Road trip ideas: 6 unmissable places to visit near Jaipur

Picture this: you just finished your Jaipur trip. You’re armed with great photos and souvenirs, and are probably a little sunburnt. But you badly want to continue exploring Rajasthan.

Unfortunately, every other big tourist city is too far away for a quick visit. 

Jodhpur? 350 km. Udaipur? 400 km to the south. And Jaisalmer? Almost 600 km away, bordering the Thar Desert! 

But don’t worry. With the sheer size of Rajasthan, there are still many places within 200 kilometres of Jaipur which tourists can visit to explore the spirit of this mighty state. 

To save you precious time, we’ve compiled 6 such destinations near Jaipur that you can visit with a single bus booking: 

  • Ajmer (136 km)
  • Alwar–Sariska (150 km) 
  • Pushkar (150 km)
  • Sawai Madhopur (161 km)
  • Bharatpur (184 km)
  • Bundi (214 km, but too close to not include!) 

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Let’s explore these options:

Ajmer (136 km)

Ajmer Sharif Dargah

The Ajmer Sharif dargah, lit up in the evening. Image credit: VrMUSLIM/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikipedia

Famous for Ajmer-e-Sharif, the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, Ajmer draws in pilgrims throughout the year. However, it also has a good mix of Hindu, Jain and Islamic heritage sites worth visiting, such as the Taragarh Fort, Adhai Din ka Jhonpra mosque, the Akbar Palace, and the Soniji ki Nasiyan Jain temple. 

The Anasagar Lake, built by the grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan, makes for soothing scenery when combined with the lush Daulat Bagh Garden nearby. Tip: Take a water scooter and check out the island in the middle of the lake! 

Using an ixigo bus booking, you can reach Ajmer from Jaipur in about 2.5 to 3 hours

Alwar (150 km)

lake at the city palace in Alwar

Mornings inside the Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri complex

Alwar isn’t on the usual tourist map, and that’s absolutely criminal. One of the oldest cities in Rajasthan, a one-day trip here gives you a quiet slice of the state without the trouble of bustling crowds. Start your morning early at Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, a gorgeous cenotaph complex overlooking a reservoir, ghats and 19th-century homes. Post that, visit the majestic Alwar City Palace and Museum next door—it’s home to many rare artefacts. 

Once you’ve covered these iconic sites, plan the rest of the day as you like—trips to forts (Bala Quila, the spooky Bhangarh), Siliserh Lake and the Sariska Tiger Reserve are all scenic options. Don’t forget to munch on some milk cake while here—Alwar is famous for it! 

Reaching Alwar from Jaipur will take you about 3.5 hours

Pushkar (150 km)

Bull walks past Pushkar Lake

View of Pushkar Lake

Sand dunes, lakes, hills and forests make up Pushkar’s photo-perfect landscape. Named after the lotus flower, Pushkar is home to one of the rare Brahma temples in India (the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir), but the heart of this ancient city is the Pushkar Lake. Hiking to the Pap Mochani and Savitri Mata temples will offer you an old-school panorama of the region, while hot air ballooning is a more contemporary way to get a bird’s eye view. 

If you visit in November, the unique sights and sounds of the Pushkar Camel Fair should (naturally) be at the top of your list. With an online bus booking, you can reach Pushkar in about 3.5 hours from Jaipur. 

Sawai Madhopur (161 km)

Royal Bengal Tiger at Ranthambore National Park, India

A Bengal tiger inside Ranthambore

The gateway to the legendary Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur is around 4 hours away from Jaipur by road. We’re 99% sure you’ll come here with the desire of tiger spotting (and you have a fairly good chance!) but do pay attention to the other sites inside the reserve, such as the UNESCO-recognised Ranthambore Fort, the tranquil Padma Talab (a watering hole for many kinds of wildlife) and the lakeside Jogi Mahal. 

The city also has many beautiful temples worth visiting, such as the hilltop Chauth Mata Mandir (go near sunset!), the Amreshwar Mahadev Temple, and the Shri Sumatinath Swetember Jain Mandir. Before leaving, take advantage of the area’s bountiful harvest of guavas, and pack a few boxes to take home. 

Bharatpur (184 km)

Flock of Greater flamingos inside Keoladeo National Park

Greater flamingos at a wetland in Bharatpur

Continuing the wildlife theme is Keoladeo National Park, also known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. A former royal game reserve, the park is one of the main draws to this city, and protects over 350 breathtaking species of resident and migratory birds in its woods-and-wetlands habitat. Whether you’re an expert birder or just want to soak in the peaceful atmosphere, we can’t recommend this place enough. 

If you’re more of a history buff, check out the Lohagarh Fort in the centre of Bharatpur, or the red sandstone monuments of Fatehpur Sikri, just 30 minutes southeast of the city.

Bharatpur is about 4 hours away from Jaipur by bus. 

Bundi (214 km)

dabhai kund stepwell in bundi

The Dhabhai Kund, a famous stepwell in Bundi. Image credit: Rajasthan Tourism

Known as the ‘City of Stepwells’, Bundi is an underrated gem that needs to be on your list. Straight out of a medieval fairytale, the city is dotted with intricately carved palaces and forts, and is flanked by colourful fruit orchards, fields of cotton and barley, and the Aravallis. 

The list of places to see here is quite enormous, so we’ll stick to the favourites: Raniji Ki Baori, Dabhai Kund, the Garh Palace, the Jait Sagar Lake, Saar Bagh and the two-storied Sukh Mahal Palace, where the author Rudyard Kipling wrote Kim. In fact, Kipling was so impressed with Bundi’s grandeur, that he famously said: 

“Jaipur Palace may be called the Versailles of India…Jodhpur’s House of strife, gray towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men.”

Bundi is 4 hours away from Jaipur by bus.

We hope this list could give you some fun ideas about where you could go from Jaipur via bus. If you’re up for a longer road trip, then some other picks for weekend getaways from Jaipur are Mandawa (168 km), Agra (238 km), Delhi (273 km) and the ever-pleasant hill station of Mount Abu (495 km). 

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