After you’ve toured Jaipur’s fortresses, bought bangles and jewels, and watched a sunset light up the architectural wonders of the Pink City, it’s time to explore farther afield to discover more of what the historic region has to offer. Here are some of the best day trips from Jaipur.
Ranthambore National Park — 103 miles (166 km) away
One of India’s most exciting wildlife viewing opportunities lies in Ranthambore National Park, home to wild boar, deer, bears, crocodiles, and, most famously, tigers. If you’re lucky you might spot one of these elusive felines while on a Jeep safari through the park.
Pushkar — 91 miles (147 km) away
Head west from Jaipur and you’ll find one of India’s most sacred towns: Pushkar. According to Vedic texts, Brahma dropped a lotus flower while seeking a place to perform a sacred ritual, and Pushkar is where it hit the ground. Among the city’s more than 500 temples is one of the few Brahma temples anywhere in the world. Visit the temple, take part in a puja ritual, and witness pilgrims praying at Pushkar Lake—considered one of the holiest in India.
Taj Mahal and Agra Fort — 149 miles (240 km) away
The town of Agra—along with Jaipur and Delhi, part of Northern India’s Golden Triangle —is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the magnificent white marble Taj Mahal and the palatial Agra Fort. Day trips by train or private vehicle match you with a historian guide to tour these iconic sites. Some tours also offer free time in Agra for shopping—the city is known for its inlay work, leatherware, brassware, jewelry, and carpets.
Jodhpur — 208 miles (335 km) away
Jodhpur, nicknamed the Royal City of Rajasthan, is home to one of the best preserved fortifications in the country. If you’re journeying from Jaipur City to Udaipur, take a detour west and stop at Jodhpur to take in the views from the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, see the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, and sample local street food.