Jaipur, the capital and biggest city of Rajasthan state is an enchanting landscape brimming with vibrant riot of colours and treasure trove of rich historical legacy dating back to the era of royalty. The royal vibes, old world charm and spellbinding architecture beckons tourists from India and all over the world to visit and marvel at the tourist places in Jaipur comprising of resplendent palaces, forts and temples.
Popularly known as the Pink City owing to its monuments built with red/pink sandstone, it is a charismatic melange of old and new world. While the exotic historical places in Jaipur add to its splendour, the modern infrastructure and amenities add to its character.
|Jaipur: A Quick View of the state|
|Official Language||Rajasthani, Hindi|
|Population||3 Million (as of 2011)|
|Currency||Indian Rupee (INR)|
|Time Zone||UTC+05:30 (IST)|
|Area||467 square km|
Embark on a spectacular journey to get an insight on the glorious past, valour and lifestyles of the Rajput rulers by visiting the multitude palaces exuding opulence and grandeur, explore the rich culture and busy bazaars, enjoy the grand festivals and indulge in the delectable authentic cuisine such as Dal Baati Churma, Ghevar and Laal Maas.
The palaces are the crown jewels of Jaipur. Boasting of the finest architecture and rich history, it showcases the royal heritage that Jaipur is famous for.
An exemplary palace, Amer is a spectacular masterpiece and best palace in Jaipur. Perched on top of the hill overlooking the Maota lake, it was built by Raja Man Singh using marble and red sandstone. The palace features a blend of Hindu-Muslim style architecture adorned with intricate carvings and gemstones. The main attraction is the ‘Sheesh Mahal’, a hall embellished with thousand mirror tiles on the ceilings that illuminates the entire space when the sun rays fall on the mirror work. For an enjoyable experience, take an elephant ride up to the fort and later in the evening catch the light and sound show.
The magnificent city palace is a famous Jaipur palace included in every Jaipur tour itinerary. Commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, it was built in 1729 – 1732 and served as the seat of power for the King of Jaipur. The architecture will elicit a sense of awe as you observe and marvel at the beautiful façade displaying a fusion of Mughal and Rajput design. Admire the intricate peacock designed gates and explore the interiors, spacious courtyards, lush garden and the museum.
Interesting fact: The Royal family still resides here.
The splendid iconic red and pink sandstone edifice is one of the most unique styled palaces and famous Jaipur sightseeing places. In fact, it is one of the inspirations for the nickname ‘Pink City’. The ‘Palace of Winds’ resembling a honeycomb, boasts of intricate lattice like structure with multitude windows to allow ventilation into the palace and keep it cool during the hot summer months. Another important reason for the design was to allow the women of the royal household to watch the festivities and processions on the streets whilst being hidden from the view of the people as was the custom of the era, also known as ‘Purdah’.
Offering a memerising picture perfect opportunity is the Jal Mahal, a beautiful amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. Most fascinating thing to see in Jaipur, the tranquil palace sitting in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake was once a shooting lodge commissioned by Maharaja Madho Singh. Though entry to the palace is prohibited, one can take pictures from a distance. The stunning palace turns even more radiant at night when its lit up and reflects in the clear water.
Interesting fact: the 5 storey palace has 4 storey submerged in the water while only the top storey is visible.
Some of the other astounding palaces that warrant a visit are the Samode Palace, Hari Mahal Palace, Raj Mahal Palace, Narain Niwas Palace, Sisodia Rani Garden and Palace and the Rambagh Palace which has now been converted to a luxury resort.
The forts are some of the best places to visit in Jaipur as they offer breath-taking panoramic views of the city.
A striking imposing structure, it is situated high on the Aravalli Hills and is one of the perfect places to visit in Jaipur to catch a glimpse of the enchanting sunset and to witness the aerial view of the glittering city that lits up at night. Embellished with beautiful stonework and murals, it was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 as a retreat venue primarily used by the women of the royal family. The fort also houses a biological Park that houses leopards, tigers and the Asiatic lions, wax museum and sculpture park. A must visit site on the foothills of the fort is the ‘Gatore ki Chhatriyan’.
Interesting fact: Nahargarh Fort shot to fame after it was seen in the 2006 blockbuster movie ‘Rang de Basanti’.
