A drive of 300-400 km from the cities of Rajasthan will take you to historic places in the states of Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. They are worth visiting during the weekends and you can enjoy city life in Vadodara, an ethnic village in Kuchesar and travel to Bikaner for a desert safari. Indian Holiday offers online information on weekend getaway from Rajasthan within 400 km.
The district of Bikaner lies in the northwestern part of Jaipur and is accessible by road and train from New Delhi. It is famous for its camel safari, desert tents, snacks and sweets. The camel festival takes place during January-February and brings in crowds of tourists and camel sellers. This heritage city in Rajasthan is also well known for its ancient temples, forts and palaces. Bikaner is an ideal place to visit during the weekends except during the summer months.
What to see at Bikaner This desert city has several places of tourist interest such as the Junagarh Fort, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Mukam Temple, Shiv Bari Temple and the Karni Mata Temple. Other popular attractions in Bikaner include the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Horse Research Farm and the zoo.
The Kuchesar village is around 80 km drive from New Delhi and 343 km from Jaipur. It was a princely state and ruled by the Jats. The mud fort in Kuchesar was built by the Jats in the 18th century and now operates as a heritage hotel.
What to see in Kuchesar The village is worth taking a stroll as there are several old buildings and houses dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. You can also plan a stay at the Neemara Hotels owned Kuchesar Fort.
Earlier known as Baroda, Vadodara is situated on the banks of Vishwamitri River in Gujarat. It is among the prominent cities after Ahmedabad and Surat and commercially viable to tourists from New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and parts of Rajasthan. From Udaipur, Vadodara is just 311 km drive. This city is also an important center for fine arts and theaters. Vadodara also features a vibrant city life with several places to dine and party.
What to see in Vadodara Vadodara is home to the Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club. The Pavagadh Kalika Mandir and Fatehsingh Museum are top places of visit. The museum is home to a huge collection of artifacts belonging to the erstwhile royal family. The Pavgadh-Champaner is a World Heritage Site where you can have a glimpse of medieval mosques and buildings that reflect the Muslim architecture.
On the Ghaggar River banks is the ancient district of Hanumangarh known for its old traces of civilization, pre-historic ruins and glimpses of the Bhati Rajput rule. It is 400 km from Jaipur and from New Delhi. The terracotta style of tiled houses and temples are dotted all over the district. The Hanumangarh Junction railway station has trains arriving from Bikaner and Jaipur.
What to see at Hanumangarh The Bhatner Fort, also known as the Hanumangarh Fort is the main attraction here. It is around 5 km from the railway junction of Hanumangarh. Temple of Shri Gogaji, Dhuna Shri Gorakh Nathji Temple, Temple of Mata Bhadrakali and the Kalibanga Archaeological Site are other attractions. The ruins here are believed to be at least 5000 year old and belonging to the time of the Indus Valley Civilization.
Karnal is a historic city that is believed to be founded by King Karna and finds a mention in the great Indian epic of Mahabharata. It is around 123 km drive from New Delhi and 365 km from Jaipur city. It is a well known place for green pastures and several agricultural and dairy farming institutes. Industries though form the main base of Karnal now, it has several historic sites in its outskirts worth visiting on a weekend break.
What to see in Karnal Kalandar Shah's Tomb, Karan Tal and Babar's Masjid are the main tourist attractions here. The Pukka Pul is situated at a distance of around 7 km from Karnal town. The Karnal Lake is also a picturesque place of visit. Karnal Fort is notable for its historic and cultural relevance.