Jaipur, the Pink city of India, is known as a great seat of the Rajput kings since times immemorial. The The Rajput kings were very generous and associated the pink colour with hospitality, thus rendering the city its epithet. Replete with the most splendid forts and palaces, bazaars and eating joints, Jaipur is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. The most popular tourist attraction Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal.
The city is also claimed to be a shopper’s paradise. Starting from the traditional Bandhanii clothes, one can find unique artifacts and handicrafts being sold in the narrow by lanes of the city. Jaipur is also famous for the multihued fairs and festivals that add many hues to the insipid sand.
The city is extremely popular for its various heritage palaces that have been converted into hotels. Staying here is an unmatched experience that will give you a taste of the royal 'khatirdari'. Jaipur has an international airport which is very well connected with almost all the parts of the country and the world.
When To Go
Jaipur offers hot semi-arid climate and the temperatures remains relatively high all through the year. The best time for visiting the place is from October to March.
October to November has pleasant climate making it suitable for sightseeing and other tourist activities. Winter days are excellent time for enjoying honeymoon in Jaipur. As weather is extremely hot in summer days, it is better to skip visiting in hot days. Monsoons are favorable for rains lovers and nature enthusiasts.
- Winters (December-February) can touch a low mercury level of 4°C. This is the most ideal time for holidaying, sightseeing, and engaging various tourist activities.
- Summers (April-May) has hot climate and the temperature can reach up to scorching 47°C. Most tourists don’t prefer booking holiday packages for Jaipur in summer months due to extreme hot weather.
- Monsoons (June-September) brings medium to heavy rainfalls in Jaipur. Those who enjoy rains and nature enthusiasts can visit during monsoon days.
The history of Jaipur dates back to the year 1727 when the city was discovered by the then king, Maharaja Jai Singh II. The king shifted his capital to Jaipur from Amber due to the increase in population and reduction in the water levels.
Jaipur prides itself on being the first planned city in the country as Maharaja Jai Singh II was deeply interested in the designing and construction of the city. Since the Marathas were constantly attacking and trying to take a reign over the city, the king was very skeptical about the security of Jaipur. Thus, with the assistance of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar of Bengal, Maharaja Jai Singh II started the construction of Jaipur in 1727.
It took around 4 years to build the entire city and huge buttressing of walls was created to ensure the safety. Constructed on the pattern of Shilpa Shastra, the Indian Architecture, the city of Jaipur was divided in nine blocks wherein there were two state buildings and palaces. The rest of the seven blocks were given for the public use.
The city was referred to as ‘pink city’ only in the year 1853, when the whole city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales.
Travel within city
Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, and the city is very well planned out in all levels, including transportation facilities. There are public transport buses that tourists can opt for while in Jaipur, and there are auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis available for commute too.
The cheapest way to travel around Jaipur would be through the public transport RTDC buses that ply to all major areas in Jaipur. Sightseeing bus services are available too, and you can opt for full day tours, half day tours and night tours. You can book your sightseeing trip through these buses online in the Rajasthan Tourism Department Corporation website. Bus charges will range from Rs 150 to 300 for sightseeing trips, depending on the class of travel opted for.
Auto rickshaws in Jaipur are a good way to travel around the city, and you can rent out an auto rickshaw for Rs 350. Auto rickshaws do not specifically run on the meter, so you can get a sightseeing slip from the police department and travel around visiting all the locations in an auto rickshaw at a predetermined price. Auto rickshaws are a safe way to travel within the city at night, and there are no special night fares.
Cycle rickshaws charge anywhere from Rs 10 to 30, but this mode of transport is very slow.
Taxis in Jaipur are very comfortable, and they are available from airports, bus stands and the railway station. Taxis run on meter, and charges will hover around Rs 12 per kilometer.
Pickcity Radio Taxi- Ph: (+91) 141 220-5000
Jain Taxi Service- Ph: (+91) 141 229-2064
Amber Palace in Jaipur is one of the most celebrated named amongst the hilltop forts in India. The most enjoyable part of this Palace is to climb on it, on the back of elephants. Located 11 kms from the main city Jaipur, the palace boasts of mighty gateways, huge halls, plush gardens, ornate palaces. The palace is open all days except on Holi.
8 am to 5.30 pm
Indian : Rs 25, Foreigner : Rs 200
City palace in Jaipur is a monumental splendor depicting the mix of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It is a humongous structure housing various gardens, courtyards and temples. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, it is an important tourist attraction.
