Unseen places near Jaipur which you may not know

Jaipur isn’t merely the capital of the state, but the pink city is also globally famous for its tourist attractions. But not many people are aware that apart from the hot spots in Jaipur, there are several other places in the vicinity of Jaipur that are also worth visiting for their grandeur, look and feel.

Abhaneri Chand Baori

Abhaneri-Chand Baori
Abhaneri-Chand Baori

The Chand Baori is a stepwell located in the village of Abhaneri in Rajasthan. Abhaneri was originally named as Abha Nagri which can be translated to “A city of brightness”. Although the city is now dilapidated, people from different parts of the world come to visit Abhaneri often, the Chand Baori being the main attraction. Chand Baori has 35oo narrow steps that are spread across 13 stories. It is cut deep into the ground for almost 100 feet and thus is considered as one of the largest and the most buried stairwells in India.

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort

The Bhangarh Fort, which was built way back in the 17th century and is quite close to Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Aravalli Mountains. This fort was built by Man Singh I, for his grandson Madho Singh, it was named after Man Singh who was also known as Bhan Singh. Although the fort and its surroundings are well maintained and reserved, there is a fear of the fort being haunted which is why it becomes desolate after sundown. As per the notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India, no one is allowed to stay in the region of the fort after the sundown and before sunrise.

Samode Palace

Samode Palace
Samode Palace

Located in the middle of the beautiful landscaped gardens, the Samode Palace is a palace turned into the hotel. This hotel has exclusively been the host of the celebrities and royalties across the world. The walls of the castle are designed with ancient murals that will only take your breath away.

Where to stay near Jaipur

I always prefer Lohagarh Fort Resort in Kukas Jaipur as thats the best resort near Jaipur city, and one can get clean roads from here to all the above three tourist sites. But you can also stay at budget hotels in Amer Road, Raja Park as these areas are on the outskirts of Jaipur.

Cost of exploring these 3 sites

Since its impossible to catch one single bus to visit all these three locations in a day. So I would prefer to here a cab which I did for one day. The cost for that was INR 3000. It would be desirable to rent a cab from Jaipur, rather than from nearby major urban cities of New Delhi or Agra as locals driver knows shortcuts to these unseen places.

Related articles on Jaipur

Since this post is for travelers planning to visit Jaipur then have a look at this article on Jaipur tourism and Jaipur tourist sites which were selected for Hollywood movies,

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3 amazing places to explore in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer

Both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are amazing cities of Rajasthan. There are lots of exciting tourist destinations in both these cities. Here is an asap view at some of the best places of both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer that you can explore on a short trip to Rajasthan.

Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur

Jodhpur
Jodhpur

The Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the largest residential palaces of the royals of Rajasthan. A portion of Umaid Bhavan Palace has been turned into a heritage luxury hotel and is with the Taj group of hotels. The castle is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh and has around 350 rooms and is at present the private residence of the royal family of Jodhpur.

A portion of the palace is now a museum that houses the used items from the royal family of Jodhpur.
The Umaid Bhavan Palace is also better known as the Chittar Palace. It is made with marble and sandstones and looks magnificent, to say the least. The museum houses are stuff animals and items like clocks and windmills, a giant flag gifted by Queen Victoria and some classic cars that the Royals used in the earlier times.

Sam sand dunes in Jaisalmer

Sam sand dunes
Sam sand dunes

If you visit Rajasthan, you simply cannot miss being on the Sam sand dunes at Jaisalmer. It is the gateway to the desert, Thar where several tourists, both national and international visit throughout the year. The desert safari at the Sam dunes is what makes it the star attraction of Jaisalmer city.

As per locals and tour operators in Rajasthan, the best time to visit the Sam dunes is early morning, right after the sunrise or near the sunset time in the evening as these are the times when the temperature in the desert is within the tolerance limit.

You can choose the desert safari tour offered by the local Jaisalmer desert camp sites which are at the boundary of the Sam sand dunes. You can either choose the camel safari which involves riding a camel’s back for a trip in the desert or you can also choose the jeep safari which means traveling in a vehicle to explore the desert and its rural life.

Staying put in Jaisalmer desert tents is another experience that you should not miss. There are some amazing Rajasthani designed desert camps located on the boundary of the Sam sand dunes. They arrange for a bonfire and local gypsy dance which are worth experiencing.

