The land of Maharajas – Jaipur

The ancient architecture of Jaipur. Now turned into a museum.

Jaipur, or the Pink City, is not just an ordinary city to visit. It is full of breathtaking landscapes, architecture and delicious food. Pink City as it sounds, denotes the pink-hued architecture. The city was founded by the great astronomer and warrior, Maharaja Jai Singh II.

The list of places to visit can be as long as someone wishes to stay and enjoy the historic architecture. It offers architecture with a mixture of mesmerizing landscapes that no one can imagine in desert land (as we all consider Rajasthan to be). However, after reading this blog, you will know the best places to visit in Jaipur that will make your trip memorable. We have filtered out the places ideal for every season, and you will not be disappointed. However, depending on the season, the hierarchy of the list can be modified.

Explore the land of Maharaja- Jaipur

View from the Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
City lights view from the Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort- Situated at 700 meters above sea level, Nahargarh Fort is the best place to visit in Jaipur. The fort offers historic showpieces and a great view of the city. It is one of the highest forts in Jaipur, interconnected to the Jaigarh and Amer Forts.

The majestic route to Nahargarh in itself is a melody for travellers. It offers a hill station-like feeling and would make you think if you are in Rajasthan. Even to add a cherry on the cake to the experience, Nahargarh Fort has a Padao restaurant at the top of the fort. You can take a tour of the fort and rest at the restaurant with good food. You can enjoy mouth-watering food.

The best time to visit Jaipur or Nahargarh specifically would be monsoons and winter. During and after the monsoon season, you can witness lush green mountains along with the city’s light view.

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort- Another fort from the UNESCO world heritage site is the Amer Fort. It is one of the biggest forts in Jaipur which offers great historical architecture, along with the best attraction point i.e., Sheesh Mahal. Sheesh is Mirror, and Mahal is Fort. The mirror fort, or the hall of mirrors is one of its kind. The forts will make you realize that whatever we think is luxury today is just a normal thing for Maharajas, they lived lives we could never imagine about.

With Maota Lake in front and an escalated pathway to the fort, it fascinates all the travellers passing by the fort. Right opposite the fort, there is a step staircase which leads to the city boundaries at the hilltop. For all the sunset or sunrise lovers, it is the ideal place to visit. Try to wrap up the tour of the fort in the daylight and the evening trek to the opposite boundary of the fort for witnessing the amazing sunset. However, it is recommended to head back to the city as soon as it starts to get dark (due to safety reasons).

Jal Mahal or the water palace, Jaipur

Jal Mahal- Gazing upon the ethereal beauty of the Jal Mahal, or the Water Palace, is an unforgettable experience. Located amidst the serene waters of Man Sagar Lake, this architectural masterpiece appears to float magically on the lake’s surface. Though, Udaipur is the ideal place for floating palaces if that is on your checklist. Get it ticked as Jaipur is no less than a complete package to complete your bucket list.

Though not open to the public, the sight of the Jal Mahal against the backdrop of the Aravalli hills during sunrise or sunset is breathtaking. Capture the moment and cherish the tranquillity it offers. Recently, the authority has started the night market at Jal Mahal which makes it an ideal place for travellers to stop and shop at the heritage site of Jaipur.

Jaigarh Fort- Standing tall on the Aravalli hills, Jaigarh Fort boasts remarkable architecture and historical significance. This fort once protected the Amer Fort and the city of Jaipur. Explore its impressive structures, including the world’s largest cannon on wheels, Jaivana, and admire the panoramic views of the Pink City from its vantage point. Jaigarh Fort is a treasure trove for history enthusiasts and offers a glimpse into the city’s royal past.

With most of the war weapons showcased at the fort one can get a deep dive into the history of Jaipur. The Jaivana, the world’s largest cannon, was used only once for testing purposes with 100 kg of gunpowder and travelled approx 35 km from the site. For history lovers, nothing can be a better place to visit in India than the Jaigarh Fort.

Hawa Mahal- The iconic Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds, is a symbol of Jaipur’s architectural brilliance. Its unique honeycomb-like façade adorned with intricately designed windows allowed the royal ladies to observe the bustling city without being seen.

Admire the stunning pink structure, which stands as a testament to Rajputana’s artistic finesse and craftsmanship. Also, to explore traditional Rajasthani apparel and jewellery you can shop at the Hawa Mahal market. Some of the key recommendations would be leather slippers, clothes and blue pottery.

Panna Meena Ka Kund- Tucked away in the Amer region, Panna Meena Ka Kund is a hidden gem awaiting discovery. This stepwell showcases impressive geometrical patterns and exquisite craftsmanship. Its symmetrical staircases and breathtaking architecture make it a haven for photographers and architecture enthusiasts alike.

City Palace- No visit to Jaipur is complete without exploring the grand City Palace. This sprawling palace complex is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, housing an impressive collection of artefacts and treasures from Jaipur’s royal heritage. Stroll through its ornate courtyards, visit the museums, and immerse yourself in the opulence of the bygone era.

Concluding the land of Maharajas- Jaipur

Jaipur, the land of Maharajas, offers a mesmerizing journey into Rajasthan’s regal past. From the architectural marvels of the Amer Fort to the unbelievable floating palace, Jal Mahal. Out from the city life hustle, you can even visit the oldest movie theatre, Raj Mandir which makes you feel no less than a royal family member.

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