Fondly referred to as the ‘Pink City’ owing to the pink walls and monuments painted during the regime of Sawai Ram Singh to welcome Edward, the Prince of Wales in 1876. Jaipur with its mighty forts & palaces, lively bazaars, and vibrant culture attracts millions of visitors from around the globe including international royalties and celebrities. The major tourist attractions in Jaipur are the resplendent fortresses, which stand testimony to the elaborate Indo-Islamic architecture. Then there are sparkling palaces and havelis offering a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle and the penchant of royalty with arts and crafts.
From the recently UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site Amber Fort to the Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory) which again is a World Heritage Site and the majestic Hawa Mahal, there are plenty of attractions in Jaipur to keep even the fussy travelers on their toes.
Explore these top 12 tourist attractions in Jaipur on your next trip.
Jantar Mantar - An Open-Air Astronomical Observatory
Jaipur’s king, Maharaja Jai Singh II had a keen interest in astronomy, architecture, and philosophy, and that is the reason Jantar Mantar was built. Ranked amongst the largest observatories in the world, Jantar Mantar is a major tourist attraction in Jaipur and should not be missed. Another interesting thing is that it also houses the world’s largest sundial. Jantar Mantar is not just located in Jaipur but has 4 other locations in India. Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of those timeless places in Jaipur and the world.
Location: Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal - Honeycomb Shaped Architectural Beauty
Shaped like a honeycomb, Hawa Mahal is one of the top tourist attractions in Jaipur that you cannot afford to miss. Located on the bustling Jaipur street, Hawa Mahal is known for its brilliant architectural work and latticework on the 953 jharokhas or windows. Also, remember there are no stairways and only ramps can be used to move from one floor to another. Each floor has a temple but the name of this architectural marvel is taken from the Hawa Mandir located on the fifth floor. There is also a museum behind this structure you can visit for a peek into Jaipur’s royal history.
Location: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort - Offers Breathtaking Views of Jaipur
One of the magnificent forts not only in Jaipur but also in Rajasthan, Nahargarh Fort is a must-visit attraction for sunset lovers. The yellow and orange hues from this fort are spectacular. Apart from this, this majestic fort attracts a lot of history and architecture lovers due to its massive build and leaves them fascinated. For a memorable experience, you can enjoy a romantic dinner or a family dinner at the open-air Padao Restaurant from where you can enjoy mesmerizing views of Jaipur city.
Location: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort - An Evidence of Rajputs Valor
If you want to see the world’s largest cannon in the world, visit Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur. One of the most visited forts and amongst the top tourist places in Jaipur, it showcases the valor of Rajput kings and thus is called Victory Fort. It has also been a part of many direct and indirect famous historical wars. Jaigarh Fort is extremely fortified and is expanded over a distance of 3 km. It is located near Amer and Nahargarh Fort and can be easily reached by auto or taxi.
Location: Above Amber Fort, Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur
Birla Mandir - An Architectural Marvel in Jaipur
Built-in white marble with beautiful designs on its interiors as well as exteriors, Birla Mandir is a symbol of peace. There is a sanctorum in Birla Mandir Jaipur that houses the idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. This attracts masses of devotees and regular tourists locally as well as internationally. So, if you want to take the divine blessings of the god and goddess, Birla Temple in Jaipur should be one of the top best places to explore in Jaipur.
Location: Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Tilak Nagar, Jaipur
Amber Palace - Picturesque Views of Aravali Hills
One of the prime attractions of Jaipur, Amber Fort and Palace is one of the best historical forts in Rajasthan. Surrounded by picturesque Araali valley, the structure is so massive that it will take you around 2-3 to explore it. There is also a market inside the fort from where you can get souvenirs. Amber Fort in Jaipur takes you back in time and its design will leave you fascinated. The best way to explore the fort is to take an elephant ride to the top and enjoy the gorgeous views.
Location: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur
City Palace - Where the Royal Family Lives
City Palace is among the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur city that is also one of the most visited places. Known for its beautiful architecture, City Palace Jaipur is a complex of gardens, pavilions, palaces, and temples. At the entrance, you can get your pics clicked by photographers in Rajasthan turban for a memorable experience. City Palace also houses the world’s largest sterling silver vessels and is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Here, also get a chance to see the Rajput’s weaponry, attires, and artifacts at the City palace Museum.
Location: Tulsi Marg, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Jaipur
Albert Hall Museum - Oldest Museum of Rajasthan
One of the best ways to explore the culture of Jaipur is by visiting the Albert Hall Museum. Jewelry, pottery, sculptures, miniature paintings, clay works, ivory, wooden furniture, garments, musical instruments, and more can be seen at Albert Hall Museum. Also, there is an Egyptian Mummy inside the museum on which a survey was conducted back in 2011. The Indo-Saracenic architecture, plus the mural and Persian paintings on the corridors are worth seeing.
Location: Museum Road, Ram Niwas Garden, Kailash Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur
Jal Mahal - Hunting Lodge for Jaipur Kings
Your Jaipur city tour must include Jal Mahal. Located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal is a five-storey palace out of which four are completely submerged underwater. There are benches on the side of the road where you can sit and enjoy its views. Street vendors can be seen selling jewelry, puppets, and more. And the best part of this area is that you can click pictures with the beautifully decorated camels.
Location: Amer Rd, Jal Mahal, Amer, Jaipur
Panna Meena ka Kund - Historic Stepwell & Rainwater Catchment
Known for its unique architecture, Panna Meena ka Kund is a famous stepwell in Jaipur. Thousands of people visit here every year to admire this architectural wonder of India. The kund is over 200 feet deep and is filled with water throughout the year. Once used by locals as a source of water, Panna Meena ka Kund has become one of the famous tourist destinations in Jaipur. Also, an interesting thing about this spot is that the steps that take you down cannot be used for coming back up.
Location: Near Amer Fort, Jaipur
The Rustic Paths - A Ride to the Rural Jaipur Villages
Explore the rural side of Jaipur with The Rustic Paths. They offer you a chance to see how the rural community lives and have lived for generations like their ancestors. You will visit several villages and experience their culture and traditions. There are jeep day tours, night tours, etc. that give you an opportunity to choose whatever you like. You will be guided with the history behind all the famous places and viewpoints.
Jaipur Zoo - Home to Richest Fauna of Rajasthan
Built in the year 1868 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Jaipur Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in India. It was opened to the public in 1877. One of the best tourist attractions in Jaipur for kids, Jaipur Zoo is home to the richest fauna of Rajasthan and is said to be the largest zoo and finest sanctuaries in the state. Also, Jaipur Zoo is no. 4 on the largest gharial breeding farm in the country. The best time to visit Jaipur Zoo is between October and March to witness 71 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Location: Sawai Ram Singh Rd, Ram Niwas Garden, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur