The first thing that comes in our minds hearing Jaipur is "Pink City".Jaipur has been known for it's rich heritage and elegant forts. Every tourist has Rajasthan in their checklist, and what could be better to have a taste of Rajasthan other than exploring it's capital. Jaipur is filled with forts, museums, shopping streets and it's food. There are some places in the world you visit and they leave a mark in your heart. Jaipur is one of them. So, let's go on the virtual tour to this beautiful city and do some amazing things there.
1.Visit Amer Fort:
Jaipur has such a gorgeous culture and the forts of the city are the cherry on the cake. You can witness the blend of Mughal and Indian style of architecture in Amer Fort. This fort is so beautiful that even the invaders could not destroy it wholly.You can take an elephant ride on the way to the fort if you wish to have a feel of royal treatment. The fort also holds a light and sound show at the end of the day. Make sure you do not miss to know about the history of the architecture through this show.
Visiting hours:8:00 am to 5:30 pm
For Indians: 25 rs (inclusive of entry and camera)
For foreigners: 150 rs (inclusive of entry and camera)
2.View From Nahargarh Fort:
The Nahargarh Fort means "abode of tigers". This fort is situated on the edge of Aravalli Hills and offers a breathtaking view of the pink city. It was build as a summer palace for the royal family in 1734 and it still has it's royal frescos, marble engraving and gorgeous rooftop. The city looks best from the rooftop of this fort. You can trek up to this fort and witness the city changing it's colors as the sun drowns.
3.Shopping On The Streets:
If you are a shopaholic and looking for some really cool boho stuff, then markets of Jaipur are the perfect spots for you to shop your heart out. In Johari Bazar you can buy a lots of silver jewellery and toe & dye sarees. In Tripolia Bazar and Chaura Rasta, you can shop for textiles, utensils, ironware and trinkets. You can also step into the side lanes here and find some amazing artwork. Bapu Bazar and Nehru Bazar are famous for textiles, local perfumes and shoes. In these markets you will find crazy traffic and even elephants and camels wandering in the middle of the city.
4.Hot Air Balloon Ride:
Hot air balloon ride in Jaipur is considered as one of the best things to do in city. How amazing it is to see the pink city from a bird’s eye view! Located near the Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Hot Air Balloon safari is conducted by various operators around the city. It is a great way to get away from the hustle bustle of the city and explore it peacefully in the air. The ride takes you around the city to witness various attractions like City Palace, Jantat Mantar, Jal Mahal etc.
5.Visit Jantar Mantar:
Jantar Mantar is a wonder created by a scholar Sawai Jai Singh back in 18th century. This structure is an observatory that consists of “Surya Yantras” or instruments that work on the principle of the sun and shadow to tell the precise time at every moment of the day. You can find a guide there and explore more about this beautiful attraction. This monument is world’s largest sundial and is a part of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The monument can without mistake measure the time, predict eclipses and even track the location of major stars as the earth orbits around them and the sun.
Visiting hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
6.Visit Jal Mahal:
We can know by the name that Jal Mahal is a floating palace 4 km away from Jaipur on Delhi-Jaipur highway. This palace gives us a panoramic view of the Man Sagar Lake and Nahargarh hills that border it. This monument has five floors but the four floors are under water and only the fifth floor is visible. The visitors are not allowed inside the palace but one can enjoy the stunning views and take photographs of the palace while boating around it.
7.Wind View Cafe:
“Hawa Mahal” or “The Palace of Winds” is the most iconic monument of Jaipur. One can not go to Jaipur and miss visiting this palace. It was built in 1799 AD by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to allow his ladies of the royal household to watch the life and chaos of the city down below, as they were not allowed to go in public. This palace has 953 windows on the outside walls! You can have the most picturesque site of this palace by visiting Wind View Cafe right in front of it. So, enjoy your food while you witness this stunning beauty in front of you.
Vidyadhar Garden gives us the site of both Mughal and Rajput architecture. This garden is located right in the centre of the city and is know for it’s galleries and paintings depicting Radha-Krishna. This garden offers stunning views and is perfect for those who seek solace.
Jaipur is a beautiful city and exploring it is a total package of fun and adventure. So, plan your trip to Jaipur on your next vacation and do everything you can.