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Known as “The Pink City”, the Indian city of Jaipur is royalty well personified. Its enormous treasure of history, culture and architecture attracts a huge number of foreign tourists every year, and, full of colorful celebrations, there is a long list of interesting places to visit in Jaipur.

The city of Jaipur is reckoned exotic because of its royal palaces, temples, dance and music everywhere you go. Its charming rural serenity gives a sense of relaxation to every visitor. Tourist places in Jaipur. 

Of the incredible places to visit in Jaipur, we have put together a shortlist of the best sightseeing. The following are experiences and Jaipur points of interest you shouldn’t miss! Jaipur sightseeing. Jaipur india points of interest.

 The Best Places to Visit in Jaipur

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Tourist Places in Jaipur

Jaipur is house to some of the most majestic palaces in India. The astonishing Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, Amer Fort and the Jal Mahal amidst the Mansagar Lake, are among Jaipur’s famous places.

Hawa Mahal is named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so that the women of the royal family could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. It is Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark; a stunning pink-painted honeycombed hive, constructed in 1799, that rises a dizzying five stories. Jaipur tourist places list.

Amer Fort is another of the top tourist places in Jaipur; a magnificent fort with an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard.

You can visit the Amer Fort on elephant-back, but animal welfare groups have criticized the conditions in which the elephants are kept because of reports of abuse, and because carrying passengers can cause lasting injuries to the animals.

Hawa Mahal

Places to Visit in Jaipur at Night

There are many places to spend a fun-filled evening, and nightlife in Jaipur is an exciting scene. Experience live music and amazing food at the best nightclubs of Jaipur like Aza, Tablu, The Grunge Lounge Bar, The Polo Club and The Bar.

The Grunge Lounge Bar is one of our favorite places to visit in Jaipur at night. Part of the Fern hotel, it is a favorite among locals, often featuring local bands. They serve amazing food and have a huge collection of beer, wine and cocktails. It’s a great place to visit if you want to party.

Other great places to visit for nightlife in Jaipur includes Kasbah, Amigos Bar & Discotheque, Dragon Bar and Terrace Lounge, and Cocoa House. Or you can go for Jaipur street food.

Chokhi Dhani Resort

One of the most amazing places to visit in Jaipur is the Chokhi Dhani resort which is based on the traditional village-like ambiance with puppet shows, folk dance and scrumptious food.

It is one of the best heritage hotels in Jaipur; a 5 Star Ethnic Resort with traditional and picturesque dwellings set in a lush green landscape. It has royal cottages, luxurious suites, a Rajasthani theme multi cuisine restaurant, and is a great promoter and preserver of traditional heritage hospitality of Rajasthani culture. ➡ Click here for the latest prices. Jaipur heritage hotels.

This is among the best places to visit in Jaipur for couples – reviews on Booking.com rate the experience an 8 out of 10 for a two-person trip.

Chokhi Dhani Resort

Gangaur Festivities

Gangaur one of the most colourful and important festivals for the people of Rajasthan, and is observed throughout the state with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva.

The festival runs during March–April, and is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. Experience the fun and frolic along with amazing Rajasthani cuisine. Be awed by the majestic image of the Goddess, who is carried around the city. Read more about the festival. Jaipur tourist places list. 

Jaipur’s Kite Festival

Visit Jaipur during Makara Sankranti and gear up for the most amazing kite fight festival in the nation. Gaze through the display of beautiful colors across the classy backdrop as the Pink City turns all colourful with the beautiful kites in the sky. Places to see in Jaipur. Jaipur tourist attractions. 

The Kite festival is celebrated on 14th of January to mark the transition of the sun from dhanu rashi (Sagittarius) to makara rashi (Capricorn). It is extremely popular, and attracts kite fliers from far off corners of the country.

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Gem Extravaganza

Visit the oldest gemstone jewelry souk in Jaipur, the Gem Palace, offering a wide range of traditional designs. These are handmade by age old craftsmanship and are unlike anything you will find elsewhere in the world.

The Gem Palace has stood proud as one of India’s iconic jewelry houses for over one hundred and sixty years and the members of the Kasliwal family have maintained a lasting and relevant position in the jewelry trade since the 1700s.

They have created heirlooms for emperors, kings, queens, presidents and film stars and continue to cater to the traditional and contemporary needs of jewelry buyers from across the globe.

