Deriving its name the "Pink City” from the plethora of forts and palaces made up of red sandstone and marble, Jaipur has drawn millions of visitors over the years. With an international appeal owing to its explicit Indianness, complete with unmatchable royalty and heritage, this city of forts and palaces is an imperial charm. An entrée to one of the most exuberant states of India, Jaipur beguiles you with opportunities to go back to a time of the Maharajas and Maharanis.
A part of India’s Golden Triangle, Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, Jaipur captivates without calling for attention. If you have been contemplating a visit here, check out this list of palaces and forts in Jaipur, that will further convince you- this is it!
Amer Fort - A 15th-century Wonder
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Before you begin to explore Jaipur, you must understand that history beckons from every inch of each attraction here. One of the premier places to visit in Jaipur, the Amer Fort or Amber palace Jaipur, Rajasthan explains this fact like no other.
Perched atop a hill, this fort was once, in fact, a town in itself. An establishment of the tribal Meena community, this is one of the most picturesque vistas you will ever encounter. Eventually, the Rajputs took over the fort and it was ruled for the longest by King Man Singh I.
The architecture sprawling over four levels is a wonder, given its 15th-century construction. A beautiful courtyard, having its own significance adorns every level. There is Sila Devi temple, the Diwan-i-Aam, private quarters of the Maharaja, and the Zenana on the first, second, third and fourth level respectively.
Given its location on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, many tourists from the adjoining areas flock the fort for day trips. In the past, elephants were used to reach the top of the fort and there was also a raw natural path for people to walk on. Today, there are concrete staircases that you may take to explore the fort or a rented car. But for that royal vibe, there are elephant rides available too, offering an unparalleled view of the Pink City’s skyline.
For the best historical experience, sign up for a guided tour of the fort. Plan a trip around the evening to also witness the marvelous light shows.
Indian adult: INR 25.00
Indian Student: INR 10
Foreigner adult: INR 200.00
Foreigner Student: INR 100
Elephant Ride for two: INR 900
City Palace - Centre of the Old Jaipur City
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Home to several other Jaipur attractions inside it, the City Palace is your one stop for a quintessential Jaipur rendezvous. You have the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Pritam Niwas Chowk, Maharani palace, Bhaggi Khana and the Govind Dev Ji temple here to bask in the regality of Jaipur. This is a given on every list of palaces and forts in Jaipur, indeed!
Sitting pretty right in the heart of the city today, the grounds of the City Palace were a discovery while looking for a suitable place for a hunting lodge back in the 17th century. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who has played a supreme role in planning Jaipur to what it is today is said to have been the pioneer in the palace’s construction. It is he, who changed his capital’s empire to Jaipur from Amer.
The grid pattern of the palace is very laid out with eclectic avenues accommodating the palace’s pavilions, gardens and temples. There are three main entrances to the palace, out of which one is reserved for the entrance of the royal family.
This your chance to see the exclusive collection of royal costumes including the very delicate Pashmina shawls, Benarasi saris, among other costumes with Sanganeri prints and ethnic embroidery. And how delightful would it be to see what Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I himself wore! 15th-century Rajput weaponry beautifully contrasting the gorgeous paintings on the palace’s ceiling must not be missed.
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Indian adult: INR 35
Foreigner adult: INR 150
Children: INR 25
Camera Fees for Indians: Still- INR 50, Video- INR 150
Camera Fees for Foreigners: Still- INR 50, Video- INR 150
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City wall of Jaipur - Encircling The Pink City
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Engulfing the old Jaipur city, this attraction is one of the most winsome examples of the intricate Rajasthani architecture. With a construction dating back to the 17th century, the City Wall of Jaipur is a model of robustness. Towering at a height of six meters, the wall compounds a thickness of three meters! Seven gates are crafted into these walls, that are an attraction themselves.
In fact, as you start venturing the city, you will realize how this is the most ubiquitous Jaipur attraction. It is there just about everywhere! The wall is a significant monument in lending Jaipur’s moniker as the Pink City.
While the painting and various artworks on the walls will leave you awe-struck, most of the gates of the walls will lead you to some, even more, awestriking markets!
The Ajmeri Gate opens to the Kishanpole Bazar where you can shop for traditional furniture, ornaments, and fabrics. The vicinity of Chandpole gate too is one of the most thriving markets and a favorite among shopping places in Jaipur. Ladies, you cannot miss this attraction, for sure!
