Day Trips – Outside the city, there are plenty of smaller towns and wildlife conservation areas that you can spend a day or two at. The top day trips to do from Jaipur will be the following:
Pushkar – This town is famous for its lake and a Hindu pilgrimage site, is a town that can be visited in a day. It’s a quiet and peaceful town, where something or the other is always going on around the steps of the lake.
The Pushkar Camel Fair (late October – early November) and Hot Air Ballooning Festival (early – mid November) are the most popular activities in this town and also the best time to visit to Jaipur.
Ranthambore Tiger Safari – Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, is a national park about 170 kms (~106 miles) from Jaipur. As the name suggests, the key attraction of this national park are tigers in the wild.
It is advisable to book a safari in advance. You’ll be assigned a forest guide who will lead your safari at the destination. The public access areas of this forest is divided into 10 zones and each party is assigned one zone that they can visit.
Normally tiger sightings are quite frequent here. The other animals in this reserve are monkeys, deer, antelopes, peacocks, jackals, hyenas and leopards (extremely rare).
Some people stay there overnight and book two safaris (one in the afternoon of the day they arrive and one the next morning) to give themselves a better chance to come across a tiger(s). Of all things to do in Jaipur, this is a must if you are a nature adventurer.
Chand Baori – Around 93 kms (~58 miles) from the city of Jaipur is the small village of Abhaneri. This is the home to one of the largest, and arguably, the most famous step wells of the world. Chand Baori is a deep four-sided structure with an immense temple on one face. Some 3,500 Escher-esqe terraced steps march down the other three sides 13 stories to a depth of 100 feet.
This is also the famous location of Bane’s prison from the movie Batman – The Dark Knight. For seekers of the paranormal, this location is also supposed to be haunted by a djinn (an invisible ghost referred to in the Quran), so travel at your own risk!