Dotted with wonderful palaces, enthralling gardens and glorious forts, the city of Jaipur is a perfect blend of beauty and elegance. Famously known as the ‘Pink City’ owing to its architecture constructed in pink sandstone, the charm of this cultural city of India lure travelers, researchers, historians from all parts of the world. This desert capital of India illustrates the royal life of the Rajput emperors and their renowned vision.
Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur was painted in pink in 1876 for welcoming Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II. From then, this magnificent city offers a spectacular journey in its rich past and presents some of the best places to visit in the city.
Jaipur tends to be warm during summers. So, the best time to go is from October to March. Although from November – February, temperatures drop to around 4°C yet these are the most pleasant months for sightseeing.
The list of things to do in Jaipur is never ending. This blog enlists top 10 places to visit in Jaipur that must not be missed. Browse through the list of enticing attractions and pack your bags now.
1. Hawa Mahal
One of the most distinguished landmarks of the city, The Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 AD and is the main Rajput landmark. This 5 storeyed honey-comb shaped structure was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Built in red and pink sandstone, Hawa Mahal has 953 windows called Jharokhas. It is said that so many windows were built in this structure so that the royal ladies could easily view the daily chores and the royal procession of the city. Brilliant design makes it as one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Jaipur. When visiting this monument, ensure that you go to the topmost floor offering panoramic views of the city of Jaipur.
2. Jal Mahal
Also, known as Water Palace, Jal Mahal is one of the most beautiful palaces in Jaipur lying in the center of Mansagar Lake. Exclusive setting and incredible beauty of the palace makes it one of the best photographic sites in Jaipur. A true combination of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture, Jal Mahal, too, has been constructed in red sandstone. Its original structure is 5 storeyed, however, four of its stories get submerged during monsoon and thus only the top storey is visible during the season. Tourists can book boat rides to visit the palace; only the terrace garden is open to visitors. The palace gives ample opportunities to spot
Tourists can book boat rides to visit the palace. Only the terrace garden is open to visitors. The palace gives ample opportunities to spot flamingos and a variety of migratory birds to the bird watchers. The sight will captivate your heart and soul when the palace is illuminated using thousands of flood lights, reflecting on the waters of the lake.
3. Amer Fort
Amer Fort or Amber Fort is a grand fortress, located 10km outside the Pink City. Constructed by Raja Man Singh in 1592, Amer Fort is the most famed fort and the oldest structure in Rajasthan. A Complete blend of Hindu-Muslim architectural style, the fort is again built in red sandstone and marble. Overlooking Maota Lake, this fort would take around 2 hrs to explore. Ganesh Pol, Diwan-i-Am, Sukh Mahal, Sheesh Mahal are some of the structures present in the fort. As the fort is situated on a hilltop, do not miss taking an elephant ride uptill its entrance.
4. Birla Temple
Dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Mandir and is another attraction for the devotees visiting Jaipur. The temple was built by BM Birla Foundation in 1988. This huge temple made in white marble and placed in the heart of the city is an architectural marvel known for its delicate carvings.
Along with the stunning idols of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu, the temple also holds a mesmerizing idol of Lord Ganesha at the entrance. Paintings and sculptures based on various religions and mythological themes adorn the exterior walls of the temple and are quite eye-catching.
5. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is another well-known tourist attraction situated near Hawa Mahal and City Palace. It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments built by Sawai Jai Singh, the Rajput king. Each instrument is built from marble, local stone and carries an astronomical scale generally marked on the inner lining of the marble. Though these instruments are fixed on the ground but you can observe various astronomical positions with a naked eye.
The “Samrat Yantra” is the world’s largest sundial present here. Thus, the brilliant architectural, cosmological and astronomical concepts of the king made Jantar Mantar a truly astronomical heritage of the city.
6. City Palace
Once the home of the Maharajas, the City Palace was built in 1729-1732. It is actually a mix of Shilpa Shastra of India with European and Mughal architectural style. City Palace has a number of structures like Chandra Mahal, Pitam Niwas Chowk, Maharani Palace, Diwan-I-Khas, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Aam and Govind Dev Ji temple.
The complex has three entry gates and only the bottom floor of the Chandra Mahal is open to visitors. The other 6 floors are still occupied by the Descendents of the Maharaja. Some portion of City Palace has been converted into a museum and an art gallery depicting old weapons, utensils, costumes and many more. This destination is a great place to discover the history of Jaipur and is open for visitors from 9.30am-5pm.
7. Raj Mandir Cinema
The modern style Raj Mandir Cinema designed by W M Namjoshi reflects Jaipur’s culture and tradition in a very graceful manner. This meringue shaped complex is located on Bhagwan Das Road, Jaipur and is one of the best places to enjoy the Bollywood masala flicks. Having the seating capacity of 1300 audience, the cinema was built in 1976. Curvy seating arrangement, ceiling studded with sparkling stars, palm leaves, and lighting system gives a royal touch to your movie experience in Raj Mandir. No matter, what time of the day, you can always visit Raj Mandir and be a part of its lively enthusiasts.
8. Jaigarh fort
Jaigarh Fort, also known as Victory Fort was built as a military structure for protecting the Jaipur city and especially the Amer Fort. It is the highest structure of the city overlooking the Maota Lake and the Amer Fort. Several palaces, gardens, reservoirs, granary, armory etc are located in its vicinity.
‘Jaivana Cannon’, the world’s biggest cannon on wheels manufactured within the fort is still present in the fort’s complex. The best way to explore the absolute beauty of the Jaipur city is to stand at a hilltop fort and have a panoramic view of the city. Thus, the astonishing splendor of this fort is something that should not be missed while visiting the pink city.
9. Chowki Dhani
While visiting various places in Jaipur, you might miss certain festive celebrations of Jaipur. In such a case, you don’t have to worry anymore. Just visit Chowki Dhani and observe the dynamism of Jaipur’s celebrations, as they never stop in Chowki Dhani – the only 5 star rated ethnic village resort in India. Chowki Dhani is one of the best pink city tourist attractions.
It is the carbon copy of a traditional Rajasthani village entertaining its visitors with all the sparkling colors of Rajasthan’s culture and traditions. Enjoy a traditional welcome with Tika and relish the authentic Rajasthani food prepared in desi ghee by expert chefs and served in a traditional manner. The folk music and traditional dancers will make your feet tap to their rhythm, swimming pool; spas will help you to relax your mind. You can also enjoy the famous puppet shows of Rajasthan.
10. Nahargarh fort
To get the best panoramic views of the city, Nahargarh fort is an ideal place to visit. Also, known as Tiger Fort, it was constructed in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II to tighten the security of the region. Located on the Aravalli hills, Nahargarh Fort is a flawless mix of Indo-European architecture. Rooms in the fort are connected via common passages and are beautifully decorated with wall and ceiling paintings. Still, the royal families use this fort as a popular destination for their summer excursions.
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