The tiny village of Sanganer is 16 kilometers south of Jaipur
and a wide road leads to it. The landscape keeps changing
portraying both the rural and urban profiles. One comes to an
airport and then after a right turn one gets to the ruins of
two triploids or triple gateways and right into the heart of
Sanganer. Apart from a palace in ruins, there are Jain
temples. Entry to the temples is restricted. The place is
famous for its handmade paper jand block printing and has the
largest handmade paper industry in the country.
It is 35 kilometers away from Jaipur on the road to Ajmer. The
ground level fort is still in good shape. Its attraction is a
hand printed textile industry with the designs and technique
less complicated than those of Sanganer.
It is 32 kilometers from Jaipur, known for its artificial lake
over an area of about 20 square kilometers. Created by
constructing a huge bund amidst tree covered hills. It is a
popular picnic spot during the rainy season and has facilities
for boating and fishing. There is also a Jheel Tourist village
where one can stay.
Forty kilometers northwest of Jaipur, the old palace renovated
is a breathtaking site. The palace has been converted into a
heritage hotel and is ideal for an outing.
It is 86 kilometers away on the Shahpura-Alwar road and
contains the relics and structures of the Mauryan, Mughal and
Rajput periods. The excavated remains of a circular Buddhist
temple, unique in Rajasthan, makes it an important historical
place. Akbar constructed a mint and his son, Jahangir, built a
lovely Mughal garde apart from a monument with painted
chhatris and walls.
It is famouse for the country's largest inland salt lake and
is 94 kilometers to the west of Jaipur. It is also known for
the famous and holy Devayani tank, the palace and Naliasar
which is pretty close by.
Off the Agra road and 98 kilometers from Jaipur near Bandikui
is the famous temple of Harshad Mata built around the eighth
century and also the stepped Chanda baoli. Two Jain temples
were built later.
It is 12 kilometers away of the road to Amer and is one of the
settlements of the Meena tribe. It has an impressive fort, a
Jain temple and a step-well.
Off the Agra road and 40 kilometers away on the Bassi Lalsor
road, is a place where one of the historic battles between the
Jaipur forces and the Marathas was fought called Tunga. It
commands an enviable landscape with the fort of Madhogarh
nestled amidst orchards of mangoes.
To the southeast of Jaipur and at a distance of about 180
kilometres lies Karauli which has several Krishna Temples. It
boasts of the old city palace which was constructed in phases
with the construction having started somewhere around 1,400
A.D. The palace was the home of the royal family of Karauli
though as of today, it lies in a state of ruins and its
occupants are animals and birds.
The famous temple of Balaji which is about 1.5 kilometers off
the Jaipur-Agra highway. It is supposed to have healing and
divine powers and the places is visited by people with all
kinds of problems. People are tied or chained and then
exorcised by which teh evil spirits are supposed to leave the
person. The tying of the chain or ropes are supposed to
indicate that the evil spirit that has engulfed the person is
firmly tied or chained.