If you love royal heritage, big palaces, complex stonework carving on the colourful walls then it is essential for you to pay a visit to Jaipur, Rajasthan. Indeed Rajasthan is recognised all over India for its heritage, unique culture and royal palace & fort but Jaipur has contributed a lot towards its popularity. Since pink colours depict the colour of hospitality, so Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in colour to welcome the guests in the year 1876 after that Jaipur is named as Pink City.
The pink walls standing tall all over the city are a breathtaking sight to experience and the majestic palaces- the cherry on the cake which added a touch of royalty to the modern city of Jaipur. This beautiful city will find its way to your heart and will force you to visit again and again.
There are numerous tourist places to visit in Jaipur. But for you, we have selected topmost attractions which are must during your trip to Jaipur.
So, go ahead and have a look at the top attractions in Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City palace is one of the most popular travel attraction and you must visit it when you are in Jaipur, Rajasthan. This palace has served the most important role in the history of Jaipur. As it was constructed by Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh from 1729-1732 and the architecture of this palace resembles both Rajasthani and Mughal style. It is surrounded by vast courtyards, gardens, and temples. Among all, the most beautiful & important one is the “Chandra Mahal” and “Mubarak Mahal”. Chandra Mahal is one of the oldest buildings in the City Palace complex and known for its fusion architecture has been converted into a museum that houses exclusive handcrafted products and other products that depict the cultural heritage of the kingdom. Not only will you enjoy the architecture, but you will also be awestruck by the glorious view of Pink City from here.
- Visiting Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 10 PM
- Entry Fee: A palace view cost ₹ 200/- for Indians, ₹ 100/- for students with IDs and ₹ 700/- for Foreigners.
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal is situated in the heart of Pink city. Apart from City Palace, it is another beautiful & famous palace which you must visit during your trip to Jaipur. It was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1798. Hawa Mahal has a five-storey building and 953 windows which are designed in an unusual honeycomb shape and decorated with complicated latticework. The palace is made of red and pink sandstone with overhanging covering and pillars which are adorned and carved with floral designs that symbolise Rajputana style. On the other hand, the arched stone works of this palace reflect Mughal art and culture.
- Visiting Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
- Entry Fee: ₹ 10/- for Indians and ₹ 50/- for Foreigners
Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort is also known as Tiger Fort and it is located on the oldest mountain ranges of the world i.e the Aravalli Hills. So, tourist can enjoy the breathtaking view of the fort & Jaipur city. This fort was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 & fort was formerly named as Sudarshangarh Fort. Nahargarh Fort, along with other two forts viz., Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, once formed a strong defence for Jaipur city. Few scenes from the Bollywood hit movie- Rang De Basanti were also filmed at Nahargarh Fort and this is the main reason behind the popularity of this fort. There is a Wax Museum, Sheesh Mahal inside fort complex tourist can visit them.
- Visiting Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Entry Fee: ₹ 35/- for Indians and ₹85/- for Abroad Tourists, Sheesh Mahal & Wax Museum viewing cost ₹ 500/-
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Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Jaipur’s remarkable Jal Mahal or Water Palace appears like it is magically floating over Man Sagar Lake near Amber Fort. Jal Mahal is another astonishing palace and is surely a must-visit place in the Jaipur. Away from the bustling life of Jaipur, this palace offers a tranquil and serene ambience to travellers. Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, built Jal Mahal. Tourists can take a camel ride, cab shop at Jal Mahal Textile & Carpets and can stroll in the pathways. Jal Mahal is also popular for visiting many migratory birds like Grey Heron, White-browed Wagtail and blue-tailed Bee-Eaters.
- Visiting Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Entry Fee: ₹ 10/- for Indians and ₹ 50/- for Foreigners
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Amber Fort is also known as the Amer Fort, it is situated in Amber which is approx 11km from Jaipur. Earlier Amer was the capital of the Rajasthan before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built-in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. The Amer Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds special appeal to the entire Fort. Fort has very beautiful interior & boasts of various renowned buildings such as Diwan-i-Aam, Sheesh Mahal and the Sukh Mahal. The Amer Fort has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. Tourist can enjoy elephant rides, light and sound show organised in the evening and also visit ‘Shila Devi’ Temple & ‘Ganesh Pol’.
- Visiting Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Entry Fee: ₹ 25/- for Indians and ₹ 200/- for Foreigners.
The renowned Jaigarh Fort of Jaipur is also known as the ‘Fort of Victory’ which was constructed in the year 1726 by Jai Singh II to protect Amber Fort. This fort is located on a rocky plain of the Aravalli hills. Walls of this fort were built with red sandstone and their thickness helped them to counter enemy attacks. The architectural layout of this fort is quite similar to Amber Fort and it was constructed to strengthen the security of the royal families. This fort holds great allure for military lovers, as it contains the world’s largest cannon on wheels- Jaivana Cannon and an artillery museum.
The cannon is now on display in the museum. This fort now houses a museum, which highlights some of the primary cannons and other weapons used by the kings. Tourists can enjoy the stunning view of Lake Palace from the top of the Fort
- Visiting Time: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Entry Fee: ₹ 50/- for Indians and ₹ 200/- for Outside Tourists
Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory which is the part of the City Palace complex. It is considered as one of the largest observatories ever built in the world. Combining religion, science and art. Jaipur was the seat of Maharaja Jai Singh II during the 1720s and this is when this magnificent structure was built here. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur consists of the largest sundial in the world. The Jantar Mantar houses various architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world.
- Visiting Time: 9:00 AM – 4.30 PM (Saturday-Sunday Closed)
- Entry Fee: ₹ 40/- for Indians and ₹ 200/- for Outside Tourists
If you want to endure the colourful lifestyle of the past rulers, then we will recommend you that once in your lifetime visit Jaipur -The Pink City of India. Nowadays, Jaipur also joined the list among one of the best locations for destination wedding concept in India. Many couples visit Jaipur for a pre-wedding photoshoot and for spending quality time at honeymoon. No one can ignore aura, charm, luxurious & royal lifestyle delicious cuisine of Jaipur. So when are you planning a tour of Jaipur?
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