Jaipur, Rajasthan’s royal capital is a treasure for history and culture enthusiasts. From the extravagant palaces, mighty forts, revered temples and many historic landmarks, the Pink City has a lot to tempt explorers. Apart from a visit to the famous tourist places in Jaipur and things to do, marvel at the antique creations, splendid architecture and the expertise of old artisans. Relive the olden days of Rajputana, and experience the luxuries, traditions and the lifestyle of former royalty.

Selected from the vast treasure, we have a list of the 15 Best places in Jaipur that you must include in your itinerary:

  • Amber Fort

Overlooking the Maota Lake, Amber Fort is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. The 16th century red sandstone and marble fortress is a fine blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. Built by Maharaja Man Singh, one of the Navaratnas of the Court of Akbar, the fort stands as an epitome of architectural finesses of its time.

The endearing mirror work of the Sheesh Mahal, the opulent layout of Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas and the lush gardens, are some spectacular highlights. Arrive to the fort on elephant back do not miss to attend evening light and sound show, as it lovingly recreates history.

  • Hawa Mahal

A true rich architectural expertise of the past, Hawa Mahal is a not-to-miss tourist place in Jaipur. Named as the ‘Palace of the Winds’, Hawa Mahal has 953 windows. The 18th century five-storey building was constructed to enable the royal women to view the happenings in the city without being noticed. It’s a veil of sandstone carved exquisitely which allows the sights and sounds of the city. Get yourself clicked with the iconic beauty of Jaipur.

  • Jantar Mantar

When you a plan a holiday in Jaipur, it’s necessary to include the 18th century scientific observatory, Jantar Mantar on your list. It is ranked amongst the largest observatories of the world with also the largest sundial of the world. Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur had avid interest in various subjects including architecture, astronomy, philosophy and astronomy and was the mastermind behind the masterpiece. The geometric devices here measures time, observe constellations and movement of heavenly bodies. Go for a guided tour and do attend the Light and Sound Show in the evening.

  • Nahargarh Fort

Overlooking the Pink City, from the very top of the lush Aravalis, Nahargarh Fort is a massive iconic structure in Jaipur. Built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, this fort served as strong defence to the Jaipur City. The view of the panorama form here is truly mesmerizing.

The Madhavendra Bhavan in the fort is an epitome of Rajput taste for exquisite artwork and craftsmanship. The interiors are beautifully adorned with murals and European stucco designs. Walk through history as you explore the fort complex. Soak in the mystic charm of the sunset and the Milky Way on the dark nights.

  • Jal Mahal

Settled in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, at the foothills of Nahargarh Hills, Jal Mahal is beauty. It was built almost 300 years back by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, as a lodge for his hunting parties. A visit to Jal Mahal is one of the best things to do in Jaipur.

The Mughal style architecture of marble is a vision, particularly captivating in evenings when the palace is lighted. Take boat rides to the palace soaking in the views. Go bird watching, where you spot flamingos and various other species of migratory birds.

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  • Abhaneri Step Well

One of the unmissable places to visit near Jaipur is, the step well in the Abhaneri village, Chand Baori. It is one of the oldest step wells in India, dating back to the early 9th century.

It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty to conserve water and provide a respite from heat. The step well is an architectural marvel with 3,500 symmetrical steps. The exquisite layout and the amazing beauty draws local and international visitors to it every year. A popular festival is celebrated revolving the step well which further enhances its charm.

  • Jaigarh Fort

The Fort of Victory, Jaigarh Fort stands atop the Pink City of Jaipur. Built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Singh to protect Amber Fort and Jaipur City from attack of invaders, the magnificent fort boasts of the sheer opulence of the Rajputs.

Explore the temples, water reservoirs, royal quarters and residential complexes inside the fort, it is one of the best things to do in Jaipur. Spread across 3 km, Jaigarh is connected to Amer through secret passages. World’s biggest cannon, the Jaivana is the still housed here. Take a walk along the historic ruins and journey though the bygone days.

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  • City Palace

The City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jaipur. The royal palace is a unique combination of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture. The array of courtyards, gardens and other treasures add to the charm of exploring the beauty.

