We travel to enquire, to hear stories and to be awestruck by incredible scenery. Traveling has an appeal of its own. It is the gusto of exploring new destinations, discovering unique cultures, and celebrating life. On that note – Welcome to the “Land of Kings”. Rajasthan is a true state of contrasts, and Jaipur travel reflects that! From UNESCO world heritage sites to holy temples to a paradise for shopohlics to mouth watering cuisines, one thing that is hard to grasp for the first-time (or even repeat) visitor is the versality of Jaipur as a travel destination.
A journey to this remarkable place is on every traveller’s wish list. But it needs to be planned with care and imagination. This World Tourism Day, let us take you the through the major spots, activities, festivals in Jaipur that make the city a major hotspot of tourism in the country.
Must-Visit Spots Of Jaipur
The City Palace – This legendary palace engages one-seventh of the walled city of Jaipur with temples, edifices, courtyards, gardens and museum which make the palace a cherished tourist attraction. Built in the years 1729 – 1732, the City Palace was the official residence of Maharaja of Jaipur. A part of the palace, ‘Chandra Mahal’, is still being used by the royal family, while rest of the palace is a beautiful art and ammunition museum. The doors representing four seasons, massive silver vessels and art galleries are the most significant things to see in the complex. To experience the magnificence of the palace numerous visitors from across the globe visit the city palace every year.
Albert Hall – Albert Hall is an eye catching façade standing tall in the midst of Ram Niwas gardens contrasting acres of green in Jaipur. This solitary structure takes you back into an era where aesthetics came first and remained foremost in architectural planning. Albert Hall was designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob in 1876 to greet King Edward VII, Prince of Wales on his visit to India. Later after 10 years it was opened for public viewing. The most interesting things you’d find in the museum are the Persian carpets, costumes of ancient warriors and an Egyptian mummy. Crossing those majestic gates, centuries old trees on your left and right flanks, lush gardens, multitude of pigeons in front and in the middle of it all this majestic building in Hindu-Gothic architectural style is nothing less than impressive!
Jantar Mantar – We would find plenty of astronomical observatories around the world, but the Jantar Mantar is by far one of the largest observatories ever built. Meticulously blending religion, science and art, the Jantar Mantar is the name given to a series of five, fascinating structures built in Jaipur, Delhi, Varanasi, Ujjain and Mathura. Jaipur was the seat of Maharaja Jai Singh II- also a great scholar and astronomer; and during his reign in 1720’s the magnificent structure of Jantar Mantar was built here. The largest of the five observatories, Jantar Mantar in the City Palace compound Jaipur also houses the world’s largest sundial. The term ‘Jantar Mantar’ is obtained from the Sanskrit terms ‘Yantra’ and ‘Mantra’ which means ‘instruments’ and ‘formula’ respectively. Not only astronomy enthusiasts but other visiting tourists too love to visit the Jantar Mantar observatory! It is a must-see tourist site in Jaipur!
Hawa Mahal – The quintessence of marvellous Rajput architecture, Hawa Mahal “Palace of wind” stands high as a landmark facade in the heart of Pink City. Built from red sandstone in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this prominent Jaipur attraction is popular for its fabulous five storey structure and eye catching honeycomb façade with 953 intricately designed windows. Hawa Mahal is popular for its Beehive like structure, while surprisingly the entrance to Hawa Mahal is from the back side of the main building. The front portion interestingly has no entry but miniature windows all over which makes it the most photographed monument in Jaipur. Moreover, on this busy street of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal stares at the sprawling market below which is a treat for shopping enthusiasts.
Amer Fort – Built in 1592 AD, the impeccable Amer Fort on a high Aravalli Hillock 11 kilometer from Jaipur belies an inner paradise which is a marvellous blend of Rajput, Mughal and British architecture. The fairy tale opulence of this ornate fort is breathtaking. The imposing fort on a steep hillock is marvelous with stupendous paintings, fabulous murals and carvings. Amer’s eminence is very much visible through its palaces, decorated rooms, sprawling gardens, Maota Lake and cobbled pathways. The lurching elephant rides and evening Sound & Light show adds to the grandeur of Amer Fort. There is a lot more to Amer other than its statuesque Fort- the refreshing kesar kyari gardens, sacred temple of Shitla Mata and a secret Armory. One of the most striking parts of the fort is its Hall of Mirrors. The hall could be lit at night by a single candle because of all the tiny, intricate mirrors. Jai Mandir, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol are some other prominent areas to admire for their sheer beauty.
Jaigarh Fort – Secretly connected to the Amer Fort through a tunnel, Jaigarh Fort was built in the year 1726 to protect the latter and Jaipur city. Perched on a promontory called “Cheel ka Teela”, Jaigarh fort- also called ‘the Victory fort’ has stood all the ravages of time and still remains intact in architecture. The Fort is a famous tourist attraction for having the world’s largest canon on wheels- ‘Jaivana’, while a splendid garden, water reservoir and ancient museum adds to the treat. Even though the fort is simple and mundane in its architecture, it is nothing less than a formidable structure in its appearance. For the heritage enthusiasts, Jaigarh Fort is the best specimen of history giving a accurate account of the rulers of Jaipur. Nevertheless, the most exciting way to delve into the sheer charm of the Pink City, Jaipur is to stand at this hill-top fort and soak in the panoramic view of the city.
