Amalgamating regal attitude and cultural behavior, the Jaipur is a must-visit destination on a trip to India. It is officially called Pink city but then the city offers much more to see and experience than the pink-red tinged buildings. It houses magnificent palaces, colorful markets, many holy temples, and chaotic streets. Truly, if someone wants to quote an example of the city that still has its old charm intact then Jaipur is the right example.
Want to know the best places to visit in Jaipur?
1. City Palace
Located in the heart of the city, the City Palace is an architectural beauty. It was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732 AD. The palace comprises of two Mahals, Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Out of the two, the Chandra Mahal has been converted into a museum, housing exclusive products of princely times. The palace not just captivates your senses with its beauty and regal vibe but also gives you a chance to capture the glorious Pink view of the City from here.
Timings: Open every day from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Evening hours are 7.00 to 10.00 p.m.
The time required for it is generally 1-2 hours.
2. Amber Fort
Built by Raja Mansingh in the year 1952 and later expanded by Raja Singh I, the fort depicts a great blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. Walking through the cobbled pathways when you reach the fort, you see the usage of both red stones as well as marble stones. The enormous chambers feature some of the exclusive hand painted and mirror worked ceilings. The golden frontage, the mirror palace inside are all beauties that will leave you wondering about the creativity and efforts of ancient architectures. The site becomes more mesmerizing when the light and sound show starts in the evening. It is perched on a hilltop and is truly palatial in terms of size and vibe.
Timings: Open all day from 10.00 to 5.00 p.m.
The time required to complete it patiently is 1.5-2 hours.
3. Hawa mahal
True to the name and fame, the Hawa Mahal has 953 windows. Imagine! Wondering the use of windows besides ventilation? Well, the windows were used by the women of the royal house to secretly observe the activities on the road. The Mahal was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 and is the windiest/ventilated monument in the world. The floors of the mahal are connected with slopes rather than the stairs. It is the most recognizable monument with its front facet.
Opening timings: 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
The time required for it is 30 to 60 minutes
4. Albert Hall Museum
Completed in the year 1887 and named after the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, the Albert Hall Museum is one of India’s oldest centers for art and culture exploration. It is located centrally and houses beautiful paintings and artifacts from the different parts of the world. The Egyptian Mummy is also a chief reason for the museum to get so popular. Albert hall has now become a hub of activities like concerts, festivals, and rallies.
Opening timings: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and 7.00 to 10.00 p.m. daily. It remains closed on some specific maintenance days.
The time required to visit it patiently is 1-2 hours.
5. Bazaars of Pink City.
Besides the majesty forts and admirable museums, the city has the most happening bazaars. The bazaars of Pink City mainly consist of four main bazaars, Johri bazar, Nehru bazar, Bapu bazar, and Tripolia bazar. From these bazaars, you can shop for a plethora of things. Each bazar is famous for a specific product, for example, Johri bazar is known for precious gemstones, Nehru bazar for jootis, Bapu bazar for Jaipur textile goods, and Kishanpole bazar for wooden sculptures. Make sure you take out a day to visit these famous bazaars of Jaipur and shop little products that typically stay with you like the memory of India. While roaming in the bazaars, do try spicy, finger-licking cuisines at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar and also shop from 181, Rooplaxmi store. The store keeps some affordable range of colorful traditional Indian outfits.
So, what are you thinking? book your Jaipur tour soon. The city welcomes its guests with unforgettable hospitability.