Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 14 km from Ajmer, 132 km from Jaipur, 203 km from Chittorgarh, 205 km from Jodhpur, 265 km from Bikaner, 267 km from Udaipur, 390 km from Delhi and 472 km from Jaisalmer, Ajmer or Ajmere is a religious city and also the administrative headquarters of Ajmer district. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in India and also one of the top places to visit near Jaipur.
The city of Ajmer gets its name from 'Ajay Meru' which means invincible hills. Nestled in the Aravalli hills, Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajaypal Chauhan in the 7th century AD. It was a stronghold of the Chauhan Rajputs till the 12th century when Prithviraj Chauhan lost Ajmer to Mohammad Ghori in 1193 CE. Later, Akbar annexed it as part of the Mughal Empire in 1556 AD. It became first a military base then a pleasure place and much later a pilgrimage destination for the Mughals. After the Mughal decline the Scindias of Gwalior gained power in Ajmer. Ajmer is among the must include places in your Jaipur tour packages.
Ajmer is home to the famous Dargah Sharif, which houses the Tomb of Garib Nawaz, also known as Moinuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti order of Sufism. Considered to be one of the holiest cities in India, it attracts hordes of Hindu and Muslim devotees every year. Apart from the mausoleum, this historical city is known for its magnificent forts, museums, palaces and lakes. ...
Distance from Jaipur: 132 Kms
At a distance of 8 km from Sawai Madhopur, 140 km from Kota, 162 km from Jaipur, 268 km from Agra, 271 km from Ajmer, 368 km from Delhi, 413 km from Udaipur, and 448 km from Jodhpur, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambore is a wildlife sanctuary situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest and most renowned national parks in India to visit as part of Rajasthan tour packages and almong the best tourist places near Jaipur.
Among the must include places in India wildlife tours, Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1974. Ranthambore became a national park in 1981. In 1984, the adjacent forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, and in 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include the Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries.
The Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The rivers Chambal in the South and Banas in the North bound the Ranthambore National Park. The landscape of the park is formed of massive rock formations, steep scarps, perennial lakes and streams. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park. The ...
Distance from Jaipur: 165 Kms
At a distance of 15 km from Ajmer, 145 km from Jaipur, 188 km from Jodhpur, 254 km from Bikaner, 278 km from Udaipur, 375 km from Gurgaon and 408 km from Delhi, Pushkar is sacred town located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. It is one of the oldest pilgrimage destination in Rajasthan and also one of the prime places to visit near Jaipur.
Pushkar is situated at an altitude of 510 m on the banks of Pushkar Lake. The town derives its name from the Sanskrit word 'Pushkar', which means blue lotus flower. According to mythology, Lord Brahma was on his way to search for a suitable place to perform a 'Yagna', a lotus fell from his hand on the earth and water sprouted from that place. He then decided to name the place after the flower, Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the top attractions you must include in Jaipur packages.
Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India and also one of the five sacred dhams for devout Hindus, the others being Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka. According to history, Pushkar was a favorite retreat of the Mughal rulers, which was later taken over by the Scindias after the eventual decline of the Mughal rule. The Scindias handed over the city to the British thus making Pushkar one of the few places in Rajasthan to be under direct British control, until Independence.
There are several temples ...
Distance from Jaipur: 147 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 148 km from Jaipur, 160 km from Delhi, 117 km from Mathura and 172 km from Agra, Alwar is a city and administrative headquarters of Alwar district in the state of Rajasthan. Alwar is part of National Capital Region (NCR) and also famous for its Olive plantation in Tinkirudi. It is one of the popular tourist places near Delhi and also one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.
Alwar is situated between small hills of Aravali range and has great historical importance. It was founded in 1049 by Maharaja Alaghraj. A Rajput state for a long time, Alwar eventually fell into the hands of Delhi Sultans in early 13th centuries. Marathas and Jats of Bharatpur also ruled this region for very short period. Rao Partap Singh, a Rajput prince took the Alwar Fort from Jat Raja of Bharatpur and laid down the foundation for modern Alwar. Alwar is among the must include places in your Jaipur tour packages.
Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kachwaha Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur's rulers, won Alwar back and founded a state of his own in 1771 AD. Alwar gained reputation as a remarkable seat of art and culture under the patronage of Maharaja Pratap Singh. In the 18th century, Pratap Singh evicted the rulers of Jaipur to the south and the Jats of Bharatpur to the east, and successfully resisted the invasion of Marathas. Like all ...
