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6 Best Short Road Trips in the Post-Pandemic Jaipur

New boundaries, New experiences, New landscapes

Are you craving for the ecstatic feeling when setting off for a road trip? The feeling of wind blowing through your hair and the open road in front of you? That scenic view of leafy avenues lined on the sides? Those unforgettable moments of singing along with your friends and family?
Indeed, road trips create memories to cherish for a lifetime. Especially the urge to travel after staying indoor for months has been more than ever. You feel like driving away from the mundaneness of your home routine. Research even shows that travel can help reduce stress & anxiety, and that’s all you need right now. Since we can’t travel really far, let’s find our little joys by travelling nearby. The road network of Rajasthan is highly impressive, and that is why there are beautiful places around the Pink City that are ideal locations for a road trip journey. 
Pick your favourite place from these and make full use of the upcoming long weekend by planning a short road trip!

  • Sariska National Park 

One of the most celebrated tiger reserve forests in India, the Sariska National Park is situated in the Alwar district. It offers an exciting wildlife experience and also houses the ruins of medieval temples.Apart from tigers, you can also spot many endangered species here.

Distance from Jaipur: 133 km

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  • Pushkar

The journey between Jaipur to Pushkar can be covered smoothly without much hassle as Ajmer has commendable road connectivity. The spirituality and tranquillity of Pushkar along with the beautiful architectural wonders has made it a major crowd puller.You can sit next to the lake for some solace and peace.

Distance from Jaipur: 144km

  • Neemrana Fort

On your road trip from Jaipur-Delhi, stop at the gorgeous Neemrana Fort. Perched atop a small hillock, it looks like a crown jewel of the town. The mesmerizing beauty of the majestic fort will take you back in time to its days of glory. Vintage car tours are something very unique and famous to this place.

Distance from Jaipur: 148km

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  • Alsisar

Known for the feel of authentic rural Rajasthan, Alsisar is dotted with quaint villages.Located in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Alsisar is well connected by road with Jaipur. You can also visit Alsisar Mahal which stands tall in the desert and exudes a glorious history.

Distance from Jaipur: 200km

  • Bharatpur

Bharatpur is known for the Keoladeo National Park and Lohagarh Fort, as its beauty spreads across beautiful streams, rich forests & diverse wildlife. You will spot many monkeys on the way to the park. On your journey to Bharatpur from Jaipur, you can take a break at the historic city, Dausa.

Distance from Jaipur: 184km

  • Ranthambore

The highway connecting Jaipur to Ranthambore offers a picturesque stretch which portrays the exquisitely rich culture of the state. Ranthambore is a paradise for nature lovers and is famous for its safari tours & biodiversity.You can spot many wild species that are freely roaming around in the jungle.

Distance from Jaipur: 122km

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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Meet The Birds At Barkheda Near Jaipur

Have been planning to go to Bharatpur to catch some beautiful birds for a very long time ??  Just keep that idea on hold, pick up your car/two wheeler and drive to Barkheda !

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Is it really as easy as it sounds? Well the answer is yes. While staying in or visiting  Jaipur, if you think that there is just architecture, elephants, shopping and food to look out for, it’s time to get your facts right. Located 20 km away from Jaipur, Barkheda is a village in Rajasthan. Right in front of the famous Jain temple, there is a lovely pond which is definitely not an ordinary water body.

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Where the sweet onset of winters brings us closer to our beds and pushes us further away from early mornings, there is someone who loves to travel and are absolutely fresh and active in winter mornings: The gorgeous water birds !

Now the question is, when to go there ? That depends on what you prefer, waking up before sunrise or leaving your place in the afternoon, because both the times have their own significance. If you plan to go in the morning, leave your place at 5:30 a.m. as the drive is around 40 minutes away ! Since the mornings these days are a little chilly, don’t forget to put on a jacket or sweater and a binoculars for sure. And if you are a photographer, do carry your tripod along with the camera for best results 😀

Now that you have reached there at sunrise, just put your stuff down and take a moment to gaze at the pure beauty of the sun rising over the pond.

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Playing in water and taking off to fly in the sky, you can now see indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds in the shimmering pond to your left. The migratory birds include Greylag and Barheaded Goose, Rosy Pelicans, Dalmation Pelicans and Greater Flamingos.  When the first ray of sun falls on the water, the reddish orange light that fills the sky and reflects on the bodies of these birds, is worth catching !

Greylag and Barheaded Goose during takeoff at Barkheda Pond, near Jaipur.Greylag and Barheaded Goose during takeoff at Barkheda Pond, near Jaipur.

You will find the birds feeding in the water, taking off to the sky and also landing into the pond while drying their wings. It is best to capture the birds in the golden light that will definitely make your day 🙂

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On the other hand, if you are planning to go at the time of sunset, get set to get that bright orange light and the water will shine and you will know that this sight is surely more precious than any gleaming precious gem in the world. Sometimes, you can also click a picture against the sun to get a different treatment.

Dalmation Pelicans at Barkheda Pond, near Jaipur during sunsetDalmation Pelicans at Barkheda Pond, near Jaipur during sunset

Apart from photography, Barkheda pond is also a superb destination for sightseeing and picnic, so pack your bags with some sandwiches and other snacks and experience the warmth of sun and calmness of water in the company of chirping birds this winter!