Below is our list of top ten places to visit in Jaipur with links to each of the attractions.
1. Amber Fort Jaipur
The strongly fortified complex of Amber Fort is set on a steep hill overlooking the beautiful Maota Lake. It was originally built by Raja Man Singh I but was completed by Jai Singh I and Sawai Jai Singh II over a hundred years later. The palace consists of a series of courtyards, audience halls and private apartments on different levels. Most noteworthy in this complex are the features of the impressive Ganesh Pol gate and the magnificent Shish Mahal.
Read more about Amber Fort Jaipur.
2. Hawa Mahal Jaipur
Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is one of the highlights of the old city of Jaipur. Built for the ladies of the royal household to watch the daily activities in the streets below, it has now become a building of architectural beauty. The facade of the palace is what makes it so popular, as it looks like a honeycomb web of a beehive with countless tiny windows decorated with intricate lattice work. Great views of the old city and Jantar Mantar is an added bonus for coming here.
Read more about Hawa Mahal Jaipur.
3. Jaipur Walking Tour
A walking tour of the Pink City is a great introduction to the daily life of the people of Jaipur. The markets are teeming with people, and where shops sell everything under the sun. It is an assault on the senses – the smell of spices and perfumes, the sound of car horns beeping, the colourful flowers and saris, the taste of delicious street food, and the sweat on our brow.
Read more about the Jaipur Walking Tour.
4. Jantar Mantar Jaipur
An excursion through Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh’s Jantar Mantar is a unique experience of walking through solid geometry and encountering a collective astronomical system designed to probe the heavens. The instruments, in most cases, are huge structures, which are meant to increase their accuracy. The largest of them, Samrat Yantra, standing at 27 metres tall, is the world’s largest sundial ever built. For these reasons, Jantar Mantar has been inscribed on the World Heritage list and deservedly so.
Read more about Jantar Mantar Jaipur.
5. City Palace Jaipur
City Palace Jaipur, located in the old city of Jaipur, is a massive complex of palaces, courtyards, pavilions and museums. It is also home to the famous Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Iswari Minar Swarga Sal minaret. Most noteworthy within the City Palace itself is the Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal, the former seat of the Rajput Maharajas and current home to the former royal family.
Read more about City Palace Jaipur.
6. Shopping in Jaipur
Jaipur is one of the best places for shopping in Rajasthan or India for that matter. The old city has brilliant and colourful bazaars filled with bright turbans and ethnic attire, hand-dyed and embroidered textiles, pretty jewellery and delicious food. Jaipur specialises in producing exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewellery. It is one of the largest ornament-making centres in India and meenakari (enamel work) and kundankari (inlay work with gems) are the two traditional techniques for which it is most famous. Jaipur caters to every taste, from chunky silver ornaments to more sophisticated designs intricately set in gold with precious stones. One word of caution here – read up about gem scams thoroughly before shopping in Jaipur.
7. Monkey Temple Jaipur
Monkey Temple is a sacred site for Hindu pilgrims, consisting of a temple complex and water tanks, set within a mountainside in the Aravalli Hills, 10 kms from Jaipur. Locally known as Galtaji, it is also known as Monkey Temple, due to the group of monkeys that live there for the abundance of food and water. Thousands of Hindus make the pilgrimage to this holy place to bathe in the water tanks, especially during the festivals of Diwali and Makar Sankranti.
Read more about Monkey Temple Jaipur.
8. Places to Visit in Jaipur at Night
We embarked on a Night Tour of the Pink City with RTDC, a decision which we thoroughly regretted for several reasons. The highlight of the tour was seeing the magnificent attractions of Jaipur beautifully lit up. Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal and Amber Fort are just a few of the places to visit in Jaipur at night. Taking this tour on Diwali night made it even more memorable. We would highly recommend conducting a private Night Tour of the Pink City rather than taking the government-run RTDC one.
Read more about the Places to Visit in Jaipur at Night.
9. Nahargarh Fort Jaipur
From several vantage points in the old city of Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort can be seen sitting on top of a cliff face. The views from the fort itself of the Jaipur city below is equally marvellous. In addition to the stupendous views, Nahargarh Fort also has an interesting palace, showcasing a mix of Indian and European architecture. A wander around the fort is also interesting, as the ruins are worth inspecting, especially the water tank.
Read more about Nahargarh Fort.
10. Iswari Minar Swarga Sal Minaret Jaipur
Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, the Iswari Minar Swarga Sal is a soaring minaret that offers stupendous views of some of the most popular attractions that Jaipur has to offer. A leisurely climb to the top allows the viewer to admire the Hawa Mahal and City Palace nearby, and the Nahargarh Fort in the distance.
Read more about Iswari Minar Swarga Sal Minaret Jaipur.
Tell us what you think. Which is your favourite attraction in Jaipur? Are there any other attractions you think should be on our top 10?
We love to hear from you so please leave your comments below.
Leave A Comment