Jaipur, known as “The Pink City”, is one of the most beautiful city in Rajasthan. We were dazzled by the historic center, markets and the chaotic traffic. In this article we will show you what you can do and visit in the Pink City.
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1. THE PINK CITY
First things first, you must do a walking tour in the center of the pink city. Grab your camera and walk without a destination or route. You will be mesmerized with the beauty of the buildings, bazaars, street foods and markets.
What stands out in India is the spice colors, and even in the big cities, these markets are highlighted.
During our walk through the center we found places where they explain how they make the textiles, how they draw patterns, and how they embroider each golden seed for the royal family. The work of these men is really impressive.
2. ALBERT HALL MUSEUM
The building of this museum is something that should be appreciated with time. For its architecture and details engraved on the facade.
It is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the state museum of Rajasthan. It features plenty of objects, paintings and art pieces from various ethnic groups of the past with the Bhopas, Meenas and Lohars.
The entry fee is:
Foreigner Tourist Fee – 300 INR (approx. €3,80) per person
Foreigner Student Fee – 150 INR (approx. €1,90) per person
3. HAWA MAHAL
Its unique five-story exterior is similar to a beehive with its 953 small windows called “Jharokhas”. The original intention of this palace was to allow the royal ladies to observe the daily life and the festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey the strict rules of “purdah”, that prohibited them from appearing in public without the covered face.
The entry fee is 200 INR (approx. €2,50) per person for Foreign Tourists.
4. JANTAR MANTAR
Is a UNESCO heritage site. It is an observatory with plenty of instruments that can study time and astronomy.
Jantar Mantar also has the largest sundial in the world, measuring 27 meters!
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5. JAL MAHAL
The famous Jal Mahal Palace, also known as Water Palace, is perhaps one of the most serene places in the city. Is located 4 Km from the city center on the way to Amber Palace. Just make a quick stop to visit this place!!
Unfortunately Jal Mahal is not accessible, so you cannot go inside.
6. CITY PALACE
Is not just another palace in Rajastan, in fact it is one of the most beautiful palace in the whole country!
This will be one of the highlights of your visit to Jaipur. Begin your visit to the Welcome Palace where you can see fabulous architecture with some weaponry used for hundreds of years.
One of the most beautiful complex is Pitam Niwas and Chandra Mahal.
The first is a small complex with 4 majestically decorated doors each depending on a season. The Chandra Mahal is where the royal family still lives. It can be visited by paying an additional supplement at the entrance.
The entry fee for the Welcome Palace and Pitam Niwas is 300 INR (approx. €3,80) per person. With this ticket you can also visit the Nahargarh Fort, but has to be on the same day.
7. AMBER PALACE & FORT
This palace has a curious architecture as it is a mix of Hindu and Islamic style. Being one of the largest palaces in Jaipur for its size, you can hire a guide to explain all the different areas of the palace as well as different architectural styles, secret passages and legends.
Even being 11 km from Jaipur be sure to visit this palace. You can go by taxi, tuk tuk or local bus that leaves you in front of the palace.
The entry fee is:
Foreigner Tourist Fee – 500 INR (approx. €6,30) per person
Foreigner Student Fee – 100 INR (approx. €1,25) per person
Around the palace is the Jaigarh fort, which once served as a protection. It’s a place not to be missed to enjoy one of the best sunsets you’ll see on this trip.
From the Amber Palace you have access to Jaigarh Fort through a tunnel, make sure to visit before 5 pm. After that hour they close the access.
8. NAHARGARH FORT
Jaipur is also known for being the city of the Forts. Nahargarh is one of several forts you can find in Jaipur. It is also a brand image and one of the most visited and photographed sites by tourists. It is certainly 20 Kms out of town but the view will make up for the trip and the climb to the top!
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