While is an entire destination in itself which could fill up your days even weeks with its nature, its wildlife and it remanants of old monuments, there are many interesting and some must-visit places that you should head to if you’re at Sariska and have some time on your hands. Call it a list of weekend getaways near Sariska, or a list of the best places to visit near Sariska, one thing is for certain, most members of this list will make you want to just pack up and leave:
One of India’s, and probably the world’s, msot popular heritage destinations, Jaipur is one of the flagbearers of true Rajasthani heritage. An old Rajput capital and still the state’s political capital, the city, dubbed the Pink City for the colour of many of the city’s buildings, is an engaging place to visit, with its three forts namely Amber, Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts, the many palaces including Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal and the City Palace and the flamboyantly colourful markets and eating joints and villages here. Visit it when you have a little more time on your hands, it is 125 km, approximately 3 hours away.
Best known for the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, a holy shrine that attracts believers from across the world, Ajmer, some 4 hours away from Sariska, is a beautifully built city that was a major architectural center during the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar. Places worth visiting are the 16th century palace built by Akbar that now houses a government museum, the man-made Ana Sagar lake, and the heritage and taxidermy museum at Mayo College, one of India’s premier schools.
A mysterious 17th century town that was abandoned not long after its completion, Bhangarh, some 38 km and 45-minutes away from Sariska, is a ruin-town that is now part of Indian urban legend. Contrasting stories expounding on Bhangarh’s origins and its haunted nature, stories of sages and queens and eternal curses, are part of the folklore now. While they’ve contributed to the town’s status as one of India’s most haunted places, there is little evidence to back it up. Anyway, a trip here is a good glimpse into Rajasthani heritage and architecture, with its temples and palaces and forts. Just do us a favour, don’t stay the night.
Bhangarh’s sister town, and a key player in many of those Bhangarh ghost stories, Ajabgarh is another ruin town about 35 km from Sariska. An eponymous garrison fort hailing from the 17th century, which is still in a great condition, stands here to offer prisitne panoramic views of the whole walled town and the arid forests around.
Located in the same district, Alwar, as Sariska, Neemrana is an interesting medieval town, a stronghold of the Chauhan rulers, one of the fiercest rivals of the Mughals. The Neemrana Fort, which gives the town its name, is one of the most premier heritage resorts in India now. At the hill-fort, you get a glimpse into 16th century Rajput architecture and may also indulge in many outdoor activities like flying fox etc. While the Neemrana town, about 120 km from Sariska, is an industrial hub now, it still retains its traditional Rajasthani charm, with many structures still standing from the medieval era and the present day royal family is believed to be direct ancestors of the legendary warrior-king Prithviraj Chauhan.