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Top things to do in Jaipur, The Pink City

Jaipur is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in India. It is not only the state capital, but also the largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

It is famously known as Pink city because of the colors of the buildings around the City palace.

This city was founded by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer, back in 1727.

It has two UNESCO world heritage sites in its kitty.

Tourist attractions

1. City Palace

A seven storied building as seen from ground level. City palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur

Located at the heart of the pink city, this is the number one attraction, a must visit place when in Jaipur.

There is a ticket of Rs.70/- which includes just the entry and looking around the court yard.

Pink palace walls as seen from the courtyard of the city palace
City palace, courtyard

There is another ticket which costs a solid Rs.3,000/- per head, which gives you unlimited access to the palace along with guide and light refreshments.

It took us a while to take one of the toughest decisions of our lives :P, as in which ticket to buy.

Thanks to one the staff at the ticket counter who was both informative and good in sales, and he convinced us to go with the latter.

Trust me, I would have regretted if I had not gone for the complete palace tour. It houses some of the most luxurious chambers in the world. (Which we are not allowed to photograph btw). The panoramic view from the terraces with the giant Aravalli range in the background is truly mesmerizing.

Beautiful chamber with pillars which has traditional white and blue Jaipur paintings
One of the many chambers inside the city palace

2. Govindji Temple

This is not a major tourist attraction, I would rather call it a more religious place. However, since its right within the walking distance of the city palace, we paid this temple a visit based on our guide’s recommendations at the city palace.

Must say we were pleasantly surprised. Its a beautiful temple with a very unique Lord Krishna’s idol. It is not a typical temple with closed temple walls.

So, if you have few extra minutes when you are around city palace, you can consider visiting this temple.

3. Jantar Mantar

This is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Jaipur. It has a
collection of nineteen astronomical instruments. It has world’s largest stone sundial

This is located right opposite to city palace and is one of the must visits.

Open space with architectural astronomical instruments. Jantar mantar jaipur
Jantar Mantar

4. Hawa Mahal

This is undoubtedly one of the most photographed monument in Jaipur. And its for the obvious reasons, its sheer beauty.

Built out of red and pink sandstone in a honey comb pattern, the facade has five stories with small windows.

The purpose being the ladies of the royal family could watch the everyday life activities happening on the streets of Jaipur without them stepping out of the palace.

Located very close to city palace its on the main street of pink city.

I fell in love with the night view as against day view.

Night view of a beautiful 5 storied building built in honey comb pattern with lights.
Hawa mahal

5. Sisodiya Rani Bagh

This again is one of the offbeat places we visited. This is a beautiful garden with a palace located about 6kms from Jaipur on Jaipur-Agra road.

The garden is spread over multiple levels with fountains and water bodies.

I’m a huge Game of Thrones series and felt like this was India’s version of Kingdom of Dorne.

A view of a two storied building with traditional paintings as seen from road.
Sisodiya rani ka bhag

6. Galtaji Temple or Monkey temple

Yet another offbeat location. You will find this at about 10kms away from Jaipur.

This is one of the oldest Hindu temple in Jaipur.

We were kind of surprised with the number of monkeys present at the temple premises. And even more surprising was that they were all extra too friendly towards visitors.

Temple with rocky mountains in the background and water body in the front.
Galtaji temple

7. Jal Mahal

Jalmahal is about 4kms from Jaipur and is right in the middle of man sagar dam. It is a five storied building out of which four stories are submerged in the water.

We could only get a glimpses of it from a distance as this palace is not open for tourists.

Palace submerged in the water with mountains at the background
Jal Mahal

8. Nahargarh Fort

This is one of my favorite destinations in Jaipur, as we can get a birds eye view of the entire city of Jaipur from this fort.

Bird's eye view of the Jaipur city as seen from Naharghar fort
Naharghar fort

This is located at the edge of Aravali mountains and kind of acts as a protection wall for the city.

Rooftop of a building with clear sky

9.Jaighar Fort

This fort is located at about 10kms from Jaipur and is closely located to Amer fort. This gives an amazing view of Amer fort from top.

There is also a huge cannon which was the world’s largest once upon a time.

Jaighar fort

10. Amer Fort

This is another personal favorite of mine. I would suggest you visit this fort by around 3.30pm. Entry closes by 4.30pm. Once you are in, you can explore the fort for a couple of hours as its huge.

Amer fort with beautiful garden
Amer fort

I would also recommend you stay there till 6 pm to witness the beauty of Amer when the lights are on.

Amer fort by night with lights
Amer by night

Hiring a local guide would be a good option to understand the history in detail. These guides come in handy to click some pictures of yours as well πŸ˜›

11. Albert Museum

We were fascinated by the architecture of this building as we passed by this a couple of times.

Later, we learnt this is a classic example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. And this is also a state government museum with has some amazing collection from history.

We were amazed to see a mummy at this museum, which we least expected.

Albert museum by night
Albert museum by night

12. Raj Mandir

When my friends kept insisting that we have to watch a movie at Raj Mandir, my initial reaction was “Why are we wasting couple of hours at a movie hall rather than exploring the city”.

I realised that I would have missed something nice if I had not listened to my friends.

This was indeed one of the unique movie watching experience.

Raj mandir
Raj Mandir

Where to Eat?

1. Cafe Palladio

Are you a fan of Italian food? Then, this is your go to place. Its just not the food, the ambiance, service, wide spread menu and everything else is at a different level.

Cafe palladio
Cafe Palladio

2.Masala Chowk

Are you someone who loves eating chats? Now here is a place with some of the best eatery under one roof. Masala Chowk is right opposite to Albert museum and is more of a food court with some amazing must try dishes.

Masala Chowk
Masala Chowk

3. Kailash Veg restaurant

I always like to taste the local food atleast once on all my travels, provided they are vegetarian :P.

We found one such place to enjoy authentic Rajasthani food opposite to Hawa Mahal.

Staff at Kailash restaurant were so hospitable and took extra efforts to make sure we tasted all their specialty dishes.

Rajasthani Thali

You can check out more images from this trip at my insta handle : The Intrepid Indian

The Intrepid Indian

5 thoughts on “Top things to do in Jaipur, The Pink City

  1. Nice travelog Manasa πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

    I like the way you have explored and covered off beat areas. Though I have been to Jaipur couple of times, can visit again, thnx to your list of off beat places! I liked your GoT comparison. Yes jaipur is very warm and very much like the kingdom of Dorne from Got 😘

    Keep travelling and keep blogging!!

  2. Jaipur is one of my favourite travel destinations, and a place where I haven’t been for a while. This post brought back so many memories – I think I need to plan another trip there soon!

  3. The city is high on my list to visit! Thanks for sharing this informative blog. I have discovered a few more places to add to the list from this post.

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