Places to visit at Jaipur

When you travel to Jaipur, you will love to visit popular sightseeing tourist attractions in Jaipur and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Jaipur, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Jaipur to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Jaipur things to do can include exploring Jaipur attractions and visiting the places of interest.

One of the most distinctive tourist attractions in Jaipur is the pink sandstone Hawa Mahal. The honeycombed hive designed palace dates back to 1799 when it was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable royal ladies to view the city processions. From the HawaMahal, one can view the other palaces of the city such as the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar.

Tourists can also visit the museum within the complex of the Hawa Mahal. It houses a number of royal paintings and ceremonial relics. 

This is a complex of buildings and gardens located in the Old city centre. The palace buildings have been built on different eras and few of the most recent ones date back to the early 20th Century and boast of a mix of Mughal and Rajasthan architecture. The complex houses the Mubarak Mahal built in the 19th Century, Rajendra Pol, Diwan-i-Khas,Diwan-i-Aam, The Armoury, The Bagghi Khana, Pritam Niwas Chowk and Chandra Mahal and Givind Devji Temple. The history and the structure make it an extensive tour which will take more than a day to explore.

 

Within close proximity to the City Palace is the observatory called Jantar Mantar meaning ‘instrument of calculation’. This is probably the most famous tourist attractions in Jaipur and dates back to 1728 and was added to the World Heritage List in 2010. Apart from housing a number of bizarre sculptures, the structure of the Jantar Mantar is known to serve a specific purpose; hence, it is advised to take a tour guide whilst visiting this remarkable structure in Jaipur. 

Literally meaning ‘Water Palace’, the palace gets its name due to the location in the midst of the Man Sagar Lake. Build in 1799, the palace cum hotel is an architectural splendour which boasts of typical Mughal and Rajput style of architecture.  

If you are travelling to Jaipur with children then a trip to Amer Fort is a must. And while travelling to the fort, opt to reach there riding a decorated elephant. The elephants deliver tourists to the top of hill and this unique experience is loved by children. Also, to make your children’s trip to Jaipur even more memorable, enjoy an authentic Rajasthani experience with meals accompanies by colourful puppet or kathputli shows. Made of woods and adorned with colourful Indian fabrics, the puppet shows not only look beautiful but will tell Indian folklore to your child.

 

Dedicated to Hindu Lord Krishna, the temple is an important pilgrimage site for Vaishnavites. According to legends, the idol was brought in from Vrindavan during the Mughal regime. 

Also known as The Marble Temple, the temple is famous for its intricate carvings over the white marble used for the temple exteriors. 

Located within the City Palace premises, the museum is known for its exhibits royal carriage collection. Also, the collection of covered palanquins especially the ‘mahadol’ is a must see. Apart from the royal covered bagghis or carriages, the exhibit also features a chariot known as the Thakurjika Rath which was used on special occasions by the royal family. 

Located in the busy market place of MI Road, the gallery exhibits contemporary work of artists from across the country. The masterworks are changed on a weekly basis. For interested buyers, the gallery also allows you to buy artworks of the local artists for nominal rate. 

Built by Maharaja Sawai Ram in 1868, the historical garden is spread across an area of 33 acres. The garden complex also houses the Zoological garden, a bird park, an art gallery, a gymnasium, an exhibition ground, the Ravindra Rangmanch and a few cafes. 

Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1779, the garden complex is known for its multi-tiered gardens adorned by fountains and painted pavilions.

 

Located a few kilometres from the city of Jaipur, the location atop the hill makes Amer Fort a principal attraction in Rajasthan. Built by Raja Man Singh I, the cobbled paths, the gigantic gates offer the red sandstone fort a royal aura like never before. The fort is known for its four level layout plan consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas where the royal family resided. 

For a truly experience beyond the city limits, book a day trip Pushkar. A Hindu pilgrimage site, Pushkaris also one of the oldest cities in the country. The city houses the famed Bramha Temple dedicated to Hindu Lord Bramha also known as the Creator of the Universe. The marble construction and the distinct red pinnacles make it a great destination for all travellers. For a true Pushkar experience, travel to the city during the Hindu festival of Kartik Poornima when the devotees throng the city to bathe at the holy Pushkar Lake. The water is believed to cleanse the sins of the bathing devotees. 

The city of Jaipur is a land of historical monuments which reflect on the royal grandeur of the past. Hence, it is not surprising that the list of landmarks of Jaipur feature the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the intriguing market place of Johuri Bazaar.

 

You can enjoy paragliding, hot air balloon rides, jeep and elephant safaris, and camping at Jaipur. 

For a truly unique experience, visit Sakshi for a block printing course. Located approximately 16 kilometres from the city centre, Sakshi also offers blue-pottery courses.

Tourists can also take lessons in traditional music and dance at the Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Sangeet Mahavidyalay. The tuition fees are nominal and allow you to acquaint yourself with the traditional Indian instruments, such as the table, flute and sitar.

For tourists looking to spend some time in serenity, spend some time at the Yoga Sadhana Ashram near the Rajasthan University. The classes allow you to learn yoga asanas and breathing exercises which can improve your lifestyle tremendously.

 

Taste of local cuisine is not possible without visiting the best local eateries of Jaipur. One of the best places to taste local cuisine is the Lakshmi Mishthan Bhandaar at Johaar Bazaar known for its signature kulfi and falooda made of saffron. Other prominent vegetarian restaurants are Dr Dosa at MI Road and Om Revolving Restaurant at Church Road.

Another favourite restaurant in Jaipur is Niro’s at MI Road which is known for its spicy bhuna-gosht or lamb curry.

 

Traditional Rajasthan cuisine is distinguished by the locally-produced green vegetables and scarce use of water. While travelling across the city, make sure you get the taste of traditional snacks like Pyaaj Kachori, Lashunki chutney, and Mawa Kachori. Rajasthan cuisine is known for its sweet dishes such as churma, imarti, ghevar, besanchakki, balushahi, kadka and many more.

 

Amigos Bar & Discotheque, Extreme Discotheque, Angara and Wavs are the most popular ones. 

Head out to Madeira Bar, Sheesh Mahal Bar and Aza, among others, during your stay. Madhushala, Rang Mahal, The Polo Club, Maharani Express, Hennry's -The Pub, and Bar Code - The Lounge bar are other places you can try out. 

Shilpgram is a very popular flea market in the state. Here you can shop for local wares and souvenirs.

Rajasthali, located at the MI Road near the Ajmeri Gate is a great place to shop for buying local artefacts including embroidered clothing, jewellery, traditional puppets, brassware and more.  While shopping here always haggle to get the best price for the artefacts. 

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