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Top things to do in Pink City, Jaipur


Visiting the royal capital aka the Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur for the first time can be a bit overwhelming as it is overflowing with palaces, forts and architectural beauty in every nook and corner. From our previous trips to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer we had a fair idea of how astonishing the historical cities of Rajasthan are and what to expect during our visit.  But to our surprise nothing could make us more prepared for what we experienced in Jaipur, we were even more in awe of the beauty of the Jaipur, its people, and the delicious food we binged on. So, if you guys are planning to visit this glorious city of Rajasthan and are confused on what to do and where to go, we sisters are here to help you all. We have curated a list of top things to do in Jaipur in this post, which we are hopeful of giving you a good kick start to your planning.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal, JaipurHawa Mahal

The crown jewel of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal or also known as The Palace of Winds is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. The whole structure was built using the red and pink sandstone giving it a distinct rosy pink color. With 953 tiny windows in its front facade which has its shape inspired from the crown of Lord Krishna, Hawa Mahal was used by the royal women to view the festivities and processions in the streets without being seen to the public. Explore the beautiful courtyards, narrow alleyways and tiny windows decorated elaborately with the jharokhas inside the Mahal and get the glimpse of the city from inside the Mahal.

Related Post: Read about the iconic Hawa Mahal, “The Palace of Winds”.

Jantar Mantar

Built in the year 1734 by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, Jantar Mantar is a world-famous astronomical observation monument and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a collection of various buildings used in the astronomical measurements. The Maharaja’s curious mind and eagerness to learn in the field of astrology made him establish this observational monument in a large scale (built out of stone and masonry rather than traditional brass instruments) in five different locations across the nation along with Jaipur (Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura) which helped in obtaining accurate measurement. Tour the grounds of this ancient monument and get mesmerized by the enormity of its structures and techniques used to map the heavenly constellations.

City Palace

Although the City Palace of Jaipur is located in the heart of Jaipur city, walking through its magnificent gates, stunning gardens and courtyards surrounding various buildings is like being in a whole different world inside. Built and expanded over centuries by the rulers, the City Palace is a complex of varies Mahals, temple, Maharani’s Palace all of which are infused with different architectural styles (Rajput, Islamic and European). One would run short of words to describe the beauty of the interior of this palace which is adorned with unique mirror works and paintings. Do not miss out on admiring the beauty of the four gates in the Pritam Niwas Chowk which represent four different seasons and Hindu gods.

Amer Fort

Things to do in Jaipur

One of the favorite locations for many movie shoots and ads in Bollywood, Amer fort is one of the ancient and important forts of Rajasthan. Amer fort or Amber Fort is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its eclectic architecture which, stands as a testimony of the Rajputs power which flourished in this region for centuries. Raja Man Singh built this fort in 1592 which originally belonged to the Meena kings. Amer fort lies on top of the hill overlooking the Jaipur city and Maota lake surrounded by massive ramparts. Amer fort boasts of the beautiful Rajput style of art and paintings on its walls and ceilings, some of where you can also find precious stones embossed on them. Do not miss to admire the magical walls of Sheesh Mahal where once the Rajas and the Ranis spent their romantic time together.

Jal Mahal

Built amidst the Man Sagar Lake, a man-made reservoir, Jal Mahal or Water Palace is originally a hunting lodge for the Maharaja. At present it has become a must stop for photos as it looks stunningly beautiful especially, at dawn when the lights are lit with the floating mirror image of the palace on the water surface.

Birla Mandir

The pure white marble structure of Birla Mandir is built below the Moti Durga fort and is a symbol of peace and serenity. The stunning architectural detail of the temple has made it as one of the most famous landmarks of Jaipur. Although Birla Mandir is dedicated to Lord Vishu and Goddess Laxmi you can also see pictures and figures of saints and philosophers from other religion such as Buddhism, Socrates, Zarathustra, and Confucius.

