Ranthambhore, popularly known for the National Park and its Tigers is just 96 kms from Tonk city.
Ranthambore National Park- Ranthambore National Park is located in the Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state at a distance of 132 kms from the capital city Jaipur. The park is located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range and covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km.
Ranthambore Fort– The Ranthambhore Fort is located inside the Ranthambhore National Park. This fort stands majestically atop a hill overlooking the entire park. The walk up, one of the only places this mode of transport is possible, is a very refreshing and exciting one as even the big cats have been spotted up there! Many animals can also be seen along the edges of all the water bodies, which are all visible from here. The fort itself also offers many interesting architectural and historical sights worth viewing and photographing.
Lakarda & Anantpura– Lakarda & Anantpura, located in the North-Western and Northern regions of the park are ideal locations to see Sloth Bears. These areas have a lot of ant hills, which are a favourite of the beers. The pugmarks of the Indian striped Hyenas are often seen here. Their numbers are not very large in the park.
Bakula– The Bakula is a thickly forested area inside the Ranthambhore National Park, consisting of dense forest with many small pools and water holes. Tigresses with young cubs are often seen near the water holes in Bakaula, since the dense forest provides cool hides for a tigress and her young, making a major attraction.
Padam Talao– The Padam Talao is the largest of the lakes present in the park. The famous and beautiful Jogi Mahal is located at the very edge of this lake. When in season, the water lilies that give the lake it’s name, can be seen in plenty. In the early hours of the morning and just before sunset, animals can be seen in large numbers on the lake side.
Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ is about 97 kms away from Tonk.
City Palace– City Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur and is situated in the heart of Jaipur. The Maharani Palace or the Queen’s Palace is also present in the complex of the City Palace. The palace is a beautiful amalgamation of the Rajput and the Mughal style of architecture. Now, this building has turned into a museum devoted to King Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur and is a popular heritage site.
Jaigarh Fort– Jaigarh Fort is also known as the Fort of Victory is located 15 km from the main city. It is perched at an elevation of 400 ft from the Amber Fort on the Hill of Eagles. The Diya Burj, a seven storied structure is the highest point of the city fort and provides a panoramic view of the entire city. The fort was constructed to serve the military purposes and its walls covered an area of around 3 km. On the top of the fort, there is a huge canon called Jaivan and is counted among the largest cannons-on-wheels across the globe, which have a weight of 50 tonnes and a 6 m long Barrel.
Jantar Mantar– Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, founded by King Sawai Jai Singh II is the largest of five astronomical observatories of India. This observatory is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period”. Instruments like the Ram Yantra, Dhruva, Dakshina, Narivalya, Rashivalayas, Small Samrat, Large Samrat, the Observer’s Seat, Disha, Small Ram, Large Ram Yantra, Small Kranti, Large Kranti, Raj Unnathamsa, Jai Prakash, and Diganta can be here.
Laxmi Narayan Temple– Laxmi Narayan Temple is located at the footsteps of the hilltop of Moti Doongri (Pearl Hill). It is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. This temple was built by the Birla Foundation in the late 1980s so is also known as the Birla Temple. The idol of Lord Vishnu has been made from a single piece of marble stone.
Moti Doongri- Moti Doongri or the Pearl Hill is popular due to the presence of a palace and a shrine. A temple dedicated to the Hindu Lord Ganesh is located on top of the hill. This palace was the home to Sawai Man Singh II, the last king of Jaipur and later became the residence of Jagat Singh, the son of Sawai Man Singh II.
Nahargarh Fort– Nahargarh Fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh, the King of Jaipur. The construction work of the fort was completed in 1734, and the towering walls and bastions were renovated in 1880 by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh. It was named after Nahar Singh, the Prince of Jaipur. The word ‘Nahargarh’ means ‘the abode of tigers’. In the fort, there is a Madhavendra Bhavan, which used to be a summer resort for the Kings and their families. Now the place has become a popular picnic spot.
Akshardham Temple– Akshardham Temple is one of the well-known tourist attractions of Jaipur. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture, magnificent idols, sculptures, and carvings. and is dedicated to the Hindu God, Narayan.
Albert Hall– Albert Hall is located in Ram Niwas Bagh, 4.3 kms away from jaipur city. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in 1886 as a part of the drought relief project of Rs. 4 Lacs and was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob. Nowadays, Albert Hall is being used as a museum displaying a grand collection of metal sculptures, paintings, ivory, carpets, and colourful crystals.
Amber Fort– Amber Fort was built by the combined effort of three kings Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh, and Sawai Jai Singh in a period of about 200 years. It was the capital of the rulers of Kachchawaha for almost seven years before Jaipur came into existence. Temple of Goddess Shila Mata, Diwan-e-Aam, Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pole, Sukh Niwas, Jas Mandir, Dilaram Bagh, and Mohan Bari are some of the other tourist attractions of the Amber Fort.
