Trip to Jaipur - The Pink City of India
Trip to Jaipur – “The Pink City” offers you to witness one of the prime tourist spots of India. It is a state capital of Rajasthan and is a part of the famous Golden Triangle tour circuit. It is called the pink city because of the pink coloured sandstone used mostly in the construction of the buildings here, particularly the old ones.
Every year lacs of both domestic and foreign tourists visit Jaipur. The rich heritage and culture of this city attract many history and art lovers.
In this blog, I am going to share the details on the attractions of Jaipur and how you can plan and execute a trip of Jaipur, without spending too much money.
As we all know Jaipur is one of those cities in India which doesn’t require any marketing among the tourists as it has become a brand in itself. Since decades, the place has been a hub of all kind of travellers from different part of the world. Foreign tourists come to India especially to see the rich tradition and culture of Rajasthan which starts from Jaipur itself.
Jaipur is globally renowned for its coloured gems, pink sandstone, embroidered bed sheets, Jaipuri handcrafted handbags, Bandhej (textile), Lehariya Saree and much more.
Apart from the above, Jaipur is also known for the famous dishes like Kachori (deep-fried snack), Ghewar (sweet), Dal Baati Churma (a combination of lentil, crushed flour dumpling, ghee) and Laal Maans (Red Meat).
Places to see in Jaipur
I have heard many people asking for the best places to visit in Jaipur. But, frankly speaking, all the places in Jaipur are best to visit and we cannot compare one place to the another because every place has its own story and importance.
In travel industry we generally envisage 2 nights stay for our clients in Jaipur. But, in my personal opinion, if you want to explore the prime spots of Jaipur, you need 3 full days to cover them all.
When you are planning a budget trip to Jaipur, make sure you make the most of the palace, forts and temples, which are tremendously stunning. Below are the few main attractions of Jaipur that one should not miss while making a trip to this pink city of India.
1) Amber (Amer) Fort – One of the most famous forts of Rajasthan, Amber or Amer Fort in Jaipur was built in the combination of Mughal and Hindu style of architecture, constructed in red sandstone and marble. Situated in Aravalli Hills, this fort looks magnificent from the road head below. Raja Man Singh I, one of the navratnas of Emperor Akbar built this fort in the 16th century. To reach Amber Fort, you can try an elephant or jeep ride which doubles your excitement to visit this beautiful structure. From the fort, you get the splendid sight of Maota Lake.
2) Hawa Mahal – Also known as ‘Palace Of The Winds’, Hawa Mahal is an iconic landmark of the pink city. It is an extraordinary monument built as a five-storied pyramidal palace which showcases a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. It was built with red and pink sandstone, by Maharaja Pratap Singh in 1799. At that time, it provided royal women to get a sight of busy city life and the street festivals while remaining hidden from the public. Today, Hawa Mahal attracts national and international tourists and urges them to take photographs in front of this beautiful monument.
3) Jantar Mantar – An astronomical observation site, Jantar Mantar was built in the early 18th century, which features the world’s largest stone sundial. Located in the heart of the city and close to the Hawa Mahal and City Palace, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur comprises of stone structures that help to know the position of celestial bodies and also helps to calculate time. This marvel architecture comes under UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is a must-visit place in Jaipur.
4) Albert Hall – Albert Hall Museum is another attraction for tourists visiting Jaipur. It is known for its Indo-Saracenic architecture and is the oldest museum in Rajasthan. The museum houses a collection of artefacts that were brought from different parts of the world and are placed in different art galleries. The night view of Albert Hall is simply amazing with yellow light glowing and reflecting on this building.
5) Birla Temple – It is also one of the eye-catching spots of Jaipur. The Birla Mandir is a very famous temple and is visited by a large number of pilgrims/tourists. It is also known by the name Lakshmi Narayan Temple and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. The temple is completely made of white marble and is surrounded by lush green gardens with some beautiful flowers. This is the must-visit place when you are travelling to Jaipur.
6) Nahargarh Fort – Another fort in Jaipur located in the Aravalli mountain ranges, Nahargarh Fort is one of the magnificent forts in Jaipur that was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II as a defence for Jaipur city. The beautiful part of the fort is the Madhavendra Bhawan which has 12 identical suites for each of Sawai Madho Singh’s queen. Bollywood movies like Rang De Basanti, Shhudh Desi Romance etc. have been shot at Nahargarh Fort. The place also offers a magnificent view of Jaipur city. Apart from this Nahargarh Fort is also known for the best sunset views.
7) Jal Mahal – Jal Mahal or Water Palace in Jaipur is located right at the centre of the Man Sagar Lake. It is the most photographed scenic spot in Jaipur and attracts visitors from all over the world. One can take a boat ride around the palace but the entry inside the fort is strictly prohibited. One of the interesting facts about Jal Mahal is that only one storey of this palace appears above the water level while there are 4 more storeys that are submerged underneath.
Apart from the above attractions, there are other spots also in Jaipur like City Palace, Bapu Market, Chokhi Dhani, Galtaji Temple, Jaigarh Fort etc. that are visited by tourists. Jaipur has many things to offer to the tourists as the city has an important history and rich culture and heritage. You can easily plan your trip to Jaipur within your budget covering the major spots that provide you with an amazing experience.