Last Updated: November 21, 2019 Anil Rana
When routine lifestyle of Delhi starts taking its toll on your life, you start looking for some respite and a break. But what if you are out of spare time other than the weekends? Fret not! Though it’s a very short period to go for a long trip, you can still find time for a quick visit to Rajasthan which would be a pleasant weekend getaway. Devoid of the madness of corporate life and hectic scheduling, the pink city Jaipur and the enthralling Ranthambhore will reinvigorate you and soothe your nerves.
A destination belongs to the Golden Triangle appreciated globally for its chivalric past, Rajasthan is known for its sky scrapping forts, magnificent palaces and rich art and culture. Gifted with astounding natural beauty and calm and noise free environ, the state is a tourist hub.
Located in the north-western part of India, multi-hued Rajasthan shares its north-western borders with Pakistan. Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana are situated in the north-eastern and northern frontiers. Madhya Pradesh is sited in its East whereas Uttar Pradesh is situated in the south-eastern fronts. Gujarat is sited on the South-western part.
Let’s see… what are the best weekend options from Delhi to Rajasthan?
Sariska: The treasure trove of mesmeric flora and fauna
Situated at a distance of around 180 kilometers from Delhi, Sariska is a well acclaimed nature hunting destination. If you want to see tigers strolling in open air and roaring in front of you, do not miss the Sariska National Park, one of the most visited tourist spots in Rajasthan. The park, a great destination for your short weekend breaks is located in the Alwar district of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The park covers an area of 800 sq. kilometers and is divided into different parts such as, grasslands, deciduous forests, rocky landscapes and steep cliffs.
The fauna includes wonderful variety of animals like Sambhar deer, leopards, crocodiles, hyenas, woodpeckers, Indian tigers, boars, peafowls and a number of other avian species and marsh animals. Do not forget to visit the ‘Jai Samand Lake’ or ‘Siliserh Lake’ as here you can see water snakes, crocodiles and other famous amphibians. Magnificent variety of flora and fauna is the major attraction of the vicinity.
Alwar: Monuments tell the saga
A vivid knowledge of Indian history remains incomplete without getting through the chivalric story of Maharana Pratap. The famous city of Alwar was established by this great ruler. Located at a distance of around 160 km south of Delhi, it is one among the Rajput royal ancestries and the closest historical city to Delhi. Surrounded by Aravali Range, the undisturbed natural scenario of Alwar attracts global tourists. The blue water of the lakes surrounded by lush green mountains enriches its picturesque landscape. The highest hill of the city is guarded by a historic and eminent fort and demonstrates the regal lifestyle of medieval Rajasthan. The city has other notable tourist destinations like Bala-Quila, Sariska Van Abhyaranya, and Silished Etc.
Bharatpur: Birds’ frolic zone
The historical city of Bharatpur can be your next weekend destination for its significant bird sanctuary and wetland. Popularly known as Lohagarh, this popular city is the ‘Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan’. One of the most striking tourist destinations of Delhi Rajasthan Weekend Tours is Bharatpur, located around 185 km away from the capital of the country. A gem in the necklace of incredible Rajasthan is home to the famous Keoladeo Ghana National Park– a unique bird sanctuary enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. During winter season birds from across the world assemble here which enriches the natural scenario. The dark green forest houses more than 250 species of birds and attracts global as well as international tourists. The Brij Festival organized before Holi is truly exceptional. One can reach there from Delhi, via train within 3 to 4 hours. Regular bus and taxi services are also available for better convenience.
Jaipur, city of pink forts
Known as the pink city, Jaipur is the largest town of Rajasthan. Particularly known for its forts and palaces made of pink stones, the city grabs attention eventually. The most popular among those monuments is the Hawa Mahal which is built in the form of bee hive. This fort like structure is known for its 953 Jharokhas (windows), styled with impressively carved sandstone and multicoloured marbles. Other well known monuments are Amber Fort, City Palace Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort and many more. Night view of the Jal Mahal is breath-taking as the water silhouette set by the palace glows at night from light reflection.
Apart from the magnificently built forts and palaces this ancient city surprises the visitors for its art and craftsmanship. Artistic handicraft, eye-catching jewellries are out of the box. Local markets are filled with multihued turbans, hand-dyed and embroidered textiles, ethnic attire, and delicious food. The fun-loving populace of Jaipur organizes a number of local festivals that represent all unique elements of their culture through songs, dance and other artistic performances. Other festivals celebrated locally include Teej, Kite festival, Gangaur, Camel festival, Elephant festival, to name a few.
Samode, pinnacle of architecture
An excellent work of art and one of the finest examples of Indo-Sarsanic Architecture, Samode Palace is an old fortified residence of the Nathawat family. Located in the Aravali range, the palace is set around 40 km away from Jaipur and 264 km from Delhi. An amalgam of magnificent architecture and suitable location is enough to give the place a romantic feel. These symbols of elegance and class exhibit grandeur and talk oodles about the refined taste of the then rulers. The interiors of the fort reflect the finest example of magnificent architectural beauty of medieval age.
Presently functioning as a luxurious hotel, it attracts attention for its open courtyards, spacious rooms, and suites which have attached airy balconies. The walls are painted in temperate colours to emphasize the elaborate marble work. The antique handicrafts and the traditional artifacts give you a Victorian era feel. The Durbar hall is designed with the crystal shining glass and minakari work and provides a vivid idea about the royal lifestyle.
