Things to See and Do in Jaipur
Jaipur is known as The Pink City. Some people even refer to it as The Paris of India because of many of its sights, colors, and energy. There are countless things to do and see in Jaipur including visiting luxurious palaces, historical forts, and massive museums.
1. Elephant Safari at Amber
Taking an elephant ride at the Amber Palace is one of those enchanting experiences that no one would want to miss. As the list of visitors wanting to ride the elephant safari to Amber is quite large, one has to reach early to ensure a dazzling ride at around 9 in the morning.
There are around 80 elephants to provide the service (ride) decorated absolutely in the beautiful traditional way. They carry on an average of 1000 visitors a day depending on the tail. In the interest of the welfare of the elephants, the trips that each elephant can make in a day is limited to 5 loading with maximum 2 people plus a driver.
The walk normally takes 25-30 minutes to get to the main entrance depending on the rush of the elephants caused by the visitors. A walk costs INR ₹1000/- for two people which is a walk along a route that goes from the place of reservation to the palace.
2. A Taste of Royal Rajasthani Thali
Rajasthani cuisine is a mixture of rich ingredients, if you have not tried this delicious variety in vegetarian food then a Rajasthani Thali is what you need to indulge yourself. This kitchen loaded with ghee meets our taste buds. You cannot miss Dal Baati Churma, Ghevar, Ker Sangri, Gatte ki Sabzi or the delicious ‘Laal Maans’, a famous meat delicacy of Rajasthan.
The best restaurants to savor these flavors is Shack – The Roof Top Café.
3. A Must Visit Places in Jaipur
In the heart of the old city is the former royal residence built in a mixture of Rajasthani and Mughal style. Ornate white-gray marble columns support carved arches with floral motifs in gold and colored stones, while two elephants carved in marble guard the entrance.
This is the largest of the five remarkable observatories of Jai Singh. Its complex instruments, whose configuration and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the highest points of Indian medieval astronomy. The most striking of these are the Ram Yantras used to measure the altitudes.
Built in 1799 AD, The Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” is an important Rajput landmark. This five-story building along the main street of the old city is in pink splendor with the semi-octagonal and delicately paneled windows of the combed sandstone. The monument was originally conceived with the aim of allowing the ladies of the royal house to see the daily life and the royal processions of the city.
Amber was the ancient capital of the Kachhwaha Rajput from 1037 until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to a newly created Jaipur. Within the fortress is Jai “Mandir” (Temple) with its famous Sheesh Mahal, a room full of mirrors. The walls and ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful range of mirrors, reflecting any ray of light, in order to illuminate the entire room. The architecture shows different Mughal influence.
Beyond the Jaigarh Hills lies the Nahargarh Fort as a sentinel watchman guarding the beautiful capital of Sawai Jai Singh. Many of the original structures are now in ruins, but the beautiful buildings added by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II in the nineteenth century are in good condition. Some of the rooms offer the most spectacular view of the city.
The western horizon is dominated by the extensive “parkotas” (walls), watchtowers and entrance gates of Jaigarh. It is one of the few medieval Indian military structures preserved almost intact, containing palaces, gardens, open and covered reservoirs, a barn, an arsenal, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a gigantic mounted cannon, The Jai Ban – one of the largest canyons in the country.
4. Shopping in Jaipur
Shopping is one of the best things to do in Jaipur, especially for people who love irresistibly beautiful crafts, fabrics, bedspreads, jewelry, etc. There are many places in Jaipur where you can go shopping on the street.
There are different markets for different items in Jaipur. As for jewelry Johari Bazaar; for the craftsmanship Chandpol Bazaar; for Souvenirs Kishanpol Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar for traditional Juttis (footwear).
5. Fly in a Hot-Air Balloon
Riding a hot air balloon inside the city is unique and exciting. Jaipur is famous for its city tours in a hot air balloon. The entire landscape of Jaipur is visible from above, where the balloons float through the air. An average balloon ride completes a trip through Jaipur as it looms over several forts, including Amber Fort and Jal Mahal.
The shops and streets of Jaipur are also visible in a panoramic view from the hot air balloons. The average cost of riding a balloon from INR ₹7500/- to INR ₹12000/- per person.
6. Take a trip to Chokhi Dhani
Located around 20kms in the South of Jaipur, Chokhi Dhani, offers visitors a fascinating rural experience. It shows the exciting cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
One can enjoy ethnic popular music and dance performances, savor traditional Rajasthani cuisine and even enjoy elephants and camel rides. A trip to Chokhi Dhani is one of the best things to do in Jaipur.
7. Listen to Rajasthani Melody
After the meal, it is now its turn for a rustic Rajasthani melody, which is an eternal part of the Rajasthani culture. Like Rajasthani architecture, food and lifestyle, music is also lovely here.
The Rajasthani folk dance and music is also popular in the other parts of the country. The famous dance styles of Jaipur are: Ghoomar, Kalbelia, Bhavai and Kachhi Ghodi.
8. Take a bicycle tour at Nahargarh Fort
Make a cycling excursion and you can see the exceptional combination of India and European architectural styles in the great fortress of Nahargarh.
In addition to these, you should also pay a visit to the majestic Jaigarh Fort, the peacock gates in the City Palace, the honeycomb-like Hawa Mahal and the great palace of Rambagh.
Travel Tips for Jaipur
Jaipur is the largest, and as well as the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is also called as “The Pink City of India”. This city was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century and made it the first planned city in India. Being an anticipated tourist destination for all national and international tourists, Jaipur is a place where you can see the true beauty of Rajasthan which is found in its forts, cultures, traditions, music, and food.
Jaipur is called as the Pink City because most of the buildings in this city are pink which is an imitation of the red sandstone used in the Mughal architecture. You can see lots of Rhesus macaque monkeys in Jaipur.
How to get to Jaipur
Jaipur is well-connected by rail and some of the best trains are Rajdhani, Jaipur Express, Ajmer Shatabdi Express.
In addition, there are regular flights from metropolitan cities to Jaipur and the nearest airport is Sanganer Airport which is only 10 km away from the city center. There are also international connecting flights to cities such as Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Sharjah.
However, the most popular and economical means of traveling to Jaipur is by bus. There are Volvos, Rajasthan state buses and luxury buses that frequently go to Jaipur. These operate from Delhi, Vadodara, Ajmer, Udaipur, Kota, and Ahmedabad at regular intervals.