Do you fancy marvelous architecture, strong forts, historic sites, and the expertise of old artisans? If so, Jaipur-the pink city is the destination that you need to visit next. Jaipur is not only a famous tourist destination in Rajasthan but it is also a part of the Golden Triangle circuit (the other two being Delhi and Agra). Jaipur similarly acts as the gateway to other nearby popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Jodhpur.
Rajasthan’s capital-Jaipur is also popular as the Pink City due to its distinctive pink or saffron color of the buildings. With the old city surrounded by walls and gates decorated with drawings on the backdrop of a beautiful pink hue, Jaipur successfully manages to amaze people with its beauty.
Jaipur’s majestic buildings, tales of heroic battles, outstanding forts and palaces, and multi-faceted characters are the elements that make this place travel-worthy. Along with these, Jaipur holds many monuments, gardens, museums, and extensive market places. It similarly is full of bustling local bazaars where you can shop your heart out. Likewise, during the winters, many fairs and festivals are also organized which can be observed and enjoyed.
One of the largest cities in India, Jaipur has lately become home to all the modern amenities with some of the most exotic hotels and resorts in the world, this also works as a great incentive to visit this destination.
Even with all these interesting facts, if you haven’t been able to decide in favor of this incredible destination, here are some of the most amazing places in Jaipur that will steal your heart away so, have a look at them.
1. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal, which is also known as “The Palace of Winds” or “The Palace of Breeze” is a five-story pyramidical monument that extends up to 50 meters in height and has an exterior similar to a honeycomb. If you observe the palace, you will be able to see numerous small windows which are called Jharokhas. These windows are 953 in numbers and don’t just look cute in red and pink sandstone along with the latticework decoration but, also have a story to tell.
These windows were initially designed for the royal ladies to be able to observe the daily life, hustle, and festivals celebrated in the streets below without being seen. Back then, the “Parda” system was quite prevalent therefore, the royal ladies could not move out freely.
Similarly, as the name suggests, Hawa Mahal has a really pleasant and calm atmosphere. And, this cooling effect in the chamber generates from these numerous little windows.
Hawa Mahal is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Jaipur-the pink city, and should not be skipped. The best time to visit this palace is early in the morning as the structure illuminates with golden sunlight. If you want the best view of the palace, get to one of the rooftop cafes just opposite the palace.
The entry fee for Indians is 50 INR and 200 INR for foreigners. The opening hours are from 9 am to 5 pm every day.
2. Amer fort/ Amber fort
Amer Fort situated 11 kilometers away from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan. This fort is situated high on a hill and is built in red sandstone and marble. It similarly has Lake Maotha right at the front which adds a bit of charm to this place. The Lake is also the main source of water for the fort.
The history of this place is that the royal family used to reside here until the capital was moved to Jaipur and a new city palace was built there.
The fort is so magnificent and known for its artistic style elements, cobbled paths, and gigantic gates. The fort’s architecture is a fusion of Hindu and Mughal styles and is famous for series of places such as the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), Sila Devi temple, four courtyards, gardens, and halls.
Amber fort opens for visitors from 8 am to 5:30 pm daily and the entry fee for Indians is 100 INR, 500 for foreign tourists, 10 INR for Indian students, and 100 INR for foreign students. The fort reopens from 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm for the evening sound and light show.
A fun fact: A famous Bollywood movie named Bajirao Mastani was filmed here.
3. Nahargarh fort
Nahargarh fort was built in 1734 to defend the Jaipur city. This fort sits on the Aravali hills and overlooks the majestic Jaipur city. Nahargarh fort is popular for its stunning panoramic view and is best to visit at sunset or evening when it is lit up. Since the fort provides stunning viewpoints of Amer and Jaipur city, it has become a popular hangout spot for the people living nearby.
The main attraction here is the view that this place offers but, apart from that you can also visit the twelve queen boudoirs which are connected and decorated with murals. You could similarly visit the interesting wax museum that sits right next to the fort. Likewise, strolling around the decorated halls and rooms and dining in a fine local restaurant can be just as much fun.
