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20 Places to visit when travelling to Jaipur

Jaipur is a place with a glorious past and a very rich historic background. People come from far off places just to get the taste of its beautiful monuments and their architecture. For anyone who wants to visit Jaipur or even know about it, here is a list of 20 places one must visit and why.

1. Albert Hall Museum
Situated in Ram Niwas Garden, Albert Hall Museum is home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. Dated back to 1876, it’s the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture. With lush green lawns alongside, you can sit and enjoy the beauty of this gigantic museum from outside.

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2. Amar Jawan Jyoti
Amar Jawan Jyoti was established as a tribute to the martyrs who fought and sacrificed their lives for the pride and honor of the nation. In the evenings, the place is lit with beautiful colored lights which makes the view all the more spectacular. Here one can view art, sculptures and audio visual movies dedicated to the defense force of the country. It is a perfect place for those who are keen to hear the gallant tales of the soldiers of our nation.

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3. Amer Fort
Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, is spread over a vast area with four levels, each having a courtyard. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show, scripted by the great poet and lyricist Gulzar and voiced by Bollywood superstar Mr Amitabh Bachchan. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs and Jaipur City. The high walls of the fort, made of red sandstone and marble, create an awe-stricken backdrop for the light – effects. This is something to be witnessed by every Jaipurite at least once in their lifetime.

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4. Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir, also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, is a marvel made entirely of white marble. Situated on the elevated platform of the Moti Dunagri Hill, it looks splendid glowing in the night light. The major attraction is towards the idol of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, which is carved out of one single piece of marble. With the pure and peaceful aura of the temple, surrounded by lush green lawns, it is the ideal hangout place for many Jaipurites as well as tourists to spend their evenings.

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5. Chokhi Dhani
For an ultimate Rajasthani experience, Chokhi Dhani, located approx 23 km from Jaipur on Tonk Road, is a place you can’t afford to miss. With the artificial village environment, soak in the spirits of Rajasthani culture and traditions. The lip smacking, traditional Rajasthani food adds to the charismatic appeal of Chokhi Dhani. Once you visit the place, the paintings, the wall art, the camel rides, the dance performances, the enthusiasm, the traditions, the Rajasthani attire and the smiling faces are all bound to mesmerize you and make you feel ecstatic.

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6. Chulgiri
Situated in the lap of the Aravali Ranges, is a beautiful Jain temple, Chulgiri. It’s famous for its 60 ft tall dome, which shelters the enormous 21 ft tall sculpture of Mahaveer Swami. The way to the temple is an adventure in itself. Hiking and trekking on the Aravali Hills is altogether a different experience and many tourists visit Chulgiri just for this. The Ghaat Ki Ghooni tunnel which eventually leads to the temple, is a major tourist attraction. During monsoon, surrounded by the greenery, the place looks all the more beautiful and attractive. With many scenic views, it’s a perfect place for a peaceful picnic.

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7. City Palace
Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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8. Galtaji
An ancient pilgrimage site, Galtaji, surrounded by the Aravali Hills has a series of temples built in a narrow crevice. From the hills flows a natural spring, that fills the seven sacred kunds, which the pilgrims consider as holy and come in thousands to bathe here. Galta ji is also famous for the hundred of monkeys that live here in the Galwar Bagh or also known as the monkey temple. It is considered very auspicious to visit the temple and to bathe in the kund on Makar Sankranti.

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9. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal or Wind Palace, built in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown, is the world’s tallest building without a foundation. With 953 Jharokhs, it was built for the Royal Ladies to witness the day to day activities happening on the streets without actually being seen. It was a great retreat in the summers as the winds would blow inside and cool the entire palace. No tourists can ever resist admiring the beauty of this Wind Palace.

