Better known as “the Pink City of India” Jaipur is clad in rich cultural history that is perfect for exploring. It is one of the major tourist attractions of India and is a part of the Golden Triangle tour of North India. It is the home to two very important UNESCO heritage sites of India.
How to reach:
As the capital of Rajasthan the city is well connected to rest of the country. It is located 268 kilometers from the capital of India, New Delhi. The Jaipur International Airport connects various domestic and international destination to the city while the railways station connects with rest of the country through numerous major Trains passing through the city. It is also one of the popular places to visit near Delhi.
The top tourist places to visit in Jaipur includes:
1. Hawa Mahal
Known as the ‘Palace of winds”, this five story building was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This palace is decorated with 953 windows or ‘Jharokhas’ which are adorned with intricate designs. There’s a small museum within the complex of Hawa Mahal, which houses famous items like miniature paintings and ceremonial armor.
The main reason behind the making of Hawa Mahal was to felicitate Rajput women who were not allowed to appear in public places. Through this fort all the women used to catch the glimpses of royal processions, hustles and bustles of the city.
Entry Fee: INR 200 for Foreign Tourists and INR 50 for Indians
Visiting Hour: 9 00 AM – 4 30 PM
2. Nahargarh fort
Built in 1734 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Nahargarh Fort along with Amer and Jaigarh forts used to form an important defence ring for the city. Located on one of the oldest hills of Aravalli, this fort offers breath-taking views of the Pink City.
There are many buildings and structures within Nahagrah fort. There is a temple inside the fort, dedicated to the Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia. Another attraction in the fort is the Madhavendra Bhawan built by Sawai Madho Singh and Diwan-I-Aam, an open air enclosure where the king met the common men and listened to their problems and complaints.
Visiting Hour: 10 AM to 5 PM
3. City palace
The palace was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. As most structures in Jaipur this palace also reflects the fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
The City Palace complex is spread over a large area occupying one seventh of the old city of Jaipur. It has a sequence of gardens, buildings and courtyards, temple and museum to give it a grand view that reflects its historical importance and magnificent royal grace.
One of the famous items in the City Palace are two silver jars which have found place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest silver vessels in the world.
Apart from Mubarak Mahal and the Chandra Mahal, there are Pritam Niwas Chowk, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Bhaggi Khana, Maharani Palace and the Govind Dev Ji Temple, an 18th century structure.
Entry Fees: Rs. 100 to view the exterior spaces and for the museum, Rs. 130. For foreigners, it is 500 and Rs. 900. You may also buy a composite ticket.
Camera Charges: are Rs. 50 and Videography charges are Rs. 150
Visiting hour: 9.30 to 5.00
4. Amber fort
Also referred to as the Amber Palace, the fort is located on a hill in Amer, Rajasthan. Built by Raja Man Singh, the fort, which is also spelt as Amer fort, is a scenic marvel. It stands on top of an easily scalable mountain, which is situated right next to the beautiful Maota Lake.
The fort presents a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is built using red sandstone and white marble. The palace complex of the Amber fort has very attractive apartments.
This complex was built by Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh over a period of about two centuries. This palace complex was used as the main residence of the Rajput Maharajas for a long period of time.
Visiting Hour: Rs.100
Visiting Time: 10 AM – 5 PM (Daily)
5. Jantar Mantar
The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest and one of the best preserved of five observatories constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh all over northern India. It is marked as a World UNESCO Heritage Site. He took nearly seven years to finish the Jantar Mantar. It was restored in 1901 and in 1948 the famous observatory was declared a national monument.
The Jantar Mantar in the Pink City consists of multiple structures of stone masonry built in varied and large geometric forms that have caught the attention of artists, architects and art historiographers throughout the world. He also constructed five different observatories in North India including Jaipur, New Delhi, Ujjan, Varanasi and Mathura.
Visiting Hour: 9:00 Am to 4: 30 Pm, on all seven days of the week
6. Chokhi Dhani
Chokhi Dhani, translated from Rajasthani, literally means “Rajasthani Culture” and this resort village is a celebration of just that. Chokhi Dhani is a well-known tourist attraction in Jaipur. The aim of the resort is to give tourists a full experience of Rajasthani culture. The entire resort’s theme is inspired by a village setting, with many cultural activities held here. The unique experience draws visitors from all over the world.
The resort was started in 1989 and is sprawled across 10 acres of land, with unique architecture that reflects the grandeur of the Rajasthani tradition. The architecture is heavily influenced by the Indo-Saracenic style.
The resort houses a series of rebuilt village huts, complete with cow dung plasters and decorative wall paintings. The rooms at the resort are equipped with comfortable amenities and great facilities. You can spend a wonderful day here with your family and loved ones.
Timings: 5 pm to 11 pm (all days of the week)
Entry Fee: Rs. 700 to Rs. 1100 (adults); Rs. 400 to Rs. 700 (children) – depends on dining experience chosen
7. Jaigarh fort
Located on the Hill of Eagles, Jaigarh fort was built in 1726 AD by Sawan Jai Singh II. Jaigarh Fort is located at a height of 500 feet above sea level and offers panoramic views of the surrounding. It houses the world’s largest cannon on the wheels called ‘Jaivana Cannon’.
