Best Jaipur Tourist Places To Enjoy With Friends -The Pink City

Rajasthan is the pride of rajputs. Rajput in sanskrit is prince.If you want to experience the bravery,faithfulness,royalty  of rajput era go to Jaipur.Jaipur is enchanted with bhajans of Meera bai whereas the wind is heavy with the sounds of swords of rajput warriors.Experience Jaipur to feel the royal heritage of that era.Jaipur is known for the outstanding architecture and sculpture throughout the city. In true sense pink city Jaipur is like a dream to the tourist from allover the world.

Jal mahal

I went to Jaipur with friends and family in February.Both summer and winter season has strong impact on the weather of Rajasthan. October to February is the most pleasant time to visit Jaipur.Avoid May-June as temperature goes to as high as to 45℃.You may go to Jaipur in July-September if you want to see green Aravalli mountain and lakes filled with rain water.I will suggest top 10 Jaipur tourist places that will take you to the dreamy era of royal Jaipur.All the Jaipur tourist places is a symbol of rajputana pride and glory.Jaipur got its name from maharaja Jai Singh (2nd).It is also called pink city as most of the sculpture is built by pink sandstone.

Top 10 Jaipur Tourist Places

Jaipur can be best explored in my opinion by auto,cab,taxi or open roof 2 storied double bus.We start in the early morning and went straight to City palace.City palace,Jantar mantar and Hawa mahal is located close to each other.That is why we start our day visiting the trio.You can easily book Uber or Ola and move straight to Jantar Mantar. These trio along with some other Jaipur tourist places steal my heart forever.

1. City Palace

City palace is the heart of Jaipur.Jaipur was built by keeping this marvelous palace in the center.It is  a little town rather than a palace. Both the Moghal and rajsthani inspiration  can be found in the architecture.Four poles or doors is protecting Jaipur.There is a museum in this palace.You can check the royal history here.Weapons,carpets,dresses,utensils are carrying the legacy of that time.You will be blown watching some unique collection of the museam. We became surprised to see the king size water pot made of silver to carry water during travel.This is the first one of my Jaipur tourist places.

  • Timings:  Open all days 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Tickets:    130 for Indians and 900 for foreigners
  • Duration:   1-2 hour


City Palace




Golden work on door
     

2. Jantar Mantar          

Jantar Mantar observatory was built by maharaja Shawai Man Singh,the biggest Jantar mantar of India out of 4 others.Jantar means instrument and mantar means formulas. Jantar mantar is an astronomical wonder in the list of Jaipur tourist places.Jay Singh  was a great admirer of astronomy.You can see the biggest sun dial of the world here.It gives time accurate as close to 2 seconds.It was built by concrete,white marble,brick.Till now it can predict the probability of rain accurately.Here different jantar that is instruments can be found which can give information on latitude and longitude,sun position,other star position etc.A Dhrub darshan instrument is there which points to the pole star accurately.Unfortunately we missed it in morning.
  • Timings:  Open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tickets:    40 for Indians and 200 for foreigners
  • Duration:   0.5-1 hour
Jantar mantar
                        

3. Hawa Mahal    

Hawa mahal or the palace of winds is situated right close to the above two monuments.I move to the Hawa Mahal after coming out from Jantar mantar for refreshments.The street beside Hawa mahal is a big market to roam around.The colorful dresses,shoes,churas,bags and most importantly food accompanied me to the gate of Hawa Mahal.It is a 5 storied building specially built for the royal ladies.The 953 windows are the main attractions. Outside view is clear from the jharokhas(window) whereas you can not look inside through them.A pleasant air flow is there throughout the year.It was the summer palace in those days.The glasses are brilliant so as the architecture.It is a air conditioned palace but without AC machine.
  • Timings:  Open All days 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tickets:    50 for Indians and 200 for foreigners
  • Duration:  1 hour

