Embracing its unique culture, raving about its royal history, and fondly nicknamed as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur (India) is where a melange of colorfulness, romance, and history make an amazing kaleidoscope. Being the proud capital city of the largest state of India, Jaipur astonishes its visitors with magnificent forts, palaces, and iconic architecture. It also happens to be the first-ever planned city in India. The gorgeous city was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and it is the name of the king from where the city got its name. If you are planning your visit to India and want to explore something unique that no other corner of the country can offer you, come to Jaipur (India).
How To Get To Jaipur (India):
Sitting only at a distance of 260 kilometers from the capital of the country, New Delhi, Jaipur is well connected to almost all the major North Indian cities by road. From Jaipur International Airport you will get a flight for all the major cities of the country. Moreover, the city airport also connects international destinations like Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Muscat, Sharjah, Dubai, and Bangkok. If you stay in India or are a tourist from outside India, seeking a gorgeous vibrant historical destination that would overwhelm your senses with its colorful streets and majestic monuments, Jaipur (India) is the place where you need to be. So if you are planning your visit to this royal city, here is a list of some of the best places to visit in Jaipur (India) that will leave you awestruck.
Places To Visit In Jaipur (India) For An Unmatched Travel Experience:
Locating up on a hill in Amer or Amber, Amber Fort is one of the iconic 16th-century forts in Jaipur that showcases an intricate blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture in its red and white sandstone construction and detailed ornamentation. Among all the four entrances, the main entrance faces the east. You need to enter the fort through the ‘Sun Gate’ and you will directly come into the main courtyard Jaleb Chowk. There are other courtyards where you will find Hall of Public Audience (Diwan-e-aam), Hall of Pleasure (Sukhniwas), Hall of Victory (Jai Niwas), etc.
Catch the amazing view of the River Maota from Jai Niwas and do not miss out on the famous Mirror Palace in the fourth courtyard. You will get frequent buses from Hawa Mahal (another must-visit destination in Jaipur) to Amer Fort and it will cost you INR 100 to enter the fort if you are an Indian. For the foreigners, the entry fee is INR 500. The fort remains open from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Elephant Riding.
- Light And Sound Show.
Earning popularity in the name of the ‘Palace of the Winds’, Hawa Mahal is Jaipur’s yet another not-to-miss travel destination. Being constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, Hawa Mahal’s five storeys are connected by slopes and not by stairs.
From where did Hawa Mahal get its name? well, this honeycomb-like heritage building has got 953 small windows (jharokha). The windows were so built that the wind could effortlessly pass into the palace keeping inside cool and airy. Legend says that the palace was made for the royal women so that they could catch every glimpse of the streets below. Alas! Now mostly all the widows remain shut and you can not enjoy the natural air-conditioned environment that this palace used to boast of. Entry Fee for Indian citizens is INR 50 and INR 200 for the foreigners.
The vast complex of the City Palace is undoubtedly one of the best tourist places in Jaipur (India). Easily accessible from Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort, and from any other location in Jaipur, the City Palace was the ceremonial as well as the administrative seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Exquisite courtyards, magnificent buildings, beautiful gardens – the City Palace is such a treat to the eyes. You can see a cocktail of Indian, Mughal, Rajput, and European architecture here and you just can’t ignore the four small gates in the third courtyard that represent four seasons.
One of the lesser-known facts about the City Palace, Jaipur (India) is that there are two silver jars in the palace that have acquired a place in the famous Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest silver vessels in the world.
The palace complex is vast and requires a lot of walking inside the courtyards and gardens. To understand the historical facets of the palace in a better manner hire a guide. There are several ticket prices according to what you are willing to see inside the palace. The price of tickets starts from INR 200 for the Indian people and INR 700 for the foreigners.
Want to get drenched in the pristine rays of the soft setting sun? Nahargarh Fort is where you need to head to. The fort among all the three major forts in Jaipur is of utmost importance due to its skyscraping height. You get an impeccable panoramic view of the whole Jaipur city from the fort for its location atop the Aravalli hill. Again the fort shows a tasteful fusion of Rajput, Mughal, and European architecture and there are also some newly built inclusions such as a sculpture park and a wax museum that you gotta explore. Try to hit the Nahargarh Sanctuary as well if you love wildlife.
Pocket Pinch: INR 50 for Indians, INR 200 for Foreigners.
If you talk about architectural wonder, Jaipur has a lot to offer you to make you mesmerized and Jal Mahal is another finest example of that. Set just in the middle of Maan Sagar Lake, the Jal Mahal or Water Palace was built as a summer resort and a hunting lodge by Maharaja Pratap Singh and was restored by Maharaja Jai Sing II in the 18th century. Showcasing the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture, the palace, and its garden, Chameli Bagh is also famous for being the abode to many migratory birds like Common Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Ruddy Shelduck, etc. Besides, the spot is also a year-round destination, favorite among the birdwatchers.
To get to the lake, you have to hire Rajput-style boats from the bank of the lake that will sail you to the palace.
Not everybody will suggest you to go visit the most haunted fort in India while helping you out in planning your Jaipur itinerary. Bhangarh Fort, locating just at a distance 84 kilometers from Jaipur (India) is a must-visit for you if you love adventure and visiting eerisome places. The fort is so creepy that the Archaeological Survey of India has also put up a notice there banning people’s entrance into the fort during the night time. Several legends are associated with the fort regarding its paranormal happenings.
Apart from the ruins of the fort, if you can make it to the top of the fort, you will get a drool-worthy view of the whole surrounding of the area. The fort remains open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there is no entry fee to get into the fort.
Jantar Mantar Observatory:
This observatory in Jaipur is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments that were built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II. Featuring the world’s largest stone sundial, Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur is also a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 19 instruments present in the yard do not only measure time but track the location of major stars as the earth changes its position along the orbit, predict eclipses, measure longitude and latitude of the celestial bodies and so on.
Jantar Mantar locates in the old city and is within walking distance from the City Palace.
Pocket Pinch: INR 50 for the Indians and INR 200 for the foreigners.
If you are in love with the majestic animal called Elephant, head nowhere than this outstanding elephant sanctuary named as Elefantastic. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants and get an opportunity to feed, wash, and water these marvelous creatures. Having to spend a whole day in such a thoughtful elephant village is no less than a soulful retreat. The sanctuary is not very old and was built only in 2012. The site locates on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway and is at a distance of only 17 kilometers from the main city. Depending on which time of the year you are visiting the sanctuary, the ticket may cost you around INR 2000-3500 (Indian) and INR 4000-5100 (Foreigners).
What Else? Food!!!
Apart from all these royal monuments and forts, one more thing that Jaipur (India) is raved for is its diverse gastronomical delights. Among all the famous foods, you need to try Dal Baati Churma, Mohan Maas, Rajasthani Sabji, Dil Khushal (dessert), Kadi, Laddoo, etc which are utterly delicious. For local food, rush to Masala Chowk to taste some finger-licking dishes like chole bhature, jalebi, to gol gappa.
Jaipur (India) is an experience altogether. Its chaotic streets knit a story untold. The local pretty faces are never reluctant to help out the visitors, and moreover, the Pink City is living a fairy tale with its jaw-dropping monuments, forts, and collection of palaces. Head to this gleaming city to spend a weekend or to celebrate your honeymoon. It is gonna be an experience dotted with long cherished memories.