The huge state of Rajasthan has so many splendid destinations that it is truly hard to choose. Moreover, these places are full of attractions which can make your trip quite hectic. It is best to take one city at a time, if you really want to explore this massive and colourful state completely. Jaipur would be a good start. This amazing city is full of surprises. Even if you have been to the most popular attractions, Jaipur has still a lot to offer. This city will never bore you, you will always have enough places to check out, eat or shop. Tired of the crowded places? Here are some off the beaten track attractions for you to check out.
The magnificence of the Amber Fort, City Palace or the Hawa Mahal sometimes overshadows the other interesting places Jaipur has to offer. For example, the Galta Temple. The amazing temple complex is home to 7 natural hot springs. Just 10 km away Jaipur city, lies this ancient Hindu temple. Surrounded by hills and built with pink sand stone, the temple is no less regal than the other attractions in Jaipur. The Monkey temple here has got a lot of attention in recent years though. The best time to visit is before the sunset. Monkeys take a dip in the kund at that time.
Nahargarh Biological Park
If you had enough of history and culture and want to spend the day out of doors, here is your chance – Nahargarh Biological Park. With over 200 bird species and tons of exotic trees and plants. Tigers, bears and elephant sightings are also possible if you are lucky. It is close to Nahargarh Fort and you can also visit the fort if you want. The view from the top is just amazing. An insider tip – you must get a meal at one of those quaint cafes in Nahargarh.
Stepwells make for a great photo opportunity. They have become quite popular in these days of social media. Chand Baori in the Abhaneri village close to Jaipur. The place has both traces of Rajput and Mughal architecture and is maintained by Archaeological Survey Of India now. The stepwell has become more popular ever since it was portrayed in various Bollywood movies like Bhool Bhulaiya, Paheli, Bhoomi, and The Dark Knight Rises. The place is about 2.5 hours from Jaipur, and though the village is in ruins, sometimes abandoned places look intriguing too. If you are up for some unusual attraction, now you know where to go.
Close to the Chandlai Toll Plaza, off the Kota highway, lies the Chandlai Lake. A lovely place for birdwatchers and for any tourists for that matter. Locals believe the water body is about 140 years old and is off the tourist radar. The place is as serene as Jal Mahal, but without the crowds, which is something we all look for. Every year, the lake gets about 10000 species of birds, hence you don’t even have to worry about the time of the year you are visiting.
Apart from attractions, make sure to check out the quaint new cafes and the boutiques that have made Jaipur even more interesting in recent times. Hence, don’t hesitate to put it in your holiday planner and take a break from the usual stuff. If you want to get your itinerary customized get in touch with Rajput Holidays, a premier travel agency in India.