Shop local

Since Jaipur has been the center for trade of various goods from all around the world for centuries, shopping here also comes under one of the must do’s. Precious stones and jewelry, local fabrics, traditional paintings, species and the world-famous Mojaris or Juttis. Even if you are not interested in shopping, explore the local, traditional handicrafts and cloth dying techniques where they use natural dyes for block printing motifs on the cloths. Also, do not fail to check out their famous 100g quilt which would defiantly make you cozy and sleepy as you hold it since it is unbelievably soft and light as they claim it to be just 100 gms.

Things to do in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Albert Hall Museum

Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the magnificent building of Albert Hall Museum caught our attention immediately as we were passing through the Nehru Garden road. The foundation of this glorious building was first laid in 1876 on the occasion of Prince of Wales, Albert Edward’s visit but the construction was completed in 1887 where the artifacts collected from different parts of the country was displayed. At present, the exuberant collection of local artifacts showcasing the traditional jewelry, pottery, marble and metal art, sculptures and garments and textiles can be found inside. 

Nahargarh Fort

Want to grab a stunning, panoramic view of the pink city, then climb up to the Nahargarh fort which is built on the edge of the Aravalli hills. The name Nahargarh means “Adobe of Tigers” but according to the local legend when the construction of the fort started there were few unusually, haunted activities on site. Upon discovering that the place is haunted by the spirit of a Rathore named  Nahar Singh the then king, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built a temple in his honor and named the fort Nahargarh.


When it comes to relishing on local food in Jaipur the name LMB (Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar) is synonymous as their Rajasthani thali with lip-smacking dal-bhati-churma is quite popular among the tourists as well as the locals. Also try their kachoris, mirchi vada and if you have a sweet tooth then do try their delightful Ghewar.

Things to do in Jaipur

Things to do in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Things to do in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Do let us know what are the other things which can be done while in Jaipur and also which is your favorite city in Rajasthan which you loved the most in the comment below! 🙂 







50 thoughts on “Top things to do in Pink City, Jaipur

  1. I’ve still not been to India, but I love the look of Rajasthan. Those temples and interesting architecture inspires me to book a visit soon, as they’re incredible. I’d also try and climb that fort to see some of the best views of the Pink City. I’d probably get carried away with the camera and take hundreds of photos!

  2. Interesting that it is the pink city, it looks more orange to me. The architecture is so distinctive, they really are impressive palaces. Great views all around, I can see how you would build up an appetite.

  3. That building in Hawa Mahal looks like someone just copied and pasted architecture over and over again- it’s like a castle and an anomaly! One of my bucket list goals is to actually buy and haggle at local markets in India. Everything is so beautiful; even the pink sandstone is beautiful, but in detroit we have limestone so buildings have a soft green tint to them which is nice- so they’d coordinate together! I’m always blown away just thinking about architecture from even 2 or 300 years ago because the tools were so different.

    1. What a perfect way to describe the Hawa Mahal! And yes historic architectures are always fascinating to study.

  4. The whole of Rajasthan is just unbelievably beautiful. Thanks for sharing details of the capital pink city. Surely the Hawa Mahal
    Is the most iconic one and stands out. From the food to the UNESCO heritage sites it’s got all. A great post Nd visuals and great.

  5. Ohh this just brings me back to India! We backpacked in India for three month in 2014 and although the Blue city was our favorite the Pink city was also very beautiful! Especially the majestic Amer fort! Incredible beautiful! Unfortunatelly I cant remember if we tasted any local delicates! Looking at your Thali plate I know we didnt ate anything that deliciously looking! Bring me back to Jaipur!

  6. I love JAIPUR I went there years ago when I was in India working and I have always wanted to go back and spend more time there. Now after reading this I want to go back even more now. Jal Mahal or Water Palace is definitely high up on my list, I remember seeing it from the road and thinking I want to go there. Great tip too about the panoramic view of the pink city from Nahargarh fort

  7. Sounds like a great city to explore. I can see why Hawa Mahal is famous for its architecture. It’s stunning – I love the details on the doorways. The food also looks absolutely fantastic. I love shopping in local markets so I think I would really enjoy exploring the shops here as well.