Nahargarh Fort – Nahargarh or the Tiger Fort is the first of the three glorious forts of Jaipur- with Jaigarh and Amer. A preferred hot spot of the city youth for bike rides, photography at the “Rang de Basanti fame Stepwell” and eagle eye view of the Pink City, Nahargarh renders some stunning experiences to the visitors. Nahargarh Fort was the first fort, built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1734 during the reign of (1698-1740) was meant to make Amer Fort completely secure from any kind of foreign aggression. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became to be known as Nahargarh. Its extensive water systems are one of the most significant features of the fort. The view at night is in fact mesmerizing with thousands of ignited lamps and lights. A royal retreat for erstwhile queens of Jaipur and personal treasury for many years is now a favorite monsoon picnic spot for the city dwellers and sightseeing point for tourists. ‘Padao’ the restaurant gives some spellbinding vistas to the guests while dining.
Govind Dev Ji – Once exclusively meant for the Royals, this beautiful temple is situated in the Suraj Mahal of City Palace in Jaipur. With equal importance for religious as well as heritage tourism, Govind Dev Ji is an exceptional temple which is regarded by many for its magnanimous complex in the palace and the idols, which is brought to Jaipur from Vrindavan Dham by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and the temple was built in 1735 AD. According to legends, the idol of Krishna appears exactly like lord Krishna during his incarnation on earth. The Aartis (prayers and hymns) performed here in various intervals of the day are the best treat to mind and soul of visitors. The exterior front of the temple is encompassed by unsurpassed gardens while ornate chandeliers and Indian ancient paintings embellish its interior. Today Govind Dev Ji- Krishna Temple is visited by more than thousands of devotees in a day.
Birla Mandir – Dedicated to paramount Hindu Gods Laxmi Narayan , Birla Mandir of Jaipur stands at the foot of Moti Doongri (a fortress which was turned into a palace for Gayatri Devi by Raja man Singh II). The temple’s phenomenal architecture and awe inspiring carvings with pure white marble make it one of the most beautiful temples in India. Interestingly, the temple’s three colossal domes depict three different approaches of the religion and the idols of Laxmi Narayan are just mesmerizing which are incredibly sculpted out of one single stone. The shrine also features scenes from Hindu mythology intricately carved on its white marble walls. Built in the year 1988, the Birla temple complex encompasses a museum that displays ancestral valuables of the Birlas who engineered this marvelous temple. The manicured blooming gardens of the complex add to the charm of this spectacular temple, which can amaze even those passing the adjacent street. Birla Temple is a work of brilliance and prowess; visit the temple to behold the beauty and splendor of this one of its kind’s temple in Jaipur.
Galta Ji Temple – Dated back to 16th century, Galta Ji temple was developed further by Sawai Jai Singh II’s companion Vaishnavite Ramanandi Diwan Rao Kriparam. The temple complex however is named after the Saint Galav who spent his whole life in search of truth and meditated for 100 years within this compound. Touched by his perseverance, the Gods appeared before him and blessed this place with abundant water. So as to honor the great Saint Galav; the temple was named after him. With numerous temples and two sacred kunds for pilgrim bathes, Galta Ji is a sanctifying pilgrimage with the huge Sun temple that also has a magical outlet of water, ‘Gaumukh’ emerging from a source unknown. Located at a distance of 10km from Jaipur, Galta Ji also called Monkey temple, as hundreds of monkeys roaming in the complex, is a visual treat for the enthusiastic travelers in Jaipur. Perched in the midst of cliff faces of a rocky valley, Galta Ji is globally famous for its reservoirs Kunds and a treasure trove of heritage and a sacred pilgrimage.
Gaitore Ki Chattriyan – The word ‘Gaitore’ is believed to be a mispronounced form of the Hindi phrase, ‘Gaye ka Thor’ which means ‘resting place of the departed souls’. Encompassed by green hills, the Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan is a complex of cenotaphs and tombs arranged artfully in an open-air landscape on the foothills of Nahargarh Fort on Jaipur-Amer Road.
The royal crematorium of the majestic rulers of Rajasthan with intricately carved cenotaphs makes up for an appealing destination for tourists. It houses tombs of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the first king of Jaipur and of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II, Sawai Madho Singh I, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh Chattri, Sawai Prithvi Singh II and Sawai Jagat Singh II. It also includes the cenotaphs of the last two rulers Sawai Madho Singh II and Sawai Man Singh II, and the last cenotaph was of the son of Sawai Man Singh II – Brig. Bhawani Singh. The Gaitor cenotaphs are one of the historical places in Jaipur, full of history and beautiful architecture. The shapely and admirable edifice comprises one specific cenotaph for each of the popular Maharajas cremated there. Engraved with striking Rajasthani carvings, the cenotaphs are designed with patterns keeping each cremated Maharaja’s taste and likings in forethought. Cenotaphs are shaped like umbrellas (chhatris), and hence the place is called Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan, which offers a serene and peaceful ambience to the visitors, making their visit worthwhile.
