The Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is a splendid region that carries the heritage of some of the most powerful kingdoms seen in India. Spread with forts, palaces, temples and more, Jaipur attracts thousands of tourists every year and has been one of the most popular holiday destinations.
Rajasthan is rightly named as the Land of Kings, since other cities, like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, etc., are also culturally rich places that offer beautiful vistas to the past. However, this article focuses on the capital city and the exciting things you must do when in Jaipur. Visit Jaipur between the winter months of November to February for a splendid experience.
Elephant Ride At Amer Fort
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An exciting way to explore the fort is to go on an elephant ride around the fort. The magnificent Amer Fort is built of red sandstone and marble in a stunning Hindu style of architecture.
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Jaipur is famous for its numerous mesmerising palaces and forts that were built by many powerful rulers of the past. Palace-hopping is definitely a must since it gives you the experience of a life in the bygone era.
Walk Through The Ancient Streets Of Jaipur
What better way to experience a city than taking a stroll across its streets? Walk through the Statue Circle Garden, which is situated in the heart of the city. Walk around one of the largest circles in Asia, the Jawahar Circle Garden. Don't miss out on Jaipur ki kachori and other such delicious street food of Jaipur.
Be A Part Of Rajasthani Folk Festivals
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Rajasthan celebrates innumerable boisterous festivals every year, many of which take place in Jaipur. Teej festival around September, Elephant Festival in March and Jaipur Literature Festival, which is the world's largest free literature festival during January, are some of the many celebrations you can be a part of.
Experience A Royal Stay
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Jaipur's glorious palaces and forts have attracted thousands of tourists worldwide. Some of these palaces have been turned into luxury hotels, giving tourists a chance to live the royal life of the past for a while.
Rambagh Palace and Jai Mahal Palace are two such places that have been turned into luxury stays; here you can travel back in time just for a moment.
Revel In The Beauty Of Jal Mahal
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Jal Mahal literally means "water palace" and with no surprise; the palace gets its name since it is built on a picturesque lake. It is a man-made lake that was created by building a dam across river Darbhawati.
The magnificent Jal Mahal is a creation of Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber, built in the 18th century. If you happen to visit the palace when there is a light drizzle, the beauty of the scene will be simply unparalleled.
Try The Unique Rajasthani Cuisine
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Rajasthan has a terrific distinctive cuisine that will certainly be a delight to every foodie. Their cuisine mostly falls on the sweeter side and it reflects the rich culture of Rajasthan on the whole. Some dishes you absolutely must try at Rajasthan include dal baati churma, laal maas, gatte ki khichdi and sweets like aam ki launji, gujja, to name a few.
Picture Session At Hawa Mahal
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One of the most popular attractions of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal, literally means "wind palace". It is a splendid palace that was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in order to let the ladies of his royal courtyard look upon the everyday activities of the street without being seen by the outsiders.
The beauty of the palace will simply leave you spellbound and to leave without having a photo session is sinful!
Cycling Around Nahargarh Fort
Perched at a fantastic height on the Aravalli hills, Nahargarh Fort is a brilliant structure that overlooks the entire city of Jaipur. The fort was once a part of a strong defence of the city along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort.
Get an adrenaline rush by cycling to the Nahargarh Fort, an excellent cycling route for adventure junkies since the route is steep and is about 18 km.
Shop For Authentic Rajasthani Attire
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Jaipur is lined with many shops that sell authentic Rajasthani clothes, accessories, shoes and jewellery that will make every shopaholic fall in love with the city! Head to the Mirza Ismail Road for exquisite handicrafts, Johari Bazaar for clothes and gemstones and Nehru Bazaar for the famous Rajasthani jootis or shoes.
Trigger Your Scientific Bug With A Visit To Jantar Mantar
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With a collection of 19 astronomical instruments, Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is a brilliant monument that was built by King Sawai Jai Singh II. It has the largest stone sundial in the world due to which Jantar Mantar was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Don't miss the light and sound show that happens at the monument. The observatory remains open from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
Go For A Camel Ride
Camels, being the most important animal of Rajasthan since it is mostly a desert, can be found roaming on all streets of the city. Try going on a camel safari through the city or around any of the many palaces of Jaipur and have an experience that you might've never had before.