One of the most exquisite city embodied by the rich culture and a numerical of marvelous monuments is the pink city of Jaipur.
Jaipur is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan in India. This beautiful city is quite popular for it’s ethnic jewellery, traditional handicrafts and mostly for the traditional Rajasthani cuisine.
This place has a great historic importance and therefore is also known as the ‘Old City’. This spectacular city is also one of the favourite destinations of honeymoon couples.
Top places to visit in Jaipur:
1. Jal Mahal:
One of the most magnificent and unique sites in Jaipur is the Jal Mahal. The Jal Mahal meaning the ‘Water Palace’ is a floating palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake.
This palace is a five storied building out of which four floors usually remain underwater and you only get the view of the top floor.
The Jal Mahal depicts Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. This palace is not open for visitors. However, you can hop into a boat and move around the lake to get a close view of this picturesque palace.
2. Hawa Mahal:
Hawa Mahal meaning the ‘Palace of breeze’ consists of red and pink sandstone and stands tall in the city of Jaipur.
This spectacular palace depicts the Hindu Rajput architecture. The Hawa Mahal was built in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who was the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.
This palace is the landmark of the city of Jaipur. You can visit the Hawa Mahal from 9:00am onwards till 4:30pm; the palace remains closed on Friday and Saturday.
Entry fees for Indians is Rs 10/- per head while for foreigners it is Rs 50/- per head.
3. Jantar Mantar:
Jantar Mantar is one of the major attractions in the city if Jaipur. This monument is a World Heritage Site attracting tourists from all over the world.
Currently, there are four Jantar Mantar in India out of which the one in Jaipur is the largest consisting of many instruments and the world’s largest stone sundial.
The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is a group of 19 astronomical instruments. The meaning of Jantar Mantar is literally ‘calculating instruments’. The timings to visit Jantar Mantar are from 9:00am to 5:00pm on all days of the week.
The entry fees are Rs 50/- per head for Indians and Rs 200/- per head for foreigners. For Indian students the entry fee is Rs 15/- per head and for foreign students it is Rs 100/- per head.
4. Birla Mandir:
Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple in the city of Jaipur out of the many Birla Mandirs in India. This temple was constructed in the year 1988 by the B.M Birla Foundation and is built out of merely white marble.
The Birla Mandir is a very popular pilgrimage destination surrounded by lush green gardens in the city of Jaipur. This magnificent looking temple is originally known as the ‘Laxmi Narayana Mandir’.
You can visit the Birla Mandir from 8am to 12pm and again from 4pm to 8pm on all days of the week. Entry fee is Rs 150/- per head.
5. Albert Hall Museum:
The Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan. This museum stands tall in the Ram Niwas garden in the city of Jaipur and depicts intricate Indo-Saracenic architecture.
The museum has a rich collection of paintings, jewelleries and sculptures including an Egyptian mummy which is the main attraction of this museum.
The timings to visit this museum are from 9am to 5pm on all week days. The entry fees for Indian is Rs 40/- while for the foreigners it is Rs 300/-. However for Indian students the entry fee is Rs 20/- while that for foreign students is Rs 150/-.
Must eat food items in Jaipur:
While you are in the pink city of Jaipur, you must definitely try out the following mouthwatering traditional food dishes of Jaipur at the famous places. These places will offer you with richest and the most delicious flavours.
1. Daal Baluchi at Baluchi Restaurant
2. Pyaz Kachori at Rawat
3. Rajasthani Thali at Chokhi Dhani Village Resort
4. Chicken Lollipop at Niro’s
5. Paalak Paneer & Missi Roti at Sharma Dhabha
6. Hibiscus Ice Tea at Tapri
7. Penne Pasta & Cheese Cake at Anokhi Café
8. Lassi at Lassiwala
9. Laal Maans at Handi
10. Omelet at Sanjay Omelette
Best time to visit Jaipur:
The ideal time to visit Jaipur is in the winter season from November to January. Though summers in Jaipur are dry but the temperature is extremely hot and the heat is unbearable.
While in the rainy season there are heavy rains and the surface is wet which is not suitable for traveling around the city.
How to reach?
Airways– The city of Jaipur has it’s own airport at Sangenar and has both domestic and international terminals. It is well connected to all the major cities around the world and a number of airlines operate here daily. You can conveniently hire a taxi from the airport to reach your desired destination.
Roadways– Traveling by roadways in a bus is the most comfortable and budget friendly option. A number of buses are plying to and fro from Jaipur on a daily basis and is the route is well connected to all the major cities. Air-conditioned and deluxe buses are also available for a more comfortable trip.
Railways– You can travel to the city of Jaipur via express train like the Shatabdi express, an air-conditioned train and other such popular train options. The rail route is connects to all the important cities of the nation.
Now when you know how to reach Jaipur, what to eat, which places to explore, a trip to this pink city of Jaipur is something that you must definitely add on to your travel list.