Why would you do Day trips from Jaipur when you have so much to see in the city itself? Valid question. Let me tell you the places I am taking you to as day trips from Jaipur are equally attractive if not more. They take you a little into the not so urban heart of Rajasthan. You drive through the bright yellow sunflower fields and wonder if there is any corner of Rajasthan which is devoid of color.
Places to visit near Jaipur
Here is the list of Tourist places near Jaipur, get going!
Chand Baori, Abhaneri – Day Trip from Jaipur
Abhaneri is about 90 km from Jaipur towards Agra. So if you are doing the classic golden triangle tour of Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, it is a small detour on that trip. Now, there are many Baoris or Stepwells in India but none is as photogenic as Chand Baori. It is a compact and deep Baori with geometric steps going down on three sides and a carved pavilion on the third.
Do not miss the ancient temple dedicated to Harshad Mata and the sculptures scattered around the premises.
You need 6-7 hours to visit Chand Baori from Jaipur. Roughly keep 2 hours for the drive each way and couple of hours to spend at the site. Do stop by to admire the fields where men and women in bright colors work.
Read More – Chand Baori – Stunning Stepwell of Abhaneri
Just google for the most haunted places in the world and you will see the Bhangarh fort there. During the day though this fort is full of local, domestic and international tourist. There is no need to fear – it is a very beautiful fort with lots of living temples and a water body. Most structures are in ruins but they are well documented so you can imagine the city when it was living.
Bhangarh is about 80 km from Jaipur. You need to drive on the Agra Highway till Dausa and then take a detour. The road after the highway is not that great but it is not bad either.
If haunted places intrigue you like they do to most people, Bhangarh has to be on your Jaipur itinerary.
If you want to see Bhangarh nicely, climb up and down its hills and enjoy it temples, you need 3-4 hours at leisure including the time you need for photography.
My suggestion would be to leave Jaipur leisurely after breakfast with a packed lunch. Spend the time at Bhangarh and come back by evening tea time.
Read More – Bhangarh – The Most Haunted Fort
Pro Tip – If you start early, you can combine Chand Baori and Bhangarh for a long day trip.
The Samode Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces you can see in Rajasthan. It is meticulously maintained. A guided tour takes you around the palace. You would yourself wide-eyed as you go from room to room looking at the colorful walls, well adorned with miniature paintings. Each wall has a patterned background, some mirror work and then some paintings. Paintings include scenes from mythology, everyday life, and portraits of the royal family. Each room has a color of its own – one is red and the other blue.
Be prepared to be soaked in color and opulence. At the ruined palaces and forts, I have always wondered how they would have looked during their hay days. I found my answer at Samode Palace. If this how India looked a few centuries back, I wish it restores some of its lost aesthetics.
Even before you reach the palace you pass through the colorful Havelis to reach a porch full of Vintage Cars. Take a flight of stairs escorted by a mustached gentleman in Rajasthani attire. You are taken for a guided tour post which you can have your lunch at the restaurant.
Samode Palace is a private palace located about 45 km from Jaipur in the village of Samode. At the time of writing, there is an entry fee of Rs 1000/- that includes cover charges for the lunch.
Khatu Shyam at Khatu in Sikar District
Khatu is a small temple town famous for the temple of Khatu Shyam Ji. It is about 80 km’s from Jaipur in the North West direction and technically falls in Sikar district. If you believe in Mahabharata and its characters – this is a unique temple that you must visit. It is dedicated to Barbarik – a lesser know character from Mahabharata. He was the grandson of Bhim – the second Pandav.
It is a simple temple but what makes it unique is the myths and legends associated with it from history. In present, you see his bow with three arrows everywhere in the town as he is known as ‘Haare ka Sahara’ or the God of the defeated.
Read More – Khatu Shyam – God of the Defeated
You can do Khatu Shyam and Samode Palace in a day if you leave early and do the temple first. Temple closes by noon, after which you can head to Samode Palace.
Sambhar lake or Shakambhari Lake is the largest saltwater lake in India. The salt from this lake serves the total salt requirement of Rajasthan which is the biggest state in India. It is home to many species of birds and insects. During monsoons, flamingos can be seen here.
