Things to do in Jaipur: Explore the Pink City

Top things to do in Jaipur

Jaipur has been a favourite travel destination among both the citizens and international tourists. Replete with a number of heritage monuments, palaces, forts, museums and gardens, there are a plethora of things to do in Jaipur. You can stargaze and camp at some of the forts or take a tour of the palaces, have a luxurious stay at the heritage hotels or just explore the Pink City on your own. Out of the most popular things to do in Jaipur, visiting the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amber Fort and Chokhi Dhani etc are a must experience. We have compiled an elaborate list of the things to do in Jaipur. Have a look!

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Here is the list of 22 Things to do in Jaipur: Explore the Pink City

1. Witness the Magic of Jantar Mantar

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Located near the City Palace in the regal city of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is the largest stone astronomical observatory in the world. This ancient study boasts of nineteen instruments built out of stone and brass and was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727-33. There are several other things to do in Jaipur but visiting here tops the charts. The intelligent construction and placement of these instruments allowed the observer to note the position of heavenly bodies with their naked eye alone. Time has failed to lay dust upon this engineering marvel and it still works as well as it used in the olden times. Owing to its rich cultural, heritage and scientific value, Jantar Mantar has also been featured on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. 

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2. Night Tour at the Albert Hall Museum

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Situated in the Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur, the great Albert Hall is the oldest museum of Rajasthan. Standing as a perfect epitome of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the building is named after the Prince of Whales, Albert Edward. Also called as the Government Central Museum, it has an extensive collection of artefacts brought from the different regions of the world which makes it a hub of imparting knowledge on Indian history. The night tourism is even more exciting and should on your list of things to do in Jaipur. The entire building glows with yellow lights in the evening which looks extremely beautiful. You can relax in the gardens with the stunning view of Albert Hall in the backdrop. Or gorge on the ice-creams and chaats from the thellas that are parked nearby. The Albert Hall is the right place to head when you feel like knowing about Indian history profoundly. 

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3. Take a Tour of Jaigarh Fort

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Jaigarh Fort is a grand structure perched on the top of the 'Cheel ka Teela' hills in the Pink City of Jaipur. This magnificent edifice was commissioned by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1726 to protect Amer Fort. Cradled on the top of the cliff it is a palatial structure bounded by verdant greenery and massive battlements. This magnificent fort is connected to Amer Fort through subterranean passages and is famously known as the "Fort of Victory" as it was never conquered. The fort currently houses the world's largest cannon on wheels and offers a magnificent view of the Jaipur city.

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4. Capture the Beautiful Jal Mahal in Your Cameras and Your Memory

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In the outskirts of Jaipur, away from the mayhem of the city, lies the splendid and tranquil Jal Mahal. It is also called as the Water Palace because of its location in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. This low rise symmetrical Palace was once a shooting lodge for the Maharajas and now fascinates many visitors from all over the world. The monument definitely has to be there on the bucket list of your things to do in Jaipur.

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5. Enjoy a Bird's Eye View by Riding on the Hot Air Balloon

Many adventure activities have also begun in the city, which offer the visitors, an unparalleled travel experience. One such incredible adventure activity in Jaipur is Hot Air Balloon. Imagine flying over palaces, forts and lakes, soaking the magnificent landscape of the region, with Aravali hills posing as the backdrop. Trying out this activity is one of the best things to do in Rajasthan.

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6. Experience the Rural Vibe of Chokhi Dhani

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Chokhi Dhani is a luxury heritage resort synonymous with Rajasthani village culture. It is a must-visit destination and is among the top things to do in Jaipur. It is located a little on the outskirts of the city on the Tonk Road. The concept of the village is to give you a tangible feel of rural Rajasthan. It is a real depiction of traditional Rajasthan with ancient artefacts, handicrafts, paintings, folklore and sculptures.

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7. Shopping at Bapu Bazar

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Besides the plethora of palaces and forts and havelis and wildlife, Jaipur is also the ultimate shopping paradise. When in the city, you have to check shopping off of your list of things to do in Jaipur. Among the numerous flourishing flea markets of Jaipur is the Bapu Bazaar. Situated in the heart of the Pink city between Sanganer Gate and New Gate, the market is known for its alluring Rajasthani quintessential products including textiles, handicrafts, brass works and precious stones.

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8. Evening Walk in Central Park

Built in the heart of Jaipur, Central Park is the largest park in the city. It boasts of housing the tallest Indian National flag in the premises. Other than the beautiful lush green surroundings, the park also has Rambagh Polo ground and golf club nearby. Besides, it has a jogging track, musical fountains, a temple etc. It is also used for bird watching.

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9. Watch a Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema

Raj Mandir Cinema is an olden days movie theatre situated on the Bhagwan Das Road in Jaipur. The building has been shaped to look like a meringue and has become a popular mark in the city. Opened in 1976, the theatre still premieres movies. This is definitely one of the most essential things things to do in Jaipur.

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10. Bond with the Elephants at Elefantastic

Located near K. K. Royal Hotel in Amer, Jaipur, Elefantastic is one of a kind elephant farm in all of the country. The elephants farm houses 23 female and 1 male elephant. Besides offering insight and information about the majestic mammal, the farm also facilitates elephant safaris. Besides, it also has camping facilities for guests who want to stay.