Statue Circle – Handsomely perched at a busy traffic junction, the Statue Circle is the landmark tourist spots in at the center of Jaipur. It reflects a beautiful amalgamation of the rich heritage of Jaipur and modern turn of events. Built in the honour of Jaipur’s founder – Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Statue Circle holds a life size white marble statue of the Maharaja, with an astrological diagram in his hand. Beautifully decked up with multi-colored fountains and vibrant lightings, this gorgeous memorial leaves an everlasting impression on the minds of locals as well as tourists in Jaipur. The compassing circle offers a perfect place to joggers, and kids in the morning while evenings are fun filled with kids playing in the garden, elders in joyful and relaxed mood enjoying street food at adjoining stalls, coffee kiosks, etc. Festivals and National observances see the circle in all its glory beautifully decorated with lighting special effects on water fountains. Other than being a great tourist spot, Statue Circle is also popular for picnic and photography owing to its ambiance and the backdrop it.
World Trade Park – A marvelous picture of Change! World trade Park handsomely belies the traditional and historical infrastructure of Jaipur. Located on JLN road World Trade Park is primarily a business center but it’s just not that. World Trade Park is a new found attraction for the locals in Jaipur. World Trade Park (now known as WTP) is not a mall, it is one of the biggest buildings in Jaipur with huge brand outlets, a multiplex, food court , snow world, fantasy world along with a with a wide variety of food zones etc. Jaipur apart from being a tourist destination is surely an ideal place for shopping too. World Trade Park gives the brand conscious people a great space to choose and shop from among the best and exclusive brands of the world.
Jal Mahal/Mansagar – Early in the year 2012 another consequential regal heritage of Jaipur opened to the public for the first time. Built apparently as early as 1734 by the city’s founder, Jai Singh II, the Jal Mahal – “Lake Palace” – had lain derelict for the best part of a century. Now it stands serene in the south-west corner of the man-made Mansagar Lake, its pale ochre façades reflected in the glassy waters. The five-story palace with only one floor above the water level never fails to mesmerize the onlookers from the shores of Mansagar Lake, while the visit to its painted hallways, secret chambers and the manicured & well lit Chameli Garden on the terrace is unimaginably breathtaking. The visual treat to eyes Jal Mahal once hosted royal duck hunting parties and served as monsoon getaway for the erstwhile maharajas of Jaipur and nearby. A boat ride to the Water Palace in itself is an experience worth cherishing. Taking a romantic stroll, enjoying street food, roasted corn and photography are some of the other interesting activities you can enjoy here.
Birla Planetarium – Birla Planetarium is a science and research institution, which is located on the famous landmark of Jaipur-Statue Circle. Spread over an area of 9.8 acre, the planetarium houses an auditorium, library, scientific museum, seminar rooms, conference halls and an astronomical observatory. Formerly an educational, scientific and research body, Birla Planetarium was later inaugurated by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru on July 02, 1963 for public viewing. The entire universe can be explored here by simply sitting inside a round dome, where projectors with audio visuals give you a deep insight into the solar system. The astronomical observatory, moreover, has the provision for Celestron C-14 telescope, accompanying the gadgets like ST6 CCD camera and solar filters to make sure you get the wonderful experience of the galaxy and earth. An automation system was also established at the planetarium after two years of research in the year 1993 to bring in special effects for the planetarium shows.
Jawahar Circle – Nature Lovers get a special treat in Jaipur at Jawahar Circle garden – Asia’s largest circular park. Enveloped in splendid rose gardens and lush greenery, Jawahar Circle Garden is an ultra gorgeous destination for the locals as well as tourists in Jaipur. It is beautifully situated on the Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg and offers a visual treat to nature enthusiasts in the city. Developed in the year 2009 by JDA, the park features concentric multiple jogging tracks, plethora of plant and bird species, and a musical fountain, which is very popular among locals. Outside the park, one can sample a large variety of street food, golgappas, Bhel puri, ice creams and lot more.
Patrika Gate – The entrance of Jawahar Circle is through the Patrika gate, which has been designed beautifully. If you ever feel the need to get back in touch with the traditional side of Jaipur but are scared to go to the crowded walled city because of the traffic, this is the place to visit. This gate has been made keeping in mind the other 7 gates which are present in the walled city. Patrika gate gives you a sneak peek into the vibrant culture of Rajasthan as each pillar is dedicated to some or the other part of the state. Hand paintings of temples, forts, palaces, portraits of Jaipur rulers, blue pottery, jewelry, photographs of Amer, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jal Mahal are found here to give a glimpse of the entire history of Jaipur. There were some nostalgic & proud examples of scenes depicting weddings, wars and daily lives of people showcasing the way they earned their livelihood, all artistically portrayed in lively colors. The motifs which have been painted all over the gate speak volumes of the meticulous work done by local artisans. Its artistic pillars, hand-painted with the rich history of Rajasthan, evoke the zest to click this art from different angles!
