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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.

Attractions in jaipur

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Hawa Mahal is one of the most renowned palaces in Rajasthan with people flocking from all over the world to see its’ unmatched beauty and intricacies. Hawa means wind and Mahal means palace thus Hawa Mahal basically means “A Palace of Winds”. Located at the core of the Pink City of Jaipur, this charismatic spectacle exudes an aura due to its rich heritage and cultural background that is hard to overlook. The intricacies of this stunning palace are such that cool winds breeze through it all day long and make it a perfect summer palace. As you enter the mahal, you’re told stories about the Maharaja and Rani which will literally transport you back in time and make you want to put on your thinking caps. This blush pink palace is made from sandstone and was built to enable the royal women to witness the processions and happenings on the streets. The built of Hawa Mahal is such that you can view the City Palace and Jantar Mantar from atop. There is also a museum inside the Mahal which houses a number of ceremonial relics and royal paintings.

Timings of Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal is open every day of the week except Fridays for tourists from 9 am to 4.30 pm. However, it gets extremely busy on the weekends hence visiting on weekdays should be preferred to get a detailed and peaceful tour of the palace.

Entry fees for Hawa Mahal

Local Indians: Rs 10

Foreigners: Rs 50

You can even opt for a composite ticket which is valid for two days for 7 locations

Composite Ticket Fee

Local Indians: Rs 300

Foreigners: Rs 1000

Charges taken for camera are

Local Indians: Rs 10

Foreigners: Rs 30

Tour Guides

Local tour guides are available outside the locations who charge a certain amount to take you around the palace and give you information about the historical and cultural background. The prices are negotiable so ensure you bargain as much as possible.

Best Time to visit Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal is situated in Jaipur which falls in one of the hottest states of India. Since Jaipur experiences scorching heat, it is not advisable to visit in summers. September to February, i.e. the period after the end of summer or before the onset of summers is ideal. 

How to get to Hawa Mahal  

By Air :

Jaipur is connected to all major metros like Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Calcutta and Varanasi, Aurangabad  and Mumbai by domestic flights. Hawa Mahal is 30 minutes away from the airport.

By Rail :

Jaipur has a very fancy railway station with pink outer walls and graffiti art on them. Railway services are available from all parts of the countries, all major and many minor locations. They take you to the Jaipur railway station from where Hawa Mahal is only 18 minutes away.

By Road :

 Jaipur is well connected to major parts of the countries by expressways and highways. You can definitely opt for the roadways if you are in the mood for some adventure.

History of Hawa Mahal 

Hawa Mahal was built in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap of the Kacchwaha Rajput Dynasty. During those times, the Purdah System was being followed by Rajputs under which the royal women were not allowed to show themselves in front of strangers or even appear in public. To enable them to see the day to day events and royal processions on the streets or in the, Hawa Mahal was built.  Sawai Pratap Singh who was a worshipper of Lord Krishna wanted to offer a tribute to him and hence directed the architect, Lal Chand Utsa to build the Mahal in the shape of Lord Krishnas’ crown. Another theory says that Maharaja Sawai Pratap was so inspired by the unique structure of Khetri Mahal that he decided to replicate it in some form and build this Mahal. 

The architecture of Hawa Mahal

The architecture of this Hawa Mahal is a unique combination of Rajput and Mughal styles. Once you enter, you are led to a spacious courtyard that is always naturally lit and reflects light into the rooms and hallways of the palace which surround this gorgeous yard. This majestic five storied palace is designed as a beehive castle with 953 tiny windows like casements and pink latticework, hanging cornices and arched roofs. These windows kept the castle cool and breezy during summers and provided comfort to the occupants. Despite the number of windows, the size of each peephole is just big enough for the royal ladies to look at the city and roads but not big enough for the public to be able to get a glance at them.  The top three stories are actually three temples; Vichitra Mandir, Prakash Mandir, and Hawa Mandir. Vichitra Mandir was used by the King to worship Lord Krishna. Prakash Mandir provided an open terrace on both sides thus providing a glorious view. A fact worth noticing about the palace is that in contrast to the boastful and adorned exteriors, the interiors are relatively very modest which sets it apart from the other palaces in Rajasthan which are generally big in magnanimity both on the outside and inside.

Highlights Of Hawa Mahal 

• Hawa Mahal means the Palace of winds.

• It is one of the most prominent landmarks of Jaipur.

• It looks like a web of honeycomb and has 953 windows with intricate          detailing.

• It is shaped like Lord Krishnas’ crown as the King was a keen worshiper of  Lord Krishna. 

• It was built for the women of the royal families to enable them to witness    the processions on the streets during the period.

• The palace is also home to an archaeological museum having paintings  and sculptures from yester years.

Recommended for 

Hawa Mahal is recommended for all age groups alike. While children enjoy getting lost in the regal stories and transporting back in time, adults love getting a better insight into the finer nuances of the opulent history.

 

Interesting facts about Hawa Mahal 

• Hawa Mahal was a summer retreat for many Rajput families during the olden times.

• The frontage of the building is built like a beehive.

• Hawa Mahal does not have a front entrance, one has to enter from the side.

• There are no stairs to reach the upper floors of the Mahal, only ramps for the same.

• Hawa Mahal is considered one of the tallest buildings in the world built without a foundation.

• Hawa Mahal provided a magnificent view of Jaipur, City Palace and Jantar Mantar from the top.

• It is located in the old city and a part of the City Palace complex of buildings.

Tips while Visiting Hawa Mahal 

• Hawa Mahal has lots of ethnic, colorful street shopping around it. But ensure you haggle as the prices can be brought down by great margins.

•Wear comfortable, preferably sports shoes as there is lots of walking around to be done.

•Ensure that you carry a water bottle or some energy drink as there are high chances of dehydration.

•Opt for a tour guide if you wish to know about the history and culture of the Mahal else you can simply take in the grandeur of the place by exploring the place yourself.

Location of Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002

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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.

Majestic buildings, tales of heroic battles, resplendent forts and palaces, and multi-faceted characters, Jaipur has long been one of the shiniest cultural jewels in the history of the Indian subcontinent. With friendly people known for their hospitality, Jaipur offers a plethora of options for travellers. 

 

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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

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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.  

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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.

 

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

 

Activities in jaipur

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

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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.

 

Food in jaipur

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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.

 

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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.

 

Night Life in jaipur

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

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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. 

Shopping in jaipur

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

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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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