Pushkar, the divine destination
Located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, the divine city of Pushkar is situated at a distance of around 403 km from the capital of the country Delhi. This historical city is known worldwide for the being the only place in the world where Brahma temples are found. Daily prayers, periodic soundtrack of chanting and devotional songs echoing from 400 milky-blue temples generate a heavenly feel. 52 bathing ghats are packed with the pilgrims who wish to purify their soul by taking dip into the holy ponds. Devotees believe that the water of these ponds can cure many skin diseases. The holy incense, dazzling wares at shops, fancy traditional weapons, and old silver ornaments will grab your attention. A walk through the market streets, camel safari, fire camping on desert, and enjoying world famous Kalbelia Dance are not to miss activities in Pushkar.
Among the temples, the one dedicated to the deity Brahma has the most striking ambiance. It’s set on a elevated platform with marble steps leading up to it. A silver turtle is placed on the floor in front of the Sanctum-Sanctorum or Garbha-griha. The floor around the turtle is set with hundreds of silver coins. The same coins are found on the walls of the temples which are impressed with donor’s name. The walls are adorned with peacock’s image. The temple has a silver door inside the carved marble gateway.
Every year during the fool moon days in November i.e., on Kartik Purnima, Pushkar Camel Fair starts and continues for 14 days. Being one of the most popular cattle fairs in the country, the fair sees the participation of more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle and is visited by more than 400,000 people every year.
Ranthambore: the game parlour of Big cats
Another wildlife weekend destination from Delhi is situated at a distance of around 362 km via rail and 480 km by road. Well connected with all major cities of the country, the Ranthambore National Park attracts attention of the tourists for the roaring tigers strolling in open air environment. Safari drive through the dense forest rejuvenates your adventurous nature and stimulates you. Satisfy your enthusiast soul moving through the well-preserved meadows and picturesque landscape and enjoy the exotic feel. Three magnificent lakes -Raj Bagh, Padam Talab, and Malik Talab boost the scenic beauty of the park and make the scenario eye-soothing. The lakes contain abundant aquatic vegetation along with duckweeds, lilies and lotus.
A major geological element within the park is the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the Vindhaya plateau and the Aravali range congregate. The alluring view of the park is enriched by the river Chambal in the South and the Banas in the north of the park. Sharp rocky hills and the leading work of art of Ranthambore Fort are mind-blowing.
Mandawa, an argosy of regality
If you have a dream of feeling the vintage regale lifestyle, a weekend trip to Mandawa can be the best option for you. Located at a distance of around 240 km from Delhi, it is a castle town in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. The royal fort of 19th century is later transformed to a castle hotel. Classic halls facilitated with all modern services will help you to feel the charm of living in medieval days without impeding your physical comfort. The doorway is decorated with fascinating forms of Lord Krishna and his cowherds. The expansive structural design contains different theme in different wings. The walls of the airy rooms are decked by elaborated paintings and mirror work. The open terrace of the palace offers a panoramic view of the whole town.
Karauli, the city of monuments
The fortified city of Karauli will give you a vivid idea about the rich art and architectural vivacity of ancient India. Located at a distance of around 304 km from Delhi, the city attracts attention for the myriad antiquated shrines, stunningly adorned havelis and designer chatrris. The immaculate union of the traditional élan of Mughal constructions with cheery motif and intricate stone work bestow the real Rajasthani elegance of architectural beauty. Bhanwar Vilas Palace has an abundant collection of antique royal belongings, whereas the City Palace is built with white and off-white stones and painted upon with reds, bright blues, browns and oranges. From atop the palace, one can witness the mesmeric view of the town set on the bank of River Bhadrawati. Other significant tourist spots include Kalyanji Temple, Kaila Devi Sanctuary, Madan Mohan ji Temple etc. Most of the monuments are made of pale red sand stones.
Kota – Bundi, the princely cities
If you are pressed for time and can’t afford long breaks, a Delhi-Rajasthan weekend trip to the Hadoti region of Rajasthan can be the best option. Popularly known for its serene natural beauty and pristine forts, the ambiance of the city can drive away all your exhaustion. Kota is around 496 km from Delhi and one can reach Kota by train within 8 hours. One can start tour from Chambal Garden, one of the most famous picnic spots in the state. Other noteworthy destinations are Maharao Madho Singh Museum, The Government Museum, Jag Mandir, Haveli of Devtaji, Kota Barrage, Kansua temple with a four faced Shiva Lingam, Adhar Shila, Budh Singh Bafna Haveli, Bhitria Kund, Yatayat Park, Godavari Dham Mandir, Haryali Water Park and many more. Finish your trip here and approach towards Bundi, which is situated only at a distance of 36 km from Kota. Opulently showcasing Rajput style of architecture, the palaces are fine examples excellence. Impressively designed casements and gigantic pillars exude the exclusiveness of ancient Indian architectural beauty. Have a look at the Chitra Shala where you can get an indication of the vibrant history of a bygone era highlighted on ceilings and walls. Do not forget to visit the historical Diwan-e-aam, Hathia Pol and Naubat Khana. Another significant element of Bundi tour are hunting lodges like Sukh Mahal, Phool Sagar Palace, and Shikar Burj.
For a relaxing weekend tour from Delhi there can be number of other destinations in incredible Rajasthan, but the above mentioned are a must-see. The rich cultural heritage, historical forts and mouth-watering desserts are almost common elements of all these cities. Search for the most affordable and best Delhi Rajasthan weekend packages and get ready with your backpacks to make your next weekend noteworthy.
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Published: 10 Mar, 2014