9 am to 5 pm Timings:
Rs 75 (Indians), Rs 300 (Foreigners)
Hawa Mahal, the most popular tourist spot in Jaipur is also called as ‘Palace of the Winds’. Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Sing, this five storey monument is an example of Rajputana style of architecture and highlights intricate carvings. There is also a museum inside.
9 am to 4.30 pm on all days except Fridays. Charges:
Rs 10 (Indians), Rs 50 (Foreigners).
Jaigarh Fort or the Victory Fort is famous for having world’s largest cannon on wheels called Jaivana. The fort also commands a panoramic view of the city and the armoury museum and carved halls are a major attraction here. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh.
9 am to 4.30 pm
Rs 25 (Indians), Rs 75 (Foreigners)
Lying on the North-west side of the City Palace, Nahargarh Fort includes various in-house monumental structures like Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan. Perched no 600ft high hill, the fort offers spectacular views of the Jaipur city.
+91 141 5134038, 5137686 Timings:
10 am to 5.30 pm Charges:
Rs 20 (Indians), Rs 50 (Foreigners)
Akshardham Temple in Jaipur is a beautiful shrine dedicated to Lord Narayana. The main attractions here are the exquisitely carved sculptures, idols. The temple is located in Vaishali Nagar and invites host of pilgrims from all over the world.
Albert Hall (Central Museum)
Albert hall or the Central Museum in Jaipur showcases the best artifacts depicting the Rajasthani art. Located within the premise of Ram Vilas Garden, the structure is built in Indo-Saracenic style and houses exquisite collection of metalware, sculptures and paintings.
Visiting hours is from 9:30 am till 4:30 pm, Fridays closed. Entrance Fee - Rs 10 for Indian, Rs 50 for foreigners.
Amber Palace Museum
One among the unavoidable spot to be visited while holidaying in the pink city is the Amber Palace Museum. Once upon a time this elegant building was the residence of the royal family and now it exhibits the rich heritage of the bygone days to the general public. This Museum is successfully transmits the traditional opulence through the royal artifacts that are put on display.
Amber museum displays outstanding exemplars of Mughal and Rajasthani culture and architecture. The museum has an amazing compilation of puppets, coins, buildings, snaps of the royal family members and rulers, processions and many other miscellany of history. The arsenal wing of the Museum holds a plethora of weapons like guns, shields, swords, muskets and a 50 kg mortar ball. All the artifacts that are put on display would fetch the visitor to the daring years of the regal administration.
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
A charitable foundation mainly working at the grass root level, The Anokhi Foundation aims to preserve the centuries old customs and traditions of the artisans in Jaipur. It tries to marmalade the ethnicity, craft and artistic talents of the local people by providing employment opportunities to them. Anokhi Museum and hand printing is one among its innovative vocations, which is a great endeavor to revive the centuries old rich tradition of hand block printing.
While focusing on the traditional methods of hand printing, this museum is also paving its attention to the modern trends. It intends to portray the conventional innate methods along with the most modern techniques, thus providing a good commercial success to the people working in this field. The progressive on look of the foundation has opened a new realm to the block-printing sector, which helped this traditional artwork to attain worldwide acclaim. Today with the help of this, the artisans are able to produce more quality goods, which can with stand the mill fabrics. Besides all this, the foundation has been running a museum where it exhibits various artifacts in relation to the hand and block printing. The exhibition showcases traditional as well as the modern trends prevalent in this field.
Museum is closed annually from May 1st to mid July for maintenance.
10.30 am to 5 pm (Tue-Sat) and 11 am to 4.30 pm (Sunday). It is closed on Mondays and major national & local holidays.
Rs 30 (Adults), Rs 20 (Students), Rs 15 (Children), Rs 50 (Camera), Rs 150 (Video camera).
Chand Pol (Moon Gate)
Chand Pol, one of the three entrances gateways to Jaipur represent the ideologies of the ancient Vastu built by the kings for the protection of the city. Located on the western portion of the wall, it is a magnanimous emblem of the architecture of Rajasthan. Also known as Moon Gate.
Chandra Mahal, the present residence of Maharaja of Jaipur, houses a museum and various palatial rooms. The museum of the palace is home to some of the rare collection of art and weapons. The whole structure has many storey having unique attractions.
Ganesh Pol, in Amber Fort is an enchanting gateway that highlights intricately decorated image of Lord Ganesha. Located on the southern side of the palace, the gate leads to the sprawling Mughal garden. Gnaesh Pol is one of the best examples of authentic Rajasthani architecture with beautiful embellishments. Also notice that the domed gate has been painted using the natural vegetable dyes.