Jaisalmer Fort Aka Golden Fort

Jaisalmer fort
Jaisalmer fort

The Jaisalmer Fort, which is commonly known as the Golden Fort, is also one of the major tourist attractions of Jaisalmer. Made with sandstones that are bright yellow in color makes the fort look dashing in the bright sunlight. Jaisalmer Fort is also regarded as the largest forts in the world and is an UNESCO world heritage site. There are many courtyards and palaces within the fort along with museums that present several artifacts from the ancient era. It is needless to say that visiting this fort is a must when you visit Rajasthan on a vacation.

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What makes Jaipur one of the top ten cities of India

Jaipur is not only the capital city of Rajasthan, but it is also renowned for several things at a go. The tourism of Jaipur is well famous all over the world and travel enthusiasts from various corners of the world visit Jaipur each year in throngs to explore the various interesting tourist sites all over Jaipur.

Today’s post is from Pratap Singh who offers Award winning car rental service in Jaipur and other cabs rental service like Jaipur to Ajmer trip by cab, night tour of Jaipur city in Cab etc. So here is an extensive list of all other things that Jaipur is interesting for that you would know:

Precious stones of Jaipur

Precious-stones-of-Jaipur

Jaipur is also known for its precious stones and marbles. Just like Hyderabad is known for its pearl, similarly Jaipur is also known for its huge market of precious stones and stone studded jewelry. There are several shops and showrooms of jewelries in the city and a lot of people are established as the import and export business persons.

Education in Jaipur

There are several government granted colleges and universities in Rajasthan and in Jaipur. This has paved way for a large number of students from neighboring states to visit and enroll for higher education in Jaipur. Thus it can easily be said that Jaipur is now one of the most important educational hubs of the country.

Jaipur Foot

Although the industry for the prosthetic foot is a very small one in Jaipur, yet it is renowned all over the country by the name of Jaipur foot. It is a blessing in disguise for all the people who suffer from certain level of disabilities.

Jaipur is famous for its tourism

Jaipur-is-famous-for-its-tourism

Not many people know that although Jaipur lacks most of the natural resources, it is one of the quickly developing cities of the country. Jaipur is mostly famous for its amazing tourist spots. To explore the various interesting tourist attractions in Jaipur, read below:

  • Amber Fort and Palace

The Amber Fort is located atop a hill and overlooks the Maota Lake. It was earlier the home for the Rajput loyalty and has several gardens, palaces, halls and temples within the fort complex. If you visit Amber Fort in the evening, you can check out the elegantly illuminated places within the fort like the Diwan e Aam, Jaleb Chowk, Sheesh Mahal and the Mansingh Mahal.

  • City Palace

The City Palace is a magnificent piece of architectural beauty within the boundaries of Jaipur. The complex has several gardens and courtyards, buildings and halls that depict a beautiful blend of Mughal and the Rajasthan architecture. There is also a Peocock Gate which is exquisite to look at and also celebrates the alluring craftsmanship of those who designed the gate.

  • Hawa Mahal

The palace of winds is an intricately designed building of Jaipur that is also one of the most renowned pieces of architecture of the city. According to the legends, this building was constructed keeping in mind the women of the royal household so that they can watch the streets of the city below and enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

There are several other interesting tourist destinations in Jaipur like the Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort and the Nahargarh Fort etc. Do not miss any of these interesting places when you visit the pink city of Jaipur.

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Hollywood and Bollywood movies which were filmed in Rajasthan

The Fall (2006) at Jaipur and Jodhpur

Rajasthan is an exotic state lying on the western parts of India. It is known around the world for its exotic tourist spots and the stunningly beautiful stretch of desert, the magnificent forts and also the wonderful landscapes and the breathtaking palaces. If you want to get a virtual tour of the princely state of Rajasthan, here are some Hollywood and Bollywood movies that you must watch.

