The Pink City, as Jaipur is fondly called, is thronged by tourists almost all year round. And why not, with it being home to majestic palaces and forts like the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace and Sisodia Rani Garden – some of the most beautiful architectural wonders you'll ever set your eyes upon. Galtaji temple, also called the Monkey Temple, is another must visit. If your eyes just can't get enough, visit Amber Fort, which has its own 600-year-old story to narrate, through its spectacular light and sound shows, cultural performances and folk music. Rajasthani tailored clothes, jewellery and handicrafts are a huge hit as souvenirs, for their exquisite mirror work, embroidery, leather and splashes of colour. Some famous places this illustrious workmanship can be bought from are Rajasthali, Anokhi, Johari bazaar and Sireh Deori Bazaar, but remember to bargain. Central Museum and Albert Hall museum are great places to learn about Rajasthan's rich history and culture and also to buy handicrafts. The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literature festival, is dear to almost every bibliophile around the globe. Here one can enjoy literature and music, amidst the likes of William Dalrymple, Stephen Fry and many other renowned writers and personalities. The 5-day festival is hosted in Diggi Palace, which gives people around the world an insight into Rajasthan's captivating cultural heritage. For those interested in pampering their palates with the flavourful Rajasthani cuisine against the backdrop of a picturesque village should visit Chokhni Dani. For a regal experience, a stay at the Suvarna Mahal is a must visit.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Jaipur is from October to March
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Among the places to visit in Jaipur, missing Amer Fort exploration is almost next to impossible. The grandeur that this place shadows over the city is quite remarkable and looks more like a protective shield to Jaipur from one end. Once you reach the area and check out the fort from a distance, the picturesque image will look more like a movie scene. The fort is located outside the city away from the hustle bustle. One of the major attractions here is the Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors that surely should be checked out once. Mirror work is embedded on the walls, pillars and the ceiling of the Mahal making it as enthralling as possible. The lush green lawn of the Amer Fort is another of the things worth a mention here. Take a walking tour, shop from the souvenir shop and take a break at the coffee shop to have a fulfilling day.
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind
As one of the most distinctive part of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal located amidst the busy streets is something that cannot be missed. The grandeur of the place surely catches the attention of each one passing by. The structure is made from pink sandstone and has a honey-comb like shape that makes it all the more interesting. There are 5 storey in the monument and surely looks extraordinary. The place was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 to help the ladies watch all the happenings on the streets including the processions that took place from time to time. From the extreme top of the Mahal, you can have a spectacular view of the Jantar Mantar as well as City Palace. For those interested in exhibits, the good news comes in the form of a small museum within the mahal that has great paintings, ceremonial armours as well as rich relics. For the entry, move to the backside of the complex.
Jal Mahal also known as Water Palace in English is yet again one of the things to do in Jaipur. It is located in the heart of the famous Man Sagar Lake and near the cenotaphs of royal ladies and Maharanis of the city in the earlier times. Madho Singh was the one behind the formation of the Jal Mahal in the same year as that of Hawa Mahal- 1799. The idea was to get a summer resort made for the royal family. The place was also used for hunting ducks during the warm season. Under the Jal Tarang project going on currently, this place is closed for restoration.
It was in 1734 when the formation of Nahargarh Fort started in the city of Jaipur which continues for over a century till 1868. The fort was made for military purposes on the northern side of the city. It is named after the Maharaja Nahar Singh. Along with the built and architecture of the fort that is worth a watch, there is a restaurant here for those who want to take a food break on their long tour to the place. Do not forget to enjoy the beautiful sunset from here in the evening.
City Palace of Jaipur
City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Jaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
2)Chokhi Dhani: This is a traditional Rajasthani village themed restaurant. Expert performs showcase Rajasthani dances, magic shows, fire stunts and more. There are many games and Rajasthani thali restaurant. Although this place is very famous, the performers looked very tired and a lot of food is wasted in the thali restaurant. I didn't leave this place with a good feeling and it doesn't really fit into my traveling ethic.
Located on a cliff, Jaigarh Fort is among the known ones where Jaipurs list of attractions are concerned. In other words, it is also known as the Victory Fort. The place has a major attraction in the form of the largest cannon which is placed on the top level of the fort. It is also known as Jaivana. The fort was not only made with the purpose of battle but also as a storage to heavy ammunition. A walking tour (which might be a long one) will give you a detailed idea about the history of the place as well as the royal families. There is a small museum with sculptures of the raja and his ranis sitting and having their meals.
