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    A beautiful sunset view from Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

    14 December 2015 and

    Jaipur, the desert capital of India, popularly known as the Pink City is the land of palaces, lakes, maharajas, alluring architecture. The rich Rajput culture and their glorious past is perspicuously reflected in the lifestyle and the infrastructure of the city.

    Best Time To Visit Jaipur: October – March

    Distance From Delhi: 269.4 km (4 hours 50 minutes)

    Distance From Agra: 238.7 km (4 hours)

    One of best ways to look at the attractive colours of the city is by enjoying a bird’s-eye view on a hot air balloon tour. We’ll come to that, but right now we have a list of the famous tourist places in Jaipur, for those who prefer private or independent tours.

    Best Forts To Visit In Jaipur

    1. Amer Fort: The Fort With High Formidable Walls

    Amer fort, a colourful tourist place in Jaipur

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    Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani has suddenly put the spotlight on Jaipur’s beautiful Amber Fort. A crucial war scene, starring Ranveer Singh will be shot here, besides major chunks which will be filmed in other locations of the city. Famous for its endearing mirror work, the fort and its history come alive with the evening light and sound show. The elephant ride uphill to the fort entrance and ‘Amber by night’ allows tourists to see the charmingly lit chowks and mahals.

    Entry:

    • Foreigners: INR 200 for adults, INR 100 for students (inclusive of entry & camera)
    • Indians: INR 25 for adults, INR 10 for students (inclusive of entry and camera)
    • Elephant rides: INR 900 for 2 people
    • Amber by Night: INR 100 per person
    • Light & Sound Show: INR 200 for English show, INR 100 for Hindi show

    Visiting hours:

    • Fort: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    • Light & Sound Show: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (English), 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    • Elephant rides: 9:00 am – 11:30 am, on first come first serve basis; Prior bookings are not allowed.

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    2. Jaigarh Fort: The Fort Of Victory

    Daylight view of the Jaigarh fort in Jaipur

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    Another from awesome places to see in Jaipur, Jaigarh fort is famous for the world’s largest cannon on wheels. Also, a significant structure of the medieval period – Diwa Burj – has been maintained very well over the year. The watch tower offers a scintillating view over the plains.

    Entry:

    • Indians: INR 35
    • Foreigners: INR 85

    Visiting hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

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    3. Nahargarh Fort: The Abode Of The Tigers

    A beautiful sunset view from Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

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    Since the fort is situated high up on the Aravali hills, it is famous for its enchanting sunset views overlooking the entire Jaipur city. It’s also a famous picnic spot as there is a cafe inside that serves snacks and drinks. An important spot for sightseeing in Jaipur, the fort is beautifully lit at night.

    Entry:

    • Foreigners: INR 50 for adults, INR 25 for students
    • Indians: INR 20 for adults, INR 5 for students

    Visiting hours: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Best Palaces To Visit In Jaipur

    4. City Palace: Fusion Of Rajput, Mughal, and European Architecture

    A must in your list of places to see in Jaipur is the beautiful City Palace

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    A popular tourist place in Jaipur, the City Palace is famous for its serene amalgamation of rich Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The intricately designed peacock gates are one of its kind and the palace has vast courtyards, gardens, a museum, an art gallery and a fascinating display of royal costumes and old weapons.

    Entry:

    • Foreigners: INR 350 for adults
    • Indians: INR 75 for adults

    Visiting hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    5. Jal Mahal: The Water Palace

    Golden hued Jal Mahal at night

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    Jal Mahal, located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar, is one of best places to see in Jaipur. This 5-storey palace has 4 storeys beneath the surface of water that offer a unique underwater viewing experience. The architecture is a fusion of Mughal and Rajput styles. The clear water of the lake and the scenic views of the surrounding Aravallis make the palace look all absolutely stunning, especially at night.

