Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan (The largest state in India). It is famously known as the pink city symbolized by its plethora of heritage pink buildings. Jaipur is a haven for tourists given the wide variety of sightseeing, shopping and dining experiences that it offers. Like most cities in Rajasthan, Jaipur also has its share of a rich cultural heritage and royal history displayed through it’s palaces, forts, museums, city entrance gates and other heritage structures.

Go for a camel ride near the lake, tuck into the delectable Kachori’s or scour the bustling markets for intricate silver jewellery, Jaipur is sure to leave you mesmerized.

Places to visit in Jaipur are:

  • City Palace:
    • Visiting Hours: 9.30 am – 5 pm. 
    • Entry Fee: Indians-Rs 40 (Adult) Rs 25 (Child) / Foreign Nationals: Rs 300 (Adults) Rs 200 (Child)
    • Camera charges: 50 (Indians) / Rs 200 (Foreign Nationals)
    • Video Charges: Rs 200
    • The first stop in Jaipur is undeniably at the spectacular City Palace located in the center of the city. The central courtyard has a spectacular Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors. Take a guide along or an audio tour to discover the rich history and magnificence of this palace.
  • Amber Fort and Palace:
    • Visiting Hours: 8 am – 5.30 pm. 
    • Entry Fee including camera charges: Indians-Rs 25 / Foreign Nationals: Rs 150.
    • This stunning palace in red sandstone and marble was built by Raja man Singh I and Mirja Raja Jai Singh. Its huge halls are adorned with paintings, royal trousseau, weapons and artillery of its erstwhile rulers.The massive boundary wall provided protection from enemy attack. The main palace building was luxuriously built with all amenities for its royal occupants.
    • As its name depicts, the Sheesh Mahal or Palace of Mirrors is completely covered with millions of tiny colourful mirrors that reflected light from all directions and illuminated the hall.
  • Jantar Mantar:
    • Built in 1798 by Maharaja Sawai Singh
  • Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) :
    • Visiting Hours: 9am-4.30pm
    • Entry Fee including camera charges: Indians-Rs 10 / Foreign Nationals: Rs 50
    • Free entry on Mondays
    • Closed on Friday
    • Built in 1798 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this unique 5-storey road facing facade has 953 small jharoka’s (windows) resembling a honeycomb. These jharoka’s were scientifically designed to enable the royal women to watch the processions on the road below without being seen. It also served as cool abode during summers with cool breeze blowing through the scores of jharoka’s.
  • Nahargarh Fort and Sanctuary
    • Visiting Hours: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
    • Entry Fee: Indians-Rs 10 / Foreign Nationals: Rs 50
    • Built atop the Aravali ranges, this majestic fort offers a panoramic view of Jaipur city. It is an unforgettable experience to watch sunset from the sunset point at the southern end of the fort and see the brilliant lights of the city emerge after the sun goes down. The fort was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II for vigilance of Jaipur city. Due to its elevation, it was cooler during summers and the royals used it for summer escapes and hunted in the surrounding jungles. It also served as a safe-house for British women during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1957. Scores of Peacocks can be seen along the road going up to the fort.
  • Jaigarh Fort
    • Visiting Hours: 9 am – 4.30 pm
    • Entry Fee: Indians-Rs 25 / Foreign Nationals: Rs 75
    • Best time to visit: Around Sunset
    • This spectacular fort of victory was built high on the Aravali hills by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1726. The formidable 3 km long boundary wall is equipped with well positioned watch towers for vigilance. The fort complex houses the Ram Harihar and Kal Bhairav Temples, ancient granaries and water reserves. The sheesh mahal and museum showcasing historic relics, arms and ammunition can be visited at an additional fee.
  • Jal mahal –

    • Visiting Hours: 6 am – 6 pm
    • Jal Mahal or Water Palace is built in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Four of its Five storeys remain submerged under the lake waters and are visible when the lake water recedes. Migratory birds like Grey Wagtails, Flamingos, Pintails can be spotted at the lake. The lake palace can be viewed from the Amber Fort road.

Shopping in Jaipur

  1. Johri Bazaar – must visit for silver , gemstone and lac jewellery.
  2. Tripolia Bazaar – Lac bangles, bandhni and brass items.
  3. Chandpol Bazaar – Shoes, bags and marble handicrafts.
  4. Kishanpol Bazaar – Textiles, bags and wooden items
  5. Nehru Bazaar – Colorful Juti’s.

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