Distance from Jaipur: 148 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 13 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Amer Fort or Amber Fort is located in Amer near Jaipur. This heritage site is one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan and among the most visited Jaipur tourist places. It is also one of the best preserved historical places to visit in Rajasthan and among the prime place to visit on a Jaipur tour.
Amber was founded by the Meenas in 967 AD and they dedicated the town to Amba, the Mother Goddess. Around 1037 AD, Amber was conquered by Kachhawa Rajputs and ruled it from the 11th to the 18th century, until the capital was moved from Amer to Jaipur. The Amber Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 AD and it was further expanded by successive rulers. Man Singh was one of the trusted generals of Emperor Akbar and one among the Navaratnas of his court. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. Later in 1727 AD, Sawai Jai Singh II moved the capital from Amber to Jaipur.
The architecture of Amer Fort is influenced by both Hindu and Muslim styles. The fort was built using red sandstone and overlooks Maota Lake which is the main water source to the Palace. The Palace is divided into four main sections each with separate entry gate and courtyard. Main entry is through the Suraj Pole (Sun Gate) which leads to Jaleb Chowk. This was the place where armies would ...
Distance from Jaipur: 14 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 44 km from Sawai Madhopur and 52 km from Ranthambore National Park, Khandar Fort is an ancient fort situated in the Khandar Tehsil of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. It forms the boundary of Ranthambore National Park.
Khandar Fort is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan and was earlier known as the 'security post of Ranthambore'. The fort was initially under the control of Sisodia Kings of Mewar before being taken over by the Mughals. Later, the fort was handed over by the Maharajas of Jaipur in the 18th century. This fort was also ruled by Bargujar Kings and was attacked by Alauddin Khilji.
Khandar Fort is perched on a vertical hill and has three entrance gates. It is believed that the king of this fort never once lost a battle to its enemy in the past due to its strategic location. Thus, the fort was considered as one of the most inaccessible and invincible forts in Rajasthan. The damaged walls, doors and ceilings of the fort serve as the evidence of the various historical incidents and battles that took place over here.
There are seven temples within the fort namely Jain temple, Hanuman temple, Chaturbhuja temple, Rani temple, Gobind Devji temple, Jagatpalji temple and Jayanti Mata temple. The Jain temple in this fort is known for its exquisite rock carved idols of Jain gurus. The Hanuman temple is famous for its single stone idol of Lord Hanuman with a demon under his feet. Chaturbhuja temple is known for its idol of four armed god. Jayanti ...
Distance from Jaipur: 189 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 32 km from Ajmer and 106 km from Jaipur, Kishangarh is a historical town and a municipality situated in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Popularly called as the marble city of India, Kishangarh is one of the top places to visit in Ajmer.
Kishangarh State was founded by the Jodhpur prince Kishan Singh in 1609 CE. Prior to the rule of Kishan Singh, Kishangarh was ruled by Maharaja Samokhan Singh who was a distant relative of Kishan Singh's family and grandfather of Naubat Khan. Kishangarh was the capital of the eponymous princely state during the British Raj, which was located in the Rajputana Agency.
Kishangarh is the birthplace of the Kishangarh School of painting, which is known for the beautiful depiction of a courtesan known as Bani Thani. This school was established by Maharaja Sawant Singh. Khoda Ganesh Ji temple, Kishangarh fort, Phool Mahal Palace, and Gondalav Lake are some of the major attractions of the city. It also has a small temple of nine planets and is the only place in the world with a temple of nine planets.
Kishangarh Fort is a historical fort situated on the banks of the Gondalav Lake. It was built in 1649 CE by Maharaja Roop Singh of Ajmer. Blending the architectural styles of Rajput and Mughal designs, this fort has several small palaces and courtyards within the complex which are decorated with frescoes, murals and paintings. The fort has a huge double storeyed audience hall with latticed windows on the second floor which ...
Distance from Jaipur: 100 Kms
At a distance of 36 km from Alwar, 111 km from Jaipur & 195 km from New Delhi, Sariska Tiger Reserve is a popular national park and wildlife refuge located at Sariska in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. It is one of the best places to visit near Delhi & also one of the popular tourist places in Rajasthan.
Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the prominent national parks in India. Formerly a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Alwar, the park was declared as a wildlife reserve in 1955 and then a Tiger Reserve in 1978 under Project Tiger. Sariska is among the 28 Tiger reserves in the country and it is spread across an area of 850 sq. km with core area of approximately 500 sq. km. Sariska has varied topography that includes grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs and rocky landscape. The Aravalli mountain ranges surround the park which is covered with thick forests.
This reserve is famous for Bengal tigers along with many species of wildlife like leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, Indian jackal, chital, sambar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antelope and wild boar. Sariska is also famous for bird watching with some of the rarest feathered species like grey partridge, white-throated kingfisher, Indian peafowl, bush quail, sand grouse, treepie, golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and the Indian eagle-owl.
Within the sanctuary there is the Kankwari Fort which ...
Distance from Jaipur: 110 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 75 km from Jaipur, 87 km from Alwar & 247 km from New Delhi, Bhangarh Fort is one of the medieval forts of Rajasthan located in Bhangarh town of Alwar district.
The town of Bhangarh was established in 1573 during the rule of Bhagwant Das. The Bhangarh fort was built in 1613 by Madho Singh, who was the son of Man Singh of Amber, a great Mughal General. The fort is considered to be one of the most haunted places in India. Because of the numerous ghostly experiences and happenings in the fort premises, villages have sprung up far away from the fort. The Archaeological Survey of India has forbidden the locals and tourists from entering the fort at night.
The fort and the town of Bhangarh are believed to be haunted since many centuries. There are several legends associated with the palace. According to one story, the town was cursed by a magician Guru Balu Nath who had sanctioned the construction of the town on one condition that the city will be destroyed the moment the shadow of the palaces touch him. In ignorance, Ajab Singh, son of Madho Singh, raised the height of the palace, causing the devastation of Bhangarh. Balu Nath is said to be buried there to this day in a small Samadhi. As per another story, a tantrik who fell in love with Princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati, cursed that the whole area be destroyed.
Bhangarh Fort, now in ruins, is surrounded by a ruined wall. It has four gates namely Lahori Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Phulbari Gate and Delhi ...
Distance from Jaipur: 75 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 72 km from Alwar, 147 km from Jaipur and 121 km from New Delhi, Neemrana is an ancient historical town located on Delhi - Jaipur highway in Alwar district in Rajasthan. It is situated between Behror and Shahjahanpur and is among popular tourist places to visit near Delhi, Jaipur, Noida & Gurgaon for a day trip.
Neemrana town is famous for its magnificent Neemrana Fort Palace. It was built in 1464 AD, occupied by Chauhans till 1947. Neemrana became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III. Neemrana derived its name from a brave local chieftain Nimola Meo, who when defeated by the Chauhans, pleaded that his name be given to his lost kingdom. It was subsequently conquered by the Mughals and the Jats before reverting back to the Rajputs in 1775 when the princely state of Alwar was established.
Neemrana Fort Palace is located on a high hillock and commands magnificent views of the surrounding valley. The entire property of Neemrana Fort Palace is spread over 25 acres of land while the 10 storey palace is built over 3 acres of land. In the year 1986, this palace underwent restoration and was transformed into a hotel. Now, this is one of the Rajasthan's oldest heritage luxury hotels.
Timings: 10 AM to 3 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 2000 per Person including buffet lunch
Distance from Jaipur: 148 Kms
Historical & Heritage | Wildlife
At a distance of 27 km from Fatehpur Sikri Railway Station and 58 km from Agra, the Keoladeo National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is situated in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It is among the top places to visit from Delhi and Agra cities.
Keoladeo National Park is located around a man-made wetland and was created in18th century by Maharaja Suraj Mal of Bharatpur. Formerly the private duck shooting reserve of the Maharajas of Bharatpur and the British Officials, this site was established as a bird sanctuary on 13th March 1976 under the name of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Later on 10th March 1982, the site was designated as a national park and was named Keoladeo Ghana National Park. In 1985, the Park was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the finest bird parks in the world, Keoladeo, the name derives from an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which stands at the center of the park. Ghana means dense, referring to the thick forest. This is home to more than 230 resident and migratory bird species in a protected area of 29 sq. km.
The park is most famous for its species of birds, including Cranes, Spoonbills, Herons, Pelicans and the rare Siberian Cranes. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for breeding etc. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and wild Boar. ...
Distance from Jaipur: 185 Kms