Jaipur in One Day
Jaipur is one of the cities of India that attracts millions of tourists from across seas and not even the local layman can walk away from the charm of this Pink city. Be it an exhaustive day trip with Monday ahead or a planned trip, Jaipur seems new every time you walk in this city and showcases its best in the form of forts, palaces, gardens, galleries and markets. If you need a break from a monotonous schedule and don't have much time in hand, plan a one day trip to Jaipur and fortunately, Jaipur is well connected through all modes of commute making the trip worthwhile and every moment well spent.
Following are some of the places that are a must-see in Jaipur and you will be proud to have covered that in your album "Places traveled".
Situated on the outskirts of Jaipur, 11 km away, lies the citadel- Amber Fort. Set in the picture perfect setting of rugged hills and blended Mughal and Hindu Architecture, this red sandstone and white marble structure stands out in perfection.The beautiful aura with expressive painting scenes with carvings, mirrors and precious tones is captivating.The Maota lake provides a breathtaking view and can be enjoyed with a elephant ride that goes uphill to the fort.
Timings- 8Am to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee- Rs 25 (Indian) and Rs200 (Foreigner)
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh left behind a legacy of magnificence in the field of art and architecture with this centuries old monument- The City Palace. Another beautifully blended Mughal art and Rajput Architecture, this place goes in the list of world's most lavish and rich buildings.The Mubarak Mahal has a beautiful reception before its entry which now houses the museum wherein the royal costumes of Rajputana culture and even arms and ammunition have been showcased in The Maharani's Palace leaving viewers in an awe of excitement. The adorned daggers and ivory handled swords are a major attraction in addition to the beautifully laid frescoes on the ceiling.
Timings- 9AM to 5PM
Entrance Fee- Rs75 (Indian) and Rs300 (Foreigner)
Another space defined by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh is a technically defined and astronomically arranged space known as Jantar Mantar. This place is the largest observatories in India and has a collection of architectural astronomical instruments which are 14 in number and were used to measure time, predict eclipse and tracking stars locations. Some of the instruments are namely Vrihat Samrat Yantra, Nadivalya Yantra, Krantivritta Yantra, Chakra Yantra, etc.
Timings- 9AM to 4:30 PM
Entry Fee- Rs40 (Indian) and Rs 200 (Foreigner)
The most spectacular of the three hill top forts overlooking Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort takes the lead.This fort is a compilation of palaces, granary, cannon foundry, temples, towers and a giant Cannon. This vast stretch of red sandstone fort spreads over 3 km in length and 1 km in width also has some pretty and well tended gardens and a museum which can be accessed by tourists.
Timings- 9AM to 4:30 PM
Entry Fee- Rs 35(Indian) and Rs 85 (Foreigner)
The best known landmark of Jaipur is this pink sandstone structure known as Hawa Mahal or Palace of winds. The name has been given because of its 953 honeycombed windows which are placed on its facade This 5 storey high structure can be accessed till top and a capture through the latticed windows can be earned. Designed for the ladies of the royal household, this place was for them to observe the everyday life and processions with a veiled comfort.
Timings - 9AM to 4:30PM
Entry Fee - Rs 10 (Indian) and Rs 50(Foreigner)
Any trip is incomplete without any shopping. And since Jaipur is best known for its jewellery, textiles and paintings, Handicraft Market is the best place for the shopaholics. From carved wood work to lac (a kind of clay material) jewellery and the beautiful colored dresses are a major attraction for a tourist and even the wedding market. Amer road, Bapu Bazaar and Johri Bazaar are best landmarks.
Timings- mostly open till late
Entry Fee- None
Above are the major landmarks that need a must visit, but Jaipur is a wonderful place to cover with many more wonderful locations like
Govind Dev Ji Temple and many more.
No need to even pack a bag for this one day trip to the capital city and the national gateway to the exotic Rajasthan and even if you need to plan another trip since Jaipur will never fail to surprise a traveler.