    Entry:

    • Foreigners: INR 50
    • Indians: INR 10
    • Camel Rides: INR 150

    Visiting hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    6. Hawa Mahal: The Palace Of Winds

    Don’t miss Hawa Mahal while sightseeing in Jaipur

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    Hawa Mahal, famous as the palace of the winds, is one of best places to see in Jaipur. The immensely breezy palace provides a spectacular view of the city below. The panoramic views of the palace and the shimmering city are a treat to the eyes.

    Entry:

    • Foreigners: INR 50 for adults
    • Indians: INR 10 for adults

    Visiting hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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    7. Rambagh Palace: A Palace To Live At

    A view of the Rambagh Palace courtyard at night

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    Rambagh Palace, once the residence of the Maharajas, now serves as one of the best hotels in the world. It was made as a garden house for the nurse of Raja Ram Singh. It was later converted into a hunting lodge and then into the principle residence of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, before it was finally converted into a 5-star hotel by the Taj Group.

    Visiting hours: 6:00 am – 6 pm (for public visit without stays)

    For further details on tariff and room availability, click here.

    Best Temples To Visit In Jaipur

    8. Birla Mandir: The Laxmi Narayan Temple

    A view of the Laxmi Narayan Temple in Jaipur

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    Birla Mandir, one of the most popular religious place in Jaipur, is located at the foot of the Moti Dungri Hill in Jaipur. The temple, built in white marble, has Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi as the main deities.

    Entry: Free

    Visiting hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    9. Galtaji Temple: The Abode of Monkeys

    Two monkeys sitting around the famous Monkey Temple in Jaipur

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    One of the buzzing tourist places in Jaipur, Monkey Temple is famous for its rather complex structure. It has three sacred pools of water and is surrounded by two granite cliffs. You can actually spot a lot of monkeys bathing in those pools.

    Entry: Free

    Opening Hours: It is advised to go during late afternoon, during the sunset when the monkeys get into the temple.

    10. Govindji Temple: Among The 7 Temples Of Thakurs of Vrindavan

    Worshippers offering prayers at the Govind Dev Ji Temple

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    Govind Dev Ji Temple, located within the City Palace complex, is dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple is among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan, including Sri Radhavallabh Ji, Shri Bankey Bihari Ji, Shri Govind Dev Ji and four others. It was Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who brought the murti here from Vrindavan.

    Entry: Free

    Aarti timings at Govind Dev Ji temple: 4:30 am – 5:00 am, 7:30 am – 8:45 am, 9:30 am – 10:15 am, 11:00 am – 11:30 am, 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm, 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm, and 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm

    Best Gardens To Visit In Jaipur

    11. Sisodia Rani Garden: The Symbol Of Eternal Love

    The garden of Rani Sisodia in Jaipur

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    Sisodia Rani Gardon, built 10 km from Jaipur in 1728, is considered as a symbol of eternal love between Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and Rani Sisodia Jai Singh. The garden has, ever since, been a getaway for the queens of Jaipur. It is themed on the stories of love between Lord Krishna and Radha. In addition to a tourist attraction, the garden is also a popular wedding destination in Jaipur.

    Entry: Free

    Visiting hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


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    12. Central Park: Largest Park In Jaipur

    The statues in the Central Park at Rambagh

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    One of the largest and most colorful gardens in Jaipur, the Central Park is located in the heart of the city. Musical fountain, temple, stone states, 206-feet national flag, and the 5 km long jogging and walking track are some of the attractions of the park. The park, developed by the Jaipur Development Authority, is also set to be turned into a theme park soon.

    Entry: Free

    Visiting hours: Open 24 x 7

    Best Places For Shopping In Jaipur

    13. Johari Bazaar: The Oldest & Largest Shopping Mall In Jaipur

    Shopping hubs in Jaipur

    Famous for its amazing collection of precious gemstones, costume jewellery, bangles, traditional clothes, textiles and a lot more, Johari Bazaar and MI Road are among key tourist places in Jaipur.

