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View of Jal Mahal -  a famous water palace in Jaipur

Things to do in  Jaipur

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The capital of India’s desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur has long been a tourism hotspot, attracting everyone from backpackers to global dignitaries with its numerous things to do. Many of the city’s most popular attractions, from the regal City Palace to the Palace of Winds, are situated right in the salmon-hued city center known as the “Pink City.” If you have time, there’s plenty to discover all around town, from the Indo-Saracenic Albert Hall Museum to the 16th-century Amber Fort, a gargantuan hilltop castle on the outskirts of town.

Top 15 attractions in Jaipur

Jal Mahal (Water Palace)

Situated smack in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, on the road that runs between Jaipur and Amber Fort (Amer Fort), the 18th-century Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is a gorgeous red sandstone palace that’s accessible only by boat. Though currently closed to visitors, the dreamlike structure is still an incredible sight to behold from shore.More

Amber Fort (Amer Fort)

High on a hilltop, towering majestically over the village of Amber on the outskirts of Jaipur, this 16th-century fort palace is worth visiting for its grand architecture that blends Muslim Mughal and Indian Hindu (Rajput) elements. Here, you’ll find labyrinthine passageways, elegant royal halls, and fabulous views of desert landscape.More

Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal)

Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal) is easily one of Jaipur’s most iconic attractions. This stunning red and pink sandstone structure in the heart of the Pink City features rows of carved screens and more than 900 lattice-worked windows that allow in just the right amount of breeze to keep the 5-story complex cool.More

Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace)

The Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace), was originally constructed in the late 19th century as a reception hall for foreign dignitaries. Today, this part of Jaipur’s City Palace houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, which showcases royal family artifacts including weaponry and regal garments.More

Jantar Mantar

Dating back to 1726, the Jantar Mantar is an observatory with 19 fixed astronomical instruments. The tools in this UNESCO World Heritage site can be used for everything from tracking astronomical movements to predicting eclipses. It's one of five such north Indian observatories, all of which were built by Jai Singh II.More

City Palace

One of Jaipur’s top attractions and the official residence of the titular royal family, the City Palace is a historic complex that masterfully blends Rajasthani, Mughal, and European architectural influences. Within its walls you’ll find striking courtyards, elegant pavilions, royal halls, an armory, and an art gallery.More

Temple of the Sun God (Galtaji Monkey Temple)

Officially called Galtaji but usually referred to as Temple of the Sun God or simply the Monkey Temple, this temple complex of many names was built in the 18th century. Multiple storied water tanks, known as kunds, lead up to the main temple, with rounded roofs and pavilions typical to Rajasthan’s architectural traditions.More

Albert Hall Museum (Government Central Museum)

Considered one of the world’s best examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Albert Hall Museum houses the Government Central Museum (the oldest museum in Rajasthan). Inside this striking building, you’ll find an extensive collection of international art, miniature paintings, and artifacts—there's even an Egyptian mummy.More

Nahargarh Fort

Situated in Rajasthan’s Aravalli Hills, not far from Amber Fort (Amer Fort), Nahargarh is the oldest of three forts built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (Jai Singh II). Dating to 1734, this majestic fort—aka the Tiger Fort—is largely in a state of ruin, but is still worth a visit for its amazing view of Jaipur city below.More

Jaigarh Fort

Although Jaigarh Fort is often overlooked by tourists in favor of the better-known Amber Fort nearby, this majestic garrison in the Aravalli Range is certainly worth a visit, particularly for anyone with an interest in military history. The 18th-century red sandstone structure is also considered among the best-preserved old fortresses in India.More

Lakshminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir)

Often referred to as the Birla Mandir, the Lakshminarayan Temple is a striking white marble Hindu temple in Jaipur. The modern edifice—built in 1988 with an adjacent museum—is dedicated to the god Vishnu (the Preserver) and his consort Lakshmi, and features idols of the two deities carved from a single piece of marble.More

Royal Gaitor

Set against the rugged backdrop of the Aravali Mountains, Royal Gaitor is a beautiful funerary complex that houses the intricately carved cenotaphs of many of Jaipur's former rulers, including Jai Singh II, who founded Jaipur. One of the quieter places in town, Royal Gaitor is a great spot to escape the noise of the Pink City.More

