Top 5 Road Trips and Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

Top 5 Road Trips and Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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Rajasthan, the ‘land of kings’, is one of the most fabled travel destinations in India. And Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, has a charm of its own. Although the ‘Pink City’, as Jaipur is affectionately known as, has multiple attractions in it, there are also many short trips from Jaipur which are equally awesome, if not more. Road trips from Jaipur offer plenty of scenic landscapes and smooth driving experience, thanks to the newly expanded road network.

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Spectacular sunsets are will mesmerise you during road trips anywhere in Rajasthan

Before we start listing down some of the top weekend trips from Jaipur, let’s give you a quick introduction to the Pink city. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur is famous for its Palaces, Forts, broad avenues and spacious gardens.

Jaipur is known as the Pink City because of the color of the stone used exclusively in the walled part of the city. This royal capital boasts of a plethora of magnificent monuments and historic forts, like Hawamahal, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar and City Palace. It’s also home to vibrant outlets at Bapu Bazaar, selling traditional jewellery & indigenous handicrafts.

We’ve also looked at some of the best places near Jaipur for weekend getaways. So, let us explore some of the top road trips that can be taken from Jaipur.

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1. Road Trip From Jaipur to Jodhpur

Approximate Travel Time: 5 Hours – 6 hours

Best time to visit: November – February

road trips and weekend getaways from jaipur Jaswanth Thada
Jaswanth Thada

Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’ is a small but bustling destination. Any tour to experience the unique culture of majestic Rajasthan usually starts with either Jaipur or Jodhpur. Home to the magnanimous Mehrangarh Fort and the beautiful Jaswant Thada, this culture-rich city is an absolute must-visit in Rajasthan. Some of the things that Jodhpur is famous for are – its rich & royal designs, great workmanship, and legendary forts and palaces.

Taking the NH-48 route is the best approach, and there are lots of eateries serving Rajasthani thalis and lip-smacking dishes en-route. This weekend getaway from Jaipur is capable to make you feel transcendental.
In this capital of the erstwhile Marwar kingdom, whether you spend some time with your travel-mates or solo, this road trip will never disappoint you in any way.

Suggested Route: Via NH 48

Highway Eateries (dhabas) to Stop At: Chokha Punjab, The Dhaba
Jodhpur’s Famous Places to Visit: Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Kaylana Lake, Mandore Gardens, Rai-ka-bag palace, Rao Jodha rock garden

2. Road Trip From Jaipur to Ranthambore

Approximate Travel Time: 3 Hours – 4 hours

Best time to visit: November – February

The Royal Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore National Forest

Rajasthan is not just about forts and palaces. One of India’s largest national park is also located in Rajasthan – Ramathmbore National Forest.

The road trip from Jaipur to Ranthambore is one amongst the beautiful driving experiences. Nestled in heart of Sawai Madhopur district, Ranthambore is interspersed with a variety of bio-diversity, wildlife and native life-style culture. Ranthambore National Park is a go-to destination for wildlife-geeks. This Tiger Reserve is an amazing place to watch the Royal Bengal Tiger in action & explore its rich heritage & wildlife. Safaris are available to watch and enjoy big-cats in their natural habitat.

Ranthambore Fort is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. A guided tour of Ranthambore is not only associated with wildlife but also has its own story surrounded by various legends.

Although the best time to plan any Rajasthan trip is between October and March (to avoid the summer heat), if you want to see and photograph tigers in action (and up close), summers are prime!

Suggested Route: Via NH 52 & NH 552

Highway Eateries (dhabas) to Stop At: Sharma Bojanala, NH 52 Dhaba, The Tiger Treat
Ranthambore Famous Places to Visit: Ranthambore Fort, Padam Talao, Jogi Mahal, Trinetra Ganesh temple, Kachida vale, rule Baugh Ruins, Akaula Region.
Enroute Places to Visit: Chaksu, Tonk (Bamboo Gate), Kakod Fort, Jhalra Balaji temple, Shree Baba Ramdevji Temple, Sawai Madhopur- Bharatpur, Shri Chamatkarji Jain temple.

3. Road Trip From Jaipur to Ajmer

Approximate Travel Time: 2 Hours – 3 hours

Best time to visit: November – February

Ajmer and it's gorgeous Ana Sagar Lake

Ajmer, one of the popular weekend getaways from Jaipur, has one amongst the famed Islamic sites – Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti (or Dargah Sharif) – considered second most important to Islamic pilgrimage (first one being a visit to Mecca in Saudi Arabia). Akbar, one of the greatest emperors of the Mughal kingdom, is said to be the most famous devotee of Chisti and is known to have once walked barefoot all the way from Agra to Ajmer.

