10 most famous places to visit in jaipur
Jaipur a culturally rich capital of Rajasthan offers a lot of attractive places to visit that can be perfect for exploring its natural ethnic beauty all the seasons. The pink city is famous for its ethnic magnificent architecture busy markets with tourists and natural landscapes. We will take you through top 10 places to visit in jaipur which everyone should visit if they are coming to Jaipur to enjoy the vacations.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan India is a city of history, culture, and architectural sensations and is also famous by the term “Pink City”.
While exploring the city we feel that we are back in time to the era of Maharajas and Rajputs. Jaipur has many palaces, forts, and monuments which showcase the glory of its royal past.
The merging of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles is a must see for the visitors in Jaipur.
Jaipur places to visit:
Let’s explore the most famous places in jaipur to visit:
Amber palace is also known as the Amer fort. Raja Man Singh II constructed this palace who was also the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. The fort is one of the best examples of Indo Islamic architecture which is located at a distance of 11 km from the city. It is the pride of Jaipur city.
Amber palace looks like it is overlooking the Maota lake. Amber palace is located within courtyards. The courtyards have the buildings, namely Man Singh 1, Garden tripolia gate, Lion gate, Diwan i aam, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Mahal etc. One should not miss the light show at the Amber palace if you are going to visit the Jaipur trip. Amber palace is one of the most visiting places in Jaipur.
It is advisable to take the Jeep or elephant ride to reach the Amber palace as it is located on the hill.
Location: Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302001, India
Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. open all seven days
Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the world’s largest sundial and it is also one of the largest observatories in the world. This comes under the unesco’s world heritage sites as well. The Indian government tries to renovate this building every year. Some of the popular structures which are located within the Jantar Mantar building are Samrat yantra, which is also the world’s largest sundial, the Hindu chhatri, Jayaprakash yantra etc.
There are many geometrical structures also available in the building which have astronomical devices attached to the building. There are around 14 major geometric instruments in the Jantar Mantar building.
Location: Near city palace, Tripolia bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 30202 India
Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., open all seven days
Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is popular as one of the popular landmarks of Jaipur. Though there are many places to visit in Jaipur but this discussion will be incomplete without discussing Hawa Mahal. This palace has another name “palace of winds“. This is a five story building which and the king Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh had built this in 1799.
The speciality of this building is that it has more than 900 windows also known as jharokha. These windows has the intricate designs. This is the reason this palace got the name of Hawa Mahal.
There is also a small museum inside the Hawa Mahal complex which has many miniature paintings and armours. The main reason why this building was created during that time was to help Rajput women to see the outside area through these windows who were not allowed to go outside. So all the women living in the palace used to see the outside areas through these windows and outside the city without going outside.
Location: Hawa Mahal road, Badi chaupar, Pink city Jaipur Rajasthan – 302002, India
Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. all 7 days open
City palace in Jaipur is famous for its gardens, palaces, forts and courtyards. This palace tells all about the Mughal and Rajasthan architecture. The king Sawai Jai Singh II had built this big complex which occupies around 1/7th portion of Jaipur.
The City palace has many famous places inside the complex like Diwan i khas, weaponry display area at Maharani palace and baaghi khana which is the museum of Maharajas rides.
City palace has many awesome layouts like Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal which one must not miss while visiting the City palace.
The palace also has a museum which has a collection of Rajasthani dresses and Rajput weapons and Mughal armoury. Many swords of various sizes and shapes are available in the palace. The walls of City palace has the decorations of beautiful mirrors and wall paintings.
Location: J.D.A.Market. Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302002, India
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., open all seven days, closed on all public holidays
Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur is located on the hill of Eagles. Sawai Jai Singh II had built this fort in 1726 AD. This fort offers a panoramic view of the surroundings which is located at a height of 500 feet above sea level. Jaigarh fort is famous for the world’s largest cannon on the wheels, also called the Jaivana cannon.
