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Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, that has that unusual world of the maharajas, their luxuries, harems, legends, temples, fortresses, and palaces. Jaipur is called the pink city because its buildings and facades have that characteristic tone of color that mimic the sandstone that is normal to see in that area.

The real reason for this pink look is because she dressed up as a pink-salmon-colored dress and became pretty on the occasion of the visit of a distinguished visitor, the Prince of Wales. The majority of its facades, buildings and access walls (there are ten access doors in total) to the old part of the city are of this color. In fact this color symbolizes for the locals, a sample of the hospitality of the city.

The city was founded by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh who moved with all his court to this new city (formerly lived in the magnificent Amber Fort, about 11 km from the city). It is nicknamed pink city because of the exceptional and distinct color of the buildings. Jaipur is a sparkling city!

Everything stretches from the heart of City Palace, where the royal family still has its residence. And there’s so much to see: the floating water palace Jal Mahal, the iconic Govind Dev Ji temple with the many Krishna legends, they’re definitely worth a snap. Staring at the stars is fantastic from Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO-listed astronomical observatory.

Need a little more crowds and noise? Then visit the bazaar in downtown Jaipur, or join the noisy crowds at the Raj Mandir cinema — one of the most famous movie rooms in the country.

Places to Visit in Jaipur

Here are the best places to visit in Jaipur.

1. Panna Meena ka Kund

Excavated in the 16th century, this curious and uncrowded palace was a place of social gathering in which to bathe in the pool at the bottom without being seen. This place is especially refreshing, because its architecture maintains the freshness of the water and the locals tell that no one can go up and down the same staircase of this structure that seems to be taken from one of Escher's impossible figures.

2. Amer Fort

Another must-see site in Jaipur is the palace-fortress of Amber, located on the outskirts of the city. The set is really imposing, of enormous proportions and designed as a small citadel. Optionally it can be accessed from the bottom mounted on elephants. The Amber Fort was the home of the Kachhwaha and the Maharaja Sarai Jai Singh for a long time.

It consists of buildings, interior patios, beautiful gardens, viewpoints where the beautiful decorations stand out, the bas-reliefs, the filigree windows and stunning views. Once inside find beautiful rooms such as the Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors.

The fortress has four levels, built with red marbles and sandstone, the levels consist of the royal legacy of Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas, who also built magnificent waterfalls that the wind, create an artificial climate of cold and a temple dedicated to Sila Devi. Enjoy the night show there.

3. Albert Hall Museum

The Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum in all of Rajasthan and functions as a state museum. This striking building is located in the Ram Niwas garden, and stands as the epitome of the conglomeration of Indo Saracen architecture. Inside there is a large collection of numerous objects such as carpets, paintings, stones, ivory, sculptures composed of metals, glass objects decorated with many colors and all the elements that represent the culture of the royalty of Rajasthan.

4. Hawa Mahal

Once you visited almost all the Bazaars you may visit Hawa Mahal. It has 953 small windows (Jharokhas) and amazing piece of architecture. Do visit this place before 5 pm or else you may not have a look from inside of it.

Without a doubt, the Palace of the Winds is one of the things to see in Jaipur that you cannot miss. This building is like a whim, a fantasy building, so narrow, so full of windows, so pink, orange. Without a doubt, the best time is in the morning, because you will have the best light to enjoy photographing the palace from all possible perspectives.

It was built by the Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and was designed by Lal Chand Usta. At that time it was part of the palace of the city and served as an extension of the zenana or chamber of women, destined for the harem of the maharajah. The multitude of windows are designed so that women could observe the street without being seen from it.

Its shape resembles a peacock, although it was actually designed imitating the crown of Krishna, shaped like a honeycomb, with around 1,000 small windows. Its poetic name responds to the wind that circulated through the windows that served as air conditioner, allowing the palace to remain fresh and airy even in summer. It does not have a normal system of stairs to go up to the highest floors but it is done by means of ramps and it is considered the maximum exponent of the Rajput architecture.

5. Jal Mahal

Taking advantage of the visit to the Amber Fort, do not miss visiting the Jal Mahal Palace, even if only from the walk that borders the lake. It is impressive to see this Rajput style palace rising in the middle of Lake Man Sagar. It was built by Maharaja Madho Singh I, not as a dwelling palace, but to celebrate his hunting parties there when, to entertain himself, he went to hunt ducks.

Jal Mahal means Water Palace and the most impressive of it is not only that it is built in the middle of the lake but also, four of the five floors that the palace has, are under water and thus have remained since its construction. Undoubtedly, a jewel of Rajput architecture, with its perfectly geometric style.

6. City Palace

The City Palace is, without doubt, another of the things to see in Jaipur that you can not leave out during your visit. It was built by Maharaja Jai ​​Singh II. Its architects, Vidyadar Bhattacharya, the chief architect of the royal court and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, apart from Sawai himself, who was in love with architecture, managed to capture a fusion of the Indian architecture of Shilpa Shastra with styles of Rajput, Mughal architecture and Europeans.

To this day, it continues to function as a royal residence, so you can only visit Chandra Mahal, the Badal Mahal, the palace museum, the Shri Govind temple or the Mubarak Mahal.

It consists of a large palatial complex that brings together several buildings and/or palaces, gardens, patios that communicate with each other, etc. Although not all spaces are visitable. The family of the current maharaja continues to live there. It includes buildings such as the Mubarak Mahal or the Welcome Palace that houses a display of royal costumes.

There is the Sarvato Bhadra or private audience hall. There is a beautiful inner courtyard that represents the 4 seasons in beautifully decorated beautiful doors in Pritam Niwas Chowk. The Silehkhana has a large sample of swords, pistols and all kinds of armory objects. The beautiful hall of the Maharaja Sabha Niwas has a beautiful decoration where it is forbidden to take photos.

