Jaipur is one of the finest heritage cities in India. Maharaja Jai Singh II founded the city in 1727. Jaipur is famous all over India as the Pink City. The city forms part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, which connects three very famous cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Jaipur is one of the few cities in India with a rich treasure of heritage monuments.
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Jaipur is famous for its Rajasthani cuisine and handicrafts. A sightseeing tour of Jaipur will show you the best places in this iconic city. Book any of the Jaipur Tour Packages to visit the major tourist places in Jaipur. You can also plan a trip to Jaipur by booking any of the Golden Triangle Tour Packages. Either way, you can go on a Jaipur Sightseeing Tour and visit the famous places in Jaipur within 1 or 2 days of sightseeing.
1. Hawa Mahal
One of the most iconic of all the heritage monuments in Jaipur is none other than Hawa Mahal. This is a palace which is also famous by the name of ‘Palace of Winds’. Hawa Mahal is the outer façade of a bigger palace complex. The most interesting thing about Hawa Mahal is that it cooled the palace interiors even during hot summers. There are 953 small jharokhas or windows which allowed the women of the royal household to have a look at the processions and festivals that took place on the streets. Hawa Mahal is one of the most brilliant architectural heritage monuments in Jaipur.
2. Amber Palace
Jaipur is famous for its forts, and one of the biggest forts in Jaipur is none other than Amer Fort. The fort is more famous as Amber Palace. This fort was built in a hilly region and is a must-visit sightseeing place in Jaipur. Amer Fort is a massive fort with incredible architecture. Inside the fort, there are massive courtyards, royal palaces, temples, and Mughal-style gardens. There are intricate carvings on sandstone and rich paintings on the walls. There are secret tunnels inside the fort, which were meant as a means of escape during enemy attacks. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jaipur.
3. Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is located on a hilltop position above the Amer Fort. The fort is one of the biggest forts in Rajasthan. Jaigarh Fort is more rugged than the other forts in Jaipur. The fort is famous for the Jaivana Cannon, which is the largest cannon on wheels in the world. Jaigarh Fort was an important place for the production of arms and ammunition during the medieval times of Jaipur. The fort has long corridors, massive courtyards, impenetrable walls, and huge palaces inside. Some gardens are beautiful to look at due to their Mughal architecture.
4. Albert Hall Museum
Jaipur has one of the finest museums in Rajasthan and it is the Albert Hall Museum. This is also one of the oldest surviving museums in Rajasthan. There is a rich collection of paintings, jewelry, sculptures, carpets, metal objects, crystal works, and many other rare items. The most amazing attraction of this museum is the Egyptian Mummy, which attracts the maximum number of visitors. There are separate sections in this museum that are used to display various ancient and medieval art and crafts of Jaipur and Rajasthan. There are various costumes on display here. In the evening, the floodlights illuminate the entire structure of the Albert Hall Museum, and this is one of the best things to watch out for in Jaipur.
5. Nahargarh Fort
Jaipur has three outstanding forts in Rajasthan, and one of the best is Nahargarh Fort. This fort is built over a ridge on a hill, and tourists can view the entire city of Jaipur from the top of the fort. This is also the reason, why you can view magnificent sunsets from Nahargarh Fort. Sawai Jai Singh II, who was the founder of Jaipur, built the fort in 1734. In later years, successive rulers made further additions to this fort. The name of this fort translates to the ‘abode of tigers’. An interesting thing to note about this fort is that the chambers in this fort are connected by long corridors. The Maharajas of Jaipur used this fort as their hunting residence. The chambers in this fort were meant as the living quarters of queens and this is the reason that each chamber has such artistic construction and elegant architecture.
6. Jaipur City Palace
Today, you can visit the museum in the City Palace in Jaipur. But during its time, it was one of the finest places in Jaipur. It was built at the same time that Sawai Jai Singh II established Jaipur as his capital instead of Amer. In those times, the palace was used for celebrations, and festivals were enjoyed with great festivities. Jaipur City Palace is one of the most magnificent palaces that you can visit in Jaipur. Inside there are massive courtyards, palaces, long corridors, elegant pavilions, and impressive sculptures. City Palace also has several gardens and temples. The entrance gates are called ‘pols’, and they have magnificent carvings and Rajasthani architecture. Visitors to the museum can view rich medieval-era objects such as paintings, royal costumes, weapons, metal sculptures, palanquins, trophies, murals, and many other interesting objects.