Taste the Thali

Taste Rajasthani cuisine at the Thali House. It serves authentic thali to satisfy your craving for Indian cuisine. Best places to visit in Jaipur.

They have an expert team of chefs from five star hotels for preparing North Indian foods, South Indian Foods, Rajasthani Foods, Punjabi Foods, Gujrati Foods, and their menu features nutritious recipes.

Try the Dal Bati along with the Churma, which are famous dishes all over Rajasthan. This is one of the top most things to do in Jaipur.

Taste the Thali

Shop in the Markets of Jaipur

You can shop in the vivid markets of Jaipur where you will find Rajasthani clothes, jewelry and souvenirs. Shopping for ‘lahengaas’ and ‘kundan’ jewelry from markets like the Johari Bazaar and the Nehru Bazaar is one of the famous things in Jaipur for visitors to do.  Historical places in Jaipur. 

Johri Bazaar is undoubtedly the best market in Jaipur, with more than 400 shops and stalls which feature a rich collection of traditional Rajasthani jewellery, clothes and artifacts. Mirza Ismail Road is one of the most popular markets in Jaipur for the works of pottery. Tourist spots in Jaipur.

Head to Chandpole Bazaar for the best handicraft markets in Jaipur. You will find traditional handicrafts, carved marble items and handloom textiles, as well as intricately decorative shoes, carpets, turbans and much more.

Birds Eye View From a Hot Air Balloon

Mix admiration with adventure, and take a hot air balloon ride for some of the best Jaipur sightseeing. The ride is available before sunrise and after sunset, and can accommodate 8 people at once. Jaipur famous places. 

Essential Travel Info:

👍 When to Visit:

The best time to visit Jaipur from early November through to February. This is the height of the tourist season and offers the most comfortable weather. 

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Our favorite hotels in Jaipur include the Umaid Bhawan, a heritage style hotel with stunning decor, and the Ibis Jaipur, an AccorHotels Brand located in the Civil Lines neighborhood.



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Photo credits: Featured header photo of Hawa Mahal by Ankit Agarwal. Pinterest images: Hawa Mahal by Nico Crisafulli. Rajasthan boy by Abhishek Shirali. Hawa Mahal by Pedro. Chokhi Dhani resort courtesy of the property manager.  Kite watcher by Meena Kadri. Taste the Thali by Connie of Circumnavaction.

    28 Comments

  1. I visited Jaipur when I was very young and haven’t been since. But I so want to visit Hawa Mahal and Amer Fort, I’m a fan of lovely architecture and I am sure I will end up taking hundreds of pictures of those two! I’d also love to stay in a Heritage Resort like Chokidhani. Thanks for sharing this list, will keep it handy when I plan a visit.

    • Hope you have the chance to head back at some stage – I love re-visiting destinations I traveled to as a child, and noting the difference as an adult.

      If you’re an architecture fan you’ll just fall in love with Jaipur – so many incredible buildings, temples and palaces – it’s a dream!

  2. Great list of lovely places to visit in Jaipur! The Hawa Mahal and the Amer Fort sound like a great place to check out. I’m not much of fan of nightlife, but if the music is good and the food is great, maybe I can give a try, though. ;) A ride on a hot air balloon will also be spectacular just to see Jaipur from above… :)

    • Thanks Marvi! Glad you enjoyed Anirudh’s post. Never know until you try right, so if you’re not a huge fan of nightlife, you could give it a go one night, and if it’s not your scene maybe focus on amazing things to do during the day – + it’s probably best to get an early nights sleep before a sunrise balloon ride anyway :D!

  3. What an amazing list of places to visit. I work with several Indian people who are always telling me about their country and after seeing this maybe I should check it out for myself.

    • Highly recommend putting India at the top of your bucketlist Lyn :) It’s such an incredible and memorable destination.

  4. Jaipur looks amazing! i hope i can visit india someday…looks like such a unique country.

    • One of the most intoxicating cities in India – hope you have the chance to travel soon!

  5. The Hawa Mahal is beautiful! Too bad it was built to hide women. I agree with you about not visiting places on elephant back, I wish everyone had the same attitude. The resort room looks like it’s in a palace and I can’t tell you how hungry the food photo made me. Yum.

    • Isn’t it stunning! Unlike any type of architecture I’ve ever seen. But yes, sad that the purpose of the stunning windows was to hide women.

