Getting Closer To Nature in Jaipur

As travellers to Jaipur, we are always fascinated by its monuments and are keen to unearth its history. But once we get well acquainted with this “Pink City” and its environs we realize that it has much more to offer. In this article, we explore the natural beauty of the city. There are a good number of places surrounding Jaipur where you can enjoy the verdant nature. Here we give you details about them.

Sun Temple

To reach this hilltop temple, you’ve got to take a short hike from Suraj Pol in Jaipur city. From the top there are sweeping views of the city. And it is highly recommended to climb down on the other side towards Galtaji instead of coming the same way. There you will witness wonderful historical temples sitting astride amidst the hills. The area is very peaceful but is home to many monkeys. So make sure you don’t have food or water in your hand.

Highlights: A small hilltop temple to be reached by a short hike; some ancient temples in the vicinity.

Need to know: Beware of monkeys and finish exploring the place before sunset.

Location: Galta Gate, Lal Dungri, Jaipur 302003.

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh

Jai Singh II had built this pleasure palace for one of his queens. While the palace is closed to the visitors, its terraces and garden are accessible. The entire campus is very noisy but the noise is of the twittering of the birds, not humans. Surrounding the campus are beautiful forested hills. The environment is pretty soothing here.

Highlights: An old pleasure palace situated in a scenic suburb of Jaipur, set amidst garden and surrounded by forested hills.

Need to Know: Not many visitors come here, so woman travellers are advised to go accompanied.

Location: Ghat Ki Guni, Agra Road, Jaipur 302023.

Jal Mahal

As the name suggests this is a palace set amidst the waters. It is built in the middle of ‘Man Sagar’ lake which has hills in the backdrop. It is a pleasant sight which you can capture while on your way to Amer Fort. There is also a promenade where you can stand or walk for a while if your mood permits. It tends to get crowded after sunlight as people love to see the palace illuminated with floodlights.

Hightlights: Jal Mahal is situated amidst the lake and has hillocks behind, palace isn’t accessible and can only be viewed from the promenade; on the way to Amer Fort.

Location: Jal Mahal, Amer Road, Jaipur 302002.

Gaitore

Situated in a rural kind of setting, in between Jaipur and Amer, Gaitore is known for its cenotaphs. Surrounded by scrub-covered hillocks, this place has its own charm. You can either closely peruse the sculptural nuances of the cenotaphs, or you can soak in the solitude the place and the surrounding hills offer.

Highlights: A peaceful sight with numerous cenotaphs of deceased rulers, situated in a rural suburb situated in between Jaipur city and Amer Fort.

Location: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur 302002.

Nahargarh

Built around 1734, Nahargarh Fort was supposed to be the country retreat for the royals. Not many structures in the fort have remained standing. But a palace called Madhavendra Bhavan is intact and worth a visit. There are picturesque views from the rooftop of the palace. The palace stands near the edge of a hill and the fort is surrounded by the scrub hills. Even the drive from city to the fort is enjoyable especially after you enter the ghats from where you start driving uphill. Alternatively, you can also trek up to Nahargarh from Jaipur city. There are a few open air restaurants in the fort.

Highlights: A small but rugged hilltop fort surrounded by scrub hills, a palace within is worth exploring.

Need to Know: Nahargarh sometimes sees mischievous elements from the city. Hence solo women are advised to go accompanied.

Location: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur 302002.

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