It is definitely off the beaten track and going to or from Jaipur it is approximately 100km off the beaten track but it is most definitely worth going to although without your own transport it is going to be a bit of an ordeal to get there!
I had taken my driver, Mahavir Yadav to the long forgotten Agrassen ki Baoli in Delhi so taking me to Abhaneri was his treat and surprise. It is simply astonishing. An absolutely outstanding, geometric site!
Baolis are step wells (the water can be reached by going down the steps) and the steps here zig and zag around in a most impressive manner.
Entrance was free but we felt obliged to pay the local "guide" to take us around. He did not give us much historical information but was most informative about the statues that were strewn about the place.
I did a bit of research and there really is not a lot of information about it. I did find out that It was built in the 9th century, has 3500 steps, 13 stories and is 100 feet deep.
Ranthambore National Park is only 130kms from Jaipur- certainly worth a day trip, or even a day/night trip. There is a very nice Government-run guest house in the park (we stayed here) and cost was reasonable.
The park is located in the eastern part of Rajasthan . Nestled between the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges, Ranthambore used to be the hunting ground of Maharajas of Jaipur. The Park is perfect for lovers of wild-life. Various natural rivers and man-made lakes flow here, and the park is especially beautiful after Monsoon.
Ranthambore National Park is purported to be one of the best tiger reserves in India. The tigers can sometimes be seen during the day, at the waterholes.
The park has dense deciduous forests and excellent birdlife, a wide variety of flora and fauna, water-buffalo ,buck and hippos
Ranthambore Park is also classified as a heritage site. There are ruins of old monuments, chattris and cenotaphs.
The oldest fort in Rajasthan is the imposing Ranthambore Fort. Quite a steep climb- but worth every step.
Hiring a car with driver to get to Ranthambore should not be a problem from Jaipur.
Once inside the park- private or shared jeeps, with experienced guides, will take you through the various routes- keep your eyes peeled- you may see a Tiger (or Tiger with cubs).
For more info on Ranthambore Park and Fort -see my Sawai Madhopur page
Surabhi turban museum is Located in the Pink City on old Amber Road in the Surabhi restaurant bulding.This is pivate museum have large collectinn of Rajasthani turbans. One can find myriad variations of turbans in the museum and it is said that the size and style of these turban changes in every 15 km.Seasonal Turbans, Different Turbans For Different Festivals, Weeding Turbans intersting to see.
on the way to the galta situated monkey temple one can also trek upto the sun temple and see the view of jaipur.
apparently this is the spot from where the architect of jaipur city vidhadhar envisioned the planned city of jaipur and all the city plan is so clear from this spot.
a must see sight of jaipur.
It's not unusual to see monkeys, camels, donkeys, and the ever-present cows in India, not only in and around her half million rural villages, but even strewn among the traffic in towns and chaotic cities. For the vast majority of these animals, life is hard work, whether plowing fields or pulling heavy loads that machinery might accomplish in more developed countries. And although many people try to care for their animals, the pressures of slim profit margins can mean that an animal is urged on to work, sometimes literally to death.
Many locals and travelers alike have seen these disturbing images of animals in pain, malnourished, working too hard. But when Englishwoman Mishy Rogers saw crows pecking out the eyes of a blind horse in Delhi in 1980, she vowed to do something for animals.
She launched Help In Suffering (HIS), which today is a fantastic two-acre animal shelter located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Years later, with thirty staff on board, HIS has made important strides in animal welfare. HIS has advocated for better conditions for the elephants at Amber Fort in Jaipur, securing signs for reporting mistreatment, a shade canopy, access to water, and reduced working hours in hot months.
Likewise, there are HIS mobile programs to teach pony-cart drivers about pain-free hoof cleaning and camel drivers about inserting humane nose pegs. There is a street dog birth control and vaccination program that has sterilized 70 percent of all female dogs in Jaipur (26,000 dogs!) and reduced rabies cases down to zero - an important accomplishment in a country that still sees 20,000 human rabies deaths a year.
Travelers on India trips with Intrepid have been impressed, even moved, when visiting the HIS sanctuary in Jaipur, where they are likely to see all sorts of animals in various states of recovery. One group met a man whose livelihood depended on his sweet, small pony, which had suffered an infection. This very poor yet sincerely concerned man was involved in the care of the pony, shown how to give medication, and encouraged to lay out his bedroll and sleep right next to the pony until recovered. In this way, HIS is helping animals and the people who rely on them, and so are Intrepid travelers who choose to donate. You can visit the HIS animal shelter on any Intrepid trip that travels through Jaipur if you wish, but a special visit is always organized on our India Family Adventure.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is a beautiful garden, located at a distance of 10 kms from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra Highway. Sisodia Bagh gets a prime attraction in the charming city of Jaipur. The Garden appeals more to the beholder, since it stands as a symbol of love. In 1728, Sisodia Rani Garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, with an intention to gift the garden, to his Sisodia Queen from Udaipur. As the name suggests, the Garden was named after the queen, who was adorable to the King.