Jaigarh Fort is made-up of sandstones and is spread over an area of 3 km. Made with the purpose of protecting Amer Fort, Jaigarh fort is considered as the strongest monument of Jaipur. Also known by the name of ‘Victory Fort’, this place was considered as a storehouse of all the war amours, cannons, arms and ammunitions.
There is a Persian style garden within the complex of the fort which is divided into 4 parts. The best part about the fort is its windows which are made of lattices. These windows allow a complete view of the exteriors, but nothing can be observed from the outside.
Visiting Hour: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Sunday Closed)
8. Albert Hall Museum
Housing the ultimate charms of Royal Rajasthan, the Albert Hall Museum is considered as the finest gallery in Jaipur. This veritable museum was designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob in February 21, 1887 to impress King Edward VI and currently includes more than 24,930 exhibits.
The museum complex is a proud example of Indo-Saracenic architecture which features beautiful pillars, arches and vast courtyards. Exhibits include an eternal collection of paintings, arms, weapons, sculptures, tribal art, textiles, jewelry, musical instruments, clocks, and hundreds of other such spectacular items that can keep a visitor enthralled for hours.
150 Per Person for Foreign Tourists and Rs. 20 for Indian Tourists
All days of the week 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9. Birla temple
Jaipur is famous for numerous architectural marvels of ancient and modern times. Out of the many, the Laxmi Narayan temple or the Birla temple is very famous among those who love architecture and among pilgrims. Although not very old, this temple is famous for its grand architecture and serene beauty. The temple gets its name from the Birla Family who commissioned building several modern temples around the world along with this temple.
This temple is dedicated to the Hindu protector God, Vishnu and his consort, Goddess Laxmi. This temple also holds shrine of various other Hindu Gods and Goddess. The temple walls have unique Hindu symbols and citation from ancient books of the religion including the Holy Book, Gita.
Entry Fee: 150 INR
All days 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Abhaneri is an old town in Rajasthan, known for its stunning ” Baoris’ (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The town is called Abhaneri on the grounds that the Harshat Mata whose portrate is accepted to spread splendor or “abha” all around. Abhaneri is said to have been established by the incredible ruler, Raja Chand. According to nearby convictions, Raja Chand was really Raja Bhoja who governed over the Gurjar kingdom in the ninth century AD.
Abhaneri gives small shopping open doors. Jaipur, which is 95km from Abhaneri, is a customer’s heaven. The energetic markets of Jaipur are the best place to purchase kundan and minakari jwellery, excellent jewels, semi valuable stones, Kota Doria Saris, blue earthenware, enamelware and brassware, woolen rugs, weaved jutis and marble icons of divine beings and goddesses.
11. Galtaji temple
Located on the outskirts of the regal city of Jaipur, Galtaji Temple is a prehistoric Hindu pilgrimage site. Outlined by the striking Aravalli hills, it consists of several shrines, holy kunds, pavilions and natural springs.
This majestic temple is situated in the heart of a hilly terrain that is bounded by a beautiful gorge which attracts tourists here every year. Galtaji Temple was built using pink colour sandstone and is a vast temple complex housing varied shrines. Located inside the City Palace, the walls of this temple are beautifully adorned with carvings and paintings that make this place worth visiting.
The Galtaji Temple is situated in the Aravalli hills and is bounded by thick plush trees and bushes. This remarkable building is decorated with painted walls, round roofs and pillars. Apart from the kunds, this pre-historic Hindu pilgrimage place also has temples of Lord Ram, Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman within the temple.
One of the main tourist destinations of Jaipur, the temple complex boasts of natural freshwater springs and seven holy ‘kunds’ or water tanks. Among these kunds, the ‘Galta Kund’, is the holiest one and is believed never to get dry. Pure and clear water flows from the ‘Gaumukh’, a rock shaped like a cow’s head, into the tanks.
Visiting Hour: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM
12. Swaminarayan temple
Dedicated to the Hindu God, Narayana, the Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Temple is known for its beautiful architecture, magnificent idols, sculptures, and carvings. The lush green surroundings add to its beauty and serenity.
Akshardham Temple in Jaipur has no such legendary history since it is a modern temple which was built recently in between 19th and 20th century. But it still depicts the architectural wonders of Indian temples and is one of the most visited temples in Jaipur city.
The temple is surrounded by lush green gardens and fountains. Its unique architecture is what attracts most of the tourists here. The walls of the temple are beautifully decorated with number of paintings, sculptures and carvings which adds beauty to this place. The main idol of the temple which is of Lord Vishnu is decorated with the gold and silver ornaments.
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
7:00 PM – 8:30 AM
13. Jal mahal
Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. This low-rise symmetrical palace, that once was a shooting lodge for the Maharajah, appears to float in the centre of Sagar Lake. The light sand coloured stone walls of the Jal Mahal Jaipur are at a stark contrast to the deep blue of the waters of the lake, while from the innards of the palace lush foliage sprouts.
