Historic Site in Jaipur

Cenotaphs of the Maharanis of Jaipur

Located between Jaipur and Amber, 5km from the centre, the cenotaphs of the maharanis of Jaipur are worth a visit for a stroll.
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, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted over t…
Historic Building in Jaipur

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary, fairy-tale, pink sandstone, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap…
Notable Building in Jaipur

Iswari Minar Swarga Sal

Piercing the skyline near the City Palace is the unusual Iswari Minar Swarga Sal. The minaret was erected in the 1740s by Jai Singh’s son and successor Iswari, who later ignominiously killed himself by snakebite (i…
Historic Site in Jaipur

Jantar Mantar

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


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

Central Museum

This museum is housed in the spectacularly florid Albert Hall, south of the Old City. It was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, and combines elements of English and North Indian architecture, as well as huge friezes cel…
Historic Site in Jaipur

Royal Gaitor

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

SRC Museum of Indology

This ramshackle, dusty treasure trove is an extraordinary private collection. It contains folk-art objects and other pieces – there’s everything from a manuscript written by Aurangzeb and a 200-year-old mirrorwork s…
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 b…