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3 Weekend Getaways for Jaipur folks

December 22, 2017

 

 

In a previous blog we talked about some of the forts at near Jaipur. However, if you are a resident of Jaipur, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort must be a place where you go quite often.

 

However, Jaipur is not limited to these forts only.

There’s lot more to explore and know more about the Jaipur and Rajasthani culture. In this post let’s see the places that are little far away from Jaipur. If you are a biking enthusiast and traveller, these destinations should be in your bucket list.

 

If you missed the best forts in Jaipur check it here

The reason is you can enjoy the thrill of speeding your bike and at the same time also experience the places. So here they are:

Bhangarh Fort

 

This place is spooky and at the same time crown destination for travellers. Hadn’t it been so famous, why would Rajasthan government have made their tourism ad around it.  If by any chance you missed this ad, check it out here:

There are many folks and anecdotes associated with Bhangarh fort.

 

According to a legend, this village was cursed by a local who practiced black magic. He loved the princess and professed his love to her.

But when the princess rejected his proposal he plotted to cast a spell on a cosmetic that the princess was supposed to use.

 

But the princess was out of reach of this poor chap, she sensed some foul play and decided to throw the cosmetic on a stone, which killed the man.

 

Before dying he cursed the place that no one will be able to live peacefully in Bhangarh. You will find many more stories told by the locals about the place, most of them spooky.

 

If you are planning to visit Bhangarh, leave from Jaipur as early as 5 AM in the morning. Located 85 Kms from Jaipur it might take you 1.5 hour to reach this place.

 

The place is off bound after 6 PM in the evening as Government of India takes the horror tales quite seriously. You will find a board by Archaeological Survey of India that states, Bhangarh is off limits after 6 PM.

 

 Chittorgarh Fort

 

Chittorgarh Fort is located 300 kms away from Jaipur. One of the best destinations for bikers, the road to this place is great and you will enjoy biking on the smooth roads.  Declared as UNESCO heritage site, Chittorgarh Fort is flocked by many Indian and Foreign tourists.

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It is one of the largest forts in India. Within the fort there are many palaces, gates, temples and minarets called Vijay Stambha. It was erected by Maharaja Kumbha between 1458 to 1468 to commemorate the victory over Mahmud Shah I Khalji. The Vijay Stambha has 157 narrow steps, leading to the terrace.

The fort is famous for the story associated with Rani Padmavati. It is said she chose honour over life. When her husband Raja Ratan Singh was defeated in battle by Allaudin Khilji, she immolated herself along with the wives of other warriors to save her modesty from the lusty king.

Ranthambore National Park

 

Located around 180 kms from Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park is known for the tigers. The National Park is spread over an area of 392 sq. Km. Inside the National Park you can also see the Ranthambore Fort, one of the UNESCO heritage forts of Rajasthan.

 

The Fort inside was built by the Chauhan rulers. However, the exact date is not known. Many wars were fought between the local Chauhan rulers and the foreign Islamic invaders. In the 17th century the fort was passed to the Kachwaha maharajas of Jaipur and remained with them until Jaipur was absorbed in India.

 

You can experience the elephant safari inside the national park to see the wildlife closely. Apart from elephant safari you can also opt for canter or jeeps to experience the flora and fauna of the national park in natural habitat. Its always full of adventure to roam in jungle full of wild animals you never know what is ahead on your way.

 

Closing Note:

 

If you are a tourist and sceptical about being conned by local auto drivers or cab operators, choose self-driven bike rentals. Not only are they more economical, you engage better with your environment that makes your experience the best one.

And that’s not all you can also claim a discount of 20% by using the coupon code JPR20. Book motorbikes in Jaipur here.

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