Serving as the home of the royal family of Jaipur, it is a place one must not miss. The royal palace has been mostly renovated as art galleries, museums and also a royal wedding destination in India. The Chandra Mahal is the prized attraction of them all. Marvel at the antique collection of armours, costumes, carriages and memorabilia of the erstwhile royals.

  • Sisodia Rani Garden

Sisodia Rani Garden is an oasis of greenery in the bustling city of Jaipur. It was built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh as a gift for his beloved wife, Sisodia Rani. The tranquil spot is one of the best tourist places in Jaipur.

Blessed with lush trees, flowers and greenery, the architectural layout reflects the Mughal style with water channels and fountains. There are beautiful mural paintings of the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. Walk amid the beauty, after a day of sightseeing it’s totally refreshing.

  • Albert Hall Museum

Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of not just the Pink City but also Rajasthan. If you are looking for vast treasure at one single place, then this tourist attraction in Jaipur is for you. Opened for public in 1887, it is located in the Ram Niwas Garden.

The exquisite pink sandstone building has beautifully carved arches and domes. The prized exhibits in the museum include rare collection of ancient artefacts, paintings, weapons, metal and wood craft items, musical instruments, carpets, costumes and jewellery belonging to different Rajputana provinces. Do not miss the henna artwork and puppet collection exhibits.

  • Galtaji or Galta Monkey Temple

The 18th century Galta Monkey Temple is one of the most visited places in Jaipur. It is settled in the middle of the majestic hills of the Aravali Range. According to the legends, the temple marks the place, the great sage ‘Rishi Galav’ performed penance. Blessed for his belief, the temple complex seems to be beaming with several water ‘kunds’ out of which the ‘Galta Kund’ is considered to be the most sacred.

Take a dip in the holy waters of the kund. It is a worth visit site for its captivating views, especially during the sunset.

  • Chokhi Dhani

An ethnic village themed resort, Chokhi Dhani is one of the must visit places in Jaipur. For an experience of true Rajasthani culture, stay, hospitality, entertainment and many more, do get to the village resort in the Pink City.

Opt to visit or spend a night in village houses made of mud and hay, equipped with all modern amenities. Relish mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisine. Shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. The entertainment options include camel and elephant rides, acrobat performances, Rajasthani folk performances, colourful puppet show, palm reading, mehendi tattoo and many more. A visit to Chokhi Dhani is much recommended for every tourist in Jaipur, it’s in short an introduction to a memorable vacation.

  • Birla Mandir

The pure white marble Birla Mandir is a beauty, one which every traveller in Jaipur must take a look at. Located at the base of the Moti Dungari hill, it is one of the most popular places to visit in Jaipur.

Dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu, the temple has an alluring architecture. Carvings of the scenes of mythology and quotes from Gita adorn the temple walls. Very different from Hindu temples, the outer walls of the Birla Mandir are decorated with images of famous personalities like Socrates, Buddha and Jesus Christ.

  • Rambagh Palace

The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Renovated into one of the extravagant heritage hotels in India, a visit to the palace is one of the things to do in Jaipur.

Spread over 47 acres of landscaped gardens, Rambagh is a tribute to the rich culture and history of Rajputana. Walk through the historic building and relive the olden days. Why just visit the place? Enjoy a stay on your holiday in Jaipur. It’s the perfect mix of tradition and modern amenities. Moreover, the royal place also hosts some of the most fabulous weddings.

  • Kanak Vrindavan

Snuggled in a beautiful valley, amid lush Aravalis hills, Kanak Vrindavan is a beautiful garden of Rajasthan. As its name suggest, the garden resembles the Vrindavan Gardens. The lush manicured lawns are adorned with statues of lord Krishna, his beloved Radha, Gopis and a series of fountains along the pathways.

Built on the orders of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh almost 275 years ago, the gardens still maintains the glory. Apart from enjoying the bliss of the lush gardens, take blessings of the Shri Govind Deoji Temple, built inside the gardens.

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A travel writer by profession and self-professed addict to literature, momos, dancing, music and travelling, Debasree Chakraborty has all interesting things to share. Go through her penned down travel experiences and collected intelligence in her write ups. Read on!