Jaipur is the desert capital, “Pink City” and, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the famous Golden Triangle tourist circuit. The city’s aging mansions and forts, with elegant architecture contemplative of their royal ancestry, are top displays. However, the recent addition of many fantastic shops, bars, cafes, and creative spaces has made the city quite hip. Read to explore the best things to do in Jaipur.
1. World’s Largest Cannon on Wheels at Jaigarh Fort
The Fort holds great appeal for military lovers, as it contains the world’s most giant cannon on wheels. The battery has never been fired, and neither has the Fort been apprehended. As a consequence, it has remained impressively intact over its extended life.
2. Admire the Remarkable Jal Mahal
Jaipur’s remarkable Jal Mahal (Water Palace) magically floats on Man Sagar Lake. Not a lot is acknowledged about its antiquity. Still, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I believed to have made it a resort for royal duck hunting excursions in the mid 18th century. The palace has four floors submerged below the water, with specially designed lime mortar to prevent water seepage. Unfortunately, despite being renovated, the court not yet open to the people, so you’ll have to be satisfied with observing it from the side of the lake.
3. See Sunset at Nahargarh Fort
Robust Fort is roosted high on the mountainous Aravali Hills of Jaipur city. Sawai Jai Singh II employed it in 1734 to help establish the security of his new capital. The Fort affords spectacular panoramas over the city, especially at sunset. The attraction inside the Madhavendra Bhavan palace complex is the latest Sculpture Park. There’s also a wax museum, a sophisticated fine-dining restaurant called Once Upon a Time, and a budget government-run eatery named Padao.
4. Off-Beat Tour of Jaipur
Go sightseeing in a classic restored Ambassador car or custom-designed e-rickshaw driven by an enterprising lady from a low-income household which will look sporty to make your trip memorable.
5. Iconic Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is Jaipur’s most illustrated building. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built it in 1799 to stretch the women’s quarters of the City Palace to facilitate the royal women to gaze out over the main street beneath without being watched.
6. Jantar Mantar Observatory
Jantar Mantar’s intriguing structures are a collection of astrological devices. Each has functional astronomical instruments, such as predicting eclipses, measuring time, and tracking stars. The most impressive one is the vast Samrat Yantra sundial. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of five astronomical observatories constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a distinguished mathematician, and astronomer.
7. Amber fort, Jaipur
Amber Fort perches atop a hill facing Maota Lake, about 30 minutes north of the city center. Inside is a series of lavish halls, gardens, palaces, and temples. Elaborate mirror work supplements to the beauty.
8. Royal Cenotaphs
Most tourists overlook gator ki Chhatriyan cenotaphs at the foothills of Nahargarh Fort. It makes them delightfully quiet most of the time. The superbly sculptured cenotaphs honor Jaipur’s departed kings, from Sawai Jai Singh ll to Man Singh ll.
9. Take a Hot Air Balloon Trip
Skywaltz operates two different hot air balloon routes. The principal one is north of Jaipur, surrounding Amber fort. The balloons float over local villages, fortresses, and palaces. The other route covers the virgin area around Samode Palace and town.
10. Old City Heritage Walk
Investigate Jaipur’s Old City behind its famous monuments on one of the initial morning or evening immersive heritage walking trips escorted by Vedic Walks. It uncovers some of the Old City’s lesser-known architectural wonders and traditions of local communities.
11. Encounter Royalty
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II constituted the City Palace as part of the new capital in Jaipur. With a minimal ticket, you get access to palace courtyards, galleries, Jaigarh Fort, royal cenotaphs, and Pritam Niwas Chowk, with colorfully painted doorways symbolizing the different seasons.
12. Jaipur Market
Jaipur is a commercial hub having artisans and traders. The city is a fabulous place to shop! You’ll find an enticing assortment of assets, including expensive gemstones, silver ornaments, bangles, clothes, fragrances, blue pottery, and textiles. The passages in the Old City’s markets are dedicated to unique handicrafts.
13. Heritage Water Walk to the stepwell
There are two little-known but essential stepwells with the unique architecture around Jaipur (one at Nahargarh and the other near Amber Fort). Heritage Water Walks conducts informative walking tours. Their explanation of the ancient water catchment systems used to supply water to the forts is fascinating.
14. Patrika Gate, Jaipur
Jaipur’s ninth colorful gate, Patrika Gate, graces the entry to Jawahar Circle garden, five minutes run north of Jaipur airport. This freshly constructed but traditional-style ornamental gate is called after the Rajasthani press and media organization Patrika.
15. Galtaji Temple
Visit late during lunchtime, near sunset, when the monkeys gather over the temple. From the road, to get to the temple, drive up the hill to the white Sun Temple and follow some steps downhill into the gorge.
16. Jaipur Flower Market
Early risers shouldn’t drop from the list to go to the fragrant wholesale flower Bazar, known as Phool mandi, which holds just inside the Old City’s Chandi ki Taksal Gate. It goes moving at around 6 a.m., with traders exchanging sacks filled to the edge with bright blooms of marigolds and roses.
17. Jaipur Museum
Albert Hall Museum of Jaipur is housed in a luxurious old Indo-Saracenic structure. Rajasthan’s oldest museum has an eclectic compilation with several items from the city’s past, including paintings of kings, jewelry, costumes, woodcarvings, sculptures, pictures, and pottery. The most prominent display is an Egyptian mummy about the Ptolemaic dynasty.
18. Museum of Legacies
Lately, the Rajasthan government converted the Rajasthan School of Arts building in the Old City into a museum devoted to the state’s arts and crafts. The Museum of Legacies was inaugurated in 2017 and is housed in a mansion. It was initially constructed in 1823 as the home of Pandit Shivdeen.
19. Experience a Festival at Gangaur Festival
The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival occurs every year towards the end of January, the largest literary festival in Asia-Pacific. Significant religious festivals glorified in Jaipur include the Kite Festival, Holi/Dhulandi, Gangaur, Teej, and Diwali.