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Don’t miss doing the “Old City” walk. This includes the first three iconic sights of Jaipur on our list. In between you can enjoy the bazaars that line the streets and maybe buy a treasure or two.
Hawa Mahal – Nestled in the heart of the old Pink City is Jaipur’s iconic Palace of the Winds. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for the royal women to watch life in the city. Climb it’s five storeys for fabulous views over the old city.
City Palace – a beautiful complex of buildings and courtyards, the City Palace still serves as home to the Royal family. Public areas are rich in art and are filled with artifacts and other treasures from royal history, including the largest silver vessels in the world.
Jantar Mantar – Next to the City Palace is this observatory built in 1728 by Jai Singh. Set in a beautiful garden, it is filled with buildings which are more like sculptures, that were used to observe the stars and astrological events. It is now listed as a World Heritage Site.
Jal Mahal – Another of Jaipur’s icons. The Water Palace was built in 1799 as a summer palace for the royal family. Have a photo stop on the way to the forts and come back at night to see it lit up.
Amber Fort and Palace – Arrive in the morning and you can take an elephant ride up to the main fort gate. Inside the palace is divided into four sections, each with its own purpose and each one uniquely decorated.
Jaigarh Fort – Sitting above Amber Palace, Jaigarh is stunning and a must see on a visit to Jaipur. There are spectacular views of the surrounding hills and the city. Make sure you see the puppet show!
Nahargarh Fort – Also known as the Tiger Fort this completes Jaipur’s trio of major forts. Save Nahargarh for sunset and watch the city light up below you. Then sit back and enjoy the night view with drinks and food from the restaurant.
Birla Lakshmi Temple – A beautiful white marble temple with stained glass windows that sits below Moti Dungri Fort. Take time to walk the outside and see all the statues of Hindu gods, and find those of other religions such as Jesus and Confucious.
Royal Gaitor – Nestled at the base of Nahargarh Fort is this quiet place housing the cenotaphs of the royal family. The tombs are beautifully carved and each one has its own story to tell.
Sun Temple – Wander up the hill past other temples and listen to holy men singing their prayers as you make your way. The real joy though is the dozens of monkeys who will keep you company, especially if they know you have some peanuts for them.
Sisodia Rani Bagh – On the outskirts of Jaipur, this beautiful garden built for Queen Sisodia Rani is a wonderful oasis and escape from the noise of the city. See it on the way to Galta and Surya Mandir.
Galta and Surya Mandir – A quiet complex of temples set amongst the hills and jungle just outside the city. Head past the great sacred tank and climb up the hillside to see the famous monkey temple.
Shopping – Whether its in the bazaars of the old city or the many shops all over, shopping in Jaipur is fun! From textiles to pottery to jewellery and much more. Come ready to take home some unique treasures to remember India by.