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Unique Experiences in Jaipur | Jaipur Beat

Jaipur is a city that has a lot to amaze both the locals and the tourists. From being a perfect mélange of old and new, traditional and modern to royal and chic; Jaipur has everything.

We at Jaipur Beat bring to you top 5 unique experiences you can have in Jaipur.

Stunning monuments: There is no dearth of monuments to visit in Jaipur. While you are aware of the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely – Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the majestic Amer Fort; there are a handful of other monuments to be amazed at. From Galta Ji Temple (Monkey Temple), Hanuman Temple (Khol Ke Hanumanji), Jal Mahal, Gaitore ki Chhatriyan, Panna Mina ka Kund, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall, to Chand Baori Abhaneri and Anokhi Museum (90kms away from Jaipur); get on with these each day and relive the royal bygone era.

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Exquisite crafts: Shopping for Jaipur’s exquisite crafts is one of the most satisfying experiences one can have especially if you are a shopaholic. From a wide range of handicrafts – blue pottery, block print, carpets, jewellery, gemstones, clothes, juttis, to puppets, and more. Some of the most authentic shopping experiences can be provided by the city’s old Bazaars/ Markets, an experience that is amongst the most authentic of all things to do in Jaipur.

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Abundant nature: While Jaipur is rich in its history and culture, the city is a treasure house of nature too. One of the best ways to see the sights of Jaipur is to start off on an early morning cycling ride or a quad biking. You can also head to witness some untamed wildlife at Nahargarh Sanctuary via a Jeep safari, do zip-lining. Or you can simply trek the Aravalis that are crowned with lush green trees. In case you are someone who loves a long drive, strolling across the city, walled city and outskirts can be quite a nourishing experience for you.

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Delicious food: Owing to its arid and dry climate, Jaipur’s cuisine is a foodie’s paradise. Cooked with rich and tasty ingredients and an amalgamation of various techniques – both old and new; Jaipur food is to die for. Whether you have a sweet tooth or have a knack for something tangy, you have a wide range of delectable to pick from. Must try are its kachori, jalebi, ghewar, gajak, chaats, typical Rajasthani cuisine comprising of dal-baati-churma and ker sangri ki sabzi.

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Colourful culture: Just as the name suggests – Pink City, the culture of Jaipur is also very vivid and colourful. Full of vibrancy, you can see a perfect blend of cultures in the city strolling across like one. All festivals in the city are celebrated with extreme zest and almost every month has one of them and has its own specific food and attire associated with it.

 

 

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Travel Local: World Class Places in Jaipur to visit!

While Jaipur is always filled with number of places that are world-class, it is time to travel local and appreciate the value of our home now.

The closed country borders, lockdown, and the safety reasons are now making us appreciate the treasure of our city Jaipur.

Here are our top picks-

  1. Amer Fort

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The famous Amer Fort is one of the most visited forts in Rajasthan and is a marvellous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The fascinating beauty of Amer Fort at night is definitely an attraction.

 

  1. Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar is considered to be one of the largest astronomical observatories out of all the 5 in the entire nation. Recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar is a treat for people who have a lot of interest in astronomy and architecture.

 

  1. Hawa Mahal

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Carved out of red and pink sandstone, this marvelous piece of architecture is recognized as the tallest building in the world built without a foundation. It is our own Taj Mahal that is in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown.

 

  1. Jal Mahal

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Jal Mahal is a five storied structure built with stones and walls thick enough that no water seeps in. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance.

 

  1. Albert Hall

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Opened as a concert hall in 1876, Albert Hall was then turned into a Museum to promote the local artisans’ work. Soon after that, the museum gained its popularity not only for its exquisite collection but also for its splendid architecture.

 

  1. Walled City

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No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement because the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

 

  1. City Palace

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Based on a fusion of the Vastu Shastra of the Indian architecture, combining Mughal, Rajput and European stylesCity Palace was built by the founder of Jaipur- Sawai Jai Singh II. The most attractive part of the Palace is its four gates that represents the four seasons of the year.

 

  1. World Trade Park

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World Trade Park gives us a moment of pride for being one of the largest malls in the country with 11 floors. This place looks no less than an English house, or a cathedral from inside.

 

  1. Nahargarh

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A blend of Indian and European style of architecture, Nahargarh Fort was built as a retreat on the hilltop at that time. Providing a stupendous view of the city, Nahargarh Fort was built strategically to provide protection to the royal family of Jaipur.