Kanak Vrindavan Garden – Kanak Vrindavan garden is picturesque oasis of greens, water cascades, lotus ponds and splendid ambiances all around in the Jaipur City of Rajasthan. This beautiful valley is placed on the bed of Nahargarh hills in the vicinity of Amber Fort, at Jaipur – Amber road. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur, labelled it as Kanak Vrindavan Valley, some 280 years ago. Legends say that waters from numerous rivers are intermingled here for carrying out the Ashwamedh Yagna which is why Kanak Vrindavan Valley is also believed to be a sacred place in Jaipur. The temples in the valley are adorned with fine carving and appear exquisite with fascinating chhatris (cenotaphs), lattice and mirror work. The lush Dhok and Kadamba trees in a sequence add to its beauty which you may also capture from the three prominent forts of Jaipur (Amer, Nahargarh, Jaigarh). Served as a backdrop for many Bollywood movies, Kanak Vrindavan valley offers a heavenly picture on the earth itself. The chants and hymns offered to God in the evening complete the celestial picture of this place. If you are on a trip to Jaipur, don’t miss this mesmerizing valley which is always in bloom.
Sisodia Gardens – Kings and their Queens in the regal times of Rajasthan apart from warfare were also famous for their romance and illustrious expression of their love. One such epitome of the legends of love is Sisodia Garden of Jaipur. The plush and lush garden modelled in the year 1728 was a gift that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur gave to his beloved queen from Udaipur. This rambling landscaped garden is an aww inducing blend of Mughal and traditional rajput architecture. Situated in the south east (around 8 km) on Jaipur Agra road, Sisodia Garden is an idyllic green paradise which often serves as a venue of royal weddings. It appears like an oasis of quietude and the symbolism of true love can be well perceived from its settings and ambiances. Such fascinating descriptions make it to be one of the most coveted tourist spots in Jaipur.
Vidhyadhar Ka Garden – Jaipur is India’s first planned city which was designed by Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya in the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. To pay tribute to the architect’s prowess, Vidhyadhar Garden was built in his honor. Stretching out a marvelous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, Vidyadhar Garden is splendidly situated adjacent to the Sisodia Rani Bagh near the old city of Jaipur, its strategic location of being the center of Golden Triangle Tour makes it more important among tourists in Jaipur. With its gorgeously chiseled fountains, manicured garden pavilions, sylvan lakes and stunning galleries the garden is unarguably the best place to seek joy and solace. The Mural paintings depicting Radha Krishna raas and well-maintained flower beds add to the magical charm of Vidhyadhar Garden in Jaipur.
Sarga Suli/Victory Tower – Also known as the tower to heaven, Sargasuli is believed to be a masterpiece of architecture which is a symbol of the victory of Jaipur! The Sargasuli Tower is situated in the popular Choti Chaupar in the middle of the walled city. Also known as Isar Lat, the tower was constructed in 1749 by King Ishwari Singh after he gained victory over Madhosingh ji. Thereafter the skyscraper holds a prominent historical importance in Jaipur’s Victory. Upon entering the captivating architectural delight from its tiny door, you would be fascinated by the round passage which is spiraling upward towards the top of the minaret. It is rejoicing to see that each floor of Isar Lat has a door which opens up towards a gallery right inside the minaret. The sky high spire also enables the visitors to enjoy a breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic view of the entire ‘Pink City’ from its roof top.
Amar Jawan Jyoti – Located near Vidhansabha, this monument is built as a mark of respect to the warriors of Rajasthan, and to give tribute to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the honor of the country. During evening the edifice is beautifully lit up in vivid colors. The place is calm and peaceful. There is no entry fee to visit this place. For those who want to spend some time in calm and peace , this is the place to be.
Central Park – Central Park is the most popular park among walkers & Joggers, located almost in the center of the city. It has a beautiful 4.5 km walkway. A wonderful designed park, with intensely manicured grassland, with its vast stretch of seasonal plants makes any visitor spellbound. The Rambagh Polo Ground and the Golf club are nearby to the park. The Central park also has the tallest tricolor of the country with 206 feet height. The flag, which is 48-feet wide and 72-feet in length flutter throughout the year and is also a first day and night monumental National flag. Musical fountain, and stone states are some of the attractions in the Central Park, Jaipur.
Jawahar Kala Kendra – The proud center of art & crafts , Jawahar Kala Kendra aka JKK in Jaipur. Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning, JKK boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance. Dedicated to India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Jawahra Kala Kendra is truly metaphoric to the city of Jaipur i.e. an astonishing synthesis of past and future. JKK was built by Rajasthan Government with the plan prepared by the renowned architect Charles Correa in 1986. The building was ready in 1991 and of course, the plan was inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open. A contemporary JKK is based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside and beautiful murals inside, based on cosmology. The place is attractive enough to draw towards it a swarm of tourists, history lovers, local residents and art aficionados.
Raj Mandir – Situated on the Bhagwan Das Road, near M.I. Road, which was opened in 1976, and over the years has seen many movie premieres. It is known for its large size as well as opulent and meringue interiors. The cinema halls holds a position among the top tourist destination of the city and the title ’Pride of Asia’. Many of us remember going there just for its Pyaaz ki kachori.
Panna Mian Ka Kund – Situated on Jaipur-Amer road near Anokhi museum, this ancient stepwell is a unique architectural wonder of India. According to the locals of this area, it has the most extraordinary architectural style. The stairs that are used to go down cannot be used again to go upstairs. This unique heritage place has its own charm and attraction with a beautiful contrast of nature and architecture. Panna Mian stepwell stands with its unique styling, scoring a large number of tourists to admire this amazing eight storied staircase architecture. The terrace gives a splendid view of the beautiful Amer Fort, a gem of Jaipur. This place is a perfect sight to halt for photography.
