India, with its mysterious and exotic charms, is exactly the kind of country that even a lifetime of exploring would not be enough. To get an authentic feel, Jaipur is the ideal place for visitors. With iconic monuments, ancient forts, and traditional culture, the places guarantee their charm. Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ is the capital of Rajasthan and one of the main cities in Rajasthan.
It touches the Thar desert of India which is located in the eastern part of India. The height of this place at sea level is about 1417 feet. It is the first planned city in medieval India. It is the city where the royal families lived. There are many lovely places to visit in Jaipur and this guide will help you plan the perfect trip:
Here are the Best Places to Visit in Jaipur
Amer Fort or Amber Fort
Located in Amer, Amer Fort is one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan. Built-in 1592, this ancient old fort was constructed by Raja Man Singh. This fort is commonly known as the Amer Palace. The walk around the fort also provides a nice insight into the lavish lifestyle of the Rajasthani rulers, the Rajputs. Dazzling silk fish, intricate carvings, and panoramic views of the lake from above visit all tourists to the Amer Palace.
Although the old fort looks from the outside, it is beautiful on the inside and there are various prominent buildings such as the ‘Diwan-i-Aam’, the ‘Sheesh Mahal’, and even the ‘Sukh Mahal.’ This fort also contains the ‘Shila Devi’ Temple and the ‘Ganesh Pol’, a gateway that leads to the private palaces of the kings.
Many tourists who visit the fort stand up for elephants to take them to the top of the fort. Nevertheless, I strongly advise you not to go for it. Not only is it extremely time consuming, but it is also extremely cruel to poor animals.
Hawa Mahal is the Palace of the Winds and has a beautiful facade that many tourists see. It is better to look from the outside as you can see less in the building itself. You will get the best and the most relaxing view is from one of the rooftop cafes opposite. You have options like Wind Cafe or Tattoo Cafe. Janta Mantar and the City Palace are also within walking distance, both major tourist destinations of Jaipur.
Just 5 km from Jaipur Railway Station and 9 km from Amber Fort, this scientific monument provides vast knowledge about the celestial world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar is a sunlit sundial and, with an accuracy of 2 seconds, the largest astronomical observatory used to measure time and track celestial bodies. The words “Jantar and mantar” (or yantra and mantra) are a means of calculation. After exploring Hawa Mahal or Jaipur City Palace, you plan to get to this place because Jantar Mantar is only a short walk away.
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About 10 minutes drive from Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. It was built in 1726 by King Jai Singh Rajput II. The fortress is built of red sandstone with watchtowers, granaries, bodies of water, churches, and a museum. Laxmi Vilas, Vilas Mandir, Lalit Mandir, and Aram Mandir are home to a number of small palaces that are beautifully painted, though not as ostentatious as Amer Fort.
The fort museum houses a collection of weapons, swords, shields, and cannonballs, including Jaivana, which was once the largest wheeled cannon in the world. During the Mughal period, the fort served as a cannon foundry and was also used to store weapons and ammunition. Jaivana was manufactured in the Jaigarh Fortress. Fort Jaigarh and Fort Amer are connected by underground passages and tunnels that were used during the wars for the safety of the royal family. It is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur.
This majestic fortress, built-in Jaipur along the Aravalli Ranges, offers a magnificent view of the entire Jaipur area. The architecture is as impressive as any other monument or fortress built in the Rajput era. In my opinion, however, if time is short (which is likely to happen after visiting Fort Amer and Jaigarh), you may want to leave visiting this fort.
The area of the fort is huge and a thorough visit here can take 2-3 hours. Moreover, there is still a wax museum in the palace area today, which attracts tourist hordes. The fort is also famous for being the filming location for many popular Bollywood movies.
Raj Mandir Cinema
A trip to Jaipur cannot be considered complete without a visit to Raj Mandir which is located just off MI road. One of the most famous sites in Jaipur is the Raj Mandir Cinema. The one-screen experience, replaced by royal and luxurious architecture, takes a special place in the city of Pink. Watching a Hindi movie is a wonderful experience in this cinema and booking a seat in advance is always a good idea. It was established in 1976.
The asymmetrical exterior design helps to separate the theater. Inside, an extravagantly finished roof, large chandeliers, and a staircase next to the foyer lend an old-world charm to the place.
Another one of the beautiful places to visit in Jaipur near the Sheesh Mahal. The Sheesh Mahal or “Palace of Mirrors” in Patiala Punjab was built by Maharaja Narinder Singh in 1845-1862 behind the main Moti Bagh Palace. With terraces, gardens, fountains, and an artificial lake, the Palace was built in a forest. The lake has two watchtowers to the north and south and joins the Banasar Ghar, a repository of stuffed animals. The Sheesh Mahal used to be a residential palace which also has a suspension bridge that is a replica of Lakshman Jhoola in Rishikesh.
The Jaipur City Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. Both Mubarak Mahal and the Maharani Palace are included in this palace. It is a beautiful building where unique objects and a huge royal collection are kept and treasure is also kept here.
If you arrive after experiencing the beauty of the Amber Fortress, you are only 20 minutes away and well connected by road. The palace is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm and has an entrance fee of Rs 700 for foreigners or Rs 300 for Indians if you choose the composite ticket. Alternatively, you can take part in a tour of the secret rooms.
Can you imagine a picturesque palace which is built in the middle of a lake? And if we say that you can do more than just imagine going to Jaipur. Jal Mahal is a beautiful palace in Jaipur located in the center of Lake Mansagar. Jal Mahal is one of those tourist spots in Jaipur that leaves you amazed. The palace is one of the many main projects of Maharaja Jai Singh II. In addition, you would be surprised to learn that only the top floor of the palace is above the lake. That is, the remaining four floors of the five-story palace are underwater!
The palace carved out of red sandstone is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. To the dismay of tourists, it is forbidden to visit the interior of the palace. However, you can enjoy the beauty of the palace on a boat across Lake Man Sagar. Jal Mahal is one of the tourist spots in Jaipur that everyone should visit at least once.
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
Located in the village of Amer, about 10 minutes from Fort Amer, the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is a unique museum. The museum is located in a marvelous Haveli known as Chanwar Palkiwalaon ki Haveli. The museum’s collection exhibit comprises a beautiful collection of fabrics and artifacts printed in blocks, providing information on the ancient art of block printing.
The museum also offers live demonstrations of carving and block printing by local artisans. There is also a shop in the museum where you can buy fabrics, jewelry, and handmade furniture. Go and explore all above the best places to visit in Jaipur and make your trip memorable.