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10. Jaigarh
Jaigarh, situated on the Cheel ka Teela of the Aravali Ranges, over looks the Amber Fort and the Maota Lake. Also known as the Victory Fort, it is very similar to the Fort of Amber in terms of structure and architecture. The fort has a cannon named Jaivana which was once the world’s largest cannon on wheels. It is convenient to visit Jaigarh and Amber Fort on the same trip as they are considered as one complex.
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11. Jal Mahal
Situated in the heart  of the Maan Sagar Lake, is the fine masterpiece of both Rajput and Mughal architecture, Jal Mahal. A five storied building, Jal Mahal has 4 floors underwater and only one floor above it. While it is not open for tourists to visit it from inside, one can marvel at the beauty of this Water Palace from outside, enjoy the picturesque view and have a treat at the nearby Chowpatis.

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12. Jawahar Cirlce
Jawahar Circle, located near the Jaipur International Airport is considered as the largest circular park in Asia. The park has many musical fountains, swings jogging track and a chowpaati place to gorge on tasty food. Having a calm and soothing atmosphere, many people come here to spend some quality time.

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13. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has many stone, brass and masonry instruments which were made based on astrology and ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts. The place has the World’s largest stone sundial which has created a major buzz among the tourists.

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14. Kanak Vrindavan
Located at the foot of Nahargarh Hills, is a beautiful garden surrounded by lush green lawns and trees and fountains. It has many exquisite ‘Chhatris’ that depict the architecture of the bygone era. The Kanak Vrindavan valley, often being used as a backdrop for my Bollywood movies and a perfect picnic spot, offers a breathtaking view of the Jaipur City and the alluring nearby places. 

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15. Nahargarh
At the edge of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Aravali Hills, stands a magnificent fort named Nahargarh. It’s the favourite hangout place of many Jaipurites because of the height on which the Fort is situated and the breathtaking view of the city that it offers. Trekking to the top of the hill, where the fort stands, is an experience like never before.

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16. Panna Meena ki Baori
Panna Meena ki Baori, located near the Amber Fort, is an architectural marvel of the 16th Century. This step well was constructed as a community gathering place for the locals. During the monsoons, the place looks very attractive and soothing. The beauty of the place lies in the unique concept of symmetrical staircases. Legends say that a person can’t use the same staircase to go up and down and many tourist visit this place to check it out themselves.

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17. Raj Mandir
Constructed in the Art Moderne Style of architecture, Raj Mandir was considered as the finest architecture building in the history of the cinema halls. The beautiful chandeliers, the carpeted floors, crafted walls and everything about the place makes it a royal experience for the visitors. Titled as the ‘Pride of Asia’, this cinema hall is very popular among the tourists as well as the locals.

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18. Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Located near Ghat Ki Ghooni, Sisodia Garden was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh as a token of love for his second queen, Queen Sisodia of Udaipur. The garden is adorned with beautiful flower beds, musical fountains, water channels and murals displaying the eternal love story of Radha-Krishna. The place serves as a very famous tourist and picnic spot.

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19. Sargasuli
Constructed as a symbol of victory of Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh over Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, the tower is also called ‘Victory Tower’. The specialty of this sky-high building is that, from its roof one can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Pink City. Located in the heart of the city, this tower is a very popular tourist destination in Jaipur.

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20. Vidhadhar ka Bagh
A pristine garden, Vidhadhar ka Bagh was built in the memory of the architect of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Vidhadhar Bhattacharya. Located near the Sisodia Garden, the place is a display of scenic beauty surrounded by beautiful fountains, lush green flower beds, royal pavilions and murals of Lord Krishna. It’s a very famous tourist attraction and an ideal place for a peaceful getaway.

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Enjoy the architectural beauties of Pink City and connect with the glorious history of each monument as this is the best time of the year to visit the city of Jaipur.

Written by our intern: Avni Mehta

 

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Jaipur’s Famous Pandit Pav Bhaaji

You say Pav Bhaaji, I say Pandit Pav Bhaji!