Must-Visit Activities in Jaipur
Palace on Wheels – Uncover the mystical landscapes of royal Rajasthan in one of the most spectacular and pampering journeys offered by the Palace on Wheels- the luxury train. As the whistles of the luxury train blows first from Jaipur and the wheels roll down the tracks, the travelers witness some true colors of Rajasthan portrayed in this mesmerizing journey. In sheer opulence and comfort, this heritage train offers a pristine historical experience that will just make memories linger. Festooned with the avant-garde décor and royal in perfect sense of the term, the Palace on Wheels is an imperial 7-8 days’ sojourn to the land of majestic Havelis, splendid forts and sand dunes. Contrived to gratify the absolute elites, the Palace on Wheels is a self sufficient train with 14 A.C. deluxe saloons, a multi specialty spa, two dining cars decked up in true Rajasthani style and a host of attendants, round the clock. This seamless blend of ambiance inside and the artistry outside is one in a lifetime experience.
Maharaja Express – Filled with grandeur and drenched in the luxury of Royal Rajasthan, Maharajas Express rail tours transport you back into an era of exuberant traveling reminiscent of the Indian Maharajas and their romance with luxuries. The luxury train is a mesmerizing journey through the most talked about holiday destinations of Rajasthan and beyond. Flagged off for the first time in 2010, Maharajas Express, after a revamp with the addition of spa, fitness center and souvenir lounge offers 5 pan-Indian itineraries crisscrossing across some of the most fascinating terrains in India. The cabins of Maharaja Express are outfitted with distinguished state of the art amenities. The major highlight of the luxe train is the meticulously planned itineraries that come coupled with some exclusive insider experiences making it one of the most desirable journeys in India.
Light & Sound – Every evening an exemplary saga of valor, passion, endurance, , culture & heritage of Rajasthan comes to life with Sound & Light Show at the spectacular Amer Fort in Jaipur. It is showcased in the exotic arena of Amer Fort with the backdrop view of Jaigarh Fort at the left, the hills at the back and the premises itself of Kesar Kiyari Complex of Maota Lake. The show unfolds the legends of Amer Fort and Jaipur dynasty, with profound blend of history, anecdotes, music and effects. Special effects combine with the unique ambiance to make this show a persistently unforgettable experience. During the 50 minutes Light and Sound Show, you would gain a deep understanding of legendary Amer Fort’s past, dating more than 600 years. Get deep learning about Kachawa clan’s 28 kings who played a prominent part in weaving the history and changing the destiny of medieval India. With the script by great Indian poet and lyricist Gulzar, folklore, local legends and voice by the globally famous Bollywood personality who need no introduction- Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the show is worth visiting for the admirers of the legendary past of Jaipur and the connoisseur of folk music.
The scintillating lights synchronized with music in the splendidly panoramic view makes the show a must visit for all the tourists from the world over. By the end of the show, the spectators are left with a deep understanding of how the royal state of Rajputana itself as a great destination with unique identity in the map of India. The son-et-lumiere at Jaipur is one of the most wonderful places on a Jaipur tour to sit, relax and immerse oneself into the history of the ‘Land of Maharajas’. The show runs daily in sequence 1st English and 2nd Hindi. English (6:30 pm) & Hindi (7:30 pm) Timings are revised through the year in accordance with the change in daylight timings and climatic conditions. Duration of the show is approximately 50 minutes.
Heritage Walks – Jaipur is a fascinating city for tourists and heritage enthusiasts. Having visited Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jaipur’s forts, many see the Pink City as a mere gateway to the desert state. However, Jaipur’s charm lies not only in its monuments but also in what lies between them. Only a walk within the walled city is the real way to discover the true soul of Jaipur. And nothing could beat the magic of doing it through the eyes of a local resident. The different organized walks crossing the beautiful and intriguing lanes of Jaipur bring alive all the colors and manifold elements of city’s living heritage. Be it traditional mansions, spiritual & religious temples, ancient monuments and building dating back to 600 years, or living craft and culture breathing since generations and passed as a heirloom to the younger ones, or tradition cuisine like sweets making, the entire heritage of people, culture and architecture turns out to be fascinating through the process of walking leisurely and engaging with the community during the Jaipur Walks. These unique and engaging walking tours present a rare glance into the rich history and culture of the fascinating city- Jaipur, that can only be experienced through walking. Other interesting experiences obtained through Jaipur walks are visits to temples loaded with beautiful historic painting, meeting with the master craftsmen at work and a succulent feast of the best street food in the city! Apart from the featured heritage city walks various agencies offer some interesting customized walking tours like Photographers’ Walk, Amer Heritage Trail, Bazaars, Craft and Cuisine Walk, Temples and havelis walking tour and the Art and Antiques of old Jaipur.
