Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is the place of forts, palaces, beautiful architecture, and religious temples. Jaipur has many names; it is called the desert capital of India, also known as Pink City because of the pink walls of the old city. The culture heritage of Jaipur, arts, crafts and architecture of this city attracts a lot of tourists here. The mouth-watering cuisine, desserts, Rajasthani dal baati churma, malpua, rajasthani lassi, dal kachori, pyaz kachori is also the specialty of Jaipur.
Jaipur is the main getaway for Jodhpur and Jaisalmer; the desert tour starts from here. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle Tour. Winter is the best time to visit Jaipur from October to March. Summers are quite hot in Jaipur.
The major tourist attractions and most famous places to visit in Jaipur are Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, City Palace Jaipur, Jantar Mantar Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort, Chokhi Dhani Jaipur, Albert Hall Museum, Galtaji Temple, Jaigarh Fort, Bapu Bazar, Birla Temple, Moti Dungri Temple, Jai Mahal.
Hawa Mahal is a beautifully architected building in Jaipur which was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. It is a five story building which is also called “Palace of winds”. Hawa Mahal has a beehive like structure with 953 windows or ‘Jharokhas’. The main architecture of this palace built of red and pink sandstone.
The royal Rajput ladies were not allowed to go to public places and should not be seen by strangers. So, the Hawa Mahal was constructed from where they could enjoy the events and festivals in the street and all hustles and bustles of the city.
Amer Fort, also known as Amber Fort is one of the popular tourist destinations of Jaipur. Amber fort is located on Cheel Ka Teela on Aravalli Hills. This ancient fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592. It is not only a fort but also has palaces, temples and gardens, so it is also known as Amer Palace of Jaipur. Elephant safari in Amer Fort is also available to visit the fort. There is a beautiful lake near the fort which is called Maota Lake.
Amer Fort Timing
The opening time of the fort for visitors is 9 am in the morning till 6 pm evening.
Elephant ride timings are from 9:30 am morning to 1:00 pm.
Hindi light show starts at 8 pm in the evening
English light show starts at 7:30 pm in the evening
Amer Fort Entrance Fee and Charges
Foreigner – INR 550 per person
Foreign Students – INR 100 per person
Indians – INR 50 per person
Indian Students – INR 10 rupees per person
Light Show in English – INR 200 per person
Light Show in Hindi – INR 100 per person
Elephant Safari – INR 1100 Single or per couple
City Palace of Jaipur has total nine blocks, which also includes the famous ‘Chandra Mahal’ and ‘Mubarak Mahal’. The palace has many courtyards and buildings in it. The palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1732, where the construction was started in 1729. The architecture of the palace reflects the fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European styles.
Main Attractions of City Palace
Pritam Niwas Chowk
City Palace Visiting Hours – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm City Palace Entry Fee – Rs. 200 for Indians, Rs. 100 for Students and Rs. 700 for Tourists
Jantar Mantar Jaipur
Jantar Mantar is located in the center of the city and one of the must visit places of Jaipur. It is the largest stone astronomical observatory in the world built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727-33. Beautiful stone structure of Jantar Mantar is the major attraction of this place. There are five such observatories in India. The other four are in New Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura.
Major Attractions within Jantar Mantar
Vrihat Smarat Yantra: The Huge Sundial
Laghu Smarat Yantra
Jaya Prakash Yantra
Nahargarh Fort is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. The fort gives a beautiful view of the Pink City. The older name of the Nahargarh Fort was Sudarshangarh Fort. The fort facilitates the Indo-European architecture with beautiful structures.
Attractions in Nahargarh Fort
Madhavendra Bhavan: Madhavendra Bhavan is also called as ‘Zenana’ which was primarily used as a retreat for royal ladies.
Mardana Mahal: Mardana Mahal is place which was constructed to spend time by royal men.
Nahargarh Biological Park: Nahargarh Biological Park in the Naharghar Fort has tigers, leopards and the Asiatic lions.
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur
If you want to experience the Rajasthani Culture, Chokhi Dhani is the best places to visit in Jaipur. Chokhi Dhani was established in 1989 and spread over an area of 10 acres. The place gives you a complete view of the older time where you can see village huts, decorative wall art, Rajasthani clothes and more. To entertain visitors, Chokhi Dhani offers many shows, performances, & rides. Rajasthani food at Chaupal and restaurants within Chokhi Dhani makes your visit more memorable.
Chokhi Dhani 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)