 

  1. Jaigarh Fort

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Providing a great view of the entire Aravalli range, Jaigarh Fort is known for holding the largest canon on wheels in the world. It is situated at a distance of 15 km from the main Jaipur city and is popularly known for not being conquered by anyone in the battles that it has witnessed.

 

  1. Galta Kund

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Within the unfolding lanes of Jaipur you’ll find the most fascinating and intriguing among them all is Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples. It’s not just one temple but a marvelous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills.

 

  1. Birla Mandir

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Situated on the foothills of Moti Doongri Fort, Birla Mandir also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. Unlike other traditional Hindu temples, Birla Mandir is built with a modern approach in pure white marble.

 

  1. ISKCON Temple

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ISKCON Sri Giridhari Dauji Temple is situated in Dholai village, south of Jaipur City. It is one of the famous & most visited temples in Jaipur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram which are very beautifully decorated.

 

  1. Raj Mandir

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Lesser of a movie theatre and more of a tourist destination, this is the most beautiful theatre of Asia and we have all taken our relatives from far off cities to this place during vacations.

 

  1. Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning, Jawahar Kala Kendra boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance.

 

  1. Jawahar Circle

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A tall pink structure surrounded by a gamut of trees and lush gardens, that structure is Jawahar Circle – the biggest circular park in Asia. The entrance of Jawahar Circle is through the Patrika gate, which has been designed beautifully.

 

  1. Nahargarh Biological Park

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Who would have thought that Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan will offer you a lion safari? But this edition in adventure activities is the Nahargarh Biological Park exclusively for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape.

 

  1. Birla Planetarium

 

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Birla Planetarium in Jaipur is one of the main attractions in the itinerary of travellers and was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Birla Planetarium takes you to the lesser known world of galaxy and stars.

 

  1. Amrapali Museum

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Amrapali is a globally renowned, coveted luxury jewellery brand. The heritage jewellery house launched its very own museum in Jaipur. It displays traditional silver jewelled arts of India reflecting the ‘everyday’ life of the people of India.

 

We are sure some of you must have not visited to any one of the above listed places. But as everyone says better late than ever so do visit these treasures of our very own Pink City once the lockdown ends.

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A virtual visit to 5 iconic places in Jaipur

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak we are still travelling to Jaipur’s most iconic places. Are you? And no, we haven’t stepped out of our home also we can take you along with us. You ask how?

Now that everything has become virtual, why not travel to these places virtually!

Hop on people, cause we are about to embark on an adventurous journey to Jaipur’s 5 iconic places that would take you back to your good old memories.

 

  1. Hawa Mahal

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Hawa Mahal, a monument, a memory, a landmark, the pride of Jaipur; a place you just cannot miss going to! Looking out of those windows of the wind palace your eyes stumble upon the shops on the busy streets and people walking by everything looked so lively.

 

  1. Amer Fort

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As regal as can be, Jaipur’s magnificent Amer Fort rightly personifies the city’s Rajputana culture. This place vibrates with its legendary past and not to forget the Sound and Light show which is an exemplary saga of culture & heritage of Rajasthan.

 

  1. Jal Mahal

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On a beautiful day, when you think about hanging out with family/friends, the one spot that you always think of is Jal mahal palace! This Water Palace is definitely the most loved place to witness the glorious sunset with your loved ones.

 

  1. Nahargarh

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Another iconic place of Jaipur and is loved by everyone even the directors of Rang De Basanti, Nahargarh. The view from Nahargarh Fort, which stands out on the hills of Aravali, is out of this world especially during night. It is definitely a rare sight that is worth visiting for!

 

  1. Albert Hall

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Standing tall in the midst of Ram Niwas gardens, the front face of the Albert Hall is every spectator’s delight. In the evening the museum is covered in vivid colours which add to the charm and magic of the Albert Hall Museum. However, the most amazing sight is when a large kit of pigeons rests there and flies away giving an unforgettable picturesque view!!

 

Wasn’t it a fun trip to these iconic places?!

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A Virtual Exploration of Rajasthan on the 71st Rajasthan Diwas

The majestic land of Maharajas, well known for its rich heritage, royal forts, palaces, rich Rajasthani delicacies and heritage sites. Due to the lockdown we can’t visit any of the heritage places to celebrate this glorious day, we surely can travel through these pictures.
On the 71st Rajasthan Diwas here are some pictures that depicts the colorful kaleidoscope of Rajasthan.

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Streets with a view of Hawa Mahal-Jaipur

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Camel Fair- Pushkar

Cenotaphs- Jodhpur

The World Famous Open Air Gallery- Shekhawati

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Steps leading down-Stepwell at Dholpur

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The Serene Lake of Pushkar

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The splendour of Bundi

Happy 71st Rajasthan Diwas!

