The weekend's around the corner, and you haven't got anything planned? Going on a picnic with your family or friends makes for a perfect day out. It is like a short trip that provides a break from the hubbub of city life. Jaipur is a beautiful city with a distinct, colourful culture that attracts people from across India. But if you live in Jaipur, you must be quite acquainted with the famous tourist spots.
Take a break from the crowded cliched destinations and wander outside the city to these picnic spots near Jaipur:
1. Vidyadhar Garden
Located at a close distance from Jaipur city, Vidhyadhar Garden is a beautiful sprawling garden. It attracts people to its amazing architecture and the view of the Jaipur city from here. It consists of a terrace garden, galleries adorned with the murals of Lord Krishna, fountains and a well-maintained garden. This garden was constructed in 1988 in the memory of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya who was the chief architect of the Jaipur city. It is believed that this place was once a vineyard of the royal family. It is a perfect place for a weekend getaway near Jaipur. You can take a walk across the enthralling garden, observe the blooming flower, and the intricate architecture of the place.
Ramgarh Lake is an artificial lake spread across an area of 15.5 square kilometres. This lake was once a major water supplier for the city of Jaipur. Being surrounded by forested hills, Ramgarh is a perfect picnic spot during March and October, when it is relatively cooler outside. One can indulge in wildlife safaris in the forest area which is home to animals like Nilgai, Chital and lions. You can also partake in boating in the human-made lake or birdwatching. There is also a sprawling polo ground nearby. The area is easily accessible by road making it an amazing places to picnic near Jaipur.
Distance from Jaipur: 39 km
3. Chandlai Lake
Chandlai lake is a lesser-known lake situated on the outskirts of the Jaipur city on Tonk road. This lake is around 140 years old and attracts a lot of migratory birds. One can spend the day here either observing the birds or sitting beside the lake area, snacking on some sandwiches. If you are a keen birdwatcher, visit it during December as you have a chance of spotting Pied Avocet (a rare bird species). This makes for a good picnic spot near Jaipur as it does not remain too crowded.
Distance from Jaipur: 31 km
4. Sambhar Lake
Sambhar Lake is India's largest saltwater lake and is surrounded by the Sambhar Lake Town. There are vast stretches of land, and the lake offers a fantastic view of sunset and sunrise. This is an excellent place to indulge in some bird watching. You can set up camp beside the lake and spend hours watching flamingos who visit this lake in huge numbers while munching on some snacks. You can also visit the Shakambhari Devi temple while visiting this place to picnic near Jaipur.
Distance from Jaipur: 96 km
5. Pink Pearl Water Park
Located on the Jaipur Ajmer Expressway, Pink Pearl Water Park is an ideal picnic spot. This is one of the biggest water parks around Jaipur and is popular among families. It is managed by the Chokhi Dhani Group and therefore is well maintained. You can spend an entire day here with your family or friends going through joy rides, adventure rides and slides, shake a leg in the rain dance section or lie and relax in the wave pool. The park has something for every age group.
Distance from Jaipur: 17 km
6. Bagru Village
Bagru Village is the area surrounding the famous Bagru Fort. Located on the Jaipur-Ajmer road, this village is an ideal location for a day out. Here, you can witness the artisans of the great hand-printed textile industry at work. The Bagru village is known for producing beautiful block print handlooms. You can visit the shops, purchase the locally made prints and can also try out your hand at this age-old craft.
Distance from Jaipur: 28 km
7. Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort is a 16th-century fortress in Rundh Bhangarh. It was built by the Kachwaha ruler of Amber, Raja Bhagwant Singh, for his younger son Madho Singh. The reputation of this place, as the most haunted place in India, precedes it. But during the daytime, it is a beautiful majestic fort. Entry into the fort is not allowed before sunrise or after sunset. You can head here with a group of friends or family and make an adventurous day out of it. Be sure to hire a local guide who will tell you some eerie as well fascinating stories. There are three stories to explore although most of the fort now stands in ruins. Despite the legends attached to it, the fortress is truly enchanting.
Distance from Jaipur: 89 km
8. Samode Palace
Samode Palace is an architectural marvel as it beautifully blends the Rajasthani and Mughal styles of architecture. Despite being around 500 years old, it still exudes beauty. A part of the palace has been turned into a luxurious heritage hotel. This is perfect for a day excursion. You can revel in the elegant architecture of mirror work, the beautifully maintained garden, and even dine in luxury at the hotel restaurant. You can also shop for bangles in the surrounding town, a craft at which this place excels.
Distance from Jaipur: 42 km
9. Sariska National Park
Located in the Alwar district, Sariska National Park is home to a variety of flora and fauna like langur, chital, sambhar, macaque, golden-backed woodpeckers, tigers and the largest population of peafowl. Sprawling across an area of 800 square kilometres, this wildlife reserve is perfect for an adventurous picnic. You can also indulge in wildlife safaris, and if lucky, you might spot a tiger.
Distance from Jaipur: 107 km
10. Siliserh Lake
Siliserh Lake is favourite picnic spot located in Alwar. Spread across an area of 7 km and is situated close to the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. You can pack your food and enjoy it beside the lake, against the backdrop of the Aravali hills. You can also partake in boating or sit and enjoy the beautiful view.
Distance from Jaipur: 144 km
The next time you are looking for a place for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, the areas mentioned above won't disappoint.