Beautiful palaces and forts in Jaipur are among the best tourist places to visit in India. Jaipur is prevalently known as “the pink city” owing to the blushing colour of its forts and marvellous architecture. The city is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan and is a wonderland of princely culture and heritage.
Also called “the Paris of India”, the city has an array of tourist places like palaces, forts, temples, and bazaars. Once a traveller said, “Jaipur is the finest jewellery ever created on earth, where the king was the jeweller and bricks his gems.” Even you will relate to this quote when you see the beautiful architecture of the pink city and its amazing artwork.
Do you adore the flaunting expertise of old artisans? Do you want to experience the gaudy lifestyle of the royal families of the bygone era?
If yes, then get ready to be enthralled by the grandeur and royalty of Jaipur and plan your itinerary with our list of the best tourist places to visit in Jaipur.
1. Hawa Mahal
One of the best places to visit in Jaipur, this place needs no introduction. Popularly known as “the Palace of Wind”, the signature palace is a spectacular example of rich local artistry.
The Palace was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It is said that this palace was constructed to enable the women of Rajput families to watch happenings outside without being seen by the public.
Justifying its name, Hawa Mahal has 953 windows that make it extremely breezy. The five-storey building has no stairs. Slopes connect all the floors. The palace highlights the distinctive architectural features of the city from red and pink sandstone, honeycombed façade, to the geometric accents and tiny windows. Its opening timings are from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Don’t miss the spectacular view of the Hawa Mahal from Wind View Cafe.
2. Amer Fort
Located in Amer, the fort is also known as the Amer Fort. Built in 1592, the fort is made of marble stone and red sandstone highlighting the blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture.
The fort is a magnificent complex of halls, temples, palaces, and gardens built by successive rulers over a period of 125 years, listing it in one of the best tourist places to visit in Jaipur.
You can enjoy the elephant ride uphill to the entrance of the fort and ‘Amber by Night’ which allows people to enjoy the charming view of lit mahals and chownks. There is also a light and sound show in the evening which showcases the fort’s history and its exquisite architecture
The fort is open on all days from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
3. City palace
Built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732, the City Palace is a major source of tourist attraction in Jaipur. The palace complex comprises several buildings, courtyards, and galleries depicting the beautiful amalgamation of rich Mughal and Rajasthani architecture.
Located in the heart of the city, this enchanting structure is still home to the Jaipur’s modern-day royal family. They reside in the Chandra Mahal, the most extravagant building in the complex.
The Palace has many places for sightseeing like the Mubarak Mahal, which displays royal costumes and textiles. There is the Armoury, which preserves the finely crafted old weapons. Then there is Diwan-i-Am, showcasing the collection of the palace’s miniature paintings. Besides, there is Pritam Niwas Chowk, famous for its intricately designed doorways which are painted to resemble the feathers of the peacock.
City Palace is open on all days from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
4. Jantar mantar observatory
Don’t mistake it to be just a regular average observatory, it is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The Jantar Mantar observatory is the largest stone astronomical observatory in the world. Located just next to the city palace, this observatory gives us an insight into the intellect of the former age.
The building was constructed in 1727-1733 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh to study and collect information about time and space. The smart construction along with nineteen instruments allows the observer to know the position of the heavenly bodies with the naked eye. Another thing unique to this place is that it has the world’s largest sundial known as Samrat Yantra.
We recommend you to visit Jantar Mantar in the afternoon to see all the astronomical structure working perfectly. You can also experience the light and sound show in the evening when the entire observatory lights up like a firefly!
5. Albert hall
Named after the Prince of Wales and Albert Edward, the Albert Hall Museum is one of India’s oldest museums for art and culture exploration. Also known as the Government Central Museum, it is a stunning representation of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
Situated in the Ram Niwas Garden, the museum has a total of 16 art galleries. The galleries have a superb collection of art and antiques like antique coins of different periods in India, miniature paintings, clay figures indicating the yoga poses, marble art, and the illustrious Egyptian mummy.
