The famous pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Today we want to show you the most popular attractions and best places to visit in Jaipur. The magnificent forts, opulent palaces, exclusively chiseled mansions, each a splendid example of the rich cultural heritage sings the saga of past glory, prosperity and chivalry in Rajasthan.
In spite of the apparent impression of a dry and desert land, the slate abounds in astonishing range of vegetation and wildlife that makes it a favorite resort for nature lovers. Its a reservoir of a broad biological spectrum ranging from the hilly terrain of Mt. Abu to the heart land of the Thar Desert.
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Our list of the top Jaipur visiting places.
The uniqueness of the land lies in the lingering flavor of medieval times in the rich art and crafts, colorful Bazaars and vibrant people. The sight of camels, oxen, elephants on the road as common modes of transport adds to the medieval touch.
Built in the year 1727 A.D by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur displays a ravishing architectural splendor. The only planned city of its time, it has many attractive monuments.
#1 The city Palace should be among the first places in Jaipur to visit.
The former royal abode that has the touch of Rajasthan and Mughal styles. Unlike most other palaces in India, this one is still lived in by a princess. Only a part of the palace grounds have been opened to be a museum and shows a super collection of Rajasthan’s costumes and armor of Mughals and Rajputs. It also has an art gallery with excellent collections of miniature paintings, carpets, royal Paraphernalia.
City Palace Jaipur information: open 9 am – 5 pm, entrance fee for tourists is hefty with Rs 2500, more info about the princess here.
#2 Jantar Mantar: it is the largest of Jai Singh’s five observatories in India.
This stone structure has scientifically designed complex instruments that speaks about advanced Indian astronomy in the medieval times. After visiting this place, you will wonder what they had achieved so many centuries ago.
Jantar Mantar Jaipur address, timing, fees: Tripoliya Bazaar, near the entrance to the City Palace, open 9 am – 4.20 pm, entree fee Rs 50.
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#3 Hawa Mahal the Palace of Wind is without question one of the best places to see in Jaipur.
This five story structure along the main street of the old city was originally conceived to enable royal women watch the everyday life and royal processions of the city. The architecture with its 953 small windows is really eye catching akin to the honeycomb of a beehive.
#4 Govind Devji Temple: divine place for sightseeing in Jaipur.
It is located in the central pavilion of the Jai Niwas Garden. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and filled with sights and sounds, chanting and ringing of bells. The image of the patron deity Govind Devji originally installed in a temple in Vrindavan was reinstalled by Sawai Jai Singh II as his family deity. Quite a moving and uplifting experience, even for non-believers.
#5 Amber Fort in Jaipur (also known as Amber palace), is actually situated in Amber (Amer), 7 miles from Jaipur. The fort is spectacular a marvel of craftsmanship artistry and engineering, the gateways and courtyards are simply amazing. If you like ride up to the fort on an elephant. Explore the tunnels if you´re not afraid of bats and don’t miss out the sound and light show at 7:30 pm
Amber Fort Jaipur timings and fees: open 9 am – 4.30 pm, entrance Rs 500, guide Rs 300, elephant ride Rs 1150.
#6 Sheesh Mahal – the Hall of Mirrors is located in the Amber Fort. The entire hall is a mosaic of mirrors and colored glass. The magic of this palace lies in the fact that just a small ray of light naturally lights up the whole space while reflecting in the thousands of mirrors and forming extremely magnificent patters.
#7 Elefantastic – if you travel to Jaipur and need a break from the hustle and bustle of the cities.
The elephants are looked after and treated very well here. This is the place to visit if you ever wanted a “first hand” experience with elephants and not just riding them. But be sure to bring an extra set of clothes 😉
Our tips for the best places to stay in Jaipur.
#1 Rambagh Palace – Jaipur at its best!
The Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel Jaipur at Bhawani Singh Road fully lived up to its 5 star reputation as one of the best hotels in the world. Everything is shining, polished, and perfect, you feel like a modern day maharajah. All is made to immerse you in the back time, like the classical rajasthani decor, and paintings.
Lovely indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the garden is beautiful, big and lush. The peacocks roaming freely on the compound giving it a special touch.
#2 Jai Mahal Palace Jaipur
The 5 star Hotel Jai Mahal Palace at Jacob Road / Civil Lines is an 18-acre complex of beautifully manicured lawns and flowing fountains. The 255 year old building is a masterpiece built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Everything from the welcome check-in to dining and the rooms, from housekeeping to activities, is really outstanding.