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Amazing Road Trips from Jaipur during Monsoon!

It’s never late to plan an amazing road trip! After all, you have worked for the first 3 days of the week and you got a midweek break on account of Independence day and Rakhshabandhan. Let’s embark on a long drive as there are a lot of places in and around Jaipur that shows how beautiful the surroundings of the city are when it rains.

 

1.     Bhangarh

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Hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage scenery is not a bad idea.

Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place. The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience especially during monsoon. Get down anywhere, take pictures but remember to come back before it gets dark as there is no place to stay there.

2.     Ramgarh

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If you love passing through numerous anicuts, waterfalls and lush green forest patches, filled with an abundance of natural beauty, Ramgarh is the place to go.

If you want to stay, here’s for you a rustic The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge which was originally the hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Far from the bustle of the city, it is still favoured by tourists those who want to relive the glorious kingly life that once was lived by Maharaja of Jaipur.

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3.     Chandlai Lake

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When you want to be a part of a picture-perfect scenic view, Chandlai lake is the best spot for you to pose in front of. The unsung beauty is a small lake, 30 km from the city, to experience the most peaceful picnic you need. No wonder you’ll get a bunch of beautiful pictures.

 

4.     Kukas

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Take a drive on a Delhi National Highway, towards Kukas. Away from the chaos, this place has many luxurious hotels like Fairmont, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Jaibagh palace and lots more. The crisp enlivening Aravali air envelopes you as soon as you take off in your vehicle on this charming highway covered with verdant greens.

A perfect getaway where you can experience top-notch facilities and fine dining. You can either plan for a lunch with your family or plan a one night stay in any of these places. Sit back, relax, indulge in delicious food.

 

5.     Bundi

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Monsoon is the best time to see Bundi in Rajasthan in full glory as it comes alive with lush greenery and waterfalls. The Aravalis are prettier than ever when it rains and the journey becomes super exciting. The quaint little town is  36 km away from Kota is dotted with pretty lakes, waterfalls, nature trails during monsoon. The idyllic landscape will persuade you to stay back for a day or two.

One wouldn’t believe their eyes after witnessing the scenic view that Bundi has despite being part of dry Rajasthan!

 

6.     Pushkar

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Take a six-lane beautiful highway up to Ajmer and continue to Pushkar through the hilly serpentine road. The temple city of Pushkar raises the spirit of all during the monsoon time when its surroundings brims with lively mesosphere. Gorge on the world-famous Maalpuas of Pushkar or just feel the hippie vibes at one of the many cafes in the town.

Come back with a lot of memories!

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Friday The 13th: A Spooky Adventure Near Jaipur

Horror is not for everyone and even less so if hauntings happen in real life.

Mystery has always tantalized mankind. The enchanting bafflement of unknown, visions uncanny and experiences unaccountable, has since forever, evoked terror and drawn us towards both alluring and horrifying secrets.

Places with such occurrences over the period of time gained a reputation of being haunted. Undoubtedly, some of these places give you a sense of fright and anxiety. Entering such places gives you chills running down your spines. But our kind’s impeccable curiosity and desire to uncover such mysteries make these places popular around the globe.

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Bhangarh is one such place in Rajasthan. A beautiful small town amidst the lush green Aravali hills with such a picturesque and serene landscape that will make you forget every story of horror you have ever heard about Bhangarh. Situated 80 km away from Jaipur in Alwar district, Bhangarh is a place with beauty unmatched.

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Bhangarh fort unsurprisingly has stayed in the list of world’s most haunted places for quite some time now. The town has a numerous legends associated to it. As a legend goes, a tantrik (sorcerer) fell for the Princess of Bhangarh and turned to black magic to spell a potion for her. The Princess found out, and threw that potion on a rock which in turn killed the tantrik. But the dying tantrik cursed the city to perish. After a while there was a battle and the Princess along with most of the inhabitants was killed, those who remained fled the city. All that remains is the ruins since then. People believe that the dead still walk among the ruins of Bhangarh.

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The fort has gained such reputation that no one is allowed to stay in Bhangarh after dusk. Visitors and locals have been narrating their strange and experiences, from hearing distant cries to some peculiar and bizarre phenomenon, which makes the place very spooky and feared of. It is often said that the place has a weird aura and gives you some seriously weird vibes.

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Though we’ve all heard stories of horror; there is another side to Bhangarh. With its untouched ruins and unadulterated natural scenery, it gives you such an intimate experience with nature that you will always want to come back to this place if spending time in the calm labyrinth of nature is what gives you peace of mind. Since no paranormal casualties have been reported so far, we conclude it is safe to visit Bhangarh this monsoon.

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Edited by team Jaipur Beat.

Jaipur · Weekend Getaways

Top 10 Getaways from Jaipur

Hello Jaipur vaasiyo !! We know that it’s hot in & around Jaipur right now, but ab monsoon door nahi 😉 So don’t wait and plan a getaway for the coming weekend now !

Alsisar- The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and
has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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Bhangarh-

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place. The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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Bundi-

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow
lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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Deeg Palace-

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an
awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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Jodhpur

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun
kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces
shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an
alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be
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MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu

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Nawalgarh

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of
architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will
be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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Pushkar-

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-centuryJagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit
Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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Ranthambhore- Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.
The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably
the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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SHAHPURA

65 kms. away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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30 Photographs That Will Change the Way You Look At Rajasthan

Land of camels, a place that is equivalent to an infinite dreary desert, or do you see it as a state which has less roads and more sand ? 😉 For starters, do you know that Rajasthan is the largest state of India with 3,42,269 sq km of land  ?

