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The moment you set foot in Jaipur, you will feel like everything has come straight out of the pages of some epic novel. Majestic buildings, tales of heroic battles, resplendent forts and palaces, and multi-faceted characters – Rajasthan is one of the most colourful and flashiest states in all of India, and its capital Jaipur lives up to the same reputation as well. Jaipur is a vibrant amalgamation of the old and the new – highly urbanized pockets and shopping areas have casually sprung up beside gleaming forts and palaces. Jaipur has long been one of the shiniest cultural jewels in the history of the Indian subcontinent, and the royal corridors of the famously named 'Pink City' offer up a plethora of adventures and activities that make for a memorable holiday experience.
Jaipur is known for its forts and palaces, and the most famous fort in the vicinity is the Amber Fort. Also commonly known as the Amer Fort, this majestic building with its maze-like passages and serpentine staircases is a very popular tourist attraction. Overlooking the Maota Lake, the fort is big enough that it will take you at least two to three hours to explore it in detail, and you can also choose to avail of the audio guides to lead you through this fascinating building while explaining the history of the place. Getting an elephant ride up the stairs to the Amber Fort is also a popular tourist activity.
City Palace is another top draw for anyone wishing to know more about the rich history and culture of the Pink City. Home to Rajasthani Maharajas back in the 1700s, this building has now been converted into a museum where tourists can learn about the history of the city in detail. City Palace comprises Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal, with the Chandra Mahal being only partially open to visitors, as the rest of the building is used as the residential place of the Maharajas’ descendants.
Jaipur is more than just ancient glitz and glamour. It is home to Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory site that has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Containing the world’s largest sundial and about 20 other fixed instruments used to make various astronomical observations, the Jantar Mantar is an exemplary example of how far architecture and science has progressed in India. You can avail of either audio guides or human guides to give you a tour of the entire place.
Other famous attractions in Jaipur include the Hawa Mahal, the Nahargarh Fort, and the Jal Mahal, and, with the Nahargarh fort situated high in the Aravalli hills, and offering spectacular views of the entire city and its surrounding landscape.
Jaipur is filled to the brim with bustling local bazaars where you can shop for local handicrafts and trinkets to your heart's’ content. Popular bazaars in the city include Bapu Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar and Johri Bazaar. The entire state of Rajasthan is renowned for its delicious cuisine, and Jaipur is no exception! The local cuisine of Jaipur is as mouth-watering as it’s buildings are gorgeous. Don’t forget to try traditional Rajasthani dishes such as Ghewar and Dal Baati Churma.
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- Really pretty city, especially in winters. Lots of gardens, clean roads and brilliant architecture. Loved the food, people and markets. Amer fort, albert hall, nahargarh fort and old city are must visit.
I had the fortune of visiting the pink city recently and it was such a beautiful experience that I can't wait to go back there again. The locals there were lovely. We visited Hawa Mahal, Man Sagar lake, Amer fort and Nahargarh fort which looked beautiful at night. The view from the top of that fort is breathtakingly beautiful.
The 'Pink City' of India, Jaipur is a palatial wonderland with its unparalleled beauty, spectacular architecture and vibrant, regal history. With a superb collection of breathtaking palaces, exciting camel/elephant rides, vibrant Rajasthani culture and scrumptious ethnic food, Jaipur is a time travel portal to the old time worldly charms of the Rajahs and their lavish lifestyles, giving Jaipur a unique regal vibe in the contemporary 21st century India. Literally translated into the City of Victory, Jaipur has always been one of the faces of tourism in India. Popularly clubbed with Agra and New Delhi, they form the Golden Triangle of Indian Tourism and would be the most popular tour for any foreigner visiting India. Jaipur is a beautiful city with different shades to it. The Amer region of Jaipur is decorated with beautiful hills and lakes and studded with magnificent forts including Amber Palace, Nahargarh, and Jaigarh Forts. There is the old walled city, which is a different city altogether with narrow lanes, pink shops and buildings and monuments like Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and the famous Jantar Mantar. These lanes are also the same which attracts tourists from all over the world for its sweets, snacks and the shopping arena it provides. From colourful bangles to printed Saris to the ornaments and jewellery of Johri Bazaar, Jaipur has everything to offer for a shopaholic. There are some posh residential areas with high-rises and flyovers and amazing infrastructure. Jaipur has a unique feel to it and it can only be experienced once you are there.
Looking at the Ajmer Fort, lit up at night, is one of the most beautiful experiences you will have in your life. The view is breathtaking. Shopping in Jaipur will give you a very traditional collection, something that is very unique to Rajasthan. The city is peaceful yet it feels like a metro, which makes it the best travel destination.
'The Pink City of India' is famous for its beautiful handcrafted architecture and of course lip-smacking food. Hawa Mahal with its several intricate detailing and craft looks wonderful and keeps the mahal/palace cool in hot summers. The five-floored hawa mahal looks beautiful in the night and I was lucky to witness the water fountain with the lights on when I visited. The City Palace in Jaipur is an amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput architectures and the green gardens with flowers and water sprinklers look beautiful that you would definitely want to get clicked there. The beautiful white Jantar Mantar is one of the best constructions that provide information about time, space and heavenly bodies. Such a similar structure can be found in Delhi too. I am not highly interested in forts and that's why my must go to place is Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur. Choki Dhani provides you with an insight about how the real Rajasthani culture and lifestyle is. This place is a fun, recreational place to enjoy, eat authentic food and witness live dance and music performances. Daal baati churma and kachodis are famous in Jaipur and you can have them all in Choki Dhani. Classical and tribal performances and katputli events will keep you entertained for the night. You can plan a visit to Jal Mahal as well and I loved watching the birds and enjoying the cool breeze near the palace. Colured bandhini dupattas, block prints, and colourful glass bangles are my favourite things to buy when in Jaipur! The weather is hot so wear cottons and linen and it's better to visit in December-February to avoid sunburns and uneasiness.
Quiet and peaceful, friendly people, amazing architecture and history of the city, lots of gardens and greenery around, easily accessible, great food, awesome for shopping of handicrafts, jewelry and clothes, host to Jaipur literature festival
Extreme temperatures- very hot in summers,very cold in winter evenings.
Jaipur has things to offer to tourists of all ages. From exploring the fascinating history of the century-old city to tasting the famous Daal Bati Churma, Jaipur is a must visit for history lovers, shoppers, and foodies.