B M Birla Planetarium– B M Planetarium, a popular tourist spot of Jaipur is just 3.5 kms away from Jaipur. The place is well equipped with latest computerised projection systems and provides spectacular audio-visual entertainment. It is counted among the modern planetariums of the country having a Science Museum.
Central Park– Central Park, constructed by the Jaipur Development Authority is the largest park of Jaipur. It is situated in the centre of the city and boasts of a big garden along with the Rambagh Polo Ground and club. A 5 km long jogging and walking track is also there in the garden. The place is ideal for bird watchers as a number of migratory and native birds come here every year.
Chandra Mahal– Chandra Mahal was constructed by Jai Singh II, the King of Jaipur, and is located in the City Palace. The Mahal covers one-seventh part of the area of the City palace, and at present it is home to the Maharaja of Jaipur. There is a seven-storied citadel here, the first two floors of which are part of the Sukh Niwas Hall. In addition, there is the Rang Mandir, the Shobha Niwas or the House of Beauty and the Chavi Niwas or the House of Mirrors
Ganesh Pol– Ganesh Pol, constructed by King Jai Singh II is situated in the main palace of the Amber Fort. There are seven main gates in the Amber Fort and Ganesh Pol is one of them. A magnificent idol of the Hindu Lord Ganesh done in beautiful colours is placed here. The entry through this gate was exclusive to the Kings and their families so that they could easily get inside the fort, into their private chambers without being disturbed. . The gate represents the amalgamation of the Mughal and the Rajput style of architecture.
Govind Devji Temple– Govind Devji Temple, located in the Jai Niwas Garden of Jaipur is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Krishna. The idol of Lord Krishna was originally kept in a temple of Vrindavan, but later the King of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh II reinstalled it here as his family deity. It is one of the most popular shrines of Jaipur, which attracts a large number of devotees every year.
Hawa Mahal– Hawa Mahal is a renowned monument constructed in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh, the poet king of Jaipur. It is located near the Johari Bazaar and is 5.8 kms away from Jaipur city. This is a five storied building, made of red and pink sandstone and have more than 950 windows. It was designed by Lal Chand Usta for the women of the palace so that they could enjoy the view of royal processions through the jali screens.
Jain Mandir-The Jain Mandir of Jaipur is just 14 kms away from Jaipur City. This beautiful seven-storied building resembels to the temples of Dilwara in Mount Abu. The construction of the Mandir was completed in the 10th century and dedicated to Lord Adinath. The idol of the deity is believed to be more than 400 years old. There is another idol of Lord Parsvanath.
Jal Mahal– Jal Mahal is a beautiful palace situated amid a small lake, about 9.3 kms away from Jaipur city. The palace was built as a hunting lodge for the kings and their families. The Jal Mahal can be seen from the banks of the lake.
Sheesh Mahal– Sheesh Mahal, popularly known as Hall of Mirrors is located inside the Amber Fort . It was constructed by Raja Jai Singh, the King of Jaipur in 1623.The hall is beautifully decorated with mirrors, specially imported from Belgium. The mirrors on the ceilings and walls reflect light rays and lighten up the hall completely.
Garh Ganesha Temple – Garh Ganesha temple is devoted to Lord Ganesha. It is believed that Ganesha is present in the temple in the form of small child – Purushakriti. Located at the top in he Aravali hills, close to the Nahargarh hill. In the Garh Ganesha temple, Lord Ganesha is establised in the statue of child Ganesha – Vigra Purushakriti (without trunk).
Maharani ki Chhatri – Located between Jaipur and Amber, Maharani ki Chhatri of Jaipur is basically a funeral area for the Royal ladies or Maharanis of Jaipur. Maharani ki Chhatri is famous for its magnificent cenotaphs which were built in the memory of various ladies of the Royal families.
Gaitore – Gaitore is famous for its cenotaphs or ‘Chattris’, well known as Gaitore Chattris. Gaitore correctly pronounciation is ‘Gaye ka Thor’ which means resting place of departed souls.
Ishwar Lat – Ishwar Lat or Swarg Suli or Heaven piercing minaret is the 60 ft highest building of wall in the Tripoli Bazaar of Jaipur.
Dolls Museum – Dolls Museum is like a ‘Fairy Tale’ museum in Jaipur. Marvellous collection of cute dolls from all over the world can be found here which describes the culture and tradition of different countries.
Vidyadhar Garden – Vidyadhar Garden is one and only strategically well planned garden in Jaipur city. Vidyadhar garden is well preserved and maintained garden built in the memory of Jaipur’s chief Architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya.