There is also a space, the Baggi Khana that has a collection of antique carriages, palanquins or European taxis adopted in India (baggis).

7. Tripolia Bazar

Well locals actually call the markets situated in between the Char diwari as city. Just look for an E-Rikshaw and visit the nearest Bazaar, you will find many crawling like ants in the streets.

Are you looking to visit a place that is not only stunning but also a shopper’s delight? Are you looking forward to picking up those small knick-knacks that will make you house every more alluring? Well then look no further. The beautiful city of Jaipur is filled with traditional markets that sell some of the most vibrant and most authentic products.

The markets of Jaipur as so popular that a lot of tourists come here just for an exclusive market tour. So, just read below to get lost in the labyrinth of markets that Jaipur has to offer.

The best known of all the bazaars of Jaipur is the Tripolia Bazaar, undoubtedly one of the things to see in Jaipur during your visit, whether you go for 1, 2 or 3 days. The market in front of Tripolia market is called the Chaura Rasta. On both sides of the main market, the buildings were constructed in view of the market and special attention was given that all buildings should have the same height.

8. Johari Bazar

Also famous are the Chandpole Bazaar, where are the shops of spices and legumes, the Johari Bazaar, where are the jewelers and the Bapu Bazaar, where tissue stores are concentrated and where you can buy a beautiful sari. Walking through them even if you do not buy anything is one of the things to do in Jaipur, as they keep the local and traditional air.

9. Jantar Mantar

Another thing to see in Jaipur in The Pink City is the Jantar Mantar observatory, which is easy to recognize because it stands out from the rest of the buildings. Jantar Mantar is one of the five astronomical observatories that were built in India by order of Maharaja Jai ​​Singh, a fan of astronomy. Walking around the different constructions you will be able to know the evolution of the shadows that the sun emits and to learn basic and advanced notions about astronomy.

If you have the opportunity, do not miss it, because besides being one of the things to see in Jaipur, it is a World Heritage Site.

10. Nahargarh Fort

Visit Nahargarh Fort. Try to travel as much as possible with rickshaws in the city, you will be fascinated by the views.

11. Iswari Minar Swarga Sal

Located next to the Tripolia gate, one of the gates of the pink city, it is one of the landmarks, one of the things to see in Jaipur. It was built by Iswari, the son of Jai Singh, to commemorate the victory against his half-brother Madho Shing and to dominate and control the city. You can climb it and enjoy some beautiful views of the city.
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Tiffany said...

These places look amazing! Definitely will add these on my list! Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ Interested in doing collabs? xx

Kalyan Panja said...

I would love to know more about the collab idea.

Sarah Wilson said...

I visited Jaipur a few years ago but didn’t see half of these places. Wish I had read this post then lol. I would love to have seen Jal Mahal, looks amazing and Birla Temple sounds beautiful. Oh well guess it’s an excuse to return lol

Erik the Hungry Traveller said...

Ive been reading your post for some time now and im so amazed about the places i never knew existed if it wasnt for your blog. I cant pronounce the names for most of them but they are truly scenic. I especially like to visit Hawa Mahal and am curious about the place having no stairs

Dreams Taking Wings said...

I had visited Jaipur this November and I was awed by the beauty of this magnificent city. Jaipur is royal in every sense. I had missed visiting Jaigarh and Nahargarh fort. I hope to visit Jaipur again and explore all the places which were left last time

Nafisa Habib said...

Amer Fort is my favorite one, I liked the paintings and mirror works of this fort. The top view of the garden from the fort is cool too where can see many elephants entering the fort.

Knycx Journeying said...

Excellent Post - Thanks for the introduction as I am now planning a trip to Jaipur later this year.
Will keep this as record and make sure we make it to the top 10! @ knycx.journeying

Bill Sweeney said...

I've never visited Jaipur, but I want to now! Your photos capture the beauty of capital of Rajasthan!

Sharon said...

I love all these forts! The Jaigarh looks especially fun to explore.

Summer Shores said...

Wow these pictures are actually places?! They are so beautiful, I would love to visit!

Stacie said...

That is such a gorgeous place! I've never actually heard of Jaipur before. I've always wanted to visit India, though.

emman damian said...

Nahargarh Fort seems like a great tourist place to visit. I hope I can go here and experience the culture.

Momsdish said...

Omg, what a list! Jaipur has never even came to my mind and now I am so interested to do more research. My travel bug will be bugging me now :)

Angelica said...

These photos are amazing

Travelwisesr said...

There is nothing that you missed out. Rajasthan is special as I studied in Pilani and Jaipur too is very close to my heart.

Kristine Nicole Alessandra said...

These structures are all so majestic! However, I think the Jal Mahal is the most interesting place to see when in Jaipur! I can't believe there are 4 storeys below the water!

Ntensibe Edgar said...

"Hawa Mahal"....I love it! It has caught my eye strongly. I would love to visit it.

Amy-Lynn Denham said...

Ok... seriously... this architecture just blows me away. So much detail and care put into it. Haven you visited all these places yourself?

S. Graham said...

I've never thought of visiting this area before. Absolutely gorgeous and all these spots sound so fun!

redheadmomblog said...

Wow! What an amazing place to visit! I bet you have so many pictures. What a beautiful place.

Mommy Ruby said...

I've never been to Jaipur before but that looks like a great place to visit one day. The Jaigarh Fort and the Hawa Mahal certainly caught my attention.

Quin said...

Awesome! These places look really amazing! They have definitely rich histories and these places should be in every person's bucket list.

Heather said...

Wow, these look like such great places to visit! I would love to go to any of them.

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