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What to see in Jaipur

Jaipur Attractions

The Pink City, Jaipur, is known for its palaces: it was once the home of the richest royal family in India. The City Palace, Palace of the Winds and Amber Palace are all ornately decorated and popular attractions in Jaipur, and they are usually the first stops on sightseeing tours of the city.

Other places of interest in Jaipur include the Galta Monkey Temple, a ruinous but alluring Hindi temple lodged between two granite cliffs; Nahargarh Fort, the best site to enjoy sunset views of the city, perched on a high hill above Jaipur; Jaigarh Fort, a perfectly preserved medieval fortress with impressive military artefacts; and Jantar Mantar Observatory, an intriguing collection of structures to measure weather and astronomical phenomena, built in the early 18th century.

Jaipur is also celebrated as a great shopping city, and its many markets and bazaars are considered some of its top attractions. The vendors and market sellers in the city offer a great variety of goods and visitors will be expected to bargain for a good price. Gemstones, clothes, jewellery, and distinctive blue pottery are all readily available. The best places to shop are the Gem Palace, Chameliwala Market and Amrapali.

There are a variety of fun ways to explore this city: walking tours are popular and a good start, but there are also more exciting options for the adventurous, like an elephant ride, or a tour of the city from above in a hot air balloon. Jaipur, like most Indian cities, has a problem with traffic and getting around can be stressful but there are many tours on offer, and locals are always willing to give directions.

Amber Palace

Situated on the crest of a hill seven miles (11km) north of Jaipur is Amber, capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from 1037 to 1728. The city-palace is protected by towering outer walls, and a further wall…

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Galta Monkey Temple (Galta Ji)

Situated between two granite cliffs, this temple is part of a much larger temple complex. The complex has three sacred pools which locals, and the monkeys, enjoy swimming in. This Hindi temple is slightly…

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Jaipur City Palace

The magnificent City Palace is in the centre of the Pink City of Jaipur, enclosed by high walls and set amid fine gardens and courtyards. Since Jai Singh built it in 1728, it has been the principal…

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Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal)

The Palace of the Winds is Jaipur's most acclaimed attraction. Built in 1799, it is situated on the edge of the City Palace complex overlooking one of the city's bustling main streets, and was constructed…

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