After going through the numerous palaces, marketplaces and forts in Jaipur, there’s still a lot to explore in the culture of Rajasthan. Luckily, you don’t need to travel far, as there are some amazing places near the Pink City which offers a great peek into the vibrant culture of the state. Let’s take a look at some of these places.
Ajmer - One of the most famous pilgrimages in the country, Ajmer is shining star in Rajasthan’s tourism scenario. The ancient and religious city is surrounded by the mesmerizing Aravalli range and is a great place to explore the history of the state. The city was founded by King Ajay Raj Singh of the Chauhan dynasty in the 7th century with a larger part of the city safeguarded by the massive walls of the Taragarh Fort, another architectural marvel in the state. The best time to visit this ancient city is from October to March and the best attractions includes Nimbark Peeth, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Nareli Jain temple and more. But, above all it's the Dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti which attracts a large number of tourists from all over the globe. It takes about two hours drive from Jaipur to reach Ajmer. Don’t forget to check for Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore to Jaipur flight ticket fare prices while planning a tour.
Ranthambore National Park - Often considered as one of the biggest and most visited national parks in the northern part of the country, the Ranthambore National Park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district in the southern part of the state. The famous wildlife sanctuary is about 130 km from the city of Jaipur and apart from being famous as the hunting grounds for the maharajas of the state, it is also one of the largest tiger protection reserve in the country. Each year you’d see wildlife enthusiasts and photographers flocking to the park for an encounter with the big cats.
Neemrana - You might recognize this spot as an ancient collection of forts, palaces and heritage hotels, which is maintained by the Neemrana group of hotels. Looking into the past, it was an imposing fort - palace constructed during the 15th century and served as the third capital to the Rajput king, Prithviraj Chauhan III and his descendants. Now, a popular weekend getaway in the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, you can find tourist visiting it to get some respite from their hectic work schedules. Apart from touring the list of tourist places in Jaipur, do take some time out and visit this fantastic ancient place. The palace architecture consists of about seven palatial wings, spread across 12 storeys and surrounded by lush green gardens.
Nathdwara - A famous temple town dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Krishna, Shrinathji, is located at a distance of about 350 km from Jaipur and is a religious destination with a rustic charm. The temple is a significant place of worship for the Pushtimarg sect, which was established in the 16th century. The temple town is located near another amazing destination in Rajasthan, Udaipur. So, incase you’ve got some time in your itinerary, you could also explore the ‘City of Lakes’.