestern state of Rajasthan is paradoxically one of the most recent Rajput Kingdoms. It can be traced back to 1500BC when the realms of the Biratnagar flourished. Combining the splendors of the mysterious vintage forts that tell the tales of the ancient times and the serene lakes where you can enjoy boating or just relax, Alwar is a complete package for the intense travel experience. Bala Qila, Alwar City Palace, The Palace Museum, Moosi Maharani Chhatri, Fateh Jung Gumbad, Bhangarh, Garbhaji WaterFalls, Hill Fort Kesroli, Neemrana Fort are some of the major tourist attraction in the area.
How to Reach- The fastest way of reaching Alwar from Jaipur is to catch Ajmer Shatabdi 12016 which takes 1h 46m to reach Alwar. The train departs from Jaipur at around 05:50 pm and reaches Alwar at around 07:50 pm. The train runs daily. You can also board a bus from Jaipur or Delhi to reach Alwar. Non-A/C Sleeper buses take around 3-4hrs to reach Alwar and the tickets cost around Rs. 200. The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi which is 141Km away and Jaipur International Airport which is 166Km away. You can take a bus or a cab from the airport.
Ajmer- Located 135km away from Jaipur, the city gets its name from “Ajay Meru”, the literal translation means “Invincible Hills”. Ajmer is a perfect representation of the diverse Indian culture. The city houses Ajmer Sharif Dargah and the shrine of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti which are revered equally by both Muslims and Hindus. The city also has the amazing Jain Golden Temple, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Mayo College, famous Anasgar Lake, Soniji ki Nasiyan, Sai Baba Temple, Ajmer Government Museum, Gateway of Taragarh Fort, Prithvi Raj Smarak and many more places that have been a major tourist attraction for years.
How to Reach- If you wish to travel by road in your own vehicle or hire a cab then you can take the route via NH48 which will take around 2hrs. Ajmer is situated on the Delhi-Jaipur-Marwar-Ahmedabad-Mumbai railway line. The fastest train between Jaipur and Ajmer is Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express(12958). It takes around 1h 55mins to reach Ajmer Junction. The train runs daily and leaves Jaipur Jn at around 12:30am and reaches Ajmer Jn at around 02:25 am. The nearest airport is the Kishangarh Airport which is about 30km away from the city. You can also take a bus from Jaipur which should cost around Rs. 250-300. The journey will be approximately 2hrs.
Pushkar- A town in the Ajmer district, Pushkar is situated 10kms northwest of Ajmer and 150kms southwest of Jaipur. The tranquility of one of the oldest cities in India attracts a number of tourists around the year. People visit the town to take a dip in the holy lake of Pushkar. Legend has it that Lord Brahma, the creator dropped a lotus on the ground leading to the creation of a lake, he then decided to name the place after the flower, hence the name ‘Pushkar’. The city houses the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world. The city has Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Varaha Temple, Savitri Temple, Man Mahal, Atmateshwar Temple are some of the major tourist attractions in the area.
How to Reach- Pushkar is well connected to the National Highways of Rajasthan. If you are going in your own vehicle then you can take the route via NH48 which will take around 146.6km to reach Pushkar. Pushkar Terminus Railway Station is connected to the Ajmer railway station located at a distance of 14km away. You can take the Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express(12958) till Ajmer and then book a cab or take a taxi to Pushkar. You can also travel by bus the journey should take around 3hrs and the tickets should cost around Rs. 300. Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport at a distance of around 146km from the city.
Chittorgarh- 310km from Jaipur, the city of Chittorgarh resonates with the stories of Rajput bravery. The city is named after its most imposing monument, Chittorgarh Fort. Chittorgarh has a violent past, the kingdom was attacked thrice, first by the Sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-din Khilji in 1303 then by Sultan of Gujarat Bahadur Shah in 1533 and by Mughal King Akbar who seized the fort in 1568. The city has a number of fine architectural monument of historical importance like the Rani Padmini Palace, Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh,Fateh Prakash Palace, Ratan Singh Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace, Bhamashah ki Haveli and a number of religious monuments like the Jain Temple, Kalika Mata Temple, Tulja Bhavani Temple, Kumbha Shyam Temple, Temples of Baroli and Meerabai Temple
How to Reach- If you are traveling by road then the route via NH48 should take around 5-6hrs. You can also board a bus from Jaipur to Chittorgarh, the travel time would be the same and the tickets would cost around Rs.300-400 or more depending on the bus you choose. You can also take the train Jaipur-Udaipur City Intercity Express (12992) which departs from Jaipur Jn at around 02:00 pm and reaches Chittorgarh at around 07:05 pm. Dabok Airport in Udaipur City is the nearest airport at a distance of about 105kms.