The entrance fee of Nahargarh fort for an Indian is 50 INR and foreigners are to pay 200 INR. The visiting hours are 9 am to 5 pm.
Here is a fun fact about this place: This fort was shown in scenes of a popular Bollywood movie named Rang De Basanti.
4. City Palace
City palace is a stunning red and white building that lies in the heart of Jaipur city. This palace once used to be the residence of some of India’s richest royal families. It was constructed in the early 18th century when the capital move from Amber to Jaipur and the royal family can still be found living here.
Inside the palace is Chandra Mahal, which now is a museum of an interesting collection of ornaments, paintings, weapons, and costumes. The complex additionally comprises numerous courtyards, pavilions, temples, and gardens.
Not only is the architecture of City Palace mesmerizing but, you will be just as awestruck by the stunning view of Pink city from here.
The entrance fee for an Indian is 200 INR and 700 INR for tourists. If you carry a student card, the entry fee drops to 100 INR for an Indian. A visit to the museum would additionally cost 500 INR for an Indian and 1000 INR for a tourist. The palace opens every single day for visitors and the opening hours are from 9:30 am to 5 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm for the night visits.
5. Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal is located towards the northeast of Jaipur in the middle of the peaceful Man Sagar Lake. It gives an illusion of almost floating atop the lake and this moment is capable of taking your breath away. It is popular as the best birds watching spot in Jaipur along with its charm and architectural beauty. This dreamlike water palace is a five-story mansion out of which 4 stories submerge underwater when the Lake is full.
This palace was initially built as a Royal duck hunting lodge and is known as a visiting site for many migratory birds such as white-browed wagtail, blue-tailed bee-eaters, and grey herons. It also used to be a summer retreat therefore, the halls are beautifully decorated and the Chameli Bagh is an add-on to its beauty.
Jal Mahal is open for visits every day from 6 am to 6 pm and the entry is free.
6. Jaigarh Fort
One of the tourist attractions of Jaipur-pink city, Jaigarh Fort is the fort of victory in the quite literal sense. This structure was built as a defensive fort and once used to house the weapons and artilleries. The fort can also be perceived as part of many historical wars. It is similarly called Cheel Ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) and overlooks the Amer fort and Lake Maotha.
The fort lies on one of the peaks of the Aravali range therefore, offers a majestic view. Similarly, it houses an impressive square garden and the fort also features the cannon “Jaivana” which is the world’s largest cannon on wheels. As the Jaigarh fort is located near Amber and Nahargarh fort, it can be visited en-route.
The entry fee for this fort is 50 INR for an Indian and 200 INR for tourists. It is open every day for visitors from 10 am to 5:30 pm. It is however not suggested for a stay in the evening as the fort is surrounded by the thick forest and wild animals lurk during the night.
7. Jantar Mantar
Located near the two popular landmarks, Hawa Mahal and City Palace, Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Jantar Mantar in a literal sense means “a calculating instrument” and houses a collection of 19 astronomical instruments including the world’s largest sundial that serves a specific purpose from measuring time to predicting eclipses and tracking stars.
Jantar Mantar is not an ordinary observatory; it is one of the largest observatories of the world and is amazingly preserved. This observatory, therefore, attracts astronomers and architects from all over the world. Therefore, whatever your level of interest in space is, this place will leave you inspired and amazed.
The entry fee for an Indian here is 40 INR and for a foreigner, it is 200 INR. The opening timings are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
8. Birla temple
Located at the foot of Moti Dungri Fort, Birla temple is one of the most beautiful attractions in Jaipur-pink city. It is one of the many Birla temples and is a white marble formation and it is quite famous for its architecture, carvings, and of course the stunning idol of Laxmi Narayan.