Govind Devji Temple
Located inside the Ram Vilas Garden in Jaipur, Govind Dev Ji Temple invites pilgrims from all over the world. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple structure is intricately decorated and the temple is under supervision of the royal family. Aartis are conducted seven times in a day and various special events are also organized.
Jal Mahal, built in the 18th century, is scenically located amidst the Mansagar Lake. This pleasure palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber for conducting the royal duck shooting parties. The lake where the palace is situated is home to variety of migratory birds. Visiting hours are from 9:30am to 4:00pm.
A grand edifice dedicated to science and astronomical findings, Jantar mantar is a stone observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh. The main attractions here are the fourteen geometrical instruments that were then used to measure time, height of celestial bodies and position of the constellations.
9 am to 4:30 pm daily Charges:
Rs 20 (Indians), Rs 100 (Foreigners).
Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Lakshminarayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir is famous for its carvings on marble. The temple houses wonderful idols and sculptures of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, to whom the temple is dedicated. Interestingly, the whole temple has been carved from a single piece of marble, creating an ultimate sheen.
Moti Doongri in Jaipur is a fort structure built on the pattern of Scottish castle. Built during the reigns of Sawai man Sing II, the fort offers compelling views of the Ganesh Temple that too is located on the foothills. The fort was home to one of the erstwhile names in Indian history, Rani Gayatri Devi.
Built by Maharaja Madho Sing, the Mubarak Mahala is also called as Welcome Palace as it is the first building that greets the tourist inside the Ram Vilas Garden complex. Influenced by Hindu architecture, the palace is known for its intricate lattice work carved in marble. Today, it houses a textile and costume museum.
Ram Niwas Garden
Naturally bestowed with lustrous greenery, Jaipur offers a tranquil and calm atmosphere in the midst of modernity. Among the array of sprawling gardens, Ram Niwas Garden adorns the significant position. These gardens enhance the royal ambiance of the Pink City and to a certain extent these verdant greenery are the backbone of the tourism industry of the state.
Stuffed with appealing fountains and dazzling serene pools, this garden is the much desired destination in Jaipur. Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur is a green scrap in the midst of acres of desolate barren region spread over a vast expansion of land. Ram Niwas Garden holds a museum, a sports complex, and a zoo apart from the effervescent foliage. Built in the 19th century, this garden was aimed to be a retreat for the famine stricken people.
9 am to 5 pm
Ridhi Sidhi Pol
Ridhi Sidhi Pol is an architectural marvel located inside the City Palace. A fine example or artistic brilliance, it is a gateway that leads further to four small doorways that symbolize the four seasons. The main attraction of Rishi Sidhi Pol is the ornate Rajasthani carvings.
Sheesh Mahal also known as ‘Hall of Mirrors’ in Amber Palace in Jaipur is a popular tourist spot that is famous for being ornately decorated with thousands of tiny mirror. Located inside the premise of Amber Palace, Sheesh Mahal is best viewed at night when a single candle reflected by tons of small mirrors, can light up the entire room. Build by white marble and red sandstone, the Mahal was built by Raja man Singh.
Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden
Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden are an excellent example of Mughal and Indian style of architecture. Built by Raja Jai Singh II for his wife, the garden is a panoramic vista for the beholders. Opened from 8am till 6pm, the garden also highlights murals and paintings depicting the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. Entrance Fee is Rs 5.
The modern face of Central Park had been attributed by the grand plan put forward by the Jaipur development authority. Jaipur’s vivacious outlook has been improved much by the appealing charisma of this outstanding garden. Central park now holds all the amenities of a modern theme park where people can spend hours in the enthralling and imposing atmosphere. Its vast stretch of seasonal plants with their inscrutable aroma makes any visitor spellbound.
The park also houses a hi-tech nursery, a glass house with inland and foreign varieties of bamboo plants. Exotic items of aquatic plant in the tiny ponds presents a colourful floral bed, which would definitely catch the attention of the spectator. Besides this, floriculture section and the water fountains adds a magical charm to the wonderful ambiance of the park. Leisurely promenades through the beautiful walkways of the park fill one with a rejuvenating freshness.
Diwan-e-Am or "Hall of Public Audience"
An eighteenth century monument, Diwan-e-Am is built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This is popularly called as the Diwan Khana or the Hall of Public Audience. It was the place where the king used to hear and decide the grievances of his people. Characteristic features of this hall are the Durbars, Jalis and banquets. Jalis are that portion of the hall from where the royal ladies clad in Purdah watched the proceedings in the Durbar.
