Jaipur Sightseeing – In a Day

Jaipur – Pink City of India is rich in culture, art and heritage. City boasts of some beautiful forts of India like Amer Fort and Nahargarh Fort. But to the travellers who want to explore beyond these forts, Jaipur Sightseeing offers lots of other exciting opportunities as well.

When we started chalking out an itinerary for our travel to Jaipur, we began to look for places apart from the famous forts of Jaipur. And believe us, we found so many options. Most of them are within the city limits but there are a quite few for which you need to travel a little further away from the pink city. If you are interested in spending more than just a day, we bring to you an array of places for Jaipur sightseeing that will keep your travel bug excited and hopefully satiated as well at the end:-).

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Amer Fort

This majestic fort was built by Raja Man Singh and later lots of additions were done to it by Sawai Jai Singh I. Though built by the Rajput Kings, fort showcases great influence of the Mughal architecture. Situated at distance of about 10 KM from the city of Jaipur, this fort requires at least 3-4 hours to cover its history and magnificence. There are huge cobbled ramparts which lead you to the fort. Once you step in, you are welcome by the huge courtyard where lies the temple dedicated to Shila Devi – a form of Kali. It is said that the idol was built from the same stone as the DakshinaKali idol from the famous temple of Bengal. When the kingdom was thriving, human sacrifice was suppose to be practiced here, which was then replaced with animal sacrifices which gradually ceased to exist. Today the pilgrims from far lands come to offer drinks and wine to the Goddess…

Majestic Amer Fort.
Majestic Amer Fort.

Fort comprises of lots of sections like Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas etc…Each structure has a story to tell and craftsmanship to admire. Fort overlooks the Maota Lake which used to be the main source of water in the Amer palace.

Opposite the fort, lies a watch tower which provides you with some amazing views and shots. If you are up for a little effort and adventure, you should definitely try and visit it. Climb up the 400 stairs and witness some exemplary views from atop. Believe us, you won’t be disappointed at the end. Jaipur sightseeing is not complete without visiting this fort.

Amer was the original capital of the state which then shifted to Jaipur.

Jaigarh Fort

Connected by an underground passage to the Amer fort, this fort was built to provide refuge to the royals during the war times. There is a secret passage that was used by the royals to enter this fort. This was built by Raja Jai Singh II to protect the Amer fort and hence bears his name. Situated over the Aravalli hills, this fort overlooks Amer fort and provides some great views. But fort has not been maintained well in the recent times and a lot of it is in ruins. Nevertheless it is worth a visit if you are in the area. Its enroute Nahargarh fort, a diversion along the route leads you to the Jaigarh Fort.

Nahargarh Fort

One of the queens' chamber at Nahargarh Fort
One of the queens’ chamber at Nahargarh Fort

Along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh, Nahargarh formed the strong defence for the city of Jaipur. Originally designed as a retreat palace, this fort built by Raja Jai Singh is situated at the top of the Aravalli hills. This fort houses some sections which still showcase the colorful artwork on the ceiling and the walls of the palace. There are 12 similar sections for the queens of Jaipur with one main suite for the King. All the sections are interconnected by the corridors forming the alleys which are hard to identify. City of Amer is situated at the base of the fort and hence one gets to see the huge expanse of Jaipur city from the fort . Nahargarh forms an intricate part of the Jaipur sightseeing providing you with ample opportunities of creating some amazing travel moments. The sunset view from this fort will definitely make up for one such moment in your travel list.

Hawa Mahal

An inside view of Hawa Mahal
An inside view of Hawa Mahal

“Palace of Winds” – this beautiful palace is built with red sandstone. Designed like the crown of Lord Vishnu, this is built very artistically. It is said to have hundreds of windows or Jharokhas (as called in the local language). All the Jharokhas are decorated very intricately giving it majestic look but apart from that they also served couple of important purpose. One – it used to provide the royal women to witness the festivities celebrated in the street below without being seen and two – it used to allow the cool air to pass through making the surrounding area pleasant. Situated in the very busy street of Bapu bazaar, this is one of the famous tourist attractions of Jaipur. Though we always get to see amazing external views of Hawa Mahal, but its interior is also very rich.

