Sitting on the edge of the Thar Desert and fringed by the Aravalli Hills, Jaipur city is the first choice of tourists who want to explore the heritage & traditional India. The Pink City will have you fall in love with it instantly. From spicy street food to the best places to visit, here’s what to do when in Jaipur.
Witness the glorious light & sound show at Amber Fort
Located a little above the ground on a rocky hill, the iconic Amber Fort will entice you with its sheer size and majestic architecture. To make the experience even more spectacular, watch the light and sound show held here every evening that brings alive the history of the fort in an amazing manner.
Shopping at walled city
Nothing can beat the experience of shopping in the colorful bazaars of Jaipur. Welcoming shopkeepers, and affordable & dainty stuff to shop make the markets a must-visit. Grab an e-rickshaw to switch from one market to another as finding a cab or driving your car and finding a spot to park is quite a task here.
Trek your way to Nahargarh Fort
Put on your sports shoes and stir up your adventurous spirit to visit the majestic Nahargarh Fort of Jaipur on foot! You can go all the way up by car but to make this experience a little more adventurous, go up the hill while trekking. A little piece of advice: plan your visit around the sunset because TBH, I’ve never seen a better sunset than from the Nahargarh Fort.
Explore the timeless Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar
The most famous landmarks of Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, City Palace & Jantar Mantar are all situated near one another. Hawa Mahal was designed for the royal ladies to watch everyday life & festivals celebrated on the streets without being seen by the public. City Palace is also a treasure to explore. A part of it serves as the residence of Jaipur’s royal family even today. You can also visit Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, where you can see the royal garments worn by the erstwhile kings of Jaipur. After visiting the palaces, discover the ancient world of astronomy at Jantar Mantar which is situated right behind Hawa Mahal.
Treat Yourself to the Best of Rajasthani Cuisine in Jaipur
Jaipur aaye aur Chokhi Dhani nahi gaye to kya kiya! Every trip to Jaipur is incomplete without visiting Chokhi Dhani. In this ethnic-themed resort, you can experience Rajasthan’s rural lifestyle and culture, replete with folk dances, puppet shows, arts and crafts, music, and more. Rajasthani delicacies served here are a must-try.
Watch a Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema
Or should I say the MAJESTIC RAJ MANDIR CINEMA. Identical to the Grauman’s Chinese Movie Theatre in Hollywood, California, it certainly lives up to its image as one of the most remarkable cinemas in India. While visiting Jaipur, one must visit this theatre to relive the blend of modern and classy theatre experience.
Pay your respects at the famous Jaipur temples
Jaipur’s temples are no less than architectural wonders. Be it Birla Mandir, Govind Dev Ji temple, ISCKON Temple, or Akshardham Temple, all of these will leave you mesmerized.
Go on a street food trail
Okay, I know Jaipur isn’t famous for street food, but hey, nothing can beat street food here. Here’s a quick list of some of the amazing street food items worth digging into while in Jaipur:
Kachori (Rawat Mishthan Bhandar)
Bun Samosa (Gulab ji Chai)
Jaipur Omelet (Indian Coffee House)
Jalebi (Bhagat Misthan Bhandar)
Rabri Ghevar (Laxmi Mishtaan Bhandar)
For other general things like Pav Bhaji & Dabeli, you can visit the small stalls near SBI Bank, Chaura Rasta.