7. Jantar Mantar
Sawai Jai Singh II was an avid lover of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics. He established astronomical observatories in many parts of India. But the one that he built in Jaipur is by far, one of the best astronomical observatories of ancient India. It is called Jantar Mantar and is one of the first astronomical observatories that were built in India. Jantar Mantar is the most famous of all the heritage monuments that are located in Jaipur. There are around 19 instruments that can be used to predict eclipses, measure time, track the location of celestial bodies, and observe the heavens. The instruments are not small but are huge structures that were built so, to improve their accuracy. One of the most famous instruments is a huge sundial called Samrat Yantra.
8. Birla Mandir
One of the famous temples in Jaipur is the Birla Mandir. The temple is one of the several Birla temples that were constructed by the Birla Foundation all over India. Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are two of the famous Hindu deities, whose idols are present in this temple. There are several other Hindu gods and goddesses whose idols are present in the temple. Famous events and chapters from Hindu Hindu mythology are depicted on the walls and through various sculptures. The temple is made completely of white marble stone. The sculptures in the temple are also made of marble. Stained glass is used in the construction of the windows. Idols of deities of other religions such as Buddha, the Virgin Mary, Confucius, and St. Peter are engraved on the outer walls of the temple. The temple is remarkable in architecture and construction.
9. Galtaji Temple
Jaipur has several interesting temples that are there since ancient times. One of them is the Galtaji Temple. The temple is situated in a hilly region on the outskirts of Jaipur. This temple is a major pilgrimage place for the Hindus. The temple complex has several temples, water tanks called kunds, artistic pavilions, and magnificent carvings and architecture. A water stream from the top of the hill fills the water tanks in the temple complex. Devotees come to bathe in these water tanks. Many people also refer to the temple with the presence of so many monkeys in this area. A saint called Galav lived here and meditated for several years.
10. Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
There is a unique museum in Jaipur that is all about the arts and crafts of Jaipur and this is the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing. The things that you will see in this museum are hand-printed clothes, textiles, block-printed sarees, and clothes. The museum traces the history of block printing as an art form. It showcases the history of block printing and displays information about natural dyes, carving tools, regional textiles, chemical dyes, etc. The museum also has a rich collection of traditional jewelry, clothing, antique furniture, books, gift items, and other merchandise.
11. Panna Meena ka Kund
One of the most fascinating stepwells in Jaipur is called Panna Meena ka Kund. This stepwell has a such wonderful architecture that it is a marvel to watch. This water tank has symmetrical steps that lead to the water below. The stepwell is in Amer and one very amazing thing about this stepwell is that it is still in use. Panna Meena ka Kund is also one of the oldest stepwells in Rajasthan. No one knows when it was built, though some sources mention that it was built somewhere around the 16th century. But in its time, this stepwell was not just a source of getting water, but a meeting place where women gathered and rested for some time. This stepwell is eight storeys deep the crisscross-running flight of stairs made it possible for people to access water all year round.
12. Sisodia Rani Palace
The gardens in Jaipur are famous for their architectural layout and Mughal-style garden planning. One such garden in Jaipur which is included in the top places to visit in Jaipur is Sisodia Rani Palace. The palace is part of the big garden which has Mughal-style of architecture. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built this garden for his second queen who was a princess of the Sisodia clan of Rajputs who belonged to Mewar. The garden is a masterpiece of architecture and layout. There are fountains, painted pavilions, ponds, flowering plants, walkways, murals, terraces, and galleries in this garden. The garden is so scenic that it was used as a location for movies like Lamhe. The green environs of this garden are peaceful and are perfect for a leisurely walk in the evenings.
13. Central Park
One of the biggest parks in Jaipur is situated in the heart of the city and it is rightly called Central Park. The park was built in 2016 and is one of the greenest places in Jaipur. Central Park is a bird watcher’s paradise as many birds can be spotted here. The garden is a perfect place for morning walks, Yoga, exercise, and recreation activities. The musical fountain is one of the main attractions here. Central Park has the highest flag post in India and it is 206 feet high. Another attraction of Central Park is the 13 stone statues that are placed in such a way that they look like the constellation of Capricorn.