    Visiting hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; closed on Sunday

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    14. Bapu Bazaar: The Untouched Legacy Of Camel Leather

    The famous Morji shoes on display at the popular Bapu Bazaar

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    The Bapu Bazaar boasts of an untouched legacy among the largest camel leather market in the world. It is popular for its high-quality leather belts, wallets, lamp sheds, and bags. But it is the fine quality Mojri shoes that have made the market so popular.

    Visiting hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; closed on Sunday

    Other Popular Places To Visit In Jaipur

    15. Abhaneri Step Well: An Innovation By The City Of Brightness

    A view of the Chand Baori step well in the village of Abhaneri

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    Abhaneri, or Abha Nagri as it was originally named, is located in the desert area 95 km from Jaipur. To counter the shortage of water in the desert area, the locals invented the Chand Baori and other step wells to reserve water for use in the dry seasons. This place soon started being used as a cool place to relax in the hot summers.

    Entry: Free

    Visiting hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    16. Raj Mandir Cinema: The Pride Of Asian Theatre

    Views from the popular Raj Mandir Cinema in Jaipur

    Raj Mandir Cinema, the meringue-shaped cinema complex, is a popular tourist place in Jaipur. Both locals and tourists flock in to see the Bollywood films. The complex, built in 1976 and designed by W M Namjoshi in the modern-style art, has a capacity of 1300 people. The ceiling design, indirect lighting system, and glittering stars add to the appeal of this film-theater.

    Check here for show timings and ticket rates.

    17. Chokhi Dhani: The Ethnic Village Resort

    Views from the Chokhi Dhani ethnic village resort in Jaipur

    Celebrations never stop at the ethnic village resort of Chokhi Dhani. The 5-star resort is a replica of a traditional Rajasthani village. Traditional Rajasthani food, puppet shows, folk music, and traditional dance performances add to the charm of this tourist place in Jaipur. Those who do not wish to stay here can still enjoy these performances and food at the restaurant.

    Entry:

    • Traditional Rajasthani Dining: INR 600 for adults, INR 350 for kids
    • AC Royal Rajasthani Dining: INR 800 for adults, INR 500 for kids

    Visiting hours: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    18. Elefantastic: The Elephant Farm Inside A Village

    A friendly elephant at Elefantastic in Jaipur

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    A major one among tourist attractions of Jaipur, Elefantastic famous for its unique concept of a small elephant farm in a village. Here people love elephants and are educated about their medicines, treatment, diet and so on. An Elephant safari is what you can’t miss here!

    Entry: INR 80 per person for farm entry, INR 3,500 per person for Elephant Safari

    Visiting hours: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

    19. Albert Hall: The City Museum

    A night view of the Government Central Museum, also known as Albert Hall

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    Commonly called as Albert Hall, Government Central Museum is among famous places to see in Jaipur. Visit it to see a collection of local king’s portraits, artefacts, handicrafts and paintings of the glorious past of the city and the royal families.

    Entry:

    • Foreigners: INR 150
    • Indians: INR 20

    Visiting hours: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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    20. Jantar Mantar: The Observatory of Disambiguation

    An important one among tourist attractions in Jaipur is Jantar Mantar

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    Famous for its intriguing sculptures and structures, Jantar Mantar Observatory is among the most popular tourist places in Jaipur. It tells a lot about how people in olden times calculated or estimated time. The huge Samrat yantra sundial – a time calculator, is really impressive.

    Entry:

    • Foreigners: INR 200 for adults, INR 100 for students
    • Indians: INR 40 for adults, INR 15 for students

    Visiting hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Note: Composite ticket for entry to Jaipur monuments can be procured from any of the 5 monuments that it includes, viz. Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, and Amer Fort. The prices are as follows:

    • Foreigners: INR 350 for adults, INR 175 for students
    • Indians: INR 70 for adults, INR 25 for students

     

    The city of forts and palaces, scintillating views and spectacular architecture is sure to leave you overwhelmed. The city of Jaipur is truly the place to be the king or queen you always wanted to be. Keep our list of tourist places in Jaipur handy while you plan a visit here!

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