Here's Your Wildlife Weekend Getaway Guide From Jaipur

Here's Your Wildlife Weekend Getaway Guide From Jaipur
A family of tigers at Ranthambhore, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Have you made your wildlife weekend plan, yet?

Shalbha Sarda
November 14 , 2019
08 Min Read

There's more to Jaipur than just pinkness! Beyond the cityscape, monuments and palaces, the Unesco World Heritage city also boasts of flora and fauna. History and architecture aside, Rajasthan has umpteen wildlife parks and reserves, and many of them are a stone's throw away from Jaipur. With the winter nip in the air, planning a wildlife weekend is best the next few months. So, here's your wildlife weekend guide from Jaipur, and if necessary, Delhi too!

Ranthambhore National Park  

This park needs no introduction. One of the most-visited tiger reserves in the country, Ranthambhore is divided into six zones across 1,300 sq km. Apart from tigers, other wild animals and reptiles also draw tourists aplenty. For history buffs, there's also an 11th-century fort perched on a hilltop boasting of temples inside.

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Distance 150km from Jaipur | Location Sawai Madhopur district

Sariska National Park  

The threat of poaching is very real and infamously, Sariska lost a majority of its tiger population due to it. However, over the years, conservation efforts have resulted in a substantial big cat population but there's still a long way to go. The Aravali hills curl around the park. It is divided into three safari zones. Inside the 800 sq km park, there are other animals too and did you know that it also houses the country's largest population of peafowl? Make sure you visit the ancient temple of Garh Rajor, the fort of Kankwari and the picturesque waterfall Pandupol while here.

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Distance 100km from Jaipur | Location Alwar district

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary

In the heart of the Thar desert lies a flat saline depression that has its own ecosystem. A grassland, few scattered desert trees and small seasonal ponds formed by the rainwater are what constitutes Tal Chhapar. The place is a refuge for antelopes. It came into spotlight after film star Salman Khan's infamous 'blackbuck case'. 

Distance 200km from Jaipur | Location Churu

Jhalana Park 

Located just outside of Jaipur, the erstwhile hunting ground of the royal family has come into limelight for frequent leopard sightings. Jhalana park is situated in the Malviya Nagar industrial area. Small in size, the park has been gaining popularity and there are safaris on offer that one can take. Numerous species of native birds number can be seen here including the spotted owlet.

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Distance 10km outside Jaipur

Keoladeo National Park

One of the finest wetlands and a Unesco world heritage centre, it was the former duck hunting grounds of the royal family. Today, Keoladeo is a birders paradise. With more than 350 species of migratory and native birds who visit this small space, nature photographers need to tick this place off from their bucket lists. The best time to visit is now, the onset of winters. Motorised vehicles are not permitted and the park can only be explore on foot or rickshaw.

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Distance 180 km from Jaipur | Location Bharatpur

Sambhar Lake  

The largest inland salt lake of Sambhar occupies an area of 200 km sq and is a ground for migratory birds in the winter. If you want to photograph flamingoes, this would be your place. They flock flies in from North and Central Asia and paints the area pink. Other birds to visit are Kentish plovers and storks among others. Do visit the salt museum and the temple of Shakhmabhri Mata nearby.

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Distance 65km from Jaipur 

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