Places to Explore in Jaipur
1. MAJESTIC FORTS
Jaipur is undeniably known for its rich architecture and what comprises the core of it are its colossal forts. Amidst the plethora of these cultural wonders, the three prominent ones are:-
• Nahargarh Fort
The Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the city of Jaipur in the State of Rajasthan. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort , Nahargarh once formed a strong defense ring for the city. The Fort was initially known as Sudershangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means the ‘abode of tigers.
- Location – Brahmpuri, Jaipur
- Ticket Price – Rs. 200 ( Foreigners), Rs. 50 (Indians )
• Amer Fort
Cradled on top of a hill near Jaipur lies the Amer Fort, one of the most magnificent places in India. Also, commonly known as the Amber Fort, this majestic building with its maze-like passages and serpentine staircases is an architectural masterpiece blending the traditional Hindu and Rajputana style of architecture. It is aesthetically crafted out of marble and red sandstone giving it a rustic and mysterious look. There are intricate paintings of ancient hunting styles and portraits of significant Rajput rulers.
- Location- Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur
- Light Show Timings – English – 7:30 pm, Hindi – 8:00 pm
- Ticket Price- Rs. 25 ( Indians ), Rs. 200 ( Foreigners )
- Elephant ride prices- ( Rs. 900 )
• Jaigarh Fort
The name of this fort means ‘Fort of Victory’. Another majestic structure in Jaipur, this fort is awe-inspiring, Built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1726, it acted as a shield for Amber Fort. It features a palace complex, armory and a museum. Both the Jaigarh Fort and \Amber Fort are connected via an underground tunnel. There is a lot of tourists to see here and soak in the aura of centuries bygone. The fort complex has beautifully maintained gardens and a visit here on a winter day is a must.
- Location – Devisinghpura, Jaipur
- Ticket Price – Rs. 70 ( Indians ), Rs.150 ( Foreigners )
2. KIDS WONDER
• Jaipur Zoo
As the name suggests, this zoological garden houses the richest Fauna of Rajasthan and boasts to be the largest zoo as well as one of the finest sanctuaries in the state. It also has the fourth largest gharial ( an endangered crocodile species ) breeding farm in the country. It was built with the intention to preserve and conserve wildlife that included mammals, birds and reptiles. Based on the animal families that dwell within the zoological garden, the garden is divided into two parts, one for mammals and the second for reptiles and birds. This is the perfect place for kids to fall in the awe of the animal kingdom.
- Location- Museum Rd, Ram Niwas Garden, Kailash Puri, Ramniwas Bagh, Jaipur
- Ticket- Rs. 150 ( Foreigners ), Rs. 15 ( Indians )
• Doll Museum
This museum was built in 20th century to express the culture of the world with the of dolls, the attires of the dolls, accessories of the dolls and so on. You can find dolls symbolize the culture of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerela, Assam, Kashmir, Punjab and of course the traditional puppet dolls of Rajasthan. This is a great place for little kids to understand the heterogenous culture that India withholds.
- Location - Trimurty Circle, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Near Trimuriti circle, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur.
- Ticket price – Rs. 10 ( Indians ), Rs. 50 ( Foreigners)
• Haandi - Maya Mansion, Opposite GPO, MI Road, Jaipur
- Average Price – Rs. 1300 ( For two )
- • Lassiwala - 312, MI Rd, Jayanti Market, New Colony, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
- Average Price – Rs.300 – Rs.600
- • Choki Dhani - Miles, Tonk Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 303905, India
- Average Price – Rs. 750 ( For one )
- • Rawat – Station Road, in front of Polo Victory Hotel, Jaipur/ The Grand Anukampa, Ajmer Road, Jaipur.
- Average Price – Rs. 300 ( For Two )
- Location -Birla Auditorium (Statue Circle, C Scheme ) Jaipur.
- Location - Amber Fort, Jaipur.
- Location - C-16, Bhagwan Das Rd, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur
- Location -Avenue 1, Govind Marg, Jaipur
- Location - Hotel Om Tower, Church Road, M I Road, Jaipur
3. MARKETS OF JAIPUR
Amongst the places to visit in Jaipur for shopping, Johari Bazaar is a jewelry lover’s paradise. One of the famous markets in Jaipur, the Johari Bazaar is the home to exquisite Jaipur jewelry and its intricate craftsmanship.Chandpol Bazaar on the other hand is known for its handicraft and marble artifacts.
If street shopping is something you really love, then you must visit the Kishanpol Bazaar. This area is one of the best shopping places in Jaipur. From wood carvings to souvenirs and Rajasthani dyed fabrics, it is the home of exclusive traditional artifacts at affordable rates. Next you can visit Bapu Bazar for camel leather Mojri’s, authentic Jaipuri Lenghas and sandstone artifacts.
• Food Trail in Jaipur
Jaipur is known for its Laal Maas at ‘Handi’, Lassi at ‘Lassiwala’, Rajasthani Thali at ‘Chokin Dhani’ and Pyaaz Kachori at ‘Rawat’.
• Polo Matches Jaipur
Another not-to-miss experience that Jaipur offers is watching a Polo Match at Rambagh Palace. Even if there is no tournament going on, you can always visit the place between 4pm and 6pm to watch regular practice sessions and exhibitions.
4. NIGHT LIFE OF JAIPUR
Well, Jaipur is not only about the beauty reflected on its monuments in the daytime, rather the night life of Jaipur is also worth celebrating.
• Theatrical Experience
Fancy this - You sitting in a colossal hall with real life performances by traditional dancers and singers, the air filled with the organic fragrance of ethnicity and authenticity.
• Light and Sound Show
The 50 minutes at Amber Fort long show, available both in Hindi and English, is a clear reflection of Rajasthani legends and culture.
• Raj Mandir Cinema
This is one of the largest cinema halls in India. This mammoth framework can accommodate 1300 people at one time. Immensely popular among tourists as well as locals, the cinema hall is always swarming with hordes of movie-goers.
• Fireball Club
This is one ultimate place for all those who are in the mood of 'dancing the night out'. It specializes in amazing food, lively ambience, refreshing drinks and good people. So do give it a shot!
• Amigos Bar & Discotheque
This place is famous for its Mexican decor and Mexican cuisine. So if after a long day sweating in the scorching heat of the city, you wish to grab a drink and have some tacos, this is the place for you and your gang!
What is relevant through this article is the fact that explicitly Jaipur might appear to be the cultural hotspot of India, but what lies embedded deeply in its rich cultural heritage are those less visited places and relatively unexplored side of the pink city. And therefore, one cannot miss these so vital aspects of Jaipur in order to experience the magic of 'Padharo Mahare Desh' in all its essence.