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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the top attractions in Jaipur?

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If you are headed to Jaipur on your next holiday, don’t sweat! Jaipur has a wide variety of attractions and you are bound to find something to please yourself when here. From forts, palaces, and temples to architectural geniuses, beautiful monuments, lakes and museums you name it, and Jaipur has it. An interesting bit you might want to know is that you can save yourself the hassle of buying tickets at every counter by buying the 5 Monument Composite-Ticket for INR 50 for Indian Nationals and INR 300 for Foreign Nationals. Some of the most popular attractions in Jaipur are:

  • City Palace

    Located inside the old city, City Palace is a blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture bound to leave you awestruck. A vast palace complex that occupies nearly a seventh of the Pink City, this palace was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II and has a complex that is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. Not only is it home to several palatial structures like the
    Chandra Mahal, it also has the Mubarak Mahal housing a textile museum and the Diwan-e-Khas housing the two largest silver vessels in the world. The magnificent architecture and huge gardens take you to the eras of Rajas and Maharajas, and still give a true feel of the grand life of Indian Royals.

    Entry Fee: INR 150 for Foreign Nationals, INR 35 for Indians
    Timings: 10am to 5pm

  • Jal Mahal

    Located on the way to Sisodia Rani Garden, this is a Rajput style palace that sits in the center of the
    Maan-sarovar lake. Having been renovated in the 18th century, the Jal Mahal has traditional boat-makers from Vrindavan so that you can enjoy the boat ride to the Mahal in Rajput style wooden boats. Beware though! It is best to come here for the boat ride in the months from October to March, you may find When you walk down these decorated hallways and chambers on the first floor, you can almost picture the life of the erstwhile emperors here. Climb all the way up to the fragrant Chameli Bagh, and let the abundance of nature here do away all your weariness. Across the lake, you can view the Aravalli hills, dotted with temples and ancient forts, and on the other side, the sprawling, bustling city of Jaipur.

    Entry Fee: INR 80

    Timings: 9.30am to 4.00pm

  • Jantar Mantar

    Lauded as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and located very close to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar is the largest of five astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734. Consisting of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes etc, the observatory is a major attraction for kids and adults alike.  There is not a single boring moment as you marvel at the operations of these devices.


    Entry Fee: INR 10, Monday-Free
    Additional Fee: INR 20 and INR 50 for Camera and Video respectively. Also Included in the 5-monument Composite Ticket
    Timings:9:00 am to 4:30 pm


  • Hawa Mahal

    No, its not a palace floating in air as the name suggests! On a serious note, Hawa Mahal was built in 1799, as an extension of the women’s chamber for allowing royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. This five storey high red sandstone structure has over 950 windows, giving the palace its name.


    Entry Fee: INR 50, Cameras Free. Also included in the 5-monument Composite Ticket
    Timing: 10am to 4.30pm

  • Albert Hall Museum

    Also known as the Government Central Museum, this one of the oldest museums of Jaipur and retains the essence of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The museum houses a number of courtyards, archways and towers standing as an symbol for rich architectural heritage of the country. The Albert Hall Museum displays several miniature paintings along with portraits of the royal kings displayed on the first floor of the museum. Other valuable artworks include metal artwork, carving and huge jewelry collection with some brass articles. Other Specialties of the display include woodworks, refined carvings, clay wares and traditional dresses of the various kings. Witness these antiques and be lost in a world of opulence!


    Entry Fee: INR 30 for Foreign Nationals, INR 5 for Indians. Also included in the 5 monument composite Ticket
    Timings: 10.30am to 4.30pm

  • Govind Devji Temple

    Religious travellers make it a point to visit the most important temple in the world  of Lord Krishna, after Vrindavan. Legend has it that Lord Krishna's idol in the temple looks exactly like Krishna's form while his incarnation of Earth.


    Address: Jainiwas Gardens
    Jalebi Chowk
    City Palace

  • Moti Doongari

    This temple is located in the center of Jaipur city and is the main center of religion in the Pink City. Moti Dungri is primarily a small hill, which means Pearl Hill. There is a Temple and a Palace on this hill. Moti Dungri temple is dedicated to
    Lord Ganesha and it is said that at the time of building this city, this temple was constructed first to protect the city.

  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple

    Also known  as The Marble Temple and Birla Temple, below the well known Moti Dungri fort is a relatively new temple constructed with finest high quality white marbles with beautiful carvings that take your breath away.

To be honest, it is next to impossible to put everything that Jaipur has to offer into words. The Pink City promises more than just a vacation, it is an experience that is one of its kind.


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