  8. Ahhhh Jaipur is on my bucket list! And you are so right- every time I look up what to do I get overwhelmed. I love your suggestions- makes it a bit less overwhelming. The architecture and culture is absolutely stunning! And now I am craving LMB!!! Looks divine!

  9. Jaipur is one of the most vibrant cities of India. One can never get enough of it. I am glad that I have done everything listed above. The architecture deserves a mention for sure. I love to do shopping whenever I visit Jaipur. Rajasthani Kachori’s are my favorite.

    1. We are huge of the delicious kachoris as well. Would not leave a chance to have then when we are in Rajasthan.

  10. Wow! I didn’t know much about this area before reading this. I can definitely see why the Pink City is such an impressive destination! Amazing architecture, rich history, and so much culture and food. I think the fort would be super interesting.

  11. My favorite part is about food – it makes me hungry now!
    Jaipur is one of the most vibrant cities of India and I would really like to visit is soon 😀

  12. Jaipur and Rajasthan have been in my bucket list for years. Ten years ago I even bought the flight tickets to visit these enchanting places and last minute I had to cancel the trip. I hope to make to the Pink City soon! Thanks for your precious info!!!

  13. The Pink City is incredibly beautiful. India has so many of these impressive forts and structures that I clearly need to visit one day to see them all in person. Your food look interesting too, I’d love to try something from that platter one day!

  14. Wow, Jaipur looks like an incredible place to visit. The observation monument, the palace and the fort look like they have a lot of history to tell and lovely architecture in the palace. I would love to try the food as well! Hopefully I can one day.

  15. You have shared a great guide for first timers to Jaipur. All sights are worth visiting specially Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal. I am a big fan of Rajasthani food and therefore trying Rajasthani food special from Jaipur is on my top list. Shopping local stuff must be interesting as Jaipur has rich art and cultural heritage.

  16. I visited Jaipur only as a child but I plan to go back soon, especially since my family lives in Delhi and it’s just a road trip away for us from there! Hawa Mahal is iconic I have to say – I saw it when I was a child but I have absolutely no memory of it and I wish to go back to take pictures of this really amazing architecture. Apart from that, I think you’ve given me a really nice guide here, listing other places which I should include in my itinerary. Jal Mahal and Amer Fort have already made it to the list!

  17. The historic city of Jaipur and one I have had the pleasure of visiting and truely loved. The food the colours and the vibrant city. Love to stand and watch the hawa mahal and then to taste the large thali what else can you want. You have covered the city with all its best to offer from history to food. Thanks for sharing a great post with great visuals as well

  18. Oh my, how beautiful Jaipur sounds, and I am loving the name “pink city.” The Hawa Mahal looks absolutely divine – the architecture alone is incredible. The photos you could take for hours here would be wonderful. I also totally would love to try the Rajasthani thali – it looks and sounds delicious. Definitely making me hungry!

  19. I have been to Jaipur so many times. My favourite was of course the Hawa Mahal. The engineering of this building is par excellence. The Amer Fort is equally delightful. But what always excites me is the food. I can have pyaz kachoris all day when in Jaipur. And of course daal bati churma at least once a day.

  20. This is such a beautiful location to visit. Especially for an architecture lover as myself. These buildings appear to be such architectural marvels! The food would be a nice addition to my visit, for sure 🙂 🙂

  21. Jaipur is so vibrant and colourful. Your post brings back my memories of Jaipur. Personally, my favourite place was Amer Fort. But I missed the Jal Mahal and Narhargarh Fort (These two I wanted to visit badly!) as I had only one day. And Amer Fort took most of my time. Loved the article.

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