Ajabgarh is a small village 100km north-east of Jaipur, nestled in the world’s oldest mountain range, the Aravallis, in the desert state of Rajasthan. it’s a lovely, simple town overlooking the Jai Sagar Lake. The Meena tribe populates the surrounding area, well-known for the striking colourful fabrics and ornate jewellery they wear.
Forts and temples are scattered over the landscape, many requiring formidable climbs to reach them, but worth it for the spectacular views. A trip to the majestic 17th century temple and fort at Ajabgarh is a well worthwhile: here, much of the marble façade and courtyard pillars remain intact. You can access the fort and temple by foot, jeep, or camel.
Bhangarh is a mysterious 17th century town located close to Ajabgarh, abandoned overnight not long after its completion. Today it’s a fascinating heritage site and a worthwhile day trip. To the south, Neelkanth is home to over 80 ancient temples in a sweeping valley, and Sariska National Park is just a short drive north-east from Ajabgarh, where you can spot jaguar, tiger, and sambar deer.