Jaipur, Rajasthan

No trip to India is complete without spending time in Jaipur. Affectionately nicknamed “The Pink City” for the blushing color of its historic buildings, Jaipur is a princely wonderland of culture and heritage, brimming with architectural gems. It’s also a preeminent stop in India’s famous Golden Triangle, a popular tourist circuit.

  Depending on the time of your visit, you may be able to experience one of the many festivals that fill Jaipur’s annual calendar, like the International Kite Festival in January or Elephant Festival in early spring.

Top 6 Places Visiting in Jaipur

City Palace

Jaipur: Pink City of India

The magnificent City Palace in Jaipur is one of the most famous tourist attractions located in the old part of the city. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during the years 1729 to 1732, the vast complex of the palace occupied one-seventh of the walled city. In fact, it was once the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings, and gardens including the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal. The museum showcases various unique handcrafted products and other things that belong to the royal heritage of the City Palace.

The facade itself is designed with acute and detailed handiwork and showcases a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture styles. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh II, however, the palace itself has been subjected to various changes over the course of time, with some of them even belonging to the early 20th century. The City Palace has three gates, out of which the Virendra Pol and Udai Pol are open to the public.

City Palace is more than a sand-colored regal abode—it’s a sprawling complex of buildings built around a series of landscaped garden courtyards overlooking Jaipur and Lake Palace. The entire property is a stunning display of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

Timings and Cost

Timings- 09:30 AM- 5:30 PM (All days). 
Last sale of ticket –  5:00 PM 
Closed only on Dulhandi (second day of Holi) 

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Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar

Located near the City Palace in the regal city of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is the largest stone astronomical observatory in the world. Owing to its rich cultural, heritage, and scientific value, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur has also been featured on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. This ancient study boasts of nineteen instruments built out of stone and brass and was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727-33. The intelligent construction and placement of these instruments allowed the observers to note the position of heavenly bodies with their naked eyes alone. Time has failed to lay dust upon this engineering marvel and it still works as well as it used to in the olden times.

The main objective of building this vast observatory was to study and gather information about space and time. The instruments here pertain to the Egyptian study of Ptolemaic astronomy and follow three classical celestial coordinates to track the positions of heavenly bodies- namely the horizon-zenith local system, the equatorial system, and the ecliptic system. Another fact that makes this destination unique is that the world’s largest sundial is situated here.

Best Time To Visit Jantar Mantar 

September to March would be the best time to visit Jantar Mantar. As Rajasthan is a desert state and has very oppressive summer heat, visiting the place during the spring season or winter months would be ideal.

Tips For Visiting Jantar Mantar 

1. If you are visiting during summers, try to visit this destination during the morning or evening hours.
2. Don’t forget to carry a bottle of water with you to keep yourself hydrated.
3. You must visit the orientation building here which has a short film giving a description of the place.
4. It is recommended that you hire a guide to understanding the working of the instruments better. Typically they charge somewhere around 200rs.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

The massive edifice of Hawa Mahal stands at the intersection of the main road in Jaipur, Badi Chaupad, and was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. Hawa Mahal derives its name from its unique structure, which is a mesh of small windows that allowed the cool wind to enter the palace and hence kept the palace comfortable during the hot summer months. The main reason behind the palace’s construction was to allow the women of the royal house to observe the festivities on the streets whilst being unseen from the outside as was the custom of the land. It is located right on the edge of the City Palace Jaipur and extends right to the ‘zenana’.

Hawa Mahal is a structure made of red and pink sandstone and has a pyramidal structure that almost resembles a crown. It has been embellished with 953 tiny windows, also known as ‘Jharokhas’, and embellished with gorgeous latticework. From within, the Hawa Mahal palace is based on five floors each of which has a uniquely decorated chamber. A charming fountain welcomes you inside the main palace, from where you can make your way up to the different floors. The top of the palace offers a brilliant view of the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and the ever-busy Siredeori Bazar. There is a small museum as well which holds some rich relics and miniature paintings.

Shopping At Hawa Mahal 

A number of small shops are situated right outside the palace premises, where you can buy a wide variety of gift items as well as items of daily use. This vast shopping area is better known as Badi Chaupal or Manek Chowk and is a central point in the city. Articles such as traditional clothing, jewelry, showpieces, vase, traditional footwear or ‘juttis’, key chains, and many such items are quite easily available here. You can also buy dress materials with Jaipuri print, sarees, jewelry, handicrafts, Rajasthani furniture, and antiques here. A number of street vendors also sell delicious snacks like golgappas, bhelpuri, samosas, and kachoris which are delightfully delicious. There is a cafe opposite Hawa Mahal that gives a great view of this architectural marvel.

Hawa Mahal

Markets

Jaipur Market

Jaipur is a mecca for souvenirs. Markets in the Pink City brim with everything from costume jewelry and precious gemstones to embroidered textiles, cobalt blue pottery, and Rajasthani puppets.

For a no-hassle shopping experience, head to the Handicrafts Emporium across from Ajmeri Gate. The government-run shop sells high-quality traditional handicrafts, like blue pottery decorated with yellow flowers, sets of wooden carvings depicting Rajasthani characters, and hand-printed saris. The prices you see on these items are fixed, so while you won’t be able to negotiate a discount, you can also avoid the headache of bargaining.

Johari Bazar is a jewelry lover’s paradise. The market glitters from top to bottom with dozens of shops selling everything from costume jewelry to fine silver and gold. No matter your budget, you’ll find something beautiful to take home from here.

Finally, don’t leave Jaipur without a quick shopping trip to Bapu Bazar. Located just a few blocks southwest of Johari Bazaar, the tourist-favorite market is chock full of handcrafted trinkets, locally made textiles, bedazzled slippers, and souvenirs galore.

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal

Sitting prettily right in the center of the Man Sagar Lake on the outskirts of Jaipur, lies the splendid and tranquil Jal Mahal. A masterful creation, it is bordered by the Nahargarh Hills. This low-rise symmetrical palace was once a shooting lodge for the Maharajas and now fascinates many visitors from all over the world. Jal Mahal was constructed in the 1750s and was commissioned by Maharaja Madho Singh. It is indeed one of the most photographed monuments in India. The most striking feature of this palace is that while only one story appears above the water level, there are in fact 4 stories submerged underneath.

It is one of the most beautiful architectural palaces built by combining the Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. The entry inside the fort is prohibited, but the view from a considerable distance while boating is enough to mesmerize you. During the evenings, the fort lights up and the reflection of the fort in the lake is absolutely gorgeous. With its impressive beauty and laid-back ambiance, the Jal Mahal has become a true tourist delight.

Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort, situated on the outskirts of Jaipur, is known for breathtaking views of the city and for its extended wall that connects it to Jaigarh Fort. Embellished with delicate carvings and stonework, the Nahargarh Fort is an impregnable structure and together with its two neighboring forts – Amer and Jaigarh once stood as the strong defense of Jaipur city. The Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1734 as a retreat. The Padao Restaurant is also a must-visit if you’re near Nahargarh Fort from where you’re sure to enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Jaipur.

Nahargarh Fort was primarily used as a retreat for the ladies of the royal household and has ladies’ quarters by the name of ‘Zenana’. Also known as the Madhavendra Bhavan, the ‘Zenana’ was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Its counterpart, the ‘Mardana Mahal’ was also constructed in the complex for the royal men. Another attraction in the Nahargarh Fort is the Nahargarh Biological Park, which is an asylum for majestic animals such as tigers, leopards, and the Asiatic lions.

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