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Top 12 Attractions In Jaipur – The Pink City


If you love palaces and crave to have an insight on the lifestyle of the rulers of the bygone era, Jaipur is the city for you. If you are passionate about the strong forts and marvelous architecture that flaunt the expertise of  old artisans, Jaipur is where you need to be on your vacation. If you long to experience the flamboyant lifestyle of the past rulers even if it is only for a few days, Jaipur’s palaces-turned-heritage hotels are where you need to stay for a lifetime experience. If you fancy elephant rides, you need to be in Jaipur to have a royal ride on the elephants. You can customize the rides the way you need, take elephant rides on jungles, through villages, in Biological Park and many more.If these were not enough to decide in favor of Jaipur, go ahead to have a look at the top list of attractions in Jaipur and you cannot resist any more.

1. City Palace

Visitor Information
  • Famous For : History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets : A Palace view would cost 100 INR for Indians and 500 INR for overseas tourists. A museum visit would cost 130 INR for Indians and 900 INR for overseas tourists.
  • Opening Timings : Open all days from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Duration : 1-2 hours.

Once you are in Pink City, you will naturally be inclined to visiting City Palace. It was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732 AD. The palace complex comprises of Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Now, Chandra Mahal has been converted into museum that houses exclusive handcrafted products and other products that depict the cultural heritage of the kingdom. Not only will you enjoy the architecture, you will be awe struck by the glorious view of Pink City from here.

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2. Amber Fort

Visitor Information
  • Famous For : History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets : 25 INR for Indians and 200 INR for other nationalities.
  • Opening Timings : Open all days from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Duration : 1.5-2 hours.

Also known as Amer Fort, it is located in Amer, which is around 11 kilometers from Jaipur. It was constructed by Raja Mansingh in the year 1592. It was later expanded by Raja Jai Singh I. The red sandstone and marble stone construction reflect a blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. The main entrance faces east and there are three more entrances. There are four courtyards in Amber Palace. One of the courtyards has the Public Audience Hall, called the Diwan-i-Aam.

  • Go elephant riding.
  • Enjoy the light and sound show in the evening.
  • Visit the temple of Sila Devi.
  • Eat some mouth watering cuisines at 1135 AD.


3. Nahargarh Fort

Visitor Information
  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 85 INR for Overseas Tourists and 35 INR for Indians.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.
  • Duration: 1-1.5 hour.

Built as a defensive fort on the Aravali Ranges, Nahargarh Fort is a majestic fort overlooking Amer and Jaipur. The fort provides some stunning viewpoints of the city nearby and therefore is a popular picnic hangout spot for localites. The main attraction here apart from the views are the twelve queen boudoirs which are well connected and decorated with beautiful murals.

  • Visit the Jaipur Wax Museum.
  • Enjoy the city's night view in the fort's restaurant.
  • Have a picnic with your family.

4. Jaigarh Fort

Visitor Information
  • Famous for: History, Photography, Weapons.
  • Tickets: 200 INR for Overseas Tourists and 50 INR for Indians.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Duration: 45 min.

Literally known as the Fort of Victory, Jaigarh Fort houses the world's largest cannon, Jaivana. It was built as a defensive fort and was used to house weapons and other artillery. This fort was the main symbol of the military prowess of Rajputs and had been an indirect or direct part of many famous historical wars. It is highly fortified and spread over a distance of about 3km. Jaigarh Fort is located near Amer and Nahargarh Fort and can be visited en-route.

  • Visit the artillery museum.
  • Enjoy a stunning view of Lake Palace.

5. Hawa Mahal

Visitor Information
  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 50 INR for Overseas Tourists and 10 INR for Indians.
  • Opening Timings: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Duration: 0.5-1 hour.

A stunning presentation of the rich architectural expertise of the past, Hawa Mahal is a not-to-miss tourist places in Jaipur. The Mahal was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. True to the name it earned as the ‘Palace of the Winds’, Hawa Mahal has 953 windows to provide ventilation. The five-storey building does not have steps to reach upper floors. Slopes connect the storeys and it is said that the Mahal was constructed to enable the Royal women of Rajput family to view the happenings in the city.

  • Visit the archaeological museum.
  • Shop in Pink City Bazaar.

6. Jal Mahal

Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Photography, Nature, Bird Sightseeing.
  • Tickets: 50 INR for Overseas Tourists and 10 INR for Indians.
  • Opening Timings: 9am to 5pm (restricted access).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

Situated in the middle of Mansagar Lake, Jal Mahal is another architectural delight that Jaipur has to offer. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century, as a hunting lodge and summer retreat. It's beautifully decorated hallways and the fragrant Chameli Bagh would are enough to impress any visitor. It is also a well known visiting site for many migratory birds like grey heron, white-browed wagtail and blue-tailed bee-eaters.

  • Shop in Jal Mahal Textile & Carpets.
  • Go for a camel ride.
  • Take long walks in the pathways.
  • Birdwatching (seasonal).

