Visit The Popular Historical Places In Jaipur And Get A Sneak-peek Into Royalty
The city of Jaipur is known to have scores of beautiful tourist places to rejuvenate you in a short span of time. Be it religious sites, forts, exquisite palaces, wildlife parks or art galleries, the pink city has it all! In fact, these Jaipur attractions will transform you into a unique blend of architectural excellence, cultural heritage and modernity. From a plethora of opulent forts, palaces, colourful streets and bazaars to urban chic neighbourhoods, holy temples and beautiful gardens, Jaipur offers its visitors abundance of tourist places and activities.
Top 8 Historical Places to Visit in Jaipur:
- Jal Mahal
- Neemrana Fort Palace
- Albert Hall Museum
- Chhatris of Gaitore
- City Palace
- Galtaji Temple
- Bhangarh Fort
Major places to see in Jaipur that speak out loud of the city’s cultural heritage include the iconic Jal Mahal, enthralling City Palace, Birla Mandir, Galtaji Temple, Amer Palace and Chhatris of Gaitore. Also consider seeing from a host of places of interest around the city including Neemrana Fort Palace, Pushkar and Bhangarh Fort among others.
1. Jal Mahal
Also called the ‘Water Palace’, this palace is situated in the centre of the charming Man Sagar Lake, bordered by the majestic Nahargarh Hills. The stunning location, peaceful surroundings, and panoramic views from the palace makes it one of the most famous places in Jaipur.
The architectural wonder was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh around 300 years back, as a hamlet to rest during his duck hunting expeditions. It was later refurbished by his descendent as an exotic palace for his queens to bathe in man-made lake and features embellished exteriors with courtyards and gardens built in typical Mughal and Rajasthani style.
A boat ride to the palace in the rustic wooden boats built by boat makers of Vrindavan, is one of the romantic escapades for couples during sunset. If you have a keen interest in bird watching, you might be lucky to spot a few rare species of birds like Oriental darter, flamingos, grey heron, Eurasian spoonbill and other migratory birds. In the evenings, the palace gets lighted up with thousands of decorative lights reflecting on the waters of the lake; the magical sight fascinates your hearts and souls.
The palace houses a luxury heritage hotel and restaurant. Once inside the ethereal palace, you can find several hallways, arched entrances, and exotic view from the balconies. Next to the lake, there are many street food stalls serving traditional delicacies and street food items, and the weekends are usually crowded with foodies relishing the local Rajasthani food.
The palace is a five-storied structure built with red stone that had the capacity of holding back millions of litters of water. Only the terrace garden on the top floor is visible and accessible to visitors; the remaining floors remain submerged under the watery expanse of the lake.
Best time to visit: October to January
Timings: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Entry fee: Indians 10 INR, Foreigners 50 INR
2. Neemrana Fort Palace
Looking for yet another promising getaway near Jaipur? Head to this beautiful heritage luxury resort, which is a perfect blend of contemporary and ancient endowment, celebrations and colours situated amidst the grandeur beauty of nature, and one of the idyllic one day trips from Jaipur with family or friends.
This magnificent fort cum resort is replete with history dating back to the 15-century and encompasses 2 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, and a spa and wellness centre, and the views that one gets from this place are just breath-taking.
Whether you are a history enthusiast, photographer or a plain nature lover, this amazing place will provide you with opportunities to spend your share of time with nature and appreciate it. For history seekers, the imperial palace presents an excellent opportunity to explore and learn about the mystical beauty of the architectural form prevalent at that time.
Distance from Jaipur: 156 kilometres via NH 48
Best time to visit: July to March
Timings: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Entry fee: Weekdays 500 INR, Weekends 750 INR
You can also choose to stay at one of the deluxe duplex suites and small suites, which range between 11,000 INR to 30,000 INR, or in the grand suites, garden rooms and rooftop tent, which are priced from 4,500 INR to 14,000 INR per night.
3. Albert Hall Museum
The oldest museum of the princely state of Rajasthan, Albert Hall Museum is an excellent paradigm of the Indo-Saracenic architecture and a famous tourist attraction for nature explorers, historians, and research scholars studying art and culture of Rajasthan. The museum is located inside the Ram Niwas Garden, and showcases a vast collection of artefacts like paintings, hand-woven carpets, carved arches, ivory, and metal sculptures, costumes and jewellery belonging to the individual tribes of Rajasthan and colourful crystal works. Groundwork of the museum began in 1876 under the aegis of Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, after whom the museum is named, and the building was opened to public in the year 1887.
The museum is constructed with pink sandstone can be recognized even from a far-off distance. Don’t forget to check out the section dedicated to Rajasthan’s unique henna artwork and puppet collection inside the museum.
Right next to the Albert Hall Museum is the Jaipur Zoo, another famous tourist attraction, especially amongst kids, wildlife photographers, and nature lovers. Spread across a sprawling area of 33 acres, the zoological park is home to a variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles including tigers, panthers, hyenas, spotted deer, and a number of colourful local birds and migratory birds.