Ticket Prices- Free entrance
Diggi Palace - Converted to a Heritage Hotel
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Spelling opulence, this is one of the most luxurious stays you can experience! A royal palace which was converted into a heritage hotel during the year 1991, the Diggi Palace still houses the royal family of the Thakurs (Khangarot Rajputs).
The heritage hotel in Rajasthan has positioned itself very alluringly, describing itself as a poem written 150 years ago. A place that is a pleasing saturation of royal luxury and unpretentious hospitality, you can either choose to stay here or enjoy a gourmet meal at one of its many restaurants.
A fact that may interest literature enthusiasts- the Palace and heritage hotel hosts the very popular annually held Jaipur Literature Festival.
Ticket Prices- Free entrance
Hawa Mahal - Most Distinctive Landmark of Jaipur
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You know royal got real when there was a palace built only for the royal household’s women, to see the street festivals, as they could not go out!
The name of the attraction is derived from the intricate latticework’s ability to provide cool, fresh air. Essentially a huge screen of a wall, full of windows inspired by Jhunjunu’s Khetri Mahal architecture, the Hawa Mahal is a five-storeyed structure. If you look closely, you will observe how it depicts Lord Krishna’s crown as well as a honeycomb or beehive.
It is from the 963 jharokhas or small windows intricately carved in the building that the royal women took pleasure of seeing street festivals or generally observing the outside. The purpose of being concealed was to follow the tradition of "purdah" or face cover.
Its location at the City Palace’s fringe makes it an ideal attraction to be clubbed with another while exploring the city. Other nearby attractions include the Jantar Mantar, BM Birla Planetarium, Statue Circle and the Ram Niwas Bagh.
If you are claustrophobic it is best to give this attraction a second thought!
Indian adult with camera: INR 50
Foreigner adult with camera: INR 200
Guided tour: INR 200
Audio guide in Hindi: INR 115
Audio guide in English: INR 170
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Jaigarh fort - Real Feel of a Rajasthani Fort
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A list of palaces and forts in Jaipur is incomplete without the mention of Jaigarh Fort. Its location on a very strikingly named hill, Cheel ka Teela or Hill of Eagles amidst the Aravalli ranges definitely intrigues interest. Given its location on a considerate altitude, you are bequeathed with aerial views of one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan, the Amber Fort, and the very scenic Maota Lake. This fact further amplifies the significance of the fort’s construction, 400 meters above the Amber Fort to protect it.
Also called the Victory Fort, the fort bears a striking resemblance with the Amber Fort. The main draw of the attraction is the "Jaivana” which was once the world's largest cannon on wheels.
Given its similarity to the Amber Fort, you will notice the same thick red sandstone walls. You cannot miss one of the very important facts of this fort, its past of being one of the world's most efficient cannon foundries owing to the large quantities of iron ore in the region. The engineering techniques of the bygone era will surprise you, given the attributes of a massive wind tunnel, reservoir chamber, large ingenious mechanical device among others. All these features make the Jaigarh Fort a premier site on the list of historical places in Jaipur.
Indian adult: INR 15
Foreigner adult: INR 20
Camera Fees for Indians: Still- INR 10, Video- INR 20
Camera Fees for Foreigners: Still- INR 30, Video- INR 70
Nahargarh fort - Pride of the City of Jaipur
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Also popularly referred to as the ‘Tiger Fort’, the Nahargarh fort was built to provide security to the city. The main purpose of this security was to protect and shelter the ladies of the British officials and other Europeans during 1857 when the first War of Indian Independence took place. The Maratha empire too attacked Jaipur in the 18th century, during which the fort played a crucial role.
Bestowing you with unparalleled panoramas of the gorgeous Pink City, this fort is a must-have on every list of things to do in Jaipur. There are a lot of interesting folktales attached to the fort, one of them being- constant disruption in construction by Nahar Singh Bhomia’s spirit!
Even Bollywood could not resist passing this Jaipur attraction. The fort has been the backdrop of many movies including the iconic Rang De Basanti and the not-so-iconic Shuddh Desi Romance!
Indian adult: INR 5
Foreigner adult: INR 5
Camera Fees for Indians: INR 10
Camera Fees for Foreigners: INR 30
Jaipur attractions are not only all about royalty, but also significant in shaping India’s present. Having said that, after this rendezvous with grandeur, it is indeed hard to embrace anything lesser than majestic!