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7. Jantar Mantar Observatory

Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Astronomy, Architecture.
  • Tickets: 40 INR for Indians and 200 INR for other nationalities.
  • Opening Timings: Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30 pm.
  • Duration: 0.5-1 hour

If you have any doubts about having to spend your time at an observatory on your tour, reconsider it. Jantar Mantar is not just like any other average observatory; it is ranked amongst the largest observatories of the world. Built during the period of Maharaja Jai Singh II, the astronomical observatory has the largest sundial of the world. Maharaja Jai Singh II had avid interest in various subjects including architecture, astronomy, philosophy and astronomy. His keen interest in astronomy led him to construct the country’s largest observatory. The geometric devices available here are used in measuring time, observing constellations and orbits around the biggest star. The astrological instruments attract astronomers and architects from all parts of the world. Whatever your level of interest in space, you will be inspired by Jantar Mantar Observatory.

8. Pink City Bazaars

Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Shopping, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: No entry fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all seven days except Sunday (a part of bazaar is closed) from 11 am to 10 pm.
  • Duration: Depends on the visitor’s pace and can take up to 5 hours.

The old city or “Pink City” is a shopper’s paradise with shops selling a plethora of things. Pink City Bazaars are made up of four main bazaars–Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar and Tripolia Bazaar. Each bazaar is famous for different things like Johari Bazaar is known for precious gemstones, Bapu Bazaar for Jaipur textile goods, Nehru Bazaar for Jootis and Kishanpole for wooden sculptures. Make sure to dedicate a day to explore this beautiful bazaar which has for everyone. Many famous attractions like The are also around the Pink City Bazaar.

  • Eat mouth watering cuisines at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar.
  • Explore the nearby attractions like Hawa Mahal, City Palace etc.

9. Albert Hall Museum

Visitor Information
  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 40 INR for Indian visitors and 300 INR for Overseas visitors with special discounts for students.
  • Opening Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm & 7.00 to 10.00 pm (Daily). Remains closed on specific maintenance days in the months of October to March (Last Tuesday) and April to September (Every Monday).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

Adorning the gates of Old City and flanked by the famous Ram Niwas gardens, Albert Hall Museum is a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic style architecture. Named after the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward and completed in the year 1887, this museum is one of India's oldest center for art and culture exploration. The museum houses many artifacts, paintings from different parts of India and even an Egyptian mummy that is increasingly becoming popular. In the recent times, Albert Hall has also become a hub for many activities like concerts, rallies and festivals. or even rest in the nearby restaurants like.

  • Visit the zoo.
  • Relax in one of the many restaurants.
  • Take a horse ride around the pathways.
  • Take a stroll through Ram Niwas garden.

10. Galtaji

Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Pilgrimage, Photography, Architecture.
  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open on all days (5:00 am – 9:00 pm).
  • Duration: 45 min.

Situated within the hilly regions of Aravali, Galtaji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji is an important Hindu pilgrimage center. The temple is surrounded by hilly ranges filled with vegetation and natural springs which fill up seven sacred kunds (water tanks). The temple's unique architecture, beautiful pavilions and unique position make it a vision to behold for any visitor. Apart from a shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman, it also houses many shrines dedicated to Lord Rama, Brahma, Surya and Lord Vishnu. A legend associated with the temple also states that this was the place where Tulsidas wrote some part of Ramcharitmanas.

  • Shop for blue pottery enroute.
  • Get a glimpse of the stunning Aravali Range.

11. Birla Temple

Photo by Chris Brown,  CC BY-SA 2.0
Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Pilgrimage, Architecture, Sightseeing.
  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open on all days (5 am-11.30 am & 4-8 pm).
  • Duration: 0.5-1 hour. 

This LaxmiNarayan temple is one of the many Birla temples adorning India's cityscape. Built completely from white marble, Birla Temple Jaipur is visited by tourists from all over the world for its beautiful architecture, carvings and the stunning idol of LaxmiNarayan. The inner walls depict various events associated with Hinduism and the outer walls also have cravings of philosophers, thinkers and religious leaders namely- Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Buddha, and Confucius.

  • Visit the Moti Dungri Temple (Indians only).
  • Shop in the Birla Temple shopping complex.
  • Enjoy the city view in the evening.

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 12. Govind Dev Ji Temple 

Photo by Sameergoyal, CC BY-SA 3.0
Visitor Information
  • Famous for: Pilgrimage.
  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open on all days from 5 am to 11:30 am &  5:30 pm to 9 pm (seven darshan time-slots).
  • Duration: 0.5 hour. 

Govind Dev ji Temple is an important pilgrimage site, especially for the people who hold high regard and devotion for the Lord Krishna. The deity of the temple was brought from Vrindavan by Raja Sawai Jai Singh to prevent its destruction by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. According to a popular Hindu legend, the idol here is closest to the real appearance of Lord Krishna during his incarnation. The temple is visited by throngs of devotees every day, especially during Janmashtami and Holi.

These attractions capture Jaipur in a nutshell but visitors can also visit places like GaitoreSisodiya Rani Bagh and Chokhi Dhani. These places lying on the outskirts of Jaipur are sure to make your trip even more worthwhile.

