Here’s a peek into the Pink City: 10 things to do in Jaipur on your next visit
The Pink City has a long history of royalty, and the royal family still has quarters there. An aristocratic, royal ambience still pervades around the city, making visiting Jaipur a truly unique experience. So, in the midst of all the heritage sites that you visit, do not forget THESE 10 things to do in Jaipur:
Trek or cycle to Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
Want to enjoy the views of Jaipur from a vintage location, then Nahargarh Fort is the place for you. Put on your shoes and get ready to embark on a trekking or cycling expedition to the grand Fort. While you are at it, you can enjoy magical sunset views of the city, bathed in hues of yellow and orange.
Explore the timeless charm of Hawa Mahal
Another gem is the famous landmark of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal. Designed to keep the royal ladies hidden while they watched everyday activities on the street, this Mahal features a lattice of 953 small windows and resembles a honeycomb hive. Outside Hawa Mahal, you can get your hands on some junk jewelry, bandhani clothes, or on some 'pagadis' for your next festive celebrations.
Visit Amer Fort
Amer Fort is an amalgamation of Indian and Mughal styles of architecture. Legend has it that the Fort is so beautiful that even invaders could not bear to destroy it during the times of war and conflict. Embrace the royal vibe with an elephant ride up the cobbled path to the Fort, a truly Rajasthani experience!
Visit Jhalana Safari
Embark on an exciting jeep safari in India's first leopard reserve in Jhalana, Rajasthan. Spread across 23 sq.km., the Jhalana Safari Park is home to nearly 30-35 leopards, spotted deer, blue bulls, wild boars, and migratory birds. So, put on your caps and get ready for a tour of the wildlife sanctuary, amidst the majestic Aravali Hills.
Shop at versatile markets of Jaipur
The Pink City, is home to some of the most vibrant shopping places which includes the city's old local bazaars, popularly known as Badi or Chhoti Chaupar. If you are interested in brass ornaments, visit Tripolia Bazaar or if traditional jewelry catches your eye, travel to Johari Bazaar. At the Chandpol Bazaar, you will find the city's marble artisans.
Visit the magical Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal is an archeological wonder and is named so as it appears floating in the water. It is 4km away from Jaipur and can be reached by auto or taxis via Delhi-Jaipur highway. The palace has a panoramic view of the Man Sagar Lake and Nahargarh Hills that borders it. The palace has 5 floors but the 4 floors of this wonder are under water and only the 5th floor is visible.
Visit City Palace
The famous City Palace, built on the principles of Vastu, is a collection of beautiful courtyards, gardens, temples, and buildings. Built with quintessential pink and red sandstones, the structure is a fusion of Rajput, Mughal, and European architecture. The two main palaces in the complex are Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal.
Take a trip to Chokhi Dhani with your family
The Chokhi Dhani is a spectacular resort where hospitality of the Rajputs comes alive in its true nature and rustic settings. It is here that you can indulge in bullock cart rides, delightful puppet shows, peppy folk dances, magic shows and acrobatics in village style. Along with this, you can also gorge on the traditional and wholesome Rajasthani thali.
Hop on a Hot Air Balloon for a bird's eye view
Located near the Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Hot Air Balloon Safari is a lifetime experience. The ride takes you round to see various beautiful attractions of the city like City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, and many more. Hop in and fly around the city with your gurl pals, for the most aesthetic view, everr.
Watch a movie at Rajmandir Cinema
This meringue-shaped auditorium opened in 1976, and over the years has seen premieres of many hindi movies. The gorgeous ceiling is decorated with antique chandeliers and winding staircases that make this an experience worth remembering. Catch a bollywood movie here and take home with you, an experience of a lifetime.
There's a lot to be seen and done in Jaipur, and if you're not indulging yourself in these 10 activities, you're seriously missing out! Plan in advance and make the most of your time in the Pink City