Jaipur is the capital city of the largest state of India, i.e. Rajasthan. The Pink City is always on the list of a history geek and a xenophile (someone who is interested in culture, customs, and traditions).
Today, this city is home to 2 UNESCO world heritage sites, the world’s most expensive hotels, world-class architectural marvels, and it remains to be a standing example of Rajputana courtesy. This city has been famous for its marvelous hospitality and authentic Rajasthani customs.
Jaipur is one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan and holds the status of being the first-ever planned city of India. Under the kingship of Maharaja Jai Singh II, architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya planned this city as an alternative city with a large space for the growing population and with proper water resources.
This city gets its famous name as Pink city because it was painted entirely in pink color as it was considered to be the color of hospitality in Rajasthani culture in the 1800s and was used to welcome the Prince of Wales.
This article will talk about the most famous places that one must visit in Jaipur, along with some other unusual spots.
1. Amber Palace (Amer Fort)
This fort is a beautiful structure made of yellow and pink sandstone on the outside and white marble on the inside. When you reach this palace from the entrance, i.e. Chand Pol, this fort looks like a golden-yellow estate.
This palace is an authentic example of Rajasthani architecture and history. There are several parts of this palace that one can explore, like Sheesh Mahal (with specular glass work on the ceiling and walls), Dewan-e-aam (the main Darbar), gardens, and courtyards.
If you visit this place in the evening, then you should definitely watch the elaborate light show at the palace. The show reveals the history and stories of this palace.
2. Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is yet another exquisite structure in Jaipur. It is also linked to Amber Palace via networks of underground tunnels, some of which are now open for tourists.
This fort is about 4 km away from the Amber Palace. You can get a cab or a rickshaw from the Amber Palace to the Jaigarh Fort. It was built in the 1800s on a rocky hilltop.
The main attraction of this fort is the picturesque view of the city that it provides, and the world’s largest cannon called “Jaivana” that is placed in Jaigarh Fort.
3. Nahargarh Fort
This fort was built in the late 1700s by Maharaja Jai Singh as an ultimate fortress against enemies. This fort is situated atop the Aravalli Mountain Range and gives a magnificent view of Jaipur city.
Apart from this view, you will also find strong and elegant architecture in the fort. If you are an artist or an art lover, you would really love this place as this place is home to some most amazing murals and traditional Rajasthani wall painting.
It’s better to either visit this place early in the morning or before sunset. You will not regret coming here as this place gives you an exceptional sunrise and sunset view of Jaipur city. Riding on the twisty roads of Aravalli is fun too.
4. City Palace
City palace is yet another historical marvel of pink city Jaipur. It was built under the rule of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. This place is divided into separate parts such as Sabha-Niwas, Sarvato-Bhadra, Mubarak Mahal, and Maharani’s palace, which are open for tourists.
Given that the last ruling royal family lives in the city place of Jaipur. It takes around 2-3 hours to explore this place.
Interesting Fact: If you see two flags at the top of the “Chandra Mahal, it symbolizes the presence of the King in the Jaipur. It is called “One and Half Quarter Flag”.
5. Jantar Mantar
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India, Jantar Mantar has its own charm. It is built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, an astronomical observation site that dates back to the early 18th century.
The idea behind building this astounding monument with 19 different instruments was way ahead of its time. They built all these instruments in a way to make visible the astronomical movements of planets to common people and scholars of the royal court. This place is near to the Hawa Mahal and City Palace.
6. Albert Hall Museum (Central Museum)
It is the oldest museum in Jaipur. This place has several interesting sections to offer. Albert Hall has an enormous collection of historical evidence of Rajasthani and Rajputana heritage.
It also has a section dedicated to craftsmanship that showcases different handmade articles, paintings, carpets, and clothing that were once worn by royalties. This place also has a very spectacular Egyptian section.
The major attraction of this section is a coffin with an Egyptian mummy. So, if you love history and you have a thing for an extensive educational and fun tour, this place is just right for you.
7. Jal Mahal
While coming back from Nahargarh Fort, you can visit the Jal Mahal, i.e. Water Palace. It is built in the middle of the ” Man Sagar Lake”
Few people know this, but the Jal Mahal has five floors, but only one is visible to people as the river is full and the rest of 4 stories are underwater. This place has a vibrant vibe and a calm environment as it is located away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
8. Hawa Mahal
Situated in the heart of the Pink City is this astounding architectural marvel. This palace is a 5-story building, making it the highest structure ever made without a foundation.
This place has multiple windows, also known as Jharokhas in Marwari. They made especially these for the royal females so that they could see the lively market streets of Johari Bazar.
And if you go to the Hawa Mahal, then make a note of visiting Café Tattoo and Wind too. This café is right opposite the Hawa Mahal and has a hearty range of exotic dishes.
9. Chokhi Dhanni
Now comes the authentic and finger-licking Rajasthani food. If you are a foodie, then you must visit Chokhi Dhanni. Here, you will get to try the authentic Rajasthani dishes, like Dal Baati Churma, Samosa, Kachori, and the lavish Rajasthani Thali.
It has a theme park setting and a conventional Rajasthani ambiance and earthly vibe. You can experience the folk music, dance, and food of Rajasthan, along with proper Jaipuri hospitality. It is an affordable place and a one-stop destination.
10. Gem Palace and Johari Bazar
Jaipur is also famous for its gems and jewels. In fact, it has a vast market of jewelry and gemstones, both precious and semi-precious.
If you are looking to shop for some pocket-friendly stuff, then you should go to Johari bazaar. Here you can find over 200 shops that provide an elaborate range of affordable jewelry, clothes, and other handicraft items of Rajasthani culture.
If you are interested in surveying some ancient handmade jewelers or if you have a big budget, then you should go to the Gem Palace.
It is located on the MI Road, Jayanti Market, and is owned by the Kasliwal family since 1852. Here you can find some famous Navratan jewelry, vintage jewelry, and some elegant contemporary designs as well.
Jaipur has a variety of palaces, markets, hotels, and resorts for you to relax and enjoy your vacation in. This place is for those who love history, art, culture, food, and above all, excellent hospitality. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the place.