Hawa mahal

4.Birla Mandir

In the south corner of Jaipur the Birla Mandir is situated.Carving,sculpture of this Hindu mandir is excellent in a word.It was built in 1985 at a cost of 20 crores.The main idols are Lakshmi and Narayana. The beautuful mandir was built completely in white marble .I feel very calm and peaceful here.The only thing i can feel is the chanting of mantras and the almighty god.
  • Timings:   Open All days 6.00-12.00 pm to 6.00-9.00 pm
  • Tickets:     free
  • Duration:  0.5 hour

Birla mandir


5.Albert Hall

Albert hall was built in 1876 in memory of prince Albert's Jaipur tour.It holds the Indo-Saracenic architecture.The museum was famous for its architectural beauty since its inauguration on Feb 21,1886.This museum has 16 galleries. I was tired to roam from one to another.It has huge collections of Arms and armor,metal art,pottery,sculpture,jewelry,woodwork,coins,garments,carpets.It has the oldest carpet in its collection.The palanquin i like the most personally.We was lucky as there was a cultural program going on.I enjoyed the museum along with the traditional music and dance.Even thousand  pigeons was dancing with the music it seems.incredible India indeed.

We forget that we have to complete the visit within 1 hour by the mesmerizing classical music.
  
  • Timings:   Open All days 9.00 am -5.00 pm
  • Tickets:   20 for Indians and 150 for foreigners   free
  • Duration:  0.5 hour
Albert hall



5. Jal Mahal

After lunch our destination was Jal Mahal or water palace.It was built by Pratap singh in the Mansarovar lake.It is a 5 storied palace out of which 4 remain underwater most of the time.It is in the northern part of Jaipur just 4 km away from center.It looks so photogenic amidst the blue water of the lake with green mountain in the background. It was then a photo-shoot place for the royal family also.I think only a stop of 20 minutes is fine if you are leading towards Amer fort.In the last day we went there again at night to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city.Night view of this yellow sandstone architecture was very calm and soothing.

  • Timings:  Open all days 6.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • Tickets:    10 for Indians and 50 for foreigners
  • Duration:   1-2 hour

Jal mahal

7. Amer Fort

I have no words simply to describe Amer experience.One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawah rulers. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh.It stands really like a guard of Jaipur up right a hill.Wife of great king Akbar, Jodha bai is from this family. Moghal and Rajput architecture has great influence in this fort.The ornamentation ,sculpture,engineering is outstanding.

Amer fort
In my opinion take a elephant ride upto Amer fort from the bus stand. Or you may opt for cab,jeep according to your choice.You have to go through 5 gates ro reach the mahal.After reaching to 2nd floor first you will see a courtyard and kali temple.Dewan- E-Aam or meeting place with common people is there upright of 40 pillars.Main attraction of Amer is the Sheesh Mahal or Mirror palace.The walls,roof,floor is entirely decorated with mirrors such that one light reflects as a million.
A chowk of 12 pillars is a wonder in the heart of fort.You can see total Amer from the roof of the fort.
Elephant ride is available from 9.30 a.m to 1 p.m.

Shesh mahal

  • Timings:  Open all days 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Tickets:    100 for Indians and 500 for foreigners
  • Duration:   2-3 hour
Light and sound show is also there at night.Enjoy it in either English or Hindi.Amer is a lifetime experience.

8.Markets

If you are a shopaholic then Jaipur is a treat to you.You have multiple markets near Hawa Mahal called Jahuri bazar(famous for ornaments),Bapuji bazar(famous for dresses and shoes),Tripolia market and Chand Pole market.I went to the Bapuji market.Belive me you can choose from immense variety of marble work,jewelry,Kundan work,Chura ,dresses everything.When i got tired i took a byte of famous kachuri,Rabri,Koolfi.After refreshments again start hopping for block printed cloths,bandhni work saree.I will suggest to collect Rajjai or handmade quilt as a memento.I bought lots of dresses,chura,dolls,elephant made of metal,shoes,showpieces.Believe me that day i skip my lunch too for shopping and my husband was helpless.

Hope you have enjoyed the journey with me.It is more enjoyable when you are with friends and family.Even a beautiful romantic place for couples too.Also read How To Keep House Cool In Summer

                                               

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