No matter where you come from, no matter where you live; if you are in Jaipur and want to have the best pav bhaaji that is being served in the city, Pandit Pav Bhaaji in front of Birla Mandir is the name that you’ll get to hear from a true Jaipurite. A place that needs no introduction, it is a true paradise for all the foodies and especially pav bhaaji fanatics. 😉
The love of spices, mouth watering Bhaaji and the finger licking buttery pav served with the zest of sizzling hot chutney and lemon are only a few of the major reasons that attracts people to hang out at this amazing food joint.
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What can be better than hanging out with your friends or loved ones outside the beautiful Birla Mandir and having the time of your life enjoying the most heavenly pav bhaaji of Jaipur? A bingo combination of a perfect location and amazing food, Pandit Pav Bhaaji has it all. Something a true foodie and pav bhaaji maniac would never be able to resist! 😉
Started with the love and passion of serving people in Mumbai, Pandit Pav Bhaaji was able to create magic in Jaipur as well and has been doing it since the last 25 years. Bringing all the generations together, it has been a hub for family outings, selfie corner for friends and a joint to bring lovers together.
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Whether it is hot sunday afternoon of May – June, or pleasant evening in the month of October, the streets of Jaipur are flooded with tourists from all across the world. Nothing will be able to stop you from visiting this food joint and you cannot leave the place without having a bite. 😉 Believe us, once you have a bite you will not be able to leave before having the entire plate full of the divine pav bhaaji of Jaipur.
One of the major reasons behind the success of Pandit Pav Bhaaji apart from the irresistible pav bhaaji, is the love with which it’s prepared and served from morning till evening to every single Jaipurite. And this is something that will compel you to visit the joint again and again 🙂
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An evening at Padao, Nahargarh !!

It was a Saturday evening and with no planning in mind, we, Jaipur Beat, decided to head to Nahargarh. Jaipurites are always in love with this place, particularly when the weather is perfect; the place gives a remarkable look of Jaipur especially during night.

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Before we indulge into real pleasure, let’s have a brief intro about the Fort – Established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, Nahargarh is set on Aravali mountain ranges and was once a strong defense ring, creating a tough protection for the city along with other two forts of Amer and Jaigarh. The place became known as Nahargarh, which means “adobe of tigers’.

There is lots of history attached to the abode, incredible design, awe inspiring planning, but what catches an eye the most is the awesome view of the city that fort offers.

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With no time wasted we started going uphill through the zig zag road. While climbing we managed to get the view of Mansagar Lake, which was absolutely spectacular and we knew that much more is in store once we reach at the top.

So we decided to explore Padao restaurant.

It took just 10 minutes to reach the highest point, which happens to be a restaurant called ‘Padao’- this is an open-air restaurant at the top, gives awesome view and also sells drinks around sunset plus veg and non-veg snacks.

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As soon as we entered –we were charged with Rs 50/- per head as an entry fee that includes free tea /coffee/coldrink.. If you ask, it’s not bad actually. We parked our car and the first thing we were up to was to get a quick look at the sparkling Jaipur city from the top and pin pointing few of the places that were easily recognizable from the highest point like TalKatora, Birla Mandir, Moti Sons building and lot many.

It was simply amazing, many people were relaxing on the fort’s walls overlooking the city while some were seriously having the time of their own under the sky with no one around to disturb.

From up there the city seems so quiet and peaceful; no doubt it took seconds for us to decide to spendsome more time there.  So we served ourselves free-cold drink (Self Service) and ordered Beer, Pakoras and Chilly Paneer. The sitting area at Padao is all-open with wrought iron chairs and tables. They serve you, but don’t guarantee the place for sitting. Better keep your eyes open and look for empty chairs on your own, especially when it’s a weekend. And let your luck play the charm 😉

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It took a few minutes for us to locate and collect our chairs and finally got our seats at the corner of the top Burj. Our day was made sitting, eating and enjoying with friends.

Some of you may not be aware that several scenes from the movie Rang De Basanti were filmed here.

The place is a must visit for all. We suggest you a few safety tips-

* Avoid going alone and always try going in a group.

* Drive carefully after having drinks, as the road to Nahargarh is prone to many accidents.

* Don’t forget to take your camera along for some amazing photography, as there is no other place in the city that gives such an exotic view of Jaipur.

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