Top 20 Reasons Why You Must Visit Jaipur

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Jaipur has become a jewel of a destination for the entire world. And with good reason. The Pink City is truly one of a kind with its sprawling forts that have retained their grandeur even today; the majestic palaces with their intricate architecture; and the thriving local handicrafts, rich in colour and craftsmanship. Here are 20 reasons why you simply must visit the Pink City.

1. Forts

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Forts and fortresses abound in the city of Jaipur. Visit the Amber Fort, Jaigarh and Narhargarh for an insightful glimpse into their history. The Narhargarh is even believed to have a secret passage leading to the City Palace.

2. Johari Bazaar

The famous Johari bazaar is a truly a treasure trove, with shops selling everything from silver and gold to diamonds and other precious stones.

3. City Palace

This is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur and is a beautiful blend of the Rajputana, Mughal and European architectural styles.

4. Jantar Mantar

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An observatory built in 1728, JantarMantar is situated adjacent to the City Palace and is listed as a World Heritage Site. You can pay for a 30-minute or 60-minute guide during which you can also learn how the different instruments work.

5. The Pink City

It is well known that Jaipur is referred to as the Pink City. But seeing firsthand the pink coloured stone constructions that decorate the city is another experience altogether!

6. Mojaris

You can’t leave Jaipur without picking up a pair (or maybe a few!) of these traditional decorated leather shoes. Fancy stitching, beads, sequins…Jaipur’s mojaris have it all!

7. Hawa Mahal

 

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The distinctive Hawa Mahal is a pink sandstone marvel with its honeycomb-shaped five storeys and the spectacular views one can witness from the very top.

8. The Golden Triangle

 

The Golden Triangle tour covers the cities of Delhi, Agra (including the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur and is a treat for culture buffs.

9. The Unique Lassi of Lassiwala

This little place serves up some deliciously creamy lassis at very affordable rates. There are many imitators, so make sure you go to the original Lassiwala at 314 MI Road.

10. Festivals

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Many visit Jaipur just for its great festivals like the Kite festival, Teej festival, Gangaur festival and the popular Elephant festival, which involves many fun activities.

11. Dhamma Thali Vipassana Meditation Centre

For a more tranquil experience, head to this Vipassana center located near Galta. There is accommodation available here along with vegetarian meals.

12. Sisodia Rani Palace Garden

Stroll through these formal gardens and take in the crisp clear air. The first garden is a sprawling terraced one that was built in the 18th century. The second garden is located nearby.

13. Essential India

Those with a passion for photography must take this tour that begins in Delhi and then proceeds to discover Jaipur and all its glory. A visit to Amber Fort is part of this tour.

14. Raj Mandir Cinema

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This meringue-shaped auditorium is a hugely popular cinema in Jaipur and screens Hindi films. You can book tickets an hour to a week in advance, as securing seats on the spot may be difficult.

15. Polo Ground

The impressive ground near the Rambagh Palace is a busy place during the polo season in winter. There are also elephant polo matches held during the Elephant Festival in March.

16. ChokhiDhani Village

The ChokhiDhani Village houses a fair and restaurant that gives you a taste of traditional Rajasthani life. There is different village theme every day along with entertainment, games and cuisine.

17. Rajasthali

This is a state-government run emporium that sells artefacts, pottery, brassware and puppets. The ambience may not be very fancy here, but the highly affordable rates more than makeup for it.

18. The Revolving Restaurant

The Om revolving restaurant definitely ranks among the best places in Jaipur to visit. The fare is strictly vegetarian and the views are fantastic.

19. The Pink Pearl Water Park

If you want a break from all the sightseeing, head to this amusement park where the rides, activities and multitude of food stalls make it a big hit for the whole family.

20. Day Bike Tour

This relaxed bicycle safari leads you through the old city areas. Art of Bicycle Trips organizes these tours that take you through all the important monuments and landmarks of Jaipur.

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