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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.