India’s very own desert capital, Jaipur is a prime tourism destination because of its pink-walled city, ancient forts and palaces, the stunning remnants of a bygone era and elaborate architecture. The vibrant Pink City brings you closer to the royal heritage and the typical Rajasthani culture and traditions. Here we bring to you some of the must-visit attractions in the city.
Perched on a hill top overlooking the Maota Lake, the Amber Fort is around half an hour’s drive from the main Jaipur city. It comprises of several spectacular palaces, halls, gardens and temples. What attracts the tourists the most is the fine mirror work that has been elaborately intricate over its walls so as to add to its grandeur. You can take up a swaying elephant ride or can walk over the hill to reach the entrance of the fort. You can also wait till night to enjoy an evening sound and light show performance.
The Water Palace, Jal Mahal appears to be floating in the center of the Sagar Lake. It is one of the most serene sights to witness amidst the bustling city life. Known for its amazing architecture and beauty, Jal Mahal is one of the most photographed monuments in the city. Its light sand coloured stone walls contrast the deep blue waters of the Sagar Lake that makes it pretty photogenic. Although the palace appears to be a single story monument but, it actually owns four submerged levels under the water. You cannot explore the actual palace any more since it is to be transformed into a classy restaurant.
Jaigarh Fort holds to be one of the best preserved military structures from the medieval times. Built in the year 1726 by Sawai Maan Singh III, this fort is also known as the victory tower since it has never been captured. This fort also holds the world’s largest cannon on wheels and is a place of great significance for military lovers. The fort is edged by towering gateways and watchtowers. It remains intact and well-preserved till date. The fort is open for visitors from 9a.m. to 4:30p.m. every day. You will be mesmerized by the panoramic view of the city from the top of the fort. A sunset is worth witnessing!
Also known as the Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal was built in the year 1799 so that the royal women could see the street activities, without being observed. The fascinating frontage structure of this palace with multiple rows of small windows and screens is one of the most recognized buildings in Jaipur. This palace overlooks the lively streets of Jaipur’s main old city area. It is considered as a piece of architect and smart thinking since the palace has been built in such a way that it allows the blowing winds to keep the palace’s temperature to its coolest and does not allow hot winds to blow in.
City Palace Jaipur
The magnificent City Palace is a huge complex comprising of several courtyards, gardens and buildings that reflect a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The royal family still lives in Chandra Mahal, also known as the Moon Palace. You can also see a museum, art gallery and displays of ancient royal costumes and old Indian weapons within the City Palace complex. The palace complex is open for tourists from 9:30a.m. to 5p.m. daily. The entry ticket costs Rs.300 for foreigners and Rs.75 for Indian tourists.
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Jantar Mantar was built by King Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734. It is an observatory of astronomical instruments that help in certain astronomical measurement. There are 14 structures in total that are used to measure time, predict eclipses and track stars. This amazing observatory is open from 9a.m. to 4:30p.m. every day and the entry cost is Rs.100 for foreigners and Rs.20 for Indians.
Jaipur is an excellent place for shoppers as well. One of the most prominent shopping areas of the city is the Mirza Ismial Road that is better known as the MI Road. The shops here have a large variety of goods to impress tourists ranging from jewellery to brass work to textiles, wood work, blue pottery, etc. MI Road is a happening hangout place for tourists and is often being compared to the Connaught Place of Delhi. This curvy road also holds ancient architectural shops along with bringing to you the best jewellery and shops for branded readymade garments. When you get tired while exploring shops and shopping, you can relax in the most sought-after restaurants in this place that include the Niros, Mc Donalds, Suryamahal and Pizza Hut. Also, the Raj Mandir cinema hall is just a few steps away from the main circle on MI Road.
The Johari Bazar market in the old, pink-walled city is famous for bangles, traditional tie and dye fabrics, inexpensive costume jewellery, gold and silver, blue pottery, textiles, etc. You can find a variety of enticing goods while exploring the market on foot. Special Jaipuriya quilts are also a pretty famous item of sale in this area. However, you must note that many shops remain closed on Sunday.
Choki Dhani is an ethnic village resort in Jaipur that gives you an insight into the traditional Rajasthani village life. It is a fun place to visit for both adults as well as kids. You will get to enjoy a delicious Rajasthani thali along with a variety of entertainment options that include dance performances, puppet shows, acrobats, camel and elephant rides, snack stalls and much more. A visit to this mock Rajasthani village is a total refreshing and overwhelming experience.
Explore the beautiful Pink City during your vacation and make the most out of all its fascinations.