Rajasthan’s biggest city, Jaipur, also known as the Pink City is one of the most popular places to visit. Here you will find forts and palaces, havelis and bazaars. Plus, it is a sightseers and shoppers delight!
Just be sure to set out early to beat the crowds and get ready to bargain hard… or call Basker over to intervene for you. He drives a hard bargain.
I bought a lot of items such as table runners and shawls.
THINGS TO DO
Amer Fort (Amber Fort) – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace is nearly 7 centuries old and is made entirely of red sandstone and white marble. Walk to the top or ride on an elephant to see carvings, precious stones and mirrors. What a breath-taking view of the Maota Lake in front.
Hawa Mahal – Hawa Mahal, literally the Palace of Winds was built using pink sandstone in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. This unique five-storey structure with small latticed windows (called jharokhas) is a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities on the street below, it now houses a museum.
City palace & Museum – The City Palace, Jaipur was built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The palace reflects a classic mix of Indian, Mughal and European architectural styles.
Jantar Mantar – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar is considered as the one of the oldest astronomical observatories in the world.
Johari Bazar Jaipur located opposite the Hawa Mahal, a great place for mirror work cushion covers and table runners.
Jewelry Shopping- there are jewelry shops everywhere all selling the most beautiful gems and jewelry. I always leave my jewelry at home and buy trinkets here and wear on tour. I like to visit Vimal Enterprises, a family run business located in Lal Kothi suburb with the house above. Here you will find a warm welcome and a showroom full of beautiful authentic jewelry at reasonable prices.
Food Tour – Jaipur Street Food Tour
Explore – Jaipur by bicycle
Visit Anokhi printing museum & shop to learn about traditional block printing, or take a block-printing workshop
Sunrise hot air balloon ride – to see a wide vista of Jaipur
WHERE TO STAY
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