India’s desert capital of Jaipur, affectionately referred to as the Pink City because of the pink walls and buildings of the old city, lures visitors with its stunning remnants of a bygone era. The most popular Jaipur attractions and places to visit are the ancient palaces and forts, with elaborate architecture that serves as a resplendent reminder of their royal heritage. Many can be seen on this do-it-yourself Walking Tour of Jaipur’s Old City.
Those who are feeling adventurous can also go on a hot air balloon safari in Jaipur. In addition, Experiences and Vedic Walks also offer excellent immersive tours beyond standard sightseeing. Or explore Jaipur differently on a Segway.
Amber Fort and Palace
Upon visiting the magnificent City Palace, it’s easy to see that the royal family of Jaipur was one of the richest in India. The palace’s huge complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings blends both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The royal family lives still live there, in the graceful Chandra Mahal. It’s possible to access the private rooms, with a personal guide, for an additional cost. Also, inside the City Palace complex is a museum, art gallery, and interesting displays of royal costumes and old Indian weapons. A new exhibit dedicated to paintings and photography was recently added, including old photos of the woman of the palace. In addition, note that it’s now possible to visit the City Palace at night and see an outstanding sound and light show.
Jantar Mantar Observatory
Markets and Shopping
Government Central (Albert Hall) Museum
Museum of Legacies
Elefantastic offers an ethical opportunity to get up close and personal with some of India’s much-loved elephants for a day. An elephant sanctuary in an elephant care village, Elefantastic was formed in 2012 to promote the wellbeing of these giant creatures and show tourists that not all of them are mistreated. Before starting Elefantastic, Rahul (the founder) worked as an elephant rider for nine years. At Elefantastic, you’ll be able to wash, feed and water the elephants, learn about elephant decorating and have a painting class, and learn about the elephants’ medicines and treatments. Bareback rides are also possible. Many similar elephant parks have opened in the area but Elefantastic is the most reputable and popular one.
Cost: Foreigners can expect to pay 4,000-5,100 rupees per adult (discounts available for children), depending on the time of year.