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5 Most Popular Hiking Places In Jaipur

Jaipur is surrounded by hills and offers a couple of hiking & trekking places in Jaipur. I have been hiking in Jaipur for the last few years. With the rising influence of social media, people keen to hike in Jaipur are increasing every year. There is a sudden rise in the amateur hiking and trekking clubs in Jaipur. I have posted one of my favorite hikes near Jaipur – What makes a hike along Dhok tree trail alluring? Here are the most popular hiking spots in Jaipur.

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5 Most Popular Hiking & Trekking Places in Jaipur

 

Water Valley Trek In Nahargarh

Water Valley trek is also called as Hathuni Kund. Please bear in mind this place possesses no connection with elephants – Hathi. The trek starts from Charan Mandir near Nahargarh Fort.

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Water Valley Trek in Jaipur

Water Valley trek has become extremely popular. I haven’t visited this trek lately because it attracts a large number of people who consume alcohol and create a raucous atmosphere. It is not uncommon to find empty liquor bottles and plastic litter all around. To put it concisely, this has become a popular picnic spot. In the past, I rated Hathuni Kund as the best-hidden spot in Jaipur.

Location of Water Valley trek

Water Valley trek is near Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Starting Point of Water Valley Trek in Jaipur is Charan Mandir

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Trekking to Water Valley in the month of September

Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev Trek

I initially heard about this trail from an elderly person who narrated his childhood experiences of trekking to this old temple. It was his weekend ritual to visit Bhuteshwar with the entire family. In those days, the hills were brimming with ferocious beasts. As a measure of precaution, they never trekked to Bhuteshwar Nath during dawn or dusk.

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Bhuteshwar Trek Trail

Bhuteshwar Nath trek entails trekking in Nahargarh wildlife sanctuary in Jaipur. This trek can be completed with a couple of options. The most preferred route starts from Nahargarh Biological Park as it is a flat route and doesn’t involve much of ascending or descending. The temple can be reached from VKI Area, too. Sagar lake route is popular among those seeking a little more adventure.

Location of Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev trek

Bhuteshwar Nath trek is near Nahargarh Biological Park in Nahargarh Forest Jaipur

There are multiple Starting Points of Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev trek. The most popular is the one that originates near Nahargarh Biological Park.

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Forests near Bhuteshwar Nath Trek

Chour Ghati Trek

This trekking place in Jaipur is situated near the Galtaji temple. It is a desolate place that shot into prominence after a few guides started offering this trek on an adventure portal. In reality, this place has nothing to do with Chour or thieves. This entire area was a sacred place since the 15th century.

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Trekking to Chor Ghati

I avoid visiting Chor Ghati after having noted the presence of leopards in the vicinity. It is not merely about our safety, but we should allow animals a free movement in their own territory.  Read The Captivating Monkey Temple at Galtaji 

Location of Chor Ghati Trek

Chor Ghati trek is located near Galtaji also called Jaipur Monkey Temple

Starting Point of Chor Ghat Trek is Galta Gate Jaipur

Read Galta Gate Then And Now

Nahargarh Fort Trek

Nahargarh is definitely one of the most popular treks in Jaipur. The trail with a cobbled path starts from Purani Basti. It ends near an old stepwell in Nahargarh Fort, a Baori where Rang De Basanti Bollywood movie was filmed.

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Nahargarh Fort walking pathway

The significant advantage of hiking to Nahargarh Fort is it can be attempted during the dawn. In recent times, a considerable number of tourists also hike on this route. It requires 15 minutes for a fit person to complete the trail since the Nahargarh Fort height is 200 meters.

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A Trek in Nahargarh Fort

There are a couple of more places to trek in Nahargarh Fort but are on unmarked routes. I don’t suggest attempting them. Read Why sunrise at Nahargarh Fort is a bad idea?

Location of Nahargarh Fort Trek

Nahargarh Fort trek is at the base of Nahargarh Fort walking ramp in the Purani Basti area of Jaipur.

Starting Point of Nahargarh Fort Trek is Purani Basti, Nahargarh Road

Chulgiri Trek

Chulgiri hills offer a more rustic trekking experience. Chulgiri remains a prominent place it being one of the most popular Digamber Jain temples in Jaipur. These hills are also home to many leopards since Chulgiri is on the border with Jhalana Forest. One of the most popular routes of Jhalana Leopard Safari called zone 1 ends near the base Chulgiri hills.

