There is something royal and magnificent about Jaipur, with its old, pink hued buildings and the stately monuments that one passes by in the City Palace complex. It feels almost larger than life and yet, unbelievably real. The capital of Rajasthan is said to be the tenth most populated city in the country and is part of the Golden Triangle along with Delhi and Agra.
As a popular tourist destination, Jaipur has much to offer. Being a desert city, it encapsulates the exotic image of India in every aspect – be it the royal palaces, the spellbinding architecture, the sights of rustic people and the chatter of an Indian bazaar. When it comes to tourist places in Jaipur, you will find that there is indeed so much to see and do here. The old buildings and monuments have been preserved in such a way that it does feel like one has stepped back in time. Here’s a list of must visit places in Jaipur.
One of the most famous tourist places in Jaipur is Amber Fort and Palace. The palace is decorated in marble and red sandstone and its architecture is mesmerising and awe-inspiring. It’s quite easy to feel awed when entering the palace and taking in the numerous wall paintings, the frescoes and of course, there’s the Sheesh Mahal that is not to be missed. Inside the palace, the Sheesh Mahal is a hall which is decorated brilliantly with pieces of mirror. Even a single ray entering the hall can light up the entire hall magnificently.
One of the places to go to in Jaipur is City Palace. Located in the centre of the city, there are huge imposing walls that guard this palace. The architecture is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles and there is a keen sense of Rajput pride that emanates from this palace. The 18th century palace has several important sections such as the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal. At the entrance to Chandra Mahal, there are beautiful peacock gates but inside the Mubarak Mahal, there is the Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khaas, which used to be the gathering place of the royals. There are marvellous crystal chandeliers adorning both halls.
Certainly iconic, one of the must visit places in Jaipur is Hawa Mahal. Built in 1798, the five-storey building follows an enticing honeycomb pattern. There are 953 small lattice work windows here called jharokas and the palace is supposed to represent the crown of Lord Krishna. The interesting aspect about this palace is that the windows have been designed in such a way that there’s always a cool breeze gently wafting inside. The latticed windows had another function in the pink hued building. In the old days, when women were not meant to be seen, they could stand at the windows and look at the world outside but no one else could see them while they were inside.
Among the top most places to visit in Jaipur is Jal Mahal. This is one of the classic monuments, built in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. This palace also fuses Mughal and Rajput architecture and it is built in red sandstone. The Jal Mahal Lake is a five-storey building and four storeys remain submerged under water when the lake is full. The setting of the palace in the middle of the lake makes it appear magical, especially with the backdrop of the mountains. The Jal Mahal is also home to several species of colourful migratory birds such as flamingo, great crested grebe, coot and grey wagtail. The Jal Mahal lights up beautifully in the evenings. Do remember that visitors are not allowed inside the palace.
One of the famous tourist places in Jaipur is Sisodia Rani Garden and Palace, which is built 6 kilometres away from the main city. The green lawns of this garden are a sight for sore eyes. There are tiered gardens, colourful pavilions and fountains that make this quite an enchanting sight. There are temples of Lord Shiva and Hanuman inside the garden while there are walls painted beautifully with stories of Lord Krishna and Radha.
One of the important places to visit in Jaipur is the Jaigarh Fort and this magnificent structure can be found on the promontory of the Aravalli Hills called Hill of Eagles. The thick walls of this fort are built with red sandstone and there are watch towers, granaries, water reserves and storage systems which give it a fortified appearance. Inside the fort, some of the places to visit are Ram Harihar Temple, Kal Bhairav Temple and a museum that showcases primitive arms and ammunition.
Jantar Mantar Observatory is certainly one of the places to visit in Jaipur. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, one of the rulers of Jaipur. Not only did he plan the city of Jaipur perfectly, he also built five astronomical instruments to study space. Jantar Mantar has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it has fourteen devices to measure time, track the location of stars, and even predict eclipses. Jantar Mantar is one of the most popular tourist spots in Jaipur.