Jaipur surprises you with the options that it has to offer you. Apart from the art and architecture, monuments and palaces within the confines of the city, Pink city has so much more to explore outside the city limits. All the places to visit near Jaipur which are covered in this article are situated at a distance of maximum 100kms from the capital city.
Lots of the below mentioned options were on our radar for quite sometime but things were not materialising. So this time when we were planning to visit Uttarakhand by road, we decided to halt in Jaipur and explore some of these places. Having our own vehicle to drive to these places was a great decision – we love road trips!!
When we started searching for the places, we were happily surprised to find ample options to choose from. Here is our list for you to choose from and have an amazing time while exploring either some or all of these options 🙂
Mysterious and the most haunted fort of India is one place that is on every Indian’s travel list. Situated at a distance of about 80 kms from Jaipur, it can be covered in a day from the city. Route is quite scenic though it’s an arid region. There are quite some legends about the place that one gets to hear from the locals. Even though there are lots of mysteries surrounding the fort, it is one of the beautiful forts of India situated in a picturesque location.
Hill Fort Kesroli
There are lots of smaller forts all over India which have lost their prominence over time. One such fort is the hill fort of Kesroli situated at a distance of about 150 KM from Jaipur. Kesroli is a small village in Alwar district where lies a 14th century fort which was in ruins untill Neemrana group of hotels took it under its wing and developed it into a heritage hotel. It provides you with authentic heritage feel and you should try to stay here, if around that area. It is not far Delhi too and can be covered with Bhangarh fort and Sariska Tiger Reserve. Fort is maintained quite well now. Even though it’s a small fort but it takes you away from the hustle-bustle of the city and introduces you to a quaint but royal lifestyle.
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Also known as Alwar hill fort, the route to this dilapidated fort is amazingly beautiful. You see quite some wildlife enroute like Mongoose, Peacocks and Sambar deer. The fort is in ruins and is not maintained well, hence it is one of the lesser known forts of India. But it does offer you some great views of the city of Alwar. Also it presents to you some amazing photography moments. We loved shooting at this fort and have some of the best moments captured here. It is situated at a distance of about 20 KM from Kesroli and is good for a quick small visit. It falls within the buffer range of Sariska Tiger Reserve.
Route to the fort from the entrance is quite scenic with a little gradient and curves along the way. We loved our drive to the fort. There is also an option to hire a safari jeep from the gate, in case you wanna have some raw experience but you are allowed to take your own vehicle as well.
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Shekhawati is situated at a distance of about 100 KM from Jaipur and is famous for its grand havelis. People often visit this place to experience the rich culture and heritage of the region. It is said that these havelis were built by the merchants of the area and they were always busy competing with each other by building more and more beautiful structures. Havelis of Shekhawati are famous for their wall murals which are some amazing works of art. These beautiful Havelis provide you with yet another chance to revisit the history and capture them in some splendidly gorgeous frames.
Sariska Tiger Reserve
Are you a wildlife buff or looking to spend your time with nature? If yes, then you should visit this Tiger reserve which is about 100kms from Jaipur and 200kms from Delhi. You can either club it with Bhangarh Fort OR with Kesroli Fort visit and make it a complete 3 day trip. However you manage to create your itinerary, but this Tiger reserve would definitely excite you. Tiger sightings are quite decent here and lately people have managed to witness some splendid sightings.
Having so many options to choose from is at times confusing but most of the times very exciting giving you an opportunity to plan your vacation keeping your interests in mind. So go ahead and plan and enjoy the travel.
Please also check Jaipur Sightseeing – In a Day for more options.
Happy Travelling !!