      Glad we’re of the same mindset re riding elephants – they’re such a beautiful animal, and don’t deserve to be enslaved by the human race. It’s one of those things – Indian elephants are loved, revered, groomed and given a prestigious place in the state’s culture, but sadly behind all of that, many of them suffer quite brutal treatment, and if we can stop the profitability of elephants for tourism, hopefully this may change.

  6. So my family is from Jaipur and I was born there. Rajasthan is indeed a magical place. I have been to all the sights mentioned here. And this is the fun of reading travel blogs. Found more about nightlife and drinking holes that I haven’t visited. Difficult to do on my next family trip, but will keep in mind ;-)

    • What a fantastic region to grow up in Shweta! Though I agree, I do find that it’s difficult to experience the nightlife when you head home on a trip visiting family.

      So many incredible things to do as a family during the day though!

  7. It was my first time to encounter “The Pink City” and the architecture was really stunning.
    The Chokhi Dhani Resort where you stayed seemed and feels like a royalty as well. It was really well decorated indeed.
    The kite festival could have really be one of the highlights in Pink City making it more and really colorful though <3
    Your essential travel info guide could really be of aid. Noted with the perfect months to visit it as well.

    • Glad we could introduce you to Jaipur through Anirudh’s post! Yes, the architecture is absolutely stunning, some of the most intricate and unique in the world.

      Hope you have the chance to visit in the future, and perhaps combine the kite festival with a stay at The Chokhi Dhani Resort. Glad the post was helpful and informative for you!

  8. What an incredible city Jaipur is. I have never seen a building look so beautiful in that shade of pink. Wow. I would love to arrive at Amer Fort on elephant-back…that would be friggin awesome but it’s unfortunate that there are reports of abuse. I’m definately not down with any animal abuse. Instead I would hang out in the markets and eat my favourite Indian dishes. The hot air balloon also sounds like it would be fun having taken one in Cappadocia, Turkey

    • It does sound like a romantic experience, approaching a centuries old fort on elephant back. But yes, sadly there’s often such a nasty side to elephant tourism, and the poor animals are victims of abuse because tourism is so profitable.

      The markets and the food scene would make for a fabulous trip though – and hot air ballooning too. I’m dying to take a balloon ride over Cappadocia – would have been such an experience for you!!

  9. I pass through Jaipur all the time, in order to reach other lesser known parts of Rajasthan due to my natural attraction for offbeat places. But to be honest, a lot remains to be seen in Jaipur itself. One place that I would add to the list is Jantar Mantar, a 300 year old astronomical observatory.

    Flying over the city on a hot air balloon definitely seems like a great idea and a very good way to get great photos. And yes, food is always great in Rajasthan!

    • Thanks for the tip on Jantar Mantar, will have to check that out, sounds fascinating!

      What an incredible opportunity to be passing through all the time!

  10. I have always wanted to visit the Pink City of India. Can not miss the Rajasthani Thali and the Hawa Mahal. I heard Bikaner is a cool place to visit as well.

    • Hope you have the chance to travel soon! Thanks for the tip on Bikaner – will have to do some research :)

  11. I wish you had photos of the hot air balloons! The rest of your photos look amazing! And I’m glad you mentioned that there’s an option to ride an elephant in Amer Fort and noted the concerns about their condition.

    • I’m told they offer incredible views! Will update the post if I find a photo from someone :)

      Glad to hear you’re also about ethical tourism re elephant rides – it’s so heartbreaking to hear about abuse, and even more-so to know that the profits of tourism being a reason behind that.

  12. I loved Jaipur too! It was so beautiful with its palace on the lake and the monkey temple in the mountain.

    • So glad you had a fabulous time Juliette! Definitely an unforgettable destination :)

  13. Jaipur is a very eye pleasing place. Jantar Mantar, Amer Kila, Jal mahal…. never ending list of beautiful places of Jaipur. I love the mouth watering daal baati. I am proud being a Rajasthani. I must say very nice blog.

    • Absolutely, it’s magic in every sense of the word! So glad you enjoyed the post :)

  14. Can’t wait to visit Jaipur after reading your post. Planned a trip next month from Agra. Choki Dhani resort looks impressive.

    • Glad we could inspire you Shreya! Enjoy Agra, and have a fabulous time in Jaipur :)

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