One of the largest cities in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is so full of history, tradition, culture, and art. In every building, around every corner, you’ll be taken aback by the beauty of this marvelous place. Everything from the architecture of the buildings to the colorful decor distinct to the area will amaze you. All of the friendly people, bright colors, and stunning architecture among other things are what make Jaipur one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of India. You’ll find yourself living like a royal as you stay in palaces, visit jewelry houses full of gold, and dine on foods made with recipes that have been passed down generations.
Elefantastic is an amazing sanctuary that houses and cares for a number of domesticated Asian elephants. The elephants are usually of those who belong to low-income care-take families, orphaned elephants, or those that need medical assistance to live a full life. The entire facility is operated by those who genuinely love these large animals - who are free to roam the facility as they please and have dedicated mahouts who stay with them almost 24/7. You’ll never forget the moment you meet Sampa - a stunning 52-year-old female elephant - as well as the other gentle beasts who live there. You can take part in daily activities such as a calming paint session where you can color the skin of the elephants with safe colors, helping them have a bath, feeding them, and much more.
Address: 90, Delhi - Jaipur Expy, Chandra Mahal Colony, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302028, India, Phone: +91-80-94-25-31-50
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In 1762 Hindu Rajput ruler, Jai Singh II, ordered the constructed of Jaigarh Fort as a way of protecting Amer Fort and its palace complex. The fort sits on a high point off of the Aravalli Mountain Range and offers stunning views of Amer Fort, the palace complex, Maota Lake, and the breathtaking surroundings. Made from red sandstone, the fort is still in pristine condition today and has some amazing architectural features for you to take in. You’ll still be able to see one of the original cannon installations named ‘Jaivana’, which at one point was the largest cannon on wheels in the world.
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Rajasthan 302028, India, Phone: +91-79-90-98-54-14
3.Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind)
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Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Wind as it translates to in English, is a magnificent palace which can be found in the heart of Jaipur. It was constructed under the order of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, who was Jaipur’s Kachwaha ruler in the late 1700s. The construction of the palace was completed in 1799 and you can notice a lot of features relevant to when it was being built such as its iconic red and pink sandstone structure. The grand and historical palace has a unique five-floor exterior with 953 windows, making it look similar to a honeycomb. Other aspects you’ll be able to see include the intricate lattice work on the windows, the stone inlay filigree work and arches, and the colored glass work that reflects the sunlight and splays vibrant colors throughout the chamber.
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
Housed within a beautifully restored mansion, the Anokhi Museum displays the heritage and art of Jaipur’s rich history in wood-block printing. The museum is somewhat of a hidden gem but is recognized as one of the most favored attractions in the area by those who have visited it. You’ll be able to see a varied display of block printed textiles, photographs, tools, and other objects related to this intricate art. You’ll see how block printing has evolved over the years and how artisans today have managed to keep this beautiful craft alive, inspiring themselves and everyone else who visit.
Address: Anokhi Haveli, Near Badrinath Temple Kheri Gate, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302028, India, Phone: +91-14-12-53-02-26
5.The Gem Palace
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India is renowned for its glittery gold jewelry, always catching the eye of passers-by with its intricate design and layered works. The Gem Palace is a family owned endeavor that is one of India’s most iconic jewelry houses. The Kasliwal family have been in the jewelry trade since the 1700s and have created jewelry that makes a lasting impression for over 160 years at The Gem Palace. They’re known for their legendary and skilled jewelers, gem cutters, artists, and craftsmen - all of whom come together to create amazing works of wearable art. They’ve played an integral part in India’s history, having been appointed the court jewel makers by past royal families, as well as being recognized by the British Crown. Even if you’re not in the market for some new glittery investments, you’ll be taken aback by the amazing store and studio in Jaipur.
Address: Shop No. 348, MI Road, Jayanti Market, New Colony, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India, Phone: +91-14-12-37-41-75
6.LMB - Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar
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Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar, or LMB as it is popularly known, is a modern sweet shop, restaurant, and hotel that has risen to popularity because of its traditional recipes and techniques. The landmark sweet shop serves a variety of classic confections that have grown famous for their quality and taste. They pride themselves in creating foods that are of the highest standard, often using ingredients similar to those that were used in the kitchens of royal kingdoms. You can pick from their endless array of sweets and savory snacks, as well as their many traditional Rajasthani delicacies like chaat. Be sure to take back some of their pickles and syrups as souvenirs for friends and family.
Address: No. 98, 99, Johari Bazar Rd, Bapu Bazar, Biseswarji, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302003, India, Phone: +91-90-24-60-96-09
7.Cinnamon-Jai Mahal Palace
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Enjoy a scrumptious meal that will be the highlight of your trip at the Cinnamon restaurant in Jai Mahal Palace. The pan-Indian restaurant serves perfect blend of traditional and contemporary cuisine, ensuring that everyone who visits will find something that pleases their palate. Past patrons rave about the amazing service, kind staff, and of course, their mouthwatering cuisine. Be sure to try popular choices from their menu such as the laal maas, which is a lamb specialty, the cinnamon chicken curry, the cottage cheese dumplings, and the zafrani pulao, which is a flavored mixture of rice, chicken, and saffron.
