Jaipur must see & do
1Wander through the numerous courtyards, gardens and buildings that make up the sumptuous City Palace.
2Visit the imposing Amber Fort, the former home of the Royal family. Set on a hill top, you can admire Maota Lake below and the stunning scenery in the distance.
3Be amazed by Jantar Mantar with its array of devices; each designed to measure specific astronomical data.
4Visit Hawar Mahal, or Palace of Winds which was designed with numerous small windows to prevent the hot winds from penetrating the palace.
5Get up close and personal with an Indian elephant in their native surrounds where you can feed, water and wash these magnificent creatures.
Tours that include Jaipur
Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, a province in the north of India. Commonly called the “pink city” because of the number of pink painted buildings, Jaipur is a city of stark contrasts.
A perfect example of the contrasts between the ancient cultures and modern trends is the City Palace. Residence of the Royal family of Jaipur, who now live in Chandra Mahal, or Moon Palace on the outskirts of the actual palace, the rich and elaborate surrounds of the Palace make it obvious that former Royal families were very wealthy. Inside the vast grounds you’ll find a vast array of courtyards, buildings and gardens all beautifully decorated. The City Palace also hosts an art gallery and museum.
Must See Places
- Chandra Mahal/Moon Palace
- Jantar Mantar
- Amber Fort
- Hawa Mahal/Palace of Winds
- Elefantastic Elephant Farm
Located next to City Palace is Jantar Mantar which literally means “calculation instrument”. Built by King Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734, each of the 14 structures inside Jantar Mantar has a specific astronomical purpose. These include measuring time, predicting eclipses and tracking stars.
North of the city centre you’ll discover Amber Fort, a massive interconnected series of stunning palaces, temples and halls. Formerly home to the Royal family, Amber Fort is set on a hill top overlooking Maota Lake. An impressive sound and light show is held at night to describe the history of the Fort.
Another palace of interest is Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds. Despite the massive size of the Palace, there are an enormous number of very small windows lining the outer facade. Built for Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, it is believed that the small windows prevent the hot winds from entering the palace; instead, cooling them considerably for the Palace residents.
To get away from the hustle and bustle that is downtown Jaipur, experience the beauty and majesty of Indian elephants at Elefantastic. The elephant farm was built in 2012 by a former elephant rider to enable tourists to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. You will be able to wash, feed and water the elephants or learn the intricate art of elephant painting.
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