Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, India. Winning a vast array of awards since its inception in 1727, it has been called “the Crown of Rajasthan” and is famed for its rich culture. Colorful in every imaginable way, it’s currently India’s second most popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors annually.
Even a week-long trip to Jaipur, the capital of the Rajasthan land of the Maharajas, can give you access to the best sights of this city! Here are our top places to visit in Jaipur that have always been at the center of tourists’ attention.
1- Hawa Mahal:
Also known as “Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze,” it is a palace built in Jaipur, located on the edge of the City Palace. The palace was built in red and pink colors, sandstone, so it goes with the monuments of the “Pink City” Jaipur.
The Hawa Mahal is an impressive pink and red sandstone palace fit for royalty. Known for its cultural signifies, the palace is home to royal women who watch public festivities as well as other going-ons from the balcony on top.
2- City Palace:
Travellers can visit Jaipur by booking a trip to India and visiting this incredible city, as well as entering the City Palace to admire Jaipur’s magnificent architecture. There are two main palaces that one can enter including the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II palace and the Ambar Narayan palace, with beautiful courtyards and gardens. The tour also features a section towards the end dedicated to local artisans, so visitors can purchase souvenirs such as jewellery made of
3- Jantar Matar:
The Jantar Mantar is an observatory site in the Pink City of Jaipur. Built to help in calculations of celestial bodies and local time, this site is scientifically important globally. The amphitheater houses important palace forts and temples along with has gardens.
4- Jal Mahal:
One of the grand examples of Rajput architecture, the Jal Mahal, is located within Man Sagar Lake in the city of Jaipur. It can be seen as a standalone building from Man Sagar Dam, but unfortunately it was abandoned.
The 5-storeyed structure was built with sandstone as with most of the Rajput palaces, and was abandoned due to a whole host of reasons. In fact, only the top floor is visible to the public by water and partly submerged in it too. Over a decade ago, restoration efforts helped restore important parts to be visible again, illuminating for spectacular views and visible at night.
5- Nahargarh Fort:
The Nehrargarh fort in Jaipur is iconic, but beyond its peak the city lies. It offers an impressive sight with its past and is never besieged, despite being surrounded by thick forest that gives people some respite from the heat.
6- Nahargarh Biological Park:
However, the Nahargarh Biological Park is also home to more than just animals. There are many different flowers, including many perennials, which can be found all across the park along with dozens of different trees.
7- Chokhi Dhani:
Chokhi Dhani is a resort located, just outside of Jaipur and provides comfort and hospitality such as snacks from their own kitchens and accommodations with shared bathroom facilities. Chokhi Dhani has over years brought visitors closer to the culture of rural village life by providing the quiet charm of a Rajasthani monastic element even in Benidorm.
8- Masala Chowk:
Masala Chowk is an all-encompassing, 10-storey dining and culture destination that offers a variety of dishes from different regions in India. The dish selection ranges from wraps to various street food to non-traditional Rajasthani fare, catering for different tastes and eating habits.
9- Birla Temple:
The Birla Temple, often referred to as the Laxmi Narayan Temple because it is located in the Laxmi Narayan temple hill in Rajasthan, is a famous Hindu temple built by the prestigious Birla family. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya was one of its donors.
10- Albert Hall Museum:
The Jangladesh National Museum, opened in 1887, is the oldest museum of Rajasthan. It is classified as a historical and folk arts museum because visitors can view the extraordinary displayed of unique works from around the state, country, and internationally. The skilled fine arts were part of this elegant architectural style still alive today. One fascinating artifact is the collection of arms and armory with metal art including sculptures.
Jaipur is a diverse city. It has arts and an architecture that represent the many cultures within its expansive borders–Tamasha (local performance-based theater troupe) represents one example. There are also performing arts such as Gharana’s Kathak, which is widely known for showcasing the culture and providing a local lens through which audiences can view India outside their own country.
Jaipur’s More Attractions
Jaipur’s performing arts are some of the most popular and seem to match that of widespread India. The Jaipur Gharana for Kathak is a famous classical form of dance and music, while Tamasha has a blending of Indian culture, dance routines, many roles and entirely cultural work.
Jaipur celebrates plenty of festivals every year at different times, adding value to the vivid city. For instance, there is the Ganguar festival, the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. These celebrations mainly revolve around women. Additionally, there is a Jaipur Literature Festival, Elephant Fair, Chhat ka Mela in Amber during Navratri.
Jaipur is a truly magical city that should be experienced in its entire glory. Amongst other attractions that are also worth visiting, are the famous Jantar Mantar observatory, the Jaigarh Fort, and the Badi Chaupar. You should aim to visit and stay in Jaipur for at least 7-10 days to experience it properly.