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing – Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing located in the ancient pink ‘Chanwar Palkiwalon ki Haveli’ also known as Anokhi Haveli. Anokhi Museum of hand printing is the foundation which is charitable and works with a core objective of preserving the traditional customs and works of artisans of Jaipur.
Kanak Vrindavan Garden – Kanak Vrindavan Garden is scenic garden which resemble like the Lord Krisna’s Vrindavan. Located at the bottom of Nahargarh hill, Kanak Vrindavan was built around 280 years ago by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh for recreational purposes.
Shekhawati is just 101 kms away from Tonk city and is known for its architectural havellis.
Bagar- Bagar, a beautiful town in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is famous for its painted havelis built during the 20th century by the Marwari merchants of Shekhawati.The Havelis of Rungtas and Piramal Makharia are two major attractions of the town which have been converted into heritage hotels. Other popular tourist delights of Bagar are the Fatehsagar Water Tank, Dargah of Miya Saheb and White Gate.
Bissau- Known for its 200 years old frescoes, Bissau is a small town in the Jhunjhunu district. Located in MDR 82, 38 km from Jhunjhunu city, Bissau is a ‘Land of Painted Havelis’ as many painted havelis makes visitors speechless. The paintings found in these havelis was similar to 14th century Italian technique. 250 years old Keshargarh Fort is a major attraction with many Havelis.
Mahansar- Located at 40 km from Jhunjhunu near Bissau, Nahansar is famous for its ‘Sone Ki Dukan’ or Gold Shop of 1846 as there is extensive use of gold in the murals. These golden paintings decribing Ramayan scenes and incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Another major attraction is the Mahansar Fort which has eleganrt and romantic interiors.
Ramgarh– Known as one of the wealthiest towns of Shekhawati in 19th century, was founded by Poddars in 1791. This ‘Sethon ka Ramgarh’ is located at 18 km from Churu city in NH 65. Ramgarhhas the largest number of murals in Shekhawati region and famous for its Chhatris, havelis and temples with marvelous painting work.
Alsisar and Malsisar-Alsisar is a town located 27 kms away from the town of Jhunjhunu and is famous for painted forts and havelis. Some of the major tourist attractions present here include Sri Lal Bahadur Mal Well and Jiwan Ram Marodia ka Talab, Shri Lal Bahadur Mal Ki Haveli, Tejpal Jhunjhunuwala ki Haveli, Lakha ka ki Haveli, Mahali Dutt, Khetan Haveli, Cenotaph of Thakur Chhotu Singh,
Malsisar is a small village located 32 km from the town of Jhunjhunu and famous for the exquisite style of their frescoes and colourful paintings. Some of the popular tourist attractions of the village include Banarshi Das Banka Haveli, Serh Mal Saraogi Haveli, Prem Giri Ji ka Math (a holy place), Banka’s Well, Jokhi Ram’s well and Saraogi’s Well.
Nawalgarh– Known as the motherland of many well established marwari business families, Nawalgarh is one of the largest and busiest town in Shekhawati region. Nawalgarh is also famous for its havelis, temples, palaces and Nawalgarh Fort.
Castle Mandawa– The Mandawa Fort, also known as the Castle Mandawa was built in the 18th century by Thakur Nawal Singh, son of Shardul Singh with a medieval theme. This is a colossal fort that has a painted arched gateway with pictures of Lord Krishna and his cows.
Dundlod– Dundlod is a small town located in the centre of the Shekhawati region in Jhunjhunu District of Rajasthan. . The prime attractions of this town is the Dundlod For, built by a Rawal king in the 16th century. The fort has now been transformed into a heritage hotel. Other prominent attractions in the town are the Jagathia and Goenka Haveli, Chokhani, Diwan-I-Khas, Satyanarayan Temple, Ladia and Saraf Haveli.
Fatehpur- Fatehpur is a town, established by Fateh Khan, a Kayamkhani Nawab in the mid-15th century and located between Jaipur and Bikaner on the National Highway 11. Like other places of the region, Fatehpur, too, is known for grand and decorated havelis. The Goenka Haveli, built in the year 1865 is considered to be the most interesting of all havelis present here. There are several other historic tourist attractions in the town which include Nand lal Devra, Saraogi and Singhania havelis.
Jhunjhunu– Jhunjhunu town is widely popular for the large number of beautifully painted havelis specially the Khetri Mahal, Bihariji Temple and Mertani Baori. The paintings inside the Seth Ishwardas Mohan Das Modi Haveli are among the best of their kind present in the Shekhawati region.The Tibrewala Haveli, built in the 19th century, is famous for its coloured glass windows. The other attractions of the town are the Makbara of Nawab Samaskhan, Jorawar Garh, Khetri Mahal, Laxmi Nath Temple, Ajeet Sagar and the Makbara of Nawab Rohilla Khan.