Also known as the ‘Fort of Victory’ owing to the fact that it has never been captured, the superlative fort situated at Cheel ka Tilla along with watch towers and bastions was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1726 and is named after him. Apart from offering scintillating views, it currently houses the world's largest and innovative cannon on wheels - 'Jaivana'. The fort complex comprises of a park, palace, an armoury and a museum. Interesting fact: Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort are connected by multiple secret passageways.
Some of the popular Jaipur tourist attractions also include its beautiful temples, highlight of which is its captivating architecture:
The striking temple constructed purely of white marble is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his wife, Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is also known as the ‘Lakshmi Narayan Temple’. The impressing architecture with glorious carvings and walls adorned with Hindu scripture is further enhanced by the idols of the deities including Lord Ganesh which are made of supreme quality of marble lending the divine aura to the temple.
The majestic temple with the lush Aravalli hills as its backdrop, is one of Jaipur’s famous places. Built with pink colour sandstone is a vast temple complex designed to give an impression of a marvellous palace. Bedecked with paintings and intricate carvings, it allures even non-Hindu tourists to visit and experience the unique structure and ambience. The temple boasts of several holy kunds including “Gaumukh” a stone head of the cow from which all the tanks get water. These kunds have pure and clear water. The temple is also famously known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ as it is surrounded by a congregate of monkeys who even take bath in these kunds. Indeed, a sheer delight to watch and scene to capture.
Other religious places to visit in Jaipur are the Govindji Temple, Jain Temple and Moti Dungri Temple.
Jantar Mantar Observatory - Housing 19 architectural astronomical instruments including the largest sundial in the world, Jantar Mantar is the largest stone astronomical observatory in the world and Jaipur’s main point of interest. Built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, this engineering marvel created out of masonry, stone and brass also features in the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites and till date provides accurate time, eclipses and planetary positions. Enjoy the light and sound show that takes place here every evening.
Albert Hall Museum - One of the interesting tourist spots in Jaipur is the Albert Hall Museum, the oldest museum in Rajasthan. Built in 1876 and showcasing a brilliant Indo-Saracenic architectural façade, it was built in honour of Albert Edward when he visited India. The gallery exhibits finest collection of artefacts, antiques, jewellery and handicrafts created by the local artisans. It is a must visit to appreciate the local cultural heritage. Amongst the traditional collection, it also houses an eclectic collection such as miniature paintings, dioramas and even an Egyptian Mummy.
Gardens - No Jaipur sightseeing is complete without visiting its sprawling gardens that make for an exciting picnic spots in Jaipur. Ram Niwas Garden and Central Park are a must visit to enjoy the lush greenery and delightful weather.
Shopping - The best places to visit in Jaipur for shopping are the Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar. The vibrant bazaars full of colour and culture are a paradise for shoppers seeking to buy authentic goods. They are famous for its gorgeous collection of traditional Rajasthani clothes, textiles, handicrafts, artificial and real jewellery. A visit to this bazaar is a must to indulge in shopping for family and friends.
Nehru Bazaar offers the finest quality leather products including wallets, shoes, belts and bags. It is also the main market to buy mojri shoes that are one of Jaipur’s famous things.
Outdoor Activity - One of the most exhilarating activity to do while in Jaipur is to undertake the Balloon ride. Witness the riveting views of the exotic palaces and the splendid city as you soar high up in the sky.
While visiting Jaipur, one can also plan a trip to the neighbouring cities. Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Agra. It also serves as a gateway to to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Kota, Shimla and Mount Abu.
Some of the places to visit near Jaipur for a wonderful experience are:
An ethnic concept village nearby Jaipur, Chokhi Dhani was created to give tourists a royal taste of Rajasthan. Engage in the myriad of entertaining options offered at this luxury resort such as riding camel and horse backs, watching ethnic folk dances and puppet shows, marvelling at the wonderful art and indulging in delicious authentic Rajasthani cuisine.
2 hours drive from Jaipur, Chand Baori is an ancient stepwell that will leave one awestruck owing to its stunning intricate symmetrical architectural design. The complex is 64 feet deep and consists of over 13 floors with a maze like pattern. The steps encircle the water from three sides whilst the fourth side boasts of a pavilion with three storeys with beautifully carved jharokhas, galleries supported on pillars and two projecting balconies which have some beautifully carved out sculptures.
