Jaipur is an absolute treasure of India. Located in Rajasthan, it easily ranks as one of the most majestic cities of our country. It is the place the royal family once ruled upon. This magnificent place is now called the “Old City”, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. Jaipur ticks all the boxes when you’re looking for reasons to travel.
From phenomenal examples of the land’s history, extraordinary culture to finger licking good food, Jaipur has it all for you. This beautiful place holds a very distinct position when it comes to popular tourist places in India. This is because of the immortal royal vibes it adorns.
Jaipur has truck full of places to visit, among the major highlights of Jaipur are three famous forts situated on Aravali Hills at short distances from each other: Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. These forts are hugely popular because of their perfect location above the city and the beautiful hilly route that leads to these forts. The capital of Rajasthan is one of the most colorful city of India and is sure to thrill and exhilarate you with every step you take in this city. Walk its alleys and explore its monuments to go back home with memories which you will cherish for a lifetime.
Check out our list of curated activities to do if you happen to find yourself in this magnificent city.
1. Nahargarh Fort
Located atop a hill, Nahargarh Fort is an architectural wonder which you need to discover for yourself. Maintained in an immaculate fashion, the Nahargarh Fort will hardly let you blink from the moment you step inside. Walls full of frescoes and artwork, the stunning visuals will leave you baffled. Built in the year 1734, the fort was named after Nahar Singh. The insides of the fort have been turned into an art gallery with sculptures of artisans filling up spaces in the fort in perfect harmony with the architectural feat of the fort itself.
2. The City Palace
It is a labyrinthine palace with courtyards and gateways surrounding you. It has an expanse consisting of stunning and colorful architecture. This impressive monument is situated right in the heart of Jaipur. Blending the richness of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, this colossal monument is nothing short of a visual treat. Do make sure to visit the gift shop located in the City Palace for some of the classic souvenirs to bring home to your friends and family.
3. Hawa Mahal
Do not miss out on visiting Jaipur’s most distinct landmark, the Hawa Mahal. An extraordinary architecture feat, the Hawa Mahal is a pink-hued honeycombed hive with delicate and intricate carvings done all over this five-story high mammoth of a monument. In 1799, the Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, to give the women an opportunity to witness the life in the city and also not reveal themselves to the public at the same time.
4. The Amber Fort
Explore an extraordinary architectural wonder of Jaipur in the form of the beautiful and majestic Amber Fort. Walk through the age-old alleys with golden walls surrounding you on both ends and be greeted by majestic doors which keep opening up into vast courtyards. Take an elephant ride into the Amber Fort and feel like royalty for the ultimate Jaipur experience to take away with you. This phenomenal example of Mughal and Rajput architecture simply cannot go missing!
5. The Birla Mandir
For a peaceful retreat, visit the architectural masterpiece which is the Birla Mandir. Dome is white marble, the shrine is situated with the background of the Moti Dungari Hills. The Mandir will let you calm and soothe from the bustle of Jaipur and allow a bit of quiet time to yourself. Walk around the temple and experience the calm while you witness the extraordinary architecture of the shrine. Walk inside to find yourself in a peaceful setting as you enter into a vast hall.
If you fancy high end shopping, look no further than the ultra-modern World Trade Park. Walk inside to find yourself in one of the most beautiful shopping complexes in modern Jaipur and shop to your heart’s content. Besides this the vibrant and pretty markets like Johari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, etc. situated in the old city area of Jaipur cannot be missed. They are an inseparable part of the city’s heritage. You can also visit the food courts present all over the city to relish some extremely delicious one in a kind dishes.
If you’re in the city of Maharajas and palaces, you might as well blend in and treat yourself to a royal meal. Head over to the grand Ram Bagh Palace under the Taj Group of Hotels and feel like a blue-blooded prince all throughout. The palace is the former residence of the Jaipur Royal family and now serves as one of the finest places to dine and stay at when in Jaipur.
8. Take some culture home
Shop for textiles in the form of Sanganeri and Bagru prints from Jaipur and fall in love with these feats of fine craftsmanship. The vibrant prints and textures will make this an irresistible purchase.
To be honest, one of best ways to look at the attractive colors of the city is by enjoying a bird’s-eye view on a hot air balloon tour. It is sure to be a one of its kind experience for you.
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