The pink city of India and the capital of the largest state, Rajasthan. Also known as the heart of Rajasthan, Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India.
The city was colored in pink when the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur in 1905-1906. Jaipur was founded by the Rajput ruler Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer. The city is also named after the ruler.
Jaipur is a major tourist attraction/destination in India forming a part of the Golden Triangle (India’s Golden Triangle is a tourist circuit that includes destinations like Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur).
The city has a very well planned architecture and boasts its road and network. The pink city also holds a history of heroic battles, forts, and majestic buildings, and ancient architecture.
Marketplaces like Bapu bazaar, Johri Bazaar, and Tripolia Bazar are some of the popular tourist attractions in the city.
However, the pink city is much more than just shopping and architecture, here are some of the must-visit places in Jaipur.
1.Elephant ride at Amer Fort
Amer or Amber fort is situated high on a hill and located approximately 11 kilometers from Jaipur. The Amer Fort is the principal tourist attraction in the capital of Rajasthan. Riding an elephant to the top of the fort is an adventurous experience, this ride lasts about 20 minutes.
2.Hike up to Nahargarh Fort
This is a must-do activity for those who have a knack for adventures like hiking or trekking. Once you reach the peak of the Nahargarh fort, it will give you an amazing view of the city.
The song Gulabi starring Sushant Singh Rajput & Vaani Kapoor from the movie Shudh desi romance was shot at this location.
3.Go for a camel ride
One can hire a camel from a market place and go for a ride or a mini-tour in the nearby areas.Rides end at the Jal Mahal or the Lakefront.
4.Watch the sunset from Jal Mahal
The Jal Mahal, a massive conception of artistic magnificence and engineering proficiency.Watching the sunset in the backdrop at the mahal will make your experience even better.
The pink city is also known for its wildlife that is found here. It includes leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and a wide range of other exotic animals and birds.This area was once the hunting grounds of the royal families.
6.Village jeep safari
A real Rajputana royal glory could be felt in Jaipur with village jeep safari that takes one to visit local villages. One can notice village houses, occupations, agricultural farms, the life of people, and visit local panchayats and pathshalas.
7.Learn about astronomy at Jantar Mantar
The monument consists of the world’s largest sundial and is a part of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The noteworthy feature of the monument is that it is the combination of various social, cultural, historical, and political beliefs of the 18th century. The monument can accurately measure the time, predict eclipses, and even track the location of major stars as the earth orbits around them and the sun.
8.Hot-air balloon ride
This is one of the most amazing and adventurous things to do in Jaipur if you have a knack for adventures. Located near the Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Hot air balloon safari is conducted by various operators around the city and is a great way to beat the city chaos.The ride takes you around to see various beautiful attractions of the city like City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, and many more. A fun activity to engage in with friends or family or loved ones, it will surely give you many memorable moments
9. Enjoy a cycling tour
One of the best ways to see the sights of Jaipur is to start on an early morning cycling ride. This is the best way to see the city at its best as the tour starts at daw. There will be various people from different parts of the world and of different backgrounds will be accompanying you on this tour and a guide will take you through the serene paths lined by farms and trees.
10.Trek to bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev
The trek commences and ends at Sagar lake, Amer. So, one needs to assemble at the site as per the itinerary.One can walk through the green trails of the oldest mountains of the world called Aravali ranges and reach the Bhuteshwar Nath temple after the hike.
Take up a day in the woods with your friends and family and enjoy it with refreshments along the route. The duration of the trek is about 4.5 to 5 hours.