Popular things to do in Jaipur – India
During our two week trip to India in 2009 we visited Jaipur for a couple of days. We went here from Ranthambore and then moved on to Agra. On parts of our trip we had our own chauffeur and car. When we were in Jaipur we actually weren’t “allowed” to walk around in town by ourselves. The chauffeur and hotel didn’t think it was a good idea. Even though we were five girls they didn’t think it was appropriate. I have no idea actually if it wasn’t safe and how it is nowadays, but at that time we just did what they said.
So, we stayed in the hotel during the evenings and had dinner on the roof top. During the day our chauffeur drove us around to the best places in town. We then had our own time at the different sights to look around. Because of that we didn’t see much of the town more than from the car, only the bigger sights.
Jaipur is the capital of the state called Rajasthan and is also called the pink city. In 1876 parts of the city was colored pink to welcome Prince Albert who was visiting. The color pink means hospitality, thereby that color. The estimated population of Jaipur is in 2020 calculated to 3,9 million people! Jaipur is also famous for the handy work and crafts that are made here.
On the photo below you can get a glimpse of the most popular building and landmark of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal. It is a historic building from where you have a view over both the City Palace and Jantar Mantar. It was originally built so the women from the royal family could look out on the town and the people walking by. I’m not sure why we didn’t visit this building when we were here. That’s a shame!
The city palace is in the middle of old town and is just as old as the city. It consists of different buildings, gardens and courtyards. The Maharaja of Jaipur had its seat here until 1949. Nowadays there’s a museum and it still is the home to the Jaipur royal family.
On a walking distance from the city hall lies the Jantar Mantar. It is a collection of astronomical instruments from the 18th century. In 2010 Jantar Mantar was listed a world heritage by Unesco. Originally there were five of them all over India, but today this is the only one that’s left.
In the middle of the lake Man Sagar there’s a palace called Jal Mahal, which means the water palace. The water level changes in the lake over time, and at some point the lower stories aren’t showing. We never visited the palace itself. We just checked it out from the look out point. But it’s pretty cool I think!
Amber Fort is a beautiful old palace in the town of Amer close to Jaipur. It is located on a hill 11 km from Jaipur and is the most popular tourist spot in Jaipur. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The construction of the palace started in 1592 and it is made out of red sandstone and marble. The fort is very big and very cool. Except for all the beautiful architecture here there’s also a beautiful view over the mountains and the lake Maota.
There are courtyards and gardens with lots of monkeys running around. I’m happy I visited in 2009 when there weren’t that much people. I think the scene is a bit different now. I don’t remember we had to wait in line to enter at all which I have read is the case now (before Covid-19).
Jaiargh fort is another fort that lies just next to Amber Fort. It also goes by the Victory fort. I don’t remember much of this visit more than that the view from here was beautiful too and there weren’t much people at all. And the monkeys, will never forget the monkeys, hehe.