I feel so fortunate to have spent part of my childhood and teenage years in Jaipur. It is the most beautiful place to grow up in, with a perfect mix of traditional culture and archaeological sites.
When to visit?
Best time to visit Jaipur is from September to March as it gets too hot to bear during summers with average temperature around 44 degrees.
“In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour. Since pink denotes the color of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in color to welcome the guests. It was then that Lord Albert exclaimed Jaipur to be a 'Pink City'”
To get you started there are lots of historical forts in Jaipur to leave you spellbound.
One must visit #AmerFort in the morning. It will take around 2-3 hours to enjoy the aesthetic ambiance of the palace. Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, or "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas, or "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace.
Next to Amer Fort you can enjoy #JaigarhFort. It has an armoury chamber, a museum and jaivana canon.
#NahargarhFort is also in the vicinity of Jaigarh fort where one can enjoy the view of entire pink city.
#KanakGhatiGarden and nearby temples give the spiritual feeling.
#JalMahal is beautifully located in middle of Man Sagar Lake. The place turns into a chowpaty in the evening.
#TheCityPalace is in the central-northeast part of the Jaipur city. It is a unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. The most prominent and most visited structures in the complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
You can cover all these forts in one go if you are running short on time. However, I recommend 2-3 days to visit and admire the beauty of all these forts and Mahals.
Start your day with #Amer_fort, an architectural masterpiece located high on a hill, and then #Jaigarh and #Nahargarh forts which are neighbouring Amer Fort. In the evening you may visit Kanak Ghati Garden, nearby temples and Jal Mahal to relive your spiritual side and witness the architecture.
Next day you can cover the City palace and #Hawa_mahal. Both are located in the heart of pink city. You can enjoy the colorful local markets there. Adjacent to Hawa Mahal is #Badi_Chaupar where you can shop for mojaris, handicraft, antiques, Rajasthani furniture, salwar suits and Jaipuri print dress material. Be prepared to bargain. You can also find a variety of traditional and lac bangles too.
Don't forget to visit Johri Bazar for sarees and lehangas in colourful bhandhej, or glittering gemstone jewellery. For sarees, try Rooplaxmi, Rana Saree Emporium and Jaipur Saree Kendra. Laxmi Misthan Bhandar (#LMB) is the place to be if you wish to try Rajasthani snacks and (thali)food in restaurant.
Next is the Birla Temple/Laxmi Narayan temple known for the intricate carvings in white marble. Don't forget to buy Kachoris and sweets from Sodhani Sweets, Tonk road. In the vicinity is the SMS stadium, Vidhan Sabha, Rambagh Golf club, High Court, Govt. Secretariat, Birla Auditorium etc. Enjoy the cup of tea at Tapri central, C-scheme enjoying the view and host of street foods served in this tea lounge.
To get the glimpse of Rajasthan's rich culture, dance forms, camel rides, original food you must visit Chokhi Dhani, Tonk Road jaipur. Be there around 6 - 6:30 p.m. to explore all the sections and bring an amazing closure to your Jaipur visit.
I have tried to cover all major places that one would want to visit in The Pink City. Hope you all guys love the beautiful city with such rich heritage, culture, food and fresh air.