The entrancing Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is one of the most culturally rich and elaborate cities of India. Jaipur is famously called the “Pink City” owing to the trademark building color. The grandeur of the city is in the royal culture it maintains. The commotion of this Indian city is what balances its beauty. Bestowing a traveler with myriad experiences, this is one of the must-visit places in India, especially for someone who wants a good look at the country’s royal history. Jaipur houses some of the most majestic forts of all times. It carries a fervent vibe in its air. Want a sneak-peak into the streets of the Pink City? Here are some of the best things to do in Jaipur.
1. Full Day Sightseeing: City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and more
Jaipur houses a lot of different places that you can visit during a full day of sightseeing. Starting with some notable places within the city, you can visit a number of spots and soak in the colors of Jaipur forever. Here are a few things that you should be able to cover in a day.
i. The City Palace
From a variety of places to visit, the magnificent City Palace is what one must put on the top of their list. It is the home of the Maharajas and hence, comprises grand state rooms, museums, and decorative gates. The museum has a vast range of historic art and armory displayed. Visiting the palace and its displays takes about one to two hours.
Address: Jaleb Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
Entry Fee: 1 USD
Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Website: City Palace, Jaipur
ii. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is also a great place to visit when in Jaipur. It is a multi windowed, front facing, lattice like building that was built for the wives of the Maharaja to look at the outside world, without being seen by the commoners. Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds was named as such because the lattice work allowed fresh breeze and acted as a natural air condition to the state rooms. It can be best viewed from the Siredeori Bazaar. A visit to the Hawa Mahal does not take too long as there is only a small museum inside.
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
Entry Fee: 1 USD
Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Website: Hawa Mahal
iii. City Walls and ornate City Gates
The City Wall comprises seven ornate city gates, all painted with a terra cotta pink color to represent power. The welcoming nature of the city can easily be seen when walking between the City Palace and the Hawa Mahal.
Seven Gates of Jaipur Are:
Ajmeri Darwaza / Kishan Pol
Sanganeri Darwaza / Shiv Pol
Ghat Darwaza / Ram Pol
There are various other smaller gates spread through the city such as the Char Darwaza, Samrat Pol, Ganga Pol, Ganesh Pol, Chanpori Pol, Tripolia, Naqqarwala, to name a few. These are internal gates but each has a story of its own.
iv. Jantar Mantar
If one has sufficient time in Jaipur, the Jantar Mantar, where a series of astronomical instruments used by the Mogul’s to predict the future, should be visited. It also houses the world’s largest sundial.
Address: Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
Entry Fee: 3 USD
Opening Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Website: Jantar Mahal
v. Other places to visit
The Jal Mahal and the Sun Temple are a treat to eyes in the evening and must be visited around sunset for the most beautiful views.
2. Hot air balloon ride
Hot air balloons rides are set up in different areas of Rajasthan, one of which is Jaipur. Taking a hot air balloon ride is a breathtaking experience for any visitor in the city. One can witness the mesmerizing beauty and the heart throbbing landscapes of Jaipur. The ride usually begins from your hotel itself and takes you around, over the city, visiting almost all the tourist destinations of Jaipur. These rides are usually scheduled for early mornings or late afternoons when the winds are favorable. Costing around 6,500 to 12,000 INR (97.75 USD to 180.50 USD) for an hour, a hot air balloon safari is especially mesmerizing in Jaipur compared with any other location, owing to the lake and forts you can see from above. If you want a bird’s-eye view of the city, this is the activity for you.
Address: Sharma Farm House Sukhal Pura Road | Kukas, Jaipur 302020, India
Fee: Approximately 97.75 to 180.50 USD
Opening Hours: 6 am to 9 am; 4 pm to 7 pm
Website: Sky Waltz
3. Explore the forts: Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, and Nahargarh Fort
Rajasthan is rich in historical heritage, depicting a regal era and majestic architecture through the numerous forts, especially in Jaipur. Of all the famous forts of Jaipur, the Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, and Nahargarh Fort are the most famous.
i. Amer Fort
Soaring above Maota Lake, the Amer Fort exhibits an excellent example of Hindu and Mughal architecture, featuring elaborate mirror work. It is one of the most beautiful forts in Jaipur and truly is a must-visit.