So before you limit your perception about Rajasthan to the serene deserts and gargantuan forts, let’s have a look at the other side of this lovely dreamland where jocund voices mark festivals, a garden of hues sprinkles joy in every corner, birds chirp in the morning euphoria and tigers roar to mark their territory, where you can fly in balloons and sit by a tranquil lake, ride breezily in the bucolic streets or find yourself lost in the hauntingly beautiful lanes of a fort, where there lies a story in everything that looks ordinary and a secret behind everything that looks static, and where photographs speak more words than there ever have been written about this beauty 🙂

  1. Panorama of Udaipur – The City of Lakes, clicked from Sajjangarh fort

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2. Streets of Pushkar, Because why should boys have all the fun 😉

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3. The Hauntingly Mesmerizing – Bhangarh Fort

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4. Flamingo at Chandlai Lake during Sunset

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5. Intricate Painting At Bundi

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6. Rural and Urban at Narlai

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7. Matka – race at Marwar Festival in Jodhpur

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8. Amber Fort of Jaipur during the Light & Sound Show

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9. Camel Ride At Sunset while a little kid plays Iktara at Pushkar

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10. Albert Hall Museum often sighted with flying pigeons – Jaipur

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11. Ladies weaving carpet at Dholpur

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12.  Where religion is life – Pushkar

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13. Kingfisher at Bharatpur – A Blood Red Sunset

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14. Mehrangarh Fort seen midst the blues of Jodhpur

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15. A refreshing splash of nature at Smritivan in Jaipur

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16. While this thing looks so huge here, once you’re in it, the world looks like a small place.

Hot air balloon in Pushkar 🙂

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17. Hawa Mahal – The Palace of Winds in Jaipur

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18. Rose farming in the rose garden of Rajasthan – Pushkar

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19. A breathtaking sunrise of Udaipur

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20. A man walking with a mixed herd of cattle at Ranakpur

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21. Folk dancers dancing in Euphoria at the Elephant festival

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22. The verdant greenery witnessed from a high hot air balloon in Rajasthan

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23. Bird Banter at Narlai

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24. The magic of Bundi Palace at night

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25. The classic sign of development and urbanisation in Rajasthan Capital – World Trade Park

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26. When camels look as tiny as ants 😉

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27. The architectural marvel – Ranakpur Temple

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28. Vibrant streets of Jodhpur’s blues

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29. Jal Mahal- an oasis of magnificence appears floating in the middle of Man Sagar Lake

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30.  Wilderness of Ranthambhore National Park

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With these marvelous images from Rajasthan we wish you a very Happy Rajasthan Day 🙂

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9 Adventure Activities In Rajasthan That You Must Not Miss

It’s April and supposed to be scorching hot in Rajasthan, but as we all know, the weather God has been playing quite a lot of interesting games with us this time 😉 So how about you take advantage of this situation and make this unpredictable weather worth a while? This time is perfect to try and experience some thrilling adventure in Rajasthan! What all can you do? Read on to find out.

1. Trekking 

 If you are someone who loves to pick up a bag pack and climb up to reach somewhere you have been dreaming about, Rajasthan presents to you various opportunities! Best place to do this: Udaipur & Kumbhalgarh. You can take a trekking tour or simply climb up to the Kumbhalgarh fort to relish a truly adventurous experience.

Trekking at Kumbhalgarh fort2. Jeep Safari

One of the most thrilling experiences, a jeep safari in Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is the best way to explore wildlife in its wildest way!

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  1. Water Scooter at Fateh Sagar

    If you are a person who either loves water sports or are scared to face water, water scooter ride at Fateh Sagar lake, Udaipur is a must try 😉 When the sun sets and the water of the lake looks like an ethereal rainbow of colors, you will always treasure the feeling and experience of being in the middle of the lake at this moment.Water Scooter , Udaipur

  2. Spooky Bhangarh

    India’s most haunted place with the mysteriously daunting Bhangarh fort, Bhangarh (situated between Jaipur & Alwar) is a place whose sheer mention gives goose bumps to many and only the ones with strong hearts can gather guts to visit here, if you call yourself adventurous, you can’t miss this ! Be ready to listen to some horror stories from the locals and may be you can capture some supernatural in your cameras 😀Bhangarh
  1. Elephant Ride At Amer
     If you ain’t very fond of walking, an elephant ride is a perfect adventure option for you. The magnificent Amer fort in Jaipur offers this exquisite experience where the epitome of royalty; elephant takes you to the fort and makes your ride a bumpy and memorable one. Elephant ride , Amber fort
  1. Ziplining at Neemrana
     Want to know how it feels to go from one hill to another through wires? Ziplining at Neemrana is the answer to this! A known small town in Alwar district, famous for the Neemrana fort offers this adventure where you can travel midst the mighty hills through zipline and feel on cloud nine!Ziplining - NeemranaImage credit: touchcloudglobal.com
  1. Camping at Chhatra Sagar Nimaj
    Bored of your comfortable bed and waking up to the city’s traffic or neighbors’ voices? Here’s a chance to wake up to a singing bird and fresh air at the hand stitched tents of Chhatra Sagar camp. The camp overlooks a lake swarming with birds and forms a surreal escape from the hustle bustle of the city life.Chhatra Sagar CampingImage credit : greavesindia.co.uk
  1. Hot Air Balloon
     We all love flying don’t we? But what about the kind of flying where you can actually feel the breeze in your face and look at the sky so closely that you almost feel like you have wings? So get on the hot air balloon ride at Jaipur/Pushkar/Ranthambore whichever place suits you the best.Hot Air Balloon
  1. Dune Bashing
     You must have seen a lot of these in movies, a bike or a car driving furiously midst the sand dunes, now imagine yourself inside/on that vehicle ! Yes, that’s exactly how chilling and thrilling this feels 😉Dune bashingImage credit : http://www.zigwheels.com