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Jantar Mantar is a renowned name and an attraction is Jaipur which is famous around the globe. It is adjacent to the other highlight of the city, City Palace. Maharaja Jai Singh started this observatory in the year 1728. The structure of Jantar Matar looks more like a bizzare of sculptures. Yanta Mantr a Sanskrit word is behind the name of the monument which in English means an instrument used for calculation. The place has another added point to its credit in the form of UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. Scholars were sent to foreign countries by the Maharaja before he planned to construct this observatory.
Albert Hall Museum
When you enter the city of Jaipur, there will be a huge mansion that will catch your attention on the middle of the road. It is actually situated in the heart of Jaipur. The mansion is nothing but what is popularly known as Albert Hall Museum. The various exhibits from the past starting from paintings and sculptures to the preserved things used by the royal families like armours and clothing are something that will take you off your feet and on a time machine ride into the past. This is a must visit for historical buffs and those interested in art.
Birla Mandir Temple
A completely marble made Mandir, Birla Mandir in Jaipur is not only famous but one that gives a feeling of peace and calmness to the visitors. Though, there are a number of Birlan Mandirs around the nation, the one in this city is quite hugs. The cleanliness, the maintenance and the well-planned structure and system is bound to take you off your feet. Apart from that, the architecture of the entire monument is worth a heavy sigh. The temple is a dedication to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. It is also known as the LaxmiNarayan Temple for these reasons. There are quite a number of foreign tourists visiting this place all throughout the year.
4)Shopping at Bapu bazar: I am not really the shopping types. I prefer exploring a new place rather than spend hours in a shop. But shopping in Jaipur is totally worth it. It introduces you to the variety of handicrafts that Rajasthan has to offer and you stand a chance at having some interesting conversations with the local shopkeepers. While popular in the tourist circuits is the Johari bazar, it is the nearby Bapu Bazar that locals shop at. Block printed bed sheets, soft blankets that make you feel like a king, colorful Kurtis, antique wine glasses and what not. Put your bargaining hat on for a 2000 can easily mean a 800. When in Jaipur make sure you try Pyaj Kachori, Mirchi Vada, Laas Maas, Ghewar and the DAAL BAATI. Here are a few places I visited and their reviews.
There is no doubt that Jaipur is the ultimate destination for those who love shopping. Whether it is expensive mall shopping or the affordable street one, Jaipur has it all. Where the latter is concerned, Johari Bazaar is a must thing to do in Jaipur. The bazaar stretches for almost 405 kilometers and is famous for home furnishings, clothing, handicrafts, traditional jewelry, decorative items and a lot more. You can also expect to get some beautiful sarees in tie and dye as well as bandhani. Mojaris and traditional, local perfumes are also available here. Do not forget to bargain, as there is a lot of scope! Do not forget to try kulfi when here!
Near the Jawrasingh Gate in Jaipur, the Samode haveli is a 3- star hotel with a sprawling setting. This is actually a palace turned into a hotel and is one of the prime luxury resorts of the city. As you can expect, the hotel is beautiful inside out with the classic decorations, huge rooms and corridors. The rooms are deluxe and staying here gives you ultinmate comfort. all modern facilities that you can think of are present at your service here whenever you need them. The staff is every welcoming and you can expect their help whenever needed. This is one of the magnificent palaces that has now been transformed into a luxury hotel to treat the visitors with comfort and a homely feel. The Rajput culture and splendour can be clearly seen in the art and culture that this palace cum hotel beholds. The courtyard is huge and so is the swimming pool. All in all, you will get a royal treatment when staying at Samode Palace. The suites are well-furnished and oozes luxury in everything. However, those who do not have a budget to stay at the Palace can take a small tour to check out the architecture by paying a nominal fee.
Tapri - The Tea House
Tapri: Another cafe I was suggested by many. After hearing a lot about Tapri, I had decided I will make sure I visit this cafe. It has a beautiful rooftop setting and serves some of the finest tea, coffee and maggi. Worth a visit if you are in Jaipur.Shopping: No holiday is complete without shopping!
