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Heritage Palaces to Visit in India’s Pink City – Jaipur

Jaipur, famously known as the Pink City, is the capital of the north Indian state of Rajasthan. It is one of the most lively and colorful cities of India. Well-known for its vivid culture, forts, lakes and palaces, the pink city takes pleasure in showcasing a prosperous, affluent and eventful past in front of the world. The pink city of Jaipur exemplifies the genius of Sawai Jai Singh.  Jaipur has been named after its founder Maharaja Jai Singh II who was a great warrior and astronomer. Although the city has a traditional layout, it is quite modern. The pink city is not only extraordinarily beautiful but also a symbol of the vibrant Indian  Culture. It has an identity of its own which has been built up by the merger of knowledge, science and art. This wonderful amalgamation of various aesthetic values is the reason why  Jaipur has been unanimously chosen as one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The most striking feature of the city is the pink wash applied to a majority of the buildings, giving Jaipur its universal title, the “Pink City”.  Jaipur is no less than a royal city with astonishingly well-crafted palaces, forts and temples that display a remarkable harmony in architectural splendor.

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The essence of Pink City – Jaipur captured by Devanshu Kumar

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While in Jaipur, do try the sumptuous ‘Royal Rajasthani Thali.’ Photography by Kusha Chopra

An Overview of India’s Pink City – Jaipur

Location West India
State Rajasthan
Nearby Palaces to Visit Udaipur, Ajmer, Kota
Mode of External Transport State Roadway Buses, Train
Mode of Internal Transport Cabs, E-rickshaws
Cost of 3-4 Day Trip Moderate
Best Time to Visit November to February

Top 5 Heritage Palaces to Visit in Pink City – Jaipur

 1. Amer Fort
 2. Hawa Mahal
 3. Jal Mahal
 4. City Palace
 5. Sheesh Mahal
 6. Rambagh Palace



Amer Fort: The Grand Palace

Built in red stone and white stone and located on a naturally formed ridge (Cheel ka Teela), the Amer Fort stands tall in Pink City Jaipur. It is an architectural marvel and is a blend of both Rajput and Mughal style of ornamentation. The fort was built by Raja Man Singh I who happended to be one of the Navratnas of Emperor Akbar.  There is a small lake (Maota lake) on the front side of Amer Fort that adds to its beauty. It also soothes the eye amidst the dry weather of Pink City. Amer and the Jaigarh Fort are together considered as one unified structure. A  subterranean passage connects them both. The fort can be explored fully and one can even hire a guide to unravel the place well.

Timings and Entry Fee for Amer Fort

Indians Rs. 25
Foreigners Rs. 550
Students Rs. 10
The timings are from 10 am to 5 pm.
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The Grand Amer Fort. Photography by Niks

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Jaigarh Fort captured from hill top. Photography by Virendra Adhikari

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Local women treading through Amer Fort. Photography by Imanol Zaballa

Hawa Mahal: The Palace of Winds

Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds, was constructed in 1799 under the leadership of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It is adjacent to the City Palace and stands as one of the most prominent landmarks of the Rajput dynasty in the Pink city. The five storied palace is shaped like a pyramid with arched roofs and a number of small windows and screens. Intricate carving and detailing is visible in the front portion of the palace and much attention has been paid to the minutest facts. The prime intention of building this magnificent palace in the pink city was to allow the women of the royal household a view of the ceremonial processions going on around the city while they sat behind the small windows. These windows permit the royal women to look outside and enjoy the daily activities without being seen themselves. The palace is a celebrated tourist attraction due to the unique architecture. 

Timings and Entry Fee for Hawa Mahal

Indians  Rs. 50
Foreigners  Rs. 200
Students  Rs. 25
The timings are from 9 am to 5 pm.

 

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Hawa Mahal standing tall. Photography by Federica Amato

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Pained glass inside Hawa Mahal. Photography by Ujjwal Kumar Swain

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Reflection of Hawa Mahal captured after fresh showers of rain. Photography by Virendra Adhikari

Jal Mahal: The Water Palace

Jal Mahal, the water palace, was also constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It is situated in the heart of the Man Sagar Lake in the Pink City. The purpose of building this beautiful palace was solely recreational. Later on, during the 18th century, Maharaja Jai Singh II got the palace and the lake refurbished. Though the palace is now deserted, it is practically well preserved. The first four floors of the monument are under water. Tourists can see only the top floor that remains outside. The palace along with the calm and serene lake makes a wonderful leisure spot in the evenings. It looks particularly mesmerizing during the monsoons when the red sandstone work appears clean and sparkling new. Jal Mahal is famous for its intricate architecture. Families can enjoy the cool breeze and click pictures in front of the palace. Professional photographers are also available nearby who will click your pictures and provide you with hard copies before you leave the place. Since most of the monuments and tourist spots in the city close down by 6 pm spending the evening near the lake is a good idea.

