5 things to try out in Jaipur
Jaipur was named the pink city by the Prince of Wales when he was visiting the country for the first time. He named it so because all the houses in the city had been painted pink since pink symbolizes the colour of hospitality. Jaipur had always been a welcoming and warm place towards it guests and it still continues to be so. Thanks to the rich cultural heritage of the city and the state, thousands of tourists visit this city, especially in the winter months.
Staying true to its motto of hospitality, a number of hotels at Jaipur have come up that provide excellent services and facilities well suited for a royal accommodation.
You will never run out of things to do in this city. So, here’s a list of 5 things that you should definitely try out when you visit the capital of the desert state:
- Take a tour of the forts: Jaipur is not complete without its forts. There are three main important forts that you must try out when in Jaipur. Visit the Amer or Amber fort to get an idea of what grandeur and opulence mean. It still speaks of the glory of the Rajputs and offers an excellent view of the city from its rooftops. Apart from Amer Fort, you must visit both Nahargarh and Jaigarh Forts which are located very near to each other. While none of them compare to the grandeur of the Amer Fort, both have a different feeling about them which needs to be explored. If you are really interested then do take a local guide who will be able to tell you a couple of interesting stories.
- Do not miss the light and sound: Amer Fort organizes an open air light and sound show every evening. The fort closes for general visiting at around 4:30 and the light and sound starts from 6. You will learn a lot of interesting facts related the land of Rajasthan, the Rajputs who once roamed these lands and the story of the city of Jaipur. You can easily visit the fort from your resort at Jaipur where you are staying. The chilly wintery evenings are the best time to enjoy these shows.
- Visit the Jantar Mantar: To know how astronomically advanced the people were, do not leave out the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh, and it has a sundial, which is believed to be one of the largest in the world.
- Go to the Hawa Mahal: Located in the midst of the city, this structure of five storeys was mainly built for the royal ladies to observe the city and also for proper ventilation. There is a museum in the Hawa Mahal which is worth a visit.
- Go to the City Palace: If you want to get a taste of a combination of Mughal as well as Rajasthani architecture, then this is the place that you should visit. It’s a short trip but totally worth it!
So, whenever you visit the Pink city, make sure that you have covered all the 5 activities listed above, or else you would have to come back again and complete them!