It’s magnificently settled in laps of Aravalli hills, also a charming and divine place to go to for its glorious temples. The Ana Sagar Lake, famous for its serene spots, is also located in Ajmer.

Suggested Route: Via NH 48

Highway Eateries (dhabas) to Stop At: Amrit Sukhdev, Yadav Dhaba
Ajmer Famous Places to Visit: Akbar’s Palace & Museum, Taragarh Fort, Roopangarh Fort, Black Buck National park.

4. Road Trip From Jaipur to Pushkar

Approximate Travel Time: 2 Hours – 3 hours

Best time to visit: November – February

Pushkar, famous for its annual camel fair, is one of quirkiest road trips from Jaipur. The city gets draped in a whole new color and a wonderful atmosphere during the annual camel fair (usually the last week of November). But, Pushkar is not just about the camel fair. Pushkar offers many awesome hikes through sand dunes, hot air balloon rides and roof-top cafes with pleasant views.

Suggested Route: Via NH 48

Famous Native Cafes: Happy Buddha, Funky Monkey, The Lake restaurant
Pushkar Famous Places to Visit: Pushkar Lake, Brahma staircase, Apteshwar Temple, Nagara at Gangaour Ghat.
Enroute Places to Visit: Bagru Village tour, Kanchan Kesari Village Resort, Dudu Fort. Cmax Green Village, Bandarsindari.

Quick Tip: Ajmer and Pushkar are a good combination of relaxation and adventure. You can also visit nearby villages to explore landscapes and hidden treasures in small town India. This village tourism displays a modest lifestyle with rural charms and age-old history to be remembered.

5. Road Trip From Jaipur to Bikaner

Approximate Travel Time: 5 Hours – 6 hours

Best time to visit: October – March

Lalgarh Palace

Bikaner offers one of the important aspects to every traveller – unique aspects of Rajasthani culture! Located in the northwestern part of Rajasthan, Bikaner along with Jaisalmer form the major cities of Thar Desert.
Visiting Bikaner gives travellers a feeling of completeness because here you will get to know about how the royalties of Rajasthan lived their lives in this princely state, once upon a time.

Suggested Route: Via NH 52 & NH 11

Highway Eateries (dhabas) to Stop At: Chai Pati, The Ganpati Dhaba, The BABA Dhaba.
Bikaner Famous Places to Visit: Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Devi Kund, Desert expedition, Gajner life Sanctuary, Jain Haweli.
Enroute Places to Visit: Shri Dungadhgarh Bigga, Baba Ramdev Mandir, Bigga, Khuri Bari, Govind Ghad, Ratangarh.

Bonus Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

Sariska National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, which is at a 2-hour drive from Jaipur, you can visit Sariska Tiger Reserve, although it might have fewer options than Ranthambore. On a thrilling jeep safari, you might get to see eagles, owls, spotted leopards, striped hyenas, 4-horn Antelopes, and some of the other flora and fauna. It is nice a day trip from Jaipur.
Alwar is another a soothing weekend getaway from Jaipur. Alwar is famous for breath-taking Mughal architecture, vintage forts, and serene lakes all around Alwar. If you have sweet tooth, try mouth-watering “Kalakand” at Baba Thakur & Sons.

Now You're Ready For A Weekend Getaway From Jaipur

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Just Another Beautiful View During a Road Trip

In the end…
These road trips from Jaipur are perfect nearby weekend getaways from the busy life of the metropolitan city. Pick from any of these rejuvenating weekend trips from Jaipur and set out on the most fun journey of your lives that’ll tell you why journeys matter more than the destination!

Learn More About Road Trips and Weekend Getaways From Jaipur on Robe Trotting

  • Get to know more about Derek’s trip to Jaipur here. This post gives you more information on what to do in Jaipur from the City Palace to the incredible Amber Fort, a short distance from the Pink City.
  • Find out more about India’s Golden Triangle Tours to Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. This is one of the most popular travel routes for individual and group tours.
  • Learn all you need to know for Delhi Itinerary Planning with this post on what to do in Delhi over 2 days.
  • Read about Derek’s One Day Trip to Agra, traveling into Uttar Pradesh and visiting the most famous of all tourist attractions – Taj Mahal.
  • Find out all of the Best Places to Visit in Pushkar with this post from my time in the sacred city.

These tips were shared by Mainak and Siddhida from placesinpixel.com. Places In Pixel is a Travel and Photography Blog, wherein we share our travel-planning ‘how-tos’ and travel-photography tips and hacks. We love a little bit of luxury-travel, but on a tight budget and hence we share the same luxury travel planning tips while maintaining a tight budget.

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