If you want to explore the treasures of the pink city, merely spending a day or two in the most common tourist spots is not enough. To understand the true essence of the Pink City you need to spend time in the lane and by-lanes of Jaipur and in the common market places filled with their indigenous sounds, sights and colors. Jaipur is like India’s color palette where every moment needs to be relished and remembered.
So if this is your first time exploring the city, here are a few of the places in and around Jaipur you should never miss.
- Jal Mahal: this is located in the heart of Man Sagar; this palace was dedicated to the maharanis of Jaipur. This was built by Madho Singh in 1799 as a summer resort for his family.
- The Jaipur City Palace: this is one of the most reputed tourist sites inside the city. This is a labyrinth of courtyards, gardens and lanes which sits right in the center of the main city. The entire palace is a collection of different architectural styles from different centuries as it was extended from time to time by the kings and their descendants. It has hundreds of rooms which show off their décor from the past centuries. There are rooms dedicated to weapons of war, rooms which hold the royal art collection etc.
- Hawa Mahal: also known as the Palace of Winds, this is a marvel of Indian architecture. This is a fairytale in pink sandstone which has thousands of windows facing the streets. The honeycomb designs with their elaborately designed windows and passageways facilitate circulation of air. This palace was created by the maharajas so their wives could keep an eye on the markets and the streets right below without ever having to step outside in the heat.
- Jantar Mantar: not too far from the main city palace, this is an ancient observatory which has all the old instruments once used by the king and his wise men to determine the alignment of the stars and planets.
- Sisodhia Rani Palace Garden: this is a delight for all the tourists especially in the autumn and the spring when the trees dress up in bursts of flowers. This is located about 6 km from the main city of Jaipur and serves as a breath of fresh air from all the tourist clogged alleyways of the city. This garden is right beside the Sisodhia Rani Palace which keeps a watch on the garden 24×7 with its delicate jafri-work and murals.
Rajasthan is a state of the lost kings of India and Jaipur is the city which treasures the memories of these lost glory days. If you want to search for these precious memories in the Pink City, it is a good idea to get your own transport which can take you from Delhi to Jaipur without losing a minute.