There are 4 distinct parts of the temple: main hall, tower, sanctum, and entrance. You will notice that the outer walls have carvings of philosophers, thinkers, and religious thinkers such as Buddha, Christ, Confucius, Socrates, and Zarathustra. Similarly, the inner wall depicts various events associated with Hinduism.
The temple opens on all days from 5 am to 11:30 am and 4 pm to 8 pm. There is no entry fee for the temple.
9. Albert Hall Museum
The oldest museum in Rajasthan situated in Ram Niwas historical garden, Albert Hall Museum has a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, and carpets. You will also find a bird park nearby Ram Niwas Garden.
Albert Hall Museum is a perfect example of Indo-Saracenic style architecture. Besides housing artifacts and paintings from different parts of India, it also houses an Egyptian mummy. In recent times, Albert Hall Museum has become quite popular for many activities such as festivals, concerts, and rallies.
One can do numerous activities near this museum such as visiting the zoo, taking a stroll through the Ram Niwas garden, relaxing in a restaurant nearby, or horse riding around the pathways.
The entry fee for an Indian here is 40 INR and for a foreigner, it is 300 INR. However, they offer a special discount for students. The opening timings are every day from 9 am to 5 pm. The museum however remains closed on specific maintenance days from October to March (last Tuesday) and (every Monday) in the months from April to September.
10. Galtaji temple
Galtaji temple, also known as the monkey temple is located within the hilly regions of the Aravali range and is just 10 kilometers from the city. The monkeys here have also been featured in the National Geographic channel as rebel monkeys or monkey thieves. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is popular for its natural water springs, vegetation, and also being an important Hindu pilgrimage center.
The temple’s beautiful pavilions and unique architecture additionally make it a travel-worthy spot. Although it is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, it simultaneously houses numerous shrines dedicated to Lord Surya, Rama, Brahma, and Surya.
The temple opens on all days from 5 am to 9 pm and there is no entry fee for the temple.
Other than visiting these places, here are certain things that you should not miss while in Jaipur pink city:
-Have an amazing cultural experience at Choki Dhani:
Choki Dhani is a unique place in Jaipur where you can enjoy Rajasthani cultural experiences. These experiences include traditional Rajasthani folk dances, puppet shows, magic shows, acrobatics, boating, archery, snake charming, etc.
It is just as famous for its restaurants offering a taste of authentic Rajasthani food. Therefore, if you get hungry after all those cultural experiences, you already have a place to satiate your hunger.
-Visit the Elephant farm
If you are an elephant lover and want to have an up-close experience with Elephants, Jaipur will fulfill that fantasy as well.
-Shop for the Rajasthani souvenirs at nearby local shops
Jaipur is not only famous for its architecture, forts, and touristic spot; it is also as popular for unique shopping experiences. It offers an excellent option when it comes to hunting for unique and high-quality items such as precious gemstones, blue pottery, textiles, silver jewelry, bangles, etc.
There are numerous local shops where you can easily get these items. However, some of the most popular shopping areas are Baapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, and Johari Bazaar.
If you still have some time to spare, here are certain areas near Jaipur pink city where you can stop by:
-Sariska National Park (the first tiger reserve in the world to have successfully relocated tigers)
-Abhaneri (has Chand Baori step well-which is the largest and deepest step well of India)
-Ajmer (visit Taragarh fort, Happy valley, Akbari Fort, and the holy shrine of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti)
-Pushkar (visit the only Brahma temple in the world and experience the famous Camel Fair in November)
-Agra (visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri)
-Sambhar Lake (largest inland salt lake in India)
-Ranthambore National Park (tiger spotting)
-Keoladeo National Park (Asia’s best wildlife bird sanctuary, perfect for bird and nature lovers)
-Vrindavan (the holy city nestled on the bank of the Yamuna river)
-Kota ( the educational hub of India)
It’s a wrap!
So that is it! This is the list of my recommended places to visit in Jaipur-pink city. What do you think of the list? Also, do let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite destination in Jaipur and think that it should make it to this list.