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12 Best Places to Visit in Jaipur For the Best Travel Experience

When it comes to best places to visit in Rajasthan, Jaipur is the first place that comes in mind. This capital of Rajasthan is a classy city with so much to offer you from its list of tourist attractions. After all, it’s not for nothing, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is any day a great idea to plan a trip to Jaipur, not only for witnessing its architecture or learning about its glorious past, but also to enjoy good food, shopping, and even to seek the blessings of gods. Here are top 12 places in Jaipur that you must visit and if you haven’t seen any of these, it means you need to plan a tour again to the city.

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Autumn & Winter Season, from October to March, is considered the best time to visit Jaipur as the weather remains pleasant.

List of 12 Best Places to Visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • City Palace
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Jal Mahal
  • Amer Fort
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Gata Ji Temple
  • Birla Temple
  • Johri Bazar
  • Chokhi Dhani

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City Palace: The Regal Abode of the Royals of Jaipur

Situated in Jalebi Chowk, City Palace is amongst the top attractions in Jaipur. This must-visit place built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II impresses with fine craftsmanship and artwork that reflect Rajputana and Mughal styles of architecture.

City Palace in Jaipur is adorned with sprawling gardens, courtyards, halls, royal residences, and art galleries. The major highlights of City Palace are its entrance gates or Pol that are richly decorated and are quite popular on Instagram. The palace is also open in the evening when it is well-lit for night viewing.

Famous For: Architecture, History, Photography

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (for night viewing)

Time Taken to Explore: 1-2 hours

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Hawa Mahal: The Iconic Landmark

Hawa Mahal Jaipur

An iconic monument that is often used for representing Jaipur City, Hawa Mahal is an unmissable attraction. A one of its kind of monument in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is majorly known for its 953 jharokas (windows) that make its facade.

Built by Maharaj Sawai Pratap Singh in Rajputana style of architecture, it is a five-storey building that was constructed for the women of the royal family to see the everyday happenings in the city without being seen themselves due to the prevalence of the Purdah system, then.

Famous For: Architecture, History, Photography

Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Time Taken to Explore: 0.5 – 1 hour

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Jal Mahal: The Mesmeric Water Palace that Looks Stunning at Night

Jal Mahal Jaipur

Another iconic building in Jaipur, Jal Mahal is an absolute visual treat. Situated amidst Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal is a popular tourist attraction in Jaipur and is also amongst the most photographed sites in the city.

Built by Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh II, it mainly draws tourists in the evening when it shimmers with lights and its reflection falls on the lake. Jal Mahal is also flocked by many seasonal birds since it is situated amidst the lake, and is therefore a great place for birdwatching, especially in the winters.

Famous For: Architecture, History, Photography, Birdwatching

Timings: Throughout the day (going inside Jal Mahal is not allowed, tourists can witness it from the street)

Time Taken to Explore: 0.5 – 1 hour

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Amer Fort: A Monument that Catches the Eyes and Captures the Heart

Inside Amer Fort Jaipur

A fine specimen of Rajputana and Mughal architecture styles, Amer Fort is amongst the top forts in India and a major attraction in Jaipur. The fort that was once ruled by Maharaj Jai Singh I was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 and has many edifices to witness. The major attractions of Amer Fort are its winter and summer places along with entrance gates (Pol) amongst which the most decorated one is Ganesh Pol.

Famous For: Architecture, History, Photography

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Time Taken to Explore: 1.5 – 2 hours

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Nahargarh Fort: A Perfect Picnic Spot Overlooking Jaipur City

Nahargarh Fort Jaipur

Constructed in the reign of Maharaj Jai Singh II as a formidable barrier, defending Jaipur against attacking enemies, Nahargarh Fort is an important part of the history of the city. The impressive fort is situated on the ridge of the Aravalli Hills and today is a favourite spot for picnics. It offers a panoramic view of the city and looks absolutely stunning in the evening when flood lights lighten the fort up.

Famous For: Architecture, History, Photography

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Time Taken to Explore: 1 – 1.5 hours

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Jaigarh Fort: Home to the Largest Cannon in the World

Jaigarh Fort Jaipur Rajasthan

Clearly visible from Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur draws the attention of every tourist and local alike. Constructed on the orders of Maharaj Jai Singh II, the fort was built to store arms and ammunition for the wars. The main attraction of Jaigarh Fort is the Jaivana Cannon, which is the largest cannon in the world. Other highlights in the fort include the lattice work windows that offer the bird-eye views of the surroundings. Vilas Mandir, Aram Mandir, Laxmi Vilas and Lalit Mandir are also the attractions in Jaigarh Fort to see.

Famous For: Architecture, History, Photography, Weapons

Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Time Taken to Explore: 45 minutes – 1 hour

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Jantar Mantar: One of the Oldest Observatories in the World

Jantar Mantar Jaipur

There’s absolutely no one who is unaware of the fame of Jantar Mantar. Situated in the heart of the city, it is one of the most interesting places to visit in Jaipur. Jantar Mantar is one of the oldest astronomical observatories featuring the world’s largest stone sundial. It is also one of the world’s largest observatories and has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, it is no longer used as a science centre but education activities, guided tours and music and light shows are organized here that attract a lot of tourists.