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View of Ghat Ki Guni tunnel from Chulgiri Trek

I wouldn’t suggest a trek into the jungle surrounding Chulgiri. However, one can opt to ascend the stairs which lead to the temple. The stairs offer panoramic views along with a cardio workout. Many runners love to run on the ramp which leads to the temple starting from the valley.

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Location of Chulgiri Trek

Chulgiri Trek is near Ghat Ki Guni, Agra Road, Jaipur.

The starting point of Chulgiri Trek is Agra Road

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The ramp leading to Chulgiri Digamber Jain Temple, Jaipur

Garh Ganesh Temple Trek

Garh Ganesh Temple is presumably the oldest temple in Jaipur. It is one of the best trekking places in Jaipur for beginners.

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Garh Ganesh Temple

The original Garh Ganesh temple stairs are steep making it an ideal workout for a fitness freak. You can choose a simpler trail that originates from the left side. This route is popular among females hikers in Jaipur. Many hikers take the exit of the temple premise and hike towards the hill behind Garh Ganesh. After walking a couple of steps, one will come across a new temple dedicated to Shiva. It is a good point to sit and enjoy the views and weather. Read The Garh Ganesh Temple Guide

Location of Garh Ganesh Trek

Garh Ganesh Trek is in Brahampuri Jaipur and extends to Nahargarh Fort

The starting point of Garh Ganesh Trek is the parking area of Royal Gaitore

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These are the most popular adventurous places near Jaipur. If you are planning to trek in Jaipur, ensure that you carry adequate gear and sufficient water. Always respect nature and avoid creating a nuisance by playing loud music or disposing of trash, plastic, and other waste items in the forest. People looking for adventurous places near Jaipur will find this list of hiking spots in Jaipur of great help.

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Have you ever been to a hiking place in Jaipur or in your home town? What do you enjoy the most when it comes to hiking?

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88 thoughts on “5 Most Popular Hiking Places In Jaipur

  1. Thank you, Arv!, for the photographic introduction of hiking trail around Jaipur! You truly in a beautiful country. Too bad that there are people who abuse their privilege and leave their refuse all over the place.

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    1. I always feel grey is just another color. I know many people with black hair who find it hard to climb twenty stairs!
      The best one for solo female travellers is Nahargarh Fort ramp and Garh Ganesh temple trek. There are a couple of more treks which I have not listed, I will be happy to share details of the same. You can connect with me through any of the social media options. 😊

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    1. Shinjini, this is what everyone feels. As a traveler or tourists, we have little idea of things that are not mentioned in travel guides or internet. There is more to a city than what we think we know. A hike up to Nahargarh Fort is definitely interesting. Try it next time when you are in Jaipur. Do you visit often?

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  2. Arv, a lovely take on the venture into trekking and the adventure it augurs when we are trekking such uncharted places, and it needs both the fitness and the interest to explore such rugged and many times a bit treacherous terrains. Precisely, this imperfection and randomness of this place makes the journey that more exciting. You have so beautifully captured the scenes of the location and so succinctly described the vital aspects of the place that matters to a trekker, and this comes only out of experience and when we ourselves venture into such places. Jaipur has such a rich repository of natural heritage. A pleasure to voyage through your wonderful post and it always gives a great feeling navigating your combination of words and images – you juxtaposed with elan.

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    1. Thanks, Nihar. I think we are blessed with such a beautiful landscape and topography. It provides us with an opportunity to get away from the artificial cocoon we live in and enjoy the natural beauty in its purest form.
      Do you get such opportunities in the city you live in, Nihar?

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      1. I agree Arv, our country is wonderful tapestry of such lovely places just that we have not maintained it well and many of us have not explored these places…

        Yes, Hyderabad has some great locations for trekking and the region being a part of Deccan Plateau have such wonderful rock formation and terrains, it makes it much more exciting and some rocks dates back to times of antiquity.

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      2. I have seen the beautiful landscape of Hyderabad. I love the huge boulders that are or should I say were common. The city is ever expanding. Have you ever explored any of these trekking trails?