Nawalgarh- Situated at a distance of 140Km from Jaipur, the town of Nawalgarh is situated midway between Jhunjhunu and Sikar. History has it that the Marwars who inhabited this area had built huge havelis in order to show off their wealth. It is the motherland of some great business families in India. Some of the places of tourist attraction in the area are Sheesh Mahal, Poddar Haveli, and Morarka Haveli. The town is situated near Mandawa, so you can make a detour to Nawalgarh when in the area.
How to Reach- If you are traveling in your own vehicle or have hired a taxi then the route through NH52 will take 2hrs 30mins approximately to reach Nawalgarh. The nearest airport is Jaipur International Airport which is 154km away. The most convenient option will be to board a bus from Jaipur. The journey should take 2-3hrs and the ticket should cost around Rs. 300.
Bikaner- Situated at a distance of 335Km from Jaipur, the city of Bikaner is also called the Desert Kingdom or Golden City. The city breeds the best camel in the country, is home to the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms and is famous for its delicious sweets. It is home to one of the only two models of biplane used by the British in World War I. It was presented to Maharaja Ganga Singh, the then ruler of the city. The sand dunes scattered throughout the district, the palaces and fort built of red sandstone have withstood time and is now a major tourist attraction. Some of the places you must visit in the area are Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and Museum, Rampuria Haveli, Devi Kund, Ganga Government Museum, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Jain Temple, Kolayat, Kodamdesar Temple, Gajner Palace and Lake and Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to Reach- If you are traveling from Jaipur in your own vehicle then you can take the route via NH52 and NH11 which will take around 5-6hrs to reach Bikaner. The bus stand is north of the city center. There are frequent buses from Jaipur to Bikaner. It should cost around Rs. 300-700 and you should reach Bikaner in 5-6hrs. You can also board the Puri Bikaner Express (14710) and you would reach Bikaner in 6h 30mins.
Other Places to visit in Rajasthan
Bharatpur, 186.8Km away
Ranthambore, 190.7Km away
Bundi, 218.6Km away
Kota, 252Km away
Jodhpur, 335.4Km away
Rajsamand, 335.6Km away
Kumbhalgarh, 344.4Km away
Udaipur, 393.5Km away
Hanumangarh, 398.6Km away
Mount Abu, 494.1Km away
Jaisalmer, 558Km away
Best places to Stay in Rajasthan
Jaisalmer- Himmatgarh Palace, Hotel Brys Fort, Hotel Fifu, Hotel Fort Rajwada
Jodhpur- Ajit Bhawan, Fort Khejarla, Hotel Raas Jodhpur, Idana Palace, Taj Gateway
Kota- Hotel Palkiya Haveli, Welcomheritage Umed Bhawan Palace,
Bundi- Annapurna Haveli, Hotel Bundi Haveli, Hotel Hadoti Palace, Hotel Bundi Vilas
Chittorgarh- Hotel Pratap Palace, Lake Nahargarh Palace,
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best places in Rajasthan to visit in Summers?
Jaipur tends to get hot in summer. So, one can visit Udaipur which houses large water bodies which compensate for the scorching summer time or Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s own hill station which is perfect for a summer getaway
What are the best places in Rajasthan to visit in Monsoon?
Rajasthan comes alive with lush greeneries in the Monsoon season. Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Shekhawati region are some place one should visit during the Monsoon Season.
What are the best places in Rajasthan to visit in Winter?
Winter is the best time in Rajasthan. The state beams with its vibrant culture in this season full of festivities.One can explore all major attractions in Rajasthan from lakes in Udaipur to sand dunes of Jaisalmer orBikaner to Wildlife parks and sanctuaries in Ranthambore and Bharatpur.