Best Places To Visit and See While In Jaipur

Amer Fort Jaipur

Amer Fort

When visiting India we hadn’t really planned out our itinerary very much besides seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra. When talking with some friends we made in India and others who had taken a trip here recently, they ALL recommended to us to visit Jaipur. Not knowing too much of Jaipur we boarded a train from Delhi and upon visiting Jaipur for 5 days we can now say we were extremely impressed and in awe of all the history and amazing views this city has to offer. Jaipur is a safe city but as with any place in India watch our for pick-pockets and keep your belongings close. The people in Jaipur were so amazing and friendly here as the rest of India, we even made some friends here that had us come play badminton with them every night during our 5 day stay.  While in Jaipur we came across many different amazing places, but after revisiting our trip I have broken down what were my absolute favorites and created a list of what the top 7 things to do while in Jaipur are.

Quick History Of Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital city of the Indian state Rajasthan. It is located in a desert surrounded by hills and many magnificent forts. For us it was one of the most stunning and unique places to visit in India, and our favorite city! Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is famous because of its rich history, heritage, and the fact the entire city is pink! Yes you heard that right pink! The pink city exists because the at-the-time prince of Jaipur wanted to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria when they visited in 1876, to welcome them he painted the entire cities buildings pink. This is one of the most unique things that Jaipur has to offer. As you walk down the city streets you can admire and see that in fact everything is pink, albeit it looks like a orangish/red during certain times of the day.

Hawa Mahal 

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Pratap Singh; the grandson of the founder of Jaipur as an extension of the city palace. Hawa Mahal means ‘The Palace of Winds” because of its 953 windows spanning over 5 floors that were used to keep a nice breeze during the summer and were also used as a way for the royal women to view everyday city life without being seen. This whole palace is constructed out of red pink sandstone; along with most of the city. Today, the Hawa Mahal stands as an architectural marvel. Although it did take me by surprise that it was much smaller than the pictures hyped it up to be.

You can take photos outside for free at anytime of the day or night. One of the best views of the Hawa Mahal is across the street at either the tattoo cafe or rooftop cafe. So buy a drink or food and enjoy the view. You can go on the inside of Hawa Mahal during the designated visiting hours which is definitely worth doing.

Hours and Ticket Price

Entrance Fee 200 INR

Hours 9am-5pm

Amer Fort

Amer Fort

Our friend Saurabh Sable took this picture

Amer Fort Jaipur

Amer Fort also known as AMBER Fort, is the best fort in Jaipur. It is not only the largest in Jaipur, but it is the oldest. It is quite a hike to get up here as it is on a hill but the views and architecture here are worth it! Having been constructed in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, Amer Fort is full of amazing Hindu and Muslim architectural details and history.

To get here either take public bus or car. We took an Uber To Panna Meena Ka Kund and then just walked to Amber Fort. I would say plan on 30 minutes – 1 hour when visiting here.

Hours and Ticket Price

Entrance Fee 500 INR

Hours 8am-5:30pm
6:30pm-9:15pm

Panna Meena Ka Kund 

Panna Meena Ka Kund Stair Picture in India

This Indian stairwell was one of the coolest things we saw in Jaipur. First it was just incredibly unique with the symmetry of the stairs but also that it was functional and used in ancient times to collect rainwater for the village. Panna Meena Ka Kund is within walking distance of Amer Fort, I would recommend going to this early before it gets crowded and then to walk to Amer Fort since it opens about an hour later.

Hours and Ticket Price

Entrance Fee 50 INR

Hours 7:00am-6:00pm

Galta Ji Temple (Monkey Temple)

Galta Ji Temple Jaipur, India
Feeding a Monkey at The Monkey Temple Jaipur

Who knew Zach would be so popular when he has peanuts

The Galtaji Temple is located on the outskirts of Jaipur just 10 km from the center. It is very much worth a visit. Constructed in the 18th century this site is a well known Hindu pilgrimage and visitors from all over the world come to see it.

