Tourist Places in Jaipur

Tourist Places in Jaipur & Jaipur sightseeing

Planning a Trip to Jaipur? These are a lot of Tourist Places in Jaipur that should be a part of your Jaipur Sightseeing Plan. The city founded by Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 is very well known for its abundance of Tourist Places. So what Tourist Places should you visit on your Jaipur Sightseeing. The Short answer is it depends on A) where you are from and B) how much time do you have.

To make it easy to understand there are 2 parts to this Article.
1. Tourist places in Jaipur for Western Tourists
2. Tourist Places in Jaipur for the Indian Tourists. (a few additions which are frequented by Indian Tourists)

Founded in 1727, this first well planned city of India was laid out on a Grid System with all main roads cutting each other at a 90 degree angle. Painted in the Terracotta colour the city earned it’s nick name and is also called the Pink City. Jaipur is a paradise for Tourists in terms of what one can see here, eat here and Shop from here. If you haven’t planned the number of days just as yet. Take the Information from this article and plan your trip accordingly.

Tourist Places in Jaipur for Western Tourists

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Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds:

In the year 1799, the then Ruler of Jaipur Sawai Pratap Singh decided to have this Fassade constructed to enable the Womenfolk from the Royal Family to enjoy the festivities, processions and have a view of what was happening in the main Square called Badi Choupad.

Why was it needed?
India had a Purdah System in place at that time, which meant that the women had to make sure that their face was covered at all times when they were not at home. Only male members who were permitted to see the face of the Women in those days were the Husband and other male members who were younger than their Husband, even the father in law and the husbands elder brother would not have seen the face all the Women in their house.

So to counter this problem, Sawai Pratap singh got this facade built, It is called a Palace (Mahal) but it still is just a wall. Hawa Mahal has a total of 953 small casements each with small lattice worked pink window, balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices. This allows cool breeze blow through the mahal and keep it cool and airy in summer.

It is usually a Photo Stop best done in the Morning as it faces the rising sun and with direct sunlight falling on it, it is very #instagrammable.

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Amber Fort

In terms of the Tourist Place to visit in Jaipur, Amber fort is right up there, It is a very majestic fort which lies around 11 kms away from the centre of city which would be the Hawa Mahal. Set in the Aravalli Hills which provided the City of Amer with a natural fortification, the Amber Palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 as an example of Rajput military hill architecture.

You are bound to hear 2 variations of the name Amber & Amer. Both are acceptable today, Amber was the capital of the Kachwaha clan of Rajputs till 1727 when Jai Singh II shifted to Jaipur. Amber is a witness to a lot of History and one should plan around 50 minutes (if with a Guide) to 90 Minutes if doing it on own. (Recommended to do this with a Guide) Best done after Hawa Mahal as you will get some stunning pictures, the Sunlight is perfect in the Morning and early afternoon.

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Jal Mahal or the Water Palace

This is again a Photo Stop, Originally a dam was built here in the 16th century due to a famine It lies between 2 hills, where due a natural depression water used to accumulate and in 1799, Sawai Pratap Singh (Same ruler who built Hawa Mahal) decided to have this converted to a lake and built the Jal Mahal as we know if it today. One can do boating in the Lake (water dependant) but no one is allowed inside the Palace. There is a nice boulevard where you could take a stroll if you happen to be there in the late evening. Best time is usually early afternoon once the sun has moved towards the west or late afternoons when the Sunlight falls on it.

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Jantar Mantar:

Also known as the Observatory, The Jantar Mantar that stands in Jaipur is the 5th in the series of observatories built by the founder of Jaipur. The other four are in Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain and Varanasi. Jai Singh noticed that the Zij, which was used for determining the position of celestial objects, did not match the positions calculated on the table. He constructed five new observatories in different cities in order to create a more accurate Zij. The astronomical tables Jai Singh created, known as the Zij-i Muhammad Shahi, was continuously used in India for a century. However, the table had little significance outside of India also it was used to measure time.
The Observatory of Jaipur is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments. Best time to be here is anytime of the day as long as the Sun is shining. Take a Guide here else you would not understand much of it. If you are keen on how these instruments work and want to deep dive plan to be here for half a day. Else 30-40 Minutes to get an overview is enough.

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City Palace:

Built by the Founder of Jaipur during the years 1729 to 1732, the vast complex of the palace occupied one-seventh of the walled city. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Planned with precise intricacies, the palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings and gardens including the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal. Major parts of this have today been converted into a museum which showcases various unique handcrafted products and other things that belong to the royal family of Jaipur. The Current royal family of Jaipur resides in a portion of the city palace which is out of bound for the Public. If you wish to see the entire Museum part at a leisurely pace you need around 60-90 minutes. Best time anytime of the day.

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Albert Hall:

To commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 foundation stone was laid for the Structure called Albert Hall but no one knew what it would be used as once completed. There were suggestions to use it as a cultural centre or maybe even as a Town Hall. However in 1880 Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II approved a suggestion by Dr. Thomas Holbein Hendley, Resident Surgeon (whose interests extended beyond his medical responsibilities) to open a museum of Industrial Arts to display products of local craftsmen. A small museum was created in 1881 in temporary accommodation and proved most popular.