City Palace

One of the entrance gates at City Palace, Jaipur
One of the entrance gates at City Palace, Jaipur

One of the most visited places in Jaipur is the city palace. Palace was built when the capital of the state was shifted from Amer to Jaipur by Sawai Jai Singh II. It’s yet another architectural marvel which is awe inspiring. Palace comprises of some beautiful sections like diwan-e-aam, diwan-e-khas, chandra mahal, mubarak mahal etc..

Jantar Mantar

Sundial at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur.
Sundial at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur.

Astrological and Mathematical marvel of India, it was designed and built by Sawai Jai Singh II. It is said that the Maharaja was a learned man and an astrologer who put great importance to these scientific structures. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and boats of the largest sundial in the world. You get amazed knowing all the workings and the calculations that go behind the astronomical instruments built there. Though it might not provide you with some amazing photography moments, but it definitely keeps in awe.

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal in the middle of Man Sagar Lake
Jal Mahal in the middle of Man Sagar Lake

This “water palace” is situated in the midst of Man Sagar Lake. It is 5-storey building, of which 4 storeys are said to be beneath water and only 1 storey is visible usually. Interestingly the lower floors are still intact and pretty decent condition. Overall the mahal is in ruins and is not open to the public as of now. But there is restoration work going on and it is said that soon it is going to be converted to a hotel. Even though one cannot go to the palace, but it still stands tall amidst the serenity of the lake and provides beautiful sunset frames.

Patrika Gate

Entrance of Patrika Gate
Entrance of Patrika Gate

One of the most photographed monument of India – Patrika Gate is a treat to the eyes. Built recently, it was opened to public in the year 2016 and since then it has garnered ample attention from the tourists and travellers around the world. It is situated in Jawahar circle and has a huge garden situated right behind it. The entrance of the monument is a beautiful pink building while the interiors of this place just blow away your mind. The whole place is adorned with superbly beautiful artwork which depict stories from Indian history. The play of colors is vibrant and full of life. You just cant get enough of the place. Its every travellers dream to capture the amazing beauty of this gate. You can just walk by to this place but just keep in mind that if you want to avoid the hordes of visitors, go early morning by 7-8 AM or so.

Gatore ki Chhatriyan

Aerial view of Gatore ki Chhatriyan.
Aerial view of Gatore ki Chhatriyan.

These are cenotaphs of the royals of Jaipur. Each chhatri there is a tribute to a Maharaja who once rules the thriving kingdom of Jaipur. The structures are dome shaped, inspired by Indo-Islamic architecture. These beautiful chhatris are located in the valley situated in the Aravalli hills, at the base of Nahargarh Fort. The whole atmosphere there is pretty sombre. Intricately carved towers and structures around, provide you with amazing photography opportunities. Just besides this place, is Garh Ganesh Temple which is a situated atop a hill. If you are in a for a little extra effort, you climb 365 stairs to reach the temple !!! Views from up above are really great and you get an aerial view of “Gatore ki Chhatriyan” from there.

Galtaji Temple

One of the temple complex at Galtaji
One of the temple complex at Galtaji

Situated at a distance of about 10KM, this is a hindu pilgrimage site. The temple is between the narrow valley and with the setting of Aravalli hills in the backdrop, it forms a very beautiful sight. There is series of temple complexes in the compound and each of them adorns some beautiful artwork. The walls of the temple showcase some amazing play of colors depicting legends from the hindu scriptures. There is a also a natural spring which emerges from somewhere in the mountains and is considered sacred. The water from this spring gets stored in a kund there and thousands of people visit the place to take a dip in it. The place boasts of some splendid landscapes and invites you for an amazing photography session while you are on Jaipur Sightseeing.

Albert Hall Museum

It is a museum which showcases historical art and artefacts. Right from paintings, sculptures, coins from earlier reigns – museum does a good job in keeping you engaged. In general it will take you couple of hours to visit the place but if you a history buff and are really interested in knowing the history behind each artefact then you while away a lot of time here. Architecture of the building generates a lot of interest and this is yet another structure which is visited and photographed a lot during Jaipur Sightseeing. It provides with some amazing frames to capture.

With these options in your kitty, you can now plan your complete circuit of Jaipur Sightseeing. Pick and Choose the places according to your interests. You are not going to be disappointed when your visit either of these.

Happy Travelling !!

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