Updated: Nov 30, 2021
Are the humdrums of city life getting to you? If you are yearning for a weekend to relax or experience some adventure in the state of Rajasthan, we have got you covered. Here are some of the best weekend getaways you can explore.
Majestic forts and palaces, architectural marvels, spectacular landscapes and monuments - Rajasthan is all this and much more. A juxtaposition of old and new, the state is truly a traveller’s paradise. So, whether you are heading to Rajasthan or are already a resident, and looking for a perfect weekend getaway, there’s a lot in store for you. Take a look!
1. Ranthambore National Park and Fort
What once was a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, is now one of the biggest national parks in Northern India. The Ranthambore national park is flanked by the Vindhyas and Aravallis and is rich in biodiversity. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, it is named after the famous Ranthambore Fort that lies within the park’s premises. The name Ranthambore itself is derived from two picturesque hills called Rann and Thambor that are located in the region.
Ranthambore National Park (Image credit: Unsplash)
If jungle safari, bird-watching, or wildlife photography is on your mind, then this is the place to be. It also offers packages according to your interest like weekend, honeymoon, birding, educational, etc. While people generally flock here to see the majestic Bengal Tigers, they tend to chill at the many hotels and resorts in the area.
From budget to luxury, there’s every type of accommodation here. The park remains closed during the monsoon season which is usually from July to September. So the most ideal time to visit the park is between November to April owing to the pleasant weather.
You can check out more details about the park here.
2. Sambhar Lake
Sambhar Lake is India’s largest saltwater inland lake and the biggest source of salt for Rajasthan. Contrary to popular belief, the lake is more of a saline wetland than that with a lot of water. The 200 sq km area which is a large expanse of desert soil and salt is surrounded by the Aravalli range. The Sambhar Lake has been a backdrop for many Bollywood films - right from Jodha Akbar, Ram Leela to PK.
Sambhar lake, now a salted bed (Image credit: Wikimedia)
Every winter, the wetland becomes a temporary home for thousands of migratory flamingos. This invites tourists from far and wide to soak in the pink sights. People can set up camps near the lake, stargaze at night and even go paragliding. There are many temples, museums, and places of interest in the towns located nearby. Sambhar lake is around 80 kilometers away from Jaipur and easily accessible through all modes of transport.
To know more about Sambhar lake, navigate here.
3. Mount Abu
This is Rajasthan’s only hill station and a favourite amongst those seeking respite from the heat. Mount Abu has everything it takes for a great weekend getaway. The air is crisp and clean, the hills and waterfalls are picturesque, wildlife sanctuaries, Jain temples and lakes are a treat to the eyes.
Trevor’s Crocodile Park is a popular picnic spot that is located in the Sirohi district, close to Gujarat’s border. At an elevation of 1,220 m, Mount Abu is worth a visit if the idea is to take a break in the lap of nature. Sunsets from atop the hill station are very beautiful. There are many resorts, hotels and retreats here.
The scenic Mount Abu (Image credit: Unsplash)
For more details on what all you can do here and it’s history, read here.
Bundi is a city of stepwells. Situated in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan, 36 kilometers away from Kota, Bundi is believed to be the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Kim’. The place is dreamy and filled with palaces, forts, fruit orchards, cotton fields all of which have a rustic touch. It is also flanked by the Aravalli range and was once the capital of the Hadoti kingdom ruled by the Hada Chauhans.
The stepwells at Bundi (Image credit: Flickr)
There is a lot to see and do in Bundi. Some interesting ones are Sukh Mahal, Kshar Bag, Raniji ki Baori, Dabhai Kund, Nagar Sagar Kund, Taragarh Fort, Lake Jait Sagar, Lake Nawal Sagar and Lake Kanak Sagar. So if your heart is yearning for old-world charm, head here for a getaway.
You can get to know more here.
Other places for a getaway
Kuchaman City, Bharatpur & Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Kumbhalgarh Fort & Wildlife Sanctuary, Pachewar Garh Fort, Pushkar, Bhangarh Fort, Mathura, etc.
These are just a few places where you can unwind. There are certainly more gems in the region.
P.S. Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, make sure to travel only when it's safe and follow all the precautions. We, at Cityscope, do not recommend unnecessary trips.
Edited by Roshni Shroff.
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