Diwan-e-Aam has been functioning as a museum for a long and it displays carriages and howdahs for elephant and camelback rides, portraits of the royal family of Jaipur, carpets from the royal household. Among the marvels of this exquisite hall, chandeliers adorn the prime position. It is considered as the largest one in India. Indian and Persian miniature paintings embellish the picture gallery along with the wide compilation of manuscripts. Renowned for the beautifully ornamented flowery ceilings, this hall might have witnessed so many glorious moments of Rajput administration.
An open courtyard of private audience, the gateway to this majestic place itself houses a royal ambiance. With lofty brass and wooden doors, Diwan-e-Khas is put up on elevated pillars. This magnificient monument reveals the harmonious synthesis of Mugal and Rajasthan style structural design. Its vaulted edifices are synonymous with the doomed palaces of the Mugal Emperors.
Though this stunning reminiscent of Rajput tradition is a paradigm of the Mughal capitals of Agra and Delhi, its basic design is absolutely rooted in the rich structural design of the erstwhile Hindu kingdoms. Flat-roofed pavilions of Diwan-e-Khas reminds of a period, which predates the Mughals. This exquisite court also houses two huge silver water jars that were used to carry water from the Ganges for purification and daily prayers. Its hefty size earned it the prestigious accolade and entry in the Guinness Book of world records.
An ancient Hindu pilgrimage site, Galtaji is comprised of pavilions, temples, holy 'kunds' and natural springs. A scenic locale, this holy place is visited by large gatherings both pious and tourists. The Temple of Galtaji is situated in the middle of low-lying hills and is bounded by a beautiful ravine. This temple presents a charming appearance with its pink colour stone.
The temple premises hold a plethora of pavilions with curved roofs. Galtaji temple is a huge temple complex rather than a single temple. Situated in the City Palace complex, this temples main sanctum is adorned by the sun god. Exquisite paintings and carvings ornament the walls of the temple. Altogether this complex offers eye-catching spectacle besides its holy ambiance.
A marvelous shrine, which is synonymous with the Delwara Temples of Mount Abu, the Jain Mandir is a seven-storied structure, with huge spires. Construction of the temple took several phases and the last phase was probably completed in the 10th century. The principal deity of this sacred shrine is Lord Adinaath, whose image is believed to be 400 years old.
The temple is built with red stone and it exhibits exquisite carvings and splendid sculptures. An artistic marvel, Jain Mandir’s inner sanctum is adorned with the stunning image of Lord Parswanath who is flanked with seven serpent lids. Temple also houses the enthralling figurines of lianas, lotuses, and elephants pouring water from carafes.
Situated in the suburban of Jaipur, Ramgarh proffers countless attractions and most significant of all is the artificial lake that is entrenched between majestic hills. Jamwa Ramgarh holds a regal past since it was the hunting spot of the erstwhile rulers. The royal people were used to stay at the lodge, which has been converted into a luxury hotel. The magnificient scenery of a heritage hotel that overlooks to a charming lake poses a visual treat.
During monsoon season the lake shows its pictorial beauty at its zenith and a nice promenade through the banks of this lake is quite a spectacular one. Apart from this, the lakeside is a delightful sight to those who are very fond of birds. Colourful flocks of birds both inland and migratory makes a captivating panorama of nature.
This locale is also famed for its wildlife sanctuary by the same name, which is a home for large variety of wild animals. This sanctuary also offers jungle safaris. Other alluring places of interest in Ramgarh are the ramparts of a fort, a sacred shrine, beautiful havelis and marvelous cenotaphs of ancient rulers.
Jhalana Nature Park (Nahagarh Biological Park)
Normally all are of the opinion that Rajasthan is simply a desert area, which is devoid of any foliage and natural vegetation. This preconceived notion would go wrong when one comes in touch with the Nahagarh region of this arid state. This scenic locale houses one of the oldest mountain ranges in the entire world itself, the Aravallies. The thick woods that surround these mighty rocky formations are a haven of natural flora and fauna.
Located adjacent to the Nahagarh Fort, Jhalana Nature park sprawls over an expansion of 7.2 square km. It consists of sandstone and quartzite rocks and the foliage is typically symbolizes the sultry dry deciduous and muggy bristle forests. The park is an abundant resource of wild life, which consists of reptiles, tiger, leopard, rhesus monkeys and deer. The park also provides natural ambiance to a large variety of the bird flock.
This park provides the unusual opportunity of exploring the pristine nature through jungle safaris. The trail through the forest is approximately of 10 kilometers in expansion that can be covered either on foot or by jeep or on horse.
