Jaipur-places to visit
June 28, 2019
by Isha Shukla
Overflowing with different cultures, people and languages, India is a different world in itself. Jaipur popularly known as Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan is a prime tourist destination for travelers all around the world. Giving a glimpse of Indian royalty and modernism, Jaipur is a must visit for anyone traveling to India. Founded in 1727 by the ruler Jai Singh II, Jaipur today is the tenth most populous city in India. Anyone who visits Jaipur is in for a rollercoaster ride involving the rich history of India, the mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisine and some of the best malls and clubs in the country.
Amer Fort(Amber Fort)
Situated 11 km away from the heart of the city, Amer Fort is the main attraction of Jaipur. A UNESCO World Heritage Society, the palace gives a brief glimpse of the royal families’ lifestyle. Sprawled across 4 square kilometers, the fort also offers elephant rides, a restaurant offering Rajasthani cuisine, a sound and music show and a turban museum. Situated on one of the peaks of the Aravali range called “Cheel ka Teela” or the Hill of Eagles, Amer Fort should be on the top of your list for sure. The fort is grand so make sure to take out lots of time to explore and always stay hydrated!
Primarily built by the ruler Jai Singh II in 1726, to protect the Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort is another majestic example of the diversity that Jaipur offers. Built on the same peak as Amer Fort, this palace’s most striking feature is the giant “Jaivanna cannon” which was built in 1720. The cannon was the then world’s largest cannon on wheels. The fort also has a museum which contains artifacts and photos of the royal family of Jaipur and an armory which showcases the weapons used years ago.
The third fort built on the same peak as the Amer and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort which translates to “abode of tigers” was built as a defense ring and a resort for the city. Make sure to visit the famous Jaipur Wax Museum on time as it closes really early! Built on top of the hill, the drive up will surely leave you awe-struck.
Another main attraction of the city is the famous Hawa Mahal also called Palace of Winds built in red and white sandstone. The rear end of the palace resembles honeycomb and has 953 windows. The architecture of this monument is truly mind-boggling. It was built in a way that cool air enters through the windows during the summers. It is located in the main road intersection called Badi Chaupar. The best time to visit Hawa Mahal is surely either early morning when the rays of the sunlight first hit the windows or in the evening to see it beautifully lit up by lights.
- The Jal Mahal meaning Water Palace true to its name is situated right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. The palace has a total of 5 floors, 4 of which are underwater when the lake is full. Though not open for visitors, the palace can be added into your itinerary due to its stunning lighting in the evening which will surely give you an amazing backdrop for all those pictures!
Housing another treat for all the astronomy buffs out there! Jantar Mantar is yet another mind-boggling UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monument consists of nineteen astronomical instruments which help to view celestial bodies with the naked eye. It houses the world’s largest stone sundial and is located near the Hawa Mahal and City Palace.
Jaipur is famous for its textile industry. The vibrant and bright colors of the Indian clothes can be seen shining in almost all the streets of Jaipur. But there are some places to look out for if you’re in the mood for a shopping spree and are planning to return home with your bags full!
Bapu Bazaar, the most famous market in the city is famous for its large variety of traditional clothes and footwear. It is located in the intersection between the Sagner Gate and the New Gate. The intersection is popularly referred to as the Badi Chaupar and has a wide range of clothes, footwear, linens, and jewelry. Make sure to brush up your bargaining skills to get the best deals here!
Located on the opposite of Bapu Bazaar, Johari Bazaar is another marketplace that should be on your list. The jewelry market here is the best in the city. Walking along the street you’ll be able to find all types of gems, gold, silver, and diamonds in various styles and colors. The market is huge and it’s hard to check out every store available but the diversity is sure to awe you. To avoid long ques and heavy crowds, make sure to reach the market as early as possible. Keep your bargaining shoes on here too!
World Trade Park
The traditional markets in Bapu and Johari Bazaar are absolutely spell-binding but if you’re in the mood for some H&M and Calvin Klein, World trade park commonly referred to as WTP is the place for you. The mall is specifically famous due to its grand size. It is divided into the South and North Block. A variety of restaurants and an impressive cinema hall add to its appeal too.
Another market place called GT Central is also located just next to the mall. GT mall has the city’s only 5-star cinema experience. With a special hall called “Insignia”, make sure to catch a late night show in the mall!
Jaipur is filled with restaurants which serve lip-smacking dishes. Each restaurant has its unique flavor filled with spices and love! One restaurant that you just can’t afford to miss is “Choki Dhani”. Chokhi Dhani is much more than a restaurant! The place has separate areas dedicated to states in India which give a glimpse of the diversity of India. The restaurant also hosts puppet dancing shows and serves authentic Rajasthani food.
Though the nightlife of Jaipur is very cheerful and bright with clubs like “House of People”, “100% Rock” and “F Bar and Lounge”, it doesn’t match up to the country’s heritage sites. If you have a few days and are planning a trip to Jaipur, you can skip the nightlife and take some rest or catch a movie in GT Mall.