Haldighati is a mountain pass in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan in western India. It connects Rajsamand and Pali districts, 40 kilometres from Udaipur. The name is believed to have come from the turmeric-coloured yellow soil (Turmeric is haldi in Hindi). The mountain pass is historically significant as the location of the historic Battle of Haldighati, which took place in 1576 between Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar and Raja Man Singh of Amber, general of the Mughal emperor Akbar. The Government of India commissioned the construction of Maharana Pratap National Memorial in the year 1997, and in June 2009 the monument was finally dedicated. The memorial features a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favourite horse, “Chetak”. Haldighati is also world famous for its charity rose product and the mud art of Molela, and the Department of Tourism is promoting a private cottage industry by adding this information to Government publications.
World Trade Park Pvt. Ltd
Also known as the Paradise of the Pink City, World TRADE Park is actually the business hub of Jaipur. It is a special look out if you are lucky enough to be in the city during Diwali. The lights and designs of the mall here during this time in enthralling. According to locals as well as regular tourists, this is one of the best places to shop till you drop! Though a little costlier, you will get the trendiest stuff in World Trade Park which makes it a must places to see in Jaipur. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants here as well for those who want to take a good food break.
For those who are travelling economical to Jaipur, the best option comes in the form of Chawlas Restaurant. It not only serves some excellent food but also has affordable AC rooms for those who are on a strict budget. All the basic necessities are available at this place and therefore you will surely have a smooth experience. In fact, it is the perfect choice for those looking only for a one night stand. The staff is friendly and the ambiance is welcoming.
Nehru Bazar Road
Like Johari Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar Road is also one of the renowned areas where you can find a lot of options where street shopping is concerned. In fact, you can combine visiting to Nehru Bazaar along with Johari Bazaar itself because it is just around the corner. The splendid lighting and decoration during festive season only adds to the glory of the place. However, it is always over-crowded but worth the journey if you have a long list of things to buy. The place is a must visit during Diwali when it almost looks like a newlywed bride.
This a park spread over an extensive area in the heart of Connaught Place. This park is filled with lush greenery and plants. Most of the plants have flowers blooming throughout the year. There are three water bodies, among which is a cascade, which increases the charm and beauty of this place. There is also a huge ampitheatre present inside this park for regular concerts and functions too.
The vibrancy of the place is the first thing that will draw your attention especially during night hours. It is one of the perfect places to explore when in Jaipur. One of the major drawbacks of the place is the over-crowded nature. However, the experience is worth it. There are shopping options on the MI Road as well for the shopaholics. Overall, this is one place you can include in your list even if you plan to just pass by.
Raj Mandir Cinema
Raj Mandir is located on the MI Road and is the right place in Jaipur if you want to catch up with a latest Hindi movie. The entire place is pink in colour and looks quite magnificent when seen from outside and nothing like a typical movie hall. The auditorium is also huge in size and the best part is that an advance booking of the tickets can be made 7 days prior to the show. This gives you a good time to plan your itinerary when in Jaipur. The interiors are lavish and quite a spectacular watch as compared to the exteriors.
13. Anokhi -Type - Contemporary Crafted Textiles StoreFamous For - Block Print Textiles, Home Decor, Tableware, Stationery, Home LinenLocation - 2nd Floor KK Square, C-11 Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur, 302005Timings - 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM (All Days Open)Nearest Metro - Civil Line Metro Station (1.3 KM / 10 Min)Contact Number - 0141-4007244/45Web - www.anokhi.com
10. Bapu Bazar -Type - Local Market, Street MarketFamous For - Mojari Footwear, Craft, Home Decor Items, Fabric Items, Dress Material, BedspreadsLocation - Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur, 302007Timings - 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM (All Days Open)Nearest Metro - Chandpole Metro Station (4 KM / 15 Min)Web - https://goo.gl/HvyDhV (Google Map Location)
ITC Rajputana, a property reflecting the spirit and royalty of Rajasthan. Ideally located, the guest rooms and suites are equipped with modern amenities and the restaurants offer variety of dishes from around the globe. Designed along the lines of a traditional haveli, this luxury hotel in Jaipur redefines the definition of space and splendor. ITC Rajputana reflects the grandeur of Rajasthan and the luxury of the ITC Hotels. Red bricked exteriors, long corridors, secluded courtyards and intricate lattice set in a modern environment, bringing alive the spirit of Rajasthan.