Best time to visit: October to March
Timings: All days, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Entry fee: Indians 40 INR, Foreigners 300 INR
4. Chhatris of Gaitore
Gaitore is a small valley situated on the Jaipur-Amer road, which can be missed out in the first glance. But behold, the district offers grand marble and sandstone cenotaphs (chhatris) that houses tombs of the departed Kachhwaha Rajput monarchs and the members of the royal family. Gaitore, takes us back into a journey of the grand royal heritage of the supreme rulers of Jaipur. From 1733, every Kachhwaha king was incinerated here, and the carvings on each cenotaph depicts the taste of the respective king. The only cenotaph, which is not present here is that of Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh whose cremation was done in the City Palace.
The memorials of Gaitore illustrate the quintessential blending of Islamic and Hindu architecture. These open domed pavilions are beautifully crafted on pure white marble and sandstone, embellished with intricate peacock deigns and patterns and stand on a raised platform. The cenotaph of the legendary king Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II stands out from the other edifices.
One good thing about this place is that like most other tourist places in Jaipur, it is not that crowded, so you can peacefully revel in the solitude of nature.
Best time to visit: October to March
Timings: All days, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Entry fee: Indians 30 INR, Foreigners 100 INR
This old world charm is often mistaken to be purely religious. But Pushkar has multiple aspects to it that are unheard of. The annual cattle fair in October, magnificent Brahma temple, sprawling pristine ghats on the banks of holy Pushkar lake, Man Mahal, the lively bazaars providing a sneak peek into the incredible Rajasthani cuisine, art and culture are major attractions in Pushkar. Also, don’t forget to indulge in camel safari, hot air balloon ride and a visit to the desert sand dunes.
Consider buying traditional footwear, hand-woven fabrics, artefacts, paintings, home decor products and rose pulp. Most of these items are moderately priced and are also worth the pick.
Distance from Jaipur: 145 kilometres via NH 48
Best time to visit: November to March
6. City Palace
One of the most famous Jaipur attractions, the City Palace is the epitome of Rajput, European, and Mughal architecture and houses several palaces, courtyards, bunch of verdant gardens, temples, and special structures inside its design. Located in the central part of the city, the seven-storeyed fortress was built in the 19-century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, and features intricate carvings, floral designs, mural paintings, embellished ceilings, and mirrored walls, reflecting the royal lifestyle of the past rulers of this historic city. Most of the parts of the palace complex except the Chandra Mahal have been remodelled and transformed into art galleries and museums showcasing the antique collection of armours, costumes, carriages, and archives belonging to the former emperors and their wives. The Chandra Mahal inside the palace complex is still the residence to the royal family of Jaipur.
Govind Devi Ji Temple located inside the palace amidst lush gardens, is one of the most revered temples of Lord Krishna after Vrindavan. It is believed that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II brought the deity of Shri Govind Dev from Vrindavan and placed it in such a way that he could get an unswerving view of the deity from Chandra Mahal. The temple witnesses a convergence of nearly 5,000 people daily during mangal aarti, the morning rituals to wake up the lord.
Enjoy the puppet show inside the complex, giving a sneak peek of the vibrant Rajasthani style showcasing the history, myths, and legend complemented with background music and vocals.
Best time to visit: October to March
Timings: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Entry fee: Indians 35 INR, Foreigners 150 INR
7. Galtaji Temple
The Galtaji Temple is one of the other famous places to see in Jaipur located at a distance of 10 kilometres from Jaipur. Constructed in the 18-century by Diwan Rao Kriparam, who was an attendant of Sawai Jai Singh II, the temple offers a panoramic view of the majestic Aravali Hills, grasslands, rocky cliffs, and temperate deciduous forests. Large number of monkeys can be found roaming around the temple complex, which has accorded this place, the title of ‘Monkey Temple’.
According to the legends, the temple today is located on the site where a great sage ‘Rishi Galav’ performed rigorous reparation for 100 years. Pleased by his endurance, Gods blessed this place with abundance of water. It is for this reason you can spot several water ‘kunds’ dotting the temple complex, out of which the ‘Galta Kund’ is considered to be the most sacred.
The water of this temple is believed to be of medicinal value and has the power to cure several illnesses and diseases. Feeding the monkeys just beside the temple is considered sacrosanct after offering your pooja. The temple is thronged by pilgrims and tourists to take a dip in the holy waters of the kund, especially on the revered day of ‘Makar Sakranti’ in mid-January.
The picturesque architecture of the temple, which can be compared to that of a magnificent haveli, serene landscape settings, and captivating views of the city during sunset, makes this temple worth a visit for all kinds of travellers.
Best time to visit: October to April
Timings: All days, 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Entry fee: N/A
8. Bhangarh Fort
One of the most haunted places in Northern India, Bhangarh Fort, in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, is one of the offbeat places to see in Jaipur. It is famed for its archaeological significance, historical ruins, and astonishing ghost stories.
The fort was built in the 17-century by one of the navratans of Akbar’s darbar, Man Singh I for his grandson Madho Singh I, and is a great monument of mystery. Within the fort, there are temples, royal palaces, and havelis. Walk through the imposing entrance of the main fort known as ‘Bhoot dwar’, and climb up for a whole rewarding view. Spend the evening shopping along the streets, enjoying the sight of havelis, and historic ruins that are still remaining.
Distance from Jaipur: 86 kilometres via NH 21
Best time to visit: October to April
Timings: 6:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Entry fee: Indians 25 INR, Foreigners 200 INR
So, next when you decide to take a visit to Jaipur make sure to visit and explore some of these locations and get ready to be transported back in time.
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