Alright, all said and done. It’s really the time to break free from the mind-wracking boredom of staying at home and hit the road for real adventure. Though, all our trekking trips, weekend getaways to mountains and beaches seem like far plans, but why did we forget that Apni Pyari Pink City has so much to offer?
We have always perceived Jaipur as a land of culture and heritage with magnificent forts and palaces, but voilà! Jaipur is way prettier than this, especially during the Monsoon. To enjoy the rustic beauty of the hills and the age-old fort, try trekking around the aravalis of Jaipur. Today, Jaipur Beat will take you on a journey to some of the lesser known yet breathtakingly captivating trekking spots within Jaipur that’ll give your weekend a fresh breath of adventure. Now you all must be wondering, “Other than Nahargarh where else can we go for a good trekking?” Scroll down as we ensure that each of these treks are mind-blowing and adventurous enough to leave you feeling rejuvenated!
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1. Hathni Kund
Also known as Water Valley Trek, this place gives you a feel of adventure along with all the lush greenery and serene beauty amid the hustle and bustle of the city. Located 17km away from Jaipur, the trek starts at Charan Mandir near Nahargarh Fort and ends at the same place.
2. Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev Trek
This trek is located near Nahargarh Biological Park which is one of the most popular starting points. It is much longer than the Hathni Kund but this place also serves the best views and some tranquil time. The best time to go for a hike is early morning so that you can beat Jaipur’s heat!
3. Chour Ghati Trek
This desolate place offers a beautiful trek in the remnants of Aravalis covered with beauty of greenery, chirping of birds and calmness. The trek is marked with amazing rocky trails which provide easy reach to the Monkey temple. It starts and ends at Galta Ji gate. It is a must visit for adventure lovers who are keen to be at a really quiet and mesmerizing place.
4. Chulgiri Trek
Being a prominent place, Chulgiri hills offer a more rustic trekking experience with various picturesque views. Since it is on the border with Jhalana Forest which is a home to many leopards, it is suggested to opt the stairs which lead to the Jain temple. The view from the top of the temple would leave you awestruck.
So, gear up with basic necessities and get going on an adventurous trail with your friends!
P.S. Don’t forget your mask, sanitizer, water bottles and most importantly- trash bags.
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-
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.
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 Mantaris a treat for people who have a lot of interest in astronomy and architecture.
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 ourown Taj Mahalthat is in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown.
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.
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.
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.
Based on a fusion of the Vastu Shastra of the Indian architecture, combining Mughal, Rajput and European styles, City 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 thefour seasons of the year.
World Trade Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jawahar Kala Kendra
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.
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.
Nahargarh Biological Park
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.
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.
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.
The warm month of May is arriving soon, which means summer heat, humidity, balmy evenings, and picnic days are almost here. When the temperature crosses the 40 degrees mark is when we think of ways to escape the heat. From carrying a water bottle along with you to going to water theme park, we do everything that give us some relief from this blistering heat.
Here in Jaipur, we may not have beaches to go to but we are grateful for these water places for existing. At least once or twice we plan a day out to one of these places during summer with our family and friends.
But this year we guess we’ll have to wait for the lockdown to get over before making any plan, until then let’s have a look at our favorite water places!
A hidden beauty and the primary source of water for the adjoining forts of Amer and Jaigarh as well as the city of Amer – Lake Sagar is a 17th century gem that flows in the arena of Jaipur. This place looks even better during monsoon with all the greenery around it.
When you want to leave the clichés behind, and go to a place that might surprise you with its infinite splendour, drive to Chandlai Lake. This place lets you grab a picnic basket, fill it with goodies maybe throw in a game of Pictionary and take a long scenic drive to this Oasis of Flamingos at Chandlai Lake.
Jalmahal is a poet’s muse, an artist’s eye candy, a tourist’s paradise and a local’s respite. The Mansagar Lake is full of freshly drained water that flows from the hilly catchment of the lake and is a natural habitat for more than 150 species of local and migratory birds. A very popular hangout spot for humans of both kinds as well.
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. Barkheda pond is a superb destination for sightseeing and picnic to experience the calmness of water in the company of chirping birds.
Below the superb Amer fort, lays the Maota Lake which swathes the pink city in its allure in the monsoons giving the residents and tourists a chance to stand near it and sip tea, while the photographers can find their right moment to capture this absolute visual delight.
Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples is not just one temple but a marvellous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills. It is also famous for the hundred of monkeys that live here in the Galwar Bagh or also known as the monkey temple.
Which place will you visit first after the lockdown gets over?
Did you know- Our body is capable of getting its Vitamin D reserves full with 3 full days of sunlight and the best quality of sunlight is the end of winter and beginning of summer.? See how wise our sages were of ancient India, who introduced the concept of flying kites in winter so that sunbathing wouldn’t add any kind of boredom! How exciting it is that along with the joy of flying kites, kids get direct sunlight and stock a good dose of Vitamin D for the whole year. Now you know, why we’re so enthusiastic about celebrating the festival of Lohri and Sankranti?
On a religious note, the day of Sankranti is celebrated to venerate the ‘Sun’ god and the best way to do that is to rise with the morning sun and visit the 16th Century Galta Ji & the Sun temple located on the outskirts of the old city.
On this day, the devouts trek up the small hill to the temple exiting the City through Surajpol & Galtaji gate and pay homage to the deities in the temple downhill.
