Must See Sights of Jaipur, How many have you seen?
Jaipur is a majestic city offering scores of sights to see and things to do for tourists and travellers. One trip to Jaipur isn’t enough to soak in the aura of this ancient pink city of India. I am sure some of you my dear readers, may have visited this charming city Jaipur more than once. Here is a list; how many of these Jaipur sights have you visited?
For the first timers to Jaipur this is an ideal list to start with. Jaipur is easily accessible as there are several cheap domestic flights to city. Residents of Mumbai can plan good holiday to Jaipur and one can add Delhi to the itinerary and avail Mumbai to Jaipur cheap flights. Jaipur is easily accessible from other cities as well.
Amber Fort, Amber Palace, Amer Fort all lead to same place – the pride of City of Jaipur! Time to tour this fort can easily take 3 hours. However even if you are in a rush don’t miss out the Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Maotha Lake, Deewan –e-aam, Ganesh Pol and Shila Temple. If you are craving for the royal experience of getting to the fort on elephant back be sure to reach early. Avail guide services to know the history and interesting stories of Amer Fort. Do check out: 7 Unique Sights of Amber Fort. Plan to visit in the evening to see Amber Fort Sound and Light shows, both in English and Hindi. This can be included in places to visit in Jaipur at night.
Tickets: Indian – 100INR, Foreigners – 500INR. Sound and light show: English – 200INR, Hindi – 100INR. Elephant ride for 2 people – 1200INR.
Hop, step and jump from Amer Fort you will reach Jaigarh Fort. This fort was built as watch tower with the idea of giving cover to Amer Fort and Jaipur city. It was constructed to store the weapons and other military utilities. A leisurely tour around this fort can take an hour or so. Don’t miss the carvings on the walls of the fort, the rainwater harvesting system and most importantly the giant cannon, Jaivana. It is believed to have been test fired once with a charge of 100kgs of gunpowder and covered a distance of about 35kms.
Visiting Time: 9am to 4.30pm. Tickets: Indians – 35INR, Foreigners – 85INR.
Madhavendra Bhawan is the most visited part of Nahargarh Fort. It is interesting to note here that there are 12 identical suites built by Sawai Madho Singh to please his 12 wives equally! Art and architecture of the fort is stunning and in good condition. Tour time can take 2 to 3 hours. Besides tour of the fort by foot you can also indulge in cycling and trekking activities within the fort. If you are lucky you can witness film shooting there. New additions, the wax museum and Sheesh Mahal are a big hit with the tourists. Both need separate entrance tickets of 300INR each.
Visit time – 10am to 5.30pm. Tickets – Indians – 50INR, Foreigners – 200INR.
This state museum of Rajasthan has a brilliant collection of paintings, jewelry, carpets, stone sculptures, art work in ivory, metal sculptures, and works in crystal. Main attraction of the museum is the Egyptian Mummy. Visit the museum during noon hours to escape the heat if you are doing day tour of Jaipur city. Time required to tour the museum is less than an hour.
Visit Time: 9am – 5pm. Tickets: Indian 20INR, Foreigner – 150INR
A giant ground scattered with several astronomical instruments, all functioning well and dating back to 17th century. Thanks to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur got international fame for this astronomical observatory. The place sure is amazing and interesting, especially to the kids, if you are travelling with family. It is best you hire a guide here to understand the 19 astronomical instruments displayed here. Best time to visit the place is early in the morning when there is very less crowd. Avoid visiting mid day, it can get unbearably hot. Time to tour the place is less than an hour.
Visit time: 9am – 4.30pm Tickets: Indians – 50INR Foreigners – 200INR
This beehive like structure made of red sandstone cannot escape your attention or curiousity. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built this mahal for royal women to enjoy the events and festivals in the street. Isn’t it interesting how the kings of those days cared for their women! It is a five-storey building in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna. The 953 jharokhas or windows add unusual charm to this monument. A museum inside has good collection of antiques, weapons and articles used by members of royal family. Time to tour the Mahal is one hour.
Visit time: 9am – 4.30pm. Tickets: Indians – 50INR Foreigners – 200INR.
How about some authentic Rajasthani experience now? After touring the city of Jaipur through the day Chokhi Dhani is an ideal place to treat your taste buds and relax your heels. They have traditional sit-down restaurant where you can relax and have a hearty meal in traditional Rajasthani style. Various entertainment programs are performed for the guests. This is also an ideal place to pick up souvenirs in case you haven’t had the time to shop around in Jaipur. Ticket price depends on dining experience chosen.
Visit time: 5pm – 11pm. Tickets start from Rs. 700 to Rs. 1100 for adults and Rs. 400 to Rs. 700 for children.
Mohan Mahal JW Marriott
Indulge in Experiential dining in one of the luxury hotels, JW Marriott Jaipur. If you are looking for unique restaurants for a memory that can carry back home along with their belly full food, then this is the place. Mohan Mahal at JW Marriott Jaipur is modeled on Sheesh Mahal of Amer Fort. They have used 3,50,000 mirrors to replicate the look. The place is lit with just candles, mirrors reflecting this light makes the place look magical. This can be included in places to visit in Jaipur for couples.
Open only in evenings. You have to make prior reservations to ensure yourself a seat.
Jal Mahal Jaipur
This palace has the most exotic setting in Jaipur, 4 of its 5 floors is submerged under water. Situated in the middle of Maan Sagar Lake in Jaipur, it is accessible by boats throughout the day. You cannot enter the palace though. Due to some renovations and legal issues boating is suspended for some time. A visit during the season of migratory birds is most exciting, when the lake is populated with colourful birds. Time needed to tour is half an hour but I bet you will want to linger on for more time. Eateries around make the evenings more fun filled.
Route Map of Sights in Jaipur
This is the route map of the Jaipur sights mentioned in this post. You can hire a private vehicle or use state transport to tour these places. This will make an ideal 2 day itinerary to tour Jaipur or may be 3 day tour if you believe in slow travel. Here is a Jaipur sightseeing map