No royal tour of Rajasthan is complete without Jaipur. Such is the magnificence and grandeur of this city. It is undoubtedly any tourists dream destination because here you get to see the opulence of the Jaipur Royals that has manifested itself in the royal palaces, forts and other heritage monuments. Not only this Jaipur is a major shopping hub where one can buy Rajasthani handicrafts, jewellery, textiles etc at reasonable prices. I have a really soft corner for this city because of so many reasons. First of all it is not as crowded as Delhi and being so close to Delhi, you can always go to this city for a weekend getaway. Besides I love the old Jaipur city where all the houses and buildings have been painted in shades of pink on the exterior. No doubt Jaipur is called the Pink City. Well apart from this there are so many things which this city has to offer its visitors. And there are so many unique things about this city which makes Jaipur a must visit place for every tourist who visits the Indian state of Rajasthan.
I have curated a list of 10 top things that a tourist can do in Jaipur to make his/her trip to this city memorable and fun.
1. Check out the four seasons gates and the world’s largest sterling silver vessels at Jaipur City Palace
City Palace became the abode of the Jaipur royals after Amber fort. The current Royal family of Jaipur lived here till about a couple of years back but there are still some nicely preserved sections of the City Palace that offer an insight into their really lavish lifestyle. You can opt for the Royal grandeur tour which cost 2000 INR per head and gives you an entry into some of the most magnificient and private sections of the Chandra Mahal inside the Palace that are not open for public having normal entry tickets. The four gates representing the four seasons at Pritam Niwas chowk is something not to be missed at any cost. The beautiful orange walls, big chandeliers in the Sarvatobhadra will leave you mesmerised. Take some time to admire the Gangajalis here, which hold the record of being world's largest sterling silver vessels. The mirror room, the golden room and the blue palace are some of the really strikingly beautiful private sections of this Palace. To read in detail about Jaipur city palace, read my blog post ‘ 11 Things in Jaipur City Palace that will leave you spellbound..!!’
2. Click a selfie with the world’s largest cannon on wheels at Jaigarh fort
Jaigarh fort is a real fortress spread over about 3 kms and is believed to have been constructed to defend the Amber fort. It is famous because it houses ‘Jaivana’ which is the world’s largest cannon on wheels. The Panoramic view of the Aravallis all around this fort is breathtaking . You also get a beautiful view of Jal Mahal on way to the Jaigarh fort.
3. Take time to see the world’s largest stone sundial at Jantar Mantar Observatory.
If astronomy is your thing then this place is a must visit for you and if it is not, even then it is a must visit place for you. It is a UNESCO World heritage site and has the world’s largest stone sundial. Besides it is also having many astronomical instruments in brass, stone and masonry. It’s a good place to see how these were used to measure time, predict eclipses etc in earlier times. Definitely a good place to get a dose of science and astronomy.
4. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Jaipur city from the Nahargarh fort
This beautiful fort was built on the Aravallis to defend the city of Jaipur and is located near Amber fort and Jaigarh fort. This fort is famous for the stunning view of the Jaipur city that will make you want to sit and gaze at the city for hours. There is also a cafe inside its premises and is a popular picnic destination.
5. Take an elephant ride to reach the Amber Fort and admire the mosaic of mirrors and colored glasses in the Mirror Palace of the fort
Amber fort is set on a hill facing a lake. The beautiful yellow colour of this fort further enhances its beauty. It was the earlier home of Jaipur Royal family before they shifted to Jaipur city Palace. This fort is renowned for mirror work inside a palace called Shish Mahal. The beautiful work adorned on its entrance gate will leave you mesmerised and its beautifully manicured gardens will make you want to spend more time here. This magnanimous fort gives a wonderful insight into the lives of the royals. Take an elephant ride from the foot of the fort to its entrance and you will surely feel like a royal yourself. A sound and lights show is also held in this fort in evenings.
6. Hold your breath to witness the Jal Mahal which looks like floating in the middle of a lake
Jal Mahal is an architectural marvel, built in the middle of a lake that looks like as if it is floating on the lake. It is having five floors out of which four floors are submerged in water and only top floor is visible when the lake is filled to its maximum capacity. This palace is definitely a vision and should not be missed.
7. Shop almost anything till you drop
Jaipur is a major shopping hub. There are so many markets in Jaipur which are famous for different stuffs like the famous Rajasthani tie and die bandhani and Leheriya textiles, marble articrafts, lac bangles, precious and semi precious stones jewellery, Rajasthani traditional handicrafts like kathputali, joothis, leather bags, paintings, wood handicrafts etc. Visit Johari Bazar for precious and semiprecious stones and jewellery, Chandpol bazaar for marble carved objects, Tripolia Bazar for lac jewellery and tie and die textiles, Mirza Ismail market for colorful pottery and Nehru Bazaar for traditional jootis or shoes. Or head to Bapu Bazaar where you can find almost everything at moderate prices. So there is a whole world to shop here in Jaipur. It’s just that you need to have sufficient time and money to shop from all these markets.
8. Enjoy the Rajasthani traditional music, dance and food at Choki dhani
Ever dreamt of living a village life in Rajasthan. Well then you are at the right place. Spend a couple of hours in the evening here in Choki dhani and rejuvenate yourself. Watch the acrobats performing and snake charmers making the snakes sway to their tunes. Watch Rajasthani folk dancers performing to the folk music and let the children enjoy the slides here. Enjoy the typical Rajasthani food served on a big thali or plate by the Rajasthani men clad in their Rajasthani attire. And don’t forget to wear the Pagdi or Rajasthani turban and get yourself clicked. You can directly buy the tickets on reaching there itself. One thing to note is that it opens in evening only and it takes about 30 minutes to reach from Jaipur.
9. Visit the distinctively beautiful Hawa Mahal that looks like a honeycomb of a beehive
Hawa Mahal is located in the Jaipur’s old city overlooking the market streets. It is built in five floors having a row of many windows through which winds pass, which earned it the name Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of winds’. It is believed to have been constructed for the Royal family ladies so that they could observe the activities and festival celebrations on the streets from these windows. This is a beautiful palace with beautiful architecture. From here you get a panoramic view of the Amber fort and the street markets.
10. Take a holy dip in the sacred water of the kunds at Galtaji temple
Galtaji temple is one of the most sacred temples located about 10 km from Jaipur. This temple complex is located between the granite cliffs of the Aravallis. There are many temples of Hindu gods but Galtaji temple is the most sacred, which is a beautiful temple made of pink stone. There are many kunds or water tanks which are filled by the natural spring from the hill. These kunds are considered sacred and a holy dip in one of these should be on your list if you visit here. This temple is famous both for religious significance and its beautiful architecture. A lot of monkeys can be seen throng this temple earning it the name Monkey temple.
So Jaipur has so much to offer its visitors. You can never get enough of Jaipur. It always entices me to see it time and again. Hope you will also love Jaipur as much as I do, when you visit here. And I hope you liked this post. If you did, then please share it because sharing is caring my friends..!!
Best time to visit Jaipur
November to February is the winter season here which is the best time to visit. From March to July is the hot summer season when temperature even crosses 45 degrees celsius so better avoid visiting during the time.
What clothes to wear in Jaipur
Summers are really hot so carry light breezy clothes for the day time. However nights are chilly since it is a semi-arid area so carry woolens and a light blanket even during summers. For winters carrying woolen clothes is a must
Booking the tickets
To buy online tickets for Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh fort and other monuments, click on The official tourism website of Rajasthan
You can also book the tickets for Jaipur City Palace and Jaigarh fort online. To know more about the entry fares and booking the tickets, you can check the Official website of the Jaipur royals.
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