You all will be well aware of the name Jaipur aka “Pink City”. The capital of India’s largest state is the destination of delicious Ghevar, Dal Bati Churma and Onion Kachori. As soon as you hear the name, it must have been a fascinating sight in your mind, right?
It is my dream city. As I heard a lot about it from my parents and sister already visited it.
The city is said to have been painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales and since then it has come to be known as the Pink City. The first name that will come to your mind in the sights of Jaipur will be Hawa Mahal but, the city has many beautiful places to visit with your family & friends.
The beautiful pink city has forts and hills, was the stronghold of a clan of Jaipur rulers and the series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the city, the markets of Jaipur sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other goods.
Jaipur is famous for Rajasthani jewellery, clothes and shoes, the clothes, jewellery and shoes found here all reflect the culture of Rajasthan, the texture of shoes and clothes here is completely different, which you will understand as soon as you see it. This charming city with its romantic charm also brings you an era of royalty and tradition.
I have three days to explore the Jaipur with Family. They are so many forts but we have chosen few from them. As we do not want to exhaust ourselves and we have kids with us . They can’t walk fort to fort so we want our trip memorable not torture.
How to reach to Jaipur
Jaipur to Delhi is easy way to go. You can travel to Jaipur in three modes of transport.
Jaipur By train : From Delhi, Shatabdi Express is best as it is only four hours away. It has less stop and food is available too.
Jaipur by bus: Budget friendly is local government buses to Jaipur but, I will not suggest you as it is dusty and hot . If you really want to go from bus you can opt for government air conditioned luxury buses.
Jaipur by Car/own transport: Delhi connects to Jaipur via the National Highway 48(NH-48) which goes through Gurgaon. From Delhi, you can reach Jaipur with 5-6 hours of drive 280 KMs. We have gone through our car.
Time to visit Jaipur
I will not suggest you to visit Jaipur In summer. It is very hot ,dusty in summer . Best time to visit Jaipur from November till February.
So, let’s have a look at those beautiful places that I’ve visited recently with my family-
Hawa Mahal is iconic place in Jaipur. Hawa mahal means wind palace because of so many windows in palace. It has 953 windows which are known as “Jharokaas”. It was made for the women of the Palace so they can enjoy the view of Jaipur without being seen. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.
The best views can be found opposite the palace from The Wind view Café. Its food is really bad to order.
Amer Fort or Amber Fort
There are so many forts in Jaipur but You should not miss Amer Fort. It is built by Raja Man Singh I, this palace is made of red sandstone and marble. The fort has the world’s third longest wall going around it after Kumbhalgarh & Great Wall of China.
It has four part , each with a courtyard. The interiors embrace Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khas, the Sheesh Mahal and the Sukh Niwas.
Sheesh Mahal – the Best part of Amer Fort
Sheesh Mahal also known as mirror palace. It is the exalted art work of architecture built with beautiful precious stones and intricate glass. It is said that King built this for queen as candles were lit in the room at night, their reflection showed in the mirrors and it looked like the ceiling mirrors were stars and whole hall lit up. You can’t entered the hall ,it is restricted.
You can have royal treatment by having Elephant ride.
Ganesh Pol Entrance
It is so colourful and beautiful. Its not any other paint but it is painted with natural ingredients like vegetables ,flowers, dye and fruits juices. You will surprise to see it.
Bajirao Mastani the famous song from the movie ‘Mohe Rang Do Laal’ was shot in Amer Palace, Jaipur.
Jodha Akbar movies scenes are shot in Amer fort,Rajasthan.
The Amer fort entry fee is INR 25 per person for an Indian national.
Timing : 8.30 a.m to 5:30 p.m
I will advice you, If you are Amer Fort then you should have a Guide. It is must because It has so much to know. You will be surprise to know all about it and its difficult to explain in blog. When you are there you can feel it and more mesmerize with its architecture , stories.
The famous fort of Jaipur city is popular among the people as a picnic spot.A cycling expedition in a beautiful Pink morning of the city will lead one to Nahargarh. From here you will be able to see the view of Jaipur and Amer city, but its beauty comes very brightly at night. Not only the view here is beautiful, but the existing restaurant in the fort is also the center of attraction among the people. Wax Museum is also a part of the place to visit here.
The famous song from the movie, ‘Masti ki Pathshala’ was shot at the Nahargarh Fort of Jaipur.
It is 4 km away from Jaipur. You can reach here auto and taxis via Delhi-Jaipur highway. It is according to its name Jal mahal meaning place floating in water. No visitor is allowed to go in palace. Earlier boating was allowed but now it is banned as it is said it can be collapse anytime and anyone can be hurt while exploring the palace.
It is Situated right in the middle of Mansagar Lake, this fort was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II mainly as a hunting base. But it has become famous among the people for one reason which is the glimpse of migratory birds. You will be able to make your trip memorable by seeing many beautiful birds here. You will feel a sense of peace by walking on long roads. I feel this place should be signified for freedom, as you can see the migrated bird. Open sky above and water below with Royal palace in middle which look so astonished.
Jal mahal has nothing to explore but you can enjoy the view. On the pavement local vendor sell duppatta , lakh chudiyan, jewellery, colourful embroidery umbrellas, craft materials . Even I bought some bangles from here. Your eyes will not stopping wondering about that beautiful colourful stuff here.
This is the most famous market of Jaipur for buying traditional items of Rajasthan. In the heart of Jaipur, this market is situated between Sanganer Gate to New Gate. Rajasthani juttis, colourful dupattas, jackets, Bandhani saris/dupattas, block print Bedsheet and kurtas, home decors, puppets etc. will attract you immensely. You will not be able to live without buying them as their prices are also reasonable. From Rajasthani clothes to handicrafts and some precious stones will also be seen being sold.
You should be good bargainer as there quotes are very high of their actual cost just double.
If you want to taste Rajasthani food and enjoy culture of Rajasthan then visiting Choki Dhani is must.
If you want to get acquainted with the rural environment of Rajasthan, then this is for you. Here you will get an opportunity to see Rajasthani folk songs, folk dances, puppet plays every evening. You will get drawn in the colours here and want to give all your time to it. The twinkling lights illuminate it at night. Choki dhani food is the yummiest, you can have it as much as you like. They serve it with love . You will find your thali with plenteous of dishes.
You must visit this place on time so you don’t miss anything and enjoyed at your fullest. My kids enjoyed a lot .
You must also visit City Palace. I have limited time to explore Jaipur. The Mubarak Mahal is a part of Museum which has collection of royal clothing and artefacts.
Timings- Open from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price- Ticket for museum and Mubarak Mahal 130 INR
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