Ajabgarh, India

The ancient ruins that dot Ajabgarh’s mountainous surrounds require some climbing to reach, but they’re worth the exertion. Especially the 17th-century fort in Ajabgarh village, which has a well-preserved marble exterior and majestic pillars. The views from its hilltop precipice are gasp-inducing. The surrounding area is home to the Meena tribe, known for their jewel-toned attire and elaborate adornment; and in nearby Sariska Tiger reserve, equally colourful locals prowl.

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When to go

Visit between October and March to avoid the scorching summer heat.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest airport to Ajabgarh is Jaipur International, around a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. International airlines Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air India fly direct to Delhi from London Heathrow, and other major cities. From Delhi, local airlines SpiceJet, Air India and Jet Airways fly to Jaipur in under an hour.
  • Trains

    Bandikui Junction is the nearest railway station to Ajabgarh, which is just over an hour’s drive away.
  • Automobiles

    Driving in India is not for the faint hearted – expect cattle, tuk tuks and mopeds cutting across the lanes, but if you insist, local hire-cars are available from Jaipur airport.