Due to its close proximity to Thar Desert, Jaipur faces a hot semi- arid Climate with three climatic conditions:
Jaipur gets brutally hot and dry during the summer season with maximum temperature peaking at 45°C during the day and slightly pleasant during the night. The average temperature ranges from 34°C - 40°C. The heat waves blowing throughout the day makes it impossible to engage in Jaipur sightseeing tours and hence, not the recommended season to travel. It is also the off-peak season, so those who wish to undertake a budget trip or wish to experience the Gangaur festival which is celebrated with great zeal and vigour can choose to travel during the summer season as the hotels and flights will be at its cheapest. Ensure to pack light cotton clothing, sunscreen lotions, pair of sunglasses and scarves for protection from heat and enough water bottles during the Jaipur city tour to prevent dehydration.
The monsoon season brings in minor relief as the temperatures dip slightly ranging from 27°C - 34°C. While the city experiences major rainfall in the month of August, one can take a Jaipur trip during July or September and enjoy the off peak hotel and flight rates. This is also an ideal time to visit for travellers who enjoy moderate rains and nature with the gardens blooming with flowers and lush greenery. Witness the Teej Festival and enjoy the traditional sweet ‘Ghevar’ and the art and live music performances.
October – March
As monsoon bids adieu, the pink city comes alive during the winter season with travellers flocking from all over the world to experience the allure of the rich history and vibrant culture. As the temperature averages between 8°C -32°C, it is the best time to visit and explore the exquisite places in Jaipur. The days are extremely pleasant and favourable for shopping, sightseeing, enjoy Jaipur’s attractions and click photos of the magnificent palaces and historical Jaipur forts. The nights get chilly so ensure to pack woollen clothings.
Winters also marks the advent of several festivals that are celebrated with great exuberance and fervour. Some of the famous festivals are the Jaipur Literature Festival and the Kite Festival in January. Witness the unique Elephant Festival wherein elephants are beautifully painted and paraded through the streets and celebration of Holi in March.
Jaipur is well connected to major cities in India and international cities across the globe. The Jaipur Airport situated in Sanganer, 12km from the centre of the city makes Jaipur travel extremely convenient. There are daily domestic flights to cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Udaipur, Kolkata etc. and direct flights to international cities such as Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Muscat via Etihad Airways and Oman Air. Travellers from rest of the world can reach Jaipur via connecting flights or travel to neighbouring cities and reach via road. Buses, taxis and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach hotels and resorts in Jaipur.
The Indian railways connects Jaipur to major cities of India such as Delhi, Agra, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Goa, etc. amongst others via popular comfortable a/c trains like Shatabdi Express, Ajmer Shatabdi, Jaipur Express, Pune Jaipur Express, etc.
For a once in a lifetime royal experience, embark on an interesting journey to Jaipur pink city on the luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’ starting from Delhi. The ride offers beautiful views and great service leaving one awestruck and mesmerized.
Jaipur is conveniently connected to several highways making road journeys an easy affair. While National highway 8 connects the city to Delhi and Mumbai, National Highways No. 11 and 12 connect Jaipur to other interesting cities in the state of Rajasthan such as Jaipur and Udaipur. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs deluxe and luxury buses to and from Jaipur and neighbouring cities within the state. There are many private transport companies that offer frequent services making tours and travels in Jaipur smooth and memorable trip.
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Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan. It was found in 1727 and is best known for its heritage sites and the royal lifestyle. As a result, tourists from every corner of the world love to spend their time in the royal capital of Rajasthan. Whether it is the market or the heritage sites of the city, Jaipur tourism has maintained it all in the traditional Rajwada style. Travellers love to be pampered the way locals treat them and have a special attraction for the Pink City.
To explore the place, choose a Jaipur tourism package that includes everything that the city has to offer. The city has adapted modern culture while maintaining the tradition and Jaipur Tourism has added them to the list of attractions for tourists. Including the heritage and modern sites mentioned by Jaipur tourism to your Jaipur tourism packages will bring a blend of heritage, culture and modern times in your tour.
Jaipur Tourism has listed the grand Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, and the architectural wonder Hawa Mahal into the must-visit sights for Jaipur tourism packages. They all are the pride of the Pink City. With heritage sites, Jaipur is also famous for its art and craft market. The famous markets are Johari Bazar, Tripolia Bazar and Chaura Rasta, Bapu Bazar and Nehru Bazar, and Mirza Ismail road. To get the taste of the cultural of Jaipur, they must be added to your Jaipur tourism packages. Staying in the Haveli turned hotels, taking a camel ride or going for shopping in the city of Jaipur are just some of the things to do in Jaipur.Rajasthan being the land of the Great Thar is a hot and humid place and Jaipur is no exception, so winters are the best time to visit Jaipur.
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