Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is famously known as “The Pink City” because of the pink walls and buildings of the city. The ancient forts and massive palaces built with impressive architectural details reflect the city’s rich history and offer a peak into the royal heritage. The colorful bazaars add another charm to the city. Jaipur is also well known for its vibrant and exquisite handicrafts, jewelry, textiles, block printing, and tie and dye.
One can discover a lot in the city in two days.
DAY 1:Amer Fort - Jaigarh Fort – Nahargarh Fort – Jal Mahal
Amer Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an extravagant fort lying about half an hour away from the city. The fort lies on a hill top. One can take an elephant ride to its entrance or go via car as well. The fort contains a number of beautiful gardens, palaces, halls with intricate carvings. The Sheesh Mahal with its mirror work is all grandeur.
Nearby is Anokhi Museum where one can get a glimpse of block painting.
Head further up the hill to the Jaigarh Fort, a military structure built to protect the Amber Fort. Jaigarh Fort houses military equipment including then world's largest cannon on wheels.
Also visit the Nahargarh Fort which offers a nice aerial view of the city of Jaipur.
On the way back to the city stop by at the Jal Mahal for a mesmerizing view. Jal Mahal is an architectural beauty situated in the middle of a lake.
Later in the day visit Chowki Dhani for a fun-filled insight into Rajasthani culture and cuisine.
DAY 2 :Birla Temple – Albert Hall Museum - City Palace – Jantar Mantar – Hawa Mahal
Start the day with a visit to the Birla Lakshmi Narayan Temple carved in white marble. Head to the Albert Hall Museum which houses a collection of portraits of local kings, sculptures, paintings, and arts.
Within the main city area lie most of the iconic landmark structures. The magnificent City Palace, the house of the royal family, is a complex showcasing both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The Peacock Gate here is an example of excellent craftsmanship.
Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, a collection of ancient structures that are an astronomical observatory and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Find precious gemstones, silver jewelry, bangles, blue pottery, leather shoes and bags, souvenirs and textiles at Johaari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, MI Road and Tripolia Bazaar!
Talking a walk in the busy lanes is another way of discovering the city. On the streets of the city lies Hawa Mahal. Meaning the ‘Palace of the Winds’, Hawa Mahal is an iconic pink sandstone five storeyed structure containing small windows which the royal women used, to watch the streets below without having being noticed.
Jaipur makes for a fun and cultural destination and is among the most popular tourist destination in India. The city turns even livelier during fairs and festivals which take place all around the year.
About the author: This post was written by Arushi Aggarwal. Arushi is a 2nd year student in Miranda House and loves writing and travelling. She also writes posts for Holidify , a platform to discover weekend getaways and other holiday options in India.