What are some of the things to do in Jaipur? Well let me introduce you to Jaipur first. Also known as The Pink City, Jaipur is famous for its Royal culture & heritage. Jaipur was the first planned out city of India and Pink was chosen because it meant “hospitality’ .Queen Victoria and Prince of Wales were visiting on India Tour so the King painted the city pink to welcome the guests.
Fast forward to present day and by law, the capital city is still pink. Because the capital of Rajasthan has so much of colours and history to offer, it is a visual treat to walk around in Jaipur. Walk down by lanes of the Old City, stop to admire the beautiful architecture of old buildings and walk up the cobbled paths of its forts.
Don’t rush…slow down and plan your trip. Here are some must-visit places we’ve shortlisted for you.
The beauty of the Amber fort (pronounced as Amer fort) lies within its majestic ambiance. Located ten kilometres from Jaipur, the imposing 16th-century sandstone fort stands on a hill. It was Constructed using breathtaking red sandstone and marble. And it was built around roughly 200 years before Jaipur was established.
Overlooking Maota Lake, this fort takes around 2-3 hours to explore. I recommend getting an audio guide to lead you through this incredible architecture sharing all the stories of the history and beauty of this fort. The sight is open from 8 am – 6pm and the entries are allowed till 5:30 pm. The entry tickets for Indians are Rs25 and Rs 10 for students. For Foreigners , its Rs 550 and Rs 100 for students.
There is also a Light and sound show in the evening at 8pm which costs Rs 100 per person. The show focuses on the history of Jaipur and the fort. It shows ancient anecdotes of the place, sovereigns and others.
You can hop on the back of an elephant painted in bright colours and patterns to enter the fort which is available from morning 7: 30 till afternoon 12:30 pm. This comes in one of the best things to do in Jaipur.
While going to the Amber or Jaigarh fort , experience the magnificent view of Jal Mahal from the road. Just stop there for 10-15 mins to enjoy the beauty. The Jal Mahal is an exquisite palace built at the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The palace stands bright with five floors, four of which remain under water.The entry to this wondrous Jal Mahal has been restricted so you can’t go into the palace. The pathway outside the Jal Mahal has no entry fee. Tourists are free to spend as much time as they like and click as many pictures as they want. The best part about Jal Mahl is the chowpatty, street food market.
City Palace & Jantar Mantar
The gate of Jantar Mantar faces City Palace so you need 2 hours to explore both places. City Palace is located in the middle of the old city of jaipur. It has a sequence of gardens, buildings and courtyards, temple and museum to give it a grand view that reflects its historical importance and magnificent royal grace. The most beautiful section of this palace is reserved for few. But the other parts are open to public and they are also beautiful. Take a guide or audio guide as the palace is very rich in its history. Visting this place is one of the most things to do in Jaipur.
Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory used to measure the distances and positions of celestial objects. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur consists of 19 large instruments each serving a very specific purpose. If you have a list of the things to do in Jaipur, this place should be on that list. The most significant among these is the Samrat Yantra which is the largest sundial in the country. A guide is must when you visit this place.
The entrance fee for both of these is Rs 100 for Indians and Rs 200 for foreigners.
Hawa Mahal is a five story building that has a beehive like structure and is made of red and pink sand stone lined with white color to make it vibrant. It is pink like the rest of the pink city of Jaipur. The walls of palace have 953 jharokha or overhanging balconies from where cool and fresh air can pass and the queens and princesses could look at the various processions and events through the many windows of the Hawa Mahal. The Entrance fee is Rs 200 for foreigners and Rs 50 for Indians.
Nahargarh mean ‘abode of tigers’. This fort gives an aerial view of the entire pink city.
Nahargarh fort is open from 10:00 AM in the morning to 5:30 PM in the evening. The entry fee for foreigners is Rs 200 and students are Rs 25.
The wax museum and Sheesh Mahal are situated near the entrance of fort. The entrance fee for each is INR 350.
This fort has restaurants inside it. You can have dinner & enjoy night view of the city.
- Jaipur is really popular for its Jaipur bedspread(rajai). You can pick them from the local markets like Johri Bazar or Bapu Bazaar.
- Jaipur jewellery is quite unique. Johri Bazaar will give you lots of options.
- The Jaipur Jhootis or footwear are famous and you can grab them from the markets near hawamahal.
- The typical Bandhini type of dresses can also be found at the local old city markets.
- Request your hotel for an early breakfast as you will have a long day ahead.
- Hydrate yourself adequately.
- Flat shoes and comfortable outfits are recommended for your day outing.
- Book a cab for the entire trip. To save time, book it in advance.
- If you are a student then carry student identity cards with you to attain student discount at each heritage.
- Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture the beautiful pink city.
Also checkout Moti Dungri Temple, Jaipur.
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Anushka Pareek, Travel Blogger.