August 22nd, 2016 by Abhijit Chakraborty

Plan a weekend trip to Jaipur for the best traveling experience you will ever have. Every corner of it is painted with beauty. It has the most majestic forts and palaces you will ever set your eyes on. Jaipur, nestled in the beautiful hills of Aravalli Range has everything to offer and the beautiful lakes and rolling hills are just the cherry on top of it. It has too many awesome tourist destinations to be missed out.

A weekend in bed is a weekend wasted – so don’t waste your weekend lying down! Instead, pack your bags and head out to Jaipur right now, to witness it in its entire majesty. Tour through the heritage city, bustling markets, royal palaces and soak in the grand Rajasthani culture with our Jaipur Tour Packages.

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Pack your bags and head out to Jaipur right now, to witness it in its entire majesty.

1. Amer Fort

Amer Fort
Amer Fort 

Located on the outskirts, this fort is 15 km from Jaipur.

Travel Tip: We recommend that you head out early in the day and plan accordingly. Most of the monuments close off their entry by 5 pm, so you should ensure that you have plenty of time to spend in each place.

This fort is also known as Amber fort, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort overlooks the Maota lake, which has a beautiful island in the centre. There is no fee to visit this lake and we’d recommend you definitely go see the saffron garden that survives from the 15th century. Apart from a museum in the fort itself, there are four courtyards with several gates with intricately woven architectural designs.

2. Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort 

It is situated 10 km from Jaipur city. Placed right on top of the Hill of Eagles, it has a scenic view that cannot be missed. The palace complex includes Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Vilas Mandir and Aram Mandir, an armoury and a museum. A short walk from the fort is the Jaivana Cannon, a huge metallic marvel which is still well preserved after centuries, and is best viewed during a receding sunset. Jaigarh Fort and Amber Fort are connected by subterranean passages and are considered as one complex, so if you visit one you must visit the other.

3. Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort at Dusk
Nahargarh Fort at Dusk

This palace is named ‘the abode of tigers’ and true to its name, it overlooks the Pink City, forming a defensive ring of protection around it. Bollywood loves Nahargarh and if you love Bollywood then you should definitely see the places where some scenes from “Rang De Basanti” and “Shuddh Desi Romance” were shot. The way it overlooks the rest of Jaipur makes this fort one of Jaipur’s most scenic places.

Travel Tip: Padao is an open air restaurant in Nahargarh, with an entry fee of merely 200 rupees per person. Enjoy a beautiful late night dinner here.

4. City Palace

City Palace, view from Isarlat
City Palace

Travel Tip: Isarlat Minaret is a hidden gem from where this fantastic view can be seen. Make the climb to the top to witness Jaipur in its complete beauty.

It is a palace complex in Jaipur, which includes Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and many other palaces. Start your day with a visit to this palace & the best shopping places in Jaipur. It is also the heart of the Pink City.

5. Hawa Mahal

The Palace of Winds
The Palace of Winds 

The Hawa Mahal is a short walk from the City Palace so you need not worry about commuting. Made of red and pink sandstone, it is one of the reasons why Jaipur is called The Pink City. The building has 953 windows with intricate patterns that can be viewed closely through the entry in the back.

6. Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar 

Built in 1734, it has nineteen architectural astronomical devices. And these devices are fully functional even to this day. Its awesome structures are evident of the technological advancement of the period, and also the religious harmony that existed then. It features the world’s largest sundial, so no wonder it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Albert Hall Museum
Albert Hall Museum 

7. Shopping Spots

Johri Bazaar is famous for its jewellery made of gold, diamond and silver, precious stones and semi-precious stones and pearls. Kundan and Minakari jewellery, two unique kinds of jewellery can also be found here. You will also find the most exquisite sarees in this market.

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The precious stones you can find in Johri Bazaar

Tripolia Bazaar: is a 20 min walk from Johri Bazar, and is a shopper’s paradise. It has many shops that sell Rajasthan’s famous lac bangles. Traditional brass wares and hand designed carpets are the speciality of this market. It is closed on Sundays.

Nehru Bazaar: is one of the traditionally built markets of Jaipur, where one can purchase clothes, footwear, gifts and household items. There are many shops that showcase authentic crafts. The main attraction is the traditional jooti, which come in multi-coloured designs.

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The special handicrafts of Rajasthan

Bapu Bazaar: is surrounded by pink rustic buildings on both sides, showcasing the true essence of Jaipur. This market draws thousands of tourists every day because of the variety of goods it offers. Don’t forget to shop for textiles and jootis while you are here.

How to Reach Jaipur?

Since Jaipur is an important metropolis in India, it has its own airport and railway station and there are both domestic and international flights here from various parts of the country and the world. It has a well connected public transport system which will take the tourists to the interior parts of the city from here.

If one is traveling by road, then there are direct buses from Delhi and Agra and other cities of Uttar Pradesh as well and various highways cross the city.

Almost all the places of sightseeing here allow cameras or mobile cameras though it is important that you ask for permission or look for a notice board while visiting a museum or some particular fortresses. A nominal fee for photography has to be paid on certain locations.

Where to Stay in Jaipur?

Jaipur is mostly visited by people who would love to experience the heritage of India and have a glimpse of the royal lifestyle that the people indulged in hundreds of years back. Hence, it is only natural that you would want to experience some of that when you visit this amazing capital of Rajasthan yourself and the hotels in Jaipur will ensure that you have one of the best stays of your life when you are on a vacation. There are multiple hotel options here- both budget and high end and you can book your rooms quite easily through the Oyo app. You may choose hotels depending on your budget, according to the distance from the airport or the railway station, according to the kind of food they serve or whether they have transport facilities or not. Jaipur is splendid and beautiful and the place where you stay will determine much of the experience you have here. Most of the hotels serve authentic Rajasthani cuisine and so you should definitely try out the gourmet dishes here.

Food in Jaipur

The food in Jaipur is sure to take you back to the times when the maharajas of the land feasted. The cuisine of Rajasthan is lip smackingly delicious. Do not forget to try out the specialties here like the dal bati churma, laal maas, bajrey ki roti, ghewar, sohan halwa, and the variety of daals that are available here. Rajasthani cuisine makes generous use of spices, and you are sure to find each bite more flavorful than the others. The Rajasthani thali is a sight to behold, even before you dig into the food.

Your trip to Jaipur will surely be one of the most memorable vacations that you have taken in your life and you are sure to be inspired to visit the other places of Rajasthan as well.

Apart from these forts, palaces and museums, there are many more places to visit in Jaipur including The Pink City, Lake Jal Mahal, Albert Hall and so many more places.

So whenever you plan your vacation to Jaipur, book an OYO for the most comfortable and convenient stay.

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