The capital of Rajasthan, famously known as ‘Pink City’ due to the predominance if rose coloured buildings in the city. Jaipur is a planned city constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. He also built the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest in the country. It has huge sundial along with other geometric and astronomical devices. Amber Fort and Place has been beautifully made with red sandstone and adorned with paintings. Sheesh Mahal as the name suggests is a stunning hall with glistening mirrors on its walls. It Jaipur’s core is the City Palace comprising of Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. The chambers of Diwan-i-khas and Diwan-i-aam of Mubarak Mahal have exquisite crystal chandeliers. A section of the palace has a museum with ammunition and royal artefacts.
Palace of the Winds or the Hawa Mahal is known for its many tiny ‘jharokhas’ (windows) each one decorated with delicately detailed grids. Jal Mahal is in the centre of the Man Sagar lake, waters of which fill the lower floors of the palace. Hills around the city provide a host of recreational activities like trekking at Chour Ghati and Water Valley. At night, tourists can see the magnificent view of the city lighting up from the Nahargarh Fort. Market streets in the city sell fine stone jewellery and quality leather goods like ‘Morji’ shoes.
Jal Mahal: Sitting right in the centre of the Man Sagar lake in the pink city lies the beautiful “Jal Mahal”. It comprises of five stories, four of which remain submerged. The best months to visit it is from October to February.
Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh as a part of the city palaces.The exterior of this five storied airy palace resembles honeycomb of a beehive, primarily because of its 53 windows. March is the best time to visit.
Amer Fort: It is located amidst hills in Amer, Rajasthan. The fort is a marvelous fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture and is famous for its endearing mirror work. The evening light and sound show is a must watch. Plan your trip for winters.
Nahargarh Fort: Located at the edge of the Aravalli hills, the fort provides an impressive view of Jaipur. It used to be the summer retreat for the royals. A few portions of the movie “Rang de basanti” was shot here.
City Palace: This exotic palace purely defines the royalty of Rajasthan. The structure consists of five main buildings. There are different sections where things like; textile works, arms and ammunition, tanks and tops, vessels and marble works are on display.
Jaigarh Fort: It is located on Aravalli Range and is literally known as the fort of victory. The fort was the main symbol of the military prowess of the Rajputs, and houses the world’s largest cannon, Jaivana.
Though Jaipur is famous for heritage and royalty, it is also enriched with mesmerising natural beauty. Tourists can go to Jhalana Leopard Safari Park, Jamva Ramgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, or Ambagarh Reserve Forest and witness Leopards, Elephants and many other wildlife in their natural habitat.
Jaipur is also known for its lakes. Chandlai lake is popular among bird watchers, Roughly 90km from Jaipur, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland salt lake. Ramgarh Lake was once the main source of water supply for the walled city and now a popular photography destination, one can also spot crocodiles here, Mansagar Lake is closest to the city centre and has many tourist attractions nearby. One can also visit Sagar and Maotas lake and get enamoured by their beauty.
There are various picnic spots as well for the nature lovers namely; Ram Niwas Garden, Kanak Vrindavan Garden, Nehru Bal Udyan, Vidhyadhar Garden, Smriti Van, Science Park and Jawahar Circle.
Your trip to Jaipur is incomplete unless you taste the traditional food that the city has to offer. No Rajasthani party or wedding menu is finished without including the mouth watering “Dal Bhati Choorma”. “Ker Sangri” is a special desert vegetable, it’s speciality is that it stays fresh for 2-3 days even without refrigeration. “Gatte ki sabzi” is a very popular side dish. “Pyaz ki kachori” is another popular Rajasthani dish which first originated in Jodhpur. Desserts include “Ghevar”, a special teej festival dish, It is disc-shaped and made from oil, flour and sugar syrup. “Gajak” is a dry sweet made of sesame seeds. “Mava kachori” is an exotic dessert.
Besides visiting places of historic importance and those enriched with natural beauty tourists can visit “Chowki Dhani”, a resort that captures the essence of Rajastahan. Here one can attend various live performances like Rajasthani folk dance, puppet shows, pottery making etc. one can go for camel and bullock-cart rides and try delectable Rajasthani thali. “Jantar Mantar” is another attraction that pulls tourists. Adventure enthusiasts can go on hot air balloon safari near the Jamnalal Bajaj Road, and can go on treks to nearby Aravalli Range. Animal lovers can visit “Elefantastic Elephant Farm”. “Jaipur Literature Festival” that takes place every year during the months of December to January is a major attraction for the literature enthusiasts. Lovers of vintage cars can attend the “Vintage Car Rally” in February.
For home made products and traditional wear items go to the old city , like “Choti Chopar”, “Indra Bazar”. “Kishanpole Bazar”. “Ajmeri Gate”. “Amer Road” and for the modern wear and branded stuff go to “Raja Park”, “C-Scheme”, “M. I. Road” and malls like “Hyper City” and “Gaurav Tower”. For Jewellery shopping one cannot do without visiting “Johri Bazaar” where traditional Jaipuri jewellery made of gold, silver, diamond and emerald can be found. “Tripolia Bazar” is another stop for shopping enthusiasts. “The Bapu Bazaar” is famous for its leather products and Mojari footwear, and if you are shopping in Jaipur this must be in your list.