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Three Must-Do Day Trips from Jaipur

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There is no shortage of memorable activities to do and places to visit in Jaipur.

Still, the city also acts as the perfect base to explore its surrounding areas, which are equally fascinating and promise an unforgettable time.

Whether it is about visiting the most haunted place in India or taking a break that lets you achieve nirvana, here are three day-trips you have to consider when visiting Jaipur.

Chand Baori

Chand Baori, one of the deepest stepwells in India

A smooth 2-hour drive from the Pink City of Jaipur will lead you to one of the most spectacular structures in the country, Chand Baori in Abhaneri.

An astounding piece of architecture, this stepwell was built sometime between 800-900 CE by King Chanda.

Stepwells were specially constructed to store water and as places where the royals or the locals could go to take a break from the afternoon sun.

Moreover, the water would also remain much colder at the bottom of the stepwells.

Chand Baori has 3500 steps and goes down a 100 feet, but visitors can only take in the grand views of this magnificent creation from the top.

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh, India; 17th Aug 2014 : Tourists visiting the ruined fortress in the ancient city of Bhangarh. This palace which initially had 8 floors now only has 4 floors remaining. It is said to be cursed and entry during night is prohibited

A deserted fort situated about two hours from Jaipur, Bhangarh is also one of the most haunted places in the country.

There are several stories about the fort’s past. One of the most famous is that when Princess Ratnavati did not respond to the love of a black magician, he cursed the entire region.

Locals also believe that any house near the fort cannot have a roof, and thus, live in homes with straw or no roofs.

Bhangarh Fort remains shut from sundown till dawn by order of the local government, and no one is allowed to stay in the area during this time.

Pushkar

Hindus wash away their sins at the Gau Ghat in Pushkar.

A slightly longer trip from Jaipur, it takes 3 hours to reach Pushkar.

A destination steeped in religious liveliness, Pushkar is home to several big and small temples and is unlike any other city in Rajasthan.

The town offers a spiritual environment to all its visitors, best enjoyed at one of the 52 ghats that border Pushkar Lake.

Watching the sunset at the lake is one of the most unworldly experiences to have when in town.

Pushkar is also famous amongst photographers for its annual Pushkar Camel Fair, where locals come to trade their livestock.

Shopaholics will love the fact that Pushkar has a lively bazaar where you can find souvenirs, restaurants, and all kinds of funky knick-knacks.

Most of the roads in Rajasthan are smooth, making it easier to cover longer distances during day-trips.

However, the local traffic police are very strict, and there are several checks along the routes. So, always stay within the speed limits, even if you feel like zooming through.

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