The fort has many famous attractions within the complex like Vilas Mandir, Lakshmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Ram Mandir etc. This fort covers an area of 3 km. It is also called the Victory Fort.
The reason behind this name is that this was created to protect Amber fort which is also the strongest monument of Jaipur. It is also the storehouse of many war armours. One more thing that is famous about the fort is that there is a persian style garden within the complex which has four parts.
The windows of the fort are made of grids. These windows give a complete view of the outside through the windows.
Location: Amber fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan-302001
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., open all 7 days, closed on all public holidays
Maharaja Sawai jai singh II created Nahargarh fort in Jaipur in 1734 AD. It is located on one of the oldest hills of Aravali which offers an amazing view of Jaipur city. This fort along with Jaigarh and Amber fort which were the important defence ring for the city.
The fort has many buildings within the Nahargarh fort complex. For example there is a temple inside the fort, dedicated to Rathore Prince Nahar Singh Bhumiya. There is Diwan i aam which is an open air enclosure inside the complex where the king used to meet the common man and listen to the problems of the people. There is another main attraction inside the complex known by the name Madhavendra bhawan, built by Sawai Madho Singh.
Location: Aravali hills, Amber road, Jaipur – 302002, Rajasthan, India
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., open on all 7 days closed on public holidays
Jal Mahal in Jaipur is a big palace which is located in the middle of the lake. Maharaja Jaisingh II had created this palace. This is a five story palace with the first four floors submerged underwater. Nahargarh fort is very close to this fort offering a great view to the lake as well as to the palace.
How to reach Jal Mahal: In order to reach Jal Mahal, there are boats available on the bank of Mansagar lake.
Location: Jal Mahal, Amber road, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302002, India.
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., open all 7 days
Bhangarh fort is located in between the green hills of Aravali. This fort is located approximately 50 km from Sariska sanctuary which is located between the Jaipur city and Alwar. Raja Madho Singh had constructed this fort in the 17th century who was the younger brother of the Mughal general Mansingh of Amber.
The fort had more than 9000 houses till 1720 which gradually destroyed the population. This is a very strong building and the three successor defensive walls and 5 massive gates protect it. The fort has remains of temples and deserted market places in the premises.
It is famous as a haunted palace. That’s the reason people usually don’t like this location.
The fort has ruins of temples and palaces. There are four entry points through the main gate that is the Ajmeri gate, Lahori gate, Phulbari gate and the Delhi gate. The fort looks dignified and the surroundings look very green and calm. There are many Hindu temples inside the promises like Gopinath temple, Someshwar Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, Mangla Devi Temple and Ganesh Temple. The temples are created in the nagara style of architecture.
Location: Rajgarh Tehsil, Bhangarh, Rajasthan – 301410, India.
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., open all 7 days
Sheesh Mahal in Jaipur is also popular by the name mirror palace. This palace has precious glasses and stones created on the walls, beautifully hand crafted with paintings, glasses and stones. The palace is inside inside the Amber fort, constructed by Maharaja Mansingh in the 16th century.
It is said that the queen was not allowed to sleep outside the palace and she wanted to see the outside view while sleeping. So the king ordered his architects to design such a palace which has this solution. The most important thing about this palace is that the candle’s reflections on the glasses make the mirror and nearby places warm.
The walls of the Mahal have the pure work of glass and valuable stones. If you light only two candles the reflection of the candles comes into thousands of stars which look amazing and gives an idea of the amazing architecture during that time. The artwork of the ceiling is also magnificent.
Location: Amer fort Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302001, India
Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., open all 7 days
Birla temple in Jaipur is located around 10 km from Jaipur city. The temple is made with red sandstone, looks like a haveli rather than a temple. Birla temple complex is surrounded with fresh water from 7 natural water sources. This temple offers a peaceful aura for religious people and chanters who visit there.
It is said that Saint Galav spent his whole life meditating in Galtaji. The temple has lord Hanuman and lord Sun as main deities.
Location: Galta kund Lal dungri, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302027
Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. open all 7 days