Pushkar 12 kms: About 2,00,000 pilgrims gather annually at Pushkar during the autumnal fair. This is also a lice stock fair and hundreds of horses, camels, cows and bulls are brought for sale. At the time of the fair, Pushkar blossoms into gaiety and color. There are camel- cart races, which everyone enjoys and are a delight to photographers, films makers and tourists.
Man Mahal: Built by Raja man Singh of Amer the Man Mahal standing on the banks of Pushker is now the RTDC Sarovar tourist bungalow. It is the most convenient place for visitors to stay. Pushkar Palace and adjoining old building is bow a heritage hotel.
Foy Sager 12 km: named after the engineer who built it, Foy sager is a picturesque artificial lake. It was the result of famine relief project.
Ajaypalji 16 kms: A scenic spot south of Foy Sagar, it is held in great, it is held in great reverence by the Hindus. King Ajaypal, believed to be the founder of Ajmer, became a ‘sanyasi’ (sage) and retired to this place after a long reign.
Anted Ki Mata 4 kms: The temple of Anted Mata, amid beautiful surroundings, is the site of a fair held every year on Raksha Bandhan in August.
Chhatris: Close to Anted ki mata, stands a group of Chhatris and Chabutras (Thadas) belonging to the Digambar Jains of Ajmer. Every Chhatris has foot marks and inscriptions which are of great historical value.
Kishangarh: Situated on the Jaipur Road, it is a veritable treasure house of art. The quaint little town is renowned the world over for its miniature paintings and it nurtured one of the fines schools of miniature paintings during the 18th century. Raja Satwant Singh (Nagari Das) was the greatest patron of Kishangarh art and his work ‘Bani Thani’ (bedecked and bejeweled lady), which was the inspiration for the miniatures of Radha, is rated among the best. Satwant Singh’s master artists Nihalchand and Sitaram have left a mark in the world of art. The Kishangarh style mainly depicts the Krishan Leela.
Beawar 54 kms: A ‘Badshahi’ procession festival is celebrated here on the next day to Holi (Dhulandi), every year. People make merry and throw gulal (colored powder with fragrance) on one another.
Mangliyawas 26 kms: Situated on the National Highway no. 8 towards Beawar, it is known for two very old trees, of one of the rarest species – Adansonia Digitata Linn-popularly known as ‘Kalpa-Vriksha’. Thousands of people come here to worship these trees, as it is believed the trees fulfill the desires of the devotees. The trees are botanically only 800 years old, but myth logically believed to be 6000 years old.
NAGAUR 150 kms: The notable Nagaur bulls are acclaimed to be among the best breeds of the country and are known for their fleet-footedness and attract buyers from all over. The day begins with hectic buying and selling and customers can be seen bargaining for a good price and quality. The recreation is provided by the delightful games-tug of war, camel races and strains of ballads, which create a joyful atmosphere.
MAKRANA 100 kms: This place is renowned for the world-famous Makrana Marble. It was this marble, which was extensively used in the creation of many architectural beauties all over India, the most famous of these is the Taj Mahal at Agra. It has become a flourishing business center of Rajasthan, and is the biggest center of marble trade in India, with many marble quarries located here.
MERTA 70 kms: Founded by Rao Duda –the fourth son of Rao Jodhpur-in the 15th century, the fort Mal Kot, on an elevated site, was built by Rao Madho of Marwar and is in ruins today.
This fortified town has many old temples and mosques. Jama Masjid the famous mosque built by the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb is surrounded by many Hindu temples.
The temple of Charbhuja –the tutelary deity of Mertias, a clan of Rathore Rajputs- is in the midst of the town. This famous temple has also gained importance because of its association with Princess Meera Bai-the mystical medieval poetess, who was a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna and the daughter of Ratan Singh Rathore. Born around 1500 AD at Kurki village near Merta, and an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna right from her childhood, she was married to Bhojraj, son of Rana Sangha of Mewar. She had composed many bhajans and hymns in honor of Lord Krishna.
The other points of interest in this dusty town are Dudasagar, the `Lake of Duda’, and many other small ponds around the town. The ashram of Mauni Baba (the Silent Sage), near Vishnusagar, is visited by many devotees. Many magnificent cenotaphs, commemorating heroes, dot the nearby plains.
SAMBHAR SALT LAKE 100 kms: This largest salt lake in India, 20 miles long and 2 to7 miles wide, covers an area of 70 sq. miles. The lake fills during the monsoon and almost dries up in the summer, uncovering a huge bed of salt. Many migratory birds also flock here. Thousands of flamingos flock here during the winter months from October to January.