Weekend Getaway – Jaipur
Perhaps most famed for being home to Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s dargah, Ajmer also has attractions other than the purely spiritual ones. Like the historically relevant Akbar’s Palace & Museum, which has a lot of artifacts from the Mughal era and otherwise. Other top spots to visit include Ana Sagar Lake, Ratengarh Fort, and Taragarh Fort.
Distance from Jaipur: 130km
Climate: Pleasant year- Extreme summer, cool winter
Best time to visit: Winter months, October to March
Here’s some more fun for the wildlife and nature enthusiasts. This is one of the largest national parks in north India and a tiger sighting is pretty much the norm here. Also check out Ranthambore Fort, Jogi Mahal and the ruins of Raj Bagh while you are there. You could also check out the quilts and rustic jewelry made by the womenfolk here.
Distance from Jaipur: 162km
Best time to visit: Summer (for tiger spotting), November to February
The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is a tiger reserve, and is also home to leopards and hyenas, besides a whole host of deer, monkeys and other jungle life. It’s your best bet if you like your having fun in the wild. You could also check out the Sariska Palace, which once served as a hunting lodge for the royals. Also nearby are the Neelkath Temple, the Naldeshwar Temple and the ruins of the Bhartrihari Temples.
Distance from Pune: 133km
Best time to visit: October to May
If history, art, and architecture fascinate you, head to Mandawa, which has a lot of forts and old palaces. The details of the artwork on the murals of the Havelis are awe-inspiring. Check out Murmuria Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Goenka Chattri, Mandawa Fort and Thakurji Temple.
Distance from Jaipur: 168km
Best time to visit: October-February