Hello again guys! For this post, I’ll be sharing with you my one week itinerary for Jaipur, which will be broken into two posts.
In other words, you can check out my Top 5 Countries To Visit In 2020, which includes my time there!
Jaipur is the capital and largest city in Rajasthan and is known as the ‘Pink City of India’. In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour. Since pink denotes the colour of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in colour to welcome the guests. Lord Albert proclaimed Jaipur to be a ‘Pink City’. Hence the name.
And On 6 July 2019, UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed Jaipur the ‘Pink City of India’ among its World Heritage Sites. The city is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar.
1. Hawal Mahal
First, we visited Jaipur’s most-distinctive landmark. Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. Also known as “The Palace of Winds” or “The Palace of Breeze”, it was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh as an extension of the Royal City Palace of Jaipur.
Hawa Mahal was used by the royal ladies, allowing them to watch any processions and activities on the street without being seen by the public.
Opening Time: 9:00am. – 4:30p.m.
Entrance Fees: 50 Rupees
2. Rambagh Palace
The second place we visited was Rambagh Palace for lunch. And it was just so grand! Wished we had stay at least a night in this beautiful hotel.
Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favourite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi.
3. Royal Gaitor Tombs
Third, we went to Royal Gaitor Tombs. Of all the places I visited in Jaipur, the Royal Gaitor Tombs was the place I was most mesmerised and pleasantly surprised. Not many tourists know about this place. Would definitely recommend visiting!
It is the resting place for many maharajas. The site is situated beneath the Nahargarh Fort nestled in a cove between several desert foothills. In addition, the place is built with intricately designed marble stones.
One of the locals there was kind enough to offer to bring us around. He spoke little English but still tried his best to explain certain things to us.
I honestly feel this place best represents the richness of heritage and culture of not just Jaipur, but India itself as well.
Opening time: 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM
4. Patrika Gate Jaipur
Lastly, Patrika Gate Jaipur, a beautiful colourful walkway at Jawahar Circle! It is an Instagram worthy spot where you can capture the vibrant colours of the walkway.
The perfect symmetry and vibrant colours of the walkway make for a beautiful photo, which is also popular amongst other locals and photographers. It is hand painted in a traditional style and perfectly showcases the characteristics of Rajasthan. Each pillar also has intricate details and uses a variety of colours which makes it seem like a rainbow walkway.
We went there at around 8am and it was pretty empty except for some local photographers who decided to take my photos too.
It’s definitely one of my fave spots in Jaipur and you have to take a trip there!
Jaipur: Where To Stay
During my one week there, we stayed in Shahpura House, which is an architectural masterpiece, adorned with exquisite décor and loyal sophistication.
In addition, the staff here are really friendly and helpful. And it is by far the most luxurious and plush hotel I’ve stayed in! Definitely felt like a royalty when I was there. Owned and run by an aristocratic family, this former palace is around 200years old and is now a heritage hotel.
In conclusion, I hope I have inspired some of you to visit this beautiful Pink City!
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