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11. Explore the Temples of Karauli

Karauli is a quaint town located in the state of Rajasthan. The town is famous for sacred places and is home to more than 300 temples. The rich, vibrant and colourful heritage and culture of Rajasthan can be glimpsed in this town which makes it a perfect place to visit on a vacation. Karauli also has a lot of forts and palaces with splendid architecture that are a must visit to know about grandeur of this small town. The locals are very friendly with whom you can interact and get to know about the fables and myths of this place or you can even explore the wildlife sanctuary and spot different varieties of animals and birds.

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12. Explore the Many Facets of Hawa Mahal

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The massive edifice of Hawa Mahal stands at the intersection of the main road in Jaipur, Badi Chaupad. It is regarded as the signature building of the city and was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. Hawa Mahal derives its name from its unique structure, which is a mesh of small windows that allowed cool wind to enter the palace and hence kept the palace comfortable during the hot summer months. And while there might be many other things to do in Jaipur, this one definitely tops the charts.

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13. Traverse through City Palace

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The magnificent City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during the years 1729 to 1732, the vast complex of the palace occupied one seventh of the walled city. The imposing complex of the palace used to be the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Planned with precise intricacies, the palace was divided into a series of courtyards, buildings and gardens including the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal along with various other palaces.

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14. Tour the Amber Fort

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Cradled on the top of the Aravali Hill and forming a beautiful reflection across the Maotha Lake, lies the Amber Fort. An architectural masterpiece and with significant reference in the Indian history, it is visited by over five thousand tourists daily. It is one of the most visited and among the top things to do in Jaipur. The Fort gives a mesmerizing view from the bottom of the hill when it is illuminated every evening. 

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15. Take a Night Tour at Albert Hall Museum

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Situated in the Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur, the great Albert Hall is the oldest museum of Rajasthan. Standing as a perfect epitome of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the building is named after the Prince of Whales, Albert Edward. Also called as the Government Central Museum, it has an extensive collection of artefacts brought from the different regions of the world which makes it a hub of imparting knowledge on Indian history. Taking a tour of the museum is one of the most exciting things to do in Jaipur. The night tourism is even more engaging and mesmerising.

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16. Explore the Nahargarh Fort

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Located in the Pink City of Jaipur is the Nahargarh Fort, which is one of the many countless palaces and beautiful historic buildings that speak of the magnificent and rich history of this city. Embellished with delicate carvings and stonework, the Nahargarh Fort is an impregnable fortification that together with its two neighbouring forts, Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, once stood as the strong defence of Jaipur city. Standing tall on Aravalli Hills, the Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1734 as a retreat.

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17. Visit Abhaneri Step Well

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Also known as the Chand Baori Step Well, located in Abhaneri near Jaipur, Chandbaori spans a height of about 13 stories and has 3500 steps that lead approximately 100 feet down. This makes for a perfect day out and visiting the stepwell is one of the most exiting things to do in Jaipur.

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18. Religious Retreat at Birla Temple

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The magnificent Birla Mandir in Jaipur is a Hindu temple that forms a part of one of the several Birla mandirs located all around the country. Also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, the shrine is situated on the Moti Dungari Hill from where the Lord looks over all his devotees. The temple was built in the year 1988 by the Birlas when the Maharaja of Jaipur gave the land away for a token amount of one rupee. Built purely out of white marble, the edifice of the Birla Temple is an amalgam of ancient Hindu architecture styles and modern design.

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19. Tour the World Famous Pink City

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Pink City in Jaipur refers to the old walled city that was built in the year 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. When you are in the city, touring the Pink City should be among your top list of things to do in Jaipur. The wall that marks the boundary of the Pink City is about six metres high and three metres thick and encompasses a number of structures within its confines. Built about 275 years ago, today it presents the glorious past of our country through its culture and architecture.

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20. Pay Reverence at Galtaji Temple

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Located on the outskirts of the regal city of Jaipur, Galtaji Temple is a prehistoric Hindu pilgrimage site. Outlined by the striking Aravalli hills, it consists of several shrines, holy kunds, pavilions and natural springs. This majestic temple is situated in the heart of a hilly terrain that is bounded by a beautiful gorge which attracts tourists here every year. Galtaji Temple was built using pink colour sandstone and is a vast temple complex housing varied shrines. Located inside the City Palace, the walls of this temple are beautifully adorned with carvings and paintings that make this place worth visiting.

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21. Relax at Ram Niwas Garden

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Ram Niwas Garden is a royal garden built in 1868 by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. The beautiful garden is located in the core of the city and is considered as a historical landmark in India. It occupies over 30 acres of land and is the location of the Albert Hall Museum or the Central Museum. Tourists visit Ram Niwas Garden from all over the world to experience the regal vibe of this historical landmark and get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the royalties during the British Era. One can explore the lush green landscaped gardens and or visit the theatre, the Bird Park, the Zoo or the Art Gallery. The location is apt as a picnic spot and locals frequently visit to rejuvenate with friends and family.

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22. Marvel at the Beauty of Chand Baori

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Chand Baori is a major tourist attraction site in Abhaneri village that belongs to 10th century monuments of Rajasthani architectural expertise and talents. It is a very big step well with flights of steps on the three sides that lead to the water reserve. This well is a unique invention of Abhaneri's people and is a treat to the eyes for native and foreign tourist as it is a huge well with convoluted and delicate engravings. There are several other things to do in Jaipur but the memory of this one will definitely be the one that stays with you for long.

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