The bustling capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is one of India’s most vibrant and exotic tourist destinations. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is the third leg of India’s most famous tourist circuit – The Golden Triangle. Jaipur tourism displays authentic Rajasthani architecture, culture, tradition, and heritage. Known as Paris of India, it is a growing modern city holding its old era charm.
Whether you are a history buff, adventure Junkie, wildlife enthusiast, art lover, shopaholic, Foodie, or party animal, The pink city of Jaipur is the one-stop destination for you. Check out Thrillophilia’s Jaipur tour packages for your next ideal getaway.
Places to Visit
Home to Royal Palaces, majestic forts, Havelis, excellent museums, lakes, crowded markets, Jaipur’s architectural marvels, magnificent glory, and warm hospitality will never fail to fascinate you. Here are several must-visit places to visit on your Jaipur tour.
- Amber Fort
Being the prime tourist attraction in Jaipur, Amber fort is among the prominent forts in India. Located at 10 Km Jaipur in Amber town, The Fort is situated on a hilltop amidst the Rocky Aravali hills. The Fort served as the residence of Rajput Maharajas and escape from enemy wars.
Built in 967 AD, the Amber fort was constructed of red sandstone and marble in Hindu and Mughal architectural styles. The Fort is divided into six courtyards featuring attractions such as Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Sukh Niwas, Jalebi Chawk, Sila Devi Temple, Ganesh Pol, and Suraj Pol.
Walk around the Fort and attend light and sound shows available in both English and Hindi language at the evening.
Your visit to Amber fort is incomplete without a thrilling elephant ride to the top of the Fort.
- Hawa Mahal
The most iconic monument of pink city Jaipur, Hawa Mahal, is a five Storey pyramidal Palace. Built in 1799, Hawa Mahal is constructed of red and pink sandstone in unique Rajputana architecture. Renowned as the Palace of Wind, It has 953 small windows called Jharokhas. The Jharokhas are beautifully carved with intricate latticework.
It is rising above the height of 50 Ft; many corridors, sculptures, modelled hanging cornices, stone-carved screens, and archways in the Palace. A unique fact about the Palace of Wind is that the structure stands at 87° degrees without foundation.
One should visit the Hawa Mahal to witness the spectacular views during the early morning or night when the Palace illuminates with light.
- Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, among the most beautiful temples. Established in 1988 by the Birla group, The fascinating temple is made of exquisite white marble. It is divided into four parts: Sanctum, tower, main hall, entrance featuring marble sculptures, Hindu deities, and several figures on the walls.
Surrounded by lush gardens, the Birla temple promotes equality in all regions. Thousands of visitors and Devotees visit the temple to seek blessings and soak in the tranquillity of the temple. Birla Mandir is open for visitors from 8 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm. However, visit the temple during the early morning or evening soulful Arti. It is located near the famous Moti Dungari in Tilak Nagar at approx. 5 Km from the city centre.
- Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur is one of the oldest and largest astronomical observatories in the world. The observatory is home to 19 unique instruments made of stone to determine the position of celestial objects. Maharaja Jai Singh made five observatories due to his keen interest in astronomy. Jaipur Jantar Mantar is the most extensive and most well-maintained observatory featuring the largest stone Sundial in the world, The Samrat Yantra. Several other prominent instruments are Laghu Samrat Yantra, Ram Yantra, Jaya Prakash Yantra, Chakra Yantra, Digamsa, Kranti Vritya, and Nadivalaya.
The observatory attracts lots of history lovers, mathematicians, and astrologists from all over the globe. Tourists should go for a guided tour to get details about all the instruments and how they work.
The observatory is open for visitors from 9 am to 5 pm on all weekdays.
- City Palace
Lying in the core of the pink city, City Palace is a perfect reflection of Rajputana glory. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II constructed the Palace in 1727 to move from Amber fort. An architectural marvel, The Palace is built of red and pink sandstone in magnificent Rajputana, European, and Mughal architecture.
City Palace is divided into two parts: the Sawai Man Singh II Museum and the residence of the Royal Family of Jaipur.
The structure of this Palace consists of several buildings, courtyards, galleries, attractive gardens, and a Museum. Prominent Structures in the complex are Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Shri Govind Dev temple, Sabha Niwas, Sarvato Bhadra, Anand Mahal, Pritam Niwas Chowk, Bagghi Khana, and City palace museum. You can visit the Palace from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm in the day and from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Some other places to visit: GaltaJi temple, Moti Dungari, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Rambagh Palace, Sisodiya Rani ka Bagh, Jaipur Zoo, Chokhi Dhani, Raj Mandir cinema, World Trade Park, and Albert Hall Museum.
Best time to Visit Jaipur
Jaipur faces an avid climate, hence avoid your trip to Jaipur in the dreadful and unbearable summer heat. Winter months from October to March are considered the ideal time to enjoy sightseeing and other activities in the pink city.
How to Reach Jaipur
Jaipur is easily accessible from the major cities of India by all three transportation modes Air, Train, and road. The nearest domestic airport is Sanganer at 10 KM from the city centre. Jaipur has its railway head connected with major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ludhiana, Lucknow, and Bhopal for train arrivals.