Jaipur is one of the most common destinations for tourists visiting Rajasthan owing to its proximity from Delhi. However, there’s much more to explore beyond the vibrant city and its majestic palaces. Crossing the city, there are small towns like Bhangarh and Abhaneri which are worth visiting.
If you are planning a road trip in Rajasthan or a weekend getaway close to Delhi, take a trip to Jaipur-Bhangarh-Abhaneri to unravel the beauty of the rural Rajasthan and quench your wanderlust.
If you live in Delhi there are many ways to reach Jaipur- a taxi, bus, or your own car. It will take you around 5 hours to cover the distance of 268 kms via NH 48 while the bus may take 6 hours for the journey. There are buses plying between Jaipur and Delhi in every hour.
Once in Jaipur, head straight to the city’s Hawa Mahal and explore the nearby markets. Also, add the City Palace and Jantar Mantar to your list. Then head on to Amber Fort and Nahargarh Fort to witness the beauty of the hills and the archaic beauty of the ancient structures. The sight is beautiful to capture, especially during the sunset.
After enjoying the vibrant Pink City, hire a cab or drive to the ruins of Bhangarh situated at a distance of just 85.3 kms via NH21. Bhangarh is a pre-historic site that is known as one of the most haunted places in Rajasthan. Besides, there are several temples in the vicinity where you can witness idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses like Someshwara, Mangla Devi, Lavina Devi, Gopinath, and Keshava Rai.
Some stories suggest that it was the curse of Guru Balu Nath that brought the city to ruins while some say that it’s haunted by the spirit of Princess Ratnavati who was cursed by a magician named Singhia.
Whatever may be the truth, you will definitely enjoy the spooky feel of Bhangarh. The entry is prohibited after sunset owing to the ghost stories.
It will take you a maximum of 2-3 hours to explore the ruins of Bhangarh and from there you can move ahead on the NH21 to reach Abhaneri at a distance of 63 kms.
Abhaneri is a small village known for its ‘Chand Baori’ Stepwell and the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India’s largest and deepest step wells adorned with the intricate carvings. An interesting fact about the place is that it has a “high magnetic field” due to which a compass doesn’t work here. So don’t forget to carry your compass and test it. It's one of the many stepwells in Rajasthan worth visiting.