Popular Places to Visit Near Jaipur

If you have some time to spare, you can also make less than a day journey from Jaipur and visit some cities from our selection:

1. Abhaneri

Chand Baori
Photo by Ramón, CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Distance from Jaipur: 1 hr 56 min (96.1 km).

Though in ruins presently, Abhaneri is famous for the Chand Baori step well, India’s deepest and largest step well. Visitors can also view the stunning architecture of Harshat Mata Temple.

2. Sariska National Park

Photo by A Frequent Traveller, CC BY 2.0
  • Distance from Jaipur: 2 hr 48 min (121 km).

Sariska National Park holds the distinction of being the first tiger reserve in the world to have successfully relocated tigers. It is surrounded by Aravali Range and also has a significant tiger population which attracts many visitors here. It also has a significant population of other wildlife like hyena, Indian leopard etc. Visitors can also visit the nearby Sariska Palace or the old temples nearby.

3. Ajmer

Photo by Zakir Naqvi, CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Distance from Jaipur: 2 hr 15 min (134.6km).

The home of the holy shrine of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, Ajmer gives a glimpse of India’s culture and history through the presence of many attractions like- Happy valley, Taragarh Fort, Akbari Fort & Museum and many more.

4. Pushkar

Pushkar

  • Distance from Jaipur: 2 hr 28 min (145.0 km).

Famous for the only Brahma Temple in the world, Pushkar has around 300 old temples dotting its landscape. The 52 holy ghats surrounding the Pushkar Lake are also an important pilgrimage site. Apart from being a pilgrimage center, Pushkar also hosts a famous Camel Fair in November.

5. Ranthambore National Park

Sawai Madhopur

  • Distance from Jaipur: 3 hr 27 min (161.6 km).

The Ranthambore National Park  is a delight for any wildlife enthusiast as this is one of the best location for spotting a tiger in India. The lush Aravali range surrounding the place and a significant tiger population makes for a stunning wildlife safari. Visitors can also visit the nearby Ranthambore Fort.

6. Keoladeo National Park

Bharatpur Sanctuary
Photo (Cropped) by ASIM CHAUDHURI, CC BY 2.0
  • Distance from Jaipur: 3 hr (188 km).

Asia’s best wildlife bird sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park is a haven for bird watchers and nature lovers. To put it in perspective, this wetland is home to about 366 bird species and 379 floral species. It’s status as a World Heritage Site should be reason enough for you to plan your trip here.

Jaipur is not just a tourist spot. It is a destination to learn, enjoy, wonder, experience, ponder and get adventurous. There are a lot more places to visit in Jaipur that you need to visit but if you are short of time, ensure that you do not miss the list given here. Apart from Jaipur, there are many more popular destinations in Rajasthan; kindly visit: tourist spots in Rajasthan to learn more about them.

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4 comments

  1. Well i have heard a lot about the local cuisines, and the various eateries, can you please make a list of the local eateries recommended by you which serve the best recipes ?

  2. Hi there,
    Rajasthan is sure famous for its cuisines and eateries. There is so much wide range and yet each is distinct and delicious.
    If you are in Rajasthan than it is a personal request to drop any idea of eating fast food or other international cuisines (atleast one time a day).
    Rajasthan provides you a variety for each of your meal.
    Like in Breakfast try our famous KACHORIS , SAMOSAS and MIRCHI-VADA. You can also add JALEBIS in your morning breakfast. You can easily get them from any Sweets-shop but famous ones are ” RAWAT MISHTHAN BHANDAR” , “KANJI”, “LMB-LAXMI MISTHAN BHANDAR”,”DOODH MISHTHAN BHANDAR”, “KANHA” etc.
    For heavy meal you Rajasthan offers its famous traditional meal “DAL BATI CHURMA” it is a combination of around 7-8 items and best you can get it from “VIRASAT RESTAURANT ” situated at ‘Sahkar-Marg, tonk road, jaipur.’ The reason i named it because it provide the cuisine quite authentically and really delicious.
    Other restaurant can be Chokhi Dhani, Apno Rajasthan, both of these are cultural restaurants providing rajasthani culture exposure, camel-elephant rides and much to know about rajasthani culture. LMB (laxmi mishthan bhandar) is also a good restaurant.
    other cuisines include Ker-Sangr, Jodhpuri Gatta, Tarfani, Raab di, Panchkoota, Chaavadi, Ghoogri, Guvar fali ki saag, Kadhi, Makki ki raab and many more. While typical Rajasthani non-vegetarian dishes include – Mohan maans (meat cooked in milk), Laal maans (meat cooked in red chillies curry), Safed maans, Saanth ro achaar (wild boar meat pickled), Khad Khargosh (wild hare cooked and roasted underground). The popular sweet dishes are the – Churma, Halwa, Ghevar, Palang Torh, Besan Chakki, Makkhan bada. Not to miss are their cool, refreshing lemon water with mint known as Jal Jeera, Thandai (cool almond milk), Camel milk tea, Chhaach (butter milk) .
    Best non veg restaurant would be handi, clef etc.

  3. I want visit to the Rajasthan.

  4. Hello sir,
    We are planning a trip to Rajasthan. No days issues so please suggest how we can plan and how much days we spend..

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