Delineating the splendor of Rajasthan’s culture and traditions, Jaipur stands at the crossroads of modernity and history and emanates a charm, rarely seen in other cities. While there are many things to do and places to visit in Jaipur, there are few attractions that you can’t afford to miss while your stay in this historic city. Colored with pink hues, the city of Jaipur seems to be etched out of fairy tales as most of its architecture stands firm in the same colour. From the opulence of the City Palace to the bustling narrow streets of Johri Bazaar, this city captivates the imagination of many who visit it. So here is a list of all those popular attractions in Jaipur that make this city immortal in the eyes of world tourism.
1. Admire the splendor of City Palace
Ideally, no visit to Jaipur can be complete without visiting the opulent City Palace. It is a gigantic palatial complex that today houses museums, buildings and the royal residence of the day. Situated in the center of Jaipur, this palace was once the throne of the Maharaja of Jaipur who headed the Kachwaha Rajput clan. As for its architecture, you can see the influences of the Mughal, Europe and the Shilpa Shastra of India on its design. This is in fact one of the must visit places in Jaipur that you can't affort to miss.
2. Walk through the lanes of Jaipur’s famous Bazaars
While Jaipur might be more famous for its historical structures and palaces, its markets are equally attractive as they offer you a concoction of senses ranging from food to clothes to dazzling bangles and many souvenirs. Some of the most important shopping areas in Jaipur
include: Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazar and Chaura Rasta, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, SirehDeori Bazar and Chandpole Bazar. Make a visit to them and you will feel the energy of local life and culture of Jaipur.
3. Visit the historic and airy Hawa Mahal
The windows (called as Jharokhas) of centrally located Hawa Mahal
are enough to send you back into the pages of history. The palace was built as a royal complex for ladies so that they could see the bustling city as well as festivals but remain hidden at the same time from the public gaze. This stunning five-storey palace was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. Built of pink and red sandstone, this palace is certainly one of the important points of interest in Jaipur.
4. Visit the British legacy at Albert Hall Museum
Built during the visit of the Price of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in the year 1876, the Albert Hall museum
is a reminiscent of British past in India. Connecting past with present, this historic structure works as a museum to house ancient exhibits that include miniature paintings, carpets, metal and wood crafts, toys, dolls, arms and weapons and an Egyptian mummy belonging to the Ptolemaic Era. The central attraction is the carpet that depicts the scene of a Persian garden with gushing streams which was bought by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I from Shah Abbas of Persia.
5. Feel royal at Amer Fort
Amer Fort is one of those structures in India that immediately make you enter into a time warp and leave you astonished with the splendidness of the past. It is a sprawling complex that houses various buildings of prominence like the 'Diwan-i-Aam', the 'Sheesh Mahal' and the 'Sukh Mahal'. Built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, this fort exhibits Muslim as well as Hindu influences in architecture. You will have to walk up in order to reach here, however, you will find this trek to be worthwhile with what you will get to see at the end.
6. Glide to the famous Jal Mahal
Located in the midst of Man sagar Lake, the famous Jal Mahal looks surreal and stunning to the eyes of the beholder. It is one of those places to visit in Jaipur, without which your itinerary cannot be complete. Translated as the Water Palace, this structure is built with light sand coloured stone walls which reflect in the azure waters of the lake, thereby rendering a serene sight. Also, Jal Mahal is one of the most photographed site of Jaipur and missing this will miss out the essence of Jaipur for you.
7. Indulge in Jaipur’s street food
One of the best things to do in Jaipur
is to explore its gastronomic delight. The city offers sumptuous street food to satiate your appetite. Whether it be Chicken tikka at Sethi’s, Pyaz Kachodi at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar or Faluda Kulfi at Bapu Nagar, this city offers you ample of choices to taste the local flavor and delight.
8. Take a trip to Chand Baori
Make a day trip to Chand Baori to see how ancient science has become a matter of art today. Located at a distance of 96 kms from Jaipur, Abhaneri village is known for housing largest step well in India
with 13 stories and 3500 steps. Having gained its recognition in most of the Bollywood movies, this structure is today a favorite travel destination in Rajasthan.
9. Spend an evening in Chokhi Dhani
Chokhi Dhani is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur in night. It is a five-star village resort that offers you views of vignettes of Rajasthani culture and traditions such as mehendi, vibrant clothes, traditional music or sumptuous local food. Decorated in the form of a Rajasthani village, this place is the perfect one to visit during any evening in Jaipur. Gorge on food, listen to the great music and dance on the local tunes for a memorable experience.
10. Spend an afternoon in Jantar Mantar Observatory
Built by King Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734, Jantar Mantar literally means "calculation instrument" and offers you an insight into historic science and modes of calculation. This observatory houses atleast 14 structures, of which each one holds a specialized astronomical function. The central attraction is the huge Samrat Yantra sundial which is located at a height of 90 feet (27 meters), and makes a shadow that moves roughly the width of a person's hand every minute.
11. Visit Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort
Visit the two jewels of Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort
and Nahargarh Fort
for a historic experience. Situated on the top of Aravalli mountain ranges, Nahargarh fort looks astonishing. On the other hand, Jaigarh fort is located on the Hill of Eagles (Cheel Ka Teela), near to Amber Fort and was built with a purpose to protect the latter.
12. Visit the Galtaji Temple to see hordes of monkeys
Renowned as the monkey temple owing to the tribes of monkeys who populate it, the Galtaji temple is symbolic of Hindu faith and religion, preserving history and culture. Inside this age old temple, there are fresh water springs and holy kunds where the devotees take a dip in order to expel the sins of mortal life.
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