Bapu Bazaar

Jaipur is one of the best places in India to shop for handicrafts items, and some of the optimal places to pick up great bargains are located right in the heart of the Pink City. Bapu Bazaar offers a particularly good selection, with everything from jewelry to traditional Rajasthani textiles displayed colorfully in this lively market street.More

Hall of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal)

One of the highlights of Amber Palace, the Hall of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal) is a beautiful room covered with mirror mosaics. Such halls are a typical feature in Rajasthani palaces and are designed to be particularly enchanting at night, when the reflection of candlelight creates a kaleidoscopic effect across the mosaic's surface.More

Swargasuli Tower (Isar Lat)

Also known as Isar Lat, Swargasuli Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Jaipur. Built as a victory memorial in 1749, it stands 42 meters (140 feet) above ground. You can climb to the top of the octagonal structure for sweeping views of the Pink City, or marvel at the architecture from the ground below.More
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All about Jaipur

When to visit

Jaipur’s high season starts in late September and runs through March, the coolest time of year. Some visitors on a Golden Triangle tour (Jaipur, Delhi, and Agra) arrive later in the year, but bear in mind that in October and November, Delhi, in particular, gets a lot of pollution. If you don’t mind heat, consider visiting in August—while this is a monsoon month, Jaipur doesn’t get much rain.

Getting around

Getting around Jaipur without a car is easy, and in some parts of the city—notably the Pink City—you’re actually better off without one. It’s usually pretty easy to hail auto-rickshaws to get you around town, but be prepared to bargain hard. You also can order air-conditioned taxis using the Ola Cabs or Uber rideshare apps, but they sometimes take awhile to arrive due to heavy traffic in the central parts of the city.

Traveler tips

If you’ve had your fill of rich Rajasthani fare and are in the mood for something a bit lighter, head to Anokhi Café in Jaipur’s upscale C Scheme neighborhood. This small vegetarian cafe serves healthy salads and pasta dishes along with tasty espresso drinks and rich, generously portioned desserts. It’s attached to the flagship Anokhi shop, where you can pick up clothing, tableware, and bed linens created using traditional block-printing techniques.

People Also Ask

Is two days enough for Jaipur?

Yes, two days is enough time to see the highlights of Jaipur. A good way to organize your itinerary is to spend your first day at historic sites in the Pink City, including the Palace of Winds, and your second day visiting the many forts in the surrounding hills.

What is the famous thing about Jaipur?

Most of Jaipur’s famous sights are located inside its historic Pink City. These include the regal City Palace (still partially occupied by the royal family), the honeycomb-shaped Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), and the large-scale outdoor astronomical instruments constructed in the 18th century and known as the Jantar Mantar.

How can I spend my day in Jaipur?

A good way to spend a day in Jaipur is by getting up early and going to the nearby Amber Fort before the temperatures get too hot. Then, head to the historic Pink City to visit the City Palace, the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal), and the Jantar Mantar.

Which is the best month to visit Jaipur?

The best month to visit Jaipur is January, when the temperatures are cool and the annual Jaipur Literature Festival is held. However, the entire winter season (October­–March) usually offers pleasant weather for exploring outdoor attractions in relative comfort. Avoid May and June, when temperatures often soar beyond most people’s comforts.

Which food is Jaipur famous for?

Jaipur is famous for pyaaz kachori and dal kachori, deep-fried round pastries stuffed with onions or lentils, respectively. The most famous sweet is ghewar, a ring-shaped dessert made of refined flour, ghee, and sugar. The city also is known for its tasty yogurt drinks called lassis, served in terra-cotta cups.

What do tourists buy in Jaipur?

Tourists buy all sorts of handicrafts in Jaipur, from cloth parasols to jootis, a type of traditional leather shoes. Meenakari, a type of jewelry that fuses colorful enamel with metal, is another popular buy. If you want to buy precious stones, you’ll find showrooms selling jewelry along Mirza Ismail Road.


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