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The Things that happened in Jaipur in 2019 and we can never forget

The wonderful year 2019 is soon going to get over in a few days. But, before we all step into another eventful year, which will have its own bag of challenges and goodies, let’s have a quick look into the past and take on this ride to cherish so many changes that Jaipur went through in 2019. Hop on..

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    Jaipur is a smart city now with all the techno advances in traffic, residences and public places. But what keeps it among the top-notch cities to travel is its heritage character! In the year 2019, the Pink City received its much-deserved title of the “World Heritage Site! Yes, if you missed it let us let you, not just a few monuments but the entire Jaipur is UNESCO World Heritage Site!

 

2. Congress Government

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Although the swap of government is nothing new to us Jaipurites, this year with the commencement of Lok Sabha elections, the Congress candidate, Mr Ashok Gehlot became the Chief Minister of Jaipur.

 

3. All-women Gandhi Nagar Railway Station

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This became the moment of honour for all of us. In a step towards women empowerment, the Indian Railways have handed over the Gandhi Nagar railway station to an allwomen crew. And, Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar became the country’s first allwomen railway station. Couldn’t be more proud!

 

4. Cleanest Railway Station

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Jaipur Municipal Corporation’s response to Swach Bharat Abhiyaan is not limited to residential, commercial areas or streets but the Railway Stations too took it seriously. To treat single-use plastic, bottle crushing machines have been planted at Jaipur Junction and Gandhinagar Jaipur stations and the staff on duty is always on their toes to keep the railway stations clean. As a result of the management’s hard work and travellers’ co-operation, Jaipur Junction has topped the tally among 720 stations covered all over the country.

 

5. Friendliest Cities in the World

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“Padharo Mhare Des”- we Jaipurites not only say this metaphor but figuratively, live it! With welcoming gestures and warm hospitality, Jaipur wins the hearts of travellers from across the globe. In an international survey, which took place early in the year, the ‘pink cityhas been ranked 35th in the list of 50 cities from all over the world, for being welcoming, “student-friendly”, and “popular on the tourist trail”. Hence, giving you more reasons to travel to Jaipur doubt free 🙂

 

6. Jaipur rated as most Instagrammed UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Our city is known for its old-world charm – usually referred to as ‘pink city’ owing to its iconic colour of buildings. In the year 2019, a new study from The Latin America Travel Company has analyzed that Jaipur is the most popular UNESCO Sites according to Instagram. We were not surprised. With a gamut of mesmerizing monuments, spellbinding palaces and intriguing streets, Jaipur would always be on the insta feeds of many!

 

7. City Palace opens Gudliya Suite for tourists

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For the first time, Jaipur’s City Palace- the abode of the Royals, opened the doors of its exclusive suite for the connoisseurs of luxury in 2019! The palatial one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite—located in one of the private sections of the 300 years old palace can now make your dream of living in a royal palace come true.

 

8. Dravyavati River Front

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Jaipur got its long lost artificial river, Dravyavati river that was inaugurated in October with three mega parks which gave Jaipurites a new hub for adventure and fitness activities. 2019 bought another feather in Jaipur’s cap when Dravyavati River Front was felicitated with the ‘Best Smart Wastewater Project Award’ at Smart City Empowering India Awards.

 

9. The wave of Clubbing Culture

Until last year, Jaipur did not have a very sound and vibrant nightlife like Berlin or Barcelona but the year 2019 gave us party hoppers all the good reasons to rejoice! With the entry of sensational nightlife check-ins like Playboy and Club Trove, Jaipurites have got more reasons to don their swanky clothes and hit the dance floor!

10. Forever 21

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The month of Love, “February” showered us with Los Angeles’ high street fashion through the launch of Forever 21 store at WTP! Although Jaipur is the Paris of India when it comes to shopping, but hey, Forever 21 is not just another brand, it is a statement. After the launch, we can think the colours of spring in Los Angeles California, think pastels, high waist trousers coupled with linen shirts and dresses with palm leaves printed on them.  Yayy!!

11. Nykaa

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Nykaa has definitely made our lives easier with amazing discounts on different cosmetic brands, at one place. And when Jaipur got its very own Nykaa outlet, the girls in here couldn’t resist being super excited. So, the year 2019 has been a landmark year for all the fashion and style enthusiasts when the girls can stop tapping their phones and get the real feel of shopping cosmetics from Nykaa!

