11 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Jaipur

Jul 22, 2021

The capital of Rajasthan is an enchanting city on the edge of the desert. These ancient cities of the Maharajas are packed with treasure troves of shimmering craftsmanship, from haute couture to masterful stone carving. The seven-spired Amer Fort, now a royal palace, looms over the visitors like a haunting sentinel.

Besides its luxurious heritage hotels, interesting art galleries, and marvelous cuisine, Jaipur also offers its visitors some of the country's best attractions and natural wonders, including famous forts, castles, and palaces, the excellent Pushkar Camel Festival, and the tiger sanctuary.

With more than a dozen top sights and attractions here, you can easily plan a dream vacation that explores Rajasthan, India.

Read more on the best places to visit in India.

Jantar Mantar

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One of India's most unique attractions, the Jantar Mantar complex of observatories was built in 1724 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in Jaipur. The site, located in the heart of the city, is one of the world's best collections of astronomical instruments. Overlooking a village, the complex includes a large circular observatory, a large circular stone wall, and a circular wall with vertical mirrors for catching the sun's rays. Also on site is a small observatory for moon studies and one for weather studies. Many of the instruments are displayed in the Queen's Gallery, open to the public. Accommodations are available at the guesthouses and hotels of Jaipur and costs are not included in the ticket price.

City Palace

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Built in 1894 in the Rajput style by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the City Palace (Raj Mandir) of Jaipur is a truly magnificent structure that dominates the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Completed just two years before the Third Anglo-Maratha War, the Palace served as the ruler's royal family's main residence and housed a wealth of artwork, gold, and jewels, many of which have since been excavated and now can be seen at various state museums in Jaipur, India's "Pink City". Also worth a visit is the Hawa Mahal, which houses Jaipur's famed perfume factory (reputed to be the biggest in the world) and is most commonly described as a unique example of Mughal architecture with its heavily decorated exterior walls.

Nahargarh Fort

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Built as a fortress in 1599, the Nahargarh Fort was originally constructed to help the Mughal emperor and his dynasty maintain control of Jaipur and its surrounding territories in Rajasthan. The imposing building on a 7.5-meter-high and 5.5-meter-deep sandstone platform in the city center is the city's most notable landmark. The fort boasts extensive frescoes and other architectural embellishments on the exterior and within. It also houses a famous library of history and the arts, the State Museum, where visitors can see over a thousand pre-19th-century wooden paintings, sculptures, and miniatures, including depictions of Hindu gods. Visitors to the fort can also climb the Jaipur City Wall to view the walled city.

Jal Mahal

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Located along the Shambhaji Sagar Reservoir in the city of Jaipur, Jaipur's Jala Mahal is known as one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. The main attraction of the palace is its "Red City," which has been converted into a large pink building with 953 rooms and 957 balconies; however, there are several rooms set aside for the small royal family and their descendants. The construction of the palace started in 1727 and is claimed to be the largest in India. Today the palace is a museum open to the public that features exhibits of the opulent lifestyle of the royal Jaipur family. The Jaipur State Museum is nearby, which is a great place to start your visit as it features exhibits about the region's art, history, and culture.

Albert Hall Museum

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Just outside Jaipur are the impressive walls of the Albert Hall Museum, established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The original building was completed in 1875, and although Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was based in the state of Tonk, it served as the personal residence of his daughter Maharani Kishori Kumari. The museum's collection has been expanded over the years. Now housed in an adjoining building, the museum boasts an impressive collection of memorabilia from the Mughal era, including the Maharani's personal collection of decorative, fine and even playful, clothing and articles. There is also a wealth of Indian miniature paintings, exquisite Mughal furniture, porcelain, curiosities and jewelry.

Jaigarh Fort

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The only palace-fort built by the Rajas of Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort is as beautiful to look at as it is striking, with its imposing external walls and tall turrets, giving it a touch of the Swiss Oberalp. One of India's best-preserved forts, this palace was built by Sawai Pratap Singh, who became the Raja of Jaipur in 1727. There is little to see inside the fort, but it can be visited for free if you like history and architecture. It is situated in the old town of Jaipur, around 1.5 km from the main attractions in the capital, and is well worth visiting for an architectural and historical lesson in the traditions of Rajasthan.

Chittorgarh Fort

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Chittorgarh is a spectacular site in Rajasthan, India. Situated at a height of 1100 meters on a ridge overlooking a magnificent panorama of the Aravalli Hills, Chittorgarh Fort is one of India's most impressive sites, home to great royal rulers and replete with imposing buildings, terracotta idols, sculptures, paintings and weapons. The forts were built with thick walls to protect the palace and principal temples, and within the fort lie the several shrines of the rulers, where they offer prayers to their ancestors. Each day, the royal family worships at the Shri Ram Temple, a vast pavilion built in 1570.

Sheesh Mahal

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An eerie sight, the Sheesh Mahal in Jaipur is home to a collection of facades of palaces, built in the 17th century by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of Jaipur, who wanted his wives to be surrounded by palaces. Among them are stunning buildings such as the Virupaksha Temple, the Hanuman Temple, and the Raj Mandir.

Hawa Mahal

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Created to serve as a palace for the former ruler of Jaipur, the whitewashed Hawa Mahal was constructed between 1799 and 1799 by the Mughal architect, Madho Singh. Although it contains stunning arches and windows, the small windowless room that is open to the public is the most impressive feature of the structure. Hidden in a private chamber, it is said to be home to several small rooms where wives of the former ruler were hidden from him. The hawa mahal is closed to visitors from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for prayers, and only authorized security staff and Indian citizens can enter. During these hours, visitors can stand in the driveway and watch the princely couple walking their dogs.

Laxmi Narayan Temple

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Laxmi Narayan Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Jaipur. Dating back to 1592, it's part of an unusual three-part temple complex where Ramalinga was given the title of Maharajah of Jaipur in 1764. The temple itself consists of a series of colorful decorative structures surrounding an inner sanctum with a gilt idol of Vishnu. Laxmi Narayan Temple also holds an important place in Jaipur's history, as it's where Ramchandra Pant deployed his controversial strategy of missionary conversion in 1792. For those wishing to see the temple without the crowds of travelers, pre-booking is highly recommended for tours between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and admission to the temple is free.

Jaipur City

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This city, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, is well-known for its rich cultural heritage and as the former capital of the Indian empire, its many palaces are remarkable buildings, including the Amber Fort and the City Palace, India's largest palace. Perhaps one of the best things about Jaipur is that you can reach it by bicycle. The city's layout and lush landscaping makes a scenic bicycle ride a popular pastime.