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Entry Fee: Approximately 4 USD
Opening Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
Website: Amer Fort
ii. Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort or the “Fort of Victory,” is built in red sandstone and exhibits Indo-Persian architectural features. An epitome of royal history, this fort boasts the finest gardens of all.
Address: Jaigarh Fort, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302013, India
Entry Fee: Approximately 1 USD
Opening Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
Website: Jaigarh Fort
iii. Nahargarh Fort
Also built by Jai Singh II, the Tiger Fort or the Nahargarh Fort, on the edge of Aravalli Hills, was built for the sole purpose of providing a strong defense system for the city.
Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Entry Fee: Approximately 1 USD
Opening Hours: 10 am to 5.30 pm
Website: Nahargarh Fort
4. Watch the Light and Sound Show at Amer Fort
The 50 minutes Light and Sound Show at the Amer Fort should be on the priority list for every visitor. It’s a striking light show set to music, detailing the highlights of Jaipur’s rich folk culture and legends that will immerse you in culture.
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Fee: Approximately 2 USD
Opening Hours: English: 7:30 pm; Hindi: 8 pm
5. Visit the marvellous Birla Mandir
The grand temple of Birla Mandir is situated at the foot of Moti Dungri Fort. This enormous temple is built with fine quality, white marble and is brightly lit at night. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver, and his consort Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. It is a marvel of modern architecture, surrounded by lush green gardens. While the interiors of the temple have huge white marble panels depicting mythological events, the exteriors are carved with splendidly beautiful sculptures based on mythological themes.
Address: Tilak Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan - 302002
Entry Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 6 am to 12 pm; 3 pm to 9 pm
Website: Birla Mandir Jaipur
6. Attend a block printing workshop
The unique art of block printing comes from the small town, Bagru, near Jaipur. The organization called Vedic Walks, helps in promoting this unique art by organising half and full day workshops at Bagru. The workshop exhibits various skills such as making natural dyes, carving designs on wooden blocks, printing the blocks on cloth, and boiling the cloth after the printing process.
Address: 36 & 37, 2nd Floor, Chandpole Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Entry Fee: Approximately 50 USD
Opening Hours: 10 am to 7 pm
Website: Jai Texart
7. Local bazaars
Shopping at Jaipur’s local bazaars will rejuvenate your soul. You can walk through the narrow lanes of these local markets to find some of the best souvenirs. The Johari Bazaar (also known as the Jewellers Market) is famous for Meenakari jewellery, the local specialty, made with glazed enamel work. The Bapu Bazaar is famous for products made with camel leather and mojaris (handcrafted shoes).
Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Nehru Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Sireh Deori Bazaar, and Chanpole Bazaar
8. Jaipur Literature Fest
Jaipur is a heaven in disguise for literature lovers. The Jaipur Literature Festival has been hosted by ZEE for the past 10 years and is the world’s largest free event. It is a great opportunity for people across India and the globe to come together on a common platform to discuss views and ideas with contemporary literary authors and critics.
Address: Diggi Palace Jaipur
Registration Fee: Free
Website: Jaipur Literature Festival
9. Puppet show
The Rajasthan puppet show is the most famous form of entertainment coming from the state. Performed by the community of agricultural labourers known as Bhats, the puppet show is usually performed following a basic theme. The loud beat of the dhokal is used to announce the show’s start, and the content commonly narrates the dialogues of Amar Singh Rathore of Nagaur. These shows are generally organized by hotels during the tourist seasons or at Chokhi Dhani, an entertainment center.
Where: City Palace and other different areas around the city.
Entry Fee: Approximately 1 USD
Jaipur is India's top city for tourism
Jaipur is a stunning city with a vibrant blend of grand palaces, breathtaking landscapes, magnificent forts, and diverse Rajasthani culture; it is worth a visit at least once in a lifetime. Jaipur, just like the vibrant pink of its buildings, is a welcoming city, after all, “who knows what you may see.”
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