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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gaitore, Sisodiya Rani Baghand 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.