Jal Mahal palace provides a charming view of the Man Sagar Lake and the Nahargarh hills that border it. It is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. The boats are traditionally built by boat makers of Vrindavan and a ride to Jal Mahal in those boats takes you to the beautiful history of Rajasthan.
Visitors are not allowed to enter the Palace. But you can enjoy the view of the palace by boating in the lake.
Chand Pol or the Moon Gate is one of the famous architectural structures built according to the traditional Vastu ideology. The Moon Gate is located in the old Jaipur city near the main market road. Naubat Khana is the uppermost section of Chand Pol, where drum players and other musicians used to sit.
It also used to serve as a gathering place for commoners, for making important announcements.
The three entry gates in this wall have been located in western, northern and eastern directions.
15. Moti dungri temple
Moti Dungri Ganesh temple defines the advancement of Old Indian architecture and its relation with the psychology and mind. Temple is covering more than 2 km area and has three well-built domes. The main idol of the Lord Ganesha is in the heart of the temple.
The construction process of the temple took 4 months and was completed in 1761 AD. The chief of the construction was the Seth Jai Ram Paliwal and Mahant Shiv Narain ji. The name of the temple is after the name of the palace and it means Moti- The pearl and Dungri- the word is used to define small hill in Rajasthani.
This temple is one of the biggest Ganesh Temples in Jaipur. Thousands of devotees visit the temple daily. You can find a mini market alongside the Temple. But every Wednesday small fair takes place in which many visitors offer their prey to Lord Ganesha.
Timing: 4:30 AM to 9:15PM
Entry Fee: 0
16. Ramniwas garden
Located in the heart of the city, Ram Niwas Bagh exhibits great natural beauty through its lush green patches. Renowned as one the major tourist attractions in Jaipur, Ram Niwas Bagh were built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in the 19th century.
Despite the sprawling green scenery, the majestic structures in the vicinity of the garden, built over the successive years, are definitely gripping. The impressive Albert Hall Museum at Ram Niwas Bagh is one such eye catcher.
Built in an Indo-Sarcenic architectural style, the museum amazingly houses a huge collection of artifacts like marble statues, sculptures and miniature paintings. Not just for history lovers, Ram Niwas Bagh also has the illustrious Zoological garden, which is a prime spot for the tourists interested in Botany.
Timings: All days of the week except Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (summers)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (winters)
Entry Fee: 10 INR Indians 100 INR Foreigners
17. Anokhi museum of handpainting
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing located in the ancient pink ‘Chanwar Palkiwalon ki Haveli’ also known as Anokhi Haveli. Anokhi Museum of hand printing is the foundation which is charitable and works with a core objective of preserving the traditional customs and works of artisans of Jaipur.
This foundation takes cares of the talent and skills of the artisans and provides a good employment opportunity. Anokhi museum of hand printing also works on reviving the age old tradition of hand book printing which also includes traditional hand printing methods and techniques. This foundation also provides live demonstrations of the hand block printing carried by the local artisans.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30am – 5:00pm Sunday: 11:00am – 4:30pm
- 30 INR adults
- 20 INR students
- 15 INR children
- 50 INR per still camera
- 150 INR per camcorder
18. Bapu bazaar
Bapu Bazaar offers a myriad of Rajasthani products in its vivacious setting. Known for leather products, footwear made from camel leather known as Mojari is a must-buy item here. A number of shops sell Rajasthani textiles, women’s clothing like sarees and lehengas, handicraft items, carvings made from marble and sandalwood and much more.
A tour around this market will also let you taste the delicious Kulfi Faluda that is famous among the natives. Scrumptious bites of chaats are also not to miss, when you are at Bapu Bazaar because, shopping and munching on yummy street food go side by side, for shopaholics on a shopping spree.
Don’t forget to buy cotton wears, jootis and handloom bags from Baapu Bazaar.
Visiting Hour: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm
19. Govind ji temple
Govind Dev Ji Temple is one of the most attractive and divine temples in Jaipur. The temple makes Jaipur feel proud of owing it. Every year millions of visitors visit this place to get blessings of Lord Krishna. This temple is dedicated to Lord Govind which is another name of Lord Krishna.
The story behind th construction of this place is quite interesting. According to popular belief, once Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II saw a dream in which Lord Krishna asked him to place his idol in his palace and in return Krishna will save the place from the massacre of Aurangzeb.
Following this dream, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh then brought the idol of Lord Krishna from Vrindavan to his palace Surya Mahal and then shifted it to Chandra Mahal.
Entry Fee: Rs.0
Visiting Hours: 4:30 AM – 11:30 AM & 5:45 PM – 9:30 PM
20. Chand baori
Chand Baori in Abhaneri, near Jaipur, Rajasthan, is among the largest, if not the largest, of the stepwells. It is also perhaps the most visually spectacular: Chand Baori is a deep four-sided structure with an immense temple on one face. Some 3,500 Escher-esqe terraced steps march down the other three sides 13 stories to a depth of 100 feet. The construction dates to the 10th century, and is dedicated to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness.
The Chand Baori is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India, and it is well maintained.
Distance from Jaipur: 97 km
Timings: Open from Sunrise to Sunset