Sisodia Rani Garden served as a natural sanctum and a getaway for the Maharani of Jaipur. Here, the queen used to spend time in the lap of nature, away from the political machinations of the royal palace. The Garden houses fragrant shrubs and exquisite variety of plants, which exclaims the fact that it made a perfect sanctum for the lady of the royal household. For centuries, the garden offered a retreat to the crowned heads and royal ladies, but at present everybody can enjoy this exotic and refreshing garden.
The structure of the garden is imbibed from the Mughal style of Architecture, which makes it a well-designed garden. Sisodia Rani Garden appears to be designed on the theme of eternal lovers, Radha-Krishna. The garden appeals to the artistic and visual tastes of the spectator with its layered gardens, fascinating fountains, painted pavilions and galleries. The interesting frescos, depicting the exotic scenes of Radha-Krishna, enthrall the visitors for their divine appearance.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh captivates the people for its beautiful landscaping and ceaseless charm. Set amidst the desert land, the garden exhibits skill of a human hand and the beauty of nature. If you are planning a trip to Jaipur, don't miss this magnificent garden, which is truly a feast for the eyes.
The Elephant Festival is one of the most popular festivals of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Elephant festival has its own charm and is celebrated every year in March on the occasion of Holi, the festival of colors. The festival has a unique concept of its own kind. The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated throughout India, but the festival gets some more spice added to it, when it combines with the Elephant festival of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Elephants become the major attraction of this festival in their classy attires.
The famous Chaugan ground of Jaipur makes the perfect venue for the occasion. Elephant Festival commences with a parade of decorated Elephants marching towards the ground. Different competitions are organized to enjoy the festival to its full. Elephants engaged in races, polo-matches and tug-of-war with men make the spectators spellbound. Here one can enjoy seeing Elephants at their best. The Elephant keepers (mahouts) decorate their Elephants from head to toe with an exceptional care. The 'Best Decorated Elephant' contest is another feature of this cultural fest.
It is a festival time for Elephants, so they enjoy the festivity by dancing and playing. Live Folk dances and music programs are also arranged for the overall entertainment of people. This festival of Elephants revives the royalty of Jaipur, when people enjoy the glorious Elephant ride in the ground. The Elephants beautifully decked with floral motifs, make ultimate picture for the tourists. Being the time for Holi, tourists play Holi mounting on these painted Elephants. Elephant Festival of Jaipur is unusual, something different and definitely a special treat for the tourists.
In city palace museum there is a courtyard and around there are exquisite doors with art work which gives a 3 D effect. a must see, a photographers delight. On each door is a small statue of one God , ganesh, shiva etc
Jaipur is set amongst a backdrop of the Aravali range which runs about 350 miles (560kms) and divide the State of Ragesthan through south-east and north-west. The range is rich in natural resources. There are several rivers and while generally bare and sparsely populated with large areas of sand, there are heavily forested areas in the south.
High up on the hilltop is Jaigarh Fort or Victory Fort. The fort has palaces, granary, cannon foundry as well as a giant mounted cannon (Jaivan) which was built in 1720 and is said to be the largest cannon in the world. There are also numerous temples and a tall tower. The fort was built between the 15th and 18th centuries and is surrounded by high imposing ramparts. The fort was sealed for 7 years by the government while they checked out the rumour that a large amount of gold treasure was buried at the fort. The gold was never found and the fort was opened again to the public.
Location : 15kms from Jaipur.
Amber is a small town which once was an ancient capital of the Jaipur state until 1728. Today it lies below Amber Fort, around 8kms from Jaipur. Amber town is famous for its Hindu and Muslim architecture. You can also take an elephant ride from the town up to Amber Fort. There are many crumbling havelis and temples which can still be seen in the old town of Amber. The Jagat Shiromani temple and Sun temple are still in good condition.
Nahargarh Fort is also known as Tiger Fort and is situated 15 kms from the city. There is a winding road which makes it way up the hill giving a wonderful view of the valley and Amber Fort. The Fort was built in 1734 and was used as a retreat for the royal family, it sits some 600ft above the city. The walls of the fort run along a ridge and within these walls are the Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan.
The fort is open 10.00am to 16.00pm and there is a small entry fee.
One of the views from Amber Fort looks down the Kanak Valley, which is formed by the Aravalli ranges. Sawai Jai Singh who was the founder of Jaipur discovered the valley and named it. Within the valley is a three centuries old temple complex dedicated to Govind Deoji and Natawarji. The garden there is called Kanak Bagh. At night time you can apparently see the temples lit up. Kanak Valley can be reached by bus.
Gaitore is 5 kilometers from the city of Jaipur. Each Maharaja has a chhatri (cenotaph) built in his honor. It is the final resting place of the Maharajas of Jaipur and is located just off the Jaipur - Amber Road. Situated in a narrow valley the cenotaphs of the former Maharajas are chhatris made in typical Rajput architecture. The chhatri of Sawai Jai Singh II is of special mention for its carvings peacocks, delicate carvings, and beautiful shapes that exaggerate it. Each chhatri is covered with carvings depicting the tastes of the person it commemorates.
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Galta is 10 km southeast of Jaipur hence you can stop here if you're coming from Agra. It is an 18th century religious site with well-preserved, colorful temples and water tanks, fed by natural spring water.