LMB Hotel is a highly renowned vegetarian restaurant as well as hotel in Jaipur. Located in the busy streets of old Jaipur, the plus points comes in the form of markets that the hotel is surrounded by. Johari Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar Road are just at a walking distance from here. Apart from good food, you can expect a decent stay in clean and well-furnished rooms. Though, overpriced in nature the place reflects comfort to their guests and ensure that all basic amenities are provided with a flawless hospitality.
Zo Rooms Heritage Bani Park
As one of the famous residential areas, Bani Park should be a part of things to do in Jaipur. However, this is one area which is a little distant from the tourist attractions but then a visit will definitely bring you closer to Jaipur as well as the lifestyle of the locals. Also, the best would be to hire a car or a transport rather than using a public one. This will help you manage the time better and work according to your convenience.
Man Sagar Lake
Hotel Man Sagar is budget hotel in Jaipur, well known for their budget accommodation services.
From Jawahar Circle to Nahargarh Fort. A small trip but really a recharge of me. Nights are to explore the lights of chaos. The Jawahar Circle gate looks awesome at first encounter while going through the Hawamahal. Beautiful pink buildings of Pink City. An essence of history. Empty roads and melting dark with the roadlights.Heres a tiny path now to the fort. A bit heart throbbing for the first time and gorgeous. Plenty of people, fun, camera, singers and the city of people, Jaipur. Its not the New Yeear nor Diwali nor India won the match. Its as simple as Wednesday's working hours. And the return to home from the main path to the fort, a kind of jungle it is. Love being there. ❤
The Gem Palace
16. The Gem Palace -Type - Jewellery StoreFamous For - Traditional and Antique JewelleryLocation - M. I. Road, Jaipur, 302001Timings - 10:30AM to 7:00 PM (All Days Open)Nearest Metro - Sindhi Camp Metro Station (2 KM / 10 Min)Contact Number - 0141-2374175Web - www.gempalacejaipur.com
The Ram Bagh Palace Hotel
With 47 acres of ornate gardens and Rajput -Mughal architecture, the Ram Bagh Palace Hotel on Bhawani Singh Road is a celebrity favorite. Book the Peacock Suite , which overlooks the Mughal terrace and garden where former residents Maharaja Swai Man Singh II and Maharani Gayatri Devi celebrated Holi. The butlers treat each guest like royalty. Indulge in a round of drinks at Polo Bar after a game of polo.
As the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur lives up to all the expectations where enriched history and culture is concerned. Also known as the Pink City this is the place that sees millions of tourists every year from around the globe. In simple words, Jaipur is the gateway to the beautiful and enthralling Rajasthan. The city of Jaipur might be chaotic in nature but it brings out the essence of this colourful place to a great extent. Another eye-catching factor about Jaipur are the innumerable palaces and forts surrounding it. Till today, there are quite a number of royal families who reside in Jaipur. When we come to the attractions here, there is countless number of places to see and explore. From amazing street shopping to great architecture of the palaces, there is so much you can make a part of your memories when here.
Peacock Rooftop Restaurant
2)Peacock Rooftop Restaurant - Now this one is a gem and you cannot miss this at any cost. A rooftop restaurant with quirky furniture, this place offers superb food for a budget price. When here, you have to try the Laas Maas and their cheese garlic naan(Foodgasms all the way).
1135 A.D.: This is one restaurant I had heard a lot about. The restaurant is situated in the Amer Fort and has a beautiful setting. They cater for the very famous Palace on Wheels and gives a royal fine dine experience. Although, the food is average, it is not value for money either. If you love fine dine, and want to experience a meal in silver ware, this is the place to be.
Among the very renowned malls on Jaipur, one that cannot be missed out is Gaurav Towers. This is quite a popular hangout among the locals and a sure shot visit if you have plans of some expensive shopping. You can also expect a showcase of lot of tradition here in the traditional clothes available all throughout the shops. The décor, the lights and the charisma of the place is worth every moment you plan to spend here. Overall, an experience that is memorable and fun.
7. Kishanpole Bazar -Type - Local Market, Street MarketFamous For - Ornamental Items, Wooden Art, Textiles, Decorative ItemsLocation - Kishanpole Bazar Rd, Jaipur, 302007Timings - 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Sunday Close)Nearest Metro - Chandpole Metro Station (2 KM / 8 Min)Web - https://goo.gl/678DxC (Google Map Location)