|Places to visit in Jaipur
Jaipur Tourist Places
- Amber Fort – Amer or Amber Fort is a magnificent structure and one of the most famous Forts of India. Its superb architecture and works of art will blow your senses. Certain parts of the Fort like Suraj Pol, Chand Pol, Ganesh Pol, Diwan-e-aam, Sheesh Mahal, Shila Devi Temple, Magic Flower, Sukh Mahal, etc. are not to be missed. The stunning views of the Maota Lake can be enjoyed from the Fort. One can climb the Fort by foot, however elephant ride is highly recommended for the royal feel.
- City Palace – Jaipur City is known worldwide for the awesome Forts and Palaces. City Palace is another master piece Jaipur has to offer. The brilliant work of art and architect has the touch of Mughals, Rajputs and Europeans. Major portion of the Palace has been converted into museum which displays marvelous artifacts. Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Riddhi Siddhi Pol, Clock Tower, Pritam Niwas Chowk, Sarvato Bhadra (Deewan-e-khaaas), Atish Pol, Sabha Niwas (Deewan-e-aam) are the parts of the Palace which will delight you. The Royal family presently resides at the Chandra Mahal.
- Jantar Mantar – Jantar Mantar is the name given to cluster of 5 observatories in Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. Observatory at Jaipur is considered as the largest of these 5. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in first half of 18th Century to study the movements of the sun, moon, planets and all other celestial bodies with naked eyes. Along with the world’s largest stone sundial around 20 architectural astronomical instruments adore the observatory.
- Hawa Mahal – Also known as Palace of winds, this 5 storeyed pyramidal Palace with 953 windows resembles the crown of Lord Krishna. Excellent view of the city can be enjoyed from the top of this red and pink Palace. Each of the 953 windows ‘Jharokhas’ are intricately decorated which glam up the beauty of the Palace. The Palace premises remain cool even in scorching heat of Jaipur, so the Palace is rightly called the Hawa Mahal.
- Jal Mahal and Man Sagar Lake – Standing amidst the Man Sagar Lake is the Jal Mahal or Water Palace. The Palace is built in Rajput and Mughal Style in red sandstone. Only 1 floor of this 5 storey Palace is visible (rest floors are submerged in water). With a garden on the top, this Palace turned Hotel offers stunning views especially during monsoon. The cool and clean water of the lake is a great view for the thirsty eyes in the desert region. Many migratory birds like flamingo, grey heron, wagtails, etc. can be spotted here.
- Govind Devji Temple – A temple of Lord Krishna very famous not only for its spirituality but also for architecture. It is believed that the beautiful idol of Govind Dev in this temple was in Vrindavan and was brought to Jaipur by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II as he was a devotee of Lord Krishna. The Temple is positioned in the premises of City Palace in such a way that the Maharaja can have direct view of the temple from his Palace (Chandra Mahal).
- Nahargarh Fort – Another magnificent Fort on the Aravalli ranges of Jaipur adding to the grandeur, royalty and security of the city. The construction of the Fort is mind blowing with great works of art. The walls of Nargarh Fort extend up to Jaigarh Fort. The Fort offers awesome views of the city during day as well as night. The story attached to the name of the Fort is interesting. This Fort was like a monsoon retreat for the royals.
- Jaigarh Fort – A remarkable Fort with world’s greatest cannon on wheel and a record of being unbeatable. Fort of Jaigarh is connected to Amer Fort through passages (not used in present day). The fort with its maze of corridors has water reservoirs, palaces/residential areas, temples, a tower and even a puppet theater. The view of Jaipur City from the Fort will make you say WOW!!!
- Birla Planetarium – This place is a must visit especially for those who have keen interest in science and astronomy. Many sky shows are conducted throughout the day for visitors. Planetarium has also hosted various seminars and designed many projects on space science, planets, stars, etc.
- Kanak Vrindavan – On the foot hill of Nahargarh Fort is this picturesque garden – Kanak Vrindavan. As this place resembled Lord Krishna’s abode in Vrindavan (UP), the name Kanak Vrindavan was given around 280 years ago by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. All the 3 Forts, namely Nahargarh Fort, Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort are visible from this garden.
- Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Temple) – Temple of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi in pure white marble. Walls of the temple are decorated with paintings and carvings from Hindu Upanishads, mythological events and religious saints and philosophers. Unlike the traditional Hindu temples, this temple displays art in modern form.
- Central Museum (Albert Hall Museum) – Built in Indo-Saracenic style, the Albert Hall Museum is the finest example of edifice in Jaipur. The museum was built with the intention to exert a pull on Prince Albert of England to visit Jaipur and was intended to be used as a place of Government. But later it was converted into a museum displaying largest collection of artifacts in Rajasthan.
- Rani Sisodia Garden and Palace – This symbol of love is named after Rani Sisodia (2nd wife of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh). Maharaja has gifted this Palace garden to his 2nd Queen as a retreat resort 10 kms away from Jaipur, free from city’s hustle bustle. This garden with exotic flowers and plants, beautiful fountains and water channels is soothing to eyes especially in dry region of Rajasthan. The Palace walls are decorated with fantastic paintings of Radha-Krishna depicting the stories of their eternal love.
