Boasting a royal heritage reflected in every aspect right from its spectacular forts and palaces to its rich culture and traditions, Jaipur is one of the most enchanting places to visit in India. As a part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, Jaipur attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, which it never fails to impress. This desert city is well known for its heritage buildings, most of which are built in pink and red sandstone, thus giving Jaipur its adorable nickname – The Pink City. Are you planning a trip to Rajasthan’s capital city? Here are six of the best things to do in Jaipur every first-time traveler must not miss out on!
Located in the heart of Jaipur is this iconic landmark of the city – Hawa Mahal, meaning Palace of the Winds. With 953 windows decorated intricately, the architectural detail of this palace takes your breath away. You will be even more surprised to know that this huge five-story building stands firm without any foundation! It was built for the royal Rajput women, so they can watch the happenings in the streets through its windows. Get to the top of this palace for amazing views of the city or head to nearby Wind View café or Tattoo café for amazing views of the Hawa Mahal.
An astronomical observatory built in the 18th century by the scholar Sawai Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar houses a collection of fascinating astrological instruments, including the largest stone sundial in the world. Exploring Jantar Mantar is one of the unmissable things to do in Jaipur, especially for astronomy enthusiasts. Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are around 20 astronomical instruments used for various purposes such as measuring time, tracking the position of the stars, etc. It is recommended that you hire a local guide for a deeper understanding of the functioning of these amazing ancient instruments.
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Constructed in the 18th century, City Palace is a complex consisting of several palatial buildings, spacious halls, courtyards, gardens, galleries, gates, and many other stunning structures. Once a royal residence, it is now a museum that houses royal clothes, weapons, manuscripts, and other artifacts. A part of the palace still serves as the residence of Jaipur’s royal family. The design of the palace follows the principles of Vastushastra (the traditional Indian system of architecture), and its architecture is a fusion of Rajput, European and Mughal styles.
Perched on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, Amer Fort or Amber Fort reflects the royal heritage of the city. A top Jaipur tourist attraction, the fort leaves its visitors spellbound with its sheer size and magnificence. The fort boasts four courtyards and several lavish palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. Of all the sections within the fort, Diwan-e-Aam and Sheesh Mahal are the most impressive ones. Riding an elephant to the top of Amer Fort and witnessing the spectacular light and sound show are two of the best things to do in Jaipur.
Your Jaipur tour is incomplete without exploring its colorful shopping bazaars. There are many local bazaars like Bapu Bazaar, Johri Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, and Chandpole Bazaar, where you can do souvenir shopping. From sarees, ethnic suits, bangles, brass ornaments, jewelry, juthis (footwear), handbags, and perfumes to other traditional Rajasthani handicrafts, these shopping markets entice shopaholics with extraordinary merchandise and affordable rates.
Looking for fun and adventurous things to do in Jaipur? Try a hot air balloon ride. The hot air balloon that rises above the city offers panoramic views of Jaipur’s beautiful landscape – its forts, palaces and quaint villages. Sky Waltz Balloon Safari offers hot air balloon rides at two different locations, one near Amer Fort and the other near Samode Palace. September to April is considered the best time to go for a hot air balloon ride. So, if you are booking flights[A1] to Jaipur for travel during these
months, then don’t fail to add this to your list of things to do in Jaipur.