Travel to Jaipur – India, with its mysterious and exotic charm, is just the kind of country that not even an entire life spent exploring would be able to do. From the majestic peaks of the Himalayan mountains to the fascinating UNESCO heritage monuments and even narrow dusty streets flanked by Chai Wallahs (tea stalls) and vendors who parade their goods, there is an adventure waiting at every corner. I’ve been to India three times now, with every trip more exciting and stunning than the last!
During my last visit, I had to set foot in the beautiful state of Jaipur (a.k.a. The pink city of India) as part of my tour around the Golden Triangle of India, and guess what? I don’t mean to be biased, but with absolutely stunning architecture and beautiful pastel colors all around, this city was my absolute favorite! You do not believe me? Check out these 10 must-see places that will make you fall and climb to book a ticket to Jaipur soon. Scoot * now flies from Singapore to Jaipur four times a week, giving you all the extra reasons to start packing bags!
NOTE: I advise you to quickly convince a private car to guide you from one attraction to another, as locals know the routes and traffic better. There are many car rental and driver services that allow you to personalize your itinerary too!
Travel to Jaipur – Amber Fort
Amber Fort (or Amer Fort) is the ultimate attraction not to be missed when you’re here in Jaipur. Built mainly with red and white sandstone, the fort is a great example of ancient Indian architecture, as the rulers of that time loved using these materials to build their palaces and fortresses (think of the Taj Mahal, which was built entirely of marble White! ).
Greet the Ganesh Pol Gate as you enter the fort. This door was built exclusively to allow royal families to pass through their private rooms without being disturbed. This beautiful piece is a work of art in itself, with its richly decorated sculptures accented in a variety of colors.
If you are looking for an experience that is both new and unforgettable, opt for an elephant ride to the fort! Please note that these are only available until 11:00 every day, so be sure to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. If you don’t like elephants, there is also a reliable all-wheel drive option up to the fort.
Once inside the park, sail among the ancient walls of the fortress, venture into the manicured royal gardens and climb the sighting towers or stroll in the Hall of Mirrors – which features entire ceilings and walls studded with gems to imitate the starry night sky !
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India, Opening hours: 8.00-17.30, daily, Admission: (adult) INR550 (~ S $ 11.50); (student) INR100 (~ S $ 2.10), Elephant ride: INR1100 (~ S $ 23) per couple
Travel to Jaipur – Hawa Mahal
After finishing with Amber Fort, make a request for your driver to stop near the Jal Mahal (a.k.a. The Water Palace) located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar! The ancient palace formerly used for hunting ducks and picnics of the Maharaja (Indian royalty) is currently banned from the public, but it certainly makes a picture postcard perfect.
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, opening hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm, daily, Entrance ticket: INR50 (~ S $ 1.10)
Travel to Jaipur – The City Palace of Jaipur
The City Palace of Jaipur is another attraction that is decorated in shades of pastel pink. Feel free to happily trigger and document all the beautiful pink buildings engraved with white details and motifs. There are many photo opportunities here, so take your time walking around the extremely spacious palace complex, which includes a series of beautiful buildings and buildings.
An important building is the Chandra Mahal palace (recognizable as the yellow building with the Indian flag raised), which is a place of royal residence. However, the ground floor is open to the public, as it is currently used as a museum that showcases several artifacts that have been used by the royal families themselves!
In the middle of the complex is the Diwan-I-Aam, better known as the Public Hall. Now it is an art gallery that features marble floors, decorated ceilings and dome-shaped “doors”.
Whether it’s walls and pillars with colorful patterns or even gates and decorated doors, like the one that is set with peacock patterns and their colorful tails – there’s so much to see and explore in the City Palace complex, with every corner treasures just waiting to be discovered! Address: Jaleb Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, Hours of Operation: Daily 9am – 5pm, Entrance: INR500 (~ S $ 10.50)
Travel to Jaipur – Panna Meena Ka Kund
Composed of alternating pink and yellow faded scales, Panna Meena Ka Kund, or Panna Meena Stepwells, are an exceptionally interesting architectural spectacle. In India, stepwells are generally used as social gathering places, where people gather and chat while they draw water or even swim in the pool below.
The most unique charm and mystery of Panna Meena Ka Kund which usually confuses tourists is that it is almost impossible to use the same set of stairs to go up and down, since its symmetrical design and structure are so confused. However, the locals are able to do this easily without flinching! How amazing is it? Address: Amer, Rajasthan 302028, India, opening hours, admission: FREE
Travel to Jaipur – Jantar Mantar
Astrology enthusiasts, this is for you! Unbeknownst to the tourist in the dark, a group of oddly shaped geometric structures and spheres may seem, at best, some unique phenomena. Perhaps the stonehenge of India? Possible, except that Jantar Mantar is much more than an interesting placement of objects!