On Makar Sankranti, it is considered especially auspicious to take a dip in the 7 holy Kunds / water tanks located in this stunning Complex. While you are there, you might as well do some Surya Namaskars & get your quota of Vitamin D and all the other health benefits from the blessed rays of the Sun. Maybe just for today, you can go a little easy on the Sun-Block 🙂
Makar Sankranti is also celebrated as the harvest festival of the country. The Rabi crop is harvested in the month of January and corn, mustard, peanuts, sesame etc. are the major crops harvested at this time. One day before Sankranti, i.e. on Lohri the new crop is offered to God through worshipping fire.
Lastly, how can we miss the most important thing about any festival in the city-Food? Makar Sankranti food is all about pakode, moongfali, popcorn, khichadi, gajak, feeni, ladoo and papdi-chat. Everyone loves to savour these special delicacies and the Children in the house go up and down the terrace for serving them. The youngsters become DJs playing the best songs the loudest on their rooftop.
Take in the spirit of this exciting festival, Jaipur’s style, this is special to hold on to in your memories forever.
Decades ago in the year 1726, the Maharaja of Jaipur established this kingdom of royal architecture. Within the unfolding lanes of Jaipur you’ll find many temples and holy halts But the most fascinating and intriguing among them all is Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples, yes you read it right, it’s not just one temple but a marvelous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills. Unlike any other tourist spot in Jaipur, Galta ji is rather more popular among locals and pilgrims from adjoining villages for its religious significance.
Dated back to 16th century, Galta Ji temple was developed further by Sawai Jai SinghII’s companion Vaishnavite Ramanandi Diwan Rao Kriparam. The temple complex however is named after the Saint Galav who spent his whole life in search of truth and meditated for 100 years within this compound. Touched by his perseverance, the Gods appeared before him and blessed this place with abundant water. So as to honour the great Saint Galav; the temple was named after him. The gaumukh shaped structures (Cow’s mouth) secretes holy water and the water from these natural springs is further accumulated in the ‘kunds’.
Of all the seven tanks, the holiest is the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. The pre historic temple is flocked by thousands of pilgrims every year who believe that taking holy dip in these natural springs of Galta ji would wash off all their sins. Holy months or dates like Makar Sankranti, Ekadashi, the revered month Kartik ,which is currently going on, Purnima (Full moon night of Kartik month) are the important dates when the crowd of pilgrims is at its peak.
Located 10-11 kms from Jaipur in the sprawling expanses, the striking temple of Galta ji appears more of a mansion replete with temples, pavilions, natural springs and sacred kunds. The compound of pink sandstone with brilliant layout is primarily dedicated to the Sun God that rests on the top of the temple which is decked up with intricate gazebos, carved pillars and painted walls.
Galta ji also houses the temple of RamGopal ji- an architecturally beautiful temple dedicated to lord Vishnu whose Idol in the temple is unique that appears like Lord Krishna and Rama both. As per the legends, lord Krishna appeared before Goswami Tulsidas ji in the form of lord Rama. Hence we see the image of both lord Ram and Krishna in the idol.
Another major attraction is Hanuman temple that stands out for being surrounded by hundreds of monkeys. When you enter the temple you’ll find a mass of monkeys ranging from babies to adults all playing around, sleeping, feeding and taking care of each other by grooming them. It totally feels like an empire of monkeys where you can feed them with bananas or nuts; which is also another way of washing off sins according to local guides and hawkers.
Nevertheless this lush green landscape of nature, where the sight of bathing pilgrims, praying women, meditating monks, decorated cows and makeshift shops of attractive souvenirs offer another kind of solace, on the other hand the compassing hills, lush green vegetation with breathtaking landscapes, offer a mind blowing panorama of the surroundings and the Pink City.
Galtaji Temple is a treasure trove of heritage and a sacred pilgrimage where pilgrims would dive into the kunds with the idea that they would receive a good karma, and monkeys are treated as sacred animal and worshiped like Gods. A visit to Galta ji that attracts people from far lands owing to its tranquility, temples, kunds, people and pilgrims is one in a lifetime experience that not just offers a travel story but also fills your soul with sacred sanctifying thoughts while returning home!
It is one of the oldest Hanuman temples in the Pink city. Surrounded by lush greenery and small jharnas, you must plan to visit Khole ke Hanuman ji and enjoy a meal with his bhakts- monkeys.
A bathing ground for the Maharani’s in the olden days, is one of the rarely explored places in Jaipur.It may be the first time that you must be hearing about it but it has a unique backdrop as it lies in the periphery of the hills of Amer fort.
Famous for its perennial 7 natural water spring ‘kunds’, Galta temple is considered a holy place and people come to take a holy dip here. So why not plan with your family and enjoy the rains, keeping in mind to explore the unexplored.
Image Credit: Satya Prakash Natha
Have you ever thought of a lake in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan? A 30 km drive from the Pink city, Chandlai Lake is famous for spotting migratory birds. If you are fond of photography, this is the perfect time to visit Chandlai. Don’t even try to miss on this place this monsoon.
Padao is a perfect place for this weather. The open-air restaurant, situated at Nahargarh gives an exotic view of Jaipur city, especially during the night when you can see the city spark in its glory. To add on to this weather you can enjoy some chai and garma garam pakoras.
Sky Waltz Café
With the onset of monsoon, last but not the least, Sky Waltz Café is an essential part of the list. A long drive enjoying the scenic beauty and the rains, this café lies wrapped between the Aravallis. You can enjoy the raindrops with some amazing seasonal introduction in the menu.