Jaipur is a dreamy city brimming with historic charm. Nicknamed the Pink City, you’ll find terracotta pink hues everywhere you go. In fact, a law mandates that all buildings in the city center continue to retain this beautiful pastel hue tradition!
Jaipur is the Capital of Rajasthan, and is a hub for gem trade and textiles. The city is dotted with stunning Rajasthan architecture, palaces and forts.
This guide lists the top must-see places you need to add to your itinerary!
1. Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal is one of Jaipur’s most notable landmarks. It’s also known as “Palace of Breeze” and was built as an extension to the Royal City Palace of Jaipur. It’s towers 5 stories and keeps with the terracotta pink theme. The rooftop offers stunning views of the Jantar Mantar and the City Palace.
???? Pro tip: To get the best view of the Hawa Mahal, there’s a little cafe on the 2nd floor directly across the road. Order a snack and enjoy front row seats to the pink building.
2. City Palace
The City Palace is nestled in the centre of the Old City and is one definitely a a must-see. The palace grounds are gorgeous as are all the palace rooms with their unique decorations.
When you enter the palace’s inner courtyard, you’ll first come across Pitam Niwas Chowk. These are 4 four gates representing the 4 seasons: the Peacock Gate for autumn, the Lotus Gate for summer, the Green Gate for spring, and finally the Rose Gate for winter.
As you continue through the palace, you’ll see the blue room, gold room, silver room, and palace rooftop!
???? Pro tip: There are two types of tickets: the museum tour or the Royal Grandeur Guided Tour. We did the Royal Grandeur because this gives access to the gorgeous blue room!
The City Palace Courtyard Pitam Niwas Chowk The Peacock gate The Gold Room in City Palace Jaipur Rooftop views
3. Amber Fort
The magnificent Amber Fortress sits high above the hills. There are multiple way to get there: by elephant back, walk, or pay for a 4WD vehicle. The fort is built from yellow + pink sandstone and white marble. The structure was not only a fort, but also served as the Maharaja’s (King’s) apartments
???? Pro tip: Try to get here as early as possible, 8 am is the ideal time. We arrived slightly after and it was packed!
Amber Fort pillars Amber Fort entrance The magnificent elephants that transport visitors to the fort The fort garden
4. Old City
The Old City is dotted with gems. This photo was taken at the entrance of City Palace
5. Panna Meena Ka Kund
Panna Meena ka Kund is a very popular stepwell in Jaipur. The square-shaped architecture has a dizzying amount of stairs extending downwards to the water well. There is no entrance fee to visit the well.
5. Jaipur Temples
Jaipur has numerous grand temples. The famous ones includes the Govind Devji Temple situated in the City Palace, Birla Temple, and Galtaji Temple. The temple pictured below is located across from Panna Meena Ka Kund.
6. Jaipur Markets
Jaipur is also nicknamed the City of Gem, so you’ll see numerous vendors selling precious and semi-precious stone ornaments. The region is also famous for their crafts and textiles, like pottery, terracotta art, stone carvings, and sandalwood art. You’ll find all of this and more at the Jaipur markets!
The Old City is dotted with shops and eateries. We spent hours walking around looking at traditional Indian attires, buying little souvenirs, and drinking chai
7. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is an observatory and was inducted into India’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites in 2010. It’s filled with giant sculptures to measure seasons, time, and many other astrological phenomenas.
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