Rajasthan is one of the most attractive tourism destinations in India. The state has many popular destinations like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner and Jaipur. Each city has something different to offer whether it’s the white buildings and deserts of Jaisalmer or pink beauty of Jaipur.
Jaipur is a treat for people who admire great culture and grand architecture. The city has many popular sites that you can visit. Here are the top attractions of Jaipur-
The most frequented tourist spot of Jaipur is this majestic fort which is the lowest fort of the city. Amber fort is made in Hindu style with red sandstone and marble. The fort has four main levels- Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khaas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. Amber houses Shitla Mata temple which is thronged by devotees. The fort overlooks Maota Lake and in the evening you can enjoy Light & Sound Show here.
When you are at Amber Fort, you have to eat at the 1135AD restaurant here for its traditional food and old world charm.
Jaigarh was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II to provide protection to Amber fort. This huge fort is quite famous especially because it has Jaivana, the world’s largest cannon on wheels in those days. There is also an armory and museum inside the fort.
This fort is the highest located fort in Jaipur and provides a great view of the city. Nahargarh fort is a two storey building, built in Indo-European style. It has nine similar apartments each of which has lobby, bedrooms, toilet, kitchen and store.
The dining experience at Once Upon A Time is a must here. It has two dining rooms where you can enjoy delectable North Indian cuisine. If you want to savor food while admiring the beauty of Jaipur then Padao café provides an amazing experience.
This is a beautiful palace located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar. You can visit the palace on your way to the aforementioned forts. It looks especially beautiful at night when it’s lit with colorful lights.
Recently the place got a facelift and got a heritage-look gate along with installation of Shahi Sawari. Shahi Sawari gives you a glimpse of the grandeur of royals. Street vendors here sell yummy local food like Chaat and kulfi here. You can also shop some knick-knacks near Jal Mahal.
This palace complex is a hot-spot for tourists in Jaipur. It houses two palaces- Mubarak Mahal is a museum and displays a variety of textiles and costumes. Chandra Mahal is a seven storey palace and most of it is used by the erstwhile royal family as residence. Tourists are allowed only on the ground floor of Chandra Mahal which is a museum displaying carpets, manuscripts and other items of the royal family.
When you are done with roaming around the palace, head to Baradari restaurant at its Gate No. 2 to satiate your hunger pangs with yummy food.
Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO world heritage site. It features world’s largest stone sundial. The structure is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments which allow the observation of astronomical movements with naked eye.
Located near City Palace and Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal is the most easily identifiable monument of Jaipur. It literally means ‘Palace of Winds’ and it certainly is a windy place to be. Hawa Mahal is basically a screen-wall with windows and was built so that royal women could observe festivals being celebrated on streets without being seen themselves. You can also shop to your heart’s content from the shops located near Hawa Mahal.
Albert hall inside Ram Niwas Bagh is a must-visit place if you are into museums. This is the State Museum of Rajasthan and is oldest museum in the state. The hall is built in Indo-Saracenic style and has an interesting collection of carpets, paintings, ivory, crystal work, metal sculptures etc.
Raj Mandir Cinema
Raj Mandir is not just another movie theatre. It is a place where you get the royal treatment while enjoying a movie. The cinema hall has sparkling chandeliers and soft carpets to make you feel all regal.
The Four Walled Market
When you are done seeing these stunning examples of architecture, head to the market inside the four-walled city. The four-walled is all made of pink sandstone. Here you can buy everything associated with Jaipur and Rajasthan. Shop for jewellery, clothes, bed sheets, artifacts, quilts and enjoy authentic food. The most popular markets are Bapu bazaar, Johari bazaar and Tripolia bazaar among others.
World Trade Park
The magnificent historical monuments in Jaipur showcase city’s past and the World Trade Park gives you a glimpse of new Jaipur. This is a mall with twin-towers. You can shop till you drop here and sink your teeth in a variety of cuisines.