Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan state, the cultural capital of India.
Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle of India Tourism and it also serves as a gateway to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.
Jaipur has become one of the top tourist destinations in India for both national and international tourists. Let us uncover some of the best places to visit in Jaipur for a memorable journey.
Popular Places to Visit in Jaipur
Amer Fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan and also one of the prime places to visit as part of a Jaipur trip. Built by Raja Man Singh I, the architecture of Amer Fort is influenced by both Hindu and Muslim styles. Overlooking the beautiful Maota Lake, the fort was built using red sandstone.
Known for its ornamented pillars and delicate mosaic work in Diwan-e-Khas, splendid ivory and sandalwood work in Sukh Niwas, elegant frescoes and fascinating latticed work in the Ganesh Pol or a spell binding glass work in the Sheesh Mahal, Amer Fort is incomparable as far as the artistic skills of the artisans and designers of the Rajput era.
City Palace is one of the most elegant and most popular tourist places in Jaipur. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the City Palace reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. Surrounded by huge walls, the most noticeable structures in the City Palace complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Sri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Most of the palace is the residence of the descendants of the former rulers of Jaipur, only the ground floor is open to visitors where the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum is located.
Hawa Mahal is an iconic landmark of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is an architectural masterpiece with over 900 windows and jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The main intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe day to day life in the street below without being seen. The most unique feature about the palace is the fact that at all times a light breeze passes through it.
Birla Mandir is one of the most popular religious places to visit in Jaipur. The temple, built in white marble, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, the exteriors of the temple are carved with beautiful sculptures based on mythological themes, while the interiors have a large marble panel portraying mythological events. Surrounded by lush green gardens, the temple looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the night.
Jal Mahal is situated right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, flanked by the majestic Nahargarh Hills in Jaipur. Built in the 18th century by Sawai Madho Singh I, it was constructed for serving the purpose of a summer resort for his family and guests. The palace gives you ample opportunities to spot flamingos and various other species of migratory birds in winter.
The palace looks spellbinding in the evenings when the entire structure is immersed in flood lights. Tourists can book boat rides to visit the palace but only the terrace garden is allowed to be accessed by the visitors.