With 19 architectural astronomical instruments, Jantar Mantar is the dream of every meteorologist who becomes reality. It features masonry, stone and brass instruments designed using ancient principles of astronomy from Hindu and Sanskrit texts. Believe it or not, these tools have proven to be accurate to date!
The instruments measure time, predict eclipses and locate different stars. There is also a clock that tells the time based on where the shadows fall, ultimately determining the position of the sun! Address: Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, opening hours: 9am to 4.30pm, daily, Admission: INR200 (~ S $ 4.20)
Travel to Jaipur – Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is one of the favorite places for viewing Amber Palace and the Aravalli hills below. Although its walls and walls are quite impressive, tourists flock here mainly to see the Jaivana cannon, since the Jaigarh fort was the center of artillery production for the Rajputs (a war-associated caste).
the Jaivana cannon was the largest cannon in the world on wheels at its point of production in 1720. Although it looked enormous and threatening, the cannon was never actually used in real battles since it was never necessary to do so. He was, however, actually fired once in his life, with a charge of 100 kilograms of gunpowder which fired a 50-kilogram ball up about 35 kilometers away.
Address: Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, opening hours: 9am to 4.30pm, daily, Admission: INR200 (~ S $ 4.20)
Travel to Jaipur – The Nahargarh Fort
A stone’s throw away is another fort that is worth visiting: the Nahargarh Fort. Along with the Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, the Nahargarh Fort was also part of the city’s defense system.
Filled with lots of different alleys and secret passages to take, be prepared for some confusion as you will always find yourself in a different part of the fort with every turn you take!
The fun part of visiting the fort here is that you can cross the terraces on the roof of the Nahargarh Fort, where you can admire an aerial view of the surroundings and take a closer look at the domes and roof ridges.
The fort also housed Madhavendra Bhawan, which included housing for the royal family. Inside, you’ll find many apartment-style suites built for the king and his queens. Step into the shoes of royalty as you travel back in time as you walk through these corridors of the fort … That must have been everything!
Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, Opening hours: 10 am-5.30pm, daily, Admission: INR50 (~ S $ 1.50)
Albert Hall Museum
Although the Albert Hall Museum may appear as another opulent white marble temple from the outside, this monument has a totally different meaning. The first stone of Albert Hall was placed in honor of Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, when he visited Jaipur in 1876.
The building was later transformed into a museum of industrial arts that displayed products by local artisans, in an attempt to keep the current local artisans inspired by the best examples of works of art and craftsmanship. By building a museum that displayed crafts, he also helped guide the importance of preserving traditions and craftsmen.
Today it is recognized as a place where traditional Indian architecture and craftsmanship are appreciated and honored. It’s definitely worth a visit if you want to take a closer look at Indian art and culture!
Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, Opening hours: 10 am-5.30pm, daily, Entrance: INR200 (~ S $ 4.20)
Galtaji Monkey Temple
I’m not running around with you when I say there is a Monkey Temple in Galtaji, just a 40 minute drive from the outskirts of Jaipur. Galtaji is an Indian pilgrimage site that houses a series of temples, which are built on the hills surrounding Jaipur itself.
The area is surrounded by sacred kunds (pools) that are fed by natural spring water from the top of a hill. Visitors and pilgrims bathe when they are here, as the waters are considered to be auspicious. Apart from the blessed pools, another famous attraction here is the Hanuman temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu monkey god (could this explain the mysterious presence of monkeys crowding the area?)
Galtaji is a fascinating place where visitors can take their time to admire the ancient architecture and waterfalls – but be sure to stay away from the monkeys there because they like to spoil and cause trouble! Address: Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India, Opening hours: 5: 00-21: 00, every day, Admission: FREE
Samode is a village about an hour and a half drive from Jaipur, but this shouldn’t stop you from visiting it, especially if you have an extra day or two. I took a day off to explore it and I had absolutely no regrets! Greet yourself from large front gardens flanked by cut trees and bushes as you approach the front of the cheerful facade of the traditional yellow hotel.
Did you know that Jaipur has a unique initiative that converts buildings into hotels – so they are well maintained and properly restored over the years? These “palace hotels” will continue to be appreciated by many as they are converted into lodgings! The Samode Palace is one such example of a historic hotel.
Once you enter the fascinating palace, your guide will take you on a private tour to admire the beautifully decorated rooms and interiors. With walls and ceilings that are all splashed from top to bottom and hand-painted with various details, motifs and paintings, a walk through the rooms will leave you simply speechless! You will also pass through a mirror room where the surfaces are plastered with real semi-precious and precious precious stones that shine and shine in the sunlight. It is such an enchanting spectacle that the photos will not do justice.
Don’t worry about getting the best photos because your guide will show you secret points about where to pose and how to take amazing photos! I highly recommend staying at lunch, as after finishing you can spend more time exploring the area.
Address: Village Samode, Tehsil Chomu, Jaipur, Rajasthan 303806, India Opening hours: call ahead to check for a private event (+91 1423 240 014) Admission: INR1000 (~ S $ 21)