Must-see attractions in Jaipur

  • City Palace architecture

    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…

  • Hawa Mahal palace, 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…

  • Samrat Yantra (Giant sundial), Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

    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…

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    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…

  • 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…

  • 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)…

  • Royal Gaitor


    The royal cenotaphs, just outside the city walls, beneath Nahargarh, feel remarkably undiscovered and are an appropriately restful place to visit. The…

  • Roof top of Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo by: IndiaPictures/UIG via Getty Images)



    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Surya Mandir


    On the ridge above the Hindu Temple Galta is the Surya Mandir, which rises 100m above Jaipur and can be seen from the eastern side of the city. A 2.5km…

  • Ram Niwas Bagh


    Adjacent to, but a world away from, busy MI Rd is this oasis of green where you can wander through geometric gardens of roses, palms and ferns…

  • The Galta Temple (known as Monkey Temple) near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India



    Squeezed between cliffs in a rocky valley, Galta is a desolate, if evocative, place. The temple houses a number of sacred tanks, into which some daring…

  • Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Jaipur, India

    Birla Lakshmi Narayan Temple


    This splendid modern marble edifice lies at the foot of Moti Dungri fort. The wealthy industrialist Birla family, from Pilani, Rajasthan, bought the land…

  • Sisodia Rani Palace Garden, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo by: IndiaPictures/UIG via Getty Images)

    Sisodia Rani Palace Garden


    Six kilometres from the city, on Agra Rd via the Ghat Gate, this formal garden is enjoyable to wander around and take in a breath of fresh air. The grand…

  • 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…

  • Ganesh Temple


    The old Ganesh temple below Moti Dungri is a special and very popular place of worship. Throngs of devotees attend the temple on Wednesdays (the…

  • Modern Art Gallery


    This peaceful modern gallery makes a pleasant diversion during a stroll around the greenery of Ram Niwas Bagh. It’s housed in an old theatre, on the 1st…

  • Moti Dungri


    This small, romantic fort looms above J Nehru Marg. It has served as a prison, but today remains in the possession of the former royal family.

  • Govind Devji Temple


    This early 18th-century Krishna temple is a popular place of worship set in gardens just outside the City Palace walls.

  • Hathroi Fort


    The precinct of Hathroi Fort is named after this derelict (but still occupied) fort perched on a hilltop.

  • Sisodia Rani Palace


    The outer walls of Sisodia Rani Palace are decorated with murals depicting hunting scenes and the Krishna legend.

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