Cycle Tours – Jaipur Cycle Tour is the recently introduced short tour of the walled city of Jaipur, which is also known as the Pink City on bicycle. Ride bicycles through the hustling narrow streets of perennial Jaipur discovering the vibrant colors and authentic flavors of life in the Pink City. The cycle tours of Jaipur render a historical perspective of how a day in Jaipur takes its course. These cycle tours of Jaipur let you unfold the splendour of the city in a beautiful way. Make your way through tiny nooks and crannies or take the off beaten tracks with no traffic halts. Many options are available that you can choose from depending on your comfort level and time limitation. Cycling tour of the royal heritage, cycling tour of the bazaars, streets, temples and cycling tour of the Jaipur city are some of the popular cycling tours offered in Jaipur. Go for the off beaten way of tourism and get a fine whiff of traditions, opulence and culture of Jaipur. Uncover the various enchantments of the Pink city within 3.5 hours through the cycling tour of Jaipur
The history buffs and those who want to get a feel of royalty may opt for the Royal heritage cycling tours. As you cycle along, get an awe inspiring experience of the erstwhile grandeur of Maharajas. Gawk at the breathtaking monuments and get transported to another era. Cycling tour of Bazaars allows you to romance the various hues of Jaipur by cycling through its bustling bazaars. It is a classic tour of the Jaipur city, which will take you to places that give the city its distinct character. Make way along the busy narrow lanes, Chit chat with locals and learn more about their culture, food and lifestyle.
Adventure Tours – Jaipur due to its hill forts, terrific climatic conditions renders a fabulous base for various adventure activities to the thrill seekers in the city. The most popular Adventure activities held in Jaipur include Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari, Paragliding, Hot Air Balloon Rides and trekking.
- Elephant Safari is the signature experience on has to have on Jaipur tour. Kids or elders, both relish the royal ride alike. You can choose from the famous elephant ride for Amer Fort, ride through the Amer town and the Old Pink City. Taking a village or countryside safari on elephant is also an exciting option for that delighting memory of feeling like a maharaja.
- Paragliding in Jaipur– The power packed paragliding on the gleaming sky of Jaipur offers an overwhelming experience, and the memories, which would last for lifetime. Several spots like Amer Fort Aravalli hills in Jaipur offer this adventure activity.
- Hot air balloon ride is one of the most adventurous and exhilarating activities to indulge in Jaipur. Once in a lifetime fly over the mighty forts and palaces and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Jaipur as you take this ride. Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, Shiv Vilas and Delhi-Jaipur Road are some places from where you may enjoy hot air balloon rides.
- Camping in Jaipur-Camping in Jaipur is an exciting way to escape from the city life. You can set up a camp in a rural area or jungle around the Amer Fort. Enjoy bonfires, folk dance performances, and midnight safaris while camping in Jaipur.
- Trekking–Ranging from the short and easy trips to soak in the freshness of plethora of flora of the region, Jaipur has it all to pump up your adventure streak. The supreme Aravalli hills are an ideal destination for trekking. Enjoy the dense forests and lush meadow, which offers a rejuvenating experience.
Night Tourism – From an exotic and breathtaking evening upon to a lively night of amazement amid the city’s magnificent heritage, there are just so many fascinating reasons to stay awake at night in the royal city of Jaipur! Jaipur is a beautifully plush city during the day, yet it is even more fascinating at night. The monuments, palaces and old streets can be best experienced illuminated with lights when darkness takes over the city. A recent breakthrough from the tourism department has now opened the doors of certain important monuments for the tourism at Night, which allows the visitors to drink in the beauty of the monuments at night. Amer Fort, City Palace and Albert Hall are the first in the list to offer Night tourism entry in Jaipur. Although other monuments are closed at night, you can still admire their magnificence from outside with the night tourism provided by Rajasthan Tourism. A fascinating front view of Raj Mandir cinema hall, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Sarga Suli, Statue Circle, Amar Jawan Jyoti, Vidhan Sabha Bhawan, Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Albert Hall, Kanak Virndavan, Amer Fort and Nahargarh Fort followed by dinner at Durg Restaurant of Nahargarh fort with view of the gleaming city from the top is specially designed for the night tour of the Jaipur city.
- Amer By Night- The Amer fort gets transformed in to an ignited marvel and appears even more fascinating and enticing with the launch of night tourism in Jaipur. The important premises like Jaleb Chowk, Diwan-e-Aam, Mansingh Mahal and Sheesh Mahal get illuminated with glorious colourful lights fabulous enough to mesmerize the visitors.
- Albert Hall Museum At Night– Centrally located in the midst of lush Ram Niwas Gardens of Jaipur, Albert Hall Museum is a treat to eyes for the passersby as well as those visiting the museum interior. Watching the museum articles, at night especially the Egyptian mummy is an exciting and thrilling experience for the visitors of Albert Hall Museum. For the night tourism, the exterior, passages and corridors appears mesmerizing with illuminated and glowing colorful lights.
Photography Tours – Jaipur is one of the most photographed destinations when it comes to capturing grandeur, magnificence, colors and beauty. The customized photography tours of jaipur helps you explore and click the interesting, popular, less explored and even isolated places where you can come closer to the traditions, festivals and interesting lifestyle of Jaipurites with a strong hold of their roots. Palaces, forts and fortifications that go on as far as the ridges of the hills that encompass them, deep-orange hues of sun setting over lush Aravalli hill, starry nights atop the Nahargarh fort whose silence is occasionally interrupted by nearby temple bells, orange turbaned men playing flute and traditional musical instrument, puppets dancing to the tune of soulful music, children playing in the ground with the backdrop of Jal Mahal, women in saffron,pink,mustard robes and long skirts walking gracefully with a pot of water leaving behind stupefying sounds of anklets, front facade of Hawa Mahal and pink painted gazebos of old houses blending beautifully with urban settlements, temples and havelis painted with acts of Radha Krishna and palaces where opulence cannot be bettered. These are only few glimpses of what Jaipur has to offer to photography enthusiasts. The photography tour of Jaipur is bound to leave one lingering for more, and the output of their photography tours that they bring back always ensures that the memories will never fade.