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      3. Indeed there is something solidly rocky about this place and that provides the location its uniqueness. Yes, this city is rapidly changing its contour and the hi-tech city is other end of the urban spectrum, one end occupies the old world charm of Nizam city of Charminar.
        Few trekking here and there, not the kind of stuff you do and you do with such great finesse.

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  3. Wow what beautiful countryside, I love to go hiking or tramping as we call it in New Zealand. Looks like there are lots of lovely different walks there… Adding to my bucket list 👌

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    1. Oh, they sure are beautiful walks. But this is in a stark contrast to landscape in NZ. It is semi-arid region so we see a big change in how the terrain looks. It is lush green in rainy season and turns brown from October onwards. Do you hike every weekend?

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    1. Not really as long as you take adequate prcaustion. However, due to lack of enough prey and increasing urbaisation in their habitat, one needs to be careful. We have seen some change in their habits and preferences. Are you a hiker?

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    1. Most of the well laid paths are actualyy historic ones- at least 2-3 centuries old. Rest are trails formed by walkers. We don’t have well-developed trails like the ones in Canada or the USA.
      Do you hike, regularly?

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  4. Lots of choices for hikers. We always try to find the best hiking spots when we travel, so this will come in handy. One of these days, we will get there. Beautiful country. And very sad that some people are disrespectful of nature and leave a mess. Frustrating to see, I am sure.

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    1. I agree Jenny. It is quitre frustrating to find many people don’t respect the besuty around us by leaving trash. I’m sure you will enjoy visiting these places.
      o you hike in your home town too? Where are you based?

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  5. I LOVED Jaipur when I visited last December. I never even thought about hikes, and I will definitely keep these in mind if I ever end up back there. Such a beautiful city, wonderful people 🙂

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  6. The Nahargarh Fort sounds fantastic! Although if it is only 15 minutes, I would be raring to go further afterwards!

    It is really sad to hear about how the Water Valley trek is being spoiled by so many people leaving rubbish! Do hikers in India normally advocate the Leave no Trace principles? If not, it sounds like you may need some LNT ambassadors to help educate people!

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    1. We have many trek companies advocating LNT philosophy in the Himalayas but out here it hasn’t been yet implemented. To be honest, most of the people who leave behind trash are not avid hikers but people looking for fun and adventure to post them on social media. They care a little about other things.

      Well, for a person like you, there are many add ons to the popular trails. I’m sure these trails which have an element of history are not easy to find.

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  7. What a shame that people are leaving rubbish at Water Valley. Other than that, it sounds beautiful. It’s good to know which tracks to be cautious along with wild animals and Leopards.

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  8. Our family loves to hike, and these treks sound fantastic! I’m sorry that one of your favorites has more recently been changed by the people who go there. It’s disappointing, but I’m glad there are still beautiful places to hike in Jaipur. I really hope to go there someday.

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    1. Thanks, Julie for sharing your thoughts. I have found a couple of new places to hike. Do keep me posted whenever you visit Jaipur, I’m sure I’l have some more options for you. 🙂

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  9. Excellent summary of hikes available in Jaipur. Thank you for all the detailed information. It is unfortunate that some of the areas are a gathering place for people who leave trash behind.

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  10. I was at Nahargarh Fort recently and didn’t realise I had the option to trek up too! Saving it for next time. It’s amazing how many hiking options there are around Jaipur. It’s one of my favourite cities and these trails add to its charm for me.

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  11. My family and I love hiking and being outdoors and so this is right up my alley. A big attraction for me is that these trails don’t seem crowded but as you said, tourism is on the rise and it’s best to visit these areas now.

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  12. I didn’t know that there are so many hiking places near Jaipur. I have visited Jaipur once but saw only the city. Next time I will visit Jaipur only for hikes.

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    1. Most people visit the pink city because of its popular tourist attractions. Every city has many offbeat options to explore. Did you visit Jaipur, recently?

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  13. Jaipur seems so fascinating and I am thrilled about the leopards. Totally get your point about their freedom being paramount as it should be. Don’t know if I will ever have the opportunity to visit Jaipur but would definitely like to.

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