Mughal-e-azam at Jaipur

Mughal-e-azam at Jaipur

The classic movie of Mughal-e-azam was shot in Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan. Jaipur is also the capital city of Rajasthan and the movie was shot within the Jaipur royal family residence. There was a war scene in the movie that too was shot in Jaipur with the help of Indian army. The cavalry, soldiers and the horses used in the war scene was in reality from the Indian army. This was mainly done to give the movie a real war feel and effect. The Jaipur regiment from the Indian army was a part of the movie too. It is also to be noted that the most popular song of the movie, “pyar kiya to darna kya” was shot inside the Sheesh Mahal in Rajasthan.

The Fall (2006) at Jaipur and Jodhpur

The Fall (2006) at Jaipur and Jodhpur

The adventure fantasy movie, The Fall which released in 2006 was also shot in Jodhpur and Jaipur. The story of The Fall had a character of an Indian Warrior which was played by Jeetu Verma and it is this part of the shooting that was done at the exotic cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur.

This post is brought by Pratap Singh from Chetram Voyages, a tourism marketing firm which offers Holiday tour packages for Jaipur and Agra and one week holiday tour package for Rajasthan.

Bond Movie Octopussy at Udaipur

Bond Movie Octopussy at Udaipur

The Bond Movie, Octopussy was the thirteenth movie for the entire series of James Bond Movies and it was partly shot in Udaipur.  In the story Bond follows a bidder Kamal Khan back to India in his palace at Rajasthan. Kamal Khan is the exiled Afghan prince and he bids for the fake Faberge egg that he believes to be real. The story goes forward with James Bond trying to defeat Khan who is the villain of the movie.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at Jaipur

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at Jaipur

This movie is a comedy drama film that released in 2011. It was shot at Jaipur. The movie features an ensemble cast and starts when a group of British Pensioners move into a hotel in Udaipur, India on a retirement trip. Most of the movie was shot in Jaipur and Udaipur and the hotel that transformed into Marigold Hotel is in reality the Ravla Khempur Hotel located in the village of Khempur.

Rang De Basanti at Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Rang De Basanti at Nahargarh Fort Jaipur

The Nahargarh Fort is located on the Aravalli Hills which is overlooking the capital city of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The song, “Masti ki pathshala” from the famed movie of Rang De Basanti was shot in the Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur. The Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 and focused on the retreat and recreation of the royal family.

Bajirao Mastani at Jaipur

Bajirao Mastani at Jaipur

Well this one is the latest and as most of us have right now seen the movie the let me suggest you a scene where Bajirao and Mastani marched together to save Mastani father, that was the amber fort and even the dance of Mastani at here father court where Bajirao was sitting to took place at Amber fort lake garden.

The Dark Knight Rises

Christian Bale at Jodhpur Rajasthan

Yes Batman also came to Rajasthan. In the movie when Bruce was taken away by Bane and thrown in a prison where every one is allowed to try to climb out that place is Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur. Lots of media attention came to Jodhpur thats to this awesome Batman movie which choose Rajasthan for their movie scene.

The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited Jodhpur

Anther movie which have scene from Jodhpur is The Darjeeling Limited. Though the name itself hints that the movie will have some scene from Darjeeling but some great scenes were taken from the heritage city of Jodhpur.

And with this my list of movies filmed in Rajasthan comes to an end. If you think that skip something then please share as I will love to see that movie and mention it here.

New Update on the post.

Called some some guides in the city and they have shared some names of movies which have been filmed in Rajasthan and I am surprised that the list is touching 50 mark. But as I earlier mentioned that I plan to share only those movies names which I have seen so I will add-

  • Guide

This is the most famous film in Hindi or Bollywood and this devanand movies was filmed in Udaipur and Chittorgarh,

  • Manorama Six Feet Under

Its a nice thriller movies and the main here is Abhay Doel. The movies was filmed in Jhunjhunu district.

  • Eklavya: The Royal Guard

Its a multi-starer Hindi film and actors like Saf Ali Khan and Big B Amitabh Bachan came to Devigarh and Udaipur for this movie shooting.

  • Gulaal

Well how did I miss this as the whole movies was on Rajputana and student politics of Rajsthan. 100% of this film was filmed on the state.

And to wind this post movies like Paheli, Rudaali, Jodhaa Akbar, Dor, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Nayak, Soldier, Border, Karan Arjun, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Kaalo, Bol Bachchan, PK,, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Veer were filmed and I have seen them so I am mentioning it… I just figured it our that I have seen quite some Bollywood movies.

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