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Five trips to take from Jaipur now


From barren desert, rocky hills to subtropical forests, Rajasthan is one most colorful regions in India. Along with the Pink City’s stunning forts, palaces and temples, there are a number of magnificent places around Jaipur that are easily accessible by road.


With home to one the country’s most important Muslim pilgrimage centers, i.e. Dargah Sharif, Ajmer is among the most sacred destinations for Muslims. Dargah Sharif is the shrine of Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti, a revered Sufi-saint. Curled around the Ana Sagar Lake in the foothills of Aravalli Range, the city has some interesting buildings that were influenced by Indo-Islamic architecture. With the Pushkar only 11 kms from the city, most travelers use Ajmer as a layover. Ajmer is situated about 135 km from Jaipur and is easily accessible by road and train.


Famous for its spectacular cattle fair, Pushkar is a quaint Hindu pilgrimage town nestled among the Aravalli Mountains. Spread round a holy lake with a number of ghats and temples, Pushkar is one of the five sacred pilgrimage cities in India. According to Hindu beliefs, when Lord Brahma struck a demon with lotus flower, one of the petals of the flower fell in Pushkar, where a lake sprung into being. One of the few known Brahma temples in the world along with other temples, Anasagar Lake and Rose Gardens are prime attractions of this town. During the annual cattle fair, which takes place around October, the whole town comes alive. From trading of cattles to cultural shows, attending the fair is a must for any traveler. Pushkar is located in Ajmer, about 145 km from Jaipur.


Located about 330 km from Jaipur, Jodhpur is otherwise known as the Blue City of India. The name comes from the blue cubic houses located around the Mehrangarh Fort in old city area. Towering over the city, at 150 m, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most magnificent forts in India. Other attractions include Umaid Bhavan, a palace hotel, and Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph made of white marble.



Ranthambore National Park

Located about 130 km from Jaipur in Sawai Madhopur district, Ranthambore National Park is one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Spread across 390 square kms, the Park is quite famous for its tiger population and is home to several plants, animals, reptiles and birds, attracting wildlife photographers and lovers. There are several lakes within the park. Deemed to be a heritage site, the park also a huge fort, towers and ruins of heritage buildings within its premises.  The park is open to visitors from October to June.


Tonk, a small town located about 95 km from Jaipur, is one the most intriguing places in Rajasthan and quite popular for its mansions and mosques. Founded in 17th century and ruled by the Pathans of Afghanistan, the town is a mixture of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The Suneri Kothi, otherwise known as the Golden Mansion is ornately decorated with mirrors, gilt and exquisite colored glass, is one of the main attractions of the city. There is also the Arabic and Persian Research Institute in the town, which has rare collections of Arabic and Persian manuscripts and books dating back to 12th century.

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