Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital city of Rajasthan in India.
The town is known all over the world for its rich history, architectural marvels, museums, folklore and a host of things which takes you back to the era of Rajput warriors. No wonder Jaipur is a popular tourist destination for both domestic as well as foreign travellers. There is no shortage of things to do in Jaipur for a tourist.
Some of the top 10 things that you can do in Jaipur have been listed here.
Cycle to Nahargarh Fort
Take the cycling expedition to Nahargarh Fort situated atop a hill. The cycling trip up the Aravali Hills thrills you to the core as you pass the curvy roads and take in the breathtaking scenery. Explore the fort especially the 12 identical suites built for the erstwhile queens called Madhavendra Bhavan. The fort is an excellent example of Indian and European architectural styles. You can also enjoy a meal at the open-air restaurant located at the top of the fort.
Hawa Mahal is an iconic building in Jaipur. Constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal is a five-storeyed structure been built in honeycomb style. Explore the numerous passages and balconies in the building. Take in the breathtaking views of the city from the top. It is better to opt for a guided tour of Hawa Mahal.
Elephant ride to Amber Fort
Take the 20 minutes elephant ride to Amber Fort. This is an enchanting experience reminiscent of the royal rides of yore. Visit the historical Amber Palace decorated in marble located inside the fort. Explore the numerous buildings, gardens and museums inside the fort to get a glimpse of a bygone era.
City Palace is a popular tourist destination in Jaipur. Explore the various buildings such as Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am Art Gallery and Chandra Mahal along with numerous courtyards and gardens housed in the complex. A visit to the armoury housing the best collections of weapons in India is also a must for every tourist.
Chokhi Dhani is a resort with a quintessential Rajasthani village ambience. Experience the Rajasthani culture at Chokhi Dhani through puppet shows, camel and elephant rides, Rajasthani folk dance and musical performances, magic shows, boat rides and much more. Savour the various kinds of authentic Rajasthani cuisine available at the resort.
Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan
Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan is a collection of royal cenotaphs marking the cremation spots of Kachwaha Rajput rulers. The monuments are made of either marble or sandstone and have intricate carvings of elephants, battle scenes, etc. Every cenotaph is topped with a dome-shaped like an umbrella called chhatri.
Ranthambore National Park
There are so many things to do at Ranthambore National Park such as spotting tigers at tiger trail in Bakula, bird watching, hiking to Ranthambore Fort and spotting sloth bears at Kachida Valley. Hot air balloon trips to view the park from the sky are also available for the tourists.
Get access to various kinds of jewellery made of precious and semi-precious stones at Gem Palace. Gem Palace is run by the same family of craftsmen that used to make jewellery for the royal family. Traditional motifs made of semi-precious stones are also available at Gem Palace.
Elephantastic Elephant Farm
Elephantastic is a farm where Asian elephants are protected. You get a chance to get up close and personal with the elephants by feeding and bathing them. You also learn about the ways to communicate with the elephants and get information about their habitats.
Anokhi Museum and Store
Anokhi Museum displays traditional block printing works of Rajasthan. The Anokhi store located adjacent to the museum sells block printed garments, bags, bed covers, scarves, etc.