A keeper of stories, a land of architectural brilliance and one of the most important cities of ancient Rajasthan – Jaipur is a delight to discover. What makes it more alluring is its proximity to major historical places and natural getaways. If you are looking for a weekend trip from Jaipur, there are innumerable options! Here is a detailed list of weekend destinations from Jaipur which cover adventure, art and history perfectly.

1. Shekhawati

Shekhawati

Established as early as the 18th century by merchant families, Shekhawati is a kaleidoscope of colours. Known as Rajasthan’s open-air gallery, the region is dotted with several structures that speak of architectural perfection and are known for their cultural heritage. Everywhere you look, you’ll spot baolis, vibrant havelis and intriguing legends of the bygone era.

The people of Shekhawati are very welcoming and the enthusiasm to show their town is beautiful. Within the district, the places that stand out are Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Jhunjhunu and Fatehpur.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 113 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: October to March

2. Ajmer

Ajmer

One of the first choices for a pleasant weekend getaway is the heritage city of Ajmer. Majorly known for Ajmer Sharif – the shrine of the revered Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, Ajmer is also home to a number of lakes and historical structures. Ana Sagar Lake and Lake Foy Sagar and Adhai Din ka Jhonpra are to name a few. The city is also home to a grand Jain temple called Soniji Ki Nasiyan.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 135 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: October to March

3. Pushkar

Pushkar

Considered among the holiest cities for Hindus, Pushkar is home to the rare Brahma Temple and the sacred Pushkar Lake. With over 50 ghats and umpteen places of worship, the city offers an unmatched spiritual experience. Savitri Mata Temple and Rangji Temple are the other must visit in the town. Further, the bustling market and its many cafes are a delight to discover with colourful Rajasthani dresses, jewellery and home décor items. Take home a few souvenirs to encourage the craftsmanship and artists in this small town.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 145 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: November to March

Travel tip: During the Kartik Mela or the Pushkar Fair, the city is enveloped in a celebratory mood with exhibitions and adventurous competitions.

4. Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

Located in Sawai Madhopur district, Ranthambore is one of the most visited wildlife heavens in India. It is also surrounded by the Kaila Devi Sanctuary and the Mansingh Sanctuary which adds to its rich flora and fauna. Offering the opportunity to admire the beauty of nature and be in close proximity to the wild, the national park is a heaven for photographers. You can spot a wide species of animals on a safari including tigers, bulls to cheetals and hyenas. Try to head for the morning safari as it is considered to be the best time to spot the majestic tigers.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 155 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: October to June
  • Timings: 7:00 am to 10:30 am and 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: INR 560 onwards

5. Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar

Sariska Tiger Reserve

Declared a national park in the year 1982, Sariska Tiger Reserve is gradually gaining popularity as a good weekend getaway from Jaipur. The forest reserve was earlier a hunting spot for the Maharaja of Alwar and today is popular as a home to the Royal Bengal Tigers. The diverse flora and rocky hills enhance the beauty of the forest and a safari here is a memorable experience. The tiger reserve also has temples dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 115 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Timing: 8:00 am to 6:30 pm (Closed on National Holidays)
  • Entry Fee: INR 20 onwards

6. Bharatpur

Bharatpur

Established by Maharaja Suraj Mal, the small town of Bharatpur is widely known for the stunning Keoladeo National Park. The park is famous as a sanctuary for a wide number of birds and sees hundreds of tourists during the migration season. The heritage city is also visited for the Lohagarh Fort where you can see one-of-a-kind artefacts in the Government Museum.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 189 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: August to November (indigenous birds) & October to March (migratory birds)

7. Mathura

Mathura

The historical importance of Mathura as the birthplace of Lord Krishna is so widespread that you can’t miss this small town. Situated along the sacred Yamuna and peppered with old temples, Mathura is a bustling city in Uttar Pradesh. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims throughout the year, especially during Janmashtami. Besides the temples, you must also visit the Government Museum (Archaeological), Katra Masjid and the Vishram Ghat.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 225 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: August to March

8. Agra

Agra

Known world over for its architectural heritage, historical legends and of course one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Taj Mahal, Agra is a beautiful weekend getaway. Situated along the Yamuna River, the magical sunsets overlooking the Taj can’t be missed and neither should the hidden tombs spread across the city. One must also visit the Agra Fort which is a splendid structure covered almost in all Agra itineraries.

You can also visit the local markets in Agra to take home souvenirs, marble showpieces and the much-loved petha.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 240 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: November to March

9. Delhi

Delhi

The capital city of Delhi is a mix of tradition, heritage and modern living. From malls to monuments, from swanky restaurants to local dhabas – the city offers everything. It’s closeness to Jaipur makes it an ideal spot to enjoy a weekend relaxing in luxury or exploring the cultural heritage the city is famous for including Qutub Minar, Old Fort, Humayun Tomb, Old Delhi and the lesser-known monuments such as Agrasen ki Baoli.

If you’d like to spend time shopping in Delhi; Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Karol Bagh are some preferred shopping areas.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 270 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: September to March

10. Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh

Famous across the world for the majestic Chittorgarh Fort, the city is a delight to explore. The fort is known for the legendary battle with Alauddin Khilji as well as for the practice of Jauhar which Rani Padmini initiated to save the women.

The erstwhile capital of the Mewar Kingdom, Chittorgarh still holds its legends of bravery and heroism. Depicting the magnificence Rajasthan is known for, the city takes you back to an era of royalty through its glorious monuments and culture. Among places to visit in Chittorgarh, you must not miss Vijay Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Kirti Stambh, Rani Padmini’s Palace, Meera Temple and the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Distance from Jaipur: 310 km (approx.)
  • Best time to visit: October to March