Visiting Jaipur for the First Time ?
Lets find out the 5 things to do in Jaipur !
Are you visiting Jaipur for the first time? Jaipur is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, one with a rich history and a vibrant thriving culture. Popularly known as the “Pink City” because of the prevalence of pink colored buildings and structures, Jaipur is by far the most colorful city in India.
Jaipur has an enthralling mix of the old and the new, with Mercedes Benz and sports utility vehicles coexisting with camels, horse-driven carts, scooters and low-floor buses. There’s a fascinating ebb and flow to Jaipur and the city truly comes alive in the late evening, around 6pm or so, when the markets and bazaars become beehives of activity.
There are signs of opulence and splendor that go back to the city’s incredible past no matter where you travel in the city. Some of the city’s main attractions such as the Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal and the City Palace have made an impression on millions of tourists from all over the world. Indeed, amid all the hustle and bustle of the city, at ambience at the principal attractions of Jaipur is one of calm and tranquility.
So if you are visiting Jaipur for the first time, there’s so much you can look forward to in this city of the Rajahs and the Maharajahs. We will tell you about the things to do in Jaipur, the places to stay and give you a plenty of great tips along the way. Here we go!
5 Things to do in Jaipur!
Get a Panoramic View of the City from the Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal is one of the most interesting buildings in the world and resembles something out of a fairy tale. The Hawa Mahal is essentially a beautifully designed honeycombed hive that is five floors high. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built the Hawa Mahal towards the end of the 18th century to allow his queens to watch the city of Jaipur, the people and the markets, from a private spot from where they could not be spied upon. Today, the Hawa Mahal is used by tourists to get a panoramic view of Jaipur, especially from the top floor of the building.
Have Fun Experimenting with Astronomy at Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is the world’s oldest astronomical observatory, which is still pretty much functional. It was built by Raja Jai Singh, a king with a deep interest in science and technology, back in 1728. The Jantar Mantar is full of bizarre sculptures and large astronomical instruments. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must visit for anyone who loves science.
Spend a Quiet Day of Contemplation at the Dhamma Thali Vipassana Meditation Centre
The Dhamma Thali Vipassana Meditation Centre is a quiet and tranquil spot at a short drive away from the city, in the most peaceful natural surroundings. We recommend meditating for an hour or two here. Mind you – you will be asked to give away your mobile phone when you visit the Meditation Center and will be discouraged from talking to anyone. The idea is to maintain total silence and use the time spent here to contemplate and meditate.
Visit Jal Mahal Palace (Water Palace)
Jal Mahal is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. “The Jal Mahal palace has got an eye-popping makeover. Traditional boat-makers from Vrindavan have crafted the Rajput style wooden boats. A gentle splashing of oars on the clear lake waters takes you to Jal Mahal. You move past decorated hallways and chambers on the first floor to climb all the way up to the fragrant Chameli Bagh. Across the lake, you can view the Aravalli hills, dotted with temples and ancient forts, and on the other side, bustling Jaipur. The most remarkable change is in the lake itself. The drains were diverted, two million tonnes of toxic silt were dredged from the bottom, increasing its depth by over a metre, a water treatment system was developed, local vegetation and fish reintroduced, the surrounding wetlands regenerated and five nesting islands created to attract migratory birds.
Visit Jaipur’s City Palace
Jaipur’s City Palace is a historic structure which has been around for centuries. It is situated right at the center of the city. It is a terrific complex of courtyards, gardens and ancient buildings which blend the traditional Rajput style of architecture with Mughal influence. It’s something you got to visit when you come to Jaipur.
Where to Stay in Jaipur?
You may stay at the Jai Mahal Palace, which is an impressive 5 star hotel with beautiful gardens that is owned by India’s biggest hotel company, the Taj Group. A night here costs $106. Another great option is the Raj Palace, which is quite expensive, luxurious and lavish. You may book a room at $277 a night here. Howsoever you can even find budget hotels like Hotel Haveli of Jaipur which is close to both Railway Station and Bus Stand. Get a list of budget hotels in Jaipur on Dialmenow.in
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