Jaipur is the largest city in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan and offers a diverse amount of attractions–ancient palaces, observatories, and street markets full of beautiful fabrics await. Read on for our top five things to do in Jaipur!
A UNESCO world heritage site, this astronomical observatory was constructed in 1728 and includes around twenty main instruments. It is referred to as one of the most comprehensive of India’s preserved historic observatories and is home to many sun dials and other astronomical instruments that are remarkably very accurate. Spend a couple hours wandering around–the sculpture-like instruments also provide some excellent photo-ops!
Dive into the culinary options
India is one of the world’s most vegetarian-friendly countries and has some of the most delicious cuisine available for a fairly inexpensive price. Jaipur has food tours available where you and your friends can take a guided tour of some of the best foods in the city and get acquainted with some of the more authentic options. As the largest city in Rajasthan, Jaipur presents a multitude of options, whether that is real Indian curry (which can be surprisingly not as spicy as you would think) or slow-cooked chicken. Your best bet to get the most authentic Indian food is to venture into some local restaurants instead of the most touristy ones.
Get out and explore Rajasthan
Rajasthan, the northwest Indian state in which Jaipur is located, in general presents a more traditional view of Indian life. Home to many natural and man-made attractions, Rajasthan possesses a lot of sites that are not to be missed during a trip to Jaipur. Home to a vast desert and an impressive mountain range in addition to ancient palaces and towering skyscrapers, Rajasthan has quite a bit to offer. If time allows, check out two other cities of the region–Jodhpur and Udaipur, which also are home to both historic and charming palaces and other landmarks. Another popular attraction in the region is visiting elephant zoos–spend a day caring for and learning about elephants and end the day by taking a ride on one.
Practice the art of negotiation
India is the perfect place to practice your negotiating skills, as little comes without at least some bartering. Rajasthan, and particularly Jaipur, is known for the brightly colored fabrics sold in markets and shops across the region. Check out the street markets in the city and barter your way into buying several of the most beautiful Indian fabrics to bring back home. Mastering the art of negotiation in street markets is no easy feat–it comes with much practice, patience, and knowing a fair price. Try to hit the markets, especially in the Pink City part of Jaipur, early in the morning before most tourists venture in to get the best deals.
Go to the City Palace in the Pink City
Jaipur is often referenced as the Pink City, due to the color of many buildings. The Pink City in particular refers to an old part of town. The City Palace, located within the Pink City, was built between 1729 and 1732 AD with certain parts having been added later on. The unique architecture of the courtyards, gardens, and buildings, in addition to the amazing views of the city it offers make it one of the top destinations of Jaipur. Additionally, it is in close proximity to some great restaurants and shopping in the Pink City.