Jaipur attractions

Top Choice Palace in Jaipur

City Palace

A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh II, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted ove…
Top Choice Historic Building in Jaipur

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur’s most-distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enabl…
Top Choice Historic Site in Jaipur

Jantar Mantar

Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh II in 1728 that resembles a collection of bizarre giant sculptures. Built for measuring the heavens, the name is derived from the Sansk…
Notable Building in Jaipur

Isarlat

Piercing the skyline near the City Palace is this unusual minaret, erected in the 1740s by Jai Singh II’s son and successor Iswari. The entrance is around the back of the row of shops fronting Chandpol Bazaar – take…
Museum in Jaipur

Central Museum

This museum is housed in the spectacularly florid Albert Hall, south of the Old City. The building was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, and combines elements of English and North Indian architecture, as well as huge f…
Museum in Jaipur

Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum

The Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum comprises several buildings and courtyards within Jaipur's City Palace complex. The Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace) contains a collection of royal costumes and superb shawls, inc…
Historic Site in Jaipur

Royal Gaitor

The royal cenotaphs, just outside the city walls, beneath Nahargarh, feel remarkably undiscovered and are an appropriately restful place to visit. The stone monuments are beautifully and intricately carved. Maharaja…
Fort in Jaipur

Nahargarh

Built in 1734 and extended in 1868, this sturdy fort overlooks the city from a sheer ridge to the north. The story goes that the fort was named after Nahar Singh, a dead prince whose restless spirit was disrupting c…
Museum in Jaipur

Philatelic Bureau & Museum

At the rear of the main post office, this curious little museum has historical stamps, telegrams and artefacts, including brass belt buckles and badges for mail runners and packers. Even the 'mail peon' could wear a…
Historic Building in Jaipur

Jal Mahal

Near the cenotaphs of the maharanis of Jaipur, and beautifully situated in the watery expanse of Man Sagar, is this dreamlike palace. Its origins are uncertain, but it was believed to have been extensively restored …