Famous For: Astronomy and Architecture

Timings: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Time Taken to Explore: 45 minutes – 1 hour

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Albert Hall Museum: The Oldest Museum in Rajasthan

Albert Hall Museum

As an architecture connoisseur and art lover in Jaipur, you’ll love your visit to Albert Hall Museum. It is the oldest museum in Rajasthan and functions as the state museum. The first thing you’ll notice about Albert Hall is its Indo-Saracenic architecture that looks even more charming when it is lit up in the evening.

The museum has a rich collection of artifacts that include paintings, jewellery, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works in crystal that belong to the Gupta, Kushan, Delhi Sultanate, Mughal and British periods. The main attraction of the Albert Hall Museum is an Egyptian mummy.

Famous For: Architecture, History, Photography

Timings: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Time Taken to Explore:  1-2 hours

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Galta Ji Temple: Popular for its Unique Location and an Army of Monkeys

Galta Ji Temple

While there are many temples in Jaipur to visit, Galta Ji stands out for its architecture and unique location between narrow crevices in the ring of hills that surrounds the city. The temple is situated 10 km from Jaipur and belongs to Hindu ascetics of the Vaishnava Ramanuja sect.

Galta Ji is also popularly known as a Monkey Temple because of the large number of monkeys present on the temple premises, who are by the way unafraid to take prasad from people’s hands. Apart from this, a major attraction of Galta ji is a natural spring, which emerges from the hill and fills a series of sacred kunds (water tanks) in which pilgrims bathe.

Famous For: Architecture, Pilgrimage, Photography

Timings: Monday to Friday 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Time Taken to Explore:  45 minutes

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Birla Temple: A Modern White Marble Marvel 

Birla Mandir Jaipur

Another religious site in Jaipur that catches the eyes of the tourists is Birla Temple or Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Situated at the base of Moti Dungri in south Jaipur, the Birla Temple is popular for its exquisite carvings done on white marbles, and is thus widely acclaimed as a marble marvel. The main attractions of Birla Temple are the images of Laxmi and Narayan, carved from one piece of marble.

Famous For: Architecture & Pilgrimage

Timings:  5:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Time Taken to Explore:  45 minutes – 1 hour

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Johri Bazar: A Shopper’s Paradise for Jewellery, Clothes, and Mojaris

Johri Bazar

After you’re done with all the sightseeing in Jaipur, it is time to indulge in some retail therapy. And the best place to go for shopping in Jaipur is Johri Bazar.

Located near Hawa Mahal, Johri Bazar as the name suggests (Johri = jeweller) is where you can go for shopping for jewellery and artefacts. One of the oldest markets in Jaipur, Johri bazar has lanes abuzz of vendors selling jewellery made from gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and silver. Each piece is crafted to represent the typical ‘Thewa’ and ‘Kundan’ jewellery, a specialty of Rajasthan.

The market is also an ideal place to shop for lehengas, exquisite Mojaris or Jutis (leather sandals), and sarees in colourful and traditional Bandhej and shimmering stonework. One can also buy the tie-dye material and fabric in Johri Bazar, for which Rajasthan is quite famous.

Famous For: Shopping

Timings:  10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Time Taken to Explore:  1-2 hours

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Chokhi Dhani: A Glimpse into the Authentic Rajasthani Food & Culture

Chokhi Dhani

We saved the best for the last. Now that you’re done with sightseeing and shopping in Jaipur, it is time to treat yourself with some authentic Rajasthani food and get an experience of the rich culture & traditions of Rajasthan and be greeted with the native hospitality at Chokhi Dhani.

A popular tourist place to visit in Jaipur, Chokhi Dhani is a luxury resort that has created a rustic set up giving a feel of villages of Rajasthan. The resort holds mini-village fairs occasionally and also offers luxury accommodation. Even if you are not staying in the resort, you can still visit and enjoy the traditional food that they offer.

Famous For: Food and Stay

Time Taken to Explore:  1-2 hours

Jaipur is a city for every type of holiday – family vacation, honeymoon, group outing, and solo travel. One can surely find something of their interest, and this blog is an example of it. Do let us know in the comment box, if you want more Jaipur tour details and we’d be happy to help. You can also plan your Jaipur trip with us and choose from our wide range of Rajasthan holiday packages. To get more details, call us or drop an email.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is the best way to reach Jaipur?

Jaipur is well-connected with airways, railways, and roadways. According to your convenience, you can choose any of these three means of transport to reach Jaipur.

Q.Which is the best place for shopping in Jaipur?

Jaipur has many options for shopaholics. Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazar, Nehru Bazar and Bapu Bazar are the best places for shopping in Jaipur.

Q.What can we do in Jaipur at night?

One can head to Amber Fort to see the Light & Sound Show, explore Jawahar Circle Garden, and even head to Masala Chowk to savour delicious food.

Q.What is the best time to visit Jaipur?

October to March is considered as the best time to visit Jaipur as the weather remains pleasant. One can also be a part of several festivals that are hosted in this city like Jaipur Literature Fest (in January) and Holi and Elephant Festival (in Mach).

Q.Is Jaipur safe for solo female travellers?

Yes, Jaipur is considered a safe place for solo female travellers. However, it is advised to stay alert at a new place and practice caution all the time just like you do in any other travel destination.

Published: 04 Nov, 2020

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.