Jaipur, a city synonymous with resplendent royalty, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Indian subcontinent. It is an important alcove of the golden triangle (Jaipur,-Delhi – Agra) and retells vibrant tales of valor and romance. Famously known as “The Pink City” of India, it gracefully unveils a rich layer of history and architecture beneath the flurry that comes with being the capital city of Rajasthan. With every street flaunting a visual feast, one cannot help but fall deeply in love with this city’s quaint beauty, the flamboyant celebrations that revive its inhabitants and the rich heritage it proudly boasts.
A jewel of northern India, it is inexcusable to miss out on everything Jaipur presents with charming vanity, that you will be seduced into a sense of comfort and strangely will find yourself feeling nostalgic as if you were a part of the city in its brilliance centuries ago. Let us guide you around Jaipur’s innumerable attractions.
1. Palace Hop Across the City
The capital city of Rajasthan brags some of the grandest palaces you will come across in the state. The vast City Palace complex, the beautiful Hawa Mahal with it’s 953 intricately carved windows, the Jal Mahal with its tranquil reflections and much more, you can easily discern how prosperous the Rajput Royalty was and the prerogative they placed on art in everyday life. Definitely, a jaw-dropping sight, the palaces will leave you breathless.
2. Pay Your Respects at Gaitore
At Gaitore, 15 km from Jaipur, there is a solemn display of Royal Cenotaphs where the Rajput Kings and their families were laid to rest. Amidst elaborately carved and crafted cenotaphs, there is a solemn allure about the royal crematorium that you cannot help but cherish with a sense of grief. Harmoniously blending Mughal and Hindu architecture, it is terribly easy to lose track of time as you admire the various tombs in the premises. The dignified marble tomb of Jai Singh II draws your attention with its fantastic design and charm.
3. Read a Book at Chand Baori
A mere two hours away, situated at a distance of 95 km away from Jaipur is the splendid step well – Chand Baori. As one of the deepest step wells in India, it flourishes 100ft deep into the earth and captivates your imagination. Constructed as a tribute to the Goddess of Joy and Happiness, this well was a picturesque location for community gathering during times of intense heat in the village. The air is 6 degrees cooler than the surface towards the bottom and lulls you into a relaxing ambiance, perfect for that book you’ve put away.
4. Experience the Son Et Lumière at Amber Fort
Are you interested in a quick, entertaining recap of the glorious legends of Rajasthan? Look no further, the Rajasthan tourism industry has cleverly introduced a sound and light (Son et lumière) show at the Amber Fort that will leave you mesmerized with fables, folklore, feats of bravery and tales of prosperity that will revive the marvels of Amber. Set in a fantastic location amidst the daunting Amber fort, its adjoining palaces and accompanied by rolling hills in the background, the Son et lumière is a sight worth beholding.
5. Take a Ride on a Hot Air Balloon
Amidst the tranquil attractions of Jaipur, the city opens its heart to adventure enthusiasts as well! Jaipur’s thrilling hot air balloon rides give you an opportunity to witness the marvels of the city like no royalty ever has, with a racing heart and a surge of exhilaration. These rides over the pink city will give you an incredible bird’s eye view of the intelligently planned city and building designs incorporated by Royal Rajputs, imprinting an image in your mind that is bound to refresh your excitement when recalled.
6. Learn Block Printing Of Fabrics
Bagru, a historic city tucked away 30kms from Jaipur, is known for beautiful wooden block prints Rajasthan is so acclaimed for. Here, you can participate in workshops that are themed around block printing of fabrics and get up close and personal with artisans who toil to create a fabric that brings life to its surroundings. Therapeutic and meditative, these traditions are carried over from 100 years, offering much to learn while you let your creative alter ego take control.
7. Celebrate the Kite Festival in Jaipur
On the auspicious day of Makara Sankranti, various communities in India celebrate the transition of the Sun by flying Kites. And this festival is best experienced in Jaipur, where the kites fly high with dignified palaces in the backdrop. Even if you are faced with a lack of expertise in flying kites (like me!), you can drink in the beautiful display of colors in the horizon of the city that knows how to celebrate a festival with vigor.
8. Ranthambore National Park
Located at a mere 3 hours away from Jaipur, Ranthambore national park lounges amidst a serene landscape and hosts one of largest tiger populations in India. From lush greenery to austere forts, this national park serves you the best of wild Rajasthan making it a must for any wildlife enthusiast. Exquisite lakes and the thrilling safari rides give you a peek into the lives of our fellow inhabitants in Rajasthan.
9. A Retreat to the Galtaji Temple
The Aravalli Hills situated 10 km from Jaipur, consists of a 16th century Galtaji temple surrounded by tranquil natural springs and waterfalls, most often visiting by happy macaques which is the reason for its colloquial name “Monkey Temple”. This site has been revered by Hindus for centuries with its beautifully carved pillars and painted walls; you will find yourself at peace with your surroundings. Calm reflections over quiet water tanks of the soothing landscape lull you into a sense of harmony.
10. Witness the Elephant Festival Followed By an Explosion of Colors
The humble Indian elephant always manages to bring a smile to my face, with its gentle demeanor and its royal persona. The Elephant Festival is one of the numerous festivals celebrated in Jaipur that literally adds hues of happiness to the city, especially since it coincides with the festival of colors – “Holi”. Bedecked with jewelry and trinkets, the gentle elephants make their way across the city showering its inhabitants with color, bringing back bygone eras of royalty. How else can you want to celebrate Holi once you’ve been a part of this explosion of colors on all you senses?
Jaipur will leave you feeling drunk with Joy, elated by its immense heritage. You must get yourself here and witness the treasures it offers to you on a platter.