Jaipur is one the most sought after travel destinations of India. To see the whole of this Pink City in a day is close to impossible. Yet, most of the major attractions can be covered if you just have a day in Jaipur and would want to explore!
Let's visit Jaipur in 24 hours.
The Amber Fort
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Let's start our journey by visiting Amber Fort which is one of the best tourist attractions in Jaipur. It is better to visit the place before the crowd sets in. The impressive fort is built on a hill top, using Rajput and Hindu styles of architecture. Some of the attractions within the fort complex that are not to be missed are Diwaan-e-Aam, Diwaan-e-Khaas, Sukh Niwaas and Sheesh Mahal.
The City Palace
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After visiting Amber Fort and palace, the next attraction to be covered is the City Palace. This is another marvelous piece of architecture that has vast courtyards, several edifices, museums and galleries and stunning structures like Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. The architecture is a blend of European, Mughal and Indian architectural styles.
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Hawa Mahal is another prominent attraction that is near the City Palace. Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, is a unique five-storied structure that has rows of windows in each floor, that sums up to 953. This palace was built for the woman of the royal family, so that they could view the streets from the small windows. This 50ft tall palace is one of the architectural wonders of the Pink City. The intricate designs and the floral patterns in the interiors, the thin walls, etc. make the structure one of its kind.
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Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory with masonry instruments. It is the largest stone observatory in the world. Jantar Mantar has 14 large geometric structures in stone, that serve as instruments to measure time, position of the Sun, Moon and the stars, etc. The structure gives us an insight into the varied interests of the Indian rulers of yesteryears. This hub of information would be an interesting site for those who love science, arts and astronomy.
Eating & Shopping in Jaipur
The streets of Jaipur can be explored for some shopping and great street food. There are also good restaurant near the markets like Shri Balaji Restaurant, Chicken Point, etc. Some of the markets you can venture out are Tripoli Bazaar, Johari Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar and Kishanpol Bazaar.
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Don't forget to visit Nahargarh Fort for the stunning sunset. Located on the crest of Aravalli hills, the massive fort against his picturesque backdrop is a beautiful sight.
Take a long drive to Choki Dhani, a cultural village to watch the traditional games and shows of Jaipur, and to have a sumptuous authentic Rajasthani meal.
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