- Abhaneri Step Well (Chand Baori) – Chand Baori is regarded as India’s largest and deepest step well. Despite being so huge, its walls are carved with intricate and delicate designs. The steps of the well form a magical maze and the consequent play of light and shadow on the structure give it a captivating look. Various other structures like jharokas are built around the well adding to its beauty. A temple of Harshat Mata is located in front of the step well. This place definitely amaze you.
- Galtaji Temples – There are a series of temple within a mountain pass of Aravalli hills of Jaipur with natural spring forming 7 kunds. Of these 7 kunds ‘Galta Kund’ is the holiest and is never believed to dry. It is said that a dip in this holy kund cleanses one’s mind, body and soul. Temples of Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, Sun Temple, Saint Galav, etc beautifully constructed like palace adorn the premises. This place is also known for monkeys which are found here in large numbers.
- Central Park – Largest park of Jaipur is the Central Park. The Park blooms with a vast range of flora and fauna. A 5 Km walking and jogging track induces health freaks to the Park. Many events like Elephant Festival, Musical and Cultural events are hosted at this Park. Ram Bagh Polo Ground and Golf Club are a part of Central Park.
- Moti Dungri Temple – A very famous temple of Lord Ganesha on a small hill. Thousands of devotees visit the temple every day. Every Wednesday a fair is organized here as Wednesday is the day of Lord Ganesha. The stone carvings, paintings and other works of art on the walls of the temple attract art lovers.
- Ram Niwas Garden and Jaipur Zoo – Ram Niwas Garden is spread over 70 acres in the heart of Jaipur city. The lush green garden with fountains and vivid flora and fauna is an ideal place for picnic. The garden premises also comprise of Rang Manch Theatre, Bird Park, Jaipur Zoo, Albert Hall Museum and several cafes. A part of the Ram Niwas Gardens, Jaipur zoo is divided into two parts – 1. Animals and 2. Birds. One of the oldest Zoos in India, Jaipur Zoo / Zoological Garden is not as magnificent as other places in Jaipur but is considerable.
- Sanganer – This is the place where all the handicrafts in Jaipur are done. Whether it is textile block printing, paper making or pottery, you will find all of it in Sanganer. Besides, there is also an old Palace, two tripolias (triple gateways) and several Jain Temples with intricate carvings to visit on your trip to Jaipur.
- Sambhar Lake and Wildlife Sanctuary – The largest salt lake of India, Sambhar Lake is popular for salt production, bird watching and Temple of Goddess Shakambari. Birds namely Flamingoes, pelicans, waterfowls are commonly sighted at the Lake. At the Sambhar Wildlife Sanctuary one can spot variety of animals and birds. The sanctuary is famous for spotting royal Tigers and also contributes in conserving tigers.
- Chokhi Dhani – A Rajasthani Village themed open air restaurant where you can enjoy the traditions, dances, food and culture of Rajasthan. A great place for family time.
- Jhalana Nature Park – Located in the Nahargarh Region, Jhalana Nature Park depicts a different picture of Rajasthan with loads of greenery and wildlife. The forest cover is spread over 7 sq Km area giving the tourist opportunity to enjoy jungle safari and explore the wildlife. Animals like monkey, rhesus, leopard, tiger and reptiles can be spotted. A variety of birds are also an attraction to the park.
- Swargasuli (Sargasuli) Tower – Popularly known as Tower to Heaven, this tower is a symbol of victory of the Rajputs in the grand battle against Marathas. The tower being located in the heart of the city, one can enjoy splendid views of the Jaipur city from the top.
- Gatore ki chhatriyan (Cenotaphs) – Gatore ki chhatriyan is the site for cremation of the royals. A cenotaph (chhatri) is created in memory of the Maharaja cremated here. The cenotaphs are beautifully carved in Rajasthani style with intricate designs. A number of cenotaphs with carvings as per the taste of the Maharaja in whose memory it is built makes this place as one of the best places to visit in Jaipur.
||Jaipur is a paradise for shopping lovers and if you are not a shopping freak, you will become one on entering the markets of Jaipur. This city has a huge variety of textiles, jootis, marble and wooden sculptures, jewellery both real and artificial, precious stones, spices, sweets and much more to take home from Jaipur.
Street shopping is quite popular here and you can have a great day if your bargaining skills are good enough. Make sure to check out the following markets
- Johari Bazaar – gold, silver, emerald, diamond and kundan jewellery, sarees and lehengas, Jaipuri quilts
- Bapu Bazaar – Mojari shoes, camel leather products, handicrafts, textiles, marble and sandstone carvings, and Rajasthani souvenirs. Textiles especially tie and dye (Bandhani), hand print and block print fabrics.
- Nehru Bazaar – Rajasthani jootis, trinkets, perfumes, and ready made garments
- Tripolia Bazaar – Lac bangles, brass-ware, carpets, precious stones and jewellery
- Chandpol Bazaar – Marble sculptures, pickles, sharbat
- Kishanpol Bazaar – Wooden sculptures and souvenirs
- Sireh Deori Bazaar – Camel leather products
- Mirza Ismail (M. I.) Road – Colourful pots and wooden souvenirs