Upon entrance you can pay the admission fee and also leave a donation; the recommended amount is from 200-500INR. This temple is set in the side of a mountain and is really beautiful to look at. There are monkeys everywhere and with the temple pools it’s fun to watch the monkeys jump into them. Two different breeds of monkeys live here the red and brown monkeys, the monkeys aren’t aggressive as they have grown up and know humans are the ones that feed them so they’re not going to be stupid. Although we did experience a huge brown monkey almost attack a couple guards and push another guy down on the ground. But that was so out of the blue and we’re pretty sure he came from outside the temple.

Donations are asked throughout, when you enter you walk down the path and you can see the main temple with stairs leading to it and then two other temples on either side that you pass by. Just skip these, we were curious and headed to the stairs of the main temple. We peeked on the inside of one these smaller buildings and a man said “let me show where the temple is back here” he then led us to a small room that looked like a temple someone would have in a small room in their house with just pictures and incense. Super sketchy may I add.

This man then performed a quick Hindu “ritual” and demanded we give him 500 rupees each for a “donation”. I am fine paying donations when I know the money is actually going to support where we are visiting, but not when someone tricks me into it and are just pocketing it. Skip these buildings when you visit.

Hours and Ticket Prices

Entrance Fee 50 INR at entrance Plus Donation 200 – 500 INR

Hours Sunrise – Sunset

Nahargarh Fort

Overlooking Jaipur with the most amazing view of the city, Nahargarh fort stands. Built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. This fort was constructed on a ridge acting as fortifications to protect the city and to act as a retreat when Jaipur was under attack. The most spectacular time to visit Nahargarh Fort is during sunset as that is the time the city looks the most gorgeous. 

Hours and Ticket Price

Entrance Fee 200 INR

Hours 10am-6pm

Albert Hall Museum

Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan, because of this it acts as the state museum. When the foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during 1876, it still was unknown what this building would be used for. However, 11 years later when it was completed it was designated as a museum. Now home to many different artifacts and art pieces from India and the neighboring countries the Albert Hall Museum in of itself a marvel to look at, due to the architecture this a must see! Inside you will find different currencies of old, weapons, art, and even a mummy! 

Hours and Ticket Price

Entrance Fee 300 INR

Hours 9am – 5pm

7:00 – 10pm

City Palace

I’ll give this an honorable mention since it is recommended by a lot of people that visit Jaipur and is within walking distance of Hawa Mahal. I have seen so many photos that were inside the city palace and they were all so beautiful! But we were shocked to see a 3000 INR ($42 USD) price tag on EACH ticket. Spending $100 is not our jam to see a couple rooms. Super bummed but I’d rather spend that money on a nice dinner you know?
Now there is a cheaper ticket; 700 INR ($10 USD) and it gives you access to the courtyard and a few things inside the palace but not anything special. Not super worth it in my opinion but hey you do you.

Hours and Ticket Price

Hours 9:30am – 5pm

Entrance Fee 500-3000 INR, depending on what you want to see while here. 

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal Water Palace

Our friend Saurabh who we met in Jaipur also took this photo at sunrise of Jal Mahal you can view his post of the pic here.

Jal Mahal is known as the Water Palace because it sits in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. You aren’t able to go inside, but you will pass it if you go to any of the forts mentioned above. It is a nice place to get out and take some photos. 

Hours and Ticket Price

Entry Fee Free

Hours Any Time

Jawahar Circle and Patrika Gate

Jawahar Circle Patrika Gate

Jawahar Circle is claimed by the locals in Jaipur to be the largest circular park in Asia. Located in the more ritzy part of Jaipur this garden and park has plenty of space for walking, jogging, and any type of activity. Every night at 8pm a fountain show with lights is held for 30 minutes that is quite spectacular. The Patrika Gate is also located here which is one of the most beautiful places I have seen, colorful paintings and designs adorn the walls inside.

Hours and Ticket Price

Entry Fee Free

Hours Any Time

No matter where your adventures take you in Jaipur, we know you will have a fantastic time. If you are planning on visiting India but haven’t included a visit to Jaipur stop what you are doing and add it now! For any other questions about what to see in Jaipur leave a comment below.