Address: Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jacob Rd, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006, India, Phone: +91-14-16-60-11-11
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The Chokhi Dhani Resort & Hotel in Jaipur is one of the most innovative tourism projects in all of India. Chokhi Dhani will give you the chance to truly immerse yourself in Rajasthani history, tradition, and culture through their intricately replicated village. The 5-star ethnic resort is traditional and picturesque, resembling what a typical Rajasthani village might have looked like generations ago, but with a sense of luxury and grandeur that visitors today have come to expect. You can stay in one of the royal cottages or suites, have an event on their banquet lawn, indulge in a refreshing dip in their swimming pool, dance the night away at their in-house club, or feast on delicious Rajasthani cuisine at their restaurant, Bindola.
9.Sunder Palace Restaurant
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An award-winning hotel in Jaipur, Sunder Palace is a beloved place to stay and explore with visitors from all over the world. The hotel has several different amenities and features that really stand out and are sure to make your visit unique, but none more so than the Sunder Palace Restaurant. You’ll be able to feast on multi-cuisine delicacies all around the clock. Each dish uses the finest ingredients and perfected techniques to ensure that your meal will exceed your expectations. If you find yourself there in the early morning, be sure to have breakfast on their terrace which provides incomparable views of the Hathori Fort.
Address: No. 46, Sanjay Marg, Hathroi Fort, Ajmer Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India, Phone: +91-14-14-01-27-95
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10.Suvarna Mahal at Rambagh Palace
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Taj Hotels’ Rambagh Palace is one of the most impressive and luxurious structures in Jaipur. In addition to all of the hotel’s enticing rooms and facilities, they also have a multitude of restaurants - one of their most famed being Suvarna Mahal. Suvarna Mahal is housed in the palace’s original dining room, retaining much of its original regal charm and decor style. You’ll find yourself surrounded by grand doors and even grander chandeliers as you are served by the palace staff. The menu focuses on royal Indian cuisine, serving many of the dishes that kings and royal families have loved in the past.
Address: Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302005, India, Phone: +91-14-12-38-57-00
11.The Verandah Cafe
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After an exciting day of sightseeing and exploring all there is to see and do in Jaipur, there’s no better place to relax than at The Verandah Cafe. The renowned dining establishment takes you back to a time when the royal families would enjoy high tea in the garden. Similarly, you’ll be seated in the airy palace verandah overlooking the stunning views while being doted over by the palace staff. It’s a wonderful place to have an afternoon champagne tea, a pre-dinner cocktail, or even a light meal like their delicious sandwiches. Truly immerse yourself into the setting by option for local snacks and savories similar to those that have been served at the palace for generations.
Address: Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302005, India, Phone: +91-14-12-38-57-00
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One of Jaipur’s most acclaimed hotels, the Lalit Jaipur gives you a space with the perfect blend of traditional culture and modern luxury. There are 231 rooms and suites to choose from at the hotel, which is conveniently located right in the heart of all there is to see and do in the area. The 5-star deluxe hotel is only minutes away from the airport, cultural attractions, historical monuments, shopping centers, and the Central Railway Station and Bus Station. Even so, you may never want to leave the relaxing and amenity-filled rooms; the hotel also has a bar, event space, four different cafes and restaurants, a spa, and a salon.
Address: 2B & 2C, Near, Jagatpura Rd, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302017, India, Phone: +91-14-15-19-77-77
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Saba Haveli is a hotel, restaurant, and event space that is housed in a historical building designed by famed British architect, Sir Samual Swinton Jacob. It’s construction dates back to over 200 years and still encompasses so much of the original detail and decor. You’ll be transported back in time as you wander Saba Haveli, which was recognized as the ‘Best Heritage Building’ during the Jaipur Heritage Festival. There are ten rooms and a luxury suite to choose from to stay overnight, a wonderful terrace restaurant that has a spectacular view of the Nahargarh Fort, and an event space that can house up to 500 guests. The friendly and inviting atmosphere, alongside the helpful and kind staff, will make you feel as if Saba Haveli is your home away from home.
Address: 477, Saba Haveli, Gangapole, Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India, Phone: +91-94-14-06-90-73
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The Handi restaurant was established in one of Jaipur’s busiest intersections in 1984. It was warmly welcomed by the community as a place for friends and family to come together and have a delicious meal that would remind them of their mothers’ cooking. The famed dining establishment is renowned for traditional Rajasthani dishes as well as Mughlai and tandoori food. Popular items from the menu are the fish tikka, shami kabab, mutton tikka masala, and their butter chicken plate. Vegetarians will be excited to find several flavorful dishes on the menu like their mushroom peas curry and palak paneer, which is a dish combining spinach and cottage cheese with a number of traditional spices.
Address: Opposite GPO, MI Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India, Phone: +91-14-14-91-71-15
14 Best Things to Do in Jaipur, India
- Elefantastic, Photo: LORENE/stock.adobe.com
- Jaigarh Fort, Photo: Rudolf Tepfenhart/stock.adobe.com
- Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind), Photo: Richie Chan/stock.adobe.com
- Anokhi Museum, Photo: asafeliason/stock.adobe.com
- The Gem Palace, Photo: The Gem Palace
- LMB - Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar, Photo: LMB – Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar
- Cinnamon-Jai Mahal Palace, Photo: Cinnamon-Jai Mahal Palace
- Chokhi Dhani, Photo: Maris Kiselov/stock.adobe.com
- Sunder Palace Restaurant, Photo: Sunder Palace Restaurant
- Suvarna Mahal at Rambagh Palace, Photo: Maris Kiselov/stock.adobe.com
- The Verandah Cafe, Photo: The Verandah Cafe
- Lalit Jaipur, Photo: Lalit Jaipur
- Saba Haveli, Photo: Saba Haveli
- Handi Restaurant, Photo: Handi Restaurant
- Cover Photo: Phranc/stock.adobe.com