14. Kanak Vrindavan Gardens
Jaipur is full of magnificent gardens and one of the most famous gardens here is called Kanak Vrindavan Gardens. The founder of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh, built the garden 275 years back. The garden is named after one of his queens. He named this garden ‘Vrindavan’ as this garden resembled the mythological garden of the same name where Lord Krishna played with the gopis and performed the Raas or the celestial dance.
Garden resembled Vrindavan in so many aspects and this is the reason why this garden is called Kanak Vrindavan Garden. The garden was meant as a place of recreation and entertainment for the queens. The garden is in Nahargarh Hills and is full of lush green trees and flowers. Inside the garden, there are many chhatris with impressive Rajasthani architecture and intricate Jaali latticework. There are a series of fountains made of marble stone. Kanak Vrindavan Garden is so very beautiful that many Bollywood movies were shot here like Lamhe.
15. Govind Devji Temple
The temple named Govind Devji Temple is one of the popular sightseeing spots in the city of Jaipur. The main deity of this temple is Govind Devji, which is another name for Lord Krishna. It is said that the idol of Lord Krishna looks exactly like him. A disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu excavated the original idol of Govind Devji in Vrindavan. This idol was later on passed on to other rulers and finally came to be installed here in Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur.
The temple is said to be one of the most important places of worship for devotees of Lord Vishnu (Vaishnavites) outside of Vrindavan. The temple is made of sandstone and marble. The architecture of the temple is a mix of Rajasthani, Mughal, and Indian styles. There are paintings on the wall and the ceiling is covered in gold.
16. Jaipur Zoo
One of the best places to visit in Jaipur is the Jaipur Zoo. The zoo has many animals, birds, and reptiles. Jaipur Zoo is very close to Albert Hall Museum. There is a museum in the zoo where visitors get to know about the wildlife of Rajasthan. Jaipur Zoo was opened to the public in 1877. Some of the creatures that you can spot here are the Black Panther, leopard, black buck, peacock, crocodiles, turtles, etc. The zoo is a breeding center for gharials, which are a rare Indian breed of crocodiles, found only in India.
17. Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple
There are many temples that you can visit in Jaipur. Moti Dungri is one such temple which is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The temple is situated at the foot of a hill called Moti Dungri. The temple is very close to Birla Temple in Jaipur. Maharaja Madho Singh I, who was a ruler of Jaipur constructed this temple with the help of Seth Jai Ram Paliwal. The idol of Lord Ganesh was brought from Udaipur and is said to be more than 500 years old. Mahashivratri is celebrated with great devotional energy in this temple.
18. Rambagh Palace
Jaipur is famous for its palaces, and Rambagh Palace is one of the finest palaces in Jaipur. The palace is now converted into a lavish 5-star heritage hotel and is maintained by Taj Hotels. In the olden days, the palace was used as a hunting lodge. Renovations were done to the palace and several suites and royal chambers were added to give it a royal look. The Rambagh Palace is lavishly decorated with the most royal décor. The architecture of Rambagh Palace is a shining example of Rajasthani architecture.
The chhatris, elegant carvings on the pillars, jaali designs or intricate latticework, and jharokhas are unbelievably beautiful. Added to this, the Mughal gardens are a picture of lush greenery. Inside there are luxury suites and rooms for guests. They have antique furniture, luxury furnishings, and 5-star amenities. Guests can enjoy luxury meals in 5-star restaurants, have a drink in the bars, and have a relaxing time by the swimming pool. Rambagh Palace is famous for hosting weddings and business events.
19. Amar Jawan Jyoti
Jaipur has the most amazing places and one such place which you must visit is Amar Jawan Jyoti. This is a monument that was built to honor soldiers of Jaipur who died in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. The torches are lit at all times to show the unending spirit of the soldiers. The monument of Amar Jawan Jyoti in Jaipur is built of pink sandstone. This monument is lit up with the colors of the Indian flag during the evening time. A sound and light multimedia show is held which tells the story of the wars with captivating narration, visuals, and sound.
20. Jal Mahal
One of the most amazing palaces in Jaipur is the Jal Mahal or the Water Palace. The palace is situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. Jal Mahal is an architectural marvel and it was constructed in 1699. The most amazing thing about Jal Mahal is that four storeys are underwater and only the top floor can be seen from a distance. Visitors cannot go inside the palace but can take a boat ride in Man Sagar Lake. The palace is made with a Rajput style of architecture.