If you want to know what to see in Jaipur, the frenetic capital of the Rajasthan of India, in this article we clarify it. With its almost three million inhabitants, Jaipur constitutes one of the vertices of the famous tour of the Northern Triangle of India (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) and hosts a very interesting historical-artistic heritage between the walls of its historic center and its outskirts.
The princely ” Pink City “ of the Marajas Rajputs , a Hindu caste of proud warriors and dynasty almost as old as time, is the best planned and urbanized city in the country, with wide and long avenues thrown on a string and was designed in the first half of the 18th by Raja Jai Singh II .
Jaipur is the gateway to Rajasthan, and the traveler will visit in it a set of palaces, temples, and forts that are among the best in the state; but if you want to know in-depth the most fascinating and less obvious North India, you will have to go deeper into Rajasthan.
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- What to See in Jaipur, the Capital of Rajasthan from India.
- City Palace, Home of the Rajput Nobility.
Royal residence since the 18th century and open to the public since 1959, it is a masterly conceived palatial complex of Mughal, Rajput and European-style buildings that includes palaces, pavilions, courtyards, audience halls, temples and a museum that exhibits a rich art collection, ancient weapons, handicrafts, musical instruments, floats, photographs and courtesan clothing directly linked to the history of the royal family. The visit of the complex is an evocative immersion in the opulent and sophisticated world of the Rajput nobility.
- Strong to Drink, Unexpugnable Outside, Delicated Inside.
On the outskirts of the city of Jaipur, and in what was once its capital (Amer) on the banks of Lake Maota, stands impregnable on an Amber hill, a wonder of the art of fortifying that hides an exquisite palatial enclosure, synthesis of elements Hindus and Muggles, dating from the 16th century and hosted the court for almost two centuries. The ascension of the final ramp of Amber Fort on the back of an elephant can be as disappointingly touristy as it is reminiscent of a glorious age; it all depends on the traveler’s dreaming ability.
- Jantar Mantar, the Astronomic Observatory of an Illustrated Maraja.
Maharaja Jai Singh, passionate about astronomy, surrounded himself with a cast of wise men at the forefront of the time in the field. Fruit of this passion and the level of knowledge acquired is this observatory, which preserves instruments in masonry work and large dimensions that were used to calculate positions of stars and planets or predict natural phenomena. The Jantar Mantar complex was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds.
This five-story pyramid-shaped urban palace and the width of a room in the last three was built in 1799 and is famous for its facade with almost a thousand windows protected by lattices, which served not only for the women of the court to contemplate the daily cares of the people of Jaipur without being seen, but also to “refrigerate” the interior. Hawa Mahal is an icon of Rajasthan architecture and a challenge for the photographer who seeks originality.
- Albert Hall Museum.
Located next to the large garden of Ram Niwas, this building of excellent and very colonial Indo-Saracen architecture of the late nineteenth century houses the state museum of Rajasthan, which exhibits an estimated and varied collection of artistic works, archaeological objects, and traditional belongings.
- Rajmandir, the Best Scenario for One of Bollywood.
An authentic experience for a sagacious traveler among the recommended bears to see in Jaipur is to attend the screening of a Bollywood film, although the language of the actors is indecipherable and the film genre ineffable because the show is mostly the audience. And if it’s on a stage like the Rajmandir of Jaipur, “The Pride of Asia “,” The Showplace of the Nation “, the experience will be unforgettable.
- Jaipur Bazaars.
One of the essential activities to do in Jaipur is, of course, shopping. The ancestral craft of Jaipur artisans can still be discovered and admired today among tons of trinkets in the bazaars of the city’s historic center. Johri Bazaar specializes in jewelry, gems, precious and semiprecious stones; those of Bapu, Nehru, and Indira, in textiles, blue ceramics, and leather goods. Except for exceptions, the boldest bargain is imposed to obtain the best price.
- Galtaji, the Most Sacred Place of Jaipur.
On the outskirts of Jaipur and in a peaceful natural environment is Galtaji, a set of temples, pavilions, and ponds for the ceremonial bath that attracts pilgrims since the 16th century. A large colony of Rhesus macaques enlivens the visit. I would not miss it.
- Birla Send or Laxmi Narayan Temple.
The rich Birla family has financed since the beginning of the 20th century the construction of about fifteen temples throughout the geography of the country. East of Jaipur dates from 1988 and is an architectural jewel of white marble.
- Jal Mahal.
Jal Mahal, also known as the Water Palace, is located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar. The Jal Mahal was built by Maharaja Madho Singh I to serve as a country house for his duck hunting parties. Built-in red sandstone, this palace is a fusion of the architectural styles of Mogul and Rajput. The palace is accessed with traditional boats.
- Strong Nahargarh.
Irremediably we must add another fort among essential things to see in Jaipur. Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 and expanded in 1868, dominating the city from a steep ridge to the north. The story goes that the fort is named after Nahar Singh, a dead prince whose restless spirit was interrupting the construction. What was built in the day collapsed at night? Jai Singh, who was building the fort, pacified his spirit by dedicating the fort in his name. The panoramic views over the city are wonderful and there is a perfect restaurant for a beer.
The jungles around Nahargarh Fort served as popular hunting places for the Jaipur Maharajas. The best way to visit it is to walk or take a cycle-rickshaw.
- Chokhi Dhani.
Located at a distance of 20 km. from Jaipur, “Chokhi Dhani” is a thematic complex of an ethnic village that recently rose to preserve the art and cultural heritage of vibrant Rajasthan. It is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Jaipur. Camel and elephant rides, acrobatic performances, folk dances, colorful puppet shows, palm, and other sighted readers, dart games, boating on the village lake, pool and spas and of course the real food from Rajasthan: in Chokhi Dhani there are activities to suit each visitor.
When To Visit Jaipur?
Jaipur is located in an arid and semi-desert region, which has three distinct seasons: a warm and dry winter, an unbearably hot summer and a short but intense monsoon season. As expected, the best season to visit Jaipur is during the winter months, from the beginning of November until February.