Man Sing Palace
Man Singh Palace in Jaipur is a heritage hotel located on Sansar Chandra road in Jaipur. A true reflection of the imperial Rajasthani culture and heritage, it is a must visit place for tourists.
Paragliding is a one of the few adventure sports that can be enjoyed in the open countryside of Jaipur. Various aero sports operators are available in Jaipur that will help the tourists with this sport.
Nestled in the lap of the majestic Aravallies, Samode is a tiny locale in the suburbs of Jaipur. Blessed with natural splendors, this pictorial place was quite unknown to the outside world till recently. Famed for the posh palace, part of which has converted in to a luxurious hotel, Samode would be a perfect destination for those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Samode palace has a long history of 4500 years. With its magnificently carved interiors and the fabulous frescoed walls, the palace turned to be a breathtaking citadel, which has got worldwide acclaim. It is to be noted that this palace allows only its guest inside it. Other fascinating attractions include the ramparts of Samode fort, Samode Bagh and durbar tent among other things.
The whole village itself offers a delightful experience to the visitor. From the colourfully dressed villagers to the artist's colony, which produces amazing minuscule paintings, this village would provide real fun.
Shila Devi Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Kali, Shila Devi temple is placed in the Amber Fort complex. It is believed that the image of the deity is brought from Jessore in East Bengal by Raja Man Singh. This large white marble temple houses a black idol of the goddess Kali, which is in contrast to the white colour of the sanctum. Kali temple stood at the entry point of the majestic Amber fort as a proud protector.
This temple holds an interesting folklore, which says that the goddess had appeared to Man Singh in his dreams and asked him to take the idol from the sea. Since Man Singh was a great devotee of kali, he had done what he was told to do. The temple premises also hold nine similes of Goddess Durga and ten embodiments of Goddess Saraswati, which are imprinted on the silver gates of the temple. Other prominent deity in this temple is Lord Ganesha.
A shopper’s delight, Jaipur offers a great time of shopping, which is quite entertaininig and amusing. A plethora of good markets with good quality shops and artifacts provides a great shopping experience to all. Exquisite handicrafts ornamented with beads and mirrors, local jewelry, potteries and textile materials are the predominant items that are available in all Bazaars. Vibrantly coloured carpets and kota doria mats also found to be the favourite shopping items of the tourists.
The most eye-catching item that would come first in the shopper’s itinerary would be the Bandhni textiles and the Bagru prints. The renowned markets are, Bapu Bazaar, Jauhari Bazaar M.I. Road, Nehru Bazaar, Chaura Rasta and Tripolia Bazaar. Whilst roaming through the markets, one will come up to the bubbly traditions of Jaipur.
A thriving garden that commemorates the memory of an illustrious ruler of yester years, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, the Vidhyadhar Garden presents a charming appearance. It is a symphony of Mugal and contemporary Indian architecture. With its marvelously chiseled fountains, vivacious pavilions, sylvan lakes and stunning galleries the garden looks really imposing. The Mural paintings portraying lord Krishna adds its magical charm.
The sprawling vastness of the garden also boasts a pictorial vineyard. Vidyadhar garden is beautifully situated in between two low-lying hills. This garden looks amazingly beautiful in the evenings when it is illuminated with the multicoloured lights. On the background of a dark sky, garden glitters like a bright spot. With the multitude of breath taking sceneries, Vidhyadhar Garden is a treasure trove of natural vista and is worthy place for a stop over.
Zoological Garden (Jaipur Zoo)
A lively city adorned with abundant natural beauty, Jaipur is always a fascinating attraction to the tourists. Its verdant greenery coupled with the effervescent gardens and parks are so charming that one could not forget at all. Among the various parks in Jaipur, Zoological Garden is regarded as one among the best sanctuaries in Jaipur. It is also called as the Jaipur Zoo.
Jaipur Zoo is located in the vibrancy of the lustrous Ram Niwas garden. A zoo in the midst of magnificient floral arcades and verdant landscapes, proffers an enthralling scenario to the spectator. Famed as the best crocodile-breeding center in India, the zoological park is a hub of exotic varieties of flora and Fauna. It is a natural asylum for so many endangered species of both the animal and plant kingdom. The bird flock in the zoo is a special wing that arrests the vision of the tourists.
Jaipur Zoo with its museum, greenhouse, an aviary, a herbarium, and the sports ground offers a perfect holidaying for those who like to be in the lap of a beautiful ambiance. The zoo is working all the days of a week except on Tuesday and the time schedule is fixed at 8:30 am to 5:30 pm in summers and 9 am to 5 pm in winters.