- Barkheda – Located 20 km away from Jaipur, Barkheda is a village in Rajasthan. Right in front of the famous Jain temple, there is a lovely pond which is definitely not an ordinary water body. Playing in water and taking off to fly in the sky, you can now see indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds in the shimmering pond to your left. The migratory birds include Greylag and Barheaded Goose, Rosy Pelicans, Dalmation Pelicans and Greater Flamingos. When the first ray of sun falls on the water, the reddish orange light that fills the sky and reflects on the bodies of these birds, is worth catching.
- Chandali Lake – Chandlai lake often called the “hidden lake” is a 10 minutes drives from Sitapura in Jaipur. This place invites you to its natural, refreshing and soothing breeze. It is most loved scenic spot for several migratory birds too. The lake is quite scenic during the monsoons with the dry forests and hills ringing around it. The surroundings with blue-green shaded hues, the birds with their chirping sounds and the misty weather of monsoon will definitely open your horizons to the beauty of nature.
Heritage Water Walks – Living in the desert state, water comes as a major source of inspiration for many centuries. There are deep rooted spiritual and religious values and beliefs that support the importance of water in our daily lives. A new development in tourism is Heritage Water Walks. To safeguard the earth’s resources, the Tourism Department of Rajasthan started the new concept of Heritage Water Walks at places with prominent tourists and heritage locations such as Nahargarh Fort and Amer Palace. Heritage Water Walks, supported by the Department of Archaeology & Museums and Jaipur Development Authority, gives an enlightening view on understanding the water culture of Jaipur city.
Note- All the activities depends upon the time, season and availability .
Arts, Crafts and Shopping in Jaipur
A trip to Jaipur is not only confined to majestic forts, luxury palaces and imposing museums. Along with housing a rich history and cultural heritage, Jaipur is also a great shopping hub. There are undoubtedly some remarkable shopping places in Jaipur which can enrich your total shopping experience tenfold. The exceptional variety and the conventional touch of the products will leave you wanting to come back every other weekend so you can amp up your wardrobe with all things beautiful. The variety of things that you get in Jaipur has unparalleled beauty that will leave you smitten in no time.
Arts and Crafts – The handicrafts of the city truly signify the culture and the essence this city is known for.
Blue pottery tops the lists of handicrafts and especially when it’s about carrying souvenirs. Whether you want to accessorize your little corner with a vase or accentuate your wall with hanging plates, these Turko-Persian blue potteries of Jaipur are one-stop-shop for you. Though there are many shops in different parts of the city but the show rooms at Amer Road offers a wide variety.
- Found hanging in the busy markets of the walled city or inside a traditional set-up with a live puppet show on, these Rajasthani puppets are one of the most inexpensive gifts to carry along. These are made with painted wooden heads, draped with dresses made from sequined old fabrics and stuffing rags in them. With a typical representation of a Rajasthani man and woman, these puppets have a distinctive style that is difficult to pass by. You can buy them at the market around Hawa Mahal or Link Road.
- Known for the finest hand-made rugs, mats and carpets, Jaipur is the hub for all your carpet desires. From rich colour patterns, motifs, sizes to material – wool, silk or cotton, there is a carpet for every need and for every room of your home. Buy then at Tripolia Bazzar.
- Known as the hub of folk, metal, gold and gemstone jewellery, Jaipur is all things jewels. Whether it is working with precious metals like silver, gold and diamond or doing meenakari, jadau and kundan artworks, one can find the most stunning jewellery pieces in town.
- Better known as jootis or mojadis, juttis are a must-buy when in Jaipur. Even as a local, every household will have a pair of this traditional juttis for they are best suited under ethnic wear. Buy them at Hawa Mahal and Link Road.
- Sanganeri prints date back to over 500 years and gained immense popularity during the 16th-17th century when the East India Company begin exporting them to European countries. The characteristic trait of this technique is that it uses a pure white base fabric on which delicate and detailed floral trellis patterns are printed. The artisans of Sanganer employ a special technique called ‘calico printing’ where the outlines are first printed, then filled in and repeated in diagonal sections. The finer lines and subdued colors make it remarkable and revered.
- The origin of Bagru can be traced to Rajasthan’s Chippas community about 450 years back. This traditional technique relies on natural dyes and is predominantly done on indigo or blue base fabric. Its trademark design is an amalgamation of geometric patterns and animal/bird motifs. The motifs are comparatively larger than Sanganeri prints as well as bolder.
- Lehriya, meaning a ‘Leher’, a wave. In ancient times the wave embodies a craft which brings hope to the arid state of Rajasthan. Lehriya is like an heirloom, which is our rich heritage, and people adorning themselves in those impeccable waves presents a cultural and spiritual image of Rajasthan. When in Jaipur you could grab yourself a Lehriya print attire and flaunt yourself clothed in the culture of Jaipur.