 Timings and Entry Fee for Jal Mahal

Indians Rs. 10
Foreigners Rs. 50
Students Rs. 10
The timings are from 9 am to 5 pm.
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A view of Jal Mahal during daylight. Photography by Deppak Mandal

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Indulge in a little street shopping outside Jal Mahal. Photography by Chris Rathore

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A view of Jal Mahal at night. Photography by Utkarsh Bhowmik

City Palace : An Historical Marvel

City Palace is located in the centre of pink city, just next to Hawa Mahal. The splendid architectural blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles covers nearly 15 percent of Jaipur’s area. The palace was originally built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh between 1729 and 1732 but many features were added to the monument by the subsequent kings. All successive rulers went on to make their contributions to the existing edifice. Some filled the palace with scientific and artistic assets, while others paid attention to public works. The palace is now a museum open to tourists. During the summer vacations, students and general public can enroll themselves in various courses such as music, dance, and art offered by volunteers. There is a market within the palace where one can find the most beautiful bed sheets, quilts, kurtis and souvenirs. And the best part is that the prices offered here are unbeatable in the entire city.

Timings and Entry Fee for City Palace

Indians Rs. 35
Foreigners Rs. 150
Students Rs.  35
The timings are from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
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A view of City Palace. Photography by Mahika

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The beautiful peacock gate inside City Palace. Photography by Pallavi Pasricha

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Fancy decorative pieces on the street outside City Palace. Photography by Volha Thomas

Sheesh Mahal: The Palace of Mirrors

Sheesh Mahal, the palace of mirrors, is one of the most gorgeous royal palaces of the Pink City. It is an epitome of the rich Indian heritage and architecture. The walls and ceiling of the palace are covered with a striking arrangement of mirrors that were specially imported from Belgium. The arrangement of mirrors is such that a single streak of light can illuminate the entire hall. When a candle was lit in the hall in ancient times, the walls and ceiling used to shine like resplendent stars in the night sky and each mirror showcased a unique light ray. The palace is open to visitors from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Wax museum constructed nearby is another tourist attraction. This palace is worth a visit to experience the magnificent craftsmanship that has gone into its construction.

Timings and Entry Fee for Sheesh Mahal

Indians Rs. 10
Foreigners Rs. 50
Students Rs. 10
The timings are from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
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A view of Sheesh Mahal. Photography by Timothy Go

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Glazing glass pieces on the ceiling and walls of Sheesh Mahal. Photography by Aarushi Singhaniya

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Aesthetic Rajput Design inside Sheesh Mahal. Photography by Rudrakshi Buhyan

Rambagh Palace: More than just a Hotel

The Rambagh palace was constructed in 1835 for the Queen of Jaipur but converted into a hunting lodge and guesthouse at a later stage. Few more years down the line, the palace was made fit for the residence of Maharaja of Jaipur after certain modifications. Finally, in the year 1972, the palace was taken over by the Taj group of Hotels and turned into a splendid heritage hotel. The Rambagh palace is truly a sight to behold, with its spacious rooms, halls and beautiful corridors. The palace is surrounded by lush greenery and vast lawns. The rooms of the palace have a magnificent ambiance and welcome the guests to the Pink City in an extravagant conduct. The palace can be booked for destination weddings and is a hit among people who wish to tie the knot in a royal style.

Timings and Entry Fee for Rambagh Palace

Indians N/A
Foreigners N/A
Students N/A
The timings are from 9 am to 5 pm.
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A view of Rambagh Palace during dusk. Photography by Jitendra Saini Avaliya

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The central fountain and lawn in Rambagh Palace. Photography by Tarang Arora

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A fully decorated elephant standing in the lawns of Rambagh Palace. Photography by Stine Knutsen

FAQs on Pink City for Travelers

How safe is Pink City for a solo women traveler ?

Pink City is moderately safe for solo women travelers.

Are their nominal food options in Pink City ?

Yes, plenty of them.

What are the best street shopping markets in Pink City ?

Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar and Tripolia Bazaar

 What is the top tip for a first time traveler to Pink City ?

Pink City hosts certain fairs and festivals. Make sure to time you visit around their occurrence. 

Is Pink City worth a visit ?

Absolutely yes.

Pink City Jaipur is the most royal and colorful evidence of India’s cultural heritage and a visit to all the gorgeous pieces of intricate architecture are bound to fill your heart with joy. Plan an excursion and experience the royalty.

Happy Wayfaring 🙂

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An avid reader since many years, Khushboo Khatri is now an adventurous traveler. Travelling to new places, exploring nature and clicking selfies at beautiful locations is her new passion. Born and brought up in Faridabad, Haryana, she pursued her graduation in Physics from Delhi University but her heart was always tied to creativity. She is now a content writer for various platforms and designs paper jewellery & handmade gifts.

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