Planning to visit Jaipur, the city full of culture and traditions, then you are at the right place. Here, you will get to know the top 12 historical places in Jaipur that you can’t afford to miss during your trip to Jaipur. Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, the largest state of India, has everything to cater for the needs of a tourist from beautiful palaces, aesthetic sites to magnificent culture and incredibly turbulent history.
Jaipur is more popular by its common name ‘The Pink City’ for its trademark colour of the buildings. There are too many places to visit in Jaipur but the most popular of all are here that you shouldn’t miss at any cost. So, let’s know about them.
1. Amber Palace
Amber Palace of Jaipur is included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. This palace was once the capital of Jaipur princely state and the residence of all the Rajput rulers. It has a unique architecture that flaunts the fusion of Islamic (Mughals) and the Hindu (Rajput) styles. It has so many prominent features that makes it the most visited place by the tourists.
Also, this Amber Palace offers a light and sound show of fifty minutes in the evening exhibiting the history of the fort and Jaipur itself both in Hindi and English. The motto of the show is to revive the culture of Jaipur. During the show, video recordings and photography is strictly prohibited. The total time required to explore the place is almost about 3 to 4 hours.
Timing- 9:00 to 6:00 pm
For the Light Show:
English- 7:30 pm and Hindi- 8:00 pm.
2. Sheesh Mahal
Sheesh Mahal or the Glass Palace is the place that no one could afford to miss. It is one of the most beautiful palaces of Rajasthan. The fine architecture of the palace provides glimpses of the royal artistry and the love for aesthetics. The place is the perfect specimen of the Islamic architectural influence on Rajasthani architecture and reflects the marvellous fusion of Rajasthani and Islamic architecture.
Sheesh Mahal was built with the precious glass and stones with the coating of wonderful handmade paintings. The place is the most beautiful part of the Amber Fort. The palace also has a beautiful and turbulent history.
Timing- 9:30 to 4:30 pm
3. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds is the most distinctive landmark of Jaipur. Everybody must have heard about the Hawa Mahal as it is the first place that strikes the mind when we think of Jaipur. So how can someone miss this fantabulous place being in Jaipur? It is the most iconic monument of the city.
With the beautiful palace here one can also witness the archaeological museum which is in the courtyard of the Hawa Mahal and can get a glimpse of fish hooks, arrowheads, terracotta items etc. all dating back to the 2nd century.
Also, each of the floors of the Hawa Mahal consist of a temple. Ratan Mandir with the colourful work of glass is on the second floor, Sharad Mandir on the first are the major attractions.
Timing- 9:00 am to 4:30 pm everyday
4. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar, again the classic astronomical site of the Jaipur that has been also included in the UNESCO world heritage sites. It has a set of twenty main fixed instruments which have their own specific characteristics. The place is the perfect example of coming together of observation of the society, universe and beliefs.
Jantar Mantar offers all its tourists to witness the hybrid mixture of different architectural and astronomical instruments. The place offers a lot of different experiences that one shouldn’t miss while being in Jaipur. If you want to take a 360-degree round of the place, then 30 minutes are enough for it. Also, taking pictures or video recording is not prohibited here.
Timing- 9:00 am to 4:30 pm every day.
5. Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal, also known as Water Palace is one of the most beautifully constructed monuments. The magnificent palace gives the perfect example of the Mughal and Rajput craftsmanship. The palace provides a mesmerising view of the Man Sagar Lake and the Nahargarh hills. The boat ride to the palace gives a glimpse of the beautiful history of Rajasthan.
However, tourists are not allowed to enter the palace but they can have a look and the glimpses of the palace by boating. During the rainy season, Jal Mahal becomes even more dazzling. The place offers a soothing and peaceful atmosphere.
6. Jaipur Wax Museum
Wax Museum is indeed a great delight for all the tourists visiting Jaipur. The museum is in the Nahargarh fort which is the unique construction of European and Indian architecture.
The museum showcases the wax statue of many iconic celebrities and people including the statue of Amitabh Bachchan, APJ Abdul Kalam, Mahatma Gandhi, Maharani of Jaipur etc. The place is really fascinating and especially the kids will love the place a lot.
Timing- 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
7. Central Park
If you are a nature lover then this place perfect for you. The place offers lush greenery with emerald green trees. Here, you will get a serene environment in the hustle and bustle of the city. Also, the place has more than thousands of migratory birds with the native ones too.
This Central Park is the perfect picnic spot for the locals of Jaipur. Also, if you are a photo enthusiast then the place will be so perfect for you. This place also offers a hi-tech nursery and a glass inland that has diverse foreign bamboo plants. The place is really very rejuvenating.
8. Statue Circle
The Statue Circle is another landmark of the history of Jaipur. The name of the place is so due to the statue it holds. The place was built by the founder of the Jaipur city, Raja Jai Singh II. In the statue, Raja Jai Singh is seen holding the astrological diagram that is the perfect example to show the love of Raja Jai Singh towards astrology.
This statue circle place has its own importance. The circle has been constructed with pure white marble. Nobody should miss this place as it sets the landmark of the city. Generally, the place requires only 10 minutes to see the statue.
Timing: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for all the seven days.
9. Kesar Kyari Garden
This amazing Kesar Kyari Garden is built in the mid of Maota Lake. According to some scholars, it is also known as Maunbari Bagh. Its uniqueness lies in its triumphant artificiality. Everything here from the lake, base of square platform, stepped terraces to the complicated work of stone everything is human-made.
Also, the Kesar Kyari Garden is perfect to admire the different kinds of plant species. According to some scholars, the place was specially built to be viewed at night as in the moonlight the pale marble partitions appears like a pattern of lace against the dark plants.
Timing: 8:00am to 5:00pm
10. Sisodia Rani ka Bagh
As the name suggests, the garden belongs to the Queen of Udaipur who got married to the king of Jaipur. The design of the garden is a mixture of Mughal and Indian architectural style. Also, there is a shrine near the garden dedicated to Hindu Gods, Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and Lord Vishnu.
The garden also overlooks the beautiful and grand palace of the queen. The palace is full of mural paintings depicting various scenes from the story of Krishna and Radha. The place is perfectly designed to calm and relax the mind as it is far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Timing: 8:00 am to 06:00 pm.
11. Jawahar Kala Kendra
This place has the capability to evoke the artist within you. This Jawahar Kala Kendra is designed in such an exclusive way that every square represents a planet and posses its characteristics too. Basically, it is an art and craft centre. The place is basically for promoting the theatres, museums, library, studio, etc.
Also, the place is the host of various cultural activities and workshops. Every year the art festival is organized here. This Jawahar Kala Kendra also offers two amazing cafes, Indian Coffee House and Quaint Café which you should give a try for sure. The place is really very worth to visit.
Timing: 10 am to 9 pm
12. Stepwell Jaipur
The place is antique as it is one of the largest step wells of India. It is something that is difficult to find anywhere else except Rajasthan. So, why should somebody miss it? It not only stores the water but also helps in rainwater harvesting.
The architecture of this stepwell is commendable as the geometrical setting up of the well is so unique that it is hard to witness nowadays. With the beautiful story, the place has beautiful surroundings and a serene atmosphere.
Indeed, there are so many places to visit in Jaipur, but if you have less time and want to get a glimpse of Jaipur’s culture, tradition and architecture, then these places would be the best for you.
So, if you haven’t planned about your next vacation yet, plan it now to Jaipur and dive into the city’s intricate architecture, culture and tradition. Don’t forget to visit these places during your trip if you do so, trust me your trip will remain incomplete. Now pack your bags and plan your vacation to Jaipur and have great fun!