Again, visit this place at night, because it’s so alluring to sit in the garden and gaze at the entire museum being brightened up by multicolored lights. This museum is one of the best tourist places to visit in Jaipur if you want a peek into the culture and history of India.
6. Birla Mandir
When the entire city seems to be pink-washed, the Birla Mandir stands out. Built entirely of white marble, the temple is located on the Moti Dungari Hill.
Also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, it pays tribute to the Hindu God “Narayan”, the preserver, and His wife, “Lakshmi”, the Goddess of purity and wealth. The idol of “Ganesha” gets special attention as it appears almost transparent.
The walls of the temples illustrate important events related to Hinduism. The marvellous architecture along with the chanting of mantras, subtle fragrance of incense stick, and the ringing of temple bells will take away all of your exhaustion.
7. Jal Mahal
Situated in the center of the Man Sagar Lake on the outskirts of the city, the Mahal seems to be floating on the lake. The sight of this serene Jal Mahal looks like an illusion.
The Mahal has 5 storeys but only one storey appears above the water level. The other 4 are submerged beneath a reservoir. Although entry inside this place is not allowed, the sight of the fort all lightened up with its reflection in the lake is completely mesmerizing.
Appreciate its beauty while boating and you’ll have the best sightseeing experience.
8. Pink City Bazaars
The Pink City is an old walled city in Jaipur built in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city is a shopper’s paradise with a plethora of things to buy.
Brimming with royal heritage and culture, the pink city is famous for its four main bazaars namely, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Johari Bazaar, and Kishanpole Bazaar. Each bazaar is known for a particular thing like Bapu bazaar for textiles, Nehru bazaar for footwear, johari for gemstones and Kishanpole for wooden sculptures.
Have a tour around these colourful bazaars and you will notice the wealth of the city’s handicrafts and its rich past and culture of the city. There are many hidden gems and old haveli’s situated in this pink city bazaar with some heartwarming stories associated with them, which is worth listening.
You can even enjoy late night walk and have some snacks while walking through pink walls of the city.
9. Nahargarh fort
Situated on the top of Aravalli hills, Nahargarh Fort provides for a scenic view of the entire city. Count on it as one among the best tourist places to visit in Jaipur, thanks to the enthralling sunset view here.
Also known as the Tiger Fort, it was built nearly 300 years ago to defend the city against the enemies. The fort speaks of its royal history and culture. It contains ladies quarters known as Madhavendra Bhavan, a very popular summer destination. Mardana Mahal, its counterpart was constructed for royal men.
Another noteworthy place here is Nahargarh Biological Park. The park is an asylum for regal animals like tigers, Asiatic Lions, and leopards. Visit this place empty-stomach so you can relish some traditional Rajasthani cuisine in one of the fort’s restaurants.
10. Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
Want to see the pure traditional Rajasthani culture? Located on the outskirts of the city, Choki Dhani is a luxury heritage resort reflecting the rich Rajasthani rural culture.
This 5-star hotel has a royal décor with vintage furnishings, ancient artefacts, sculptures, and paintings. There are many entertainment options you must try like camel rides, folk dances, puppet shows, magic shows, boating, fortune-tellers, etc.
Its occasional mini-fairs attract a lot of international tourists too. Come here to relax in the alive and refreshing nature and feel the olden day Rajasthan.
The desert capital of India, Jaipur is an exotic travel destination packed with a charming mix of attractions like lakes, palaces and royal architecture. The beautiful city of India oozes royalty. You’ll feel the welcoming vibe that is inherited in Rajasthan’s pristine culture and heritage. From regal forts to royal palaces, from temples to bazaars and wildlife parks, Jaipur is an experience you should definitely not miss. By now, you must be convinced to visit these best tourist places in Jaipur. So, plan your next vacation to this city and pamper yourself in its warmth and liveliness.
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