 

12. Sephora

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Adding another destination to purchase premium make-up and skincare products, the revolutionary French make-up brand took the flight to Jaipur in 2019! Did you miss the launch when attractive Sephora dance troops, awe-struck the spectators with their amazing moves? The world’s largest and best beauty retailer’s flagship store was inaugurated by Rajsamand MP, Princess Diya Kumari at World Trade Park. Now in our own Pink City, we can now experience the magic of Sephora, which features make-up, skin-care, fragrances, bath and body categories, beauty accessories and hair care products and much more.

 

13. House of 64Facets

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To render an all-new definition to jewellery shopping, a premier jewellery boutique, ‘House of 64 Facetslaunched their flagship boutique in Jaipur, this year. All the modern women of Jaipur, who love to adorn themselves with light, delicate and feminine designer jewellery can now head to this diamond jewellery boutique because ‘64 Facets’ is a premier destination for versatile and delicate diamond jewellery in Jaipur.

 

14. Zomaland 

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November brought a food and fun bonanza for the Jaipurites with theexciting carnival called, ‘Zomaland’. Combining the best of food and entertainment, with unique food zones, sumptuous cuisines and a carnival-themed play zone, larger than life installations, fun-filled activities, was a great hit and left the Jaipurites raving.

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Pushkar Fair has a lot more to offer than just camel fair

The greatly awaited Pushkar Fair is right upon us, scheduled to begin on 4th November and will culminate till 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima. There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues.

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The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over. The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now.

Primarily, thousands of pilgrims and cattle merchants flock the town for holy rituals or the trade of cattle and livestock. But, that’s not all; Pushkar fair has a lot to offer to the travellers who are neither pilgrims nor traders. Buzzing markets, fascinating ghats and activity grounds are enough to catch the fancy of travellers and photographers.

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Sunrise and Sunset: The vibes and the views of Pushkar switch within every hour right from the dawn to dusk, added to that the starry sky above ignited Pushkar Lake gives a heavenly chill in nerves. During early mornings and evenings, when the dust mixes with golden light falling from the sun it’s an absolute delight to watch the camels and the camel traders in the Mela ground. You not only get to see the heard of camels but also get a glimpse into the life of a rural Rajasthan, where the traders heat up the chullahs (a kind of stove used for cooking the food ) and prepare their food with minimum ingredients. Thousands of people from the world across come to capture only this spectacle.

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Markets: The narrow streets and lanes of the town have hidden within themselves a whole world of intrigue; from the local artifacts and handicrafts to funky apparels and chunky jewellery, Pushkar’s cozy markets are the treasure trove for a shopping enthusiast.

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Ghats: The Ghats in the holy land of Brahma are said to be nothing less than those of Varanasi. Roaming around the ghats with a soothing sound of hymns and bells renders tranquility to the visitors. While the night scene becomes even more fascinating when evening aarti is performed on these Ghats. Illuminated with multitude of lights the Ghats and lake take the spectators into a world of solace and peace.

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Food: Pushkar is also one heaven for foodies. From street stalls to roadside cafes, wide range of cuisines waits for food lovers to visit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine of Pushkar. Special Masala chai in Kulhad, Authentic Italian pizza, unique Poha Dal Pakwaan and Ugma ji ki kachori are a few to dishes to tantalize your taste buds. However, as you walk down the streets of Pushkar amidst the aroma of freshly made baatis, puris and kachoris being fried right on the street, the whiff of gulkand and the sight of tempting malpuas dipped in sugar syrup will call out only one thing- pure bliss.

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Adventure and Activities: Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities like camel cart ride, horse riding, bullock cart ride and giant wheel that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November – Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.

How to reach Pushkar:

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By Air

The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Kishangarh, which is 36 kilometres away. Apart from this, Jaipur Airport is the major airport, which is 140 Kms and well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Pushkar. The journey from airport to the city will take approximately 3 hours. You can either pre-book a cab or hire from any of the taxi vendors outside the airport.

By Bus

Regular buses between Jaipur and Ajmer ply every hour. However, buses from Delhi to Ajmer and further to Pushkar are easily available. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs deluxe and semi-deluxe buses (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) connecting Ajmer to nearby cities and then transport you to Pushkar for a very nominal fare.

By Train

You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar. The Ajmer railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhopal, and Bangalore. Some of the most popular trains that run daily on this route are Ajmer Shatabdi and Ajmer Rajdhani. Apart from these, other trains are Chetak Express, Aii Sdah Express, Aravalli Express and Bsb Express. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi to reach Pushkar.

So what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy India’s Biggest and world’s famous festival Pushkar Fair.

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