Best Places in Jaipur | Rajasthan Tourism | Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar | Palaces & Forts
The pink city Jaipur, capital of the state Rajasthan, a northwestern state in India, is popular for its Royal Forts, Palaces, Thar Desert, camels, Luxury & textile industry. Here is most of them described with pictures, during my trip to Rajasthan.
Rajasthan being a desert, is really hot during the summers and monsoon. It even stays warm during the days in winter, but cold at night because of sand. So winters are really a good choice to visit here, but there is no need to go heavy on warm outfits, as days during the winters are really warm.
The city Jaipur is well connected to all the main routes from all the states around it, be it flights, railways, bus, taxi or personal car. From New Delhi, it only takes 2-3 hours by highways to reach there.
I remember staying in a hotel close to the popular Rajmandir Cinema Hall, in the main town Jaipur. From where the first place I went to visit was the lavish City Palace, right in the middle of the city. Not just the palace but the whole wide locality around it is painted in Peach/ Pink, hence the name pink city. The palace complex includes Chandra Mahal & Mubarak Mahal, and other buildings. There is such a royal feel to everything. Luckily photography is allowed there. Since its so vast and diverse, be prepared to pile up your memory cards.
The second place we visited in the city of Jaipur is Hawa Mahal, which literally translates to Air Palace. It got its name from well-ventilated structure of the palace to keep it cold during the boiling summers of Thar Desert.
Now moving to the outskirts of city Jaipur, is a beautiful Palace in the middle of a lake, Jal Mahal, which translates to Water Palace. This palace built with red sandstone is a 5 storey deep building, of which bottom 4 floors remain underwater when the lake is full of water, and the top floor is exposed.
Above mentioned palaces took us a whole day to visit, no matter how early in the morning we started. There was still a lot to explore so we left it for the next day.
Another very famous Palace on the outskirts of the city Jaipur is Sheesh Mahal, which translates to Mirror Palace. Its popular for its intricate mirror work. A small candle lit in the hall can brightly light up the entire palace.
Then we went to a temple named Birla Temple, in the main city Jaipur, and then to a popular market named Bapu Bazaar which is known for its classic textile work. Our second day ended here, but there was still a lot more to explore, the fort the next day.
On the third day, we left off Jaipur and went to a neighbouring city named Pushkar. Pushkar is famous for its camel rides (individual or as a classic carriage) in the Thar Desert, and Brahma’s Temple. One can really enjoy the raw nature of the desert, and famous Rajasthani cuisine after the ride, as the market around it is lit.
After that, we took off and drove some good distance to the edge of Aravalli Hills to explore the Nahargarh Fort. The whole city is visible from such a high distance. Centuries Back they must be able to spot enemies from such a height. As if that high was not enough to conquer, we went to a higher fort named Amber Fort, being one of the principle tourist attractions in the state of Rajasthan.
You can even see huge cannons and weapons and its forging units in the forts. Outside the fort, there is another popular market named Meena Bazaar, where tourists can buy souvenirs & things specific to Rajasthani culture.
Another popular place to visit in Rajasthan is the Dargah of Ajmer Sharif, it was really peaceful and divine there, but taking pictures was kind of prohibited. It’s worth the visit though.
There were still a few more places to visit in Rajasthan like Udaipur, Jaisalmer but we didn’t had enough time and it was on a slightly different route. I would love to go there someday and make another blog post on it.