Also referred to as the oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan, Albert hall is mostly a photo stop for most of the tourists. However if you are staying a bit longer in Jaipur and are inclined towards museums, it is worth a visit. What is currently on exhibit can be found here 

Birla Mandir:

In 1988 the Maharaja of Jaipur gave away a pice of land on the Moti Dhungri Hill for a Sum of 1Rs, to the Birla family who wanted to build a Temple in Jaipur and this now forms a part of one of the several Birla temples located all around the country. It is also referred to as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
The architecture is simply breathtaking and the temple is built purely out of white marble, the edifice of the Birla Temple is an amalgamation of ancient Hindu architecture styles and modern design. The walls of the temple are embellished with intricate carvings of Gods and Goddesses and words of wisdom from the Puranas and Upanishads. The pictures of historical achievers, legends, philosophers and spiritual saints like Socrates, Christ, Buddha, Confucius are also displayed in the temple. Best time to visit is in the evening and plan to be there for atleast 30-40 minutes to soak in the atmosphere and visit each and every part of the temple.

Bapu Bazaar:

It doesn’t matter which part of the world you come from, without a visit to the famous Bazaar in Jaipur your visit to Jaipur is not complete. It is one of the most famous markets of the city for buying traditional Jutis, Bangles, Dupattas, Sarees, Scarves etc. Situated in the heart of the Pink City between Sanganer Gate and New Gate, the market is bustling with shopaholics at all times.

The market is most famous for Juti/Mojari- Traditional footwear made from camel skin and you would see hundreds of shops displaying these in a myriad of colours. The other shopping options available are traditional Rajasthani lehenga- choli and Bandhej salwar suits (dresses for Women) as well as sculptures and figurines made from marble and sandalwood, hand-crafted home décor gifts and paintings, conventional block printed bedspreads, cushion covers, fabrics and a lot more. (Just a word of advise here, even though a lot of shops sell these block printed bedspreads claiming they are Hand printed most of these aren’t. If the pattern on the bedspread / block printed fabric is uniform it has been screen printed. A Hand printed fabric would always have flaws in the patterns.

Jewellery Shopping / Carpets and Rugs Shopping:

Jaipur was always intended as a place where commerce was meant to flourish, where leather makers, weavers, furniture builders, and jewellers created custom pieces for the rich merchants—and richer royals—who passed through town on their way to other outposts in the Mogul empire. Today, the city remains a site of pilgrimage for anyone even vaguely interested in shopping and, more important, discovering India’s inimitable material culture.

You can’t visit Jaipur and not go jewellry shopping (well, you could, but what would be the point?). For decades, Jaipur has been the world’s gemstone capital, and today, although it is being challenged by competitors in Bangkok and Hong Kong, hundreds of pounds of precious stones still pass through the workshops in Jaipur to be examined, cleaned, and cut.

Carpet and Rug Shopping: The carpets and rugs made their way into India from Persia apparently sometime in the 16th Century. Initially it was only restricted to only Kashmir as the persian weavers found Kashmir to be comparable weather wise with Persia. Later on due to alliances between Mughals and Rules of Jaipur, the art of knotting the carpets reached Jaipur and Jaipur today remains an excellent place to buy carpets and rugs at half of what they would cost else where in India and the rest of the world.

Tourist Places in Jaipur for the Indian Tourists.

All of the above and add to that a few more places which could be of religious significance and made popular due to Bollywood.

Nahargarh Fort:

Built in 1734 and extended in 1868, this sturdy fort overlooks the city from a sheer ridge to the north. The story goes that the fort was named after Nahar Singh, a dead prince whose restless spirit was disrupting construction. Whatever was built in the day crumbled in the night. The prince agreed to leave on condition that the fort was named for him. The views are glorious and there’s a restaurant that’s perfect for a cold drink. If you are a Bollywood Fan, ‘Masti ki Pathshala’ from ‘Rang De Basanti’ was shot at the Nahargarh Fort of Jaipur. Best done after Amber fort. Takes around 40-60 minutes.

Moti Dungri Ganesh Ji Temple:

Moti Dungri is a Hindu temple complex dedicated to lord Ganesha, built in 1761 under supervision of Seth Jai Ram Palliwal. The temple is a popular tourist attraction in the city, with many people coming here to invite Lord Ganesha for their Children’s Marriage. The Idol is said to be 500+ years old and Thousands of devotees visit the temple daily. You will find a mini market alongside the Temple. But every Wednesday small fair takes place in which many visitors offer their prey to Lord Ganesh. Takes about 40-60 minutes depending upon the rush.

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Choki Dhani:

A very popular attraction for people wanting to experience the Rich Rajasthani heritage and try out the Authentic Rajasthani food. Choki Dhani comprises of a series of rebuilt village huts with cow dung plasters and decorative wall art. Traditional folk dance performance are worth enjoying, especially when they are experienced at Choki Dhani. Some popular dance forms performed are Kalbeliya, Ghoomar and the Chari Dance, which is famous for its unique balancing of pots on heads while dancing.

With regards to the food, The food extremely rich and tasty (everything get a spoonful of Ghee {clarified butter}the servers are extremely polite, you are bound to over eat here. Must try out if you can handle extremes of Ghee.

Best done in the evening. Keep aside 3+ hours.

This is a list of the best Tourism Places in Jaipur that should form a part of your jaipur Sightseeing. We hope you enjoy your jaipur Trip. 

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