Nicknamed as the pink city, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state in India, is home to magnificent lakes, palaces, forts and gardens. The royal legacy and its rich culture proudly reflect in the architecture and lifestyle of the city locals. Jaipur is arguably the first planned city of India.
If you have planned to arrive in Jaipur, below are five places you must visit.
Jal Mahal, meaning a water palace, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. Situated in Lake Man Sagar, the 5-storey palace is an architecture wonder. Its 4 storey are built below water surface offering amazing vistas to visitors. The palace architecture is a spectacular fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles. The palace looks at its best at evening.
It is one of the best forts of the state. You might have spotted it in a recent bollywood blockbuster movie named Bajirao Mastani. Acclaimed for its spell-binding mirror work, the fort poses its best in evening light and sound show. Beautifully designed chowks and mahals in the fort bring a glimpse of its royal past and wealthy culture to its visitors.
Hawa Mahal, meaning the palace of winds, offers panoramic views of the city and a relaxing experience with enormously breezy environment. Built with pink and red sand stones, Hawa Mahal was originally constructed with a motive to provide royal women with a tall screen they can watch street festivals without being visible from outside. Sounds interesting, right?
No tourist to Jaipur returns home without paying a visit to this oldest and largest street-side shopping bazaar in the city. Traditional clothes, jewelry, gemstones, textiles are a few of the items you will find in this local bazaar.
Located in Jaleb Chowk, this royal theme restaurant serves mouth-watering dishes from Rajasthani, Mughlai and North Indian cuisines. You must try the Lal Mass and Sula Biryani while here; the taste of the food will bring you to the place again and again. Food in the city is as rich as its culture and history. From road side stalls to budget restaurant and luxury dinning, you will find it all in the city!
Amidst spectacular forts and Mahals, charming bazaars and vividly colorful streets, the flamboyant city still manage to evoke peace in visitors. So, are you ready to explore the fairy-tale land of Jaipur?