Holidays to Jaipur, India

The largest city in Rajasthan, Jaipur is just as often called the Pink City. The King of Jaipur painted buildings in the walled historic centre for Prince Albert's 1876 tour of India, and his Queen liked the result so much that a law was passed making it illegal for buildings to be painted any other colour.

In the heart of Jaipur you’ll find the City Palace which is still an official royal residence. Today you can explore the impressive complex of courtyards, gardens and fine buildings which showcase a fascinating blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Near to the palace you’ll find one of the city’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jantar Mantar. This observatory is home to a collection of vast astronomical instruments, and is best explored with a local guide who can offer an insight into how these various architectural objects are used to measure the heavens. 

Perhaps the most famous landmark of the city is the pink Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of the Winds'. This hive like structure was built in 1799 to allow ladies of the royal household to watch life unfold in the city below. Visit the small museum inside and check out the collection of paintings, royal relics and ceremonial armour.

A real highlight of Jaipur is the Amber Fort, located in the nearby village of Amer. This huge complex was built in a Hindu-Muslim style and contains four main areas, each with its own courtyard. Check out the women’s quarters and note the layout which was built specifically so the Maharaja could visit his various wives and concubines without the others knowing.

It's well worth taking the time to explore the Pink City's colourful bazaars which have a wide variety of local crafts on sale. The area is most famous for its gemstones and textiles and hand block-printed textiles. If you're feeling creative you may even like to try your hand at making your own block printed fabrics. 

For a delicious assault on the senses, visit the bazaar at night. Split into various zones such as food, flowers and textiles, you can easily while away an entire evening exploring. When it comes to food, the desert location dictates and there is heavy focus on beans and dried spices and leaves. Tuck into delicious curries, sip masala tea or try out some of the ample sweets on offer.

Highlights

  • Explore the vast Amber Fort and marvel at its hall of glittering mirrors

  • Shop for jewels, fabrics and local handicrafts in Jaipur's colourful bazaars

  • Visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory

Jaipur Trip Ideas

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Things to do in Jaipur

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Map of Jaipur