Jaipur is the capital of the north Indian state of Rajasthan. This popular destination is primarily known for its unique buildings and colorful, bustling streets. If you are looking for an immersive trip to India, Jaipur should be on the top of your list. Spend time exploring the local area and discover the City Palace complex and World Heritage sites. Known as the Pink City, we’re sure that you’ll fall in love with Jaipur as much as we have. But, for those of you who want to discover more, check out our list of the top day trips that you undertake from Jaipur, Rajasthan.
1. Discover the ancient art of block printing at Bagru
If you’re interested in seeing traditional textiles and patterns, then Bagru is an absolute must-visit. This small town, which is a short drive from Jaipur, is home to the Chhipa clan. They are masters of block printing and have had a huge impact on the textile industry in Rajasthan. Stroll alongside the huge communal drying fields, where you can smell the dye in the air and relish at the colors being used.
Address: Bagru, India
On this full-day tour from Jaipur, you’ll be able to witness the magnificent Chand Baori step well that is sure to take your breath away. The tour also includes a visit to the ruins of the Harshat Mata temple. Along the way, your well-informed guide will point out other key facts and you’ll also enjoy a traditional Rajasthani lunch. Be sure to take your camera so that you can capture the unique and intricate detailing on the step wells as your guide tells you all about the colorful local history.
Abhaneri Step Wells Private Day Tour with Lunch
Duration: 8 to 9 hours
3. Visit the holy city of Ajmer
Ajmer is one of the oldest cities in Rajasthan. It is located 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Jaipur and is a must-visit place. Many people flock to Ajmer to pay their respects to the shrine of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti. In fact, Ajmer is a vitally important home for many religions, including the Jain religion. Visit the awe-inspiring golden temple during your trip and we’re sure that you’ll see throngs of people praying on a daily basis. Be warned, during Ramadan, Ajmer and the surrounding area become incredibly busy.
Address: Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
Pushkar is home to over 500 temples, some of which dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries. It has a very different vibe to many of the other bustling towns and cities. Some of the must-visit places here include the 14th-century Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake and Nag Pahar (snake-hill). If you’re looking for something a bit more wild and adventurous, go for a camel safari in the Thar desert.
Private Pushkar Tour with Camel Safari
Duration: 1 day
5. Take a tour of the royal palaces and forts of Alwar
Nestled between Delhi and Jaipur, this popular tourist hub is famous for two things; incredible buildings and delicious Alwar Ka Mawa milk cakes. It is 93 miles (150 km) north of Jaipur and has a number of fort-styled buildings and impressive nature reserves, where you can see tigers. During your trip, be sure to visit the Bala-Quila Fort, Bhangarh Fort and of course, the peaceful Moti Dungri. No trip to Alwar is complete without a visit to the City Palace, which surrounds an artificial lake.
Address: Alwar, Rajasthan, India
6. Visit Mandawa to experience the local art and culture
Mandawa has a unique history as it lies on the Silk Route through to China. During this time, many incredible buildings were built and adorned with paintings. Each painting has a different theme - some depict stories of the royal era, while others focus on the Indian epics and fables. So, if you’re interested in art, culture or history, then Mandawa should be on top of your list. Every street is like it’s own art museum. Along the streets, you can also expect to find local markets, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Mandawa is a fantastic destination to immerse yourself in the local culture.
Address: Mandawa, Rajasthan 333704, India
7. Explore the sacred city of Dausa
Aptly named ‘beautiful like heaven’ in Sanskrit text, this wonderful day trip is just 34 miles (55 km) from Jaipur. Here, you can expect to find many historically important sites, as it was the original headquarters of the Kachhawaha Dynasty. We’d recommend visiting the Mehandipur Balaji temple, Bara Baoli, and Gopinath temple. For something a bit different, be sure to check out the neon pink Giriraj Dharan Mandir, which is a Hindu temple.
Address: Rajasthan 303303, India
8. Be amazed by one of India's largest mosques in Tonk
This small town is famous for its impressive havelis. These havelis are mansions known for their particular architectural style. You’ll be able to see the traditional and beautiful architecture of the Mughal era. Uniquely, these buildings are intermingled with British colonial buildings. This special culture clash is what attracts many tourists to Tonk. Be sure to visit the golden mansion of Sunehri Kothi, The Arabian and Persian Research Institute, The Temples of Sheth Motisha, and Jama Masjid, which is perhaps one of the biggest mosques in the country.
Address: Tonk, Rajasthan 304001, India
Not for the faint-hearted, Bhangarh, is known as one of the most haunted sites in India. Don’t believe in such stories? Simply head 51 miles (83 km) northeast of Jaipur and you’ll reach Bhangarh. Located on the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, visiting hours are strictly monitored. This unique and beautiful site was built by Raja Bhagwant Das. You can spend a day strolling around the ruins, including the palace, temples, and bathhouses. You’ll discover the varying local tales that tell the cause of its decline and abandonment. One thing is for certain, leave before sunset.
Guided Tour To Chand Baori (Step well) & Bhangarh Excursion
Duration: 8 hours
This exhilarating tour will lead you, with a trained naturalist guide, deep into the jungle as you travel in search of tigers. From the safety of a car, you’ll spend three hours in the national park. Apart from the infamous tigers, you can expect to see a plethora of other creatures in the wild, including crocodiles, leopards, and magnificent exotic birds. The guide will tell you all about the natural environment and habits of these wonderful creatures. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get some fantastic camera shots of the animals as you comfortably explore their national park.
Ranthambore Tiger Safari
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Go beyond Jaipur
While Jaipur is a great tourist destination with plenty to see and do, there are lots of beautiful places nearby that are worth a visit, too. Whether you are looking for art, architecture, culture, history or unique surroundings, these day trips from Jaipur, Rajasthan, are perfect for you.
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