Shopping – Along with housing a rich history and cultural heritage, Jaipur is also a great shopping hub. There are undoubtedly some remarkable shopping places in Jaipur which can enrich your total shopping experience tenfold. The exceptional variety and the conventional touch of the products will leave you wanting to come back every other weekend so you can amp up your wardrobe with all things beautiful.
- A shopper’s paradise and a must visit, Johari Bazaar in Jaipur has a reputation that precedes itself. the market is lined with innumerable shops that deal with exclusive jewelry representing the rich Rajasthani culture of the city. The plethora of choices and amazing designs will leave you spellbound. Although it is highlighted as a jewelry market, one can also find traditional Jaipuri dresses, sarees, lehengas, handicrafts, quilts and so much more.
- Bapu Bazaar is famous for drawing the highest number of shoppers. Located in the heart of pink city, the bazaar with its appeal, liveliness and availability of Rajasthani products has made itself an ultimate shopping destination. You can buy a huge number of traditional Rajasthani products ranging from textiles, mojari jootis, leather products, hand-crafted home décor items, conventional block printed bedspreads, cushion covers and a lot more.
- Gaurav tower or popularly known as GT paved the way for mall culture in Jaipur. Back in the 90’s when there were not many places to hang out for youths, GT attracted popular multinational brands to open their stores in the pink city. From textiles to shoes to perfumes, you can buy anything from this one stop mall and once you are tired from your shopping spree; you can feed your taste buds with variety of cuisines available in the mall.
- World trade park is a famous shopping, recreational and entertainment hub in Jaipur. With anchor stores of world-renowned brands, numerous boutiques and dozens of traditional shops, World trade park keeps shopaholics enthralled for the duration of their visit. The architecture of the building is so attractive that you will definitely fall in love with it and even if you don’t want to shop, you surely should click a selfie at this sparkling blue place.
Festivals of Jaipur
Teej Festival – It is the time of spring when Goddess Parvati meets her beloved Lord Shiva after a long time. While the women in Jaipur pray for long life of their husbands. An elaborate procession of accoutrements with adorned camels, horses and elephants parade through the walled city of Jaipur. And, this procession of Teej is an important tourism activity, which is an experience of lifetime for the travelers and photographers. Jaipur’s streets can be seen brimming with lehariya fabrics and sarees, the festive dessert Ghewar adds perfect flavor to ignite temptations.
Gangaur Festival – Gangaur Festival is also marked in reverence to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The word is formed from ‘Gan’ and ‘Gauri’Gan is another name of Shiv while Gauri is used to address Parvati. Similar to Teej, a mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur via Tripoliya Gate (City Palace) Tripoliya Bazar and Gangauri Bazar with chariots, decorated camels, dancing folk artists, brass bands and royal palanquins for two days.
Kite Festival – This is one festival which eliminates all the boundaries between young and old, kid and elders. Many tourists plan their Jaipur vacation in such a way that it falls around Sankranti. The religious significance of the festival is marked by doing charity and taking an early morning holy dip in Galtaji- the religious water pond in Jaipur.! The Pink City’s sky turns into a canvas of colors with Kites; the spirited sounds of “Woh Kata”, hot pakodas and loud speaker music – each element of Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is worth not to be missed. As the day fall in the arms of evening a marvelous show of firework and lanterns mesmerizes the onlookers till late night.
Jaipur Literature Festival – Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas and the past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book-lovers from across India and the globe. For five days, the Pink City is infused with enthusiasm, a riot of colour and infectious energy as literature and art-enthusiasts flock to Jaipur for the Festival. During the Festival days, there are endless places to see, and things to do, some of which include insightful sessions and an exciting and buzzing carnival encapsulating a bookstore, food stalls, a bazaar along with artists at work, and multiple parties hosted on the Festival’s fringes.
Culinary Delights of Jaipur
Daal Baati Churma – This power-packed Rajasthani dish that is everyone’s favourite is best enjoyed during winters. The one when we get invited at Khol ke Hanuman Ji the level of excitement to get to eat Dal Baati Churma is just next level.
Kachori and Samosa – We believe these two are the national breakfast and evening snack of every Jaipurite. The love for Rawat’s famous Pyaz Ki Kachori and Samrat’s hot and crispy Samose is very strong. Nothing can compare to the pleasure of savouring them with green or tamrind chutney!
Rabri – Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar- one of the oldest places in Jaipur this rabri bhandar is famous not only for its rabri but also for a range of other sweets. This creamy and rich textured rabri is another summer delight that is very fulfilling.
Ghewar – “Ghevar”, an incredible Rajasthani Delicacy which is widely popular and traditionally associated with Teej Festival (locally called Sawan ki Teej or Hariyali Teej) and Raksha Bandhan festival falling in the month of August. Ghevar is a round mesh-like disc-shaped fried delicacy drenched in cardamom and saffron flavoured sugar syrup and topped with sliced nuts and flavored rabri. We bet you are already dreaming to gobble Ghevar because this festival Dessert is always a chart-topper!
Lal Maas – Laal maas is a delectable dish originated from Rajasthan itself, you may find it some places outside of Rajasthan too, but the authentic taste of Rajasthan is hard to copy. The dish is eaten with Indian Breads (Bajra roti, Bejad Roti, Jungli roti, Roomali roti, and whatnot).
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