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Most Popular Jaipur Hiking & Trekking Places

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 is increasing every year. There is a sudden rise in the amateur hiking and trekking clubs in Jaipur. Personally, I don’t appreciate joining such large groups because it takes away the essence of hiking. If you are keen to hike yourself, this blog intends to help you with the trekking & hiking places in Jaipur.

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Most Popular Hiking & Trekking Places in Jaipur

The following are the most popular trekking & hiking spots in Jaipur. I have trekked to all these places many times over the years, therefore, I’m also mentioning the precautions and safety issues pertaining to each of these places.

1. Water Valley Trek Near Nahargarh Fort | Hathni Kund Trek

Water Valley trek is also called Hathni Kund Trek or Aathuni Kund Trek. Please bear in mind this place possesses no connection with elephants – Hathni. The trek starts from Charan Mandir near Nahargarh Fort. The trail from Charan mandir to Hathni Kund is interesting and descent followed by a flat walk until the Aathunia waterfall.

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Water Valley Trek in Jaipur

Water Valley trek has become extremely popular. My visit on this trail has reduced owing to this place becoming a favorite site of alcoholics and a “noise-loving” crowd creating a raucous atmosphere. It is not uncommon to find empty liquor bottles and plastic litter all around.

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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. Read more about this trek in this pos – Hathni Kund Jaipur – The most popular trek in Jaipur?

Location of Hatni Kund Water Valley trek

Water Valley trek is near Charan Mandir on way to Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Starting Point of the Water Valley Trek in Jaipur is Charan Mandir

Trail Gradient – Easy and good for beginners. Do note the initial part of the trail is lined with loose gravel which can pose a problem during the rainy season. It is a short trek. Don’t miss the flowers of the beautiful sickle bush tree on this trail during the monsoon

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Trekking to Water Valley in the month of September

Here is a picture of the waterfall at Hathni Kund in Jaipur during the monsoon season. Hathni Kund is the most popular trek in Jaipur during the monsoon.

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2. 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.

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Forests near Bhuteshwar Nath Trek

Location of Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev trek

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

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

Trail Gradient – Easy to moderate for people who have never hiked before. It is a slightly longer trek in comparison to Hathni Kund. Here is a picture of the Bhuteshwar Nath trek in Jaipur.

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3. 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 commercially minded 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 free movement in their own territory. Also, note that the Jhalana area has been extended close to Galtaji now. 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

Trail Gradient – Easy to moderate for beginners. The trail is lined with loose gravel before the final ascend. It is shorter than Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev trek.

Read Galta Gate Then And Now

4. 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 have also hiked 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. 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

Trail Gradient – It is a steep ascend through a cobbled stone path. Many people like to use this for fitness activities. It is a short trail.

5. 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

Trail Gradient – This trail is through the paved path and is not very steep. It is good for beginners who want to build endurance. You will find plenty of Thor Danda in this terrain.

6. Garh Ganesh Temple Trek

Garh Ganesh Temple is presumably the oldest temple in Jaipur. Garh Ganesh trek is one of the best treks in Jaipur for beginners. A few trekking groups refer to this trek as Chabutara Trek of Jaipur. This name definitely sounds funny.

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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 female 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

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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

Trail Gradient – If you are using old stairs to Garh Ganesh Temple, it is short but challenging. The new path is gentle and good for beginners.

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Read Dhok Trail Hike

7. Jhalana Treks

I would like to mention trekking in the Jhalana area in Jaipur. It was a good place to trek until this area was closed for visitors due to the Jhalana Leopard Safari. Dhok tree dominates the hills of Jhalana, its natural habitat.

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Jhalana Trek

Here is a picture of Shikaar Odhi, a hunting lodge in Jhalana forest which I clicked many years ago.

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One needs a permit from the forest department for Jhalana Trek. I haven’t been to Jhalana ever since Jhalana Leopard Safari came into being. There are other areas in the vicinity that one can explore as a soft trekking option. A good recommendation in this direction would be Mountaineering & Adventure Institute in Jhalana. One can find this near World Forestry Arboretum owned by the forest department. Here is a picture of the Mountaineering & Adventure Institute in Jhalana.

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Trekking option at Mountain & Adventure Institute in Jhalana, Jaipur

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Read Golden Hours | Why hitting the snooze button is not a good idea

8. Watch Towers Of Amer Fort Wall Climb

Amer Fort Wall Rampart or the Great Wall Of Amer was one of the first places I started exploring 7-8 years ago. These ramparts offer stunning views of Amer Fort. Over the last few years, like Hathuni Kund, the watch towers of Amer Fort have become exceedingly popular. It is not uncommon to encounter a substantial number of people on weekends at Amer Fort watch towers. This spot has also become hugely popular among Instagrammers and travel bloggers.

Read  The Great Wall of Amer Fort

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Do not that the last few steps have a steep gradient and people intimidated of height might have issues while returning back. Also, during the monsoon, one needs to be extra careful because often algae pose a problem. Some travel bloggers call these Amer Ramparts as Jaipur Wall but this is not true.

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The view of Amer Fort

Location of Amer Fort Ramparts

Maota lake near Amer Fort

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Maota Lake

Starting Point of the Amer Fort Rampart climb is the staircase opposite Amer Fort/ Maota lake.

Trail Gradient – It is a steady climb but with a steep gradient. The return through the staircase is challenging for many people.

Safety & precaution while trekking in 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.

  • Apart from the above, do not venture to Hathni Kund during rains as it is a water channel and in case of a heavy downpour, it will be extremely difficult to get back to Nahargarh road. The sheer amount of water is immense as it is a valley; this is a reason for a waterfall.
  • With the rising number of leopards in Jhalana, the surrounding areas are not safe.
  • Amer Fort watch towers in monsoon and rains is risky. Often, algae forms on the stairs resulting in slippery surfaces. There have been instances of people being killed by lightning at Amer Fort watch towers. Check out this news – Shock, panic, and grief: How a trip led to the death of 11 youths at Amer
  • Chour Ghati trek too is not safe because of leopards being frequently spotted at this location.

People looking for adventurous places near Jaipur will find this list of hiking spots in Jaipur of great help. I have posted one of my favorite hikes near Jaipur – What makes a hike along the Dhok tree trail alluring?

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

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114 thoughts on “Most Popular Jaipur Hiking & Trekking Places

  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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