To me, its charm is in the fact that it is a region that is mentioned in epics like Mahabharata. It is also the place where Shakambhari Devi’s temple is. She is the presiding goddess of the Chauhan clan of Rajputs of Rajasthan.
Archaeologically, it is home to Naliasar – an ancient site. As you know, the older the place, the more it fascinates me. I have just passed by Sambhar Lake – I am yet to explore them in detail.
Sambhar Lake is about 95 km south west of Jaipur. I would assume go early morning for birding and then explore the lake and heritage structures around it. If done at leisure it would take a full day to discover Sambhar lake and its treasures.
Sanganer – A day trip from Jaipur to textile town
Sanganer and Bagru are two textile villages close to Jaipur. Sanganer is about 15-20 from Jaipur.
If you follow Indian Textiles, particularly Rajasthani block prints, you would have heard the names – Sanganer & Bagru as the styles of block prints. Just like Kuchipudi dance form gets its name from Kuchipudi village in Andhra Pradesh, Sanganeri Prints get their name from Sanganer. Now they even have a Geographical Indicator assigned to them. Sanganer is known for its handmade paper industry.
Sanganer is also a pilgrim town for Jains with many ancient Jain temples. Jain temples of Rajasthan like Ranakpur and Dilwara Temples are known for their intricate carvings. At Sanganer, the temple is in Red sandstone.
I had visited Sanganer many years back and I still have the bedsheets I bought from there. For those of you who love to shop for hand block printed fabrics and home linen, there is no better place than Sanganer to shop. You can literally see the fabric you buy being printed right in front of you.
Bagru – Textile & Leather Work Village
Bagru is similar to Sanganer in the sense that it is also a village engaged in hand printing. What makes it different is its designs which are distinct from Sanganer.Here they use a lot of Indigo color and mainly floral patterns. Bagru is also known for the small-scale leather industry. So all the colorful Juttis or bags that you buy as Jaipur Souvenirs are probably made in Bagru.
If you love visiting artisans in their workspaces – Bagru is for you.
Like all old places, Bagru also has a fort – but this is a private fort that opens to the public only for few festivals.
Bagru is about 32 km from Jaipur. How much time you spend depends entirely on you.
Pro Tip – You can easily combine Sanganer and Bagru for a trip from Jaipur.
Amer Fort & Town
I know everyone who visits Jaipur visits Amer Fort. But there is so much more to Amer than its Fort, which is, of course, full of curious myths and legends. While the trained guides would tell you the story, I enjoyed listening to them in the evening light and sound show there. Interspersed with folk music the fort tells its own story surrounded by pitch darkness.
Read More – Splendour of Amer Fort, Jaipur
When you look down from the ramparts of Amber Fort, you see the town of Amer with many tall temple shikharas. Guides tell us there are 365 temples in Amber town– one temple for each day of the year. The idea is that it is an old city full of temples.
Walk through the streets of Amer to reach the Chanvar Palkiwalon ki Haveli. This restored old Haveli is home to Anokhi Museum that showcases the textile tradition of Rajasthan and in fact, many parts of India. See what the patterns of block print that told the status of a woman – if she is unmarried, married or widow. The museum beautifully showcases the restoration of this heritage haveli that is now such a delight to go around even though the staircases still remain as steep.
Ajmer is about 130 km or 2 hours away from Jaipur by road. You can do it in a day, but I would suggest staying at either Ajmer or Pushkar to do it properly.
Read more – Ajmer – full of surprising discoveries
While most people visit the Dargah in Ajmer and come back, I discovered so many things to see and experience in Ajmer. This includes two lovely lakes and a stunning Jain temple that has the model of the universe re-created.
Pushkar – the city with a holy Lake
Pushkar also deserves at least a day with all its temples and Pushkar Lake. It is best to do it with Ajmer. If you are short of short and curious to see Pushkar – it is one of the day trips from Jaipur.
Read More – Mysteries of Pushkar Lake
Besides these, you can explore Alwar and Ranthambore too from Jaipur. I would, however, treat them as separate trips.
Do you know of any other interesting day trips from Jaipur?
I would love to hear from you about any other tourist places near Jaipur.