On the way to Jaipur for a getaway? Learn about things to do, foods to try, and exciting places to explore
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From architectural wonders, opulent palaces to ancient forts, you’ll find enough exciting tourist spots in Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, to keep you busy for days. Read also – Rajasthan: 28-year-old man dies after blasting bluetooth headset in ear while studying
Jaipur Travel Guide – Things to Do, Foods to Try & Exciting Places to Explore
Check out some of the exciting places to explore in the Pink City here:
Considered one of the iconic tourist attractions, Amer Fort is located on a hill in Amer, 11 km from the main city of Jaipur. It was built using both Indian and Mughal styles of architecture. Do not miss the sound and light show which will make you discover the glorious history of Fort d’Amer and the city. Also Read – Ray of Hope: 60 Beggars in Jaipur Get Jobs After Receiving Vocational Training to Live ‘Life of Dignity’
It is another interesting tourist destination in this city. You can witness the unique combination of Indian and European architectural styles at the great fort of Nahargarh. Nahargarh means “home of the tigers”. Popular legend has it that Nahar Singh Bhomia was a prince of Rathore who was not satisfied with the construction of this fort on his land and therefore his spirit haunted the place. Later, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who built the fort, pacified his mind by dedicating the fort to his name. An amazing feature of this palace is the Madhavendra Bhawan which has 12 identical suites for queens. The suites were built in such a way that the Maharaja could visit any of the queen’s chambers without others finding out.
The magnificent City Palace was established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and served as the administrative and ceremonial seat of the royal family. Located in the heart of Jaipur, the palace is now a popular museum. The exotic palace complex boasts of grand courtyards, beautiful gardens, elaborate temples, and two main palaces – Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. Interestingly, the descendants of the royal family still reside in the Chandra Mahal. If luck smiles on you, you might as well see them!
The Hawa Mahal is considered the crown jewel of Jaipur. It was built in the late 1800s as an extension of the city palace and was used by female members of the royal family to observe the city without being seen. The striking design of the complex includes 953 small windows, sculpted with intricate lattices and resembling the honeycomb structure. It is a remarkable architectural gem and without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. In addition, there are also rooftop cafes adjacent to the building, from where you can have a breathtaking view of the Mahal.
Jaipur stepwell is worth a visit. Historically, step wells were built to collect water in times of drought. Today, they have become a major tourist attraction. It is located near Amer Fort and Amber Palace, and hence, you can easily explore all three attractions during your day.
Try these delicacies in Jaipur
If you like non-vegetarian food, especially chicken, then Al Bake is the place for you in Jaipur. From chicken shawarma to tikka, they have a wide variety on their menu. It is located on MI Road and their Kaathi Roll will make your tummy and pocket happy!
Pav bhaji stuffed with butter, do you like it? The freshly made spicy pav bhaji loaded with butter is also popular with locals and tourists here at Pandit’s located near the Birla Mandir. It is also easy on the pockets.
Omelette Sanjay located at Bapu Nagar in Japur is a popular restaurant that serves 20 different varieties of omelettes. Do you know who runs the food joint? It is directed by Sanjay Sharma who was one of the participants in the popular show – Masterchef India. Don’t miss their signature dishes – egg pizza and omelet masala.
Pyaaz Kachori in Rawat Mishthan Bhandar
Pyaaz Kachori is a must-try when it comes to foods to try in the Pink City. Try this delicacy at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar. It is actually a restaurant, but it is more popular as a mithai (candy) store. Besides serving pyaaz-kachori, they have nearly 50 other varieties of candy. Try them out and thank us later!
Street food at Masala Chowk
Put an end to your street food cravings at Masala Chowk in Jaipur. It’s a one stop shop for all your favorite street food. It is an open food court in the Ram Niwas Garden. From Samosa, Jalebi, Gol Gappa to Chole Bhature, this place has plenty of mouthwatering dining options.
Other things to do in Jaipur
- Visit the Wax Museum in Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur.
- Go shopping in the old city bazaars / markets known as ‘Badi’ and ‘Chhoti Chaupar’.
- After exploring the main tourist attractions of Jaipur, visit Jawahar Circle Garden for a moment of relaxation and peace.
- Try aromatic coffee and local food at Indian Coffee House.
- You can also visit “Chokhi Dhani”, a fake village, located 20 km from the main city of Jaipur. Here you can experience authentic Rajasthani cuisine, vibrant culture, art, folklore and much more.